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!

XOXO

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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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Pixi Vitamin-C Lotion – Review!

I have been using this one for a while as a nice refreshing morning moisturizer and wanted to share my thoghts on it. I have actually used it so much that it’s already empty! Pixi is a well known skin care (and makeup) brand that seem to be highly loved by so many. So I had good hopes for this one. Being my first Pixi product I started out with something simple. A face lotion.

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The thing that tempted me with this lotion was that is contains vitamin C which is supposed to be a good antioxidant that provides good collagen production and gives a brightening luminous effect on the skin. I like that the product comes in a tube that does not allow light to enter. Vitamin-C should not be exposed to light as it becomes unstable. So I tend to avoid skincare with Vitamin C that is stored in a transparent bottle or tube. Luckily this was not the case here.

The cream is supposed to work for all skin tones and can be used daily. I preferred to use it in the morning as the cream is quite light. For a night cream I like something a bit more heavy, but this one sinks into the skin and works great for me in the morning under makeup. It gives a nice boost of moisture without being too heavy.

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I guess my skin does look a bit brighter just upon application, but I am not sure if it’s because the lotion is acutally brightening or because that’s kind of what skin looks like freshly moistuized. I don’t have any darker spots on my skin so I can’t really say if it did have any brightening effect long term. With that being said, I like how fresh my skin looks and feels.

One drawback with this is that the opening of the tube is a bit too large in my opinion. It was very easy to squeeze out too much, and I felt like it was a bit waistful. I could off course practice being less clumsy, but I am too old for that. I would have preferred if the opening was a tiny bit smaller and the amount that came out was easier to control.

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The lotion is not overly perfumed. It has a nice, refreshing but faint scent that adds to the product feeling very refreshing.

Overall I think this is a good light weight lotion. I could absolutely see myself picking up another tube, and I am now curious to try out more from their line.

Do you have any Pixi products you love in your routine?

XOXO

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Colourpop Strawberry Shake Eyeshadow Palette – 4 Looks!

These cute little 9-pan palettes from Colourpop are among my favorites from their line. Especially the monochromatic series. This cute little strawberry themed palette is so cute if you like soft pinks.

Here are the 4 looks I made using it:

  • Colourpop Strawberry Shake – Paper Straw, Shake It Up, Daiquiri, Berry Fine.
  • Revolution Pro Brow Pomade – Ebony.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Maybelline Snapscara Mascara.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Colourpop No Filter Concealer.
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil – Honey.
  • Sigma Chromaglow Highlighter Palette – Bedazzle.
  • Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner – 77. Black.
  • Eylure Most Wanted Lashes.

  • Colourpop Strawberry Shake – Woke, My Milkshake, Take A Sip, Whipped, Delish.
  • Revolution Pro Brow Pomade – Ebony.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Maybelline Snapscara Mascara.
  • Kiko Eye Pencil.
  • Colourpop No Filter Concealer.
  • Colourpop Creme Gel Liner – Insomniac.
  • Makeup Revolution Eye Glisten – Yours Truly (Glitter Side)-
  • Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner – 77. Black.
  • Eylure Most Wanted Lashes.

  • Colourpop Strawberry Shake – Paper Straw, My Milkshake, Daiquiri, Whipped, Delish.
  • Morphe X Jacklyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette – Abyss.
  • Revolution Pro Brow Pomade – Ebony.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Makeup Revolution The Mascara Revolution.
  • Dumb Blonde Cosmetics Glitter – 71.
  • Kiko Glamorous Eye Pencil – 403.
  • H&M Colour Essence Eye Pencil – Raw Amber.
  • Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner – 77. Black.
  • Eylure Most Wanted Lashes.

  • Colourpop Strawberry Shake – Daiquiri, My Milkshake, Take A Sip, Woke, Delish.
  • Morphe X Jacklyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette – Abyss.
  • Revolution Pro Brow Pomade – Ebony.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Makeup Revolution The Mascara Revolution.
  • Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner – 77. Black.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick – Redrum.
  • Eylure Most Wanted Lashes.

Love these little 9-pans. I usually have so much fun with them. Hope you enjoyed the looks.

XOXO

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Jeffree Star Blue Blood Eyeshadow Palette – Review & Swatches!

The big blue sister palette of the famous Blood Sugar. It’s funny to think about because if a big almost all blue palette was released 5 years ago, or before Instagram existed, I don’t think it would have been such a big hit. But people have become more daring and creative and I actually believe social media has something to do with it. The world was ready for all blue and it was a big hit!

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The packaging is so pretty. Baby blue, with white details and shaped like a coffin or jewelry box. The palette of course is awfully bulky, but it’s more of a display piece than something that is handy for traveling. This packaging is to satisfy the collector in you, not the handy traveler. It does have a mirror, that is big enough, but I still found it very unpractical to use. Since the palette does not open completely, you either have to hold the palette quite high, or place it on top of something. Since it’s quite heavy I found it to be much better to just use a separate mirror instead of the one in the palette. In other words, having a mirror in this was completely useless for me personally.

