Ofra X Francesca Tolot Face Palette “Gilded” – Review!

Ofra makes the most amazing highlighters which they are famous for. I have a few and love them all. If you want something to blind your enemies with than they got you covered. So, it came to my mind that I wanted to add something more Ofra too my collection, so I scrolled a bit through their collection and found this palette. That peachy coral shimmery blush just pulled me in. I figured that would add something nice and new to my collection, something that I didn’t already have. Because even though I so haev peachy glowy blushes, I don’t think I have anything quite like this. So I didn’t even look at the rest of the palette. I wanted it just for that shade!

The packaging is white, which fits nicely with Ofras new revamped packaging. It has some small colorful details on the front with the name of the palette, but the rest is plain white. It looks clean, classy and it feels nice. The palette is heavy, and even though it’s plastic it does not feel like the cheap kind if you get what I mean. The mirror inside is also of good quality. The packaging just give a nice luxurious and clean looking vibe. I like it.

So, we already spoke about “Venezia”, the blush that made me buy the palette. Or, it’s maybe wrong to call it blush. Both “Venezia” and “Versus” remind me a lot of the highlighter formula just with a bit more color into it and maybe a tiny bit less intense shine. A darker skintone can easily wear these as highlighters. For me they are too dark to be highlighters but they work so well as glowy blushes! Both shades are so stunning, even though “Venezia” is the shade that pulled me in, the pink one has been just as much used and loved.

You also get two big pans of bronzers in this. To me that’s a bit confusing. The bronzer shades are not that much apart from each other, so it’s not like this palette is ment to work on a wider range of colors. With that I mean it’s not one light and one dark bronzer. The two bronzers have about the same depth to them. The difference is that “Bisque” is neutral and “Bronzato” is warm. The subtle difference confused me at the beginning, but thinking about it it kind of makes sense. They both work for me (I recon they would work on anything from light to medium), but I prefer a warm bronzer during summer, and a cool or neutral in winter. So for me this is a nice all-year-round option.

The bronzers have a beautiful formula. They have a more satin finish, and are super easy to apply and blend out. They are just one of those effortless bronzers that you can just apply without focusing too much. It gives just a nice bronzed glow to the face. The neutral shade also works as a contour. Both the blushes and bronzers in this palette are spot on when it comes to formula, and at least for my skintone they are spot on regarding shades too. I can use every product in this palette and they fit nicely and work great.

The only thing, and I actually think it’s a big thing, and that’s the composition. I just really with that one of the bronzers would be a big nice pan of highlight. Because even though I have gotten good use out of both bronzer shades, I just don’t think a 4 pan face palette needs two bronzers. A highlighter or another shade of blush would have made this a lot more versatile. Now, there is a simple solution to that because the pans can be popped right out and replaced with any of the refills on Ofras website, and that’s very very clever.

Even though I would prefer to not have two bronzer in this palette, I am very happy I got it. The blushes have a formula and finish that is quite unique even to my larger collection, and both bronzers do work nicely and fits me well. The overall quality of the products and the packaging is just great! I really do recommend it, but I am debating if I should pop in a highlighter as a replacement for one of the bronzers.

XOXO

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Juvia’s Place Loose Setting Powder – Review!

I actually haven’t tried anything else from Juvia’s Place than their eyeshadows. OK, I am lying I haev actually tried their blushes too, but I haven’t tried any of their skin makeup. Their new magic foundations have been raved about (although, I have yet to try that one) but they also released a matching concealer and powder.

I decided to pick up the powder. The reason being I didn’t really have any loose powder with colors on it. This powder comes in 5 different shades and I got the shade “Sahara” which is for light to medium skin tones.

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The powder cost 12$, which is not a frightening amount of money, but the container is so small! Although the price is fair the amount is a bit on the stingy side I feel like. I bet I will finish this powder quite fast if I use it on a regular basis. The container is a small jar with a regular sifter and with a red screw-on lid. The design is simple, and may I say a bit disappointing for being Juvia’s? Usually they have such fun packaging. This powder just seems oddly plane in comparison. I mean, it’s nice enough I guess. It just does not have the same uniqueness as their palettes.

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The powder itself is finely milled, and looks nice on the skin. It gives a little bit of extra coverage since it’s got some color to it. It does mattify the skin a bit, but it does not keep it matte for very long. Now, I don’t have oily skin, mine tend to be normal to dry, but I could see some shine on my forehead after a few hours. I don’t necessarily want the flat matte look, so I don’t mind at all. But I don’t think this is the best for shine control.

