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July empties

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Hello beauties!

The time has come for that post of the month to go through all that empties accumulated in July and see what’s worth buying again or trying some more.

Body

  • Jardin de France Brume de Fraicheur – in the midst of the summer, skin moisturizing and cleanness is a top priority. Using thermal water can definitely help and getting it at a 400 ml dosage seemed like a nice deal when I came across this nice bottle in a drugstore. To me it seemed mostly like tap water under a low pressure and in fact not even half of it it is used and shall never be used again. If you come across this brand choose Avene instead and save your money.
  • Honeymania shower gel from Body Shop (you can read my review here) – although we are two persons in this house, this shower gel was really a treat and I’ve used it accordingly. But I am always eager to try the amazing fragrances from Body Shop and be surprised.

 

Hair

  • Rainforest Radiance conditioner from Body Shop ( read my review of this product here) – it was a good conditioner but it didn’t wow me but I never expected them to.
  • Avon Nourishing Shampoo with nettle& burdock – I like the products from Avon Naturals Herbal gamma. Somehow, Avon reminds me about how it was like being a teenager: no money but their products made you feel so rich by diversity and accessibility. So out of sheer nostalgia sometimes I do acquire their products which reminds me why on some segments they are leaders of the market here. If you have no special expectations their products will not fail you. This shampoo is the same: does it’s job very neatly, does have a decent fragrance, does not irritate the scalp, does not improve the appearance of a brittle hair but at least the hair is clean and nice.
  • Batiste dry shampoo – (you can see the full review here) – see, it did last longer! If you haven’t tried it, maybe you should give it a go.

 

Skin

  • Bioderma Sensibio AR Anti-Redness care cream – this is fully part of my morning routine now as this bottle was replaced by a fresh one. In terms of moisturizing a redness prone skin undergoing treatment it is one of the best I’ve tried but you can read my full review here.
  • Ivatherm Una Anti-aging eye contour cream – as I’ve anticipated this cream was vanished before I could properly end the review for it (here). Considering this, I don’t understand why these products are charged so much as for seeing the real effects it probably takes a lot more than a bottle. Shame on you for trying to rip the consumer!

 

Nails

  • Yves Rocher shiny clear nail polish – I’ve been using this as top coat and actually it’s a decent one. But as the months went by and the red gamma in my nail polish stack diversified this started to become somehow dry and it was harder to apply it. I would not give a special recommendation for this product as I am not fully convinced about their quality – somehow it still feels like Yves Rocher is trying to play in the medium priced league but never got the chance to learn the game of quality yet.
  • Flormar Nail base coat hardener – it’s one of the cheap brands, their products are so and so. This base-coat has not improved the quality of my nails a bit but it has worked fine.

And yes, no makeup this month as I’ve been buying a lot of stuff lately and never got the chance to finish anything. But we’ll see what august brings for us.

Until the next time, wear red lipstick and glitter all the way:-)

Handbag heroes

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If you are a regular on this blog, it’s no secret that I’m a person that suffers from a tight schedule everyday. If not, be warned that I might refer to this constantly. This is the main reason that my posts have been quite chaotic lately and what inspired me in the first place to share this to you, my dears. Handbag-wise, I’m a walking disaster as I always feel the need to pack everything as to prevent an unknown cataclysm that would allegedly keep me from fixing my makeup . If someone told you that reaching your 30’s will solve most of your college problems, forget that.

Let’s start with non-beauty basics first. I always (no matter of the bag size) carry with me a a hairbrush (as you can see, I have one from Sephora bought ages ago, in form of a compact case that also has mirror) , a dental floss (currently dragging around is one bought from DM, not much to say than it does what’s supposed to do) and cleaning tissues for glasses (whatever comes handy at the supermarket). Gum, hairbands or clips and different emergency pills come without saying.

The leader hero of the bag is the hand cream – currently using the Nivea HandCream Anti Age Q10, travel size. It’s a decent hand cream, smells quite nicely and makes me feel pampered.  For other kind of toiletries I always have a handful of samples (that you generally receive in magazines or in beauty stores and stay forgotten in the bathroom) with me of diverse products that come handy when I did not expect  (perfume, hand cream, liquid foundation, anti-mosquito lotion). Don’t get me wrong, I always carry a bottle of perfume with me, like this nice lily and gardenia spray perfume from Avon that currently is with me all the time, but I like variety and just to be sure I have enough, I’ve recently added the Lush solid perfume (review: here).

Makeup review I keep minimal, as either I’m wearing full makeup throughout the day or I’m not wearing anything. So the only real makeup product that I could die without is lipstick. And I cannot get enough of it as I carry around at least three. And as you can see, currently I’m over that limit: a nude lip gloss from Soap & Glory, chubby sticks from Astor and Bourjois, a classic pink lipstick from ELF and a nice orange Colortrend from Avon. In case my makeup starts running around from excessive oil, I have the Tea Trea Blotting Tissues from Body shop that help me solve that problem.

What do you know, there aren’t so many products as I thought, all the essentials are there, just in case ;).

What about you? What treasures does your handbag hold?

