Makeup Hauls October 2018!

Time for another round up if my latest contributions to my humble (just kidding) collection. A bit late this month since we are half way through November already, but that’s just life sometimes.

I am becoming more and more of a Makeup Revolution fan! Is it just me or has the overall quality of their newer released been higher than it used to be? I have become quite impressed by their products lately. Off course I had to try the new Conceal & Define Foundation and I picked it up in two shades. I was hoping one to be a nice winter shade, and the other one to fit in early spring or late fall when I am not my usual pale self but still not very tanned. Summer is short and I am only very tan for like three weeks anyway. I think I managed to get the right shades for that.

I also picked out a new Conceal & Define Concealer since I am running very low on it, and the same thing goes for the Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation that’s also a repurchase.

The new brand by BeautyBay also released three big palettes (they got some smaller ones now, but when I picked up this they only had three). At first I thought I did not need any of them. They were too big I thought and with too many repetitive shades. But when I saw the reasonable price I had to try “Evolve” and see how it performed. It actually looks beautiful so maybe they are on to something!


The Redken Frizz Dismiss Smooth Force Lotion Spray is my life saver. I always need this one around in my bathroom so I just keep on buying new ones. I use this almost every day!

I also added Glitter by The Gypsy Shrine in “Chunky Gold” so now I got some new glitter to play with. Glitters can really lift a look to the next level!


The Huda Beauty Gemstones palette collection is really eye catching. I love that these are small, handy palettes with a colorful story, so I picked up the Emerald Palette. If I like it I am not against picking out some more and I am eyeing Sapphire and maybe Ruby or  Topaz! I have to see if I am happy about the quality first. I’ve tried two Huda Beauty palettes before, Desert Dusk (happy with that one!) and Rose Gold Textured Palette (Horrific!). So I am not willing to buy a whole bunch without trying, but I am putting Emerald to the test now and then we will see.


And off course this happens every time Colourpop release a palette. I think this “It’s A Princess Thing” palette is really cute, and I love the grown up Disney princesses on the front! i think it looks wearable and cute so I am excited. I am sure I will love the quality of this as I usually do with Colourpop.


Off course I knew I had to pick up the Norvina palette by Anastasia eventually. So for a 20% discount coupon I decided the time was right. I have to admit I still didn’t have time to use her yet, but soon!


Lashes are something that needs to be replaced on a regular basis, and I saw my pair of Iconics from House Of Lashes had better days. So I ordered a new pair and picked up the style Midnight Luxe (top) in the same order. Alsways a fan of the House of Lashes false lashes!


Another order from Makeup Revolution. The Opulence Blush Compact and the Opulence Highlighter Compact both look so beautiful, and high-end if I may add! The Brow Revolution Brow Tint in “Medium Brown” was kind of an error. I though it was a brow gel! I will still give it a try though. I also picked up the Revolution Pro Supreme Pigment Gel Liner in “Silver” to test if they are any good. The skull shaped Liquid Highlighter “Paranormal” was too cute not to pass on, and the Revolution Pro Skin Finish in “Radiance” I picked up because it looked so similar to a limited edition MAC powder that I unfortunately broke ( “By Candlelight” if you are curious). I was lucky because based on memory they look like dupes!


I like supporting small indie brands and the brand Hello Gregory is at it’s very beginning with a small selection of highlighters and lashes (and an eyeshadow palette coming soon!), So i picked up the highlighters “Seafoam Pearl” and “Unicorn Frosting” along with the false lashes “Athena” and “Aphrodite”.


And at the end I made yet another Makeup Revolution haul (I tell you I have been impressed by them lately). This years Christmas collection is to die for as well! I picked up the Jewel Collection Deluxe Eyeshadow palette, the Jelly Highlighter “Monumental”, and the three lip toppers in the shades “Luxurious”, Exquisite” and “Fortune”!

Did you pick up anything fun lately? Or did you have a low-buy or even a No–buy in October? I am considering a  month or two of low-buy soon, I just need some time to mentally prepare for it. Will happily receive any low-buy tips!




Anastasia Soft Glam – Review & Swatches!

It seems every time Anastasia release a new palette the beauty world goes a bit crazy.

After all the fuzz around Subculture the question of “will we have another Subculture catastrophe on our hands?” seems to be hanging i the air. For the record, I like Subculture, but let’s not go into that discussion now.


