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Catrice Cosmetics

I picked up some bits not too long ago on a bit of a shopping spree from Catrice Cosmetics and I have been loving them and using them alot. I thought I would share some of them with you in case you are in the market for some afforable lovelies 🙂

First up is their All Matt Plus Shine Control Makeup.

catrice all matt plus 015 vanilla beige

I got the shade 015 Vanilla Beige which is a pretty good neutral match for my pink toned skin.

all matte plus 015It has a light coverage and is shiny when you first apply but dulls down as it dried into your skin.

catrice foundationThis is a good foundation, it lasts well (powdered) on my oily skin and doesn’t oxidise. It isn’t too drying or cakey and it blends really well. It is also buildable for us girls who like a more medium coverage.

Next up on my Catrice love fest is one of their Ultimate Shine Gel Colour Lipsticks.

catrice ultimate shine gel colour 080 russian violettecatrice ultimate shine gel colour 080 russian violetteThis is in the shade 080 Russian Violette. These are like a hybrid lipstick lipgloss. They are not sticky and are really pigmented. They feel balmy on the lips so good for days when your lips are not in tip top condition. Also I am in love with this colour.

catrice ultimate shine gel colour 080 russian violette swatch It’s a purpley pinky lipstick of loveliness and I have been picking it up so much over the past few weeks. It’s so easy to throw on and lasts really well.

My last two Catrice finds are two of their Liquid Metal Eyeshadows.

catrice liquid metal eyeshadows

I threw these into my basket because they looked cool in the pan, I have to be honest. They have a cool wavy effect to them and I couldn’t say no :p

liquid metal eyeshadow gold leaf meliquid metal eyeshadow gold leaf meThe first one is called 070 Gold Leaf Me and is a kind of pewter cool toned gold colour.

liquid metal eyeshadow gold leaf me swatchcatrice liquid metal eyeshadow 100 what do you seacatrice liquid metal eyeshadow 100 what do you seaThe second one is called 100 What Do You Sea? My description of this would be nearly a green toned blue, if this exists? It is blue but there’s an element of green in there too.

catrice liquid metal eyeshadow 100 what do you sea swatchThe name Liquid Metal, sums these shadows up quite well I think. They are opaque when built up but you can also just use them for a wash of colour on the lids too. I have used them wet aswell and it brings the metal element out in the colour even more. They are smooth and they blend too which is not always the case for cheaper shadows.

Catrice have really upped their game in the last couple of years. They have such a diverse range of products for all types of makeup users. Everything is reasonably priced, and they are constantly bringing out new collections and products to keep us wanting more. I know I do 🙂

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Gem's January Faves 2015

January has been and gone, we are officially into 2015, where is the time going? The end of a month means monthly favourites in my world, and so I am here to divulge some of the things I have been loving and using throughout the month of January 2015.

I firstly have something I have already prattled on about here so I’ll keep it short.

Rimmel Nude Foundation

You can read the full review if you want my full opinions on Rimmel’s Lasting Finish Nude Foundation, and to see it on the skin. This has been the only foundation I have pretty much used in the month of January though. It is cheap,has good medium coverage, long lasting…and I like it! That pretty much sums it up 🙂

Up next I have one of my Christmas presents.

Black Leather Accurist Watch

Accurist Rose Gold and Black Leather

My Accurist rose gold and black leather watch. I have been wearing this nearly every day since I got it. I think it’s very classic but understated and seems to go with everything. It’s also light and comfortable. It is actually a man’s watch, but I like bigger watches so this appeals to me. I want one of these in every colour 🙂

I am a big believer in washing your face thoroughly before bed with a cleanser or a face wash whatever you use. I wear waterproof mascara and liner alot and these can be a pain and a bit messy to take off with a cloth or you hands so I like to use an oil based makeup remover just on my eyes to make washing my face then a little easier.

Botanics All Bright Eye Makeup Remover

This Botanics Soothing Eye Makeup Remover was on sale in Boots. I think it was less than €3, so picked it up to try. It does a really great job. I don’t even look when I am doing it. I just soak two cotton pads in it and gently rub my eyes with. It does the job really great. It’s also meant to condition your lashes which is a plus. If you are looking for an affordable paraben free range, give the Botanics in Boots a look.  I really like the face wash from this range too, I really recommend them.

I think I mentioned this in a favourites post gone by, but I am throwing it again because I have not been able to get enough of it this month.

Yonka Invigorating Dry Skin Toner

This is the Yonka Invigorating Dry Skin Toner, which is an aerosol toner. Do you like the Caudalie Beauty Elixir? Well then you’ll love this. It smells sooooo nice and earthy and it is really calming and hydrating on the skin. It contains lovely things like Lavender and Thyme (hence the smell) .It’s pricey but I need to buy a full sized bottle of it!

I have a couple of duo items up next.

