15 years of Essence – Birthday Collection ‚live.laugh.celebrate!‘

Hey Guys

Welcome back to my blog. Today, I’m showing you the Essence Birthday Collection ‚live.laugh.celebrate!‘ as the brand celebrates 15 years of beautiful and affordable (!) cosmetics!

The limited edition is available from April to June 2017 so get your hands on it quickly! I was lucky and won an Instagram give-away so that I can now show you all the products they came up with…


Hallo ihr Lieben

Willkommen zurück auf meinem Blog! Heute zeige ich euch die neue Essence Geburtstags-Kollektion ‚live.laugh.celebrate!‘, da die Marke 15 Jahre voller schöner und erschwinglicher Produkte feiert.

Die limitierte Edition ist von April bis Juni 2017 verfügbar, deshalb solltet ihr schnell sein und zuschlagen! Ich hatte so viel Glück, dass ich bei Instagram bei einem Gewinnspiel gewonnen habe und euch deswegen alle Produkte zeigen kann, die zu der Kollektion gehören…

Brushes & Bag

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The package features a super-pretty holographic make-up bag. It’s quite large and holds all my products when I’m on the way. I think I’m gonna use this one for all the products I need at university to refresh my make-up. Also they included 4 different brushes which ends are transparent with some ‚bubbles‘ inside. The tips of the brushes are black and rose, pink and mint. It’s a larger powder brush, a lip brush, and two eyeshadow brushes – one for blending and one for applying small amounts of products. I haven’t tested these yet but they feel quite soft and not too hard and synthetic, still need to check whether they blend well…


Die Pinsel & die Tasche

In dem Paket fand ich unter anderem eine superschöne holographische Make-Up Tasche. Sie ist gerade groß genug, um Platz für alle meine Produkte, die ich unterwegs brauche, zu bieten. Ich denke, die Tasche wird perfekt sein, um alle meine Sachen aufzubewahren, die ich in der Uni brauche, um mein Make-Up aufzufrischen. Außerdem gehören vier verschiedene Pinsel mit dazu, deren Enden transparent sind und kleine Blubberblasen enthalten – sehr cool. Auch gut sind die bunten Farben der Pinselenden, wie pink, mint oder rosa. Es sind sowohl ein großer Puderpinsel, ein Lippenstiftpinsel und zwei Lidschattenpinsel – eine zum Blenden, die andere, um gezielt Farbe aufzutragen – im Set enthalten. Ich habe alle zwar noch nicht getestet, aber sie fühlen sich sehr weich und nicht wirklich hart und synthetisch an, trotzdem werde ich noch prüfen, ob sie auch zum verblenden geeignet sind…

New Palettes

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Look at the cute new palettes essence came up with! The packaging has little bright and colorful pearls at the top that move around… They offer two kinds of palettes: one for 4 pods and one for 8. Why am I saying „pods“? Well, the palettes are not magnetic like Z palettes but you can insert the little eyeshadow or blush pods from essence. Meaning only these fit in and no other magnetic eyeshadows which I find a bit sad. Also, there is no mirror on the inside so checking your make-up on the go isn’t possible. But for transporting your favorite shadows these palettes are really good and look very individual!


Neue Paletten

Schaut euch nur diese soooo süßen, neuen Paletten an! Die Verpackung ist mit kleinen, leuchtenden und farbenfrohen Perlen versehen, die bei Bewegung hin- und herfliegen… Essence bietet zwei verschiedene Arten von Paletten: eine für 4 Pöttchen und eine für 8. Warum nenne ich sie „Pöttchen“? Die Paletten sind nicht magnetisch (wie die Z Paletten), man kann nur die verschiedenen Lidschatten oder Gesichtsprodukte von Essence hineinpacken. Das heißt, dass nur diese leider reinpassen und keine anderen, was ich echt sehr schade finde. Leider ist auch kein Spiegel in der Palette drin, also könnt ihr euer Make-Up damit zwischendurch nicht checken. Zum transportieren oder reisen finde ich die Palette trotzdem toll, da ihr somit eure schönsten Lidschatten, Puder oder Blushs mitnehmen könnt und generell sieht die Palette sehr individuell aus!

