My Favorite Summer Nude

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Nail swatch of Crew First! also absolutely LOVE the bottle design!

Part of my Project100 was to teach me to only buy things that I really need and would wear more than once and so far I am doing really well. One addition to my nail stash (which still needs to be broken down further – I’m still far away from my goal of 50 bottles period) is Crew First! from the essence nauti girl limited edition. I absolutely loved the idea of the collection with it’s nautical inspiration and mixture of crisp white blue and red.

Crew First! is a very light salmony pastell color. Not quite as light and airy as essie fiji or find me an oasis, but close enough that I can pull it off. The color is a few shades lighter than my skintone so to me it is the perfect nude. To me it makes my hands look really clean and put together. One of those colors that you can chuck on and it is going to be appropriate for any event that is coming your way that week.

The polish goes on a bit streaky but it was okay for me in two coats, but I would let the first coat dry a little bit before the second to avoid bald spots. Three coats would probably make it completely perfect.

It lasts 3-4 days on me until it starts to chip, which is solid especially when you take into account that I work with my hands a lot.

In the picture you can see 1 coat of OPI Nail Envy, 2 coats of essence nauti girl Crew First! and 1 coat of Seche Vite.

The polish is limited edition but the trays just arrived in my hometown so I think you’ll be able to still get it if you like. I bought this polish with my own money.

Btw: Crew First! is ever so slightly lighter and less brown than essie spin the bottle. Close enough for a dupe? You decide!

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Crew First! vs. essie spin the bottle

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Confessions of a Mascara Addict #2: L’Oréal, Manhattan, Catrice and Max Factor

Finally I got around to photograph the second installment of Confessions of a Mascara Addict. I put 6 new mascaras to the test and here are the results:

 

 

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Naked Eyes

My lashes are naturally rather straight and stubborn and a little sparse towards the corners. I am looking for a mascara that really holds a curl and emphasizes my corner lashes, makes my lashes in general really black, long and thick.

 

1. L’Oréal Volume Million Lashes

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Black, rubber brush, gold packaging;  this is almost a classic. I like it a lot. It holds a curl, volumizes and seperate the lashes. You can see one coat, in fact all of the pictures show one coat on my lashes. The wand is a really hard rubber brush that kind of stings when it touches the sensitive upper waterline  and the formula is perceptibly scented. The wand is a weird stumpy shape and really thick, all of those things aside though, it gives a nice result.

 

2. L’Oréal Miss Manga Mega Volume

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This one I am really impressed with. Super black, holds a curl and gives length and volume. It builds up really nicely. A couple of days ago I just wore two coats of this, some blush and natural lipstick and my lashes were really prominent on my face. Really thick and long and black without being clumpy. This mascara seems to have been received really controversely, some people love it, some people hate it, I count myself safely in the group of people who loves this mascara. The wand has normal bristles, is really big and flexible, it is cut in a conical shape with a sort of wave-profile along the outline. The thicker end really helps to catch the outer lashes.

3.Manhattan Ultimate Long & Curl

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I used to wear a previous version of this when I was maybe 14 or 15 and fell back in love when I picked this up when it was in offer. The formula seems to have fibres in it, which I quite like but  I know some people don’t. It makes my lashes really thick and long, doesn’t hold the curl that well but it is still pretty great. With this you have to be a bit careful that it doesn’t clump up, but I think as love as you don’t layer coat over coat on, you should be fine. This has a garden-variety mascara wand with normal bristles, if anything it is a little shorter than other brushes.

4. Manhattan X-treme Last WP

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This gives a very natural result and if you like that, this mascara is your thing. I prefer a little more oomph to my lashes so this is not really my thing. Aside from that it is not a bad product at all. The brush is long, slim and has normal bristles. It tints the lashes nice and black, holds a curl but doesn’t really volumize or lengthen.