Penneys Mittens Soap & Glory Whipped Clean

The first is the Soap & Glory Whipped Clean Shower Butter and then these funny little exfoliating mittens that I randomly picked up in good oul Penney’s. These two together for me are a match made in heaven. The wash is really emollient and moisturising on the skin and feels really luxurious. I’ve found using this with the exfoliating mittens really nice, as although I am getting rid of any dead skin cells with the abrasive gloves, the wash keeps the skin feeling nourished and looked after. The Whipped Cream smells of almonds which I am not a fan of, but I suck it up 🙂

My next duo are for the lips.

Rimmel Lip Liner Eastend Snob Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect

This is Rimmel’s lip liner in Eastend Snob and on of the Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick Charms in Bitch Perfect. How pretty and tiny are these lipsticks? We both got the little trio of lippies for Christmas. Mine is mashed a bit, sorry. I did that after a few alcoholic beverages and didn’t twist the bullet back down properly.

I am not really a nude lip person very often. But just something about this duo made me feel comfortable. Perhaps because it’s more of a pinky nude, so I don’t feel completely washed out. I’m pale enough as it is 🙂 Eastend Snob is a great liner to have if you are looking to slightly over draw your lips or you just want to even out your lip line.

East End Snob Bitch Perfect

My last favourite for this month is the Fuchsia Pro Collection Palette.

Fuschia The Pro CollectionFuschia The Pro Collection

I have been reaching for this so much of late. It’s great that an Irish brand are doing these pans that you can put into a zpalette and customise the colours to suit yourself. I had never really used the Fuchsia brand until we were kindly gifted these at a blogger Christmas Party. This one was prefilled, I did not choose the colours, but the colours in it are lovely. There is something for everything and everyone from cool tones to warm, neutrals to brights and shimmery to matte. The colour pay off is really nice and they blend well too. They also come in an array of colours and finishes. I will be investing in more for sure.

There you have it. January summed up in beauty products. That’s what we are here for, right?

Thanks for reading my ramble.

Gemma

xxx

 

 

Rimmel Nude Foundation

I have been going on about the Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude Foundation on social media since it came out and I got it. So I figured I just had to do a blogpost on it 🙂

I love Rimmel foundations. I am a particular fan of the Stay Matte range that I speak about here in a past blogpost.

I think the Lasting Finish Nude pips the Stay Matte foundation to the post for me. I am really loving it. So much so I bought a second back up bottle because I did not want to be without.

Of course before the Nude version, there was just the normal red topped Lasting Finish. This is a great foundation and I really like it, but it can be a bit heavy in my humble opinion for during the day. The Nude version eliminates that. It is a medium coverage foundation, but it can be really be worn lightly or built up depending on your preference, as it does not cake on the skin. It also has an spf of 20 not ideal for going out in the evening (if you are going to be getting your picture taken), but great for during the day.

I haven’t the best skin in the world, I waffle on about this all of the time. I am oily, have enlarged pores and am prone to breakouts. Don’t be too harsh on me.

Before Lasting Finish Nude Foundation

Before Application

After Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude foundation application

After Application

This is a liquid foundation. For me, on a normal day, one pump of the Lasting Finish Nude is enough to even out my skin and make me look somewhat human. I usually use a kabuki foundation brush to apply it, just because this is my preferred way to apply foundation.

Sigma  Round Top Kabuki Brush

Sigma Round Top Kabuki Brush F82

I have used a Beauty Blender in the past and it has applied lovely as well though. I always use a primer, no matter what it is so I don’t know how this foundation would do without one. With a primer and some light powdering, I find it lasts really well on my skin, and it has never oxidised on me. I wear the shade 100 Ivory.

It is not too drying on the skin either. It has a semi matte finish, I think, so if you have combination or even dry but well moisturised skin, this is still a lovely edition to your makeup routine.

I have a stupid amount of foundations, low end and high. I am always trying to find the “perfect” one. They are in a container altogether on top of my Alex from Ikea.

My Foundations

Well, lets be honest they are spilling out of the container, but you get the idea 🙂

I haven’t touched any of these since I bought  the Lasting Finish Nude, this has been a lone soldier atop my desk with the rest of my go to makeup. That makes a pretty bold statement in my world.

The happy ending to this story too is that this foundation is €8.99, pretty good right? Well at the minute Boots are selling it for €4.99 here and instore!

I am such a fan, I cannot really say much more about it. If your near a Rimmel stand, swatch it yourself and see what you think.

As always thanks for reading, and let me know if you pick it up.

Gemma

xxx

 

 

Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation

As you may have read in my post about what I got for Christmas here, I picked up the Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation in Brown Thomas with a voucher I got off my brother (thanks bro)!

With a price tag of €65.00 I did not want to like this product, but alas I fell in love from the get go, I apologise in advance 🙂

First off I will quickly mention the mini kabuki brush the foundation comes with.

