Top 3 affordable brands of 2017

I already shared my top 3 luxury and top 3 high-end favorite brands of 2017, so now it is time to present the best affordable brands! Even though I really know how to appreciate a nice luxurious makeup product, nothing is better than finding cheap but great makeup!

These three brands are my favorite because I find that so many of their products are hits despite their low price-point. Normally I get both hits and misses with drugstore brands, and I actually more often than not get a bit disappointed. All of these brands really deserve to be on a top 3 list because I rarely find misses among their product range (there been a few, both no-one is perfect right?). Just three solid brands that I love!

KIKO Milano is an Italian brand that I got to know many many years ago on Holiday in Italy. At that time I could only get anything from the brand while traveling since they did not ship internationally, but they have since expanded their reach and I am (thankfully) able to order online now.

KIKO has so much good stuff! They have exciting releases during the different seasons with fairly affordable prices, but you can very often snatch up things for sale for an unbeatable price!

There are so many things I would like to recommend from this brand I barely know where to start. If you have been paying attention to my makeup looks you know that I use their eyeliner pencils fairly often. The cream eyeshadows, both in pots and stick form, are incredible and will stay put all day without budging. They also have some very good blushers and lipsticks as well.

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My Colourpop collection has been growing at an impressive speed in 2017. I just got my first Colourpop products in late 2016, but with their affordable prices and tons of new, exciting releases this year I got to try plenty from the brand. From just shadows and lip-products my Colourpop collection has now grown to a collection of  everything from blush-palettes, highlighter-palettes, concealer, setting spray, custom eyeshadow palette, regular eyeshadow palettes, lip-liner, bronzer, liquid eyeshadows….well, to almost everything! I am just sitting here waiting for their release of a foundation or two, because I really enjoyed the concealer.

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Off course Zoeva had to be mentioned as well. Even though they are mostly known for their excellent quality brushes, they do have some high quality makeup for a great price! I am adoring their eyeshadow palettes. As you can tell from the picture I’ve collected quite a few, but you are not even seeing it all! The quality of the shadows are really really good, and the sleek packaging is really nice to store or travel with. I highly recommend that you check out their eyeshadows because their are highly underrated and I just can’t understand why people don’t talk more about them!

The Zoeva Brow Spectrum palette is also worth a look if you are into brow powders! With 6 brow shades and 3 highlighter shades you really have all you need for some great brows!

And off course. Their brushes are incredible!

Do you have any favorite brands for 2017 that stood out for you? Let me know in the comments!

XOXO

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My 10 favorite red lipsticks

Red lips are a staple in the holidays. So I kind of should have posted this earlier if any of you wanted suggestions for red lipsticks to wear. I just can’t make everything on time I guess. But there is a saying in my country that says Christmas lasts all the way until Easter. So you still have some time to wear plenty of red lipstick during the holidays according to that saying.

But, if you are anything like me you would think that red lipstick can be worn to almost any occasion. I think it is just so flattering on most people so I am really excited to share some fantastic red lipsticks with you!

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There is a bit of everything here! Luxury lipsticks, high-end lipsticks, and super affordable lipstick. Glossy lips, matte lips, liquid lips and creamy lips. So I think I picked something for everyone here. But lets get to know these one my one shall we?

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KIKO Gossamer Emotion Creamy Lipstick –  114 Lichi:

This is a creamy, rich red with a glossy finish. KIKO has a very nice way of making products with exclusive looking packaging like this gunmetal and gold packaging while still keeping the price very low. This feels like a high-end lipstick for a drugstore price. It is not just good for being drugstore, it is overall a great lipsick!

The lipstick itself is creamy and super comfortable.

Price: 12 $.

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Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip – Arriba:

I guess you all know Colourpops long lasting liquid lipstick formula? Some people find it a bit drying, and I guess it is, but I don’t have much trouble with them since my lips are not dry in the first place. But I can see why some people may struggle with them. If you are not bothered with dry lips the beautiful bold warm true red shade Arriba! is well worth a try. One of my most loved Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip shades. And the price is unbeatable!

Price: 6 $.

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Clinique Chubby Stick Intense – 03 Mightiest Maraschino:

These chubby sticks was very popular a few years ago and so many brands released them. It is a very handy, and easy to apply packaging with the crayon like lipsticks. The Clinique Chubby Sticks are like a very intensely colored balms with a shiny but opaque finish. Very comfy, and so easy to apply that you don’t have to worry about lip-liner.

Price: 17.5 $.

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Kiss Me Liquid Lip – Poison Apple:

Now, these lippies are a bit harder to get a hold of because you have to be subscribed to the LiveGlam liquid lipstick subscription where you get 3 liquid lipsticks each month. This shade was in the October 2017 bundle, but the old shades are still available for new subscribers. You just exchange one of the upcoming shades you don’t think you will use with one of the old ones, or use the bonus points you collect. So it is still available even though you can’t pick it up at a store.

I really love this shade though, and it is a super comfortable, long-wearing lipstick. The frosted glass packaging is gorgeous as well.

Price: Subscription is 19.99 $ monthly for 3 liquid lipsticks.

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Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick – Wifey:

When it comes to liquid lipstick formulas that dry down completely, this is my absolute favorite formula! So lightweight and comfortable, but still transfer proof and very long-lasting. The shade Wifey is a beautiful red that was launched in the Family collection this fall. It is still available though! Highly recommended formula.

