First Impression and Face of the Day: Catrice Even Skin Foundation 005 Even Ivory

My most anticipated addition to the Catrice range was definitely the Even Skin foundation especially after they promised that it would include an extremely light shade and after stalking several drugstores in my area here we are.

The foundation promises:

-to be longlasting and caring

– instant reduction of redness and dark spots (medium to full coverage)

– more even skin tone within 8 weeks of daily usage

-luminous matte finish

-SPF 25

It comes in a frosted glass bottle with a pump, very straight up, very basic, no frills, no fuzz. The bottle contains the standard 30ml/ 1.01 fl.oz. and costs €7.45.

As per usual you can enlarge all pics by clicking on them.

Let’s have a look how it applied on my skin:

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Here you see my naked face, cleansed and prepared with my Nivea day cream for dry and sensitive skin. My skin is coming back from a nasty spell dehydration, black heads and bumps. I finally switched back to the Neutrogena Anti Black Head Daily Scrub and within two days of using it the bumps have been visibly reduced and the inflammations have gone down what you see here is mainly scarring.

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The foundation is really creamy and looks quite yellow against my skin when it comes out of the bottle.

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In this picture I applied the foundation on the right side of my face with my Rossmann flat top buffing brush.

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And here is the left side applied with the Essential Foundation brush by Real Techniques. The foundation works with both, if anything the coverage is sheerer with the Essential Foundation brush. The foundation goes on very smooth and creamy and a little goes a long way. It is lightly scented but the scent is not noticeable once the foundation is applied.

I know Magi of magi-mania.de said for her this is too light a coverage to warrant the label ‘medium’ but if you look at the following pictures especially you can see that the redness has been blurred over and other blemishes have been covered up, to me this is medium coverage. The foundation is buildable, so you may actually get this to full coverage if you like.

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This is the foundation after about 10 minutes. It settled slightly in the lines under my eyes but once that was blended out it was fine. Within those 10 minutes the foundation did not noticeable oxidize. The finish of the foundation is semi matte and has somewhat of a soft healthy glow.

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Here you can see my face powdered and contoured and the brows filled in.

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Aaand here is the final result and here

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you can see my jaw line better. You can see that the redness has been taken down quite a bit but it is still shining through. I personally like it that way. I did not use any concealers on my face. Neither under my eyes nor anywhere on my skin, this is all the foundation.

On my dry skin the foundation works a treat. It feels creamy and moisturizing, I can feel it on my skin a little bit but it is not crazy heavy.
I’ve been wearing it for about two hours now and despite the oily residue from my moisturizer the foundation hasn’t creased or crawled in any lines and pores and even my oily(er) nose is still matte.

So far the foundation gets a BIG thumbs up from me, of course I’ll have to see how it goes over time but at this point it is holy grail material.

UPDATE
Here is the foundation after 7hrs of wear and a run.

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The bronzer has come off a little bit and my nose and forehead got slightly shiny. When I looked into the mirror close up the foundation had settled slightly into the fine hairs of my skin, but not to a degree where it would have bothered me. Can only repeat what I said before: I really like the foundation, definitely one that is going into the daily rotation, especially as it gets colder and I need more moisture in my skin.

Lastly let’s have a look how it compares to other light foundations:

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from left: Catrice Even Skin 005, MAC SFF NW10, L’Oréal True Match N1, Manhattan Endless Perfection 56 Light Porcelain, Astor Perfect Stay 091

It is the lightest of the bunch, even lighter than my MAC SFF NW 10

And here it is swatched next to the foundations that are readily available in German drugstores

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bottom to top: Catrice Even Skin, Manhattan Endless Perfection, Astor Perfect Stay

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and the three foundations blended out

You can see in the swatches that the Catrice foundation looks almost scarily yellow but it doesn’t look like that on my skin. Astor and Manhattan look more pink. I think the yellow in the Catrice foundation helps to cancel out the red.

There is no swatch of my beloved Max Factor Facefinity All Day Flawless it is for the simple reason that I am out, and I haven’t gotten the chance to pick up a new bottle. From memory I can tell you that it is more neutral than Astor and Manhattan and colorwise sits closer to the new Catrice foundation.

