Budget Beauty - Catrice Made to Stay Cream Eyeshadows

10/30/2013


Hello everyone!
I decided to start with a new segment here on my blog called "Budget Beauty" where I talk about nice products that are friendly to our budgets. I have to admit that I tend to love high-end products, but there are a lot of Drugstore/High Street products and cheaper alternatives that I really enjoy. I guess there's space for everyone, right?

  


So today's product : Catrice's Made to Stay  Cream Eyeshadow (they call it longlasting eyeshadow, but it's cream eyeshadow!).
They are amazing, quite pigmented, easy for me to get and in my opinion, they are easier to work than the Color Tattoo's from Maybelline. Obviously they can't be compared to a MAC Paint Pot, but still, they are worth to check.
My only issue with them is their packaging, because it's quite small...I can't use my finger to remove product without having product under my nails...and for days where I want to just place something on my leads and run out from home to get the bus to school it's not really nice. 
I own 4 colours (I believe there are two more, I'm not sure) and they are all perfect for daily wear. Specially for the Fall/Winter time. 
 



The first two are 070 Mauvie Star (the purple one) and 080 Copper&Gabbana (the orange/goldish one).
Mauvie Star it's amazing, although needs a bit work and care since you don't want this all over the place.But it can be warn alone - although  I would use a bit of Naked from Urban Decay (or any other nude eyeshadow) to soft the edges.
Copper&Gabbana is amazing! You can use it on it's one, but it's perfect for a Smokey eye, specially with brown liner/eyeshadow. I usually do the Smokey eye with my Sephora Flashy Waterproof Eyeliner pencil (another Budget friend).
  
  



At last (but not least) we have 040 Lord of the Blings (the silver one) and 050 Metall of Honor (the dark brown one)
Lord of the Blings is amazing. it's a really illuminating eyeshadow that you can easily sweep on you leads and without effort look amazing. It's also a really pretty base.
Metall of Honor in the other hand, need a bit more work and we need to be really careful, otherwise, this bad boy smudges everything when applied. But, when applied correctly, it's amazing. Although I would use really heavy mascara with this, otherwise it will look quite...dead?

Anyway, this precious cost around 4 euros (if I'm not mistaken) and I'm pretty sure that you can easily find them or order them. In Europe it's super easy to find, since Catrice is a German brands (it's the bigger sister of Essence). I'm not sure about the US...

If you can, try to check this guys.
I hope that this post was good enough. I tried my best to work with the natural light.
Please take care, have a nice day!
With Love,
Diana. 

Sometimes being crazy is good...

10/25/2013


...because than I'm able to do strange things and create amazing ones. 
Okay not that amazing, but yet nothing that people usually do. 
  

   


I've already mentioned that I went to a beauty event and that I got a couple of nail polishes and makeup brushes with discount there. One of the nail polishes I got was Angel Rain from Orly. It's a pretty metallic and exotic blue colour, but that alone wasn't that amazing. It was pretty light...So I was like "maybe if I add a darker base, the colours might stand out more". Because of the violet hint I saw I thought about using a red base...best thing I ever did. 
The colour didn't turn out as blue as I initially wanted, but the effect I got was even better. I end up with a violet dual-chrome colour, with hints of blue and green.I even got complements from my father's wife (who is very picky with nail colours). 
I'm thinking about keep trying using different colour bases with Angel Rain. I might get more personalized colours  (which is lovely! I won't be interested in buying a dual-chrome nail polish right now, believe me!). 

Now, what did I used to get this? 

 





The hidden star is Malaga Wine from OPI. I got it last year (it was my aunt's present) during Christmas. I wanted a classic dark red for the winter time. It's perfect to wear alone (I promise I'll show you that in the future). I'm not a red nail girl (I think I'm still very young for them) but I love dark reds, almost burgundy ones. It gives me a Gothic feel (because I'm kinda pale...)
 But sometimes...it's perfect for experiences like this. And of course, Angel Rain from Orly. If it wasn't because of him, I wouldn't try to play around with nail polish like this. It was a recommendation from a friend...I'm glad I got it. I'll probably try to get more nail polishes like this.

This combination was on my nails for a all week without chipping. I also want to mention that I used Orly's To 2 Bottom (Top&Base Coat) as a base and as a top coat.
Where to find them? In the US you can easily find OPI at Sephora and many other stores. Orly can be found at Ulta.
For Europe (although some countries probably have already local physical stores and distributors - like in boots if you live in the UK for example ) and the rest of the world you can always order Orly & from Beauty Bay or from enails.
 


I hope that you enjoyed today's post. My weekend will be all about work around the house, studying History, Chinese and Literature. 
Have you ever tried anything like this? 