 

5. Max Factor Clump Defy WP/ Covergirl Clump Crusher WP

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This is another one with a very natural result. Thankfully I got that 30% off or I would be really upset  about spending a lot of money on a mascara that I won’t wear or at least won’t wear much. This one really separates the lashes it holds the curl but the lengthening powers are not that great and it is not really volumizing. It has a slightly curved rubber brush, which generally I like but the formula just doesn’t do for me.  I am a little disappointed with this. Again, not a bad product, just not enough oomph for me.

 

6. Catrice Glamour Doll WP

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Out of the mascaras shown here this is by far my favorite. It lengthens, volumizes, separates and holds the curl until I take it off in the evening. I may have found a holy grail mascara here, plus at 4,45€ this is VERY affordable. I really like the slim long rubber brush, too. It allows me to apply the mascara without smudging it all over my eyelid.

 

Round up:

None of these mascaras irritated or stung my eyes, they are all easily removable with my bebe young care quick&clean cleansing lotion for sensitive skin. The ones that are on power rotation right now are the Glamour Doll and because I try not to use WP mascaras all the time not to dry out my lashes too much I switch it out with the Miss Manga on a regular basis.

 

If you still like to see some more mascara mini reviews you can read the first confessions chapter here.

Blogmas Days #19& #20: A New Foundation and Christmas Make Up #3

I missed another day of blogmas. Shame on me! To make up for that I thought I would combine what I wanted to yesterday with what I wanted to do today.

Let’s start with my bare face.

bare faced

bare faced

My skin is quite alright at the moment, only a little redness on my forehead adn cheeks. Next I applied my Catrice Prime and Fine primer, it is Christmas after all and I want my foundation to stay all night.

Catrice Prime and Fine

Catrice Prime and Fine

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L’Oréal the foundation True Match N1 Ivory

After the Prime and Fine I buffed on my new foundation. I ordered it from feelunique.com as this shade is not available in Germany. It is L’Oréal the foundation True Match in N1 Ivory. I loved L’Oréal’s True Match foundations for a long time, but in Germany they start with N2, which is simply too dark for  me. With the True Match a little goes a long way: One pump is enough to cover my whole face and the foundation feels super light on my skin, almost as if I wasn’t even wearing anything, but it has medium to full coverage. It is important though to shake the foundation up before you apply it otherwise it will look cakey. It stays on well, it makes my skin look great and it has a slightly dewy finish. IT comes in a hefty glass bottle with a pump, which dispenses just enough product for me. It has SPF 17, 30 ml in a bottle and costs around 11€. I highly recommend it!

primer and foundation

primer and foundation

My next step was to apply a primer on my eyes-I used my trusted Maybelline Colortattoo in 65 Pink Gold- and then I filled in my brows, letting the Colortattoo set before applying my eyeshadows.

eyeshadow primer and brows

eyeshadow primer and brows

And now for the fun part: The eye make up:Photo 20-12-2013 19 56 22 I used my MAC Rockers & Reelers palette from a christmas collection from two years ago, but the colors are quite dupable. First I applied the slightly peachy gold (bottom left, Family Treasures) with a fluffy eyeshadow brush, then I patted the white shimmery shadow (top left, White Rabbit) in the tearduct area of my eye and last but not least I blended the bronzey-coppery shade (bottom right, Crown&Sceptre) underneath the eye and very lightly in the crease.

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eyeshadows done

Photo 20-12-2013 20 01 27You know I can’t leave it like this without some liner. I used MAC Feline on the upper and lower waterline but I only pulled it halfway in, then I applied a slightly winged liner with my Max Factor Colour Expert Waterproof Eyeliner. After the eyeliner I applied powder to set my foundation. I always use my powder before putting on mascara so that it won’t settle on the lashes and make them grey.

eyeliner done

eyeliner done

My Mascara of choice at the moment is the Volume Million Lashes also by L’Oréal. It is super black, defines, volumizes and doesn’t smudge or flake off. Then I applied my blush. I chose a bronzey glowy shade and swept it on the high points of my cheeks and in a slight c-shape up to my temples.

mascara and blusher done

mascara and blusher done

Last but not least I opted for my beloved Rimmel by Kate Moss 107 as a lip. Matte and longlasting but super comfortable to wear, a great companion for the Christmas shenanigans I think!

finished!

finished!

