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Catrice x Marina Hoermanseder Spring 2017

I have to hand it to the Catrice creative team, they bang out a lot of great little collections every year for dirt cheap. I don’t love all their products (in fairness it’s the same with any brand), but I feel like they’re the most consistently good, (properly) budget brand out there. Their latest offering to our tired, empty wallets is the limited edition collaboration with designer Marina Hoermanseder, the second time she’s come on board for a collection. This time, it’s inspired by her own Spring/Summer collection with an emphasis on belts and pale pink which has filtered through to this release in all sorts of impossibly pretty ways.  Lads, it’s ALL sorts of gorgeous to look at so I was dying to get stuck in. Oh and today’s pictures are taken using my brand new lightbox which Lar treated me to which is amazing and actually allowed me to take these pictures late at night, woo hoo! I’m going to review it soon as I’ve been asked about it so keep an eye out if you’re interested. Continue Reading

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Isadora Spring Releases

Would you believe that I haven’t reviewed IsaDora on the blog since 2015? I think IsaDora have possibly suffered from being one of those brands that isn’t quite as sexy and stupendous as a lot of others and, rather unfairly, I’ve neglected them completely. It wasn’t even a matter of dismissing them, I think I’d become blind to their stands altogether. Sometimes as a blogger, being sent products makes you pay attention to a brand or a collection that normally may have passed you by and if I’m lucky enough to discover some great products I wouldn’t have normally stumbled upon, you can be damn sure I’m going to blog about them to make sure you know about them too. So that’s exactly what I’m going to do here. Continue Reading

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Benefit They’re Real Double the Lip VS Catrice Ombré Lipstick

I can’t actually remember the last time I did a dupes post which means I had forgotten how satisfying they are. Dupes are gold dust in blogging and it’s actually relatively hard to find a genuine 24 carat one, so I tend to rely on the dedicated bloggers out there who are essentially dupe hunters.  Nowadays, budget brands saturate and often specialise in recreating cheap versions of luxury buys but, as you know yourself, a few are great, some are decent and some are down right shite. The very odd time, you’ll hit the magical unicorn dupe, the rare time when a dupe isn’t’ just as good, it’s better. So lo and behold, that’s what I have for you today. Continue Reading