New in #47 and Mateja's Beauty Blogs Turns 6

sreda, september 21, 2016


CATRICE HD Liquid Coverage Foundation
010 Light Beige
I've heard a lot of positive reviews about this, so I couldn't resist not getting it even though I was slightly concerned about the shade (I mostly got it because of Sara's and Le Makeup Freak's recommendations. I linked you a before/after of the latter). It's a very thin, watery foundation, similar to L'Oreal eau de Teint that I had before and when I tried it the first time on the back of my hand, it set to a powdery matte finish fast on the skin. However, you have more time for work with when it's on the face if you use a fluffy brush and it blends with ease that way. It has quite a high coverage, I think more than a medium and you can easily layer it for more coverage, but though it blends really nice into the skin without any visible edges, it has good days and not as impressive ones, when there is something about it that makes me think of it as just average and not amazing. It's just the way it looks on the skin sometimes. The finish looks powdery from the start, already something I'm not a fan of, but it gets more skin-like in time, yet it doesn't hold oil well plus it starts looking odd around the pores. The packaging is completely high-end looking, it's a matte glass bottle, so quite heavy and comes with a pipette like Armani's Maestro foundation. So far I'm not in love with it, but it's pretty nice and the coverage is really good, especially for such a lightweight formula. I gave it to my cousin to try and she loved it immediately.
Müller, 7.29 €

ESSENCE get picture ready! brightening concealer 
10 ivory
Anything that looks even remotely like my all-time favourite Maybelline's the Eraser gets me excited, so this was on the top of the list to buy. Well, this might just have the worst applicator in history. The sponge is completely stiff, doesn't even bounce a tiny bit, even though the material is similar to makeup sponges and it doesn't blend at all, only shifts the product around and absorbs a part of it. As much as I dislike the packaging, which also always dispenses too much product and occasionally squirts (ruined two of my freshly washed shirts), the formula isn't terrible, but it's also nothing special. It reminds me a lot of BB creams, as it's has a thick, but creamy texture and a medium coverage. It's not the best concealer, but it does work as a light foundation that looks natural on the skin and is made more for normal-dry skin. The shade is seriously lovely for pale skins and it has a neutral-pink undertone, I compared it to my other concealers and it's lighter than for example Collection's Fair and a lot lighter than Bourjois' Radiance Reveal in 01. I'll throw it in my bag as an simple emergency foundation, but as a proper concealer, it lacks coverage (it has less coverage than the Catrice foundation). They should repackage this into a light foundation format.
Müller, 3.29 €


CATRICE Glam & Doll Super Black Liner
I was originally going to pick up L.O.V. Royaliner, but since that brand wasn't available in my local shop yet, I picked this one instead, which caught my eye anyway due to the spear design of the nib, so it reminds me of a much smaller version of L'Oreal's Superstar eyeliner. That one is one of the best liners to draw flicks with, however, it's chunky, so it performs better at bolder and thicker lines. I'm not happy with this Catrice version. The formula feels almost diluted when I'm applying it, even though when I swatch it on the back of my hand, it's ok. The nib isn't the best and hard to use for both the main line and the flick. I used L'Oreal's and Catrice's on each eye and the difference in staying power was massive. I regret buying it, but Royaliner looked grey in the shop, so I didn't get that one at all.
Müller, 3.29 €

CATRICE Prime and Fine Contouring Stick
Lighter Skin
These creamy stick type of contours became very popular recently and when I swatched both sides, they both looked nice for my skin tone, especially the contour looked like a nice taupe-brown shade. I was very impressed by this in the shop and I knew I had to get it, however. at home it didn't make me terribly happy at first. Both sides are very creamy, pigmented and simple to apply, they blend very easy with a brush, while with fingers the contour is just a mess. Once blended the contour side looks a bit too warm for my skin tone, but on the pictures it actually does make my face a bit more sculpted. I like the the highlighter, since it reminds me of Jemma Kidd cream highlighter in Ice gold, so a it's champagne shade with a great glow. The sticks are actually quite small, which is a bit of a bummer. 
Müller, 4.69 €


