Makeup Hauls – August 2019!

OK, so the hauls collected in August is quite a bit less than what I got in June, but I have a pile of things I need to review and I really need to slow down on collecting more palettes untill I work my way through a bit. So I am trying to limit myself a bit. Not being too successful but at least there is a decrease in stuff since last month.

Anyway, you may notice something strange, and that is that there are no Colourpop hauls this time. That’s actually the first time since I started writing these monthly hauls. There is just always something from Colourpop. Off course, I did order something, it’s just that the parcel arrived two days into September, so those items (which are delicious little things by the way) will be presented in the next haul post.

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Since I already love Makeup Revolution Fast Base Stick foundation, and really really like the Conceal & Define foundation I figured it could not hurt to test out their Matte Base Pore Blurring Full Coverage Foundation. I haven’t heard that much about it and it’s been a while since it came out. It’s kind of the same thing with these Makeup Revolution Eye Glisten thingies. There is one liquid shadow on one side, and a glitter on the other side. I picked up the shade Yours Truly (pink) and It’s Fate (Champagne and silver). No wonder that they release a bunch of stuff we never hear about. I mean no one in the world’s got time to review all their releases unless they were solely a Makeup Revolution review site. Anyway, I am excited to try these. Would you like to now what I feel about these? Or is the reason for the quiet around them that people are indifferent?

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BH Cosmetics released some beautiful stuff lately as well! I picked up the beautiful Glowing in Greece blush and highlighter palette. It’s so so pretty! It rarely happens to me that I find the blush palette to be the most attractice in a collection but this time around that was the case. I also picked up the palette Summer In St.Tropes. It does have both some fun shades as well as more neutral options, which is something I love. But I have to admit the blues and the yellows was what drew me in. I hope the quality will be similar to the Weekend Festival palette, which is in my opinion the best palette BH Cosmetics have made.

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Also, I was lucky enought to recieve some PR from Dumb Blonde Cosmetics, and I got the Tropic Like It’s Hot collection featuring 4 summery fun pigments, and 4 glitters.

I don’t showcase much PR on my blog or IG and the reason being I don’t really get much at all. Almost every time a brand reach out I do decline the offer. And I never reach out to brands to tell them about my excistence either. My philosophy is that I have so much makeup already, and I can afford to buy basically what I want, so I don’t see any point in recieving PR unless it’s actually something I would have liked to buy myself. After all my pile of new makeup is more than large enough to feed me with review material for my blog for months and months, and I don’t need free stuff I don’t really want to clutter up. I do think it’s better that I just buy the things I really want. But when this brand reached out I did a rare thing and happily accepted, because her products looks so cute.

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And sure thing, the glitters are so cute! I do love chunky glitter and that is also a part of my collection that I feel like expanding. Chunky glitter can just save any look! So after receaving the PR package I was so happy with the products that I ordered these glitters as well, I even got some free samples thrown in the order which is so nice! Now I have a bunch of chunky goodess to add to looks.

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I got some more palettes too! From Makeup Revolution. I already got two palettes from ther Forever Flawless series and I am quite happy with the formula on these. They are cheap, the packaging is nice, and the shadows are among the better ones from Makeup Revolution. So when they ca out with the Forever Flawless Ice palette, I just had to. It reminds me of simething though, because it looks awfully much like a Blue Blood dupe.

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I am not a big fan of the food palette trend that’s been going on lately. I don’t want pizza palettes, or burger palettes, or milkshake palettes. Especially when they are shaped like mentiond food item. It’s just not my thing. But a regularly shaped palette with an Avocado theme I can get on board with. Besides I love green, and this palette looks so pretty. So the Makeup Revolution Avocado Palette had to be mine!

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And so did this Turkish Delight palette (again something foody). This is the first one of the chocolate bar palettes I’ve tried. They never really tempted me, ut this one did! I love the color story, and also that there are several different textures in this palette including glitters! And glitter just makes me happy!

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The last item is also a palette, but for your cheeks! The Balm just have the cutest

Creative Makeup Looks #3 – Blue Flowers!

