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January Empties

January 15, 2016

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I have been meaning to write this post for a while as I’ve been holding on to these empties but here it is- my first empties post!

 

As you can probably see, there is not much make up in there as I don’t go through them as quickly compared to other items- besides mascara, obviously, which, remember, has to be binned after 3 months (!) Anyhow let’s get into it and I’ll also let you know if I’m planning to repurchase them.

 

La Roche Posay Effaclar Clarifying Lotion- find here

This is probably my third bottle and is definitely one of my favorite toners. Both my husband and I use it and we have very different skin- he has oily, blemish prone skin, while my skin is dry to normal with occasional breakouts. This, I think, shows that this toner is great for every skin type and really makes you feel properly cleansed and ready for your moisturizer. Definitely a repurchase!

 

L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara- find here

Over time I have tried quite few mascaras from L’Oreal and most of the time I am quite happy with the results, however I have to say that this was just meh. It was okay, it did not smudge on me and the application was easy however I felt like the wand was very spiky and quite few times I actually managed to get in my eye, which is very unusual for me, that never happens! Also I feel as if it dried out very quickly which added to the already mentioned dryness of it. Will not be repurchasing

 

L’Occitane Pivoine Sublime Perfecting Cream- find full size here

This is a sample that I got at some point around October and as it was a decently sized pot, I was able to use it quite a lot and test it out properly. The cream claims to make your skin ‘ luminous and rested, with an immediate radiance boost. The skin feels smooth, soft and velvety. Pores, fine lines and imperfections look reduced. Your skin glows with a fresh and natural beauty.’ God, I love descriptions, they make them sound so magical, right? I wouldn’t go as far as saying that my face was glowing, however the cream felt very nicely and I think it helped my skin transition into winter without any crazy dryness or breakout so that is always an extra point from me. Also I tried the serum that comes with it in the shop as well as they seemed to be pairing very well together (at least my hand thought so) so I might be repurchasing a full size of this one together with the serum.

 

Morrocan Oil Treatment (travel version) – find here

Everyone and their mother talks about how amazing this treatment is for your hair and how shiny and glossy and hydrated it makes them feel. I gave in and bought the small version of this as I like to test things out before splurging £30+ which also lasted me forever, considering I wash my hair every 3-4 days and have used it every single time. I did notice that if helped my hair detangle a lot more and the ends were not as dry, which indeed made blow drying it a lot easier. However, as the same time, I have some Argan Oil from when I went to Morroco which also does a great job, so at the moment I am on the fence on whether I would repurchase it as I think it’s quite a pricey product that could be replaced with a pure oil.

 

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer- find here

I know that this one is not a new product and has definitely been spoken about for a million times however: HOW AMAZING IS THIS? For a product that costs under £5, this concealer has probably the best formula for even the most stubborn dark circles. Some people may complain that it’s not as thin of a formula compared to other but at the same time, it might have double or triple the coverage. This has already been repurchased before it was even finished and I have quite few of them lying around and will probably continue to buy them, because I am mad about them.

 

Soap&Glory Vitamin C Face Wash- find here

Out of all these empties, this one took the absolute longest to finish! I think I’ve had this for over a year or closer to 18 months and by the end of it, I just really wanted to finish it, as it’s such a big bottle! Standard face washes come in 150 ml bottles and they still last quite a long time, while this jumbo one is a 350ml bottle so just imagine! Anyway, this face wash is a really good basic daily face wash which also has some small beads in it, which makes it more of a scrub/wash 2 in 1. When I first started using it, I really loved it and I still think it’s a good face wash for all skin types, however over the last year my taste in skincare has changed quite a bit so I probably will not be repurchasing this one. Also, even if I do, it will definitely be a small one!

 

Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover- find here

This one is a little travel size that I bought back home in Romania as I finished the one that I had with me. It’s a dual phase remover, which means that you shake it before using it and is has quite an oily consistency which removes even the most stubborn waterproof mascara and crazy color eye shadows. I will most definitely repurchase this one as soon as I have the chance to!

