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.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Preview: Essence Spring Sets

Essence Spring Sets

Spring time! essence is welcoming the spring season with a special set consisting of a fragrance and make-up. As of March 2015, two of the most popular fragrances, “like a first day in spring” and “like a day in a candy shop”, will each be combined with a limited “all about…” eyeshadow palette, which will only be available in this exclusive set. The “all about spring” eyeshadow palette is based on the color scheme of the spring fragrance and creates a bright and cheerful eye make-up style – as fresh and floral as the eau de toilette itself. “all about sweets” convinces with soft nuances – a perfect match for “like a day in a candy shop” – sweet, sensual and wonderful! Both spring sets trigger feelings of happiness and are lots of fun! The cool set are ideal for all fragrance fans and beauties – to collect or give away. The eau de toilettes were developed in collaboration with internationally renowned perfumers and are presented in a fresh, cool design in stylish flacons made of the finest materials with bright and cheerful little ribbons. The limited trendy gift boxes each contain the respective 50ml eau de toilette and an “all about…” eyeshadow palette – at the usual low price expected of essence.

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Like a Day in a Candy Shop - Sweets-fun! It’s easy to enjoy the sweet side of life with this wonderful fragrance. Peach and orchid give the top note a light and fruity freshness while lilac, heliotrope and jasmine blossoms provide a flowery nuance in the middle note. Vanilla, tonka bean and musk in the base note give the fragrance the sweet, oriental touch that makes it so special. On top, the set contains the limited “all about sweets” eyeshadow palette with soft nuances, including peach, rosé and mauve as well as a highlighter shade for a cool spring style. The essence “like a day in a candy shop” spring set.
Essence Spring Sets

Like a First Day in Spring - Spring has sprung! The sound of birds chirping and the first warm rays of the sun – welcome to the spring season! The matching fragrance to convey this wonderful feeling is sparkling and fruity in the top note with a mix of pineapple, orange juice and tangerine. The middle note with praline, blackberry and white rose creates a slightly flowery component while sandalwood, musk and vanilla gives the eau de toilette depth and an elegant base note. To ensure a perfect spring look, the set contains the limited “all about spring” eyeshadow palette with six trendy colors – including a soft rosé, purple and brownish nude. The essence “like a first day in spring” spring set.
Essence Spring Sets
Essence “spring sets” will be available in stores in March 2015.

The Essence “spring sets” will be available in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Romania, South Africa, Ireland, Russia, Bahrain, Lebanon, Jordanian, Taiwan, Brunei, Nepal, and Bolivia.  

Thanks for looking!

Preview: Essence ''Cinderella'' Trend Edition

Essence Cinderella Trend Edition

Just in time for the release of Walt Disney Pictures’ movie ‘Cinderella’ on the 12th of March 2015, essence have once again teamed up with Disney to present the new trend edition, ‘Cinderella’ available in March 2015. With an enchanting mix of colours, this collection features mother-of-pearl, gold, rose, purple, red and blue in cosmetics for your eyes, lips, face and nails. The highlighter in a three-dimensional rose design is an absolute must for creating a soft, rosy glow while the iridescent lip glosses give perfect sparkle and shine! You can even decorate your nails using eye-catching Cinderella nail stickers!

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Eyeshadow Palette - Five perfectly aligned eyeshadows with a silky-soft texture in one palette. Mother-of-pearl, rose, purple, light and dark blue as well as gold will help you create eye make-up styles for any occasion. Available in 01 it's more than I ever hoped for. 
Essence Cinderella Trend Edition

Lipgloss - Two new lipglosses in a romantic pastel rose and daring bright red which combine iridescent glitter particles to make lips sparkle. Available in 01 sing, sweet nightingale and 02 so this is love. 
Essence Cinderella Trend Edition

Blush - With this highly pigmented powder blush, your complexion gets a fresh new look. A gentle sweep on your cheeks is enough for a soft rouge touch! Available in 01 so this is love.
Essence Cinderella Trend Edition

Highlighter - Create soft, rose shimmer accents on your face and neckline with the highlighter powder - the ultimate item for a radiant complexion. Available in 01 the glass slipper. 
Essence Cinderella Trend Edition

Nail Polish - Introducing four exciting nail colours with two different effects! Rose and purple provide nails with a smooth porcelain finish while blue and gold offer a cool metallic effect. Available in 01 sing, sweet nightingale, 02 bibbidi-bobbidi-boo, 03 prince charming and 04 watch out lady tremaine!
Essence Cinderella Trend Edition

Glitter Topper - A sparkling top coat with silver flakes and iridescent glitter in purple and blue creates awesome effects on your nails. Simply apply on top of your favorite polish or on your natural nail for added sparkle! Available in 01 the glass slipper. 
Essence Cinderella Trend Edition

Nail Stickers - These cute nail stickers are inspired by popular Disney cartoon classics and are available in two styles – before and after the fairy godmother’s big transformation! Available in 01 the stroke of midnight and 02 it's more than i ever hoped for. 

Essence ‘Cinderella’ will be available in stores in March 2015.

This trend edition will be available in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Russia, Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Omar, and Qatar.

Thanks for looking!
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