Make up

Review: Sephora Colorful Long Lasting eyeshadows

11:37:00 AM

Hello everyone!

Recently I've purchased some new goodies. I feel kinda bad for buying so much make up this month, but (spoiler alert) these were really worth it. I'm talking about Sephora Collection Colorful Long Lasting eyeshadows and if you're curious about my thoughts on them, continue reading!


 First of all, to justify myself, I have to mention I bought them on sale. They were 8,90 zł each ($2,36), while the normal price is 35 zł ($9,31). What is more, these are unique colors that I don't have in my collection. The only one I could MAYBE find something similar to is Mango Shake (the orange one), but it's also something I use the most often, so I still feel like it's worth it. So let's get into the review.


I really like the formula. It's creamy, very pigmented and blends nicely. When I want more pigmentation, I apply them with my finger and it works great too. The colors are very pretty and if you don't like the ones that I chose, the shade range is so huge I'm sure you'd find something you like. My favourite is probably Mango Shake, because it's so easy to use in my everyday make up without looking too bold, but I'm also obsessed with how pigmented Blue Lagoon and Starlette are. Fresh Paint! is a gorgeous purple and Fresh Limonade is so unique! I love them all and grab at least one every single day ever since I bought them.


 What is more, I really like how you can see the color through the packaging, so it's easy to grab the one I want without checking the name. Also, they have little holes on the side, that allow you to easily depot the shadows and put them in your magnetic palettes. If you don't have one, Sephora sells little 3 pan magnetic palettes made specifically for these eyeshadows, so you can buy it and put them there if you want, customizing your own little trio. Moreover, the packaging feels very sturdy, so I wouldn't be afraid to travel with it. The only thing I don't like is that it's sometimes a little hard to open, but I guess the product is safer because of that, as it won't just randomly open in your make up bag.


Here are some of the looks I created using the eyeshadows. As you can see, you can either go very colorful and bold, or subtle and (almost) natural. For more looks go to my Instagram @zhastine.

All in all, I think these are great eyeshadows and I have no idea why no one seems to be talking about them (or more Sephora Collection products in general). I love them and I'm very happy I bought them. If you can find them on sale, I say totally grab them! (and even when not on sale, they are still great shadows)

That is all I have for today. Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed! 

Sending my love,
Zhastine

First Impressions

First impression: shiny things from Wibo

9:22:00 AM

Hey guys!

The Rossmann sale is over (thank God), but I still wanted to share with you something I got. Yes, I know I said I'm not going to get anything more, but I needed to buy a gift for my friend and I got carried away... Anyways, this is what I got!


I've picked up two dupes for higher end products. The first one being a highlighting palette from Wibo - Star Shine Shimmers Kit. It looks like it would be a dupe for Anastastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Moonchild. Just like the expensive version, it contains 6 iridescent highlighting shades. Star Dust - a blue, Magic Heaven - a silver, Glam & Bright - a purple, Diamond Shine - a pink, Royal Crown - a green, and Precious - a blueish silver.


They are a little intense for everyday use as highlighters, but great for more artistic looks. I also enjoyed using them on the eyes, or even on the lips (mostly just for Instagram though;)).

I also bought an Ecstasy blusher from Wibo in the shade 1, which can probably be a dupe for NARS Orgasm. It's a very pretty pink shade with golden shine. It's not too pigmented, but buildable, so it's easy to work with and you can't really mess it up. Great for beginners or someone who's in a rush every morning and doesn't want to be spending too much time blending their blush.


I also really like the packaging on both of these. The blushers packaging is simple, black and very sleek, while the highlighting palette is holographic with beautiful palm trees on the outside and still holographic on the inside. I'm absolutely loving it. What is more, they both feel very sturdy.


All in all, I think they are both beautiful products worth checking out. The blusher would be great for everyday and I would probably recommend it to anyone interested in trying this shade. On the other hand, the highlighting palette is for someone wanting to experiment with more colour. It also makes a pretty eyeshadow or inner corner highlight. If you're thinking about investing in a more expensive iridescent highlighting palette (like ABH Moonchild or Kat Von D Alchemist), it might be nice to try this one first, to see if you really like it!

