25 May 2020

PR package

Hello,

I received a little surprise. Cosnova PR team sent me a couple of new products and what a lovely way to brighten any day, right?


I received two items from Essence High Beauty line. First little tube is pink tinted caring lip balm and second, in a yellow packaging is hydrating face primer. Lip balms are my weakness and as soon as I finish one of the balms that I'm using now I will try this one out.
Essence Bronzed this way! shimmering body oil is something I would never pick out myself because of the extreme shimmer but even though it looks very orange/bronze looks might be deceiving. I will test it out some more but it actually looks nice even on my pale skin tone.
The last item actually has a perfect timing since I'm almost done with my current fixing spray which is also from Catrice. This is the new one from their current limited edition Sungasm and is called Summer Glow make-up setting spray. This whole collection is gorgeous and I feel like I have to go and check it out in person as well. Too bad that we can't have any testers out in the store, at the moment because did you see the glowy bronzers? Stunning.

As soon as I will properly wear all of them I will prepare more in depth review for all interested.



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15 May 2020

Empties

Hello,

this time around I have some Summer inspired products. I decided not to wait till much coveted Summer or vacation simply because I don't know if I will even go on a 'proper' vacation by the beach this year... everything seems so vague and distant, but to stop myself drowning in sad thoughts I decided to create vacation destination right in my bathroom... ;)


Nivea creme pearls body wash with Cherry Blossom is a travel sized one that I received a couple of years ago in an advent calendar with a bunch of minis. I never took it on my travels and this year, God knows... in the mean time I used this in my shower and it gave me the feeling like I'm on a vacation already ;) However, this scent was very, very pleasant but I don't know how to describe it. A bit musky and rich, creamy and it reminds me of an expensive shower gels from fancy hotels. I don't know if that makes any sense but I can say I would buy it again in a full size but I can't find it online  :(

I finished another body wash and this was another lovely one and it is from Balea and it is their limited edition Relaxing Bali body wash. Very nice scent, fruity but not too sweet. Nothing plastick-y or icky but very nice and I would also repurchase it in a heartbeat if I could.

It took me a really long time to finish up this next products because of its size (400ml) and it is Eveline hyaluronic micellar water. I have zero complaints about it. In the evening if I had a feeling like my skin isn't completely clean after two step cleanse I would soak my cotton pad with it and wipe my skin clean. It worked but at the moment I have something else. When I will be looking for a new one I will definitely check this one out.

Neutrogena visibly clear oil free face moisturizer is a constant in my routine. I use it religiously every morning because it is hydrating and sinks right in so it doesn't add any unnecessary grease to my skin and also it doesn't break me out. I'm already using a new tube of it.

Garnier skinactive 3 in 1 (scrub, face wash and face mask) is the very last tube. I also had this one for a really long time but this kind of products for me always take a long time. It claims to be 3 in 1 but honesty I don't use it as a scrub because it is not effective enough plus I started to use more of a chemical or enzyme scrubs opposed to mechanical. Sometimes I put thin layer all over my face and let it dry while I brush my teeth, if I had more time or my skin was acting up I would cover it up in a thick layer and let it dry completely or I would opt for a quick wash with this clay based product. I really like it and got used to it so I always have something clay based that can be used in multiple different ways at all times. At the moment I'm using a different one from Neutrogena and I like it a lot. I'm not particularly loyal or picky, so when I'm in need I usually buy the cheapest ;)



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04 May 2020

Sparkling Brown

Hello,

another neutral eye shadow coming your way. I purchased this shadow during the black Friday last year and it took me a couple of months to actually try it out. They don't have a lot of shadows to try out and I bought the only neutral shimmery version that was there and I couldn't pick out more 'boring' shade if I would try ;)


Sante mono shadow in Sparkling Brown which I got at a whopping 50% off discount. I was scared that they will remove the entire brand out of the store but thankfully it is still there, a bit expensive but it is still there.


