sreda, 19. november 2014

Empties: Samples Edition

CLARINS Instant Eye Make-Up Remover
I like this a lot. You may be aware that I wear waterproof mascara to keep my lashes curled all day, so I need a good oil-based remover to get it off. I've been using two pretty rubbish ones for the past several months (they just won't run out!) and using this for the first time was like a choir of angels came singing under a double rainbow with a unicorn flying over it (too much?). It's a duo-phase product as most oil-based removers and it smells really lovely, like roasted chestnuts and linden tea. Unlike most other cheap ones I've tried, when I shake this so the two parts mix, the lighter part actually stays suspended and both fluids are mixed meaning they don't just separate after a second as most do. This removes my eye makeup with such ease and what I really, really appreciate is that it doesn't make my vision foggy like every other duo-phase remover does and it doesn't leave my skin quite as greasy as the others. I'd definitely purchase a full size if it weren't so expensive, though I find I need to use a lot less that other removers. It's on my wishlist.

CLARINS Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover 
Another remover I liked, this one for sensitive eyes. Though I wear contact lenses, my eyes are far from sensitive, so I can't report whether it irritates the eyes of those who are more sensitive to some skin care. However, I can say that it takes of makeup with ease (regular mascara plus eyeliner) and that it smells like a hospital. It doesn't leave a greasy residue behind, but it's not as light as micellar waters. Nice stuff.

CLARINS Multi-Active Day 
Early wrinkle correcting lotion
SPF 15
This is a lotion targeted at young women and it promises to guard against UV damage and visibly correct early signs of ageing. It's a light day moisturiser that smells like a man (I'm just getting weirder by the minute, aren't I?). Despite the SPF it doesn't feel greasy on the skin, but it does need a bit of time to completely sink it. It's a lovely moisturiser, just the way I like them, but I can't say much about its "anti-ageing"/repairing properties, since I only had a sample. The full size comes with a pump.

CLARINS Tonic Body Treatment
Apparently this is Clarins' #1 selling body oil. It promises to help firm, tone and improve elasticity of the skin as well as reduce the appearance stretch marks. I don't any have any of those, but I can say that it's quite a thick oil, in fact, it reminds me of the L'Occitane Almond Supple skin oil, so it's intensely moisturising, but it due to being a dry oil, it sinks in quite fast. A little goes a long way, so this small vial lasted me a lot of applications. The only thing I wasn't a fan of, is the strong herbal scent (most prominent I think is rosemary), but that is a completely subjective thing. 

CLARINS BB Skin Perfecting Cream
I received samples of the lightest shade called Fair. Again it's like someone is having a laugh at pale people's expense. This is not by any definition fair. Why is it so bloody hard to comprehend what fair means?! I looked orange with this and that makes me angry more than it should. I'm guessing the shade is close to NC30 or Healthy Mix 54.
Venting and shade aside, it's a classic tinted moisturiser or BB if you want to call it that way. The consistency is like a medium-thick moisturiser and it has light coverage that can be layered to light to medium coverage. On my normal skin the finish is just regular skin-like with a bit of healthy dewiness and you can't tell that you're wearing anything, provided the shade fits you. I love how it doesn't settle into and emphasize pores as most foundations started to do that on me recently. It has an SPF 25 (titanium dioxide). In short: the texture and finish are lovely, this will appeal to those who want to just even out the skin a bit, but the shade is a complete fail.

L'ORÉAL Paris Revitalift Magic Blur 
Instant Lift Smoother
Blurring + Anti-Age Moisturiser
I really like this. It's more on the thicker side, however, feels super light on the skin. There is a huge amount of silicones in it, so it leaves a matte satin-velvet finish and it's immediately dry to the touch. It's a primer-meets-moisturiser type of product making it an excellent base for makeup, though it's not particularly moisturising (neither drying, of course). It's similar to L'Occitane Angelica Ultra Matte Fluid, but less moisturising and cheaper. I don't find it all that blurring, at least it doesn't disguise my pores, though so far I haven't found a primer that would. I think this is a great product for those with oily skin, as it might help keep oil at bay quite well. I might buy full size, I actually just saw it in a local super market for 15 €.

