Cargo Vintage Escape review & swatches


I know that it’s a bit late for an autumn palette review, but it’s so cold and gloomy outside, and I thought that a little warmth, be it in the form of eyeshadow, will not go wasted.

The beauty pictured above is Cargo’s Vintage Escape eyeshadow palette. If I’m not mistaken, it was a limited edition and it was part of last years fall collection, but you can still find it on Amazon or eBay for a fraction of the full price. Normally I’d be wary of fakes when shopping on these two particular sites, but since Cargo is not one of the most expensive brands out there I don’t think there is danger in this particular case.

The palette contains 12 shades (5 matte and 7 shimmers) of eyeshadow and a dual-ended brush. Usually the brushes which come with palettes like this really suck (I’m looking at you The Balm cosmetics), but surprisingly enough, this one is pretty good and I find myself using it. The shader side is soft and picks up shadow well, and the liner side is, well, a gel-liner brush – not hard to mess up.

The colour selection is gorgeous – there is not a single shade I don’t like. Somehow it captures every pretty autumn colour – the soft and deeper browns, copper, blue-gray, muted green and even a deep matte black. I look at it and I see my favourite season.

Below are the shades swatched over the Too Faced Shadow Insurance. For every colour there is a finger swatch on the left and a brush swatch (done with Zoeva 234 Smoky Shader brush) on the right.


Harvest Moon is a matte white/yellow. It’s pretty sheer, but works great as a inner corner highlight or browbone colour.

Cuddle is a shimmery light pink. It looks coral in the pan, but it’s not.

Frolic is just beautiful. There’s no way to capture this colour on pictures and the swatch does not do it justice. It’s rich warm brown with green shimmer. There is something similar in Wet’n’Wild’s Comfort Zone palette, but Frolic is way prettier in my opinion.


Crisp is pretty close to Harvest moon colour wise, but shimmery. It looks just a tad yellower to me.

Hot Cocoa is a warm matte light brown. Perfect transition shade.

Autumn is a matte muted orange. I really like this one, because it is so hard to find a wearable orange eyeshadow.


Cinnamon is a deep bronze metallic shade.

Twigs is a shimmery blue-gray.

Black Crow is a deep matte black.


Withered Leaves is a shimmery gold-green.

Rustic is a shimmery copper.

Chestnut is a deep matte warm brown. It looks really dark on the eyes.

All of the shades are pigmented, buildable, easy to blend and don’t have a lot of of fallout. The mattes are definitely on par with my Urban Decay Naked Basics 2.


The packaging is brown leather on the outside, and black plastic on the inside. The palette closes with a magnet and comes with a big mirror. It doesn’t look cheap and it’s sturdy.

Pictured below is the list of ingredients. I did my research online and it turns out that Cargo is a cruelty free brand and does not test it’s products or ingredients on animals. Cargo products are also not sold in China. Sadly, the company is owned by TPR Holdings which does own other brands that conduct test on animals.


Overall, I love Vintage Escape. I love the formula, I love the shade selection, I love the diversity and the fact that you can create a look using just this palette and nothing else. On me the shades wear well for 6-7 hours over a base. When it comes to Cargo eyeshadows I’ve heard that they are a bit of a hit or miss – sometimes the palette will be good and sometimes not so much, but this one is a true gem in my opinion. If you can get your hands on it, make sure to get it.


OPI All Stars review & swatches


I know, I know… I’m really late on the bandwagon for this one. :-) This holiday set came out two years ago, but I found it in an online cosmetics outlet recently and snatched it nevertheless. I figured a review would still be useful, even though it’s not available anymore, because all the polishes in the set are on OPI’s permanent shades list, thus you could still buy them individually.

The set contains ten mini nail-polishes (3.75ml). The shades, from what I understand, are OPI’s top ten best selling shades of all time:

  • Bubble bath – pale, translucent nude for french manicure
  • Tickle my France-y – opaque warm taupe
  • Alpine snow – white for french manicure, really opaque
  • Princesses rule – almost translucent ping glitter topper
  • Strawberry margharita – cold toned hot pink
  • That’s hula-rious – mint green
  • Do you have this colour in Stock-holm – bright turkish blue, leaning towards purple
  • Lincoln Park after dark – dark, almost black, purple
  • Big apple red – warm true red
  • Malaga wine – dark wine red, cold toned



The polishes were packaged in two separate boxes of five, which would be great if you decided to gift the set to more than one person. All the colours have OPI’s well known formulation, which lasts on my nails 3-4 days without chipping. That duration however is strictly individual and depends heavily on the nail itself and the top and base coats used (I use Essie’s Millionails and Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri).