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If shine is not a problem for you this is absolutely a decent loose powder. Still, I cannot shake off the idea about this being “just a powder”. I mean, it does work for sure, and I like how it looks. But I was not wowed by it- Not the same way as I am when I use my Charlotte Tilbury powder for instance. Off course, we are talking too different price tags here.

I can’t really point out any wrongs here. I like the powder and I like how it looks but it does not really stand out in any way for me. I like it enough that I will happily finish the jar, and I might even pick it up again on sale. But somehow this is “just a powder” and next time I need a new loose powder I will most likely try another one hoping it will be a better hit.

XOXO

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Colourpop Proceed With Caution Eyeshadow Palette – 4 Makeup Looks!

Another one of Colourpops cute 9-pan palettes. This time the whole color scheme reminds me of a warning sign and it’s not a part of their very popular monochromatic series. This one has a bit of this and a bit of that. These are the looks I did:

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  • Colourpop Proceed With Caution – Proceed, Maintenance, Gloves On, Caution, Dead End.
  • Revolution Pro Brow Pomade – Dark Brown.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix – Bro30, Bro90.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • L’Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara.
  • Revoluiton Pro Pigment Pomade – Paper White.
  • NYX Epic Black Mousse Liner.
  • House Of Lashes – Noir Fairy BLK.

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  • Colourpop Proceed With Caution – Proceed, Caution, Maintenance, Dead End, Warning, Drill, Culture,
  • Revolution Pro Brow Pomade – Dark Brown.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix – Bro30, Bro90.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • L’Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara.
  • Colourpop Glitterally Obsessed – Outside The Lines.
  • Kiko Glamorous Eye Penil – 401.
  • House Of Lashes – Noir Fairy BLK.
  • Nailart gems.

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  • Colourpop Proceed With Caution – Proceed, Caution, Culture, Warning, Drill, Gloves On, Dead End.
  • Revolution Pro Brow Pomade – Dark Brown.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix – Bro30, Bro90.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • L’Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara.
  • Dumbblondglitter -Tropic Like Its Hot 62.
  • Colourpop Creme Gel Liner Pencil – Insomniac.
  • Colourpop Pressed Glitter – Boombayah.
  • Kiko Glamorous Eye Pencil – 401.
  • Revolution Pro Pigment Pomade – Hot Pink.
  • Nyx Epic Black Mousse Liner.

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  • Colourpop Proceed With Caution – Proceed, Maintenance, Culture, Gloves On, HZRD, Warning.
  • Revolution Pro Brow Pomade – Dark Brown.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix – Bro30, Bro90.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • L’Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Nyx Epic Black Mousse Liner.House Of Lashes – Noir Fairy BLK.
  • House Of Lashes – Noir Fairy BLK.

I am quite happy with how versatile this palette is considering it’s only 9 shades. So I was quite happy with that. All the details will off course be in my review this upcoming Wednesday.

And for those of you who do not follow me on Instagram, I am sorry my uploading schedule has been so off. I was in an accident almost two weeks ago, and I had a hard time managing to do much at all. I am progressing now, and even though I am on sick leave untill at least 16th September I hope I will manage to sit with my computer on my lap and do some writing for short moments of the time, and take some photos. So I think my blog should be on it’s regular uploading schedule from now on. Thank you for your patience! I am excited to be well enough to be back on here writing about the passion that makeup is for me (and possably for you too)!

XOXO

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NYX Epic Black Mousse Liner – Review!

I have given this gel liner a fair run before writing this review. I have actually used this so much I am starting to run low. I have about 1/4 left of the pot and figured I could write down a few opinions about it.

I bought this when I ran out of my Maybelline gel liner (which is a great one!) and needed to grab a new one quick. The NYX Epic Black Mousse liner was actually the only drugstore option I could find in the store. It left me wondering if people in Norway don’t use gel liners? I mean I went to visit 5 or 6 stores that sold makeup and this was my only option. So I grabbed it. I kind of had to.

Despite the name it’s not very moussey. It feels just like a regular gel liner in my opinion. Maybe even a bit on the firmer side. And this is my firts problem with it. Being so firm I found it to not glide as easily on the lid, Now, I am 32 years old and probably have a bit more fine lines on the lid than the average 20-year-old and that means that a firmer formula that don’t glide on that easily takes a bit of work to look nice and even. I found that I had to go over the liner several times to get it to cover the fine lines in my lid. Maybe not an issue if you are younger, but I can imagine someone my age or older need to go over the liner a few times to make it look even. And we all know how liners work. The more times you have to go over it, the more chances you get of messing it up. Suddenly your line is a bit thicker than you intended to.

