Empties April 2018

I really like the idea of sharing empties and all these basket/pan projects where you actually use the whole product to understand if it really works for you and is worth repurchasing or not, as in some cases, some products don’t give an instant result and you have to be patient. So here is my first time sharing my empties.

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SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Cream is one of the best moisturizers I’ve ever tried. I got a sample for points at Sephora and plan to purchase the full size. As an option, there is also SK-II Pitera Welcome Set that has an Essence and a Toner for less.

Lanolips 101 Ointment Multi-Balm is the product I have been using for years and haven’t really found anything better so far! I also have devoted a detailed blog post about this product and its active ingredient.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF 40 is a nice sunscreen that doesn’t clog pores or give a strange bitter taste in your mouth after applying it on your face (some sunscreens do that and I don’t know why yet). However, I couldn’t use the tube completely as the cream gone bad – it smells like a bad fish now. There is also a new Ultra Repair® Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 that I plan to try this year. I believe the best shade for me is Light.

EVIAN Brumisateur® Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray Travel Duo seemed like a nice idea as a face mist, since it’s only clean water in a bottle, but after finishing the first bottle ( it comes in a pack of 2), I can’t say I’m really excited about the purchase. I’m still longing to Caudalie Facial Mist as it smells like an expensive spa treatment.

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Living Proof Full Shampoo is my another staple! it actually replaced the Morrocanoil Extra Volume Shampoo that I’ve been using for a couple of years. Here is a separate post about the Living Proof Shampoo and why I really love it so much.

Clinique Deep Comfort Body Wash is indeed a nice body wash for dry skin, but I prefer more natural ingredients (and aromatherapy!) so that I’m not sure if I repurchase it.

[The Face Shop] Essential Damage Care Dual Deep Treatment is a must-have hair care mask. I’ve already mentioned it in my reviews, and it is so good that I’ll keep repurchasing it.

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It Cosmetics Brush Bath Purifying Brush Cleaner is exclusively sold at Ulta. It’s a nice solution for cleaning between washing the brushes and has a natural ingredient list. For some reason, it works better with synthetic brushes. I’m exploring other products at the moment so that I don’t plan to repurchase it in the nearest future.

CURAPROX Black Is White Charcoal Whitening Toothpaste Set is another amazing product that is in my vanity for at least couple of years. So far, it’s the best whitening toothpaste I’ve tried so far! It has activated charcoal as the active ingredient. Plus, Curaprox toothpastes keep my teeth cavity free and my dentist appointments to check-ups – before, I had to pop into dentist’s office at least every 2 months.

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Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Eau De Parfum is my all-time favorite perfume, it reminds me of sunny lazy days on a beach. It works for me throughout the year, it makes me feel so “sun-kissed” all the time. The Soleil Blanc collection now also has a 30ML version as well as new Eau De Soleil.

Honestly, these “empties” and “pan/basket” projects give such a satisfaction and enjoyment of using any of the particular product you like since you are actually using it instead of letting it sit on a shelf “for a special occasion”.

What do you think about it? Let me know in the comments down below!

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7 Gift Ideas for Mom from Nordstrom

Our countdown shows it’s 7 days left until the Mother’s Day which falls on May 13th this year. This means you still have time to shop for a present! Here are our top picks from Nordstrom on Mother’s day.

1. GUCCI Petite Marmont Leather Card Case (Buy Now)

I’ll start with this beautiful Hibiscus Red card case from Gucci. It is lightweight, small and has several compartments for cards, cash and even coins. And the red wallet is always easier to find in her purse.

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2. Skinny Dip Dominica Cosmetics Case (Buy Now)

This beautiful cometic bag with palm leaves will add summer vibes and put a smile on her face.

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3. DAVID YURMAN ‘X Crossover’ Ring (Buy Now)

Such a beautiful stacked ring will look perfect on every hand! And the combination of sterling silver and 18-karat yellow gold will match pretty much every jewelry._8762104

4. LONGCHAMP ‘Large Le Pliage’ Nylon Tote (Buy Now)

This is a very convenient travel bag every woman must have. It folds perfectly for storage and we especially like this Bilberry shade.

