Catrice Check & Tweed Quattro Baked Eyeshadow: Town of Crown

Hello my lovely readers,

This month Catrice came with a new limited edition called 'Check & Tweed'. Halfway though August I wrote a post about this limited edition (read it here) and back then I said that I was really looking forward to the lipsticks and eyeshadow quattro's. When I was swatching the products in the store I decided that I was only going to pick up one of the quattro's. The colours of the 'Velvet Lip Colour's weren't my taste at all (too brown) but the eyeshadows looked gorgeous. I really wanted to but both of the quattro's but because I didn't know what the actual quality was I settled on one. Let's take a look at 'Town of Crown'.
This is what Catrice has to say about the 'Check & Tweed' collection. 
Brit Chic. A perfect blend of understatement, girlish charm and a hint of rebellion. Key products include the plaid trench coat, the classic pencil skirt and shirt dresses with clear-cut silhouettes, traditionally crafted and made of the finest materials. Numerous international designers have interpreted and combined these fashion classics in completely new ways that pay homage to aristocratic style. From mid September until mid October 2014, the Limited Edition 'Check & Tweed' is offering matching beauty products to go with the British way of life.London is calling.
I recently visit London and that made me extra excited for this collection, ever since I went to London I've been obsessed with everything that has to do with it, including this language. 
This eyeshadow comes in a cardboard box that closes with a little magnet. Just like the Chanel quattro's, these baked eyeshadows have the shape of little bubbles and Catrice has provided a plastic cover to protect them. 
There are four shades, a champagne, a petrol, a brown and a apricot. All of them are loaded with shimmer and they are pretty well pigmented. I'm quite impressed because I haven't tried many eyeshadows from Catrice that was this pigmented.
This is the look I created with the quattro, on the photo it looks quite light and washed out but in real life, the colours are quite vivid. I think 'Town of Crown' has some really good autumnal shadows in it and they are perfect to create a nice smoked eye look. 
I'm very glad that I decided to pick this quattro up but I don't think I'll be getting the other one as well. I mean, the quality is quite good but it hasn't blown me away. The shadows blend nice but on the eyelids the pigment is a little less intense, still very nice but not as intense as I'd hoped. 
This palette  costs €4,59 and I think it's definitely worth it, I wouldn't pay much more but it's a nice quattro for that price.

Love,
E.

Revlon Matte Balm 205 Elusive

Hello my lovelies,

Do you remember the review I wrote on Showy, matte balm from Revlon? You can read it by clicking here and today I have a very similar review, same product different colour.
Because I already wrote a review about this product I'm not going into much detail today but I am going to show you swatches of this shade, 205 Elusive.
Showy was a very bright not very much of an every-day shade, Elusive however is a softer pinky neutral shade. They both have that minty feeling after you apply it which is usually the sign that the product works plumping for your lips.
That was it already for today's review, I'm sorry it was quite short but I felt that if I would write a whole new review, I'd just copy what I wrote before. Elusive is just as gorgeous as Showy but just a little bit tamed down.

Love,
E.

Catrice Velvet Matt Eyeshadow: 060 Moss Wanted Colour

Hello my lovely readers,

A while ago Catrice launched some new products for the autumn/winter time. I haven't bought any of these new products but I couldn't restrain myself for much longer. The product I bought is the new 'Velvet Matt Eyeshadow' in the shade '060 Moss Wanted Colour'.
According to Catrice, this new eyeshadow contains ultra-soft shimmer pigments for a velvety matt finish.  Thanks to the silky, highly pigmented formula, the Velvet Matt Eyeshadows practically met with your skin to create a radiant look.


The eyeshadow comes in a round, plastic packaging with silver letters on top. The eyeshadow itself has a bubble-like shape and it's very porous, A couple of days after I got this I was applying it and I don't know how it happened but suddenly there was a crack in it, I didn't even do anything!
Can you believe how much pigment that is?This is a beautiful greenish grey with a (like the name suggests) velvety finish. Usually Catrice eyeshadows aren't that pigmented but they kicked it up a notch with this new one. Let's just hope it won't blend away because that my experience with most Catrice eyeshadows. 
This is the look I created with the eyeshadow, I find this a really hard colour to wear because I don't really know with what I should combine it. In the end after trying some things that didn't work (purple) I just went with the trusty old brown. The one I used is from Gosh and it's simple called 003 Brown, I just blended that in the crease and I was quite happy with the result
Wow I got my sexy face on here, well... this is very awkward! I'm not wearing much makeup just the eyelook, brow powder, concealer and some powder. 
I think Catrice did a great job on this new product. 'Moss Wanted Colour' is a pretty shade but it's quite hard to wear, if I find another combination that I like, I will most certainly share it on my blog. There are five more shades to try out so if this doesn't work for me I can always pick up another shade. I hope you liked my review.

