Makeup Hauls – March 2019!

I missed writing this post in February. The reason was that I didn’t get anything in February. The things I ordered didn’t arrive until March. To be fair I had things I ordered way back in December and January that did not arrive until March. So finally, here is some stuff I have collected over the past three months!

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This package with Makeup Revolution highlighters was sent back and forth. I made this order in December and I was happy to finally see it arrive. I got the Glow Revolution Time Set Glow Spray and the Revolution PRO Supreme Highlighter “Ice”. I already have this trio in another shade and I love it! I wanted a version with more cooler shades, and I already know I love the formula. Plus it’s super affordable.

The two single compacts are the Revolution Pro Skin Finish in Opalescent (top) and Luminescence (bottom). I actually bought the last one sometime last year. I swatched it and I thought it was really promising, but while I was carrying a pile of makeup to put in my drawers I lost it on the ground and it shattered. So I did not have time to even use it once. I really liked how it swatcehed so I picked it up again now.

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I also went for one of those BYOP palette offers from Colourpop! It’s such a fantastic deal when they make this offers, and perfect for me since I am working on expanding my makeup single shadow collection. I will for sure pick up more BYOP in the future but I actually think I may have to wait until they release more shades, because I don’t think they have enough shades that I don’t already have in my collection to build another palette. But I LOVE the shades in this one though! So many yummy, pretty colors!

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I have been wanting to the The Balm Take Home The Bronze for quite some time. I have heard so many good things about it! I grabbed it by accident while I picked up the L’Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara (one of my faves!) together with this super cute tubs of lip balm and lip scrub from BOMB Cosmetics. Aren’t they the cutest?

And yes! The Gypsy Shrine Glitter on top is also a new addition to my glitter collection (which I also work on growing).

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Off course there is always more Colourpop incoming. The It’s My Pleasure palette is so much more pretty in real life than what I though it would be from the pictures on the website. That’s always a nice surprise off course! I am slightly getting addicted to the Glitterally Obsessed glitter pastes, and I picked up the shades Star Part, Disco Lady and Dream About Me.

I also picked up the lilac and teal shade from their new mascara line! I just love that they brought out a whole bunch of fun colored mascaras!

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I am so sad that this is limited edition, because the beautiful Sonia Zarine Palette by Blush Tribe was sold out even before it came to me. So I am struggling to decide if I should do looks and possibly a review with it either way. I am really hoping they will ring this back so I can smack out a review upon next launch, but the vibe I got was that this would be a one time only stock. So sad, but I am lucky to have such a pretty palette though!

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I also got a whole bunch of goodies (mainly from Maybelline). I was lucky enough to find the Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil on sale! It’s my favorite pencil and I got three (which still cost less than one at regular price!). I also wanted to try the Maybelline Snapscara and Maybelline 24 H Superstay foundation because I ahve heard good things about both. The loose powder, Maybelline Master Fix, I just picked up on impulse, but I hope it will work as an under eye setting powder. The two glitters are from H&M own beauty line, and the L’Oreal liquid liner was something I found at heavy discount (it’s a bronze shade).

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I also needed to stock up on some lashes. I was wearing out my last pair, so I picked up a few different styles from House Of Lashes. At this moment they have my favorite lashes.

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This was also something I just grabbed on impulse. I was not really supposed to buy highlighters this month, but how could I resist this Dior Backstage Flow Face Palette? It’s just so chic and pretty!

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This is maybe the palette I have been the most excited about in a long time! Just looking at all these colors make me happy! This is the BeautyBay EYN Brights Matte palette. I can’t wait to dig into this!

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The last thing I received by the end of this month was this little bundle of single eyeshadows from Looxie Beauty! These give me spring vibes!

I am trying to build a larger single pan collection so I aim to pick up a few every month from the brands I like to collect (like Colourpop, Makeupgeek, Looxie and Lethal Cosmetics) and possibly try a few more!

Did you pick up anything fun lately?

