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Catrice Haul!!! Green or mean ?

Catrice anti-redness matte foundation

Catrice is a brand that I wouldn’t use often. When I was about fourteen years old I would have bought a couple of their products but since then, I haven’t given the brand much thought. More recently, I’ve been looking for a new foundation and when I saw one of Catrice’s while I was in Primark, I decided to give a few of their products a go and only wear those products for a couple of days. On Catrice’s website, they describe the brand as being a ‘pure joy of life’ and that their products are made of luxurious textures. Their words, not mine. One of the many positive sides to Catrice is that they do not test on animals. I bought a handful of products, and found out for myself, whether or not these products are as good as the brand claims they are.

Prime and Fine anti red base:

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This product was one of the main products that I really got excited over when I was buying my items. I have cool toned skin which has patches of red, so this primer could have been my answer to easing that. But it didn’t. The product claims to be long lasting, and hydrating but I have yet to notice any differences in my quite dry skin. When applying, this product left a very greasy feel to my skin which I did not like. It was very quite sticky due to its thick formula. It also was very shimmery – it made my face very shiny no matter how much matte powder I put on. The of the few good things about this product is that it managed to not make my makeup look cakey.

Anti-redness primer

If you are the type of person who likes to only wear primer without any foundation, then this primer is not for you. It is bright green and stays that colour unless a foundation is applied over it. The primer also did very little when it came to actually concealing the red parts of my face which is the reason I bought it in the first place. The product was just under five euro so it wasn’t a huge surprise that it didn’t work out. What I did find I could do with this primer, is that if I add this to foundation that it is too yellow for my skin tone, it can help even out the colour to match better. So for all of the reasons stated above, I give this product a rating of 1 out of 10!

Even Skin Tone Beautifying Foundation

Even Skin tone foundation

This foundation is one of Catrice’s newest foundations so when I picked it, I had never heard of the foundation before. It’s a foundation that is supposed to create a more even skin tone over time, cover imperfections, and give wearers beautiful skin. This foundation offers medium to high coverage and has a spf of 25. The brand claims that this foundation will leave a silky, matte finish. I got the foundation in the shade in 005 – even ivory – and the first things I noticed about this foundation is that they only offer four shades and all of them would be for paler girls. I love the packaging of this product. The product is in clear glass with black writing on it. With a clear lid, it looks more expensive than what it is in my opinion.

When I went to put on the foundation, I found it was quite hard to blend in compared to the other foundations I have but in the end, it blended and left a beautiful finish. It was bliss. My skin looked matte but at the same time, not dry. My pores were reduced and my skin looked lovely. I then went out for a couple of hours shopping for back to school books 😦 and came home within three hours. Imagine the horror I felt when I noticed that my skin looked like someone had rubbed oil all over it. Quickly taking it off, I assumed that it had been the primer which had made it go so greasy and oily. I then reapplied only the foundation and some matte powder on my t-zone. Within the hour, it had gone very shiny again. Now, I have quite dry skin so its very odd for a foundation to get oily on me, especially after an hour. I live in Ireland, so the hottest it would have been would be about 18 or 19 degrees Celsius. It wasn’t hot out nor was it raining. The foundation itself just did not stay matte. This product cost me nine euro, so once again, it was a cheap buy. I’d give this product 3 out of 10 due to it being a nice colour that suits my skin tone. It also covered up most of my blemishes.

All Matt Plus Shine Control Powder

Mattifying powder

Out of the products that I bought, this would be one of my favourites. My first impression of the product wouldn’t have been the best due to the foundation above but once I paired this product with a Revlon foundation, it was perfect. The finish itself is very smooth and shine free – as promised by Catrice. This product promises to be mattifying, long-lasting, and ultra silky. I find all the mentioned above to be true. The colour I got is transparent so it has no effect on what colour my face is. The product would last for about four hours before needing topping up, which is quite good in my opinion. I expected very little of this product so that might be the main reason that I love it so much. The product did not irritate my skin like some other products like this one have in the past and it did not dry out my skin or make me break out either which is always a good thing.