Price: 18 $.

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Dior Rouge Dior Liquid – 999:

Classic red by Dior. With a luxurious, long, sleek and elegant packaging. A beautiful an intense red liquid lip that does not dry down, but still last for a very long time. Up to 12 hours if you believe Dior, around 6 hours if you want to believe me. The most comfortable matte lip of all lipsticks mentioned today.

Price: 35 $.

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Makeupgeek Iconic Lipstick – Elegant:

I don’t know why people don’t talk more about Makeugeek lip products because they are really great for an affordable price. The Iconic lipsticks are highly pigmented with a shiny finish. This shade stains the lips, which makes it looks very good even when it is fading away. Some red lipsticks can looks really nasty when they start disappearing, but this one fades nicely into a pretty stain. The sleek gunmetal packaging makes it look edgy and cool.

Price: 15 $.

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Colourpop Lippie Stix – Bossy (matte):

The Lippie stix may be better for you if you can’t really make the Ultra Matte Lip work for you. This is highly pigmented but contains shea butter and vitamin E to nourish your lips. The finish is matte without feeling drying. It feels a bit more heavy on the lips than say the Dior one, but it is still pretty good.

This is once again just a classic red that would look great on everyone! They also have a matching lip pencil in the same shade. I find these lippie stix to be so intensely pigmented that they do indeed need a lip liner to get that nice sharp edge.

Price: 6 $.

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MAC Lipstick – Russian Red (matte):

It is impossible to talk about red lipstick without mentioning one of MAC’s iconic red shades. My favorite of them are Russian Red, but I have to mention that both Ruby Woo and Lady Danger are very pretty reds as well.

The iconic well-known packaging and famous shade makes this a cult product.

Price: 17.5 $.

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YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats – 203:

You know the lipstick is fancy when it has a long french name you can’t pronounce. This just screams holidays to me with the classic velvet matte red shade and the golden packaging. This was the shade I wore last Christmas eve and on all the Christmas parties last year.

Pretty classy and luxurious!

Price: 37 $.

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Swatches side by side you get an idea about what they look like compared to each other. They are arranged in the same order as they are in the post, and to make it easier the overview picture below shows the order of the swatches as well with the KIKO lipstick to the far left and the YSL far right.

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So, that is all 10 of my current favorite red shades. I would love to know what your favorite reds are!

If you are celebrating Christmas I hope you had a wonderful Christmas holiday so far!

XOXO

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Top 3 high-end makeup brands of 2017!

I already posted a blog post writing about my top 3 luxury makeup brands for 2017 (read here if you like some luxury makeup!), and there will be a post with top three affordable brands coming shortly, so stay tuned if you’d like to read that!

But this post is all about the high-end brands I’ve been loving in 2017. I have really been expanding my collection this year and I’ve tried a lot of makeup from brands that I maybe only had a few products from before. Picking  three hid-end brands was actually really hard since I’ve been testing out so much from so many brands. There are so many out there that I really like, but I managed to narrow it down eventually.

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Smashbox was a brand I barely new in the beginning of 2017. Off course I’ve heard tons about their primers, but I only had a small gel liner pot and a lip & cheek color from before, so they were quite unfamiliar to me as a brand. I still have a lot of things I want to test out from them, I’ve been eyeing their liquid lipsticks for quite some time now, but I’ve managed to try out quite a few different things and guess what? I like every single product I’ve tried!

Primers are worth to mention, and I really fell in love with the Primer oil! It works wonders if my skin is a bit dry, which can happen when the season change. It also works great at reviving Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows! If they start to dry out then just use a small drop of the primer oil and rub it over the surface and the shadow is almost as good as new.

The Halo face powder is also amazing, and actually feels hydration. I know, super weird that a powder can seem hydrating, but that’s the best way I can explain it. The HD concealer is also so sooo good (I personally like it better than the shape tape) but it was hiding in my makeup bag for this picture.

The highlighting trio is also top notch!

Overall very happy with this brand and I can’t wait to try out more. The Ablaze eyeshadow palette, the primerizer spray and their liquid lipsticks are all very high on my wishlist.

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The Balm is to quirky and fun! I adore their different and humoristic packaging. This is also a brand I’ve learned a lot about in 2017 since I only had a couple of product by them in the beginning of the year, among them I can mention the Mary Lou-Manizer that is an iconic highlighter that’s been out there for years and years but is still going very strong in the always increasing highlighter game. Mary Lou must surely be a cult product by now?

They just do face powders very well in general. Bronzers, blushers, highlighters and powders, great stuff all of it! I think Big Mama must be my favorite of their blushes. A very close dupe to NARS Orgasm, just better formula in my opinion!

And also, their liquid lipsticks smells like mint chocolate….Yummi!

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And let’s not forget about Tarte! This again is also a brand I really expanded my collection of this year.

Before 2017 I only had the Tartelette palette. Now I tried everything from blush, bronzers, highlighters concealer and several of their palettes. Not everything is a perfect hit, but that’s just because I am picky. The quality of their product is really good. They are off course famous for their shape tape, which I really like but it is not groundbreaking for me, but the things I love the most are their Park Ave Princess bronzer, their blush formula and I really like their eyeshadow formula as well. I am a big fan of their packaging as well, which is always a bonus.

Just a lovely brand that I cant wait to see more of in 2018!

What is your favorite high-end brand? Do we have any in common?

XOXO

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