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I don’t usually do empties or new-in kind of posts but since a few of these items are favourites of mine yet I am not going to do a lengthy review of them separately just yet  I though this is a good way to introduce them.

Balea DM Shower peeling Buttermilk & Lemon LE

I really like Balea’s shower scrubs for the price, effectiveness and scent. I’m not saying these are  the best ones out there but for the price they are a bargain and one that is actually working and pleasant to use. They come up with a new scent every few months and if you happen to like it you can stock up with a few of these without breaking the bank. The scent is milky lemon (as the name suggests) I prefer tarter scents but it is pleasant enough. The grains vary from mild to rough ones but they don’t feel scratchy.

Aussie Miracle Moist shampoo

If you read my previous post I love this shampoo and have another one on the shower shelf already. I read somewhere that the scent is very bubble-gum like so I wonder whether my nose is so off the track since I smell something nutty. My review of the shampoo and conditioner here.

Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment

Again, I posted a review about this oil recently and while I stated that the scent is amazing but I actually prefer the Osmo oil…well, after some friendly “advices” from fellow bloggers I just may cave in and get this one because it smells AMAZING 😀 If your hair is not too dry or damaged you should be happy with it. I recommend trying the mini 10ml bottle first to see whether you like it or not. And..ehm..in the last post I claimed I was going to get Osmo as it works better..well, I might have lied a little bit. Being a rational woman I am going to get this oil because it smells better, it’s that simple.

Clarisonic Refreshing Gel Cleanser

I received this sample product (30ml/1 fl.oz) with my purchase (yayayayayay) of the Clarisonic brush and while you can use any cleanser with it you like I really enjoyed using this one. It’s formulated for oily and combo skin, smells very sopay-fresh and doesn’t dry my skin out or irritate it. I like it a lot but I am not really excited about the full price which is around $25 and I guess I won’t be buying a full version. Especially since the next product is as good.

Vichy Normaderm Deep Cleansing Purifying Gel

I received this smaller version of 100ml/3.3 fl.oz as free gift with a purchase and have to admit I didn’t have a lot of faith in the product. My skin is very sensitive and most foaming cleansers dry and irritate my skin, including those that are formulated for dry skin type. This one is for acne sufferers. So it has to be potent and harsh and…it’s actually not. Even when I by accident get it near my eyes I don’t experience redness or irritation. My face feels clean and not three sizes smaller. The scent is fresh citrusy but can be a bit strong for some. I confess I am not a huge Vichy fanMost of their products are blah or disappointing but I am on my third packaging now and I will purchase again for sure. Oh, I cannot really say whether it works or not on acne or pimples as I simply don’t expect a cleanser to get rid off my occasional break-outs but it definitely doesn’t make the matter worse.

Essie Trillionails Daily Nutritional Formula

I run out of of my other Essie base coat and saw this one on special for 150Czk/$7. I used a few times and came to a quick conclusion it’s a waste of space. It doesn’t do anything it promises about strong nails and blablabla… but it’s also pretty useless as a base coat. It doesn’t make the polish last longer. Your polish will chip either the first day and or the very next for sure. I am really happy I didn’t pay original price which is…you may want to sit down… 560Czk/$28 over here!

Max Factor 2000 Calorie

I never liked this mascara and couldn’t figure out what’s the hype. A few months ago it came out with a new packaging and I wonder whether the brush or the actual mascara is different but suddenly it’s not only working but it’s fabulous. It makes my lashes longer and thicker, doesn’t fall or smudge and stays put till I remove it. I’m a happy camper!

Maybelline One By One Volume Express

I generally like Maybelline’s mascaras (apart from the hideous Great Lash) and while this one makes my lashes bigger in volume and quite dramatic it smudges. Not terribly but it does and I don’t fancy looking like a raccoon half the day. Won’t repurchase.

 

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Hezky česky:

Balea DM Sprchový peeling Buttermilk & Lemon LE

Netvrdím, že je to nejlepší sprchový peeling na světě, to určitě ne. Ale za ty peníze (29kč) je skvělý: hezky voní (i když je to každou chvíli jinak), zrníčka má od jemných až po větší, ale kůži nepoškrábou a dělá co má, tedy vyhlazuje pokožku těla. Tahle vůně je takový mléčný citrónek, ja sice mám raději víc šťavnaté vůně, ale nic proti ní nemám. Za ty peníze doporučuji vyzkoušet.

Aussie Miracle Moist shampoo

Psala jsem o něm posledně a pěla jsem na něj spoustu chvály. Tohle je tuším mé druhé balení a třetí jsem otevřela. Na normální, suché a krepaté vlasy je super. Někde jsem před pár dny četla, že ta vůně je žvýkačková, což mě hodně překvapilo, mám asi divný nos, který tam cítí nějaký ořechy… Předchozí článek si můžete přečíst tady.

 

Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment

Na tenhle olejíček jsem také psala recenzi nedávno a i když jsem tvrdila, že si spíš koupím ten druhý olej Osmo, přestože tenhle je dobrý, tak se přes vůni Osmo oleje asi nepřenesu a na “dobrou radu” kamarádek blogerek (ano, Míno, Tebe myslím) si ho koupím. Protože ta vůně je prostě famózní a jako přezrálé švestky s cukrem (Osmo) prostě vonět nechci. (Takže si raději koupím něco, co funguje míň, ale hezky to voní, protože jsem racionální žena, že ano).