CAUDALIE Polyphenol C15 Overnight Detox Oil 
I love using oils on my face, actually I've been using Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse for three years now. First off this Caudalie one smells terrible and it's so strong. It's a weird earthy-herbal scent, I really dislike it, but it's the type of smell that I know some people will really like. This dry oil promises to help tired skin regenerate itself overnight and to detoxify the skin. It's quite a thick oil, so those 6 recommended drops feel a bit to much for me. I've been using it a few days and my skin turned for the worse and when I switched back to Nuxe, it was ok again. I'm afraid my skin doesn't like this very much and neither does my nose, but I have heard some raves about it.

That Beauty Flash Balm and the lip gloss in the first picture will have separate reviews.

 Izdelki Clarins so na voljo v Müller drogerijah, Maximarketu, Nami, Beautique drogerijah in Kompass shop-ih.

Have a great day!

*Clarins samples were gifted to me.

Beauty News #3

Artdeco Glam Moon & Stars Collection

I rarely do beauty news, but I get a lot of e-mails and since December is approaching, I selected a few things that interest me.

Look at that gorgeous packaging of the blush and eyeshadow case. I love starry sky.  The whole collection is unashamedly sparkly and definitely very Christmasy. I'm wondering if those two cream highlighters resemble the discontinued Jemma Kidd's one.

 I believe this is sold already.
Kolekcijo ARTDECO dobite v drogerijah Muller, Tuš in Beautiqe, ter v spletni trgovini Moonlight Dust bleščice za telo so na voljo eksluzivno v Müllerju.

Deborah Secrets of the Smokey Eye

Well, well, well, look who decided to release some lovely looking palettes. I don't know the finish of these, but I'm secretly hoping for a lot of matte shades. There are four palettes in the collection, I'm not sure if it's limited edition or permanent, but I suspect the neutral one will be very popular.

Nude Rose Smokey Eyes

Nude Beige Smokey Eyes

Black Smokey Eyes

Violet Smokey Eyes
The palettes will be available in December and should cost 12 €, though there is a possibility that this already reached other countries.
Na voljo v začetku meseca decembra v izbranih parfumerijah po Sloveniji. PMPC: 11,99 €.

There are many new products by Balea, but I chose only those that interest me. I particularly love the look of those retro creams - I'm really digging the packaging. I'm excited about the honey vanilla batch cube as well and I hope it smells nice. You can find more new releases here. By the way, I just saw that Ebeline will have a konjac sponge.

Mislim, da tole velja samo za Slovenijo, ampak pri nakupu nad 30 € na blagajni dobiš USB ključek 8 GB. Velja do razdelitve 4.000 ključkov. Vir

Calvin Klein Euphoria Gold
Eau de parfum

I am SO excited about this fragrance. I'm a fan of the original Euphoria's and its flankers, but this one states honey and apricots in the notes - we all know how much I love both (they are also in Fame by Lady Gaga, my favourite fragrance). However, it does make me sad that it's only a limited edition. I need to sniff this ASAP.

Euphoria Gold for women
It'a fruity-oriental edition of Euphoria. Notes and reviews on Fragrantica.
 Top notes include a juicy union of cumquat, tangerine and sweet apricots. 
The heart incorporates warm shades of honey sweetened with scents of gardenia and daffodil.
Base consists of white patchouli, sandalwood and musk.

Euphoria Gold for men
A oriental-fougere composition. Notes and reviews on Fragrantica.
Top notes include fresh blend of ginger and lemon. 
The heart is dominated by honey, cinnamon and basil.
Base consists of amber, patchouli and vanilla. 

Britney Spears Rocker Femme Fantasy
eau de parfum

Another fragrance I'm very, very excited about. Again I'm a huge fan of the original Fantasy and this one will surely be another jummy fragrance judging from the notes. 

