Catrice Prime and Fine Contouring Stick

Not that I'm massively into contouring, but when I saw Catrice added a creamy version of a contour product in their permanent range, I wanted to try it because there weren't that many cream contours in our drugstores. Well in the next few months I ended up with three, all drugstore. I own Catrice's powder version which I quite like, so I hoped this will be good too and when I swatched it the shop, I loved how taupe the shading stick looked, so great for my pale skin. However, I ended up not liking it as much as the powder version, at least as far as the contour side is concerned, but the highlighter is lovely and it reminds me of an old favourite. I have the version for light skin.

Texture: Both sides very creamy and pigmented, though the contour is a bit creamier. Both blend with ease when I use the Real Techniques contour brush, in fact you have a lot of time to blend it because it takes long to set and this ease of blending turned out to be a minor minus because it blends into a too large area. Using a precise, thin brush is a better idea at this product, but with fingers it's just not working and it looks messy and patchy. The highlighter isn't an issue at all and it blends well with all tools.

Contour: The shade is a taupe colour than is leaning more to brown than grey. Compared to the shade from the powder duo, it's a lot more pigmented, darker and warmer, while compared to Taupe by NYX it's a lot more brown. It's a bit too warm for my skin tone, even though on the pictures it works and gives my face a more sculpted look. Due to a small size, it's very easy to apply this very precisely, including on the sides of the nose, which is much better than at Beauty UK's version, but blending is a bit more challenging if you want to retain most of the intensity at the edge and then having the product gradually blended out, since it's a very creamy, blendable product, so you quickly blend away too much.

Highlighter: it's a similar shade to the one in the palette duo by Catrice, but a more peachy version of the champagne shade and a lot more intense. It's similar to the long discontinued Jemma Kidd's cream highlighter in Ice Gold and has an impressive glow, though not like theBalm's Mary. Out of all the contour kits I got, this is my favourite highlighter.

Comparison swatches with Beauty UK's version and Wet n Wild Contour Palette are here.

Staying power isn't that impressive at the contour side, but the highlighter manages to hang on longer. I would set the contour with powder products, since the texture is so creamy, it tends to move.

Packaging: It's a dual sided design, which I think it's so much more practical than for example Maybellline's and it allows you to be precise because these are not just thin, but the contour is also pointed. The sticks are actually very small, which is a bit of a bummer for such a price, especially since they are so creamy that they won't last long. 

Price and availability: I got mine in Müller for 4.69 €.

Nice on a budget, but not if you're very pale or have a prominent cool undertone. Catrice did a more universal shade that fits light and probably also medium skin tones, but it also has enough grey in it, so it won't look too warm on those skin tones. The shape is great, especially the contour is very precise, so it's easy to apply where you want it. I would set this with powder, even though it's not as greasy feeling as Beauty UK's, but it's so creamy it tend to slip from the skin fast if you don't powder it. If you only have 5 € set for your contour kit, I'd still get the powder one instead of this one, but for porcelain skin I kind of prefer the new cream L'Oreal one. Out of the three contours I  got, I find L'Oreal's Infallible Sculpt in light to be the best for my skin tone, while I've forgotten about this one and Beauty UK's .

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Empties #20

Hi girls.
Another 2 and a half months have passed and here I am talking about my trash. This time around I used up some products which I'll miss, however I cannot hoard them anymore. Also it's starting to get cold and after this post I'm trying to use up more body butters.

Garnier Neo deodorant - Light Freshness, Pure Cotton & Shower Clean.
I tested all the scents of these new Garnier Neo deodorants. I actually really like them, however I got a problem with the packaging. You can use them for just a few times and then all of a sudden it is completely empty. Just like the spray disappeared and I've heard it happened to many girls. Only one was completely fine and that's why I used so many of them, so quickly! I'm just not willing to risk that in the future. Other than that, it is a really nice deodorant. It protects me whole day and the actual spray is really gentle on the skin. First two scents were really light and maybe not my go to. However the Shower Clean scent was nicely refreshing but clean smelling, not too light.
Repurchase: no

Rexona Stress Control anti-perspirant
I think this one was one of my favorite deodorants so far. I love Rexona for hot and busy days since it protects me very well, however this one is a bit more special. Well, it just has that fresh, citrus smell to it which I love ! Sadly it is not made for black clothes.
Repurchase: yes

