Juvia’s Place The Saharan Blush Vol.II

This one have been hanging around in my drawers for quite some time. Over a year and a half to be exact. But I have been using it quite frequently the last couple of months and I felt like writing a review for you. I do think that it’s a good thing to take a deep dive into your collection sometimes to find something to review. I really don’t think people who blogs or does YouTube and write reviews should feel forced to pick up only the new stuff to review. As makeup lovers we often have plenty of stuff laying around in our drawers, and the best thing is that these are products we often know very well, which makes them excellent review items. As long as they are not discontinued off course. If you are also a creator I challenge you; Next time you need to review something, open your drawers and have a look instead of heading over to your closest makeup store. I am sure we all have plenty of stuff laying around that deserves some attention.

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But now maybe we should stop wasting time rambling and get on with the review? (I like to write, I can’t help it!).

The blush palette has a similar appearance as the eyeshadow palettes with those fancy funky ladies on the cover. The packaging is their standard cardboard with no mirror. It feels sturdy and are quite slim and easy to store. Inside you get a selection of 6 different shades.

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The reason why I have been using these blushes more lately is because I got a bit of a tan this summer and I maintained it with self-tanner through fall. Many of these shades are too dark for me during winter, but during summer they are quite nice. The Vol.I blush palette I find to be too dark for me, so I did not pick it up, but I really like that they have an option for darker skin as well. I would however like to see one for fair skin too. I mean, there is so many makeup options for fair skin, and way to little for dark skin, so no need to complain really, but I think a third palette would be a fantastic addition! Imagine the Vol.I for darker skintones, Vol.II for medium skintones, and a Vol.III for light to fair skin tones! That would have been something! (We can dream right?).

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The colors in this blush palette has a very nice variety!

Yara is a warm brown. Not the right color for me as a blush but it works really well as a warm bronzer if I have a bit of tan. It looks less orange on the skin than it does on the arm swatch, so I quite like it for the purpose.

Sola is a gorgeous dark rose gold with shimmer that would look just as amazing on the eyes as on the cheeks. This is too dark for me in winter, but it’s a beautiful summer time blush and I used it a lot lately.

Tau is a matte orange blush. This is actually so flattering on the skin, again this is too dark during winter but it’s a stunning warm matte blush for a bronzed summer look!

Bee is maybe the shade that works the least for me. I don’t feel it’s too dark for me during summer, I just feel it’s not the right tone. I can even make it work during winter with a super light hand, and if I really buff it out, but it’s just not my favorite anyways. This is the shade I get the least use out of. That being said there is nothing wrong with the quality and I bet this looks stunning on medium or even dark skin!

Zoba is my favorite. This one works all year for me, and is together with Leena the only two shades that are usable for me all year (I have light skin, but not fair). It’s pink with a golden sheen and looks amazing as a glowy blush!

The final shade, Leena, is a matte peach. This is just a great all year, all looks kind of blush. I often use this with a little bit of Zoba on top to give a very soft sheen. Perfect if you feel a bit pale and dull to brighten up the face.

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The quality on these are great. They are quite pigmented though, but blend fairly easy, so with a light hand and a little bit of buffing they work really nicely. They don’t have any kickback in the pan so they seem fairly firmly pressed. Which means they are easy to control and they will last you for ever. I know I have used this palette quite a bit for the 1.5 years I’ve owned it and it barely shows any wear. So with Juvia’s Place reasonable pricing added to the equation you get a cheap, great quality palette that will last you almost forever. If that’s not a good deal I don’t know what is!

Have you tried Juvia’s Place blushes?

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Certifeye The Dynasty Palette – Review & Swatches!

I have been raving on and on about the Certifeye Tropical Wonders palette which is in my opinion the best of rainbow palettes out there. So I was off course excited to see how this palette compared.

The design of this palette is very similar to the tropical wonders palette with the same slim cardboard packaging and 12 colorful shades, but the design this time is a beautiful colorful castle. It’s both beautiful and simple at the same time.

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Even though this is very colorful, it’s not a rainbow palette which is good as they can be a bit repetitive. You get a nice range of blues, greens purples, reds and even a few browns for the days you want to go natural.

This differs from the tropical wonders palette in the sense that it’s not only a matte palette. 6 of the shades are shimmer shades, while the other 12  are matte. The formula of the mattes are good. I really like the matte formula of the tropical wonders palette, but I am under the impression that these mattes are even a bit better. They feel a bit smoother and blend very easy as well as being very richly pigmented. You get exactly the shade you see in the pan without having to build up the intensity. You get full on pigment from the very beginning. Event the purple shades blend with easy, and I find that purple mattes can often be a bit more work to blend out. These ones work like a dream, even blending them out in the outer corner work like a charm and they are not patchy at all. High quality mattes for sure.

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The shimmers are shimmers. So don’t expect a foiled or metallic finish. That’s not what these are. Not saying they are bad in any means, they are just not in the foiled category. I find that they work a tiny bit better with a damp brush. One shade that was a bit less pigmented than what I expected was the purple shade “Wealth”. This shade is a bit on the sheer side and I definitely had to use a setting spray on the brush to get it to perform as good as the rest of them. Otherwise I had no issued with the other shimmer shades. Shimmer shades are nice, but I would love to see some high shine foiled shades from this brand to match the intensely pigmented mattes!

