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Empties #18


It’s been a while since I’ve done a blog post with used up products. It’s a bit hard to keep the empty bottles when you’re away from home or you’re torn between two countries and ‘home’ is quite tough to define. But let us take a look at some recent empties.


Skincare and Makeup Products

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water – This has been my favourite micellar water in the past year, it’s really gentle yet effective. I use it just to take off my makeup in the evening and then continue with a cleanser but it’s still nice that it doesn’t leave a sticky residue and doesn’t sting;
First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser – A lovely, mild and gentle cleanser that I need to get another tube of. It really helped me calm my skin after my issues appeared and I started using Differin. I love trying different products but I have to say, I miss this cleanser in my routine;
L’Occitane Peony Perfecting Mist – I’ve gone through a few of these which means I love it and I love it because it somehow makes my skin texture better, it feels refreshing and hydrating and I love spritzing it throughout the day;
Alverde Aqua Eye Gel – My budget pick for the area around the eyes, it just feels incredibly lightweight while providing moisture. Probably my third tube and won’t be the last;
Decléor Aurabsolu Dark Circle Corrector – This is magic! It doesn’t erase my dark circles, of course, but it gives such radiance and brightness that I look ten times fresher. I think I might need the full size of it;
Herborist Silky Eye Gel – At first I didn’t like this because it can feel a bit sticky. It’s still not my favourite eye product but I like how cooling it feels;
Clinique Fresh Pressed System – I have a review on the 7-day system here, in case you’d like to read it. I was quite impressed by it mainly because the hyperpigmentation I get, faded much quicker than usual while I was using the system. Too bad it’s quite expensive if you want to get it for a whole month;
Lancôme Énergie de Vie The Liquid Care – And another bottle of this refreshing liquid moisturiser is gone. It makes my skin softer and smoother, it feels soothing and is enriched with powerful antioxidants;
Dr. Jart + Water Drop Hydrating Moisturiser – Water creams have been part of my routines since last summer and I can’t wait to try all the different brands. This one was my first experience with water creams and I have a few more as a backup because it’s travel-friendly and I love how light it feels on the skin;
Dr. Hauschka Clarifying Day Oil – My skin can get pretty dry in the winter because of the prescription retinoid and I liked to use this one in the morning  by mixing a few drops of it with my moisturiser. It doesn’t feel greasy, it’s very nourishing and gives a beautiful glow to the skin;
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra-Light SPF 50+ – I struggle a lot with suncreams. It’s the one product that I need to apply every morning and the hardest to find. A suncream clogged my pores so badly that I still fear applying new ones on my skin. This has been the best one I’ve found, so far, just because it doesn’t irritate my skin but it’s still not the formula I wish it had. It’s lightweight indeed but it’s still difficult to work with over water-based products or under makeup. I’d probably purchase the one with SPF 30 next;
Himalaya Herbals Cocoa Butter Lip Balm – That’s a beautiful affordable lip balm. It feels a bit thick at first but it’s not uncomfortable and I love how nourished my lips are afterwards;
Dior Diorshow Maximizer 3D Lash Primer – Although I don’t think I need a full size of this one, I have to say, it does work and makes a difference to my lashes;
L’oréal Volume Million Lashes So Couture – I loved this mascara when it first came out, it has exactly the type of brush that I like but when I got it a couple of months ago again, it just didn’t do anything for me. It can’t grab my lashes, at all and it just leaves them looking as if I haven’t used mascara;
Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara – This, on the other hand, is one of my favourite mascaras in the past 6 months! This is my second tube, the first one was sent to me for a review which you can find here and I already have a third one;

