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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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!

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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?

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Violet Voss Hashtag Palette – Review & Swatches!

My first ever Violet Voss eyeshadow palette! I actually only own one item form Violet Voss form before and that is the Rose Gold Highlighter palette. You can read my thoughts on the palette here if you like!

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I have been a bit hesitant to pick up Violet Voss eyeshadows because I think they are quite expensive. Since they are not sold in my country I have to pay fees and taxes in addition meaning the overall cost will be significantly higher than the cost of the palette that in itself is quite high. That puts me off sometimes, especially with brands where I am not familiar with the quality.

Beauty Bay saved the day again, and they threw a sale on the Hashtag palette some months ago. If it would have been any of the big brown palettes I would have passed. Don’t get me wrong, I love my browns and neutrals just as much as my colors, but you know this delicious purple and orange toned palette with some brown and gold shades thrown in there is a bit more what I like.

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This palette is huge though! A sturdy cardboard packaging with simple black package, a nice size mirror and 20 different eyeshadows. 7 shades are matte , 1 is satin and 12 are shimmers. I don’t mind that at all. To be honest I prefer my shimmers over my mattes so I am OK with having just the basics in mattes in a palette and the rest being gorgeous glam colors.

The first row in the palette has your basic mattes all covered. A matte cream, a matte black and three different shades that work well in the crease and match the colors story of the palette nicely. The mattes work well. They are creamy and soft, but not as soft as Anastasia shadows. In other words they don’t crumble apart. There is some kickback in the pan but not more than expected from buttery soft shades like these. They also blend with ease, even the matte black was fairly easy going.

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The second row has your shimmery golden and slightly bronze shades. These shades are very intensely pigmented and smooth as butter!

The third row are orange and a few more rosy shades. One of these shades are matte. Like the other mattes it’s nice and creamy but needed to be built up a tiny bit more than the matte browns. The shimmers are like the golden shades absolutely stunning!

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The forth and final row are purples and lilacs. one is matte and one is more satin but works and looks like a matte applied on the eyes. Sunset, the satin shade, is a bit more on the dry side compared to the mattes. Not a bad shade because you can absolutely make it work, but if I had to point out one lesser shade in the palette it would be this one. The rest perform really well!

So overall, I am very happy with the quality. The formula of the shades are really nice and easy to work with. I would not mind at all to get some more palettes with shades like these because I had no issues working i with them.

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I like that this palette is a bit of everything. You can be super neutral, all matte, shimmery, or colorful depending on what you want. In addition there are nothing I feel like I missed. You got your basics, transitions lid colors and your basic black all in one palette.

It is a bit on the pricey side, so these are palettes I think I would primarily buy when they are on sale, but I would definitely recommend it!

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Liveglam KissMe Liquid Lipstick Subscription – October 2018.

This months bundle contained three matte liquid lipstick (they sometimes add a gloss, metallic or a satin lip) and I am quite happy about that since I prefer either the matte or the satin formula.

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The shade selection is also absolutely stunning. One warm burnt orange, one cool-toned brown nude and a muted red shade. They come in their regular king of tube, but this time the lid is sparkly. I love things that are sparkly! This must be the prettiest packaging I’ve seen so far.

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Hot Cocoa is the brow toned nude. It’s a nice nude for me because it is pale without being too pale, and brown without being too brown if that makes sense. A kind of shade that goes well with many different looks and many different occasions. I don’t know if they have changed the formula or anything, but I am under the impression that all the shades this time lasted longer and felt more comfortable even after the 6 hour mark than I have been used to from this brand. Normally they last around 5-6 hours, but then my lips start feeling a bit dryer and I like to apply a lip balm on top, but with all the three colors this month I felt like they lasted even longer.

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Pumpkin Spiced Latte is the orange. And off course they had to name a fall shade Pumpkin Spice Latte. I never had one of those, but I understand that it’s a big thing in fall (we don’t have Starbucks where I live so I guess I am missing out). But I am really happy about this shade. I don’t have many orange shades first of all, so that’s a nice thing to add to the collection in the first place, but this one is so wearable I could easily wear it as an everyday shade at work without it being too much. This shade is quite unique to my collection  even though I have plenty of lip colors (rough estimate is around 300). So it’s always nice to add something new. Speaking of how it wears also this one impressed me. It stayed on for around 7 hours including a little meal and some beverages and at the end of the day when I took it off it still looked decent. I am getting more and more convinced that something is different with the formula, but it’s the right kind of different. I hope the upcoming lippies are as good as they have been this month because I am becoming more and more of a fan as we speak.

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Apple Cider is the shade I was most attracted to initially, and it is really a great shade! I love reds in general so no surprise here I guess. This is a very wearable red too. One that you can wear on a regular basis and not a party-kind-of-red if that makes sense? Once again the longevity of this shade is just as good as the rest of the  bundle. Now I just keep my fingers crossed that LiveGlam will keep up the good work and  keep releasing products of this quality, because I am so sure it has improved to the better. This is the only shade I paired with a lip liner, because it’s so hard to take pictures of darker lipsticks without every single little mistake showing. So I had to line them. With that said, every time I wore this shade I did not add a lip-liner and I still think it looked good. Things just tend to look messier on pictures.

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Not only is the quality really good, but all the different shades was a hit for me! I am sure I will get a lot of use out of them.

With this month I have the one year “anniversary” with this subscription. I didn’t skip a single month so I was planning on doing a post talking more in depth about the subscription and swatch and show all the different shades I collected in a year and talk about my favorites and my least favorites of them all. With three products every month that is 36 lippies so I will have a lot to talk about!

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As for this months bundle it’s very close to be as good as my favorite bundle since I started this subscription (my favorite was December 2017), so I think it’s safe to say I will hang on to it a bit longer!

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Review: L’Oreal Unlimited Mascara!

After the success story with L’Oreal Paradise Extatic (or Lash Paradise as you know it in US) my interest in L’Oreal mascaras reach a high peak. I have been loving the Paradise Extatic and I am just about to pick up my third tube!

So when this odd looking think was released I knew I had to give it a go. The packaging is so strange for being a mascara. It looks more like a big liquid liner. It’s a bit bulky if you want to keep it in a small makeup bag, but you have to give them credit for thinking new right?

The wand can be bent, which I did not find useful at all. It may just be because I have been applying mascara with a normal straight wand all my life and that I am just not used to it. Someone else would probably enjoy this feature, but if you are like me, there is a small plastic piece on the want that prevents it from bending, so you can just do like me and keep it on.

The applicator wand is your typical rubber wand. I don’t mind a rubber wand but I tend to prefer a want with bristles instead. This one does the job nicely and coats the lashes evenly. I could also easily apply the product to my lower lashes with this wand.

This is a one coat kind of mascara for me. In my opinion this gives more volume and thicker lashes instead of that fluffy feathery look. One coat gives enough drama for me, and I find that with two coats the mascara can get a bit clumpy. Not a problem though since I feel like I get enough lash in one coat anyway.

It does naturally also give you longer lashes, but I would say that this is more of a thickening mascara. The color is also nice and black.

I found that this lasted well on me through out the day without smudging or having any fallout. It stay put nicely, you loose a bit of lift through the day, but what mascara does that not happen to?

If you are into a more feathery and natural look I am not sure this would be your best choice (Lancôme Volume-à-Porter is great for that purpose) but if you want some Black voluminous lashes in one coat than this could be worth a try. I think it’s actually a bit similar to Maybelline Total Temptation mascara, just a tad more intense.

I actually think I will repurchase this one again!

Did you try this weird looking thing? What are your opinion about it?

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