nedelja, 19. oktober 2014

New in: Catrice Products for Autumn/Winter 2014

Velvet Finish Powder 
020 Natural Velvet 
Velvet Finish line was designed with mature skin in mind hence the added hyaluron. The Finish powder promises to mattify, but still keep the skin radiant due to the light-reflecting particles. 020 looks too dark for me, but it should suit anyone above NC20.  It's a part of the giveaway.
4.69 €

Velvet Finish Foundation 
010  Light Velvet 
This may be the lightest colour, but it's two shades too dark for me (by the way all the swatches are at the end of the post). I find it a bit funny because at the presentation they said that their range it designed to suit European skin tones. Well, I'm European. Actually, Nude Illusion's lightest shade is similarly dark, however, because it's neutral I can make it work (though I mostly mix it with something lighter), while this has a warm undertone so it looks orange on me. Shade aside, I gave it a quick test and it appears very similar to Nude Illusion in terms of finish (matte, but not draining matte and a bit luminous) and the coverage is about medium. Despite the shade, I will give it a go, but I'll have to self tan first and then do a review. Since I have two, I'm giving one away.
5.29 €

Velvet Finish Concealer 
010 Velvet Ivory 
Quite a thick concealer and it covers well enough. The shade is lighter than the corresponding foundation and suits me decently. I've been using it for the past few days and I quite like it because it blends nicely into the skin, however, I need to layer it to cover my dark circles. It has a more radiant finish than the foundation.
4.69 €

3 in 1 Skin Tone Adapting Make up 
010 Lighter Skin 
Basically this is a much cheaper version of Estee Lauder Daywear Sheer Tint Release, Origins Vitazing Energy-boosting Moisturizer and Garnier Miracle Skin Cream. It starts off white and once blended in it releases a tint. The coverage is light, but surprise, surprise the shade is too dark for me (should suit maybe NC20 & up). It's part of the giveaway.
7.29 €

Catrice Nude Illusion Make up 
020 Rose Vanilla 
One of my favourite foundations at the moment. You can read my review if you want to learn more, but basically it's a medium coverage foundation with a luminous matte finish and a great staying power. I just  wish they had a lighter, neutral shade so I wouldn't have to mix it with other foundations. 
7.69 €

Colour Correcting Mattifying Powder 
010 Delicate Blossom
A powder with different hues that correct uneven skin tone as well as it promises to mattify. Green cancels out redness, the lavender acts against dullness, pink freshens-up tired complexions and beige brings out the natural skin tone. As the Velvet Finish powder this promises a matt, yet radiant finish, though to me it's just a transparent mattifying powder and I'm not too sure about the colour correcting, but I need to test it further because I think I need to get through the top layer first.
4.69 €

Illuminating Blush 
 020 Coral Me Maybe and 010 I Am Nuts About You
These have a 3D pattern and an illuminating finish. I already own Coral Me Maybe for about three weeks now and it's a very cute, peachy-pink shade, but more on the natural side rather than brighter Pink feat. Coral from the Defining Blush range. I Am Nuts About You is a beautiful natural-nude shade and is actually more pigmented that Coral Me Maybe. The illuminating effect of these two is quite subtle. Coral Me Maybe is a part of the giveaway since I have two.
4.26 €

Defining Blush
090 Mandy-rine
I already own this shade and I've been using it a whole lot the past month. You may know that Defining Blushes are my favourite powder blushes ever and I have several already, my favourite being Rose Royce. Mandy-rine is an natural-apricot shade and I already featured it in my Autumn Picks. The extra one is a part of the giveaway.
3.79 €

Velvet Matt Eyeshadow 
010 Vanillaty Fair, 040 Al Burgundy and 050 Welcome To Greysland!
As the name suggests these are matte eyeshadows, though I don't find these completely matte as they do a have a very subtle satin sheen. The formula is very pigmented - even the light shade. I barely need to touch it with a brush and I get tons of colour pay-off. Vanillaty Fair is a cream shade that is a great base or a subtle highlighting shade, Welcome to Greysland is a classic grey and Al Burgundy is a dark plum-bordeaux shade (which it's part of the giveaway. Taya swatched it here)
4.29 €.