I hope this help some of you with the decision whether to pick up the new Catrice foundation or not. It is very light, quite possibly the lightest on the market.

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My Vanity Tour/ Make Up Storage – September 2014

I’m still easing myself back into blogging or normal life in general at the moment so I thought I’d do so with a rather picture- heavy post.

I’ve been working on my vanity for a while and I quite like it even though I am far from perfectly happy with it but it will do for  now. All elements are IKEA unless otherwise specified. I am going to let you peek into all of my drawers. If there is a drawer where you want me to go into detail, please tell me so in the comments.
A little disclaimer: 1) I have more products then any person alone would need but I am working on using them up 2) I am also not doing this to brag but maybe someone who has as little space as me can get inspiration how to fit a lot of make up into it *cough.

Let’s go from the top:

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This is an overview as of now. The shelf is Billy, the drawers are Moppe (LOVE those, so convenient), the big mirror is our old bathroom mirror that I dressed up a little bit with aluminium foil and fake ivy strands.

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The top of the four drawer Moppe holds all of my day to day skincare (moisturizers. Cleansers are in the bathroom but I don’t want to store my creams there) as well as some random hair products and my beloved cotton swabs.

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The middle of the surface has the foundations and lip products that I reach for the most, plus my Naked 2 (still in its box, not ready to toss that) also bobby pins and random hoop earrings, love me some hoops.

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The other corner is home to my mascaras, eye liners in pencil form, chubby lipsticks and lip pencils.

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The top left drawer of my Moppe has my everyday-stuff: Eybrow set by Catrice, concealers, essence all about matt pressed powder, small black pencils that I want to use up, eyelash curlers, sharpeners and the mascara that I am currently using up.

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The top right drawer holds most of my drugstore palettes, quads and duos. I have a strict one in-one out policy for this drawer. I am only allowed to buy a new one when I am ready to let go of one of the old ones. Easier said then done I tell you. But I was strong and refrained from buying one of the Hello Autumn palettes so yay me!

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The bottom left drawer has all of my cream shadows, gel liners, also loose shadows, pigments and my depotted UD Primer Potion samples.

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The bottom right drawer has all of my single drugstore shadows plus my sun club fiver and essence quads. Especially the essence quad that peeks through at the top of the pic is one of my faves, it’s absolutely fool-proof and easy to handle and gives a lovely neutral eye.

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Let’s move below the surface, shall we? Here you can see the contents of my back up drawer. It holds mostly shampoos and foundations because I tend to rotate through those, it has also back up lash curlers, brush cleanser, shower gels, etc.

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The top left drawer of my six drawer Moppe has random foundations and primers. I have to sort through these and see what still works and what doesn’t, maybe I can move my foundations from the back up drawer in here (doubtful, there may be too many)

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The top right drawer has all my drugstore bronzers, blushers and highlighters plus one lonely Bronze Goddess sample. I already decimated this collection but there may be more movement soon.

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The middle left drawer holds all of my MAC lipsticks plus my beloved Benefit Ms. Behavin. They don’t fit into my MAC storage anymore but I like to have them seperate so I have them on my fingertips whenever I want to wear one.

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The middle right drawer is home to my lipglosses. For the fact that I don’t even like lipglosses I have about a sh*t ton of them. I already sorted a couple out but there are some that I can’t let go of, because I actually do really like them when I remember to wear them.

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The bottom left drawer of the six-drawer Moppe is reserved for my drugstore nude lipsticks. I still love my nudes even though they get swapped out a lot for bright or deep colors recently and that is why…

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… the bottom right drawer looks like this. Lots of deep reds and bright pinks and a lot of stuff in between. All of them drugstore except for the Chanel and Anayake samples which I need to move to the MAC lippy drawer. Anayake has the most amazing deep dark dried blood red lipstick I have ever seen. So glad I have this one in my arsenal for fall and winter.

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This is the rest of the bottom shelf that has make up-y stuff on it, oh, and my rings. I don’t wear those nearly enough. In the corner you can see my brushes, which I keep seperated by eyes and face brushes. The glossy box underneath has my suncare which I need to toss out because I had the stuff for two years now and you are only supposed to have it for one. Welp. The dark brown trunk-like box has my MAC stash, the little black box on the top my MAC single shadows.

