All Used Up April & May 2018

All Used Up April & May 2018

Since I didn’t get around to do April’s empties I’m combining the last two months in one post:

I used up my beloved Givenchy lipstick in LIVely Pink. This was LE, but I have similar things from Givenchy, so I would not repurchase. I liked it a lot though. It’s one of those almost colorless balms that turn pink when in contact with your skin. The metal case was absolutely beautiful but got me into trouble with a metal detector once. This must have happened to several people because upon redesign they replaced the metal parts with plastic in the newer, slimmer cases.

Piz Buin Allergy SPF 30. Again. And I have one more to use up. See, I honestly like the cream, it doesn’t irritate my skin (which sadly often happens with sun care), it smells great and applies well with minmal white cast. But I seriously hate the bottle. It’s so hard to get anything out. Will not repurchase until they change bottle design, but alas, one more to finish up (I bought back ups before I got my first bottle halfway down, which is when the trouble starts).

More Balea winter stuff: Magic Winter Shampoo: I loved this. Balea shampoos are 50% hit and 50% miss, and this one was a hit, worked well and had a nice milky smell. Would repurchase if full size existed, which as this was LE, it does not.

Then the Hand & Nagelbalsam: This was just a regular hand cream.

And the shower gel with Cinnamon & Orange scent: First I thought I was smelling cinnamon & apples. Quite lovely, but I think a full size would get boring after a while. So I liked that I had a mini that I could use up reasonably fast. Right now I am using up the last of the magic winter showergels. Still have a ban on buying more shower gels as these things just multiply on their own.

Look by Bipa nail polish remover: this was my fav remover, for it was very cheap and worked quickly. The smell was absolutely awful, but the pros outweighed that. Would have repurchased in a heartbeat – but it is discontinued. 😦

essence I love Extreme volume mascara: will not repurchase. The mascara itself was quite good. It gave volume and length with only minimal smudging. But the brush drove me nuts. It was so big and the bristles were so long that I always poked my lid, had to remove the spots on my lids and then redo my eye makeup. Naturally, this one still exists while the best essence masacara on earth (forbidden volume) was discontinued.

essence express eye makeup remover: a two phase remover that worked very quickly. It left some oily residue but that didn’t bother me. It leaked a bit which made the sticker go off, as you can see in the pic, but okay. The one thing I found slightly annoying is that this is scented. Why do I need a scented eye makeup remover? My eyes do not need to smell fresh while being cleaned of makeup. Worst case scenario, you get irritation, which luckily I didn’t get. But since it removed makeup very well I miiiight repurchase in the future. Maybe. Right now I have something else.

And this concludes my list of empties for now. 🙂

All Used Up March 2018

All Used Up March 2018

Last month I had quite a few empties, I don’t think I can top that this month. But let’s see what I used up in march:

The Balea empties: middle of the pic is the Buttermilk & Lemon handcream, a sight often seen in my empties. For now I have another handcream but repurchase is not unlikely.

The two Magic Winter designs are from the advent calendar and not avalable as stand alones. The Bodylotion has a “vanilla ice cream” scent. Well, it did smell of vanilla dessert. I liked this body lotion, it was easy to work in (unlike the previous body lotion from the same line).

The shower gel comes with a gingerbread scent, and wow it did really smell like that. I liked it a lot and would have gotten a full size for the winter if it were available. Maybe they will recycle the scent. The calendar included three shower gels and two body lotions. I’m currently on the last shower gel, but now have to pair it with a normal body lotion.

A random assortment of items:

Dermasence Cream Soft, my new favoritest skin cream. When my pharmacy stopped carrying Bioderma I switched to Dermasence. Like Bioderma it is a pharmacy brand, but a German one, not French. They have this easy color system. Cream Soft is marked with blue and green, meaning it’s for normal skin and for oily skin. The cream contains mostly avocado oil and glycerin, making it light but moisturizing. There is a good amount of vitamin e and pro-vitamin b5, which has a soothing and repairing effect. There are smaller amounts of salicylic acid, lactic acid and benzoic acid. So it’s got both AHA and BHA, but I’m not sure how much exfoliation it achieves. I have used a stronger serum underneath and this cream as a topper. I felt moisturized, yet the cream is still lightweight which I loved.

I’d recommend this for everyone who needs a light and soohting cream. If you have no major skin problems this one alone should be enough. I have acne so I need stronger acids, but I like this as a topper. Reepurchase is possible, but atm I have too many creams lying about.

Batiste Heavenly Volume Dry Shampoo: They are not kidding when they say Heavenly Volume. This is a cross between dry shampoo and hair spray. So like hair spray it leaves a sticky residue, but on the upside it does not leave the white powdery residue you get from normal dry shampoo. So it really depends on which residue you prefer. It got my hair fluffy and fresh like regular dry shampoo, the result lasted even longer than with normal Batiste. The volume was pretty good as well. But personally, I couldn’t live with the stickiness. No repurchase.