Chanel Foundation

Chanel Mini Kabuki Brush

This is the softest little synthetic brush I have ever come across, oh my god, it’s like rubbing a kitten on your face. Dramatic maybe, but it does a fab job at applying the product. It is the perfect density for it and it is very pretty, so a lovely addition to my makeup brushes. I have never owned a Chanel brush before and I feel very fancy indeed using and owning this one 🙂

The sifter on the pot is made of a textile/mesh material rather than plastic which is rather refreshing as you can just bounce the brush of it to get the product onto it. You do have to be careful, the brush can pick up alot, so be sure to tap before you dab onto your face.

Chanel Vitalumiere Powder Foundation

Onto the main event, the foundation. I have used a few different powdered foundations in the past, and have always ended up just using them as setting powders as I never really got my desired coverage out of them.

This stuff has changed my mind. I feel comfortable wearing this as just my foundation with some concealer underneath (I have crap skin!), hallelujah!

The Vitalumiere Powder Foundation has an SPF of 15. It is finely milled and blends in very well. It does a good job at covering light imperfections, veins and redness and gives a lovely velvety finish to the skin. You definitely need something more heavy duty underneath for proper breakouts or under eye circles.

I have oily skin so for me this is the perfect kind of product for me. I think if you have dry skin or dry patches this foundation might cling and enhance them, so air on the side of caution and test it out at the counter.

I find this powder lasts really well on me, and looks natural and satin like. It does not oxidise which is brilliant too.

Overall, for such a lightweight powder it ticks so many positive boxes for me. I am nearly sad at this because lets face it, 65 quid is a pretty hefty amount of money to splurge. I suppose it is nice for a treat now and then though. When I enjoy a product like this I add it to my present list, so when family members are thinking of something to buy me, there is always a few reliable things on the list that I will be delighted with. How thoughtful am I? :p

Tell me, have you any favourite mineral foundations?

As always, thanks for reading.

Gemma

xxx

 

 

 

 

Can you believe Christmas is over? 2015 has come so quickly. I hope you all had a fantastic break and the start of your new year is going well.

Christmas was very good to me and I wanted to share with you some of the goodies we were lucky enough to receive as gifts. I love seeing what people got so we hope you don’t mind us getting in on the fun 🙂

The boyfriend did good this year (as he does every year).

First up I got this rose gold faced Accurist watch.

Accurist Rose Gold Watch

Black Leather Accurist Watch

 

I have wanted one of these for ages, ever since I saw Youtube’s Lily Pebbles rocking one, so I was very happy to open this on Christmas morning.

He also got my the coveted Hourglass Ambient Blush Palette.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

How beautiful is this? It is so pretty and pretty extravagant looking. The colours are very wearable and have a lovely glow to them. I love owning this palette 🙂

I of course had to get the Soap & Glory Next Big Thing set. I get this every year and love it. It contains all of the Soap & Glory items you will ever need for shower time.

Soap & Glory Next Big Thing

He got me the Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Palette, which was an absolute bargain, considering how expensive Benefit boxed blushes are.

Benefit Cheeky Sweet SpotBenefit Boxed Blushes

It contains 5 of their cult blushes as well as Hoola, a sample of Watts Up and a little brush. I love Benefit blushes so this is a very welcome addition to my makeup collection.

A new hair dryer was amongst the gifts on Christmas morning.

Babyliss Hair Dryer

I didn’t think I needed this, but it has 2100w and is so much stronger than the one I already have. I have a whole lot of hair so this will not go to waste.

Diptyque’s Mimosa Candle is on my Christmas and Birthday list every year, it’s my favourite scent, so I was very happy to receive a nice new one. Yum yum yum 🙂

Diptyque Mimosa Candle

Another gift I got from him was all from his own findings. A couple of years ago he surprised me with the Anna Sui Minnie Mouse Lipstick and Eye set, which I love so much I can’t bring myself to use it and I think this is going to end up the same way.

Anna Sui Lipstick M

How pretty is the packaging? The lipstick inside doesn’t disappoint either.

Anna SuiAnna Sui

We always do a present on Christmas Eve because we are children and cannot wait to exchange gifts, so this year my Christmas Eve pressie was the Charlotte Tilbury Mini Lipstick Charms.

Charlotte Tilbury Mini Lipstick CharmsCharlotte Tilbury Mini Lipsticks

These are such a cute gift for any makeup lover, as well as being lovely pigmented lipsticks.

Kris Kindle goes down in the boyfriends house at Christmas time. We make a list and then the person who gets you can pick what they want from the list up to €100. This year mr father in law (to be) got me and it did very well. He made the money go very far. A couple of the stand out things were.

The Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette.

Urban Decay Vice 3 PaletteUrban Decay Vice 3

The shades Brokedown, Sonic and Alchemy make me squeal with delight 🙂 Can’t wait to get properly stuck into this.