Until  next time, wear red lipstick and glitter all the way:-)

Rainforest Radiance Conditioners

Rainforrest Radiance Conditioners

I like it when a beauty company is environmental oriented. I like it more when their labels have a lot of: no parabens, no silicons, no colorants. It makes me wanna buy more. This is why I love Body Shop.

My hair it is not a subject, it is an epopea. Every time I fantasize I want it long it ends up cut short (like in pixie short). It is very fine hair with an oily tendency and naturally a sandy blonde but as soon as I was over 30, the insidious white hair started to show. So that was the moment when I had to color my hair and of course it had to be blonde.

So I addressed my two problems (oily, colored hair) in a Body Shop store and came home with two conditioners from their Rainforrest Radiance gamma. The conditioner for colored hair contains pracaxi oil, aloe vera, bilberry extract, linseed oil and soya oil. The conditioner for oily hair also contains aloe vera, pracaxi oil, white nettle, seaweed and sugar.

I’ve been using those two for two months now and I am quite happy. Their texture is thick but the hair feels very light after washing and not heavy with product. The colour in my hair is preserved quite nicely and the fragrance is quite discreet. Both conditioners are quite fair for untangling but do not perform wonders.

The only downside that they have both is getting the product out of the plastic bottle – which sometimes is funny other times it’s frustrating.

My rating: 8/10 (just for those annoying bottles). Would I buy this again? They didn’t rock my hair but they are not bad conditioners.

Until next time, wear red lipstick and glitter all the way:-)

March empties

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Hey, lovely laddies!

Last week, I had an awful cold that kept me in bed quite a long time. Now, I’m back, full of energy for the lovely spring unfolding outside.

 

Empty products in March:

  • Body Shop Noix de Cocoa Beurre Corporel – I love these moisturizers: they are rich, full of delicious scents, leaving your skin of so happy, smooth, silky and glowing. Besides, what’s not to love about a body butter that has no sulfates, phthalates,  GMOs, or triclosan. The packaging is not so great, as I would have loved to have this product in a bottle with a pump, but given the consistency of the product and how great it is absorbed into the skin, I say it’s a minor one.
  • E.L.F. Mineral Foundation – this was not a favorite product: it did not have coverage, it was kindda cakey looking, the pot was quite small for the price paid for it. I generally used it as setting powder, but the product did not last very long on my face. The good side: it had SPF 15.  At the end, the product was sticking on the walls of the pot and it was annoying for me to use it until the last drop.
  • Essence I Love Extreme Mascara – I’ve bought this mascara as I’ve read numerous good reviews about it on Internet. Remember the saying: don’t believe everything you hear, right? It was one of the worst products ever: the wand had too much product, it clumped my lashes, and until the end of the day it was faking. After a couple of months since it was bought, the product came with a funny smell, so I’ve decided it was the end of it.
  • Farmec nail polish – as you all know by now, I love this brand. For beauty on budget, this is heaven. This nail polish is shade 351, a deep and rich red. It looks very good on nails, is ultra-resistant, and it’s easy to apply& remove.
  • Dove Essential Nourishment Hand Cream – unfortunately I forgot to keep this one product for the monthly photo. But, I can say that this is one of the best drugstore hand creams that I’ve tried. Very discreet scent, leaves skin moisturize and has good price, of course. What more do you want from this kind of product?
  • Salvatore Ferragamo Signiorina EDP – I loved this perfume for the times I wanted to feel very lady-like, with notes of pepper, jasmine, pink peony, rose, musk, patchouli and pannacotta. It was sweet but in the same time, pleasing and not an overwhelming scent. I would definitely buy this again.

Until the next time, wear red lipstick and glitter all the way:-)

February Favorites

You could say that February was definitely a month for beauty 101 as I finally bought myself the Core Collection. I mean, it’s never too late, is it? As a result, I have concentrated my efforts into makeup.

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 This is the month when I discovered this wonderful powder blush from NYX Cosmetics (Peach shade). Generally, I am not a big fan of blushes due to my complexion (fair skin, naturally dark blond hair, with a little too rosy cheeks you’ve got a Heidi wanna be). But the main advantage of this blush is that it has a soft pigment that makes it very discreet on your face when you blend it well. Downside: it’s a slightly powdery.

maybelline

For mascara, I have finally come to the conclusion that Maybelline kicks asses! Currently I am using One by One Volum Express. This is my third kind of mascara from Maybelline that I am trying and  it has it all: the right dosage, one of the best brushes, natural look and for a drugstore product they are great.

loreal

L’Oreal Accord Parfait liquid foundation has been my “partner in crime” for two months now. Although my skin is very fine for a 32 years old person, occasionally I have problems with blemishes. This foundation has a very natural color, it covers so well and it’s perfectly adapted for oily skin types. Cons: not as resistant on your face as I read on so many blogs. Oh, well, for a product that I;ve bought in the spur of the moment, it was a very wise choice.

The-Body-Shop-Honeymania-Shower-Gel

Last but not least, Honeymania shower gel is a recent acquisition from Body Shop. I am a big fan of honey based products. This one has a rich heathen flavor that reminds me of wildflowers and musk. The skin remains soft with a discreet happiness scent.

Until next time, wear red lipstick and glitter all the way:-)