Monday, 29 October 2012

I may have been absent...

...during the past few weeks, but a beauty addiction is a beauty addiction whether one blogs about it or not, meaning that the acquiring and using up of beauty products is, well... inevitable.

The exciting things first (aka the beauty haul part):


Illamasqua Complement palette from their fall release, a sample of Illamasqua Freak perfume that I've been dying to try for months now, L'Oreal Color Riche nail polish in the shade 201 Rose Paradis, and Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Shower Gel in Shea Butter and Warm Vanilla.
Most of the items are fairly new, so expect proper reviews in the future, but at this point I have to make a special mention of the shower cream (it's not a shower gel, despite the label): gorgeous warm vanilla scent (if you love shea/vanilla/almond/coconut scents, then you simply must try this), light creamy sensation and a moisturising lather that makes showering a bit of a luxurious treat rather than a boring daily task! Simply ❤ this!

I've also managed to finish quite a few things this month, which rarely happens at this extent:


1. The Body Shop Coconut body butter. Insert sad face, as this is ambrosia for my dry skin during autumn and winter. Yes, it is a little too thick, but the scent and effectiveness win me back every time!
2. The Body Shop Shea Body Scrub. Boy, am I glad this is finished! While I usually enjoy sugar scrubs, this one was far too oily. As in you need to shower 2-3 times afterwards in order to not feel like you were dipped in an oil slick! Huge hassle, especially if you plan to tan and need your skin to be completely free of any product (or.. residue). Will definitely not be repurchasing.
3. YSL Teint Resist foundation. Sadly, this one is now discontinued, so if you're living in a warm and humid climate and are looking for a long wearing, medium + coverage, transfer resistant foundation, I would not know in which direction to point you at. Boo YSL!!!
4. Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup remover. This was a dual phase eye makeup remover, a type of product that I'm not a big fan of. I prefer multitasking products, and this type of eye makeup remover is only good for removing your makeup at the end of the day; if you accidentally make a smudge while applying your makeup and need to correct it, then an oil based remover is simply out of the question. I also disliked the stinging sensation I had after using this, so, yet another reason I'm glad this is dunzo.
5. MAC Cleanse Off Oil. Love this and it's already replaced!
6. Korres Pomegranate Deep Cleansing Scrub. Great product that leaves the skin soft, without being too harsh or drying it out. At this point, I'd say it's the best beaded face scrub that I've tried so far.



In other news...

October In's & Out's

In's
1. Thelma, aka the new member of the family, settling in.


Thelma is a 3 month old kitten, that I decided needed a proper home - she wouldn't have survived otherwise! It's been ages that I've had a pet, and despite her occassional grumpy and persistent mannerisms, I'm in love! Just look at that face! Apparenly Thelma enjoys sleeping in any position possible, like this...


... and this...

:)
2. Downton Abbey. Amazing show, great plot and overall excellent production. I'm already watching the 2nd season, and I'll probably be up to speed by the end of the week!

3. Beer outings: a little alcohol helps with the insanity of everyday life.

Out's

1. God Loves Caviar, the new movie by Yannis Smaragdis (some of you may have seen El Greco). Now, I don't know if my expectations were too high, but this was not a great movie, though it could have been one. Acting, sets & costumes did not make up for the lack of a proper (and properly paced) script. Some aspects of Greek mentality in the recent history were sharply acknowledged, but could have been further analysed, imo.

2. Winter time: getting dark before 5 pm blows.

3. Cocktails of inconsideration, rudeness stemming from various traits, and idiocy being thrown at you from different angles. Nuff said.


Hope everyone's been well! Let me know what you've been up to! :)


25 comments:

  1. Aww cute cat :) something very calming about a sleeping kitten! I hate the dark evenings too. The body shopbody butters are hard to get out, but very good to use!

    Glad to see you back :) xx

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    1. @Computergirl: Too true, she's almost angelic when she's asleep (to balance the little devilish faces she makes when playing, haha)! Ugh, don't get me started on dark evenings and afternoons, kills any motivation to be productive!

      And thank you! :) xoxo

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  2. Thelma is too too cute!!!!!

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    1. @Tali: You know, I can't help but wonder if they'd be friends with Mitzy, hahahaha!!! xxx

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  3. Awww I didn't know YSL discontinued the Teint Resist fndt, and I really wanted to try it! My HG long wearing foundation with medium coverage is Mac's Pro Longwear, it stays on for over 8-10 hours!