Have a lovely day,
E.

Simple Kind To Skin Vital Vitamin Foaming Cleanser

Hello my lovely readers,

I'm still doing reviews of products that I got in London, it's almost three months ago that I actually went there but I got so many things that I still have products that I haven't talked about on my blog. Well I'm almost through them, I think I still have about three or four products to go but then I'll have reviewed every product that I think was worthy for a full review. Today it's time for the only skin care product that I got in the gorgeous capital of Great-Britain.
The product I bought was the Simple 'Kind To Skin Vital Vitamin Foaming Cleanser'.  When I was browsing through Boots (I think, could also have been Superdrug) I saw a shelf with Simple products. I don't know where but I'd heard that name before and looked closer at the products, they were relatively cheap and I don't know why but they appealed to me. The cleanser I was using at the time sucked so I went for a new one from this (to me) unknown brand.
This cleanser is supposed to be the perfect blend of multi-vitamins and skin-loving ingredients and therefore perfect to remove impurities and traces of makeup. Because there's no artificial perfume or colours, this is great for sensitive skin. 
There are two vitamins in it, pro-vitamin B5 and vitamin E.
  • Pro-vitamin B5 acts as a skin moisturizer, helping to keep skin soft, smooth and healthy. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory by stimulating your skin's healing processes. It is deeply hydrating and it even helps to keep skin moist by absorbing moisture from the air (clever!). 
  • Vitamin E moisturises the skin and helps to improve the skins texture and softness. As an anti-oxidant, it helps to protect the skin from damage by free radicals, and also helps to fight the signs of premature ageing.

There are also 3 (what Simple calls) skin loving ingredients in this cleanser, glycerin, chamomile and geranium. 

  • Gycerin helps to hydrate and moisturise the skin, keeping it soft and supple. The compound absorbs water from the air and increases hydration within skin cells. 
  • Chamomile Oil is a light oil that has anti-inflammatory properties and helps to soothe the skin. It is a member of the daisy family along with Calendula, Echinacea, Aster, Jerusalem Artichoke and Milk Thistle and is commonly used for its skin calming properties
  • Geranium is known for it's extensive use in aromatherapy. It's a natural cleanser that gives your skin a radiant glow but it's also very nourishing
These are all the ingredients that are in this product. There is Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS) in it but I personally don't have problems with this ingredient, I don't mind if it's in my skin care. For the rest I don't see any ingredients that I know are/could be bad for the skin.
This is how the product looks like when it comes out of the bottle (no water or any thing added), it's immediately very foamy and one pump is enough to use over your whole face. The foam feels very comfortable on my skin, before I apply it I wet my face with a cloth and then massage this in. Then I rinse it off and my skin feels smooth, fresh and clean. I also really like the scent of this, smells really fresh and a bit like cucumbers. I've also noticed a difference in my skin while using this, my skin feels smoother and softer and if I had a  blemish pop up, it was gone very quickly.
I think this is a great product if you have  skin that's similar to mine. You rarely have blemishes or pimples and your skin isn't too greasy or dry, just normal. My problem area is my nose which is the only part of my face that I sometime have pimples but there I didn't notice a difference. Therefore I think this wouldn't be too amazing if you have greasy skin (don't know for sure of course because I don't have that.
This cleanser was £4,49 which is rather cheap for a nice skin care product and I'm not happy with the fact that this isn't sold here in the Netherlands. I did find some web shops where I can order Simple products but still, I just want to be able to go to the drugstore and but this, life is not fair (haha)! I hope you liked reading this review and if you have (like I said) similar skin to mine, you'll probably like this, it's a Simple (see what I did there:) and just nice cleanser. 

Have a lovely day,
E.

