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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Sleek Cleopatra’s Kiss Highlighting Palette – Get Your Spring Glow

Hey Guys!

Today, I prepared a review about one of my favorite highlighting palettes – the Sleek Solstice Palette in the shade ‚Cleopatra’s Kiss‘. Right now for spring time, this palette offers a really stunning color variety. This time – besides the review and swatches – I also included some inspirations for make-up looks using this palette…

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Overview

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Let me just say that I love love love this gold packaging! The black cardboard pretty much hides the beautiful packaging inside… Not one of my favorite – at a first glance, this wouldn’t attract me… Generally, the palette looks really sleek (haha) and closes magnetically. The size is perfect for putting in your bag and for traveling.

It contains four highly pigmented shades, each of them being about 2.2g and retails for 12.49€. Further, you have a mirror inside which is big enough to actually use it to get ready on the way or to check your make-up and a little, flat brush (I find it to be very stiff, so I don’t use this one). You can buy this palette via amazon (where it tends to be a little bit more expensive) or simply on the Sleek Make-Up Website, however it’s almost always out of stock.

The Shades

Two of the shades are baked powder highlighter, whereas the other two have a creamy consistency. Let’s have a closer look at the shades (from top left to bottom right):

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Sphinx – a baked powder and a golden, bronzy shade with glitter particles (that’s my favorite shade of the whole palette)

Delta – a cream highlighter and a true bronze with shimmer

Dynasty – another cream highlight, this time with a champagne/light golden shimmer

Goddess – the second baked highlighter is rather a rose golden shade (mixed with Sphinx it looks fantastic)

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Overall, I am really impressed by the pigmentation of all of the shades! The baked highlighters tend to be a bit dry and if you didn’t wet your brush you might risk some fall-out. When you layer the highlight and don’t apply too much product at once, it works perfectly fine.

In the beginning I also had some trouble with applying the cream highlighters and I figured it’s much easier with a beauty sponge than with a make-up brush. The cream shades are really shimmering and need to be blended out (I don’t like o shine too much…). Also, you can set these shades by using one of the powder highlighters which results in a duochrome look…

I find the product to be very long-lasting – it wears great on me for a least 6 hours but I always use a matte setting spray before I leave the house. Still, I think the included brush is really useless (I’m sorry Sleek…) as it just causes an emended fall-out and is simply not soft enough to evenly apply and blend the powder shades. I threw it away…

So all in all, I’m in love with this palette, the colors are please me and can be combined for a more individual look. The price for four highlighters is simply amazing and the quality as well… Definitely recommend this palette!

Some Inspiration

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I hope you liked it! What’s your favorite spring highlighter? Let me know and…

Stay sparkling!

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Benefit Hoola – My Go To Bronzer

Hey Guys!

I know it’s been a while – university started again, and I had to work, no more holidays… But today I prepared a little review about my favorite bronzer at the moment: The Benefit Hoola Bronzer! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I bought this one at Sephora in Italy and saved I think 15% because it was on sale. I’ve never been quite sure whether to purchase this bronzing powder as it’s quite pricey but so many friends, blogger and YouTube people finally convinced me.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer (8g for 32.95€)

The packaging looks natural and kind of sustainable to me, it comes in a squared cardboard box with bamboo and chinese flower prints. The package contains a little mirror inside and also a flat brush made of natural hair with a wooden grip.

The bronzer is oilfree, so perfect for oily/ mixed skin types and absolutely matte. I’d OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAdescribe this color as a warm latte macchiato brown without any strong red tones to it. The color is very very pigemnted and just one swipe of color is enough. With the included brush fallout is much likely to happen (because the hair is not that soft) but with a softer contouring brush I don’t face this problem any more. When I tested this product I was surprised of how soft and smooth the powder felt on my fingers and face.

