Since Becca is quite pricey, I just ordered 2 products. On the left the shimmering skin perfector in pearl, supposedly one of THE best highlighters out there. The bottle contains 50ml, which will surely last a long long time. And on the right is the Enigma palette that was released in fall/winter 2010 with 3 eyeshadows, they don't pick up well on camera - in real life they are more beautifull. The brush that comes with it, is very cute and of good quality, too bad the handle is so tiny. Both products have a peculiar packaging, rubbery, with a very sophisticated look.
Do you have any Becca and/or ELF products, do share!
The packaging is drop-dead-gorgeous and so it should be for its price (between 60-70euros, so try to catch it in discount when it's 30% off or so). The gold cap, the gold pump, the beautifull letters, the milk glass bottle - it's a picture perfect don't you think? The pump works easy in dispensing and you can also take it off to get the rest of the product out of it when it's getting empty. The bottle contains 30ml of product.
Initially I bought colour 3 natural beige (left) in the summer, but in the winter I need colour 2 flesh beige (right). Colour 2 is a very neutral colour that will suit most fair skin tones, I mostly have a hard time finding a colour that suits me and this does it perfectly! Colour 1 is called ultra fair and has a very pink undertone to it. There are a total of 8 shades available. As you can see it's well pigmented and provides a decent coverage in the swatches. It looks very liquid and creamy, but after blending it in, it leaves a more powdery finish. It also has a flowery scent to it, it's very light and doesn't disturb me but gives a nice touch to the luxurious feeling...
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I'm going to snif some scents this week, if you have any recommendations for such a perfume - price doesn't matter that much-, let me know so I can try it!
This is a very good brush and works great: I've used it to apply colour in the crease, on the upper and lower lashline... It's not the best brush to smudge out pencil liner in my opinion, but I don't use it that much so it doesn't bother me. The bristles pick up the colour nicely without leaving too much product in the bristles after application. Cleaning goes easily and it becomes as sparkling white as before... A minor something is that the outside bristles may stray a little, I use a brush guard to keep mine in shape which works well.
Good brush, good price... what more can I say??
Whilst shopping the colour in the bottle just had its magical effect on me and I hopped over to the counter to pay for it, I'm glad I did. I've used 2 coats of this polish and it goes on easily, the brush is a bit small (OPI, you've spoiled me with your bigger brushes) and it has a thick texture, so be carefull. It applies without any streaks and has a good coverage. The lasting time has me impressed, so far no tipwear and it's been 3 days. The colour is a gorgeous pinkpeach that has more and brighter (neon)pink in it then is visible on the pictures. I consider it a must-have for the summer and will be wearing this quite often...
Isn't the packaging gorgeous, combined with the green ribbon, how cute? Or at least I think so, ok, fair is fair it is a little bit overboard and too girly but I like it. The pink colour and the little so-called-stones in it, sometimes I can be a little girl and love it... Apart from the overboard packaging Britney also made a commercial for her perfume (for every one of her perfumes actually), which you can see below, it's as overboard as the packaging...
Fantasy is an eau de perfume, so its lasting time is longer and it's heavier than eau de toilettes, it's a rich scent indeed. When spraying this you only need a few sprays, don't put on too much. I mostly smell the lychee and kiwi at first, afterwards the cupcakes which are all very sweet... This is a sweetsweet and heavy scent at the same time and I love it! I mostly use it when it's colder/darker (winter-fall) because it's quite heavy. When the sun is shining I prefer a more fresh scent.This scent is available in various stores and can easily be purchased online, I bought mine from fragrancedirect and it costed me about 25-30euros for 100ml, which isn't much at all... I'm impressed with Britneys scent and may try her other perfumes in the future!
Have you tried one of her perfumes yet and which one?
The package was from Strawberrynet and was ordered more than a month ago, but hadn't arrived yet. It contained the Shiseido Bio Performance Eye cream, which was on a big discount - I got it at 30euros now, and a free Calvin Klein lipstick in a rose colour.
Today I also paid a visit to Kruidvat and bought the Essence I love Berlin polish in colour 01, it was only 0,99euro - could hardly let this pass. As the sun is shining now, I'm in the mood for spring colours and this one seems perfect!!
Have you already bought sun/spring make-up?
As with most Catrice polishes I apply 2 coats of this, it goes on easy and leaves a cremefinish without streaking, anyone can apply this. Afterwards I put on a topcoat. After a few days (pictures are day 3) you can see some minor tip wearing but mostly I leave it on for a week or so. The colour is a gray that is quite lovely combined with blue and more specifically jeans. The colour resembles the above picture the most. This is a safe colour choice and perfect for every occasion...
This product is available in five two-tone shades for infinite shade possibilities:
Because the colours look a bit off in the pan I tried making good swatches of them: left=left colour, middle=both colours mixed, right=right colour. I made the swatches quite intense, when applying it on your brows you will need less product. Before I begin applying brow powder, I always apply a little bit of eyeshadow base, Shadow Insurance in my case, on my brows to make the powder stay throughout the day. I mostly use the mixture of the colours for filling in empty parts in my brow and the left colour for the beginning of my brow. After applying I blend them a bit with a brow brush to make them less harsh and then I apply my Tweezerman browmousse.To finish it a little before and after, using the brow powder... As you can see I have a few gaps where my brow begins and this powder fills it in nicely without overdoing it. It's really easy to apply, I love using it.
The goods: lovely packaging, 2colours for 1price, natural/easy in application, lasts a very long time
The bads: expensive (20-25euros)
Apart from the price, there isn't anything I dislike about this product. You can buy it in several stores or online from her webshop. If you live in Belgium, like me, you either have to go to the Netherlands or you can also buy it from a Dutch website that I've found (I haven't bought from them, but they offer Paypal).