The fragrance is announced as a gourmand - fruity - oriental. The composition opens with sweet aromas of blackberry liqueur and coconut cream. Flowers of violet, gardenia and jasmine are in the heart of the perfume. Amber, musk, cashmere and vanilla provide lasting finish. 

Shiseido Zen Moon Essence 
Eau de parfum intense

The scent is floral-woody-ambery. It opens with accord of rose accompanied by bergamot, pineapple, grapefruit and pear. The heart captures intense notes of jasmine, magnolia, freesia, tuberose, violet and raspberry. The base wraps the composition up in patchouli, cashmere, white musk, vanilla and amber. Notes on Fragrantica.

La Roche Posay

A generous offer by LRP - when you purchase 400 ml bottle of Solution Micellaire Physiologique, you receive another 400 ml bottle for free. It's possible this is valid only in Slovenia, though I doubt it (here it costs 13.72 €). Sounds very generous to me.

Another package by LRP, but in this one you get a nail polish and a 50 ml micellar water when you buy one of the Hydreane products and the full size micellar water. Again I'm not sure if this is only in Slovenia.


When you puchase any Aqualia Thermal product (except the eye cream and lip balm) you receive complimentary 7-days worth of samples. 
When you purchase any of the Idéalia products you receive a complimentary bag with 8 samples of Idéalia Life Serum.

See anything interesting?
Have a great day!

torek, 18. november 2014

Catrice Ultimate Stay Lipstick 120 Looks Like Coral

In Catrice's most recent "autumn update" they released a new line of lipsticks called Ultimate Stay. I, of course, immediately grabbed one as soon as they reached our drugstores and I went for the quite obvious choice for me - a classic pink coral. I actually got another brighter shade, IrrCORALbly Pink, at the Cosnova event, but I'll post swatches of that one later, since I haven't come round to taking pictures of it yet. 

Texture and finish: It's a classic good quality lipstick, which is not too creamy so it would move around or settle into lines and not by any means drying. Basically it's just a simple, lightweight formula that applies smoothly on the lips. These feel similar to the matte shade called MATTraction from the Ultimate colour range, though maybe they are just a touch lighter. The finish is satin at first, but it gets more matte with wear.

Colour: Looks like Coral is a medium pink-coral or peachy-pink, however you want to call it. I really appreciate that there is more pink in it because corals mostly look unflattering orange on me. Instead of the bright tones like in the 250 Matt abour Pink shade from the Ultimate Colour range, this one is a more natural, subdued shade. I actually love wearing this as a stain as well on occasions when my usual bright lipsticks might not be particularly appropriate as this just gives a gentle flush of colour on my lips that brings warmth to my face, since my natural lips are quite pale.

Staying power: Very nice actually. Catrice lipstick in general tend to last superb on my lips, especially considering the price, but I never expect spectacular staying power from a light shade no matter the brand, so this colour surprised me. It lasts several hours on the lips (I don't check my watch to be fair), it wears well, doesn't dry out my lips (but neither hydrate them) and it fades evenly. If you're looking for quality affordable lipsticks, Catrice certainly delivers.

Packaging: A thin, sleek tube, essentially just a bit smaller and more compact than the regular Catrice lipsticks.

Price and availability: At 5.29 € Ultimate Stay lipsticks cost a € more than Ultimate Colour range. I don't find them any better, but both lines are exceptionally good for the price.

What can I say than another excellent lipstick by Catrice. Great formula, staying power and pigmentation. Of course, the colour is lovely as well. If you don't own any Catrice lipsticks, you're missing out. 

