NOTD: China Glaze Pool Party

I found a new nail polish love: China Glaze Pool Party! It’s a very nice neon pink/coral color, which makes you look very tanned. I know, I know.. There is some VNL, but I promise you it wasn’t as obvious IRL! πŸ˜‰

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FOTD: Neon pink candy

I decided to play around with my camera a bit more today, becauseI need to practice anyway πŸ˜‰ I hope you like some bright pink lips, because these aren’t for the faint of heart πŸ˜‰ I love neon lipstick, but I think you already knew that πŸ˜›

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MAC Viva Glam Nicki lipglass is coming!

I’ve got some amazing news to share about a new MAC Cosmetics product in their Viva Glam line!

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Review: Catrice Ultimate Shine lipsticks 110 & 160

As you might know, Catrice updates their standard collection every 6 months. The time has come and some products must be discontinued, to make room for new products. I was at my local drugstore (Kruidvat) and decided to buy two lipsticks from their Ultimate Shine Line, that were getting discontinued. They were now -50%, so I only paid €2 per lipstick: a steal! πŸ˜€ I chose the colors 110 Shy Flamingo (a deep coral with glitter) and 160 Pink Panther (a light shimmery cool pink).

Catrice Ultimate Shine lipsticks come in a very sleek, silver colored packaging. The bottom of the lipstick has a colored sticker with the name and the number of the lipstick. This makes it easy to store them upside down, but you’ll still know what color the lipstick has. As you can see in the pictures above, 110 Shy Flamingo has a curved shape lipstick, while 160 Pink Panther is ‘normal’ shaped. Catrice decided to change the shape of the lipsticks, since many bloggers/customers complained about it. The curved shape makes applying the lipstick to your lips a little tricky. Props to Catrice for listening to their customers. The ‘normal’ shape is much much easier to control application. ‘Catrice’ is engraved in the actual lipstick, this makes the lipstick look very sleek & expensive as well! The lipsticks contain 3.5 gr. of product, which is very good, considering its low price point.


110 Shy Flamingo – 160 Pink Panther

110 Shy Flamingo

160 Pink Panther

110 Shy Flamingo

160 Pink Panther

The rest of my makeup:
Essence My Base Illuminating Make-Up Base
l’OrΓ©al Paris True Match Super Blendable Made-To-Measure – C1 Rose Ivory + Catrice Photo Finish Liquid Foundation 18H – 010 Sand Beige (mixed 1/1)
MAC Studio Moisture Cover Concealer – NW15 (under eyes)
Catrice Prime And Fine Translucent Loose Powder

NYX Powder Blush – Taupe PB11
Essence Bronzing Compact Powder Matt – Love To Be Matt 02
MAC Mineralize Blush – Warm Soul
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish – Soft & Gentle

Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base
Catrice Made To Stay Highlighter Pen – Eye Like! (inner corners & brow bone)
Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara – Black

HEMA Eyebrow Pencil – 09
HEMA Eyebrow Gel – Brown
MAC Studio Finish Concealer SPF 35 – NC15 (clean-up)

Shy Flamingo is a deep coral color, with lots of gold and silver glitter in it. I hated this! I mean.. I love the color, but what’s up with the grittiness? It’s like having sandpaper on your lips! 😦 Pink Panther is a very light cool pink color, with a little gold/pink/purple shimmer. It’s very pretty and feels much better on your lips. I really love both colors, although I think Shy Flamingo suits me a little better. I love corals, so that’s no surprise πŸ˜‰

The lipsticks have good color pay-off and the lipsticks feel like butter on your lips. Pink Panther has a tendency to seep a little in the fine lines of your lips, I guess this is due to the light, milky color. It’s not very bad, though. The lipsticks smell a little like vanilla, very sweet. I really like it, but it’s not overpowering. The staying power is so-so, you need to reapply every 2 hours, this has to do with the buttery formula.

Final thoughts
I love the formula of the Catrice Ultimate Shine lipsticks. I really like both colors, though 110 Shy Flamingo is my favorite. But I’m really bummed about the gritty/glittery feeling when wearing Shy Flamingo. I’m glad I purchased both colors though, I’m sure I’ll use them a lot!

Catrice Ultimate Shine lipsticks can be purchased at your local Kruidvat/Trekpleister for €3.99 each, some colors will be discontinued in August (’12), so they’re priced -50%. Stay tuned for another blog post about Catrice’s collection update!

Do you like glittery lipsticks/lipglosses?

Natasja ❀

Review: Golden Rose Powder Blush & Pearl Gloss Lipgloss

Today I have a review for you! This review is going to be about some Golden Rose makeup, that I was fortunate enough to test out! I was really curious about the quality of Golden Rose makeup, since I really really like their flakie & holographic nail polishes!

