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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?

September 21, 2014

Fall Makeup Look

Hello lovelies, long time no see. I'm trying to put myself back on schedule and be more consistent with blogging and vlogging because the past two months I've been really neglecting it and I kinda missed the interaction with you. So the other day I was playing with some makeup and was feeling kinda autumny and the results are what you see in the pictures. I'm quite have with the outcome and I actually really like this makeup look.

For foundation I used the Maybelline Fit Me in #120. I bought this foundation like a year and half ago and only this year, towards the end of summer, I managed to get some use out of it because I got tan enough for the color to much me quite nicely. That's a shame because this foundation would be a great one for colder months because it has a lovely dewy finish. As for the rest products on my face, I kept it pretty simple; Maybelline fit me concealer in shade #20 and for blush I used MUA blusher in Shade 2. Also as highlighter I used an Inglot eyshadow in #397.

On my eyes I started with the Essence I love stage eyeshadow primer. All of the eyeshadows are from the Too Faced Little Black Book of Beauty. First I applied the Light Beige all over the lid up to the brow for a nice base to work with. In the crease I used a nice mauve color, the Matte Rose, to add some warmth. On the outer 1/3 of the lid I added the Sigma eyeshadow in Resist and on top of it Purple Shimmer from the Too Faced palette for a pop of color. On the inner 2/3s I used the Little Pink shade and finally I added Warm Bronze Sparkle to half of lower lash line. Now for the winged eyeliner I used AVON Supershock liner in Blackberry and for mascara I used my beloved Maybelline The Colossal Go Extreme Volume.

Lastly, on my lips I used MAC lip liner in Cherry and my favorite autumn lipstick The Body Shop Color Crush in #125. In the pictures it looks way more bright red than it truly is, it's more of the wine red and I wore a lot during past Autumn and Winter!
I don't know about you but I'm really excited for Fall, it's my favorite season. Let me know in the comments below your thoughts about the makeup look and your favorite lipstick for this season.