I have to say I did not do as well on my low buy as I was hoping. I managed to only (I am using the work only loosely here) buy 4 eyeshadow palettes as planned, but I bought no less than 4 highlighters and one highlighter palette (some yet to be presented in Aprils haul post) even though I planned to buy none. So I did not really do too well. I have a weakness for highlighters what can I say!

For April I won’t limit my purchases in any way. I think they will limit themselves because we will be too busy moving, and there are so many expenses linked to a move so I don’t think I will pick up that much in April anyway. But wish me luck either way!

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5 Makeup Products Not Worth Your Money!

I usually don’t end up with many makeup items that I despise. I usually know what brands I like, who’s recommendations to value and I can often tell by the description of the product if it will be worth picking up for me. But sometimes when I try something completely new I get a bad apple. So I wanted to share a few bad apples with you.

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None of these product worked for me. Not only did they not work for me, they were absolutely terrible. It’s not that they were just mediocre. In my eyes these are useless. Now, if you have these and love these that’s great! Makeup is so personal, so I am not by any means disrespecting anyone’s taste. It’s just that these did not work for me, and I will explain why each of them were a miss.

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I have already written a full (bad) review about this one. So if you want all the details you can read about it here. I just could not make it work for me. I feel like I’ve tried anything, every primer I have, no primer, every setting spray I have, a bunch of different powders and trying it at different seasons. Either way, it always looks bad. You really should not have to try this hard to make a medium price range foundation work. Usually I find one way or another to make a foundation work in order for me finish it, if nothing else just mixing it with another foundation. This one I just can’t be bothered using up, it’s too bad.

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I had high hopes for this Colourpop No Filter Pressed Powder, and  I am wondering if I got a bad one because I see other people enjoying this, but based on my own experience I just can’t understand what people could possibly like about it. The problem for me is that this powder gets hard pan after a very short time. I got to use it maybe 2-3 times before I had to scratch off the top layer. I thought maybe it was something with my skin or my makeup that reacted with the powder making the pan turn hard so quickly, but I also tried buffing a completely clean brush in the pan just to check, and still it fairly quickly got hard pan. In the end I just got tired of scratching off hard powder. The rest will be tossed, and I am not picking up this one again for sure!

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Maybelline Master Ink Liquid Liner “White” was another miss. Maybelline has a whole bunch of great products, so nothing wrong with the brand. I have a lot of big favorites from Maybelline, in particular base products and lipsticks. This one was another story. First of all the product is not very pigmented. I found that to get the line to actually look white I had to go over it several times. That meant there was product build up, and the result looked cakey. When it dried it started cracking and falling off in chunks. Not only did the eyeliner chunks fall off, but it took with it the eyeshadow underneath. Imagine doing a complicated look, and you want to finish it off with a nice thin white line in the crease, just to get the whole look ruined. Needless to say, trying this once was enough. I am all about giving products second chances. I have changed my mind about things more than once, but this just ruined the whole look and wasting my time. So that’s a pass.

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I feel bad about putting this Maybelline Color Drama Lip Paint in here since it was a gift from a friend. I love getting makeup as gifts, and was super happy to receive this because the formula was new to me and the color was cool. It’s just so that this did not work out. The problem is that the color is super sheer ans streaky. Now I know these kind of colors are hard to make, but I had a really hard time making the color look even. When I finally got an even layer of colors my lips had so much products on it just went everywhere, and then it ended up looking streaky anyway. Maybe the other shades are better, but stay away from the purple!

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The last one of the bunch is this Honey Bronze cream highlighter from The Body Shop. I got this the same time as I got the foundation. I was not very lucky on that shopping trip I guess. This is a subtle highlighter, and nothing wrong with that, but I found it a bit too subtle. I had to use quite a lot to even see it, and then it looked very thick and waxy plus it removed the foundation underneath. I like a subtle highlighter, but this was borderline pointless to apply, and in addition it messed up my base.

Usually Colourpop products are a hit for me, so a bit surprising that a product from that brand ended up in this post, and I usually like Maybelline products as well. They got some products that rank pretty high among my favorites. The Master Drama Kohl Pencil, FitMe foundation and Master Chrome highlighters to mention a few. So they are usually a hit, or at least OK products. The Body Shop is a bit opposite actually. I have yet to find a makeup product from their line that I actually like. Some of them have been decent, but I still haven’t found anything really good.