The opinions on this first upon its release seemed to be split. Many people threw out that “just another neutral palette” comment, and others felt annoyed that this seemed more like a palette with a repetition of already existing shades instead of a new palette with unique shades. And that’s a good point because 7 of the shades in Soft Glam already exist as singles or in their other palettes. I personally don’t have too many Anastasia palettes, so I only got 3 repeats, but for someone with many of her older palettes and singles this may not be worth picking up after all.


To me it was definitely worth it! I have already used this for quite some time. I got ut already back in early April and it’s already been featured in a favorites post. I guess that alone makes it worth the purchase for me. I guess it was just the combination of both very neutral and beautiful shades that work with every occasion combined with the nice quality that does it for me. But again, as with most Anastasia palettes I’ve tried, it is not perfect!


Packaging is what seems to have become a standard for Anastasia palettes. The uniform velvet cover with the name only, black inside with a mirror and a brush. Even though I like the simple and clean appearance I would prefer something else than the velvet. I like to keep my palettes for a long time so I would prefer something that was easier to keep looking nice.


But, you know. Let#s focus on what is important here, the eyeshadows! I do already own some palettes by Anastasia, including Subculture, and I guess it does have some similarities. For example are the matte shades very loosely pressed. But so are they in Modern Renaissance. It just happens to be a happy little incident that three of the shades in Soft Glam are repeats from Modern Renaissance, which makes it easier to compare individual shades in terms of formula shade by shade. Tempera seems to be the same in both palettes. Burnt Orange was quite loosely pressed and dusty in Soft Glam, more so than in Modern Renaissance, but with Cypress Umber it was the opposite because the Soft Glam version was definitely more firm. However, I did not notice any difference in performance on the eyes.


And they do work great. I had no troubles blending out the shadows, and they applied with ease. No patchy shadow what so ever. The metallics and shimmers also work beautifully. The two more chunky shimmer shades however needed some help. Only the simple help of a dampened brush though, but just be worn that Sultry and Bronze are a bit on the chunky side, and will get fallout. This is something that is missing from Modern Renaissance, those chunky shades that need some help, and that could maybe make people think this is a slightly lesser palette, but to be honest I prefer this.


And I prefer it not because the shadow quality is superior to Modern Renaissance, they are matching them but they are not better. But more so because I love the color story on this. Yes, it is just a neutral palette and you probably have them all, but for some reason there is just some uniqueness to them that I can’t really explain. It is a basic neutral palette but at the same time it is even more.


To be honest this must be one of the best basics palette to get, because it does really have it all. The base, the matte transition shades, the soft shimmers, the dark, the intense black that could be an eyeliner and some very glamorous shades when you want to go heavy duty on your look. All you need for every day, and still so much more. If you are not into colors this one palette has everything to get you covered! You do often see neutral palette, but they are not often this well composed! I know Modern Renaissance is a much loved cult favorite, but I have to say Soft Glam is the one I prefer!

Now the new Norvina palette have been introduced to us, and after the very pleasant experience with Soft Glam I for sure will pick it up as soon as it hit’s the shelves here in Europe! Can’t wait!




Anastasia Modern Renaissance – Swatch and Review!

I know I know, everyone and their mother has already reviewed this and there is no point in adding another one. Well, hear me out. I was never really sucked in by the hype. I realized everyone seemed to love it, but I was just not tempted by it. So time went on and I kept hearing about this being everyone’s ride-or-die palette but still I was a bit indifferent. So how does this palette stand with someone who never really got too excited about it in the first place?


It was more than one year after the release that I decided to try it. Partly because I was curious about why everyone loved this palette so much, and partly because I had actually never tried Anastasia eyeshadows, and every good makeup blogger needs to invest in some product, brand and formula knowledge (that’s what I tall myself when I want something at least). So I picked it up. But since I was never anyone of those hardcore fans I figured, even though there are already millions, I would write a review without those pink stained glasses.

This is actually one of the four eyeshadow palettes I want to pan in 2018. Not completely pan, I just want some of my eyeshadow palettes to show some wear, so my goal is to hit pan in at least one shade in each palette. That still means I need to use it quite a bit, and even though I think hitting pan in this formula is lots easier than many other brand. So not too long ago, I reached my goal and got a tiny little pan in Tempera.

