recent beauty buys

December/ the end of November was a time of many, many, beauty sales. As a result I got the chance to try a bunch of different products without feeling too guilty about indulging. I haven't even gotten around to playing with all of the products yet, but here are the ones that I've used enough to be able to form an opinion on them.

Klorane dry shampoo with oat milk: The hype is definitely worth it for this product. It's a lot pricier than any other dry shampoo I've tried, but I find it worth the price. In comparison to Batiste, I use a significantly less amount of this product to get similar results. This also means that my hair doesn't feel as weighed down with product. 

Wet n' Wild nail polish in black creme: Wet n' wild reformulated their polish for 2015, so I decided to give it a try. I own 1 black polish by Orly, and this $1 guy blows it out of the park. I've only worn it once, but I'm already impressed. Paired with my Orly bonder base coat and Seche Vite top coat, my nails were almost chip free for a week. 

Butter London polish in la moss: One word to describe this polish: disappointed. The color, a deep, deep, wine colored red, is gorgeous, and when I first painted my nails, I spent a decent chunk of time staring at my nails and admiring them. But sadly, its lasting power is laughable.

Make Up For Ever HD invisible cover foundation: The verdict still isn't out for this foundation. On one hand, they have a really expansive color range and the shade I have really matches my skin tone. When my skin is dry, it doesn't cling onto any nasty dry patches. On the other hand, at the first sight of oily skin it oxidizes into an awful pinkish color that makes me look like my entire face is flushed. It isn't described as long wearing, but nevertheless I wish it had better staying power. 

Phyto 9 ultra-dry hair nourishing day cream: The ends of my hair tend to get really dry, specially when I get too lazy to properly take care of it. After I wash my hair, I run this through the bottom half of my hair to add in that extra bit of moisture. When I do use it, as opposed to the times where I simply forget, I notice the difference as my ends feel less brittle and don't tangle as much.

Sephora oil-free instant moisturizer: This is the best oil-free moisturizer for dry skin I've tried so far. The price for this teeny tube is more than what I would pay at the drugstore, but still significantly less than most of the brand names carried at Sephora. It's effective in keeping my skin hydrated, is oil free, doesn't have a strong scent, and doesn't break me out. I just wish it came in bigger size tubes since I used this up in less than a month.

Philosophy purity made simple: Basically, this is a face wash that hits the sweet spot of being able to properly clean my face but not strip it of all moisture. 

Mario Badescu facial spray with aloe, herb, and rose water: This is another helping hand in remediating my dry skin problems. On its own it doesn't do much. Some use it as a setting spray, which I find doesn't do much for me. But if it's the middle of the day and my skin is feeling a little dry under my makeup, a few spritzes of this stuff helps bring in some moisture. 

Maybelline clean express waterproof makeup remover: Removing waterproof eye makeup can be a real b*tch so I prefer using a product specifically made for eye makeup removal.  I like this product because a) it's cheap b) it's effective c) it doesn't leave any sort of stickiness or residue behind. 

Nars audacious lipstick in Audrey (center swatch): The audacious lipsticks were probably the most talked about lip product in the end of 2014. In my eyes they deserve all the hype. I think Nars hands down makes the best high end lip products, and the audacious line is the best of the best. It's hydrating, long-wearing, and has the prettiest matte packaging with a magnetic lid. In price it's comparable to Chanel or YSL, but superior in quality in my humble opinion. The color I got, Audrey, is a dark purpley-pink.

Wet N' Wild silk finish lipstick in dark wine (right swatch): I bought a few wet n wild lipsticks a few months ago and hated every single one of them. I saw that they had reformulated and repackaged their lipsticks, and while the packaging is bland and cheapo looking, the new formula is awesome. I do have to wear this lipstick with a lip liner since it does bleed, but if that's the only con for a $1 lipstick I'm not going to complain. 

Nars velvet matte lip pencil in bahama (left swatch): This is the perfect nudish mauve, my lips-but-better lipstick for someone with brown lips (aka me.) I don't like flesh toned lipsticks (because concealor lips are a no no) and I don't like light colored lipsticks (on myself), and this color is about as close to a light, flesh toned color as I would get.

Nuxe reve de miel lip balm: This is the dream lip balm. I didn't know that lip balm could be so moisturizing until I bought this product. When I slather this on before I go to sleep, the cracks in my lips vanish by morning.

Jordana best lash extreme volumizing mascara: In comparison to most people, I think I have a conservative taste in mascara. What many see as omg so long and voluptuous, (do people describe eyelashes as voluptuous?) I consider clumpy and reminiscent of spider legs. This mascara is not only ridiculously affordable, but also works in adding length without the clumps.

