Yves Rocher

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:-)

October empties

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Hello beauties,

So, another month has passed and the time has come to see the empties of that month with good and the bad and a lot of products apparently, most of them previously reviewed. Let’s get started:

Body

  • Elmiplant Senses Touch shower gel – this shower gel got a lot of attention at launch this summer but I’m not sure it deserved it as I’ve been using this for a couple of months and didn’t get the feeling it was doing more than any other shower gel. So no great deal about it, I didn’t feel it deserved a separate post; average drugstore product, but you can try it in lack of inspiration.
  • Herbamedicus hand creme – this was reviewed here; bottom line: it was nice to try but I will never buy this hand cream anyway
  • Vaseline body lotion – I’ve been having this body lotion during my holiday and using it as hand cream on a general basis. Although the product is mostly a sample that was meant for maximum two uses, I’ve managed to stretch it for almost two months and I declare it to be an interesting product, interesting enough to buy it again
  • Nivea powder touch antiperspirant

Hair

  • Plantur 39 shampoo – it is not the first time I mention this kind of shampoo with caffeine (read about it here) but I’m going to let it not be re-purchased as I haven’t seen any increasing effect on my hair. But that doesn’t make it a bad shampoo, just to expensive for a non-reachable purpose.
  • Batiste dry shampoo for light & blonde hair– for the classic Batiste dry shampoo you can read the full review here. As you can see, I’ve been trying their different products for a while and I can say that this one is my favorite so far – it has the perks of the Batiste dry shampoos, the fragrance is ok, but the main advantage is the fact that the powder has a nice blonde coloration so your hair will look and feel fuller. Trust me, it’s a deal.

Face

  • Nivea Soothing cleaning mousse – I got along just fine with this cleaning product and if I will fail to have inspiration for something new, I will probably buy this again; You can read the full review here.
  • Apivita natural serum with resveratrol and vitamin E – Considering their price I expected it to be some kind of wonder serum but apart from a nice hydration of the areas where I’ve applied it (forehead, neck, cleavage) I didn’t notice any anti-aging effect. So, bottom line, it will not be a repurchase; for the full review, click here.

Nails&Makeup

  • Yves Rocher -Correction base – Not much to say but another try and fail from Yves Rocher. Somehow these products keep on failing to convince me they are worth the investment as you can find on the market cheaper products that deliver better results.
  • Benefit Some Kind-a Gorgeous – Here goes my first experience with creme foundations, and it was not a bad one either; you can read the full review here.
  • Maybelline Falsies Volum Express – I’m a big, big fan of Maybelline mascaras, and I’m so please to try their products every time; you can read about this one here.
  • NYX Photo Loving Primer – finally it’s empty and you can read it’s full review here.

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

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:-)

April empties

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Hello, beauties!

April has been a busy month for me with a lot of products that I’m gonna say good bye to. Some of them I’m going to repurchase some of them were a total waste of my money. So out with the old:

Face &Body

Yves Rocher Beaute des Mains. Hand care is very important to me, although hands are most of the times left out from beauty routines (in terms of moisturizing or applying sun screen). After I wash my hands, every time, with no exception, I will use a hand cream. This is why I have a hand cream everywhere: in my purse, in my bathroom, in every other drawer, in the car, in my boyfriend’s car:) and so on. This hand cream from Yves Rocher has helped me through the office winter and the best thing I can say about it, oh, that perfume. Well, that’s an irritant, I know. You know what else? Alcohol and sodium hydroxide. Overall it was an ok hand cream, but not very gentle with the skin.

After this month I’m going to skip the Effaclar Micellar Water (review). it has been a very nice thermal water for my oily sensitive skin, I’ve almost forgot I have problems, but out of all the micellar waters that I’ve tried, I believe this one from La Roche Posay does the weakest job in the cleaning department. This is why I’ve always used it with Nivea  Eye make-up remover (review).

