pixi Pat Away Concealer Base – To tattoo or not to tattoo

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I have to admit, I am a fickle person. And that is what has kept me from getting a tattoo so far.

See, I grew up in a time when having a tattoo was proof of time either served as marine or in jail, but things changed when I reached adolescence and suddenly they were everywhere.

Now most of my friends are tattooed, even Mr. Loca is, and I think it is a beautiful way of self-expression and an art.

Review: pixi Pat Away Concealer Base
pixi Pat Away Concealer Base


I decided long ago that I would get a tattoo as well. I was sure of the motif, the placement, everything. But I didn´t have the money and decided to save up for it. While in the process of saving, I changed my mind. First on the placement, then on the motif, then on the placement again.


And that got me thinking. Can I really truly commit to one thing permanently etched into my skin?

Jury is still out on that, but it might be the reason why I judge every concealers coverage on its ability to potentially cover a tattoo. Could the pixi Pat Away Concealing base * do that? Let´s find out.

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Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – The downsides of traveling

They say that travel broadens the horizon and helps you grow as a person.

And I wholeheartedly agree with that.

But what happens after you return home, all grown and filled with new experiences, only to find that the same boundaries still hold you?

Now I don’t want to get deep here. I am talking about makeup, you see?


Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in "Fair"
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in “Fair”


Just imagine what happens when you get to try a makeup item you wanted to purchase for quite some time and fall head over heels for it while knowing it isn’t available where you live?

Well, there is a solution, but I will come to that later. I want to talk about the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in “Fair” first.

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Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Concealer – Marks all over my face

As long as I can remember, I had marks on my face.

When I was a baby, I had seborrheic eczema on my cheeks for some time. Harmless, but not very pretty.

When I reached the age of eleven, the first spots made their appearance, and despite (or maybe because of) my frantic attempts to get rid of them, continued to expand from my forehead all over my face.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Concealer
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Concealer

When I reached the age of twenty, I figured my skin would get better, but the joys of adolescence seamlessly blended in with upcoming adult acne. Less spots, but deep set, cystic ones that left hyper pigmentation and red marks when they finally went away.

These days I am pretty much at peace with my skin and my breakouts, but while I do my best to make the marks fade, that process takes time and patience. So I rely on concealer in the meantime. Preferably a concealer that blends seamlessly, doesn’t cake and stays in place all day.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Flawless Wear Concealer SPF 10 claims all that, so of course I had to give it a go. Read more


Going through phases – Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer + Treatment

Now that has to be one of the longest product names in history!
And one of the most talked about products, too. Whenever favorite drugstore concealers are mentioned, this one is most likely on the list.

The Eraser (1 von 2)
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer and Treatment

When a product gets that much love, I go though different phases:

1. “I need it in my life, immediately!”
Lasts between a few seconds and a few days, until I realize I should probably use the three other concealers waiting for me in my drawer first.
2. “Let´s see if it sticks around.”
Lasts between weeks and months, usually depending on the availability of the product.
This is when I pin it to my Pinterest board. And promise to buy it after I tested all the other concealers in my drawer first.
3. “Screw it, everyone is still talking about it. I am a blogger after all, I need to be up to date!”
If I am lucky, this happens after I really tested out at least one of the other concealers already waiting in my drawer…

And then there is phase 4: The one where I am testing and testing and finally writing down my opinion for you guys.
Here is what I think about MAYBELLINE Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles + Treatment – Neutralizer. Read more

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Battling a cold with … Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 15

In case you wondered what a must-have spring accessory for children at the age of one this year is, let me fill you in:
A runny nose.

Maybelline Fit Me Conealer in 15 (slightly battered and almost finished)

Little Bean, being all fashionable, had to get one after all the kids at daycare sported theirs.

And while the days are just fine, and toys and toddlers are a great distraction, the nights have been troubled.
Waking up every two hours, crying because she can’t properly breath (which doesn’t improve congested nostrils), she has had me relying on two things:
Nose drops and concealer.

As you may know by now, I rarely leave the house without concealer. My undereye area is dark even if I get enough sleep, and enough sleep has been rare these last 13 months.

Most of the times I settle for a peach toned corrector (read here about my current one) and just dab a little foundation over the top, but when major help is needed, I reach for something more brightening.
This is where the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in the shade 15 makes its appearance.

What Maybelline claims:
Covers imperfections and a dark undereye area perfectly while brightening. Easy to apply and lightweight.

The sleek looking tube comes with a doe foot applicator and contains 6,8 ml of product.
You can get four different shades, 10 Light, 15 Fair, 20 Sand and 25 Deep, with 10 and 20 having a more beige toned base when swatched as opposed to 15 and 25, which appear more pink.
The shade 15 is too light/pink for my NC 20 skin, while 20 and 25 are too dark, so I would try 10 next.
Don’t be fooled by the numbers: When swatched, 15 is lighter than 10!

One swipe on the back of my hand

One tube retails for 5,45 € here.
For reference, mine has lasted me more than 9 months, using it approximately every other day.

