Product empties #10

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Another empties round here so let’s get started! (Apologies for the blurry photo, I didn’t realise it was a bad one..)

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From top left to right, then bottom left to right:

  1.  Dr. Goldfaden: Ruby Crystal Microderm Exfoliator: This felt like rubbing salt on your face, it felt like it did something but at the same time also felt rough. I liked to wet my face and fingers whilst spreading this around otherwise it would have been too much for me. I did think this was ok, but I think it was a bit too harsh so I wouldn’t buy this.
  2. Eyeko Fat Liner: I got this from a beauty box and I really did enjoy this product. I find pen eyeliners to probably be the most easiest way to apply eyeliner. The only thing is that this is a fat pen, so whilst good to try and create the flick, as my hooded eyes don’t have much space for lash lining, I had to be careful with this. I would consider purchasing this, if I knew where I could easily get it (in store I mean)
  3. DeClerc Mascara: I got this from a beautybox too, and I actually think this wasn’t bad. For me, it didn’t seem to flake, it did what I wanted to, which was to darken my lashes and I do remember being very surprised with this. I wouldn’t re purchase because I have a lot of mascaras to use up from a variety of boxes, but seeing how  those will go, I might keep this one in the back of my mind.
  4. Kiehls Midnight Recovery Eye: I do think this cream works, probably not as much as another cream I am using, but I did seem to notice a difference the morning after application that my dark under eye area wouldn’t be as dark anymore. This one I am not going to repurchase but keep in the back of my mind for sure.
  5. Academie francaise: This was a moisture cream I think – really I can’t remember – but it might have been a daily cream. It did moisturize well but I wouldn’t say anything specific against this one. I kept this in my travel bag and it suited the purpose.
  6. Yves Rocher moisturiser: This is a small sample I received, and probably don’t have much to comment on it. It was a moisturiser and did what I needed it to, it was ok to put it on in the morning without being too thick but it’s probably something I wouldn’t repurchase.
  7. Fresh Vitamin Nectar Mask: I really like this product. It was a sample but something I might consider to get at Sephora now that the brand is in France. It smelt like oranges and zesty but I do feel like it did something to my face. The texture was strange, something like a jelly with bits in I feel like, but I do think I would try purchasing this if I got the chance.
  8. Elemis Tri-Enzyme face wash: I bought this a while ago, with a bunch of other Elemis products that I have been using up and must be in my previous empties posts. I like this enough as I was using it, but I don’t think I noticed anything special after having used more products through various beauty boxes. I do seem to like the brand, to me it reflects quality and British-ness, however if I had to say one product I liked the most, it would probably be the lavender toner which I did think that more of an effect for me in balancing out my oils.
  9. + 10. Panier de Sens, cleanser and toner. This was refreshing, as the packaging suggests and did the job well. It removed my make up gently and toned my face gently and in a refreshing manner. I think this brand is probably a bit too pricy if I remember correctly, however it was nice to use.

11.  Aussie 3 minute miracle: I love the smell of this,  and I think it does work well. My hair felt nourished, smooth and moisturised. I would probably purchase from this brand again.

12. Nars creamy concealer in Custard: This is a sample, and I have another one actually which is great as I don’t think I can really remember much about this. I do think I liked it though, it goes well for my skin tone under the eyes, and also as a spot concealer too. I don’t remember if there was much creasing so I will have to try out the second sample and give it a go. I do remember thinking it might be worth to buy the concealer though so I don’t think it was bad for me.

13. Rituals foaming shower gel: This was gentle in cleaning and foamed nicely. I think it was a calming and gentle body cleanse which was great. I think though that I don’t care much for shower gels (at least not as much for now) so I wouldn’t re purchase, but to test more from this brand is something I would consider for sure.

 

 

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Glossybox: January 2017

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So it’s the 3rd of Jan and I already have my Glossybox for this month. Super! I’m also quite excited by this month’s box, it’s definitely got a better reaction than last months (which wasn’t that bad by any means).

