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Saturday, December 8, 2012

WANTED: Monsoon San Lorenzo Maxi skirt

OK, so this is going to be an unusual post.

We've been looking for this skirt for quite a while now. The season it was in (spring/summer 2011) it was sold out in stores near us and my sister and I been on the look out ever since.

So, here it is, our preeeeecioussssss

If you happen to know where I can find it (any size), please, let me know in the comment section.
Thank you,
Riri

Friday, September 28, 2012

Giveaway winner announced

And the winner is.................

Savannah! Congratulations!

I have just mailed you the prizes, hopefully USPS will be able to get them to you by the end of the next week!
Once again, thank you to all my lovely followers and to everyone who took part in this giveaway.

Irene

Thursday, September 27, 2012

I don't like it: Smashbox ultimate eyes in brown

I love Smashbox eyeshadows, and I love a good bargain. So when this quad went on sale in Sephora for $10 I was happy and expected great new looks to come.
sorry for the shadow in the middle, but this pic turned out to show the most true to life colors

How can you not fall in live with this colors, right?
Finger swatches got me even more excited. They felt way creamier than the Smashbox shadows I own and the colors looked even more charming
 Flash
Daylight

And even though I got my order in the evening I didn't hesitate to apply them that same day. 
But only to realize that things aren't always as good as they seem.
That's what they look like on

Fairly good, but nothing like the color in the palette (the color in the crease is actually purple). It dusted up pretty badly when applied with a brush and the fell off was definitely noticeable as well.

If you are still keen on getting it anyways, I actually came across a trick how to make it look as good as a swatch. Once you applied the first dry layer, try going over it with wet brush application.
Here's what you'll get

But the bad thing, is that you can't get away with Just wet application, it will look very uneven and messy. And the double layer routine can be too much for the everyday basis.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Review: Korres lip butters

This isn't going to be an actual review, I would call it more a product rave post. By the way, why did everyone stop calling positive posts that way? It totally brings back memories of Lollipop26 blog and channel. Oh, the golden age of beauty community! Anyways, back to the topic.

I've been using and repurchasing Korres lip butters for what it seems like ages (3 years at least, I think). What I like about them - it's that they hit all the boxes - moisturize lips, have nice taste, smell and texture. And if you want, they can add a color, or you can go with a clear/white one in Guava. I don't have it right now to show you a swatch, as I usually buy it closer to the winter time to use it overnight, but it tastes and smells AMAZING. But if you plan to wear it out on its own, I suggest a mirror and a moderate application. Or you might get blotchy zombie lips.

So, here are the the ones that I currently own:

Wild rose, Pomegranate and Jasmine

All of them are similar in consistency and efficiency. A quality, rare even for high-end lip products. And this quality has quite impressed me recently. I normally count on this kind of products only as a preventative measure. So it came as quite a shock, when a Korres lip butter has actually worked as a treatment. I used it on my vacation (mostly as it was the only lip balm I had taken) when after a great day out I ended up getting extremely dry and chapped lips (I am not sure if it's even a term, but they were wind burnt). 3 days and my lips were back to normal.
Swatches are in the same order: wild rose, pomegranate, guava.
And here's what they look like on
Bare lips
Swatch: Korres lip butter in Jasmin
 Swatch: Korres lip butter in Pomegranate 
Swatch: Korres lip butter in Wild Rose

CLOSED: GIVEAWAY!!!

And here's a chance for you to try it yourself. 

I chose Wild rose color as it's a great way to sport a darker lip for fall, but at the same time, it's safe and doesn't make you look like you've been eating raspberry jam straight from a jar. And having a tube version will let you use it on the go, without having to use your fingers (I know, I'm not the only germ-freak out there).

All you have to do is to follow my blog and let me know in the comment section if you want to win it. This giveaway is open internationally and will close in two weeks on Thursday, 20th 11:59 PM EST. Good luck

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Review:TARTE Clean Slate Deluxe Primer Trio

This was a completely sontaneous purchase. I came to Sephora for my beloved Korres eye creme, and while on this topic, I was thinking I need a new eye-primer. The one I had before was by Korres as well and it was good, but didn't convince me enough to repurchase.

