Throwback Thursday Makeup Looks – NYX Ultimate Brights Eyeshadow Palette.

This is an old palette I dug out of my collection since it’s in my current Stash or Trash! The reason my I put it in my current stash or trash pile is because after my collection has grown and I got plenty of great quality colorful mattes I just did not reach for this anymore. It used to be an old favorite, but I just forgot about it when new and better (in my opinion) clorful palettes entered my collection. After more than 2 years without being touched at all I figured it was time to use it again and decide if it’s still good enough to keep. What I figured out will be something you have to read about in my stash or trash recap which will be published very soon!

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I did two looks with the palette just to play a bit around with the colors and these are the looks I came up with:

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  • Nyx Ultimate Brights Eyeshadow Palette – Row 4 shade 1,2,3 & 4.
  • Obsession Be.Crazy,About Eyeshadow Palette – Fresh.
  • Morphe x Jacklyn Hill Palette – Abyss.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro40, Bro90.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Revolution Pro – The Mascara Revolution.
  • Colourpop Glitterally Obsessed – Outside The Lines.
  • NYX Epic Black Mousse Liner.
  • House Of Lashes – Starlet.
  • Nailart gems.

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  • Nyx Ultimate Brights Eyeshadow Palette – Row 2 shade 1&4, Row 3 shade 1, 2 & 3.
  • Obsession Be.Crazy,About Eyeshadow Palette – Fresh.
  • Morphe x Jacklyn Hill Palette – Abyss.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro10, Bro90.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Revolution Pro – The Mascara Revolution.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Blush Tribe Pigment – Snow.
  • NYX Epic Black Mousse Liner.
  • House Of Lashes – Starlet.

No surprise that I was more drawn to the blues and greens in this palette I guess.

Have you tried this palette? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

XOXO

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My Makeup Collection 2019 – Foundations!

Yet another part of my makeup collection to go through. But tell me, what is your favorite foundation?

I still think my Guerlain Ligerie De Peau is my top pick, as it has been for a couple of years, but I have a lot of other great ones too!

I am not that into buying new foundations all the time, at least not as much as with eyeshadows and such, but I have a decent amount.

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First let’s go through my drugstore foundations. Now, I don’t mind paying the price for a high-end or even luxury makeup, but I still have a majority of drugstore (or drugstore priced) foundations.

  • Tolymoly Luminous Goddess Aura BB Crem.
  • Revolution Conceal & Define Foundation – F6.
  • Revolution Conceal & Define Foundation – F4.
  • Lirikos Marine Radiance Double Cover Foundation.
  • L’Oreal Infallible Stay Fresh Foundation 24 H.
  • L’Oreal Infallible 24H  Matte Foundation.
  • Wet N’Wild Photofocus Foundation.
  • A’Pieu Natural BB Cream.
  • Maybelline FitMe Matte + Poreless – 105.
  • Milani Conceal + Perfect 2 in 1 Foundation.
  • Revolution Fast Base Stick – F5.
  • Revolution Fast Base Stick – F4.
  • Colourpop No Filter Foundation.
  • The Seam Eco Soul Real Fit Foundation.

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I was actually surprised when I pulled out all my foundations to see that I don’t really have that many high-end ones. Don’t get me wrong, five is more than enough! As you can probably tell I have both my summer and winter shades here.

  • Guerlain Lingerie De Peau.
  • Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear.
  • Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation.
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup.
  • Clinique Superbalanced.

The total count is 19 foundations. Not that bad I think! That’s actually exactly the same amount as I had last year. Sure I’ve bought some foundations, but I’ve also finished some.

Do you know your foundation count?

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Makeup Revolution Glow Revolution Prime Set Glow Spray- Review!

While hunting for a new setting spray I stumbled upon this Glow Revolution Priming and Setting Spray by Makeup Revolution and decided to give it a go.

The first thing I noticed when I got the bottle in the mail was how big it was. It’s supposed to be a face & body spray so I guess a large amount makes sense. The bottle has a metal ball in it, and you have to shake it before use. It does have quite a lot of shimmer so you do have to shake for a while to get the fluid to be even.