Tweezerman lash comb: I don't usually wear a lot of mascara, but on the days I happen to, I run this through my lashes after to de-clump so I can avoid falling into the "clumpy and reminiscent of spider legs" category.

Anastasia brow wiz in dark brown: I'm a brows noob so this pencil makes shaping my brows and filling them in easier. The spooly comes in handy to direct all my hairs in the right direction. The pencil end isn't that pigmented so if you don't have the lightest of hands, like me, it makes doing your brows more feasible. The softness of the pencil helps in avoiding noticeable, drawn in lines.

Anastasia tinted brow gel in espresso: As mentioned above, I'm a brows noob. Buuuut this brow gel gives me an easy way to fill in my brows in a jiffy. No matter how many times I swipe it across my brows, no harsh lines are made.


  1. Omg you bought a lot of beauty stuff. I have the Tweezerman lash comb too but mine isn't pink (sadly). Everylove loves the Nuxe lip balm. I really have to try it. Wish you a happy Tuesday Mili :D

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  2. I am a total brow snob as well! I usually use Revlon Brow Fantasy (I'm also cheap), so I may need to try this one. I hate clumpy lashes, but LOVE mascara. I typically use a toothbrush to separate but that last comb looks cool!

    Amy Ann
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  3. Definitely need to try that dry shampoo, I'm constantly on the hunt for a good one! I've tried a few phyto products and they are always good. I haven't tried the cream, but probably should considering the ends of my hair are a disaster! Loving the dark lip shades as well.

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  4. Brow Wiz is my go-to jam for everyday brows. So easy to use!
    And the new NARS audacious lip colors are increddddddible. Love the shade you got- might have to hit the beauty counter and try that on!


  5. I love the Sephora moisturizer, one of my fave! And I definitely need to check out that Nars lipstick, the color is perfect *.*


  6. great products! i especially love the lip colors. Such pretty shades!


  7. I've heard fantastic things about Klorane and would love to try it one day! Those lipsticks are gorgeous! Obsessed with berry lipsticks right now!

  8. Wow impressive, very, very impressive. I haven't done a major beauty shop in a while, I always postpone it for when I get back to the states. There are so many amazing deals over there and the prices are around half of what we pay down under.


  9. Looks like some really great buys!! I love the lipsticks you chose!


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  10. Sooo many pretty beauty products that were photographed perfectly...sigh. I love this post. Haha, and I'm always on the lookout for a good dry shampoo, so thanks for the review!

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  11. Great reviews!! I really want to try some NARS products.

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  12. I love wet and wild nail varnish, I don't know how they do it for so cheap but it's so good and stays chip free for ages.

    Corinne x

  13. I can't live without my klorane dry shampoo! oscar blandi does a non-aerosol version that's pretty decent too (and much cheaper in the long run) but I always have a travel sized klorane in my bag. i use another phyto product called 'secret de nuit' which works wonders on my hair while i sleep. would love to check out that nuxe lip balm!

  14. So glad you posted this Mili. I've been wondering whether or not the Butter polishes were worth the high cost. Sounds like it probably isn't. I'll stick to Essie!


  15. I was thinking about the Make Up Forever foundation since it's not unreasonably priced, but I think I'll hold off and keep looking for a better one. Thanks for the review!


  16. I will have to try the dry shampoo and the NARS lipstick. I love NARS' blushes, not sure why I haven't given the lipstick a try! Thanks for the tips :)

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  17. That nars lipstick looks awesome -love the colour!! And must try that shampoo, sounds great as well! Great post, thanks for all the recommendations, babe! x


  18. I LOVE those lip colors! Mario Badescu is one of my favorites too :)



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  19. Ooh, so many new stuff to play and experiment on! I love the dark berry shades you chose for your lips, they will suit you so well! :)

    - Che

  20. I'm starting to get into beauty products lately but i don't know how to buy them so it's nice reading this post and getting some ideas =D defo trying some of these, specially the lipsticks!

    xo, Carla

  21. I love anything by NARS and I absolutely love the Purity cleanser!! Great product roundups!

  22. i definitely made the most of the sales too! i didn't need anything new at the time but what are you meant to do when everything suddenly becomes way more affordable?

    i've used the mario badescu spray before and while it's a nice product i found that the nozzle sprayed the product out really unevenly and i'd much prefer it to be a fine mist, but i might've just gotten a defective one. also great choices with the lip products! the nars audacious lipsticks are pretty much perfect, and i've got two of their lip pencils as well and i just love them. and the reve de miel lip balm has been my favourite for a few years now and i'm yet to find anything anywhere near as good as that!

    jessica -


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