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Tatcha Discovery Kit

I wrote about Tatcha and how I became acquainted with this uber-posh American based beauty brand with Japanese inspiration here. I was so happy to get their package, beautifully wrapped and personalized! Ritual Discovery Kit for Sensitive skin* (click for a direct link to their US site and webshop), in Tatcha’s words is ”a two-week introduction to your essential four-step ritual. The Cleansing Oil removes makeup and melts away the day, while the Enzyme Powder exfoliates to reveal polished skin. The Brightening Serum evens complexion. Calm, comfort, and restore skin’s natural resiliency with our Soothing Triple Recovery Cream”.

First of all, I have been using Japanese Oil  Cleansers for years, usually Shu Uemura’s. I love the convenience without having to give up on the luxurious ritual! It dissolves even the most waterproof makeup in seconds without leaving the skin in a desperate need for a moisturizer. I still moisturize afterwards, but even if I didn’t, for instance in the humidest part of summer my skin wouldn’t feel dry at all. Moreover, using a toner is a thing of the past, especially in the evening. So when I got a chance to try a highly reviewed One Step Camelia Cleansing Oil I had to jump at a chance! The travel size is perfect for, well, travelling. :blonde moment:

Official info:

What it is:
A beautiful blend of Camellia and Rice Bran oils. A gentle, two-in-one makeup remover and cleanser that melts away even waterproof makeup, leaving behind purified, silky soft skin.

Why it’s different:
Nutrient-rich Camellia and Rice Bran oils combine to beautify skin, emulsifying completely with no residue. The first step in our signature Kyoto Cleanse.

Who it’s for:
All skin types. Non-comedogenic. Non-irritating. Non-sensitizing. Dermatologist tested.

Basically there is no need for my usual pro-and-con approach as there are virtually no cons. It does whatever it claims it shall do and beyond! Travel size (25 ml / 0.8 fl.oz.) is 12 $. Also, it has a 5 star rating by 69 customers to this day and 4.1 out of 5 on MakeupAlley, which is pretty high too. I can not recommend this enough!

As you can probably guess, the Oil is my fav product from the Discovery Kit.🙂 There are also two products from their Indigo range, INDIGO Soothing Rice Enzyme Powder Travel Size and INDIGO Soothing Triple Recovery Cream Travel Size . The Enzime Powder made my skin really smooth and taut and as it’s rather gentle on the skin it might be quite good for problematic skin. The cream is also extremely gentle while moisturizing enough. Also – it’s bright blue😀.

I liked LUMINOUS Deep Hydration Firming Serum Travel Size as well. It’s very light and sinks right in while providing enough hydration. I can’t really speak for the firming claim as two weeks is too short to notice anything of a sort… Although, I’m so happy with my homemade C/E vitamin serum which costs next to nothing that I don’t see changing the routine any time soon…I’ll be posting the recipe soon🙂

Have a look at gorgeous Tatcha:DSCF3071DSCF3072DSCF3075DSCF3076DSCF3081DSCF3084DSCF3078

Sensitive Skin Ritual Discovery Kit retails at 59 $ (value 90 $). Try this brand if you haven’t already – this goes especially to my students of Japanese😉

What is your evening skincare ritual?  Which products do you use?



Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Suncreen review

I was quite excited a few months ago when I received Tatcha samples for a review! I believe that is a special moment for every beauty blogger – when you are contacted by a certain brand🙂. If the brand is of a luxurious kind, even better! Everything about Tatcha screamed luxury – from great communication to little hand-written notes on posh Japanese paper! Japan is like my second childhood home as I spent a part of my childhood in Sakai-shi, Osaka  and I’m quite into their skincare routine (oil cleansing is the best and quickest there is- little heads up if you still haven’t tried it!). A little more about Tatcha philosphy:


This little pamphlet came with the Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35*. This is what Tatcha claims it does:

What it is:
Inspired by the geisha’s iconic makeup, we created this invisible, lightweight sunscreen to perfect and protect skin, making it an elegant, everyday essential.

Why it’s different:
Provides broad spectrum protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays. Non-greasy formula tightens pores, perfect as a primer for makeup.

Who it’s for:
All skin-types. Non-comedogenic. Does not contain mineral oil, aminobenzoic acid, homosalate, oxybenzone or octinoxate.

