Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Spotlight on my favourites: Maybelline 24/7 Color Tattoo Eyeshadows

Hey everyone! Another Spotlight moment. I fell in love with Maybelline Color Tattoos when trying them as an eyeshadow base for eyeshadows. I bought first the black and the white one for that purpose, called Timeless Black and Infinite White and they worked absolutely fabulous. The eyeshadow colour is deeper, or brighter if you put it over white, it lasts forever and doesn't fade or crease. Naturally I started buying more shades when I saw how awesome they are. Next were the bronze and copper ones, called On and On Bronze and Metallic Pomegranate. The last two I bought were the purple Endless Purple and Mauve Crush.

The only thing that bothers me about these Tattoos is how inconsistent Maybelline is, with naming them and supplying them. If you go online, there are many shades we do not get and again some of the shades that we did get are renamed for some reason, or we have them in different colour but same colour group. Just ... what the hell, Maybelline, give us all the Tattoos and be done with it!

As mentioned before, I use them as secondary eyeshadow base, over a regular primer, to enhance the colour of eyeshadows. They work perfectly for that. The only shades I wear alone are Mauve Crush, On and on Bronze and Metallic Pomegranate and they work wonderfully like that as well.

As far as packaging goes, I like it, glass jars, big enough not to struggle with the application, whether you use your fingers or a brush. If you drop them on the tiles, they shan't break. I checked. :)

Timeless Black started to dry a bit in the jar, but it still gives great colour payoff. Mauve Crush is actually slightly duochromy, but my camera didn't capture that. It is why I bought it in the first place, the duochrome in it is yummy!

Swatches on the skin, in shade and on direct sunlight. All are done with two swipes, I used my fingers, although I like to use brush for them, especially when my nails grow longer.

From top to bottom:
Endless Purple: its pigmentation is the poorest, also application the hardest. I wouldn't wear that as an eyeshadow, simply because it applies patchy. It works well for under purple eyeshadow, though, it makes it pop out more. But don't buy it if you are looking for an eyeshadow in this shade, I wouldn't recommend it.

Infinite White: it is a very sparkly white base. I use it for under my brighter eyeshadows, to really make them stand out and it works wonderfully, no creasing, the application is easy, no problem. I actually wore it once as a combination with black eyeshadow, to make the big contrast, it worked great. A good sparkly white eyeshadow.

Mauve Crush: it is a cold cold icy blue, made of colourful shimmer, utterly gorgeous. I love this one, really. The only glitch in the Matrix with this one is, that it can crease a bit on a hot day, I wear it alone only in Fall and Winter. Works amazing with a black eyeliner. 

On and On Bronze: a gorgeous bronze colour, that is really popular. The shade is great for neutral make up, it looks subtle, applies like heaven and stays on the lid for hours. Not a problem child. I like to use it as secondary base for neutral shades too.

Metallic Pomegranate: utterly gorgeous reddish copper with golden flecks. My favourite secondary base for MAC Cranberry, they work great together, but as an eyeshadow it looks amazing too. It has the same problem as Mauve Crush on me, though, it can crease a bit.

Timeless Black: a classic black matte. Does wonders for black/vampy smokey eyes, it really deepens the colour, either black or some sort of vampy colour, dark purple shimmer or dark blue shimmer. On my swatch it looks like it has a poor payoff, but I do not do it justice, even if it started to dry up a bit, it still works great, especially with a brush.

As far as I remember, I paid around 5 euros for each. A steal, really, they last forever and they are dead useful. I love them, I hope we get more shades soon (or I find them in a drugstore somewhere, as i did with Mauve Crush :)).

Do you like Maybelline Color Tattoo, do you recommend any shade in particular?

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Sunday, 10 August 2014

I Heart Makeup ~ I Heart My Lips ~ Racing Heart swatches and review

Heya darlings! How are you doing? Today I have for you my newest crush. Everybody in the world already knows about Makeup Revolution, right? If you don't, well, now you do! It is a very affordable makeup brand that is still of good quality, albeit the low prices. Well, the Makeup Revolution has a sub-brand called I Heart Makeup and ličila.si kindly sent us bloggers some items for tryouts. 