L.O.V. THE Glacious Stylo Eyeshadow
910 Bronze Leaf
As I fan of cream eyeshadows I had to give at least one of these a try, even though they are expensive, but I just loved the look of the shade Bronze Leaf because these types of hues are some of my favourites, yet they are quite difficult to find. The texture is odd to the touch, it feels cooling and wet when applied, but even though the pigmentation is ok, it's not amazing as it needs to be layered for a proper metallic effect, plus can be uneven. I find it works best with a primer under it, I use WnW's. Bronze Leaf is a greenish-gold-bronze shade with some gold shimmer, which is a less green version of L'Oreal's Bronze Goddess and a lighter, more gold version of UD's 24/7 Eyeliner in Stash. This shade is just so gorgeous on the eyes with a metallic look if you get it to a decent opacity, otherwise it looks like a greenish-taupe when blended. It's more of an eyeshadows I'd use as a base because on its own it can get creasy after a while without a primer. Not the best cream eyeshadow and it's expensive (both Essence's and Catrice's work better for me), but the shade is gorgeous.
Müller, 9.99 €

ESSENCE Longlasting Lipliner 
05 Lovely Frappuccino
A repurchase, since I saw mine is running very low and I really love this shade. It's a rosy, brownish-mauve shade on me, so the typical 90's shade and also dubbed as an alleged dupe for Mac's Soar. The formula of these is lovely, as it's nicely creamy, but not too soft, so it's like a comfortable, good quality lipstick (ironically better than any proper lipstick by Essence).
Müller, 1.59 €


ESSENCE Mat Mat Mat! Lipstick 
03 Wow Effect
I heard good things about these, but I only bought one to try. I picked shade 03, which looks like a muted rosy shade in the bullet, but on my lips looks a muted berry shade, which I'm not that into at the moment. Essence just always disappoints me when it comes to their lip products and this one, though it's one of their better ones, isn't knocking my socks off either. The formula is indeed nicely matte, but it a bit on the thick side and needs to be layered for a full opacity. It's not bad, just sheerer than expected. Still, I heard only good things about this, so don't focus just on my opinion and here are some comparison swatched with Mac lipsticks that Sara made. It has a berry type of scent that some of Essence's limited edition products have. 
Müller, 2.49 €


ESSENCE secret stories nail polish
01 can you keep my secret
This line of nail polishes looks more like it's a apart of a limited edition and it's a bit out of place in the regular line, but I have to say it's super cute. The shade selection is lovely, but I picked up just one to try and I got the lightest shade which is actually not that light, but it's pretty special, as such medium, muted powdery pinks are only starting to be more common in the drugstores. It's a one coater and I wear it that way because second coat looks a bit off. The formula is not that different than Essence's The Gel Nail Polish and it really behaves like a gel formula, except for the shine, which is lacking in my opinion.
Müller, 1.99 €

L.O.V. LOVinity Long Lasting Nail Lacquer
210 Alluring Amethyst
Love this! First of the packaging is obviously very beautiful, but the product is lovely as well. I picked my type of shade, a deep pink-purple 210 and it applies nicely on the nails, however, the winner for me is the brush which fits my nails perfectly, so I can apply it with almost no mess, which never happens with my narrow nails. I applied it without a top coat and even though I vigorously washed my hair, even the tips had only minimal wear. I'll be buying more of these and I have my heart set on a grey, deep red and possibly a minky grey shade.
Műller, 5.99 €


HUGO BOSS The Scent for Her
eau de parfum
This is new on the market meaning the prices are still very exorbitant everywhere, but as luck would have it, Müller had a two day offer of -30% discount on all Hugo Boss fragrances, so I didn't hesitate to buy it. This was one of those love-at-first-spray fragrances for me, just like Boss' Ma Vie and Olympea, and the reason I love it so much is because it has a very prominent peach note. It's not the typical, juicy-refreshing note, but more of a sweet one wrapped in a bouquet of white flowers and surprisingly cocoa - I have to say I've never seen such a combination of notes, but it works. To me it is an elegant scent, but I can see some people comparing it to a peach scented shampoos, however, it's definitely not an Escada or girly type of fragrance. Just like basically all Boss' creations, it's a scent that's very office appropriate. The bottle is a stunning creation and looks very glamorous. 
Müller, full price for 30 ml 61 €


BALEA Duche & Creme 
Mango
This is one of the newest versions of Balea shower gels and if you tried any other their summer limited editions in the past years, you'll find this scent very familiar. It's again a candy mango scent, but a bit fresher than usual. The gel tinted orange and quite strongly, so expect orange water run-off.
DM, 0.99 €