But let’s talk about it then! The formula is good, and overall I like these shadoss. It does have some pros and cons though, so they are not perfect. They are highly pigmented. If that is a pro or a con depends on your preference. I know one beauty guru after the other praise highly pigmented shadows up and beyond, but I know many consumers that finds heavily pigmented shadows a bit hard to control, and that actually prefer more of a medium pigmentation. I personally prefers highly pigmented shadows, but I can really see where the preference for the medium range comes from. It is just so much easier and fool-proof to get ready in a hurry it you don’t have to worry about being overly careful with the shadows.

Let’s talk packaging too, because this is worth a mention. As so many already pointed out the velvet finish on the outside is not the most practical thing to keep clean. I have cleaned mine off with a damp cloth, and that work fairly well to keep it clean. It won’t remove a black spot of eyeliner if you have been that unlucky but it does remove most of the dirt and dust. That means after around one year of ownership mine still looks fairly OK. I am not a big fan of the dusty pink color though, but I am not very big on pink in general, so just my preference. Still, there are tons of better options out there, and in my opinion you could very easily improve the packaging and make it look nice, because I don’t find it very appealing as is. But insides county more off course!

The inside is black with a shiny finish. Significantly easier to keep clean. It has a decent side mirror, which I to be honest never use, and a double sided brush that is actually not that bad. It is no match to my good quality brushes, but better than the average palette-brush.

The inside also reveals the nice selection of eyeshadows. There are 14 shades. Three satins (Tempera, Antique Bronze, Venetian Red), two shimmers (Vermeer, Primavera) and 9 mattes (Golden Ochre, Buon Fresco, Love Letter, Cyprus Umber, Raw Sienna, Burnt Orange, Red Ochre, Warm Taupe, Realgar). All of this is for 42$ which I think is a very reasonable price for 14 high-end shadows.

I don’t want to go through each color one by one like I sometimes do with palettes. For once you are probably already way too familiar with this palette anyway, and secondly the performance of the different formulas are very similar.

For me the shimmer shades are the winner shades of the palette. Both of them gives a nice shine, and are well pigmented and smooth as butter. Vermeer is a perfect inner corner or brow bone shade if you want it to be intense, and Primavera could also work for the same purpose if you want a warmer and slightly darker version. I like this formula so much that I would have love to see a darker shade of that formula in the same palette.


The satins are also good shades. A bit less smooth than the shimmers, but still rich in pigment and great to work with. Tempera is a very nice shade to brush all over the lid, and the shade that shows most wear. Antique Bronze is maybe leaning towards a shimmer and gives a very nice sheen. This is actually way more wearable than I thought and it is gorgeous as a lid color for everyday looks. Venetian Red is slightly less pigmented, but it builds up to full intensity really fast.


The mattes blend like a dream. Even the darker ones like Cyprus Umber and Red Ochre. They are well pigmented. Too pigmented someone would say, and you really need to be careful when dipping hat brush into the product, because this palette is dusty!

And now we get to the issue that some people may find problematic. At least I see a lot of complaints about this in other palettes of other brands, but surprisingly little about the Modern Renaissance considered how dusty it is. Because you do really get a lot of kickback. Not the biggest issue in the world. Just remember to tap off that brush and you will be fine, but it means that those tiny pans run out of product really quick. This palette may not seem as cheap as it once did considering you waist maybe 1/3 of each shadow in dust you have to blow away or kick off the brush.

I am actually a bit puzzled why not more people complain about this. It seems to be forgiven when it comes to the Modern Renaissance. Like you know it is dusty and has a lot of kickback but in just this case it is OK. It is definitely a problem that is easy to work around, and they don’t at all look dusty or chalky on the eyes, but they are for sure very wasteful and in my eyes it does make the palette less perfect than it could be.

I agree that they do perform really good though, and in the end the main thing is how it looks on the eyes, and for being this dusty they do stick very well to eyelids. I think out of all the palettes I have, the Lorac Pro 1 has the most similar shade quality both when it comes to kickback and blend-ability. To compare it to other Anastasia Palettes I found it to be very similar to Soft Glam in formula, but Prism is a tiny bit firmer pressed.

So overall. Is it a good palette? Yes. Would I repurchase it? Yes. Is it my favorite palette? No. Actually, I don’t think it will reach top 10 even. Now, to be fair I have a LOT of palettes, but even though I like it I didn’t fall in love with it the way I expected. The quality is good, but it does not blow my mind.