My intention was to do a big post full of makeup looks incorporating all the beautiful wild flowers that grow here during summer. But then kitchen renovation happened, and then my trail riding accident happened, and then suddenly the flowers where all gone. I only mamaged to do two looks using flowers. Not enough to do a big flower power makeup looks post by, but I still wanted to shade them and put them in my creative makeup looks series.

This blue look I made by just doing something simple and added one of my very favorite flowers. Not only do I really appreciate the color and the minimalistic beauty of the flowers but the name even has it’s own beauty. “Forglemmegei” which means Forget-Me-Not (and I do believe that’s what it’s known by in english aswell) is just such an impactful, melancholic and beautiful name. I remember my grandmother was the one to teach me this.

I found it just behind my house, and being one of my favorte flowers this was off course the first one I picked to do a look with.

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  • Slush Palette – Bubblegum, Coconut Milk, Blue Hawaiian, Blue Lagoon, Blue Raspberry, Blue Curacao.
  • Morphe x Jacklyn Hill Palette – Abyss.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Liner – Fame.
  • H&M Colour Essence Eye Pencil – Into The Blue.
  • H&M Colour Essence Eye Pencil – Azure Thing.
  • L’Oreal Paraside Extatic Mascara.
  • Maybelline Instant Anti-Age Perfect & Cover Concealer.
  • House Of Lashes – Noir Fairy BLK.
  • Garden Flower – Forglemmegei (Forget-Me-Not)

I was happy to encorporate a flower with such nice memories to a look, and off course I do love blue!

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Colourpop Proceed With Caution Eyeshadow Palette – Review & Swatches!

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Another one of these 9-pans from Colourpop that we have seen a lot of lately (wasn’t it just a bit over a year ago they released the first one?). Colourpop have been releasing these palettes so fast I almost feel like they have forgotten all about the other ones. I mean I would love the occational 16 or 12-pan, and what about a few more palettes in the same shape as Brunch Date? I don’t want to tell Colourpop to speed up releases though, it’s just that we have seen a lot of 9-pans lately. This one is a bit different though as it’s not in their monochromatic series. Not in the fruit series either.

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This one is a collaboration with Shayla, which I unfortunately know nothing about, but I do like how she compose a palette. This one is amazingly versatile for being a 9 pan. I mean, there is only nine shades, and on top of that it’s manily a neutral palette, but still you have so many options and can do so many different things it’s incredible. I did 4 looks with this palette on Mondays post, and I remember when looking at them I was surprised that such different looks can come out of a tiny little palette like this. And still, the palette offers all the basics I need and I didn’t feel the need to reach into any other palette to complete a look. That’s a pretty impressively composed palettes, so congrats to Shayla and Colourpop for job well done!

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Among the 9 shades you get 4 mattes, which all perform nicely. I could wish that the yellow was a teny-tiny bit more bright and popping, but you can build it up. There is also one matte black with glitter (why do you keep doing this to me?) that sure enough works as a matte. The other 5 are Colourpops gorgeous metallics. They are, as we have learned to know them, very smooth and pigmented and just joyful eyeshadows overall. I have to say that one exception is the orange shade “Warning”. Don’t get me wrong, the shadow is absolutely stunning, but it’s a bit on the chunky crumbly side, so I do think it need a dampened brush. Not to enhance pigment, but to reduce fallout and make it go more smoothly on the lid. It is beautiful though, if you can be bothered that extra effort (which it’s well worth).

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OK, so a couple of the shades are not perfect. But there are only tiny issues you can work around. I can deal with having to build up a colour that is a bit more tough to make, like yellow. And I can deal with dampening the brush when the result is so amazingly stunning as “Warning” is, because even though it needs some setting spray I do think it’s by far the most beautiful thing in this palette. But set aside the few imperfections (who’s perfect anyways) this palette is beautifully composed and you can do so much fun with it, and so much neutral and simple with it. For real, it should have you covered anywhere from no-makeup makeup to dramatic glam. And all this from a tiny little 9- pan.