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5. SOLE SOCIETY Floral Print Silk Neck Scarf (Buy Now)

Neck Scarves are making a major comeback this season. I especially like this coral silk scarf, as I can picture every hair color looking good with this one._103115189.jpg

6. PAPINELLE Cotton Waffle Knit Robe (Buy Now)

This soft waffle knit robe is perfect for both cold and hot days. 

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7. SK-II Pitera Welcome Set (Buy Now)

I tried to keep this post with non-beauty ideas, but I couldn’t stop myself from sharing this set. I have tried the essence and the cream on myself, and it is so good, as it replenishes hydration which is the key to keeping your skin youthful and glowing.

The best part – the set is on sale right now!

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What is your favorite pick from the list? Let us know in the comments down below!


All photos courtesy of Nordstrom.com

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Best 20 Products to Get at Sephora Spring Bonus Event

Hello, my dears!

Let’s be honest: good makeup and skin care are usually pricey and from my personal experience, this statement work in 98% of the time.

And I’m very excited to know and share with you that Sephora Spring Bonus Event is starting right now, which means it’s discount time!

While there is a lot you can consider buying during this event, I’d try to narrow down the list of things I’m getting for myself OR have already tried and they are indeed worth any penny.

For me, it’s a perfect time to stock up, before the next bonus event (read real discounts) is expected in late November.

What should you know about this event

The event starts on April 20th through April 23rd. You can visit a store or shop online at sephora.com – as long as you are a Sephora Beauty Insider member you qualify for discounts! If you are not a member it is easy and free to sign up by visiting sephora.com.

How much off can you get during the event?

10% off for Sephora Beauty Insiders members. Use code YAYINSIDER at the checkout.

15% off for Sephora VIB members. Use code YAYVIB at the checkout

15% off for Sephora Rouge members.Use code YAYROUGE at the checkout

Can I get everything on discount?

Well, it is almost everything, there are some restrictions though. *copy-pasted*

*Offer valid for Beauty Insider members on merchandise purchases made on 4/20/18
through 11:59 PM PT on 4/23/18 in Sephora U.S. stores, Sephora Canada stores, Sephora inside JCPenney stores, and online. Offer not valid on jcp.com.
Not valid on purchases of customizable sets online or through Sephora’s Customer Service. Not valid The Ordinary, on previous purchases, purchases of gift cards or eGift cards, FLASH, PLAY! by Sephora, gift wrap, taxes, or shipping & handling charges. Clients are limited to the purchase of one Dyson-branded item and three Drunk Elephant-branded items per SKU per transaction. Return of discounted merchandise will be for the price actually paid. Sephora is not responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen promotion cards. Promotion card has no cash value and may not be altered, sold, or transferred.

Relevant Beauty Insider status must be attained prior to redemption. No minimum purchase required. Due to heavy demand, Sephora FLASH delivery times cannot be guaranteed for this promotion.Not valid on orders shipping outside the U.S. or Canada. Cannot be used in conjunction with other promotion codes. Sephora and JCPenney employees are not eligible for this offer. Offer is subject to change, alteration, or termination by Sephora at its sole discretion at any time. If you recently qualified for a new tier, please check your email for an updated offer.

For more details check Terms and Conditions.

What should you buy during this event?

If you think strategically, as I do, think of products of high/daily usage or those that have short shelf life. I’ll feature the products that I’ve tried and loved! – one item per a type of product. I shared my thoughts on this products in my stories on Instagram – now in my Highlights! Feel free to check it out for more details!

Under this category, I would mention several products:

  1. Sheet Masks
  2. Beautyblenders
  3. Brushes for Clarisonic
  4. Blotting Papers
  5. Exfoliating Pads
  6. Tools Cleaners

Featured Products:

ESTEE LAUDER

Advance Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask, pack of 4, $80 (Buy Now)

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This foil mask is a 10-minute step in getting instantly glowing and youthful skin that lasts for several days! *tested on myself* Buying a pack of 4 is the best investment advice I would give to you since it’s $25 per a separate mask! Plus, discounts are just in time!

