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Review: Catrice cosmetics Smokey Matte Powder Liner

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Talking about another cruelty free and cheap cosmetic company – Catrice. Wasn’t available in the US for a long time but seems they started selling this brand that Eurpoean drugstore cutomers love already.

So I am an eyeliner addict. Probably that and Mascaras (or my false lashes) would be that makeup product I could not live without. Even when I am sick at home, in pain and fever it is very common for me to at least do those two things. That’s probably why whenever I see some new eyeliner it ends in an impulse purchase. When I did my DM-Online order, after filling my cart with what was needed I made the ‘mistake’ to head over to the beauty category. For sure everybody knows that feeling when you say or do something and while doing so you already know you better should not have.

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left: packaging & spongetip, center: swatch by itself, right: in eyemakeup

This time though it wasn’t a big mistake, at least Catrice stuff is reasonably priced, better said cheap. The smokey matt powder liner is described as ‘Matte black powder kajal with thin foam tip for easy application.’ and contains 1.0g/0.035 oz., should be used within 6 months.

While I usually prefer those liners with very thin brush for whatever style of eyeliner would be done and while I usually really hate foam / sponge like applicators for eyeshadows I have to admitt that this one is quite handy. Easy to get equal results on both eyes, even pigmentation when your cateye includes some bigger areas and easy to blend into your eyeshadows as well. Of course with powders it does have a bit of fallout but managable for everyone who is able to use pigments – I was able to wipe off the fallout with a simple fan brush. It lasts throughout my working days as well as party nights and still is probably the easiest from my collection to remove. When I did use a thin brush the results were not too good so this to me is for days when instead of sharp eyeliners I want softer looks or something to be really black but blendable outlines. Happy to have this little guy in my collection and probably will buy another one as backup just in case.

What kind of eyeliner tips do you prefer? Do you see them as a staple in your collection? Have a great evening!

NOTD – Catrice, Nearly Blacks, Noir Vert swatch!

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So it seems I’ve been ignoring the makeup racks at my local DM for quite some time, when I went last time I was not happy with the nailpolish colors at home so I had a closer look at the ones by Catrice. They obviously had a very goth-card-approved collection, the nearly black noir laquers. 4 different dark shades (rouge / red, cassis / purple, bleu / blue and vert / green) 10ml (0.33fl. oz.) bottles for 2.75€ each! Had some argument with my bank account because I definitely spent enough on makeup this month already so I only took the green one with me.

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left: one coat on clear base, center: two coats (yes, both before cleaning), right: the brush

I have to admitt that those new wider brushes most companies use these days are not my favourites but this one actually did work quite well for me! They said one would have an opaque, even color with one coat, for me I needed 2-3 layers to get an even color, sadly then you would not be able to see much of a green shine, the polish appeared to be a plain black but was extreme shiny, more than my common blacks. Did dry pretty fast as well  and I managed to spend more than a day without any visible damages which is pretty good since I was deconstructing my furniture, repotting my plants and all that stuff! I really think that a nearly black collection is a great idea and probably will go for the other colors as well soon, maybe those have a bit more colored pigments than the green ones has!

Did you grab any of these polishes yet? Which one woud be your favourite? Have a nice evening!

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Today’s Makeup 16-09 (FOTD)

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It was an Illamasqua kind of day. Usually I like to mix different brands of makeup but when I was playing with my face today all the products I went for were Illamasqua. Actually these day’s I dive into my entire collection quite a lot, even those colors that were not used for ages find their way onto the brushes and into the face. Reason? Detailed post will follow in a few days but changed my haircolor to some greenish black (even though some ‘black’ areas still do have a lot of copper and orange pigments to them but soon!)

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fullface, eye-detail and the other side!

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And this is for those who never dare to do detailed eye-makeups because of their glasses.

Products used: Illamasqua Matte Primer, Skin Base Foundation SB02, Powder Foundation PF115, Beyond Highlighting Powder OMG, Precision Gel Liner Infinity, Mascara Raven, False Eye Lashes Lush, Lipstick Growl, Intense Lipgloss Touch

Do you stick to one company or mix different ones? Have a nice evening!

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Review: Eye of Horus Cosmetics

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A while ago I stumbled upon the Instagram account of Eye of Horus Cosmetics, another cruelty free (vegan friendly, paraben free) brand that got me quite interested, this time based in Australia. They stock eyeshadow palettes, pencils, different liners, brushes and some other things – all of them inspired by natural beauty, Ancient Egypt.

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Packaging reminded me of Illamasqua quite a bit with a bit of gold added, not a bad thing though!