Have a great day!

ponedeljek, 17. november 2014

Essence Colour & Go Nail Polishes Black is Back and Juicy Love

I have to ask: when did Essence nail polishes become so good? I have a few old ones and they were nice, probably some of the nicest drugstore nail polishes, but I don't know if they were reformulated or is it just these two shades, but they are amazing quality. Without a doubt the shiniest nail polishes I've tried to date (most nail polishes don't look shiny on my nails even with a brilliant top coat. I don't know why). These look like straight from an ad even without a top coat. I'm very impressed. The formula is super smooth and easy to apply, though we could argue that every company can make a good quality red, but the black one is harder to do. I used to have the old Essence's XXXL formula in black and it was the most annoying nail polish to work with due to the thick pastel-nail-polish-like formula, while this one is a jelly-meets-cream (crelly) type of formula that is fully opaque with two (thin) coats and is just a pleasure to work with. The brush is just the right width and fits my nails well, except on my little fingers. I still don't get why Essence nail polishes have pretty much the perfect brush, while Cosnova decided to use the, frankly put, useless round shaped one on Catrice nail polishes. But that is none of my business.

144 Black is Back

A classic black with a crelly formula that is opaque in two coats. This is a great base for all of those effect nail polishes, such as Icy Fairy, I <3 Magic, Sparkle Sand and Catrice's Million Styles Effect Top Coat if you want the maximum effect (I'll swatch all those on the nails as well).

 187 Juicy Love

A classic red that is leaning more to the warm territory, but it is distinctly less orange than Polka Holga. Again it has a crelly formula that is opaque in two coats.

Colour & go nail polishes cost 1.69€. I'm so going to go check out some more shades, but usually nothing catches my eye when I stand before the entire selection. Any recs?

Have a great day!

sobota, 15. november 2014

Catrice Velvet Finish Foundation and Concealer

I wanted to avoid doing a review for this foundation simply because the lightest shade is way, way too dark for me meaning that I obviously wasn't going to do a "regular testing routine" by wearing it every day for a while, but I did wear it a few times when I was at home. The concealer, on the other hand, fits me a lot better, so I wore it quite a lot already. Velvet Finish range was designed with mature skins in mind and it promises to create an optical illusion of a lifting as well as to disguise wrinkles.

Velvet Finish Foundation with Hyaluron SPF 30
010 Light Velvet 

Texture and finish: This review is going to sound very similar to the one for Nude Illusion, in fact I consider these two to be close. Again as at Nude Illusion this feels like an old school foundation and the texture is even thicker, so the product comes out the pump in a very condensed and firm form. Despite the lack of the silicone slip, it still applies well without dragging and forms a smooth surface, but I prefer liquid foundations just because I'm more used to them. I wore Illusion and Velvet foundations side by side on each side of the face and the finish on my skin looks pretty much identical. It's what I call a luminous matte (it's described as velvety- matte by Catrice on this foundation) meaning it's a healthy, natural matte finish and not by any means the cakey, draining one of the for example Estee Lauder Maximum Cover. I must say Catrice does it's matte finishes flawlessly. 

Shade: I was given the lightest one in the selection of four called 010 Light Velvet. And now my rant begins. How, just how, can this be the lightest shade? This is at least two if not three shades too dark for me. It's not just too dark, but due to the undertone (peachy?) it looks orange on me, which doesn't happen at the Nude Illusion that has a neutral undertone. I think that even if I used a self tanner, it would have a very hard time making it work. I'd say it's similar to Bourjois Healthy Mix 53 or probably NW 25-30. 

I originally though that Nude Illusion's 010 and Velvet Finish's 010 are similar with the chief difference in the undertones. While they are wet/freshly swatched that is indeed the case, however as you can see from my swatches below, which I applied very thick and left to dry completely, it is obvious just how much darker Velvet Finish is. 

Coverage: It's hard for me to determine the level of coverage since this is so dark for me and the actual darkening of the skin disguises much of the redness. I don't think it has any more coverage than Nude Illusion, so it's a medium coverage foundation.

Staying power: As at Nude illusion I find that it wears very well on my skin. The luminous matte finish lasts for hours, the skin looks fresh a long time and there are no dry patches forming. However, again as at Illusion on some random days it's doesn't perform as well on me because it settles into pores and lines, but I think that problem has its roots in the condition of my skin rather than being the foundation's fault. At the end of the day there is a  lot of foundation on the pad when I use micellar water.

