18 February 2018

Fade to Black

Hello,

I know, I know, I'm late to the game but this beautiful product deserves some light on here and if you are lucky you can maybe still find it in some remote stores.


It is Trend it Up Fade to Black multi blush in the shade 020 (to me it is more of a bronzer and the other shade was more 'typical' blush with rose stripes).


Maybe on the first glance it doesn't look so bronze-y but wait for the swatch photos below.


First two shades are more cool toned and the bottom ones are warmer plus the bottom one has some almost chunky glitter that made me worry.


Here they are swatched, all four in a row.


First white has shimmer and is very strong, think of a inner corner highlighter.
Second more cool toned and light grey has sateen finish.


Third is warmer and has similar sateen finish.
Fourth is at least for my skin tone very dark and extra glittery, it made me worry if it won't be too much for the cheeks but...
The last swatch shows all three shades mixed together and the shade is perfect. It is dark enough to define but not too dark to look unnatural. Glitter and intense shimmer disappear but instead all I can see is a beautiful sheen.


If you compare it to the last individual shade the mixed one has more subtle shine and looks very lovely. Not too warm and definitely not orange. That one makes one of my favorite bronzer shades in my collection.


If I swirl my big cheek brush in there I have to be careful to mix all the shades together to get that beautiful uniform shade on both sides but it also has a major powder kick off and if I'm not being careful it can fly all over me. The shades are so very soft that you have to use the softest brush ever and even then the powder will fly away. The other way is to use it as an eye shadows and when I do that I make sure that I use flat brush and just swipe it and that creates the least amount of kick off.

This product is not ideal but the shades are so pretty, individually or together that I don't mind. I will use it a lot.




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14 February 2018

Empties

Hello,

it is already the middle of this shorter month and it is time for my empties.


I will start with Afrodota's Cosmetics Hydra Patch eye cream. I wanted to get the Hydra Thermal one that I had before but I couldn't find it so I thought that this one is the replacement but it isn't. It had that 'normal' cream consistency which absorbed fast enough but the Hydra Thermal was more of a gel consistency and had a pump. It also worked much better, my skin around my eyes felt plumped and little lines weren't as visible but when I was using this one in a tube, my skin looked the same. I haven't noticed any difference so I won't repurchase it again.

Another Afrodita's Cosmetics product is this grape seed hand cream. I don't like their hand cream formula as they are too greasy for me but this scent is divine and I have one backup left. I used this one at work with a little help from my coworkers.

Fruttini made this gorgeous Ginger and Passion fruit body lotion, the consistency was milky and it absorbed fast. It was moisturizing but nothing too spectacular but the scent is a whole new level. I loved this strong, rich and very authentic passion fruit scent and I already miss it. I went to the store only to discover that they repackaged their products and this scent isn't available anymore  :(

Bright red gloss in a tube is Avon Ultra Shiny Tubes in Apple Red lip gloss. They are some of my favorite glosses ever but this one is so very old that it went bad. This is my sixth one and I have one more left (it isn't that old but I will make a point in using it up this  year). This shade is still available in the new Mark packaging and I assume it still looks the same. It is very pigmented and juicy red gloss, you have to be careful not to apply too much 'cuz it can start dripping otherwise it looks amazing on the lips.

Avon Care gentle moisture body wash with oatmeal and chamomile extract. It smelled like warm cream if that makes sense. Very unisex and I think a lot of people would find it relaxing and comforting, it was a proper cream texture but I think it managed to wash my body nicely and afterward my skin didn't feel tight but I'm just so used to apply some kind of moisturizer that I couldn't test its nourishing properties properly. Would I repurchase it again? I don't know, it was nice but nothing exceptional.

Second to last item is my beloved Essence all about matt fixing powder. I went through countless of pots and I thought that I will never find anything better or cheaper but I did. It is from Catrice and it is also a matte powder but it costs slightly more but on the other hand it is not so powdery and I think it will last me longer so I'm replacing this Essence one with Catrice powder.