A repurchase, since it's not often that everyone likes the same shower product (only happened with Dove so far), so I bought it again due to a popular demand. It really nothing special, but it smells like Haribo Coca-cola gummy sweets.
Interspar, 1.79 €


SILISS Créme Dépilatoire
Depilatory Cream
I don't know what possessed me to get this. When I was twelve I got my first Veet cream and I used those for years because I was terrified of razors (in fact I started using epilators years before trying a razor for the first time in my life), but the fact is that depilatory creams still suck. This one doesn't remove all the hair and it takes longer together with application, waiting period (3 minutes) and removal than using a razor, and the result isn't smooth at all. But my biggest gripe is that this tube lasts 2-3 applications at most. Oh, well, at least I had a bit of a nostalgia moment.
E.Leclerc, 1-2 €


BALEA MEN Revolution 5.1 
I've been using Gillette's Proglide for many years, but the spare blades are bloody expensive, so I use one way, way too long. I've always been buying men's razors because what's good for the face, must be better than female razors designed for just legs, a fact that proved itself right several times (why are female razors so bulky with useless strips?). I remember someone once saying to me Balea's razors are ok, so I just risked it and I'm happy with it. So far it behaves the same as Proglide which is much more expensive and it has the same design with five blades plus a trimmer on the back.
DM, 5.89 €


It's my blog's 6. birthday today!
I'm still here babbling about makeup six years later. It's been a crazy hectic year, since I was dealing with two blogs, but it's easier now. There's been a couple of changes this year - I changed the template in August and recently probably the biggest change happened, but people I actually bought a real camera. Yup, after three camera phones, which all served me very well, in fact Samsung Galaxy S5 will still be a part of my blogging routine, I bought my first proper camera - Olympus PEN E-PL7. I was actually set on not getting a real camera at least for a while, but my friend lent me her Nikon D3300 and since then I kept thinking that I should really start acting a bit more professional and less stubborn when it comes to blogging. 

The flip down screen and touch function in action for one of my upcoming reviews of a Beauty UK contour kit (not yet featured in this post). Actually in practice it turned out that having a screen above would be better, so I tend to flip the camera around.

One of the perks of the camera is the remote shutter function via smartphone, though it could be improved. The reason why there's only a half of picture here is because I just took a photo.

The flip screen is the real MPV and it really helps as taking pictures from high or strange angles. 

So far I'm still learning, especially when it comes to selfies because that camera makes my hair pitch black and me terribly pale indoors, but I'll learn, however, all the pictures in this post, apart from the camera pictures obviously, were already taken with my new camera. It's not that much of a difference, it's just that Olympus is a much more practical camera to use because of the remote shutter function and a flip screen, plus in some cases it cut down my editing time, as for example these two images bellow were uploaded basically straight on Instagram with no edits, while with my phone it would take me about fifteen minutes for the same result, but certain pictures still need a lot of editing, as it's not as colour accurate as I hoped it would be (it really hates shades like theBalm's Committed), but I'm a perfectionist when it comes to pictures.

The creepy portrait retouch function that makes me worry for the future of humanity. Plus today's FOTD (theBalm Committed on the lips).

Thank you for your support in these past years, you're all such amazing people that make me feel like I should never stop blogging and I love sharing my love for makeup with you. Thank you for every subscription, comment, like, pin, just for reading my posts - thank you for everything. It's been a fantastic six years with all of you <3.

Have a great day!

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36 comments

  1. Čestitke:)
    Zame vedno en izmed najljubših in najbolj zanesljivih (sploh slo pa tudi tujih) blogov, h kateremu se vedno znova rada vračam. Kar tako naprej:)*

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  2. I love the nail color shades, such a pretty color for the Fall season. Great review on the products!

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    1. Both nail polish shades are lovely for this time of year and actually I'v been wearing L.O.V.'s for three weeks now :)

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  3. Še enkrat čestitke, tvoj blog mi je res super, priznam da mi je najljubši slovenski lepotni blog in z veseljem berem tvoje objave :) Najljubše so mi sezonske in tiste s 3 odtenki šmink :D Tudi tvoje ocene so super, vedno so natančne in res imaš super slike :)
    Srečno bloganje še naprej!

    http://booksandbeautymm.blogspot.si/

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    1. Najlepša hvala <3<3< Tiste posebne objave v stilu treh odtenkov sploh rada delam :)

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  4. Meni Essence korektor sploh ni bil všeč ko sem ga sprobala. Nekako mi je pregost.
    Subrinin gel za tuširanje sem zadnjič ravno iskala, ker se spomnim, da si že v eni objavi omenila da diši po Haribo Coca-Coli (ki so eni izmed redkih gumi bombonov, ki so mi dobri), ampak nisem našla. Morem naslednič bolje pogledat.