Overall, I’m pretty happy I got my hands on this set. I think it’s a great introduction to OPI nail polishes and the shade selection is great. I for one already plan on purchasing full sizes of my favourite shades in the set – ‘Malaga Wine’, ‘Lincoln Park after dark’ and ‘Do you have this colour in Stock-holm?’.




Wet’n’Wild Coloricon Vinyl Collection Review & Swatches


Today I’m gonna share with you a short review of the Wet’n’Wild  Coloricon eyeshadow palette in the shade “Vinyl Collection”.

The palette was part of a limited edition collection released last summer, but you can still find it online (eBay & Amazon).  The collection included five different eyeshadow palettes of which I ordered three, but ended up giving away the other two and keeping just the one pictured here (big surprise – I’m a sucker for neutral shades). I got them from the brands bulgarian Facebook page.

The palette contains six different eyeshadow shades, a brush and a sponge applicator. The packaging is typical for Wet & Wild, but is white instead of the brands traditional black. I actually like it better like that. Sadly, quality wise, nothing has changed. The packaging is still prone to breaking and opening inside your makeup bag.



Wet’n’Wild is Peta-certified, cruelty-free brand, which, as they state on their web-site, has never tested and will never test on animals. Not all Wet’n’Wild products are vegan, though. Here  you can find a list of products made by the brand, which are vegan. This palette is not one of them.

The palette contains two matte and four shimmery shades. They are swatched below, without base, going top to bottom row.


  • The left shade on the first row is a matte beige, which is not very pigmented. It may work well as a blending color over a good base, but is certainly the most disappointing color of the palette.
  • The right shade on the second row is a champagne pink with chunky glitter pieces. The pigmentation is nice. I like the color and would wear it as all-over the lid shade, but the glitter puts me off a little bit.
  • The left shade of the second row is a gorgeous, buttery, pigmented bronze. It’s beautiful!
  • The right shade of the second row is a nice, shimmery, taupe color. This looks amazing all-over the lid and is pigmented and blendable.
  • The left shade on the third row is olive green mixed with gold. It’s beautiful and pigmented. This one I find the most unique of the palette.
  • Finally the right shade on the third row is a rusty brown matte with big pieces of gold glitter. The pigmentation on this one is way better than the other matte, but is still lacking a bit.

Overall I think the quality of the shadows is good. The shimmery shades are as good as the shadows in the popular Coloricon palettes of the brand like Comfort zone for example. The mattes are not as good. Same goes for longevity. I would not skip base on these shadows. I like the color selection a lot. The shades look great next to each other, but you cannot create an eye look only with this palette (or at least I would not). That being said – I don’t reach for Vinyl Collection a lot, because as pretty as the colors are, they just do not work with my skin tone (believe me, I tried). I might use the taupe and the green, but the rest are just not for me, so I might pass this away to a friend.

My rating: 3/5 – not bad, but I would not spend time hunting it down on eBay.




Essence All About Roses Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches


Essence is well known for it’s affordability and sometimes surprisingly good quality. I’ve never tried the eyeshadows of the brand before, but last week I picked up a palette of their regular range. It’s just that in the month of love and wine eight rosy neutral eyeshadows seemed like a good investment. The “All about…” palettes from the brand are available in 3 more shades and retail for a mere 9 leva (less than 5 euros).


The palette contains 3 matte and 5 shimmery colors. They range from light to dark and all have pink/rosy undertones. At first I wasn’t impressed with the quality of the shadows at all – they seemed very poorly pigmented and chalky. However, after I swatched them a few times and dug under the top layer they got better. The pigmentation improved and the formula was slightly creamier. There is a medium amount of fallout when I use them and they definitely need an eyeshadow base underneath. Here are the swatches of the colors:


Those are the top and bottom rows from left to right. They are swatched over Artdeco’s Eyeshadow Base. Unsurprisingly the matte shades are less pigmented followed by the light shades. I was, however, very pleasantly surprised by the matte pinky/taupe shade on the bottom row(third one in the second picture) – I see myself wearing it as an all-over-the-lid color a lot. Sadly, the rest of the bottom row is not impressive at all. The top row swatches ok.

For it’s price I think the palette is ok. I would not run to the store to buy the rest of the range, but some of the shades are pretty nice and I see myself using them. Overall I’d give it a 2.5/5 – the color selection is beautiful, but the quality is not so great, which of course is to be expected in that price range.

