Throwback Thursday Makeup Look – MAC Single Shadows!

I figured it was time to pull out those old MAC palettes again with my collection of single shadows.

I remember how big MAC eyeshadows used to be. Back in 2009 when I first started looking at makeup videos on YouTube, Mac eyeshadows were featured in every single makeup tutorial. People didn’t have a bunch of palettes, and there were no such thing as PR for YouTubers so people sat there with their well loved and much used MAC eyeshadows. Having a big MAC eyeshadow collection was the big eyeshadow dream. There were tons of videos with them as well “Top 10 Mac Shadows”, “The best colorful MAC shadows”, “My MAC eyeshadow collection” and so on. They were so much in focus and MAC single pans were the big thing to collect. Funny thing is, then they cost twice as much as they do today! The price was bumped down when MAC got some serious competition, mainly from MakeupGeek to begin with but a lot of brands popped up and made cheaper single pan shadows of good quality, so MAC just could not keep the 12$ price-tag on them.


They were just so iconic, and I still remember how excited I was when I got my first MAC shadow (It was Embark). My collection has grown since then, but I rarely use my MAC shadows, which is such a shame because I have both colors and neutrals suitable for so many different things. As I always say in these posts, I need to use them more!

Today I went for something colorful. Are you surprised?


  • MAC Eyeshadows – Brulé, Kid, Shroom, Electric Eel, Lucky Green, Tilt, Goldenrod, Three Ring Yellow, DF7, Nocturnal, Nehru.
  • Chanel Le Kôhl Crayon – Blanc.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H – Black.
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro70.
  • House Of Lashes – Noir Fairy Light.

MAC eyeshadows really are nice to work with. Not as highly pigmented as we have seen much of in later years, and far more hard pressed than what’s been popular lately, but the quality is good. I feel inspired to tidy up my MAC palettes now, buy those extra inserts I have postponed for years, adding some fun shades to my collection and making the palettes a bit more streamlined. Well, wish me luck!

Do you collect MAC eyeshadows? What are your staples that you thing I should pick up? Let me know in the comments!



Throwback Thursday Makeup Look – NARS Ride Up To The Moon!

I have no idea how far back this little limited edition palette from NARS goes, but I had it for many years at least! I bought it many years back when I was obsessed with their blushes (which I still love) and I collected quite a few of them.


This is unfortunately the only eyeshadows I’ve ever gotten, but when I used it just now I realized how nice quality they hold, even these that are so many years old. Super easy to blend and apply.


I did a simple cut crease with this and used all the six shades.


  • NARS Ride Up To The Moon Eyeshadow Palette – All Shades.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H – Black
  • H&M Colour Essence Eye Pencil – Goldie Luxe.
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro40.
  • Colourpop No Filter Concealer – Light Neutral.
  • House Of Lashes  – Iconic Light.’

The palette is so cohesive and all the shades go so nicely together you can really just make several looks without even thinking about it.

Off course, after using this I am so tempted to get more NARS shades. I am very happy with they way they apply and blend. Everything was just so easy. Not the strongest pigmentation on them, but that may very well be the reason for why they are so easy to work with. Big thumbs up for NARS over here!

Have you tried any NARS shadows, if so what are your thoughts no them?



Throwback Thursday Makeup Look – Do You Remember These?

This week I decided not to go for a palette, but rather use some of my old singles. The absolute oldest single shadows I own is actually pot of loose powder mineral makeup, mostly form Everyday Minerals or a Sweedish brand called Tikei. Do you remember when mineral makeup was such a big thing. Everything had to be powder form, foundation, blush, bronzer, concealer. You name it, and it was powder. Those were some messy days!


I picked out a few very old and rarely used items. The Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner was my first ever Smashbox product. I can’t believe this is still alive because thinking of it I must have purchased this back in 2010 or 2011, because I clearly remember buying it during my last year of my bachelor which was finished in 2011. A cream product still alive after 7-8 years is pretty impressive (and I should probably consider decluttering). I did use this as a base for my eyeshadows.

The two eyeshadows from Everyday Minerals are Comfy and Volcano Blossom. Both are very pretty, but soooo messy. I get why this trend died out. Pressed powders are just so much easier. However, at that time pigmentation in eyeshadows in general was not as good as today, so loose shadows often offered a much better payoff than pressed shadows even at a low price.