Essence Forbidden Volume Mascara TopCoat: Forbidden Volume was my favorite mascara line from essence, so naturally – they discontinued it. 😦 I grabbed two back ups of this item here: the mascara top coat. You apply it on top of your mascara, it goes on black. On the packaging it gives you only one promise: to lengthen your lashes. So it contains these fibers, you know the ones. And it really does make lashes longer, but also adds a bit of volume without clumping the lashes or making them too thick. It also made normal mascara water resistant, which is why I love it so much. Nothing beats the combo of regular mascara (any mascara will do) and this topper. Who needs a mascara base when you can have a good top coat? Would repurchase, but alas. Currently on tube nr. 2.

Bobbi Brown Conditioning Brush Cleanser: so this is probably among the most expensive brush cleaners out there? But it is really good and lasted me for many years. It has a thick consistency like shampoo and you need only a drop per brush (or one drop for several eye brushes). Have a cheaper one for now, but who knows? If I end up missing it I might pick it up again.

And lastly a used up sample. The is Estee Lauder Double Wear Makeup in the color 2C2 Pale Almond. Now I suspected it would be too dark for me – pre-packaged foundation never comes in light shades – but I wanted to try it as I’ve heard many good things so I went Oompa Loompa for a few days.

On top is a swipe of Pale Almond. Underneath my ususal colors: MAC Studio Finish Concealer NC15, Chanel Les Beiges 10 and Dior BB Creme in 010. So yes, 2C2 Pale Almond is way too dark for me, but I think Double Wear has a good range so I might find one that works for me.

The foundation had good coverage, stronger than Chanel Les Beiges (and much easier to blend), and a bit less than MAC Studio Fix Fluid. I didn’t smell anything, which I liked. Since this was a sample I applied with my fingers. A beauty blender will surely get more coverage out of it.

The finish was satiny, not comepletely matte, but also not luminous/shiny. It lasted very well, my nose got shiny around four to five hours, which is normal for me. It did not settle into fine lines and did not emphasize dry parts.

So I understand why everybody likes this foundation. I might someday look for a color match, but first I’ll have to use up some of my stash.


This was my list of empties for march. There may not be a post for April as I’ve only used up two items so far. We’ll see.

All Used Up August, September and October 2017

All Used Up August, September and October 2017

Wow, it’s been a while! Usually I try to get one of these posts up once a month or every other month, but whatever. It’s going to be a bit longer, then. Here’s the stuff I emptied in the last three months:

Benefit They’re Real mascara: this mini was part of a set and of course the mascara went way before the other products. At first I really liked the mascara and thought I’d buy a full size aferwards. I mean I still ike it but I have found other mascaras that work just as well so for now I won’t repurchase it. It gave my lashes length and volume and didn’t smear.

Chanel Le Volume Rouge Noir: You will notice a trend here. Some people really hate these mascara wands made of plastic (or whatever it is) with short bristles and I really, really love them. I absolutely adored the Rouge Noir color, which sadly was a LE. The Le Volume doesn’t give length, but it does add a lot of volume. This has the effect that lashes droop a bit and won’t keep the curl. My lashes are naturally curly so it works out for me despite the weight. When the Le Volume is new it is very wet and will be a pain to use. I have found the key is to open it once and then put it in the drawer and forget about it. Several months later it will have the perfect consistency. And no, the mascara won’t go bad in the meantime (just don’t leave it lying about for years). Le Volume does not smear on me (once it had some time to dry) or crumble.

Two small masks: Balea Reparierende Maske and Balea Reinigende Maske. These are supposed to be one time masks, but there was so much product in them that I used each for four or five days. Or rather, nights, as these are leave-on masks. Hence the sleepy face. I liked both, they were refreshing (both have a gel texture) and they plumped up my skin quite a bit. The next day there were visibly less fine lines. I don’t think they did anything else though. The blue cleansing mask didn’t result in less gunk in my pores or anything. Still, I liked them. I’m not sure if they were LE, though as I haven’t seen them in stores anymore?

Ingredients for the green repairing mask.

Ingredients for the blue cleansing mask.

Nivea two phase eye makeup remover: It was okay. I had removers that got the makeup off faster than this one, but on the plus side it did not feel that oily and left not much residue on my eye. Might repurchase if I find nothing better.

La Roche Posay Toleriane cleansing milk: my go-to cleanser for makeup free skin. It does claim to be able to remove makup, but don’t fall for it! It’s terrible at removing makeup! It is okay for a normal gentle cleanse, though. I take a blob of this (it has sort of a weird texture) and rub it all over my face. Then I take it off again with a wet cotton pad. It could be taken off with a dry pad but that leaves on too much product for my taste. This cleanser will leave residue, though, even when removing it with water. This is supposed to happen! The cleansing milk leaves a film of moisturisation on the skin while removing the gunk and dirt. Thus, I can skip the regular moisturizer and go straight for sun protection.

