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Gabriella Salvete: Diamante Volume & Lenght Mascara

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First of all I would like to say thanks to Sonidlo and Gabriella Salvete as I got this mascara in her giveaway  sponsored by the company. I was actually quite excited. Gabriella Salvete is a drugstore brand that I have to admit I was never really into. Didn’t like the name and the packaging and never really got anything from them. The brand went trough a large makeover lately and I really like the result. And while they seem to have a massive PR campaign through various Czech blogs it still doesn’t feel obnoxious as it does with some other brands (yes, I mean you unmentioned French pharmacy brand) and they way of communication and genuine enthusiasm is actually quite appealing. So, as I said I was pretty excited to try their new mascara.

What they say about itNew DIAMANTE mascara contains diamond dust, which brightens up your look. It will make your eyelashes outstandingly glossy and beautiful, and most importantly strong and healthy. The asymmetrical plastic brush adjusts to each lash, while extending and giving your lashes incredible volume.

What I say: Well, I cannot say anything about the glossiness or health of my eye lashes. I just don’t buy into this. BUT I can definitely say something about the volume and length. And here let me tell you that it does what it promises and more. I was super impressed. My favorite mascara is Clinique High Impact (or almost any by Lancome ). They give me the most voluminous eye lashes of all. Yet this GS gem did even better. Not sure if you can tell by the picture but my lashes did look so full and yet long, very black and still quite soft. Even my husband noticed! When I first opened it I was curious about the brush as it is of one of the plastic one that I usually don’t care for much. Yet it really seemed to pick every lash and working with i t was easy…

Unfortunately there is a small hiccup here. I have very oily eye lids even in winter. And unfortunately this little gem of a mascara smudges on me within two hours. Which is so unfortunate and I am so bummed. Because not only it gives the most beautiful eye lashes but it also costs nothing in comparison to my favorite ones. I cannot wear GS mascara everyday but when I really want glam eye lashes I use blotting papers, blotting powder and eye shadow base and then I can get through an evening without any major smudging. If you don’t have a major problem with oily eye lids I think this mascara should work really well for you. And for aprox. 150Czk/ $7 you won’t get ruined trying it.

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Nejdříve bych moc ráda poděkovala Sonidlu, na jejímž blogu jsem v giveaway, kterou sponzorovala právě Gabriella Salvete, získala tuto řasenku.

Musím přiznat, že mě nikdy Gabriella Salvete jako značka moc nezaujala. Nějak se mi nelíbilo její jméno (nikdy nevím, které písmeno je v názvu 2x a proč tak složité jméno, ale budiž) a ani design výrobků. Jasně, jedná se “jen” o drogérkvou značku, ale stejně jsem raději šáhla po Rimmelu než po GS. Nedávno ale GS prošla celkovou změnou designu a ten se mi moc líbí, design značky je jednotný, celkem jednoduchý, přehledný a zároveň typický pro GS. O jejich řasenkách jsem slyšela spoustu pochval a tak jsem z výhry měla fakt velkou radost.

Co o řasence říká GSNová řasenka DIAMANTE obsahuje diamantový prach, který pomáhá rozzářit váš pohled. Díky němu budou vaše řasy neobyčejně lesklé, krásné, ale hlavně posílené a zdravé. Asymetrický plastový kartáček, který se přizpůsobí každé vaší řase, řasy nejen dokonale prodlouží, ale také jim dodá neuvěřitelný objem.

Co říkám já: co se týče lesku a zdraví vám nepovím nic, na to moc nevěřím. ALE zato vám povím něco o tom prodloužení a objemu. A nejenže je řasenka zvládá, ona je zvládá nad má očekávání. Moje nejoblíbenější řasenka je od Clinique High Impact (nebo témeř cokoliv od Lancome). Ale tenhle pokládek od GS je snad ještě lepší a to za zlomek ceny. Dělá opravdu nádherně plné, bohaté a dlouhé řasy, které jsou perfektně černé a stále docela měkké na dotek. Nejdříve jsem nebyla moc nadšená z plastového kartáčku, nemám je moc ráda, jsem řasenková konzerva. Ale s tímhle plastovým kartáčkem se pracuje moc dobře a opravdu zachytí lecjakou tu řasu. I má drahá polovice si všimla!

Ale je tu i drobný zádrhel: mám bohužel hodně mastná víčka a to i v zimě. Hodně řasenek se mi rozmazává a bohužel to platí i pro tento zázrak Gabrielly Salvete. Což mě fakt mrzí a sejří. Takže na denní nošení to fakt není. Ale někdy na večer si ji stejně vezmu, ale musím použít matující papírky, pudr a bázi pod oční stíny a pak vydrží pár hodin bez rozmazávání. Pokud nemáte s mastnými víčky problém jako já, za cenu okolo 150Kč určitě stojí za vyzkoušení a finančně vás rozhodně nezruinuje 🙂

 

A few bits & pieces

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This is no major haul rather “replacing essentials and getting a few perk-me-ups” kind of thing. Obviously I also belong into that category of women who buy themselves something small (or big) when they need a little pick me up, when in need of consolation, as a reward or a treat, also shopping can be a good way how not to kill your partner … actually, it’s rather hard to think of a situation when shopping is not an appropriate answer to any situation life throws at us (well, being completely broke or heading that way would probably qualify – which is not that difficult with above mentioned life philosophy). So I am really trying to not to spend much…which I manage…per shopping…but in the end I am worried I could have gotten one thing from my dream shopping list instead of the myriads of little bits I get in the meantime. One day I will get the hang of it…one can only hope ;).