Floritene Serum Face Lift – I’ve found this product recently in my search for effective anti-age products as it contains hyaluronic acid and AHA. All I can say is that I saw the results immediately,  but, although I did not feel any side effect, I’ve noticed that this serum contained a lot of irritating agents.

As long as we are talking about Nivea, it’s their antiperspirant that is emptied this month, the Invisible for Black&White. Not much to say, other than it delivers. Also I’m a big fan of their lip butters – the last one being Pure&Natural Olive&Lemon Lip Care. Funky fresh smell, extra green color but it helped my lips stay soft and moisturized on a daily basis.

Makeup

Another product from Yves Rocher that I’m going to renounce to is Peau Parfaite BB Cream. All I can say about it is good riddance, you’ve wasted my money and my skin.It is not actually empty but I could not use it no more. First, it was the smell – like old’s people medicine cabinet. Then, the coverage, close to non-existent which on my skin is a VIP ticket to disaster and the SPF (what? who? I don’t understand). Overall I felt with a paint application on my face, but the paint wasn’t blended that well.

E.L.F. Mineral Infused Face Primer  – I was sad when this ran out, because I can say this is the most re-purchased product from E.L.F. because I use primers as part of my everyday makeup due to my oily sensitive skin. It has been a fiend in need, decent product, does not perform miracles but I think it stands the endurance test for a lot of events. It is not the same thing I can say about E.L.F. Eyelid Primer that generally speaking hasn’t help me much, eye shadows creasing and caking at their own free will.

Given the fact that I use lipstick every day, if I would have to choose my top 3 lip glosses this Sexy Motherpucker Lip Plumping Gloss from Soap &Glory would be in it as one of my va va voom secrets. The gloss here is What a Melon, it was a soft glittery pink with a nice tingling sensation on my lips and a non-sticky formula (as non-sticky it can be for a lip gloss). And yes, your lips get bigger; and if not, they are prettier.

I’ve bought this NYX HD Photogenic Concealer  because it was recommended to me by people that sell this product here as a primer. It is not a primer, it’s a concealer, helloo! I’ve bought it in green for my redness problem, but nevertheless it did’t cover very well. I found out it didn’t blend very well either and it was quite drying.

Maybelline One by One Volume Express – this mascara I really, really loved (review). I am sorry to be parted and I truly hope that until I will buy this product again, they will keep it in their list.

Essence Bronzing Star I’ve had it for a while now but now we must part, as I dropped it on the floor and it is in an irrecoverable mess. It had a nice color and pigmentation, it was very easily blended, doesn’t have any shimmer but it didn’t last that long on your face.

That’s all for April empties.

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

February empties

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Spring it’s finally here and I’m having a sense of urgency. I need sunshine, I want my summer holiday and some cheap thrills in warm nights of Romanian parties.

Until we have all that for a girly chat, lets go through some of the drugstore products that I’ve finished in February.

Balea Trend It Up dry shampoo – it was my first dry shampoo and I will always feel some strong brand affection for this. Use it wisely and it will serve you the money’s worth. Use it in large quantities and your hair will look like French Revolution gone rogue.

Balea Makeup remover for waterproof eye makeup – I always say you must not expect too much from a drugstore products or you’ll get disapointed. Well, this one didn’t work for me: too oily, to messy, not enough cleaning. Not gonna happen again.

Yves Rocher Minceur Detox – this is a love & hate relationship. Why? Because most of the time I’m being naive and getting my hopes high regarding a brand and go get their most appraised product and…suprize – it’s a spoof. Then I am so upset that I delete all their e-mails and throw all their letters. Until one day, when I come across this beauty wonder: a heavenly scrub that makes you think of planes with fresh cut grass and summer and aggresive happiness… as happines can scrub you and leave your skin oh so soft, no?

Miss Sporty So Energetic foundation – it promises a natural radiance and probably the consumer should feel like a 13 year old schoolgirl. Well, this light foundation not only it doesn’t deliver the above mention glow but it does make your face look all clogged and “I woke up on the wrong side of the bed”. I tossed it without any guilt.

Now, we’re all done for today.

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