20 July 2017

Runway, your way

Hello,

this has been sitting in my 'to post' file for way too long. I received this gloss in the beginning of the year and now we are already in the hottest days.


Essence shine, shine, shine wet look lip gloss in the shade Runway, your way is definitely for the bold people.


It contains 5 ml, just like the old ones but the bottle design is curvier. They take more space and give you illusion that they give you more product but...


it is just the bottle design. The old ones smelled like if vanilla and caramel would have a baby, this time they mixed something new. They smell fruity and also taste like some tropical fruit. I like it a lot and I'm often seen licking it off my lips  ;)


The applicator is squished so it carries more product (long gone are days when you had to go back into the tube like gazillion times to get enough product on your lips) but you have to be careful not to apply too much because this color is not forgiving.


The color however is bold purple with brightness to it. You can apply it heavy so it looks darker and super juicy or you can wipe the majority of the product off and tap it on like a stain (my favorite way since I find the color to be a little to wild for my personal taste). They wear off nicely and even leave a stain behind so you can just carry a clear balm or gloss to reapply.
I like the scent/taste and the stain color is beautiful. I definitely am encouraged to get more shades but I will look more closely into lighter, more neutral shades and skip the bolds for now.





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19 July 2017

keep it perfect - fixing spray

Hello,

what is your opinion on fixing sprays? Do they work for you? For quite a long time I though they are a waste of money. I bought myself one from Avon (it was their first one, since then they repackage/reformulated it twice so I don't know if it would be the same) and it caused my skin to break out really badly. I tossed it away. I bought one from Alverde with some fruit extracts and while it smelled nice I didn't noticed any difference in my make-up so I used it up and I won't repurchase it again.


In the Spring time I was interested enough in this Essence keep it perfect fixing spray to buy it. At first I wasn't sure if it did anything but the warmer the weather and oilier my skin I really started to believe that my make-up wore better with this on top. My skin will still get oily but foundation/BB cream wouldn't start to separate and that makes a big difference.
There is slight scent but nothing too abrasive, the sprayer spritz a fine mist so you don't get soaking wet. The bottle contains 50 ml of product and if you use it every day it won't last for long but then again because the bottle is small you can take it with you and use while on the go.

I have only a couple of uses left and I will definitely repurchase it but I will check if my local store has the matte version, if they do I will try that one otherwise I will just buy the same one.



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18 July 2017

Catrice products are on sale...

Hello,

the tittle says it all. Yesterday's trip involved four different drugstores and I still haven't find all three products I wanted for myself but instead of that one I couldn't find I treated myself with two others so it is all good ;)


On my wishlist this time there was only one nail polish and it is from their Soft Blossom collection (it is supposed to be scented, I bought it only because I liked the color) in the shade Tulips R better than one which is a bright cool toned pink. Normally I'm not into strong pinks but this somehow looked amazing to me and I can't wait to put it on and see if I still like it as much.

I also bought another blush from the Defining range (not even one moth ago I bough Sunrose Avenue) and this one is called Rose Royce. To me it looks like a peachy-pink shade and I think I will like it a lot.

At the bottom there are much talked Beautifying lip smoothers. I wanted to get the delicate pink Cake pop shade but it was ether sold out or already swatched in the store so I bought the other two available shades Coffee to go and Greatest Mauve ever (initially I didn't planed to get them but because I couldn't get my hands on the shade I wanted I picked the two others to make my peace ;)


The last two items are the Lumiere single eye shadows and I got them for my sister. She wanted them ever since they came out but somehow she never picked them up so I did that instead. I got her the lightest two and I think she will love them. The lighter one is Diner en Blanc and more brown toned is Pret-a-Perle. After swatching them in the store the strong metallic effect almost blew me away but I stayed strong and didn't get any for myself.

If you want something you should better hurry until everything is sold out or you can just wait till the brand new items hit the store and pick something for yourself then.



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16 July 2017

Empties

Hello,

as promised there is another empties post but this time only make-up items are included. Some of them are empty while some aren't but because I wasn't using them and were getting old so I decided to just toss them and make space for newer stuff.


In the striking red packaging there is Avon extra lasting cream to powder eye shadow in the shade Mocha. It has a heart shaped doe foot applicator with an almost wet eye shadow on it but it dries in a matter of seconds so you got to work fast. The color is beautiful but a bit dark for me so I wasn't using it regularly. The other day I wanted to use it but it is almost dry now and hard to blend so I'm just tossing it away plus it is several years old so I don't feel to bad about it.

The two tubes are both Avon foundations. First is Ideal Shade light make-up in Ivory and it didn't cover anything. While the shade looks like it could match me it oxidize into an orangey color after a couple of minutes. Second one is Avon magix cashmere finish foundation which has more of a mousse texture and it really made my skin smoother. It is also in the shade Ivory but is is much darker and it didn't match me even in the Summer time. They are both really old (I'm talking years but I also didn't use them in a couple of years) so they need to go, I don't have enough space to keep expired make-up anyways.

