Favorite Makeup and Beauty – February 2018!

Since February sadly is over (It’s my birthday month) I also have accumulated some favorite products to shade with you! As usual that makes me very excited because when I know about something really great, I want all you lovely readers to know it too!

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Tarte Tartelette Toasted: This have been such a great companion lately. This has been my absolute go-to for weekends and I’ve done anything from dark smoky eyes. cut-creases and very natural looks. All with the warm delicious tones the Toasted palette can offer. I even managed to wear off some of the Tarte imprints in the most used shadows. I didn’t even get around to swatch or make a review of this palette for you yet, but I am sure I will because I have been loving this lately!

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Becca Apres Skis Face Palette: This one has a bit of everything. Blush, highlighter and bronzer. I have been using all shades over and over again except the one dark bronze highlight that just does not work for my skin-tone right now (maybe in summer). At first I thought that maybe the bronzer would be too shimmery, but the finish on the skin is just glowing and beautiful, as you can tell it is even the most used product in the palette!

So great having a palette that holds a bunch of the face products I need all in one, and I actually do love the highlighters (hello Opal), blushes and bronzer all together. And the packaging is a piece of work too! Stunning palette from head to toe.

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Essence Pure Nude Highlight: I love love love LOVE this! The perfect subtle glowing goddess kind of product. Can be built up as a highlighter on the cheeks, but it can also be used with a bigger brush and used with a light hand all over the face for the most amazing glow-from-within-I-just-happen-to-be-perfect-skin. And who does not want that!

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Bareminerals Stroke Of Light Concealer: To be honest I didn’t think I would like this to begin with. I though it would be too natural and give too little coverage. And it does give little coverage. This is not the concealer for you if you want heavy duty coverage. But it brightens the skin so beautifully. It just lifts and give life to your under eye area a way that a concealer with coverage could never do. Since I don’t have that dark under-eyes and not much to cover anyway, this is so beautiful and just makes me look younger! Your girl here just turned 31, I need all the help I can get looking younger, so this is a win for me!

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Emma S Enzyme Peel: Don’t you just love rediscovering old favorites you used to use years ago, and when you start using them again you just really can’t understand how you ever stopped because the product is so fantastic? That’s where me and Emma S are right now! This is an peel with AHA- and BHA-acids that removes dead skin cells, dissolves blackheads and leaves your skin glowing and fresh. This stuff really works, and it only takes a moment to do the treatment. By the time you are done shampooing your hair, the peel is done as well and you just rinse it off. Skincare that works on speed!

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Lastly I adore these two lippies from Colourpop and Kathleen Lights most recent collection. Moon Child is such a beautiful nude gloss with fine glitter, and Dreamy is the most gorgeous terracotta nude satin lip. Both perfect for everyday wear, and works with almost any look.

I am also happy to realize that I didn’t have any misses to talk about this month, simply because I didn’t find anything new that doesn’t work. And thats always good news!

What are your favorites for February?

XOXO

Mufavorites!

Lioele Water Drop Sleeping Pack – Review!

I am a K-beauty lover, a pretty newfound love, but nevertheless I am constantly diving into new skincare products from South Korea, and I have a complete “korean-style” skincare routine with all those different steps. And it does wonders for my skin!

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This will be a short little review of the Lioele Water Drop Sleeping Pack. It is a moisturizing sleeping mask that is supposed to “form a moisturizing film to supply moisture and nutrition onto tired skin” (according to the brands own description) . I don’t know what this fancy film really does, I am not a skincare specialist, I just want to share my impression of it.

The bottle contains 120 ml of products. Pretty generous for a face moisturizer. Like the name implies it is not something you slap onto your skin during the day and expect to be able to put on makeup after a short while. This is more like a thin face mask that you can put on instead of a night cream to soak into your skin overnight.

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The product has a gel-cream consistency, is slightly perfumes with a fresh scent and with a blue color. I find the scent to be mild, so I don’t notice it after I applied it, but is smells nice just out of the bottle. However, I know some people don’t want anything perfumed in their skincare and then this will obviously be the wrong choice.

I use this often right after the shower or instead of night cream before going to bed. I also used it a few times during the day if I don’t wear makeup (and don’t plan to), because it is very refreshing, almost cooling just when you apply it.

I feel this gives my skin a nice moisture boost. The best way I can describe it is that it is like giving your skin a glass of water. Super refreshing!

If you are looking for an over-night mask to replenish moisture I think this could be worth a try. I got mine from Jolse.com (my favorite place to buy K-Beauty) for a little less than 20$ so it is pretty affordable.

This product gets my seal of approval!

XOXO

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For reference: My skin is 30 years old. With a maintained skincare routine I would say it is normal most of the year, but I can get dry spots especially on my forehead when the season change. I am not acne-prone and don’t easily break out. I do have fine lines, but within or slightly less than normal for my age. If I miss out on my skincare my skin will get dehydrated and greasy in my t-zone.

Beauty empties – So many great products!

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Making empties posts are a great way of doing several mini-reviews at once. A big advantage is that you all know I have been trying out these products properly before stating my opinion of them. Because when its empty it is used a lot right? So I figure I made a thorough opinion about these goodies. There are lot of big favorites this month so I am very excited to share my views on them.