When I opened the I Heart Makeup Racing Heart lipstick I liked it immediately, even though I assumed it will be only for special occasions, being a very dark purple. When I put it on, it stole my heart (no pun intended). It is a gorgeous perfect shade of berry/purple that is actually quite wearable, on the bold side. I am totally in love with the shade and the quality of the lipstick. 


The packaging
As you can see on the photos, the lipstick is in the shape of a heart. I prefer the standard shape of the lipstick, but it is not too bothersome, you can apply the lipstick without any extra struggle. The outer part of the lipstick is matte and the inner heart is shimmery. On the lips it gets this gorgeous satin kind of creamy finish and it looks ah-mazing. 

On the bottom you have a cap with a lipstick, I assumed it is the same deal as with MUA lipsticks. But I struggled quite a bit to get it off and the lipstick in it is not as pigmented as the lipstick itself, so it got me wondering if it's maybe there just for the purpose of seeing the shade on the outside. 

Either way I think the packaging is OK, the shape is not my favourite, put it doesn't feel cheap and it is sturdy enough.

Swatches on the lips
 First just a flush of colour, with tapping the lipstick on the lips, for everyday wear, or if you think the colour is too bold for you:

And full colour, on direct sunlight:

And in the shade:

Seeing my lips on such a large picture is quite ridiculous. :) But I effing adore this colour! It is gorgeous! 

The test on the lips
I tested the lipstick with drinking coffee and was very happy to see it practically doesn't leave any trace on the cup at all. By the time I finished my coffee with water included it practically didn't fade from the lips, I didn't need to reapply it at all. It gets off the lips evenly when wearing it just as a sheer lipstick as well. Full colour lasts for hours. I'm sure I'll need to reapply it when eating, but that is normal, what I really love is that it survives drinking.

The lipstick feels a lot like a matte lipstick, meaning it is more on the dry side, but it doesn't sit uncomfortably on the lips, I do not mind the feeling of a matte lipstick, it means it will last long. :) There is no scent to speak of, if you really smell the lipstick itself it has a very soft sweetly-fruity scent, but you can't smell it on the lips at all.

Swatches on the hand
In shade, T to B: soft swipe, one swipe and two swipes
 Direct sunlight:

The I Heart My Lips line and where to get it
I was so impressed by the lipstick I went and check the other shades immediately. I Heart My Lips line comes in 6 shades, most of the others are too pink for me, and the red one is effing gorgeous, but Lord knows I do not need more red lipstick. I am very tempted to get the nude one, just because. And I really hope licila.si will get Lip Geek line as well!

You can get I Heart My Lips Racing Heart at licila.si for 3,95€, on Makeup Revolution official site for £2,49. For such an awesome lipstick this is a real bargain. 

Slovene summary
Ekipa ličila.si mi je poslala šminko iz linije I Heart Makeup v odtenku Racing Heart. Gre za čudovit temno vijoličen odtenek, ki je precej nosljiv, lahko se ga nosi samo kot sled barve ali pa v polni berry barvi. I Heart My Lips linija šmink je srčaste oblike, zunanji del srčka je mat, notranji del pa šimrast, skupaj ustvarita zelo lep kremen finiš šminke. 
Šminka je zelo obstojna, preživi pitje kave in vode brez popravljanja, zdrži nekaj ur. Tudi stain se enakomerno porazgubi z ustnic. Za samo 3,95€ jo lahko dobite na licila.si, za tako kvalitetno šminko je cena res ugodna. 

Did you try any other I Heart Makeup products? :)

Thank you for reading and commenting!

 *I got the products as a gift, unconditionally, from licila.si (even the post itself was not demanded).

Friday, 8 August 2014

NOTD: Myrza envies the lemondrops

Heya everyone! Can I get an extra point for making up a silly name for this mani? :) As I showed you yesterday, I got a lovely package of nail polish. And when I got them out, I couldn't decide which one to put on first. So I just combined three of them, although I wanted the fourth one there too - the Kiwi one. The three I combined were Barielle Myrza's Meadow and Lemondrops plus Color Club Glitter Envy.