Vichy Normaderm Deeply purifying gel

This was actually given to me from a friend. I never liked these anti-blemish gels as they always dried my skin and it felt like 3 sizes smaller afterwards. This one really surprised me, no itching, no drying and my problematic spots actually do look better. Smells nice too.

Garnier PureActiv 24 moisturizing gel

I don’t know how this is called on UK/US market, hope the picture helps. I needed something for my congested area along my jaw line and cheeks and while it is your typical alcohol based gel it doesn’t irritate my skin in the least. If it really works I will know after a few weeks.

Manufaktura: Grapefruit & Verbena shower gel and shampoo + hand cream

I got this today so I cannot say anything more than: this smells gorgeous! I was looking for some kind of “wake-me-up-in-the-morning” shower gel and this super fresh yet slightly sweet scent is perfect. And I really like the design. The scent of the hand cream reminds of Crabtree & Evelyn Citron hand cream. The Manufaktura scent is bit sharper and not as mellow as C&E but if you cannot splurge on C&E definitely try this one. It’s also slightly less nourishing but the difference is so small it doesn’t warrant the price difference in my opinion.

Dove Silk & Sleek shampoo & “onlygodknowswhat”

I needed a shampoo after my disaster with Matrix Total Results Moisture shampoo. Probably THE worst shampoo I ever had. I will rant about that one later. But I didn’t want to spend the money on Joico even though I knew I should. I got these in a drugstore as some people with dry frizzy hair seemed to like it. I tried it only once  and so far I do like it. I’m surprised. Though my problem is that at the beginning I like everything… well, apart from that Matrix. I’ll keep you posted.

Also you may wonder what   “onlygodknowswhat” actually is. Well, the clever heads at Unilever got a splendid idea of putting together a conditioner and a mask. Why, is beyond me. It’s not like a conditioner and a mask are all that different in the first place. Or am I missing something here? I used it as a conditioner and my hair felt very soft and smooth. The scent of both of these products is that very typical Dove scent: floral clean. I happen to like it a lot though for the perfume savvy gals  this may feel too ordinary.

Dove Purely pampering shower cream Almonds and hibiscus

Another “motivation” to get me out of bed in the morning since it smells nice. I like Dove shower creams in general. I wish they made a body lotion or cream in the Purely pampering scents as well.

Gabriella Salvete Enamel in 156 and 157

You can read about no.156 here and see pictures of 157 here. I haven’t tried no.157 hoping it will have all the great qualities of 156 as well.

O.P.I  Gouda gouda two shoes & Red lights ahead…where?

I’m in love with the Holland collection and I’m already plotting to buy at least three more colors from it. Gouda gouda two shoes is a color I would not usually go for. But…after seeing some pictures (like this one) and realizing there is the tiniest bronze-y  pink shimmer in it I caved in. And I’m so glad I did. This is my new go-to-color when I want something subtle, elegant but not boring.

On the other hand, Red lights ahead…where? falls exactly and perfectly into my favourite nail polish color category. I love cremes and brights and this is both, bright coral red creme. It’s perfect for me.

I have to admit I had some issues with the application. I haven’t had OPI for a while and got used to a different kind of brush and texture. I may slightly prefer Essie brush and on some of my finger nails I struggle with the wide OPI brush. The texture is also runnier that I am used to lately. It’s not that it’s bad but after being used to Essie where I need  like two three strokes and voila! it’ds done..I find I really have to concentrate in order not to paint my cuticles again.

I will try to upload some good pictures tomorrow as you have to see these two beauties on, the bottle and even the cute names do not give them justice.

Douglas Absolute Nails 145

This color was supposed to be my dupe for OPI Siberian nights but it’s not a deep blueberry as the OPI is but rather a deep purple/black with the tiniest purple shimmer, I haven’t tried it yet.

A small nail polish post: Gabriella Salvete no.156

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Lately, I have been seriously nail polish obsessed. Seriously. Some of my friends laugh at me, some shake their heads in disbelief and my hubby (surprisingly) just smiles at me.

I am meaning to get a new camera that will actually be capable of capturing the shades, sparkles and variations of each nail laquer. In the meantime, please bear with me. These pictures were captured using my friend’s camera (thanks!) and while it’s still far from perfect, it’t much better than what my two cameras would have done.

This nail polish is by a Czech brand Gabriella Salvete and I have to admit, being a tiny bit of a make-up snob I have never paid any attention to this brand. It always looked so cheap and uninspiring to me. I’m not sure but I think they had a re-design some of their products recently. I discovered their nail polish range only thanks to two Czech talented bloggers Mina and the nail polish and Sonidlo. They have a plenty of Gabriella Salvete (GS) nail polish pictures and Sonidlo does a short English summary.

So a few days ago I got GS nail polish (or as they call it Enamel) in no.156. The color is absolutely beautiful. I’m terrible at color description but let me give it a try: medium toned taupe with the finest golden shimmer. You need three coats to achieve perfectly opaque finish. The varnish is of smooth liquid-enough formula, glides on perfectly (dare I say better than my last two OPI  acquisitions from the Holland collection?). The formula also contains nail hardener and lasts easily more than 4 days. There is nothing I can complain about. Oh, the color IS gorgeous…did I mention that? 😉 The price, now it gets even better, is 69Czk / aprox. $3. I think I need a few more of these!

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PS: The picture against the grey wall shows the true color of the polish yet there is no obvious shimmer, that’s why there is the second one even though it’s way too much orange-y.