BEAUTYBLENDER

Two.BB.Clean, $45  (Buy Now)

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With the total value of $58, this is another value set I would recommend for you. Taking into consideration that you need to change your beauty blender every 3 to 6 months, this kit will last you for a year! PLUS it comes with cleansing solutions that will put another “tick” on our list.

CLARISONIC

The Essentials Set, $79 (Buy Now)

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If you use Clarisonic for cleansing, this is another amazing value kit with the total value of $108 will last you at least for a year! You can mix and match different heads for different need. I got a similar one during winter event, and still enjoy them!

TATCHA

Aburatorigami Japanese Blotting Papers, $12 (Buy Now)

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The top-rated blotting papers made of 100 percent natural abaca leaf and gold flakes absorb excess oil without disturbing makeup for petal fresh skin anytime, anywhere. *puts into the cart*

NEOGEN DERMOTOLOGY

Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling – Lemon, $27 (Buy Now)
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K-beauty Innovative way to exfoliate your skin both manually and chemically with these 30 gauze pads that gently remove dead skin.  The formula includes AHA chemical exfoliant that deeply penetrates to dissolve dirt and oil in the skin and the vitamin C (lemon extract) for skin brightening benefits.

SEPHORA COLLECTION

The Cleanse: Daily Brush Cleaner, $15 (Buy Now)

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To maintain the life of your tools (brushes and sponges) and prevent bacteria from spreading you need to clean your brushes after each use. While it sounds troublesome to wash them after each time( and which is not good for the brushes as well) I recommend using sprays. At Sephora, you can find several types of sprays. I especially like the quick-dry formula of this alcohol-free cleaner as it reduces the downtime and I can use my brushes in a matter of minutes! Plus, the formula is very mild and natural and suitable for sensitive skin.

 SKIN CARE

In this section, I’d like to share some products that yield WOW results – tested on myself. Again, speaking of strategical shopping, you would definitely need new skin care products until the next big event and discounts are the real pay off for that. Plus, we all deserve it some at-home spa time.

SK-II

Pitera Welcome Kit, $110 (Buy Now)

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Do not get scared of this price tag! I tried face cream and the essence and it literally transformed my skin! You get instant glow, hydration, softness and overall my skin looked so refreshed I even had a youthful blush like I spent a good amount of time outdoors. I believe that the toner will only enhance the effect of these two products. By the way, when you layer them, they absorb so fast that it can easily be used under makeup! And, did I mentioned that the total value is $156?

SUNDAY RILEY

Power Couple Duo: Total Transformation Kit, $85 (Buy Now)

SUNDAY_RILEY_Power_Couple_Duo_Total_Transformation_KitAnother value set (total value $105) that you want to have! I got this set last week during the Rouge Early Access and this is another power couple that works wonders overnight! The Good Genes contain lactic acid and the Luna Sleeping Oil has retinol inside. Together, they contribute to even, glowing, hydrated and smooth complexion. While you can feel changes overnight, give these two guys another 3-4 weeks – rumors say the effect builds up! I have special feelings for Sunday Riley, I tried 5 of their products and they are all amazing!

Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser, $45 (Buy Now)

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Speaking of Sunday Riley, I also need to mention this cleanser. I can’t remember any other product that would make me feel this clean and soft at the same time. Plus, my pores are instantly visibly smaller.

LA MER

The Eye Concentrate, $205 (Buy Now)

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Another skin care product that worth every penny – the eye concentrate from La Mer. Again, I bought it during winter sales and still have some in the jar! Little goes a long way while it is indeed one of those eye creams that erase dark circles like you had a good sleep yesterday and a day before, and every single day. It works even better when used with the small roller that comes in a pack.

LANEIGE

Lip Sleeping Mask, $20 (Buy Now)

laneige_lip_sleeping_maskThis soft and nourishing lip mask just melts on my lips! I just got it and I love it a lot. I wake up with lips prepped for the lipstick, how about that, ladies?

