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Review: Collection Conceal and Light Like a Pro

January 18, 2016

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Few weeks back, I wrote a review on the new-ish Blush and Go palette that sells exclusively in Boots- you can read that here for more details. Today I want to talk about my other pick from this collection, which is the ‘Conceal and Light Like a Pro’ palette.

In a similar fashion to the other palettes, it comes in a black lightweight cardboard packaging, which tends to feel quite cheap but at the same times it’s expected considering the very low price of the palette- I got it for sale for £4, and I think full price is around £6.99. The other thing that I noticed with this one: because of the black packaging, it tends to get dirty very quickly and I find myself having to wipe it every time I use it, which can become a bit of a hassle- maybe it’s just me, as I really don’t like grubby makeup and want everything tidy and super clean.


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The other thing that I was slightly disappointed with is that it doesn’t have a mirror, which would have been really useful, but oh well. Moving on to the actual product: it comes with 8 different concealing and correcting shades: on the left side you can find the 4 skintone colours, while on the right side, you have a green, lilac, yellow corrector as well as a brightening, shimmery pink. 

When I saw this, I was quite ecstatic, as I only own one or two  orange correctors and I was excited to be expanding my collection into other colour ranges however I was very disappointed with the actual quality of these. They are very poorly pigmented and simply do not show on the skin the way a corrector/concealer should. At this point I am not sure if it’s my skintone or what, but they all sort of look white on me, especially the correcting shades. I tried to use the green on a broken blood vessel that I have on my cheek and it literally did nothing- and it’s not even THAT red, it’s just a slight discoloration which can mostly be covered by a good medium coverage foundation.

Below you can see the swatches for yourself. They all sort of look the same to me and have a white cast, which means that you couldn’t use these under your eyes, especially if you have any kind of dark circles, as it will make them appear grey.

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However I read one or two reviews of people who have used this and enjoyed it to cover up blemishes so I could not speak about that, as I haven’t tried it like that yet apart from my failed experiment. However, I have to say that I don’t find them to be creamy enough and I think they would end up emphasizing any dryness and would ‘crack’ if you use any powder on top if that makes sense.

Overall, I will keep trying to use this, however compared to other products such as Collection’s own Lasting Perfection concealer as well as other creamy concealers out there, I think I would give this one a miss.

I hope you enjoyed my review and let me know if you’ve used this or any other similar palettes. I look forward to your thoughts in the comments section below!

 

Lots of love,

Claudia

Beauty

January Empties

January 15, 2016

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I have been meaning to write this post for a while as I’ve been holding on to these empties but here it is- my first empties post!

 

As you can probably see, there is not much make up in there as I don’t go through them as quickly compared to other items- besides mascara, obviously, which, remember, has to be binned after 3 months (!) Anyhow let’s get into it and I’ll also let you know if I’m planning to repurchase them.

 

La Roche Posay Effaclar Clarifying Lotion- find here

This is probably my third bottle and is definitely one of my favorite toners. Both my husband and I use it and we have very different skin- he has oily, blemish prone skin, while my skin is dry to normal with occasional breakouts. This, I think, shows that this toner is great for every skin type and really makes you feel properly cleansed and ready for your moisturizer. Definitely a repurchase!

 

L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara- find here

Over time I have tried quite few mascaras from L’Oreal and most of the time I am quite happy with the results, however I have to say that this was just meh. It was okay, it did not smudge on me and the application was easy however I felt like the wand was very spiky and quite few times I actually managed to get in my eye, which is very unusual for me, that never happens! Also I feel as if it dried out very quickly which added to the already mentioned dryness of it. Will not be repurchasing

 

L’Occitane Pivoine Sublime Perfecting Cream- find full size here

This is a sample that I got at some point around October and as it was a decently sized pot, I was able to use it quite a lot and test it out properly. The cream claims to make your skin ‘ luminous and rested, with an immediate radiance boost. The skin feels smooth, soft and velvety. Pores, fine lines and imperfections look reduced. Your skin glows with a fresh and natural beauty.’ God, I love descriptions, they make them sound so magical, right? I wouldn’t go as far as saying that my face was glowing, however the cream felt very nicely and I think it helped my skin transition into winter without any crazy dryness or breakout so that is always an extra point from me. Also I tried the serum that comes with it in the shop as well as they seemed to be pairing very well together (at least my hand thought so) so I might be repurchasing a full size of this one together with the serum.

