Review: NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer!

When I ran out of my NARS Radiance Creamy Concealer my intention was to pick up a new one of them, but the temptation to try something new and fun got too strong and I clicked home the NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer instead.

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This is a potted concealer, which I don’t have very many of. The design is simple and classic NARS with the soft rubber black matte cap with the logo printed on. Simple and classic, and also a very unisex look which I would consider a plus these days. The size of this is very handy though, because I can just dip the tip of my beauty sponge straight into the pot so I don’t have to fuzz around with a brush. Being a fan of blending out the concealer with a sponge that is a big plus for me so I don’t have to add that extra step of applying it with a brush, or (gosh no!) put my fingers in the pot.

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The first thing that impressed me was how creamy and nice the concealer felt. I was expecting it to be a bit more dense and dry in formula since it’s not a liquid in a tube, but this one applies very smooth and creamy. It blends quickly into the skin as well.

I really like the looks of it. It gives a sort of blurred out look to the under eye, and it gives a very good coverage while still looking quite natural on the skin. It has a matte finish but I dont think it looks dry or enhance texture or fine lines as I find to be the case with some other matte concealers I’ve tried.

I am actually really impressed by the blurring effect of this concealer because it really makes my under eyes look very smooth and perfected. It’s almost like it brightens, evens out and gives a “lift” in addition to cover up darkness.

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Since this concealer has great coverage I found that it also work really well to spot conceal. Since it’ in a pot I found it very handy to just use a tiny little brush and spot conceal on any place necessary an the good coverage makes a little go a long way so it does not look heavy on the skin.

It does not feel heavy either as the formula is very lightweight. If that was not good enough I didn’t see any issues with creasing either and the tiniest bit of setting powder is enough to seal the deal, which off course helps get a natural look.

I am a big fan and I can already say for sure that I will repurchase this one when I one day run out, which I expect to take a while as a little goes a long way. Just a solid great quality concealer!

Did you try this? I would love to hear you opinion in the comments!

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Zoeva Artisto Eyeshadow Palette – Review & Swatches!

These little 10-pan palettes are such fun collectables since they are of a handy size, and usually have beautiful and decorative packaging. I got my fair share of these palettes by now. Most of them I really really like the quality of, but a few has been just OK, while one (Sweet Glamour) was just not my thing at all. So usually I really like them, but they are not as solid in quality as Colourpop where I rarely find duds in any of their palettes. There are both hits and misses in Zoeva’s line of palettes for me personally.

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The last palette I reviewed was the Eyesee palette which I think is decent but not good enough to give a raving review. So I was a bit excited where this one would place itself.

First of all, the packaging is as always beautiful. This time its black, with simple, elegant gold details. As usual it’s made out of cardboard, holds no mirror and is nice and sleek. A+ for handy, sleek and beautiful appearance.

Inside are 10 different shades. I kind of find this color story to be unique. It’s like a neutral palette but it does not have a single brown shade. Instead you have toned down blues, greens reds and oranges that are all very wearable shades despite not being your usual brown. The colors are matched in pairs with one matte and one shimmer. I think this setup is kind of genius. It is super wearable colorful shades with a very logical set-up. I think this one is perfect for people who want to wear color, but want it to be toned down. Or people who want to wear color but don’t really know how to. This palette tells you what crease shade would work with what lid shade to make a nice wearable look. I had this palette in my monthly makeup bag, and I wore the shades times and times again as a wearable look for work.

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To begin with I was honestly a bit underwhelmed, but in the end I ended up being impressed. The reason for me being underwhelmed was a few. Firstly it’s just not my favorite color scheme. It’s nothing wrong with it, and it’s a nice selection of shades for everyday looks, it was not just that pops that you get drawn to. You know, like that intense blue in a brown palette? I also get easily swayed by high shine metallics and intense shimmers, and that’s not what you get here. You get 5 mattes, one satin and 4 shimmers. They are not very intense shimmers, more of that subtle shine on the lid without any extra shine or glitter. So the reason why I was underwhelmed was not because the quality is not good, I just had to see through the fact that this palette does not have my personal favorite kind of shimmers and colors, without meaning there is anything wrong with the quality.