The formula also made it a bit hard to make that really sharp wing. It’s just a bit too thick to make that razor sharp wing easy to get. Not impossible by any means, but I found that I had to focus a lot more with this than I am used to with other gel liners or liquid liners.

With that said, the formula is nice and black. Not epic, but it’s a proper black. I really don’t like it when liners go grey upon application. If I buy a black liner I want black, not grey, not charcoal, and this liner did a good job with keeping a nice matte black shade.

The formula is pretty budge proof as well. It had no problem staying in place, even on my water line the whole day which I also find to be a important trait. No one wants to spend time making a nice tidy wing and seeng it “fly away” after 5 hours. So the formula is pretty budge proof, although not water proof so it was fairly easy to remove at the end of the day.

The pot has a protective plastic thing inside the lid, that after a while fell off. I kept it on, which I think it’s very important, but it made it kind of hard to screw on the lid. The formula does dry out farily quick so I still would not recommend removing anything that can prevent it from drying out. I found that after a couple of months it had dried out so much that it made it even harder to apply. I had to use duraline after a while, and duraline does wonders. I don’t think I would be able to go through the whole pot withouth adding duraline though. It would just be too dry.

However since it’s a nice black shade, and stays on pretty well it may work if your eyelids are younger than mine. Belive me aging does not make the makeup game any easier. So for someone younger I can imagine it works fine. But I would not recommend it unless you have some duraline avaliable or you may have to bin it before you are half way.

I will not repurchase this one again, simply because I know there are better options out there (like the one from Maybelline, or Inglot if you are willing to pay a few extra coins).

I will, with duralines help, finish the pot. So in that matter it was not a total miss, but taking the problems with application into consideration this is not something I will repurchase.

Do you have a favorite gel liner ro recommend? I would be happy to know more suggestions!

XOXO

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Tarte Icy Betch Eyeshadow Palette – 4 Makeup Looks!

I won’t discuss anything about this controversial little release by Tarte. All that stuff is for the review. But you all know I am a sucker for greens and blues, and this one was cheap, and they had free shipping one day, and the packaging is pretty, so here we are doing looks with Icy Betch. And these are the looks!

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  • Tarte Icy Betch – Veronica, Heather, Becky, Cheryl, Regina.
  • Morphe X Jacklyn Hill Palette – Abyss.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro90, Bro30.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • NYX Epic Black Mousse Liner.
  • H&M Colour Essence Eye Pencil – Into The Blue.
  • H&M Colour Essence Eye Pencil – Azure Thing.
  • Sleek Distorted Dream Highlighter Palette – Sweet Delusion.
  • Colourpop No Filter Concealer – Light 14.
  • L’Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara.
  • House Of Lashes – Noir Fairy BLK.

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  • Tarte Icy Betch – Veronica, Georgina, Miranda, Regina.
  • Morphe X Jacklyn Hill Palette – Abyss.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro90, Bro30.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • NYX Epic Black Mousse Liner.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Colourpop No Filter Concealer – Light 14.
  • L’Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara.
  • House Of Lashes – Noir Fairy BLK.

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  • Tarte Icy Betch – Veronica, Becky, Blair, Cheryl, Aria, Regina.
  • Morphe X Jacklyn Hill Palette – Abyss.
  • Revolution Brow Pomade – Dark Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro90, Bro30.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • NYX Epic Black Mousse Liner.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Colourpop No Filter Concealer – Light 14.
  • L’Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara.
  • House Of Lashes – Iconic.

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  • Tarte Icy Betch – Veronica, Aria, Vivian, Regina.
  • Revolution Brow Pomade – Dark Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro90, Bro30.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • NYX Epic Black Mousse Liner.
  • Colourpop No Filter Concealer – Light 14.
  • L’Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara.
  • House Of Lashes – Iconic.
  • H&M Glitter Eye Color – Sterling.
  • Colourpop Creme Gel Liner – Electric Daisy.
  • Colourpop Glitterally Obsessed – OMG I’m Wet!

I am curious to know if you picked up this palette as well? Temptation got the better of me so I had to, but all the pros and cons about this little fun sized palette will be discussed in Wednesdays review.

XOXO

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My Makeup Collection 2019 – Single Pan Eyeshadows!