Please take care everyone, have a nice weekend!
With Love,
Diana.

Pretty Rebel for the Cold Time! | Review

10/21/2013




Too Faced Pretty Rebel Palette
I got a free period again to post, after re-catching my Chinese lessons ( tomorrow will be History...and a bit of Literature as well). I think you guys might like this post. 
So, last month I had a bit of splurge and I got Too Faced's Pretty Rebel. It's from their Fall collection and to me, it's amazing if you want something to wear during the fall and even the holidays (like Christmas and New Year's Eve)
This palette is (apart from my "yet to finish" Inglot palette) the best in terms of materials used to do the overall packaging. The card board used is super strong - even stronger than the one used on the Naked Palette. The top has this really nice stripes that contains the brand name and the palette name and the back has the weights an where the palette was made. The actual ingredients are just printed on the box (I might take photos of that and leave it here if you want). 
The mirror has a pretty decent size and I personally love all the details effort they took into making this. 
In therms of size, the width is the same of the Naked Palette from Urban Decay and the length is the same of a Inglot Freedom System Palette (the ones of 5 eyeshadows and the ones of 10 eyeshadows). It's quite handy and easy to travel and Store. 
On, "shadow speaking", the palette has this amazing mixture of everyday neutrals and really funny and crazy colours for the night time (or even for everyday if you are felling a bit more edgy)  or, just like I said for the Holiday. But I'll speak more in detail. 

  




Dainty is the always need matte cream white shadow. Nice to highlight our brow area or (in my case) to set my MAC Paint Pot. 
Charming is a nice matte brown shade.A bit chalky sometimes, so be careful with that. I like it define my eyes. 
To me Girly is the prettiest shadow of this palette. Also, just like Gangsta, it's super creamy and blends out with no problem. It can be used on the outer corner of the eye or even used jut by itself since it's a dual chrome shadow. Perfect for a more effortless and yet edgy look for the Fall/Winter time. 
Totally Fetch is amazing. Matte but not chalky at all and super pigmented. Amazing for either a nigh time look or a more edgy fall look.
Miss Sparkle is a Matte with Sparkles shadow. A bit chalky, but nice for a classic smokey eye or for lining your eyes. 






Ringleader is a satin shadow that does pretty much what Daity does, but leaving a pearly effect on the leads. It's also really amazing to highlight the inner corner of the eye. 
Gangsta is one of my favourite shadows. It's super "creamy" and blends beautifully. For a "always" nice look I usually just blend it with Ringleader, but in my opinion it also may be quite pretty if worn just by itself on the lid. 
Instigator is Pure gold. I love Half-Baked from Urban Decay, but this Bad Boy kicks it with no problems. The pigmentation is crazy. Perfect for a Christmas or New Year's Eve. 
Badass it's pretty but needs a bit of a work. Some people may not like it, but if you are someone who love to build up the colours, you will love this for sure. But has a Denim feel that I quite like.
JailBird is pure silver. Just like Instigator, it's amazing for a Christmas and New Year's Eve look. Although I would pair it with Miss Sparkles for a classy Smokey Eye. 

Overall, I'm happy with this palette. Some eyeshadows need a bit of work, but other are super amazing. If you want to invest on a palette that has both neutral everyday shadows and super crazy and specially shadows at the same time, this is the one.
I got this from the Portuguese Sephora for 45 euros if I'm not mistaken. A bit pricey, but because the amazing quality of 80% of the shadows and the amazing packaging I it's totally worth it.
In Europe you can find this palette at any Sephora that sells Too Faced (believe me, if Portugal has it, any other Sephora has it for sure!At Least Sephora.fr has it as well). If you live in a European country without Sephora or other country that doesn't have Too Faced at all, I recomend you to check BeautyBay where you even have free shipping. In the Uk, I believe that Boots also might sell this (I'm not 100% sure since it's not listed on their website)
In the US/Canada you can easily find this in Stores or order it from Sephora.com or  Too Faced.com.

I hope that you enjoyed this review. I tried to be as complete as possible.
I'm not a Makeup Artist, so this is the view of someone who buys makeup for daily wear.
I'll try to photograph tomorrow's look using some shadows from this palette.
Oh, and if like my nail colour, I'll be doing a post about it by the end of the week.

Please take care everyone, Have a nice day!

With Love,

Diana. 

Not Ugly at all | Nail Polish

10/15/2013

Hello! How are you?
I'm finally going to do my first Nail Polish post! 
I'm a huge fan of nail polish. I pretty much like everything. Except bright reds because I don't think that they are appropriate to my age. 
Anyway, my nails are sensitive. I always need to be careful with what I use, because if the consistency or the nail polish formula isn't good it might made my nails weaker. And than they start to chip and broke. Which you might think "oh that not the end of the word". Maybe, but since I love to draw and write, if my nails don't have that perfect length things get harder and messier. I'm crazy I know. 

