Tuesday, 25 April 2017

All about Base : Catrice HD Foundation

This weeks All about Base I'm talking about Catrice HD liquid coverage foundation €7.95
This foundation gets really good reviews so I definitely had to give it a try. I bought this from Inish pharmacy and have been using this foundation for a couple of weeks now and I won't beat around the bush it was love at first sight for me. I ordered it from Inish Pharmacy and got a Blank Canvas F20 brush along with it.
This is the perfect brush to apply this foundation it spreads and buffs it in perfectly, the Real Techniques buffing brush is a good second option.
My first impressions of the foundation was the really expensive high end feel of the packaging.
It comes in a really heavy glass bottle and has a dropper to dispense product. For me this makes it really clean so it's a big thumbs up.

It's a full coverage foundation easily comparable to the coverage you get with Estée Lauder Double Wear. (I measure most foundations against this one !) It has a beautiful finish totally flawless and in between matt and glowy but never flat. It's easy to apply very fluid ,  You only need a small amount of product as it buffs out really well. This surprised me because with cheaper foundations you normally need to use a lot more product. It lasts a full working day about 10/11 hours without reapplying and without primer.  I have shade 020 rose beige and it's the perfect match for me, I'm a Mac nc20 or double wear "tawny" . I genuinely can't fault this foundation I've been wearing it almost every day and have even chosen it over some of my high end foundations for nights out. It also photographs beautifully if you were looking for something for such an occasion.

I have been using the liquid camouflage concealer under the foundation , this is really really amazing concealer that I highly recommend and at only €3.95 it's practically free 😉

I also use the Catrice Prime and Fine mattifying powder on my Tzone to finish € 5.49 it's a nice powder that does it's job but dosnt leave a powdery cakey surface behind.

Have you tried any of these Catrice products?

Friday, 7 April 2017

Wet n Wild 1 step wonder gel polish.

Spring is in full swing now  and it makes me want to paint my nails lovely bright colours. I got these polishes as a sample a few months ago but never got around to using them until now. They are a gel polish that only needs 1 step no lamp or no top coat. The blue "periwinkle of an eye" is a similar colour to Essie bikini so teeny and Sally Hansen sugar fix which I had just taken off my nails so I went for the pink shade "Missy in Pink ". 

I built up the polish to 3 layers but I'd say I would have gotten away with 2. 
First impressions were the colour was vibrant with the gel like shine, it's a complete  barbie doll shade of pink so so girly! 
I also thought it's the closest I've ever gotten to salon shellac or gel polish at home. You know when you get shellac it feels like part of your nail rather than a layer of polish on top like when you normally paint your nails , well this polish feels like that like it's just your nail it's so thin on my nail that I can scrape my other nails on one and it dosnt even chip a little bit. 
To be honest I was expecting it to be good because I've seen some good reviews about it in the past but I really wasn't expecting it to be that good. I've had my pink on for a week now with plenty of washing hands, nappy changes, etc in other words not being very easy on them. It's got no chips at all and the colour is still really vibrant! I've read that it can last up to two weeks and the way mine is going I'll definitely get that it seems like a polish that if left to its devices would Wear away rather than chip.
The polishes are also only €2.95 each that's a massive budget bargain and means you can get all of them ( like I already did with the wet n wild megalast lipsticks) ⬅️Which are also amazing btw! 
I usually buy Wet n Wild from Dunne's Stores but if anyone wants to know any other stockists I can find out. 

I kind of can't believe these were sitting here all along unused it's like a sin, I'm excited to try periwinkle of an eye next I have a huge soft spot for those shades of blue as I wore Essie bikini so teeny as my something blue for my wedding 💙 

In conclusion the polish wears like a salon gel nail, lasts at least a week and is a total bargain! 

This post contains PR samples. 

Monday, 3 April 2017

All about Base : Double Wear Vs Double Wear Light

Welcome to the second post of my new series all about Base. If you haven't already take a read of last weeks post featuring BellaPierre Mineral foundation .
I have been threatening this post for so long as it's one I've searched many times myself. I am a long time user of Estée Lauder Double Wear it's my go to foundation if I want something that goes on covers everything and stays on, but I could never shake the feeling that I absolutely needed to try Double Wear Light to see what it was all about. These foundations are not exactly budget offerings and so I did search a bit before buying and so it's only right that I pass on my thoughts on them so somebody else can search for it.
This will be a different type of review from me as I totally adore double wear and always go back to it so this isn't really about if I like the product or not it's more about me showing the differences so you can make a choice between them.
I'm going to bullet point the comparisons but if anyone wants more detail feel free to ask on any of my social media (I've just joined Facebook I'll put a link at the end, let's be friends!)

  • Double Wear has glass bottle packaging while Double Wear Light is plastic squeeze tube. 
  • Double Wear is full full coverage while Double Wear light is medium to full coverage. 
  • Double Wear has a much larger shade range than Double Wear Light. 
  • Double Wear does last longer than Double Wear Light but the light version lasts a full working day anyway. 
  • Double Wear is much more fluid than the light version which is a creamier texture. 
  • Double Wear can be a little drying while the light version is a lot more hydrating. 
  • Double Wear gives a matt finish while the light version is dewy , I have never had to powder double Wear but definitely need a powder with light. 
  • I like double Wear for a special occasion or a night out but I prefer the light version for daytime Wear as doing what it says on the tin it's lighter and more comfortable for everyday Wear. 
  • Double Wear is good value for money it lasts ages for its €44 I've gotten up to a year from a bottle, double Wear Light on the other hand about €40 dosnt seem to stretch as far I use much more of the product and get only about 2.5/3 months from it, to be fair on its own for daily Wear that's not actually bad but for comparison with the original it's not wonderful. 
I really like both but in conclusion it's definitely the original Double Wear that wins out for me , I'm unsure if I will ever repurchase the double Wear Light as even though it's good I have used other daytime foundations of the same quality without the €40 price tag. Use your money instead to buy the original Double Wear you won't be disappointed and I'd be surprised if you weren't converted after using it! 

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