Review: Yves Rocher – Nail Polish Speaking colours

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If you read my blog post about my latest Glossybox, you might know that I got two nail polishes from Yves Rocher. Since I’m a big fan of nail polishes I was really happy, but the excitement was about two nice colours and a nail polish in general. Not did I know that I would write this post to let you all know a new love in my life.

Description of the product from Glossybox that followed the nail polish (my translation from Swedish)

High quality 5free nail polishes contains elemiharts, which gives high gloss and lasting quality. Comes in over 50 colours inspired by the endless botanical colour palette.

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My first impressions

When I first saw the bottle I wasn’t overly excited. The colours were nice, but the packaging wasn’t thrilling when you just saw the two polishes in the box.

I chose to try the pink one first, 24. Rose Dalhia, and the first nice surprise was a wide, flat, brush that was really easy to work with. The colour got nice and even without struggle. The coverage was great too. I chose to go over with two coats, as I always do, but it looked quite good with just the first one. It dried quickly and it looks really nice and shiny even when it’s dry.

I also really liked the colour of Rose Dalhia. It’s a summery pink shade, but not too bright. This, to me, makes it feel like a more adult shade of hot pink.

Lasting quality

I’m allergic to chips. I can’t stand it when the nails are starting to look messy. Usually I can wear a polish 2-3 days before I have an urge to remove and repaint. This is the main reason I can go completely without nail polish in long periods. When I have a lot on my plate, I just find it too time consuming. With the Yves Rocher polishes, this is no longer an issue.

The picture bellow shows what my nails looked like after one week’s of use. It had only start to chip, and friends of mine, that aren’t as picky as me, could easily have gone at least a day or two more. I have never ever tried a nail polish that works this great for me.

yvesrocher one week

 

Final thoughts

I’m overly impressed by this nail polishes. I praised them to the skies at home for the high shine and impressing lating quality. It wasn’t too many days before Martin came home with a gift box with three more colours to a collection that will keep on growing. As I saw the five bottles together I started to like the packaging more as well. Even though it might look a bit boring with just one or two, a collection makes you realize they let the colours talk for themselves.

Another plus for me is the size of the bottles (5ml). I like that they aren’t too big. That way the prices can be kept lower and you can buy even more colours instead. There’s also a chance you’ll actually be able to use a whole bottle some day. And I don’t find it too small either, so you should be able to use it a fair amount of times before it’s time to replace.

I find the price very reasonable as well. 59 SEK/Bottle. (A little less than $7). For that price you get outstanding quality that I’ve yet to find among the more expensive brands.

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From left to right; 34. Iris, 24. Rose Dalhia, 61. Bleu Nigelle, 53. Capucine, 106. Cerise Narcée

Have you tried these nail polishes? Did you like them? Do you have another favorite brand you’d like to share? I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments below.

 

 

Dolce & Gabbana – The One

Hi everyone!

I hope you all have had the loveliest Christmas. I know I did. Christmas Eve was spent with my grandparents, cousins and uncle and we had such a great time playing the Christmas gift game, eating a lot of food and goodies and just enjoying each other’s company. Christmas Day was spent with my sister, brother, mother, father and boyfriend. Again lots of foods and goodies and loads of amazing Christmas gifts. I must have been really nice this year! I am not going to do a post with all my gifts, but some of my gifts might show up in posts where they are used for a review or maybe in makeup look posts. It’s no secret that there was quite a lot of nice makeup because of my education starting soon and everyone wants to encourage that with what they can.

Enough of the rambling. This post is going to be about one of the gifts that I got in my stocking on Christmas Eve. The stocking is a tradition in Martin’s family that he wanted to share with me, and I wasn’t hard to convince. I must say that was a JACKPOT! Got a lovely gift set with a perfume from Dolce and Gabbana.

I got a tiny bottle of Dolce and Gabbana – The One to try out a while ago. I sprayed it out and Martin guessed the perfume immediately. His aunt used to work with perfumes, so he has learned quite much about them. It turned out that this is one of his all time favorites, but he has never had anyone around him to like it. He has tried with his sister and his mother, but they turned it down. I, how ever liked it a lot from moment the first drops touched my wrist joint.

It has top notes are from citrus, bergamot and mandarin, a heart of litchi and peach and a base of plum, vanilla and musk. The scent is described as oriental and modern with a strong personality, and I think that is a perfect way to describe it. It’s a quite strong and grown up scent that is great for fall and winter. For me it would be to heavy for spring and summer, when I prefer a much lighter and sweeter perfume. Over all I’m crazy about the perfume and I know for sure I will be using this a lot in the future. Also, the packaging of the box is lovely. Just look at the pictures below!

A lovely box in a nice golden colour, with a silver bow.
Opening up the box you find a black tissue paper with golden print
for a very luxurious touch.
The bottle is very simple, but elegant and this gift box included
a matching body lotion
Have you tried The One from Dolce and Gabbanna? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Wyndham Garden

Hi everyone!