Lip Products

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The set also has two very glittery lipsticks: a silver and pink one. I’m not too sure if I’m gonna like these as I fear the glitter makes the lipstick stiff and hard to apply. I can imagine they look good on top of a lipstick to achieve a metallic finish… I have to play around with these two to find out 🙂

Also, essence came up with lip powders and a lip base which fit into their new palettes. The left pod is more or less a base or balm which you apply first on your lips and then top it with a rosy or pinky lip powder… Quite innovative as I haven’t seen this before and definitely need to check this out!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


Lippenprodukte

Außerdem gibt’s in dem Set zwei sehr stark glitzernde Lippenstifte: einen silbernen und einen linken. Ich bin echt nicht sicher, ob mir die beiden gefallen werden, der Glitzer in den beiden fühlt sich sehr ‚hart‘ an und ich denke es wird schwer aufzutragen zu sein. Ich denke als Highlight auf den Lippen, über einem matten Lippenstift wird es bestimmt cool aussehen und ein metallisches Finish hinterlassen… Ich muss noch ein wenig damit herumspielen, um es herauszufinden.

Außerdem hat Essence Lippenpuder und -basis entworfen, die ebenfalls in die Palette passen. Der linke Pott ist eher eine Lippenbase oder ein Balm, den ihr zuerst auf den Lippen aufträgt, um ihn dann mit einem der Lippenpuder zu toppen… Sehr innovativ, habe es so vorher noch nicht gesehen!

Powders & Blushes

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These are my favorite new products essence came up with! First, on the left side we have a translucent setting powder for the undereye and any oily spots in your face. Second, a highlighting shade which is a golden, vanilla shade with shimmer. And my all time favorites are the two shimmery blushes – one in rose and another in pink. The colors look so pretty. Also the powders all feel quite soft and blendable but I need to test them on the face…


Puder & Blushes

Diese sind definitiv meine liebsten Sachen zwischen den ganzen neuen Produkten! Zuerst habt ihr auf der linken Seite ein durchsichtiges, weißes Puder, welches das Make-Up fixiert und ölige Stellen vorbeugt. Als zweites gibt es einen Highlighter in gold-vanille mit Schimmer. Meine allerliebsten Favoriten sind die beiden schimmernden Blushes – einer in rosa, der andere pink. Die Farben sehen so schön aus. Außerdem fühlen sich alle Puder sehr weich und blendbar an, aber ich muss sie noch etwas weiter testen…

Eyeshadows

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10 birthday shades! I divided mine into two different categories: nude, rose and vanilla shades and blue, green and silvers. Honestly, I love the palette on the left side more as I will use these colors more frequently but why not try something new? The blue and green shades will be perfect for that. Overall, they feel creamy and not very dry when I swatched them and the color pay-off is good for the price you’re paying!


Lidschatten

10 Geburtstags-Farben! Ich habe meine in zwei verschiedene Kategorien eingeteilt: nude, rosa und Vanille farbene Töne und blau, grün und silber farbene Töne. Um ehrlich zu sein, gefällt mir die linke Palette ja etwas mehr, da ich diese Art von Farben ständig benutzt, aber man kann ja auch mal etwas neues ausprobieren, richtig? Gerade die blauen und grünen Farben sind perfekt dafür. Insgesamt fühlen sie sich sehr cremig an und nicht sehr trocken, als ich sie geswatcht habe. Die Farbintensität ist auch großartig, wenn man nur an den Preis dabei denkt!

If you want a more detailed color description of the blushes and eyeshadows, please let me know in the comments down below!

So that was it! What do you think of the birthday collection? Did you get and try any of these products yet?


Falls ihr eine detailliertere Beschreibung der Blushes und Lidschatten haben wollt, sagt mir in den Kommentaren Bescheid. 

Soooo, das war’S! Was denkt ihr über die Geburtstags-Kollektion? Habt ihr euch was davon gekauft und schon getestet?

Stay sparkling!

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Designing my own Eyeshadow Palette Vol. 2 – Makeup Geek

Hey Guys,

Welcome back to my blog and today, I prepared a post about my personalized eyeshadow palette – Vol. 2. If you’re interested in my first post about it, then click here.
So, without further talking, let’s get started!

After strolling a million articles about pressed magnetic pigments, I finally decided to order Makeup Geek’s eyeshadow. I heard so many good things about their quality and pigmentation that I really wanted to try these – btw their color selection is simply amazing!

I picked up six different shades, three matte and three duochrome shadows. Each of them retails for about 5.60€. Their other formula, the foiled eyeshadows (which I haven’t tried yet), retail for 9.40€ are a bit more expensive. The size, compared to my Wycon pans is way smaller and the overall amount of product is „only“ 1.8g.

The Mattes

I decided to purchase one lighter shade for an everyday and natural eye look. However, I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and got two kinda dramatic shades for special looks and occasions.

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Crème Brulée – a lighter, brownish color which looks similar to sand – for me this is the perfect crease color.

Morocco – a poppin‘ red orange shade which I use on my entire lid for very dramatic looks.