SNM pros and cons:

+ the packaging. OMG, probably the nicest I have ever seen – and mind you, my experience with posh makeup is vast! It’s top-notch, both in terms of great materials and a detailed, careful approach. Have a look for yourself:



+ it really is very lightweight, especially for what essentially is a sunscreen which normally tend to be on a much heavier side!

+ a little goes a long way – which is again rather unusual for a sunscreen. A 60 ml/2 fl. oz. tube should last a good warm summer with every day use.

+ it makes for a decent foundation primer, skin looks dewy in a non-greasy way

I couldn’t see any pore-tightening activity going on, but, hey, the size of your pores along with the size of many other body parts are decided by genes so I didn’t expect much in this department anyway

price tag – 68 $. I believe there is one thing that drives me towards high-end products every single time – the experience. I know some of my friends think I’m crazy for splurging on Chanel, Dior and the likes but, for me, the experience is well worth the money. In my opinion, life is too short for second best – be it your job, partner, hobby or little guilty pleasures such as expensive bottles! Of course, as with everything in life, in moderation and with common sense while indulging😉.

So, would I repurchase?

Maybe not the sunscreen as I don’t spend that much time outside these days, newborn and all…<3 However,  One Step Camelia Cleansing Oil is on my HG list so stay tuned for the second Tatcha post, I have four more of their goodies!🙂

How about you – have you ever tried oil cleansers? What’s your favourite makeup removing ritual? Please write below so I don’t feel so lonely here!🙂

*PR sample/gift






Kérastase Resistance Ciment Thermique

If you’re one of those lucky bastards people with thick, healthy, shiny hair please skip this one…this post is for those less fortunate. So, if you’re not blessed with a gorgeous mane and tend to worsen the situation with heated appliances there are a few things you could do to protect your hair. Obviously the best and only completely safe thing to do would be to ditch the whole styling thing altogether…funny how similar to sex everything beauty related can be! (OMG this sounds a bit off…You’ll have to forgive me for my broken language this days. I had a little girl recently and the lack of sleep doesn’t help with this).

So, in my constant search for better hair I couldn’t skip Kérastase Resistance Ciment Thermique, probably one of the most popular hair products around.


Kérastase says:

Resurfacing and strengthening, anti-breakage blow-dry milk for damaged hair.

  • Strengthens the feel of damaged, brittle hair.
  • Thermo-seal glazing smoothes the hair and adds shine.
  • Makes hair easier to style.
  • Offers heat protection*
  • Suitable for colour-treated hair.

Yours truly claims:

  1. hair feels much smoother and somewhat stronger
  2. seems to reduce heat damage long-term
  3. nice, subtle scent
  4. doesn’t make hair (too) oily

I’d say give it a go if your hair is fine to medium with signs of heat damage. It might become your hair saver like it did for many people on MUA. I can’t say I’m completely in love with this but it was worth the money (which is around 20 quid).

Would I repurchase? Only if I don’t find anything better.

Overall: 3.5/5

Next: Tatcha – a brand worth trying?

Lancôme La Base Pro Primer

I’ve been preparing for the baby during the past week, hence the laziness here…😉

Skin primers made their appearance a few years ago, claiming to do all sorts of wonders – smoothing, resurfacing, blurring fine lines…I’ve tried a few skin primers so far, yet to be convinced I really need this in my already too lengthy morning beauty routine (just ask my husband)!

Lancôme La Base Pro Primer claims to be inspired by make-up artist techniques, Lancôme reveals the secret for a perfect complexion! An ultra-soft, translucent make-up base to smooth skin surface and boost make-up staying power.


However, it certainly does make skin a lot smoother, so this might help if your skin is not as smooth as you’d like it to be or if there’s some acne scarring. Moreover, make-up glides on more easily but, as it’s silicone-based, oil tends to show through in 2-3 hours…So, I’m afraid I couldn’t really justify the hefty price tag for a little bit of extra smoothness! That being said, if your skin is rather damaged or you live in a very cold area this might become your HG product!

