Monday, March 16, 2015

Preview: Essence ''Brit-tea'' Trend Edition

Essence ''Brit-tea'' Trend Edition

It’s teatime! From April until May 2015, essence is inviting you to the first garden party of the year with the new trend edition “brit-tea”. Inspired by the classic British tea time, hip products with a retro look are served in the soft colors cream, apricot, mint and lilac – and a touch of bright pink for a spring-like contrast. Decorated with cute blossom prints and floral elements, the design is reminiscent of the décor at a stylish tea party. The lip balm is a special highlight with its gorgeous flower packaging. Other wanna-haves are: the blush embossed with a sea of flowers on the surface and the eyeshadow palette with three soft pastel nuances that complete your brit-tea style. The garden season has opened… with essence!

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Eyeshadow Brush - Afternoon tea… it’s easy to apply, mix and blend your eyeshadow with this brush. It has two ends with soft bristles– one fine and one broad– so that you can create varied make-up looks. Available in 01 keep calm and have some tea. Around 1,99€*.
Essence ''Brit-tea'' Trend Edition

Duo Highlighter Pencil - Your high-ness! The duo highlighter pencil is particularly handy and practical as it combines the two gorgeous colors cream and apricot with two application options. Applied on the inner corners of your eyes, the pencil visibly makes your eyes look bigger, while it has a beautiful lifting effect when applied underneath your brows. Available in 01 par-tea highlight. Around 1,99€*. 
Essence ''Brit-tea'' Trend Edition

Eyeshadow Palette - Eye love Britain! The eyeshadow palette includes the three spring colors cream, apricot-rosé and purple to create the perfect eye make-up for any garden party. The creamy, slightly shimmering texture is easy to apply and blend with the eyeshadow brush. Available in 01 keep calm and have some tea. Around 2,99€*.
Essence ''Brit-tea'' Trend Edition

Illuminating Base - Party glow… the illuminating base gives your face a natural, subtle shimmer and a beautiful, radiant complexion. It can be applied as a primer underneath your make-up or used on its own – either way, a subtle glow is guaranteed. Available in 01 make tea not war. Around 2,49€*. 
Essence ''Brit-tea'' Trend Edition

Lip Balm - Beauty gift… the balm pampers your lips and gives them a subtle touch of pink at the same time. Thanks to the cute packaging with a flower opening, this lip balm isn’t just a care highlight - it’s lovely to look at, too. Available in 01 vanilla ice-t baby. Around 2,29€*.
Essence ''Brit-tea'' Trend Edition

Lipgloss - Tea or coffee? Apricot and pink with iridescent shimmer particles create a cool, shiny finish on your lips. The long-lasting formula feels wonderfully pleasant and offers subtle color dispersion. Available in 01 tea is the new coffee and 02 pink to go. Around 1,79€*. 
Essence ''Brit-tea'' Trend Edition

Blush - Rose garden! The three colors of the blush – cream, rosé and pink – can be combined optimally so you can emphasize your cheeks with the desired nuance. The rose embossment turns this blush into an absolute eyecatcher. Available in 01 tea-riffic garden party. Around 3,29€*. 
Essence ''Brit-tea'' Trend Edition

Nail Polish - (P)Earl grey… the cool spring colors purple, light blue, pink and green are the ideal choice for a cozy tea party in the outdoors. The four long-lasting nail polishes all have a hip porcelain effect for a fashionable spring style! Available in 01 tea-pical british, 02 have a beau-tea-full day, 03 pink to go and 04 green tea for two. Around 1,79€*. 
Essence ''Brit-tea'' Trend Edition

Nail File - Tea cup file! Shape and shorten your nails with this cute nail file to make sure that you can show-off your nail polish at its best. The sweet English tea print makes styling your nails even more fun! Available in 01 make tea not war. Around 1,29€*. 
Essence ''Brit-tea'' Trend Edition

Earring Set - Hello English rose! To perfectly round off the “brit-tea” look, the trend edition includes cute earrings with a rose appearance on high-quality metal. One set contains two pairs in rosé and pink. Available in 01 blossoms etc.. Around 1,99€*. 
Essence ''Brit-tea'' Trend Edition
* Recommended retail price. 

Essence “brit-tea” will be available in stores in April and May 2015.

This trend edition will be available in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia, Russia, Australia, France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Nepal, Chile, Paraguay, Algeria, Bahrain and in Jordan.

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Monday, March 9, 2015

a England - Elaine

Time for another a England shade (and long overdue as well). I got this shade together with The Blessed Damozel and although they're both purple, they are very different. Elaine is a beautiful smoky purple (described as smoky violet amethyst on a England website) and I fell in love with it immediately. 
a England Elaine

a England, Elaine, 2 coats
a England Elaine

a England Elaine

Elaine is a nail polish that's right up my alley in every aspect. I adore this muted, smoky purple shade that looks dark and edgy, but isn't too dark. The application was a dream and the opacity is great. It could be a 1-coater (one thick layer) but I prefer applying two slightly thinner coats of polish. The formula is great as well. I think I'll be wearing this one a lot and I definitely recommend it to all of you who dig this shade. 
a England Elaine

You can buy Elaine and other shades from the Mythicals collection on a England website. If you're located outside of the UK, check out the Where to Buy tab. You can also find a England on Facebook and Twitter

*Polish was sent to me for reviewing purposes.

