Essence All About Matt fixing compact powder

Essence All About Matt fixing compact powder

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I bought the Advent Calendar by essence cosmetics for the 2016 X-Mas season. It was full of full sized regular (meaning non-limited) essence products, so there’ll be a couple reviews of essence products coming up. The products have a special wintery design, but can be purchased in the normal design at counters.

So one of the first items was this face powder: all about matt fixing compact powder. They’ve got a whole all about matte line, I always buy the blotting paper. Other than that I haven’t paid much attention to it because usually I am all about the glow instead.

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The fixing compact powder looks stark white, but it’s actually an one size fits all transparent setting powder.

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I tried to swatch it anyway. XD Out of all the pics I took, this was the only one where you could see something. Here it looks like a bit of white against my skin. I swatched it heavily with my finger to achieve that. Usually you would apply it with a big fluffy brush all over your face. So I’m pretty sure it should work for all skin tones and not make your face look lighter. Although, being as pale as I am I cannot give you a 100% guarantee.

What this powder does do, however, is mattify the face. You do not need a lot of powder to achieve it, either, so that’s good. So it does exactly what it says on the tin. On the back description it also claims the finish will last all day long. Well, all makeup items claim that don’t they?

Usually I reach for a more glowy finishing powder. With that, my nose gets shiny after about three hours, which is completely normal. (That’s what I have the all about matte blotting paper for.) Without any sort of powder at all, my nose gets shiny at the same time, but worse.

With this powder, the matte finish does not last longer. I still get shiny after three hours, the same as with my dewy powder. The difference is that with the matte powder my whole face is mattified and then the T-zone gets shiny, making the shine a lot more visible. When I wear a dewy finish, the shine is simply not as noticeable. This is why I will still prefer my dewy finishing powders over matte ones.

So in a nutshell, yes, the all about matte fixing compact powder gives a matte finish, but it does not make makeup last longer. It all depends on which kind of finish you prefer. 🙂

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Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour

I have finally discovered the joy that is Chanel Les Beiges.

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I did not mean to pick one up, but you know, bloggers and impulse control.

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This is the Healthy Glow Multi-Color Powder in Nr 01. It is limited and was part of the Summer 2014 Collection. (I think. Chanel throws out so many Collections it is hard to keep track.) It comes in three parts, the regular Les Beiges in the middle and a highlighting plus a blush part.

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There’s a stripe going across my wrist with all three colors swirled together, in case you can’t see anything here. I found that the three colors alone were impossible to photograph. I also found that the three swirled together all over my face gets the best result. Picking up only the lower two stripes or the pink alone didn’t make a great blush for me. I prefer my blush to be more visible. It is possible to make a very subtle blush/bronze/highlight, though.

The all over results are lovely. My makeup lasts longer and there is a sort of blurry effect that makes skin just better. It also has SPF 15, very helpful. All in all, I am now a convert to the Les Beiges line. However, the main interest of this palette, the three different colors, didn’t work out so great for me. I might just as well have bought the regular beige powder… So if you didn’t get this limited powder, don’t be sad, check out the rest of the Les Beiges line.

 

By the way, I’ve tried the new Vitalumiere Loose Powder at the counter. It has SPF 15 and gives light to almost medium coverage depending on how much you use. But putting on more than one light layer left a very powdery finish. I also managed to get the powder all over my black t-shirt. If loose powders are your thing, you should check them out, but I’ll pass.

I’ve also taken a look at the fall collection and while it is very pretty the colors seemed to disagree with my skin tone so don’t expect to see any reviews here. Only exceptions are the three new Joues Contraste (one with the fall collection and two with the new Vitalumiere Powder), so I might pick up one later. But for now I’m holding my breath for the Holiday Collection.

/Chanel news

The 7 Deadly Sins of Make Up

The 7 Deadly Sins of Make Up

I have stolen this tag from apoundofluck like a true villain.

  • Greed: What’s your most expensive beauty item?

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Guerlain Crazy Terracotta. Does it count, since I got it as a present? My second most expensive item is a Bobbi Brown eye palette that I don’t have a picture of on hand.

  • Wrath: What item do you have a strong love/hate relationship with?

Eyeliner. I love the look of it, but I am very bad at applying and get frustrated in the middle of putting it on, wanting to wipe it off again, soldering on, etc.

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Symbolic Picture: liquid Eyeliner, here with a thick felt tip.

  • Gluttony: What brand takes up most of your collection?

If nail polish brands count, it’s OPI.

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Pictured: OPI Alcatraz… Rocks

If we exclude nail polish, it would be Chanel.

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Pictured: Le Blush Creme de Chanel in Inspiration and Révélation

  • Sloth: What product do you ignore the most due to laziness?

