Birthday haul / Sephora and drugstore New in

new in birthday haul

Last weekend it was my birthday, so it was completely natural for me to go and have an excuse for a “new in” trip to all makeup departments in the city; moreover because I had received a 25% discount in Sephora on *everything*. If you add the “gotta treat myself for my first payslip” feeling, then you can understand why I was feeling so festive and ready to splurge a bit! So if you’re interested to take a look at what is new on my beauty shelves, please keep on reading 🙂

Prošli mi je tjedan bio rođendan, tako da mi je bilo skroz prirodno napraviti izliku za odlazak u shopping i obnove svojih zaliha u apsolutno svim kozmetičkim odjelima u gradu; tim više što sam još prije toga dobila popust od 25% u Sephori na *sve*. Ako još tome dodate i “moram se malo počastiti za prvu plaću” osjećaj, onda vjerujem da možete razumjeti zašto sam se osjećala toliko raspoloženo za malo trošenja! Ako vas zanima što se sve našlo kao novost na mojim policama s proizvodima za ljepotu, nastavite čitati 🙂

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YSL lipstick 202 217 Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Foundation N.2 Lancome La Vie Est Belle Intense perfume

Investing in lipsticks

Maybe it would be the best if I started the story form the very beginning – and that was a year-or-so long wish to be able to afford myself a high-end product, which I really wanted to be one of the oh-so-gorgeous YSL lipsticks. Long story short, I managed to get the wonderful (and too expensive with shipping) Rouge Volupté 11 Rose Culte on the Internet, which had become impossible to get in stores, both because the whole Rouge Volupté line had stopped being produced and because the market runs out of the most beautiful shades first! Despite that, the red beauty arrived in my hands and the next stop was to go to the nearest Sephora (cough, several of them, and some similar stores as well), which actually became a real adventure of googling a whole mass of products, reviews reads and swatch comparisons. In the end, I had tried at least 50 different lipsticks on my hand before deciding (I am very picky, yes :Đ) so I finally looked like a kid had been twisting the skin of my forearm for half an hour. Nevertheless, the effort paid off as I found what I was looking for in the shape of YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats in 202 Rose Crazy and 217 Nude Trouble. I had been eyeing the deep, neutral red 202 since it came out, and 217 turned out to be the winner of my wish to have the perfect, everyday “my lips but better” lipstick for all occasions.

One can never have enough make up

Beside them, I wished to get liquid foundation as well, but since I have so many troubles with finding the right shade, almost everything from the “potential buys” list became excluded just by sampling trying out their respective testers on my hand. Already frustrated enough by numerous mismatches, I felt like the first one to match my skin tone will go to the basket, no matter the price. And just like a makeup devil heard me, the most expensive product was a match so I just had to but its lightest shade. It was Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion MakeUp SPF15 in N.2, which I have worn only once for now, but I find it really good. I’ll definitely be using it more often in the upcoming cold days, and make a complete review of it on the blog. Also, an eyeshadow base is a giant “must” if I’m wearing anything on my eyes, so it’s always a good idea to stock some of the renown Urban Decay Primer Potions, and this time I bought the anti-age version.

Perfumes and accessories

Lancôme La Vie Es Belle Intense EDP wasn’t actually bought by me, but was rather a birthday gift from my SO. Since I was kind of getting tired of the good old LVEB EDP, this came as the ideal refreshment within the same family. Its hazelnut base with iris pallida and tuberose heart make a noticeable, yet unique change to the original, which presents LVEB Intense as a particular and uncommon member of olfactory families. The moment I got it, it replaced other perfumes that I had been using and will certainly not be parting from me for some time. On other things, an affordable beauty blender was really needed in my collection due to the old one from Catrice starting to deteriorate, and Sephora had one in their private label product lines seem completely handy. It comes in a fun fuchsia colour and will certainly be interesting (and useful hopefully) to use with all its angles and shapes.

Anastasia Beverly Hills duo eyebrow brush #12 Sephora birthday blush palette

Aaaand I’m back!

And just when I though I had bought everything I needed, Sephora itself made me happy on the morning of my birthday with an email saying to pay them a visit and to pick up a birthday present they had for me, which was a cute and quite compact dual blush palette in peachy and cold rose shades. Since I was already there, I had a look around and remembered I could really use a two-sided eyebrow brush (trust me,   a two-sided one is way more valuable than two one-sided brushes during rushed mornings) so I picked up an Anastasia Beverly Hills dual eyebrow brush #12 (with an angled brush on one and a spoolie on the other side), just to finalise the splurging shopping spree.

Okay, the drugstore section is the last one, I promise.