    Čestitam za obletnico in tudi za god! <3 Čas gre tak hitro, da imam občutek, da si šele pred kakšnih mesecem naredila objavo za peto obletnico :D Upam, da boš še dalje tako pogosto objavljala, ker vsako objavo z veseljem preberem :D

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    1. Meni je Essence korektor bolj kot kakšen old school puder za suho kožo, ampak mi končni izgled, če ga nanesem po celem obrazu ok :)
      Te Subrina tuš gele sem šla iskat v Interspar ker imajo 400 ml flaše za čisto poceni :) Subrina ma na splošno bolj cukraste ali pa sladke cvetlične vonje in so mi skoraj vsi všeč.

      Hvala <3<3 Uh, meni se zdi da je pa že miljon let nazaj, sploh ker sem verjetno vmes spisala okrog 200-300 objav vse skupaj :) Nove so že pripravljene :)

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  5. Čestitke! :D

    I hope you have many years ahead of you, I really love your blog and thank you for all the hard work you put into it! :)

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    1. Thank you, Andy <3<3 Let's hope I'm capable of keeping my enthusiasm for a long time :)

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  6. Happy blogobirthday!! I have to try this Essence lipstick, I believe these berry shades will help me change from summer to winter smoothly :)

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    1. Thank you <3 03 looks like a berry shade on me, though I've seen it look more mauve on some. Here are some swatches from Essence to help you, but on me it's completely different: https://www.instagram.com/p/BKnvz2th5u1/?taken-by=essence_cosmetics

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  7. Happy birthday to your beautiful blog :)! You are a kind girl with exceptional taste, and I read your posts with enjoyment. I wish you all the best, Kristina

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  8. Čestitke tudi od mene! <3 Res fantastičen blog,le tako naprej! :))

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  9. Čestitke! <3

    Te rada prebiram, le tako naprej.

    Mislim, da ne potrebuješ 2x rečt, da boš vztrajala hehe - takšne blogerke imam rada z zagonom in rednim objavljanjem, top! :*

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    1. Hvala <3<3 Itak imam objave pripravljene v naprej, tako da jih bo še kar nekaj :)

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  10. Čestitke Mateja, vsekakor verjamem da si morala imeti trdo voljo pri vztrajanju. Tvoji swatchi so vedno prvi, ki jih Google najde - praktično za skoraj vse produkte ker tako lepo redno objavljaš :D
    Same lepe jesenske barve, čisto po mojem okusu <3

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    1. Najlepša hvala <3<3 Tvoji swatchi so pa sploh vrhunski in zelo v pomoč. Si pravi MVP :D
      Sem že v autumn mode :)

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  11. Čestitke za obletnico, kar ne morem verjet da je tvoj blog že toliko let na sceni. Zagotovo imaš ene izmed najboljših fotografij in vedno rada pogledam za kakšnimi swatchi preden se odločim kaj kupit

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    1. Najlepša hvala <3 Dolgo sem cincala, če sploh naj začnem z bloganjem, ampak se je vse super izšlo :)

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  12. OMG, you made me laugh so hard with this quote, that could be by me
    "The creepy portrait retouch function that makes me worry for the future of humanity".. I see this kind of picture (or even worse ones) very often on Instagram and am thinking: with this kind of technology, we will even look as grandmas as flawless like when we were teenagers.. but we will also look like teenage-robots ^.^ I was on the hunt for a new smartphone but all the new ones threw me off so badly BECAUSE of this freaking soft focus filter in the frontcameras (selfie function). I don't want to erase all contrast from my face, no thanks. I will eventually get used to it and one day, I will be shocked by my own face in the mirror ;-)

    Well, happy birthday to your blog and all the best for the next year to come! Your loyal reader <3

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    1. I'm actually surprised how well it works and even shows you a before/after side by side, so you feel even worse about yourself. But I have to say this retouching thing has gone way too far, I see swatches of lipsticks on some people with skin around the lips blurred until unrecognisable. It's so obvious when someone blurs their skin and it makes me lose some respect for them if they don't disclose it (I get that you have some bad skin days and you don't want to see that spot that lasts a week for the next five years on the blog, so spot removing doesn't bother me, just blurring does). My phone has a "beauty enhancing " option, but I never used it and it's turned off since I got it.