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Lets start with a lifesaver. The Redken Frizz-Dismiss smooth force leave-in-spray is a lifesaver for my curly hair. I always use it after showering and my hair is so much easier to comb through and my curls get really soft, shiny and bouncy. Overall it keeps my hair looking very healthy and does exactly what it says: get rid off the frizz! I have also very fine hair and can sometimes have problems with products for curly hair because it weighs it down, but not with this guy! This is just one of countless bottles I have been through. I will repurchase, for sure!

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Did you try out Ritual body and bath products? They have so many wonderful products. This is their nourishing body cream in “Honey Touch”. It is a beautiful, luxurious cream with a wonderful rose and honey scent. I find the scent so calming, and I layer it with shampoo, conditioner and body scrub whit the same scent to smell rosy and delicious all day. This cream formula is one of my favorites. So silky on the skin and is sinks into the skin fast without feeling sticky or leaving a residue. Works great on dry and dull skin. I will definitely repurchase this one as well.

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Another Rituals product (I told you they make great stuff!). This Hammam Body Mud is my best friend after a sauna. It is a clay body scrub that feels very cleansing and uplifting. The eucalyptus gives the body mud a cooling sensation that is absolutely wonderful after heating up in the sauna for a while. The downside is that I go through a tube very quickly, and then I get sad because it is so delicious. I will continue buying it though, even though I run out of it rather quickly. I just never tried anything that gives such a nice, cooling and refreshing experience. Just lovely!

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Another product I am obsessing about is Haus Of Gloi Pumkin Butters. These are the best body creams I know and I keep a wide range of different scents in my bathroom at any time. Picaroon must be among my top three scents. It is so so unique. Just read the description of the scent (copied from the description on the jar):

“Sun scorched mahogany bough crusted with a crystalline sea spray! Faint plundered spices, lemongrass, coconuts, expressed Mexican lime, and Haitian bay rum.”

Doesn’t that sound both unique and delicious? Haus of Gloi are very good at describing their scents. I very often find that I can smell exactly what the label reads no matter how strange it may sound. This combination of pirate-life inspired scents is just too delicious.

A big big bonus is that this is made by an Indie brand and it is cruelty free. Love supporting smaller companies instead of going for the big brands, and these guys are vegan, have fantastic customer service and always add candy to your order. What’s not to love!

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Mizon Snail Wrinkle Care Sleeping Pack was my attempt at exploring the snail cream hype from Korea. I quite like this. I felt that it gave my skin a lot of moisture and nourishment. Can’t really tell if it did something for wrinkles though, but it is a nice (but slightly slimy) night cream. The price is very budget friendly as well since this jar holds a lot of product. Great choice if you are on a budget and want to dive into some Korean skincare!

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This Biotherm Blue Therapy Accelerated Face Cream was a free sample I got with a purchase. It is 15 ml so I got to test it out decently before I ran out. This is a gel cream that works like a drink of water to the skin. It sinks into the skin quickly and leaves no residue, so I found it great to apply this before putting on makeup. Jar is heavy glass and feels luxurious and the scent is very refreshing. I could definitely get another one of these next time I run out of daytime face moisturizer.

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Lamcôme mascars have been a solid favorite for years and I generally find them to work very well. This is the first time I tried out the Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Eyes. I just have to admit I did not fall in love this time, and next time I splurge on a Lancôme mascara I will pick another one. The  formula on this one was a bit dry for my taste. It took a few coats before it showed up properly. My lashes got very feathery and nicely separated, but I found that it lacked the length and volume I normally prefer. This one is good if you like a more discrete look, but I prefer putting on a light layer of a more lengthening and volumizing mascara if that is what I want instead of having to build up the lashes. It did last for a good amount of time, and it did not smudge so it is solely a preference and does not at all mean that this mascara is bad. It is just not the way I prefer them to be. Lancôme does make a lot of other great options, for example the Lancôme Grandiose Mascara that has been one of my favorites for a while now.

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Physicians Formula is a hit or miss kind of brand for me. They got tons of affordable but still great stuff (their highlighters are great!), and some things that are just not my cup of tea. The Phycisians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Las Boosting Eyeliner + Serum in the shade Ultra Black is probably a product I wont get another one of. First of all, it did not boost my lashes at all, they look exactly the same. Secondly, it does not stay put very well. Depending on how you want to use it though, but I found that a winged liner would smudge after a couple of hours and the wing would slowly but surely disappear. When I put on a winged liner I want it to stay put, so this one was a miss. The pros are that it is very black and very easy to use. If you want something just to run along your lash line this is not a bad choice, but I need a more trustworthy product for my wing that will stay put. No one wants to be de-winged in the middle of a date or a party right?

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The Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Eyeliner is a bit more trustworthy than the Physicians Formula one. It is more intensely black, and stays put. It does have more of a glossy finish and I prefer my eyeliner to dry down matte, but maybe you are more of a fabulous glossy liner chick than me and would appreciate that? Anyway, the product is great and I used it to filth. Even when the lid broke and the product started drying out I had a hard time saying goodbye. If it was matte I would repurchase in a heartbeat, but since it is not the hunt for a perfect liquid liner can continue. And after all it is fun testing out new products right?

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Have a great day!

XOXO