Absolute Matt Eyeshadow Palette 
010 Eyes Wide Matt
Ok, this is just wonderful. I don't know why some say that these palettes are inferior in quality to Catrice's mono eyeshadows because this palette performs just as well. I actually feel confident saying that it's not that far away in terms of colours and quality to UD's Naked Basics palette. I high recommend you check it out. 
5.19 €

Ultimate Stay Lipstick 
050 Mauve Your Lips  and 090 IrrCORALbly Pink
I already have the shade 120 Looks Like Coral that I've been using for the past few weeks and I find the formula very similar to the matte shades in the Ultimate Colour range. It's nicely pigmented with a satin-matte finish and really nice staying power. IrrCORALbly Pink is a darker warm pink shade and Mauve Your Lips a dark nude with a grey hue. 
5.29 €
Ultimate Colour Lipstick
350 MATTador 
I recently reviewed the gorgeous 360 MATTraction and MATTador is another new shade for autumn, but this one is a classic, warm red. The formula is again superb.
4.19 €
Tinted Lip Glow 
A sheer lip colour that adjust to your pH-levels and turns into a unique shade. I already have something similar and these pH lipsticks turn into a dark fuchsia on me. It's a part of the giveaway.
5.29 €

Beautifying Lip Smoother 
020 Apricot Cream and 010 Sweet Caramel
I've already reviewed 020 Apricot Cream and said I really like it. I actually keep it next to my computer and use it like a lip balm. It's incredibly comfortable on the lips and was so soothing when I was ill recently. I'm giving both away in the giveaway.
3.79 €

Vitamin Lip Treatment 
A lip gloss that contains vitamins and helps the lips be in better health. It smells fruity (grape-ish maybe) and has a sheer peachy-pink tint. It's part of the giveaway 

Volumizing Lip Booster 
A classic plumping lip gloss accompanied with the traditional menthol scent and I'm guessing the tingling. It's a part of the giveaway.
3.79 €

Luxury Lacquers Million Brilliance 
05 Plum Fiction and 01 It´s Showtime
Glitter 3D nail polishes with various sizes of glitter particles and flakes that have enough coverage to be used on it's own. Plum Fiction is a warm purple shade and It's Show time is a silver shade. 
3.79 €

Luxury Liquid Metal  
03 My Satin Ballet Shoes
As the name suggests these are meant to have a liquid metal finish. My Satin Ballet Shoes is a pink-rose shade with a very shimmery finish.
3.79 €

Colour Brightening Base Coat
01 On Top of the Alps
It's meant as a base for under nail polishes when you want the colour to pop more (like under neons), but it can be used on it's own as well. It's very pigmented and actually as far as I can tell from swatching it on the nail wheel, needs one coat for full opacity.
 2.59 €

Ombre Top Coat 
This looks like a semi-transparent cherry dark red liquid and it supposedly changes any nail polish, so the more layers you apply, the darker it is and by so you can create an ombre effect. It's part of the giveaway.
3.29 €

 Million Styles Effect Top Coat 
02 ¿Holo, Que Tal?
I actually received two holographic effect top coats, one from Essence and this one. I think Essence's comes a lot closer to being holographic, while this one has a more tiny golden-green shimmer effect and it's just too subtle in my opinion.
3.29 €

Lash Applicator 
I was looking at this the last time I was in Müller. It looks so handy and I'll definitely use it, especially when I'm doing other people's makeup. It feels well made and has a rubbery-silicone surface making it feel more expensive in my opinion. 
4.29 €

Lash Extension Volume Mascara 
It contains fibres and it's supposed to be very good, but I use waterproof mascaras and I wear contact lenses so I'm giving it away. The brush is a very classic old-school one, like at Maybelline's Great Lash.
4.29 €

Longlasting Lip Pencil 
070 I got You Babel 
I will shamelessly admit that prior to the event I picked up four Catrice Lip Pencils (they'll be in the next New In, but here is a sneak peak) and since I liked them because they are not as soft as Essence's, I grabbed another colour that looked pretty. I got You Babel is a beautiful nude-pink-peach shade and I like it a lot, it's probably my favourite out of all the pencils.
2.29 €

Longlasting Brow Definer 
030 Chocolate Brow'nie
A felt tip pen that allows drawing very fine individual hairs. I swatched it on the back of my hand and it didn't rub off at all. I don't use any brow stuff, I actually don't touch my eyebrows at all, but I gave the pen to my cousin to test and she likes it so far.
3.49 €

Fixing Brow Wax 
A clear wax in a stick form that you apply on the eyebrows to keep them in place. Again I gave it to my cousin to test and she says it's quite hard in texture, so she has no feeling of how much she's applying. However, she's never used such a product before.
3.29 €

I swatched all I'm keeping except the palette (I'll do that in the review) and, of course, I didn't touch the stuff I'm giving away. The pictures are large so if you want to see anything closer just click on it.

