All Used Up March 2016

All Used Up March 2016

Another month over (time flies) and I had quite a few empties:

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Okay, admittedly, this isn’t used up as you can see. This is a  Glassy Lip Gloss from Rouge Bunny Rouge. I liked it quite a bit, quality gloss. Sadly, the packaging, even though it felt like it was good quality also, broke. The applicator broke off from the rest of the cap in a way that the whole thing didn’t close tightly anymore. I had lip gloss all over the place and was afraid the gloss would go bad from exposure as well. So I said bye. 😦

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I used up a sample of Lush Softy, a foot cream. Softy is a thin cream, but it still works very well so you need only  a little bit for the whole foot. It made the skin, like the name promises, softer. The reason I won’t be buying a full size is that it has a strong smell of rosemary and thyme and I don’t like smelling like Hannibal Lecter’s latest victim.

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A mini size of Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes: This is THE va-va-vom lashes mascara! Length and volume in one stroke. Two and more coats can give really intense lashes. The brush took some getting used to, because it is long and very thick at the same time. At first I was poking myself in the eye, but once I got the hang of it it worked. I did the first coat with the thick half and then added with the tip. I might buy a full size, although it did smudge on me a little. Not really bad, and probably not noticable, but I have mascaras that don’t smudge at all on me. So despite the really good result it’s not an insta-buy for me. Might splurge when I see it reduced, though.

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And since it’s me, your resident hand cream addict, there’s a hand cream named Blush from Accentra. It claims to smell like Velvet & Vanilla, but really it had a sort of coconutty scent. It is nice, but nothing special. Kept my hands soft.

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List of ingredients.

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A Marionnaud Lip Balm: the sort of purchase when you need one more item to get a discount… it was okay, but not very good either. Strong vanilla scent.

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Davidoff Silver Shadow EdT: I have a few cool waters, but I didn’t know Silver Shadow existed until I found this sample. Guys, this is really good! Considering this can be found in the ‘male’ section, this is actually very fruity. At first it starts sort of metallic, but then the heart is his intense fruit salad, and then it gets powdery. This sounds like the components don’t really go together and maybe they don’t. But the powder and the metal balance the strong fruits, making them bearable. There’s of course not really a metal note in it, it’s the cedar combined with the spices that give the impression to me.

I’ll probbaly end up with a full bottle sooner or later. Perfumer is Francis Kurkdjian.

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And then I used up another sample, but that one gets it’s own review on friday. It’s Guerlain‘s new Aqua Allegoria, Pera Granita.

 

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All Used Up MAy 2015

All Used Up MAy 2015

Another month over, and time for another round of empties:

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I used up my sample of Jil Sander Simply. I already reviewed it here.  I liked it, but I don’t feel the need for a big bottle atm.

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The Body Shop Honeymania Shower Gel: Lovely smell, a bit like honey and a lot like wild flowers. A little bit of clover, maybe. I am on a total shower gel buying ban, because I have way too many bottles standing around, but generally I would repurchase this. I’m not sure if the scent is stll around, though.

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Douglas nails hands feet everyday’s darling moisturizing hand balm: a good hand cream, but ultimately nothing special. Flowery scent that isn’t too overpowering.

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MAC Mineralize Foundation Compact: by now there are several Mineralize Foundations available. I fell for the compact version (it’s creamy, not dry) and used it so much that it’s already empty. 😦

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The sad rest. The compact comes with a sponge. That sponge is still untouched, because I only applied this with a brush. The coverage can be adjusted depending on which brush is used. For a natural, medium coverage I used MAC 130, for a stronger coverage the Shiseido foundation brush or my newest brush, the Zoeva Silk Finish.

On the one hand I am sad it lasted only about a year, on the other hand it’s a good idea to use it up fast, because such a cream is more exposed than a bottle and could get bad faster. The cream contains a bit of alcohol, enbough that I could smell it at first. It seemed to evaporate over time. It’s not that I got used to it, because the same week I used this one up, I opened the next one and that one had the alcohol smell again. So if you’re sensitive to alcohol, this is not the foundation for you, but like I said, it evaporates, so I’m not too concerned about it.

Already repuchased, this is the foundation that works best for me. Long lasting, good coverage, does not emphasize dry parts. It’s not mattifying; f you’re looking for something for oily skin, check out the liquid versions.

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Ebelin nail polish remover pads acetone free: these were merely okay. I liked the older ones better, but they changed the formula.

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Lis of ingredients. For now no repurchase.

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Marionnaud Cleansing Micellar Water: I bought this travel size back when I was looking for a cheaper version of the Lancome Micellar Cleanser. I have since found it in the Garnier one. It took me forever to use up this Marionnaud one, because I found it awful. It has a nasty alcoholic smell, it feels nasty and drying on skin and it removed makeup only so-so. I kept it for emergencies and as you can see, there were enough of them to make it finally empty. Would not buy again.

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Last one for this month: Biotherm Lait de Douche. It’s the shower milk with that lovely soft citrus smell of theirs. That smell must be popular not only with me, since they have released a matching perfume spray this year. Apart from the smell, the milk also feels lovely on the skin.

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Back view with list of ingredients. Click the pic to enlarge. It contains salicylic acid, which explains the smooth feeling afterwards? Maybe? Or maybe the dose is too small and it’s only anti-inflammatory, which is also great.

Like I said I’m on a shower gel no buy, but I wouldn’t say no to getting this one as a gift. 😉

These were my empties of the last month, quite good, eh? Empties always make me feel so accomplished! 😀

 

What I got for Christmas

What I got for Christmas

Hello!

I am finally back. I really did not expect to fall off the blogosphere so completely, wow. I missed both Christmas and my blog birthday. I hope you had lots of fun and got lovely presents.

I got one beauty related present:

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A Phytomineral Body Lotion (500 ml), Hand lotion (150 ml) and serum (120 ml) by Judith Williams. My mum loves Judith Williams stuff and boy, I am always glad to receive skin care, especially hand creams.

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This was the dessert I had on Christmas Eve. Very yummy.

Since I also dropped the Advent Calendar posts, in short: it mostly contained more things by Lancome and Biotherm, including a 10 ml sample of Biotherm’s Blue Therapy serum in oil and on the last door a full sized Biotherm hand lotion (YAY!). There was also a small eye liner by Lancome. I was very pleased with this year’s calendar by Marionnaud, it was much better than last year’s. I already can’t wait for next year, haha.

 

In an upcoming post I would like to talk about my tops and flops of 2013, but I’m having a hard time choosing products for tops (there were not many flops. Maybe I’ll leave those out and make a “what did not work for me” post later on).

I love you, thank you for reading my posts in the past year!

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Door 7

I’m starting to lose track of the numbers…

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Anyway today it was another skin care sample: Lancome Rénergie Multi-Lift; anti-wrinkle cream for dry skin with spf 15. This might go to my mum.

So far I’m impressed. It is better than last year’s Marionnaud calendar.

 

Edit: Wow, wordpress says this is my 100th blog post. Huzzah! *throws confetti* I never thought I’d manage to update this thing regularly for a whole year, much less reach 100 posts or this many lovely folowers.

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Door 4

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Door 4 contained … a black tube?

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It’s a sample of Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes!

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Lancome mascaras have such funny wands!

I applied it this morning and struggled a little, either the tip or the thick part got in the way. But on the third coat I could start seeing doll lashes. Ten hours later I see no smudging and no crumbling. I can’t yet say how the removal will be, but I’m impressed so far.