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The first way I tried it was as a glowy setting spray. The spritzer is nice and distribute the mist evenly. Not the finest mist, but good enough to get an even application. But when this product says glowy it means it! Honestly it made me look like a golden tin foil figure. The shimmer is so packed in this spray that it leaves a very visible golden, shimmery film on the skin. I tried applying it a second time, but this time with just a tiny amount, but the result was still too much. It simply looks like you have gold shimmer all over your face. It doesn’t give a subtle glow, it makes your whole face golden and shimmery. I think the color is not that right for me either, being it is so visible I think it would look much more flattering on medium or deeper skin tones. It was way to visible on my light skin and I can imagine fair skinned people having a similar problem.

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So I figured I would try it as a priming spray since it’s supposed to work like that. I like using the Cover FX drops or the Iconic London Illuminating drops as a “primer” when I want some extra glow, so I figured that even if it was too intense for me as a setting spray, it could potentially be used under my foundation. It did look better than what it did as a setting spray but the shimmer is just not finely milled enough and you end up looking very glittery still. So I much prefer the highlighter drops, because even though they are intense the pearl is so finely milled it looks like glow and not glitter. This one just does not compare.

Final way of testing it was as a body spray. This is probably my way to finish this. It looks nice sprayed over your legs if you re wearing a skirt or a dress for instance. So I guess there is some way for me to use it (the 2 times a year I wear a skirt/dress). I would not recommend it though. This one is just too much, so unless you are actually looking for a body spray with an intense glow I would stay clear of this.

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Nabla Poison Garden Eyeshadow Palette – Review & Swatches!

At first I was immediately drawn to the gorgeous packaging and color story of the palette. Sure, I think it’s weird that a palette with the word “Garden” in it’s name does not have a green shade, but still I knew I had to have this from the very beginning. As soon as I purchased it and was waiting for the palette to arrive in the mail I started seeing reviews of this, and they were not that great! And it made me a bit nervous that I would not like the palette that much.

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It’s always such a shame ending up not being happy with a palette especially if you love the colors and the looks of it. I just think the packaging has such a stunning design! Even though it’s cardboard it feels like the fancy kind, the colors and pattern is beautiful, like a flowering garden at night, and it just feels and looks luxurious through and through. And yes, is does have a decent sized mirror.But the packaging does not help that much if whats inside is not up to standard. And I like my eyeshadows to be good! Especially in this case, when we are not talking about a cheap budget palette.I do have some previous experience with Nabla eyeshadow since I have a small collection of their single pan shadows, and the quality of those are really really good especially their mattes that are buttery smooth and rich in pigment! So I know Nabla can do great eyeshadows. I do have to say, I like the palette, I like the looks I made with it, but I can also see why people are unhappy with it because it’s simply not the easiest palette to work with. But to be fair some of the shades are pressed pigments and not eyeshadow. In my opinion a pressed pigment rarely have the quality similar to eyeshadows. I usually find that you have to change the techniques a bit and thats the case with many of the shadows in this palette too. I found that I had to apply it little by little and spend a bit more time blending, but I don’t think it’s because the shadow is bad it’s just the nature of dark or colorful pressed pigments. They need a bit more of a careful hand. Although it’s not as loosely pressed as Subculture the way you have to work with the dark mattes in this palette is similar to how I use the dark mattes in Subculture. So I don’t think they are bad eyeshadows, they simply have to be used a bit different because they are not actually eyeshadows but pressed pigments.

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There are off course shades that can be used a lot more laid back. All of the neutrals are very easy to work with. They are just overall decent eyeshadows. The neutral matte shades are really good actually. Not as good as their single shadows, but good. The shimmer are also good eyeshadows, but they are not mind blowing. Pretty yes, but they are more on the regular scale and nothing that will blow you off your chair.

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I guess overall I like the palette, but it does need some extra attention when applying the darker matte pigments. I can totally see why this palette is not something everyone will enjoy. Although, I dare to say that if you managed to work with Subculture you wont have any more issues with this.

Have you tried this palette? Let me know what your opinion is!

XOXO

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The Balm Take Home The Bronze – Review!

