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Monthly Archives: August 2011

Another bargain I picked up last week was Catrice Ultimate Nail Lacquer in shade 160 Sweets for my Sweet. After applying CND Stickey base coat, I added two coats of the nail lacquer and as you can see from the images below, it was still quite transparent:

So I persevered and added a third coat:

I’ve been wanting a try some bling on my nails so I decided to add a layer of Nails Inc Shelton Street, a glitter polish containing tiny particles of gold, silver and brown glitter. Topped off with my favourite quick drying top coat, Seche Vite and tada, here’s the result:

So what do you think?


Last week I was thrilled to find the Essence Ballerina Backstage Collection in a local pharmacy and even more thrilled to discover that that nothing was over €4.00. I mentioned that I picked up both a blush and eye souffle – I will post my thoughts on the eye souffle later in the week.
On Saturday, I was meeting my buddy Judith for lunch and a spot of window shopping so thought it was the perfect opportunity to give the collection a whirl.
The blush souffle is light and velvety in consistency and feels silky soft on the skin. As you can see from the swatch below, it is quite sheer – apologies for the quality of the image but as it is quite sheer, it is difficult to photograph. I first applied it using my fingers, it went only easily and blended well. I used a small stipling brush to apply it to my other cheek and it went on similarly so it is quite straightforward to apply and work with. I applied two layers to build up colour and the results were still very subtle so I reckon this would work well on fairer skin types too.

Blush Souffle on the right – no flash

Blush Souffle on the right – with flash

I usually like to set all cream blushes to help them last longer, so I set this with a MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (Semi Precious – Rose Quartz)

It lasted well for the day so is great value for money. Overall, I do like this product and will definitely use it a lot for daytime but I will have to add a little powder over it as it’s just a little too sheer for my NC30 skin.

Following my post yesterday, as promised here are a few photos of the Essence & Catrice bits I picked up:

All half price items from €0.98 to €1.24

All my purchases

Swatches and reviews to follow!

Just a quick post to say that two of my local pharmacies (well local to work that is) have discounts on many Essence and Catrice items.

I went into the first pharmacy in search of the Essence Ballerina Backstage Collection which I was delighted to find fully stocked – I may have picked up one or two items which I will post about later. However, I also spotted many items with 50% off including kohl eyeliner pencils reduced to €0.98, many nail varnishes also €0.98 and lipsticks at €1.24.

I then trotted off to another pharmacy in the hope of finding the Catrice Papagena Collection and once again I struck gold and picked up a blush stick. Catrice also has quite a few items with 50% off including some nail varnishes for €1.40, lipglosses for the same, and a mascara for sensitive eyes at less than €3.00.

I’ll post some more details and images on my purchases soon.

I presume that these items are being discontinued so I hope we can expect many new and exciting items from both of these brands soon!

One of my local pharmacies has had a stand of Wet & Wild cosmetics for a few years but now their distributor has discontinued the brand so the price of all items has been slashed, most below 50% off. Unfortunately, I came across the sale quite late (was too busy honeymooning) but did manage to snap up a few bargains – I have a little obsession with lipsticks and glosses so was chuffed to find quite a few to choose from.

Wet & Wild products are budget friendly anyway with most items under €5 but I nabbed 3 lipsticks and 2 glosses for just over €6.50 – amazing value! The Silk Finish lipstick was €1.13, the Mega Color lipsticks were €1.23 each while the Mega Plump glosses were €1.50 each.

The lipsticks are quite sheer but can be layered to build up more colour if desired. I’m not usually a fan of plumping lipglosses as I don’t like the tingling that’s associated with them, however, the Mega Plumps are ok – there is a slight hint of mint when first applied but thankfully no trout pout!

Have you come across any good bargains recently?

I know, I know – I start a new blog and then I just disappear completely, sorry about that but I was busy getting married!

Those of you that follow me on Twitter will already know this but on Saturday, 16th July I had the best day of my life – yes, it was my wedding day! This was followed by 3 weeks travelling around Thailand on honeymoon – the most amazing country, cannot wait to go back.

So I apologise for my absence and hope to be back in action very soon 🙂