The very last one is from Isadora and it is their Toffee moisturizing lip gloss. I had a little sample of it and it was lovely. When I saw they had fifty percent off I snatched it and kept it sealed for at least four years and when I started to use it not so long ago it felt weird and the taste was plastic-y so I think it is gone. It is such a shame because I have never spent that much on a gloss (I don't remember the exact price but I know I payed more than 10 € for it, lesson learned). This year will be the year of glosses for me, I will try to go through as many as possible and at the same time buy as little as I can.



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13 February 2018

Winter Dreamin'

Hello,

a while ago Essence surprised me with this little gem. How did they know that my heart skipped a beat when I saw it?


It is from their Winter Dreamin' collection and it is a 2 in 1 highlighter and blush duo in the shade December to remember.
Blush is hiding underneath but don't worry I took some photos of it. 


On top is a highlighter that on the first glance looks like a blush, judging by the color but on the skin the base color don't show up that much.


Lovely peach shade shows a lot of sparkle which creates beautiful shimmery glow on the skin.


The blush underneath is more of a red toned shade and almost matte, in the pan you can see some random sparkle but I would classify it as a matte one.


It is a shade that I'm very attracted to it but rarely wear it. I think this type of blush looks really nice with my pale complexion and it is especially appropriate in the winter because I get that flushed look like I just got from the cold.


First swatch shows you the beauty of the highlighter and you can only get a hint of peachy base.
I can wear it alone on my cheeks and it doesn't look out of place because the peach tone isn't really visible but it does adds some warmth to the otherwise almost white sheen.


Here you might see the reflex better and it does look stunning on the cheeks. I love to wear it alone or with other blushes, I think it matches with everything.


The blush is on the matte side and it compliments the highlighter well. I also love the color that they choose since I have a 'thing' for such blushes even though I compared some and figured out that this is more red toned than anything in my extensive collection (at the moment I own 30 blushes).
I only have one warning about the blush and that is also the reason why I don't wear it whole lot, it is because it is very pigmented and therefore harder to work with. I prefer shades that are buildable but for this beauty I can make it work and I go pass that.

Thank you Essence for making and sending me this lovely product.



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08 February 2018

Catrice single eye shadows

Hello,

back in November I purchased four 'new' Catrice single shadows. I think they reformulated them in September but there aren't a whole lot of swatches or reviews available so I just tried them in the store and four shades convinced me to take them home with me.


They are easy to pop out of their clear sleeves and you can separately purchase a four pan palette to put them in. I wasn't to keen on it, the only good thing about it is mirror but that wasn't big enough reason to buy it.
I actually really like single shadows because I can some up with endless combinations unlike with palettes. I feel pressure to only use colors available within the same palette and that limits me more than I want.


If I start with the first on the left (the bronzier) is Mademoiselle Chic, then on top is Like and Subscribe (in the process of discontinuing), my favorite Chocolate Cake by the Ocean and on the bottom there is the one that is a part of highlighting range (three highlighting shades available, you can use them on cheeks for some glow or on the eyes) and is named Metallic Lights.


Mademoiselle Chic single eye shadow is very bronze and warm with a lot of orange in it and it makes my blue/grey eyes appear more blue that any other. I like how it looks in the pan but it is very strong and against my pale complexion it looks too strong for my taste. I prefer eye shadows that are closer to my skin color and don't stand out that much. Some people like bold and pigmented shadows, I prefer lighter and shimmery ones. I was honest with myself and realized that I won't use it that much so I gave it to my sister and I hope she will get more use out of it.


The Like and Subscribe shade is in the process of being discontinued but I grabbed it before it was announced. It is light grey with a pink shift but on the photos you really can't see it. For a couple of years now I prefered my shadows to be warm gold or brown but last year I started to slowly transition into cooler browns, taupes and grey shades. I blame Essence & the lovely little things palette for that change, however this one is a nice addition to my collection as I reach often for it. Sometimes I put it all over my lid and it is a great stand alone shade or I just lightly dab it in the center of my lid over some matte grey.




Chocolate Cake by the Ocean is the only color I wanted to pick up (the rest were more or less impulse purchases). It has this beautiful intense finish, on the skin it looks like it is a cream product and shines without too much sparkle (the M. Chic shade has very similar finish and feel) but what really got me was the neutral brown shade. It might look like something basic but I always love how my eye look turn out whenever I use it.