This one has been on my wish list for so long, and I just happened to snag this with me on impulse one day. I am a big fan of The Balms quirky cute packaging and a bronzer that promise to not be orange is off course also tempting (I don’t want that Donald Trump bronze after all).

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As always the packaging is adorable. It’s the same usual sturdy cardboard packaging as they have on their blushes. I had some of their blushes for many years, and those still look good, so they are good quality even though it’s made of cardboard. It also have a mirror inside. In my opinion it’s a bit too tiny to use when applying bronzer, but oh well.

But cute packaging and anti-orange promises does not help if the product is not any good. But this one is! I picked it up in the shade “Oliver”, but they have several shade options. This one was good for me because it’s quite pale and I prefer a pale bronzer, because that’s what I am for most of the year.  This one is just the right shade for my winter skin, and it’s absolutely true that it’s anti-orange! It looks quite cool toned on my skin, which I also prefer during winter. It’s almost so that I could use this as a contour.

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The shade is great for me. Oliver is the lightest of three shades, so they should have an option that fits many (but I am afraid the darkest is not dark enough, and I wish they had one additional color for deep skin). But not only does the color work for me, it’s also so easy to apply! I love it when a bronzer blends quickly and I just don’t have to think to much about it. You know that brush on really quick kind of bronzer that you never have to worry about not being blended enough or looking patchy. This bronzer is just that easy-going one.

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This was a totaly hit for me and I highly recommend it. Especially if you often find bronzers to be too warm this one is a nice one to test out.

I do have the iconic and much loved Bahama Mama bronzer from The Balm as well, but Take Home The Bronze one is a solid winner among these two.

Have you tried this bronzer? Or maybe you have another favorite that you love?

XOXO

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Nabla Poison Garden Eyeshdow Palette – 6 Makeup Looks!

Even though I really do think that an eyeshadow palette that has the word “garden” in it’s name should have at least one green, I am really drawn to the color selection in this palette. A good mix between some pops of colors, everyday neutrals, glamorous shimmers and a duochrome. I always get excited to dive into a palette like that!

So here is the results of my playtime with this palette. Hope you like them!

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  • Nabla Poison Garden Eyeshadow Palette – Canvas, Zen, Zodiac, Majorelle, Adoration.
  • Morphe X Jacklyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette – Abyss.
  • NYX Epic Black Mousse Liner.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro90.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Revolution Pro The Mascara Revolution.
  • H&M Colour Essence Eye Pencil – Into The Blue,
  • H&M Colour Essence Eye Pencil – Panther.
  • Catrice Liquid Camouflage High Coverage Concealer.
  • House Of Lashes – Noir Fairy Light.

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  • Nabla Poison Garden Eyeshadow Palette – Canvas, Narrative, Honey, Berry Bite, Subliminal, Fabric, Rosita.
  • Morphe X Jacklyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette – Abyss.
  • NYX Epic Black Mousse Liner.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro90.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Revolution Pro The Mascara Revolution.
  • H&M Colour Essence Eye Pencil – Panther.
  • Kiko glamorous Eye Pencil – 401.
  • Catrice Liquid Camouflage High Coverage Concealer.
  • House Of Lashes – Noir Fairy Light.

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  • Nabla Poison Garden Eyeshadow Palette – Canvas, Narrative, Adagio, Opera, Craving, Subliminal, Archetype.
  • Morphe X Jacklyn Hill Eyeashadow Palette – Abyss.
  • NYX Epic Black Mousse Liner.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro90.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Revolution Pro The Mascara Revolution.
  • Kiko Glamorous Eye Pencil – 406.
  • Catrice Liquid Camouflage High Coverage Concealer.
  • House Of Lashes – Noir Fairy Light.
  • Anastasia Aurora Glow Kit – Luna, Spectra.

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  • Nabla Poison Garden Eyeshadow Palette – Canvas, Majorelle, Berry Bite, Adoration.
  • Morphe X Jacklyn Hill Eyeashadow Palette – Abyss.
  • NYX Epic Black Mousse Liner.
  • H&M Colour Essence Eye Pencil – Into The Blue.
  • NYX Faux Whites Inner Eye Brightener – Mintcream.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro90.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Revolution Pro The Mascara Revolution.
  • House Of Lashes – Noir Fairy Light.
  • Anastasia Aurora Glow Kit – Luna, Spectra.
  • Catrice Liquid Camouflage High Coverage Concealer.