Scent: It has a gentle baby powder- sweet scent. To me it's pleasant, but it is barely noticeable upon application and completely absent later.

Packaging: A smaller glass bottle than Nude Illusion's, but with the same good pump that dispenses the desired amount of product. The matte glass makes it look a lot more expensive than it is. 

Price and availability: 5.29 € and it's available in four shades.

I actually don't find this all that different from Nude Illusion. As I said, I wore them side by side on the skin and I honestly see no difference. Velvet Finish has a thicker texture and the lightest shade is much darker once it sets, but in terms of finish, coverage and staying power it's the same thing on my normal/combination skin. I'd obviously still go for the Nude Illusion instead of this, but if you find a shade that matches you better in the Velvet Finish range then go for it.

Velvet Finish Concealer
010 Velvet Ivory

Texture: For a doe foot concealer it is slightly thicker and creamier than for example Maybelline's Fit Me, but it's still very much the standard liquid-but-not-really concealer. It blends very well, it actually melts into the skin seamlessly with no visible edges and that's what I really like about this concealer. In this respect it's similar to Maybelline's the Eraser. The finish is dewy and stays that way rather than it sets, so it looks quite different than the foundation. Due to a creamy texture, it's nice to use under the eyes, but for blemishes it's not ideal and I prefer something less slippery as it just "slips" of the spot if you try to blend the concealer in, even if I'm super careful.

Shade: Unlike the foundation, it is light and fits me ok. The lightest shade is is similar to Collection's shade Fair, but peachier. There are three shades available and as far as I know, all are on the light to medium side.

Coverage: The coverage hasn't wowed me. It's about medium and it doesn't cover my circles completely neither does it blemishes, but it also doesn't look cakey on a spot even if you layer it. I always have to apply at least two layers under my eyes and I still can't get a satisfying level of coverage for my needs. See how the redness still shows through under the eyes? I think I actually applied three layers here.

Staying Power: Due to creaminess, it's not as impressive as for example Collection or Nars', but it's decent for a drugstore concealer. Let's just call it average.

Packaging: A tube with a classic doe foot applicator. 

Price and availability: 4.49 € in drugstores.

Honestly, this is a very average concealer to me. There are so many better ones. It's a classic doe foot concealer, it reminds me a bit of the Essence Stay All Day one and I would prefer a higher level of coverage (compare for example the coverage of Collection concealer or Nars). I do like the shade, though.

There is also a powder in this collection, but I haven't tried it.

Have a great day!

četrtek, 13. november 2014

Catrice Lip Liners

I may have a substantial lipstick collection, though as far as I'm concerned that is still up for a debate, but when it comes to lip liners, up until recently I only owned a couple of Essence ones that I dislike, a Rimmel one, which I also dislike and a Bourjois one, which is great. I few weeks ago, I had a sudden urge to upgrade my lip liner collection and since Catrice was by far the most recommended brand when I asked on Instagram, I grabbed four in the shop, two of each versions that Catrice sells and later grabbed another one at the Cosnova event. Queue a very picture heavy post featuring a lot of swatches, pictures of my lips and my boring mug. I promise you will get so tired of my face at the end of this post, I sure am after preparing for this post (I hate taking selfies)

Longlasting Lip Pencils

Longlasting Lip Pencils are classic liners that need to be sharpened. These are much harder pencils than Essence's and are closer to Bourjois' formula, but not quite as dry. Personally, I prefer harder liners as they allow a very defined line, and don't wipe off so easy, but a more dry texture is, of course, not as comfortable to wear. These are still creamy enough to transfer easily on the lips and can easily be used all over as a lip colour, however, it also means that they need to sharpened very regularly. Since the formula is between soft and hard, it means that though they don't smear or at least wipe off as easily as Essences, they still don't last amazingly well on its own on the lips, especially the light colours, but in combination with a good lip colour they should. These cost 2.29 €, which is a bargain and I do recommend these.