This is the final look. Excuse the funny face, this actually went up on Instagram  but for some reason, the colors are quite accurate here so I decided to post it here, too 🙂

I love this look, I think this is the one I’m going to wear on Christmas Eve! Oh, you can also see here that I got my hair cut. I like this length even though it is a lot shorter than what I had for a long time. I can’t wait to see what it looks like curled!

I hope you can forgive me for the missed day!

 

 

Review: Catrice All Matt Plus 010 Light Beige

Bare Faced

Bare Faced

Just Foundation

Just Foundation

Foundation and Concealer

Foundation and Concealer

Full Face of Make Up Including Brows, Eyes, Cheeks

Full Face of Make Up Including Brows, Eyes, Cheeks

As I had mentioned in my last Sunday Round Up I have purchased the Catrice All Matt Plus Foundation in the shade 010 Light Beige. This particular shade was celebrated in the German blogging and vlogging community as the lightest shade available in the German drugstore. I had been curious for a while but it took the 30% off offer to convince me to buy it.

The foundation claims to be mattifying, longlasting, oil free, hydrating with lightreflecting pigments for a satin-matt finish.

Creamy Consistency

Creamy Consistency

The consistency of the foundation is creamy and it goes on very moist, a little bit like a water-based tinted moisturizer, that is how it feels on the skin. It gives a medium, buildable coverage that has a luminous matte finish.
My skin is combination oily/dry with a very oily t-zone and dry cheeks, so everything that is satin, dewy or glowy tends to freak me out, my t-zone is very ‘glowy’ all by itself, thank you very much! This luminous matte finish does look really nice on my skin though, just like I had a very-good-skin-day.

As for the mattifying part: The foundation doesn’t stop me from getting oily anymore than any other foundation I have tried so far, it is very moisturizing which is nice for the coming winter and I have noticed that my blush and eyebrows last considerably longer when I wear this foundation. After 8 hours they look exactly like they did just after application in the morning. Impressive.

The foundation sets maybe a smidgen too dark and yellow for me, but not to the point where I have dark lines or that it looks like I had a weird tanning accident. Please keep in mind that in MAC terms I am a NW 10 with neutral undertones, so if this foundation is just a wee bit too dark for me it may work for most other pale beauties out there.

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All in all, I like the foundation and Iwill wear it whenever I feel like a slightly less heavy skin option (both my MAC foundations can be quite heavy). If you like the finish and the coverage and your skin leans a little bit on the yellow side of things this may be for you. Skintype-wise I’d say slightly dry to normal to combo-oily skins will get on with the foundation fine. It is 6.45€ for 30ml/1.01fl.oz. and comes in a hefty glassbottle with a pump.
My 2 cents? Finally a decent drugstore option for us dainty dolls in Germany!

Little Bonus: Final Make Up (unfortunately the sun had gone). On my lips I am wearing Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss 107

Little Bonus: Final Make Up (unfortunately the sun had gone). On my lips I am wearing Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss 107

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.

The Eagle has Landed! Manhattan Lip Lacquer Swatch and Review

A couple of months ago the news hit that Rimmel’s runaway hit lipgloss/stick hybrid Apocalips would be picked up by Manhattan. You have no idea how hard I was partying on the inside when I read that.

I had been lusting after the Apocalips ever since Fleur de Force featured them on her blog but since then Rimmel had pulled out of the German market making it difficult to get my hands on them. I was thisclose to just hang my head and give up on them until I read that they would return under a different name.

Either way, they are here! I spotted the display with them a couple of days ago and yesterday I caved and picked one up. They were launched in six shades at 4.85€ for 5.5ml/.19fl.oz.

