Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Giveaway: Mont Bleu - Glass Nail File Set

Care for a little giveaway? Mont Bleu is giving one of my readers a set of 3 glass nail files - something every woman should have. And to be completely honest, Mont Bleu are the best files I've tried. Not only are they super effective, yet gentle to your nails, but they come in different colors and are bejeweled with Swarovski crystals. Pretty and useful. The winner will get the chance to choose their favorite color combination out of the four sets pictured below. 

Enter the giveaway below... Good luck!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Catrice Luxury Lacquers - LilacLike

If I don't start with the Catrice & Essence reviews and swatches right away, I'll never come to the end of all the pretty stuff I got. I won't be reviewing all of the products - it's obvious we got too many items to review them all, but I'll do my best to show you as much as possible. Let me know if there are any products that you're specifically interested in. Let's start with an easy one. A Catrice nail polish shade from the Luxury Lacquers Liquid Metal collection. This one is called LilacLike

Catrice Luxury Lacquers LilacLike

Catrice Luxury Lacquers Liquid Metal collection consists of 8 glitter packed shades (check out the colors HERE). The lacquers from this collection dry into a matte finish and have a slight texture once dry. They're not smooth, but don't get stuck in your clothes or hair. The best of both worlds, if you ask me. LilacLike is a deep true purple shade and while I was eye-ing the warmer I'm Legend-Berry shade first, I decided to go with cooler LilacLike in the end since it goes better with my skin tone. 
Catrice Luxury Lacquers LilacLike

Catrice, Luxury Lacquers, Liquid Metal, LilacLike, 2 coats
Catrice Luxury Lacquers LilacLike

Catrice Luxury Lacquers LilacLike

The first thing I noticed about this polish (besides its gorgeous color) was the brush. You know by now that I'm not a fan of bushy and wide Catrice nail polish brushes and was really happy to find out Luxury Lacquers have regular round brushes which are very easy to use. I had no problems with the application: brush or formula-wise and it took 2 coats for full opacity. It dries into a matte finish with a little texture. If you're not a fan of matte polishes and want to achieve the same look polish has in the bottle, just add a layer or two of top coat. Problem solved. 
Catrice Luxury Lacquers LilacLike

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Catrice & Essence Blogger Event

This Wednesday was a very special day. I have been invited to the Catrice & Essence Blogger Event - and unlike last year, this time I actually went. The event took place in the beautiful White Hall of Ljubljana Castle. We started off by meeting two lovely ladies from Cosnova who came from Germany and once all the bloggers arrived, the presentation ob both brands started: the ideas behind the brands, the inspiration and a lot of new exciting products to come. They promised us to stay up-to-date with trends and to bring us even more colors. =)




There were two full displays in the White Hall - one with Catrice and the other with Essence products. But that's not all. There were also a lot of limited edition displays, a manicure and makeup station and a special place for all the beauty care and Show Your Feet items. 


Food! I only tried the cake (which was delicious, by the way) but forgot to take a photo of it. I didn't try any of the food on my photos though... I guess I wasn't really hungry, but I wish I had those snacks right now... Isn't that almost always the case with food?



After the presentation we were told each of us can choose and take up to 10 products. Whatever our hearts desired. Believe me, it was NOT an easy decision. I probably made 3 or 4 rounds before I was sure about the contents of my bag. Here are the items I chose: you can see there are 11 items. I was just about to make another swap when a Cosnova lady told me I can keep the 11th item as well. *blushes*


After the presentation, the eating, drinking, photographing and talking with fellow bloggers, there was a big surprise for us all. Every single one of us got a big bag of Catrice and another bag of Essence products. You can imagine the looks on our faces when we walked out with three bags in our hands. Some of the products were the same ones we picked ourselves before, but it doesn't really matter. We all have friends, sisters and other people to share it with. =) Here's what we got: 




My Velvet Matt eyeshadow broke... so so so sad... since it's so beautiful.






What else to add? I had a wonderful time! Cosnova people (from Germany and Slovenia) really know how to make you feel special. Makeup and otherwise. =) I hope to see them all again next year. 

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Preview: Catrice ''Viennart'' Limited Edition

Catrice Viennart Limited Edition

Beauty Vernissage. The fascinating glamour of Art Nouveaux is celebrating an impressive comeback. Floral elements and elegant lace applications attract the attention of the front rows at the international fashion shows. Designers are placing great emphasis on a modern interpretation of slim silhouettes and ornamental prints. The Limited Edition “VIENNART” by CATRICE unites this trend in an artistic and extremely feminine beauty collection. From mid November to December 2014, various red nuances are combined with apricot. Mauve is contrasted with metallic lavender and modern gold as well as shimmering mother-of-pearl create glamorous highlights. The absolute must-haves of this collection are the Baked Eyeshadows with an intricate lace embossment, the Scented Powder in a decorative spray bottle and the silver pocket mirror. Fascinating Art Nouveau – by CATRICE.