Elaine aka The Lady of Shalott inspired nail polish deserves The Lady of Shalott music as well... ;) 



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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Preview: Essence ''Love & Sound'' Trend Edition

Essence ''Love & Sound'' Trend Edition

Festival fun! The open-air season is about to begin and attracts international top stars and fashionistas to the Californian desert every year – everybody loves the Coachella festival! But music lovers are also being offered more and more in Europe, and thousands are getting ready to rock the spring and summer months. With the new trend edition “love & sound”, essence unites a festival feeling with the latest ethno looks and offers all music and style fans a totally cool collection in April 2015. The warm color scheme with orange, berry, apricot and light green provides a fresh touch of summer and the products are sure to put you in the mood for partying. The stylish cuticle tattoos with an ethno pattern, the bronzing paper and the two matt lipsticks in intensive shades are just three of the highlights. The heel protection pads are a must to protect your feet and offer great grip as you walk along the open-air area. We’re ready for the sun and cool sounds – with essence! 

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Eyeshadow - Boho beauty! The ultra-soft, baked eyeshadow texture blends easily and creates a bright festival make-up in berry, light green or apricot. All three shades have a fantastic, pearly finish. Available in 01 glastonberry, 02 make life a festival and 03 feel the vibe. 
Essence ''Love & Sound'' Trend Edition

Multi Style Eyeliner Pen - Line-up! Equipped with a three-tip applicator, the multi style eyeliner makes it easy to create unique eyeliner looks. Whether you go for classic, extra-broad, dots or triple lines – you’re sure to attract plenty of attention! Deep-black and long-lasting, this eyeliner is sure to survive your favorite band’s performance without smudging. Available in 01 perfect line-up.
Essence ''Love & Sound'' Trend Edition

Lipstick - Lost in sound... bold apricot-orange and soft berry ensure intensive, colorful lips that exude pure fun. The matt finish provides a totally cool festival style. Available in 01 crowd gone wild and 02 glastonberry. 
Essence ''Love & Sound'' Trend Edition

Blush - Sunset state-ment! The blush with an apricot to berry color gradient and a silky texture creates gorgeous, colorful highlights on your cheeks for a fresh and healthy complexion. It can also be used for contouring. Available in 01 sunset @ center stage. 
Essence ''Love & Sound'' Trend Edition

Bronzing Paper - Summer sound! The bronzing paper is a true multi-talent: it absorbs excess sebum, mattifies and has an integrated bronzing powder for sunkissed skin! Absolutely practical for on the go so you can refresh your look quickly and easily – and it’s sure to fit into any purse, too. Available in 01 sunkissed & happy.
Essence ''Love & Sound'' Trend Edition

Nail Polish - Colorful life! The four trendy, long-lasting “love & sound” nail polishes in apricot-orange, blue, berry and light green offer an exciting “desert sand” effect on your nails. The sandy-matt finish looks great with any indieoutfit! Available in 01 make life a festival, 02 blue-chella, 03 glastonberry and 04 feel the vibe.
Essence ''Love & Sound'' Trend Edition

Cuticle Tattoos - Cute cuticles! Nail styling is about to become ultra-cool: in addition to perfectly polished nails, you can now decorate your cuticles with tiny tattoos. Feathers, the infinity symbol or ethno patterns – with 28 different images to choose from, the selection is huge! And here’s how easy it is: select your favorite tattoo, cut it out and place on the clean, dry cuticle of the desired finger. Press down firmly and then carefully peel off after five seconds. Wow! Available in 01 ethno girls ahead!
Essence ''Love & Sound'' Trend Edition

Heel Protection Pads - California ground… the heel protection pads are ideal for long days in your favorite shoes: the specially shaped, transparent gel pads protect the heel area from friction and chafing and offer super grip – even in the highest heels! Available in 01 these pads are made for walking. 
Essence ''Love & Sound'' Trend Edition

Essence “love & sound” will be available in stores in April 2015.