One of the most treasured things in my collection are my single eyeshadows. There is just something unique about putting together your own custom palette, and selecting new shades to grow the collection. And is there anything more enjoyable to look at than a nicely curated magentic palette filled with single pan shadows? I don’t think so!

This is a part of my collection that I have grown a bit since last year. Last year I put the names of the shadows on each picure, but this post would take me days to do now if I did that (I am probalby not the most efficient picture editor either) so this time I will write all the shade names in the picture caption.

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BIG PALETTE: Luna, New Heaven, Grenadine, Fahrenheit, Virgin Island, Absinthe, Clementine, City Wolf, Atmosphere, Citron, Extravirgin, Babylon. SMALL PALETTE: Mystic, Paprika, Caramel, Ludwig, Glitz, Water Dream.

I love the Nabla single pans. Especially the matte formula. I currently have 18 shades that are all very beautiful. I would love to have some more but I rarely think about picking up some. They are a big more expensive than many other options out there, but the pans are also bigger!

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1st row: Vanilla Bean, Bling, Shimma Shimma, Bleached Blonde, Gold Digger, Prom Night, Taupe Notch. 2nd row: Sorbet, Confection, Peach Smoothie, Goddess, Bitten, Brownie Points, Americano. 3rd row: Maitai, Cinderella, Petal Pusher, Cosmopolitan, In The Spotlight, Last Dance, Sensous. 4th row: Rockstar, Friend Zone, Tan Lines, Steampunk, Tuscan Sun, Pillow Talk, Drama Queen.

This one brings back so many memories! When Makeupgeek came and changed the eyeshadow pan game. Before Makeupgeek everyone just used MAC, but they brought in a more affordable, but even better (in my opinion) option.

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1st row: Pop Culture, Unicorn, Rebel, Hopscotch, Phantom, Boo Berry, Chit Chat, Appletini, Dragonfly, Shark Bait, Peacock, Secret Garden, Shimmermint, Shore Thing, Sea Mist, Ritzy, Typhoon, Flame Thrower, Cocoa Bear, Jester, Poison Ivy, Pegasus.

I also have a more colorful palette filled with Makeupgeek shadows. I hope I can manage to fill this palette during the rest of the year. It would be great having two full Makeupgeek palettes! I really should look into if they have some greens and blues in their collection that I could add. A few more colors in that colorfamily and I would be a happy camper.

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1st palette: Three Ring Yellow, Lime, Shimmermoss, Lucky Green, Humid, Swimming, New Crop, Tilt, Winkle, Freshwater, Electric Eel, Deep Truth. 2nd palette: Goldenrod, Free To Be, DF7, Sushi Flower, Nocturnal, Burnt Orange, Stars N’Rocket, Shale, Fig.1, Beauty Marked, Sattelite Dream, Heather Bells. 3rd palette: Brule, Shroom, Kid, Expensive Pink, Double Feature 4, Jest, Samoa Silk, Paradisco, Texture, Woodwinked, Vapour, Gleam, Mythology, Embark. 4th palette: Vanilla, Cork, Patina, Scene, Silver Ring, Carbon.

MAC, the iconic MAC single shadows. Back in the time, when Youtube was a new thing, this was almost the only thing beauty youtubers used! I remember I felt so professinal when I picked up my first single shadow. So silly, but it was a big deal, and it’s soo many years ago. I am happy to have collected so many iconic shades. My goal is to one day have all these palletes filled. One Green/Yellow/Blue, one with sunset shades, and two with neutral eyeshadows.

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I also have these Inglot eyeshadows. I do like them, but they are honestly not my favorite formula. I would like to fill up the palette, but I don’t really think I will grow my Inglot collection to something large anythime soon. I also could not be bothered writing down the shades names because they are a bitch to get out of those palettes, and they don’t have fun names anyways, just numbers.

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Top Palette: Defiance, Arsenic, Ascension, Spirit, Calcination, Euphoria, Relapse, Transmutation, Aether, Unity. Bottom Palette: Recluse, Symbiosis, Ephemeral, Habitat, Vertex, Nocturnal.

Lethal Cosmtics is an indie brand with beautiful eyeshadows. This collection is much much smaller than what I want it to be, but I aim on growing it. The formula is just gorgeous on these and they have a bunch of interesting colors. I also really like that the magnetic palettes from the brand are small and compect and feels like very decent qiality and holds a great mirror. Highly recomment this brand if you want to test out more indie brands.