Batiste Cherry dry shampoo: am still on my mission to try allll the dry shampoo scents. I like this one here a lot, it smells a bit like Guerlain LPRN… So far Batiste is the brand that gives my hair the most fluffing up, which is my main reason to use dry shampoo (my hair is very limp). Repurchase of this one is highly likely.

From left to right: Lush Lemony Flutter, Colab dry shampoo tropical and a sample of Cavalli perfume.

I don’t like the smell of Lemony Flutter at all, but I love what it does to my skin so I buy it from time to time despite the scent. But the scent is really something. I use Lemony Flutter on my hands, cuticles, feet and sometimes elbows. I put it wherever I need heavy duty cream. It leaves my hands a bit oily for a few minutes, but I think that’s worth it. I do wish they offered a different scent. For now, no repurchase.

Colab tropical has a faint coconutty scent. It smells good, but nowhere near as strong or good as ‘paradise’ from the same brand. It truly does not leave white residue, but it also gives me less fluff than Batiste. And it left my hair feeling a bit sticky. Sorry, Colab I love your scents, but I’ll rather deal with white residue than sticky hair. No repurchase.

Roberto Cavalli by Roberto Cavalli is a massive powdery orange blossom scent. I like it enough to use up the samples (this isn’t my first) but not enough to go for a bottle.

Piz Buin Allergy Lotion: Haha, can you see where the writing wore off? It didn’t survive the combination of heat and sticky hands. Okay I love the formula. It smells good, it protects really well and it does not give me angry, dry red spots on my skin (this happens a lot to me when using the wrong sun care). Thus I bought two more bottles long before I ran out of this one. Only after that I realized how terrible the packaging is! Once you used up the first half the product refuses to come out of the bottle. The opening is tiny, the lotion very thick and the bottle very sturdy and hard to squeeze. I hate it! So I will use up the bottles I stupidly already bought, but after that I’ll only consider this again if they change the packaging!

List of ingredients for Piz Buin.

This is almost the whole list as right now I realize I forgot to photograph a shower gel I used up. I’l put it in the next post. This brings us to the end of my empties for now. See you on the next one!

essence I ♥ Extreme volume mascara

essence I ♥ Extreme volume mascara

On to the last makeup item from my essence calendar. Finally! XD

This is the I (heart) extreme volume mascara. I have another essence mascara which I love dearly. I would have reviewed it but it is already discontinued, so you’ll hear about it in an empties post instead. This one here should still be available. Anyways since I have this other volumising essence mascara I couldn’t help but comparing them and honestly the discontinued one is so much better why keep this one and not the other what????

Ahem. Let’s take a look at the brush.

The brush is seriously big. I put my finger next to it to show how big (this is my pinky). The brush is long and the bristles are very long as well. This means that everytime I try to get the roots of my lashes, the bristles poke through my lashes and color my eyelid. Meh.

This was produced by making only a small swipe. It covered most of my wrist.

The formula itself is okay. If you gave this to me without the label and asked me what sort of mascara it was I’d have said: “This is nice and separating. Is it a lengthening formula?” What I would not have guessed is volumising because that’s the one thing it does not do. If you can be bothered to fight with the bristles you could add several coats which might give you volume, for it does not clump. But I can’t be bothered and so it colors my lashes black and that’s it.

The formula is not waterproof. It mostly does not smudge unless I sweat a lot. It crumbles a little bit, sometimes. It held the curl (in my experience really volumising formulas weigh the lashes down).

I’ve had worse mascaras but I’ve also had better ones at the same price point. I prefer the “forbidden volume” from the same brand, sadly discontinued. That one did deliver on the volume.

All Used Up April 2016

All Used Up April 2016

Ah, sorry for the little hiatus there. My schedule keeps being upset and I can’t create when I don’t have a few hours of spare time in one go. 😦 Anyway, here is what I used up the last month, quite a few items:

batiste blonde

Batiste Dry Shampoo light&blonde: this dry shampoo is colored. It comes out a muddy yellow. it totally works for my hair, but I’m not sure if it would work for a platinum blonde. You might end up with yellow patches! It does leave the scalp yellow, which is a bit annoying. The scent is vanilla, which is okay, but I’d highly prefer for hair products in general to be a lot less scented. They often compete with my perfume. But in general this is a good dry shampoo. It also creates volume, something I despereately need. The finish is duller than other dry shampoos might leave you, but I don’t care. Already repurchased.

batiste blonde2

Ingredients for Batiste Dry Shampoo.


Clarins Daily Energizer Cleansing Gel: This is a case of not used up. I finally admitted to myself that foaming cleansers are really irritating for my skin. This particular product has a really nice smell, just like the matching cream, which I used up and reviewed before. But ultimately it’s not worth it. If you are the sort of person to use foaming cleaners you can find similar ones for less money.


This is my second empty MAC Mineralize Compact Foundation. It works really well for me. I have not repurchased yet, but I might. I just wish they offered a lighter color than NC15. I think I am really NC13 now.