Body and Hair Products

Bilou Cherry Blossom Shower Foam – This looks so pretty and was fun to use although it didn’t feel as luxurious as other shower foams and sadly, it didn’t smell like cherry blossom, at all. I have another scent of it which feels the same, so I don’t think I’d be getting more from them;
Original Source Lime Shower Gel – These always smell very nice and I get them because of the scents, basically;
L’Occitane Cherry Blossom Bath & Shower Gel – One of my favourite scents! I love how it smells, I love how it feels like something between a gel and an oil and I always have a couple of minis of the brand’s shower gels. I simply love travelling with them and I somehow connect the way they smell to holidays;
Philosophy Cinnamon Buns Shower Gel – That was an incredibly big bottle even for me (I go through shower gels really quickly) and at first, I loved the scent because I started using it around Christmas time. Unfortunately, this shower gels dried my skin out quite a bit, so I had to alternate it with other body washes and at some point, I just wanted to finish it up and didn’t even enjoy the scent anymore;
Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Polish – This one has a lovely smell but in terms of exfoliating, it’s not the best as it dissolves a bit too quickly and doesn’t do much;
Garnier Ultimate Blends 1 Minute Hair Treatment – It’s an easy pick for me when I need something nourishing for my ends because it’s affordable and it’s not so hard to find;
L’Occitane Arlésienne Velvet Hand Cream – I know I’m talking about L’Occitane hand creams all the time but it’s difficult not to love them. Their scents are so unique, feminine and elegant, the texture is so soft and non-greasy that I always have to have a few of them. This is actually my second tube of this scent but it has a different packaging now;
Essence Shea Butter Hand Cream – I have a mini trio of these and I really like it, they are not the most nourishing ones but they absorb really quickly and they’re perfect daytime hand creams;
Burt’s Bees Ultimate Care Hand Cream – This one is very rich and thick but it doesn’t feel heavy. I prefer to use it at night, it’s gorgeous and leaves my hands nourished and soothed;
Rituals Honey Touch Body Cream – That’s another repurchase, the brand has beautiful body products and I rarely find something that I don’t like from them;
Giorgio Armani Sì Perfumed Body Lotion – Although this wasn’t moisturising, at all, I’m in love with the fragrance and I really enjoyed using it;
Soap & Glory Heel Genius Foot Cream – Light scent, lightweight texture, feels refreshing and hydrating…loved it!

Masks and Samples

Ivy Hot Eyes Steam Eye Mask – I have two more of these and I’m not sure how I feel about them. It’s supposed to be a home spa treatment, to make you feel more relaxed before bed and to soothe tired eyes. The mask itself is quite comfortable and soft but it felt a bit too hot for me. I just didn’t feel well with so much heat over my eyes but like I said, there are two more left in the pack, so I might it them again;
Starskin Nourishing Double-Layer Hand Mask Gloves – A real pleasure to use! I’m definitely going to try more from the brand. I used this mask while I was reading in bed before sleep, my hands were very dry and the mask felt so soothing and cooling. On the next day my hands were much softer;
Sephora Almond Foot Mask – Foot masks, on the other hand, are never comfortable. At least, that’s what I think. But I liked the effect after using this Sephora foot mask;
Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation – I’ve heard so many positive reviews on this foundation that I almost purchased it without trying. Luckily, Sephora added a sample to one of my orders and I was really excited to see how it looks. The shade was a bit too light even for my winter complexion but that’s not so important. Yes, this foundation is high coverage and it really doesn’t feel heavy on the skin but I didn’t like how it looked. I have combination skin with more oily T-zone and the product still sat dry and very unnatural-looking. I tried using it with a brush or a sponge, I tried applying less product (the sample was quite generous, so I could try it quite a few times) but it just didn’t work. Unfortunately, it didn’t look well on me.

Hope you’re enjoying your Sunday!

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Army of Minis #6

Travel size products are a big love of mine, there’s no need for me to go on a trip to use them but when a holiday is on the horizon, I add as many as I can to my bag. Me and my boyfriend are going to Rome in a few days, I miss the city so much and we haven’t been on a holiday for a year. After all we’ve been through in the past 14 months, I’m keeping my fingers crossed to finally spend some relaxing time together.