 

La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Eyes- find here

Last but not least, another product from La Roche Posay. I am generally a big fan of French pharmacy brands so I am constantly trying new products from LRP, Vichy, Bioderma etc. Also, I am constantly looking for my holy grail eye cream, as I have crazy dark circles and I am still hoping that some cream will make a difference- spoiler alter: nothing has so far. This one is okay, maybe a bit too gel-like for my liking as I prefer more moisturizing thick or serum like cream. I think also that this is more suited as a morning eye cream rather than evening as it’s so light and absorbs very quickly so it won’t intervene with any make up. I probably won’t be repurchasing  this one and as continuing the search!

 

What are your latest empties and what would you repurchase or recommend in general from the things that you recently emptied?

 

Love,

C.

Beauty

Skincare Routine

November 13, 2015

Skincare has been a very important part of my life as soon as I started wearing makeup. It is impossible for me to understand how some people can sleep with makeup on, or generally not look after their skin. My motto: ‘you got only one face!’ so you don’t want to be looking back 20 years from now wondering you would have used that serum or used more sunscreen. Prevention is key!

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Make up removers: The first products that I want to talk about are actually the only ones that I do not have a photos of, as I’ve just finished mine and need to order new ones. The first one is Bioderma Hydrabio Micellaire Solution in the blue version, which is a bit more hydrating than the original one (absolute holy grail!).  I literally swear by it, as it removes everything, it’s gentle to the skin and you can literally put it in your eyes and it doesn’t sting at all (I can’t be the only one that does that). So run to your nearest pharmacy or go on Amazon and get this one- it’s the absolute BEST. If you do not have access to this, my second favorite is Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover – which is a double phase remover so you have to shake it before use- it has an oily consistency and removes even the most stubborn waterproof mascara.

Next- on to cleansing. My skin is mostly dry however lately has been acting a bit strange and is more combination, which is why I switched up products to something a bit… rougher, the kind that  make your face feel squeaky clean.

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After using a makeup remover, I use an oil based cleanser as the first part of my double cleansing routine (Thank you Korea for that!). My personal favorite is Super Facialist Renew Cleansing Oil (which  by the way is now on sale at Boots for only £5.49- absolute steal!) I rub this all over my dry face and I love feeling how it breaks up the rest of remaining makeup- such a satisfying feeling!

Next I go in with my Vichy Normaderm 3 in 1 cleanser which acts as an exfoliator, cleanser and mask at the same time. Also it claims that you can actually apply it as a mask for 5-10 minutes, but I haven’t done that yet and I somehow feel like it would be a massive waste of product, as it already does a great job for my face.

Twice a week I also use a gentle exfoliator, also from Super Facialist, their Rose Hydrator Facial Scrub which has very gentle particles, so it will still strip a layer of your skin, but it will not feel as if your face is being violated if that makes sense.

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Toner! I LOVE La Roche Posay Clarifying Lotion and have been using it for almost 2 years and I see no reason why I will change it anytime soon (but again never say never- might try the Pixi Glow Toner!). I use it with a cotton pad mostly on my t-zone (even when my skin is more dry than combination) and I can almost FEEL my pores disappearing and my skin feels smooth and at its cleanest. I would recommend this to anyone who does not have an incredible sensitive skin, as this is not necessarily the most gentle lotion out there. For sensitive skin, I recommend Lancome Tonique Confort which is my emergency toner if my skin feels sad and dehydrated. It’s very gentle and it’s probably the only toner that I have ever used which almost makes me feel as if I’ve put moisturizer on.

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I always used to use moisturizer on its own, however for the last few months, I have been converted to using a serum beforehand and it has made all the difference. I thought I would mention two products as they are both very good and I strongly recommend them. The first one is Super Facialist Vitamin C Serum which is a brightening serum. It absorbs very quickly in the skin and allows the moisturizer to get in all the right places :)

The next serum that I wanted to mention, which is the one that I currently am using, as I have a sample from a magazine (check out my post to see where you can get it) and so far I am quite impressed. When putting it on, you are necessarily going to be blown away, as it feels like most serums: not too hydrating, not drying, more like… just there. But let me tell you: my skin has been AMAZING since I started using this and I have had no breakouts or any other kind of trouble, so I am officially converted to what must be one of the most popular cult beauty products ever!