First, Barielle Myrza's Meadow. It was my lemming for years and finally I got it. And I was so happy to see it didn't disappoint. It is on my nails right now and I still love it. The shade of jade green is perfect and the scattered holo glitter is fine and on the subtle side once on the nails, it is a wonderful combination. Needs only two coats too. It was part of Barielle Spring 2010 Wildflower Collection. Now I am on the hunt for June Bug from the same collection.

Barielle Lemondrops is a perfect bright yellow creme. I searched for something like this a while now. For a yellow polish it is very easy to work with. It needs two coats on most of my nails, on the longest a third, but on shorties two will be enough. I love the brightness! It was part of Barielle Summer 2009 Collection. Apparently there was a re-release in Summer 2013, but judging by my bottle, it is from the older collection. :)

Last, Color Club Glitter Envy is really bright neonish green with holographic glitter in it that is quite dense. It applies easily in two coats, and it is somewhat gritty, but nothing too extreme. What was my biggest disappointment with this nail polish was that it chipped in like two days. And I mean major chipping, up to one third of my nail. It looked even worse since both Barielles still looked perfect right next to it. I will wear it again for sure to test it again, but ATM it is not my favourite nail polish. It was a part of Color Club Summer 2011 Starry Temptress Collection, in this one I love Otherworldly as well. 

When Glitter Envy chipped so terribly I removed it and put Lemondrops on instead. I love this combo even more.

Barielle, man. I need more Barielle in my life. :) And I am already tempted to put water decals over Lemondrops.

What is on your nails today? Any particular Barielle shade you would recommend?

Thank you for reading and commenting!

Thursday, 7 August 2014

New In ~ A Haul Post pt. 2

Heya darlings! I usually post New In posts in the end of the month or the very beginning of the second one, but July was a bit busy with all the packages. I already showed you what I bought and gotten here, but just after I left Ljubljana for about a week, three packages came into my mail box and for these I am super excited. If any of you already thought I forgot about nail polish - I sure as hell did not. It's just that I got a bit pickier. :)

Nail polish!! I did a swap with a lovely lady at Moj butik and well, killed some lemmings. Barielle Mryza's Meadow was on my WL now for about three years. One of the rare shades I wanted since the beginning of my nail polish obsession and until now. And now I finally have it and the best part is, it did not disappoint on the nails.

Second lemming killed - a good yellow creme, again Barielle, shade Lemondrops. I love it and it is perfect in two coats!

Color Club Glitter Envy is amazing neonish green with glitter, a unique neon I put on my WL the moment I saw it at Scrangie's. 

O.P.I. mini Take the Stage looks like a perfect reddish copper and Essence Fruity LE One Kiwi A Day is probably the only LE Essence I have on my WL, because I love the combo of greens and glitter and because I adore the name, with the Kiwi in it. 

Buying a topcoat was loooong overdue. Everything I had at home applied like a toothpaste, it was a nightmare. Invincible Dry Fast Top Coat is, so say the gals online, everything Seche Vite is without all the cons SV has - shrinkage, smell and fast drying in the bottle. We shall see. Right now I of course adore it, I swear my mani was dry under 2 minutes. And I mean stone dry! Awesomeness. We'll see how it goes when I'm down to half the bottle. 

Ah yes, another gorgeous package from ličila.si. I <3 Makeup is a sub-brand of Makeup Revolution and it appeals to me somewhat more, I don't know why. Maybe the effect of the two products I got, the Brows set in Fairest of Them All is really awesome, I already tried it. But the lipstick. Ah, the lipstick. I am ridiculously in love with the shade. I heart makeup, line I heart my lips, shade Racing Heart, a perfection. <3

And I almost forgot: free shipping until end of August at ličila.si! Skorajda sem pozabila, zastonj poštnina do konca avgusta za vse bralke! KODA: BLOG-POSTNINA

Finally, a small purchase:

Essence Eye Blender Brush. I found it in our local Müller. You can't have too many brushes anyway and this one was a bargain. And before that my outcome of Essence brushes was 50:50, let's see how this one will turn out.

These packages made my week, really, I love what I've gotten. Reviews will follow, if you have any extra wishes what should come first, as always, let me know in the comments.

What did you get in your mailbox lately?

Thank you for reading and commenting!