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New releases by L.O.V., Catrice & Essence

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In July I received four products that were part of new releases by L.O.V., Catrice and Essence. I’ve never tried L.O.V. products prior to this and my mind was blown when I tried their nude FATALmuse liquid matt lipstick in shade Secret Obsession. Its texture has such a luxurious feeling on the lips, very creamy with a matt effect. What I also love is that after a few hours the lipstick gradually wears off, but doesn’t leave any weird stains. This a great characteristic as other matt lipsticks dry up and crumble off your lips every time even after a tiny a sip of water. I also got a green EYEtracction magnetic loose eye shadow in shade Magnetize Me, such a funny product to use! The bottom of the jar must have some sort of magnet attached that attracts the loose eye shadow and when you use it, all the particles jump straight back to their place to form these lines. I applied it with a wet brush, but I wasn’t too amazed at how it turned out. I have hooded eyes and it’s hard to apply a bright eye shadow in such a way that would actually look great, haha! And it’s not as visible on the photos as I wanted it to be – I probably should’ve blended it a bit more, such a shame!

I also got the CUBANITA baking & banana powder by Essence that is great for baking those parts of the skin that you wish would stay put longer. I applied it under my eyes and on my T-zone area over my foundation and concealer. Let me tell you, I am impressed with the result! It literally melts with other products to create a porcelain-like finish and covers my pores perfectly. The under-eye area looks fabulous even after a whole day! However, I have to be careful with applying it around the nose as it looks slightly cakey, everyone wants to avoid that! The undertone is quite yellow which suits me perfectly, but be careful if your skin tone is on the fair side.

And finally, I got my hands at a bronzer that suits me perfectly! The Sun Stripping Bronzer is part of the Soleil d’Été collection by Catrice and has everything that I want in a bronzer: opacity, a completely matt finish and a deep bronzy shade. It perfectly matches my complexion and it seems perfect to use in the winter, too.

So, have you tried any of these or other products from the collections? Soleil d’Été is an extraordinary line, all makeup enthusiasts are impressed with these items, especially with the highlighter – too bad I have so many to use up already! Take care 

Summer Kiko Milano haul

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And here comes the last beauty-related post from my summer in Belgium! I planned doing this post in July shortly after purchasing all of these products and taking the pictures, but then I got another three or four more nail polishes. I therefore postponed writing about them until now and luckily, I can give you a more in-depth review of all of them, especially because I haven’t tried any of the Kiko Milano products before that.

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The best find were probably these Smart lip pencils, I went for three shades: a gorgeous mauve shade 711, a slightly pink/red shade 709 and a hot orange shade 705. They are quite creamy so I usually use them by themselves, the pigmentation is insane! Sometimes I add a lipstick in a similar shade on top to make it a bit more glossy, but otherwise I love them and they stay put for hours.

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I also decided to give their two mascaras a go. I chose the Volumeyes + Active Mascara and the Ultratech Mascara. The first one should give a lot of volume, whereas the second should define your lashes and make them longer as well as increase their volume. Two coats are applied on the picture (unfortunately, the focus was not cooperating at the time!) and I couldn’t be more disappointed by both of them. They are extremely clumpy and the applicators just don’t work in the way I want them to. I’m even more disappointed because I paid almost 10 € for the Volumeyes+ mascara and really expected much more.

A product that completely blew my mind is the Liquid Intense blue eyeliner. It is really easy to apply and to my surprise, it doesn’t smudge!! I can create a nice flick and not have to worry about having a ton of the product on the upper part of my eyelid in the afternoon. I also wear it on the picture above!

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Of course I couldn’t pass the nail polish section which is ah-mazing, may I add. I went for five shades of Nail Lacquer, a wine shade 243, bright red 239, lavender 332, pinkish red 361 and mint green 389. I love all of them, but their longevity isn’t all that great. Their formula could be compared to Catrice, it chips off a day after applying it so I’m not that amused.

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Last but not least, I have to show you my favorite highligher at the moment! It’s the 3D Light & Glow creamy highlighter. It was a bit pricey, around 8 €, but it does a great job. I think it was part of their The Beauty Games collection and there were two shades available, this one is the first and the lightest shade. It comes with a sponge applicator on the bottom, but I rather use my fingers to apply it. It consists of three different earth-toned shades which give a lovely golden sheen once mixed together. It looks gorgeous on the skin and the intensity is easily built. I love it!

To conclude, my investigation into Kiko Milano cometics is now complete and I can honestly say I love their lip liners, eyeliner and highlighter which have an amazing wear time and proved to be amazing products, especially considering their price. However, although they have an amazing selection of nail polish shades, I’m not that impressed by their quality. I also don’t like their mascaras and probably won’t try them again in a long time.

Nevertheless, I would love to see what you think about these products, especially if you really like some that I don’t!

Collective Beauty Haul!

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Hi there! When life is tough or hectic, there is nothing better than a tiny bit of shopping, am I right, ladies? ;) That’s exactly what happened this week. I rarely go to a drugstore and buy crazy amounts of makeup at a time. On the contrary, I go to drugstores quite often, but since I don’t need any more makeup in reality, my goal is to buy only those products that I do need or find really interesting (and I cannot stop thinking about them!). Luckily, this doesn’t happen very often ;)

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For the past few weeks I’ve been searching for a new foundation. My complexion is quite specific, so it is difficult for me to find the right one. I must say, I was really surprised when I tried out the Bourjois CC cream, the color is unbelievably similar! This one is in shade 33 and although the darker one seemed to match my skin better, I decided to buy a bit lighter one, since I won’t be exposed to much sun in the following months. I used it a couple of times so far, but I’m not sure whether it will completely substitute my current foundation. Next, I got a bit crazy at the Maybelline counter! The first one is the Colorama nail polish (652), a lovely green shade that will come in handy when I get tired of various red/violet/pink nails :D The second product is the Colorama lip gloss in a pink shade (289). I don’t know what happened to me in the last few weeks, I became beyond obsessed with lip glosses! 

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As you can see, I  bought yet another one. It’s the Catrice lip smoother in shade 030 Cake Pop, both the name and the smell/taste are so yummy! And the color is amazing on the lips, a bit nude and baby pink. I also bought the essence lip liner in shade 06 satin mauve just for this two lip glosses’ sakes! It intensifies the color and prolongs the wear. Last but not least, I got the L’Oréal bronzer as a gift in Müller the other day and it has been my favorite bronzer ever since! It’s in shade 04 and contains very small glitter that is not visible after I apply it on my face. I do have to apply it in small quantities though, because it is the darkest shade and it can be a bit too much, a sort of a Halloween look if I’m not careful enough :D

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I did enjoy doing this type of post again and I will try to make some more in the future :) Have you tried any of these products before? Because I am really interested in what other girls think about this Bourjois CC cream … I think I will really like it :) Have a lovely weekend ♥

Vesna

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