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Czech beauty box

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The Czechland is finally a part of the global beauty world and now we have officially two beauty box subscription services here, one is called LadyBox (LB) and the other SenzaBox. I definitely prefer the second name and most of English speaking people know probably why (if you don’t…well, in some parts of the English speaking world ladybox can be a slang name for the unmentionable part of lady’s body) and my husband had a good giggle when I proudly announced that I am getting my Ladybox in the mail today…let’s move on.

This is their first issue and I have to admit I decided to purchase only after I saw on various Czech blogs what’s really in there. Don’t get me wrong, I like surprises but I was worried that I may get a box full of drugstore samples. The box costs 299Czk/$15 which I find very reasonable price to pay.

So what’s in there?

~ SebaMed Olive Face & Body Wash 20ml

~ SebaMed Hand+Nail Balm 10ml – both samples seem nice but I somehow feel like they do not belong into “luxury” beauty box

~ ColorClub mini nail polish 7ml in Secret Agent – great choice, I really like CC nail polishes in general, color is gorgeous and just perfect for fall

~ Garnier BB cream in light 50ml – as most bloggers already said I also find Garnier’s bb cream to be a bit of a misjudgment here, it doesn’t fit the luxury image LB  is trying to make for themselves and is very unpopular among in the Czech blogging world even though I happen to kinda like it

~ Pure Fiji body butter in Starfruit infusion 59ml- I had once bought Pure Fiji body butter and wasn’t impressed with the scent, luckily this smells amazing, very fruity and fresh… only pet peeve I have is that the protective tint foil inside was torn and it felt like someone has already opened it

~ Nobilis Tilia – balsamic cream with Aloe Vera and goat’s whey Elisabeth 50ml – this is the main reason I decided to get this box. The moisturizer on its own costs as much as the box and Nobilis Tilia is an excellent Czech aromatherapy and organic skincare brand. The cream feels soothing and doesn’t smell as strongly of lavender as I was worried.

~ Iswari  organic raw not roasted cocoa breakfast mix– I really want to say something original finally but everything has been already said and so many times… This seems like an odd choice for a beauty box but I guess I appreciate the original thought here as it is not something I would try on my own. I wish I could tell somehow how to eat this…sprinkle on yoghurt? With muesli? Next time a not of “how to” would be useful.

All in all I really enjoy this box and will most likely get another one. Does the Czech version compare to the beauty boxes you are used to? Let me know what you think!

 

 

A teď po našem:

Tak i ta naše malá zemička má konečně svoji krabici krásy a ne jednu hned dvě: Ladybox a Senzabox. Musím přiznat, že název Senzabox se mi líbí víc. Do dnešního dne mi to bylo úplně jedno, jenže to skazil můj drahý. Nadšeně jsem mu oznámila, když zazvonil zvonek, že mi pošťák nese můj Ladybox. Můj muž dostal (ne)lehký záchvat smíchu, nechápala jsme úplně proč, ale já mu poslední dobou stejně nerozumím, tak jsem to moc nezkoumala. Jenže on se furt křenil a poškleboval, i když jsem se vrátila zpátky. No a pak s pobaveným výrazem začal vysvětlovat, že u nich doma (rozuměj Nový Zéland) se ve slangu jisté části ženského těla..ano, té…říká ladybox a ho jaksi pobavilo, že mi ji přinesl zrovna pošťák a že je to celé takové zábavně dvojsmyslné, že ano…trochu mi zkazil radost, ale jen do chvíle než jsem si ji dala na stůl – tu krabičku samozřejmě…následující dvojsmysly jsou zcela náhodné a autorkou zcela nezamýšlené!

O této krabičce bylo napsáno na 1000 000 000 českých blogů tolik, že snad nemám ani šanci přijít s originálním pohledem. A nebudu se obšírně o jednotlivých výrobcích rozepisovat, páč to už je taky všude. Prostě jen mé dojmy.