Lovely, sturdy packaging with their logo printed into the shadow, I know it is supposed to represent a human but all I can see is an eagle and it always makes me smile :)


The name, Sparkling Brown reveals it all. It is medium brown with a warm undertone and plenty of shimmer. I already have similar shades in my collection and for sure I didn't need another medium brown in my collection but sometimes the shopping bug gets me and I buy things without thinking.


Here you can really see the shimmer, thankfully it doesn't have the tendency to fall down my cheeks and the formula is very creamy and blendable. It is a bit dark but I can sheer it out to my desired look. If they will come out with more shades (not that I need more shadows) and have some awesome deals I will get some more, the sturdy packaging is also a very big plus.



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02 May 2020

Precious Peach and Pink Pearls

Hello,

glossy lips are definitely my jam so when brands come out with something glossy I'm all about it. Avon had Supreme nourishing lipstick (I think they discontinued them already) which I reviewed here already and I liked them, a couple of months later they came out with marbled glosses...


Avon supreme nourishing lip gloss in Precious Peach and Pink Pearls. Even though I know that the 'pattern' will wear off when I will use it a couple of times I still wanted them. There are four shades and since I couldn't narrow it down to just one I bought two.


First is Precious Peach and bolder shade is Pink Pearls. They have a lot of glitter particles in gold and pink in it but I can't feel them on the lips.


On a first glance they were very similar to the Catrice vitamin lip treatments but the Avon ones are way more pigmented and glittery while the Catrice ones were more juicy and felt lighter on the lips.


Precious Peach is a lovely peach shade (a bit brighter in real life) but still very wearable and it goes with a lot of different looks. This one is my every day shade when I want to wear something glossy and pigmented, while I can't say the same for the other one...


This bolder number, Pink Pearls is very vivid and bright so wearing it to work seems a bit too much, also the reapplication most definitely have to be done in front of a mirror. This one on the other hand stains my lips so after the shine dies I can apply clear lip balm and it still looks pink and like I tried harder than I actually did.
They smell like fresh melons, slightly different from your typical caramel scent but I have a feeling like nowdays they make lip glosses with more of a fruity vibe, right?
These are very nice if you like pigmented and glittery glosses. I usually stay on the shimmer free side and prefer less pigmentation but every once in a while I like to switch things up, especially I like the peachy one. I am having plenty of fun wearing them but I won't repurchase them again. I also started to see them on a discontinued side of a brochure so they will be soon gone forever.


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30 April 2020

Empties

Hello,

I have a lot of empty bottles and some products that didn't work for me and will be passed along to people who might enjoy them. I currently don't need to buy anything, I will just replace all of these products with what I already have except for one product which was on sale because they are discontinuing it and I grabbed some back ups.


Yves Rocher Raspberry and Pepermint body lotion got me with its unique scent. I discovered that I love Raspberry and Mint and in this lotion they combined them and combo is really nice. The bad thing is that it can smell a bit plastic-y every once in a while. The pump was very convenient and the lotion absorbed rather fast. It was nice, moisturizing but nothing I would repurchase it again.

Next I have matching body spray and body lotion from Avon naturals Blackberry and Vanilla collection. The scent is creamy and a bit fruity but the fruitiness does not overtake the scent. It was one of my favorite scents from naturals but these lotions are notorious for not being moisturizing enough for me. Body spray also didn't do anything for me, the long lasting power in body sprays really isn't something to brag about. I most probably won't repurchase them again (I have another body spray left in a different scent and when that one is gone I'm done with them).

I bought this Garnier Argan face mist when it was still relatively new in the store and argan is know for being moisturizing... Very early on (after using it twice in a row) I started to notice massive breakouts so I stopped using it and let my skin heal. Trying it for the second time just to make sure this is really the products that doesn't work for me, put things into perspective for me. Yes, this toner didn't agree with my skin and at first I wanted to use it all over my body just to finish it up but I have way too many products and I decided to rather give it away and maybe it will work for someone else.

The two little cute bottles are The Body Shop energising Mandarin and mattifying Mint face mists which also didn't work for me, just like the toner I previously described, these cuties also break my skin out so I will be passing them along. The Mandarin one is very zesty and indeed refreshing, the green Mint smells more like a toothpaste and you have to shake it well before use because there is white powder (clay?) on the bottom to help with mattifying claim.