Contouring. I almost said eyeliner, but I line a lot more than I contour. I prefer bronzing my face to contouring, so I’d rather pop the darker colour on top of my cheekbones than underneath.

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Symbolic picture: the powder duo I use for setting/bronzing rather than setting/contouring.

A second place in sloth goes to powdering by the way. I often do not powder at all.

  • Pride: Which product gives you the most confidence?

Blush. I am very sallow and my cheeks are barely darker than my wrist. As such, blush is essential to make me look alive. A close second would be under eye concealer, third being concealer in general.

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Blush: Chanel Joues Contraste in Frivole

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Pictured: my holy concealer duo Clinique Airbrush Concealer and MAC Studiofinish Concealer

  • Lust: What item is at the top of your list?

I have to swatch it first, but if it suits me, MAC Viva Glam Rihanna. Or maybe Ruby Woo?

Am also lusting after the Chanel Spring 2014, I don’t have anything from it yet.

  • Envy: Which makeup product/look looks great on others but not on you?

I love matte lipstick but I think it looks better on other people. My lips are thin and often chapped. 😦

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Pictured: Maybelline 14h Stay Lipstick in Non Stop Red, a matte colour without any shimmer.

These are my make up sins. What are yours?

I tag everyone who wants to do this 😀

All used up January

All used up January

Here are my first empties of the year 2014:

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ebelin nail polish remover pads: I liked these and already bought them again, sadly the new ones (in black packaging) are NOT identical to these. While I could highly recommend the one pictured here, the new ones are not good. 😦

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Biotherm Blue Therapy Cream SPF 15: I might have mentioned this on the blog before. It’s a good skin cream, I like the cucumber smell, but it’s not like the serum. I recommend the serum, but the normal cream is just a cream at the end of the day.

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Korres Mandarin Lip Butter SPF 15 in Pink: Originally everything white here was covered with black writing but it wore off. This gives a soft hint of color on the lips. I wouldn’t buy it again. I got the feeling that I’d apply it, and then my lips were dry again so I put on more and so forth. However, my lips are very dry, it might just be me.

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anatomicals you need a blooming shower your nose smells rose body cleanser: anatomicals is all about the snappy names. If you like rose scent, this is your shower gel.

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Kamill Reinigungslotion/Cleansing Lotion: this is a 2 in 1 product, both cleansing milk and toner. It took me forever to use up! I’m very torn about it. First off, the smell is awful! Really terrible! And it didn’t wear off either I’d still smell it when I was in bed an hour later. So I thought, well they can’t help it, it’s probably without perfume and just what the stuff smells like. But NO! There is perfume in it, and it’s not the last ingredient either! Someone sat down, cooked up this smell and thought it was okay to put in skin care!!! Apart from the smell, it is also hard to use because it is very runny. I got it all over the bottle and the sink.

On the other hand, this is a cleanser with lactic acid and it is really good on pores. It gets all the gunk off. It can be used to remove makeup (face only) but I needed to go over my face several times and then it was too drying. So it is better to use it on make up less skin.

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s-he stylezone powder duo

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This is a case of almost used up. I wanted to show you the colors as long as I still could. s-he is a cheap brand that gets sold at dm here. If you’ve seen anything by s-he lately, you will know that their packaging is square and has been for years. That’s how old this powder is! They used to have these duos of eye shadows and also of face powders. I think it is pretty useful to have an all over powder plus a bronzer together. The downside of this one was that the powder was loose and the packaging didn’t close tight enough, so if was impossible to take anywhere.

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Finger swatches. The darker color makes a great bronzer for a pale skinned person (I bought the lightest duo of course, there were darker ones as well).

The powder is nowhere near as finely milled as expensive powders. It helped a lot to control my nose shininess, though.

 

These were my first empties of the new year. I don’t know if anyone even reads these posts but they help me track what I use. 🙂

Christmas came early: Guerlain Crazy Pearls

Christmas came early: Guerlain Crazy Pearls

When you read this, I will just come back from something called “Assessment Center” which we have instead of normal job interviews. :/

On saturday I was ooh-ing and aah-ing over the wonderful Guerlain Holiday Collection ‘Crazy Paris’. Mum said she’d buy me something. I thought for Christmas, but then she gave it to me and said: “Good Luck on Monday”. Awww, thanks mum. Now even if I don’t get the job, I got something out of it, haha.

/boring story

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Guerlain Crazy Pearls

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In a crazy pot.

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The pearls! To match the crazy pink theme, there are stronger pinks than usual. But they are very sheer, so I can wear the whole thing all over my face to give a barely noticable glow.

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My naked right arm.

