Catrice Kaviar Gauche LE collection ~ preview

Catrice Kaviar Gauche collection

Catrice Kaviar Gauche collection

Normally, I only show you pieces from limited edition collections that I really like. Well, this time, the story is the same, but what you’re seeing is actually the entire colection. It’s so absolutely beautiful that I would love to own everything in it. As you can tell from the photo above, I already got a quick peek at the collection at Beautyful Bloggers MeetUp and quickly decided that I want to introduce it to you.

Kaviar Gauche is one of the most fashionable brands in Germany, best known for their wedding gowns. This is the third time they collaborated with Catrice and I think the end result is stunning. There is a ton of gold and small detailing that makes this collection an absolute eye candy. You know how I always say that Catrice is stepping up their game? Well, this Kaviar Gauche & Catrice is another example of this!

Catrice Kaviar Gauche LE – brushes (eye brushes 4,29 €, face brushes 5,69€)

Catrice Kaviar Gauche brushes

First, I want to show you the brushes. There are four brushes in the collection (left to right):  highlighter brush, eye lid brush, eye blender brush and blush&contour brush (try to say this sentence out loud!). They look absolutely stunning and would be a welcome addition to my collection. I had the chance to give them a whirl and I have to say they are incredibly soft. For the price, definitely something to consider if you’re looking for new, affordable brushes.

Catrice Kaviar Gauche LE – brush roll (6,29 €)

Catrice Kaviar Gauche brush roll

Good brush roll is hard to come by. I’ve had the same one for years and it’s not exactly pretty looking anymore. This brush roll from Catrice Kaviar Gauche is intended for two larger and three smaller brushes, but I think you could actually fit more than that in there. I love the entire look of it with the cute bow. The color is perhaps not the most practical for travel, but beautiful nonetheless.

Catrice Kaviar Gauche LE – eyeshadow quad Sans Souci (6,29 €)

Catrice Kaviar Gauche eyeshadow palette

Eyeshadow quads in LE from Catrice are kind of hit or miss with me and this one is definitely a hit. With the four colors, you can easily create an everyday look, but I’d buy this palette even just to look at. With the details in the pans and the stunning packaging, it’s perhaps the prettiest palette of this year.

Catrice Kaviar Gauche LE – highlighter Eclat D’Or (6,29 €)

Catrice Kaviar Gauche highlighter

This highlighter is absolutely huge! No joke – it’s about as big as my entire palm and that’s saying something. I don’t think I really need another highlight this size with Cubanita and everything, but at the same time, Cubanita is golden and this one draws more toward the pink side. Again, an absolutely stunning product.

This line is already on the shelves in your favorite drugstore as I’m typing this. What’s your favorite product out of this line? Did you get anything for yourself already? Until next time, stay beautiful!


Essence Hello Happiness!

essence hello happiness

I know, I know – I’ve been posting so much about Essence lately that I really should just go and sleep in one of their stands, right? Well, the thing is that they’ve come out with so many new cool things I’m excited about that I really want to share them with you. So – I promise this Hello Happiness introduction is the last Essence post for September, but I think it’s worth reading.

As most beauty bloggers, I’m an avid brush collector. I own brushes that cost 20 € per piece and I own brushes that cost 1 € per piece. I have stupidly expensive brushes that aren’t good at all and I have inexpensive brushes that are great. Hopefully, I’ll find some like that in the new Essence Hello Happiness line (LE) that’s coming to drugstores in about two weeks time.

What is Hello Happiness?

Hello Happiness is a line of seven different brushes with synthetic bristles and some fun additional products to make your life a bit easier. The prices range from about 1,5 € for a lip brush to 4,5 € for a short kabuki. They should be available in your local drugstores from 20.9. onward.

What kind of brushes can I get?

hello happiness essence brushes

Pretty ones. No, for real. Essence Hello happiness brushes all have a soft pastel design that looks absolutely adorable. In the collection, you can find (left to right): a lip brush (1,59€) and a duo eyeshadow brush (2,79€) which is flat at one end and rounded at the other. Honestly, the latter is probably the one I’ll skip because I don’t have a good way to store dual-ended brushes and they always get damaged. Next, we have a corrector sponge (2,49 €) which I’ll definitely get because I don’t have a sponge brush yet and I’m curious as to how it performs. There are also a blush brush (3,59€), strobing brush for highlighter (3,59€) and a contouring brush with longer bristles (3,59€). The pièce de résistance of the line in my opinion is the flat powder kabuki brush (4,39€). If it’s as dense as it looks in the photos, it’ll be perfect to apply liquid foundation or really pack in translucent powder under the eyes!

Anything else about Essence Hello Happiness I should know?

hello happiness essence brush rollWell, yes. I’m a big, big fan of the Freedom Brush Bath (read about it *here*) but I’ll naturally try the Essence brush cleansing soap (2,79€) as a cheaper alternative to see how they compare. I’m also quite tempted by the brush roll with seven spaces for larger and smaller brushes (3,29 €). For those who don’t own anything like this, I think it’s a great option. I also love the design which is perfect for traveling!

I won’t be buying all of these Essence Hello Happiness brushes since I really don’t need them, but I’ll probably get two or three – most likely the corrector sponge, blush brush and flat kabuki. I just hope I make it to the stand in time – these limited editions seem to just fly off the shelves, don’t you agree? Which one out of the bunch is your favorite? Until next time, stay beautiful!

My top 10 make-up brushes

I often get asked which brushes are my favorites – do I prefer drugstore brands or is it worth investing into more expensive brushes. I also get asked about fake brushes that you can purchase from various websites – if you want to know about my experience with those, let me know in the comments below!

Anyway, I own both drugstore and high-end brushes – too many of both, to be quite honest with you, since I love buying and trying new ones. As you will see, my favorites consist of both. These are the brushes I use on a regular day when doing my go to make-up look. I listed some prices below, but to find the best deal, check out *this post* I wrote about my favorite online stores and their offers!

Let’s start with the bigger brushes I use for my face.

I always apply foundation with a blending sponge and practically never use a brush. Then, I use the ELF Powder Brush to apply face powder and/or setting powder. I like this brush since the bristles are quite tightly packed and pick up the product really well. I bought this from iHerb for about 7 $ about two years ago and although I use it every day, it’s still in great shape.
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