Friday, 31 January 2014

Products I've Used Up #1 January 2014

Hey lovelies!
During the last months I've used up quite a lot of products. I didn't even realize how many until I took the photos, so bear with me because this might be quite a long post...

Makeup Empties

Benefit That Gal Face Brightening Primer (30€), Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit in Honey (old package right corner, new package in the center 35€), Sephora Sheer Glow Primer ( ~ 8€), Chanel Perfection Lumière in 50 Beige ( 47€), L'Oréal Volume Million Lashes Extra Black (12€)

Benefit That Gal Face Brightening Primer
Last summer I bought my first primer after reading good reviews about this. It smells like strawberries and cream (which I like) and creates a smooth base for my foundation. I didn't really see the brightening effect but it definitely made my foundation last longer. However it only lasted me for four months which considering the price tag is a bit disappointing. 

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit 
I was really happy with this concealer kit because it comes with a setting powder which should have prevented creasing. It covered up my under eye circles really well but it would eventually crease and settle into fine lines. 

Sephora Sheer Glow Primer
Ok, this is akward. Back in autumn 2010 I went to Rome and found a Sephora store. You could have knocked me down with a feather when I saw all these products. It was a huge store! I was looking for a liquid shimmer highlighter and saw this little bottle - it said "glow". Long story short - I didn't know it was a primer until last year. Yes, this actually happened... I know. Embarrassing confession of a beauty blogger right here ladies and gentlemen. 
I couldn't find it on the Sephora page anymore, so I guess they discontinued it which is such a shame because I really liked it. The texture was nice, smoothed out my skin and it really gave a glowy complexion - not dewy or shiny but lit from within. 

Chanel Perfection Lumière
Already bought a second one and this time because it's fabulous! Flawless complexion in a bottle. This is pricey yes, but a little goes a long way and it took me one and a half years to use the 30ml up. So I would say it's kind of justified. It gives medium to high coverage and definitely buildable. With it's satin finish it still manages to look luminous and glowing. 

L'Oréal Volume Million Lashes Extra Black
This was a typical "I forgot my mascara"- buy. It was alright but I wouldn't buy it again. It gives a little bit of volume and length but it smudges on my lower lashes.  

Skincare Empties

Soap & Glory Off Your Face Cleansing Cloths (6€), Clarins Daily Energizer Cream-Gel (26€), Clarins Daily Energizer Cleansing Gel (14€), Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover (21,50€)
Soap & Glory Off Your Face Cleansing Cloths
I bought these wipes because they were on sale just before I went on holiday to Malta. They're good to take my face makeup off

Clarins Daily Energizer Cream-Gel
Two years ago I started taking care of my skin. I went to a perfumery in my neighbourhood that has a huge skincare section. The lady there recommended me to start with this Clarins line as it's made for young skin with a few breakouts. 
As you can see I even repurchased it but now I wouldn't. The jar packaging being the main reason. There is another cream with SPF and a pump but it's too rich for my skin. I'm still looking for a good moisturizer so if you know one, please tell me in the comments! 
It has a flowery scent so if you have sensitive skin you should be careful. My skin feels moisturized after using it but it gets quite greasy after only 5 hours. So nope, not going to repurchase this one. 

Clarins Daily Energizer Cleansing Gel
Yep, I still have another one of this in my bathroom. I'm going to use it up because it isn't particulary bad but it's not fantastic either. It's a gentle cleanser but it's doesn't help with my oily T-Zone or with the spots that sometimes appear on my face. Unfortunately a fail product. 

Mary Kay Oil-Free Makeup Remover
I've already talked about it in my 2013 Beauty Favourites. I'm onto my second bottle of this, it's that good! Taking my eye makeup off has never been so easy. 

Bodycare, Haircare Empties & Candles

LUSH Charity Pot / Nächstenliebe (19,99€), Dove Go Fresh (2 - 3€),Yankee Candle "Salted Caramel" and "Fireside Marshmallow" 2,50€ each), Douglas Home Candle "Caribbean Island" 5,95€), BVLGARI White Tea Candle, LUSH Glögg Showergel 250ml (13€), LUSH Ponche Showergel 100ml (8€), Batiste Dry Shampoo in Dark&Deep Brown, L'Oréal Hot&Smooth Straightening Cream (~5€)

LUSH Charity Pot (Nächstenliebe in Germany)
I have to admit that I justified the price tag because every penny (minus the taxes) go to charitable societies chosen by LUSH. As you can see in my LUSH favourites post  I really used to like this body lotion. However I've found better ones with a smaller price tag. Of course I know that all their products are made out of fresh ingredients without any chemical preserving agents the downside to this is that you have to use them rather quickly otherwise they'll start to smell funky. I don't think I'll repurchase it, mostly because I still have a whole drawer full of body care items that I want to use up. 

