Christmas post!

It's only 10 minutes until Christmas, so I'm wishing you the best and I hope all of you are doing great. I'm doing fine @tm, I'm home for the holidays and I'm staying here for a week. I like spending time with my folks, but I also miss my boyfriend and my cat very much ;( Can't wait to see them soon and to get back blogging full speed again!

Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss - Mistress

A few weeks ago I entered Illamasqua's Store in Zagreb for the first time and got out with a few products on my wishlist card. One of them was one of the most beautiful lip pigments I ever wore on my lips - Intense Lipgloss in Mistress.

Mistress is described as "bright coral orange" on Illamasqua's online store. I find this color quite fascinating, mostly because it changes the color on your lips. You will see futher more on the pics that is takes a solid pink color on mine, but still it keeps the original coral-ity. It comes in a beautiful slim black box with Illamasqua's logo and description: Come out of the shadows with high-shine, colour-rich Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in a wide range of bold colours. Create lips that look full and glossy, without feeling sticky. Draw attention to your lips, and to you. For 120 kn (£13.00) you get a tube of 7 ml, but considering the quality and the name you're getting, I find it affordable.

The lipgloss comes out after you squeeze the tube (made of harder plastic), but you should be careful with the quantity because it's quite thick and you don't want to have super extra amount of product on your lips. It can give a sheer look with a minimal amount of it, but I like to use a bit more to give myself that extra WOW effect on the lips. The application is not really hard if just want to squeeze it and slap it on, but for a precise and clean look I use my thin painting brush (until I buy a decent lip brush online lol).

The color is quite orangey coral when you observe the packaging and the lipgloss on the brush, but it changes the color once applied on the lips. It's quite thick so I could say it's more a liquid lipstick than lipgloss.

All in all, I have to say I simply love it. The pigmentation is insane, it has a nice scent and taste (fruity?), it's NOT sticky at all and the packaging is sleek and elegant. The one thing that knocked me over the most was the durability - it stays really long on your lips, and even after the gloss is gone, you still have the color on your lips. And that's a great thing because if you want to touch it up during the day, you only need a minimal amount of the lipgloss to shine again.

Here's how it looks on me:

I told you it turns out to be quite pinkish on me, but I don't mind. Because it really an amazing lipgloss, the color really brightens up my mood during these cold gray winter days and it stays quite long on the lips. I'd say my first purchase and experience with Illamasqua is more than good :) I also have to say that the employees in the store are awesome. If you're interested in a certain product of simply scrolling through the store, they will give you a full makeup service, so you can see what colors suits you and how it feels on you skin before purchasing anything. The store is elegant, black and mystic, the atmosphere really nice and I can only say I'll be back for more soon!

Sneak peek: Illamasqua's Mistress

Guess what? Today I finally purchased Illamasqua's Intense Lipgloss in Mistress :superhappy:

I'll do a review in a day or two, depending on the weather here because it's raining all day long so I'll hope to get a minimal amount of sun to make good pics ;) Stay tuned!

Voodoo Blonde's wish list #2

Just so you know, I have a special notebook for my wishlists. I edit and fill it in every single damn day, that's how crazy I am. But I'm always searching for new things to blow my money away on, and since makeup and cosmetics are my love (next to comics, anime and cats), I can't help it. I'm one of those girls who will walk in second hand clothes (looking rather good! ;D) but have beautiful makeup on their face. After my birthday passed and I got a bunch of presents, I made a new wishlist. This one is surprisingly smaller than the last one (or maybe not, I really can't tell).

 Too Faced Smoky Eye Palette, Too Faced Shadow Insurance

 Illamasqua Mistress Intense Lipgloss ( photo source: )

 Illamasqua Rude Cream Blusher ( photo source: )

 Avon True Color Quad eye shadow palettes: Purple Haze and Mocha Latte

Avon Illuminating Face Pearls

 Nyx 10 Color Eye Shadow Palette Champagne & Caviar

 OPI Nail Polishes: Suzi & The Lifeguard, Hot & Spicy, Suzi Says Feng Shui

 Escada Ocean Lounge Edp, J.Lo Glow Edt, Burberry Weekend Edp

 E.L.F. Basic & Studio Brushes

Vichy Purete Thermale Calming Micellar Solution, Vichy Nutri Extra Fluid

I have a few more extra things I really don't crave specially like these guys, but anyway, you get the point. It's going to take me forever to buy all of these, argh. Especially since I can't find a job @tm. Well, at least dreaming is free.

Do you guys like my wishlist? What are your cravings at this moment?

Too Faced Natural Eye palette review + swatches

Hy guys, I'm so sorry for not posting sooner. My camera was malfunctioning so I couldn't take any photos at all. As I mentioned in the previous post I finally bought the Too Faced Natural Eye shadow palette, so I'm doing a review on it now. I've been testing it for the past 3-4 days and I wore all of the shades and color combination and I can say I'm sooo happy with it.

The packaging:

The palette comes in all-paper-material version, including the shade container, cards and the outer box. It's a very eco-friendly approach and the back of the box says: "Tested on celebrities, not animals." so I find that very positive. For almost 50 $ (265 kn) you get 6 eyeshadows - the big ones are 2 g, and the smaller 0.9 g each, total 11,4 g. Plus the double sided applicator which I found useful and the style selection cards. The cards are great too, esp if you're a beginner and have no idea how to apply lighter or darker shades or how to blend and create light effects on you eyes. Although the palette may seem a big pricey, you get 9 shadows for 50 $ and that's 5,5 $ or 30 kn for each. I'd say DAMN that's affordable!

The eye shadows:

There's 3 matte shadows - perfect for a light day look, 3 semi-sheer shadows (with minimal glitter) for a highlighted day version and 3 very pigmented extra glittery shadows for a more dramatic effect. Heaven is a matte dirty-white, Velvet Revolver pure taupe, and Sexpresso a dark brown matte color. Silk Teddy (my favorite, plus the name is adorable!) is a light sheer pink, Push-Up a brownish cooper and Erotica an ahsy brown color, with some gold holo effect. Nude Beach (my least favorite) is the lightest pink possible with a lot of sheerness and huge gold glitter chunks, Honey Pot is sexy gold sheer and Cocoa Puff (super duper pigmented MF) is a dark chocolate shade with minimal gold glitter in it. I have to mention that the last one (Cocoa Puff) is kinda hard to blend, a the first one (Heaven) is quite low lasting - it came off instanly only with pure water and it kinda sinks in the skin after a few hours.

The swatches:

Day light

Day light in the shade

Under artificial yellowish light
The instruction cards:

As I said, these babies are quite useful and easy-to-follow. My favorite is the classic version, although I find Day the most wearable one and Fashion the least, but only because of Nude Beach - thoes huge glitter chunks should stay away from the lower brow part, is so NOT suitable for highlighting. Maybe for New Year's Eye when you want that extra extra shiny look, but for a day occasion not. I even find it hard to wear during the night. Too bad my swatches didn't capture those glitter parts...

All in all, I can only say I'm in love with this palette, and it's no wonder since I've been craving it for almost 3 years. Not that I had no money to buy it, I just never had a larger amount of it so I could buy everything I needed in that moment plus the TF palette.

So, do you like it? Do you own this palette or any other Too Faced palettes? What are your experiences with this brand?