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The color is super blendable and gives a natural, sun-kissed look on your cheek bones, nose and forehead. It definitely has opaque coverage with just a small amount of product which makes it long-lasting as well. The powder lasted for over 6 hours on my skin and survived a 30+ degrees day…

Overall the product works well for me and I love the fact that it’s completely matte and oilfree. Contouring works excellent due to the pigmentation and a natural tan is also easy to achieve as the product is very blendable. Although I always thought that the price is too high I totally changed my mind now – the money is well invested as the powder is so long-lasting! I definitely recommend you to try this powder yourself…

What were your experiences with the lovely Hoola Bronzer?

Have a nice evening and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram.

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Featured Image: Benefit Cosmetics

NYX Wonderstick – Highlighting and Contouring

Greetings from Italy!

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Today I prepared a post that I promised you about a month ago. As it’s still summer right now, I considered that highlighting and contouring is still a big deal to so many of you guys. That’s why I wanna show you the NYX Wonderstick – a cream stick, ideal for highlighting and contouring.

NYX Wonderstick (8g for 11.99€)

This creamy stick is available in four different shades – light, medium, universal and deep. I went for the shade medium, although I consider myself to be rather fair, because the shade ‘light’ has a rather grey/brownish tone for the contouring not like the medium which is warmer and I prefer warmer undertones.

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But what I asked myself at first sight: Why is it a Wonderstick? Well it’s not like the usual highlighting/contouring sticks as this one offers the two colors separate. I thought it’s a better idea to have them separated to guarantee a precise finish.

The Wonderstick comes in a carton package that shows a step-by-step tutorial on how to use it correctly. Although I’d say there are million different ways to contour, depending on your face form and size, it’s still very useful for your first attempts.

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Now – the colors… My medium shade has a quite light beige tone almost like my concealer with some slight shine to it, also the shape of this stick differs to the contour stick – it’s pointed. The contour color is a warm, milk chocolate brown with a round end. I guess it’s chosen perfectly (for me) as I mostly work more precise with the highlighting stick.

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The texture of both of these colors is really creamy but not sticky. Once applied to the face it’s easy to blend out with a brush or a damp beauty blender and the face doesn’t look blotchy afterwards – the colors both have good coverage and can also be build up easily. The only thing I dislike about the stick is the smell of both of the sticks – rather chemical and unnatural, would have been better if they at least scented it…

However all in all this is a great product (two-in-one) for this price and it’s perfect for traveling as you save some space in your makeup bag. Considering the shades available I guess there is a suitable one for everybody (you can prove me wrong!) and the colors harmonize well together.

Did you try this one already or what do you use to highlight and contour?

Have a nice evening!

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Little Kiko Cosmetics Haul – Collaboration

Welcome Back Everyone!

Hope you’re all doing well and enjoy summer. Today I have some really exciting things to tell you… Lucy from Lucylovesme is joining me today for a little haul about our recent purchases from Kiko. As we both have bought different products, we’re sure there’s something for everyone in here. And also some of them are on sale right now and just right for summer, soooo…

Let’s get right into it!

Lucy loves…

3D Light & Glow Highlighter

kiko 3d light and glowHighlighters are ever so popular at the moment and are perfect for the summer weather when foundation is a little lighter or you’re just wearing a BB cream or tinted moisturiser. You want a radiant and dewy complexion and for the light to catch the high spots on your face. I think using a highlighter is a great addition to a day time look as you can still be natural and subtle with it or build up a bit more for the night time and use on eyes and cupids bow as well as on cheekbones. There are all forms in the shops at the moment: liquids, powder and seeing as we’re all on the go most of the time, tube highlighters really
hit the spot.

I have added to my Kiko Milano and highlighter collection with my latest purchase of the 3D Light & Glow Highlighter which is currently on sale in the UK at £4.90. It comes in 3 different tubes consisting of 3 colours. I have 02 Challenge Peach which is pink, bronze and beige. As always with Kiko, the packaging is gorgeous and not easy to miss in a bright fuchsia pink tube which has a built-in sponge at the bottom where you can blend either one or two or all of the colours.