Goodbox August 2015


I don’t know about you, but I feel like subscription boxes would not exist if it wasn’t for beauty bloggers. I just don’t think the idea would sell that well if it wasn’t advertised in blogs/vlogs so much. When I first heard of such services I brushed the idea off pretty quickly. I didn’t really trust the concept of paying money to get a number of products I can’t pick out myself. Well I was wrong and now this is the next big thing. So unsurprisingly I’m the last person to jump on the bandwagon.

Today I’ll talk about Goodbox – a bulgarian beauty/lifestyle subscription box with a focus on natural and bio products. Unfortunately, at least for now, Goodbox is only available in Bulgaria. The delivery fee is fixed – 3 leva, and the subscription for 1,3 or 6 months is respectively 20,19 and 18 leva.  The orders for each months box are made until the 20th and the shipping takes place after 25th of the month.

 This month the theme of the box were products made in Bulgaria:


Go4Raw Raw Bar – Orange 25g (1.99 leva) – This raw was supposed to be taken with me to my next trip to the gym, but my sweet tooth had none of that. It was delicious. :)

Kombucha Life – Life Natural Drink – Ginger 500ml (4.00 leva) – I love soda a *bit* too much and my inner struggle to stop drinking the sugar filled poison has been going on for quite some time now. This seemed like an interesting alternative, but it honestly did not impress me. Maybe it was the flavor. I still would give the brand another shot if I find it in stores.

Natur Bio Whole Wheat Crackers 45g (1.20 leva) – These crackers were awesome! I’m really glad I found these! I plan to order 7-8 packets and keep one in my bag at all times.

Vanilla Kitchen Homemade Halva 100g (?) –  I don’t know if halva is a thing outside Turkey and Bulgaria, but I adore it. This sample was healthy and delicious. The only thing stopping me from ordering a ton is the fact that I cannot seem to find it in the online store of Vanila Kitchen.

100 % natural soap for stains from Soap Workshop 80g (?)

е.Лек Lavender Balm 20g (4.80 leva) – Това мехлемче обещава да помогне при обриви, екземи, безсъние, главоболие,преумора, както и да отблъсква комарите. Ето защо и бързо бързо си намери нов собственик в лицето на Ники. Обещавам да докладвам, ако успее да пребори дългогодишната екзема на ръцете му.

ArminaBio Rose Water 100ml (7.90 leva) – Заклета фенка съм на розовата вода и до момента използвах тази на Алтея. Радвам се, че мога да опитам и друга българска марка. Шишенцето е много симпатично!

Phytocode Eye Make Up Remover – Sensitive Skin 60мл (6.50 leva) – Phytocode е една от най-известните и обичани български марки козметика и се радвам, че най-сетне имам възможност да опитам техен продукт. Ще споделя по-подробни впечатления и за този лосион. :)

В кутията имаше и 2 мостри:

 Freen Natural Soap With Lemon Grass – Това е следващата ми поръчка. Сапунчето мирише страхотно свежо и е с биосертифицирани съставки.

 Phytocode Anti-redness face cream

С доставка кутията ми излезе 23лв, а продуктите в нея (без да смятам тези, за които не открих цени) са на стойност 27 лв. Аз съм много доволна от избора на продукти и качеството им, така че без да се бавя поръчах и кутията за месец Септември. Според мен инвестицията си струва и чакам с нетърпение да разбера с какво ще ме изненадат от Goodbox следващия месец. :)

Empties #1

Empties (2)

It’s been forever since I’ve posted here (and I’m sorry)!

My best friend has been nagging me (and thank God for that) to go back to blogging for months now. Truthfully – I wanted to start writing again just as much, but my life just seemed way too hectic. I’ve had so much on my mind that I wanted to put into words, but I just didn’t seem to find the time. Turns out the final kick in the butt I needed was seeing Milena’s beautiful blog come to life. If my amazing best friend can find time in her 16-hour workday to sit down and share a little beauty, wisdom and love with the world so can I!

Today I want to share all the products I’ve used up recently. I’m in the process of a ‘life clean up’ (I’ll talk about that more) right now and a part of it is of course is partially getting rid of the pile of cosmetics and makeup I have lying around.


Aroma Shower Cocktails Shower Gel – Sweet Mojito: For It’s price this was an OK shower gel, but nothing special. I used it in the fitness after a workout and I liked the refreshing scent (my current at fitness shower gel smells like Apricots, and I really miss the fresh feeling), but unfortunately it didn’t linger on my skin after the shower. Repurchase: Probably no.