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There you go.

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I’ve been thinking a lot about ‘the perfect stash’ recently and I came to the conclusion that my MAC stash comes pretty damn close. If I lost all my make up but got to keep my MAC things and maybe my Naked 2 because I just bought that, all I needed to add would be a brown liner pencil, black liquid liner, mascara, setting powder and some brow powder and I would be good to go for every occasion. It is a bit of a shock when you realize that most of your drugstore make up may be pretty and hold memories in some cases but it is really superfluous.

As per usual you can click on the pics to make them bigger. I hope you had fun rummaging through my stuff 🙂

Haul and First Impressions: MAC Face and Body and more…

Photo 21-05-2014 13 41 10I hinted at it in my recent Sunday Round Ups but yeah, I have put two hellish months behind me and it seems I did well. Off I went to treat myself. Initially I didn’t want to splurge but that 10% off- Douglas Card offer vaulted me over the edge (that and the packaging for the Alluring Aquatics by MAC, I mean, O. M. G. … !!!)

I actually went in to get matched for the MAC Face and Body foundation. Recently my skin has been really great and I was craving a lightweight sheer foundation to get me over the summer and I knew MAC F&B would deliver and on top I knew from reviews that it also lasts very well on the skin. If that doesn’t scream summer I don’t know what does!
I got matched to C1, which is the lightest of the bunch. The Maccine tried N2 and N1 on me, but N2 was too dark and N1 came out too dark and yellow as well (weirdly enough). C1 pretty much hit the nail on the head, though. Generally I have to say I had a great experience at our MAC counter today, she even took me outside so I could look at my face in daylight and she was very nice and helpful.

And then Alluring Aquatic happened. I am a little upset that I didn’t get a lipstick anymore because they were all sold out already but I just HAD to get one thing from the collection because the packaging is the most stunning I have ever seen. Ever. I might actually go back tomorrow and pick one of the nailpolishes up as well (naughty). I was torn between one of the Extra Dimension blushes and one of the Extra Dimension bronzers and after my lovely Maccine swatched both on me I fell for the bronzer. Hard. So in the end and enabled by the 10% off I took it home with me.

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Look at the packaging with the droplets on it. Look. At. It. Oooooh!

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And here’s to the first impressions:

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Naked Face

 

In this picture you can see my bare skin. It is very hot over here today and I am very hormonal, so please do excuse the spots and the redness. I primed my skin by applying the Rival de Loop Hydro Moisturizing Gel, which I also hauled today. I used it underneath my Diadermine day cream because my skin was a bit sore after being cleansed three times in less than 6 hours (morning cleanse, cleansing wipe at MAC and taking the dirt of the city off before applying the new foundation -.-). The gel contains panthenol and duo-hyaluron and it soothed my skin immediately. It is very lightweight and sank in very quickly but it still felt really moisturizing. It also seemed to let my skin absorb my moisturizer better and quicker, I really enjoy it so far.
I also tried the soothing eye cream from the same range because I ran out of my Chanel Hydra Beauty eye gel- sample and I actually think I like the RdL eye cream better. It is even more moisturizing and a little creamier then the Chanel gel (it’s still a gel/cream formula just like the Chanel, though).

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Just Face and Body

 

You can actually see how the foundation calmed down the redness and evened out my skintone already. I buffed the foundation on with a flat top synthetic kabuki brush. F&B is waterbased, which means it is very liquidy when it comes out of the bottle, but it sets very quickly. It even feels a little bit sticky for a second or two, but really for just that long. On its own the foundation has a very glowy finish without being oily or moving around a lot and it is pretty much undetectable on the skin. It melted into my skin and set and it hasn’t budged until now, despite the hot sultry weather we have today. Granted at this point I only had it on for about 5 hours but I also ran around in the heat already and got sweaty and everything is still in place.

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Face and Body and concealer

I used the Rimmel Match Perfection concealer under my eyes and around my nose and the Catrice Camouflage on any spots (both in 010 Ivory). The concealers melted very nicely into the foundation. Another major point pro Face and Body: I suffer from enlarged pores mainly on my nose (ick-factor right there, sorry) and the F&B blurrs over the pores without sitting in them or otherwise highlighting them. That was my major concern, that it wouldn’t cover my pores well enough but it did.

