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Hi! I'm a 21-year-old blogger living in Ljubljana. Student of Art History and English. Stylist and video maker, currently running anablush.com


2016/07/29

New In Beauty Haul / July 2016

First off, I have to admit that shopping is one of my weaknesses, especially when it comes to the beauty items. Today's beauty haul is a collective one - a combination of a few trips to the local drugstore, Douglas & Marionnaud in Austria and (late night) online shopping on Beauty Bay. It includes some products that I've already repurchased a few times before, as well as some new exciting goodies to try out. *a little spoiler alert* I absolutely loved all the new products I purchased, which I am of course very pleased with. I mean, who wouldn't be. This was definitely a very successful beauty haul!
L'Oreal Paris Brow Artist Plumper and True Match Concealer are two of my favourite items and are already really important products in my daily routine. I still haven't found a better brow setting gel that compares to the L'Oreal one, both in quality and price. The same goes for the True Match Concealer. It's one of the best concealers from the drugstore, in my opinion. I of course had to repurchase my all time favourite lipstick from Mac, Pattiserie, and my favourite brow product - ABH Brow Wiz in Taupe. 
Now for the new products with some added mini reviews: L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24h Matte Foundation in 22 Radiant Beige (amazing, medium to full coverage foundation, that is a life saver for all of us with extremely oily skin), Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation in 105 Natural Ivory (another great foundation for oily skin with visible pores, but I think I prefer the Infallible a bit more, because it's much more long-wearing), Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Light Warm (a new HG product, for sure, seriously worth the hype), The Balm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipstick in Committed (gorgeous rosy/brown opaque shade, feels very comfortable on the lips and not too drying), Mac Lip Pencil in Oak (Mac lip pencils are a bit stiffer than the rest, but I don't mind that + the colour is the perfect brown nude shade) and Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Mattifying Fluid (this product will be featured in the upcoming post, but for a quick teaser, I have to say that in a combination with the Infallible foundation and some other products, I have finally found the perfect combination of products that work wonders for my oily skin).
If you would like to see more in-depth posts/reviews about any of these products, let me know in the comments below!

L'Oreal Brow Artist Plumper in Transparent

L'Oreal True Match Concealer in No. 2 Vanilla

L'Oreal Infallible 24h Matte Foundation in 22 Radiant Beige

Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation in 105 Natural Ivory

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Light Warm 

The Balm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipstick in Committed

Mac Lipstick in Pattiserie 

Mac Lip Pencil in Oak 

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Mattifying Fluid

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Taupe




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2016/07/26

Catrice Prime and Fine Line Review

Colour Correction has been one of the biggest beauty trends of the past few months. It seems like almost everbody has written a post or made a video about it so now I'm here to share my own opinion this time. This trend has actually been around for years, used mostly by the makeup artists, but is now becoming much more accessible to the common people. It seems like every brand has come out with a version of their own - from concealers, primers, palletes, etc. When I was casually snooping around the local drugstore I came across the Catrice Prime&Fine line, which sounded really interesting and affordable. That's why I decided to jump on the bandwagon and try out the colour correction trend for myself.

Prime&Fine Anti-Red Base, neutralises redness, long-lasting, hydrating.

What it claims: Soft green primer neutralises redness and gives a long-lasting even skin tone. Hydrating. Dermatologically tested. 

Prime&Fine Beautifying Primer, soft focus effect, long-lasting, naturally illuminating.

What it claims: Soft rose primer with light-reflecting pearl pigments and vitamin E instantly gives a luminous glow. The long-lasting silky texture illuminates and optically creates a more even skin tone. For a beautiful and healthy looking skin. Improves make up wear. Use alone or under make up. Dermatologically tested.

Prime&Fine Pore Refining Anti-Shine Base, mattifying, long-lasting, oil-free.

What it claims: Lightweight primer minimises shine and reduces optically the size of pores. Long-lasting. Dermatologically tested.

Now for my thoughts. I find that primers are very important in a makeup routine, at least for me, because I have quite large pores, some redness and extremely oily skin in my T-Zone. I am in search of a drugstore primer that would take care of all the "imperfections" and would work well with my skin, so I am constantly on a hunt for new ones. For me these products are such a hit or miss that I need to try out all the brands that offer these kinds of primers to find the one that suits me best. Over the past month I've been trying out three Catrice primers that I listed above. I ended up being extremely impressed with the Beautfying primer, but dissapointed with the other two. All the products come in a tube of 30ml, so they're really practical to use and are available at around 4 €.
The Pore Refining Anti-Shine base has a white, creamy formula (nothing like the moussey texture of the Porefessional from Benfit or the Pores No More from dr. Brandt). It applies smoothly and absorbs well + doesn't contain silicones and is oil-free. But while the oil-free aspect may be true, it does not provide a mattifying complexion or significantly reduces the apperance of pores. As I've mentioned many times before, I have extremly enlarged pores and really oily skin in the T-zone, so this product unfortunately did nothing for my skin. It did not minimize my pores at all and after an hour or so my face was oily throughout. I have also tried it on my friend's skin, who also has extremely enlarged pores, and it didn't work for her as well. If you have normal to dry skin and rather small pores this product may work for you, but in my case the primer was not successul. 
The Prime and Fine Anti-Red Base is a correcting primer that cancels out the redness of your complexion. I've tried out the correcting technique many times before (stick concealer) but nothing really impressed me enough to include it in my daily routine. It still feels like just another unimportant and not needed step in my already long daily makeup routine. It has a green creamy formula that contains some shimmer and glitter, so I advise you to swatch it before repurchasing it. I used it after I moisturized my face. I personally find it really hard to blend the primer properly, because of the texture and really high pigmentation, which in this case is not really a bonus, because it left my face appear extremely pale with vibrant green hues - very visible even under my medium to full coverage foundation. Whenever I wore this primer, people kept asking me thorughout the day, if I was feeling ok and that I looked sick. It does slightly tone down the redness but also leaves you looking green - that's why this product is a pass for me.
After trying out the first two primer and being rather dissapointed, I was really sceptical with the Beautifying Primer. But ever since the first use, I've been absolutely loving the Prime and Fine Beautifying Primer - it makes your skin look radiant and awake with it's bright and peachy shade. I keep this primer out of my oily T-zone, but I love to add it on my dry areas like my chin, cheekbones and under the eyes. I always have a difficult time achieving a healthy glow without making my complexion look greasy. It has a light, creamy texture that absorbs quickly, smoothes the skin and creates a nice glowy complexion, so that the foundation (I currently use the L'Oreal Infallible 24h Matte foundation) doesn't adhere to the dry patches. It also doesn't change the tone of your complexion, like the green one, but simply gives it a brighter appearence. If you, again, have normal to dry, especially dull skin (or even combination type, just like me) that needs a boost of energy and brightening, you will absolutely love this primer. Plus, it's a very affordable option!





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2016/07/18

I'M BACK

Yes, I know, it's been way too long since my last post. I just didn't manage to find any time to sit down and write a new post. After the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week officially ended, I quickly got back to studying to finish my second year of uni. That's why nothing really interesting happened during the past month or so, because I spent most of it sitting behind the books and preparing for A LOT of exams. And I guess many of you students out there can relate to that and know how hard it is to manage your personal life during the finals season. So after a month filled with exams and studying I finally finished my second year of studies. It was an extremely intense exam period and I'm really glad it's finally over and that I can now focus all my attention back to my favourite thing, this blog. It feels really weird writing this post after another long absence, but I'm excited to get back into the blogging routine. Until next time.
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