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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26 December 2019

Rice oil

Hello,

cold days are here and taking care of the exposed skin is a must. I'm into a big lip balm search and one of the balms I present today:


Essence my beauty ritual nourishing balm with Rice oil (there is also pink Cherry blossom and the one with Ginkgo extract which is slightly green).


It is clear and leaves my lips with slight shine. There is no scent or taste but sometimes (especially after reapplying/building up the product) there can be that bitter taste in my mouth (often lip products with SPF do this even though this one doesn't state that it has some protection).
To me this balm is very average. If my lips are dry it won't do much but if I constantly reapply they don't get chapped but that weird taste appears... I feel like I just can't win with it. It definitely isn't the best or the worst that I had but I also won't be buying other scents to try it out.
This balm was kindly sent to me by their PR team and I'm very grateful for receiving it because I was very interested in them when they came out but unfortunately it didn't wow me.


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19 December 2019

contour/bronzer duo

Hello,

I'm back with another cheek product but this time it is a bronzer/contour duo. I think the point of this duo is to use the lighter shade around the contour (it should match your skin tone) and the darker one to apply at the hollows of your cheek bones but if you don't exactly match, then you have to get creative ;)


Essence contouring duo palette in the lighter skin version (there is one darker shade available).


At the first glance the darker contour shade looks a bit too warm for contouring and on the swatches I think you can see it so I use it as a bronzer and it is amazing for that.


The lighter shade matches my arm pretty well but on my face it is a tad too dark so I use it on my cheeks to lightly define my cheeks and then I go over it with the 'contour' shade which works beautifully as a bronzer. Layering the two shades makes the transition even more seamless  and more natural looking. The darker shade is pigmented but due to its lightness it is very nice for my fair complexion, it is hard to over do it and I love cheek products that are light because they are more manageable for me to use.


I am absolutely loving this duo and I feel comfortable applying it even in the poor light because the chances to get it wrong aren't very high. I know this sounds a bit weird but that is just how I like to roll with my make-up. I prefer fool prof items that help you make your make-up look as natural as possible while still let you define your favorite features and I think this baby does just that.
This product has been sent to me by lovely Essence PR team and I just can't thank them enough. This bronzer duo (at least for me it acts as a bronzer) skyrocketed to my top five bronzers and I hope they won't discontinue it soon.



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18 December 2019

Classic Aura

Hello,

a couple of days ago I talked about one blush that scared me with its berry tone and I said that I don't like it in my blushes so I found out another blush in my collection that has berry tone to it that I completely forgot about it.


It is Avon Classic Aura blush in their typical square packaging (if you are like me and have some of their eye shadow palettes, sometimes it is hard to tell them apart).


Next to the blush you get this useless plastic-y brush but on the positive side they give you nice mirror inside.


The blush is pink with obvious berry tone, it did make my knees shake a bit when I saw it.


The color is nice but unfortunately not for my skin. It is quite bright and berry toned and I look like a clown because it is very hard to sheer it out.


It doesn't have any shimmer particles just smooth color. It is very pigmented and it gives me the idea that it was perhaps designed for darker skin tones... I can imagine someone with olive or even darker skin really rocking this blush.
I did pass it on to a friend and perhaps she will get some use out of it (I will rather use the Essence Befitting blush ;).



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17 December 2019

Project Polish

Hello,

this will be my last Project Polish for this year and I'm wrapping it with the number 20 used up, thrown away (if they dried out) or passed down, if I didn't love it anymore. Here are the last three of them:


Dark green Essence Kiss under the mistletoe is a beautiful creme nail polish that I really liked wearing. At the moment I don't have anything similar but I have two shimmery, dark green nail varnishes that will somehow replace this one and the last one in the line.

In the middle is another Essence Snowflakes are kisses sent from heaven (this and the previous are from their 2014 advent calendar). It had hexagonal and bar glitters that pumped up every look but I'm quite happy that it is gone because I was getting quite sick of it.

The very last one is Depend Ocean green nail polish which is a beautiful holo goddess.



Here I swatched the two beautiful greens, Kiss under the mistletoe and Ocean Green. Essence one doesn't have glossy finish but that was easily fixed with a layer of top coat, it was very pigmented and that is probably the reason why it wasn't so very shiny. The Ocean Green had this beautiful holo finish that glow under the bright sun or indoors under the lights. I will truly miss this baby.



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