And look what I saw at the check out:

This sample trio offers quite a generous amount of product: 0.25 fl oz of each face primer and 0.09 for the eye primer. I've been using them for two weeks now and they don't seem to run out. And the most shocking thing - it retails for only $9. Which is a bargain for a Sephora item in my book.

My two absolute favourites are Clean Slate 360 Creasless and Poreless  primers.


 I can't say if they really last 12 hours I never wear my makeup that lond, but they definetly do last. And the Clean Slate Poreless is the first face primer that has amazed me. I never thought of wearing a face primer everyday, as their effect seemed to have lasted on ly for a couple of hours. But this one works wonders, it's not that my face becomes literally poreless, but large pores seem significantly smaller and, although it doesn't make any sence, there seems to be less of them. Even when paired with my Laura Mercier mineral foundation. Which I also find quite a challenge foe a primer. Not all of them play nice with a powder foundation.

Clean Slate 360 Creasless is a very strong primer. It even makes my mascara stay on longer (but it also makes it harder to get off). Best part for me is that it contains no parabens, so no irritaion and bad long-term effects. Yay! Although the product in my tube seemed to be a bit separated, so when I opened it for the first time a bit of oily substance came out first. So I suggest shaking it well before te first use.

Clean Slate Flawless is my least favourite not because it's a bad product, I love it and I think it's great. But as a highlighter, not as a primer. It adds luminosity and freshness to your face, I love using it by itself, when I don't want to wear makeup, let's face it, our loved ones are too fragile to see up bare faced when we only had 4 hours of sleep. It might be just me, but I look like a racoon zombie that hasn't been outside in years on those days.

All of these primers are very light and absolutely non-greasy. And they don't make my face itch, as I find it with some Tarte products.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Sephora purchases

A long overdue post.

For some reason I kept it as a draft and never got time to publish it. Well, better late then never. And it means a better review. Which is also good.
So, here they are
One frebie, one re-purchase and a Dior lippie. I guess, this is already says it all.
First things first, I originally went there for my most loved mascara. Gogo by Josie Maran.If you are looking for a good wolumizing mascara look no further.

It's got a big natural brush, just how I like it.

For some reason it's triangular, which takes a little time to get used to. But once I did, I began to love it. The flat side lets you cover lashes faster, and the angle side picks up the smallest of them.

The formulation is similar to Dior Show, it's thick and volumizing. But at the same time it dries a bit more, so there are no smears by the end of the day, nor there are any flakes.

And what I also love about this mascara is that buy it you are also doing a good thing for someone else. Here's what their web-site says:
"Josie Maran has teamed up with City of Hope, a leading cancer research, treatment, and education institution, to launch the Get One Give One Campaign. For each GOGO mascara purchased, Josie Maran Cosmetics will donate one mascara to a City of Hope cancer patient/survivor (up to 5,000 units). Thereafter, through Aug. 2012, $1.00 from the sale of each GOGO mascara will be donated to City of Hope's research, treatment, and education of women's cancers".

 Next, I grabbed  Dior Addict lipstick in number 249 Diorissime. It is amazing and very gorgeous, but pricey as well, and I wouldn't say that this is something you must splurge on, but I had a gift card and that is how I justify this purchase.



As you can see the color is very subtile, but added to the natural pigment of your lips it works magically. I loe this color. Sometimes I reapply it just to look at it =) And it also feels great on my lips, very moisturizing.

As a freebie I got a new product by Korres. But I haven't tried it yet, so there's nothing I can tell about it.



Thursday, July 12, 2012

Revlon nudes introducing Charm


 Swatches in the same order
Nude Attitude - Soft Nude - Creme Brulee - Charm
And here are my two cents =)

Revlon Matte lipstick 001 in Nude Attitude. Love the color, a worm nude, doesn't wash off a fair complexion. Has a good staying power, but as it accentuates all the dry patches I would never think I had, its virtually impossible to use by itself, so the staying power really depends on the balm I use underneath.