Another handcream. I may be on a mission to try all the Balea ones… This is the Totes Meer handcream (dead sea salt). The texture is light and absorbs easily. The scent is light and unoffensive, a bit salty. Despite the light texture, it really helped keeping my skin moisturized. I have now purchased other hand creams that need to be used up, but I would totally repurchase this one. I just wish it came with SPF!


Ingredients. Click to see full size.


Absolute Douglas Endless lashes mini mascara: I will spare you the review because not only does this mascara not exist anymore, the whole brand has been discontinued at the end of 2015. I just took a pic of my fingers with the brush, because the brush is really super big. I kept on stabbing myself in the eye, or applying mascara to my brows on accident. 😐


MAC brow pencil Lingering: the quality is absolutely top notch. The color is brown, something that works for many people. But I am naturally very ashy and found this a tad too red to repurchase this particular color.


La Roche Posay Rosaliac UV Legere: This is a cream with niacinamide (also written as nicotinamide, this is a derivate of vitamin B3). It has SPF 15, so first I used it as a day cream. It is tinted green, but too little to actually have effect, it’s just a gimmick. Despite being the legere version (there’s a riche one also) I found this cream very thick. And sadly, it left me looking incredibly greasy. It’s not that I was greasy (aka full of my own sebum) but this cream is just so shiny in not a god way. It was impossible to apply makeup on top. So I started using this as a night cream. And you know, in the long term it really worked. Short term I’d often get red in the face when I applied it. But long term, my acne and rosacea symptoms got so much less. My skin is calmer and better overall. But, because I really don’t need a greasy night cream with SPF I will not repurchase. Instead I am looking for creams with similar ingredients. Sadly I had not taken a pic of them before I threw the packaging away, so I can’t show them to you. Sorry. Basically I am looking for something with niacinamide, no alcohol, no perfume.


Then I used up a sample of YSL Paris EdT. This is originally from the 80s and you can tell. I has a lot of notes, but I am overwhelmed by the powdery rose. Very rosey, very powdery. It was nice to test, but I’m not going to miss it.


Last item! I also used up the Kiko kiss balm. This is very pigmented, comparable to a sheer lipstick. The balm had a lot of slick, it glides on very quickly. It made my lips feel good and look lovely. I am not sure if it had any long term benefits. It does come with SPF 15, though, which is good. I would recommend it for those who don’t want to put on lipstick and are looking for a colored balm instead. It’s too slick and too pigmented to use underneath lipstick even if you wiped most of it off again.

Wow, this was a mega post. In case anyone besides me finished reading all that, you deserve a cookie. 🙂

All Used Up March 2016

All Used Up March 2016

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


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. 😦


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.


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.


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.


List of ingredients.


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.


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.


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.


Spring Makeup Haul

Spring Makeup Haul

I was super into easter colors lately and it sort of shows in my new purchases?


Maybe not so much with the packaging, but…

Spring Haul 2016

Getting there…


Spring! 😀

Okay, so what are the items?

On top you can see two brow products by Maybelline: the BrowSatin in medium brown and dark brown. They are double ended, one side a thin pencil, the other a sponge with powder.

On the upper left, a Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint: 01 Poppin’ Poppy. On the upper right: Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Magnetic Magenta.

The mascara duo is from Essence: the thinner wand is the Forbidden Volume False Lash Mascara Topcoat, the thicker wand is the Forbidden Volume Mascara Rebel. There’s another duo without the “rebel” in the name, but I thought I might as well go all out. I was actually about to buy the Princess Mascara, but the duo won for one single reason: they came packaged in plastic (shown in top pic). I have trouble buying normal drugstore stuff if it isn’t sealed because I’ve seen too many people use stuff (not the testers) and putting it back in the aisle. And since you can’t tell with mascara if it has been opened, I’m sticking to high end and those drugstore mascaras that come sealed.

The lower lipstick is Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Matte in Stronger, one of the most interesting colors in their whole lineup!

And lastly, the eyeshadow duo is Nars Fashion Rebel. I am well aware that a matte yellow will not have the best quality, but I just don’t care. I’m packing this stuff on! Spring! (Actually this is a past summer release, but it just screams spring to me right now.)

And this concludes my Spring haul. This is sort of a pre-woman day haul, I got lots of good discounts. This Thursday, for everyone who lives in and near Austria, don’t forget it’s Woman Day. 20% off on shoes, clothes, cosmetics. In my experience this week it will pay off to simply ask for a discount, even if it is not thursday and even if the shop is not officially on the list.

Chanel Le Volume and Le Crayon Khol Rouge Noir

Chanel Le Volume and Le Crayon Khol Rouge Noir

I have two pretties from Chanel‘s Holiday Collection, the mascara and the khol eye liner:

Chanel Rouge Noir

These are the Le Volume in Rouge Noir and the Le Crayon Khol, also in Rouge Noir.

