All Used Up Dec 2016

All Used Up Dec 2016

Here’s my last empties of the year 2016:

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Another Shiseido cream, this time it’s called the Bio-Performance Glow Revival Serum. Now, I liked this one much better than the Ultimmune serum. It’s called a serum, but texture-wise it was pretty much a cream so I used it as such (meaning I didn’t put anything on top). Smell and texture of this remind me of some Kanebo Sensai products I had before, a very cashemere-y smell. The cream contains a little bit of shimmer but it was bearely visible on the face.

It is supposed to help with unevenness, redness and pores. I’m not sure it actually did anything, though. My skin didn’t get worse either, at least.

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Teeny tiny list of ingredients. Alcohol is seventh on the list. There are irritating fragrance components in it. The real good stuff like Camellia sinensis leaf are at the very bottom. Would not buy a full size.

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Then I used up my eye makeup remover by Balea. It was so-so. The Body Shop one I had before removed my makeup better. However, this one isn’t like bad or something. Will not repurchase for now, but am not ruling it out either.

Also used up: My brow wax pencil by Sumita. It got too short to hold. What I don’t like is that it has to be constantly sharpened, like I use the same eyebrow stuff every day and while the pencil as a whole has lasted for the better part of a year I had to sharpen it all the time. I really prefer twist up pencils and such for brows. Apart from that it was super easy to apply though. Brow wax or brow gel is a matter of taste. I found that I could feel the wax, while I never feel the gel, but I grew used to it. Wax doesn’t set, so if you mess up your brow, you simply push it back into form and it will hold again. I find it doesn’t last as long as gel, though. Right now I am using up another product and I will not repurchase this pencil because of the sharpening problem.

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Last product used up last year: Vichy Neovadiol Magistral Elixir. What a name. It’s actually a face oil, but that would have been too easy for a name? This is not a cleansing oil, it’s the kind you leave on. Now, putting oil on your face when you used to be a teen with acne and an oily T-Zone? Weird feeling. When I was a teen everyone would say, no oil, never. And you would lots of alcohol and other irritating stuff and your skin would always be wayyy too dry from all the stuff. Those were the days.

So I used this oil as a last step in my skin care when winter hit and it started to get cold and my skin got dry. And it did help keep my skin plump and whole. It was still weird to put on. I mean the majority of it sank in, yes, but some oil stayed for a while. This was a night time only product for me. It was interesting to test, but I didn’t really like it. I prefer creams. So I would not use a full size, but I do want to point out it was good for dry skin.

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No list of ingredients, but they were okay. No irritants as far as I could tell.

And that’s it. I haven’t yet used anything up in 2017 so there may or may not be a short post in February. I have a lot of shower gels and such almost used up, so I may even be allowed to buy some this year. 2016 I had a body product no buy. I actually managed to gain some empty space – which I immediately covered, not with shower gels, but with perfume bottles. Sigh.

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All Used Up November 2016

All Used Up November 2016

This month went by so quickly! Here we have another list of my empties:

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Starting on the right this time, this the Douglas Beauty System Multi-Talented Serum. This came to me without a list of ingredients so I can’t tell you what exactly makes it so multi-talented. It is a light liquid with golden shimmer. The shimmer was very subtle, though and did not emphasize pores. My skin looked really good while using this, small pores and no blemishes, if a bit on the dry side.

Next is the Body Shop Shower Gel Cranberry Joy. This is from a past winter collection and I sort of forgot about it until recently when I decided to finally finish it. The gel was bright cherry red and the smell was a sweet, fake smelling cranberry. It was okay but I’m not super sad it was limited or something. I am still on shower gel & body lotion no buy, so I wouldn’t repurchase it even if it was still available.

I am however never on a handcream no buy, as I use up a tube per month. This one here is Balea Kamille Hand & Nagelbalsam. It does smell of chamomille, but not strongly. The balm is very balmy and refuses to sink in quickly. Operating a touch screen after you put this on? Impossible. So while the cream was actually pretty good for my hands,  I will not repurchase this one (at least until the next reformulation).

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Then I used up the Lee Stafford Dry Shampoo Original. This must be my third bottle. I used to use these interchangably with the Batiste ones, but somehow this bottle has not worked well for me at all. I don’t know if I got a dud or if it was reformulated, but I will stick with Batiste now.

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Shiseido Ultimmune: This is a very thin serum. It comes out white and dries up so quickly, it sometimes dries on your finger before you put it on. This is clearly designed for people who hate heavy textures. Sadly I have to say this did not work for me at all. I started with a clear face (after I used up the Serum shown above) and my skin got gradually worse. It didn’t happen over night, but I’d look worse every few days. First I got small pimples, then darker pores and last I got some real huge pimples. This could be a coincidence, yes, but as I also hated the texture I am not willing to try again.

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List of ingredients. Click to see pic full size.

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And last item, another face cream, Vichy Aqualia Thermal rich cream. In november, the weather started to get really cold and my skin dry. This cream is rich and has no scent. It felt good to use this in the evenings as last step. I wouldn’t have used this underneath makeup, though.

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Ingredients.

That’s it! Next empties post will be in the new year already!!!

