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One of the very few things about winter which I don’t absolutely hate is the trend for sparkly makeup. With Christmas coming up and recently back from holidays, I’m trying to give my wallet a gentle rest, especially considering that I might be upgrading my laptop in the near(ish) future. The perfect combination of these things?

Budget range Christmas collections!


These offerings are from Catrice, one of the few budget brands I really love. (The other, for reference, is Essence. And NYC and Claire’s do great nailpolish, even if I find their actual makeup lacking.) What I picked up here was the LE Metallure nailpolish in Metalfusion, and the LE Metallure shadows in Metallight (left) and Metalfusion (right). You can read Beaut.ie’s review of the full collection here— unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get my hands on half the range (and I really wanted the nude-ish lippy, too), because apparently this stuff sells out fast.

However, here are my thoughts on what I did pick up:

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I’m going to open this write-up with what I said once I’d tried this product on: WOW.


Catrice’s “Made To Stay Highlighter Pen” is basically what’s been missing from my life (and my face), and I didn’t even know it. As soon as it was applied, my cheekbones just about jumped off my face. To make sure it wasn’t a fluke, I tried it on my collarbones to delightedly discover it had the same effect.

I had previously tried Benefit’s “Watt’s Up”, and though I loved the formulation and super cute packaging, it didn’t work for me. The stick was too big (I’m 5’4, so I have a pretty small face), and the colour was all wrong. The tone difference was so great that any time I tried to wear it without lots of foundation, it looked like I had painted stripes on my face, and efforts to blend it left me needing to rub virtually all of it off to avoid impersonating a fabulous zebra.

Not so with this stuff. If you like your highlighters large enough to allow for quick, random-flash application, this may not be for you: the stick is quite small, less than a centimeter in diameter. If, however, you prefer precision application, then this might be your new best friend. The other brilliant thing about it? The colour.

There were three colours available, although sadly whoever had applied the labels seems to have done it arseways, because I noticed two different names on different sticks of what was definitely the same colour. Consequently, I’m not sure which one I ended up with, but I believe it’s “Eye Need”. What I will say, though, is that I now credit this product for finally telling me whether I have pink-toned or yellow-toned skin: it’s yellow. The pink-toned stick looked exactly like the Benefit one did on me. The stronger yellow one was better, but it didn’t work, either. This sort-of-champagne-y one, though? Perfect.

It also has excellent staying power, and even after much of it has rubbed off, it still gives a gentle, subtle glow.

I cannot get over the difference a small amount of this product makes. I’ve tried plenty of highlighters before, and only one has ever had the same impact on me: a beautiful Versace powder that I bought in Harvey Nichols about eight years ago, which I’m pretty sure has been quite thoroughly discontinued. In addition to being discontinued, that one also cost the blue earth, and came in a huge (but very beautiful) gold box, so I am DELIGHTED to find a replacement that’s affordable, portable, and available!

Two tiny niggles: it’s not especially buildable (in the photo above, the lower swatch has two passes of colour, the top one about four), and it’s not as easy to blend as other offerings like the Benefit one I mentioned earlier. You have to blend it right after application, because it dries out quickly on account of that “Made To Stay” element. Despite that, though, I would absolutely recommend this product, and will certainly be buying it again in the future.

Have you tried these highlighters before? Have you struggled with identifying whether your skin tone tends towards pink or yellow? Are you excited about recent replacements you’ve discovered for beloved discontinued items? Drop me a line and let me know!


I’m going to fess up here: I’m cheating with this one. I don’t own gel eyeliner, so I bought this to use as a lip brush, and boy, does it do exactly what I wanted.


It’s double-ended, this is exactly what I wanted, as you can use the skinny side to paint the outline and the flat side to paint the lip. I rarely wear lip pencil (only with red lippy, basically) since I find if you use a brush to line your lips with lipstick or gloss, it prevents bleed reasonably well.

The bent tip at the skinny end makes it really easy to draw the line pretty precisely, even if (like me) you have the motor control of an angry gibbon. The flat brush is excellent as well, but if you have thin lips, you might struggle to wield it without getting colour everywhere.

Overall, this brush is exactly perfect for me and does just what I wanted it to. For under €5, you’ll struggle to find better, and I absolutely recommend it.

Do you often repurpose beauty products from their intended use? Have you tried this product before? Are you a fan of lip brushes in general? Drop me a line and let me know!


My recent visit to Dundrum recently saw me picking up the Catrice eyebrow perfecting and shaping gel that I’ve been meaning to try for a while.