Avon extra lasting cream to powder eye shadow in the shade Mocha, Avon Ideal Shade light make-up in Ivory, Avon magix cashmere finish foundation  Ivory

In the middle there is my oldest eye shadow palette. It is Avon 8 pan palette in Water Colors at least that is what I believe the name of it is. It has a nice range of colors to experiment with but quickly I figured it out that I don't like most of the shades. The first one was my favorite, slightly peachy nude with a gorgeous sateen finish which I still used until last week when my eyes started to get a bit itchy whenever I wore it, that was a clear sign that it needs to go. Second, third and forth shade looked like bruises from different stages of healing on me so I never wore them in the public. The two blue shades were very chalky and looked the same once applied but I liked to smoke them on my lover lash line, I find that some blue color on the bottom lash line can look very refreshing but now I already have new blue color with which I can play and so I don't feel too bad when tossing them. When I started to use eye shadows I liked grey and silver so this color has a dent but since I grew older I started to use more and more warm browns and golden shades and so this one left forgotten. The last dark grey color also has some pan and was mostly used to fill in my brows or make a thin line on top of my lash line. I liked it a lot but I rather won't risk eye infections so it is going into the trash bin.

Avon 8 pan palette Water Colors

The last three products are lippies. First Catrice lipstick was part of a limited edition called un, doux, trois and I bought myself the shade Wear Berry. In the store it looked very appealing but in reality I rarely wore it. The color is very bold and I don't feel too comfortable wearing it. It also has a velvet matte finish (I prefer glossier formulas) and after drinking a cup of coffee it wore off in a very unpleasant manner. The only thing I really liked was the scent but other that that I regret buying it, I'm not saying it is a bad product, it is just not what I'm looking for in a lipstick.

In the silver tube there is one of my favorite lines of lipsticks. It is Catrice Ultimate Shine Gel color in the shade Sweet Macaroon. Soft pink color with a hint or pearly shimmer and a very creamy formula. That is exactly what I'm looking for in a lipstick and I used it up to the bone. If I convinced you that this would be something for you then I'm sad to disappoint you by braking the news that they are no longer available. Before they were gone for good I bought more than ten backups (don't judge, I gave some to my mom and some to my sister since all three of us were loving them). I still have five tubes of various color to go through and I will focus on them because I don't want to wait for them to  expire.

Catrice LE un, doux, trois Wear Berry lipstick, Catrice Ultimate Shine Gel color Sweet Macaroon lipstick, Avon Color Trend Life Saving Coral lip gloss 

The very last item is Avon Color Trend lip gloss from a Summer limited edition and it is called Life Saving Coral. To me this shade is more orange that coral and that is why this was never my favorite and I actually use it mostly at home where no one saw me wearing it but it was moisturizing enough to replace classic lip balm. I still have two other shades which I like a little better and I will use them up soon.



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15 July 2017

Empties

Hello,

today's empties post is filled with products and if I drop you a little hint, tomorrow another one will follow with only make-up products.


First bottle is Avon Planet SPA Himalayan Goji Berry body wash. This was discontinued a while ago but the scent was so lovely that I wanted to keep it forever. How foolish, right? I used it up before it went bad and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I haven't noticed any special moisturizing properties, it washed my body like any other regular wash and for the slightly higher price I wouldn't repurchase it even if it would still be available but I would buy the lotion in the same scent.

My sister bought me this Kiko micellar cleansing water which I liked very much. It had nice floral scent and it did it's job, took off all of the remaining make-up. Since Kiko isn't available here I won't be buying it again but if they would open the store nearby then maybe I would.

The little bottle of A'pieu tea tree oil is already a repurchase and I have another one to replace it. What can I say about it that hasn't been said before? Tea tree is an ingredient that works for my oily and acne prone skin, I think that little suckers drown in it when I apply it at night since usually they are smaller or gone the next day. I started to use it also on days when my skin is 'nice' and it looks like it stops little buggers from appearing, not completely but my skin definitely improved (along with a healthier diet, lots of water and some serious reduction of diary).

Underneath there is an amazing body butter from Avon Skin so Soft line. It is the Original with jojoba oil. The consistency is slightly thicker and it takes a while to absorb. Maybe it is not the best to use in the hot Summer because it can feel sticky but because of the scent it is worth it. I can't put my finger on it but it smells nice, sort of comforting and warm. It reminds me of that classic Nivea scent. I still have one or two backups that I need to go through but I will save them for cooler months.