The five mattes are very buttery and nicely pigmented. As you can probably tell from the swatches even the lighter shade has some pigment to them and they easily show up on the eyes. Even that pale, pastel matte blue. Most of them perform nicely as well, and blends easily. The only exception was the matte blue because even though it is pigmented I found it a bit chalky and dusty. It made it a bit hard to blend without blending the color away and the result could be a bit patchy. I sticky base is necessary with this shade, at least no my lids. The rest of the mattes I did not have any issues with.

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The four shimmers are nicely pigmented, but without that high-shine you often see now a days. Nothing wrong with that, they just gives a more subtle look to the eye. I think this formula matches the muted colors because it makes the palette very wearable. Even the blue shimmer has a grey base that makes it look more muted than it appears in the pan, and makes the shade much more wearable.

I am under the impression this is a great palette if you are into more subtle looks, but you want something else than the regular browns. This palette offers some colors in a very sophisticated way. It’s also aligned in a way that makes it very easy and obvious what shades to match, or you can off course mix them all together. But the reason why this impressed me in the end was because it seems like a very thought through palette.

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I would say this is a good palette to try if you are a bit afraid of color, but want to try to widen the horizon, or if you just want something wearable and are tired of those boring browns. It’s also great if you want a palette that is really easy to put together a look with, because the palette is design with a crease shade and a matching lid shade in pairs all the way down the palette. For being just 10 shades it’s also surprisingly versatile as you get both greens, reds, oranges and blues. All in very wearable hues.

If you love bright colors and metallic intense shimmer shades, then this may not be your cup of tea. But the palette own is great!

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Makeup Hauls October 2018!

Time for another round up if my latest contributions to my humble (just kidding) collection. A bit late this month since we are half way through November already, but that’s just life sometimes.

I am becoming more and more of a Makeup Revolution fan! Is it just me or has the overall quality of their newer released been higher than it used to be? I have become quite impressed by their products lately. Off course I had to try the new Conceal & Define Foundation and I picked it up in two shades. I was hoping one to be a nice winter shade, and the other one to fit in early spring or late fall when I am not my usual pale self but still not very tanned. Summer is short and I am only very tan for like three weeks anyway. I think I managed to get the right shades for that.

I also picked out a new Conceal & Define Concealer since I am running very low on it, and the same thing goes for the Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation that’s also a repurchase.

The new brand by BeautyBay also released three big palettes (they got some smaller ones now, but when I picked up this they only had three). At first I thought I did not need any of them. They were too big I thought and with too many repetitive shades. But when I saw the reasonable price I had to try “Evolve” and see how it performed. It actually looks beautiful so maybe they are on to something!

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The Redken Frizz Dismiss Smooth Force Lotion Spray is my life saver. I always need this one around in my bathroom so I just keep on buying new ones. I use this almost every day!

I also added Glitter by The Gypsy Shrine in “Chunky Gold” so now I got some new glitter to play with. Glitters can really lift a look to the next level!

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The Huda Beauty Gemstones palette collection is really eye catching. I love that these are small, handy palettes with a colorful story, so I picked up the Emerald Palette. If I like it I am not against picking out some more and I am eyeing Sapphire and maybe Ruby or  Topaz! I have to see if I am happy about the quality first. I’ve tried two Huda Beauty palettes before, Desert Dusk (happy with that one!) and Rose Gold Textured Palette (Horrific!). So I am not willing to buy a whole bunch without trying, but I am putting Emerald to the test now and then we will see.

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And off course this happens every time Colourpop release a palette. I think this “It’s A Princess Thing” palette is really cute, and I love the grown up Disney princesses on the front! i think it looks wearable and cute so I am excited. I am sure I will love the quality of this as I usually do with Colourpop.

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Off course I knew I had to pick up the Norvina palette by Anastasia eventually. So for a 20% discount coupon I decided the time was right. I have to admit I still didn’t have time to use her yet, but soon!