Would I repurchase? No.😦

Next:  Kérastase Resistance Ciment Thermique

Any better experiences with primers?😉





Syoss Color Refresher (for cool blonds)

To be perfectly honest, I have no idea why I even bought this when I already knew that this brand just doesn’t agree with my hair and scalp. I’ve tried a couple of their products in the past and have always ended up with scalp irritations and limp, greasy hair. Anyhow, I picked Syoss Color refresher (for cool blonds) up in vain hope of trying to remove brassiness from my dyed blond hair.


Unfortunately, the official page is in German (and German only!). On the box it says that it should be applied to wet hair in the shower and left on for 3 minutes. It has a non-dripping mousse formula which is supposed to make hair shinier and refresh the colour. So basically it’s a DIY touch-up between salon visits. Does it do what it should?

I’m afraid there is no change in hair colour, nor did it neutralize the brassy tones

my hair was soft and manageable, but also very greasy the next day…

quite cheap (around 4€ / 4$ / 3£)

+ on the other hand, it did make my hair shinier and is really easy to use

I threw it away after 2 or 3 applications as I found no real use for a color refresher that doesn’t refresh the color at all😀. There is enough product for up to 6 applications depending on hair thickness and length, though.

Would I repurchase? Not really.

Overall: 2/5

Do you have any recommendations for a decent color refresher?

Tomorrow: Lancôme La Base Pro Primer




February wishlist

This is what I’m lusting after this month:

1.) Chanel Perles et Fantaisies Highlighter

The picture speaks for itself :in love:


2.) Chanel Coco Shine in ,,Boy”

It seems I’m into Chanel this month😉


3.) Tatcha Camelia Cleansing Oil

Very luxurious brand inspired by Japan. As every true beauty junkie knows, cleansing oils have stayed the hype in the beauty world for the past few years…and with a reason! Nothing else melts waterproof makeup in a second! Since I tried the Cleansing Oil by Shu Uemura I’m a true convert. I’ll always be grateful to the lady in Covent Garden SU for generously providing me with samples!

Tatcha Camelia CO looks so sleek and luxurious…The best thing is I might find it in the post in a few days as Tatcha has contacted me for reviewing certain products on the blog – I’m so excited as it will be my first pro review!🙂


4.) MAC Blot Powder Pressed

Some other MAC pressed powders have been a disappointment in the past but would like to try this one nevertheless. Have you tried it? If so, leave a comment and help a fellow beauty junkie😀.


5.) Aveda Blue Malva Color Conditioner

Supposedly neutralizes those nasty brassy tones in blonde hair – just what I need!


Drop me a line below if you have experience with any of these products or just want me to visit your blog😉

Tomorrow: Syoss Color Refresher


CND Shellac Nail Polish review

I’m one of those women who loves high-end cosmetics. I get satisfaction from nice, quality packaging, shiny tubes…that I almost always find lacking in high-street cosmetics. I’d rather have one decent lip gloss than 10 dupes…I believe I’ve adopted a similar attitude towards my men over the years as well.🙂

I guess that’s why I gave much raved CND Shellac Nail Polish a go. It’s supposed to last for two weeks or more, basically it should stay put until one decides to take it off. Sounds too good to be true? Well, read on!

What the company says:

The original system that delivers 14+ days of flawless wear, superior color and mirror shine with zero dry-time and no nail damage.

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My experience:

In a nutshell – if you like getting your nails professionally done, don’t crave the change every few days and don’t mind some degree of nail damage, this is for you.

  • it does last for 14+ days without chipping
  • really shiny and flawless
  • gets done in no time (30 minutes tops, along with prep and buffing)
  • not too expensive


  • my normally very healthy nails are left quite damaged after just one application😦

So, I decided it’s not for me after all… I meant to take some photos of my nails with bright new Shellac on, but forgot somehow!:/

What’s your experience with Shellac?

Tomorrow: February Wishlist




Moroccan Oil Extra Volume Shampoo review


Yup, I’m back again. I figured since I’m already on my maternity leave (the little girl is due in 2 months) it would be a shame to waste all this free time I’ve got on my hands now…by not blogging about all this goodies that are piling up on my shelves😉.  The first one is Moroccan Oil Extra Volume Shampoo, a very gentle formula for irritated scalps.  It promises to keep your locks bouncy and voluminous, so what’s not to love?