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I am not at all surprised that I love the formula, because Colourpop usually nail it. They usually have good colos stories too, so that’s really no surprise either. I am just amazed by how versalite a tiny little neutral palette with a few pops of color can actually be. If you like to play a bit around with different looks, but prefer neutrals, this handy little ting is highliy recommended!

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Stash or Trash #2 – Recap!

Time to go through the products in my second stash or trash post to sum up what to keep and what to get rid of. I do these series to go through some of my stash I haven’t been using in a while and possably do a bit of decluttering.

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Here is an overview of all the products I added this round. I pick out 10 products I am not sure if I like, haven’t used in a while or just forgotten about to see if I will be able to get rid of some or if I possibly find a new favorite. Digging around in your old collection is so much fun too!

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First let’s start with some things I can se myself putting in the bin. The Dior Diorshow Mascara in shade 258 is a beautiful blue mascara, and originally it was nothing wrong with this mascara (the Diorshow mascaras are great!) but it’s completely dried out now and no use to me anymore. Instead I recently made and order with the blue Colourpop mascara, so I will happily add another blue one to my collection.

The Physicians  Formula Shimmer Strips Extreme Shimmer Kohl Kajal + Liquid Liner Trio “Glam Nude” is no good. The liner is not that pigmented and applied very uneven. So this one was also easy to let go of. I don’t need old products that don’t work!

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The  Cream Crush Long Lasting Color Eyeshadow pot was also a good product (I still have the product in other colors so I obviously like it) but at this time it is a bit on the dry side and I just never reach for this either. I am getting rid of this one too. Look at me decluttering stuff! (I am actually really bad at decluttering).

The Oriflame Giordani Gold Impressionism Eye Shadow Pencil in “Deep Emerald” and  “Sea Sapphire” I decided to keep. They are so so stunning, and the colors are very rich, and the pencils are really creamy. I had these for many many years but I never used them. Parts of the problem I think is that I kept them among my single eyeshadows, a drawer I rarely remember to even open so I just never think about these. But since these pencils not only work as eyshadows, but also as eyeliners I decided to keep them among my other colorful eye pencils and got a lot more use out of them. Besides they look stunning on the lower lash line so these are keepers!

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The Kiko Long Lasting Color Lip Marker in the shade107 (top) and 105 (bottom) on the other hand I am getting rid of. I realized why I never use them. They are patchy on the lips and makes them feel too dry. I tried using them with a gloss on top but even then they look streaky and uneven. Both of them are ready to be binned! Kiko makes plenty of great lipsticks so no use hanging on to these anymore. I don’t want streaky lips anyway.

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The Everyday Mineral Blush in “Memphis Rose” I thought would be too dark for me, but it actually looks really pretty. I was surprised by how much I liked it applied. On the other hand I don’t really think I would miss it, and I think if I put it back in my collection I would just forget about it again. A loose powder blush must be really something special for me to be bothered using, and even though this is pretty I will declutter this one as well.

The  NARS Orgasm Illuminator I have been using quite a bit lately. It gives a gorgeous natural flush with the iconic orgasm shade, and it’s such an easy product to work with. This one I can see myself reaching into quite a bit especially since I enjoy cream products a whole lot more lately, especially for summer. So this one can stay!

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Lastly, the product I struggled the most to decide upon. The NYX Ulitmate Bright palette was a well used palette a few years ago, and for being drugstore it’s not bad at all. But as my collection have been growing a lot over the years I’ve gotten so many great colorful mattes that I never reach into this. After using this a few times I realize I probably won’t reach much into it in the future either. The pinks and purples are not as good as I would like them to be. The main reason why I want to keep this palette is that I really love the lavender and turquoise shade. But after taking a quick look into my collection I realize I do have very similar shades I would rather use. So even though this brings back good old memories I decided to let go of it.

So to do a quick summary I decided to declutter 7 items and keep 3. Not bad at all!

Altogether in this series the counts are:

  • Decluttered: 12
  • Kept: 7
  • Makeup artifact box: 1

To clarify the last bullet point I made a box where I can store products that I don’t see myself using but for some reason or the other have a collectors value (mainly for being old and limited edition) and I want to keep these products in a separate place. The one item in the box is a very old and almost unknown Urban Decay palette I decided to keep during my first recap of stash or trash .