The texture is quite rich, soft and creamy giving a subtle radiance depending on how much you want to build up, but it is very easy to blend with fingers or using the sponge. It also combines as a blusher on your cheekbones and a lovely highlighter if you use the lighter colours above the eye lid.
It is long-lasting (even during a very busy, hot, sweaty day!) but great for carrying around and applying quick, easy touch ups should you wish.

Baked Bronzer

20160808_101634I also adore the Kiko Milano Desert Dunes Baked Bronzer from the Limited Edition Wanderlust range (unfortunately now sold out) as it not only has the most gorgeous gold, glitzy yet chic and glamorous packaging, but is massive so will last for ages and has a big mirror inside useful for quick touch ups when you’re on the go. It gives a really natural glow and sheen without being too glittery or cakey. My only negative is that it doesn’t last too long so I find a few touch ups during the day or night are required. I have the matching face brush which is just as beautiful and a really well made, long-lasting brush.

Eyebrow Fibers Coloured Mascara

 

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The Benefit Brow range has had so much publicity of late and of course I have tried a few of the products, but was looking for something a bit less expensive and with a slightly bigger tube because as much as I do like the Benefit Gimme Brow, I do think £18.50 is expensive for a tiny tube of something you would use very quickly. So I purchased the Kiko Milano eyebrow fibers coloured mascara which is a bigger tube and a more wallet friendly £7.20 currently only £5 in the sale). The brush is slightly bigger than the Benefit Gimme Brow and more mascara like. It is easy to be quite heavy-handed with it and create really defined, thick, dark eyebrows, but I use gently and lightly for a more subtle definition and filling in sparse hairs. Mine is in 05 Deep Brunettes, but there is a really good range of colours unlike the Benefit which has only 3. They both have gel consistencies so if you use a thick sweep of the Kiko one then eyebrows can look quite glossy. It really depends what kind of look you are going for.
(Photo Credits: Kiko Cosmetics)

The Real Wonderland loves…

Make-Up Fixing Spray

P6187948.JPGFor summer especially I decided to try Kiko’s fixing spray. It doesn’t contain perfumes and part of its ingredients is camomile. Also, it’s made with a formula that has the effect to reduce allergic reactions. The packaging looks elegant and simple, the sray is easy to store and can be used on-the-go. The product promises to give a long-lasting, professional finish without being sticky. The result after one use was really satisfying. I sprayed with a 10cm distances just 1 second and my make-up was set completely. Nothing cakey or liquid and not possible to wipe away. The spray also cooled my face which I find very good for summer. Still, I will not repurchase this product as it only lasted about 2 weeks and it was empty although it is quite large with 75ml. So I guess I might look for a different fixing spray.

Blending Wave Multicolor Blush

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Next up is a really pretty blush I bought about a month ago at Kiko. It’s a two-color blending blush in the shade 03 – a really dark rose and a lighter rose shade with peachy undertones (was quite hard to define). The colors can either be worn seperately or both mixed and blended together, so you actually have two blushes in one… The packaging is different from a normal packaging, it lokks like it was just painted by an artist. The texture is silky and smooth without being dusty. Also the pigmentation is great – just one swipe is enough to have a good color-payoff. I think there is at least another shade available in a very light pink shade and it’s definitely on sale now… To read more about this product and to get some swatches, check my blog again in some days 😉

Rebel Bouncy Cream Blush

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This is a cream blush I found by accident during sale at Kiko, I got it just for 4€. This one is from the Rebel Romantic Collection and it’s available in four different shades: peach, pink, rose and dark red. Mine is the shade Treasure Rose. As the name already says, it’s a darker rose tone. I love the packaging of this blush, the golden shade makes it look really elegant and sophisticated and inside is a little mirror. The blush is smaller than I expected it but the color lasts very long because you don’t have to use a lot to get a good pigmentation. The texture is definitely really creamy and can be blended easily (that’s where most of the cream blushes have issues). Get your hands on it – it’s on sale now! And for more photos, information and swatches check my blog again in some days!

Hope you enjoyed our post and our haul! What did you recently buy at Kiko? Let me know…

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