What the company claims:

Extra Volume Shampoo and Conditioner contain antioxidant argan oil and nutrients to cleanse, detangle and bring back body to hair. They beautify hair with shine, manageability and movement, while making it easier to style. The formulas are free of sulfates, phosphates and parabens, so they’re safer for the environment and won’t dry, fade or strip hair of color.

My experience:

Albeit a bit pricey, this little gem is not a bad option for irritated, itchy scalps and dyed fine hair. Most hair products irritate my scalp tremendously and I figured getting rid of sulfates might help – and it did, instantly. So if your scalp is constantly itchy finding a sulfate-free shampoo might be the quickest solution!

So, the lowdown:

  • a VERY gentle formula
  • colour-safe
  • volumizes hair – at least for a couple of hours
  • a little goes a long way, so one bottle should last 6 months or longer
  • hair feels soft and silky, not dry at all!

On not such a positive note, it is pricey (24 $ for 8.5 fl.oz/250 ml) and the volume doesn’t last (but does it with any product really?).

Would I repurchase? Probably.🙂

Overall: 4/5

Have you tried it? Drop me a line below so it doesn’t feel like I’m completely alone here after such a long time😉

Tomorrow: CND Shellac nail polish review





No/little fuss self tan:ST. TROPEZ

When it comes to self tanning, the pros rarely outweigh the cons – the smell of most self tanners is downright terrible and the orange hue is a dead giveaway. Add dirty, smelly sheets to the whole unnatural process and you get a rather unpleasant experience. At least that’s what it was for me before discovering St.Tropez line. No wonder celebrities use it! It’s a foolproof, relatively odourless self tan that even someone as clumsy as me could use without major bathroom drama. To be perfectly honest, I don’t care for colour much (no pun intended) but for those rare occasions when I don’t want to glow in the dark this is as good as it gets without actual sun.

What the company says:

Our original, Vitamin E-infused hydrating formula delivers the most intense natural colour in our Self Tan Classic range. Simply smooth on with an Applicator Mitt of Latex gloves to deliver a rich golden, streak-free tan that lasts up to 7 days.

How to apply

Exfoliate with St.Tropez Body Polish before moisturizing dry areas thoroughly with St.Tropez Body Moisturiser (elbows, knees, ankles and feet).  Help protect light eyebrows and hairline with a little extra moisturiser. Then, smooth on from toes to top, taking great care not to rub as this can make your tan uneven. Once you’ve got coverage, wait until touch dry before getting dressed. Try not to get wet, or sweat, for at least four hours. Finally, shower off to reveal a perfectly golden, natural looking tan. To maintain, re-apply a couple of times a week, nourish daily with St.Tropez Body Moisturiser and smooth with regular exfoliation for ultimate results.                                                                                                DSCF1576

What I say:

  • easy to apply – provided you have at least 4 hours free time on your hands
  • works just as described, unlike many products of the sort!
  • the most important thing for me – the smell is bearable. Once you shower, it’s almost non-existent.
  • the colour is subtle and pretty believable
  • the colour fades off evenly, no dirty looking patches
  • fair price

Would I repurchase? Absolutely.

Definitely 5/5🙂

Have you tried it and if yes, did you like it?

Seche Vite dry fast top coat

Seche Vite. Perhaps the most popular top coat ever. If you are female and have nails you’ve probably heard of it. If you still haven’t here’s the lowdown:


  •  A top coat? More of a car paint sealant. Seriously.
  • Should be applied on wet nail polish, dries within seconds
  • No fuss application
  • Gel-like finish on any nail varnish, even the rubbish ones
  • One bottle should last at least half a year with weekly applications
I can think of just two downsides – it stinks and also, getting a thinner (also from SECHE – Seche Restore) is an absolute must. However, Seche Restore can be used with any nail polish so the money is well-spent. Talking about the money – both the top coat and the thinner shouldn’t set you back much more than 20$.

Here’s what Seche says:

Seche Vite™ dry fast top coat is widely acknowledged as the world’s finest top coat. Specially formulated to penetrate through nail lacquer to the base coat forming a single solid coating over the nail plate for a much more durable finish. Guaranteed not to yellow while leaving nails silky, stronger and resistant to chipping and peeling.

Would I repurchase? YES!


What’s your favourite top coat?


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