I chose a wearable creamy pink. On the display it said Reds Rock as the name, on the actual packaging it just says 50G (Manhattan uses numeral/letter combos as ‘names’).

Lip Swatch: Manhattan Lip Lacquer 50G Reds Rock

Lip Swatch: Manhattan Lip Lacquer 50G Reds Rock

The formula is very creamy and highly pigmented, it seemed to be neither drying nor overly hydrating but still very comfortable on my lips and is completely non-sticky. The doefoot applicator has a dip that holds the perfect amount of lacquer for my lips. The color is opaque in one sweep, lasted several hours on my lips and faded evenly to a light stain before disappearing completely.

 

Doefoot with a Dip

Doefoot with a Dip

If you are looking for an opaque lipcolor with a creamy sheen, stop looking, this is it!

Review: MAC Studio Fix Fluid NW10 + Foundation Routine

In the past roughly two months I tested the MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NW 10. Since I thought that pictures would show a lot better than words how the foundation behaves on my skin, I took photos of my foundation routine I have been following during the past couple of weeks. Above you can see my skin cleansed and moisturized, completely sans make up or primers. You can also see that my skin is still acting up and fairly broken out and before you ask, it has been like that before I started using the Studio Fix Fluid (SFF) and I also checked but it is definitely NOT the SFF that is breaking me out! Generally speaking my skin type is combination with dry cheeks and an oily t-zone.

This is the amount of foundation I use. It is one pump with the MAC foundation pump(6€) that you can buy separately, since the bottle does not come with a pump. If you prefer you can obviously just pour out the foundation but I opted for the pump, because I believe it is more hygienic and a lot less messy. The pump is re-usable so you only have to buy it once (always a plus 🙂 ) One pump of foundation covers my entire face. I use a rather thin layer but the foundation is buildable.

In the two pictures above you can see the right half of my face with foundation the left one is without. You can see that the foundation covers the redness quite well but not completely. My freckles (quite pale at the moment because it is winter) still peek through, it also makes my pores around my nose appear refined.

This is how I apply the foundation: I dot it on my face and then blend it into my skin with a firm flat top kabuki brush with artificial bristles.

My face with foundation on both sides.

Here you can see my face with concealer and filled in brows

And last but not least my finished base: foundation + concealer + eyebrows + powder. I like the finish. My face matches the skin tone of my neck and I don’t mind that the blemishes peek through a little. Other than that my skin is refined and brightened .

Product break down:
MAC Studio Fix Fluid NW10 (+ Belial flat top kabuki brush)
Catrice Camouflage Creme in 010 Ivory (+ Catrice Smokey Eyes Brush double ended, tapered side)
Catrice Eye Brow Set, both sides (+ essence Gel Liner Brush, firm angled liner brush)
essence fix&matte translucent loose powder, old version. There is a new one in the new range, which I don’t have yet. (+ my mum’s old powder brush, I love that thing! It must be about 30 years old and is still going strong

Freshly applied, finished face make up (above).

My face roughly 10 hours later, no touch ups.
The eyeshadow and blush are slightly faded (the lipstick is gone, I didn’t wear the red one out but a nude one) and my forehead and especially nose started to shine after a couple of hours, but as you can see my base is still in place. I spent the 10 hours running to the library, picking up necessities, running back home and working for school, so it was an average day for me.

All in all I am very pleased with this foundation.
The coverage is perfect for me, I would say it is medium/ buildable.
You can feel the foundation on your skin, which I don’t mind at all (but if you mind it then it is not for you).
It doesn’t oxidize on me.
I don’t need a primer, despite my oiliness it stays in place.
It does have a slightly chemical scent to it which fades immediately after application.
It doesn’t break me out.
It comes in a heavy glass bottle with a rubberized black screw-on-lid. The bottle contains 30ml, costs 28€ in Germany and is available from e.g. maccosmetics.de, douglas.de and Douglas and MAC stores, etc.

I hope this was helpful for some of you!