Actually I was interested in some coppery liner to use for my eyebrows since on some days and with some looks the black brows I do will look too harsh combined with my coppery-orange hair. But they offer free shipping on international orders over $50 and so a palette and two liners, worth $109 AUD in total found their way into my basket. Order has been placed July, 1st, shipped July, 6th, delivered July, 12th – a bit longer waiting time from order to shipment but still ok since it is a smaller company and with this beautiful and also good quality packaging – some things probably need some time!

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Sekhmet Shadow Palette ($46 AUD, 3.6g / .12ozE, use within 18 months)

Official description: Sekmet ancient Goddess of power and war unleashes the ultimate Smokey eye palette. Fearsome array of Charcoal, Steel and Grey tones are perfect for the dark powerful Temptress. The essential trio shadow palette is Italian baked in a stunning matte and satin shades. Deeply pigmented, long wearing crease-proof formula to deliver everyday brilliance. Key features The Eye of Horus cosmetics baked Goddess shadow range can be used either dry, for a subtle day ware effect or wet for a full-intensity finish. When water-activated, shadow colours transform to be more intense and radiant if desired. These remarkable properties give the freedom to create any kind of look from simple to dramatic in seconds. Paraben Free. (Elixir Sands Creamy Beige Matte (light), Silver Eclipse Silver Metallic (medium), Raven Onyx Gun Metal Grey Satin (dark))

My opinion: To me this is a perfect everyday eyeshadow palette, some creamy color to use under the eyebrows, a light warm silver for inner eyes, dark silver / charcoal for smokey eye look. The pigmentation is great with a bit of shimmer in the grey shades and I am looking forwards creating some different and maybe more extreme looks with this! Eyeshadows did pretty much stay in place even without base and even when I was sweating quite a lot, had it on for an entire day of activities and in the end still looked ‘ok’-ish!

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Bronze Amulet Goddess Pencil ($30 AUD, 1.2g / 0.042ozE, use within 12 months)

Official description: Gloriously glowing copper/bronze was prized as a precious Amulet and it accentuates your eyes like a sun goddess. Goddess Eye Liner pencils are uniquely formulated with beautiful waxes of Beeswax, Carnuba and Candelilla wax, with the added benefit of Organic Moringa Oil for a creamy rich formula thats easy to apply, waterproof, and smudge proof and long lasting, paraben free

I was not sure if I wanted this one or one of the greenish pencils (Serpentine or Emerald) but since my inention for this purchase as mentioned, actually was to find something to do my eyebrows with this was a good choice! Easy to apply and with a bit of powder on top also will stay in place quite good, even though the other products definitely were more smudge proof than this pencil. But since it comes with the other end being some smudge sponge tip thing I guess that’s the way it should be! I have one thing that got me confused, it says to use within 12 months but also says epires 30.09.2016, hoping they meant 2017 because I doubt a company would send out stuff that expires after only a few months time?

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Liquid Metal Copper Sphinx ($33 AUD, 2.4g / 0.085ozE, use within 6 months)

Official description: Gloriously glowing and illuminating pure precious Copper metal shade in a Liquid metallic eyeliner that delivers a splash of piercing vivid colour. What it does: Transform eyes with a swipe of Copper Liquid metal electrifying color. Formulated with brilliant mineral pigments, this liners smudge-free, felt-tipped precision applicator allows you to effortlessly highlight eyes with a burst of statement metallic colour. Important: Shake well before use.The product contains a huge amount of minerals for fabulous payoff, and these pigments can sink if unused for a while.

Probably my most favourite product from this tiny haul, a liquid liner in a shiny copper that I was not able to kill in a day. It stayed in place the entire day and not even rubbing my eyes would smudge it! The official description is exactly what I have experienced and I am tempted to try some of their other liquid linders as well! Definitely something I want to play with a lot in the future, eyebrows, lips, tiny details, here I come!

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At the end of a day, good staying power! Bronze Amulet Goddess Pencil for eyebrows, light eyeshadow under eyebrows, medium for inner eye, dark for outer, Liquid Metal Copper Sphinx as eyeliner.

In the end I am quite happy with all of my purchases and probably going to use everything a lot! As you can see above it didn’t run off my face even when sweating a lot (workout & after an entire day without any touchups) But I think if I order from that company again I might ask them to double check the dates of when their products will expire, as mentioned I am confused with the date for the pencil but both other products would also only have the amount of months left that they recommend to use them and they would be expired as well.

Have you heard of this brand yet? What are your thoughts? Have a nice evening!

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