Dove Go Fresh
You might wonder why I put a deodorant in this post. I heard and read that it is said that aluminium chlorides can cause breast cancer, though this is not proven on living organisms you should look for deodorants without this ingredient because it can cause major irritation to your skin and thus making it very sensitive and itchy. This Dove deodorant does have Aluminium Chlorohydrate so I won't be buying it again. I found a deodorant without this nasty ingredient that works far better than this one! 

Yankee Candle "Salted Caramel" & "Fireside Marshmallow"
Yes, I've finally hopped on the candle bandwagon and bought me some candles. I'm happy I did because I fell in love with the Salted Caramel Candle. Even without burning it filled the whole room with its warm and delicious scent. Fireside Marshmallow was a nice candle too but it wasn't as intense as Salted Caramel. I burned it down and put Salted Caramel on top that's why you can only see one candle in the photo above. I'm impressed with the quality of these Yankee Candles and I'm sure that I will repurchase them sooner than later - I'm looking at you Vanilla Cupcake! 

Douglas Home Candle "Caribbean Island" 
I got this on my 20th birthday and it smelled really like coconut and vanilla - a typical summer scent! The only thing that I don't like is that it didn't burn down as well as the BVLGARI one. There is still some of it left, but I can't burn anymore. Any suggestions on how to use it up entirely? Tell me in the comments! 

BVLGARI White Tea candle
I found this candle at home and really liked the scent when it burned. It looks so tiny but actually lasted for about 8-10 hours. Also, I saw it on sale on Ebay for 29,99$ and I don't think I would ever pay that much for such a little candle. 

LUSH Glögg Shower Gel
Every christmas LUSH has some limited edition showergels and I totally fell for this one two years ago. To me it smelled like mulled wine - spicy, warming and very christmassy until a sales assistant said that it smells like the HARIBO Coca-Cola jelly babies. After hearing that I had to admit that she was right and the scent made me feel slightly sick. I'm still not sure if my anger towards the SA is justified because in the end it's my nose which is acting weird. Random story about a little shower Gel - who would have expected that...
The product itself lathered up really well and filled the whole bathroom with its smell and if it weren't for my strange nose I would still like it.

LUSH Ponche Shower Gel
Another random story about this little shower gel: I bought it for my boyfriend last Christmas ( i gave you my heart and the ver- oh c'mon as if you wouldn't still sing it) and he  we finished it up just before this Christmas and he kept it for me, so I can include it in this post. I loved using it in the morning for it's uplifting and tangerine like smell. It says on the bottle that it even has Tequila in it. What a way to start your morning!
If they would bring it out again I don't think I would buy it again, though. Spending 8€ on such a tiny bottle - meh.  

Batiste Dry Shampoo
I've heard so many people on YouTube talking about this that I wanted to try it. Well, let's just say that I'm not too impressed. For me it didn't do it's job. I want a dry shampoo to make my blow dry to last a little bit longer but this wasn't the case with Batiste. It didn't to anything but making my hair smell like chocolate cookies. Nice touch but not the reason for why I bought it. Maybe I just had a 'bad' bottle and I should try another one. We'll see.

L'Oréal Hot & Smooth Straightening Cream
I bought this ages ago and totally forgot that I had it until I rediscovered it in the depth of my drawers. Does this sound familiar to you? It has that 'salon blow dry'- smell and helps taming my frizz. That's about it, because I didn't experience any of the straightening magic of this cream and I don't even have curly hair. 

I guess every beauty addict gets me when I say that I feel quite proud of myself of using all this products up. This might not make much sense to the others but I'm going to give myself a pat on the back. 

Lots of love,
Dolce x

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Cheeky colours

Your skin is looking a but dull and lifeless? Don't worry - I got your back. Bright and vibrant colours on your cheeks are now your best friends.

Orange, pink or red choose whatever colour you like and play with it. I prefer matte formulas to shimmery ones because they look more natural. Whether you apply your blush on the apple of your cheeks or your cheekbones, this pop of colour is going to revive a dull complexion and will give you that young, fresh and healthy glow most of us crave. 