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The palette holds 18 different shades. In exactly the same format as Blood Sugar. The size is quite generous, they make the ABH palettes seem very stingy. They are also much more firmly pressed than ABH so these shadows will last you a long long time even with consecutive use. Surely, the palette is blue themed but you do get some options to go neutral, which is great if you want to use the palette a lot but don’t want to go pink every day. You get three different formulas. The majority of the shades are matte, some are regular metallics, and two of them are metallics with glitter in.

Although at first glance the palette looks to be very blue, one third of the shades in this palettes are actually neutrals. Suitable for very natural look even. So you do have more options than going all blue with this palette. Off course, the eye-catching shades that gets everyone’s attention is all the different blues. You get so many different tones and depths in this palette. Really dark blues, pastels, green toned blues, mints, grey toned blues. You really get such a nice variety of blue shades!

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There are 12 mattes in this palette. I do really like that the palette offers a lot of mattes, because I find that very often when a palette has a few blue shades more often than not the blues are metallic. So this palette can very likely add some unique blues to your collection that you don’t already have. Very generally speaking I do like JS eyeshadows, but they are not my favorite formula out there. I do trust that when I pick up a palette from JS it is going to have great quality, but they don’t hit my preference perfectly. It’s not that the quality is lesser, it’s just that some formulas work better on my eyes than others. For instance, JS mattes are a tiny bit too dry for me. They are pigmented, blendable and generally holds very high quality. They are just a bit on the dry side (not to be confused with chalky!) and that means that I do need a primer for these to work perfectly on me. Without a primer they seem to have some issues sticking to my eyes. I think if I had more oily skin I would not need a primer with them, but since I am more normal or even dry these mattes need a sticky base to apply nicely on me.

The metallics was a bit unconsistent if formula. Some of them are rich, intense, smooth, buttery and simply just great shadows. “Ice Tray” for instance is an excellent shade, and so is “Crystal Flesh”. Nothing bad to say about those two. “Cullinan” is a bit different. Not that it’s bad in any way it’s just more of a duochrome topper shade and is absolutely stunning in the inner corner. I had some issues with “Deceased” though. It almost feels like it’s to hard pressed and I have to use quite a bit of pressure on mu brush to pick it up and for it to transfer on my lid. So even though three of the metallics are nice, one of them is unfortunately a dud and of much lesser quality than I would expect from a palette at this price range.

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The two metallics with glitter are off course a bit different in formula too. The small glitter particles makes it a bit more chunky and less smooth than a regular metallic, but they pick up nicely, and are pigmented. Only thing is that I think these need some setting srpay since they are a tiny bit on the chunky side. I did experience some fallout from these that was reduced by using a damp brush.

I loved the looks I managed to do with this palette. I just had to get a bit used to the matte formula and after that I had so much fun playing around with all the colors. But I can’t help but feeling a bit underwhelmed. I mean the mattes are good, but not perfect for my personal preference, and since “Deceased” was a dud shade, the overall impression is just that I like the palette. I don’t love it…..if that makes sense. They are good, blendable blue shades, and I know those are hard to make, but I am just not over the moon for this.

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I do think it’s a stunning collector piece, and I love that you have such an amazing variety of blue shades, and that it adds some more rare blue shades to my collection. So if that is your motivation to buy it, then surely most of the shadows are really good and the rest you will be able to work with. But if you just want some good quality blues and you don’t care about adding this as a collectors item, I would honestly just recommend you save your coins and buy Blue Moon from Colourpop instead.

It is a good palette, I just simply feel I have better blues in my collection. It will be a beautiful display piece though, and since I am a collector at least that counts for something.

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Makeup Revolution Warming Gel Moisturizing Mask – Review!

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Makeup Revolution have been releasing a whole bunch of masks the last few months. I think whatever you feel like your skin needs, they will have an option for you for a very fair price (as usual with makeup revolution). This was my first ever encounter with their masks, and I chose a hydrating one with a little twist…it’s supposed to be heating up!

First of all, I was surprised that the mask came in a nice glass jar. For the price I expected plastic. The design is very simple and minimalistic, but the weight of it makes it feel more luxurious for sure. You get a total of 50 ml which is pretty standard for this kind of product. It’s also vegan and cruelty free if that’s important to you.

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One of the first things I noticed about this was the scent. It smells a bit like soap. Unfortunately not the good kind, but the small, cheap feeling bars you get in hotels. The scent is a bit off putting to me, and it smells a bit cheap. It’s not an overpowering scent though, but I can definitely smell the cheap soap when I apply it.

When you apply it something interesting happens though. The gel actually feels warming! The sensation is present for a fairly short time though, but when you rub in the mask, and for a minute or two after that you can feel that it’s warm. After being outside in the cold for a while I actually found this sensation quite pleasing and I would almost wish it could last longer.

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This is the kind of mask you need to wash of instead of peeling or just letting it sink into the skin. After using this mask I felt like my skin was refreshed and hydrated. It’s not the most heavy duty intensely moisturizing mask, but it sure adds some hydration to the skin.

If you are not bothered by the scent, this is a decent hydrating mask that is also wallet friendly. Personally, because of the scent, I would rather try some of the many other masks by Makeup Revolution instead of repurchasing this.

XOXO

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