17 August 2017

From Dusk Till Dawn


it has been a while since Catrice team gifted me this duo and I have been testing it and using it in different ways. It sure does look lovely when it is brand new because of the embossing but make-up items are supposed to be used not kept on the pedestal. Well, that is just my humble opinion, what is yours?

It is Catrice Travelight Story LE From Dusk Till Dawn blush & bronzer duo.

As mentioned the embossing on it is very pretty but it is pressed quite deep in the pan because I received it towards the end of June and I have been using it quite a lot and the print is still very visible. If you flip the palette the back side is mirrored, it is not a perfect mirror but it can get useful on the road (to check if there is food between your teeth or if the lipstick has smeared all over your chin...).

Both colors are very pigmented, maybe the blush is a tad more so if you are among pale people you should be careful and try to apply little by little to avoid clown cheeks.

Bronzer has golden undertone and it is quite warm but not too orangey to look unnatural. It contains little golden specks that add some dimension and I like that a lot. Matte cheek products just aren't for me.
Blush has that beautiful bright vibrancy to it. Warm coral shade is unique in my blush collection (the last time I counted and almost fainted, I discovered that I own 30 blushes!!!). It doesn't have the same glow-shimmer as the bronzer does but at the same time it is not a flat or chalky matte. I have to be really careful not to apply to much and when I succeed it looks very fresh and healthy on my skin but usually I would add some highlighter on top to make it extra glowy ;)

I think that this duo was a visual highlight from this collection and after trying and using it for over one month I can say that the quality and color combo really works. I even started to use them as an eye shadows, bronzer offers great warm base and a little pop of coral in the center of the lid elevates every brown shadow to the next level. They are not my absolute favorites but both are very high on my list. All in all I am very happy with this product and I know I will use it also in the cooler months to bring some of the Summer memories back.

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16 August 2017



we are already in the second part of August and Summer is almost over. I am excited for Autumn but I hate Winter, cold and snow just aren't my thing so clinging on Summer inspired product is a recurring thing for me.

First we have Essence keep it perfect fixing spray. I already talked about it in July and I still agree that it works for me. It doesn't keep my skin matte but it prevents my make-up from separating in this hot weather. There is a tiny bit left in the bottle but I can't get it out so I when I will repurchase it I will just pour what is left in the new bottle. I mentioned that I would like to try the matte version but I couldn't find it so I will repurchase this one.

Next we have a Sun Dance SPF 30 sun cream or should I say foam.

I bought both versions, the one above that is empty smells like sweet strawberries and the other one that still has some product left is melon scented. They both have rather strong fragrances but they don't smell plasticky or too fake.

Before every use you shake it and press the top button and this dense foam comes out (can you see a cat on the above photo?), it spreads very easy but it does leave a sticky feeling behind. I don't mind it when I'm on the beach because I get sweaty anyways but I don't like to use it in my everyday life. I find this product interesting, it is something new but I won't be repurchasing it again. The melon scented one I will use next year on a vacation and that will be it.

This Avon Calming Effects redness corrector green primer is super old. I actually haven't use it in years, it was just sitting there and taking space. I finally picked it up and toss it away. I don't think it was available for long, maybe that is because it is nothing special? I remember it being pretty green and sticky. After applying it all over my face it didn't feel good, I was convinced that my make-up won't be able to cover the color up correctly and the stickiness bothered me too much. This one was definitely a failed purchase for me.

Another Avon make up product in the line. This is old Avon SuperShock Vivid liquid eye shadow in Chromed Cocoa. It comes in this lip gloss type of packaging with the dove foot applicator, the pigment settles on the bottom and water like liquid stays at the top before using it you have to shake it to mix the two component and then you apply it straight to the lid. At first it feels a bit wet but it settles quickly so you have to be fast, I used the applicator to get it on the lid and then I blend it with my fingertips. The color sheers out but you can always apply more layer but be careful, it can start look patchy and thick if you use too much. I personally prefer more sheer look so one layer was usually enough but it gets more orangey bronze, I also struggled with the perfect application. On one eye I always used more than on the other or went too high up in my crease. To get the symmetrical look on both eyes was hard, I started to force myself to use it more often but I decided to stop. I have way too many beautiful eye shadows that are much easier to navigate and I like the colors better so why bother?