Cherry Cola – it’s said to be a deep brown with reddish undertones but for me it appears to be a purple-dark brown shade with only a little bit of red to it, it’s perfect for the outer corners of my eyes.

These matte shadows apply so soft on the lid and are really easy to blend. Still, they tend to have a little fall-out (especially the brown one) but if you know how to handle it, the eyeshadows work fine.

The Duochromes

These are my so to speak fun colors, still I can use these on a daily basis if applied alone on the entire lid. Especially now in spring, these are my go-to colors!

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Voltage – a citron/vanilla base with sparkly champagne reflections.

I’m Peachless – a rosy base with peach-like reflections.

Mai Tai – A peachy based shadow with pretty pink reflections.

What I really love about these eyeshadows is that they are actually two in one. When applied correctly (and it took me a while to figure that out…) the reflections show up in such a pretty way! I definitely recommend to use an eyeshadow base or the NYX jumbo eye pencil in „milk“ to make the color pop and also wetten your brush before applying the eyeshadow.

Why Makeup Geek?

Overall, I’m really happy with my selection. They apply and look fantastic (if you know their flaws and work against them) and are pretty cheap compared to other brands. Also, when I checked their color selection only I really couldn’t decide on which colors to test as they have so many different shades! Recently, I found out that their products are cruelty-free, they don’t test on animals and the eyeshadows are talc and paraben free (which are usually ingredients in poor quality shadows and can be carcinogenic), if that’s not a great value for money!

Did you already test Makeup Geek eyeshadows? Qhat do you think?

Stay sparkling!

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Designing my own Eyeshadow Palette Vol. I – Wycon Cosmetics

Hey Guys!

Welcome back to the Real Wonderland, today’s post is going to be about my recently purchased magnetic eyeshadow palette and the refills from the brand Wycon Cosmetics. So for all Italian girls out there, definitely check this brand and their eyeshadows out (as far as I know they only ship to Italy)!

I purchased this magnetic palette and three eyeshadows during my vacation in Italy to test their quality and to finally have an eyeshadow palette where I have all my favorite magnetic shadows from brands like Mac, Makeup Geek or ABH in one single place.

You wanna hear more about this – then let’s jump right into it!

The Palette

The palette I decided to purchase is the „Magnetic Palette Large“ which holds space for 15 refills (Wycon eyeshadow size) from Wycon Cosmetics. It retails for only 6.90€ compared to a large Z palette which is about 19€. It almost looks identical to a black Z palette and is manufactured in the same way – a slim, light-weight cart box that closes magnetically and has a see-through top. The palettes comes in an extra black cart box that protects it from any damages – I find this very useful for traveling. However, when I opened mine and touched the magnetic ground, it had quite some unevenness (I don’t know if that’s very common for this palette) so that the refills were not laying straight in the palette. Still, I don’t find this to be a huge problem, with enough eyeshadows you barely see it.

The Eyeshadows

All in all, Wycon has 81 (!) different shades starting from white matte and shimmery colors over browns, pinks, blues, greens, finishing with grey and black ones – the color range is enormous! Also their price is so affordable as each shadow retails for 3.90€. 

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I decided to purchase three eyeshadows – one of it shimmery, another one glittery and the third  one is matte. I wanted to try different formulas and see, whether they all have a great quality. Here is my color selection:

  • No. 3 Champagne Satin – a white, golden shimmery shade that’s perfect for inner corner highlights
  • No. 34 Dark Gold Satin – a glittery, warm golden shade that I use on my entire lid
  • No. 16 Nude Matt – a dusty, warm-toned rose brown which works fine for the crease

Overall I am more than satisfied with the quality of all the eyeshadows. The pigmentation is really good, especially for the crease color. So it means you don’t need that much product at one time but can intensify the color more and more. To have a really bright white and gold I wetted my brushes and also used an eyeshadow primer to make the colors last longer and to have a brighter result. The only problem I faced is with the more glittery shade as it tends to have some fall out. Also the satin finish seems to look different as No. 3 is more a shimmery finish, whereas No. 34 is glittery when you applied it onto your lids.

Considering the actual product you get for the price I realized that the pans are a lot bigger than other eyeshadow refills like ABH or MakeupGeek! That makes it a good product and money value overall…

Have you also recently purchased any refills or magnetic palettes and eyeshadows? Let me know down below in the comments and to check out Wycon’s shades and palettes, visit their website. Stay tuned for Vol. 2 of designing my personal eyeshadow palette!

Stay sparkling!

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The Balm NUDE’tude Eyeshadow Palette – Review & Swatches

Hey Guys!

Welcome back to a new blogpost, this time I will review my at the moment most favorite eyeshadow palette – theBalm NUDE’tude. A really lovely product I purchased during my holiday in Italy as this brand doesn’t retail in Germany.