That is all I have for today. Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed! Have you tried any of these? If so, be sure to share your opinion in the comment section below! Also, check me out on my Instagram to be up to date with all of my make up looks, sometimes including these products!

Sending my love, 
Zhastine 

Rossmann 55% sale haul

4:42:00 PM

Hello everyone!

My first post on this blog was a Rossmann 49% sale haul. Now, a year has passed and I'm back with another one. This year my haul is not as huge, but I still wanted to share my purchases with you.


I don't know about other countries, but here in Poland, twice a year, Rossmann has a 49% sale for make up products. It's a great occasion to stock up on your favourite products or buy something you really wanted to try. Also, this year, if you had their app downloaded, you could register and get 55% off everything when buying 3 or more products. The sale is still going on till next Friday (April 28th), so if you're in Poland, you can check it out. I went there thinking I would only buy things I really need, but ended up walking out with a few more.


Dr Irena Eris ProVoke Matt fluid in 205
Dr Irena Eris products are more luxurious and, therefore, expensive, than the rest of the drugstore. I've heard a lot of good things about this foundation (especially from Kosmetyczna Hedonistka) and really wanted to try it. I was lucky enough to get the lightest shade (it was the last one left!) and I love it so far. It has good coverage and looks natural on the skin. It also stays put for a long time, is matte and has an SPF 15 (which is also important to me).

Bourjois City Radiance foundation in 01 Rose Ivory
Yes, another foundation. This one lured me in with its amazing claims: antipollution screen, SPF 30, radiance boosting pigments, fresh and even complexion. I want to have all that, so I picked it up. SPF 30 will be great for the summer. I also bought the lightest shade of this one. I'm very pale.

Maxfactor CC Colour Corrector
I saw someone recommending it a few days ago, which is also the reason why I picked it up. I normally don't really believe in colour correctors, but I was only using very cheap ones, and this one was pretty pricey, so I figured it might be better. It's supposed to be great for undereye circles, which oh yes I have. I'm liking it so far, but will it become a must have? We'll see. Oh, and I love the fact that it's a twist-up and I won't have to sharpen it!


Rimmel Glam'eyes eyshadow quad in 021 State of Grace
I've never heard anyone talking about these quads, but these colors really lured me in. I've been seeing lots of beautiful blue make up looks on Instagram and wanted to do some myself. They're not the best eyeshadows ever, but they're not terrible either. There are two shimmery shades: a silvery blue and a baby blue, and two matte shades: a blue and a purple. I've been really enjoying playing with these so far, so even thought it was an impulse buy, I don't regret it. Especially as I have no shadows similar to these in my collection.

Eveline Celebrities eyeliners in 1 Brown and 2 Violet
If you've been following me for a while now, you probably know that I've been loving this Celebrities eyeliner after I bought it a year ago. I had it in brown and it quickly became one of my favourites. I also picked up a purple one, because I've been enjoying colorful eyeliners recently and I trust this one.


Maybelline Master Brow Pro Palette in Soft Brown
I'm running out of my brow pencils, so I needed to pick up something new for my brows. Apart from this one, I was thinking about a pomade by Ardell, but ended up buying this. What lured me in was the fact that it seemed to have a pomade, AND a powder, AND a highlight. In fact, I was very disappointed with this one. The pomade has barely any coverage (because it turned out to be a wax), and the powders are very chalky and have a lot of fallout. What is more, the highlight is matte. I don't know what I was thinking, especially as I could've just used normal eyeshadows on my brows. Well, at least now I know I prefer eyebrow pencils.


Lovely K Lips kit in 4 Neutral Beauty
I've seen many people raving about these for months now, but only after I saw Kayleen Beauty showing this shade as one of her favourites for everyday, I was sold. You probably know by now how much I love my nude lipsticks, and this one will be no exception. The shade is absolutely gorgeous and I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of both the lipstick and the lip pencil.


The pencil is very smooth and glides onto your lips like a dream. The lipstick is very comfortable to wear, doesn't crack or look weird and it's also long wearing. You can see me wearing it on my Instagram a lot (HERE & HERE). Obviously these are just my first impressions, but so far, I'm in love.