Sunday Brush Cleansing

Sunday Brush Cleansing

Lazy sundays are good days to clean brushes. They can dry overnight and are ready to use on monday morning.

Currently I am using the Bobbi Brown Conditioning Brush Cleanser, which yes, it’s very expensive, but I need so little it’ll last for years.

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Brushes, Pt 1. They are still wet, so they look a little worse than they are. I have folded my beloved strawberry towel, so that the handles are higher than the brush heads and the water can drop down. The brushes are from left to right: MAC 213, a good one to apply shadow on the lid, Look by Bipa Eye Blender, this one is a favorite of mine! Bipa is an Austrian drug store chain, their own brand Look by Bipa is cheap and comes in the store’s signature colors white and magenta. The other brushes aren’t so great imo but the blender brush is amazing. It has the same shape as the MAC 217, but with synthetic hair. It blends just as well as the 217, you can only tell that it is much cheaper when you use and wash it very often.

The angled brush in the middle is MAC 266, a favorite of mine to apply eyeshadow as liner. The MAC 195, a concealer brush. The black one is an eyeshadow brush by ebelin. I don’t really like it; it’s what I use when I run out of clean brushes.

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Brushes, Pt 2. On the very left the Bobbi Brown face blender, an absolute staple of mine. I use it for all over, blush and bronzer. Then MAC 219, a pencil brush. Next an absolute favorite, MAC 214! I use it to apply eyeshadow on the lower lid. Sadly, it does not seem to be in the regular range, only limited edition??? Next to it, another Look by Bipa eye blender, then my favorite liner brush, the one that comes with the Maybelline gel liner. Then an angled no name brush that I use for brows. MAC 217, I don’t think I need to tell you about it. Then smashbox smudge brush which I use when the 214 is not clean or to smudge liner on the upper lid, although it’s a bit scratchy.

The big white one is a MAC 129, my second favorite blush/bronzer/whatever brush, then another 217, the Shiseido foundation brush, and last brush is the 213 again (idetical to the one in the pic above).

Now, this post is not a list of my favorite brushes ever (on that list you’d find the MAC 188, for example), but simply the brushes that needed cleansing and were drying on the towel when I had the idea to snap pics. But it’s a good show of brushes I use often. I have four eye blender brushes because I use them a lot. I’m tempted to get another one of the Bipa brushes, but it’s often sold out.

Most of my expensive brushes come from Holiday sets, that’s why the colors don’t always match up to the regular ones and the handles are short. I like brush sets, you get more for less money. But I only buy them when I know I can use the majority of them.

I don’t clean my brushes every week, but I do aim for every other week. But still, it’s always good to have some clean spares, right? 😉

Unboxing: Douglas Box of Beauty Feb 2015

Unboxing: Douglas Box of Beauty Feb 2015

I haven’t ordered any beauty boxes in a while, long enough to get nostalgic about it. 😉 So I decided to get the newest Douglas box.

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This is how the open package looked.

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The samples in the package (not part of the actual box) were Burberry Brit Rhythm,

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and Lancome Advanced Genifique. Sure, I’ve already got a full size of this, but now I have a small one for travels, too. 🙂

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The price for a box was raised from 10 € to 11€ and the number of available boxes was raised from 600 to 800. I’m okay with that.

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The content. The Origins product was too big to go inside the neat wrapping. XD

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Here we have the star product of the box, Origins Drink It Up Overnight Mask, 100ml.

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List of ingredients. Lots of good oils.

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And the rest of the package.

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Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Body Lotion 30ml. Well, a perfume mini would have been nice, but you can’t have everything.

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Ingredients.

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Then there was the Shiseido Bio-Performance Glow Revival Serum, 7ml.

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With a long list of ingredients.

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And the Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Caplet Serum, 5ml.

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Ingredients.

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And the actual bottle. I’m fascinated by these kind of pearls in liquid products.

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And the last item: Sensai Cellular Performance Mask, 20ml.

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Ingredients.

That’s it. I guess this was the super skincare box or something. XD I like how before this box I had exactly zero moisturizing face masks (but I wanted one) and now I have two. The whole box is a bit heavy on the face serums. Personally I like these samples but some people might be disappointed. I still think it’s a good idea that with Douglas boxes, you know one item beforehand (the full size) and the brands of the samples. It means you could guess approximately what you might get. Which is how I skip the boxes that will come with hair products. So I guess people who don’t want too much skin care would not have ordered it, anyway.

I like that it’s full of high quality products and I’m happy I scratched the box itch. 😉

Mini Haul

Mini Haul

Does it count as haul if you buy one item but get a bag of goodies?

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Because if I’m going to break the bank on Lancome‘s Advanced Genifique I’ll certainly do it with extreme couponing and get the most of it. 🙂

In the back: silver Lancome Bag. I can get all of the pictured items in and then some.

In the front: samples of Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, Lancome Visionnaire, Lancome Dreamtone Shade 2, Schwarzkopf essence ultime conditioner.

Then the purchased item, Lancome Genifique and next to it a 300 ml pot of Soap & Glory Butter Yourself. There was also a body scrub but my mum stole it.