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Lashes are something that needs to be replaced on a regular basis, and I saw my pair of Iconics from House Of Lashes had better days. So I ordered a new pair and picked up the style Midnight Luxe (top) in the same order. Alsways a fan of the House of Lashes false lashes!

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Another order from Makeup Revolution. The Opulence Blush Compact and the Opulence Highlighter Compact both look so beautiful, and high-end if I may add! The Brow Revolution Brow Tint in “Medium Brown” was kind of an error. I though it was a brow gel! I will still give it a try though. I also picked up the Revolution Pro Supreme Pigment Gel Liner in “Silver” to test if they are any good. The skull shaped Liquid Highlighter “Paranormal” was too cute not to pass on, and the Revolution Pro Skin Finish in “Radiance” I picked up because it looked so similar to a limited edition MAC powder that I unfortunately broke ( “By Candlelight” if you are curious). I was lucky because based on memory they look like dupes!

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I like supporting small indie brands and the brand Hello Gregory is at it’s very beginning with a small selection of highlighters and lashes (and an eyeshadow palette coming soon!), So i picked up the highlighters “Seafoam Pearl” and “Unicorn Frosting” along with the false lashes “Athena” and “Aphrodite”.

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And at the end I made yet another Makeup Revolution haul (I tell you I have been impressed by them lately). This years Christmas collection is to die for as well! I picked up the Jewel Collection Deluxe Eyeshadow palette, the Jelly Highlighter “Monumental”, and the three lip toppers in the shades “Luxurious”, Exquisite” and “Fortune”!

Did you pick up anything fun lately? Or did you have a low-buy or even a No–buy in October? I am considering a  month or two of low-buy soon, I just need some time to mentally prepare for it. Will happily receive any low-buy tips!

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Zoeva Artisto Eyeshadow Palette – 4 Makeup Looks!

Time to play with another palette by Zoeva, and this time it is the Artisto palette. A 10 pan eyeshadow palette with some muted colors that should make wearing color an easy everyday task even for neutral lovers. This palette is something as rare as a very neutral colorful palette with not a single brown, but still filled with colorful wearable shades. I have a lot of thought on this palette that off course will be highlighted in my review on Wednesday, but for now here are the four looks I did with the palette.

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  • Zoeva Artisto Eyeshadow Palette – Central Figure, The Goddess, Ploutos, Blessing, Mother’s House, Air and Water.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Liner – Immortal.
  • Kiko Smart Eye Pencil – 813.
  • Wet N Wild Lash Renegade Mascara.
  • Ardell Flawless Tapered Luxe Lashes – 804.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro90, Bro70.
  • Tdd Eye Colored Lenses  – HD Green-Gray.

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  • Zoeva Artisto Eyeshadow Palette – In The Groound, Naturalistic, Central Figure, The Goddess, Pre-History, Energetic, Ploutos.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Liner – Immortal.
  • Kiko Glamorous eye Pencil – 403.
  • Wet N Wild Lash Renegade Mascara.
  • Ardell Flawless Tapered Luxe Lashes – 804.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Tdd Eye Colored Lenses  – HD Green-Gray.

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  • Zoeva Artisto Eyeshadow Palette – Naturalistic, The Goddess, Pre-History, Blessing, Mother’s House.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Liner – Immortal.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30
  • Ardell Flawless Tapered Luxe Lashes – 804.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • H&M Colour Essence Eye Pencil – Azure Thing.
  • Dior Diorshow Mascara – 258 (blue)
  • L’Oreal Unlimited Mascara.

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  • Zoeva Artisto Eyeshadow Palette- Central Figure, Ploutos, The Goddess, Energetic.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Liner – Immortal.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30
  • Ardell Flawless Tapered Luxe Lashes – 804.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • H&M Colour Essence Eye Pencil- Grand Cru.
  • L’Oreal Unlimited Mascara.

The last one is probably one of the most neutral looks I’ve posted on my blog as I find it a bit more fun to post something bold or colorful instead, but I guess changing things up sometimes don’t hurt.