 

Morrocan Oil Treatment (travel version) – find here

Everyone and their mother talks about how amazing this treatment is for your hair and how shiny and glossy and hydrated it makes them feel. I gave in and bought the small version of this as I like to test things out before splurging £30+ which also lasted me forever, considering I wash my hair every 3-4 days and have used it every single time. I did notice that if helped my hair detangle a lot more and the ends were not as dry, which indeed made blow drying it a lot easier. However, as the same time, I have some Argan Oil from when I went to Morroco which also does a great job, so at the moment I am on the fence on whether I would repurchase it as I think it’s quite a pricey product that could be replaced with a pure oil.

 

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer- find here

I know that this one is not a new product and has definitely been spoken about for a million times however: HOW AMAZING IS THIS? For a product that costs under £5, this concealer has probably the best formula for even the most stubborn dark circles. Some people may complain that it’s not as thin of a formula compared to other but at the same time, it might have double or triple the coverage. This has already been repurchased before it was even finished and I have quite few of them lying around and will probably continue to buy them, because I am mad about them.

 

Soap&Glory Vitamin C Face Wash- find here

Out of all these empties, this one took the absolute longest to finish! I think I’ve had this for over a year or closer to 18 months and by the end of it, I just really wanted to finish it, as it’s such a big bottle! Standard face washes come in 150 ml bottles and they still last quite a long time, while this jumbo one is a 350ml bottle so just imagine! Anyway, this face wash is a really good basic daily face wash which also has some small beads in it, which makes it more of a scrub/wash 2 in 1. When I first started using it, I really loved it and I still think it’s a good face wash for all skin types, however over the last year my taste in skincare has changed quite a bit so I probably will not be repurchasing this one. Also, even if I do, it will definitely be a small one!

 

Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover- find here

This one is a little travel size that I bought back home in Romania as I finished the one that I had with me. It’s a dual phase remover, which means that you shake it before using it and is has quite an oily consistency which removes even the most stubborn waterproof mascara and crazy color eye shadows. I will most definitely repurchase this one as soon as I have the chance to!

 

La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Eyes- find here

Last but not least, another product from La Roche Posay. I am generally a big fan of French pharmacy brands so I am constantly trying new products from LRP, Vichy, Bioderma etc. Also, I am constantly looking for my holy grail eye cream, as I have crazy dark circles and I am still hoping that some cream will make a difference- spoiler alter: nothing has so far. This one is okay, maybe a bit too gel-like for my liking as I prefer more moisturizing thick or serum like cream. I think also that this is more suited as a morning eye cream rather than evening as it’s so light and absorbs very quickly so it won’t intervene with any make up. I probably won’t be repurchasing  this one and as continuing the search!

 

What are your latest empties and what would you repurchase or recommend in general from the things that you recently emptied?

 

Love,

C.

Beauty

Collection Pro: Blush and Glow Palette review

December 21, 2015

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In the last few months, I feel that Collection has really stepped up their game and have come with a lot of new great products as well as generally having some of the best products in the drugstore for such great prices. As part of their Pro collection, they came up with two face palette, including the Blush and Glow palette which I have previously seen on few blog, yet could not get my hands on it. The Pro range is limited edition and sells exclusively in Boots. I was very lucky to find it in a random boots and also for a really good price, as they have everything for under £4 so I paid £4 only for it!

It comes in a cardboard packaging, not the sturdiest yet it makes the product very light and easy to take with you as a face palette on holiday or even keep in your makeup bag if you have a medium to big one. I love little details such as the coppery writing on the top which give it a more expensive feeling than an under £5 product. The palette includes a bronzer, a highlight and two different blushes.

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Now, let’s get into the more details. I did not want to review this product as soon as I got it as I wanted to have a chance to use it and give you a better idea of what to expect. First impressions were really good, as I enjoyed all the colors in each pan. Unfortunately the blushes do not have names, so I just refer to them as the pink and the peach however I think they would both beautifully on skin tones from fair to a medium tan I would say. Anyone with a darker skin tone might not find much use in this, as the bronzer and one of the blushes would not show at all.

Surprisingly enough, the powders are quite creamy, not incredibly powdery, which is really helpful when picking it up, as it doesn’t make a mess. Also I find all four of these to be pigmented enough and did not need a lot of building up, with the highlighter being probably the weakest one, but then again I am very picky with my highlighters so I think I am slightly biased.

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Here you can see swatches for the four shades. As you can see, the bronzer is neutral with slightly warm toned, so again I am not sure if this will appeal to people that enjoy a very ashy color, however on my skin- around NC30, it shows up great and does not look muddy at all or orange. The highlight is quite a subtle shade and has some pink iridescence to it. The first blush is a matte light pink with a cool tone, very much suited for girls with fair skin or for someone who likes only the , while the other more peachy blush has shimmer in it however it still resembles a satin finish and is probably a fairly flattering color for a lot of people.