If you like the color selection, are not frightened by the price tag, and don’t mind a loosely pressed formula then I would say it is worth picking up. Otherwise I think you could skip it because there are plenty of palettes with similar tones after Modern Renaissance being so popular.



Anastasia Modern Renaissance – 6 Makeup looks!

Nothing new about this palette. Most people seem to own it, and most people seem to love it. I put this palette in my project pan 2018, and got a lot of good use out of it for my everyday makeup looks. However, I also wanted to share some looks with it. Something a bit more dramatic than the usual everyday eye (at least my kind of everyday eye….which are boring).

I figured it was a nice palette to do some looks with since so many people have this in their collection. Besides, I really enjoy it.


  • Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette – Tempera, Warm Taupe, Raw Sienna, Cyprus Umber, Vermeer, Primavera.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Tarte Shape Tape – Fair Neutral.
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara.
  • Eylure definition eyelashes – 121.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro40.


  • Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette – Tempera, Golden Ochre, Burnt Orange, Realgar, Vermeer, Cyprus Umber.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Liner – Immortal.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro40.
  • Eylure Definition Lashes – 121.


  • Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette – Tempera, Warm Taupe, Raw Sienna, Cyprus Umber, Antique Bronze, Love Letter.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Liner Lasting Drama 24 h – black.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro10.
  • Eylure Definition Lashes – 121.


  • Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette- Tempera, Buon Fresco, Love Letter, Red Ochre, Venetian Red, Cyprus Umber, Primavera, Vermeer, Antique Bronze.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara.
  • Tarte Shape Tape – Fair Neutral.
  • Eylure Definition Lashes – 121.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro40.


  • Anastasia Modern Renaissance – Tempera, Buon Fresco, Love Letter, Venetian Red, Red Ochre, Cyprus Umber, Vermeer.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Liner Lasting Drama 24 h – black.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Tarte Shape Tape – Fair Neutral.
  • Eylure Definition Lashes – 121.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro20, Bro40.
  • L’Oreal Mega Volume Miss Baby Roll Mascara.


  • Anastasia Modern Renaissance – Tempera, Buon Fresco, Love Letter, Venetian Red, Red Ochre.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • L’Oreal Mega Volume Miss Baby Roll Mascara.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro10, Bro20.
  • Eylure Definition Lashes – 121.

I actually hit pan on Tempera while doing these looks so I reached a small panning goal, yay! I promise I will do a project pan update soon.

What are your thoughts on the Modern Renaissance palette. Is it your favorite from Anastasia, or do you prefer any of the other ones?



Favorite makeup items – April 2018!

I love both reading and writing these monthly favorite round-ups. It is always so much fun to share my favorites with you, or to read your guys favorites to look for stuff I should maybe pick up next. If you do have a recent favorites post feel free to drop a link in the comments so I can check it out!


I did stick to my usual skincare and haircare routine and even though I do have a lot of favorites stocked up in my bathroom shelves I have been focusing on using up some old stuff. So I don’t really have any skincare favorites to share this month. But I do have some pretty neat makeup items I am very excited about so lets get to it!


Anastasia Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette: I am probably not the only one that initially thought I did not intend to buy this in the first place. Because, you know, just another neural palette. But the temptation of the nice Anastasia eyeshadow formula and a well composed palette with shades I would definitely get a lot of use out of sucked me in. We all got way to many neutrals, and people tend to complain every time yet another neutral palette is realized. And I am very on board with that Idea. But guess what shades I use the most….right, those boring neutrals. This just happen to be a very good quality palette with lots of neutral options in addition to some very stunning glam shades to take any look to something part appropriate. Just a good all-rounder, and I am a big fan. I can just say it out loud. I like this better than Modern Renaissance!


Juvia’s Place Mini Masquerade Eyeshadow Palette: As I’ve mentioned over and over again both here on my blog and on my Instagram I am a huge fan of the Juvia’s Place eyeshadow formula. I have several of their palettes and love every single one, so there is no surprise that a new exciting Juvia’s palette would reach my monthly favorites list. This palette has a nice mixtures of brown neutrals and bright fun shades. The bright shades, particularly the blues, are my absolute favorites and the quality is just stunning! This was a hit in my books.