Clarisonic Refreshing Gel Cleanser

Toto pidi balení (30ml/1 fl.oz) jsem dostala ke svému čistícímu kartáčku Clarisonic (jupííííííí) a i když není vůbec nutné používat s Clariosnic jejich pleťové přípravky, tak jsme ho používala ráda. Je určen na mastnější typ pleti, ale pleť po něm nebyla zarudlá, napjatá. A kdyby nestál tak nekřesťanský peníz, tak bych si ho určitě pořídila, ale za 25 dolarů mě prostě ani nehne. Navíc mám stejně dobrou alternativu, viz následující čistidlo.

 

Vichy Normaderm Deep Cleansing Purifying Gel

Tak nedjřív říkám, že co se kosmetiky Vichy týče, nejsem velký nadšenec. Některé věci jsou takové nijaké a jiné mě buď vyloženě zklamaly nebo přímo otrávily (tak úplně ne, ale skoro ůupně). Jednou z mála vyjímek je tenhle čistící gel, který jsem párkrát dostala k nějakému Normaderm krému. Gel je určen pro mastnou a aknózní pokožku, takže jsem si říkala, že pokud mi ten ksicht neupadne, tak budu určitě rudá a obličej se mi stáhne o dvě velikosti a … nic. Ten gel je překvapivě jemný, i když na suchou kůži bych to asi nezkoušela, nejsem rudá, neolupuju se a nepraskám ve švech. Vůně je trošku silnější, sveží citrusová. Mám ho už po třetí a koupím si ho určitě znovu.

 

Essie Trillionails Daily Nutritional Formula

Tak co bych vám k tomuto zázraku řekla. Třeba to, že slovo “zázrak” používám v notně ironickém významu. Tenhle podlak má být ozdravnou kůrou na nehty a fungovat jako podlak. Houby s octem leda tak. Já si ho koupila jako podlak, takže to, že jako kůra na nehty nefunguje jsem ochotná přehlídnout. Ale ono to vážení nefunguje ani jako podlak. Ono to totiž dělá něco, diky čemuž ten lak oprýskne pokud ne ještě ted den, tak druhý zaručeně. A blbě se nanáší. A vůbec. Já ho koupila, naštěstí, ve slevě za 150kč, ale kdybych za něj dala těch neuvěřitelných 560 koruneček českých, tak bych hodně prskala. Never more.

 

Max Factor 2000 Calorie

Kdysi dávno mi vůbec neseděla a nechápala jsem, proč je kolem ní tolik humbuku. Teď nevím, jestli s obalem předělali i kartáček nebo i to černidlo, ale teď jsem nadšená i já. Dělá husté, dramatické řasy a na délce taky trochu přidává, nežmolkuje, neopadává a nerozmazává se.

 

Maybelline One By One Volume Express

Obecně mám řasenky od Maybelline moc ráda, až teda na tu růžovou pohromu jménem Great lash, ale tahle dělá sice hezký řasy, ale romazává se, ne moc, ale přece. A já nechci od poledne po zbytek dne vypadat jak medvídek mýval.

Kdybyste o něčem chteli vědět více, tak pište sem nebo na facebook 🙂

 

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Random: newbies

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Sorry for being absent for some time, I got slightly depressed with my 4 (!!!) cameras as none of them is still capable of taking pictures the way I want it to and I have soooo many new nail polishes and can’t share the prettiness with you 😦

So, in the meantime here I go with a general kind of post about the new things I got recently and my first impressions.

First off, I got Vichy Normaderm Triactiv moisturizer and Deep cleansing wash gel. I love the gel. It cleanses my face prone to occasional blemishes and oiliness during summer without making it dry and taut. It’s my second bottle.

I don’t like the moisturizer. While it’s low in alcohol, it feels thick, difficult to spread and my face face doesn’t feel moisturized in the least and gets very tight. I’ll finish it off but won’t repurchase.

The third skincare item is Olay Complete care day UVA/UVB 15 for normal/oily skin. Also not impressed, it’s not bad per say it’s just not great. Feels bit plastic-y once applied on, only for a few seconds though. Will look for a better daytime moisturizer. Again 🙂

 

 

 

 

Here are some body care items, nothing too fancy, just the usual stuff. Lady speed stick is actually something that really surprised me. All my life I had some irritation under my arms. Red rash or burning feeling after antiperspirant irritation. So logically I gravitated towards “sensitive” formulas without alcohol, colorants and fragrance, creamy in texture… The rash never left. And then my friend suggested gel based antiperspirants. I thought she must be mad, surely, it’s loaded with alcohol and perfume… and it works. Bizarre but true. No more rash for me and as an antiperspirant this ugly purple bottle works 100%. I’m on my fourth bottle.

Second item is DM’s Balea Magic summer, which is a gradual self tanner. One of those you apply every day and after some time you hopefully look more tanned than orange. And while I am quite light I went for normal to dark skin tone. It works really well, smells fruity and then there is that typical self-tanning ..ehm… smell. The color was very even, non-orange-y and started developing within two hours.

Hawaiian Tropic Protective sun lotion spf 30 was one of the buys when you know what works for you but you don’t want to spend the money. So you get something cheaper. And as usual it’s just not worth it. It works well, it’s rather light and non-sticky…and smells like rancid coconut. Next please!

Last item is SebaMed’s Anti-aging firming Q10 body lotion. I love it. Not that it firms any of my wobbly bits, I’m not that naive, but it feels rich yet sinks into the skin very quickly, the smell is very light and my skin feels super smooth.

In the next post I will show you some new make-up and nail polish such as Giorgio Armani lipstick and Color Club neons.

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.