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September 2013 Favorites

Better late than never…right?  Well here are some things I have been enjoying over the past month (more like two months).  I also threw in a little bulldog cuteness so that you can see just what it’s like to get anything done when there is a bulldog or sometimes even two “helping.”  Enjoy!

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Max Factor Face Finity All Day Flawless 3 in 1 Foundation – I am loving this in spite of it’s ridiculously long name.  This is the first drugstore foundation I have found that I have not hated and that actually has worked for my oily skin.  I will eventually do a full review of this but for now I can honestly say that this applies easily, wears well, and has a really natural finish while still provided a decent amount of coverage.  For those of you in the United States or other places where Max Factor is not available, this is the same product as the Cover Girl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation.

Maybelline Baby Lips Peach Kiss Lip Balm – These suckers finally landed in Germany!  I for one am thankful because they are great to throw in your bag or pocket.  Not only is it moisturizing, but it also contains SPF 20 and provides a hint of color.  I am kicking myself for not picking them up when I was in the States last time.  However, I will be trying more of these.

Maybelline Dream Touch Blush in 07 Plum – I have been wanting to give these a try for ages and have had them in my hands numerous times while shopping but always decided to put them back.  Now I am wondering what I was thinking because this is such a lovely blush.  It gives a nice pop of color with a little shimmer.  This is the first cream blush I’ve tried and now I’m on the hunt for more.  Sadly, I don’t believe that these are available in the U.S. any longer.

L’Oréal Color Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in 004 Forever Pink – This caught my eye since it was included in a special display in one of my local Müller stores back in the summer, yep I’m a sucker.  I think this would suit just about anyone and I feel like it would be a good color to start with if you’re interested in trying the Color Infallible shadows.  It’s great as an inner corner highlight but I especially like to apply to the inner two-thirds of my eyelids with a darker matte color on the outer part and in the crease.

The Balm Down Boy Blush – First off, I have to give a little shout out and an even bigger thanks to Jessica (a.k.a. Product Hoochie), for helping me to purchase my very first products from The Balm.  Down Boy is a nice classic girly pink, in my opinion.  I like to apply this with a light hand as it is quite pigmented.  I really need to try out more of The Balms blushes.

The Balm Mary Lou Manizer Highlighter – I know I’m late to the game on this, but after hearing so many people rave about this I had to give it a try.  It is such a beautiful champagne colored highlight.  While it does work great as a highlighter on the cheek bones, brown bone and inner corners of the eye, I also like to apply it all over my eyelids for a quick fix to brighten up my eyes on lazy days.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils in Zero & Demolition – Another little goodie from the lovely Product Hoochie who was kind enough to send me these two mini’s since she knew I had been on the hunt for an eyeliner that not only stayed put but also did not irritate my crazy sensitive eyes.  Well lo and behold these really did live up to all the hype and ticked both boxes for me.  I will no longer waste another dime on any other eyeliners and will most definitely be investing in more of these in the future.

Garnier Fructis Schöne Haut Öl (Beautiful Skin Oil) – I picked this up when I stumbled upon it after hearing Estée from Essie Button talk about it.  First off I’m not in love with the scent due to the fact that is has a subtle hint of rose, but don’t let that put you because it is by no means offensive or overpowering in the least and doesn’t hang around forever.  However, I can get past my aversion to rose/floral fragrance because this is truly a great body oil that really seems to moisturize your skin and give it a nice healthy glow.  You also can’t beat the easy on your wallet price tag.  The past few years I really find that I have quite liked Garnier’s body moisturizers.   This is definitely available in the UK but sadly it is not available in the United States.  I’ve also spied a new anti-aging version on the German site so I will be on the hunt for it.

Garnier Fructis Wunder Öl (for hair) – This is the best-selling hair oil in Europe supposedly and I can see why.  It really does leave your hair looking shiny, smelling great and feeling soft and silky while also providing heat protection.  I know there are a lot of other hair oils on the market but this one gives the most bang for your buck in my opinion.  On a side note, I checked the US site and I don’t believe that this exact product is available there unfortunately but I imagine that the Triple Nutrition Miracle Dry Oil might be pretty close and the good thing is that it can be used on your hair as well as your skin.

Thomas Sabo Charm Club – This was a gift from my incredibly sweet friend Angy and I absolutely adore everything about it.  There are a variety of different bracelets to choose from and then you can customize it by adding charms from their huge collection.  Since she knows I am a crazy dog mom she picked the most perfect pairing for me.  Love my little bullies and my thoughtful friend!