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F&B, concealer, powder

I lightly powdered with my essence all about matt powder and a duofiber stipling brush. It didn’t stay matte for long, BUT I also didn’t get overly oily. The foundation just went back to being glowy and skin-like.

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And here is the final look with MAC Alluring Aquatic Extra Dimension Bronzer Aphrodite’s Shell on my cheeks, Max Factor Masterpiece Glide On Liner in black/brown in a half-line and L’Oréal Miss Manga in black on my lashes. I filled in my brows with the Catrice Brow Set.

Aphrodite’s Shell only got a C on Temptalia but mainly because it is such a sheer veil and won’t show up on medium to darker complexions, but on me as the extremely fair dainty doll that I am this bronzer is borderline perfect. It gives me a wash of sunkissed color, melts into my skin and gives almost like a soft focus effect. It doesn’t show up very well on pictures, though. In reality I have this very soft bronzey glow on my cheeks, but my camera won’t cooperate. It looks like I have some splotch of brown color on my cheek, oh well….

To sum this up I am in love with all of my purchases today! It seems I had the Midas touch with all of the things I bought. Keep in mind that this is a first impression not a proper review and a bit of a rave at that. I will keep on wearing everything and see what happens. So far no MAC foundation has broken me out and I sincerely hope it stays that way, same goes for the skin care.
If you are looking for a review of that green polish check back on sisterhoodofthetravellingnailpolish.wordpress.com in the next couple of days, I will get one up there soon.

Do you have any experience with MAC F&B or MAC in general? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Read y’all on Sunday, have a good one 🙂

Beauty Awards 2013

I know, I know. It’s sunday. Sunday means Sunday Round Up. Well, not this week. The new year is just about 5 days old and since everybody and their mother are doing a best of 2013 I thought I’d do one too. The title of this post is heavily inspired by Essie from Essiebutton who did a 2013 Make Up Awards type thing on her youTube –> watch here (it’s in English), and one of the 2013 awards definitely goes to her, because I just loved watching her all year long. She has the coolest, sweetest personality and I just watched all of her videos the second I found out she had a new one in my sub-box.

Now let’s dig into the products I put together:

Bodycare:

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My favorite body care item of the year was my Balea Soft Oil Balm. Nothing keeps my skin as soft and healthy looking as this guy, plus with 1.75€ per bottle it is really affordable.

Skincare:

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My life saver or ‘face-saver’ this year was La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (Euro version). It calms down the redness, helps my blemishes to heal quicker and really uncloggs and smoothes over everything.

Haircare:

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L’Oréal’s EverPure range definitely takes the cake here. At the moment I am using the moisturizing shampoo, moisturizing conditioner, volumizing conditioner and the deep conditioning mask. They work wonders for my hair, keeping my color treated, heat-stressed strands soft, shiny and healthy. Plus the scent is just the best thing ever for my nose. If I could have that in a perfume or a fabric softner I would totally go for it.

Decorative:

Base:

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Most worn foundation of the year was definitely MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid in NW10. It is a medium to full coverage foundation, a little goes a long way, it doesn’t oxidize too much, it doesn’t break me out and it makes my skin look very flawless. I don’t wear too much concealer but if I do it is the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in 1 Fair. I didn’t really have a favorite powder this year, I’ve just been using stuff up, which will continue a little while into the new year. My favorite contour was Catrice Hip Trip Hydrating Bronzer. It is not too orange, it’s not too dark and it reminds me a lot of Harmony by MAC.

Eyes:

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Favorite eyshadow base/cream shadow is my Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 h in Pink Gold/Inked in Pink. I wear this when ever I wear eyeshadow. It doesn’t crease, it lasts a very long time and keeps everything safely in place.
Favorite powder eyeshadow this year is one that I haven’t even featured yet on this blog: It is MAC Vex. Vex is a lovely dove grey with a slight pink and green shift to it. It is my go-to color on days where I don’t want to or can’t spend too much time on my make up. This, some black liner and a ton of mascara and you’re good to go.
While we’re at it, favorite liners this year were Max Factor Color X-pert waterproof  liquid liner and MAC Feline Kohl Power pencil. The award for favorite mascara goes to Max Factor 2000 Calorie. Super black, volumizing, and holds a curl without being waterproof = perfection.