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Baked Eyeshadow - Artfully Decorated! The three limited Baked Eyeshadows ensure an expressive eye make-up style. The powder eyeshadows have a high pigmentation and guarantee intense colour-dispersion. Available in a choice of lavender, gold and mauve, the eyeshadows have a feminine lace embossment. Available in C01 Pearly Plastering, C02 Stunning Stucco and C03 Lovely Lace. Around 3,99€*.
Catrice Viennart Limited Edition

Shimmer Lip Colour - The Kiss. Pure pigments and finest shimmer particles are guaranteed to make your lips shine. The texture is pleasant and soft, and the elegant packaging with floral ornaments is an absolute eye-catcher. Soft nude, fresh apricot and dark Bordeauxopen up so many possibilities – from subtle daytime make-up to an elegant gala look. Available in C01 Nude Nouveau, C02 Klimt‘s Gentle Kiss and C03 Klimt’s Ardent Kiss. Around 3,99€*.
Catrice Viennart Limited Edition

Powder Blush - Art Collection. The Powder Blush offers a touch of colour and an artistic embossment. Fresh apricot and light nude are united in an ornamental pattern and give your cheeks a radiant look. Available in C01 Floral OrnARTment. Around 3,99€*.

Scented Powder - Creating Accents. The transparent, fragrant powder not only sets beautiful highlights on your face and neckline thanks to its subtle shimmer, it also gives your skin a wonderfully pleasant, floral scent. The decorative, round glass bottle with a balloon pump atomizer has a nostalgic charm and distributes a thin layer of powder on your skin. Truly a must-have product. Around 4,99€*.
Catrice Viennart Limited Edition

Ultimate Nail Lacquer - Lace Lacquer. Four nail polishes convince with ultimate colour, ultimate coverage and ultimate shine. The effects vary from colour to colour, and give the light mother-of-pearl, lavender, apricot and Bordeaux an individual character. The unique packaging stands out with its floral-ornamental print. Available in C01 Pearlescent Purpose, C02 Vienna Rose Woods, C03 LilART Lily and C04 ARTful Red. Around 2,79€*.
Catrice Viennart Limited Edition

Mirror - Reason to smile. The folding pocket mirror with a silver packaging belongs in every handbag. The symmetrical floral-ornamental pattern pays homeage to the Art Noveaux era. Ideal for a quick beauty-check when you’re out and about. Around 3,49€*.
Catrice Viennart Limited Edition

“VIENNART” by CATRICE will be available in stores from Mid November to December 2014.

*Recommended retail price.

This LE will be available in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Belgium, The Netherlands, South Africa, Ireland, Lithuania, Latvia, Lebanon, Yemen, Jordanian, Thailand, Singapore, Brunei, Philippines, and Myanmar.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Swatches & Review: New piCture pOlish Shades

Behold! Seven new-ish piCture pOlish shades! Why new-ish? These pretties have been in the mail for a looooong time. I was abroad when they came into my country and then they got held up at the customs... A month later - I finally got them! Let's see them all together, shall we?
Picture Polish

And a little preview of all seven colors:
Picture Polish

Picture Polish

piCture pOlish, Grace, 3 coats
Picture Polish - Grace

Grace is a part of the Opulence Shades collection. It's a muted pink with signature piCture pOlish scattered holographic shimmer. It dries smooth and it contains no glitter. 
Picture Polish - Grace

Picture Polish - Grace

piCture pOlish, Sizzle, 2 coats
Picture Polish - Sizzle

Sizzle is a part of the Collaboration Shades collection and was created with Lisa from Cosmetic Sanctuary. It's a hot neon pink with scattered holographic shimmer. It dies smooth and is slightly matte when dry. 
Picture Polish - Sizzle

Picture Polish - Sizzle

piCture pOlish, Pandora, 3 coats
Picture Polish - Pandora

Pandora is a part of the Opulence Shades collection. It's a dark purple with scattered holo shimmer and it looks simply magical in real life. Photos don't do it any justice. At least mine don't. Just like other scattered holo shimmer packed shades, this one dries into a smooth finish as well. 
Picture Polish - Pandora

Picture Polish - Pandora

piCture pOlish, Fool's Gold, 3 coats
Picture Polish - Fool's Gold

Fool's Gold is a part of the Collaboration Shades collection and was created with Sam from The Nailasaurus. It's a turquoise/aqua shade with scattered holo shimmer and gold glitter. It dries smooth and glossy. 
Picture Polish - Fool's Gold

Picture Polish - Fool's Gold

piCture pOlish, Unicorn, 3 coats
Picture Polish - Unicorn

Unicorn is another shade from the Collaboration Shades collection and was created with Allie from Brit Nails. It's a mint green shade with scattered holo shimmer, pink glass flecks, silver and pink glitter. This one doesn't dry into a completely smooth finish, so a layer of top coat might come in handy. 
Picture Polish - Unicorn

Picture Polish - Unicorn

piCture pOlish, Bette, 3 coats
Picture Polish - Bette

Bette is a shade from the Opulence Shades collection. It's a light blue shade with scattered holo shimmer. Similar to Pandora - this one looks like a bottle of magic in real life as well. 
Picture Polish - Bette

Picture Polish - Bette

piCture pOlish, Forget Me Not, 3 coats
Picture Polish - Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not is a shade from the Collaboration Shades collection. It's a vibrant blue with scattered holo shimmer. I love it!
Picture Polish - Forget Me Not

Picture Polish - Forget Me Not


It almost feels like piCture pOlish can do no wrong when it comes to designing nail polish shades and formulas. All of these shades were really nice to work with - great formula, great brush, easy application, short drying time... The only thing that could be better is the opacity, since the majority of the shades are 3-coaters (with the exception of Sizzle). But with colors like these and the formula quality... I really shouldn't complain at all. =)

My favorites are Forget Me Not and Pandora since they're my type of shades...


Which one is your favorite?

You can purchase piCture pOlish shades on piCture pOlish website. Check out their Shipping page for more information and their Network page to find the sellers near you. 

You can also find piCture pOlish on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.

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