What is the most wearable eyeshadow color (except neutrals) in your opinion? I think mine would have to be earthy greens.

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Trash Talk – My Latest Empties!

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My never ending pile of empties! Time for another summary of some of the products I’ve finished lately.

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#129 Rituals Hammam Happiness Volume & Shine Conditioner: A very freshly eucalyptus scented conditioner with a cooling sensation. It makes my hair soft and shiny without feeling heavy. The scent is also very uplifting and perfect for early mornings! I would not mind buying this one again sometime!

#130 Rituals Pure Hammam Volume & Shine Shampoo: This matches the conditioner both with the way it makes my hair feel smooth and shiny while still adding volume. This is a nice set I would not mind picking up again.

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#131 It’s Skin Collagen Nutrition Serum: A cheap but nice K-Beauty serum that feels really hydrating and sinks into the skin quickly. Works nicely under face cream both for mornings and evenings. It comes in a nice glass bottle and both the experience of the serum and the looks of the bottle makes it feel much more expensive than the 11$ I had to pay for it. I could see myself picking this one up again.

#132 Bella Lucce Green Tea & Crushed Rice Body Scrub: This one makes me sad because the brand does not exist any more! They made really fantastic and luxurious body scrubs. If you can find this anywhere (I know they were retailed in many spa salons) it is absolutely worth picking up. I would for sure buy it again if it was available but sadly the brand is discontinued. I think I will have a hard time finding a brand that can replace the fantastic products from this line.

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#133 Colourpop No Filter Concealer: I am one of those people who really like this concealer. I am under the impression they are either hit or miss, but I was one of the lucky ones. I have to pick up a new one very soon because I find myself missing it already!

#134 Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara: This is a great one too! I don’t love it as much as L’Oreal Paradise Extatic, but it’s a really good drugstore mascara still. I would not mind picking this one up again either!

Turns out this time around I really enjoyed all my empties and could see myself picking up everything on a later occasion!

Did you finish anything fun lately?

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Review: Anastasia Dream Glowkit – Dream or Nightmare?

I really like Anastasia as a brand, and I have plenty of great products from the brand that I really appreciate. I also got several different glowkits. For me these have been overall good, but not all of them have reached up to the levels of being a favorites palette. I really really like the Sundipped palette for instance, but the Nicole Guerrero glowkit was a bit too glittery to my taste. So a bit of a hit and miss journey.

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The palettes are fun to collect though, and I decided to add the Dream Glowkit to my collection just based on other peoples swatches and reviews. It looks like an extraterrestrial intense glow in unique but still wearable colors. So I went to the store to pick it up without even opening the palette to swatch the shades myself. Big mistake!

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I mean, on swatches online they look stunning, and I think I went a bit blind on all the ravings about this palette and just gambled on it. That’s why I was so surprised to see that these highlighters are very glittery. We all got own opinions and taste about that. If you think glitter in highlighter is fine, then go rock it! But I prefer the ones without glitter. I can handle a bit of glitter if it’s very fine milled, but it’s unfortunately quite chunky in this palette.

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But, you should never judge a book by it’s cover. Or in this case your should never judge a makeup product without trying it on the skin. So I did! I was hoping to myself that if I took a dense brush and buffed it into the skin the glitter would be buffed away and I would be left with those nice glowing interesting shades, but I quickly realized that the glitter was there to stay. And I have to admit, even though I am not a big fan of glitter that it looked kind of cool. Maybe not for me, I am 31 years old and not cool at all, but I could see how someone else could totally rock it and look awesome. I decided to try to be cool and rock it myself for a day. Unfortunately, that nice glittery highlight was not just on my cheekbones after a couple of hours. I found it all over my cheeks, my nose, even my forehead. Not the look I was hoping for!

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I mean, the powders are pretty, just not on my cheekbones. I know I can use them as eyeshadows or inner corner highlighters as well, and if I try to get some use out of it that’s probably how I will use it. It was just not all what I was hoping for. And to be honest, with more than 1000 eyeshadows to choose from (rough estimate, I did not actually count) I just don’t see myself reaching for a highlighter palette when doing my eyes.