So let’s get started!

TheBalm NUDE’tude (33.50€ for 12 eyeshadows)

First things first – theBalm has the cutest and prettiest retro packaging I’ve ever seen and I love their creative and funny names. I need to get my hands on more of their products, especially the eyeshadow palettes and the lipsticks!

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Considering the packaging, the palette is protected by an additional cartboard packaging which makes it super easy to transport and for traveling. The palette as well is made of cartboard, contains a large mirror and closes magnetically. As the name kinda says, this palette features nude women only covered by different eyeshadows.

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It holds 12 eyeshadows ranging from white over nude, rose shades to (darker) browns and black and a dual-ended eyeshadow brush (I have to admit, I don’t use it…). Let’s take a closer look at these:

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Sassy – A frosted white, very good pigmentation and ideal for highlighting the inner corners of your eyes

Stubborn – a peachy shade also with a frosted finish, slightly less pigmentation than in the palette because of the finish

Selfish – a dark brown-grey mixture, also a frosted finish but with good pigmentation

Snobby – a medium yellow with warm undertones and a golden frost finish with great pigmentation

Stand-offish – a light brown/ nude shade with a huge frozen or even metallic finish and thus a great color pay-off

Sultry – a medium brown with warm undertones and a matte finish, really good pigmentation and also perfect for the crease

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Sophisticated – a dark, warm brown with bronzing glitter inside, perfect for in the crease

Sexy – a matte, burgunder red also perfect for defining the crease with a really good pigmentation

Serious – a matte black shade that has a good pigmentation but tends to be a little dusty

Seductive – a golden/ bronzed brown with a satin finish with a good color pay-off

Silly – a darker brown-reddish shade with glitter, tends to be semi-opaque in coverage and needs to be applied several times to make the glitter visible

Sleek – an intense dark brown/ black shade with a matte finish that gets a little dusty

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Overall, the pigmentation of nearly all the shades is really good, they have mostly opaque coverage after one application however the matte shades tend to be more semi-opaque and need to be applied several times. Also most shades feel rather creamy and soft when applying without being dusty – except for the matte ones… Still, all shades are pretty easy to blend and harmonize perfectly together. This palette is rather warm toned and with more shimmering, frosted and glittery shades than mattes. I really love it because it can create various eye looks as the color variation is amazing!

What do you think?

Stay sparkling!

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Sephora Haul – There’s Always a First Time

Welcome Back!

Sadly, I’m home again… In the following days you thus can read about my two weeks in Italy and also my lovely weekend in Innsbruck! But today I prepared a haul for you that I’m kind of very proud of – in Italy I finally visited a Sephora store and bought quite some things, haha. Also to every product shown here, you’ll get detailed reviews in the following weeks, so stay tuned! Let’s jump right into it.

Benefit – Hoola Bronzer

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I was thinking of purchasing this bronzer for such long time and was so lucky when I saw that it is 15% off in Italy at the moment. I just couldn’t resist… As far as I can tell, the color suits me really good and I can contour my cheekbones perfectly or give myself a natural look. I’m just really curious whether I can still use it in autumn/ winter when my tan faded but I will tell you asap. I just found out right away that the included brush is not as useful as I thought, there’s a lot fall-out with it.

 

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick – Rock Steady

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How curious was I to discover the new Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks – their different finishes and shades. Unfortunately, neither the store in Florence nor in Venice had a big selection of shades and the ones I’ve been looking for were currently not available. Bad luck for me, however I couldn’t resist to check out the other shades and found a really nice and creamy dark red. The pigmentation is really amazing and I can’t wait to wear it for a night out.

 

Sephora – Smokey Eye Brush Set

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I think I got this set 30% cheaper than the original price! I was actually looking quite some time for some eyeshadow brushes for the crease, eyelid and waterline and this set combines everything plus a nice black bag – ideal for traveling. There’s a large blending brush, a smaller one just for the crease, one for underneath the eye and last but not least a flat eyeshadow brush. The brushes looked quite elegant and of a high quality to me and as far as I can judge the brushes work excellently.

Sephora – Eye and Face Masks

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Face Masks – the new trend in skin care I’d say. Of course I also had to test them and when I read about the Sephora masks and their good effect here on wordpress I put these on my list as well. I tried quite some differnet kinds: avocado, lotus, pearl, green tea and pomegranate. It was rather difficult to decide which ones to take, Sephora has a big range of masks – even feet and hand masks I didn’t take with me.

What did you recently buy at Sephora or what’s been on your shopping list for quite some time? Don’t forget to check out my Instagram Account!

Enjoy the evening!

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