That is all I have for today. Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed! Let me know if you bought anything on this years sale? What are you planning to buy? Also, have you tried any of the products I picked up? Tell me everything! 

Sending my love, 
Zhastine

Make up

10 things I will NOT buy again

4:52:00 PM

Hey guys!

You might have noticed I stopped doing "Empties" posts, I also skipped on some monthly favourites. That's because most of the products I try are neither terrible nor amazing and I'm not sure if reading about numbers of "meh" products is that interesting. I also mostly use the same stuff everyday, so why mention it a hundred times? This is why I decided to only write about things I really love, and things I really don't like - keep everything more exciting that way. Today I'm starting off on a negative note.


I've tried two of Bielenda make up removers and I hated both of them. They were not terrible and removed my make up okay, but I'm used to my favourite hydrating Bioderma, so it's hard to impress me.

Esencja Młodości. Moisturizing Micellar Liquid for Cleansing and Make Up Removing was not moisturizing at all. My skin felt very dry and tight after using it. However, the main reason why I don't like it is that it stings my eyes and this is why I'm not going to even finish it up.


Bielenda Cotton Double-Phase Eye Make Up Remover was not great at removing even non waterproof eye make up. It also left a weird feeling oily film on my skin after using it, which is why I also ditched this one. Now I use both of these to remove swatches.


Having smooth, moisturized lips is very important to me, which is why I scrub them quite often, sometimes even a few times a day. So when I saw this Precious Oils Lip Scrub in a lipstick form by Eveline, I really wanted to try it. Unfortunately, it left me disappointed. 


It did scrub my lips, but not enough, and I was always using a lot of it at a time, so it didn't even last me long at all. It was also too much of a fuss, smelled like plastic and tasted weird. I like the idea and can see it being useful to someone else, but I prefer my usual ways. A toothbrush or some sugar mixed with lip balm makes a much better job in my opinion.


I've also recently tried this Avocado Oil & Shea Butter body moisturizer by Nacomi. It's 100% natural and great for people with allergies. It's also very moisturizing and can be used on wounds. Why don't I like it then?


Well, I do like it. I just don't like how much time it takes me to use it. It comes in a solid form, so you have to scrape some out and melt it with the heat of your hands. Even then, it's not that easy to spread all over your body, you really need to work it in. It's also very greasy and you can feel it on you for a long time. It's great for my dry skin, but I won't buy it again, because it's just too much work. Obviously, I can see it being great for someone who needs it and doesn't mind additional effort.


Now let's talk about make up. I've recently tried Garnier BB Cream. I've tried some Korean BB creams in the past and this is not what it's supposed to be like. It's very sheer and gets cakey super fast. What is more, other products don't layer well on top of it. It's also quite greasy and makes my skin very oily very fast. If it only had SPF, I would consider using it on my nearly no make up days. But it doesn't, it has no skincare benefits, so we're saying buh-bye to this one.


I also tried using Wet 'n' Wild Coverall concealer and unfortunately had to stop. It has nearly no coverage (and I need at least some!). I also couldn't build it up, as the new layer would remove what I have already applied. What is more, even though I bought the lightest shade available, it's not light enough AND it oxidizes (which means it gets even darker after some time).


This Kiko Radiant Touch Creamy Stick Highligher is not a bad product, it's just not for me. If you like natural highlight, you might like it, it's pretty. But because I prefer my highlight to shine bright, I barely ever grab it.


I tried using it as a base for my powder highlighters, but I realized it's a waste of product, as it doesn't really make a difference. I might just pass in on to someone else.


Rimmel Scandaleyes eyeshadow stick in 002 Bulletproof Beige is also not bad, just not for me. I've bought it before I realized I don't really like cream eyeshadow. I tried using it as an eyeshadow base and didn't really like it. Then I started using it on my waterline, but now the tip is too fat for that and sharpening it feels like a waste. I will probably search for other ways to use it and if I don't find any, I might just pass it on to someone else. But I think it would be nice for someone who likes simple, one shadow looks, or just eyeshadow sticks in general.