Catrice matte powder review

The product leaves a very like velvet type of feel to the skin. Overall, I would rate this powder a 8 out of ten! It’s a must buy and a great steal at only €3.99.

Absolute Nude Eyeshadow Palette

I’ve owned this product for years now and it was the first palette that I ever attempted to do a smokey eye look with. This palette is like an old friend to me. One of the first things I have to say is that this palette is that like Catrice claim, these colours are longlasting and great for many looks. On the back of the palette, they have a guide on how to do a basic smokey eye look which would be convenient for young girls who have yet to try out a smokey eye look. I know that when I was about fourteen, I had no idea how to do my eyes. I would just swipe some eyeshadow on the lid, and off I’d go. Honestly, it wasn’t until last year that I actually started to look at makeup tutorials.

The colours in this are mostly all matte but each have a hint of shimmer in them. Except for the lighest shade which is a shimmer highlighter shade. As you can see in the picture below, the colours are very pigmented and I find that this palette is brilliant for travelling since it is a nice size – its not too large nor too small. I would really recommend this product to everyone. If you don’t like brown eyeshadow then there are other colours as well to buy. I would give this a ten out of ten!!!

Multi Colour compact powder

So basically this is another compact powder but the colour was too dark for me so I used it as a subtle bronzer instead which looked great and lasted the day. The one flaw I found with this product was that I found it hard to actually open the powder xD. As seen in the picture below, the powder is actually a mix of many different colours.

Long Lasting Eye=pencil Waterproof

The last product that I bought was this eyepencil which is a metal grey colour. I love to have colourful eyeliner to try and bring out the colour of my eyes which are grey. This hit the spot. The colour lasted for more than five hours and looked amazing against my eye makeup. At three euro, this was a great buy which I’d buy again when it runs out.


Thank you for reading this blog post. To say the least, I have very mixed feelings towards Catrice.

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Looking for Blogs to follow

 

Hey Friends,

Recently I’ve noticed that the number of active bloggers who I follow on wordpress has decreased significantly. One of my favourite parts of this website is reading and engaging with posts which other bloggers post.

So, naturally, I am looking for new blogs to fall in love with and read.

I’m open to following any bloggers on here, however, I am particularly interested in beauty blogs, cooking blogs, fashion blogs, general lifestyle blogs, and, travel blogs. If you run one of those, and I don’t follow you yet, please comment on this post letting me know what you like to write about and leave your url so I can give your blog a follow.

Please leave your blog urls in the comments for me!!

Love C!


 

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Primark Haul August 2018: Misses

As you may have seen by my last Primark post, I had a lot of luck this month. However I also had some bad luck when it came to shopping in Primark. Some of these items I’m not sure about whether or not I’m returning them (all of them were both recently so I can still return them at a later point.) HU

The first disappointing item which I picked up last month was this dark red shirt. Now it only cost €9 and I absolutely fell in love with it in store. I’m a big fan of shirts in general as I think they look lovely both casually with a pair of jeans or formally with a fancy skirt. This shirt also gave me Amy Santiago vibes from Brooklyn Nine Nine! However when I looked at this shirt again when I got home, I noticed that the shirt fits weirdly at the chest area. The material stretches in a way that look odd. I need to retry it on to see if it fits better.

I am a big fan of the design of this blouse. It’s very pretty and very different compared to the other items that I bought in Primark. It also fits amazing and reminds me of the yellow blouse that young Donna in Mamma Mia 2 wears (it seems all shops in Dublin have Donna inspired clothes right now and I am living for all the stripes.). Everything is perfect about this top. Everything that is except the sleeves. The sleeves may look unique and nice, however they are the most uncomfortable sleeves ever to exist. They’re made of scratchy material which irritated me straight away when I put this blouse on for the first time. This blouse was also €13 and I will definitely be returning it as I cannot wear it with those sleeves.

(Also for some reason the pictures look like they’re two different coloured blouses despite being taken at the same time with the same lighting. The picture of the sleeves is the more accurate colouring of this blouse.)