It has a creamy texture and is easy to blend, but the coverage is light and not very buildable.
I am not able to cover my scars or blemishes, and used without a corrector underneath, it isn’t enough for my undereye area. Think YSL Touche Eclat (if you have tried this one).

Spongey doe-foot applicator

Favorable ingredients:
A little Glycerin and Vitamin E, but nothing overexciting. But it is a concealer, not an eye cream, so who cares.

Unfavorable Ingredients:
Mineral Oil derivates, if you are sensitive to that, and parabens. Again, it is a concealer, not skincare.

Worth mentioning is the included Titanium Dioxid, a mineral sunscreen. While a sunscreen on your eye area is nice to have, it can flashback in pictures, so test that first before wearing it on your wedding day.
I had no problems with flashback.

Does it live up to its claims?
In parts.
It is brightening and lightweight, but it doesn’t cover up imperfections and dark circles perfectly, as claimed.
In my opinion it is a non-shimmery highlighter with light coverage, but no concealer in the original sense of the word.

Will I rebuy?
Different shade, and maybe not the minute I finish it, as there are so many others to try, but it has become a staple I don’t want to miss.
After all, there will be more colds coming our way in the future.

Who do I recommend it to?

If you are looking for a brightening, highlighting product, go get it. It is cheaper than the Touche Eclat and has a similar effect.
But if you are looking for a heavy-duty concealer, look elsewhere.Many people compare it to the NARS Creamy Concealer, but I haven’t got my hands on this one (yet), so I can’t vouch for it being similar.
Anyone tried the NARSand this one and can compare?
Do you use corrector and concealer or do you rely on concealer only?

Please tell me in the comments.



One pan to find them, to banish and light them – MACs Pro Conceal and Correct Palette

Please excuse my sad attempt at rhyming, but my fellow nerds are going to recognize my tribute to Lord of the Rings.
Everyone else please be informed that my love for Concealer and Corrector is epic!

Concealer is easily my most used item.
Scars from recent or long gone blemishes, redness in my skin and my grayish-purple under eye shadows, I never run out of things I want to hide.

When I discovered Corrector, it was like a makeup epiphany.
Bobby Brown and You Tube introduced me to peachy shades that instantly added the three hours of sleep you didn’t get, and even on a no makeup day I still conceal my under eye area.

MAC Pro Conceal and Correct Palette in Light
After going through three pots of Bobby Browns “Light Bisque”, I figured it was time to branch out and try something else.
And because my love for MAC is true, I turned to their counter first.

What MAC claims:
Suitable for all skintypes, enriched with antioxidants. Can be combined to perfectly adapt every skins color. 
Claims for the Studio Finish Concealer are long-lasting, water-resistant and lightweight.
The palette retails for 42 € here. It contains four Studio Finish Concealer shades and two Correctors, with a total net weight of 6g. For comparison, a single Studio Finish Concealer contains 7g and retails for 20,50 €.
The shades included in the “Light” palette are NC 15 and NW 10 (top row, left to right), NC 20 and NW 20 (middle row, left to right) and Pale Yellow and Pale Pink (bottom row, left to right).
NC15, NW10, NC20, NW20, Pale Yellow. Pale Pink
Watched these shades appear darker than they really are. NC20 is just a little to dark for my face at the moment, for reference.
The mentioned antioxidants are Vitamin A and E, but they are low on the ingredient list, so I reckon there isn’t very much included.
Does it live up to its claims?
Most of them.
The shades can be mixed to suit your individual skin color, and I really like that I can use this palette throughout the year, no matter whether I am tanned or not. Mixing C and W is great for neutral toned girls like me, and the Corrector in Pale Pink works great on dark shadows.
It is long-lasting, water-resistant (but not waterproof) and doesn’t brake me out despite being creamy on application.
As for the added antioxidants, I am just not sure whether I need them in my concealer. I guess they won’t hurt, but most likely do nothing for my skin either.
The one thing I can’t agree with is lightweight. There are heavier formulas out there for sure, but I can feel it when applying it and still some time after. 
This might be just the price you pay for the excellent coverage, and it doesn’t bother me, but it is by no means a lightweight formula.
Will I rebuy?
I really like it, but I´d rather buy two or three different concealers and a corrector and customize my own colors this way. You always end up using one shade much more often than the others, and while I have hit pan on Pale Pink and NC20, I barely made a dent in Pale Yellow and NW10.
And while I really like the texture on my faces, it doesn’t work too well on my under eye area, as it creases and emphasizes my lines.
Of course lightly contouring and highlighting your face would totally be an option to put all the colors to use, but I just don’t do this everyday. And I wouldn’t want to cover my whole face with this texture.
Who do I recommend it to?
Anyone who likes the Studio Finish Concealer and goes through different grades of tan throughout the year. 
Or people who work on clients and need a variety of different shades.
And people with an obsession for Concealers, like myself.
Do you custom mix your concealer shades?
Or don’t you even bother, just using foundation?