This might be an unpopular opinion, but I also don't like my Maybelline Color Tattoo gel-cream eyeshadow in 35 On and on bronze. For the same reason - I don't like cream shadows. I just find them annoying. The color is beautiful and they do stay on for a very long time, but I just can't find a place for it in my everyday make up routine. Maybe if I had one in an ivory shade, I would use it as a base, or if it was more shiny/glittery, but this one is just not for me.


This Kobo Matte Liquid Lipstick in 405 Passiflora Tea smells amazing and is a beautiful shade. The problem I have with it is that is claims to be matte and it's a gloss! Not only that, it's the most drying gloss I have ever tried. It only looks good for about 20 minutes after applying. Then it fades and leaves your lips dry and flakey. I absolutely would not recommend it to anyone!


The shade is really pretty and looks nice in photos, but I never choose it as my lip color of the day. Which is why I might pass it on or just get rid of it.


That is all I have for today. Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed! Be sure to leave me any of your thoughts in the comment section below. See you in my next post!

Sending my love, 
Zhastine 

Make up

My make up depotting experience

7:18:00 PM

Hello guys!

As you already know, lately I've purchased a magnetic palette. I wanted to use it for the products that have broken packaging and as my travel palette, as that way it would take less space and be more secure (at least I hope so). I had no experience with depotting make up (which basically means taking it out of the original packaging), so if you're interested in how I did, keep on reading.


 My magnetic palette is from Nabla, it's called Liberty Twelve Customizable Palette and it cost me 42,90 zł, which is about 11$. It seems to be good quality and size, and it has been lying around in my make up shelf long enough. Today I decided I finally have to put stuff in it. So I watched some YouTube videos on depotting make up and started.

I've found out there are various ways to do that. Some seem to be more dangerous than others, and as I didn't want to burn my whole house (yes, some involve fire!), I decided to go with the one that seemed the easiest.


1. I took a safety-pin and with a sharp edge, found a place where there's a gap between the little product pot and the outer packaging. I used a safety-pin, because it was small enough. It was not strong enough though and mine got completely ruined. In the future I would prefer to use something else. I tried to make the gap bigger, for my next tool to fit.

2. And my next tool is a butter knife. This, on the other hand, was a little too big and I ruined some of my products because of that. Again, I would prefer another tool in the future, but this time I rolled with it. With the knife I tried to make the pot move. When it did a whole 360°, obviously the glue wasn't holding it too strong anymore. This is when I would try to pull it up and take out the pot.

My explanation is probably very bad, so if you're thinking of doing it yourself, I'd recommend watching some YouTube videos, like I did.


I didn't want to ruin anything expensive, so I started my depotting adventure with my cheapest products. Only the Too Faced one is more expensive, but it was in a sample packaging, so it went okay. So here are the products I depotted:

1. Lovely Gold highlighter. The packaging of this one was so destroyed, it was crying for help. I had to depot it if I was going to take it with me to travel. Lovely, please make your packaging more sturdy... Anyways, it depotted fine, AND it was magnetic, which made me very happy.

2. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer. It's the one I was scared to destroy the most, but everything went just fine. The sample packaging was really easy to cut through and bend, so I had no problem depotting this one. It's also magnetic.

3. Essence Silky Touch blush in 10 Adorable. It was one of my first blushes, I don't think they even make these anymore. The original packaging was so old and broken, I also had to find a new place for this baby. Unfortunately, I completely ruined it while depotting. The pot bended and the pressed powder broke. None of this happened with the two products before, so I guess Essence makes the pots less quality. I managed to fix it, but then I was disappointed once more. It was not magnetic. I used leftover glue to stick it to the palette, but I don't think I'll be depotting any Essence blushes anytime soon.


4. Avon True Colour eyeshadow palette in Mocha Latte. The packaging of this one was fine, but I wanted to put them in here as some basic everyday shadows. They broke a little while depotting, but they were mostly fine. Unfortunately, they were not magnetic, so once again I used leftover glue to stick them in. I also put them all close together and secured with the next shadow, which, luckily, was magnetic.

5. Catrice Velvet Matt eyeshadow in 060 Moss Wanted Colour.  This one depotted easily. The breakage you can see on the photo was there before. It was also magnetic. I barely ever used this shade, I hope it will make me use it more, as it's beautiful, pigmented and overall a great shadow.

