L’Oreal Smooth Sugars Glow Scrub – Review!

I picked up this L’Oreal Smooth Sugars Glow Scrub when I found it on sale and decided to give it a go. I mean, this kind of product I go through on a regular basis and it does not hurt finding some nice cheap alternatives here and there.

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The packaging is……well, at least it get’s the job done. I have to say that this looks and feels awfully cheap though. I mean, Makeup Revolution manage to do nice packaging at much more affordable prices than this. The design looks simple and very cheap. Almost like noone really cared about making an effort. The plastic lid also feels very cheap and frankly not very well made. It fells like one of those that are so cheap it’s a little hard to screw them on and off properly. Sure the jar itself is glass, but it does not really help on the overall cheap and boring impression.

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But the outside does not matter if the inside is great. This is a sugar scrub si naturally it has sugar in it. Three different kinds actually (brown. light, white). It also has grapeseed-oil and monoi-oil to add moisture. It’s suppsed to exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin as well as adding glow and moisture.

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It does feel like it’s rich in oil that is for sure. And it does not strip any moisture oil of my skin which I really like. It does not really exfoliate much though. I feel like there is just not enough sugars in this to make it properly exfoliating. To try do get some abrasive effect from it I had to really use a lot, and still I felt like it was just lackluster. I know harsh scrubs are not good for the skin, especially the face, but at least I want to feel like to does something at all. Somehow I expected this to smell like coffee, which it does not (and it does not claim to either so I can’t really complain about it), it just smells like sugar actually. If you don’t like strongly scented stuff that’s OK, but I find it a bit boring.

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I guess, after this not so amazing review, that I don’t really have to tell you that I won’t be picking this one up again. Sure, it was cheap but the whole experience of the product is just lackluster and it did not do anything for me.

Unfortunately, this was a miss. In almost every way possible.

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Colourpop Baby Got Peach – 4 Makeup Looks!

Another Colourpop 9-pan palette, and this time it’s peachy! “Baby Got Peach” is a pastel peach monochromatic palette that is part of Colourpops pastel series (they also have “I Lilac You A lot” and “Mint To Be” and I bet there will be more).

I had a bit of a hard time figuring out how to do looks that are different enough with this, but with a little help of gems and glitter I ended up with 4 looks in the end.

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  • Colourpop Baby Got Peach – Darlin, Perky, Half Baked, Get Eyen, Ready Or Yacht.
  • Revolution Pro Brow Pomade – Ebony.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro90.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Morphe X Jacklyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette – Soda Pop.
  • Kiko Glamorous Eye Pencil – 401.
  • Urban Decau 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil – Honey.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Liner – Mobster.
  • Inglot AMC Gel Liner – 77.Black.
  • Maybelline Snapscara Mascara.
  • I ❤ Makeup – Dragons Heart Highlighter.
  • Eylure Most Wanted Lashes.

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  • Colourpop Baby Got Peach – Centerfold, Half Baked, Okurr, Glaze It.
  • Revolution Pro Brow Pomade – Ebony.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro90.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Morphe X Jacklyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette . Abyss.
  • Colourpop Creme Gel Liner – UNTZ.
  • Dumb Blonde Cosmetics Glitter – Metamorphosis.
  • Inglot AMC Gel Liner – 77.Black.
  • Maybelline Snapscara Mascara.
  • Eylure Most Wanted Lashes.

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  • Colourpop Baby Got Peach – Perky, Centerfold, Glaze It, Hungry Ghost.
  • Revolution Pro Brow Pomade – Ebony.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro90.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Morphe X Jacklyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette . Abyss.
  • Colourpop Creme Gel Liner – UNTZ.
  • Inglot AMC Gel Liner – 77.Black.
  • Maybelline Snapscara Mascara.
  • H&M Colour Essence Eye Pencil – Raw Amber.
  • Eylure Most Wanted Lashes.

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  • Colourpop Baby Got Peach – Darlin, Okurr, Half Baked, Glaze It.
  • Revolution Pro Brow Pomade – Ebony.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro90.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Morphe X Jacklyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette . Abyss.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Inglot AMC Gel Liner – 77.Black.
  • Maybelline Snapscara Mascara.
  • Eylure Most Wanted Lashes.
  • Ebay Nail art pearls.

Hope you enjoyed the looks. I guess this palette will make you spring ready in no time!

Stay tuned for the upcoming review if you want to know more!