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  1. Etat Pur – Actif Pur Acide Salicylique 2%. 15ml – 15.80Eur
    • 15ml- 15.80Eur. Full Size
    • Comments: This will be great for my spots! Very happy to have this, and it will come useful indeed. It says to use two drops for the nose and one drop for a specific area. In three days it should clear up…three days is a long time but better than four (or more)!
  2. NYX Professional Make Up – Slip Lip Pencil. 2.90Eur
    • 2.90Eur. Full Size.
    • Comments: Super happy for this brand, I’ve always wanted to try it. I know that is a cheaper/ drugstore brand but in general, NYX seem to be of good quality from what I’ve read. This colour looks perfect for me, and for existing lipsticks that I have too.
  3. oOlution – Eye love contour des yeux. 15ml – 35Eur.
    • 15ml – 35Eur. Full size.
    • Comments: Another eye cream, and this is perfect. I’ve currently opened an eye cream I received previously in the Glossybox (from Naobay) and it’s working well, and I think I definitely need to incorporate eye creams into my routine as my under eye area are actually getting quite dark..somehow I feel the age creeping up on me somehow :\..or I’ll just tell myself that it’s normal in winter 😉
  4.  Spa to you – Deep pore cleansing facial brush and massage – 8Eur
    • Full Size.
    • Comments: This is perfect, I have a Clarasonic Mia 2 but this would be perfect for on the go travel. I like that it has a good handle on it too, it would make it alot easier to use in the shower or by the sink.
  5. Mudmasky – Facial Detox Purifying Recovery Mask. 60ml – 69Eur
    • 20ml – 23Eur.
    • Comments: Whoa, this seems expensive! The only product not full sized too, but actually quite pricy all the same. Love masks, though seeing as you can only really use them a limited number of times to avoid your skin being ‘abused’ (can’t think of the actual word right now) too much. However, seems great.

Overall, this seems like a pricy box, and coming in at 84.70Eur it is! Wow. I love the contents as much as the value for money here. I’ve already put the products away in my ‘to use’ storage area, apart from the NYX pencil which is already in my lip makeup drawer.

 

Feel Unique Magic of Beauty Advent Calendar (12 days)

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So, from my last post, I mentioned that I have two advent calendars this year. This one has only 12 doors, so what I actually decided to do was a countdown to the countdown! I took the photos of the advent calendars as soon as I got them, but only started to open these doors (one day at a time!) 12 days before the 1st December.

I think of this post like an unboxing, and here we have the items..

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I obviously did look up what were included before deciding what calendars to get, but I didn’t look too much in detail about which days were in what and so on to give some sort of element of surprise.

I’m still happy I have this one, and I can’t really pick a couple of products that I’m really excited about but I’ll give it a go:

  • Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl in Gilded Honey – this looks so pretty! I’m sure I’ve heard of this brand before and the swirl in how they pressed this really looks pretty. I don’t use highlighter’s alot but this is so pretty looking.
  • Ole Henriksen Truth Sugar Glow polishing mask – I’ve been so interested in this brand for a long time so I’m super glad to have a sample to try out
  • Nuxe Reve de Miel – I’ve bought this before and I liked it, and with winter here my lips are always dry and chapped. This is perfect, plus you can’t ever have enough of lipbalms can you?

The products I’m probably least excited about…hmm..Ok..

  • Rimmel Lipstick in the Best of the Best – only because I have a ton of lipstick, red ones too, but that’s the only reason. I am actually curious about the lipstick because I haven’t ever had a Rimmel lipstick before..
  • Bourjois Paris eyeshadow in Originale – again, because I have enough eyeshadows already. The colour seems something that I wouldn’t go for myself, but it is glittery and so goes well with the festive theme. Again, I’ve never tried Bourjois eyeshadow before (or any other product for that matter!) but I remember at school always being interested in the brand and especially the eyeshadows for the packaging..so dreams really do come true in December (haha)
  • Percy & reed Hair Wonder Balm – I don’t use hair products much, more so in the winter if I am drying my hair so perhaps this is good timing. It is a miracle leave-in balm which preps and primes your hair, ready for the styling products and techniques. It makes the styling products work wonders (apparently) giving more control and longer lasting results… Ok well that description has me sold but I don’t know if I’ll see / notice any difference!

In all, I really do like these products and this year’s got me already wondering for next years beauty advent calendars offerings!

Sephora US Haul

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An American friend of mine came to Paris and had told me in advance in case I wanted to order something that he could bring over, and..well I jumped on that chance! Sephora don’t do a ton of brands here that they do over in the US (though it is changing with Fresh, ABH, Huda Beauty, Becca and soon KVD), so I made sure to choose products that I wouldn’t be able to easily get myself.

Additionally, since I spent a fair bit in the summer, I had enough points to claim a Too Faced Melted Matte lipstick, as well as benefit from their promotions and bag myself a goody bag plus three samples.

So here are the products I bought ( I include the 100pt redemption Too Faced Melted Matte Lipstick here):

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CoverFX – This is SPF30 which is perfect because I sometimes flare up when I wear suncream (but it’s very important, especially if I use resurfacing products..) so I got a sample of this and didn’t seem to react so knew that this would be perfect for over moisturiser and under primer/foundation.

Kevyn Aucoin Medium Sculpting Powder – This seems to be a major staple for many people and I had to try this out. I wanted the light shade but that was sold out so I went for the medium, knowing that I could probably get away with both and that medium was the only one that existed for a long time and if it suited NikkieTutorials for a while then I must be good for sure!

