during the period of only a couple of months my nail polish collection has tripled and, as it usually happens, I found out that I have a lot of dupes. When I first got into nail polish, I bought polishes from various brands because I wanted to test various formulas. At the moment, several brands stood out as offering either great colours and/or great formulas. For this reason, I thought it would be a good idea to clear out my collection to make more space for new nail polishes.
it seems that being persistent pays off. When the month started, I didn’t think I’d have so many empties, but I’ve determinately stuck with using up the products and the result is here – the biggest empties post so far. Even though there is a lot of small samples, there’s still quite a generous amount of full sized products. Surprisingly, several make-up items are gone, too (among which the unspendable Dior blush). In the light of my pre no-buy haul, I’m glad to have more space.
First, I’d like to thank all the readers who are reading and following my blog. i have to admit that I’ve been so busy and yesterday I have realized that the second year of blogging has finished.
I would like to thank you for your support :)
I’ve been looking back on my older posts and it is funny how one changes oneself through the period of time.
Reviewing some of not-so-widely known brands was one of reasons for which I have started blogging, and while this still remains true, some of my attitude towards blogging has changed.
I remember how much stuff I have accumulated during my first year as a beauty blogger. I would often find myself in the store purchasing something thinking „I really don’t need it, but I would like to review it on my blog“ and ending up with the product which wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t something I really needed.
As the time flies, I realize that I have changed my attitude towards make-up and cosmetics in general. Today, I have a much clearer perception of what I want and need and what I do not. I’m more focused on purchasing essentials and products that will work for me, rather than purchasing something that has a gorgeous packaging (although I may cave in from time to time).
It seems that I less and less willing to settle for the second best. However, the quest for THE product lasta a long time. I’ve been hunting THE blush for a year and I have yet to narrow the choice down (this is what lists are for). Luckily, this means that I have enough time to finish with the products I already have.
So, without further rambling, here are the products I have spent this month
Sephora Flashy Liner was often offered as a dupe for Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliners. Since there is no Urban Decay in Croatia, I have hoped that this will be an available dupe.
I have found the shade #13 Flashy Violet on the sale for $4. The shade is gorgeous – a blue based purple, but the quality isn’t as good.
The texture and consistency is ok – very creamy.
The colour payoff could be much better. If you try to apply a thicker layer to get better payoff, you’ll realize that the pencil applies patchily.
For the purpose of the review, I have tried it on the waterline too and I could barely get any colour.
Since the texture is very creamy, I have expected that I’ll have to sharpen it very often, but after applying it only once on the upper lash line, the nib of the pencil was completely gone. A bit disappointing if you’ll have to sharpen the liner after every use. For your info, I have to sharpen UD 24/7 pencils after 5 uses and Dior Khol Waterproof after 10 to 14 uses.
As for the waterproof claim, I can say it is true. When I tried to wash the eyeliner from my skin after swatching it, it didn’t go away by using only water. On the lids, it stays on without fading or smudging for at least 8 hours.
Overall, this is a gorgeous, gorgeous shade of not so good quality. I’ll maybe purchase another shade to see whether the quality issues are only with this shade or is it a general problem with all flashy eyeliners.
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My brush collection is something that I have started to expand recently. Up until two years ago I had like 3 brushes: power brush, two eyeshadow brushes and some of the applicators I got with the eyeshadow quads.
My brush collection varies in price: there are expensive high-end brushes next to cheap drugstore one (and I don’t see much difference in quality).
I take care a lot for my brushes – the oldest one in my collection is 10 years old and it is still good as new (even better). I wash them once per week (depending on how much make-up I do that week) with gentle, no-silicone shampoo in lukewarm water.
Currently I have 4 face brushes (but looking to expand it), 11 eye-brushes (not counting the applicators I got with the eyeshadow palettes) and 1 lip-brush (don’t need more).
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Oh My Cherie Body Lotion is Sephora holiday limited edition scent and it comes in a 150ml tube. It is advertised as a non-oily shimmery lotion enriched with vitamins A and E.
I have received this lotion as a part of a set (together with bubble bath and washing sponge) packed in adorable plastic bath tub.
The lotion is very thin in consistency. It spreads easily, a little goes a long way and it sinks immediately. The lotion is indeed non-oily and non-sticky.
I was a bit shocked when I first started to use this lotion because somehow I have overlooked the “shimmery” part. Still, the shimmer is very fine and very tiny and it washes off easily. You will not look like a glittering Christmas Tree wearing it.
I’m a huge hater of body lotions, as I find most of them too greasy and too sticky. This lotion is an exception – the texture is very light, it sinks in immediately and it is not sticky.
The scent is very cookie-like – impossibly sweet, biscuity, but at the same time slightly fruity . I don’t think it is everyone’s cup of tea, sometimes even I find the scent too strong. The scent stays on the skin until you wash the lotion off, but after an hour of wear it is not as intense.
The consistency of this lotion has won me over completely, and I’m looking forward to try some other scents from the range.
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In my Make-up stash inventory post, I’ve promised skincare and body care stash post so here I am, fulfilling my promise.
You can read on my make-up inventory HERE.
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