XOXO

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Focallure Paris Eyeshadow Palette – Review & Swatches!

My first encounter with Focallure eyeshadows was an experience that made me exited to try more. Lucky for me since I hauled 5 Focallure eyeshadow palettes withouth having tried them at all. But so far no regrets on that risky shopping spree because I seem to enjoy them.

The Paris palette is one of the palettes in their travel series which they have four of at the moment, but I would love to see more options in the future! The eyeshadows are named after things you can connect with the travel destination of the palette. For instance Paris has shade named “Eiffel Tower” and “Monet” (reference to the french artist) and yummy french sweets like “Croissant” and “Macarons”. All the names can be connected to Paris which I think is a cute touch.

The packaging is your regular cardboard with a Paris design on the front. In my opinion maybe the well known Eiffel Tower should be more visible to make it more clear what city is on the front. As it is now you have to look long and hard to figure out that the landmark is hiding behind the “R” in “PARIS”. That has absolutely nothing to to with makeup at all though. Sorry for the side track. You do get a nice mirror though. Just big enough to use when doing eyeshadow.

Even though the palette is quite small and compact it holds 15 eyeshadows of 1.15g each. I had some people ask me before if the pan size on these are very small. Sure 1.15 is smaller than you regular single pan shadows, but they look to be about the same size as the shadows in the Anastasia eyeshadow palettes. I would say that is sufficient. I rarely use up an eyeshadow anyway.

But over to the interesting part! The eyeshadows! You get quite a few different formulas in here. You have your good old mattes and shimmers, but you also got shimmers with fine micro glitter in them, as well as those mixed shimmer shadows that we saw for the first time in Huda Beauty New Nude, and that we see everywhere now! (they are really pretty though so keep them coming!).

6 out of the shades are matte. The mattes are pretty standard. You get your bone shade and some brown of different depths, but also a pop of yellow and a nice mauve. The variety is quite good, but I do think “Eiffel Tower” and “Chateau” are a bit too similar. I would have loved for one of them to be a deeper brown or even a deeper mauve or a burgundy which I think would have fitted nicely in the color scheme. All of the mattes have really nice quality though. The pigmentation is really good, they apply easy and are very blendable. They are not chalky at all, and look very nice applied on the eyes. It does not enhance texture, but look nice and smooth. These matter have really great quality, and you would not think this was a cheaper brand based off how the mattes perform. They are lovely!

You also get two pretty standard shimmers. With that I just mean that thei are plain shimmer and don’t have any glitter in them. Both these shades are very smooth and applied nice and easy and work just fine even without a setting spray.

The 6 other shimmers have different levels of sparkle in them, and they also don’t really work the same. Some of them are so smooth, pigmented and buttery and just glide on like the lovely yellow gold “Tuileres”. Also “Grand Palais” and “Croissant” work really well. But I did have some issues with “Macarons” and “Luxembourg”. They are just very hard to pick up on the brush. If I use my regular amount of pressure to pick up product I simply won’t get anything on my brush! So I have to use quite a bit of force and a damp brush to pick these shades up. They apply much easier with the fingers, but when doing detail work that can be a challenge. I was slightly unhappy with these two shades since they required so much work, which is kind of odd because Focallure have proven that they can absolutely do nice shimmers. Also, “Macarons” was the shade I was most drawn to so always a bummer when those shades are not the best.

There’s only one of those mixed-shimmer shades in this palette and that’s “Monet”. You know, those very pretty looking shades we saw for the first time in Huda Beauty New Nude? “Monet” was one of those shades, although you can’t really tell anymore. This formula is so stunning though. I was very happy with this, as well as the mixed shimmers in the Perth palette which I have already reviewed.

Sure, I had a few dissapointments in this palette but if we just forget about those two shades for a moment I am actually quite impressed with the rest. The quality in general is really really good! This brand just keeps surprising me in a positive way.

Have you ever tried Focallure eyeshadows? I would love to know what you think about them.

XOXO

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Focallure Paris Eyeshadow Palette – 4 Makeup Looks!

Time to dig into another one of the palettes from Focallures travel series! I already reviewed one of them (Perth) and was very happy with it, so I got high hopes for this one too. The color scheme is both cute, fun and neutral. It feels very spring with the matte yellow and nice shimmery green.