Do you use Anastasia brow products or products from other brands?
I bought some Nyx cream blushes a while back and have used them often. Mostly I use my fingers or my Sigma SS188 (no longer though because of article). I'm on the lookout for THE perfect brush to apply cream blush, in the picture are some options listed that have crossed my mind such as:
- MAC 188
- MAC 130
- Becca cream blush brush
- Laura Mercier cream blush brush
Which brush do you recommend / use / are happy with and why? I'd love to hear your thoughts on it...
Make up for ever, a well-known brand is taking a different walk on commercials and decided to release their new campaign without any photoshop adding. The catch behind is that their new HD make-up works so well, when taking a picture you won't need retouching. Good pitch, I have to grant them that at least... The picture from above looks very good though, I love her make-up...
Another picture, where you can see some 'minor' flaws, but still a lovely and natural looking look, I don't like the "polished" commercial pictures. Keep their site on a close watch, there are more pictures available (along with the list of products used in each picture) and you will -soon- also have the opportunity to zoom in to check the effect from up close - nice! Off course they still use gorgeous models and so on, but at least it's a start and I can only cheer this on.
What do you think of it?
So yeah, it says it's a mens eye cream but honestly - who cares? Skin care is unisex in my opinion. Cosmetics just invented "men's lines' to make more money out of it and men like the feeling that the line is specifically for them so they're not using a women's items or any pastel-like tubes/pots. This is spoken from a men's opinion, I have one wandering around the house and this is how they think?! Anyway, Zia is a natural brand that doesn't do animal testing and most products are reasonably priced. I like pump creams, they are the most hygienic and best in preserving ingredients. This pump contains 30g/1oz and that's a lot considering its price. Most eye creams only contain 10-15ml and are often highly priced. The orange colour doesn't appeal to me, but then again it's made to mens likings...
The product is very light, looks creamy at first but is more like a lotion. It has a light herbal scent that's pleasant. It sinks in really fast and leaves my skin moisturized. I do need quite a lot of it to get this effect (dry eye area as well), but because it sinks in fast this isn't a problem. I use about 2/3 of what I've put on my hand for one eye. I didn't notice my skin becoming brighter in my eye area. The SPF of 15 can be claimed, it contains the proper ingredients to this. The product also lasts quite a long time, I've been using it daily in the morning since september... 7 months wow so I'm thinking I'm almost through it :).
The goods: SPF, price, scent, sinks in fast, pump system, suitable for all skin types
The bads: need to use quite a lot, packaging isn't fancy
Overall, I really like this product. It's a good eye cream at a reasonable price with SPF. It doesn't irritate me and lasts a long time... Because of the texture, I think this is appropriate for all skin types. I recommend this one and hope I can still get my hands on it...!
I often order from this website and highly recommend it, free and registered shipping with a good loyalty discount bonus. I once had a problem with a package that didn't arrive and promptly got send a new one. Now I've ordered some Joico hair care products -I'm loving this brand so much and will be doing reviews on it soon-!!
The mask is quite thick, but not too creamy. It applies easily and feels really refreshing. It has a light fresh scent but it's not very present. I let it soak in for half an hour. After a few minutes I noticed an itching/irritating feeling on my chin, this continued untill I removed the mask. My skin didn't look red or irritated, it's a bit strange because normally my cheeks or the most sensitive and I didn't feel anything there. Afterwards my skin felt moistured and was indeed relaxed.
Sadly this product comes in a jarpackaging of 50ml for 30-35euros. First up: I don't like jars because of hygiene and not good at preserving ingredients. Secondly, the price. For a mask this is quite expensive, but off course it IS Shiseido and a luxurious line, you just have to figure for yourself whether you're willing to spend on it. I enjoyed using it this one time, but I'm not going to hop to the store and buy it... Honestly, I'm better of with my Nuxe mask at a lower price with the same - or even better - effect.
What's your opinion on matte polishes?
I bought the Anew Lip Plump Conditioner with SPF, I've been meaning to buy this one for quite some time but I wanted to wait untill it was at a discount, I paid 6euros now. Then a foundation called Calming Effects in the lightest shade - my first Avon foundation to try, but again they were on a discount so I took a leap of faith. 3 polishes from their last released collection, the Matte ones in blue, purple and grey (there are 2 other colours available being red and black but they didn't intrigue me that much). And lastly 2 new mascaras to try, Supercurlious and Supermagnify - don't you just love those names?
What else you need to know: complete with soft, natural-bristle brush. To perk up throughout the day, dust on cheeks or all over complexion. 10.0g Net wt. 0.35 oz.
Winner of: 2009 InStyle Magazine - Best Beauty Buys - Best Ballerina Pink Blush
How to apply: sweep the brush across the powder a few times, then tap off any excess. Brush lightly on to the apples of your cheeks in an outward motion. For the final touch, lightly brush all over your complexion.
Tips: for the most natural effect...swirl brush in powder, blow off excess then apply! You can also dust dandelion on cheeks over posietint for a fresh POP of color that lasts for hours.
When looking in the box, the product is a pale pink that has some shimmer in it. They say you can use this as an all-over-face-finishing-powder but I wouldn't recommend that. It's a bit too pink and too shimmery for that purpose. It contains 10g, a very decent amount which will last you a long time. I've been using it very often and you can hardly tell it looks any different from the day I got it. The blush also has some kind of flowery scent, it's really light but gives a nice touch to it.
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