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Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color BR70

Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color BR70

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I have a weakness for cream eyeshadows, they are so easy to apply and usually look pretty good on their own. This is the first one I have from Shiseido.

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This is the Shimmering Eye Cream Color in BR70. I have a weakness for all sorts of bronze, this one is a cool brass-like color.

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Swatch. I detect a tiny bit of taupe in the swatch, but it’s not really taupe. I call it a medium-dark brass.

It is creamy and very easy to apply to the lid with either finger or brush. I need only one swipe of a clean finger for seamless blending.

Shiseido promises it will last a whole day… well on me it doesn’t. In fact, it doesn’t last very long at all. Wearing this without any base or powder, I had terrible creasing two hours in. I was very disappointed. I had hoped I could wear it alone, but no such luck. Usually I reach for creams when I don’t want to muck around with three different products. On the upside, I think I can layer the brassy color of my new Dior quint on top of this.

 

My verdict: Will not get any more. I have big problems with creasing in general, so those who don’t, this might be for them. Everyone else: try Bobbi Brown or Kiko instead.

Douglas Box of Beauty Juni 2014

Douglas Box of Beauty Juni 2014

This is how you beauty box:

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As an extra I received a sample of a Terry de Gunzburg perfume, Bleu Paradis.

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The actual box.

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A sample of Artdeco nail growth activator.

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Nivea sun protect & bronze sun screen SPF 30: hurray, I’ve been hoping for sun screen, because I was about to run out!

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Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme eau de parfum. A big box for a small sample, haha. It’s a sweet oriental, I like it.

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Annemarie Börlind Lifting Serum: a 10 ml sample.

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And finally, Shiseido laquer gloss in baby doll (PK 304)!

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Swatch! It’s a subtle color on the lips and it feels great.

 

The douglas box is still not a subscription box in Austria. It is available six times a year and everytime you have to make the conscious decision to order it (and then you have to be lucky enough to get it, it is very limited). I think that and the low price of 10 € including shipping makes it the best box available in Austria. Plus the fact that out of the three boxes I ordered so far, none contained hair products! (There was at least one box that I didn’t order because it said there was going to be shampoo in, so the infos you get beforehand are pretty useful as well).

Every other box service, take notes!

Brush Cleaning of Doom

Brush Cleaning of Doom

Wow I didn’t even realize I used this many brushes lately.

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Left to right:

Alicia blush brush: Alicia brushes are pretty cheap brushes available at Müller’s. This one is actually too big for my tastes. I use it for powder blush when there is no other clean brush left…

MAC 130: This is kind of a face allrounder. I don’t even know what they sell it as, imho it can be used for liquid, cream and powder products, for foundation, bronzer, shading, blush, highlight,… it does pretty much everything except for lips and eyes. It also does not cook breakfast. Boo.

MAC 188: The longer and softer version of 130, my most used brush for blusher, be it powder, cream or liquid.

MAC 195: Yeah, this kind of a MAC fest in here. I use this brush to conceal bigger areas.

Smashbox double ended smudger brush: One day I decided that I needed a smudge brush right now and this was the only one available/the first I found that day. It was also on sale so I didn’t look any further.

Ebelin eye shadow brush: Ebelin is a cheap brand available at DM. This is a good if a bit small brush for eye shadow.

Bobbi Brown eye shadow brush: This came in a set, it’s also double ended, the other side is called “liner” but I’m not completely sure if it is for eyes or lips or what. The eye shadow side is meh, mostly usable for the crease. I only use it when there is no other clean brush around.

Alicia eye liner brush: I use it for concealing. It’s perfect for concealing smaller and slightly bigger blemishes. For the longest time I used concealer brushes that were too big; this makes one hell of a difference!

MAC 217: Do I even need to describe it? It’s the perfect eye shadow brush. I also use it for blending (in case I applied the shadow with a different brush) and highlighter. This is the most perfect eye shadow brush and I think I’ll buy some more.

Alicia eye shadow brush: Sorry I don’t know exactly what it’s called like. It’s a flat slanted brush. I use it to apply eye shadow as a line. It’s okay, but not perfect.

And last, but not least: Bobbi Brown face blender: The ultimate face brush for powder products. I use it for all over, bronzer or blusher.

Now this is pretty much my whole brush collection. Not pictured, but also pretty good (and possibly included in my last brush post?) are my no-name foundation brush – I forgot where I bought it, my Shiseido foundation brush (love at first feel) and the Bobbi Brown eye blender. The eye blender is not used for application of eye make up, only to brush over it and beat it into submission. It is magic.

Sunday Brush Cleaning

Sunday Brush Cleaning

Like the title says, sunday is my brush cleaning day. I didn’t use many lately so this pic showing the drying brushes also shows my go-to brushes, those I use the most.

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from top to bottom:
Shiseido Foundation brush

Smashbox smudge brush

MAC 195

no name foundation brush

MAC 217

Bobbi Brown face blender

I clean them by putting a tiny amount of shampoo on my hand, swirling the bristles in it until they come off clean, then I rinse them and put them on a towel with a downward slope so the water drips down and doesn’t damage the brush.