6. Essence 3D eyeshadow in 09 Irresistible Chocolates. Very resistable, probably, as I haven't used it in years. Which is why I decided to put in in here. Once again, it bent a little, but the damage wasn't as bad as with the blush. It was also not magnetic.


So what have I learned? First of all, if I'd want to depot more products, it would be probably a good idea to have a tool designed specifically for that. But, obviously, you can archieve similar effect with just some things you have at home.

I also learned that the pot quality varies from one brand to another. Essence seems to not cooperate. Their pots were too thin and bendy, it was very hard to get them out of the packaging without destroying the powder. They were also not magnetic. Avon pots were hard enough to get them out pretty safe, but also not magnetic. Catrice, Lovely and Too Faced worked beautifully. Obvioulsy, it might vary depending on the product, they might have also changed things over time. Some of the products I have are pretty old.

What is more, I noticed that you can't actually depot anything you want. The reason being...not everything has a pot! The products on the photo above seem to be pressed directly into the plastic packaging. I was a little disappointed as I really wanted to depot these too.

So that is all I have for today. Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed!  If you did, please let me know in the comments section below. Also, let me know what do you want to see next!

Sending my love, 
Zhastine 

Make up

Eveline Cosmetics Volumix Fiberlast mascara review

6:15:00 PM

Hello everyone!

Today I bring to you a short review of one of my favourite mascaras. You might have seen it listed in my descriptions of several of my Instagram posts. Also, I mentioned it in my last favourites post, so it's no secret. I think Eveline Cosmetics Volumix Fiberlast mascara is great.


First of all, the packaging is gorgeous. It's gold, shiny and looks almost luxurious. Also, none of the writings rubbed off so far, which I'm very happy about. It has a rubber wand with shorter bristles on one side and longer on the other. I love using shorter side to add volume to the base of my lashes. Because the bristles are so short, it won't get any of the masara on my lid. Then go in with the longer side to add lenghth and apply the product more generously.


The formula is holding up well all throughout the day. I haven't experienced any fall out or transfering onto the lid, it also holds the curl nicely. I've been using this mascara for a few months now and I'm very happy with it. I even started wearing no liquid liner sometimes, and that says a lot.
Overall, I would say it's a great option if you're currently on the market looking for a new mascara. It's only 15 zł (3,81$), and I would totally buy it again.


Here's an awkward photo of a before and after. Sorry for the awkwardness, but I just had to show you the difference!

That is all I have for today. Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed!

Have you tried this mascara? What is your favourite? Also, what do you want to see me review next? Tell me everything! 

Sending my love, 
Zhastine 


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Favourites

My favourite beauty Instagram accounts

3:28:00 PM

Hey guys!

Lately I've been obsessing over some beautiful Instagram accounts that I've discovered. This inspired me to share some love and talk about these accounts on my blog! I didn't want this blog post to be too long, so I decided to choose 5 girls that post creative, crazy, high fashion looks. And if you'll enjoy it, I might be posting more in the future! Let's get into it.



Rachel is a self-taught make up artist from Boston. She mostly posts close ups of her eye or lips. I love how her looks are always so colorful and bold. Also, her editing is just stunning. I love every single one of her photos.



This is the account that inspired me to write this post. I've just recently discovered Victorias profile and I immediately fell in love. Obviously, her looks are not really everyday appropriate, but they are amazing to look at and totally up my alley. I'm amazed by how creative that girl is.



Another account I'm obsessed with. Giulianna's looks are usually very colorful and dramatic, but the colors always go so well together, I have no idea how she does that. Also, that eyeliner game is so on point...!



Linda is also a make up artist, she even has her own make up line - LH Cosmetics. She posts various photos, but I especially enjoy her make up looks. Sometimes she goes more natural and sometimes really bold and creative, but everything looks good on her. I absolutely love her page.



Lizzie is a make up artist from Poland and her looks are also very bold and creative, and definitely not something you would go to work with. She also posts mostly eye or lip close ups and everything she posts is so different and amazing!