Do you have any product that absolutely won’t work for you? Let me know your worst item in the comments!

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What’s In My Makeup Bag – April 2019!

New month means new makeup bag! I am always excited to have a new set of items to play with at the beginning of every month. I am a bit indecisive about what to do in the future though. The reason is that I started doing these monthly makeup bags because I run to work every morning. 5 kilometers each way, and then I get ready at work and need some stuff there. In April when we move things will be a bit different. I will have a 30 minutes drive by car to get to work from our new house. That means I will be getting ready at home. I will also have space to make a proper makeup room with a vanity and all, so i don’t know what I will be doing regarding rotating my makeup. Maybe I will just pick and choose every morning. Or maybe I will switch up the content of my daily makeup bag more often and there won’t be any monthly makeup bag to show off. Being able to rotate through my entire collection does indeed sound a bit tempting so I am not entirely sure what to do. Maybe this will be the last “What’s In My Makeup Bag” post. Let me know if you have any suggestions below!

Anyways, let’s talk about the picks I did for April!

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  • A’Pieu Natural BB Cream: This one has both good coverage and a matte finish. I would say that’s quite rare for a BB Cream, but I really like it! My plan is to try to mix if with the Colourpop one, because I figured I don’t love it and mixing it with this BB Crema could be my way of using it up (and I have to do that since it’s in my project pan!).
  • Colourpop No Filter Foundation: Speaking about the Colourpop foundation. I don’t really like it. It took me a looong time to figure it out. It looks nice to start with but it does not wear well on my. After 5-6 hours it looks pretty rough. I am hoping mixing it with A’Pieu will help.
  • Smashbox Primer Oil: This one I really like! I usually have pretty normal skin, but something has been off lately, and it turned pretty dry. I am hoping this will give the moisture I need and help the foundation sit better.
  • Maybelline Master Fix Setting + Perfecting Loose Powder: This one is new! I have never used it! But I am planning on using it to set my concealer, since a reagular pressed powder easily can look a bit too heavy. I am 32 years old and I don’t need help looking older, so a fine milled loose powder it is!
  • Lancôme Poudre Majeure Excellence: A project pan powder I will put in my bag for another rotation. I like it, but I don’t like it enough to repurchase once it’s gone. Because it’s expensive.

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Look at all the highlighter and blush goodies I will play with! So excited!

  • Makeup Revolution Jelly Highlighter – Monumental: I love this. Enough said!
  • Kiko Flawless Fusion Bronzer Powder: This is also in my project pan! It’s just perfect for me when I am winter pale! And so easy to use.
  • Revolution Pro Supreme Highlighter – Ice: This one is new, but I already have another one in another color that is incredible. These shades are more suited for me during winter. I hope the formula is the same as the other one because then I know I will love it.
  • Revolution Pro Skin Finish – Luminesence: Can be a very subtle highlighter or dusted all over the face for a natural radiant glow. It reminds me a lot of the Hourglass powder everyone loves.
  • L’Oreal Glow Mon Amour: I decided to put this in my makeup bag because I just happened to try to use this as a primer under a matte foundation the other day. And I absolutely loved the result! So I want to do that many times over again.
  • The Balm Balm Springs Blush: I adore The Balm blushes. This is a nice neutral shade that will go with anything.
  • YSL Creme De Blush: A beautiful cream blush. I have this in two colors and they have both been beloved favorites for many years. It deserves a month in my makeup bag.
  • MAC Extra Dimension Blush – Faux Sure!: This color look completely different than in the pan. On my skin it’s a soft coral peach with a really nice glow. It was a birthday present from my sister and I want to show it some love this month.
  • L’Oreal Life Is a Peach Blush: Because I also need a matte peachy blush.