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Overall, I would say that this is a great palette for someone who is looking for a going away palette or loves the convenience of having three types of products in one palette. Have you tried any of the Collection Pro range products yet or generally anything from Collection? Let me know in the comments below as I’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

Love,

C.

 

Beauty

Nude Palettes Review

November 18, 2015

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I cannot be the only girl who has more than one nude palette and whenever a new one comes out, you’re like ‘I neeeeeed thaaat’ like you’ve never seen a brown or champagne eye shadow before.

I thought I would talk about the palettes that I currently own and tell you how I feel about them.

 

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette (£38)

Of course that I HAD to have one of these. I’ve had it for about a year now and to be completely honest, I reach out for it the most out of all my palettes. As you can see in one of the photos below, the first three colors have been my favorite ones and my most used- I use half baked (holy grail gold!) and Foxy  all over the lid and Booty call for under my brow and in the inner corner. This, with a liquid eyeliner, has been my go to look for years. In terms of the shadows’ quality, they have very little to no fallout and don’t crease for at least 8-10 h if you use a primer ( I personally use the Milani eyshadow primer which I ADORE). This overall is a good warm toned nude palette, which is a staple in many bloggers’ and MUA’s cases.

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L’oreal La Palette Nude Palette Rose (£14.99)

First of all, this has such a long name! L’Oreal Paris Color Riche La Palette Nude Eyeshadow Palette Rose- try saying that quickly! This has been my first dibble into matte eye shadows, as I one day found this on an offer for £10 and I was like ‘why not?’. The palette has 10 eye shadows, with 6 shimmery ones and 4 matte ones., which are a creamy beige which can be used all over the lid, a warm darker beige, a taupe and a mauvy sort of dark brown. The other colors come in a range from champagne to dark purple. The pigmentation of these will not wow you, but if you use it over a white base (such as Nyx’s Milk Jumbo Pencil or their white base) you can create a bolder look. Overall this is an okay palette which I would recommend to someone who is on a budget and wants a bit of a variation from the usual nudes, as it has more purply shades in.

Sephora Colorful 5 Eyeshadow Palette ($25 aka £16.50)

This is Sephora’s own Palette in the color Sunrise to Sunset Bronze. I picked this one up in an emergency situation- when I went home to Romania in summer, I did not have any palettes with me and had an event to attend, so I wanted to create a bronzey smokey eye. I ran to Sephora (wish I could do that here in the UK also) and this caught my eye as a good contender and for a pretty good price- I cannot remember how much but I am sure that I did not pay over £10 for it. This palette has four shimmery shadows and a dark matte brown. The payoff is pretty good in terms of pigmentation but again, it looks a lot better with a white base. One thing that I do love about this palette though is the matte color which can also double as an eyeliner or can be used to fill in your eyebrows (if you’re a brunette of course). Also I find myself using the middle color- the gold (they do not have individual names unfortunately) quite a bit even when I am using other palettes.

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Collection Eyes Uncovered Nude Palette (£3.99)

Yes, you read that right. £3.99! This is one of the many great releases that Collection (previously known as Collection 2000)  brought us this fall. The packaging is pretty flimsy, as it’s made of cardboard however at the same time that makes it very easy to carry  as it’s incredible lightweight. It comes with 5 shimmery colors, again ranging from a light champagne to more cool toned light browns and a matte color, the dark brown, so pretty similar to the Sephone one- besides it being 4 times cheaper! One of the things that I do appreciate is the fact that on the back of the case they give you the the names for the shadows, which are : White Chocolate, Buttercream, Biscuit, Chocolate Milk, Brown Sugar and Espresso. They sound delicious, don’t they? I very strongly recommend this palette as it’s great value as well as a versatile nude palette, with a mix of warm and cool tones, which is very difficult to find in a small palette: they usually go one way or the other. Also they have this in Nude Bronze and Nude Grey, which, as the names suggest, have a warm and a cool tone respectively.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my current nude palettes and let me know what is the nude palette staple in your beauty drawer!

Love,

C.

Beauty

Drugstore haul

November 11, 2015


Hey guys! Today I thought I would talk you about my latest haul, which involved mostly Boots and Superdrug. These are mostly new products (for me) with one or two repurchases.

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Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation £9.99

This is one that has been on my list for a while and always seems to appear on everyone’s list in terms of the best drugstore foundations. So far it seems to a light to medium coverage and has a slightly dewy, sort of natural glow finish, which is quite strange for me, as I have always been a big fan of matte finishes. In terms of it lasting 16h, I would say more like 8-10h, which is still really good- who wears a foundation for 16h?