Bobbi Brown Blush in Apricot (26,50€), Le Blush Crème de Chanel in 62 Présage (33,99€)
I apply the Apricot Blush very light handed as it's super pigmented ( Bobbi Brown duh...) and I would soon look like a clown. I like my Stippling Brush by RealTechniques for the creme blush. I start with a stippling motion and then go into a more circular motion to blend it out. 

Step out of your comfort zone and have fun with some colours!

Lots of love,
Dolce x

Friday, 17 January 2014

Favourite Friday #4: The Year 2013 in Beauty Products | Hair-, Skin-and Bodycare

Hello everyone!
Welcome back to my second part of my 2013 Beauty Favourites.
This time it's all about hair-, skin- and bodycare I discovered this year.

Toni & Guy Shampoo for Advanced Detox (12,95€), Kérastase Nectar Thermique Leave In (24€), Kérastase Cristalliste Conditioner (21€), Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque (10€), L'Oréal Ever Rich Deep Conditioning Hair Mask (6€)

Toni & Guy Shampoo for Advanced Detox:
I use quite a lot products on my hair so every now and then I need a clarifying shampoo. This one leaves my hair squeaky clean and gets rid of all the product build up. 

Kérastase Nectar Thermique Leave In
I can't believe I got this back in the summer because I haven't even used half of it and I've used it every time after washing my hair. It does a perfect job at detangling my hair and I basically had no split ends for more than 3 months because it's a heat protectant, too. It was an absolute life savior for my dry hair.

Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque
Those of you who tried their products know that they smell amazing! I love treating my hair with the masque every two weeks. My hair is super silky and frizz free after using it. My hair feels lovely and people actually comment on it smelling so nice. I'm definitely going to repurchase it.

L'Oréal Ever Riche Conditioning Hair Mask 
This is another item I featured  in my Summer Haul and I have been using it since. 

L'Oréal Hydra Active 3 Micellar Solution (4,95€), Clarins Daily Energizer Wake Up Booster (13€), Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover (21,50€)

I'm a newbie when it comes to skincare so I have yet to find my perfect moisturizer and cleanser.

L'Oréal Hydra Active 3 Micellar Solution 
This year micellar solutions were all the rage in the beauty world and Bioderma became a household name. When I asked in the apothecary for a little bottle of Bioderma it was around 7 to 8 € which was way too much for a little bit of water. Later that day I found this little bad boy for half the price so I took him home with me. It has been well loved since then because it's awesome at taking the makeup of my face. 

Clarins Daily Energizer Wake Up Booster
I bought the whole daily energizer range but this toner stood out to me because it feels really refreshing. I love the scent and my skin doesn't look dull in the morning thanks to this toner. 

Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover 
This is the most popular product of the Mary Kay range and it's absolutely justified! One cotton pad with this and your eye makeup is gone. Super easy, super quick and it doesn't feel greasy. 
Jo Malone Red Roses Body & Hand Lotion (€), Korres Japanese Rose Showergel (10,95€), Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Scrub (14,95€), Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Body Butter (19,95€), Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Broad Spectrum SPF50 (€) Jimmy Choo Flash (36€) 

Body Care 

Jo Malone Red Roses 
I absolutely love the scent of it! It smells like a fresh bouquet of roses and you don't even a fragrance when you use it. 

Korres Japanese Rose
This shower gel lathers up really well, smells fantastic and paired with my Jo Malone Body Lotion my skin couldn't feel softer.

Soap & Glory Flake Away
This scrub isn't too harsh, does a good job at exfoliating and smells amazing.

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter 
It smells like the scrub and feels so good on the skin after exfoliating it. It doesn't take long to sink in and scent lingers for about a day! 


Jimmy Choo Flash 
This is my summer scent of 2013 and reminds me of hot summer nights and cocktails at the beach. I first saw and smelled it in the duty free shops in the airport of Madrid but I bought it in a Sephora in Spain because they had 20% off on all the fragrances and thus less expensive than in the airport. The scent is more on the powdery/creamy side and I a really bad at describing scents. I love it, my boyfriend likes it too and that's all that counts. ;) 

So that's it for my 2013 beauty favourites. Hope you enjoyed it!