I thought I was going to be all over the nail polish and the lipstick, but I wasn’t happy with the lipstick swatch (sheer and uneven) and I’m always sceptical about Chanel nail polish quality, so I skipped those two in the end. The golden liner was very pretty and not as yellow as I feared, but I have enough golden liners as is, but it felt very creamy and nice.

Chanel Rouge Noir swatches

Swatches! On top, a smudge of the mascara, underneath the liner, once as a block and once as a single curvy line. The color of both products matches perfectly. I would describe the color as a dark plum or black cherry.

I was worried about the mascara as I had read some comments about it smudging. Usually Le Volume is my go-to, no smudging, always works mascara, so I risked the purchase. And what can I say, it performs as expected, no smudges, no crumbles. At first it is super wet, my preference is to let it sit a couple weeks. But even the brand new one is good. In comparison to my previous colored Le Volume (Khaki Bronze) this one here gives more length and does not weigh my lashes down as much, so they made an already good mascara even better! (However, smudging always depends on several factors so I cannot promise it will be smudge-free on everybody!)

The color applies very dark. I don’t think anyone would notice it is not black, however the color is softer than stark black, which is great for pale kids like me.


The liner is my first khol from Chanel. Usually I reach for their Waterproof liners. It applies easily, although at first it might be good to warm it up. My personal criteria for judging the quality of a khol are: must apply true to color in the waterline, must not tug on the waterline, and must be easy to smudge when applied on skin. And this liner does that perfectly. A khol is not a waterproof pencil, so I do not expect it to hold forever. And it doesn’t. Sometime at the five hour mark, this liner had, well not vanished, but there was significantly less on my eye than before. (Testing done on naked eye without primer! Will hold better on top of other products.) However, and that is the good news, it had not smudged and wandered down my eye. No panda look! Huzzah! So this khol pencil gets a thumbs up from me.

The color is absolutely beautiful on the eye. It goes on like in the swatch above and can be softened to look lighter or intensified by going over more than once. But it’s always sort of soft, never harsh.


So in my humble opinion, these two are amazing and worth a closer look. The rest of the collection I will fake with products I already own, heheh.

All Used Up September 2015

All Used Up September 2015

Another month has gone by already, and while I didn’t have much time to blog, I did produce quite a few empties. So let’s dive right into it:


Dior BB Creme in 01: out of all BB Creams I tried this was my favorite. It is a tad pink for me (more NW than NC if we use MAC color scheme) but overall so good that I have already bought another one.


Yves Rocher Monoi de Tahiti Shampoo Shower gel: This is the bright blue one that is both shower gel and shampoo. The monoi smell in this one has a note of bubblegum if you ask me. I found this to be a good shower gel but even more important, a very good shampoo. My hair was all silky and easy to comb. That makes this product a clear winner in my books and I will likely buy it again.


List of ingredients. Click to enlarge.


Two Chanel products: The Rouge Coco Shine in Chic that I already talked about in my Lipstick Tag post. This was a limited color, but I have received another one as a gift after talking about it on this blog. 🙂

The other one is my beloved Le Volume mascara in Khaki Bronze, another limited item. Like the name suggests the main draw is the volumising effect. There’s not much lengthening going on and the weight can make the lashes droop a little. But I don’t have a huge problem with my lashes losing their curl so it worked for me. The biggest plus of this mascara was the fact that there was no smudging and no crumbling. Even though it is not waterproof, this was my go-to sure thing mascara. The scond biggest draw was the color, it worked very well for my fair complexion and I wore it to pretty much every look with the exception of black liner looks. Very, very good and while this particular color is not available anymore, I will certainly buy another Le Volume in the future. I just have to use up a couple other mascaras first…


Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina Eleganza Body Lotion: Eleganza is a flanker to the perfume Signorina and this was the matching body lotion. The smell is flowery and honestly sorta forgettable. The lotion was of good quality, though.


Maybelline Baby Lips Cherry Me: a red lip balm. Tbh I didn’t expect the color to come out so strong, but this has about the same color pay off as a sheer lipstick when applied twice. The stain left is very strong, the shine wears off after a half an hour. I was on the fence about the nourishing quality of this balm. First I thought it wasn’t that good, weeks later I thought, no it’s quite good. Maybe it depends on the state of your lips. It doesn’t help with very flaky ones. For now I have enough lip balms and I’ll probably try something else rather than repurchasing this one.

So, this concludes my empties of last month. I’m not sure if I will use up anything in October. I have thrown some stuff out that I wasn’t going to finish when I was moving house, so now I have less stuff lying about, yay! (Mum, who helped me pack, in the background right now: “you have WAY too much stuff!” Pffft.)

Chanel Summer Eye Look

Chanel Summer Eye Look

Chanel Summer Look

I did a little and uncomplicated look inspired by Chanel’s summer look.