The only Highlighting shade that I have is named Metallic Lights and it is a pinky toned cream with some serious shine. I have tried it as a cheek highlighter but for my taste it looks just a bit too shimmery, I prefer more of a glow were you don't see the individual particles but on the eyes it is a stunner and my cup of tea shade. I mostly use it in my inner corners and the brightening effect is real even though I'm pretty pale this shows up and makes a stand. If I use it in such a small area then the pink tone isn't too obvious but if I dab it in the center of the lid over some other color then a little pink sheen can be caught.


Here they are swatched in the same order as before Mademoiselle Chic, Like and Subscribe, Chocolate Cake by the Ocean and Metallic Lights.


All four are super creamy to the touch and have zero powder kick off. They apply very smooth and are pigmented. My favorite way to apply them is with my fingers just because they feel so good.
I'm surprised that I like two shades that shifts pink (not whole lot, on the pictures you can't even see it but in real life Like and Subscribe has noticeable pink shift) because I was always against pink on my eyes, I still don't wear proper pinks and I don't think that will change anytime soon but my make-up is evolving and I'm trying new stuff.

I would highly suggest anyone to try them out the next time you are in the store with Catrice products. They have a lot of colors to choose from and they added some more (I'm already eyeing one or two shades).



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05 February 2018

Space Queen

Hello,

Catrice is getting discontinued a lot of products lately and one of them is this baby. I already have one shade so on a whim I decided to take it with me to keep him company.


It is Strobe to Glow highlighter stick in the shade Space Queen Silver Rose. Normally I'm not to into pink cheeks but this one didn't look so very pink but the glow was what convinced me.


It looks so shiny before you use it so I almost didn't but make-up is meant to be used so I dipped my fingers in there and it is beautiful.


I made a heavy swatch to show you that it isn't very pink, more cool toned almost silver and then to the right I tried to blend just how I wear it on my cheeks and it looks even less pink.


The glow you get is amazing, you can go very light or you can pack it on and it will be seen from across the room. If that isn't enough you can even layer it with powder highlighter to get that over the top glow. I'm more into natural looking sheen so one light layer is enough for me. I have been using it non stop ever since I purchase it and the  color goes with pretty much all of my make up looks that I have done recently.

I received some more highlighters to test out so I will have to put it down and try something new but I don't know if I will love them as much as I like this one. I realized that I don't wear a lot of my cream cheek products, they look gorgeous but in the mornings when I'm doing my make-up I rather reach for my powder products this highlighter is an exception. It is so easy to put on and blend, it never looks weird and it is quick. At the moment this really is my favorite highlighter in my collection.




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04 February 2018

L.O.V. and Catrice

Hello,

today I will show you another PR package that was sent to me from Slovenian Cosnova team. The bag was full and I honestly didn't expect so many products. I received them last week so I'm already testing some of the products out. All of the items are new and have just arrived on the shelfs in our stores.




First I have a batch of L.O.V. products (two or three weeks ago they had 30%off sale and I purchased quite a lot of products from them and after I will properly test them out I will show you all of the goodies). 
First item in the round pot actually belongs to their new LE called forever brows and it is a staining eye brow cushion in the shade Warm Brown (there is also cool brown shade available). I haven't tried it yet but my brows are black and I use dark grey shadow to fill them in so I don't know if brown will do it for me but I guess I can use it as a eye liner, right?
Next is a simple lipstick bullet with fantastic magnetic closure. They have come out with four new lipaffair color & care lipstick shades and I received Selma's Courage which is a brown shade. 
New to their line are blushliaison dewy gel blush sticks. Mine is in Darling Pink but to me it looks straight up coral which is fine by me because I love coral and peach blushes. 
The last item on the photo is lovillusion holographic highlighter palette which contains three beautiful shades (lavender, green and pink). They are a little out of my comfort zone but that is the best thing when they send me random products. I get to try something I would never purchase myself and often I surprise myself.