These are the 4 looks I did with Paris, hope you enjoy them:

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  • Focallure Paris Eyeshadow Palette – Versailles, Elysses, Eiffel Tower, Chateau, Macarons, Vie En Rose, Luxembourg.
  • Morphe X Jacklyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette – Abyss.
  • Revolution Pro Brow Pomade – Ebony.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Kiko Glamorous Eye Pencil – 401.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner – 77. Black.
  • Makeup Revolution – The Mascara Revolution.
  • Eylure Most Wanted Lashes.
  • Sleek Distorted Dreams Highlighter Palette – Blurred Lights.

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  • Focallure Paris Eyeshadow Palette – Versailles, Omelette, Eiffel Tower, Grand Palais, Bastille, Tuileres, Luxembourg.
  • Morphe X Jacklyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette – Abyss.
  • Revolution Pro Brow Pomade – Ebony.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Kiko Glamorous Eye Pencil – 401.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner – 77. Black.
  • Makeup Revolution – The Mascara Revolution.
  • Makeup Revolution Glitter Paste – Power Hungry.
  • Eylure Most Wanted Lashes.

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  • Focallure Paris Eyeshadow Palette – Versailles, Montparnasse, Bourdeaux, Monet.
  • Morphe X Jacklyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette – Abyss.
  • Revolution Pro Brow Pomade – Ebony.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Carnaval Cosmetics Glitter – Caramel.
  • Colourpop Glitterally Obsessed – Frozen II Waterfall.
  • Makeup Revolution Glitter Paste – Power Hungry.
  • Maybelline Snapscara Mascara.
  • Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner – 77. Black.
  • Eylure Most Wanted Lashes.

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  • Focallure Paris Eyeshadow Palette – Versailles, Omelette, Macarons, Croissant, Tuileres.
  • Morphe X Jacklyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette – Abyss.
  • Revolution Pro Brow Pomade – Ebony.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner – 77. Black.
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil – Honey.
  • Revolution Pro Supreme Dip Liner – White.
  • Makeup Revolution Glitter Paste – Power Hungry.
  • Maybelline Snapscara Mascara.
  • Eylure Most Wanted Lashes.

I have to admit, I had the most fun creating the last one. There is just something satisfying about adding details just for fun. Now I can’t wait to share the good and the bad about the palette, so stay tuned for the review coming soon!

XOXO

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MAC Hyper Real Glow Highlighter Palette – Review!

I stumbled upon this on the airport when I was traveling a few weeks ago. Or, I knew that this palette excisted, I had just never really given it a second thought. It has three of those neutral champagne highlighters in different depths and I probably have 50 shades like that (I don’t think I am even exaggerating). But I saw it in the store, and I figured I would swatch is just for shits and giggles you know. And then I bought it.

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I guess I don’t have to say that swatching this palette really impressed me. These are super creamy, buttery and soft to touch. They almost feel like a cream, but they are powders…..I think. They really feel creamy, but you can use them just like a powder, and it behaves like a powder when you apply them. And they are so nice! Really pigmented and reflective but no glitter. Just a beautiful creamy glow. Just my kind of thing to be honest.

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The packaging is pretty basic. I mean, this is pretty expensive but still it’s a  cardboard packaging. The cardboard feels more luxurious than say the one you get from Colourpop, and the palette has a it of weight to it. But still, it’s just a simple black cardboard packaging. It looks nice though, but for instance Tarte makes really nice packaging for a much more affordable price. You obsiously pay for the products here and not the packaging.

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The powders are just stunning though. I got the lighter trio (they have one that is a bit darker) and I have a light skin tone. Not fair, but light. I can now in winter, without even a fraction of a tan use two of the shades. The third I can use in summer withouth doubt, which is great because that means I can actually get use out of all of the highlighters and nothing goes to waist.

The glow this gives is just beautiful. It gives a nice reflective glow, that you can apply sparingly for a neutral finish, or you can get that really intense glow. It does not have even a fleck of glitter, so these are purely glowy and not sparkly. They remind me a bit about how Ofra highlighters look, but the formula feel very different. But to give you an idea, the result on the skin instantly makes me think of Ofra. Which is a compliment for sure because I love Ofra highlighters!

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The formula is really fine milled and it does not enhance pores or texture. Or, I mean, It’s highlighter…..it highlights. But it does not emphasize texture like some highlighters do. I think this will be very good for mature skin too since they look so flattering.

It was an expensive swatch, but I am so happy I stopped by the counter and had a closer look, because this palette instantly got a place among my favorites. I bet I will get a lot of use out of this.