Time is running by so fast I barely manage to follow. Can’t believe it’s December already! I do still have a few New York posts I’d like to write and share, so hopefully I’ll manage to get that done during this week.

At first we were looking at hotels on Manhattan, but found it was quite expensive if you wanted a private bathroom and wifi in the room. Since it’s crazily expensive for us to use 3G or 4G abroad, wifi is essential for us, as we might want to look up things for the trip or re-book our flight as we travel on standby. We found a hotel that seemed okay and almost booked it, but through a deal on Secret Escapes we got to think of the possibility to live on Long Island instead, getting a lovely view over Manhattan. We looked at other hotels in the area and found Wyndham Garden. The reviews were great, and it was said to be really easy to get to Manhattan with the metro. For the same price we were about to spend on quite shabby hotel, we got a four star hotel, close to the pier with one of the most amazing views I’ve ever seen. (See pictures in my last post about New York here)

To not live on Manhattan was a great decision. It was so nice to get out of the city, to a calm area, after a whole day with loads of impressions. The area was great. People were out walking their tiny dogs, and not once, as we were out in the late evenings, did we feel unsafe in any way. The hotel offered a free shuttle bus to the Metro station every 30 minutes (it was just a four minutes walk though, so we went by foot) and it was just one station away from the first stop at Manhattan. It was also just one line to the AirTrain to JFK airport.

The hotel was very nice and clean and the staff was really friendly. The room included two double beds, which was perfect! One for sleeping and one for packing and showing off all the nice shopping. The bathroom had a small bathtub, just perfect for a foot bath after a long day of walking. No way near big or deep enough for two persons to take a full body bath. Not even for one person to be honest. But, since the first hotel we were looking at barely had a private shower in the room, this was perfect!

We would defiantly recommend this hotel, and we will for sure look at this hotel again, the next time we’re going to New York.

Rituals – Mild Eye Make-up Remover

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As you may know if you’ve followed my blog for a while, I am a big fan of Rituals. One of my latest purchases was their Mild Eye Make-up Remover. I’ve been finding it hard to find something that really works for me. I have really sensitive skin around my eyes, so I tend to get really dry and itchy from some removers. I’ve been trying removers made for sensitive eyes as well, but the ones I’ve tried doesn’t remove the eye makeup as well as I want, which result in me rubbing harder and irritate the skin anyway. But here it is, the perfect one for me! It will take miracle product for me to ever change from this one!

It contains Lotus flowers, that naturally cleans and protect the skin and Rice Bran oil that keeps the skin healthy and soft. This one does it’s job and removes the makeup very easily, and it doesn’t itch. Not even a little! Another very good thing about this one is the price. I pay about $14,50 for a bottle of 125 ml. I will definatly be re-purchasing this as soon as this one is empty. I’m also very curious about the other products in this range.

Have you tried these products from Rituals? What are your toughts?

 

 

Jelly Pong Pong – Fairy Lashes Curl Mascara

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In my last Glossybox I got the Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Curl Mascara. I hadn’t heard about the brand before, so I was excited to try it out.
The packaging is not so much fun. It looks a lot cheaper than it’s said to be. But it’s what’s inside that really counts. Unfortunately it’s not a WOW-experience, but it’s not bad either.

It takes a little too long for the mascara to dry, so it has smudged over the eye shadow a few times. All though I’ve learned my technique to apply it now, so it’s not much of an issue. I haven’t experienced any smudging throughout the day though, which I find is most important. It’s very easy to remove, even though it’s a waterproof mascara. Also a big plus!

I don’t think it adds much volume, but it does give a nice length and separation. With a bit of eyeliner (as seen on picture) I think it works just fine for everyday use, but for a party makeup I would stick to my Maybelline Falsies or Diorshow that are my all time favorites. I’m blessed with quite long lashes, but they are very light at the tips, so pretty much any mascara can do what this one does for me.

I will defiantly keep using the mascara till it’s all out, but I’m not sure I would buy it again. I think I need a bit more to be convinced to pay £18 for a mascara.

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Makeup Academy – Undressed

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When me and my sister were in London in June I picked up an eye shadow palette from Makeup Academy. Since I spend quite a lot of time at M’s apartment I felt like I needed some basics to leave there, so I don’t need to bring the big makeup bag every time I go there. Since it was only £4 I thought it would be worth to give it a try, and not spend a whole lot of money on buying duplicates. And was I impressed? HELL YEAH!

I chose the Undressed palette, with 12 different shade from a light beige to dark brown and grey, some matte and some with shimmer. I thought it was a perfect combination for a basic collection. It’s well pigmented and easy to blend. I like that I don’t have to work forever to get it to look nice. I like to sleep in in the mornings, so big plus! First time I used it I was a bit stressed and didn’t find my primer, so I worked it directly on to my eyelids. When I got home from work about 12 hours later it looked like it was just put on.  Another great plus is that it didn’t irritate my eyelids. I can be quite sensitive, and might get a little itchy when I use eye shadow. None of that with this one! The only regret I have is that I only got one, and not the other palettes as well.