This post is a bit Loccitane-heavy simply because I had their advent calendar and I’m taking away with me two shower gels: Thé Vert & Bigarade and Jasmin & Bergamote, a Cherry Blossom EDT and Immortelle Precious Mist which I’ve been wanting to try for half a year but somehow kept it away from my eyes.
There’s one more toner mini because I adore mists and toners and it’s from Kiehl’s. You can see I’m already using their Calendula Alcohol-Free Herbal-Extract Toner. It’s really gentle and soothing and the only reason I haven’t purchased the full size yet is because I’d like to try some of the other toners from the brand first.
The Avène Thermal Spring Water is mostly for my handbag because as much as I’d like to believe we’re going to take it easy this time, I know us and how busy our holidays always are, so we’ll need something to refresh the skin with. Also, my boyfriend is really pale and spraying the water feels calming on his face when it gets red despite applying and reapplying sunscreen.

Speaking of SPF, I’m taking this tiny La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ along with the full size of it and the Rituals Sun Protection Face Cream SPF 30. I’ve never tried the latter and I’m a bit unsure whether a holiday is the right time for me try a new SPF, considering almost all sunscreens break me out but I’ve heard many positive reviews on this one.

To take my makeup off, I’m going to use Cattier Paris Cleansing Micellar Solution which has amazing ingredients like rose water and lactic acid.
To cleanse, I’ll be using the Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser from their Best of Bright Kit. It’s not on the photo because I just purchased the set and it’s supposed to arrive the moment I’m posting this.
I’m also bringing away with me La Roche-Posay Effaclar K (+) in case blemishes try to ruin the mood and let’s face it, summer, hot weather, combination skin…it’s inevitable.

When it comes to haircare minis, I’m going to rely on an old favourite like the Moroccanoil Treatment is and I’ll be trying a new shampoo for me that comes from Andalou Naturals. It’s vegan and sulphate-free with amazing ingredients listed and I can’t wait to see how it works.

I’ll be surely adding a full size fragrance to my travel bag but this mini of Armani Sì EDP is a must, it just screams Italy to me!

Travel minis are not only cute but also really handy and I can’t be the only one crazy about them! Hope you’re having a beautiful summer!

Empties #10

20161103_112150postAs I always end up collecting way too many empty products and writing a novel about them, this time I decided to make it quite simple. There are just a couple of make-up items and the rest is skincare and body products.

Make-up
Maybelline ColourSensational Shine Gloss in 610 Naked Star – Actually, I couldn’t finish this gloss and it has expired but I liked it because it wasn’t a sticky one and looked nice on its own or on top of lipsticks;
Clinique Airbrush Concealer in 04 Neutral Fair – One of my favourite concealers, it’s supposed to be brightening and it really does illuminate quite nicely but I also used it to cover up some imperfections around the face and it does great job at this, as well. I think I need the full size of it now;