For me, unfortunately, this was not a dream. And I’ve now learned the expensive way to always always always swatch Anastasia glow kits.

What about you? Do you have it? Do you love it? Let me know in the comments!

XOXO

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September Rose Slush Palette – Review & Swatches!

This palette was one of those I knew I had to have as soon as I saw it. A fun, but rather unknown indie brand palette with 25 fun colorful shades. I love big colorful palettes like this so off course I had to have it! And I love supporting indie brands as well, so win win right?

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This palette really is stunning. The packaging is cardboard with a mirror. The outside has a print of a tropical beach babe with a huge hat and some palm trees and a pool in the background. Very tropical vacation vibes! Inside the packaging is yellow as a bright contrast to the fun shades.

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This is not a palette for the neutral lover. It does not exist a single brown shade in this palette, so this one is exclusively for summery, fun, colorful looks. You got one row of pinks, one with orange, one with yellow and green, one blue and one purple. They have fun summery names like Mango, Blue Lagoon, Raspberry, Banana, Tropical Fruit and so on. The finishes are a mixture of matte, shimmers, metallics and one matte with glitter in (you know what I feel about those shades already right?).

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I had so much fun creating looks with this palette, so I really enjoy the overall feel it gives and the creativity it sparks. I think maybe some of the shades are a bit too similar though. Especially in the purple row the three darker mattes look very similar on the eyes. Blue Lagoon in the blue row is a fantastic metallic shade. I am a bit confused why there are not more of this stunning formula in the palette, instead of for instance one of the three similar purple mattes. Also two of the  matte orange shades, and two of the pink shades was very hard to tell apart on the eyes. So even though you overall get a very nice selection of different finishes and different colors it could be better if some of the very similar shades was replaced with either something deeper to deepen the look, or a shade with a different finish. But by all means, the variety is good enough to create a number of fun looks.

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The quality is quite good, but there is a bit of inconsistency in the palette I think. As mentioned before Blue Lagoon is a stunning, rich, smooth shade with intense pigmentation. The other metallics are also good, but not as vibrant as Blue Lagoon, even though “Berry Blast” is pretty close. The mattes don’t swatch that well as you can probably tell from the picture. They look patchy and not as pigmented on the swatches. I did find that they performed better on the eyes than on the swatches though. I did not have troubles with the shadows looking paler than I thought they should, and most of them applied and blended nicely. On exception was the matte baby blue “Blue Hawaiian” that I found a bit patchy. Overall the shadows work great, but there are a few that is a bit less impressive.

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One of the shades “Blue Curacuao” is a dark matte with glitter. I generally don’t like these shades, but this one performs almost completely like a matte. All that fine glitter disappears as you blend, and you would have to use a very tacky base to make any of that glitter stick. I would personally have preferred just a regular matte.

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In general the shadows are very dusty, and gives plenty off kickback in the pan and fallout under your eyes. Keep in mind I am a bit sloppy and almost never bother to knock excess of the brush, so of you are good with that then maybe you are a bit more lucky than me. I don’t mind the kickback so much either. It means off course that you loose a bit of product. I have used mine for the 8 looks I posted on Monday in addition to the swatches and it kind of looks worn already. So these shadows will not last you an endless amount.

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Overall there are some really good shades, most performs satisfactory and a few duds. The palette overall is not top notch in quality, but I would still recommend this to a makeup lover that enjoys a colorful palette, because I am very happy with the looks I did and how creative this palette inspired me to be. One of the most important traits of a palette except quality is it’s ability to inspire! So in that manner this one is really great! As long as you are not very bothered with kickback or fallout I think you will be happy with the looks you can get with this.

I am happy I picked this up, and I will for sure keep an eye on what other stuff September Rose may release in the future. I am pretty sure I would happily pick up another colorful palette by this brand, because I really enjoyed this one!

The palette retails for 24.99£ which is pretty good for a indie eyeshadow palette. And yes, did I say it’s Vegan and paraben free?

Also, remember to hit me up on Instagram if you haven’t already!

XOXO

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