      Thank you <3

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    2. Oh I'm soooo guilty of this blurring thing with lip swatches ^.^ Because.. when I do this extreme macro shots my skin looks horrible. Even after spot removing with photoshop. It's not that bad, it's just the extreme. No one ever looks this close in real life, but on pictures you see everything. So I've quit trying to remove every single thing that could gross people out and started to use a slight blurring filter, too. It's just quicker. Pleaaaaase don't tell me that I lost your respect now *laugh*

      P.S. I never use this beauty enhancing option on my phone either.. it is not that well calibrated, I mean: it doesn't get where my lips and eyes are and I look all wishy washy afterwards ;-)

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    3. You know I never noticed it because you post such small pictures (I don't click on them). What I meant was that extreme obvious blurring, like her for example: https://www.instagram.com/p/8o74A6PuYZ/ But you're completely right about how much worse the camera makes your skin look. I swear I don't have such an uneven skin tone in real life as some of my Galaxy pictures show it, Olympus in much better in that respect (without that portrait function).

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  13. Čestitke še enkrat za 6 let! Super te je brati in spremljati spremembe na blogu! Ostani še naprej najboljša! ;)

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  14. Še enkrat čestitke za tvojo obletnico. You know I adore you :) <3 Saj ni kaj za povedat - keep up the good work ;).
    Zdaj se pa že veselim tvojih novih objav s fotoaparatom. Po pravici povedano si imela že prej boljše fotke, tako da, it can only get better. Je pa res, da fotoaparati še vedno ne ujamejo točnih odtenkov. Vsaj meni se zdi, da je to problem pri vseh. Na ene malo bolj vpliva ozadje in temperature svetlobe, na druge malo manj.
    Essence lak je čsito tvoj odtenek. Za tega sem vedela, da ti bo všeč :). Od L.O.V. mene presenetljivo ni čisto nič navdušilo dovolj, da bi kupila. Najbolj všeč mi je še magnetna embalaža na šminkah :D.
    Essence matt šminko imam jaz tudi v tem odtenku in mi je odtenek kar všeč. Zdaj, ko prihaja jesen, sem spet čisto v jesenskih odtenkih.
    Balea britvica za moške je odlična. Tudi jaz zdaj že nekaj časa uporabljam te cenejše moške, ki so definitivno boljše kot ženske. Se popolnoma strinjam s tabo, ne vem zakaj so ženske tako "plastične", robustne in grobe.

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    1. Hvala <3<3 Ma veš, da se mi sploh ne zdi neka večja razlika s fotoaparatom. Slike so bolj ostre, kaj več pa ne. Se mi zdi, da Samsung še vedno dela lepše portrete, ker mi osvetli ozadje (ti moji temni lasje so tok tečni za slikat), ampak Olympus pa je odličen tam kjer ti manjka svetlobe. Ozadje in stvari, ki so nas slikah, naredijo največjo razliko kar se tiče točnosti odtenkov. Zdaj delam mešanico tako da uporabljam oba fotoaparata.

      Mene od L.O.V. zelo mika tisti korektor z gobico, samo je drag. Pa še kakšen lak bi vzela. Mi je kar lušna znamka, samo cene so pa preveč za meni neznano znamko.

      Ta Essence Mat šminka je na meni preveč roza. Čisto drugačna kot sem si jo predstavljala. Sploh mi nekako ne paše v jesen.

      Se mi zdi, da si mi ravno ti rekla, da je od Balee britvica dobra :). Zato sem se pa zapodila ravno v DM ko sem šla kupovat nekaj novega. Imam eno žensko verzijo od Balee in je obupna - vse se nekaj upogiba, pa tisti traki so samo v napoto. Prav butaste so te ženske verzije :/

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  15. Congratulations on your blog turning 6, I wish you more and more successful blogging years! Your photos are always amazing no matter what device you are using! :)

    Yiota x

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