He also got me an Alex and Ani bangle.

Alex and Ani Bracelet

This is the Path of Life charmed bangle, which I think is quite fitting for me at the minute. These are a really lovely and reasonably priced gift with a lovely sentiment.

The Mammy got me a couple of lovely goodies as she always does including these cute pj’s from Marks & Spencer. I can’t wear these enough, they are so cozy.

marks & spencers pj's

And the Lush Merry Christmas Gift.

Lush Merry Christmas Gift

Is it bad that these are all nearly gone already?

I was such a lucky girl this year. My brother kindly gave me a very generous gift card for Brown Thomas and so I went in over the Christmas break and bought a couple of extra presents. #brat I know 🙂

I picked up Charlotte Tilbury’s eyelash curler.

Charlotte Tilbury eyelash curler

Adore that this is rose gold, it’s so pretty. I’m not too fond of it unfortunately though, I much prefer my Shu Uemura 🙁

The other thing I bought is one of my new favourite things for sure though. I think it deserves it’s own blogpost, so stay tuned for that.

Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder FoundationSo there you have it a dip into some of the wonderful gifts I was given for Christmas. It was a fantastic one surrounded by friends and family and too much chocolate…the diet starts now I swear 🙂

Happy New Year, hope 2015 is an amazing one for you!

So tell me, what did you get for Christmas? Go on tell, I love to have a nose.

Gemma.

xxx

 

 

 

Rimmel Stay Matte

I may have mentioned once or twice in the past, I have skin that sometimes resembles a chip pan?

Well I do. And I try alot of products to help ebb it as much as possible. Lets be real, nothing gets rid of it, but some things are better than others at keeping it at bay for longer periods of time before the blotting sheets have to make an appearance.

Rimmel do some amazing base products, aswell as alot of other fab products. I have tried and tested ALOT of them over the years and although I switch and change things up regularly, and can tend to have expensive taste, Rimmel has still stayed in the makeup collection and is picked up consistently in the morning time when putting on the face.

Here are three products that have won my heart (and my skin) over, and ironically they are all from Rimmel’s Stay Matte range…go figure 🙂

First up, is their Stay Matte Primer. This would be the newest one of the three to me. I have only started using it over the past few months.

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer

I usually go for a silicone based primer, I find it better for my skin as I am plagued with large pores. The Rimmel Stay Matte is a white primer (don’t worry it blends in, you cannot see it).

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer swatch

It has a dry texture which I like as it leaves a matte layer on the skin all ready to apply foundation. It does not feel greasy or heavy. I use it as my daily primer, it does the job perfectly well and keeps my makeup on for a long enough time. You can also use this over your foundation if you feel it will work better for you that way.I have yet to find a primer that will not let the shine through after a few hours, so this does a good enough job as all the others and it is a bargain at 7.99euro from Boots or any other Rimmel stockists of course.

Next up is the Rimmel Stay Matte foundation.

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation

This foundation has a mousse like formula to it.

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation SwatchRimmel Stay Matte Foundation Swatch

I find it easy to work with though, and have used either my fingers, a dense brush or even a Beauty Blender to apply it. As the name would suggest it is a mattifying oil free foundation so there is no dewiness here if that’s what you are in the market for. The Rimmel Match Perfection would be more up your alley for that. I find the Stay Matte does not lie in my pores but with a primer underneath blends over and diminishes them. This would be a medium to full coverage foundation depending on how you apply it and it has yet to oxidise on my skin after wear which is brilliant, as I find alot of foundations can do this on my oily skin. Also, it is another bargain coming in at 7.79 from Boots

 

Last up for setting the liquid part of your makeup routine, which is an absolute must for me. I could not go out of the house without this step. Here is one my favourite setting powders, the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder

This is a very natural looking setting powder perfect for during the day and perfect for having in your handbag for touch ups. It does have very slight coverage too, if your foundation is not quite cutting it for you.

Rimmel Powder

It comes in a few different shades. There are yellow toned and pink toned ones to choose from which is handy. Again, this is a matte finish product, it is not chalky, and I think it does a very good job at keeping the oil at bay, even dry skinned gals can get oily around the t-zone, so it is always a good idea to add even a little bit of powder there. The Rimmel Stay Matte Powder has become a bit of a cult product in its own right and most makeup lovers will have a stash of it somewhere and I can really understand why. And of course with it being Rimmel, this is the biggest bargain out of the three retailing in Boots for 5.99euro.

So there you have it, matte skin on a budget. I can say I have tried and tested all three of these products and they all do a great job either as a stand alone product or used in conjunction with each other.

Rimmel are a great brand over all, and are really dominating the high street makeup market. I wonder what they have in store for us next…

Do you have a favourite from Rimmel? Let me know 🙂

Gemma

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