The Gosh Effect Powder in the shade “Glamour” is my only item from Gosh, and it is probably the oldest product out of all of these. It is at least 10 years! It is so gorgeous though, and back in the days when I were young and hadn’t grown old and boring  this was my favorite shadows to use when I went to a party. I barely know what a party is anymore, because I long walks in the mountains and a quiet evening in my own home now…Now I will probably loose all my young fun-loving followers due to being and old boring rag, or maybe you are just here for the makeup? *hopeful*. OK, way to long side-track, but the gold glitter is very pretty though!

Finally I had a very very hard time finding an old matte crease-shade. Apparently young fun-loving me did not use matte shades very often. So I cheated and used the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer in my crease.

And the final look turned out like this:


  • Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner – Starstruck.
  • Everyday Minerals Shimmer Eyes – Volcanic Blossom, Comfy.
  • Gosh Effect Powder – Glamour.
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kolh Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 h – Black.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro70.
  • House Of Lashes – Noir Fairy Light.

I kind of wish loose shadows were not such a mess because they do look very pretty on the eyes. I just don’t really see myself doing this in the morning when I need to get ready for work and don’t want to mess it all up. What are your thought on them? Too much work or worth the effort?




Throwback Thursday Makeup Look – Kiko Color Impact Eyeshadow Palette!

I picked up this palette when I first discovered Kiko as a brand on a holiday in Italy. That was before they started sending to Norway, so this was only a brand I could find while traveling. And I really fell in love with the brands low price tag and good quality.


This was a palette in one of their many limited edition collections that they release all the time, and I actually picked up four different ones. Today I decided to use the “03Bright Night Lights” because of the nice combination of pink, purple and shimmery green.


I used all six shades together in one look, and this is the end result!


  • Kiko Colour Impact Eyeshadow Palette 03 Bright Night Lights.
  • H&M Colour Essence Eye Pencil – Panther.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Liner 24 H – Black.
  • L’Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro70, Bro10.
  • House Of Lashes – Featherette.
  • Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick – Druglord.

I have to admit I had a hard time with the matte pink and matte purple in this palette. They were so incredibly dusty and had troubles sticking to my lid. It disappeared so quickly when I started blending, I had to just carefully pat it on and the blending was also more of a patting motion rather than swiping back and forth. They gave me a really hard time to be honest.


The shimmer shades worked great though, and they are a lot more sparkly in real life than they appear in photos, so those shades are really really pretty.

The peachy satin shade in the middle of the bottom row is also such a unique shade. Believe it or not it is the prettiest shade in the palette and I have nothing else like it. It just have a very particular kind of sheen and undertone to it that is so hard to describe, but it really makes blue eyes pop, and I am sure that among the thousands of eyeshadows I own, I have nothing that can dupe this. Pretty cool right?

Even though the purple and pink gave me a hard time both the palette and brand has a special place in my heart. If nothing else it is a holiday memory with one un-dupeable shade.



Throwback Thursday Makeup Look With YSL Bayadère Style Eye Shadow!

I found this ooooold old gem hiding in my palette drawer (correction: one of my palette drawers). This is a limited edition and I am not quite sure from when, but I think it is from all the way back in 2005. And I have barely used it in all these years.


It is so summery and nice and takes me straight to the beach when I look at it. So I did a throwback look with this while hoping for warmer days and sun!


  • YSL Bayadère Style Eye Shadow – All Shades-
  • MakeupGeek Gel Liner – Fame.
  • H&M Colour Essence Eye Pencil – Azure Thing.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Liner 24 H – Black.
  • L’Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro70, Bro30, Bro10.
  • House Of Lashes – Featherette.


I have to say even though it is fun looking the pigmentation is not the best. I did work quite hard to get them to show up as I want. I kind of get the impression that they are meant more for a wash of shimmery pastel shades because the quality does not seem bad just the pigmentation. On the other hand, a lot have happened in the pigmentation department since around 2005, and I guess I would be rude to expect this to perform as new.

Anyway, this little thing is now disinfected and but back in my collection drawer. Pieces of limited edition luxury makeup is too precious to get rid of.

Do you also have really old items in your collection?