Lots of love,
Dolce x 

Friday, 10 January 2014

Favourite Friday #3: The Year 2013 in Beauty Favourites: Makeup, Tools and Nails | Part I

Happy New Year Everyone!
I hope you all enjoyed your holidays and started the new year with fresh energy. 
Today is a special Favourite Friday since it's about all the beauty products I discovered last year. The list is quite a long one, so I'm writing two posts. Without further ado here's what I've been loving in 2013 beauty wise:

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk (48€), Clinique Even Better Makeup (31,99€), Le Blush Crème de Chanel (33,99€), Guerlain Sun Shimmer Highlighter (32€), Laura Mercier Undercover Pot (39€), Clinique Airbrush Concealer (21,99€), Laura Mercier Lip Glacé (/), Dior Addict Extreme (32,99€), Sephora Contour Eye Pencil waterproof (12,99€), Tweezerman Precision Eyelash Curler (17,95€), Bobbi Brown Everything Mascara (25,99€), Max Factor False Lash Effect 24h (12,95€), butter LONDON Top & Tails (29,95€), butter London in Bit Faker (16,95€)


Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk in 6.5 
Well, do I really have to say anything about this foundation? It's been raved about in the whole beauty world and I finally gave in last October and oh my... I love absolutely everything about it! So smooth, goes on and blends like a dream ( without primer!), has no SPF ( = no weird flashback!) and sets to a luminous, semi-matte finish and  truly long lasting. The perfect foundation for events and night outs. This and the Real Techniques Buffing Brush - a match made in heaven. It's amore!

Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15 in 16 Golden Neutral
I was looking for a new foundation for everyday use that I could just put on quickly and be ready to go. I think I've found it. It is a perfect match to my skin and everything I look for in daily foundation with an SPF of 15. It blends so well with your fingers or a brush, covers redness and some imperfections.  It has medium but buildable coverage, so some acne scars will still show up but that's what concealer is for. It looks quite dewy when you apply it but after a minute or two it sets to a natural finish. The only downside for me is that it doesn't have a pump but that's probably only personal preference. Size and packaging a very travel friendly, that's why I took it with me on my holiday in Malta last October.

wearing the Clinique Even Better Makeup in Hastings Garden, Valetta, Malta | Sept 2013 


Clinique Airbrush Concealer in 02 Medium
This is a lightweight concealer with a salmon undertone to it. It is perfect to cover up those dark under eye circles but not for any blemishes and spots. It is super easy to use and blends really well into the skin and doesn't get caky. It will settle to fine lines eventually so I take a q-tip and swipe the excess product away. 


Le Blush Crème de Chanel in 62 Présage
This was also a late discovery in October and I'm so happy for having this in my life now. I use it with the Real Techniques Stippling Brush before I set my foundation with powder. The lady at the counter said that you can apply it over powder too, but I never tried it because it's so long lasting I never had to touch it up. It looks so natural and the bright peachy colour makes your skin look so healthy I can't even describe it.  

Guerlain Sun Shimmer Highlighter in 02 Sunny Pink
This was in last year's Summer Haul and I have been using it every single day in the summer. One pump on my finger is enough for both cheeks and then I blend it with a Real Techniques Stippling Brush. It has a fine gold shimmer running through it and in the sun it works as a highlighter, too. It was the only blush I took with me on my holiday in Malta and it worked just fine for my day and night makeup. Like the Chanel cream blush it looks so natural but stunning at the same time that I really have to say it's worth the money. It also smells like a really expensive perfume but the scent doesn't linger on the skin. If you have sensitive skin you might want to try it first. It was part of the Summer collection but I don't know if it was a limited edition because they still sell it in stores here in Munich. I'm looking forward to use it in the summer actually I'm looking forward to summer general. ;)


Laura Mercier Undercover Pot in Nr. 3
One day in June I walked to the Laura Mercier counter in Munich ( back then there was only one) and looked for a concealer. I ended up buying it 2 weeks later because they had a promotion were you got a little makeup bag, a Mascara sample, an Eyeliner deluxe sample, a Translucent Setting Powder sample, and a Mini Lipglacè if you bought 2 items. Quite self-explanatory that I waited, right? 
The price really shocked me, 39€ for that tiny pot? You get 3 products in here: Secret Camouflage, Secret Concealer and the Translucent Setting Powder. Out of the three the Setting Powder is my absolute favourite. It mattifies and sets everything into place and leaves you with a flawless complexion. It has kind of a blurring effect that makes your skin look so smooth and perfect - it is magic! No visible pores, keeps shine at bay, makes your skin look impeccable and luminous - do I need to go on? Ladies, go to a counter and experience it for yourselves. For me, it changed my whole makeup look. 