You can enter the giveaway here
I'll talk about all the Essence products tomorrow.
Have a great day!

sobota, 18. oktober 2014

Catrice and Essence Event Plus a GIVEAWAY

I recently had the honour to attend my first ever blogger event, which was hosted by Cosnova team, so the people responsible for two popular brands in Europe: Essence and Catrice. Since I have only a few of my pictures of the actual event because honestly, I was more interested in the vast amount of makeup and cake pops than taking pictures (man, those were some good cake pops!) as well as I don't own an actual camera but merely a smartphone, I'm using some of the press pictures. However, my fellow bloggers really outdid themselves with the coverage of the event in their own posts on the blogs, so here are the links to those if you want to learn more: Taya (she also posted a picture of her with Sara from Passing Fancy and me if you want to see my OOTD), UniqapolyPassing FancyCherry ColoursAjda & Tjaša Beauty Corner(next few are in Slovene) Get them Curious,  Viva La Vida, Ajda's post on EtiketaParokeets and Tinna's Pink Place.

(yes, I'm deliberately looking at the floor because I felt so awkward taking a picture at that moment. On my left are Polona from Uniqapoly and Tamara from Cherry Colours, on my right is Saša a.k.a. Nihrida and Sandra from AnGel BeAuTy. Pictures by Žiga Intihar)

Cosnova team prepared and executed an amazing event, they honestly outdid themselves and I was utterly shocked when, as we were leaving, they handed each two full bags of their newest products. I really love that they prepared an event only for bloggers, I have in fact been avoiding most events for the reasons it was hosted for other press as well (yes, I'm aware I'm weird), but I felt a lot less intimidated by the whole thing with other bloggers around, most of whom I've been familiar with for years  or at least with their blogs (you may already know that I try to keep as up-to-date list of Slovene beauty blogs as possible). It was so wonderful to meet them, I don't think anyone has been so nice to me ever as those amazing girls and I think we all enjoyed the event immensely. I think all the others, who already wrote about the event covered everything already, so I won't bore you again with the details.

Here are the goodies we so generously received. I'll do a sort of an New In type of posts separate for Catrice and Essence as well as later do reviews of some products that I feel need a proper review. I've been working on the New In posts for the last two day and they are almost ready, so expect them shortly.


Since there is a lot of stuff and I have several duplicates of the products as I have been shopping the new products before (some have already been reviewed and some will be in the future, but they are all in the most recent New In), I will be giving some of the products away to thank you, dear readers, for reading my blog, subscribing, commenting and all that jazz. I decided on two goody bags with an equal amount of Catrice and Essence products. All the product will also be featured in the next two posts, so you'll have a better idea of what you're getting. Entering is just a matter of filling out the Rafflecopter forms and I decided to do it internationally, even though the shipping costs gave me a tiny heart attack, but I know so many of you want to try Catrice and Essence products. You can chose either of the prizes or both. One winner will be drawn for each prize. The giveaway is international and will end in one week on 26. October 2014 at 00:00/12:00 A.M. (CEST). The winner will be contacted via e-mail and then sent the prize. If the winner doesn't respond in two (2) days, a new winner will be chosen.

Prize 1 

Essence Longlasting Lipstick 14 Adorable Matt!,
Catrice Beautifying Lip Smoother 020 Apricot Cream,
Catrice Volumizing Lip Booster,
Catrice 3 in 1 Skin Tone Adapting Make up 010 Lighter Skin,
Catrice Lash Extension Volume Mascara,
Essence Click & go Nails Glow in the Night,
Essence Nail Art Hello Foils! Transfer Solution,
Essence Nail Art Hello Foils! Transfer Foils 01 Hello Flashy,
Essence Effect Nail Polish 21 Icy Fairy,
Catrice Tinted Lip Glow,
Catrice Velvet Matt Eyeshadow 040 Al Burgundy,
Catrice Illuminating Blush  020 Coral Me Maybe,
Essence Effect Lipgloss in 08 OH LA LA!
Essence Liquid Ink High Shine Eyeliner

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Prize 2

Catrice Ultimate Stay Lipstick 050 Mauve Your Lips,
Catrice Vitamin Lip Treatment,
Catrice Beautifying Lip Smoother 010 Sweet Caramel,
Catrice Velvet Finish Powder 020, Velvet Finish Foundation 010,
Essence Liquid Ink Matt Eyeliner,
Essence Gel Nails at Home 2in1 Primer and Cleanser,
Essence Gel Nails at Home 2in1 Clear Peel Off Gel Base and Top Coat,
Essence Gel Nails at Home 2in1 French Peel Off Gel Base and Top Coat,
Catrice Ombre Top Coat,
Catrice Defining Blush 090 Mandy-rine,
Essence 3D Eyeshadow 07 Irresistible Fullmoon Flash,
Essence Glossy Lipbalm 07 Raspberry Sorbet,
Essence Effect Lipgloss 02 Jewels in a Bottle.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I hope you have a great day and best of luck in the giveaway!

petek, 17. oktober 2014

Kardashian Beauty Deeply Felt Precision Tip Eyeliner

I have found an even better felt tip liner than my beloved L'Oreal's Super Liner Perfect Slim and it was where I least expected. For the past year or so, since I bought my first felt tip eyeliner, I have been using them religiously, even on "no make-up days" because a thin, precise line on the top lash line just makes my eyes more defined and not so tired looking. L'Oreal's was my favourite for a long time and I still love it, but for the past month I've been using Deeply Felt and it's even better.  