  • Brows: MAC Lingering
  • Primer: Urban Decay Sin
  • Lid: Chanel Caroube, softly blended into the shimmery primer
  • Liner: Chanel Orchidee, lined lower waterline and around the eye
  • Mascara: YSL Effet Faux Cils Waterproof Signature Violet (turns out to be exactly the same color as Orchidee, so liner and lashes are blending together)

And that’s it, a simple and fast. 🙂

Chanel Orchidee Look

The color is a little washed out in the pics, the purple comes out stronger irl. 🙂

Best Of 2014: the Dandy picks

Best Of 2014: the Dandy picks

In my Best Of 2014 Pt. 2 I’ll list only a few things which I liked a lot/used a lot this year.

Foundation: MAC Mineralize Compact

Somehow I still haven’t managed to snap a pic of this, despite the fact that I used it almost every day. Sorry. In 2014 I was on a hunt for the perfect foundation and up until that point I wasn’t even aware MAC had Compact Foundations. I also wasn’t aware that a compact foundation might be the one for me. I’d always used liquids or mousse. But thanks to a great MAC MUA I have my perfect long lasting, good coverage foundation which plays nice with dry patches and doesn’t get too oily either. Downside: I already hit pan and will need a new one next year and it contains alcohol.


Skincare: Lancome Advanced Genifique

The samples I had were convincing, sadly the price of a full size is steep. It contains something called LHA, a hydroxy acid patented by L’Oreal.


Lipstick: Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet

My lipstick discovery of the year was matte and semi-matte lipsticks and the range I used most over the whole year was Chanel’s. My most used colors were L’Exuberante and La Diva.



Nailpolish: I love metallic shimmers. The two colors I enjoyed wearing the most were Essie No Place Like Chrome and OPI Just Spotted the Lizard:




Blush: I’m an avid blush wearer; I love them all. Most worn was probably Bobbi Brown Desert Pink because it is such a universal color.



Mascara: My most used mascara this year was Chanel Le Volume Khaki Bronze. I’m afraid I’ll run out soon. The color is so useful to me, because it’s not as harsh as black. Yet it gives a lot of definition and volume. On the lashes it is darker than it looks like on the wand. And it is easy to remove!




Eyeliner: This was a toss up between MAC Smolder and Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Santal, but I think MAC’s Khol is even more useful, especially on the waterline.



Hair: I had no real hair favorites yet, although I’m currently using a wonderful shampoo. I’ll talk about it next year.

Perfume: In 2014 I really (re-)discovered perfume and I learned so much! I don’t really feel qualified to choose one I loved most this year. The brand I used most was definitely Guerlain.


All Used Up November 2014

All Used Up November 2014

Hello and welcome to the last used up entry I’ll write in 2014.


First item is this sample of Armani‘s EdP. What does it smell like? It smells like SUGARSUGARSUGAR. You know, not just sugar; it smells like you got out of the shower and rolled yourself in sprinkling sugar. And that’s it. It’s comepletely one note to me, maybe a little hint of marzipan. There is no darkness, nothing that pulls it down and makes it heavy. Only high top screeching sugar.

At first I did not like it (me and every gourmand ever) but the longer I wore it, the more it grew on me. And then I was craving it. I was sorry to see the sample go. On the other hand I would not want a full bottle. It’d be too much. But for everyone who wants something sweet smelling, without anything that makes it sickeningly rich, this is your perfume. Longevity: lasts all day on me, and longer on clothes.



Wella enrich volumising shampoo: The longer I used this, the worse my hair got. Harder to brush, harder to wash, too, and it got greasy faster. Yes, it did give volume, but other shampoos do that too. And it felt like it was only volumising at the top, while everything else fell down and stuck together. I don’t know if there was silicone in it, from the way my hair reacted, probably.

Marbert Daily Care eye cream: Easy to apply moisturizing care. This is a completely no frills eye cream, no anti aging care or anything of the sort. It promises nothing but daily moisture and that it gives.


Catrice Mattifying oil control paper: used especially in the summer to soak up excess sebum.


And then suddenly it was gone. I have already repurchased it. It now comes in a lilac casing that is not see through and is simply called “all matt” but everything else is the same.


BM Beauty Beautiful Lashes: came in a beauty box many moons ago. The bottom sticker says “Lash Thickening M001 Black”. Well if there’s one thing this mascara is not, then it’s lash thickening. In fact, before I used this mascara I never understood people who’d use five or more coats of mascara. Well, now I do. This mascara is so subtle, you barely notice it before coat 3. This mascara is neither thickening nor lengthening. What is does do is give nice fluttery, separated lashes without any clumping. Honestly I really liked the subtle effect. However, this mascara is a total vanishing wonder. I don’t know how, because it absolutely does not smear, but somehow after a few hours, there would be a lot less mascara on my lashes. Despite all this it stayed creamy until the end, so it wasn’t that it was dried up either. I don’t know, this is a weird thing and I wouldn’t buy it.