Obviously, I wasn’t immune to that section either, even if the only purpose of the trip was just to get bread. And almond milk. And maybe a makeup remover. Okay, I was totally planning to check that out, I admit! The final result is before you: two makeup removers and a shower oil. I have been enjoying Dove shower creams for months now and a Nourishing Care Shower Oil with Moroccan Argan Oil made me just say “take my money!” (Luckily, it wasn’t that expensive.) The smell of it is so soothing, and the nourishing texture make my skin so soft I just wish to use it all the time, every day before bedtime. Have you seen it in your stores or tried it our recently? For the makeup remover, I hesitate to use micellar solutions because they tend to make my skin a bit dry so creamy products are my personal choice, but this particular drugstore didn’t seem to have much stuff with ingredients list I could approve so I just went ahead and took Garnier Micellar Water. But what really intrigued me was this Nivea In-Shower Make-up Remover, which comes in mixed-to-oily and normal-to-dry skin formulations. Since the later contained some parabens, I took the first one to try it out – and I’ve gotta say it saves my lazy face from going to bed too tired to take makeup off (which is, by the way, a mortal sin for me!) It comes super handy and does a pretty decent work on its own. If you wish to read more on it, tell me in the comments to make a full review on both versions.

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new in birthday haul Lancome YSL Urban Decay Sephora

Investiranje u ruževe

Možda bi bilo dobro da krenem s pričom od samog početka, što je otprilike bila jednogodišnja-ili-tako-nešto želja da si priuštim neki malo skuplji iliti high-end proizvod, i to sam jako htjela jedan od predivnih YSL ruževa. Da ne duljim sad previše, na internetu sam uspjela nabaviti divni (i s poštarinom već preskupi) Rouge Volupté 11 Rose Culte, kojeg je postalo gotovo nemoguće nabaviti u trgovinama, jer em što se cijela Rouge Volupté linija prestaje proizvoditi, em što one najljepše nijanse prve nestanu s tržišta! No, crvena je ljepotica stigla u moje ruke i sljedeća je postaja bio pravi odlazak u obližnju Sephoru (khm, nekoliko njih i sličnih parfumerija), što se zapravo svelo na cijelu pustolovinu guglanja mase proizvoda, čitanja recenzija i uspređivanja swatcheva. U konačnici sam isprobala najmanje 50 ruževa (jako sam izbirljiva, da :Đ) i na kraju mi je ruka izgledala kao da je neko dijete igralo onu “indijansku vatru” na njoj (znate na što mislim, ono snažno uvrtanje kože na podlaktici u suprotne strane, što nije nimalo ugodno). Ipak, trud se isplatio i našla sam što sam htjela u obliku YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 202 Rose Crazy i 217 Nude Trouble. 202 sam kao bogatu neutralnu crvenu gledala otkako je došla u prodaju, a 217 je izašla kao pobjednik u želji da imam savršeni, svakodnevni “moje usne, ali bolje” ruž za sve prilike. 

Nikad dosta šminke

Uz njih, od dekorative sam si poželjela uzeti i jedan tekući puder, no kako uvijek imam problema s nalaženjem nijanse, gotovo sve stvari sa spiska potencijalnih kupnji pale su u vodu isprobavanjem testera na ruci. Već lagano isfrustrirana što je sve ili narančasto ili ružičasto ili općenito tamno, sama sam sebi rekla da će prvi čija mi nijansa odgovara letjeti u košaricu i pravac blagajna, bez obzira na cijenu. I kao da me šminkerski vrag čuo, upravo je najskuplji puder u parfumeriji imao nijansu podudurajuću s mojim tonom i podtonom kože. Bio je to Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup SPF15 N.2, kojeg sam dosad samo jednom nosila, no čini mi se dosta dobar na koži. Definitivno ću ga koristiti više u narednim, hladnijim danima te pošteno izrecenzirati na blogu. Također, baza za sjenila je uvijek neophodna kad god nešto nosim na očima pa nije ni loše uvijek imati u zalihama neki od poznatih Urban Decay Primer Potion baza, i to sam ovaj put uzela anti-age verziju.

Mirisi i pomagala

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Intense EDP zapravo nisam kupila sama, već je bio rođendanski poklon od dragog. Budući da sam se već izdovoljila originalnog LVEB mirisa, ovo je došlo kao idealno osvježenje unutar iste obitelji. Lješnjakova baza s irisom i tuberozom u srcu čine zamjetan, a opet jedinstven detalj izmjene originala, čime se LVEB Intense predstavlja kao unikatan član ove olfaktorne obitelji. Instantno je zamijenio sve druge parfeme koje sam do tada koristila te se sigurno neću neko vrijeme odvajati od njega. Što se tiče drugih stvari, jedna cjenovno pristupačna spužvica (”beauty blender”) bila bi dobro došla u mojoj kolekciji jer je stara od Catricea već počela propadati, a Sephora je imala jednu u svojoj privatnoj liniji proizvoda. Dolazi u veseloj boji fuksije i sigurna sam da će biti zabavno (i korisno nadam se) koristiti sve njene kuteve i površine.