Lips:

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Favorite Lipstick,… do I really have to say it? Yeah, sorry! Rimmel Kate Moss 107. Honorable mention goes to the fabulous Astor Lip Butters! Especially the nude one (name has rubbed off, hate when that happens) is a staple for me whenever I have dry lips or don’t know what else to wear. They are super moisturizing, have a lovely sheen and an even nicer color pay off. Generally 2013 has been the year of the colored lip for me. All the years before I preferred nude because it was the easier and safer way and this year I was finally brave enough to go all out. Reds, pinks, wine colors it was all there and I am glad, because it gives me more room to play.

What were your faves 2013?

Blogmas Day #10: [Christmas Make Up #2] Glittery Lips

Jeez Louise, what a day this was. First off I am running on 2 hours of sleep today, insomnia has me in its ugly paws again. Secondly, the busdrivers in my state are on strike, so I couldn’t get to Uni in the morning, thank goodness my professor was understanding and didn’t add it to my missed-a-lesson-list. As I couldn’t go to school, I went to work early. I worked for 10 hours straight and now here I am waiting for my pizza to get cooked but also very eager to share another Christmas MU with you.

Well, eager-ish. Two things are wrong with this post: 1) I don’t like the pictures, the lighting was horrid and 2) by no means does my camera the sparkle on my lips justice. Either way I picked out the pictures that I didn’t absolutely hate and I will tell you what I did:

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What I did to my lips is actually super simple but it gives a great effect (I think at least). I applied a matte but still creamy lipstick ( in this case MAC’s Deeply Adored) and coated it in cosmetic glitter (MAC Reflects Pearl). It was SO nice! My lips sparkled from every angle and looked in person a little bit as if they were coated in hoar frost. I wish I had pictures that do the effect justice :(.

I chose a creamy lipstick to give the loose glitter something to stick to. Obviously you can use any color and finish you like, lip glosses might work for this too! A nice aspect, I found, is that the glitter seals the lipstick into place and makes it almost kissproof with out drying the formula out like a powder would, which makes this a very long lasting lip look. I made it safely and with barely any loss of color through eating dinner -> great for parties, or long christmas eve festivities as they are held at my house.

The MAC glitters (they have various different shades) are available in the pro stores and from the website. essence, however, has sparkly shades in their pigments range that you could use, which comes one heck of a lot cheaper than the MAC ones or you could just google cosmetic glitter and I am sure you can find cheaper sources than MAC on the internet. Please be aware that many cosmetic glitters are sadly not eye-safe, as they are basically ground glass. Using them on your lips will surely not hurt you but please double check that you can use them on the eyes before you put them there!

Yes, the glitter lips are bold (especially with that base color) but I am seriously tempted to wear them on christmas eve! What do you think? Should I try to pull it off?

Blogmas Day #3: Classic Smokey Eye Christmas MU #1

Welcome to day #3. Today is the first day I feel almost like myself again which basically means I’m trying to get caught up on all the cleaning I’ve been wanting to do over the weekend *phew

It also means that I am ready to introduce another Blogmas- staple to you. I am currently trying to figure out what make up I want to wear for Christmas Eve, so I thought I’d take you along. Every tuesday (except for Christmas Eve) I will show you a look that I did. The products used may not be available anymore but obviously take what you have in your stash and/ or substitute colors and finishes to your liking, should you want to do a similar look.

Today I chose a simple classic Smokey Eye in sparkly silvers and greys.

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On the eyes I used a combination of Maybelline Color Tattoo Pink Gold and NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk as a base. The stickiness of Milk helps keep the sparkle of the eyeshadows in place. Eyeshadow-wise I used an old L’Oréal ColorAppeal Trio Pro palette in 350 Pure Silver (d/c). I went for the classic order: lightest color in the inner corner, middle color all over the lid and darkest as a subtle shade in the outer v. I tightlined with MAC Feline and used it also on the lower lashline, mascara is my trusted essence multi action original.