I love… raspberry & blackberry Shower Scrub: I’m not sure if this was meant as a shower scrub or a shower gel, but either way – I’m not a fan. The consistency was very sticky and it didn’t foam up well. The exfoliating particles are just there for decoration – the amount is way too small to offer any exfoliation at all. The smell was nice  – sort of like bubblegum, but again –  it didn’t linger on my skin at all. Repurchase: No.

Balea Rasiergel – Caribbean Dreams:  A Favorite DM product. I’m on my 5th bottle right now. This is all I want from a shaving foam: dirt cheap and does its job very well: lots of creamy soft foam. I don’t care too much for the scent – I just pick up whatever is available. I use this up fairly quickly (maybe a bottle per month), but as I said it’s very cheap so I don’t think this is a problem. Repurchase: Definitely.

Naturalium Shower Gel & Body Lotion – Peach: These were a great find at Lilly. They are free from parabens, colorants, phthalates and phenoxyethanol. The smell is amazing and stays on for 2-3 hours. The bottles are huge (the shower gel is 500ml) and the prices are great. The body lotion is pretty average – the hydration factor is not that great, but the consistency was nice and it did soak up pretty fast. I have a lot of body products on my hands right now, but I’ll be going back to these in the future for sure. I’m eyeing the melon scent to try next. Repurchase: Yes.


Nashi Pure Keratin Shampoo & Conditioner: I have mixed opinion about these. I have tried the Argan shampoo and conditioner from Nashi and I adored them. These I liked, but it wasn’t the same wow effect and I think that’s because they are not right for my hair type. My hair is not colored (ever) and I don’t use heat tools on it, so clearly these were too strong of a treatment for it. I would like to give them another chance, but only if my hair needs that type of care. I’ll be picking up the Argan series again, though. Repurchase: In a different series.

Garnier Ultra Doux Shampoo & Conditioner – Honey Treasures: Just a regular drugstore shampoo and conditioner. Nothing special or worth mentioning. I’d skip them. Repurchase: No.

Naturalium Shampoo & Conditioner – Mango: This was a let down after the shower gel and the body lotion of the brand. First of all I don’t like the idea of a shampoo and conditioner in one product. For my hair it just doesn’t work, so I used this only as a shampoo. Still, it didn’t foam up well and my hair didn’t feel as clean afterwards (probably because of the conditioner part) and overall I didn’t like the feeling of it. Repurchase: No.

Syoss Restore Deep Repair Balsam:  Again, just a regular drugstore conditioner – only a slightly more expensive one. I’d skip this one as well. Repurchase: No.


Velnea Dry Shampoo: I liked this dry shampoo. It didn’t leave white marks on my hair and gave me lot’s of volume but the only problem was: I used it 3 times and it was gone! Maybe I got a defect one, maybe it’s just smaller amount. I won’t be repurchasing, because, as you probably know by now, Batiste is already available in Bulgaria and I don’t think I’ll be buying another brand of dry shampoo soon. Repurchase: No.

Avon Advance Techniques ‘Protect it’ Heat Protecting Spray:  This did nothing? Or at least it didn’t feel any different with or without it. Wasted money in my opinion. Repurchase: No.


Avene Clean Ac Face Cream: This was prescribed by my dermatologist (along with other medicines) and I’m already using a second tub of it (only I’ve bought the Hydra version). I can see a difference in my skin, but it’s not just the result of this cream. What this does very well is not let my skin to dry out from the other medicines I’m using. It has quite an oily feeling and makes my skin shiny after just half an hour (thank God for powder), but it works. I wear it as a day cream. Repurchase: Already have.

Bioderma Sensibio Micelare Water: Do I need to say anything? A holy grail in the online beauty community and I’m on my third bottle (and I have one as a back up). I’ve compared it only to the micelar water from Avene, but that one irritated my eyes a lot, so I quickly got back to Bioderma (I’m trying to use up the Avene one at my boyfriend place). I don’t wear heavy, waterproof makeup and this works just fine for me. I don’t think I’ll change it soon.  Repurchase: Already have.

Maybelline Collossal Volume Express Mascara: Is it just me or all Maybelline mascaras are the same? I keep buying them, but I fail to find any difference in performance. Anyway I have the newest one currently and I think it does just the same. Repurchase: A different kind.

Nivea Fruity Shine – Pink Guava: I finished a lip balm before losing it! Praise me everyone! This was a decent lip balm, but I’ve had way better. I got tired of the scent pretty quickly and I just wasn’t that impressed. Repurchase: No.

Do you have any different thoughts on these products? Please let me know!

Dessie :)

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