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November 3, 2014

October Beauty Favorites

October Beauty Favorites
New month has just begun which means it's time for my monthly favorites. October was an ok month and nothing special happened, hopefully November will be a more exciting month. I've chosen 7 beauty products to show you which I was using a lot either on daily bases or when I was going out for a night out. So let's start with the only skin care product.

L'Oreal Ideal Fresh Foaming Water is an old love of mine. I've used up 2 bottles during spring and early summer then had a break from it -for no particular reason- and now I purchased it again, as a matter of fact I already almost finished one bottle. I use this daily after I remove my makeup to remove any kind of makeup residue and my skin feels super clean. Also I think that because it contains salicylic acid  it kind helps with breakouts that I get from time to time.

e.l.f High Definition Powder in translucent. I've had it for long time now but only started using it very often -actually everyday- quite recently. You may ask why? It's not because I don't or didn't like it but because for setting my foundation I prefer the Rimmel Stay Matte. So after purchasing the Maybelline Fit Me concealer I found myself in need to use some kind of powder to prevent it from setting in fine lines so before I went out to buy new powder I decided to give the e.l.f. HD one a go and guess what? I LOVED the combo of those two. I need a tiny amount to set the concealer and it will not only not set in fine lines but it also stays on for incredibly long time.

Maybelline Fit Me concealer in shade 20. I already featured this baby on my blog in the past but it's been my go to concealer for 6 months or so. While it doesn't have the greatest coverage -it's more of a medium coverage- I do like the way it looks on the under eye area and if you don't have very dark circles this will work just fine. The finish is quite illuminating but because I use the powder I mentioned before it becomes semi matte which is a bummer but with powder it stays on for really long. There is only one deal breaker with this concealer and it's the packaging. When it's near to the end I have to cut it open and transfer remaining concealer to another pot because if I throw it away I will be wasting a lot of product and it's a shame.
October Beauty Favorites ft L'Oreal, Essence, Catrice
Essence lipstick in Barely There. Because I'm really not a lipstick girl I tend to reach for more wearable shades and I kinda stick to some in specific like NYX Ceto, which if you've been following my blog for some time now have seen it being mentioned more than 10 times, lol. Barely There is one of those lipsticks because it's quite wearable and can easily be a day to night shade.  It's more of a brownish nude so some might like and some might not, I personally love it. You can read a more detailed review here.

L'Oreal Skin Perfection Magic Touch Instant Blur. It's one of those products which wasn't love at first sight. I had to use it quite few times to actually like it. It's a face primer which makes your pores look smaller for a more flawless foundation application. Also it seems to help with oil control because when I use it the T zone looks less oily/ shiny after a period of time. I've tried several ways to apply it but I found that if you first warm it up between your fingers it applies much easier and smoother. While you do need a small amount and it's not a primer I would use all over my face -only where I have large pores- the 15ml of product that this packaging contains is rather small amount for face primer.

Catrice Liquid Eyeliner Waterproof in Don't Leave Me. A great liquid eyeliner and a very recent love of mine. When I purchased it I wasn't expecting to like it so much but here I am featuring this in my monthly favorites and totally recommend if you are on a hunt for good drugstore eyeliner. You can read a more detailed review here.

Make up Sponge from eBay. While back I was doing some eBay shopping and this sponge happened to pop up so I bought it because it wasn't extremely expensive, no more than $2. Buying it I didn't expect something good or something that I would even end up using. Before this I bought the makeup sponge from H&M which I honestly hated and only used it like twice. When I received it I was  pleasantly surprised and long story short I ended up using more often than makeup brushes. I'll have a more detailed review up on my blog in next couple days.

Phew, that's it! I think that my monthly favorites always come out very long and I'm not sure if that's boring or not, hopefully you all enjoy a more detailed post. Let me know in the comments below if you have tried any of these products as well as your monthly beauty favorites. Till next time, love Anna!  

October 26, 2014

Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base

Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base

Since I started running low on my beloved Urban Decay Primer Potion I need to purchase a new one. While I wanted to purchase the same I thought I would try one or two from drugstore first so I bought the Essence I Love Stage eyeshadow base. I wanted to find a cheaper primer which I could easily buy at stores since E.L.F. primers are good and cheap but only available for online purchase.