IT cosmetics CC+ cream – I’ve heard about this brand and thought this was the perfect time to try it. I heard more about the bye bye under eye products more actually, but since I was more looking for a foundation type product I went with this one instead.

Too Faced Melted Matte in Sell Out – I saw this in the 100pt offering and had to go for it. This shade looks like a neutral good for work colour, and it is. It kind of reminds me of Pasedena from Ofra, but it is slightly different. I like the wear on it, and it isn’t drying actually for me (the Ofra one can be quite drying..like all Matte lipsticks I assume)

Drunk Elephant Let’s B Clear pack – I bought the night serum and although I haven’t tried it out, I remember also looking at the Marula Oil products. Since then I saw the ride or die products mention the day serum as well as the oil and the night serum so I thought why the heck not..

So the goody bag of faves plus the 3 samples are here:

3samples: Estee Edit night mask, Tatcha cleansing oil and Aerin lip salve

From the goody bag, I’m super happy to have the Porefessional and Nars products to try because they are everywhere! And then the rest are good little sized products that I can always have a use for (I mean face masks, SPF, perfume are always good when you’re travelling or something!)img_0289

Oh and before I sign off, I had to share what the Kevyn Aucoin packaging looks like. It caught me by surprise (in a good way) and I had to share it because I wasn’t expecting it. The packaging itself is a nice golden smooth box, it sort of screams luxury, the powder itself comes in a two toned gradient (also screams luxury) and comes in a little cloth pouch.. I mean how cute!!img_0290

Product Empties #8

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I love when I go through products, it feels that I’m making progress, despite new products coming in through each month through my Glossybox (at least!). There are a fair few sample products this month but let’s get started..

NaturalTech Replumping shampoo – this was from a beautybox and without any sulphates or parabens I was bound to already give this a few points. It was good and though I can’t really say with one use if I liked it alot or not, it did clean my hair well. I don’t think I’ll go out my way to repurchase, but if I don’t have any shampoos and I see this brand I might think why not.

Hayasei anti-fatigue eye patches – this was also from a beautybox. This was a one use eye patch mask, with the patches going just under your eye. I did feel that this did something, if not just to relax my eye area and feel that it was working. However, eye patches aren’t something I would use regularly, so whilst I would use it if I have it, I wouldn’t buy it.

Fresh Soy face cleanser – this is a mild, lovely smelling and gentle cleanser. I used this on it’s own and with my clarasonic to get rid of any make up. I think it’s gentle and effective, and I already have a small version of this in my back up. I would repurchase this.

La roche posay – This is the second time I had a bottle like this, and my thoughts pretty much stay the same. It feels kind of heavy for a micellaire water, and I didn’t like it so much. I wouldn’t repurchase it, as I like them to feel like water and invisible on the skin but it did the job in taking off my make up.

Skin Owl – This product is a clear gel like texture, that I could easily rub into my neck area. Whether or not it made a difference, I can’t really say. I think it was good that it reminded me to take care of my neck area, as the product was specifically for this, however I don’t think I would re purchase because I didn’t see any difference.

Benefit They’re Real! Primer – This worked well as a light tint to my eyelashes post eyeshadow, and I feel that it worked as a primer because I would get less flaking. I would repurchase if I was really into mascara, and I could wear them alot, but as I don’t tend to (especially as longer lashes would rub against my glasses) it’s a non re purchase from me.

Benefit They’re Real! Push up liner – This was a product that I was super interested to try out. I think in the beginning I loved this, it did give me exactly what I wanted but I will say two things about this product. 1) Super hard to get rid of and 2) This did transfer and I would need to keep checking that I didn’t get panda eyes. If the formula changed, I think I would re purchase. However I think I initially loved it because it was the first product that I could get up close to my lash line, however the transfer of the product for me stopped me from using it after I discovered other products / brushes.

L’Atelier Maquillage – This was a light mascara, but I think it also did flake on me. I would need to check for any transfer. I don’t feel that it did anything in particular to my lashes (strengthen, grow, volume etc) but I did give it a good go and good use to quickly darken the lashes after using lighter eyeshadow colours.

Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatement – This is a sample, and I think I might consider getting the full sized. The texture was not what I thought it would be though, more plasticky than anything I could describe. As I put it under my eye area, it was light and spread easily, but the texture is something that isn’t an oil, cream or gel like feeling… however, I think that it did do something to my under eye area.

Caudalie masks – I got these from a pharmacy I think, after my big shop, and they are either hydrating ones (where you slap it all on and then after 15mins wipe off the excess) or the ones you wash off. I think that the brand is great, I love the hand creams for sure, and apart from the moisturising mask, I might be tempted to get the full sized versions to fully test more. However, the truth is that I have a ton of masks already to go through (from boxes or sales) so I might not get around to it, and the products weren’t impacting me so much that I’d want to stock up right away.