Revlon Lipstick 070 in Soft nude. I would say this is the safest out of them all. Sheer but buildable. Adds peach wormth to your lips and never makes you look ill (unlike Gosh Darling, for instance). Safe on dry patches when applied with a light hand.

Revlon Colorburst Lipbutter 095 in Creme Brulee. The darkest of all my Nudes, for pigmented lips it comes off even a bit brownish. Lasts as long as any lipstick, but then again, all lipstick last an hour on me, I must be talking way too much =). On some days I noticed that my lips feel a bit dry after I take it off. On some days they were not, so I can't actually point my finger at this product. Even if you have super dry lips you can slap it on in a dozen layers and now dry patches will show through. But it is a bit on the heavy side.

So I was no exception and gave into the hype.
I bought the new and oh so talked about Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm stain number 035 - Charm.

And I am glad I did. Yes, the reviews that say it's a bit drying by the end of the day do have their reason. It can be sometimes. But so are some lip-balms, as the infamous EOS or Burt's Bees (its peppermint taste/feel is also the same). Well, at least to me. We are all different, lets not forget about it.
Stain-wise, I do see a peachy color left on my lips after the balm itself is gone, but let's not forget it's a stain, not a long-lasting lipstick, so don't expect it to keep the same finish throughout the day. I imagine, that with brighter colors it will be way more vibrant. In my opinion it's fairly nice for lips, but if you have dry patches it will accentuate it.

Sorry for no lip swatches, maybe next time.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Currently drooling after...

So there is this Etsy store, I got some AMAZING jewelry almost a YEAR ago. And all this time I've been meaning to make a post about it.
But something always kept me from doing this. I was on a writers block, then I was moving, then there were no sunny days etc etc etc.
Anyways, right after I got my order I noticed this lovely bracelet and wanted to get it, but... see two lines up =)
But back to the story, I was on Etsy looking for a gift and just out of curiosity popped to this store again - Link!
And it turns out my beloved friend is still there, waiting for me, and my feelings are as strong as they were the very first time I saw it - link
 The quality of this jewelry is amazing! As I have already said I own some pieces for almost a year and they don't seem to tarnish at all - and I wash my hands 375 times a day.
They are gold plated and handmade, yet, they cost like costume jewelry from stores like Express or Macy's.

Cala (the designer) is super nice, she can adjust things to your taste, answer any question and even though she makes jewelry after you order it (another nice touch, knowing that is was handmade for me really makes me smile every time I look at my jewels) she ships everything super fast.It's up to you what shipping you choose. I used both, and, well - if for you it's about the process and not getting there right away - regular USPS is the way to go ;)
And, here's another thing I am sure I NEED =))) Although I am thinking of a one for my index finger - link

I am not sponsored or affiliated with this store in anyway, but I am in love with Anemone Jewelry. I even crawled out of my shell to post about it.


Sunday, May 6, 2012

Victoria's secret freebies

Well, to be quite precise, they were not exactly free, but sure they were one big bargain.
Let me start from the very beginning.

I had a $10 VS promotional gift card, I had to spend it. It's as simple as that =)
I was extremely wise and picked only what I came for. A new body mist. I am not normally a fan of their scents, but when it's hot outside, I can't stand wearing a perfume. It feels too overpowering. So body mist it is. As I still want to smell nice, even if in a frail way. And as I've already mentioned, I had a VS gift card, so I decided to tart my search there. Here's what I found:

My favorite is Sheer Love
It reminds me of my college go-to perfume - DKNY Be Delicious. But lighter which makes me love it even more. Though the bottle says - White cotton & pink lily and has nothing in common with DKNY notes, I still think of my best college times whenever I smell it.

The second scent I got is Secret craving. Black currant and vanilla. I was hoping it would smell somewhat similar to Amor Amor, which also has these notes, but unfortunately, it doesn't. But it's nice anyways. And very soft on vanilla. But more vanilla than a black currant though.