KIEHL’S SINCE 1851

Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask, $45 (Buy Now)

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Whenever something goes south, this is the mask that restores my skin. It soothes and provides hydration. Also, I love how it smells, it is so relaxing!

MAKEUP

And for sure, there will be luxury makeup products that you would want to treat yourself with.

I stumbled on selecting the one and only eye shadow pallet so that I’m going to share two here.

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS

Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette, $42 (Buy Now)

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The recent and already very popular and highly rated eyeshadow pallet from ABH. It is perfect for day and night, it has matte and shimmer eye shadows and the color selection is just fantastic for the spring season. The pallet comes with a two-end brush and a mirror.

PAT MCGRATH LABS 

MTHRSHP Sublime Bronze Ambition Eyeshadow Palette, $55 (Buy Now)pat_mcgrath_labs_MTHRSHP_Sublime_Bronze_Ambition_Eyeshadow_Palette

I have to admit, I had a crush on Mothership Eyeshadow Pallets when they just got released, but it was a way too expensive for me – $125 per pallet. Hopefully,  smaller versions of those pallets have been released for a more of “affordable” pricing – $55 per pallet. If you have ever swatched those pigmented eyeshadows at Sephora, you will never be able to skip on them.

MatteTrance™ Lipstick, $38 (Buy Now)

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This is the most moisturizing matte lipstick I’ve ever tried in my life. I have also been talking about this lipstick in my Youtube video – the pigment and the formula are just fantastic. These lipsticks flew so fast it was hard to get the shades that I wanted, hopefully, all shades are available for sale right now, but I think, not for so long.

TOM FORD 

Boys & Girls Lip Color, $36 (Buy Now)

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If you prefer sheerer lipstick, think of Tom Ford Boys&Girls Collection. While it gets so complicated to chose only 1 shade out of 100 ( because you want all of it) you can narrow your search with “Girls” only – the white body lipsticks are definitely sheerer compared to “Boys”. The best part about this line is the price: $36 for a smaller TF lipstick versus $54 for the regular collection.

DIOR

Capture Totale Dreamskin Perfect Skin Cushion Broad Spectrum SPF 50, $82 (Buy Now)

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This product is on my wishlist ( read “cart” now) for several reasons:

  1. Dior has amazing skin care products. I tried one serum on my hand at the store, and I swear, later that day I noticed that the patch of skin looked so much better that the same spot on my other hand.
  2. It has SPF 50 in it. As the warmer season is approaching, sunscreen is very important to consider in your daily routine
  3. and finally, it comes with one refill, and you can always get another one later for half price.

Hair Care

Supersonic Mother’s Day Gift Red Edition, $399 (Buy Now)

If you ever dreamed to get this amazing hair dryer from Dyson (still in my wishlist) it is time to get it with the discount provided! Plus, now it comes with beautiful in red with matching case!

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Fragrances

I can’t decide between these two, so that I highlight two fragrances in this post.

VIKTOR & ROLF

Flowerbomb, 1 oz, $85, (Buy Now)

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The Flowerbomb from V&R is perfect for spring. It’s hard for me to describe the scent, but it feels like it’s no longer winter, but still, summer is yet to come.

TOM FORD 

Soleil Blanc, 1 oz, $145 (Buy Now)

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This fragrance is “forever summer” for me. It just makes my day brighter whenever I use it and reminds of my sunny vacation days by the sea. The best part of it is that now it comes in a smaller size and therefore is for a more “affordable” price. Plus, don’t forget about discounts!

 

This is quite an extensive list! I know that most of the products are from the “luxury line”, but let’s all agree that we are worth it. PLUS, each of these products qualifies for discounts, so if you ever doubted about expensive miracle products, now is the perfect timing!

Once again, I put all my thoughts and knowledge in this post. Everything here comes from my honest opinion and personal experience. I hope you will find this blog post helpful.

I would remind you to use the codes at the checkouts as they are not added automatically.

If you are ready to purchase something from the list, please use the Buy Now link – this is the way you can thank me without paying any extra!

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Happy shopping, my friends!


This post is not sponsored. My disclaimer is here.

If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

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