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    1. @Sophia: Hopefully there's still a bottle waiting at some YSL counter for you! Truly a shame that high-end brands discontinue some of their best products, when they don't offer a newer alternative/version! :(
      I may have to check out Pro Longwear, thanx! ;)

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  4. Aww I love Thelma! I loved to read this post, glad you're well. I hope I can find that Dove shower gel, have always been a fan of Dove xx

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    1. @Lydia: Hehe, I'm officially a proper cat person now! Love that she's so affectionate, despite what everyone else thinks about cats!
      I too hope u find the Dove body wash, it smells heavenly! xxx

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  5. Thelma is the best!!! :D
    I really like that l'oreal nail polish colour!
    xx

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    1. @Lydia: :) Hehe, she says "Thank youmeow", lol!
      Aren't u a fan of this L'oreal n/p range yet? I know I am! I would like more ml for the money though, but at least I don't have to do my nails every 2-3 days anymore! ;)

      xx

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  6. How cute is your cat filenada???And need to get the Dove (vanilla)you wrote the magic word.lol
    U did finish a lot I see this month,doesn't it feel good?hehe
    Both my kids watched God Loves Caviar..but I haven't ,imagine...

    xxxx

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    1. @Blushingloves Irene Greece: See? She's so cute and small, I had to take her in, right? Well, at least she got the hang of the litter box fairly quickly, haha!
      Omg, rush and get the Dove wash - I know u probably have 3769128761 TBS products to go through, but u'll see what I mean when u try it! ;)
      As for the movie, honestly, it was mostly suited for kids imo, more like sth we'd watch at school..oops! So, I guess u're not missing out on anything major!

      xooxx

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  7. Cuteness overload!!!! love your picks as always and I am so envious of your empties...!!!Welcome back!

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    1. @Athina: Thank you, thank you! Aw, I knooowww, I can't resist that cute face and those soft paws (well, that's when the claws are tucked in, hehehe)! Not to mention she keeps my tummy warm whenever she sleeps on my lap! :)
      As for this month's empties, I was quite proud tbh! I really have so much stuff to go through, so shopping will be only on an "omg-I-'ve-been-wanting-this-for-months" basis for the near future!
      xoxo

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  8. Hi Tina! It's so nice to see a blog post update from you! I disappeared under a pile of paperwork for a while there LOL
    OMG Thelma is soooo super adorable! How could anyone not love her? :)
    I rarely use bars of soap but when I do it's the Dove Shea Butter bar of soap. I love the Dove Shea Butter Body wash (although sometimes I need to use my Nivea shower gel since I do need some suds sometimes to feel squeaky clean). I haven't seen this new scent yet - the Dove Shea Butter and Warm Vanilla (and I love a nice warm vanilla scent) so I'll be on the lookout for it :)
    I'm glad you like the scent of TBS Coconut Body Butter. I'm really quite picky when it comes to coconut scents and for some reason this one didn't quite cut it for me.....and I know what you mean about the TBS Shea Butter Body Scrub being too oily.
    Your Illamasqua palette looks gorgeous by the way!

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    1. @Karen Law: Hehe, I know, I could not resist NOT taking her in! :)
      Oh, I havent used a Dove bar in literally forever, but I adored how creamy they were, hope they still make them that way!
      I remember our chat about the TBS Body Butters, and we're generally on the same page. Despite this (Coconut Body Butter) not being an amazing product however, it seems to work really nicely for me, plus I do enjoy the scent!
      Hope u're well and that u still have time to go on little trips!
      xxxx

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  9. Welcome back! and you're right, blogging or not, addicts need their crack! :D nice to see some empties~

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    1. @Jacq: Yes, we do!!! ;) And thank you! PS: You surely do "empties" far better than myself, I popped into your blog earlier, holy november empties!!!
      xx

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  10. Awwww ti glyko gataki more!!!!Symfono otan koimountai einai aksiolatreuta, gia meta exo tis amfivolies mou :) Thelo ki ego na dokimaso kati apo Illamasqua, mallon kapoio cream blush h sculpting cream. Ki ego to latrevo to coconut body butter! Filia :)

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    1. @Menia: E, την κοιταω οταν ειναι ησυχη για να ξεχναω το σπασμενο μου βαζο και τις υπολοιπες σκανταλιες! :)
      Tα cream blushes απο Illamasqua ειναι κ στη δικη μου wishlist επισης - ελπιζω να τα δοκιμασουμε κ οι 2 συντομα! :) xx

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  11. Congratulations on becoming a cat slave. We dont own them,they own us. As my cat Vincey frequesntly tells me. Watch out for your christmas tree if your having one. Kittens love to climb them. Im hoping that now Vincey is 2 he will leave it alone this year. Give it a fe months and you will become a ccl crazy cat lady.

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    1. @Jodie-Winyan: Thank you! An adorable little menace, hehehe! xxx

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  13. Your kitty is too cute XD I can't love TBS body butters as they tend to stain the sheets (why tint them?) But you are right the coconut scent is addictive!

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    1. @Sue Lin: Aw, thank you dear! :) As for the TBS body butters, I surely don't think that they tick all the boxes quality-wise, but some of the scents are too delicious to resist!!! :) x

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