Zoeva Opulence Blush Palette: This one is so pretty both inside and out!. The packaging is to die for, and with a beautiful golden highlighter and two gorgeous blush shades I have no complains. Especially the middle shade has been used alot since I got it. It was actually a birthday gift I got in February, and I intended to put this in my monthly favorites in March but I forgot. Since I just continues using it also through April and it is such a pretty little thing I think it well deserves a spot among my faves.


The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer: I blew some dust out of this cult highlighter that I’ve had for such a long time. This is among the first highlighters I got, way before highlighters were such a big thing as it is now. This product is still gorgeous and completely on par with new releases. The light gold blinding glow it give is just so gorgeous. I actually have a little dent in the pan even. So this is an old favorite brought back to life this month! I love rediscovering my own stash1

Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Full Coverage Conceal & Contour: This really deserves the hype it gets. It is well known for being a Tarte Shape Tape dupe. I don’t agree with that. I think Tarte has slightly more coverage, but I think the finish on this Makeup Revolution one is much nicer (less dry, more natural) so for me I would pick this over Tarte any day! And it is so cheap!


Colourpop Lux Lipsticks “Appy”: I need to get around to write a review about these guys now that I’ve tested out some of the shades properly, so I won’t tell to much about this. But this is a shade I have been wearing a lot this month because it is such a beautiful nude. I am also really pleased about it being a bullet lipstick. Honestly, even though I love so many of my liquid lipstick formulas, I just think it is so much more handy to apply from a bullet.

NYX Powder Puff Lippie “Squad Goals”: I had this for approximately 1.5 weeks but this goes straight on my favorites list. It has such a velvet matte finish on the lips without feeling drying at all. I consistency is different from anything else I’ve tried but in a good way. I don’t love that it’s in a squeezy tube and I think the smell is a bit chemical, but I love the looks of it and need to pick up at least one more color.


Eylure Definition Lashes N. 121: This is my second pair because I completely worn out a pair during April. I made so many looks with these lashes. My second pair of lashes don’t seem to be as good as the first one though. I used the first one arond 20 times before they were done, but now these have been used 4 times and start to look a bit off. I don’t know if Eylure usually have unregular quality or if I have just been unlucky? Anyway. the first pair held up really well, they are easy to apply, feel comfy and look so pretty!

Do we have any favorites in common? Let me know in the comments what products you have been loving in April, or drop me a link if you posted about it. I would love to hear about your favorites as well!





Shattered glass makeuplook – Featuring Anastasia Prism Palette!

Glitter is always fun to play around with, and I really enjoyed creating this shattered glass-effect look. The Base is a simple dark smoky eye.

I put a layer of MAC cream color base all over my lid up to the crease as a base, and blended it out. I applied on one eye at the time just to ensure that I was able to blend out properly before the cream dried. I also added plenty of really black eyeliner in my waterline and along my lashline. The Maybelline Master Drama Kôhl pencil is perfect for that use. Super creamy and intense black. I am almost out of the one I have so I need a new one soon!

It is so obvious if the blending is not perfect in black smoky eyes, so the most important part is just to keep blending and adding just a little bit of color at the time.

I used shades from the Anastasia Prism palette only. I chose this palette for that look because the black shade Obsidian is a perfect intense black. If must be among my very best blacks in my whole collection! You can read my full review of the palette here if you want!

I’ll just insert a picture of the palette so you can see exactly what shades I am talking about:


A dark brown is perfect for blending out a black smoky eye, because if you blend out with black it often gets a bit harsh and the dakr shades can easily transfer a bit too high. I think a dark brown creates a softer and more tidy effect. I used Paralell from the Prism palette to do that.

Unity was off course my Lid color. I always put down a base to make the rest of my eyeshadows blend more easily.

In the end I just used some Fyrinnea Pixie Epoxy which is a tacky base to make sure loose pigments and glitters get stuck to the eye, and then a patted on the glitter with a flat brush. The bigger pieces under the eye and inner and outer corner are glued on with lash adhesive.


  • Anastasia Prism Palette – Unity, Parallel, Obsidian
  • MAC Paint Pot – Blackground
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara – Black
  • House of Lashes – Boudoir
  • Born Pretty Glitter – Holographic
  • Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30

After all that glitter was in place all I had to do was to add mascara, lashes and brows.

Super simple look, but I really like the effect! Hope you like it too.