Second to last product is a replacement. Mine was exactly the same only in the old packaging. I took it with me on a vacation because it was almost empty and I estimated that I will be able to use it up completely but I must of lost it so I borrowed my moms new version of it. It is Avon ultra shiny gloss in Naturally Nude (now it is offered under the Mark brand and has white details instead of black). These glosses are some of my favorite and I was so happy that they came back with them. I used to own 7 tubes of them but now I'm gradually using them all up, in fact I'm only left with two and when they will be gone I will repurchase them again. My favorite and still available are Watermelon Pop and the one above in Naturally Nude. This shade is nude with a hint of peach in it and it has a cream finish (some shades have shimmer). They smell fruity and sweet and last for quite a while. The convenient tube makes application super easy and while the tubes hold whooping 15 ml of product they are small enough to fit in almost any pocket.

The very last item is Figs & Rouge Wild Cherry lip balm. I already used up one of them and I don't like them. They are natural and organic but nothing special in terms of moisture. The formula feels very thin and it disappears from the lips pretty fast, this one was clear so I used it on my cuticles as well. At first it feels very greasy but in terms of nourishing it felt flat. The scent was very fake. I actually can't think of one thing that I liked about it. Unfortunately I have one more to go through but I will leave it till next year, I feel like I need a break from this disappointing formula.

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15 August 2017

Tulips R Better Than One


what are your thoughts on the scented nail polish? I always thought it is unnecessary and a bit gimmicky but I picked one scented bottle up to see what the fuss is all about.

Catrice Soft Blossom Tulips R Better Than One shade is cool toned pink, it looks like they added some lavender hues in it and the scent? I can barely detect it when the polish is dry on my nails, I honestly wouldn't pick it up for that feature alone.

The brush is standard and not as wide as it is in the 'new' ICONails gel lacquers. I find it very easy to navigate and due to its narrowness painting the pinkys and toes wasn't an issue.
Even though the bottle looks small it contains whooping 11 ml of product, that should last me lifetime.

When it dries it is not super glossy but it also isn't matte, I would say something in between. I experienced some minor bubbles which weren't as obvious in person as they are in the photo but it was totally my fault. I was painting them outside on a very hot day, I was in a rush because I had to pack for a vacation which took place the next day. I wore it on my vacation on nails and toes. I was soaking in salty water and strolling on the hot beach, usually my nail polish starts to chip and fall of but this baby lasted the entire time. Yes, there was some tip wear but no chips and I didn't reapply it once, I also didn't use any top coat.
I know that the price is a bit higher that their 'average' line but in terms of longevity I think it is fair because you get a stellar polish. I would say I'm not a pink nail polish kind of gal but this particular shade turned me over, I'm still not interested in bright warm pinks or fuchsia tones but I can see myself wearing this shade all year around.
I like this long lasting, almost one coater polish so much that next time when I will be in the store I will see if they have some more 'me approved' shades.

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13 August 2017

Kisses from Havana


have you spotted Cubanita TE from Essence and did you buy anything from it? I really like the color scheme of the collection but only to look at, I'm not very adventurist when it come to applying color to my face so I wanted to skip on this one altogether until the Essence team surprised me with a couple of products,

This is Essence Cubanita wet look lip lacquer in the Kisses from Havana shade. It is highly pigmented and very wet looking lip gloss.

It comes with a flat doe foot applicator that makes application quite easy but you still have to be careful because the color is so highly pigmented.

It is very opaque and has zero shimmer (those little reflections are just my arm hairs, opss).
The scent/taste is different than any other lip product that Essence has, it is fruitier and sweeter, if that makes sense. I like it a lot and even after the shine is gone (around two hours) you are left with a nice even stain and the taste is still there is you lick it.

The color is purple with pink undertone, it is quite similar (pigmentation, high shine and after a couple of hours when the gloss wears off the stain ramains) to the shine, shine, shine gloss in the Runway, your way, except that one is even darker and more plumy looking but the formula feels very similar.

This gloss is also very moisturizing and comfortable to wear. I wish it would be a little less bright because whenever I wear it I'm always looking for shiny surfaces to check if it smeared or got on my teeth. So far that haven't happened but the racing heartbeat is always present. I like the formula, scent and how it feels but I would make it a little less pigmented and in some neutral color.