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My left arm with the powder on. I wasn’t sure if I should include the pics. The effect was noticable in real life, polished but subtle. I don’t have to wear this as blush which I’d feared at first.

This is my not my very first Guerlain Product, but my first face powder and I’m just so psyched! I’ve never had a powder this fine.

 

I like the whole collection, the style is unusual and exciting for a Holiday Collection. I am eyeing the nail polish also, has anyone seen swatches of them?

DaVinci Cosmetics Mineral Shimmer Powder

DaVinci Cosmetics Mineral Shimmer Powder

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These pots of powder pigment came in my Glossybox. I’m not the biggest fan of loose pigment; it gets everywhere. But those two aren’t so bad.

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Shown: Da Vinci Cosmetics  Mineral Shimmer Powder; colors are Earth and Lava. The Glossybox description said they could be used as anything, on your body or as a blush and so on. I’d rather not use lava as a blush, though.

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left: Earth, right: Lava

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A close up of the gorgeousness that is Earth. The swatch was meant to be way smaller; a little of the powder goes a long way. I always end up with too much on the brush. Lightly applied it makes for a nice highlighter, it’s also a great color for eye shadow.

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Swatch of both Lava and Earth in the shade. Lava is a dark reddish brown with very strong teal shimmer. Sadly the camera didn’t pick it up properly.

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Swatch in sunlight.

Considering the colors I think their best use is as eye shadow. At first I put them on top of my MAC eye primer, but they didn’t last very long. The eye primer has a very powdery finish and frankly might not be that good of an eye primer either. So I decided to put them on a stickier base. Applied on top of MAC Paintpot in Painterly they last all day well into the evening. They are not waterproof, however, so they can wash off easily. Since it’s loose pigment I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone with contacts or sensitive eyes, at least not as eye shadow. They can be mixed into anything else as well, but I’m way too lazy for that. Also, sadly Lava looks redder on my lids, making me look sick. I have this problem with a lot of browns, sadly.

 

Glossybox Österreich März 2013

Glossybox Österreich März 2013

Another month, another Glossybox Austria. But wait, what is that?

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Where, pray tell, is my box?

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It’s not underneath this ugly bag either. There is no box. The box is a lie!

So I bring you the insides of this months Glossysackerl (Glossytüte for my German readers):

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Kiehl’s Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate

Great I’ve been wanting to try Kiehl’s for a while.

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Kiehl’s Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate

Yes, okay I’ve been wanting an eye cream and it’s another Kiehl’s, but seriously? Am I paying for a sachet here? That’s not very glam.

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As an extra, there is a tester of Lancome’s La vie est belle. It’s a strong and sweet scent.

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Da Vinci cosmetics Mineral shimmer Powder.

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In the color Earth. It looks to be loose shimmer powder that you can apply wherever you want. Sadly I’m not a big fan of loose powder, but who knows maybe this one will convince me otherwise.

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BC Bonacure Oil Miracle Volume Amplifier 5

I looooved the shampoo of that line, very psyched to try this. But what is it? How do I use it? It says to create volume, but how? Where do I put it and when? Don’t be so cryptic in your descriptions.

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Eucerin Sun Fluid SPF 30

Sun protection for the face, mattifying too! And right as we (hopefully) go out of winter. Yes, great.

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Biotherm Blue Therapy Serum

This has been in Glossybox before and I didn’t get it in my box and I was so bummed. But now I got it! Except… did I just get three wrinkle creams in one box? Do I look that old? ;_;

Finally, the good, the bad and the ugly:

The good: I like all the brands (the only one I do not know is Da Vinci, so I can’t say I like that one yet), overall a great good result in products.

The bad: The mix of sample and full sizes is pretty good. The sun cream is a full size of 50ml and I think the shimmer powder is a full size too, the rest are samples. In general I am a fan of sample sizes, not one of those who want lots of full sizes in their Glossybox. I am paying for luxury-sized samples and that’s what I want. YET – a sachet of eye cream? I can get sachets of cream for free, you know. I just need to ask for them in the store. Yes I know that eye cream was the sixth product in the bag, I can count. But they sold this month’s Glossybox with the tag “SIX products in one box!”, so… Honestly, if you hadn’t said that and added it as an extra, I would not even mention it.

The ugly: What’s with this five year old kid’s gym bag? I want a pretty box, with bow and paper that I can unwrap. Unboxing and unwrapping is half the fun of glossybox! I also repurpose those boxes, they are wonderful for storage (and for gifts). Hopefully this will not happen again, as this month’s theme seems to have been “travel”, so it was a “travel bag”. Not even going to mention that for a travel edition I wouldn’t need three wrinkle creams…

Nagging aside, I think the products are pretty good. If it had come in a box, it would have been among my best boxes so far. What are your opinions on this box?