LA Girl Pro Conceal in Orange £3.90

This one has been a buy from Ebay, which I very often use for my love of American beauty products currently unavailable in the UK. Postage was quite quick, I think aroun 8-10 days and the products is FANTASTIC. The coverage is really full and definitely cancels the blue tones of my dark circles. I use this under my foundation and makes a hell of a difference and makes me look as if I slept few extra hours. Definitely recommend it for anyone with dark circles who needs a bit of extra coverage power!

Maybelline Fit me Concealer £5.99

In terms of drugstore concealers, I have tried few, however most of them either have a very thick, cakey effect and settles into all the little lines, or quite the opposite, does not really do much. This concealer, which has been highly recommended by Emily Fox, one of my favorite youtubers, is none of the above and has a great texture and consistency. It’s quite opaque and has a nice matte finish, however does not dry the skin around the eye. That’s a keeper for sure.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer £4.19

This is a repurchase and my absolute holy grail concealer. In summer, I use the colour 4 (Dark), which now obviously is very dark so I went and got colour 3, Warm Medium, which is my perfect autumn colour. The concealer has a creamy, almost liquid like texture and is very thick, which is why people who like light coverage might not enjoy the way this feels. However, again, like the Fit Me, for someone who has quite dark circles, this works a miracle!

Maybelline Master Precise Eye Liner £5.99

Until recently, Maybelline has not been a brand that I necessarily trusted, however since their matte lipsticks came out, I have been experimenting more and more and so far have not had any major disappointments. Master Precise is an actual winner, living up to brands that cost more than double in terms of lasting power. My favourite part about this eye liner though is the fact that it comes out matte black and does not give you that weird shiny look.

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Make up Revolution Iconic Lipstick £2.49

I do not own anything from Make Up Revolution, as I always sort of pass them thinking that might not be that good compared to other products that are just slighly more expensive, however Superdrug has this new collection with very sleek packaging, black and rose gold, very much reminding me of Mac. I spotted the lipsticks first (obviously) and they were all intact, besides this shade, which is called Looking Ahead- there was only this one left so I had a FOMO sort of moment (for people who have lived under an internet rock for a while, that is fear of missing out). so grabbed and ran with it. Unfortunately the product goes quite sheer, but it is a beautiful sheer nude pinkish colour, which does not do much for me. I will probably give this to my mom or some of my colour-shy girlfriends.

Nyx Studio Finishing Powder £8.00

Now we start the Nyx madness! Finally I got my hands on some of their products. I previously had some other lipsticks and own few products from Germany (they sell them in store in the Douglas- sort of like Boots, which you can find EVERYWHERE literally). Anywaaaaay, going back to the powder, a real winner, just as I remembered it. It’s very good especially for setting under eye concealer with a small buffing brush, as well as a large powder brush for a veil of mate-ness (pretty sure this is not a word but it should be!).

Nyx Slide on Eye Pencil £5.00

I love, love, love this pencil! This is pretty much all I have to say. For a very long time, I have only used liquid eyeliner on my upper lash, as it is the only thing that does not smudge and make me look like an absolute mess after only an hour. All this until Nyx came alonge and swept me off my feet with this beautiful, creamy and BLACK eyeliner which I can use both on my upper and lower lashes. Unfortunately somehow this doesn’t do much for my waterline, but that really doesn’t bother me, as it’s not a look that I normally would go for. Have I also mentioned that it is a pefect dupe for Urban Decay’s  Glide on Pencils? I will definitely try and get my hands on as many colours as many as possible, as these might be my favorite eye liners ever!

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Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream £5.50

Last but definitely not least, I finally got a hold of two of the long coveted, much talked and written about Lip Creams! I got mine and in Cannes, which is a beautiful mauvy nude and Amsterdam, which is neutral toned red. Opinions so far? They both have a moussey sort of feeling when applying them, which makes them glide over the lips. Just to give you an idea, they come with a pointed brush applicator and you do not need to dip it in a second time in order to apply it everywhere so these will last quite a while! They last well on the lips, as long as you do not eat, so I would say maybe 3-4 hours at most, maybe something that you would wear for a shoot or just an event with no food. Personally for me Cannes seems a bit more transferable, as, midway through my Starbucks, I realised that most of it was gone. However, even though they don’t have the best longevity, they are soft and creamy and have a semi-matte finish, so I will definitely reach out for these very often and replenish with as many shades as I can get my paws on!

What are your newest products and what drugstore brands or products would you recommend this season?

Cheers,

C.