Let’s start πŸ˜€

About Golden Rose
Golden Rose Cosmetics is a well known European makeup line, developed by Erkul Cosmetics, one of Europe’s leading cosmetic companies. We offer a huge selection of products ranging from eyeshadows, foundations, lipsticks & lip glosses … to mascaras, eyeliners, nail care, & much more! All of our products have amazing pigmentation that comes in all sorts of fashionable colors and finishes. Glittery, shimmering, glossy, shiny, you name it… we got it! Because we believe that “beauty shouldn’t break the bank”, we offer high quality products that come in elegant packaging, for an inexpensive price. Our line is perfect for every girl or woman, but also great for Professional Makeup artists as well.

Let’s take a look at the first product I tested πŸ™‚

Powder Blush – 07 Tan Glow
What Golden Rose says:
This unique Powder Blush makes sure your skin has a glowy and healthy look, due to it’s special texture and and easy application. Powder Blush can be used on every skin- and makeup color, thanks to its large color selection.
Suggested retail price: €8.95

What Vanillaa says:
The Powder Blush came in a sturdy, golden colored, cardboard packaging. Its details are a mixed matte & shiny print. Looks quite nice πŸ˜€ The Powder Blush is pressed into a neat packaging. I really like the look & feel of this packaging. It feels sturdy and it’s nice & compact. The Golden Rose ‘trademark’ GR is pressed into the blush, it looks good! On the back you can find the product name/color, its ingredients and its content in grams and US ounces. The blush contains 7g/0,25oz of product.

The blush has such a pretty color! it’s like a warm, earthy kind of color. On your skin, the blush looks matte, but you can see some very(!) subtle shimmer in the pan. The blush has a nice texture, not too hard and not too soft either. You know those blushes that will crumble all over the place once you first touch it with a brush? Well, this won’t happen with this blush, fortunately πŸ˜‰ The blush smells like nothing really, it doesn’t contain any perfume. The product has is easily blendable, and has great color payoff. This means you have to be careful with applying it though, so don’t pick up too much with your brush! The blush will stay put on your face the whole day, I noticed minimal fading of the color throughout the day.

As I mentioned earlier in this review, this blush is suitable for everybody who likes warm, earthy colors as blush colors! I think this blush won’t show up as much if you’ve got very dark skin, but then again, you can always check out the other colors, since there are nine other shades available! πŸ˜‰

– The color(s), packaging, texture and longevity!
– Price

– Availability (only available online or at certain beauty centers)

Okay, now let’s take a look at the next product πŸ™‚

Pearl Gloss Lipgloss – 04
What Golden Rose says:
The Pearl Gloss Lipgloss creates a pearly, ultra glossy look on the lips, thanks to its innovative texture – high shine, normal coverage. Pearl Gloss Lipgloss nourishes and hydrates your lips with shea butter and powerful anti-oxidants (vitamin E). You can also use this product as an extra layer on top of your lipstick.
Suggested retail price: €7.95

What Vanillaa says:
Oh really, I can also use this on top of a lipstick?! πŸ˜› Sorry, this made me laugh πŸ˜€
I don’t really like the packaging on this, but I’m having a hard time to define why.. It’s a very small (about a finger length), clear plastic tube, with golden details. I’m disappointed that the gloss doesn’t have a name, only a number. The blush dΓ³es have a name, so why not name all your products? The gloss contains 8 ml/0.27 fl. oz. The cap twists off. The applicator is huge, and it holds a lot of product. What I dΓ³ like about the applicator though, is that it is a little flexible, which makes it feel quite nice on the lips.

Let me tell you, this product smells sweet! Whew! Like sour candy. I don’t really like this, reminds me of those flavored balms/glosses I used to use when I was little. The color is pretty, a nice soft pink color with some shimmer. There are 9 other colors available! The color pay off isn’t really impressing, you won’t see much color on your lips. It’s shines beautifully though and the shimmer is very nice too. Too bad you can feel the shimmers on your lips a little, it’s like very fine sandpaper.. 😦 The consistency is nice, it’s not too sticky, but it stays put for a good two hours on me. It does transfer easily when you eat/drink something.

I think this gloss is suitable for someone who is looking for a lot of shine, without the stickiness and without a lot of color.

– The non-stickiness and shine
– Price

– The scent (in my opinion, you may like it ;))
– Bad color pay off
– Texture (I hate feeling grittiness in a lip gloss)
– Packaging (looks a bit cheap in my opinion)
– Availability (only available online or at certain beauty centers)

Left: Powder Blush – 07 Tan Glow, Right: Pearl Gloss Lipgloss – 04 swatched on my very fair skin.

Pearl Gloss Lipgloss – 04 swatched on my lips.

Final thoughts
As positive that I am about the blush, I don’t really like the lip gloss. I also think they should update their packaging a little, since it looks a little outdated IMHO.. The prices of the products are great though! I would really like it, if this brand would be available in local drugstores too!

Golden Rose make-up is available via this Dutch webshop.

Have you tried Golden Rose makeup? Do you like their products?

❀ Natasja

This review contains products sent for consideration by PR.

Source: Golden Rose’s Facebook