So today I'll be showing a nail polish I got recently from a beauty market last weekend. I get 4 nails polishes (3 colours and a top&base coat) from Orly (an American brand) because they had discount. And I have to admit that if it wasn't for Tania ( here ) who introduce me to this brand and told how wonderful it was, I would just stick with Essie, China Glaze, OPI and Sally Hansen (and maybe BarryM ). 






I got this one because I'm on the haunt for the perfect mint colour. I wanted to get Essie's Mint, but for some reason I can't found it in stores here. I might have to order it online. 
This is a nice colour. But it's not perfect. One thing is that it doesn't have a glossy finish. It has a hint of shimmer. Also, needs to be build up. It's not bad, it's just that I'm not always available to paint 3 coats of nail polish...(a nice thing to do is to pass a opaque nude colour before applying this. It will help a lot).



Although, I'm quite pleased that it didn't chip. I was afraid that it could do that since I had to pass so many coats.After all, this baby staid on my nails all week without chipping. Good, right?




So, this is Pretty-Ugly  nail polish from Orly (now  you understand the title, right? ).
The usual price here in Portugal is 10,99 euros, but because I got this on the Beauty Market I only paid 6,50 euros. I've search for some online stores. I might be able to get more colours from this brand. 
In the United States, as far as I know, you can get this brand at Ulta. 

Thank you very much for reading this post. 
Please take care, have a nice day!

With Love, 
Diana. 

Some Love for Skin Care

10/02/2013

I'm sorry for taking so much to right a new post.
Things have been crazy around the house. From the fact that we will have some working around the house (the attic will be turn into two bedrooms for me and my brother and will be made a bathroom for both of us), my grandmother's health appointments, my dad's wife health exams, picking up my grandfather from his massage sessions (because he has problems of bad  blood circulation and other problems on his legs) to the really depressing raining weather...there has been no time or zen time to post here. I haven't yet photograph my  September favourites and working on some other makeup posts. I also want to mention that I might post even less in October. With the working around the house and school starting next week (I'll be taking Chinese classes this year!), I really want to focus. And there is the possibility of getting a part-time job (which is really nice actually. Having my own money and some independence is something delightful!).

 Now, about today's post. I decided to talk about some of my recent Skin care discoveries that are now favourites and staple products on my routine. I want to tell who are them, how I apply them and why I love them so much. Like review them, but not with major detail so to speak.


Starting with two The Body Shop products. The facial scrub is amazing. At least this new and improved version. It looks like a gel, but as soon as we spread the product into our face and massage it, we can feel the scrubbing power. My skin has been healthier now, since I now, can remove dead skin cells properly. The old version was a complete rubbish. It would scrub a thing. I guess that's why they revamp this one. I use it like...every tow to three days at the nigh time after taking my makeup and cleansing my face. I'll repurchase this for sure!
The Tree oil is another wonder product. I finally was able to get this year. This baby kills bacteria and kicks breakouts like no other. I don't have to many, but when I have, 2 to 3 days with this and they are gone. Although I have to admit that recently I changed the way I use this. I mean, it's supposed to be used as a spot treatment, but recently I use it every night. Three or Four drops onto my hand and I rub it all over my face. I've seen improvements after using the product like this.It helped smooth my face from the small clogged pores and future breakouts.



I finally found what I can call the perfect moisturiser! Besides the fact that I have oily skin, I also have really dehydrated skin. Basically, if my skin isn't properly hydrated, it will produce more oil. But the main problem is, most moisturises contain oil and don't hydrate at all. They just pretend that they do it. Bur randomly I found and tried this one (the tube you are currently watching is my second one actually) and it change everything. Hydreane legere is the best moisturiser I ever used. It doesn't contain any oil. Actually, the main ingredient is Thermal Water. I use it everyday after washing my face in the morning. I won't be looking into a new moisturiser for the day time any soon. 


To finish off, my beloved eye cream (actually it's a gel!) DioptiGel from Lierac won't be leaving my routine any time soon. I use it every night and sometimes in the morning before applying concealer under my eyes. It's non-greasy and my skin absorbs it really easily. I have a bit of curiosity around other eye creams, but now this a all time favourite.
At last- but not least - we have my beloved Effaclar Duo. You check my review about it here. I love it because it wonderful with my spots and acne scars. I use it every night after applying my Toner and Tea Tree Oil.

I promise I'll try to do the best I can to post more often. I'll be working around some makeup review's , favourites and fall looks!
Please take care everyone! Thank you for all the love.

With Love,
Diana. 

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