This trend edition will be available in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Poland, Serbia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Australia, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Philippines, Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, India, Oman, Pakistan, and Qatar.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, February 23, 2015

a England - The Blessed Damozel

The Blessed Damozel - a new shade from brilliant Adina, the owner of a England, for her Heavenly Quotes collection. This purple goodness was inspired by the poem (with the same name) by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. I have to emphasize how much I cherish Adina's love for pre-raphaelite art - and art in general. The story behind every single shade she makes gives it a special value (at least for me). =)
a England The Blessed Damozel

The Blessed Damozel is quite camera shy and like most purples, it tends to photograph on the blue side. It's warmer in real life and it looks more like the color drop below. 
a England The Blessed Damozel

a England, The Blessed Damozel, 2 coats + top coat
a England The Blessed Damozel

I used two coats of The Blessed Damozel for my swatches. It's very opaque and its formula is great. It looks like it's lit within and it gets very dark towards the edges of the nail. It doesn't get too dark though, which means it doesn't look like a plain old black nail polish (even in low light). For me, it's a perfect dark purple shimmer polish. The only thing that would bother me (if I didn't use fast drying top coat every time I do my manicure) is the fact it doesn't dry into a glossy finish, but looks somewhat dull once dry. But as I said, it doesn't bother me - a coat of top coat takes care of that in a matter of seconds. 
a England The Blessed Damozel

You can buy The Blessed Damozel and other shades from the Heavenly Quotes collection on a England website. If you're located outside of the UK, check out the Where to Buy tab. You can also find a England on Facebook and Twitter

*Polish was sent to me for reviewing purposes.

What are your thoughts on The Blessed Damozel?

Thanks for looking and commenting!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Preview: Catrice ''Doll's Collection'' Limited Edition


Fashion Doll meets Sixties. Jetset glamour, black & white contrasts and the influences of optical art. The journey through time takes you back to the 1960’s, to Twiggy, the icon of all top models. With her doll’s eyes, broad eyeliner and thick layers of mascara, she was an idol for an entire generation. To this day, her distinctive look inspires numerous designers: A-line mini dresses, bow applications as well as graphic patterns are featured in the 2015 Spring/Summer collections. We will be paying homage to the hip Sixties flavour from mid March to mid May 2015 with the Limited Edition “Doll’s Collection” by CATRICE. The collection convinces with must-have products for an expressive eye make-up look, such as the Matt Dip Eyeliner, the Glamour Doll Mascara and the Doll Lashes. Matt textures and soft pastels including lavender, light green and apricot create a doll-like look with a fresh touch. The Sixties are swinging back – by CATRICE.

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Satin Matt Eyeshadow - The Look. The soft powder eyeshadows with a satin-matt finish come in three limited colours and offer maximum coverage: lavender, cream and pastel green. The pleasantly soft texture feels velvety on your skin and the unique op art packaging is a true eye-catcher. Available in C01 Playing in Lavender Heaven, C02 Hide & Green, C03 Be My Porcelain Doll! Around 3,79€*.

Matt Dip Eyeliner - Twiggy’s Eyes. An extra-broad eyeliner style – the Sixties Wing – is the ultimate must-have for perfect doll’s eyes. With the longlasting Matt Dip Eyeliner, it’s quick and easy to trace a large dovetail along your upper lashline. The results are accurate and have a gorgeous matt finish. Available in C01 Black. Around 2,99€*. 

Doll Lashes - Big is back. False lashes are an essential part of the Twiggy look. With the Doll Lashes, CATRICE offers artificial lash bands for the upper and lower lashlines to create an expressive eye make-up style with a true wow-effect. The set includes a mini glue. Around 4,49€*.

Glamour Doll Mascara - Meet the Icon. Here comes the popular Glamour Doll Mascara in a limited look. The special elastomer brush covers each individual lash with black texture without weighing it down. This provides extra volume to create fascinating, long and thick lashes. Sixties tip: for large doll’s eyes, it’s important to apply mascara on both your upper and your lower lashes! Available in C01 Black. Around 3,99€*.
Ball Blush - Bubble Ball. Dab this creamy dome blush directly on your cheeks and it will develop a powdery, matt finish upon contact with the skin. The light textures feels wonderfully soft and the fresh apricot shade provides a gorgeous, radiant complexion. Available in C01 Droll like a Doll. Around 3,99€*.

Nail Lacquer - Swinging Sixties Nails. Lavender, apricot, pastel green and white with apricot sparkles – this springtime colour range gives the retro look a light touch. Ultimate colours, ultimate coverage and ultimate shine turn the Nail Lacquers into true musthaves with effects ranging from plain to sparkly. Absolutely distinctive: the packaging with an extravagant op art design. Available in C01 Droll like a Doll, C02 Playing in Lavender Heaven, C03 Hide & Green and C04 Be My Porcelain Doll! Around 2,79€*.

Cuticle Tattoos - Statement Sign. The Cuticle Tattoos - small and large bows – are applied directly below the nail bed on your fingers to give the nails a stylish frame. First, remove any make-up residues or excess sebum from the area of skin where you plan to apply the Cuticle Tattoo. Next, choose the desired tattoo size, cut it out and remove the white backing paper. Then press the tattoo onto dry skin for 5 seconds with the image facing downwards. Finally, peel off the transparent foil and your design is done. Easy to remove using baby oil. A romantic token of love for this beautiful era. Available in C01 Catch me if you’re Ken. Around 2,29€*.

“Doll’s Collection” by CATRICE will be available in stores from mid March to mid May 2015.

* recommended retail price

This limited edition will be available in the following countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Spain, Italy, Greece, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Latvia, Russia, Jordan, Qatar, Mongolia, Philippines, kosmetik4less.de.

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