Sunday, July 26, 2015

Let Me Just Have a Look

That is what I said walking into the drugstore a few days ago.

I was mainly spurred on by the Catrice Cosmetics concealer palette I saw Simone SnapChatting about and I know they sell Catrice in Estonia. But you know..once you are faced with rows of makeup you will never leave with just one concealer palette.

I mainly concentrated on the Catrice stand as its super affordable and I have never tried it before. However some other bits sneaked in also. This is what I picked up:
Allround Concealer Palette by Catrice Cosmetics- looks awesome with three beige shades and a red to counter act dark circles and green to neutralize redness. I have only tested this a few times but its smooth and easy to blend. So far I have nothing bad to say. Good addition to concealer lineup.

Waterproof Liquid Liner by Catrice Cosmetics- love this more than I anticipated. Awesome formula that stayed on for a long day. It has a felt tip but not the normal stiff kind. Instead the it has a bendy end and its super thin so great to get a subtle line.

Absolute Eye Colour in 560 I Like To Mauve It by Catrice Cosmetics- unfortunately I cant find this online. Its a lovely shimmery taupe shade but Im not overly impressed. I do wish it had a bit better color payoff as it needs to be packed on to see anything. Also no-no to the glitter fall out.

Color Correcting Powder by Catrice Cosmetics- bought for the stupidest reason- because I liked the pastel colored patterns in it. I know I know. Get some self control woman. It is actually not bad at all. Its fine milled and doesnt look cakey but I dont think it would hold up to Dubai weather. Then again what does?

Made To Stay Inside Eye Highlighter Pen by Catrice Cosmetics- this I am super excited about. It is the perfect matte neutral shade to line your inner waterline with and look all fresh and bright eyed. A much more natural looking option then a white liner. It doesn't stay put for too long but I still like it. It also has a sharpener on the other end which is handy and cute.

I finally managed to drag myself away from Catrice stand only to notice Essence right next to it. Again oldest excuse in the book- I have never tried it! I must try some now!

19 The Grammy Goes Glammy Eyeshadow by Essence- this is buttery soft and amazing! Shimmery champagne shade that does't have glitter bits in it. Instead it has great staying power. I have irresistible urge to pick up more Essence eyeshadows. If you have any shade recommendations I would love to hear them!

XXXL Nude Lipgloss in Taste the Sweets by Essence- did not need a new nude lipgloss but totally got one anyway. It is surprisingly good and non-sticky option if you are after a budget friendly nude shade. I have been wearing daily since purchase and I dont regret it one bit. Give me all the nude lip glosses!

Blueberry Eyebrow Fixing Gel by Lumene- this a Finnish brand I used to always buy when in highschool. Nothing sparked my interest at their stand but I did need a new clear eyebrow gel so might as well. Its says to have conditioning arctic blueberry in it which I think is load of rubbish but it works to fix my brows and thats all I ask from it.

Lumi Magique Stylo Touche De Lumiere by Loreal- drawn in my the rose gold packaging and the little sign claiming Loreal products 30% off made it a no brainer. The highlighting pen itself is lovely also. Has a bit more pink undertone than my other ones and actually gives a hint of a coverage also. I like to put that as a last layer for under eye concealing and Im happy to report that it doesn't crease in me.

So here is my face with every single product we talked about on it (+ Nars Laguna bronzer and The Balm Hot Mama blush). I know you cant really tell much about a concealer or powder from a mug shot but here it is anyway.

Have you tried anything from Essence or Cartice? If so I would love to hear about it and then go do another raid in the drugstore.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Do you have those products you keep hearing about for years but for some weird reason do not try? You know its supposed to be good and it kind of sounds interesting yet the purchase never happens.

I have only ever read praise about Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation but as I dont own anything from the brand besides a lipstick it didn't seem appealing enough. The disappointing Laura Mercier foundation purchase I have written about combined with the daily everything-is-melting-sensation Dubai heat and humidity give you sent me back on the hunt for perfect summer foundation. It only took one praising mention from my trusty makeup gurus Laura and Simone and I suddenly had to try this foundation RIGHT NOW.

Let me tell you something you probably already know. It is great! Like straight to the top of my fav foundations list great and Im not even one for full coverage usually. Nothing has ever lasted this well through humidity and heat. On first application I felt it set like cement and I had doubts this will look natural but shockingly it looks great and only gets better through the day. Once the natural oils in your skin have time to emerge it almost looks dewy as hours go by. I do however prefer to apply it with a wet Beauty Blender so its not so full on to begin with.

This gives you the perfect coverage combined with a comfortable feel and in stays in place like nobody's business. I can carry on with the same base I apply in the morning all the way through dinner and not feel any need for touch ups. This is revolutionary if you live in Dubai. Since the bottle is small and compact I decided to bring it with for my month long vacation to Estonia as well. Secretly I was fearing it might be too much for the not so sweaty climate but it has passed the test with flying colors. I have mixed it with my foundation for a lighter feel and worn it full face and both options make me happy. I feel we have a long loving relationship ahead with the Double Wear.

The lipstick on the photo is one of my summer faves as well. YSL Rouge Pur Couture in 56 is my kind of orange red. Bold without being in your face bright, moisturizing and perfect with a bit of tan. Good base, loads of mascara and a bold lip is all I want right now.

Whats your fav summer foundation and lipstick? Are you one of those people who has used and loved Double Wear for years and cant believe I have only now got a clue and purchased it?