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  • MAC Pigment – Copper Sparkle: This is a good old one. I want to try to use my single eyeshadows and pigments more (I always do) so I decided to pull it in. It will go nicely with the palette I picked too.
  • MAC Pigment – Vanilla: This one is such a classic! Pulling it in my bag for the same reason as Copper Sparkle.
  • MAC Plushglass – Fashion Fanatic: This one is almost gone! I am going to try to finish it this month!
  • MAC Plushglass – Girl Loves Boy: Another project pan gloss I will continue to work on.
  • MAC Plushglass – I Love You: Also another project pan gloss I will continue to work on.
  • NYX Powder Puff Lippie – Squad Goals: A favorite from NYX! It’s been a while since I used it so time to do that again.
  • Maybelline Snapscara: The new mascara from Maybelline. I haven’t even tried it. I am hoping after one month I have tested and tried it enough to write a review about it.
  • Sephora Jumbo Liner – White: This is sooo old. And I never use it. I will try this month though.

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These are the eyeshadows I will play with. One palette, and one Z-palette with 9 self picked shades from Colourpop and Looxie. The palette I am sure you recognized as Tarte Tartelette Toasted. It’s in my project pan and now I am pulling it in to get some damage done!

And I almost forgot to show of the concealer I will be using so I sneaked it in the last picture with the palettes. It’s off course Maybelline FitMe Concealer.

That’s all for this month. Please let me know how you think I should proceed with these posts in the future. Should I continue with my monthly makeup basket or do something else? I could for instance just pick from my collection and my the end of the month do a roundup of the products I used and what I think of them like mini mini reviews. Decisions are hard, any input would help!

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Creative Makeup Look #1 – Drippin Black!

I want to do another short and sweet blog series where I share creative makeup. It’s not going to be anything long. Just a picture of a more creative look and what products I used. I want to do more creative looks to improve my skills, and working my way through looks to do a palette review don’t always allow me to be the most creative.

So this post is just looks of ideas I get and try out in order to get a bit more creative, and hopefully better at doing creative makeup. So here is the first look!

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  • Makeupgeek Gel Liner – Immortal.
  • Etude House Oh M’Eye Liquid Liner — Black.
  • Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy.
  • Inglot Body Sparkles – Silver.
  • Revolution Pro Supreme Pigment Gel Eyeliner – Silver.
  • House Of Lashes – Iconic.
  • L’Oreal Unlimited Mascara.

Do you like to create creative makeup looks? What is your inspo?

Remember you can also keep track on this blog an new posts through my Instagram.

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Anastasia Norvina Palette – 6 Makeup Looks!

Yet another Anastasia eyeshadow palette the world went crazy over. Off course I had to eventually try it and figure out what I was thinking about it. I usually enjoy the Anastasia eyeshadows. They are not my hands down favorites, but they are good. So I kind of tend to get excited as well every time there is a new release (I am just a bit slow to pick stuff up and review them). So I played around with it as I usually do and did these few looks with it:

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  • Anastasia Norvina Palette – Base, Volatile, Passion, Soul, Celestial, Wild Child, Summer.
  • Certifeye Tropical Wonders – Bonobo.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Liner – Immortal.
  • Anastasia Dream GlowKit – Ethereal.
  • Kiko Smart Eye Pencil – 805.
  • Phycisians Formula Custom Eye Enhancing Extreme Shimmer Eyeliner Trio “Nude Eyes” – Black with shimmer.
  • Wet N Wild Photofocus Concealer.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Hello Gregory – Athena Lashes.

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  • Anastasia Norvina Palette – Base, Love, Soul, Passion, Drama, Wild Child, Celestial, Eccentric, Passion, Dreamer.
  • Certifeye Tropical Wonders – Bonobo.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Liner – Immortal.
  • Phycisians Formula Custom Eye Enhancing Extreme Shimmer Eyeliner Trio “Nude Eyes” – Black with shimmer.
  • Wet N Wild Photofocus Concealer.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Hello Gregory – Athena Lashes.
  • Kiko Glamorous Eye Pencil – 401.
  • Revolution Pro The Mascara Revolution.