I can safely say, I’m delighted I didn’t go for the more expensive version of this product, because it quite categorically does not work for me. I don’t think it’s any fault of the product, though, I think it’s just because:
a) It’s not that my hairs are too blonde, it’s that they’re just entirely absent,
b) I can’t seem to use the wand to deliver product to hair as opposed to the skin, and
c) There’s only one colour option available.

Seriously, I ended up with giant brown smears all over my eyelids while my brows remained as naked and bald as– Well.

Suffice to say, I won’t be relinquishing the brow powder any time soon, but if you’ve got superior motor control and lots of present fine blonde hairs, this could be the product for you. I will say that it feels pretty nice once it’s on,, but alas: it’s still not for me.

Are you a fan of brow gel? Do you prefer powder like me? Do you have any usage tips I could try to apply this better? Drop me a line and let me know!

UPDATE: Since I wrote this post, I’ve tried it a few more times, and I think I was too harsh on first review. While the application is still an issue (and will, I suspect, always be more difficult than applying powder), I’ve come to the conclusion that it does a better job visually than I’d initially given it credit for: my brows are more defined than their naked selves, and in a more natural way than with the application of a powder.

My main gripe, then, apart from the application concern (which is more my fault than theirs, let’s be honest) is that there seems to be only one colour available, and it’s way too dark for my pale skin and mouse-coloured hair. I would consider purchasing this product again, but only in the event of a lighter colour becoming available.


I think I should probably make a tag for these, since most of my shopping seems to come from Dundrum these days! This most recent visit has been to McCabes and M&S. I also visited Boots, but they are STILL out of Hydraluron. My supplies of that stuff are now running dangerously low, and I’m beginning to get concerned!


From top: Catrice Gel Eyeliner Brush ~€4
Holly Sharpe for M&S Limited Collection Face Palette €16
Catrice Smokey Eyes Brush ~€4
Catrice Eyebrow Lifter ~€4
Catrice Eyebrow Filler ~€4
Catrice Made to Stay Inside Eye Highlighter Pen ~€4
Catrice Made to Stay Highlighter Pen ~€4

As you can see, I went on a bit of a Catrice spree today! They’re one of my favourite budget brands– I prefer to try new-to-me products in budget offerings before splashing the cash on a more expensive brand. That way, I have fewer regrets and more pennies if I find whatever-it-is doesn’t work well for me. I have to say, though, Catrice have impressed me with their quality, and their prices are phenomenal. Double-ended brushes for under a fiver? Consider me sold.

Apologies for the estimated prices above; mum took the McCabes receipt home with her, so I’m going by memory. As far as I can recall, though, nothing I bought there was over a fiver, which I think is pretty excellent. I’ll be doing more detailed reviews of the individual items as I use them over the coming weeks. I have to confess: I’m most excited about the brow gel, because brows are a serious bone of contention for me, and I’m always on the lookout for something that will give mine the perfect touch. Here’s hoping I’ve struck gold here! I’m currently using Benefit Brow Duo, and I’ll be curious to measure this gel version against a powder product.

The last item I picked up, in M&S, is kind of a funny one. I was debating some Stila palettes in Harvey Nichols today, each of which were €32. Not bad, I thought, for ten shadows– at €3.20 a pop, that’s good value. Here are the two I was considering:


Cute, right? There are two other sets in the range, but they’re way too similar to the Naked palettes I already own for me to consider. These, though… There’s a nice enough mix of blues, greens, pinks, purples, and neutrals that I thought they were worth considering. I was giving some serious thought to purchasing both of these when I spotted this palette from M&S. Here’s what it looks like opened out:


As mentioned previously, I’m no fan of Limited Edition products, but I couldn’t pass this one up. Can you spot the similarities in colours to the Stila palettes above? This M&S one is half the price of one of those, with bonus lipglosses and blushers to boot! I’m super excited about this find. I swatched them on my hand in the store, and the colour payoff seemed to be pretty decent, although the staying power of course is slightly less than the Stila offerings. (I’m guessing a bit of primer will fix that, though.) The colours aren’t exactly the same, either; the purple is a little more wine, and there’s a green and a turquoise rather than a teal… But that actually works out better for me, so I’m very pleased with my purchase. I’ll do a more thorough write-up on it once I’ve had a chance to use it, but I think this is going to be a good buy.

My makeup drawer is beginning to become a bit cluttered with palettes, so I think it’s time I give shopping for them a break… With the possible exception of the new Urban Decay brights one, when I can get my grubby hands on it, because that thing just looks amazing.

Are you a palette fiend? Are you a lover of Catrice or M&S offerings? Do you have a favourite budget beauty brand you’d like to share? Drop me a line and let me know!