The first bottle is a bit hard to see but it is Sante clear nail polish which I used as a top coat. It gave my nails the shine and make them last longer. It was fine and I'm not really thinking repurchasing it again (this bottle was a gift, I didn't buy it myself) because I have another top coat from Catrice to go through.

Next is one of my favorite lipstick formulas that has sadly been discontinued and it is Catrice ultimate shine gel color in the Don't fear the sheer!. The moisturizing formula, glossy feel and even the bright coral shade suited me a lot in my opinion. I really wish they would bring them back but right now I have some others in the testing process and maybe Catrice did remake them and put them in a different packaging... This is my very last one after a handful of them that I bought when they were discontinuing them. I haven't completely finished it up because it went bad but like I said, I have a lot of lipsticks and some are really good.

The very last item is my favorite night time eye cream and it is Avon anew hydro-advance eye cream. It is a bit thicker so I only use it at night, in the morning I don't have the time to wait for it to absorb and using it on a longer period of time I did noticed that my lines were less pronounces and my skin looked well taken care of and moisturized. Last week I noticed that they quietly discontinued it but I was able to find it on the sale pages and I ordered three more... it is safe to say that I'm good for this year when it comes to eye cream and then I will have to slowly start to look for a new one.



Thank you for reading and have a nice day

24 April 2020

Project Polish

Hello,

this 'batch' of nail polishes that I'm done with was planed. I was in a neutral zone and I picked up the last three that I had from Color Trend line from Avon, plus they all look so nice together that I just couldn't resist.


Avon Color Trend Boldest Beige, Pout and Rare nail polishes. They all look like a slight different variation of a perfect nude nail varnish and lately I have really been into barely there nail colors. None of them is completely finished, that is  because they are all very old, especially Boldest Beige and the formulas stayed tacky and goopey on my nails so they weren't usable anymore.


Boldest Beige was part of a limited edition shade and it was a lovely light nude with full opacity achieved after two coats.
Pout and Rare are both from their regular selection and if I'm not mistaken are still available (even though I really liked them I won't be repurchasing them because I already have somewhat similar shades). Pout is almost a pastel pink with a bit of a thicker formula (I had to work fast and in thin layers but two coats were enough for full coverage), Rare is more taupe/mushroom colored but this one had the best formula of them all. It was quite thin and watery so at first I didn't have enough hope that I will achieved full opacity with two coats but second coat covered everything really nicely. I could still use it (it wasn't thick but it just didn't want to dry down, so the next morning I had my sheets printed onto my nails). They were all really nice shades but the brushes are a bit wonky so probably I won't buy any Color Trend nail varnishes in the future, unless I will see a gorgeous color.



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22 April 2020

Strawberry Bonbon

Hello,

for today I decided to go with something sweet and fruity...


The Body Shop shine lip liquid with Argan, Jojoba and Marula oil lip gloss in the shade Strawberry Bonbon.
The packaging holds 8 ml of product and I don't think I will use it up anytime soon.


The wand is the cutest, don't you think? And the scent is even better. It smells like those tutti fruity candies, very fruity sweet. I like it a lot but maybe for someone who is scent sensitive can be too much. Luckily I like the scent and hope I won't get sick of it.


I have picked this light bubble gum pink shade (they have a couple but none of the others caught my eye like this one did). It has some little, barely there shimmer but I don't think it is visible on the lips.


I cannot stress it enough how light this shade is, barely there but also it doesn't go into my lines (okay, on the bottom photo you can see just the tiniest bit of that but I just applied it and after a minute or two even that disappears but honesty, who is going to look me this close?)


It is glossy and juicy looking (not the glossiest gloss out there but still nice) and the shimmers isn't visible at all. The longevity could be better, it lasts max one hour on me and then I need to reapply.

All in all, I love the scent and actually the barely there, innocent looking pink is my jam right now but the poor performance (longevity) is a minus for me. I think I  will have fun wearing it but probably I won't repurchase it again or buy any other shades. There are better glosses out there for less in my opinion.



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