Friday, 31 March 2017

Brand Spotlight : Catrice

I've been trying a few bits out from Catrice lately and have been so impressed that I went on a bit of a splurge and bought almost everything they make except of course for the really cool looking gel cushion eyeliner which I don't seem to be able to get anywhere! 
I'm focusing on just a small amount of what I bought today  I just couldn't post about it all and I didn't choose favourites just grabbed what was first to hand. I have the HD foundation but have it ear marked for another post and the other bits might feature at some point too. 

First up the prime & fine tub, this is a mousse type primer that really reminds me of the clarins perfecting touch which was the first primer I ever owned. It evens out my skin and acts like a filler in my wrinkles giving me a lovely smooth surface to start with. This was € 5.49

Next I got the make up lightening drops I haven't used these extensively yet but picked them up because I have a double wear that's a shade too dark. They lightened it great but changed the texture slightly so not sure if that would impact on the application but for €3.95 it's a brilliant way to avoid throwing away product. I had wanted to try the darkening too but they were out of stock. 

I've always used the camouflage concealer in the little tub from Catrice so I wanted to give the liquid camouflage a try. I absolutely love it, it's managed to get the same coverage as the tub with a great liquid texture that lets your foundation go on really easy over and it's only € 3.95

I got the precision brow pencil after seeing it on lovely girly bits snapchat. It's so teeny I can't believe how thin it is and it does a fantastic job at filling in brows. It's  going to be a staple for me and I am already onto my second one retails at € 2.99

No haul is complete without lipstick. Catrice are well on trend with these ombré lipsticks I got them in shade rockabilly rosewood and not expired yet  . The rockabily rosewood is really wearable for everyday and the not expired yet is a really dramatic pop of colour for an occasion. Retailing at €5.50 

Well done Catrice really good quality at such bargain prices I'm definitely hooked! 

I ordered all my Catrice products from Inish Pharmacy and they came so quickly and no delivery charge because I spent over €40 (I think) also got a 5% discount which popped up while I was shopping. 

No samples in post. 

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

All about Base : BellaPierre Mineral Foundation

I've been really obsessed with foundation lately and creating the perfect Base so what better way to channel than a new series exploring all about Base! First up one I wasn't overly farmiliar with
mineral foundation I had to do it right and go 100% natural , non drying and no fillers or any ingredients bulking out the product. I'd recently heard that Bare Minerals had changed their formula on some of their products to include a higher level of talc and that avid users were finding this really drying and not agreeing with their skin.
With all of these requirements in mind there is literally no other choice than BellaPierre Mineral makeup. It is 100% natural with no talc ( this dries out your skin ) or no bismouth (a filler used to bulk out foundation). In fact it has only 4 ingredients Mica  , iron oxide,  zinc oxide titanium dioxide these minerals are all naturally occurring and are some of the main ingredients of suncare and so your skin is naturally protected from sun damage.
I've used a couple of mineral foundations before and they were fine. I found they gave light coverage and so on a really good skin day I could wear it and it would even out my skin and be fine to go outside with. I did find they dried my skin a bit and my lines showed pretty quick looking especially deep in my forehead.
I was pleasantly surprised when I tried the Bella Pierre for the first time the density of it was much different to any of the mineral foundations I had tried and instead of a powdery look the powder just melted into my skin.
The coverage is also something I wasn't expecting and I kind of fell in love after I put it on it's a medium to full coverage but looks and feels so natural and easy.
You can build the product really easy and it dosnt get cakey on your skin.  You can also reapply during the day without looking patchy. I found I could get about 4.5/5 hours wear before I noticed a little wear around my chin and nose and so needed to reapply.  I didn't try this yet with any primer as I didn't want to pair it with anything that wasn't natural I was afraid I'd change the results and point of it. I'd imagine it would last longer with one though.

 I've been following the biofresh (distributor in Ireland) snapchat and they emphasise how your skin  heals under this foundation. I don't have especially bad skin but I did find that the texture improved and lines on my forehead didn't appear as deep. It certainly didn't look dry at any point of me wearing it and in fact it's pretty flawless looking the entire time.
The foundation is so natural and gentle you can wear it immediately after skin treatments and to cover up acne.
It's a loose powder foundation and so is a little more time consuming than regular foundation to apply  because I'm a mama to a small lunatic boy I don't have huge amounts of time in the morning I've only been wearing it on my days off or when I've gotten up a bit earlier , there is a compact version of this foundation and I'm really tempted to try this one out as aside from the slightly longer application time  it really is the perfect daytime foundation for me.
Foundation retails  at € 34.99. The unique formulation states that one pot can last you a full year so this is a serious bargain price if it lasts that long!

You can purchase direct from their website

I have also tried a shimmery bronzer and lipstick from BellaPierre and found these just as impressive.

Along with the make up I've just tried a few samples of the skincare from Biofresh.
Long time readers will remember a series I used to do back in 2014 called Beautiful Irish Brands
Where I did a bio and review of Irish brands ( and girl bosses) breaking into the beauty industry.
I featured among others Waxperts, Holos, Nia skincare etc I'm looking into bringing this back and Catherine from Biofresh is a perfect candidate so stay tuned and hopefully will have a standalone post covering her and Biofresh skincare.

Some of the products mentioned in the post were PR samples.

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