Garnier

GARNIER MICELLAR CLEANSING WATER

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Hello beauties,

It’s been a while since I’ve talked in a separate post about micellar waters, mostly because only a handfull of products revealed their high value until now.
Although it has been on the market for a while, I have started using the micellar water from Garnier only recently.

Pros:
– no fragrance
– using it resulted in no irritation of the skin; pay attention that any medium and hard rubbing of any product may cause at least a mild irritation but due to ingredients the irritation might last longer than a couple of minutes
– efficient cleaner – I have used it to remove all kinds of products including waterproof and it has worked just the same
– after using it my skin does not feel dry

Cons:
– package – is not travel friendly and sometime I squirt too much without intention so 400 ml might seem much but the bottle might empty the same as a smaller one

Bottom line, although it’s nothing special, I believe this product it’s comparable with over-hyped Bioderma micellar water but it’s more cost effective so it comes as a good alternative for whatever micellar water you are trying right now. For me it will be a repurchase.

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

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March empties

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Hello beauties,

Another month comes close to an end and it’s time for another empties list. What I like about this kind of post, apart from a nice retrospective on some reviews (because I don’t come up with the time to review all products that I’m using), is the highlight it gives on my preferences and their evolution.
For instance this month I’ve discovered I use a lot of hand cream (basically each time after I wash my hands) and I’m in constant search for a better product even if that means a more expensive one.
Without further due, here goes the empties list:

Body:
Nivea Cream Care shower cream – as I always say, when in doubt use Nivea. Their recent addition to the shower gels&creams collection is a nice creamy product that comes with the vlassic Nivea scent and it does not dry your skin after using it, so it cannot go wrong. The trouble with Nivea is that it can get a little bit borring sometimes and then we migrate in along the aisles of the supermarket in search of another adventurous product.
Bottega Verde Argan del Marocco hand cream – this product is something I usually would not buy from a drugstore as it’s price is almost double than a regular one. But I was impressed that the quality was decent and the fragrance was surprisingly pleasant (as you know, I’m not a fan of scented products). Overall I would give this product another try soon and made me curious for Bottega Verde products.
Garnier Intensive Repair hand cream – another hand cream finishrd this month (maybe because it was so cold for a long time) but this one was not impressive at all, maybe only in size as it’s bigger than most of handcreams found in a drugstore. Apart from that, I didn’t feel my hands very hydrated despite their used of word “intense” and the perfume (a little bit cheap for my taste but in a lower quantity would have been ok without me being called a snob) contradicts the “dermatologically tested” claim. I have nothing against Garnier products in general but this one did not do it for me.
Sephora nail polish base – it is a multi-action base for strengthening and smoothing the nails; the product has been in my drawer for quite some time and it was the moment for us to part but when it comes to Sephora nail products I always am pleased with the result

Hair:
Clear Anti-Dandruff Intense Hydratation shampoo – this shampoo is a recent discovery for me; for a while I have used an organic shampoo that did nothing good for my hair but it made it dry and my scalp itchy. It took me a while to realize that it was the shampoo to blame and in the rush of the momen I’ve bought this one from Clear. It proved to be a decent shampoo and a bit effective as my scalp stopped itching so it’s something I’m going to buy again in the future.
Syoss Shine Boost conditioner –  I have been using this condioner for a while ( yeah, it’s a big bottle) first on a regular basis at home but after a while I have used it only when washing my hair after gym class. That being said, you can guess it was a miss as I haven’t noticed any extra shine or increased moisturizing so this will not be a repurchase.

Face:
Apidermin face cream – as it is not the first jar of this cream consumed I will not linger on, just point out that during winter this cream can at times be a miracle but as the summer aproaches the high amount of vaseline can be a minus.
Uriage Roseliane – I have previously talked about this face cream (click here for the full review), as for me it didn’t work. It’s silicone texture and lack of moisturizing made me decide I will not buy this face cream in the future. Probably for a normal skin type and less problems than mine this would work wonders.

Makeup:
E.L.F. Brow Kit – this product was reviewed a while back (click here for the story) and I have not changed my mind since. It’s a nice kit for your eyebrows, it’s not expensive and I would recommend it for everybody as a starting point
Benefit They’re Real mascara – With Benefit products I have tried so hard to grow into liking them but I had sucess only in such a few cases. I am sorry that this mascara also did not work for me despite it’s good reviews found on numerous blogs but a spiky wand did not make my eyelashes long or/and full of volume and I really don’t see the point in wasting money when you can get the same effect for less. I would give them credit that the named wand it gave my eyelashes enough separation but I did not feel it build and I was always afraid of poking my eye with it. Probably it’s a personal experience but mine was not comfortable.

I look forward for April to begin as I have new and pretty products to review for you.

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

November empties

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Hello beauties,

Now November ends and it’s time for another empties post a chance to talk about  products reviewed over the time and consumed and products that simply were not worth a separate post or, because of objective reasons, I don’t have time to write a review, and my overall thoughts on them.

Face:

  • Sephora pearl mask for perfecting and brightening – this was a fiber mask from the new collection of Sephora products. The word is that it reduces blemishes, evens skintone and increases luminosity of the skin. I’m not exactly sure that it perfected anything or increased the luminosity for that matter but it had a nice scent and the experience was a pleasant one. With a nice moisturizing tough before going to bed no one will notice that this mask did not minimize skin irregularities.
  • Inglot Makeup Remover for Waterproof Makeup – this was not actually a purchase but a gift received in Inglot store but I have been using it on and off since the beginning of the summer – it’s a lovely makeup remover, very functional and it does not leave that much of a greasy feeling as other waterproof makeup remover did so most likely this will be a (re)purchase
  • Clarins Eye Contour Balm – I’ve reviewed this product here, but I will probably repurchase this cream if nothing else catches my eye as I liked it very much

Body

  • Garnier Mineral Invisible deodorant – I wanted to get away from Nivea rut and got my hands on this product but I was not impressed. Well, if a deodorant says it stays 48h there should be a warning sign (dear Garnier, I have the impression that I do wash with a higher frequency that you recommend us using your products). The scent was pleasant and on the functional side it was ok but I had itching sensations especially a day after hair removal and also I’ve got the sensation that the product was in a smaller quantity than the bottle led you to believe. It will not be a repurchase.
  • Elizabeth Arden 5th Avenue – this is a nice alternative for the days when you want to blend in, not to be ostentatious or fresh from the field; I liked this perfume and probably will be a repurchase.
  • Yves Rocher Fucsia Nail Polish – the trouble with ordering online is that sometimes products appear bigger than they really are. But to pay for a normal bottle and to receive something close to a sample size it’s just pure rip off and this is why I stopped buying Yves Rocher. This nail polish has a pretty fucsia color but I’ve used it probably 4-5 times and now although the bottle has at least a quarter of the product it cannot be used (because it’s not enough and it got dry more quickly than the average nail polish). It will not be a repurchase.
  • Dove cream bar –  in terms of drugstore soaps, Dove rules and their Purely Pampering gamma is a pretty choice; mine was with coconut milk and I was not disappointed. Probably will be a repurchase
  • Netrogena Intense Repair Body Lotion – Although I’ve never got the chance to do a separate review, this product deserved it: this is one of the best body lotions I’ve tried latest in terms of moisturizing. I’ve used it for every part of my body every day and my skin (even the dry patches from heels and elbows) felt so soft. And the bonus was it didn’t had any scent so there were small chances of irritation. I would recommend it and will repurchase it again.

As you can see I’m a bit lazy about consuming makeup products this month (is it because I have so many? noooo). What did you empty this month? Leave for me a quick comment below.

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