Nivea shower make up remover Garnier Micellar Dove Argan Shower Oil

Eto me nazad!

I taman kad sam pomislila da sam sam uzela sve što sam mogla, Sephora me na samo rođendansko jutro usrećila mailom da navratim do njih po svoj poklon, koja je bila simpatična i iznimno kompaktna dvostruka paleta rumenila u bojama breskve i hladne ružičaste. Već kad sam bila tamo, malo sam još pogledala što imaju i sjetila se da bi mi zbilja dobro došao dvostrani kist za obrve (vjerujte mi, dvostrani je daleko korisniji za užurbana jutra od dva jednostrana) te sam se, onako za kraj rastrošnog niza, počastila Anastasia Beverly Hills dvostranim kistom #12 (kosi za sjenilo s jedne i češljić za obrve s druge strane).

Okej, drogerija je ipak zadnja, obećajem.

Očito, nisam ostala imuna ni na drogeriju, čak ni kad je jedina svrha odlaska bila samo kupnja kruha. I bademovog mlijeka. I možda odstranjivača šminke. Okej, planirala sam škicnuti kozmetiku, priznajem! Konačni je rezultat pred vama: dva odstranjivača šminke i ulje za tuširanje. Mjesecima već uživam u Dove kremastim gelovima za tuširanje i njihovo me ulje za tuširanje s morokanskim uljem argana samo natjeralo da ga uzmem i ne pitam puno (srećom nije bilo toliko skupo). Miris mu je tako umirujuć, a tekstura toliko njegujuća da ga želim korisititi  cijelo vrijeme, svaki dan prije spavanja. Jeste li ga vidjeli u dućanima ili isprobali nedavno? Što se odstranjivača tiče, ne volim baš koristiti micelarne otopine jer imaju tendenciju isušivati mi kožu, ali trgovina u kojoj sam bila nije imala baš neki izbor stvari sa sastojcima koje odobravam pa sam samo uzela Garnierovu Micelarnu vodicu. No ono što me zbilja zainteresiralo bio je Nivein odstranjivač šminke ispod tuša, koji dolazi u verzijama za mješovitu do masnu te normalnu do suhu kožu. Obzirom da je potonji sadržavao neke parabene, uzela sam prvi za probu i moram priznati da spašava mene lijenu od toga da odem preumorna u krevet sa šminkom (što je inače smrtni grijeh za mene!) Jako je praktičan i koristan proizvod te zapravo radi neloš posao sam po sebi. Ako želite čitati više o njemu, recite mi u komentarima da napravim detaljnu recenziju obje verzije.

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Now that I have finished this post, it does seem like a gigantic new in, not to mention the relief on my bank account. Well then, happiness is in small things, and I regret nothing! 🙂 Do you like my new in and what are your recent buys?

Sad kad sam završila ovaj post, uistinu mi se čini da je new in bio gigantski, da ne spominjem olakšanje mog novčanika. No da, sreća leži u malim stvarima, i ne žalim ni za čim 🙂 Sviđa li vam se moj “new in” i što su vaše nedavne kupnje?

Cydonia :*

 

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  • Nina

    Ja sam si neki dan kupila YSL Volupte tint in oil i sokirana sam jel je to zbilja istina da se ta linija prestaje proizvoditi? Velika steta ?

    • Kakav ti je Tint in Oil? Gledala sam nijansu 48, na koncu su mat ruzevi prevagnuli.
      Da, cini mi se da nazalost je istina 🙁 Zadnjih godinu i nesto dana trazim neku lijepi nijansu iz te Rouge Volupte linije, od Hrvatske do Francuske i UK, no nigdje nista, svi mi govore da se povlace i zamjenjuju Pur Couture linijom. Zbilja steta, prekrasna su mi pakiranja, tako unikatna i luksuzna. Vjerojatno sam zato i preplatila onaj jedan Rouge Volupte kojeg sam jedva nasla ?
      Edit: Cisto da razjasnim samu sebe, htjedoh reci da se originalna Rouge Volupte linija povlaci zasigurno (tj vec je vise-manje), a Volupte Shine, Candy i slicne su, barem zasad, jos uvijek u optjecaju.

  • Nina

    Odlicni najbolje sjajilo do sad, HG definitivno usnice su mi strasno isusene od ljekova a tint in oil je jedino sta trenutno mogu staviti na njih. Daje ljepi sjaj i boju i nije nimalo ljepljivo. Definitivno probaj vjeruj mi odusevit ces se ☺ i bas zbog toga se nadam da nece i njih povuci iz prodaje jel sam isprobala gro sjajila ali ovima nista nemoze konkurirati. Lancome shaker je pun alkohol denata a Clarinsov oil ne ostavlja nikakvu boju tako da je ovo najbolji izbor na trzistu po mojoj procjeni ?