Dove Invisible dry anti-perspirant
This is the first spray deodorant I've tried from Dove (well this is the second bottle). And to be honest I was quite pleasantly surprised. It has a light scent, however the protection lasts all day long. Also this one work nicely on black clothes.
Repurchase: yes
Rituals Happy Buddha foaming shower gel
This was such a treat for skin ! With mandarin & yuzu it felt very refreshing. And it is not a commercial citrus scent, but has relaxing feel to it. The foam was thick and very nourishing. You don't see products like this often. You can read a review here.
Repurchase: maybe

Balea After Sun shower gel
A really nice after sun refreshment. While it doesn't contain any aloe very, it still soothes sun burns. And it smells like tropical vacations: coconuty. Also if you want something to remind you of summer, this one would be great.
Repurchase: yes (next summer)

Balea Fruity Cranberry shower gel
I'm not sure this scent is still available since Balea changes them all the time, however it was lovely, very fruity. Not as much as Frosted Cranberry by TBS, but ok. It was a decent shower gel, not too drying but nothing special either. It's cheap and ok if you're on a budget. However, this packaging was annoying because I had to squeeze it a lot to get the product out of the tiny hole.
Repurchase: nope

Schwarzkopf got2b Rise 'n Shine hairspray
I really didn't like this hairspray. Because it's supposed to give your hair some shine, it actually made my hair look greasy and I'm not a fan of that ! The hold was ok. But it smelled really nice.
Repurchase: no

Schwarzkopf Taft Ultimate Hair spray
This hair spray has the best hold (nr. 6), so it's kind of weather proof. It can make your hair stick together since it has such a strong hold to it, however sometimes I want my curls to really stay put.
Repurchase: yes

Duchesse Cosmetic Cotton Pads
Because I use up cotton pads so often I like buying cheap ones. These are not the best because they're quite thin, but they totally work and I would say they're nice ! 
Repurchase: yes (always)

Fresh & Clean makeup removing wipes (fro dry and sensitive skin)
I like these. They remove my makeup well & they smell nice. Also the packaging is nice with that plastic top (+ I've seen these on sale a lot !)
Repurchase: probably

L'Oreal makeup remover (eyes & lips)
I really liked this one because it is great for waterproof mascara. It has two phases, so you have to shake it up firstly. Because it is oil based, it takes no effort removing makeup. Some might not like the greasy feeling, however I don't think there's anything wrong with it, since I cleanse my skin afterwards as well. 
Repurchase: maybe
Ren Flash Rinse 1 minute facial
This face mask was quite interesting. You have to use it with water to activate the vitamin C. Though it brightens the skin, it also leaves a dry feeling behind. And it's quite expensive.
Repurchase: no

The Body Shop Strawberry hand cream 
They make some of the best smelling products. Though the prices are not small, sometimes I like to treat myself. This Strawberry line is so lovely. A very fresh strawberry scent, so delicious, Hand creams are not particularly moisturizing, however I like that the texture is light and sinks in quickly, so it's perfect for on the go.
Repurchase: yes

Afrodita Cosmetics SOS lotion
This is a great product ! It's for calming the skin, if it's burned or you have a insect bite. I really liked it an sometimes I used it after a depilation since it really does calm the skin. The texture is very liquid and light weight, so it sinks in right away. And the smell is very light.
Repurchase: yes

Duchesse Intimate Wipes
I really like these. They are wet enough and nicely calming. I use them mostly during that "time of the month"
Repurchase: yes

Rituals Good Luck Scrub
I absolutely loved the whole set I got from Rituals (more here). This scrub was quite effective and harsh, so I used it in moderation. Though it had big particles of sugar, it also contained some oils which left my skin moisturised and really soft. It also had kind of a fresh scent. If you don't like abrasive and good scrubs, this one might not be for you.
Repurchase: maybe

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Don’t Bullshit Me: 3 Truly Amazing Makeup Brands

*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

As I skimmed the archives of this B-List Z-List beauty blog, I realized the fun of makeup for me had to do with versatility of a brand.  Makeup that allowed me to experiment.  There are 3 brands which really allowed me to do this because they don’t bullshit!
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Victor dE Souza Believe In dE Impossible – Spring/Summer 2017 Beauty