Skincare
Balea Purifying Mask – That’s a great budget clay mask and I already got another sachet. It comes in a 2-pack and one sachet contains a lot of product, so I always end up using it twice (don’t ask how I close the sachet that is once opened) but it makes my skin soft and radiant;
KICKS Clearing Mud Mask – This is probably my favourite KICKS face mask, they released four a few months ago and this one is already used up. It doesn’t dry out my skin but it purifies and leaves it smooth and glowy;
Sephora Pearl Face Mask – I love Sephora sheet masks, they are so relaxing and heavenly-scented. This one is brightening and moisturising and it’s one of my most purchased ones from the brand;
Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask – I used about three packs of this face mask because it’s so popular at the moment and I really wanted to like it. It smells amazing and feels cooling but it wasn’t really hydrating on my skin and I have combination skin. Also, it leaves my face quite wet and feels sticky even after massaging in what’s left from the serum;
Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum – This small tube didn’t last much, so I couldn’t see if it really firms and repairs the skin but it felt soothing and moisturising;
Neal’s Yard Remedies Beauty Sleep Concentrate – Another travel size serum that I tried. Feels like rich cream but at the same time it’s light when applied and doesn’t make my skin more oily than it is, it doesn’t break me out and I wake up to radiant and healthy skin;
Neal’s Yard Remedies White Tea Facial Mist – I used this one before going to bed because the scent is really relaxing. It’s calming and moisturising although the way the spray works is quite heavy and that is probably the only thing I didn’t like about it;
REN Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist – Really missing this one. I used to spray it multiple times throughout the day. The mist is very fine, it hydrates the skin, it’s refreshing and also gives protection against the environmental aggressors. I’ve done a full review on it here;
Balea Almond Blossom Extract Toner – It’s suitable for dry and sensitive skin and although mine is combination, I quite liked this toner. It has a nice and light scent and it doesn’t strip my skin;
Ziaja Sensitive Micellar Water – This is my second bottle of this budget micellar water. It contains no parabens, alcohol and perfume, feels gentle on the skin and removes make-up quite well;
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion + – I have a travel size of this moisturiser whenever I travel because it never lets me down. Clinique moisturisers are some of my favourite ones anyway but this one works perfect when I’m away because it gives me the right amount of hydration without breaking me out and without being too rich and heavy on the skin;

Body and Hair
Yves Rocher Lotus Flower Shower Gel – The brand has incredible scents and this body wash proves it one more time, it’s delicate and beautiful. Also, I love the lightweight packaging;
Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia Moisturising Perfumed Body Lotion – My summer body lotion. Feels very light on the skin but hydrates it really well and is also beautifully-scented;
Balea MED Sensitive Shampoo – During autumn, my scalp gets a bit irritated. This year is actually even worse, so I’ve been looking for a gentle shampoo. I’ve heard good things about the medical line from Balea and decided to give this one a go. It is supposed to be for sensitive scalp but it didn’t do much for my irritated skin, unfortunately;
COLAB Sheer + Invisible New York Dry Shampoo – I should have taken more minis when I was in London because I really like this dry shampoo, I’ve talked about it many times on the blog;
Balea Hand Cream for very dry skin – This was one of my handbag hand creams. It smells very nice, takes a couple of minutes to absorb but doesn’t feel sticky or greasy.

This is everything I’ve used up in the past few weeks and I’m quite happy I don’t have the huge pile I normally collect before sharing my experience with the products.

 

My Summer Perfumed Body Lotion

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Me and my family have a thing for Armani fragrances. All of us, including my boyfriend, have a few of them and luckily, none are repeating. I still remember the first time when I got City Glam for my brother, it was more than 10 years ago and we were all really sad when it got discontinued.

For me, the brand’s scents for women are such with a bit more sweet notes and another group with a bit more fresh notes. For example, I adore their  range, while my mum is more into the Diamonds one. However, we both love Acqua di Gioia, Air di Gioia and Sun di Gioia because they are just perfect for the summer. I was really happy to get introduced to the scented body care because I already have Armani‘s Sì Body Lotion and I was curious about the rest.

Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia Perfumed Body Lotion* has notes of Mint, Brown Sugar, Jasmine, Peony, Pink Pepper, Cedarwood and Labdanum and this combination turns it into my current favourite summer body lotion. I was pleasantly surprised to see that this one doesn’t contain mineral oil (the  body lotion, for example, contains mineral oil) and is rich in Avocado Oil, Olive Oil and Meadowfoam Seed Oil. Once it’s applied on the skin, the lotion absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy residue. Feels light and a bit cooling on the skin, while making it soft and hydrated. I love the fragrance that it leaves, it’s fresh, feminine, sensual, dreamy, warm, breezy…it’s the scent of summer. It also lasts pretty long time on body and clothes and keeps the skin moisturised.