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  • Anastasia Norvina Palette – Base, Volatile, Passion, Summer, Celestial, Dreamer, Dazzling.
  • Certifeye Tropical Wonders – Bonobo.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Liner – Immortal.
  • Kiko Vibrant Eye Pencil – 05
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Wet N Wild Photofocus Concealer.
  • Revolution Pro The Mascara Revolution.
  • House Of Lashes – Iconic.

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  • Anastasia Norvina Palette – Base, Incende, Eccentric, Passion, Summer, Dreamer, Dazzling.
  • Certifeye Tropical Wonders – Bonobo.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Liner – Immortal.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Wet N Wild Photofocus Concealer.
  • Revolution Pro The Mascara Revolution.
  • House Of Lashes – Midnight Luxe.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.

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  • Anastasia Norvina Palette – Base, Soul, Drama, Celestial, Rose Gold, Dreamer.
  • Certifeye Tropical Wonders – Bonobo.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Liner – Immortal.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Wet N Wild Photofocus Concealer.
  • Revolution Pro The Mascara Revolution
  • Kiko vibrant Eye Pencil – 05.
  • Kiko Smart Eye Pencil –

 

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  • Anastasia Norvina Palette – Base, Incense, Volatile, Dreamer, Dazzling.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Liner – Mobster.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Liner – Immortal.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Wet N Wild Photofocus Concealer.
  • Revolution Pro The Mascara Revolution
  • H&M Colour Essence Eye Pencil – Panther.
  • Hello Gregory Lashes – Athena.

I do as I normally do and post my full review of this palette on Wednesday this week.

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Colourpop X Kathleen Lights Zodiac Palette – Review & Swatches!

Once again Kathleen Lights and Colourpop teamed up to make a palette. I already own and love the previous collab the Dream.St palette so I was excited to see this launch. I was also excited to see a lot of different colors to play with. I love my neutrals, but I honestly have to say I do get a bit more intrigues with fun, bright colors.

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The packaging on this palette is absolutely stunning. Visually more pleasing than the standard Colourpop palette due to it’s level of detail. The design is much more detailed with the golden zodiac prints on dark blue background. This palette is one of their regular 12-pan palettes (my preferred size actually) with no mirror.

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You get a variety of different finishes. 4 are true mattes, among them a light brown a darker brown a berry and a mid-toned blue. This gives a very nice variety of different crease shades. You also got “The Libra” which is a pale satin pink, and “The Capricorn”, a dark blackened brown with gold glitter flecks. In danger of repeating myself, I don’t like matte bases with glitter. The 6 remaining colors are of the gorgeous metallic formula that I absolutely love. “The Pisces” are slightly more chunky than the regular smooth metallic formula due to the glitter. This is the shades of my Zodiac sign, and I have to say the interpretation of Pisces are good because I love shades like this. The shades I am most drawn to are blues like this, or shimmery greens. So I am happy about that choice!

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If you have been reading a bit here and there on my blog you may have stumbled upon a Colourpop eyeshadow palette review here and there. The general verdict is the same, these are great palettes! There are a few duds here and there, but overall the metallic formula is fantastic and so is the mattes. In this palette I am for the most part happy. Almost every shades is the great Colourpop quality I am used too. One exception is “The Aquarius”. I was not quite happy with the pigmentation on this, because it needed to be built up much more than what I am used to with Colourpop mattes. I also have a similar single pan which works much better, so I don’t think this shade is as good as it could be. Also the shade “The Libra” is a bit underwhelming to me. On my skin it’s too pale and doesn’t really show up that well. Since it’s a satin finish it does not really work as an highlight either because it’s too dull. And yes, you all know my issue with matte bases with glitter two.

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But besides those minor issues (that are partly based of preferance) this palette well worth having. The 9 shades that I don’t have any issues with are more that good, so they improve the overall quality of the palette.

The color story of the palette is pleasing, and I really like that you get a lot of colors alongside a few pops of neutral. It does make the palette very versatile, and you can use this if you want to keep it very toned down or if you want to create a fun colorful looks. The palette works well both ways.

And for the wallet friendly price of 16$ you do get a good quality shadows for your precious pennies.

Do you have the Zodiac palette? What is your favorite shade in the palette? Does in match with your zodiac sign?

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