Hope you enjoy this series, and I am excited to soon start the third round!

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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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Stash or Trash #1 – Intro!

I decided to start a new blog series, exciting! I figured, like many fellow makeup lovers with a larger collection, that I have a lot of stuff that I haven’t used for a very long time. Some of the things I have I haven’t touched for one year…or two. Some of my things I don’t even remember what I think about.

So the goal with this series is to pick out some products in my collection that I haven’t tried for a while, or things I don’t remember what I think of, try them out for some weeks and then decide if I want to keep them or not. A way of phasing out products I don’t like or use, and a way to rediscover fun things in my collection.

So with this intro I will present my Stash or Trash products and talk a bit about them. After some weeks I will do another post and go through each product, my experience with them and if I will keep them in my collection or get rid of them.

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I am hoping this will help me to either declutter a bit, or to just rediscover good products to use within my own collection. I have found plenty of gems when digging through my drawers so I do have hopes I can do that with this series. And honestly, I probably have some stuff that does not work for me or are getting too old that I need to get rid of.

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This Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Liquid Bronzer I think I have used once, several years back. I don’t remember at all what I think about it, so I want to use it a few times. If I don’t like this one I can see myself getting rid of it since it’s quite a few years old and I obviously never reach for it. But I will give it another chance to see how it looks and wears before making a decision. Maybe it’s the best thing ever and I just didn’t discover it!

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Hope Girl Illuminating Powder is one thing I picked up, meaning ordered online, but never used. Frankly I did not really realize how this looked before I got it. I would have never picked this up in a store to put it that way. It’s just too glittery to be a powder and to much of a traditional powder to be a highlighter, but I will test it out and figure out properly how it looks in the skin.

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L’Oreal Lip Pain Matte is also something I picked up to try, tested a few times but for some reason I didn’t love it and I just put it back in my drawer and forgot about it. Now it’s time to properly figure out what I think about this formula. I have way too many reads to keep one with a formula I don’t like because it just will never be used. Time to figure out my final thoughts!

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This one is quite random. It’s a lipstick with a unknown name and brand that I got as a free gift with an order a while back. I just swatched it, but never used it. The thing with this is the same as with the L’Oreal lip paint. I have too many reds to keep one I don’t like wearing. Problem is I’ve never tried. Maybe this is the best thing ever! I have yet to find out.

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Can you believe Urban Decay palettes used to look like this? It does not have a name on it so I don’t know what it’s called. It’s probably way too old. I also have at least 4 of these shades in other palettes, so I am ready to declutter this unless I fall in love with it when I try it one last time. It’s also kind of tempting to keep it just for the sake of it. I mean, who has a old palette like this? It’s kind of a collection item? What would you do? Keep it as a relic or put it in the bin? I have to try it once more before making a decision.

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I bought a six-pack of tiny little lip tint wine bottles a few years back. They are so cute, but I just never reach for them. I think I need to rediscover this formula, and maybe that will make me start using them again!

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This Estee Lauder Pure Pops Cream Eyeshadow is also a forgotten old thing. I remember I used to use it a bit when I first got it, but honestly it’s been forgotten about for quite some time. I was not sure if it was still good, but the swatch look fine. I am ready to test this out and see if I can see myself reaching for it a bit more often. If not I should jsut get rid of it since it’s not exactly young anymore.

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Can you believe this is my first Smashbox product? It’s way past expiration date, but I stick to disinfecting my stuff and if it feels and smells good I am fine using it. I am not a pro and only use it on myself after all. I also drink milk after the expiration date and that’s always worked for me. So I like to take chances! This Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner in the shade Starstruck haven’t been used all that much lately. I am not even sure if it’s dried a bit. I will use it as a shadow base a bit before I make up my mind.

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I got heaps of these Everyday Minerals mineral blushes that I picked up way back when loose mineral makeup was so popular (those where the time for messy bathrooms I ‘ll tell you!). This is the shade “Like Lady Bird Lake”. I got several more shades, but I think I will just pick out those that I really really like to keep, because I almost never reach for loose powder blushes. So I really should only stick to the ones I really like. I do like this, but I am not sure if I like it enough. But I will keep you updated!

