17 February 2020

Love at first sight

Hello,

I hope we can already say goodbye to the cold and Winter altogether and welcome Spring with arms wide open :)
Essence was super kind and sent me this little gem from their Crystal Dreams collection.


It is Essence limited edition Crystal Dreams and I have their highlighter Love at first sight.


It is a highlighter which looks white-ish in the pan but on the skin it transforms and has very cool toned lavender hue.


The 3D design is lovely and very eye catching and I'm definitely a fan of. The packaging is sturdy cardboard with a magnet (lately they are doing a lot with paper and magnetic closure).


I tried to pack it on just to show you the lavender tone of it but even with a light hand this is pigmented and quite pale.


I assume it is more suitable for lighter skin tones and for the ones that aren't afraid of 'colors'. I personally am not a fan of colorful highlighters (sometimes even the gold ones are too much for my fair complexion) so I mostly wore this one on my eyes as an eye shadow.
I think it fits into the Winter collection nicely but unfortunately it isn't something I would wear on a daily base but don't worry, I passed it to someone who will wear it way more than I ever would.



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15 February 2020

Empties

Hello,

my goal to write more in this year hasn't been fulfilled yet but I still have a long year infront of me and maybe it will get better. It can't get worse, right?


Nivea deo beauty elixir vitamines + mineral sensitive anti-perspirant was an impulse purchase. It had a sticker new and deodorant milk sounded like a nourishing product. I don't really have issues with extra sensitivity under my arms  but still I like to go more gentle. I know, it is anti-perspirant (it is supposed to prevent your pits to sweat which is not healthy at all), it is not supposed to be gentle but the milky texture gave me the feeling like it is on a caring side. I had zero troubles and even though I still sweat through I think I was not stinky. I will probably buy it again but now I'm using something else.

Avon Spotlight perfume was an oldie but a goodie. It smelled clean and slightly floral, like white flowers on a sunny carefree day. I used to really love it but for the last couple of years I transitioned into heavier, gourmand scents so I was eager to finish it up before it would go bad or my taste changed so much that I wouldn't want to wear it.

Avon used to come out with these naturals winterberry and shea body lotion every year for a couple of years in a row but not this past winter. Mine is pretty old and when I wanted to use it I noticed that the scent changed from a fresh creamy berry into something plastic-y so my wild guess is that it went bad and I have to throw it away which I already did.

The last items are these three lip balms, Malibu lip care lip balms with SPF 30 (Vanilla, Mint and Watermelon). I only purchased them because I was shopping online and I needed to spent a couple more euros to get higher discount (at the end I think I received them for free so it doesn't hurt me that much). The names correlate with the scent. My favorite is Watermelon which is pretty accurate with the fruit, second being Mint and Vanilla is my least favorite scent but thankfully it isn't too sweet. They are a bit stiff at first but when they get warmed up on the lips the formula isn't that bad. The reason why I'm throwing them into the trash (they are far from being used up) is most probably the SPF which gets all bitter and disgusting. I can't stand bitter lip products and I'm realizing that pretty much all of the lip products that I tried with SPF were like that and I'm not having it. Do you know any good lip balms with protection but don't leave weird taste in your mouth?



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01 February 2020

Empties

Hello,

a little late but none the less. Here are my empties for the other half of the month.


Avon clearskin blackhead clearing white clay treatment with 0,5% salicyilic acid was clear liquid with white clay at the bottom. After shaking it it mixed and I applied it with the help from a cotton pad all over my face. Honestly, I didn't noticed any difference so I won't be buying it again.

Beauty Glam clear skin serum with 2% saycylic acid was a product I was curious for a while and after finally buying it I used it daily. In the evening I applied generous amount all over my fresh, clean face and then follow with an oil. Again I didn't noticed any big change so probably I won't buy it agin but it did sink in nicely and quick without any sticky residue.

Catrice send me one of these when collection active warrior was out. At the time I was obsessed  with fixing sprays and I thought this one was amazing so I went and bought two more backups. This is the second empty bottle if you are wondering. My craze faded a bit and just recently I started using it up again since I didn't have much left in this bottle and it hit me hard. This make-up fixing spray is really that good. I personally have oily skin and this helped control oils significantly. I had to powder through the day much less and also my make-up looked amazing even after a long day. I'm happy that I have one last back up left.

I purchased this product a couple of years ago. My sister loves the original shea butter hand cream but for me it is way too greasy so when I was actually buying one for my sister I found this gem. At the time I was obsessed with anything with citrus and this one felt right. It is very lime like and the formula is a bit thinner and not so greasy. L'occitane zesty lime hand cream was a nice hand bag cream but the price tag is a bit too high, I much prefer Avon care hand creams.

Catrice generously send me another product that is now empty and it is this Generation Plump & Shine lip gloss in Nude Sapphire shade (it is exactly one year since they send it to me and it is already empty :(  Catrice did not disappoint me with these (yup, I own more than one). Super glossy and shiny glosses are my thing and this one thick almost all the boxes for me. The color was a nice sheer nude, just the way I like it. The formula felt nourishing and comfortable to wear, no sticky business but I only wish that it would last a bit longer.

 The very last item is this bright yellow tube of one of my favorite mascaras and it is Avon superextend lengthening mascara in black (I don't even count how many I have already used up, quite a lot I would say). It mostly lengthens and separates my lashes. It also contains some fake fibers which adds to the length, when the formula starts to dry the fibers starts to fall of and that is the clear sign to replace the tube (it doesn't happen all of the sudden with all of them, I just started to notice one fiber today and after two days another one). I still love it and I'm already using new tube of the exact same mascara.



