Saturday, October 30, 2010

You've got Mail!

I really love getting packages in the mail and I'm always nagging my parents and my sister to check if I received anything new (sorry!).
So, a few weeks ago I received a gorgeous package from a lovely blogger Lipstick Luvvie at
She was having a giveaway and I won the following 



I have to state that there was also a Lindt chocolate in the package but I forgot to put it in the photo, ahem.

Look!

from left to right: Yodel me on my Cell, Lucerne-tainly look Marvelous and Color so hot it berns from Irre-Swiss-Ables mini set


Together with these 3 colours comes also a mini Rapid Dry Top Coat. 
They are really tiny, only 3.75 ml each while a regular full bottle of an OPI polish is 15 ml.
I have done some quick swatches of all three colours and my favourite was Lucerne-tainly look Marvelous - it's a gorgeous dark silvery grey with lots of green shimmer and it looks both elegant and a bit weird at the same time.

But my manicure of the day is the bright slightly warm red called Color so hot it berns:

2 coats of Color so hot it burns

In real life it's actually a bit darker, gorgeous colour!

Together with the nail polishes and chocolate Lipstick Luvvie kindly sent an OPI Verbena massage cream which I haven't tried yet, a mini nail file and the nicest little thing: a beautiful hand-made card that you can see in the first photo. So, Lipstick Luvvie thank you again very much for your gift!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Winter Wishlist



I thought of calling this an Autumn Wishlist, but since the morning temperatures have now been around 0 °C I think there's no point in denying it: the winter's coming. Time to find that perfect winter coat (which I never do), get a new pair of gloves (beacuse it seems that all gloves I had have gone missing) and time to write wishlists. I love making wishlists, crossing things off and re-arranging it so here is my Winter Wishlist

1. The beauty that you see in the above photo is Trish McEvoy Beauty Emergency Card for Eyes (30GBP). It just looks perfect, a lovely palette of 6 eyeshadows, an Eye Definer and a Brow Shaper – all the neutrals you could ever need (ha!) The fact that it’s so small makes it great for traveling, it would actually be perfect for my London trip in a few weeks.
Another item from Trish Mc Evoy that I find interesting is the Eye Base Essentials: vibrant, bright-eyed and crease-proof? Yes, please!

2. Bobbi Brown Holiday palettes
I'd like to have all of them, pretty please. The Bobbi Brights palette has 20 colourful but tiny eyeshadows for 45 GBP and the Day to Night palettes look very beautiful and useful. Of course, I wouldn't mind trying the famous Pot Rouge by Ms. Brown, so let's throw them on the wishlist as well (16.5 GBP). And her Gel Eyeliners for 15 GBP. That's all! Moving on…

3. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill mascara (23 GBP)
There was a rave review of this mascara on www.facegoop.com and sometimes I do wish I could kill with my eyes. Sold!

4. Frederic Malle Carnal Flower (145 EUR)
I love this perfume but it's so expensive I could cry. But no, it's a beautiful big tuberose, that in my opinipn smells wonderful from fall to summer. It's 10 pm and I'm not going anywhere and I just sprayed some of this juicy goodness on my wrist and this is how much of the sample I have left.













I feel a tear coming up...
5. Ormonde Jayne Ormonde Woman (68 GBP)
Compared to the Carnal Flower this is almost a bargain! I have only a teeny tiny sample left and it's a beautiful waxy woody scent so a full bottle is what I see in the future.
I just sprayed some on my other wrist, ahh, beautiful!         

6. Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation (32 GBP)
My skin is a sensitive and oily mess and this foundation has no perfume, no oils and no silicones, so I'm thinking that if this doesn't work, then nothing will.

8. a humidifier
This is a little bit random but allergies + dry, cold air are not a great combination, so it might be time to invest in a good humidifer.

There are tons of other stuff on my wishlist, from the entire range of Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadows and lipsticks, nail polishes, Tom Ford lipsticks but I think it might be time to stop now before I get a headache from calculating how much my wishlist is »worth«.