I was very pleased to find out that VS now makes mini versions of  their body mists. Which makes them just perfect. I can through a bottle in my purse and forget I have it in there, it's only 60ml and won't weight down my shoulder. And I won't have to use it up if I get bored of the scent in a month.

The best surprise was that THESE MISTS ARE ONLU $4 each! Talk about bargain!
Having two more bucks left I picked up a hand sanitizer in Pure seduction. In the back it says Secret Garden. 

 I haven't used it yet, so can't say much. Smells nice in a bottle, though.
And I only paid $2.5 for these three treats! Bargains are always fun
xoxo

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Best quote I came along this year

A ship in port is safe; but that is not what ships are built for. Sail out to sea and do new things.  Rear Admiral Grace Hopper

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Sephora by OPI: Casanova Is So Into Me

I seem to be hungry for some unusual colors lately and so far I managed to find all of them. All of them will be featured in my upcoming posts.
Here's the first one.
As you have guessed from the title- it's the new Sephora by OPI in Casanova Is So Into Me, but I call it a raspberry sorbet, even though it's not necessarily match the description. I just love to call it like that. And as silly as it is this color makes me happy.
I was very happy to find out that they have changed their brush to a slightly flat one, it's very comfortable to work with.  It's not a paddle like brush that covers all your fingers (not nails!) in one strike. And the formulation seems to be better pigmented now - you can get away with one coat. That is, of course, if you hands grow in the right direction (unlike mine). It might be old news, but I haven't bought any new Sephora by OPI for about a year, so it's news to me.
I took a billion pictures but yet failed to catch it's true color. Here's the closest I could get
It is a bit deeper and has a slight peach hue to it in real life.
And what nail post can be complete without the "grab-it" picture?!
By the way - the chip on my pinkie might bother you. But I am actually proud of it - it's the first chip in 3 days.And I wash my hands 375 times an hour and do the dishes.
Good job on your new formulation, Sephora!
Now I suddenly need a same toned lipstick =)))

Monday, February 27, 2012

Good-ole Clinique

Although I am still on the "all-natural" kick, sometimes drastic skin events call for drastic measures. And, hey, it's cruelty free, which is the most important thing, and I can put up with some salicylic acid on my skin.
Ladies, I present you the newest addition to my HG range - Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion.
I am not sure if it counts as a review, but this lotion does wonders - it clears without drying. While their infamous system is good for about 3 weeks, after that it's just blah, Mild lotion gradually improves your skin and it doesn't seem to get accustomed to this treatment, well, at least in my case. I am currently on my THIRD bottle of it.

And the High impact mascara was a freebie. I actually had it for a while and was reluctant to open. The thing is that I used to have one, back when I was still at home and I hated it. And honestly couldn't understand the rave about it.
But being curious I eventually pulled it out of my drawer and never regretted that. So either they have changed the formula over the past 5 years or I simply got a bad one back then.

It applies super easily and provides a very clean volume - if that at all makes any sense. I love the brush - natural bristles and the size is just right for getting all the small lashes and maximum coverage in minimum strokes.
Here's what it looks like one (one layer)


So my advice if you tried some product a while ago and didn't like it but every now and then keep hearing raves, you might as well give it a try (if you're curious, of course), chances are the new formulation will surprise you.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Dry hands relief: Burt's Bees Lemon Butter cuticle cream

It might be all news to everyone but me, but this cream is amazing!
I love everything about it.

It smells great, works wonders on dry cuticle and not only cuticle. I was running to a meeting when I noticed that my nose looked like a dry mess (sorry, if it's too much info) and all I had was this babe, and guess what? just one swipe and my face was good as new.

What I also like is that I don't have to put it all over my hands, and concentrate on cuticle and dry patches only. I, personally, don't like drenching my hands in a cream when I'm running errands - it might be strange, but it makes me fell like my hands collect twice as much dirt.
So if you haven't tried it already, definitely give it a go. Now I have a full size version that costs around $5, but  lately, I spotted that they also have a 99 cents one, and since it's a super thick butter I suppose that even a baby version will last you ages.

Any recommendations of skin-saving finds are always welcome!
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