Freitag, 28. Februar 2014

Recent Empties! | KateBerlinSays

Hi loves! I have been going through products like crazy lately, so here is yet another empties post. My upcoming posts will be of products which are full, not to worry! ;) I would love to know what products you recommend repurchasing instead of these and what have you used up recently which you have loved? 

Bioderma Micelle Solution: Ohhh yes, Bioderma really has taken over the Blogosphere, but for a good reason! This is so gentle and removes every last bit of make up. I have already repurchased another 500 ml bottle. Perfect!

Lavera Rose Garden Bodylotion: This is a Holy Grail of mine. It is the perfect size to take to the gym (toting around my Dream Cream is impractical and, let's be honest, unhygienic!) and it does not irritate my sensitive skin. This is the scent I hadn't tried yet and I have to say I much prefer the Orange or Lavender scents.

Batiste Dry Shampoo: This is another extremely hyped product. I love the smell of this, but much prefer the brunette version since I don't have to worry about any white powder residue in my hair!

Clarins Fix Make Up: This is my absolute favorite setting spray. However, I went through this in under a month and it is not cheap (25€!). This is why I never got around to doing a full review on this, it was used up so quickly, I barely had time to make up my mind. The fresh and light rose scent is heavenly and it kept my make up in place all day. I will definitely repurchase this after my spending ban is over when I finally purchase my Speedy 35!

Nivea Frangipani & Oil: I loved this shower gel. This is the only one I have tried so far which did not dry out my skin and actually felt like it was nourishing. While it won't completely hydrate my skin, it is a definite repurchase!

Essence Get BIG! Lashes: Lots of people have been absolutely loving the Essence mascaras, so I decided to ditch my Dior and Laura Mercier and give it a go. All I have to say is that I won't be purchasing high end mascara any time soon. This is a perfect dupe for the Diorshow mascara, as I mentioned in my last post. 

Maybelline Age Rewind Undereye Concealer: I have no idea why I didn't repurchase this. I am always on the hunt for a better concealer, but I already think I found the perfect one! When I have used up my Smashbox Concealer I am definitely going back to this.

TBS Honeymania Bodybutter: So there's always a little room for negativity...right? Well this is it. I absolutely hated this scent! I would only use it on my feet (as far away from my nose as possible) and when my boyfriend used it I would feel slightly ill every time I was around the scent for too long. Too sweet, too floral and too perfume-y. Usually I love these body butters, but this was a total fail! At least its all used up.

Thank you for stopping by! I would love it if some of you left the links to your blogs in the comment section, I am dying for more blogs to read since I have a mini break from uni (...and am procrastinating studying for my theoretical driver's license exam, what's new.) :)

xoxo, Kate

Donnerstag, 20. Februar 2014

Save vs. Splurge- my favorite dupes! | KateBerlinSays

Hi Loves! As the first round of exams for this semester is done (wrote my last exam on animal nutrition this morning! woooo!), I am on to blogging more frequently again. Also, more retail therapy to get over the traumatic event called "Klausurenzeit" (Exam-time). 

I don't want to have to spend a ton of money on products which are (in my opinion) necessary. For some reason the 30€ purple lipstick I will wear once a year doesn't bother me, but my 26€ cleansing oil which I use everyday does! Anyone else have this dilemma? So without further ado (going on 4 hours of sleep for a while now, this might get ramble-y!) let's get started on my favorite dupes!

As I mentioned, my Cleanse-Off Oil is (in my opinion) too expensive for something I go through all the time. This is when I started playing with different drugstore makeup removers (Ugh. Just... no.) and oils! The coconut oil works just as well as a make up remover and takes off even the most durable, won't budge mascara. It also moisturizes my eye area and doesn't burn in the eyes at all. I like this much more than the MAC Cleanse-Off Oil and at 3.50€ I don't care about buying it either. (It also worked terrifically as a body moisturizer, eczema treatment and hair mask!)

I ran out of my Maybelline Age Rewind Undereye concealer a few weeks ago and since I was sleeping so little, I went for the Smashbox High Definition Undereye Concealer. In texture as well as coverage these are very similar. However, the Smashbox concealer has large pieces of glitter in it. They are so large in fact, that people have been asking me about the glitter under my eyes... Not good for such a splurge! However, the color range goes lighter than the Maybelline concealer. When I am darker I definitely prefer the Maybelline!
I hate using product pictures on here, but I wasn't going to buy a 30€ mascara, which I have a dupe for  at home! The brush, finish and longevity is identical. Dior does have the classier packaging, but for 3€ a pop, I am loving the Essence Get BIG! Lashes mascara. A perfect dupe for 1/10 of the price! 

Now this is another perfect dupe, so perfect in fact that my formerly holy-grail MAC Studiofinish concealer has been kicked to the curb! The Catrice Camouflage cream is about 2-3€ and is an exact dupe for the MAC concealer. It has the exact same consistency and comes in extremely light shades. The big drawback is that Catrice only offer about 3 shades, while MAC offers a wider variety. This tends to be the case with drugstore make up! As for coverage, consistency, longevity and price I much prefer the Catrice version!

What are products you love to splurge or save on? I would love to know! Glad to be back, this time for good! :)


I took both of the product pictures off of! :)