Freitag, 24. Januar 2014

Kicked to the Curb! Products that didn't make the Cut | KateBerlinSays

Hey ladies!

Recently I completely purged my make up and skincare collection of anything I didn't use enough. I think I got rid of about 6 MAC Lipsticks which were just taking up space, foundations, primers, eyeshadows... everything. Of course I didn't think about making a post out of it until now, so these are my most recent purges! Also, in case you were wondering, none of these get thrown away I either sold them or gave them to someone else to use!

Benefit Stay Flawless Primer: This is like wax on my face and did absolutely nothing. I have to admit that other than the Fake Up concealer and the Hoola Bronzer I am really, really... really unimpressed by Benefit. Their products are far too expensive for what they are. Kudos on the packaging though.

Nuxe Dry Oil: I LOVE this, but I am a hectic crazy person about 90% of the time (the other 10% I'm sleeping, kind of.. I don't even do that well! My boyfriend was making up introductions about me the other day in the car. Normal, I know? He came up with: Girl who never sleeps. Accurate.). The point being, the top is too small and the product don't come out fast enough. I have now switched to an industrial sized bottle of cheap baby oil which is more up my alley... and all over my floor.

Make Up Store Lipgloss in LaLa: This has a great color, but it is so watery. The sales assistant talked me into this and as it usually is with pushy sales associates... I get scared, buy it and end up regretting it. I only used this once.

Bourgeois Loose Powder: This is brand new, but I love my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural so much, I don't really need or want this taking up space in my bathroom.

MAC Frankly Scarlet: Um, yuck. What was I thinking? Well obviously I was thinking, 'Wow, what a beautiful bright pink/red I must have it!' *runs to the cash register* The thing is bright red on pale almost white skin gives a (to me) very unflattering Snow White look, which makes me look like I have a fever.

Benefit Posie Tint: This just made me look like I was overheated instead of flushed and healthy, also it stained too quickly, leaving streaks on my face and pink fingers. No matter how I tried to apply this, I just didn't like it very much. Also, once it had 'stained' my face, it didn't last very long.

Brunny Brazil Vanilla Perfume: Eek! I bought this off of a recommendation of a German Youtuber, whose taste in scents I normally love. This smells way too sweet. I may have liked this when I was 13, but now it is just far too sickly sweet. Thank goodness it wasn't too expensive. I have learned my lesson about buying perfumes online.

Butter London Nailpolish in Gobsmacked: I just really don't like the color. I usually go for lighter nude shades or red.

Do you guys get rid of products you don't like or do you try and finish them off?

Have a great weekend!



Dienstag, 21. Januar 2014

What I've been Buying at MAC Part 1 | KateBerlinSays

Hi Loves! It has been a while, I know. While I've been AWOL, I have been indulging in an unjustifiable amount of retail therapy. I sold all the make up I never used on Kleiderkreisel (like Craigslist for clothes and make up!) and instead of sticking to my new streamlined, minimalistic, I-know-exactly-what-I-have make up collection... I raided the MAC counter (like anyone believed for a second that I could show any shape or form of self restraint... Dad, I know you're shaking your head). These are all relatively hyped products, so I won't go into much detail.

The picture of my face is after running around university, going for lunch, studying and cleaning my apartment. My Mineralize Skinfinish Natural has kept everything perfectly in place. I am more than impressed by this and can't remember why I stopped using this!

The last few weeks my skin hasn't been looking its best, so I decided to invest in a highlighter and this the Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle lives up to the hype! It isn't overly glittery and is extremely finely milled. I don't ever want to give this up! Also, my absolute favorite make up artist at MAC recommended using my fingers to apply this- so much better than a brush!

Of course I had to get some paint pots because I am super lazy right now as it is exam time. The Rubinesque oddly looks like it is half empty already, although I just got it. This is a perfect bronzey, gold sheer color and it is so creamy. The Maybelline Color Tattoos feel dry and awful compared to this. Bare Study is another classic and this champagne tone is perfect for those days when you don't look your freshest (is that even a word? I've been speaking/writing too much German lately!).

MAC Face and Body: I have found my dream face cream (hint: it's Clarins. Post soon, I promise!), so I have been enjoying that with a foundation more than my usual BB Creams or tinted moisturizers. This is water based and has sheer coverage which is completely buildable. No break outs, no irritations and it lasts all day long- I am obsessed! Also, the fact that MAC makes shades light enough for us vampires (I'm C1, in case you're wondering!).

Lastly, I caved after years of debating this purchase, I caved and got the Hoola Bronzer (side note: I think my boyfriend thinks I am crazy. While we were at the cash register about to pay for some other make up items I had a sudden change of heart. After all but hyperventilating about my decision, I sprinted from the cash register to the second floor of the shop we were in, grabbed the coveted bronzer and returned sweaty and out of breath. He couldn't quite believe the level of crazy a "small box of powder" could induce... pshhh men, am I right?!) My 'you had to be there' Hoola Bronzer story was so worth it, this is the first non-orange bronzer I have ever had. Why did I not just cave when I was 15?

This is part 1 of a very extensive haul, but this post would just be crazy long otherwise!

Have you been doing any shopping lately? I'm glad to be back!