So, what's hiding on your wishlists?

The first photo is from www.trishmcevoy.com
 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Clinique anti-blemish solutions clarifying lotion - a review



Meet the Devil... I mean, Clinique anti-blemish solutions clarifying lotion, step 2 of Clinique's infamous 3-step skincare system. Yes, it's a "system", so I guess it should work. Well, it doesn't.

The Story:
I don't know why I even bought it - I mean I knew that the toners from Clinique's regular line are full of alcohol so why should this one be any different. But this SA was going on and on about it and how it helped her son and I just couldn't listen to her so I bought it without checking the ingredient list.
The Ingredient List:
Number 1 on the ingredient list is aqua, also known as water and number 2 on the ingredient list is alcohol denat also known as alcohol. Of course that's not all it contains: there's also nylon, which apparently is a good absorber, salicylic acid, a nice "acne-fighter", witch hazel which means more alcohol, caffeine which is being highly advertised in anti-celulite products, so it will definitely help if you have celulite around your blemishes (You don't? That's weird!). There are also some other ingredients in there but they don't sound nearly as interesting.
Basically, with these kind of ingredients you could either
a) make a killer potion - one sip and bye, bye internal organs, or
b) of course, an obvious choice, make a toner for your face!
The Positive:
- I like the colour,
- if I have a cold I just have a sniff of this stuff and it gets better in an instant.
The Negative:
- it burns,
- it made my skin flaky, irritated, red, dry...
- ... and it didn't help with the blemishes (however, I was only using it for a while as it really made my skin worse and it just didn't seem to be worth the effort).

This toner is in my opinion awful and the only thing from the 3-step system that I actually like is their Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel.

I blame it on the SA!

(Update) Full Ingredients List: Water, Alcohol Denat, Nylon-12, Salicylic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Caffeine, Sucrose, Glycerin, Acetyl Glucosamine, Sorbitol, Sea Whip Extract, Barium Sulfate, 10-Hydro-Xydecanoic Acid, Silica, Disodium Edta, Benzal, Konium Chloride.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

I'm a Klutz - Chapter I











Oh, look at this beauty! I wonder what's inside...















The victim in question is a blush from Rouge Bunny Rouge in the colour Orpheline. It's a really gorgeous colour, even when broken (but of course, not very suitable for travelling now).
And unfortunatelly, this is one of those "to be continued" posts...

Monday, October 4, 2010

Hello, Fall!


There are things that I absolutely love about Fall: the fall(ing) leaves, the deep colours, the fall sun. The fact that my birthday is in fall of course helps a lot. What I don't love however, is the fall rain, the freezing temperatures when Ms. Fall thinks of turning into Ms. Winter much too soon, the cold mornings, the shorter days, the fog.. So, I like good-weather-fall and hate bad-weather-fall (I know, it's amazing!).
But, every year I'm looking forward to fall because I am able to wear the heavy duty perfumes that at least for me usually just don't feel right in the summer - sometimes just a thought of a huge amber scent in the middle of 30+ °C makes me want to puke. But now I can dig out the ambers, the woods, those perfumes that don't really smell like a combination of notes, but more like one huge, comforting note of warmth and coziness. Just what I need in this cold.

Ormonde Woman will make its first appearance this season very soon (but I only have two samples, so a full bottle is deffinitely on my London wishlist), Kenzo Amour Le Parfum will be my comfort in a bottle this year as well and Parfums MDCI Enlevement au Serail will come back out of its box with a bang. And a little bit of L'Artisan's Safran Troublant which always reminds me of the book/movie Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. Perhaps only because I started getting into perfumes, read the book (and later watched the movie) and bought my Safran at about the same time. Who would have thought that saffron and rose could make such a compelling combination?

And now, a little "artistic" photo of Neroli by L'Occitane which I like a lot (I mean, it's orange blossom+amber). I have to give credit to my sister for this artsy fartsy :)













(Wow, I really love these brackets, don't I?)

The first photo is a mini of Oscar de La Renta's Volupte.

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