Ze všeho nejdřív mě mile překvapil Pure Fiji Body Butter in Starfruit Infusion 59ml, kdysi jsem od nich něco měla, moc mi to nevonělo, zatímco tenhle kelímek provoněl celou krabičku. A jak hezky! Jen mě trochu zarazilo, že byl strhnutá ochranná fólie, jak kdyby si s tím už někdo přede mnou pohrál. Snídaňová směs Iswari nepražení kakao sice úplně nezapadá do konceptu kosmetické krabičky, ale je to originální a sama bych si to určitě nevyzkoušela. Jen bych ocenila návod na použití , vůbec netuším kam to mám po ránu nasypat: do jogurtu? do mlíka? rovnou do pusy? zalít horkou vodou? nechat naklíčit a na jaře sklidit? No tak dál.Od značky Sebamed jsou tu hned dva kousky: Balzám na ruce a nehty 10ml a Mycí emulze na obličej a tělo solivovým olejem 20ml, ráda vyzkouším, tuhle značku mám ráda, i když nespadá do kolonky luxusní kosmetiky. No jo, už jdu na Garnier BB krém. Garnier jsou asi ze svého BB krému na větvi, páč mám pocit, že ho cpou kam můžou a zcela ignorují fakt, že 90% nejen českých blogů ho líčí ve velmi nelichotivých barvách. Možná je to jejich snaha je přesvědčit jak strašlivě se mýlí a když si ho ještě jednou vyzkouší, musí zaručeně změnit názor… nebo ho mají na skladě tolik, že neví, kam s ním. Jedno z toho to bude. Protože jinak si nedovedu představit, proč ho sem nacpali. Ctí je plná velikost, i když kdyby nebyla plná, mohlo by v ladyboxu být něco jiného v plné velikosti a lepšího… (já vás varovala s těma dvojsmyslama, že jo?). No naštěstí já jejich bb krém mám docela ráda a i kdyby ne, pár kamarádek okolo mě určitě. ColorClub má skvělé laky na nehty, s kterými se lakuje jedna báseň, mám je raději než OPI a tahle barvička Secret Agent je na podzim úžasná..tramtadadá. A obchůdek mojesminky můžu jen doporučit, jsou rychlí, milí a neplatíte poštovné. Hlavní důvod proč jsem si LB vůbec koupila byla přítomnost plného balení pleťového krému (nebo séra) od Nobilis Tilia. Tohle se LB fakt vyvedlo. Noblis Tilia je velmi kvalitní česká značka, kterou ale zas tak mnoho lidí nezná nebo nevyzkoušelo. A Balzamický krém Elizabeth se mi bude hodit na zimu, kdy mám vysušenou a extrémně citlivou pleť, tedy alespoň doufám. Překvapilo mě, že nesmrdí. Můj nos většinu přírodní kosmetiky nerad, ale tento krémík voní spíš lékarnicky, alespoň mému nosu a to my oba rádi. Takže já jsem s LB spokojená, asi si ho pořídím i příští měsíc…jen to jméno bude v naší rodině asi zdrojem mnohého veselí.

Abych nezapomněla, LB můžete objednat zde a stojí 299kč.

Máte LB taky? Líbil? Nelíbil? Povídejte, přeháňejte…

Goodbyes

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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.

 

If there is anything you would like to hear more about either ask me down below in the comment section or on facebook 🙂

 

 

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 🙂

 

Essence Snow White nail polish in 03 Doc

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Hey lovely readers, this is my first proper nail post though I still managed to end up with a fuzzy picture. But the shade is true to the actual polish, so I hope you forgive me this time.. This shade is from their latest collection called -yes, obviously- Snow White and as you can see it is a rather bright orange that is ever so slightly grey muted and only a step away from being a neon. I like the brush, using it is just easy peasy lemon squeazy. The polish goes on streaky in the first layer but the second one is much better and third makes for an opaque coverage. Stays put for 3-4 days which si not bad. Do you like it?

PS: I have decided to write my posts in my native language as well, that’s why you can’t understand the stuff below 😉

Tak drahé čtenářky, Mína mě tuhlevá popostrkovala, abych začala psát i česky, nevím jak mi to půjde a jestli náhodou na to nejsem moc líná, ale tak zkusit to můžu, že ano…Jakž takž se mi podařilo vyfotit lak od Essence a to z kolekce Snow White v odstínu 03 Doc. Ta barva je přesná, bohužel opět poněkud rozmazaná, ale když ten lak je taaaaaaaak krásný…tak mi to snad protentokráte odpustíte. Je to krásná výrazná oranžová, v lahvičce je více krotká a aby se nestala neonkou, tak ji brzdí malililinký nádech do šeda (alespoň v té lahvičce to tak působí). Lakuje se průměrně, žádná sláva, ale k pláči to taky nebude. První vrstva pruhuje, druhá to zachrání a třetí dokonaláí. Schne dobře a drží 3-4 dny. A ten štěteček je super, ani úzký ani moc široký. Jak se vám líbí?

 

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.