The packaging is medium sized, hard plastic tube with doe-foot applicator. While I like the look of it and I find it pretty, it's definitely not the kind of packaging I would choose for such product simply before it will really hard to get every ounce of the product. I also expected for it to have more in because it is kinda bulky but it contains 0.13 fl oz/ 4 ml which is a bit less than the e.l.f primer and far less than Primer Potion which have 0.85 fl oz. The doe-foot applicator is not tiny nor huge in size and will definitely help you to get the very last ounce of product when you'll be running low on this. 
Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base applicator
For me the most important thing about an eyeshadow primer is it's performance and not so much the packing. I mean, what I'm going to do with one which has amazing packing but poor performance? But a nice packing is definitely a bonus. So does this Essence eyeshadow base do it's job? The quick answer is yes but it's definitely not on UDPP level. 

There are two things that I want from eyeshadow primer, the first and most important is to prolong the longevity and second intensify the color payoff. While the are other ways to boost the payoff, like using another base such as NYX Jumbo pencils, there are no other ways to prolong the staying power. So in color boosting it does a fairly good job and I definitely see a difference when applying eyeshadow on top of this primer.  
While I have pretty oily eyelids, my main problem area is the inner part of the crease because that is where the eyeshadow starts creasing and fading first. This base does pretty well in helping the eyeshadow to stay in place for much longer than they would on their own but unfortunately I start noticing slight fading and creasing on that problem area that I mentioned before after around 6 hours or so. Though on someone with not so oily eyelids the base would work much better.

What I really love about Essence I Love Stage base is the super creamy texture. The consistency reminds of concealer, it is super blendable and it leaves a natural matte finish. Also is gives a bit of coverage, just enough to slightly even out the skin tone on the lids and doesn't leave that ugly white-ish color that some primer do.

All in all Essence I Love Stage is a very decent eyeshadow base and if you want something affordable for day to day use this is the primer to go. I don't remember exactly the price but it couldn't be more than 4+ euros. Have you tried this primer? Which is your current favorite eyeshadow primer?

October 20, 2014

Catrice Liquid Liner Waterproof

Catrice Liquid Eyeliner Waterproof in Don't Leave Me
For quite some time now I've been searching for a good drugstore liquid eyeliner. The past couple months I've been using Avon Supershock eyeliner and I still love it but because the shade I have is dark, reddish brown I needed a pitch black shade so I bought the Catrice Liquid Eyeliner Waterproof in Don't Leave Me. I've heard Nikkie from NikkieTutorials mentioning it quite few times so I decided to give it a go and I'm glad I did.
Catrice Liquid Eyeliner Waterproof in Don't Leave Me Tip
The packaging is sleek, slim, black tube with cyan detailing; -which you can't tell from the pictures above- the writing and the top part of the liner is in a beautiful deep cyan color and I  personally love this combination. The brush handle or more accurately the felt tip handle is the right size, not too big not too small. Don't know about you but I find the brush handle size quite important as it can help or not the application. I honestly felt in love with the tip of this eyeliner because it's flexible yet stiff enough and you can easily achieve that perfect wing that we all want.
Catrice Liquid Eyeliner Waterproof in Don't Leave Me Swatches
In the past I didn't have good luck with drugstores eyeliners and pretty much always the formula was bad and/or not very opaque, except for once when I bought an eyeliner from a Greek brand which turned out amazing for only 2 euros. . Well this eyeliner is definitely not in this category and I was seriously impressed with when I first swatched it.The color payoff is great and you get pitch black line with only one swipe. Because of the great felt tip you can easily create think and thin line, by simply changing the pressure with which you're applying it, so you will have the perfect winged line.

Not only it has great color payoff but it also stays on for really long time. In case you don't know, I have pretty oily eyelids and I definitely need eyeshadow primer to make the eyeshadow stay on for good amount of time. I tested this eyeliner with and without primer and it stayed on for good 7-8 hours in both cases until I kinda needed a bit of touch up. I'm saying kinda because basically it started slightly flicking of on the wing part of the eyeliner but nothing crazy or too noticeable and I can easily get away without even touching up. With that being said I have to categorize the Catrice Liquid Waterproof Liner as a long lasting and not waterproof eyeliner. But say you're outside, it started raining and you don't have umbrella you definitely won't look like panda, at least not because of the eyeliner so it still get's thumb up from me even though the waterproof claim is not very accurate.  

All in all, Catrice Liquid Waterproof Liner in Don't Leave Me is definitely one of the best drugstore eyeliner that are currently available and it retails for around 4.5 euros. If you haven't tried yet I would recommend it and I think you won't be disappointed, at least I wasn't! Have you tried it? What's your favorite liquid eyeliner?