040 ...And The Cherry On The Top

This is the best one in terms of quality in the bunch. The formula is smooth and applies nicely without dragging on the lips, but it's not so creamy that it would smear everywhere like Essence liners. ...And The Cherry On The Top is s deep red with a touch of a pink hue and it's the most useful colour I picked up because it goes well with a lot of lip colours I own. 

070 I Got You Babel

This is the one I grabbed at the Cosnova event. I cannot believe I missed this the first time I went to pick up liners. It is so pretty. My absolute favourite one to wear on its own. In fact, I have been wearing it for the past couple of weeks as a simple, everyday lip colour. It's a nude-pink-peachy colour that is close to my natural lip colour, but a touch darker, warmer and peachier. Truly such a flattering colour because it gives my lips definition as well as a natural hint of a warm colour. The texture is on the hard side, but I still wear it on its own, despite that it is dry. 
Love this.

  150 Vintage Rose

Vintage rose is an almost exactly the same colour as my natural lips making it perfect especially for defining my natural lips or cheating the lip line, which I have none as my lip colour just slowly transitions into my the skin tone (I literally have no idea where my lips "end"). It's a soft natural nude-pink and the same shade as the discontinued Soft Rose lip liner by Essence. The texture is hard, especially compared to the Essence lip liners, so I wouldn't wear this as a stand alone product on the lips because it will emphasize imperfections.

Ultimate Stay Lip Liners 
These are twist-up pencils meaning they needn't be sharpened, however, this also means that the tip will always be more on the blunt side than of those that can be sharpened. The twist-up mechanism works fine on my two liners and it gets the product out as well as back in the tube. But there is an issue with these liners - they are ridiculously fragile. I have to be very careful that I don't twist up too much before applying it on the lips as the product just breaks off in that case. In terms of staying power, I must admit I haven't paid much attention whether these are any better than Longlasting Pencils. To me these seem quite similar, perhaps a bit thicker when it comes to texture. Again as the Longlasting Pencils these are more on the hard side, but they still transfer well.  These cost 2.49 €, which is again very inexpensive.
Edit: I just discovered these have a pencil sharpener on the other side. You just have to pull it out. Unfortunately, I find it useless because due to the fragile nature of the product, the tip just breaks off and lodges in the sharpener. 

040 Love The Way You Plum

Love The Way You Plum is a deep plum shade and I love how this shade looks on me, though I thought it looked more burgundy in the shop, but no matter. I saw this shade in a post Taya made and I got it despite the warnings that it's very fragile. It's a very good match for Rimmel's 107 lipstick, which leans more to purple on me than on most, so I'm very happy I finally found a matching lip liner. While it can be worn on it's on as a lip colour, I wouldn't because it doesn't look completely even when applied all over and it's sticky when it's on the lips.

 080 Mauve Me, Tender 

I openly admit, it was a mistake for me to buy it. I bought this shade purely for the 90's trend and it's not working for me at all. It's a mauve-medium purple shade that is just too cool and grey toned for my skin tone, I'm just not pulling it off. There is a high possibility that this should look a lot more wearable on someone darker than me. 

 ESSENCE Lipliner 
14 Femme Fatale

I got this shade at the Cosnova event and I'm just sticking it here with the rest of the liners because it's convenient. I've said before that I'm not a fan of Essence liners because I find them too creamy, smudgy and lacking staying power. However, I am aware that most people love a creamier formula instead of a hard pencil as me, so to each their own. Femme Fatale is a warm bright red and to me the super smooth and creamy formula resembles much more to a lipstick than a lip liner. My problem with it is than I can't get such a crisp line than with a Catrice liner, but you get a very pigmented, non-drying  lip colour for 1.19 €.

Any recommendations for nice lip liners? I'll probably get a few new ones from Bourjois.

Have a great day!