NOTD: Barry M Nail Paint '423 A Bikini'

Hello my lovely readers,

It's time for a good old NOTD (nails of the day) post for you. Today I'll be showing you a nail polish that I got a while back when I was visiting London. This Barry M Nail Paint is part of a summer limited edition so you'll have to be quick if you want it because it won't be in stores for much longer I think.
This nail polish is called 'A Bikini' or just 'Bikini, I'm not sure and I've seen both ways. I bought this because it looked very similar to one of my favourite nail polishes, 'Bikini So Teeny' by Essie. That Essie polish is getting old and will soon be thick or dried out and I was hoping that this one will be it's replacement.  Unfortunately I saw they weren't even close when I compared the two withe each other.
'Bikini' is still very pretty, it's a cornflower/periwinkle  shade and I really think. It's completely opaque in two coats and it lasts quite good, it didn't even chip when I was opening cardboard boxes at work. After two days it did chip a little bit but not in a way that you want to take your nail polish off right away.
I'm very happy that I bought this polish even though it's not exactly what I hoped for, it's still a gorgeous colour. This nail polish costed £3.99 but it was a limited edition so I don't exactly until when/if it's still available. If it is I can certainly recommend it to you because it's very gorgeous.

Love,
E.

Nina Ricci - Ricci Ricci

Hello my lovely readers,

Lately I've been getting tired off all my perfumes, I have quite a few but none of them where appealing to me in the morning, I just didn't feel like wearing them. Well for me that's the sign that I have to buy a new one, so I did.
This perfume by Nina Ricci is one that I've been eyeing for a while now, I've smelled it a few times but I always found it too expensive to buy. That was until last week, I work a Dutch drugstore and when I saw it was available for 25% off I had to get it.
The perfume is called 'Ricci Ricci' and it's an eau de parfume by Nina Ricci. The bottle is very pretty, and it's basically shaped like a purple present with a big shin. To spray something on you take the top of the bow off. I really like the look of this, it reminds me of Christmas (or Sinterklaas, depends on what you celebrate), but it's extremely hard to make nice photographs of it. The bow reflects me and it also collects dust like no other which makes it looks really dirty in the photos, it's pretty in real life though. That's also the reason that I went online to the official Nina Ricci site to get some prettier photos in this review.
According to Nina Ricci the perfume is glamorous and audacious, it embodies an irresistible urban heroine seducing at night on the Parisian roof tops. A fragrance for an asserting and optimistic femininity. It's a fresh floral and sensual perfume created for the modern urban heroine. Here are the notes that are in the perfume:
  • Top notes: Rhubarb zest and Bergamot
  • Middle notes: Tincture of Rose, Tuberose and Dature
  • Base notes: Patchouli and Sandalwood
To me this perfume just smells really warm and autumnal. I've never seen or heard of a perfume with Rhubarb in it and I have no idea how this is supposed to smell. I do smell that their are a lot of flowers in it and the sandalwood is also quite dominant but I like that. Tuberose is one of my favourite notes in perfumes even though I have never actually owned a perfume with this in it I think. I also like that it's quite long lasting, you keep smelling it for at least 5 hours, after that it disappears but if you then spray again you're good for the whole day.
It's been two weeks since I got this perfume and I haven't been wearing anything else. This perfume just works really well with the smell of my skin and I've gotten a lot of complements on it already. I spritzed it on in the bathroom at my school and afterwards I had a couple of people say "What are you wearing, you smell nice" (in Dutch of course), I love it.

You can get this perfume in 30 ml , 50 ml and 80 ml (which I got) and since this has been out for a while now it is probably available at most stores where they sell perfumes.

Have a lovely day,
E.

MAC Satin Taupe Eyeshadow

Hello loves,

MAC..... If it's not already the case, this brand becoming my favourite when it comes to makeup brands. Every product that I've tried from them has become a huge favourite that I use all the time. I don't have a lot of products from them but the ones I do have are staples in my daily makeup routine. While I was in London I wanted to buy something in a luxurious warehouse and I almost immediately went to the MAC counter. A lovely guy helped me and I walked out with a Pro Palette Eyeshadow X4 and a pretty eyeshadow to fill it.
I'd swatched several eyeshadows in Selfridges but the one I wanted was already sold out. Then I swatched some more and went for 'Satin Taupe'. This is a very popular eyeshadow that has been on almost every blog (except this one, until today) and that I have been listing to get for a while now.
Satin Taupe has a frost finish, these shadows have small shimmer particles that create a shining iridescent appearance. Some of them are metallic and some are just a little bit shiny. They are shimmery but not glittery at all and it's one
of MAC most popular finishes.
Like the name suggests, this is a taupe shade. Taupes are always very difficult to describe and this one is no exception. In some lights this shadow looks purple, in others it looks grey and sometimes it even looks a little brownish. The texture of this eyeshadow is amazing, it's mega buttery and it truly applies like a dream. So soft and yet so pigmented.
Products I used:

Rimmel: Match Perfection Light Reflecting Radiance Foundation: 100 Ivory (review)
Collection: Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer: Fair (review)
Essence: Eyebrow Stylist Set
Essence: Lash & Brow Gel Mascara (review)
Essence: I <3 Stage Eyeshadow Base
MAC: Frost Eyeshadow: Satin Taupe
MUA: Eyeshadow Palette: Undress Me Too: Obsessed + Corrupt (review)
L'Oréal: ColorAppeal Eyeshadow: 21 Golden Beige
HEMA: Waterproof Eyeliner: 01 Black 
Maybelline: One By One Volum' Express Mascara: Satin Black (review)
Catrice All Matt Plus Shine Control Powder: 010 Transparent (review)
Sleek Face Form Contouring and Blush Palette: 372 Fair: bronzer + highlighter (review)
Catrice: Gradation Blush: Waterloo Sunrise (review)
Essence: Lipliner: 07 Cute Pink
MAC: Retro Matte Lipstick: Flat Out Fabulous (review)

The look I created is really simple, I basically created my everyday look with a little bit of a darker eye. I applied Satin Taupe all over my lid and then applied the highlighter from L'Oréal on my brow bone and inner corner. I blended these two together and defined my crease with a combination of Obsessed and Corrupt, focusing corrupt only on the outer part of my crease. To finish the look I also put some of the Corrupt eyeshadow along my lash line and a bit of Satin Taupe below the eyes. The rest of my look is really basic but with a bright lipstick (but for me that's something I do very often).
This is my second eyeshadow-purchase from MAC and the reason that I bought the palette is very simple. I'm planning on buying a whole lot more of them haha. The first one I got was Mulch (in a mono) and I still use that one an awful lot, now this taupe goddess is mine and it will probably be what's on my eyes for the next couple of weeks. MAC eyeshadows aren't that expensive (especially not if you buy the refill for the palettes), I payed £5,00 for this which is approximately €6,30. Well let me tell you, here in Holland you pay €13,00 (!!!) for a refill pan, I was very happy and angry at the same time when I discovered this. Happy because I bought a MAC eyeshadow for six euros and sad because it's so expensive in the Netherlands, it's not fair. 
Altogether, I'm very happy my new eyeshadow, it's a gorgeous shade with amazing quality and in the end half as cheap as an average L'Oréal or Maybelline mono (and better than those). 

Love,
E.

Tanya Burr Lips and Nails

Hello my lovely readers,

In February the British beauty blogger/you-tuber Tanya Burr launches a collection of lip glosses and nail polishes. While I was in London I spotted her line and I picked up two of her products, one nail polish and one lip gloss.
In total there are 12 lip glosses and 10 nail polishes of this exclusive collection by Eye Candy. I bought a lip gloss in the shade Picnic in the Park' and a nail polish in the shade 'Bright and Early'.
The lipgloss comes in a sleek and nice looking packaging with Tanya's autograph written on it, on the bottom you can find the name of the shade. 'Picnic in the Park' is a very pretty peachy pink shade that I've been wearing on an almost daily basis lately. The colour is very subtle but it makes my lips look better and makes me look more 'done'.
The nail polish comes in a square bottle with again, Tanya's autograph written on it. On top of the lid you find a little sticker with a heart but I personally don't like this small detail. I think this makes the product look a little childish. The shade however is gorgeous, it's called 'Bright and Early' and it's a very bright coral colour, almost neon. This is the perfect summer colour (even though summer is almost over).

I'm definitely glad that I picked these two products up while I was in London. They're both good products and I think the colours are really pretty, even though the colours are very summery. These products are not the cheapest but they have a decent price and the quality is great. For the nail polish you pay £5,99 and for the lip gloss £6,99.

Love,
E.