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I think the color story match the royal theme of the palette by being rich jewel toned deeper shades. I also really like that you get one shimmer for each color-family to go with the look. You can either go monochromatic with your look, or mix and match to get a fun colorful eyelook. I think the green and blue shades are nicely put together with a shimmer, and one lighter and one darker color. I found the two matte purples to be a bit too similar on the eyes. When I used them together I found that they were pretty hard to tell apart. Also the shade “Riches” and “Cloak” does look very similar on the eyes even though you can tell them apart in the pans. So I would wish they had put in either a very dark red or a very pale purple instead of colors that are so similar. The shades are off course not bad on their own, but I think a bit more diversity in the shades would make the composition of the palette even better! I do like though that they put in a few brown shades. Even though I love color it’s nice to get the option to go neutral within a colorful palette. I think it makes the palette even more versatile.

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But overall with just a few minor nitpicking flaws (or improvement potential) this is still a very good palette that I would highly recommend.

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I am at least happy to have picked it up, and I would for sure do it again if I had to. I am excited to test even more palettes from the brand now, because I love a nice, fun color story to play with!

Have you tried this palette, or anything else from Certifeye? I would love to hear your opinion!

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Clarins Water Lip Stain – Review!

To be completely honest with you, the main reason why I decided to pick these guys up was because I opened a tester in the store and noticed how delicious they smell. I am quite a sucker for nice scents especially something that smells like something you can eat, like delicious berries. But, the scent put a side, this was also an interesting product I wanted to do a review of.

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The Clarins Water Lip Stain, are cute little bottles of very liquid lip stain, as the name would already tell you. I picked up two shades “03 Red Water” and “01 Rose Water”. The 01 Rose Water looks quite orange in the tube, but on the lip it turns pink.

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The product comes in a see-trough glass tube, with a metallic red cap and a brush applicator. It looks and feels like a expensive product. I would say that Clarins price tag is in the lower end of high-end makeup and these guys retail for 28$. I don’t think that price-tag is horrific for a lipstick, but for a lip stain I feel it is maybe a bit up there in price. After all Korean Beauty are the expert of staining lip products and you could probably find a whole bunch of cheap lip stains with a similar feel to this one. Just on the top of my head I can mention those Labiotte Wine Lip Tints, that come in a super cute wine packaging (just google them, I am too lazy to take a picture!).

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The imprortant thing is off course how they work. The nice thing about these is that you can choose what intensity you want. You can paint it on and let the product dry and get a opaque stain like “03 Red Water” in the picture above. Or you can put a little bit on the lips and blot it away and get a much more discreet look like I did with “01 Rose Water” below.

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How long it will last on the lips depends on how you apply it. A light stain like I show here with “01 Rose Water” will last for several hours. I found that it usually took 4-5 hours before I wanted to reapply. If you want the more opaque look then you will have to be prepared to reapply more often. The opaque application lasted me 2 hours.

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They usually fade away very even on me, which I appreciate. However, I did notice once that I had a bit of a try patch on my lips, that it did not fade the same way around this spot than on the rest of the lips. This makes me think that if you have very dry or chapped lips this may not be the right product for you if it wants to emphasize dryness.

Other than that they feel super light weight on the skin. Almost like you are wearing nothing. My favorite way of wearing them are to apply a soft tint, let it dry and then apply some balm over top so my lips get some moisture. It gives a very beautiful and natural look as well. Also, the fact that you can so easily control the intensity means that even the bright red could be worn as a soft tint during work hours, or as a opaque tint in the evening. So I find this to be very versatile.

Overall, these were a hit for me, but I think if you want to pickup one you really only need one shade, because worn as a tint they give quite a similar look.

And yes, strawberry candy scented! The reason why I picked them up in the first place.

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Tarina Tarantino Blushes – Review!

This is one of my unknown hidden treasures in my collection. For those of you who are familiar with Tarina Tarantino might know her better for her loud hair and jewellery line, but she also has a small selection of makeup products. I own a few of them, among them three blushers!

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First of all, the packaging is a piece of jewellery on its own! They feel heavy and look almost like small art pieces. I got three shades. Parasol, Feather and Carved Rose. All of these three are also a part of a blush palette (which is currently on sale at her website), but at the moment they are not available as singles directly from her site. I don’t know if they are being discontinued or not, but there are plenty of them on Ebay and I don’t really think you will find any fakes as this brand is not known for their makeup. This is just as much an art piece as a makeup item so I would recommend this for any makeup collector out there.

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The formula is very easy to work with. It’s pigmented enough, but not to the extreme so you have to be too careful. It’s just enough to give you a nice flush of color. It applies really easy and evenly. Just a very simple blush to use!

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Feather, Parasol and Carved Rose.

I had these blushes for several years and they have been among my favorite ones for very long. That’s why I felt I needed to share these beauties in case they disappear for good.

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Do you have any hidden gems in your collection? Something that no one talks about but you really love?

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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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