The nib is the smallest I've used so far and it's that feature that makes it more precise and even easier to use when drawing flicks. I presume that because it's smaller, it should stay saturated with ink longer, at least I hope so (L'Oreal's lasts very long). The nib also feels a bit smoother compared to L'Oreal's, like it's a different type of material and not one like at marker pens. The formula is more liquid than at other felt tip liners I've tried meaning it looks more smooth around the edges, especially when it comes to drawing a flick and it's very intensely black. It allows to create even thinner lines than L'Oreal's and they are smoother.

Staying power is impressive as well, but not better than L'Oreal's. In fact it's about the same, both last all day on me without fading, provided of course I don't rub my eyes (I should also mention that my lid are normal and I don't normally use a primer).

I've been using it for about a month every day and it has gotten a touch drier, however, the nib is still saturated as well as the tip, so it still allows to create super thin lines with the tip and I don't have to use it sideways to draw the line with the base of the nib. 

Deeply Felt is more expensive than L'Oreal's, however, I have completely fallen in love with it and I will continue repurchasing it. I'm really happy I had the chance to try it, my prejudice (and the refusal to let the K-family fill their coffers at my expense) would probably stop me from ever doing so if I weren't given this to test.

I was given this to try, but international readers can get it on Feel Unique for 15.54 €.

Izdelek mi je bil podarjen za preizkus s strani Clik2Chic, ki pa trenutno še nima tega eyelinerja na voljo, ampak menda bo. Druge izdelke Kardashian Beauty lahko najdete tukaj.

Have a great day!

četrtek, 16. oktober 2014

Catrice Ultimate Colour Lipstick 360 MATTraction

Holy smokes I love this colour so much. This is currently my favourite lipstick as it's just so glam and polished because of the matte finish and yet fun due to the interesting interpretation of red with a pink twist. MATTraction is one of the three new shades for this autumn revamp of Catrice range and I utterly adore it.

It looks dark red in the tube, almost MAC Russian Red like, but on the lips, it's completely different. It's a gorgeous dark pink-rose-red shade and it's actually hard to believe that it's the same lipstick since it's nothing like in the tube. To me it's just a stunning colour. It's in the same colour family as Bourjois Frambourjoise (my other huge favourite), but it's pinker and darker. The finish of it is matte, however, not a matte liquid lipstick kind of matte, rather more satin-matte. It can look completely "powdery" matte if you blot it with a tissue.

The formula of this shade a creamy type of matte, so it's very comfortable to wear for a matte lipstick. It applies very smoothly without dragging and it's fully opaque with one swipe. It's a regular lipstick so unlike matte liquid lipsticks, such as Bourjois' Velvets, it does smudge if you're not careful, but it doesn't bleed outside the lipline during the day. 

It lasts very well on the lips, in fact several hours, which is not surprising due to the intensity of the shade. It survives eating and drinking to a certain degree meaning it rubs off a bit, but you're still left with a fair amount of colour. I think that considering how much these cost, they are brilliant in terms of staying power.

MATTraction is undoubtedly a complete stunner in the Catrice Ultimate Colour range. I can see myself wearing it a lot because it is such a "me colour". Give it a swatch the next time you're near a Catrice stand, I'm sure it'll impress you as well. 

I bought mine for 4.29 € in Müller.

Have a great day!

torek, 14. oktober 2014

Essie Sole Mate

Sole Mate is a deep burgundy-plum shade that is just amazing on the nails. I hear it's a pretty good dupe for the Chanel Rouge Noir, but as I never tried that one, I can't tell you for sure. I wanted such a shade for the longest time, but I never knew which one to pick up in the shop, since they mostly look black under those deceiving lights and because of that I already bought three much lighter burgundy shades. I'm so glad I chose this one, it's the perfect and most awesome autumn vampy shade ever. I already featured it in my Autumn Picks, but it totally deserves its own post.

The formula is a jelly type, so the first layer is semi-opaque and a lot lighter. I do two coats because I like the different plum hues on the nails, since due to the jelly formula, even the second layer doesn't give a complete even coverage, however, it's only noticeable if you look closely. I feel that three coats would be too dark.

The brush is lovely as at all Essies, it's wider than regular brushes, but it still fits my narrow nails. In general I'm falling in love with this brand more and more. Their nail polishes are seriously good and though nail polishes last super long on my nails, I find that these last exceptional well compared to others.

I highly recommend you pick up this shade this autumn/winter season. It's just absolutely brilliant.

I got mine in DM where regular price of Essie nail polishes is 10 €.

Have a great day!