Eye cream- I used to use Kiehl’s before – both their avocado one as well as their midnight recovery one. They are both okay, but I just haven’t felt that they were good enough for me to repurchase either of them. Currently I am using Emu Oil Moisturizing Cream which I randomly found on Feel Unique and had great reviews so I was like: why not?  So far it’s been.. okay but not really my holy grail yet. Still searching for something that can make a difference to my dark circles, even though I am starting to give up.

Face Cream- Again, I am using a sample which I got from L’Occitane, which is their Perfecting Cream. I have been using it for the last few weeks and I LOVE IT. Again, I think this is part of the reason why my face has been acting so well and I plan on purchasing the full size as soon as this one is done. Also I am very tempted to buy the matching serum, as I tried it in the shop and it felt quite thick and luminous. I will let you know if I do!

My emergency cream for when my face is super dry is Lancome Neurocalm– such a good cream which I strongly recommend to anyone with dry and/or sensitive skin. I got their travel kit from the airport which included this cream, the toner that I talked about before and a makeup remover. And all three for only £20 so definitely worth it!

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Last but not least, MASKS!!

I love a good mask. I could wear one all the time and I love trying new ones.

The one that I am currently on to is the Barefaced Mud Mask, which is sooo good. It dries out on the skin and after having it on for only 10 minutes, my skin feels brand new. I like to use this before bed and I recommend it a million times to everyone!

Now this last product is a bit of a special one. These are clay powder pouches which my mom sends to me regularly from Romania. My favorite type of masks are the deep, cleansing, getting into your pores types, so this one, mixed with water or apple cider vinegar, leaves my the skin again, brand new. You can only find them here (in Romania only unfortunately) however I feel that a good replacement would be the Aztec Healing Clay which is only £8.95 ad will last you forever.

So here you have: my current skincare routine. Let me know what you are currently using and if you have any holy grail products that you would recommend!

Cheers,

C.

Beauty Lifestyle

Magazine Freebies

November 4, 2015

If you guys are anything like me, something free, no matter how small or large, can really make your day.

This month, the December issues of most magazines come with a nice little (or bigger) freebie. When scrolling through my local supermarket, I came across through what I thought was the best ones and I decided to share them here. Without further ado:

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BOOM! 4 products scored.

 

The first one, which actually happens to be the most expensive out of all of them, comes with Harper’s Bazaar and is a 7ml Bottle of Estee Lauder’s much coveted Advanced Night Repair Serum. As the 30 ml full version costs £50, you can do the math and figure out that this little fella is worth over £10. This is a product that I have been meaning to use for a long time but I could not get myself to buy such a pricey product without trying it out first. So here is my lucky day. Also I got a back-up in case I run out and decide that it’s my next holy grail serum. I will let you know how that goes.

 

After that, with Marie Claire, you can find 4 versions of the L’Occitaine hand cream, with a FULL SIZE 30 ml. I chose the Vanilla Bouquet with 20% Shea Butter but all options are irresistible and smell amazing. Could not get it for a better price, right?

Also, Claire Danes is on the cover of the magazine, so for any Homeland fans out there, double the gift :)

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The last magazine that I would like to talk about is Glamour, which is offering 4 different Clinique products. AS you can see above, I have chosen to buy two magazines and I went for the Colour pop lipstick in Cherry Pop- there is also a Nude Pop version, but it’s a very beige-y colour and not something that I could wear- my lips are too pigmented!

Also here is a (very crappy) swatch of the lipstick, which is an intense semi-matte pinkish red.

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The other product that I chose was the High Impact Mascara in black- not sure if they are also offering the brown version- I have not tried this one yet but I have had one of their mascaras before and they were OKAY- nothing that blew my mind, but good in combination with another mascara.

The other product that they have on offer is the Dramatically Different Lotion, which I know that a lot of people are happy with, however I had it previously and it doesn’t do much for me, plus I prefer a thicker  cream to make my skin feel properly moisturized.

 

Last but not least I am looking to get Instyle which have this little baby here- I heard very good things about Ren so I look forward to trying them out! Also they offer a 20% off discount for Ren products so this could get interesting.

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What magazines are you planning to buy this month and are there any freebies that you would recommend?

 

Cheers,

C.