To counteract the grey I went for something peachy on the cheeks and lips, on my cheeks I have an old Catrice blush in Peach Sorbet (d/c, but Catrice usually has a peachy blush in the range one way or another), on my lips I’m wearing Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in 070 Soft Nude. Revlon is not available in Germany anymore but peachy nudes are relatively easy to dupe.

By the way, I am wearing a new foundation in the pic. I do like the finish a lot but I feel it looks ridiculously yellow on me (it is supposed to be neutral, though). What do you think? Yay or nay?

London Love

As you may have read on her blog Snowhoney was in London in October and she took some of her limited time there and made some of my make up dreams come true. So here we go:

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Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss 107

I can’t even tell you how long I’ve been eyeing this lipstick! Amongst the British YouTubers everybody and their mother and their mother’s dog wears this. It is the most perfect burgundy/oxblood red and I just LOVE this against my extremely pale skin. It goes on quite matte so the color is easier to control (don’t get me started on the MAC Dark Deed desaster, a blackened red in an amplified finish, what was I even thinking?!) but it is still creamy enough that it is not drying at all. Actually it is very comfortable on the lips. Also I just found a technique to apply dark lipstick without smearing it all over my face, I might even give Dark Deed another go.

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Rimmel Moisture Renew 630 Coral Britannia

My biggest regret when Rimmel left the German market was that I didn’t try the Moisture Renew lipsticks earlier. I managed to snap up Vintage Pink and Berry Queen on clearance and they are such a winter staple for me, I don’t want to miss them ever again. Either way the range got a re-design, I think they may have re-formulated them as well, but Coral Britannia is just as lovely and moisturizing in texture as the other two I own, maybe a little less buttery and with a little more slip but nothing to get upset about. Coral Britannia is a pale coral-orange, with a hint of pink and some shimmer. So far I have only swatched it on my lips but I can’t wait to wear it.

Along with those two she gave me the super pretty No7 Lip Kit she showed on her blog, too, but I thought I’d also share my 5 cents with you:

The kit has the Stay Perfect Lipstick in Classic Rose and the High Shine Lip Gloss in Smile and a very nice lip brush. One of the appeals of No7 make up for me is that until just recently Lisa Eldridge was creative director for the brand. She is one of my absolute heroes in the make up scene, I admire her style and technique and deeply respect her vast knowledge and experience, but back to the products:

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No7 Perfect Stay Lipstick in Classic Rose

This thing stays and stays and stays oO It goes on super creamy and then sets matte, it hugs the lips almost like a second layer of skin and it powers through everything: eating, drinking, everything! I still had it on my lips after 8 hours, impressive! The color is what it says on the tube, a beautiful rose color. I’ve been looking for something like this for a while without any luck. Until this came around, it’s perfect: not as in your face as a red lip, not too dark and not invisible like a ‘your lips but better color’. I may show you this in a Face of the Day if I get around to it over the weekend.

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No7 High Shine Lip Gloss Smile

Normally I am not a lip gloss person. At all. I wore this yesterday though, and was impressed. It is a gloss, alright, but it doesn’t have that tacky glassy gloss that I can’t stand, but more like a creamy shine. For me this is a ‘your lips but better color’ which on top of everything plumps and moisturizes my lips. It does tingle a little bit upon application but that wears off very quickly. It lasts quite long on my lips for a gloss and even after the shine is gone there is still a protective layer on my lips that feels cushion-y and nourishing. It’s so easy to wear and so moisturizing it might become a winter staple, too.

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Lipswatches (top to bottom): Rimmel Moisture Renew 630 Coral Britannia, Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss 107, No7 Stay Perfect Lipstick in Classic Rose

And another make up dream came true. I now own THE concealer. And it matches my skintone perfectly and it is just amazing, ugh *___*

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Collection Lasting Finish Concealer in 1 Fair

Oh you guys, I can’t rave enough about this. It is creamy yet covers everything. It sets rather quickly so I wouldn’t start making coffee in between applying and blending it. Once it is in place it stays all day. It doesn’t change color when it sets and it is not drying under the eye. I can absolutely see why everybody is all over this!

I am absolutely in love with all my London goodies! I wish I had five pairs of lips so I could wear them all at once but I will have to limit myself. Thanks again, darling, for giving me these especially Coral Britannia , you know why! I wish it were as easy to share lipsticks as it is nailpolishes.