The second part are new Catrice products and the first one is Lashes to kill waterproof mascara. At the moment this is the only waterproof mascara that I own and when the weather gets warmer I like to wear them. The wand is not rubbery/plastic so I don't know how we will get along but I'm willing to give it a go and I will report back.
Next are two nail polishes, Liquid Silver lux chrome one is like a silver foil on the nails and Catrice recommends using lux chrome 2 in 1 base and top coat to be worn with it. The base and top coat feels very watery so I might use some ridge filling base coat to prepare my nails for the silver metallic one.
The last item is another highlighter but so very different. It is Dewy wet look stick and it looks like it would be clear with some shimmer. I love their highlighters in these chubby formats (I have two out of three) but we will see how we will get along.

Stay tuned for some more Catrice products that I have purchased and are in the process of getting discontinued.




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31 January 2018

Empties

Hello,

this time of the month I have a nice selection of used up products. There are a little bit of everything.




First is what have quickly become my favorite foundation, it is L'oreal Infallible 24-h matte in the shade 11 Vanilla. I apply it with a damp sponge and the finish is almost matte, it offers a very nice high coverage. On those nasty areas where I have extra redness or pimples I add a bit more and at the end I can use very little concealer. The only 'flaw' is that it is still a smidge too dark but The Body Shop lightening drops 'fix' it for me. I have already repurchase it and I can't imagine what would happen when or if they will discontinued it.

Catrice used to make these amazing Ultimate Shine Gel Colour lipsticks. I have bought numerous bullets and gave them even to my mom and sister and they also got hooked on them. This one is in the Better than Nude shade which was a little too pale for me but with a little bit of lip gloss on top everything looked nice.

Another Catrice product is this Shine Appeal Liquid Lipstick in the shade Rose, would you...? These were just regular shiny lip glosses but with an amazing formula. They discontinued them pretty fast maybe because they marked them as liquid lipsticks and people expected matte finish instead they got very shiny formula. I didn't mind it, in fact I have another shade. To me they were very comfortable and moisturizing, in my opinion they should bring them back.

This next item is Essence Liquid Lipstick in a bright cool toned shade Colour Party. Just as the Catrice ones are misleading this one is too but this guy was way more pigmented and when you combine high gloss and a lot of pigment you get a product that can easily get out of control. I could apply it nicely but after thirty minutes I didn't know if the gloss is already dripping down my chin or is smeared all over my teeth. I prefer lip glosses with sheer color just because they are easier to wear and this one just didn't meet my taste. Also the color was all wrong for my undertone, such cool tones don't suit me and it was left forgotten in my drawl.

My sister brought me this The Body Shop Raspberry body butter from abroad and I decided to use it up in the Winter time. Such fruity, luxurious butter felt so good on my skin and made Winter time more bearable (I love Spring and Summer). I can see that they are discontinuing this scent but I have a lot of others that I need to get through but if you are looking for a butter that smells just like the Raspberry you can't go wrong with this one.

Avon Advance Technique Daily Shine 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner was something I used when I was a kid. It was the most basic and I never had any issues with my hair so this was great for me. Out of nostalgia I picked up another bottle and I decided to get the really big one. I still like the scent of the AT line but this particular shampoo didn't do anything amazing. It made my hair clean but nothing else. I have a couple from the Naturals range that I like better and will rather repurchase those but I might try some more from the AT line.

My sister gave me this sample sized Moroccanoil hair oil bottle because she used up the big one and she liked it a lot. At first I was using it on dry hair and it did nothing, well they could get greasy if I applied too much but that was it. Latter I started to use it on damp hair after I washed them and the next morning my hair were sleeker, shinier and more smooth not to mention how good they smelled. I used it up way too fast and now I miss it, I know that it is a little expensive but if I will have some coupons I will get myself a big bottle.

The very last item was a gift from Cosnova team and it is Essence for Boys and Girls sheet mask. This collection will be out soon in February and finally I am ahead with at least one review. The sheet fitted my face really well and I also didn't had any issues slipping it off my face. I could walk around my apartment and it stayed put. My skin afterward felt moisturized and a bit sticky, thankfully it was my day off so I didn't wear make-up later but I'm pretty sure I would have to wipe my face off with some micellar water. I have never had that sticky feeling after a sheet mask but since I wasn't putting any make-up on I didn't mind. Would I buy it? Probably not, I have tried some Korean ones and I like those better (they didn't feel sticky but they moisturized my skin really well plus after I used up a mask there was enough essence left for a couple of days while with the Essence one the package was empty).



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