Laura Mercier Mini Lip Glacé in Rose
This is the Mini Lip Glacé I just mentioned before. Oh honey... This feels so smooth and hydrating on the lips it's unbelievable. The colour is gorgeous and looks beautiful on the lips. Like all Lip Glacés it has a slightly sweet vanillary scent which makes me love it even more. 

Dior Addict Extreme in 866 Paparazzi
I already talked about this product in a Favourite Friday so let me just say: love the formula, love the colour and adore the packaging! 


Sephora Eye Contour Pencil 12HR wear waterproof in 32 Tango Night - Glitter
I saw that Tati from GlamLifeGuru mentioned it in one of her videos so when I was in Spain last summer and discoverd a Sephora in the mall I went straight up to the eye liners and swatched them. I was so impressed! The pigmentation is incredible, they don't move once they're set, actually you can't even blend them and the colour range is huge. I chose Tango Night ( such a sexy name) because it didn't look like any other colour I ever saw for an eyeliner. It's a dark rich purple with a subtle glitter in it, I just wanted to have it. The perfect colour for night outs! I didn't think I would like it so much. Unfortunately I can't remember the price but it wasn't expensive for the quality you get. In fact, I just bought another one last week in Italy... 

Max Factor False Lash Effect 24h in Black
I forgot my mascara at home one day and quickly stopped in a drugstore on my way to Uni to buy one. Yes, mascara is that important to me. I didn't have time so I rushed through the store and grabbed this one by accident. I can't remember what I actually wanted to buy because I was a bit stressed. I do remember using this the first time. Awful experience. I made a big mistake by using this without an eyelash curler. My lashes looked super straight and clumpy because I used 3 coats hoping it would curl my lashes eventually. It didn't. 
For me this only works when I use my Tweezerman Precision Eyelash Curler before. It gives me incredible volume, length and gurl it holds the curl! When I look into the mirror before I take my eye makeup off it looks just like it did when I applied it in the morning. Super long lasting and thus quite hard to it get off. I'll tell you how to get it off in my next post, so stay tuned! 

Bobbi Brown Everything Mascara in Black
Before I discovered the Max Factor mascara I was using this one. I would call it an all-rounder. A little bit of everything ( see what I did there :P ) curl, length and volume. Doesn't smudge on my bottom lashes and easy to take off. I use it when I want more natural looking lashes. 


butter LONDON Top & Tails
I found this Duo on for a reasonable price and I am glad I bought it. The basecoat Nail Foundation is great for filling the ridges on nails and prevents your nails from getting a colour stain. The Hardwear topcoat dries quickly, leaves a glossy gel-like finish and keeps my nails chip-free for about a week. This duo definitely made me do my nails a lot more often! 

butter LONDON Bit Faker
I've already talked about it in a Favourite Friday last year and used it for an accent nail but I also like using it on all nails like I did on Christmas. So much glitter and sparkle 


Express Face Brush (12,99€), Buffing Brush and Contour Brush ( part of the Core Collection 25,17€), Setting Brush (11,99€), Stippling Brush (16,15€), Blush Brush (12,99€) 
Tweezerman Precision Eyelash Curler
I never used an eyelash curler before because I never really saw the point in it. Now I do! It opens up the eyes and gives a flirty blink of an eye. They might look scary but if my boyfriend has figured out how they work, ladies you don't have any excuses left...

Real Techniques Brushes
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?! This face brushes make applying your makeup so much easier and basically already do the job for you. The blush brush may seem huge but the tapered point makes it easy to dip into a product and the rest of the bristles do the blending. This brushes are so versatile, easy to maintain and such good quality for the price you should consider trying them out. 


Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil (3,95€)

Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil
I bought this at the end of March and now I can't live without it. I've been using it everyday and there's still more then half of it left. It has a slightly pink tint that makes my lips look a little bit brighter and leaves them with a  beautiful glossy finish. Every night before I go to bed I put it on my lips and the next day I wake up with the softest lips ever. It is moisturizing without feeling greasy on the lips. It has a fruity and sweet scent that isn't too strong. I can see myself repurchasing this for the rest of my life. So this is definitely a holy grail / desert island / can't live without product for me. 

Did you discover a holy grail product last year? 

Lots of love,

Dolce xxx