The Show For Spring/Summer 2017 "Believe In dE Impossible Collection," Victor dE Souza ups the ante by merging traditional couture techniques with themes popular with the millennial generation. Gender and identity are deconstructed and fluid, as the Victor dE Souza client celebrates uniqueness and individuality. This collection focuses on how the "new" generation will modify classic couture,
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Glamorous Ghost

In our country we don't really celebrate Halloween. There are some Halloween themed parties, but it's definitely not on a you-must-dress-up kind of level. I find that this holiday is a good excuse for beauty bloggers to release their creativity. I too, sometimes get those urges of doing something different and that is how I came up with this a bit more glittery, glamorous ghost version. It's really easy to recreate and even might be a last minute Halloween idea. 

I started my makeup by applying white face paint that I bought in a drugstore. I also added a bit of contour all over the face to get some dimension. Later, I deepened all the contours. For the contour I used a bit of grey brown as a base and I also went over with a light and a bit of dark grey. It will give your face dimension and make you look dead. I added contours along my nose into the brow, on my jaw, under cheek bone, around hair line and under the lower lips.

My eyes needed to look dark and somewhat soar. That's why I applied beige matte shade all over the lid. Then I took warm brown and red brown and defined my crease with it. You don't need to be precise with that. It's just gonna give you some shadow and depth. I applied it in a rounded shape. Then I used dark plum to further deepen it. I used matte black shadow on the lid and a bit into the crease. 

On my lower lash line, I repeated the same steps. Because this is a glamorous ghost, I also added a black winged liner. This will also hide the band of false eyelashes, which I added later, because I wanted to have a bit more impact on the eyes. I also applied coppery gold glitter on the center of the lid. 

I added a bit of black eye liner around the lower lash line. If you can, apply it in the waterline. This will make your eyes ever darker. But my eyes are too sensitive for me to do this. I also applied a bit of mascara to my top and lower lashes. 

I did my brows the usual way and then I took a spoolie and white face paint and ran it through my brows. It gives you dusty effect, like you've been gathering dust for years. 

As I've mentioned before, I deepened my contour after I finished my eyes. For a bit of a glam, I also added some highlighter with a white sheen, but only on the tops of cheeks. 

On my lips I used two shades of lip liner. First I used darker plum based red all over the edges and in the corners. On the center of the lid I used lighter red for just a bit of ombre. I went over it with a red glitter. I also did the same in my Red Glitter Lips makeup look. 

I decided to put my hair in a little bun. As for making them white or dusty looking, it's really easy. Just take some of that trusty dry shampoo and go crazy. I knew my Batiste stock would come in handy some day. If you don't have dry shampoo, try some baby powder. It's really cheap.

I would pair this look with some sort of white clothing. You can make the dress yourself, like I did mine for Ice Queen. Don't forget to paint your ear and hands, because you want to look uniformed. 

I think this look is really easy. If you own any kind of makeup, you'll only need to buy white paint and some glitter. It's my take on a bit more glamorous ghost. Instead of looking just dead and dusty, sparkle with some glitter. It doesn't require any real skills. The messier eye makeup looks, the better. What do you think of this look? Would you wear this to your Halloween party?

Jofrika Cosmetics Theater Schminke - White
E.l.f. High Definition Powder Sheer
Contour: Essence Eyeshadow 15 Hazel Me Not!, Sleek i-Divine Ultra Matts V2: Thunder + Noir
Highlight: Sleek Highlighting Palette Solstice: Subsolar + Hemisphere

Avon Ideal Flawless Eyeshadow Primer
Zoeva Cocoa Blend - Bitter Start
Zoeva Cocoa Blend - Substitute for Love + Freshly Toasted
theBalm Nude'tude - Sexy
theBalm Nude'tude - Sleek
theBalm Nude'tude - Serious
Clio Kill Black Brush Liner
Born Pretty Store False Lashes
Artdeco Ahdesive For Lashes And Sparkles
Catrice Lash Dresser Comb Mascara
Avon Supershock Gel Eyeliner - Black
E.l.f. Makeup Lock & Seal
Copper Glitter

Catrice Longlasting Lip Pencil And Cherry On Top
Avon True Colour Perfectly Matte Lipstick - Red Supreme + Berry Blast
E.l.f. Makeup Lock & Seal
Red, Brown and Purple Glitter
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