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The last item this time is a Kiko Long Lasting Cream Eyeshadow. This is a light shimmery pink. Which I’ve never used. So I decided to throw it in this rounds Stash or Trash to figure out if I think I will use it a bit before it dries up, or if I think it’s time has come.

And that’s all ten products I picked up this round. Now I will have some weeks to test and try everything, and I will do a roundup post with the results of what gets stashed back in the drawers and what gets trashed!

Do you have any fun strategies to rediscover or declutter things in your own collection?

XOXO

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Trash Talk 2019 – Going Through My Beauty Empties #1

First empties post of 2019! Last year my goal was to reach 200 empties, a goal I failed with great margins. Since I apparently don’t learn much from my mistake I will give that goal another try! Not quite sure how I will manage that since I was so far off in 2018, but I will give it a go. Like last year I will number them, but this year I will also count and categorize them. Just to keep track on what I use. You will see in the end of this post.

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I kick start the yer with 10 products! I did my posts last year when I had 5 or 6 products to avoid the posts being too long, but I think they are too frequent then. But let me know if you prefer longer empties post like this, or if you want shorter ones more frequent. Readers opinions matter most after all!

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#1 – Haus Of Gloi Pumpkin Butter “Ruth”: As you probably know already these pumpkin butters are my holy grail product, so off course I love the formula of these. Haus of Gloi has a bunch of scents to offer. Some of them are available all year round and some of them are seasonal. This one was a new scent to me, and I don’t think I will pick up this exact one because it was too floral for me.

#2 Haus Of Gloi Pumpkin Butter “Odette”: This one on the other hand is a repurchase I’ve made several times. It has a nice clean linen kind of smell that is just so fresh and lovely. I have a back up of it.

#3 Haus Of Gloi Pumpkin Butter “Vice”: Again, the same lovely formula. This one smells like very strong but sweet coffee. I really like the scent but it’s a tiny bit on the strong and sweet side for me. I may pick it up again though, just not straight away.

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#4 Hugo Naturals Volumizing Conditioner Vanilla & Sweet Orange: I actually picked this up because I read somewhere that this smells exactly like the John Masters Organics Blood Orange & Vanilla Shower Gel, which is absolutely lovely but quite expensive, so I tried the Hugo Naturals line to see if the scent was similar. Scent is good enough, but it’s no match to the scent of the JMO.

#5 Hugo Naturals Volumizing Shampoo: Exactly the same as the conditioner. They work OK, but I don’t know if I really need to repurchase.

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#6 Bella Lucce Cooling Cucumber Facial Toner: Nice refreshing toner, but sadly the brand does not exist any more so repurchasing is not an option.

#7 Bella Lucca Peruvian Cocoa Azul Bliss Creme: Luxurious body cream that smells wonderful of fancy chocolate. I had soaps and scrubs and body creme with this scent, and I am so sad I can’t get them any more. It’s not a sweet synthetic chocolate scent, but rich and authentic. And the body creme was so nice and moisturizing. I would absolutely pick this one up again, but sadly that’s not possible.

#8 Scinic Snail Matrix Cream: This one is just as slimy as you would think. It’s almost hard to dot it around my face before rubbing it in. But besides that I was quite satisfied. It felt moisturizing and sank into the skin quite quickly. Not specific scent, and the glass bottle feels nice and heavy and the design is nice and simple. If I recall correctly it was quite cheap too.

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#9 History of Woo Jewel Powder: This was in my project pan 2018, and I finished it in December. The container is gigantic and it took me a full year to go through it even though I used it 5 times a week. The powder is really nice. but I just can’t stand the huge bulky packaging so I won’t repurchase.

#10 Bomb Cosmetics Pina Colada Shower Butter: This exactly like I would imagine a shower butter. I really like the feels of it, and how it leaves my skin moisturized after a shower, but I did not really like the scent. I would like to pick this one up again in a different scent though.

Did you finish anything fun lately?

XOXO

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