The Body Shop Honeymania Body Butter: I could only use it now in the cold weather, it’d be too thick otherwise. But now it worked very well, especially on the feet. They were so soft the next day when I put a good helping on before bed. I know it’s supposed to smell like honey but I mostly smell flowers. No honey I know smells like that. But I found it lovely anyway. I still have full sizes of the lip cream and shower gel, so I don’t have to say good bye to this LE scent yet. 🙂

And these were my empties of November. I can’t believe the year is almost over. I guess it’s time for the “looking back” posts.

benefit The Bronze of Champions

benefit The Bronze of Champions

Benefit has lots of pretty looking and cool sounding products. And then they have these really awesome kits with several of their products in smaller sizes. These are perfect for people like me, who want to try all the things and never use the big sizes up. Naturally, I have several of these kits and today I want to show you my personal absolute favorite of everything benefit, the Bronze of Champions set.


The packaging alone is to die for, not only is it pretty funny to look at, but it also very sturdy. This is my go to travel make up set and I have thrown it into my suitcase without care often enough and it still looks like this.


When I’m home I put it into my book case sometimes. Click to enlarge and read.


So, what’s in it?


Going by the numbers benefit put there: First there’s eyeshadow, one cream and one powder. The colors are bikini-tini and thanks a latte.

Then the bronzer, hoola, the highlighter watt’s up, the mascara they’re real and last the lipgloss also named hoola.

Basically, you’ve got a whole bronze and highlighting look there. For travels I pretty much only pack up foundation and concealers, my brow stuff and regular powder in addition to this.



On top is the highlighter, watt’s up, underneath the cream shadow bikini-tini and next the powder shadow thanks a latte. Yes, the cream eyeshadow is lighter than the highlighter. Of course you can always switch stuff around as you like it. I have made the experience that neither the cream nor the powder shadow have much staying power on their own. However layered they last very well on me, no additional base needed.

The last two are the hoolas, the matte bronzer and the lipgloss. The bronzer works perfectly for pale skin. I’m not sure how it would be for darker skin, but it can be layered. The lipgloss comes out looking like caramel, but you can see it spreads out to be colorless with only bronze sparkle in it. Like most lipglosses it doesn’t last very long. It comes with a sugary scent. I actually like that scent and I’m usually picky about that.

I forgot to take pics of the mascara, but you’ve probably read reviews of it before. It creates va va voom lashes and it does not smudge or crumble on me.

All in all this is a useful set and everything goes very well together.

All Used Up May 2014

All Used Up May 2014

I had no empties in April, but a couple of almost empties, so there are a few for May:


Lacoste Pour Femme shower gel: This was a repurchase because I like the scent. Would buy again, but I have several others to use up first.


BeYu Curling Star Mascara: As the name says, this is all about the curl. I don’t usually have much problems keeping my curl, unless I wear a volumising mascara that wears the lashes down. This mascara is very lightweight, so for me the curl stayed. No volumizing, no lengthening, just plain black mascara. Did not smudge on me, but crumbled quite a bit.


Biotherm Eau Fraiche: Okay, this isn’t so much used up as sniffed once, but since I decided to add in perfume reviews I’ll talk about it. It includes notes of pear, coriander seeds and jasmine absolute. To me it mostly smells of cucumber, and an hour or two later the jasmine comes out. The jasmine lasted all day. If you like fresh and uncomplicated and jasmine, it’s worth a sniff.


Eau Thermale Avene Hydrance Riche: It says dry to very dry skin, I’d say very dry skin only. This is very rich. Also soothing.


alverde brow gel transparent: really good and very cheap. Only downside: the brush is so big. I would prefer it to be smaller.


Kenzo Flower in the Air: Eau de Parfum. Yes I’m the sort of person who actually uses those little samples. I like switching my perfume every week. Anyway, so this is, as the name suggests, a flowery one. But it’s not like those sickly sweet gourmand perfumes! It is a strong flowery scent, but also somehow fresh. I enjoyed it greatly.


And last, but not least: Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Feline Blacks Mascara

This gives length and volume in only one coat. It’s certainly a va-va-voom mascara. This was only a 2 ml sample (the full size I think has the gold and black reversed) but it lasted pretty long. Longer than the 5 ml mascara I showed up there. Three coats of this could rival falsies. It did not crumble on me, but.

Here’s the thing. Two hours after application:

Captain-America-2-Sebastian-Stan-Winter-Soldier (Picture courtesy of Marvel)

It smudges! It smudges so hard! And I don’t usually have much of a smudging problem. Would never buy a full size considering the price.

And these were my empties for the last month. Thank you for reading.

MAC Eye Makeup

MAC Eye Makeup


To shake things up, instead of my usual squiggly lines on my arm, here you see my beloved MAC gel liner in Blacktrack in its natural habitat.