This top I will be keeping as the problem I have with it I’m able to ignore. I bought this top to wear with the dungaree dress which I showed in my last Primark post (which you can read here.). And while it looks really good under the dungaree, I could never wear this top without it. Why? Oh, because it is completely see through along the front of the top. Yeah, I do not want to wear a see through top. However it is perfect for my needs, as the dungaree dress completely hides the parts of this top that is see-through. It was only €6 so I’m not annoyed by this problem.

Did anyone buy some products from Primark that they didn’t like? Let me know in the comments!!

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Primark Haul August 2018: Hits

I adore Primark. It’s my favourite shop to walk through when I’m casually window shopping. I also love how cheap the products are – I’m a student so I can’t afford more expensive labels. I’ve decided to write a post on what I bought and liked in Primark (penneys) in August.

This month, I’ve had a desire for autumn weather so a lot of my shopping has been autumn/winter wear orientated. I no longer want to buy colourful dresses or jumpsuits anymore. I’m loving the leopard print and checked designs which are everywhere are on the high street, however I didn’t actually pick anything up with those designs. My favourite colours for this season are definitely mustard yellow (which I’ve always loved anyways) and purple. I went quite crazy this month in Primark as I’ve finally left my summer job and for the first time since May, I’ve gained a lot of free time.

In my local Primark/Penneys I bought the following items at the beginning of the month.

For some reason this jumper would not picture well

I really love this red striped jumper. It is very tight fitted in a flattering way. Red is also one of my favourite colours ever so I couldn’t stop myself from buying this knit jumper. It cost €12

This Boyfriend style t-shirt only €4 and is of amazing quality. I actually really regret not buying a few of this top as the fit is lovely and relaxed. As anyone could tell, I have a deep love for stripped clothing.

Nutgrove Rathfarnum Penneys:

I got this mustard yellow faux leather skirt for €10!!! I adore fake leather skirts. I already have one in Black and I find the fit of them to be really nice. I can’t wait to wear this little skirt to college with tights when the weather gets a bit colder.

I have a deep commit to soft jumpers. This grey one caught my eye as it too was only €10. It so soft and fluffy that I’m very tempted to buy some more of them. I felt the grey was a nice colour to match the brightness of the yellow skirt. The scarf I really didn’t need -as I have quite the collection of scarves already- however I loved the dark grey colour of it and couldn’t resist. It’s a big scarf and only cost €6!

Mary Street Dublin 1 Penneys:

In the last week I met up with a friend for a coffee and we decided to walk around the shops afterwards. As usual, I saw items of clothing and couldn’t resist. I especially was drawn to corduroy which seems to be everywhere at the moment. I picked up some really nice items in this Primark and I am delighted with the gems I bought.

I found it very hard to pick a colour when buying this buttoned corduroy skirt and in the end I went for this pretty Amber colour. Like the faux leather skirt, this only cost €10 and I’m really tempted to buy another one as the material is great for the price. I picked the amber colour in the end because I don’t have any other clothes in a similar shade so I wanted to buy something new to brighten up my wardrobe.

I am a huge fan of the dungaree dresses which have become popular on the high street at the moment. I almost can’t get enough of them. I especially love it when they only cost me €13 like this one from Penneys did. Cheap and cheerful, I will get great wear of it (it also came in pink if I remember correctly.) Like the skirt, this is also corduroy style. I got this black buttoned t-shirt to go under the dungaree which cost €6!

Dundrum Penneys:

For the back to school shopping, I went to Dundrum with my little sisters as they start school this week. I went for the chance to pick up some more cute clothes. I didn’t have as much success in this Primark as I did in others but I did pick up a cute jacket.

I am obsessed with the corduroy jackets which are everywhere at the moment. I love the fake fur that they have on the inside – so nice and warm for the colder months, yet so casual and light for daytime wear. I struggled when it came to picking a colour as this jackets comes in so many different colours- white, pink, and the same wine colour as the dungaree dress I bought. For anyone who doesn’t like corduroy, this jacket also comes in denim style. I picked white for my jacket as I felt it was the most versatile of all the colours. This beautiful jacket cost only €25 which makes it a great bargain.

I really love the items they have in Primark at the moment. The thing I love the most about this shop is that it allows me to keep up with the trends while not breaking the bank. Did anyone else have much luck in Primark this month?