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  • Nabla Poison Garden Eyeshadow Palette – Canvas, Zen, Berry Bite, Opera, Subliminal, Fabric, Rosita, Honey,Adagio.
  • Morphe X Jacklyn Hill Eyeashadow Palette – Abyss.
  • NYX Epic Black Mousse Liner.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro90.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Revolution Pro The Mascara Revolution.
  • Catrice Liquid Camouflage High Coverage Concealer.
  • Kiko Glamorous Eye Pencil – 401.
  • Huda Beauty Lashes –  #9 Carmen.

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  • Nabla Poison Garden Eyeshadow Palette- Canvas, Narative, Majorelle, Zodiac, Crabing, Rosita, Adoration.
  • Morphe X Jacklyn Hill Eyeashadow Palette – Abyss.
  • NYX Epic Black Mousse Liner.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro90.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Revolution Pro The Mascara Revolution.
  • Catrice Liquid Camouflage High Coverage Concealer.
  • Kiko Vibrant Eye Pencil – 604.
  • Kiko Kajal Kôhl Pencil – 109.
  • Huda Beauty Lashes –  #9 Carmen.

I missed blogging for a while. Things have been so crazy busy lately I have barely had time to breathe. We are in the middle of moving houses and it’s a ton of renovasion that needs to be done in the mean time. So I had to take a small break from posting. Thanks for everyone understanding. It’s good to finally release another post though  and hopefully I will keep my head above water from now on.

I hope to be able to stick to my regular posting schedule from now on, so Stay tuned to read the review of the Poison Garden palette!

XOXO

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My Makeup Collection 2019 – Bronzers!

We all enjoy a good bronzer right? At least I do. I don’t pick up too many bronzers I would say, but still I have managed do build quite a collection over the years. So now I want to show you all I got. Some of them I use on a regular basis, while others, like the beautiful limited edition pieces from Guerlain I consider true collection pieces that I want to keep intact. Do you do that? Buy makeup you don’t intend to use just because they are collection pieces? I guess that shows I am more than a regular consumer and quite a hoarder or what?

Anyway, let’s see what I got hiding in my drawers!

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  • Estee Lauder Luminous Liquid Bronzer.
  • NARS Laguna Illuminator (it’s not an illuminator despite the name, it’s a glowy bronzer!)
  • Becca Gradient sunlit Bronzer – Sunrise Waves.
  • Nilens Jord Powder Bronzer – Matte (they have a shimmery version as well).
  • L’Oreal Back to Bronze – Sunkiss.
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer – Luminous Bronze Light (mini).
  • Morphe Brontous – Celebutante.

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And these are my collection pieces. Can you understand why I can’t make myself use them? The patterns are so beautiful.

  • Guerlain Terra Ora Sculpting Powder.
  • Guerlain Terracotta Terra Magnifica.
  • Guerlain Terracotta Chic Tropic.

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  • The Balm Take home The Bronze – Oliver.
  • The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer.
  • Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer.
  • Physicians Formula Bronze Booster – Light to Medium.
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish – So Ceylon.
  • H&M Radiant Bronze Island Hopper Glow Powder.

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  • Guerlain Terracotta Sun Tonic.
  • Guerlain Terracotta Ultra Shine Bronzer.
  • Dior Diorskin Nude Air Care & Dare 003.
  • Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder – 01.
  • Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint.

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  • Isadora Bronzing Powder – Matte Tan (It’s HUGE!)
  • Kiko Flawless Fusion Bronzing Powder.
  • Nilens Jord – Heart Shimmer 514.
  • Colourpop Pressed Powder Bronzer – Afternoon Delight.

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  • Nilens Jord 100% Natural Minerlas – 530.
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil.
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Park Ave Princess.
  • Kevin Aucoin The Sculpting Powder – Medium.
  • Dior Diorskin Nude Tan 003.
  • MAC  To The Beach Creme Bronzer – Beach Bronze.

What is your favorite bronzer?

XOXO

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