Throwback Thursday Makeup Look – Dior Couture Color Eyeshadow Palette “Stylish Move”

About time I pulled out one of my old luxury palettes. I don’t very often reach for these tiny palettes. I am trying to change that habit. Because they are indeed quite handy. Many of these small palettes with 4-6 shades have a very cohesive color story that makes it super easy to match the shades together.

That is also the case with this “Stylish Move” palette from Dior with its nice selection of pinks, taupe and auburn.

I did one simple smoky look with it. For me this could be worn to almost any occasion. Just deepen the look a bit by adding some more of the deep auburn shades, or use a lighter hand for an everyday look.


  • Dior Couture Color Eyeshadow Palette “970 Stylish Move” – All 5 shades.
  • Kiko Long lasting stick shadow – 15.
  • Colourpop Supernova Shadow – Now or Never.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • L’Oreal Mega Volume Miss Baby Roll Mascara.
  • Eylure Exaggerate Lashes – 143.
  • Ttd Eye coloured lenses – Polar Lights Brown II.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro60, Bro70.


Is it just me or do any of you have the same experience as me, that luxury brands rarely have very pigmented shadows? I mean I’ve tried YSL, Lancôme, Dioe, Guerlain and so on and they all give me the same experience. The pigmentation is medium. It is like luxury brands rather makes eyeshadows that are very user friendly and more for classic or proper beauty makeup, and they don’t make eyeshadow for the bold creative looks. Not to say that they are bad, on the contrary the shadows are really good, I just get the impression that they are made more for something subtle and classic.

With that in mind this palette makes an excellent everyday palette. It is also very convenient since all shades go so well together and you can easily just grab this out of your bag and do a nice look without thinking to much about it. The palette helps you make the look just by being nicely arranged with only colors that go well together.

It is a long time since I picked up one of these smaller luxury brand palettes. I tend to be more tempted by the bigger and bolder palettes, but I am so pleased with this that I really should reach for it more. I know I say that in almost every Throwback Thursday Makeup Look post, but that’s kind of the point with these posts too. Finding old stuff in your collection that you want to use again!

This is kind of more of a fall palette in my eyes though, so I may keep it in my drawer until the weather gets a bit colder (who am I joking, it is 5 degrees C today).

Did you take a dive into the old part of your collection lately? It can be so much fun so I highly recommend going for the occasional “shop-your-stash-hunt”.



Throwback Thursday Makeup Look – Tarina Tarantino Jewel Shadow Palette!

Not only did I use an old palette for this look, I also used a fairly unknown one. I just randomly stumbled upon the brand several years ago and picked up one of her Jewel shadow palettes in the shade “Wonderful”.


The packaging really is stunning. Very well put together, solid, heavy plastic case with secure closing, and a beautiful duo-chrome lid with details. The packaging itself looks like a jewel case, hence the name maybe?


The inside is 5 nicely arranged greens and browns. I used to use this a lot back when I got it so I completely forgot about the quality. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is very good! Shadows performed, applied and blended without any issues.

I created two looks for this throwback thursday makeup look post, just to be sure to use all the shades in the palette.


  • Tarina Tarantino Jewel Eyeshadow Palette “Wonderful” – Pale pearly gold (left), shimmery gold (middle), Dark Matte based kaki with spects of glitter (top), shimmery muted mint (right).
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H – Black.
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro70, Bro40, Bro90.
  • Kiko Glamorous Eye Pencil – 413.
  • Eylure x Vegas Nay – Fiercely Fabulous.


  • Tarina Tarantino Jewel Eyeshadow Palette “Wonderful” – Pale pearly gold (left), shimmery gold (middle), Dark Matte based kaki with spects of glitter (top), dark brown with gold glitter flecks (bottom).
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro40.
  • Eylure x Vegas Nay – Fiercely Fabulous.


No doubt I am a fan. And since the darker shades with tiny glitter flecks look as good as matte no the lid, it is completely possible to make a cohesive look (or two) out of this. I am so happy with how it worked that I feel like I need to have this in my everyday makeup bag for June!

It is always fun when you pick out an old palette to try that you haven’t tried for ages and you remember how good they are and want to keep on using them. This is why I love doing these Throwback Thursday posts. It makes me shop my stash and rediscover old favorites.

Did you find any old treasures in your collection that you forgot about lately?