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Top Palette: Now And Zen, Made To Last, Ready or Yatch, Cannonball, Cut-Outs, Tiki, Two Birds, Poodle, Pebbles, Going Steady, 143, Dragonfly, Facet, Come And Get It, Koi, Conundrum, Sea Stars, Boxer, Snake Eyes, Top Notch, Let’s Do It, Paper Crane, Tea Garden, Play By Play, Hear Me Out, Glass Bull, Game Changer. Bottom Palette: Baby Lights, Take Flight, Karat Cake, Martian, Over It, Crackle, Chic Happens, Thank U Next, Mr.Sandman, Solstice With The Mostest, Meteorite, Sleeper, Paradiso, Try Me, Eartshrine, On A Whimsy, Neutrino, Beam Me Up, Heavenly, Quantum Sleep, Antimatter, Superzoom, Conjour Up, Wishful Winking.

The biggest brand collection of single shadows I have are for sure from Colourpop. I blame it on their many releases, and BYOP offers. I am sure I will jump on those BYOP offers more times because it really allows you to build a while palette of single shadows for just a fraction of the original cost. I think when they have these sales it’s really as cheap as single shadows get, at least among thos with good quality.

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Muscle Beach, Backseat, Checkmate, Up and Up, Sideline, Team Captain, Goody Two-Shoes, Two Piece, Tiny Tangerines, Piece Of Cake, Lost And Found, Bassline, Slay-Farer, Formation, Chauffer, Deja Boo, Bratty, Hop On, Rascal, Feathered, Backstage, Two To Mango, Fault Line, La Playa, Comeback Kid, Night Show, Kill Switch.

I was not quite done with Colourpop, because this pretty bright palette is also Colourpop only. I need a new magnetic pan to fill now!

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Acapulco, LMAO, Viridian, Odium, Buddy Blue, Paladin, Cupid.

My Devinah collection is the smallest single pan brand collection I have with only 7 shades. That does not reflect the quality at all, because these shadows are really really nice. I aim to collect a lot more in the future so this is just the start.

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And to finish up this post this is my Looxie eyeshadow collection. This also is a brand I want to collect a lot more from since it’s such a lovely formula. Especially their metallics and metallics 2 formula are so so beautiful. I think the next Looxie order is not far off!

What is your favorite brand to collect single eyeshadow pans from?

XOXO

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Makeup Hauls – April 2019!

I know I know, I am by far late at getting to this post. But after spending April moving and having the majority of my stuff (also some of the new stuff) in boxes I didn’t get around to it so far, but better late than never.

Things are going great in the new house by the way! By horse is stables not so far away which is handy for my afternoon rides, and I have 10 chickens running around. So much fun!

I didn’t recieve to much in April, but we will go through the little I got. I can tell you that the haul post for May will have a lot of content though!

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I did get some new Liveglam KissMe Liquid Lipsticks. It’s a lipstick subscription that sends out three liquid lipsticks and/or glosses each month. I really do like the formula of these, but honestly I got these because I forgot to cancel this month. I am not sure if I will continue with them, despite that I really like them, because after a year of getting 3 lipsticks each month it’s starting to feel a bit crouded. These ones are all lovely nudes that I am happy to have.

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Can you relate when I say that the Colourpop Disney Villan collection must be one of their best ones ever? I really like the looks of the higlighters and picked up three of them along with a new shade of Glitterally Obsessed which has also become one of my favorite Colourpop items. They are such an easy and mess free way of adding glitter to my makeup looks. Big fan of those!

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The Colourpop Sweet Talk palette is also absolutely stunning! I also love that they added a super shock formula and a glitter formula to the mix! Can’t wait to play with these!

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Still on the Colourpop train! The Colourpop Just My Luck caught my heart and my eyes at the same time with these lovely greens. I also love that there are several cool-toned greens because I find that greens are very often warm toned. I am al about adding diversity to my collection.

The Colourpop No Filter Concealer is a repurchase as I have already used up my old one. I guess it goes without saying that I really like it!

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I also picked up some high end goodies! The Becca Gold Lava highlighter that I think will look amazing in summer, and a super cute Blush&Glow mini fromNatasha Denona. Love that they have minis! It’s a great way to get to try a luxury brand for a fair price. And I never finish a blush or a highlighter anyway.

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Finally I have grown my singles collection with 6 stunning shades and a magnetic palette from on of my favorite single shadow brands Lethal Cosmetics!

Did you pick up anything good in April or May?

XOXO

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