Brow: Brow Powder in Omega and that’s how my brows naturally grow. I look perpetually angry. I also don’t pluck them anymore (I used to try soften the arch)

Lid: Paint Pot in Stormy Pink. Applied all over lid and crease and also underneath. I’m not wearing eyeliner underneath, it’s only this shadow and possibly some smeared mascara.

Liner: Fluidline in Blacktrack on top. There was still some flesh visible, so I tightlined upwards with a MAC pencil in Black.

Mascara: False Lashes Mascara, one coat on the lower lashes and three on the upper lashes. This mascara is perfect for several coats, because it doesn’t clump. It’s a little crumbly, though.

under eye concealer: Mineralize Concealer in NW 15.


I had my blonde lashes dyed black, which is incredibly helpful with black liner looks. Because I always miss a spot with mascara and it’ll look stupid.


But when they’re dyed black, they look like this! Well, with three coats of mascara on top. (I’m not sure where the sparkle in this pic comes from. Might have been contaminated brush.)

MAC gel liners are great. Once on, they don’t budge. I even accidentally rubbed my eye and it didn’t move (the mascara on the other hand crumbled some). Really hard to remove, though.

The paint pot in Stormy Pink is a great neutral color. Sadly, mine is not very creamy at all. I think it might have been dried up from the start. Or maybe it’s supposed to be this dry, I don’t know. Paint pots usually crease on me after a few hours.


All of these products should be in the regular range, no limited editions as far as I know.

All used up in December

All used up in December

A little late, but these are the last few products I used up in the year 2013:


Biotherm Lait Corporel Body Lotion: This comes with a citrus scent. I’m not usually big on citrus but this one is delectable. Yum. It’s also very moisturizing and I am glad I already have a replacement.



MAC Dazzle Lash Mascara: Right after the Clinique one, I ran out of this mascara. I can’t even remember when I purchased it; I don’t think it’s still available? Anyway, I have a funny story of me buying this. I went to MAC and said: “I’m looking for a mascara that doesn’t give volume nor length.” You should have seen their faces!

See, I wanted a mascara for every day work and I didn’t want super va-va-voom lashes. My main problem is that my lashes are blond and as such not visible. I want them black (or at least darker) and that’s it. I’m probably the sort of person that gets used for testing mascara, so the company can boast their result of 50000% more lashes!!!! Because if you compare my before and after, it doesn’t matter if the mascara is any good, from blond to black is always from zero lashes to WOW! Whoops, my thoughts sort of ran away on me. So this product, it coats my lashes black and doesn’t do much else (it was possible to build volume with several coats, though). I liked that, it was my go to work mascara. Crumpling and smudging were minimal.



Balance Me super toning body wash: A shower gel with mostly natural ingredients and a strong smell of essential oils. It’s okay.



Alpienne Propolis Lotion: I know I already sang hymns of the Biotherm lotion up there, but this one blows all of my fav lotions out of the water. It’s a natural product, and consists mostly of bee products; propolis and honey. The smell is godly, not too strong fake honey (unlike for example body shop). It is very moisturizing and was good to my patches that are always dry and angry.It also soaked in pretty fast, not leaving me sticky.

I loved it so much I used it up in the same month I got it from Glossybox. And when I tried to get a full size I found that you can only have it shipped from Alpienne’s website and that the full size costs 50 € plus shipping. 😦 They have a set with this and the matching shampoo and I am highly tempted. I like that their things have few ingredients and no petroleum oil, silicon and such. Top notch, sadly expensive and probably impossible to get in the rest of the world. Sob.



Vichy Liftactiv: a face cream for dry to very dry skin. Perfect for winter, so I used it in december, waiting for winter. We never got winter, but the cream is pretty good. Highly moisturizing; probably too rich for oily skin. I didn’t see any difference in wrinkles, though. I don’t think it has SPF.

Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in Khaki Bronze

Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in Khaki Bronze

No spring collections have hit the stores here yet, so I am still stuck on checking out the amazing things that came out in 2013 (and the sales!). And this one, I have been wanting for a while, but I had thought it sold out already. In this case it’s always helpful to check out the counters very closely. And I found this gem sticking in a place for a different mascara…


Here it is, the Le Volume de Chanel in Khaki Bronze (40). It was part of the fall 2013 collection, which in my opinion was absolutely amazing. I wanted it so much, and I don’t even know why because I always reach for black mascara in the morning. And I think it’s a bit silly of me putting this post up, because I only bought it right now and I haven’t used it yet, so I can’t tell you if it’s any good. But mascara posts are always hard for me, because I am so bad at making a pic of my eyes…


Here you go, this is the color of the mascara in direct sunlight. This is probably only exciting for people with blond eyelashes… I hope I can use it for definition without going so dark. Sometimes black feels so stark against the rest of me.

So this was today’s “look what I got” post. Next time I swear I have some actual reviews for you. Now I need to get myself ready to go out and meet my friends. And I can’t put this on, because I am already wearing black mascara. -_-

Door 4

Door 4


Door 4 contained … a black tube?


It’s a sample of Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes!


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.