I would highly recommend this product if you’re looking for a good palette that doesn’t burn holes in your wallet.

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Diorshow

As you may, or may not, know I work next to a cosmetics store. It do happen that I get some samples when I shop there, so when I bought my mother a Christmas gift I got the Diorshow mascare, from Dior obviously. I put it away and forgot about it until I bought some new furniture this weekend and started to rearrange my make up. I decided to try it. I fell in love.

I like to collect things, and have loads of everything. Therefor I tend to buy cheaper things, so I can buy many of them. I think I might rethink that when it comes to mascaras. This was so easy to apply! The brush is quite big, but separates really nicely and I don’t find it hard to handle at all. The lashes didn’t get stuck in each other, not even when I put on an extra layer for more volume. There were no lumps, not even a hint of one. I’m not saying I’ve only used horrible mascaras, even if it sure sounds like it. I’m just so in love with this one I have to make everyone seem a little bit worse, to make this sound amazing.

I’m trying to save up money for the trip to London, so I really shouldn’t buy this anytime soon. I’m not so sure I’ll be able to keep that though. Hopefully this little sample will last for at least a little while.

Testing: Avéne

I have a friend that works on a pharmacy, which is quite a good thing. Last time she was here to visit she gave me some products she had been given to test. They were both for dry and very sensitive skin. Since she have neither of that she said that the best way for her to evaluate them was to give them to someone that they could do some difference on. (In this case, ME!) So, I was asked to try them at let her know what I think. Of course I was happy to say yes to that. 

I’ve been trying XeraCalm a.d Body Lotion and Tolérance extême Cleansing Lotion
0% Preservative, 0% Paraben, 0% Fragrance, 0% Alcohol

Sounds quite good, doesn’t it? The cap is specially designed, so it’s impossible for bacteria to get into the tubes. Therefor they can exclude some ingredients that is good for the cream, but maybe best for your skin to skip if possible. 
I was given these creams last week, and immediately gave it a try. The body lotion is okay for both body and face, and since I’ve been having some really dry spots in my face lately I thought it would be perfect to start there. Hands and face are also where my skin is most sensitive and I most easily get rashes. 
I thought I would have to use at least the whole tubes before I could notice any big difference, but that wasn’t necessary (obviously, since I’m already writing this post). The cleanser is really effective and I haven’t had any trouble with rashes or irritation this time, which I easily get from cleansers. The dry spots is as good as gone already. The only thing that I find a bit boring is that they doesn’t smell anything, but on the other hand, they are hypoallergenic and you can’t always have it all! I will keep using the products, and it’s possible that I buy new ones once these are empty.
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Recommendation: Figleaves

Last week I placed an order on Figleaves, a website selling underwear, nightwear and swimwear. They sell some of the same brands as we do at work, and I just couldn’t help myself from buying products I love in colors we don’t have.

When I placed the order there was some technical issues, because somehow my order was placed twice. I only received one order confirmation and only entered the password to my credit card once, so I didn’t know about this until I got two e-mails telling me the order was shipped. I checked my bank and I had been debited twice as well.

I e-mailed the costumer service, and I had a reply within minutes. Not much to do at that time. Both orders had been sent, and there was nothing to do before they arrive. I totally buy that, since no one can help technical issues. Although I wasn’t very happy about the thought of paying the return, because I had no chance to correct a mistake I didn’t know about. I e-mailed, and again, very fast reply.

The parcels arrived within a week, and I found out how much shipping back would be. Once again, reply right away! Shipping abroad from here is quite expensive, so Figleaves were kind enough to let me keep the second order as well, and still pays me back for it. BIG thumbs up for that! Can’t get too many panties.

There are several things that impressed me with Figleaves.

  • Order was shipped within only an hour from placing it.
  • Fast replies every time I e-mailed
  • Great products. They sell brands I know are good quality and have only had good experiences with.
  • They let me keep the products that I didn’t order (Can’t pretend that wasn’t just awesome.)

I would totally recommend my friends buying from them, and I know for sure I will return as a costumer myself.

 

Vitamin E Lip Care from The Body Shop

Since we’re having a night at the hotel tonight (sis is feeling sick) I decided to make a post about my lip savior, that’s great to have here as well!
In the winter my lips gets really dry and chapped. It didn’t matter how much I smeared with different lip care, nothing worked.  Last winter I ran into Body Shop (which I do a lot, since I work just right next to them). I’ve gotten to know one of the girls working there so I pointed at my lips and said “Please tell me you have a miracle treatment to save this?!” She smiled, turned around and picked up the Vitamin E Lip care. And a miracle it was! I used it during the day and before I went to bed. When I woke up I noticed a big difference already and it didn’t take long before my lips were nice and soft again. Since then I always have one in my bag.

The winter weather made me come across this product, but it comes to good use here in sunny Thailand as well. The lip balm has SPF 15, and keeps my lips protected from the very strong sun here. My skin is damaged, but at least my lips are in good condition.