And...this is my profile. Not half as good as the other ones I recommended, but I would love you to go, check me out and maybe give me a follow ;). That is all I have for today. Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed and will come back for more!

Did you like todays post? Would you like to see more of this kind? If so, be sure to let me know! I follow lots of amazing people on Instagram and would love to share them with you.

Sending my love, 
Zhastine

Hauls

Minti shop haul

1:33:00 PM

Hello guys!

Recently I've broken my no-buy rule and placed and order in an online shop for some new make up. For my defence, I've actually needed some of these things, and then I just added some more to my cart to avoid paying for shipping ;)


I ordered from Minti Shop and was really pleasantly surprised by the service. Not only did it come very fast (I've ordered on Wednesday and got it on Friday), but it was also nicely packaged (pretty and secure!) and I even got a candy. It was not my first time ordering from Minti Shop and I loved it every time.

I've ordered 6 products, all pretty different and all new to me. If you want to see what it is, just keep reading.


1. Natura Estonica Hydrating Boost eye gel for normal to dry skin

Eye cream was the reason I started browsing online beauty shops. This one drawn my attention mainly because of the low pricetag - it's only 9,90 zł ($2,47). I was very surprised by its beautiful packaging, it definitely looks luxurious in my opinion! I'm going to use it for the first time today, I'm excited to see how it works out!


2. Makeup Revolution Oil Control Fixing Spray

I really wanted a new setting spray and this one drawn my attention. It looks pretty and was not expensive. My experience with Makeup Revolution products is quite good, so I'm very curious to try it! It was 25,00 zł ($6,24).


3. Essence Rock'n'doll Volume & Eye Opening mascara

I'm very happy with the mascara I currently have, but let's be honest, they don't last too long. This is why I decided to buy a backup. I've heard a lot of great things about Essence mascaras and decided I needed to try for myself. I wanted to get the Princess mascara, but it was unavailable, so I chose Rock'n'doll. I'm excited to try it, but I'm not going to open it until I finish up my Eveline Fiberlast Volumix. It was 11,99 zł ($2,99).


4. Nabla Goldust Dazzle Liner eyeliner in Klimt

I've heard so many good things about Nabla products, I just had to try one. I also really wanted to get an opaque, sparkly eyeliner and gold seemed like a perfect, neutral color that would also pack a punch if I use it right. I expected it to be more neutral, but it's very warm, almost with a hint of a red undertone. It's also darker than I thought it would be. Nonetheless, I think it's a beautiful eyeliner and the name "Klimt" just suits so well. It seemed to be separating a little, but it swatched fine after I gave it a little shake. I can't wait to do a look using it! It was the most expensive out of everything that I've bought and it costed me 44,90 zł ($11,22).


5. Golden Rose Longstay Liquid Matte Lipstick in 13

I was obsessed with most of the new shades of these beautiful lipsticks, I also absolutely love the formula and think it's one of the best that I've tried. So obviously when I saw it was on sale, I had to grab one. This shade is probably my favourite out of all of them. I saw Wiskola wear it on her Instagram and fell in love, so it was my first choice. The shade is called "13" and it's a beautiful, warm nude. I love this kind of shades and you can tell it just by looking at my collection, or by what I wear the most. So I don't think buying it was a waste of money (considering how many lipsticks I have), because I'll probably grab it on a every day basis. It was 17,91 zł ($4,47).


6. Nabla Liberty Twelve Customizable Palette

I really wanted to get one of those magnetic palettes for a long time now, so I could store my singles in it or depot products in broken packaging. Z palettes are pretty expensive, so I knew I had to look for something else. And I found this one. It claims it can store up to 12 eyeshadows (we'll see about that), it's black, sleek and has a clear top (lid?), so you can see what you're keeping inside. I fell in love at first sight. I can't wait to start depotting stuff. I haven't done it before, so if you have any advice, hit me up! It was 42,90 zł ($10,72).


So that is all I have for today. I do feel a little guilty for spending so much money, but looking at all these pretty babies makes me so happy. I can't wait to start using them. Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Do you like hauls? Tell me if you want me to talk about things I buy more often. Is there anything you want me to review? Also, have you tried any of these and what do you think? Tell me everything! 

Sending my love, 
Zhastine

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