Thursday, July 27, 2017

Recent make-up empties

It just dawned on me that I haven't done empties in a long, long time and in fact I have finished a lot of products in the last few months. So it time I will do them by category. These what have been emptied in my make-up stash...

 1. Gurlain Noir G Mascara mini

 My overall impression - Look at that stunning packaging! My mini version came in a plain tube but the actual product was very good. Probably not as good as some other mascaras out there but it still gave me long and well-coated lashes.

Would I buy it again? While I did like the formula I don't think i could justify splurging $66 on a mascara even though it comes in the most beautiful case.

2. Buxom Lash Mascara mini

 My overall impression - Wow that brush is huge and stiff! It felt very scratchy against the gentle skin of eyelids but coated lashes well and gave them separation.

Would I buy it again? Nope, don't like the applicator.

3. Clarins Instant Light Lip Gloss mini

 My overall impression - Sheer, tinted and non-sticky lip gloss that applied evenly and had a sponge applicator. It had beautiful caramel hue and scent so was very pleasant to wear.

Would I buy it again? I got mine as a GWP so I would use it again if it was given to me but otherwise there are plenty of other more exciting products out there to try.

4. Clinique Quickliner in Sable


 My overall impression -At the beginning it ticked all the boxes due to its deep brown hue and good application. but it wasn't "gliding on" as I was told and still had a bit of drag. It got worse towards the end when the formula dried up.

Would I buy it again? No, there are way better performing eye pencils out there.

5. Korres Lip Butter in Guava

 My overall impression - I must admit I got sucked in by a gorgeous scent of this product. The formula was good too, light yet moisturizing. It left a sheer light tint on my lips making my pigmented lips a bit lighter.

Would I buy it again? Yes, I used it all up till the end and loved the formula. I repurchased it again in a more natural light pink "Jasmine" shade.

6. L'Occitane Brightening Touch Pen

 My overall impression - A copycat of the original YSL product that nearly every other luxury brand made at some point. It provided a light wash of sheer colour and was supposed to have skin-benefiting ingredients.

Would I buy it again? No. It was so sheer that it did almost nothing. It was an OK product to use with a super light make-up.

 7. L'Occitane BB Cream

 My overall impression - Prior to getting this product I've tried L'oreal and Garnier BB creams and wasn't a huge fan. But L'Occitane gave me a sample one day and I fell in love with this product. It makes your skin feel and look good! The coverage is very decent too and it leave behind a slightly luminous finish. No cakey face, just beautiful and even complexion.

Would I buy it again? Yes, already have! It is perfect when I have to do my make-up in a hurry as it is very easy to blend and I can even skip primer, sunscreen and moisturizer.

8. MAC Bronzer in Golden

 My overall impression - OK, I am a sucker for a beautiful packaging so I simply couldn't walk past this droplet covered blue compact. The product itself was very good too, it gave nice warmth to my cheeks and had a bit of shimmer but just enough to make it look less flat instead of frosty.

Would I buy it again? Maybe, it was a good bronzer but I still love my Guerlain more. In fact I have realized that the pan is the same size so I have dug out my new Gurlain pan and trasported it into MAC compact (some Teraccotas I've had broke half way through the use anyway).

9. L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara

 My overall impression - This time I got sucked in by a beautiful ad. Add Priceline sale to that and Miss Manga was mine! It turned out to be a very good mascara that made my lashes super long in just few swipes and stayed on me all day.

Would I buy it again? Yes, it is probably my favorite mid-range mascara right now.

10. Lancome Air de Teint Foundation

 My overall impression - If you have been reading my blog you would know that I have already went through few bottles of this stuff. It is very lightweight foundation that still offers a medium coverage and makes my skin look beautiful. It can be a tad drying in winter but perfect during warmer months.

Would I buy it again? Sadly it got discontinued so I managed to stock up when it was on sale. It occasionally pops up online but they want very good money for it now. I still have one bottle left but meanwhile I will look for alternatives.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Marie Claire The Parcel - Winter '17 (Final Edition)

About a month before I got this parcel I've received an email saying they will no longer have that service. I felt a bit sad because I like the frequency of the parcels and the content was good too. I suppose if it didn't make them much money it was time to pull the plug.

So this is what I got in my last parcel...

 1. QV Hand cream...value $6
Gentle, simple and unscented hand cream that does a good job at relieving dry hands. I don't think its easy to find unscented hand cream these days so its a perfect option for those who don't like everything smelling like roses etc. It also absorbed really fast so I would definitely put it in my work drawer.

2. Revlon Uniq One Hair Treatment...value $29.95
I haven't seen this product before, maybe because on the box it says its a salon-only product. It is a leave-in treatment that supposed to repair hair, add shine, volume, make styling easier, act as a heat protector and make hair smoother. I like products that save time so looking forward to testing it out when I finish my other leave-in conditioner.

3. Jojoba Oil...value 9.95
You get about 15mls which is more that enough to try this oil. It contains nothing but jojoba oil and has almost no scent, It claims to have several healing benefits and can be used all over.

4. Philosophy Purity 3-in-1 Cleanser...value $3
I remember finishing this cleanser before. It removed make-up well without drying skin nor leaving a film behind. I always appreciate travel-sized cleansers to take with me on trips.

5. La Roche Posay Redermic C10...value $12
This is a concentrated Vitamin C cream that supposed to target several signs of aging. I don't use a lot of anti-aging products due to oily skin but would be keen to test this one.

6. Avon Matte Lipstick in Pure Pink...value $19.99
I haven't had any Avon products for years! It supposed to give you that matte look minus the drying feel. I got mine in nice muted pink shade.

7. The Body Shop Charcoal Mask...value $2.30
I had a tester of this mask before that I took somewhere with me. I liked it! I felt it was a good dupe for Glamglow Youthmud mask for about 1/3rd of the price.

8. Nivea Cellular Anti-Age Eye Cream...value $27.99
I would have preferred a trial-sized high-end eye cream to the Nivea full-sized one. Eye creams is one of the skincare items I don't really use much of.

9. Klorane Mango Butter Shampoo...value $13.95
This is one of the best smelling shampoos out there! As a bonus it is enriched with mango butter which supposed to nourish dry hair.

10. Avon Magic Effects Matte Top Coat...value 14.99
Can completely change the look of your nail polish! It looks somewhat iridescent in the bottle but dries clear.

You get a nice selection of products in this parcel valued just over $100 most of which are full size. In the past you would get deluxe sample of high-end product and that's the main reason why I signed up for The Parcel. Unfortunately that feel of trying high-end cosmetics was lost in this box as majority of the products here can be found at the Priceline.