Krauterhof Aloe Vera gel is a product that I don't recommend. No matter how cheap it is don't buy it. I made a mistake and bought two before trying it out first. Aloe Vera is known to soothe and calm down the skin, this bad boy must have acid inside because it almost burn of my face. After I applied it on a freshly washed face I started to feel some weird tingle, after ten minutes I cheeked my face in the mirror and it was bright red. Even after I washed it off some of the product absorbed and it continued to irritate my skin. Next time I put it on on a burn (silly me got burn on the hot oven when I was trying to take my pizza out), first I stick my hand under a cold water but you can't stand there for half an hour, right? So I put this gel over it because I thought it will help, instead it started to burn even more. The only part of my body that doesn't mind are my hair. I used it as a hair gel and that is how I plan to use my second tube of it and then never again.

Second to last is another legend of mine, it is Melvita's Lavender Floral Water. I had a sprayer on but now I reused it on the second bottle. This smells just like lavender and I personally love the scent as I find it very comforting. I usually use it over my make-up to help the cream products blend with each other and mesh with the skin. It does make my skin glossier and it doesn't prolong the wear of make-up so it is not a fixing spray but a true refresher and a moisture booster when you need it. This was my second bottle of it and the third one is already sitting pretty in my bathroom.

And the very last product for today's empties is Melvita's argan oil hand cream. It had a nice scent similar that their Golden oil with a mix of five oils (one of them is also argan one) but it felt a bit heavy, not like the rose one which was way to greasy for me but still a smidge to heavy. I won't repurchase it even though it smelled nice.




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13 July 2017

thank you again Cosnova team

Hello,

jet again Cosnova team managed to sweep me off my feet. They asked me if I would like to try some of their new products and since I liked the new collections I agreed. I thought I will get two or three items, they send me whole bag of goodies.


It is not hard to miss the two golden products from the Catrice soleil d'ete collection. The main theme is gold and everything evolves around enhancing that Summer tan (I don't have it jet). I received the beautiful Metal Muse five pan eye shadow palette (neutrals with a pop of peach and soft pink). The lipstick doesn't have a sticker with the name on it so I'm just guessing for now which shade I got, I believe it is Nude Metal Mood. It looks like a liquid metal with tons of subtle shimmer, I'm getting a very strong 90' vibe from it (frosty and always shimmery brown nudes).

The most colorful and fun looking are the Essence Cubanita products. I received the cutest livin' la vida banana bag which makes me smile every time I see it. Highlighter, Mi Corazon, is indeed huge (bigger than the eye shadow palette). It has that fake sweet scent that some people like but I don't. It is only noticeable when I open it up, after I apply it on my cheeks it is gone. Pink tinted lip balm, Bienvenida a Palm Beach, looks adorable with its palm tree print and it is another one of those color changing products. I like the anticipation of waiting to see what the color will look like and I can't wait to try it on. The last item from this LE is wet look lip lacquer in the shade Kisses from Havana. It is that purple color which in theory looks amazing but I'm not so sure how it will turn on me. I will try it on and report back.

The very last item is actually my first L.O.V. item, They send me one of their new fatal muse liquid matte lipstick. Let me tell you that even the packaging looks high end (at least to me, I don't have any high end products to compare but just comparing with the rest of my 'collection' this one looks expensive). I got the shade Provocative Confidence. This is my first liquid lipsticks and I wish they would choose somethong more neutral for the first time but then again maybe I will fell in love and it will turn into one of my 'special occasion' lipsticks.

Thank you Slovenian Cosnova team for surprising me once again. My vacation is approaching and I will have more time to test all of these products and enjoy some time on the sun.





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10 July 2017

Chilly Orange

Hello,

it is time to show you a lipstick that was sent to me, in case you are wondering what am I doing with a bight orange number ;)


It is from Catrice Travelight LE and it is in the shade Chilly Orange. It comes in a sleek silver tube which clicks into place and the cap won't come off easily.


As the name suggest the shade is bright orange and veeeery pigmented. Swatch underneath was made with two effortless swipes.
When you open it up it has a weird scent, something plasticky and sweet but once it was on my lips I couldn't detect it anymore. After a couple of seconds I started to feel the cooling sensation on my lips which lasts for a couple of minutes. I personally like that but I know there are some people who don't.


I'm maybe not the best person to judge this lipstick with a strong matte finish because it is my first one and that is only because I was convinced that I won't like it. I like to feel something moisturizing on my lips which get dry pretty fast. The lipstick lasted but it started to crack as my lips started to get dry under it. Lipstick itself I don't think is drying but it doesn't provide enough moisture so after an hour or so it looked terrible on me. The matte finish didn't convince me and I will rather stay close with glossier lipsticks, they don't last as long but they feel way more comfortable.

I think this shade will look great on my sister so I will pass it on to her and maybe she will love it more.



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