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September empties

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Hello beauties!

What a busy month! First it was vacation for me, then coming back with an awful cold from the Florida’s beaches, then working like a mule to finish some projects. And still am, but that’s life and you have to enjoy every moment, no matter.

September has ended swiftly and I have a lot of empties to talk about. Unfortunately there are no makeup products in this list as lately it seems I’ve been buying a lot and never got the chance to concentrate a lot on finishing them.

Body:

  • Boots Mango & Papaya Body Cream – I’ve been telling you about this product in June (read: here) but I never had the chance of reviewing this body cream; well, the bottom line: great scent but not such a great product in terms of body cream – it has a low degree for moisturizing the skin which remains somehow sticky after using the cream. It consists in a mix between a gel and a cream – the gel is ok but sticky and the cream will hardly be absorbed into the skin. Not gonna buy this again
  • Nivea anti-perspirant Invisible for Black&White – it’s a classic, but better for winter than summer
  • Nivea Q10 Anti-Age hand-cream – really, for a drugstore brand, they deliver some of the best hand-creams and whenever I don’t know what to buy, Nivea would be the choice – medium priced but good quality.

Nails:

  • Farmec Quick Dry nail spray – Other brand I like and this product helps me every  week  when I’m doing my nails in the morning – it really speeds the nail polish drying  process. It is basically my first quick nail dry spray but it’s cheap and efficient and already has a refill in my bathroom.

Hair:

  • Wella Brilliance Treatment for fine to normal hair – you can read the review: here. And yes, I started using the refill:)

Face:

  • Beauty Formulas – Cleansing Nose Pore Strips – I try to use the nose pore strips once a week. This package has been bought from DM drugstore, it was a little bit expensive than the others and I was trying it for the first time. Overall, it didn’t seem that it does something extra or different than any other cleansing nose pore strips so nothing to review here.
  • Bioderma Sensibio AR – Probably you have noticed that this second bottle of this face cream that I’ve emptied but I’m convinced it’s a good one. I believe it to be perfect for summer days if you have sensitive or oily skin. Just give it a try.
  • Botanics – Cleansing Face Wipes All Bright – I’ve been using this face wipes when going to the gym (to clear the makeup before working out) and during my holiday, when I was too tired to wash my face (bad choice, I know, but I’m not perfect). Overall, I felt like they do a decent cleaning job but considering they are face wipes for sensitive skin they should never put perfume in them and although the material didn’t feel irritating my skin was a little bit red after using them. So, I have my doubts if I’m going to use them again.
  • Elmiplant Micelar Water – read my review: here. Overall, be smart and don’t waste your money on a product not worthy of them.

Yes, it has been a busy month, but I hope that the next month I’m going to have a diversified list:) Have a wonderful October!

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

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June empties

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Hello beauties!

It’s that time again: monthly empties. This month has been a lot about drugstore products that are quite accessible and some of the products on this list are a part of a conscious cleaning process I’ve been doing in my bathroom cabinet. I know I’m spending a lot of money on different beauty products but I try to keep the list of the products that I’m not actually using to a minimum. So, here’s the list

Hair:

  • L’Oreal Elseve Nutri Gloss Serum – this styling serum was a lot talked about when released. As you can see the bottle is not even half empty but it has been lying around in my bathroom for a while unused. The product was too much for me, made it too oily, but for a little extra shine half a drop it was ok but apparently not enough.
  • Kallos Placenta mask – this one was actually recommended to me by my mother for my colored hair. It is a decent drugstore mask, nice texture, low on perfume but I would not get my hopes that high as for the placenta thins, as they only have wheat extract so even if they don’t have the right ingredients dosage the product will not do you any harm. Anyway, Kallos are quite popular in Romania for their cheap products, so if you want to try it , you will not be leaving your children without college funds.
  • Dr. Wolf Plantur 39 for hair over forty – this shampoo it was recommended to me by my dermatologist doctor. It is a caffeine based product meant to stimulate the circulation on the scalp that would lead to at least a decrease in the hair loss. As a shampoo is not bad, especially if you have hair that becomes oily after a short while but I think it’s too early now to talk about the anti-hair loss effects just after the first emptied bottle.