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12 August 2017

Coral me maybe


I bought this blush a while ago, when it wasn't in the process of being discontinued. I have the other two colors and I love them so much that they are in my top five blushes but this one feels a bit different.

It is Catrice Illuminating blush in the shade Coral me maybe, is it just me or anyone else can hear 'the song'?

It looks beautiful with it's zig zag pattern and I have a soft spot for peachy/coral blushes so I predicted that I will love it even before I spent my money on it but I was left disappointed a bit or maybe I should say that it is not what I expected to be.
Yes, this blush too has some random shimmer particles but they don't bother me since I like some glow on the cheeks, it is the color that surprised me.

First swatch is made with mixing both colors together, second one was hard to get because of the placing in the pan but I tried and manged and the last, barely there stripe is made only with the middle color.
As mentioned I love the other two shades (I'm nuts about you and La vie en Rose) but this one felt a bit flat. When I swirl my brush in it very little product gets on the brush and I just end up dipping my brush in it for at east three times for one cheek, I like less opaque blushes so I have more control but this one is just a tad too sheer plus the color is barely there. All I see on my cheeks is a golden glow, it looks like a highlighter on my skin (third swipe). It is not bad, it actually look nice but it is not what I expected, I spent my money on a beautiful looking peachy blush instead I got golden highlighter that actually looks nice but I already have around five other highlighters that gives me the same effect.
I hope this doesn't come across as a rant because it is a lovely product, it is just not what I was expecting. Did you ever buy something that looked completely different when you used it?

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10 August 2017

Wish I was a Mermaid


I know, I know, this one is old but I still wanted to expose it here. Some smaller drugstores can't sell everything and it happened to me that I found some pieces one year after they were released. If you are lucky you can find them too and maybe this lipstick is worth the wait.

Essence Next Stop: Summer TE Wish I was a Mermaid lipstick. 

Don't let the soft green color fool you, it does not look like that on the skin. At first it is actually pretty sheer and after a couple of minutes it starts changing into peachy pink color. It is not as intense as the other shade Little Miss Sunshine (I gave it to my mom and she loves it so much that I bought her a back up of it).

This is how it looks on me. Photo was taken after a couple of layers so the color is visible and I took it right after applying fresh layer so it looks a bit glossy but that shine goes away after about 20-30 minutes and you are left with a stain. I like to feel some product on my lips and after it dries I feel the need to reapply constantly, thankfully this color doesn't build up that fast and I can actually take it with me to work and use it without a mirror.
It has a nice fruity scent that makes me feel like I'm on a vacation.
I think this is a nice hybrid between a lip balm and a stain but I wish it would be more nourishing and that the balmy texture would stay on for longer, other than that I like it a lot. I'm not as crazy about it as my mom is but I'm still not passing it to a friend and considering how many lip products I have that means a lot.

Thank you Essence team for letting me try this.

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09 August 2017

& the lovely little things


today I received another parcel which was ripped open just outside of my post office. I had enough decency to close the car doors so I wasn't too obvious. Don't judge, you would probably do the same.

I got one out of the three eye shadow palettes (the other two are neutral, one consist of all matte and the other of all shimmery shades, they seem more like 'me' shades but Essence team decided to gift me the grey one) named & our secret date at midnight. I probably wouldn't pick it up myself but I'm glad that I got it, it has a major throwback for me. I remember when I started wearing eye shadows which was in high school and I only had a couple but they were all ether silver or gray. It doesn't come with a mirror but it does have a double ended brush with one actual brush and on the other side is a sponge tip applicator.

Next is super duper cute lip balm & we kissed with intoxicating fruity mango scent. I haven't tried it yet but I have a feeling that I will buy some backups just because the scent is so great. The pink one is supposed to smell like strawberries which sound just as delicious.

The last item is 2 in 1 nail file. I usually don't buy these type of sand paper files but I guess they can come handy if you travel (it feels super light and you can take it with you on a plane). I haven't use one of these in a really long time so it will be interesting to see if they are any better quality, than what I remember them to be.

Thank you Essence team for sending this package my way, I really appreciate it.

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