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30 January 2020

New Catrice items on the shelf

Hello,

Catrice is in the process of changing their current range and while they are giving up some of the lovely products this time around I'm more interested in the new products. I was fortunate enough to be contacted by PR team and offered some new items...


First is the Volumizing Extreme Lip Booster with menthol and hot chili extract. I have a big appreciation for minty, cooling lip products so this is definitely my cup of tea. I wonder how will the chili feel like.
Next is another new lip item and it is housed in the same packaging as with their matte lipsticks, this time around they made them satin and I decided to give it a go. I usually go for something creamy or glossy but just to step out of my comfort zone and try something different. I received Full Satin lipstick in the shade Full of Love which is a cool toned and super bright red shade.
The last item is their new line of nail varnishes and it is named Pure ID nail polish in Simplicity. I just wanted to try the new formula and see how this new clean formula compares to the regular polishes.The shade looks bright and dusty pink at the same time, I wonder how will it look on me and can't wait till Saturday when I will repaint my nails and use this shade.

Big thank's to the Catrice PR team for sending me these lovely products and I can't wait to try them out myself.



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15 January 2020

Empties

Hello,

I wanted to start this year with more of a bang but mid of the month caught me and it is empties time.


First is Aveo nail polish remover. Nothing special but very cheap and effective. That is all I can say and need from a nail polish remover.

Mueller jojoba oil was on sale so it was obviously calling me  ;) I noticed that jojoba oil is quite moisturizing on my skin and has quickly become one of my favorite oils. Since this is gone I already started using a new bottle. I used it on my face to gently melt my make up off (I always follow with a face wash to remove oils and clinging make up) but my skin felt really nice since the oil method doesn't require any harsh moves. After a thorough cleanse I would apply a fresh layer of this oil on my face over some night serum and my skin felt hydrated and loved.

This body butter used to be my favorite but now I though it was just average (how our taste changes through the years, are you amazed just as I am?). It is Avon skin so soft body butter with shea butter. It has nice comforting, creamy scent and the butter is thick . You have to warm it up and massage it a bit in order to let it absorb and not be sticky. Nowdays I prefer lotions which sinks into my skin faster.

This next cream is a total winner in my books. I always liked this line of hand creams and this particular scent is amazing. Avon care hand cream with banana doesn't smell plasticky or weird but rather like that dessert (foamy bananas covered in chocolate from Casali, one of my favorite snacks). I am in need of a new tube.

Second to last is this Yves Rocher nutri silky conditioner which was given to my by my sister (she tried it but didn't like it so she passed it onto me). I was unsure but when I actually tried it  I was sold. My hair felt silky smooth and very straight (they are naturally straight anyways but sometimes there is a random wave in there) not after I used this conditioner. My hair looked perfect, like I just got out of a saloon with a fresh cut. Basically, my hair looked like I put some effort in it when I just washed them. I will definitely repurchase it again if it is still available.

The last item is this magical Avon senses gelato moments, vanilla ice cream body wash. It is a bit thicker and it smells exactly like vanilla ice cream. It is crazy how good it smells and I want it back.


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31 December 2019

Empties

Hello,

this is the last empties post for this year. Some more empties to throw away, clean my space and await the new year with less items ( I haven't rushed to the store and buy more because I already have similar products in my possession to replace these).


The first on the top is Avon anew clinical anti wrinkle crow's feet corrector with A-F 33 (this is supposed to be unique Avon ingredient to help fight aging). I noticed that if  used it closer to my eyes it would irritate them (I would apply it in the evening and by the morning my eyes would be red and itchy) so it is important to read and follow the instructions and apply it only on crow's feet and just leave it there. I still would often find it to be irritating so at the end I used it on my neck only.

In the glass bottle is Ombia cosmetics Hyaluron gel which I don't think it is available at he moment (they only bring it out a couple of times a year). This is my second bottle and if I will find it soon I will grab another one otherwise I will get something else. Hyaluron is supposed to bind with moisture and you should apply something moisturizing on top to lock it and keep it in the skin. I haven't noticed any big difference but is was nice to use under oils, which are a constant in my skin regiment, so I got used to it.

The next bottle is kind of hard to see what it so you will have to believe me that it is Afrodita cosmetics Great Burdock hair oil. This is a miracle oil that helps my hair grow faster. I suggest it to everyone I cross paths. I use it on my brows and scalp and after two to three applications I can already see some baby hair. I'm telling you, this is fantastic and I already have a new bottle ready.

The last item is another oil but it is for different purpose. It is Terra Naturi Wildrose body oil. I used it on its own or on top of body butters or lotions if I had a feeling if they didn't provide enough moisture on its own. The scent was a typical rose and to my nose very pleasant. I already have another rose oil from a different brand so I'm covered.

Another year has come to an end, thank you for following my ramblings and I wish you a happy new year.

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27 December 2019

Electric Blue

Hello,

lovely blue shade that has the power to pull me out whenever I feel a bit blue...


Essence the gel nail polish in Electric Blue (you would expect a bright, royal blue with that name but actually it is light close to pastel but it is still somewhat bright).
Mine is in the old packaging and as far as I know this shade isn't available in the 'new' design but all in all the shade isn't that special that you can't find it with different brands.


It is not that unique but it does make me happy when I wear it. To me it is that bright periwinkle shade that is one of my favorite blue shades ever to wear on my nails. I love to wear it in the hot Summer or cold Winter, no matter the temperature I will rock it and wear it with joy.


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