If you are in the market for some great champagne highlighter with no glitter at all and a gorgeous glow, then this is worth checking out!

XOXO

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Makeup Revolution Brow Pomade – Review!

This is the brow pomade that replaced my Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade that I used to use. This product seems very much inspired by the Anastasia version, and honestly I didn’t really feel like purging out on a new Dipbrow. So I decided to try the affordable version.

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The product comes with a brush applicator which is absolutely useless. So I do not use this with the original brush that came with it, I prefer to use my own brow brush. But besides the silly brush, the packaging looks very much like the Anastasia Dipbrow. The jar is nice heavy glass, the cap is black with gold details. I don’t think they are trying to to hide where they got their inspiration from, but is it just as good?

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I have been enjoying Anastasia Dipbrow for a whole jar of time. I really did like it, but it dried up a bit fast. I still could use it untill the jar was completely empty, but the formula had definitly changed. I did get a good 1,5 years out of that pot though. Now I have been using the Makeup Revolution Brow Pomade in about 6 months. I assume it will be around 1,5 year of usage out of this pot too judging on the amount I have left, but the formula has not changed as much over 6 months as I feel like the Dipbrow did.

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I think applicaton is easy. It’s a bit of a denser formula, but in my opinion that makes it easier to apply more precisely. You do need a stiffer brow brush for it though. I preffer using it together with my Morphe brow brush which is quite thick and dense, but I also found that it works nicely with a thicker angled liner brush if you want a more soft look.

The formula stays in place all day. My brows look neatly done still in the afternoon so I have no issues with longevity.

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Overall I actually feel like this brow pomade is quite similar to the Anastasia Dipbrow. They last about the same amount of time, wear similarly and gives a similar result. The biggest difference, which is a plus on Makeup Revolution side, is that is does not dry up as quickly as the Dipbrow.

When time comes for a repurchase I will most likely save my money and go for the Makeup Revolution Brow Pomade instead of splurging on the Anastasia one. In other words, this is approved!

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Colourpop Strawberry Shake – Review & Swatches!

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2019 was the year of 9-pan palettes by Colourpop. I got so many of these eyeshadow palettes it’s almost not to believe that they haven’t been around for that long. No one release things as fast as Colourpop. I used to collect every palette they released. But I just can’t do it anymore. Not only is there a new palette almost every week, they even release two at the time sometimes now. Too many palettes for me to review. But I did get this one though!

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I was a bit surprised when they released this color story just after Main Squeeze though. Surely, Strawberry Shake is more in the pink side, while Main Squeeze is more red and orange, but still. You can create very similar looks with this palette. I would say if you get one of them you don’t really need the other. You just have to figure out if you want the palette to lean more pink or more orange.

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The palette has 6 mattes, two metallics and one super shock formula. The mattes are a well balances mixture of reds and pinks in light to medium depth. There are no really dark shades in this palette, but the overall color story is more fun and bright instead of dark and sultry, so I didn’t really feel like I was missing a deeper shade. The palette is just too bright and fun for dark shades. The quality is just overall great on all the mattes. I simply didn’t have any issues at all with any of them. Usually Colourpop makes very smooth, pigmented and blendable mattes and that happens to be the case with all of the shades.

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The two metallics are one rosy and one peachy gold shade. Both are really pretty shades that compliments the mattes really well. This is their more smooth metallic formula as there is not fine glitter in them. Their metallics with fine glitter can lean a bit on the chunky side and require setting spray (still good though, just a different formula), but these are buttery smooth, rich and gorgeous.

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The shade Delish, which I believe is a Super Shock Formula, is an excellent shade to add shine and sparkle to the look. The formula is super creamy, but also a bit crumbly. It does apply best with a finger, or I found that a flat brush with some setting spray also did work nicely.   This shade can be use sparingly, for just a wash of sparkle and shine, or built up to a opaque sparkly light peach. It’s a lovely shade, but so expect some fallout. However, even though this shade is the one that requires the most twerking to work, it is my favorite shade in the palette because of how stunning it looks on the lids.

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Overall, there is not much bad to sad about this palette (except that plastic packaging should be banned!). The color story is lovely, without me feeling like it’s missing anything which is pretty good for a palette with only 9 shades. It’s also really really high overall quality. As with so many other Colourpop palettes, this one gets a big thumbs up!

XOXO

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