I’m trying to get back into the swing of things where my poor neglected blog is concerned.  I just got a box of Zoya products that I had ordered so I’m hoping to get some more nail polish reviews up soon.  Hopefully you and yours are enjoying the fall and all the fun that comes with it.  As always, thanks for reading!

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Blogiversary Giveaway

As I mentioned earlier in the month, my blog celebrated it’s first anniversary at the beginning of May and I wanted to do a little giveaway to show my appreciation to all of my followers.  There will be two prize packages up for grabs, both will include an eyeshadow quad, lip product and a nail polish.  I’ve listed each prize package and it’s specific contents below.

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Catrice Cosmetics Prize Package:

  • Smokey Eyes Set in 010 Smoking Area
  • Lip Appeal Moisture & Shine Smoothing Lip Gloss in 180 Little Red Dress
  • Ultimate Nail Lacquer in 875 It’s all I can Blue

Kiko Make Up Milano Prize Package:

  • Color Seduction Eyeshadow Palette in 03 Unusual Lavender
  • Sheer & Creamy Lipstick Duo in 01 Matita Rossetto
  • Holographic Nail Lacquer in 400 Steel Grey

So here is the deal, if you’d like to be in the running for either prize you simply need to follow my blog via e-mail and comment on this post letting me know what prize package you’d most like to get your hands on.  One entry per e-mail address and this is open internationally.  Entry for the contest ends June 9, 2013 at (CET).  The winner for each prize package will then be chosen at random and announced on June 10, 2013.  I will also contact the two winners via e-mail that day and they will have 24 hours from the time I send the e-mail in which to respond with their mailing address, otherwise an alternate winner will be chosen.  Click a Rafflecopter giveaway to access the widget.

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April 2013 Favorites

Let me start by saying that my long hiatus has in fact come to an end as I arrived back in Germany last Wednesday.  For those of you who did not already know, I had been in Michigan for just over a month.  To make a long story short, my mom has been dealt some rather nasty blows health-wise over the past year and a half and I traveled back to the States to be with her.  Although she still has a tough year ahead of her, she has done remarkably well thus far.  Also, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has kept her in their thoughts during this difficult time, my family and I appreciate it so very much.

Now it’s time for my monthly favorites, which include items from March and April since I skipped March.  I picked up most of these items while I was in the U.S. so just beware that some of them might not be available in the UK or Europe yet, if at all.

April 2013Faves

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette – My wonderful mother picked this up for me and shipped it along with some other goodies I had requested way back in early March and she and I both loved it (she kept stealing it while I was in the Mitten).  This is simply a great, versatile, neutral palette that you would do well to add to your collection.  It’s small but mighty!

Cover Girl Jumbo Gloss Balms in Ballet Twist 205 & Cocoa Twist 270 – One of these I purchased on my first day back in Michigan and the other was gift from that awesome gal pal of mine, whom I was lucky enough to spend a day with, Product Hoochie.  These stubby lip crayons are very hydrating and allow for a fool-proof application even on the go.  Not to mention that they come in a wide array of colors so you are sure to find one, or a few, to suit your skin tone and tastes.

Essie First Timer – This lovely shade of green is part of Essie’s 2013 Resort collection (not out in the UK or Europe yet).  Green is my favorite color so as soon as I laid eyes on the press release photos for this collection I knew I had to have this.  It’s such a fun color for spring and summer.

Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Ultra Shea Shampoo – Hands down one of, if not the best, drugstore shampoo’s I have ever used.  It smells fantastic, leaves your hair feeling soft and moisturized not to mention that it even helped with my itchy scalp problem. I will be keeping my fingers crossed that this shows up in Europe.  (Not pictured.)

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Blushing Bride – Don’t fret, it is not as scary as it looks in the pan and can be sheered out nicely if you like.  Super pigmented, long wearing, great formula.   Would suit a multitude of skin tones.

Tarte Skinny Smolder Eyes Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Golden Tigers Eyes – Whew!  How long is that name?  Love the creamy formula, the color and the fact that it does not irritate my sensitive eyes.  A big thanks to Product Hoochie’s lil’ sis for suggesting that I give this a try.

Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer – I’ve heard Heather from How To Be Fancy talk about this in her videos and was intrigued.  So far I am very happy with this concealer.  I feel it is a great match for my skin tone and it stays put.

Real Techniques Blush Brush – Such a great brush!  Super soft, micro-fiber, cruelty free bristles.  Allows for excellent application whether you need more precision placement of a product or if you need to blend it out.

Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo in Pink Gold 65 –  The Color Tattoo’s are an amazing product and this particular color is no exception.  It’s subtle and gives a nice glow while not being overly shimmery.  I find it’s perfect for those not so fussy days and can easily transition to an evening by popping a bit of a darker color (plum or charcoal) in your outer crease keeping it darker at the outer corner.

I’m hoping to get back to posting regularly and you can count on seeing reviews of some of these products soon.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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Maybelline: Light In Purple Color Tattoo

Rating System:  Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand:  Maybelline New York

Product:  Color Tattoo 24hr Gel Cream

Animal Tested:  Yes

Cruelty Free:  No

Vegan:  No

Color:  85-Light In Purple

Formula:  Poor

Pigmentation:  Poor

Wear Time:  Okay

Amount of Product:  .14 oz. / 4 g

Price:  €6,95 EUR (Converts to about $9.34 USD / £5.93 GBP)

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Availability:  This color is only available in Europe.  I found mine at my local DM Drogerie here in Germany.

What I liked:  I loved how this looked in the little jar at the store.  It almost seemed to have a bit of a subtle duo-chrome effect.  It even looked promising when initially swatched it on my hand.

What I didn’t like:  The formula was not nice.  The consistency felt really slick and did not apply opaque at all.  The lilac color almost completely disappeared once it was on my eyelids.

My two cents:  I was oh so excited and full of optimism when I first laid eyes on Light In Purple, as evident from my previous post.  Sadly though, it turned out to be a huge disappointment.  Aside from looking pretty in the jar, it had absolutely no redeeming qualities.  As I mentioned above it was not like other nine Color Tattoos I that I own.  It felt really slick whereas other colors I have from the line have more of a thicker slightly more dry creamy feel in comparison.  Once it was on my eyes all that was really left behind was the shimmer.  This color can’t be built up either.

Just for the sake of being able to give a fair review I kept it on overnight.  After just three hours of wear I noticed that Light In Purple had already began it’s disappearing act.  By the time I woke up the next morning it looked as though someone had tried to remove it during the night as there was only a trace of it left in the form of the shimmer.

Sine it just didn’t seem that this would be something I would be able to make work on it’s own, I decided to give it a try as a base with my Sugarpill Heart Breaker palette since it was so sheer and by sheer I mean virtually colorless.  I didn’t even like it as a base because it’s just too shimmery and it caused my Sugarpill shadow colors to come off really strange.  Not to mention that it just does not seem to the staying power as other Color Tattoos.

I really wanted to love this, although I would have settled for liking it, but it seems that it was not meant to be.  After trying to make it work and find a use for it, I decided to return it.  For the record, I don’t take returning cosmetics lightly as it’s something I don’t like to do.  However, these little suckers are on the pricey side for a single drugstore eyeshadow in my opinion and I just could not justify keeping something that I would never use and would surely end up in the garbage.

Tips:  Just do not bother with this, it’s a complete miss.

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New Color Tattoo’s Spotted in Germany

Tonight I was in DM and I stumbled upon a display for the new Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 hr Creme-Gels.  I know there have been two new sets of colors released in the U.S. but as far as I know, this is the first time they’ve added anything new to the line here in Europe.  So in other words, this is rather exciting news for all of us ladies living here in Germany.   At the moment I don’t know if these are limited edition or whether they will be part of Maybelline’s permanent collection, but I will do some digging so that I can let you know when I do a full review.  There were four colors available but I only two appealed to me.  While I think that three of the colors are the same or similar to some of the recent U.S. releases, there was one that I believe is exclusive to Europe.  As I said I will do some research and stop back by my local DM to hopefully get some pics of the display if I can manage it and at the very least some swatches of the other colors as well as a complete list of the new color names.

Without further adieu, here is your little sneak peek…

GermanColorTatooPreview

I know this is a bit of tease, but I didn’t want to say or show too much before I do my review.  I will say this though, Light in Purple is pretty awesome in the jar.  We shall have to wait to and see if it’s as lovely once it’s applied.  Keep an eye out for these reviews and as always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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