Body:

  • Balea anti cellulite shower gel with caffeine and alga extract – this shower gel I’ve been using at the gym; it comes with a brush cap that is supposed to help you massage the skin affected by cellulite. In reality it was more like a scrub and I haven’t seen any effects against my cellulite.
  • Palmer’s Massage Cream for stretch marks – as these products are quite pricey in Romania for a drugstore line, I expected the best from Palmer’s. Also, if I’m not sure what to expect from a product I always choose the travel sized packages. I was right,  as this massage cream did absolutely nothing for my two new stretch marks recently appeared on my tummy.
  • Farmec body cream with argan – as much as I love Farmec products, and as far as I was hyped about finding a body lotion with argan oil, this product experience was a so an so. Maybe because I love my body lotions to have a thick texture which was not the case and it seems that neither on the moisturizing part it wasn’t that much.

Face:

  • Bioderma Sensibio H2O – this product was so much under bloggers review that I feel unjust in doing another one. It’s good, I always come back to it, no matter what I try and it has become part of my essentials list
  • Nivea Gentle Cleaning Wiped – I’m not a big fan of the cleaning wipes as I generally think they don’t do a very good job on clearing your skin of all the dirt and products, but I do use them and generally use them when going to the gym after working hours. These cleaning wipes I would not recommend because, contrary to the package claims, to my sensitive skin were quite aggressive.
  • Boots Tea Tree Witch Hazel Face Wash – a very good drugstore face wash that most likely will be repurchased (review: here)

Makeup:

  • Too Faced Lash Injection Pinpoint mascara – another product that I’ve found lying around. As much as I love Too Faced products this mascara was lousy and it was probably the reason that I’ve abandoned it so easily. The mascara was too dry, zero volume and a funky wand.If this mascara is still available in the stores, with my whole heart I tell you don’t waste your money on it.

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

Happy June beauty haul

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Hello ladies! Hope your summer started with a fun weekend.

I recently decided to turn my life around in terms of care. About 8 months ago, I quit smoking and subsequently became prone to gaining weight. A lot. A week ago I’ve decided enough is enough and bought my first mountain bike and did the first 10 miles of my healthy new life. Somehow this new attitude is reflected in my recent beauty haul.

As we age, we all need to take good care of our skin through food, exercise and beauty products. Using anti-aging products after 30’s is something I should not remind as being a must. The skin around the eyes is a very special area that needs extra attention. This is how I came to try Ivatherm’s UNA Anti-Aging eye cream with Plant stem cells. They promise a great boost in epidermal regeneration. I will come back to that thought very soon, addressing it a review.

Aging is a tough process and fighting against it sometimes it takes it toll. As my first gray hair started showing this year I was left no alternative but to color my (once pure sandy blonde) hair. In doing that, I’ve opened the Pandora box for treatments that help you keep your color vibrant and the hair texture in place. So, soon to be reviewed is this Wella Professionals Brilliance Treatment for fine to normal, coloured hair.

As putting my body to extreme tasks like cycling is quite challenging, I’ve decided that a little pampering is in order and I wanted to give it a try to this Boots Mango & Papaya Body Cream. It smells exotic, looks very yummy and at least will guarantee a pleasant experience.

And where would I be without some lipstick? Yes indeed, the new product from Rimmel: Lasting Finish by Kate. This is a matte lipstick which I chose in a shade called Rossetto.

What are your newly acquired beauty products? Tell us within a short comment.

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

A witch and a tree

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My first memory of a Boots product is that of a blue lip balm, a present from my father from his London business trip. I was five or six at that time but I clearly remember the feel-good and moisturing that product had. So, it’s a thing with me and Boots products.

I’ve bought Tea Tree Witch Hazel Face Wash without a clear thought on my mind. The package looked good, the price was reasonable and the fresh smell was comforting. When I arrived at home, in the intimacy of my bathroom, just me and the face wash reflected in the mirror, I had a big surprise: the foam was gentle and efficient, the dosage was precise, the skin was neither dry neither red after this washing. So I said to myself: dear, you are native smart shopper!

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