The 200 ml bottle is going to last a really long time, so I can extend the summer feeling and enjoy it even throughout September. Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia Perfumed Body Lotion* is light, yet moisturising and beautifully-scented lotion that can be used on its own or layered with the perfume. Both ways, it’s a lovely and quite special body moisturiser that will now always take me back to those warm summer nights…

*PR Sample

Beauty Ideas for Him and Her | Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is just in 7 days time, some of you may celebrate it, some of you may not, personally, me and my boyfriend don’t spend it as the only day we show how much we love each other but it seems, we always end up getting something for the other one. I usually bake something more different and interesting and he surprises me with a thoughtful gift or like last year (when he broke our deal) with a short trip to our favourite London.

Today, I’m attempting to show you a few gift ideas which are something a little bit more special for your loved one but still not with the craziest price tag you’ve ever seen. I just wanted to gather up products that is almost impossible to go wrong with but to also be a nice surprise.

For Her
I really wanted to include a skincare product although it’s the hardest thing to get for someone else but I picked out a product that is suitable for all skin types. Dior Instant Gentle Exfoliant with Pure Lily Extract is very gentle on the skin and makes it look brighter and smoother. The particles are very small, they exfoliate well but without irritating the skin.
For lips, be sure to take a look at the Clinique counter and their Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer lipsticks because they are creamy, moisturising, opaque and they have a ton of different colours. My personal favourite is 23 Blush Pop* which is a nude brown with a hint of pink and would suit many different skin tones. Also, the Dior Addict Lip Glow in Lilac from their new spring collection would make a great gift because it looks different on everyone. It brings out the natural colour of the lips and enhances it by reacting to the unique chemistry of each woman’s lips and just gives a natural flush of colour while conditioning the lips.
When it comes to body, a great hand cream or body lotion is something that I love so much! L’Occitane create some of my favourite hand creams because they are rich but non-sticky, Arlésienne Velvet Hand Cream has delicate, feminine and beautiful fragrance. Rituals have such nice body products that aren’t mentioned enough, try their Honey Touch Rich and Nourishing Body Cream, for example. If you want your loved one to have a more luxurious shower experience, treat her to the Lancôme Bocage Foaming Shower Gel with AHAs for a smoother skin. It’s soap-free and really gentle.
As to fragrances, it’s really personal, but two of my favourite ones are YSL Black Opium EDP and Giorgio Armani Si EDT. The latter takes me back to summer 2015 and so many great memories, so best would be if you know which fragrance makes your partner recall amazing times.

For Him
I have two skincare items to show you, a face wash and a face cream. Clinique for Men and their Face Wash are great because the products are fragrance-free and even people with sensitive skin can use them. The face wash is gentle, leaves the skin feeling clean but without drying it out…that’s what my boyfriend’s experience is. HYDRIX Micro-Nutrient Moisturising Balm is a moisturiser with Vitamin E and Shea Butter by Lancôme Men. I love the way this one smells! It looks pretty thick in the jar but it feels light on the skin and absorbs really quickly, it’s not greasy or sticky.
Once again, fragrances are something pretty individual, but the ones I love smelling on my boyfriend the most are Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio and Armani Code (don’t think you can go wrong with Armani fragrances) and YSL L’Homme, all three of them are masculine but without being too heavy and making you feel hard to breathe around the man wearing them, there’s a bit of freshness to these scents, so give them a sniff, if you haven’t already.

I also wanted to mention two Origins products because I think they are unisex, there are so many men and women using them because of their amazing skincare properties, so I think they’d make a really nice gift. The GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturiser has a lovely orange scent, it’s very refreshing, the cream is lightweight but hydrating and I’ve done a review on it here. Their Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask (review here) is loved by me and my boyfriend, I’m with combination skin, he has super dry skin and works great on both of us!

No matter what you’re doing on Valentine’s Day this year, remember that we should show our loved ones how much they mean to us every single day and not only with material gifts!

 *PR Sample