Jeffree Star Blue Blood Eyeshadow Palette – Review & Swatches!

The big blue sister palette of the famous Blood Sugar. It’s funny to think about because if a big almost all blue palette was released 5 years ago, or before Instagram existed, I don’t think it would have been such a big hit. But people have become more daring and creative and I actually believe social media has something to do with it. The world was ready for all blue and it was a big hit!


The packaging is so pretty. Baby blue, with white details and shaped like a coffin or jewelry box. The palette of course is awfully bulky, but it’s more of a display piece than something that is handy for traveling. This packaging is to satisfy the collector in you, not the handy traveler. It does have a mirror, that is big enough, but I still found it very unpractical to use. Since the palette does not open completely, you either have to hold the palette quite high, or place it on top of something. Since it’s quite heavy I found it to be much better to just use a separate mirror instead of the one in the palette. In other words, having a mirror in this was completely useless for me personally.


The palette holds 18 different shades. In exactly the same format as Blood Sugar. The size is quite generous, they make the ABH palettes seem very stingy. They are also much more firmly pressed than ABH so these shadows will last you a long long time even with consecutive use. Surely, the palette is blue themed but you do get some options to go neutral, which is great if you want to use the palette a lot but don’t want to go pink every day. You get three different formulas. The majority of the shades are matte, some are regular metallics, and two of them are metallics with glitter in.

Although at first glance the palette looks to be very blue, one third of the shades in this palettes are actually neutrals. Suitable for very natural look even. So you do have more options than going all blue with this palette. Off course, the eye-catching shades that gets everyone’s attention is all the different blues. You get so many different tones and depths in this palette. Really dark blues, pastels, green toned blues, mints, grey toned blues. You really get such a nice variety of blue shades!


There are 12 mattes in this palette. I do really like that the palette offers a lot of mattes, because I find that very often when a palette has a few blue shades more often than not the blues are metallic. So this palette can very likely add some unique blues to your collection that you don’t already have. Very generally speaking I do like JS eyeshadows, but they are not my favorite formula out there. I do trust that when I pick up a palette from JS it is going to have great quality, but they don’t hit my preference perfectly. It’s not that the quality is lesser, it’s just that some formulas work better on my eyes than others. For instance, JS mattes are a tiny bit too dry for me. They are pigmented, blendable and generally holds very high quality. They are just a bit on the dry side (not to be confused with chalky!) and that means that I do need a primer for these to work perfectly on me. Without a primer they seem to have some issues sticking to my eyes. I think if I had more oily skin I would not need a primer with them, but since I am more normal or even dry these mattes need a sticky base to apply nicely on me.

The metallics was a bit unconsistent if formula. Some of them are rich, intense, smooth, buttery and simply just great shadows. “Ice Tray” for instance is an excellent shade, and so is “Crystal Flesh”. Nothing bad to say about those two. “Cullinan” is a bit different. Not that it’s bad in any way it’s just more of a duochrome topper shade and is absolutely stunning in the inner corner. I had some issues with “Deceased” though. It almost feels like it’s to hard pressed and I have to use quite a bit of pressure on mu brush to pick it up and for it to transfer on my lid. So even though three of the metallics are nice, one of them is unfortunately a dud and of much lesser quality than I would expect from a palette at this price range.


The two metallics with glitter are off course a bit different in formula too. The small glitter particles makes it a bit more chunky and less smooth than a regular metallic, but they pick up nicely, and are pigmented. Only thing is that I think these need some setting srpay since they are a tiny bit on the chunky side. I did experience some fallout from these that was reduced by using a damp brush.

I loved the looks I managed to do with this palette. I just had to get a bit used to the matte formula and after that I had so much fun playing around with all the colors. But I can’t help but feeling a bit underwhelmed. I mean the mattes are good, but not perfect for my personal preference, and since “Deceased” was a dud shade, the overall impression is just that I like the palette. I don’t love it…..if that makes sense. They are good, blendable blue shades, and I know those are hard to make, but I am just not over the moon for this.


I do think it’s a stunning collector piece, and I love that you have such an amazing variety of blue shades, and that it adds some more rare blue shades to my collection. So if that is your motivation to buy it, then surely most of the shadows are really good and the rest you will be able to work with. But if you just want some good quality blues and you don’t care about adding this as a collectors item, I would honestly just recommend you save your coins and buy Blue Moon from Colourpop instead.

It is a good palette, I just simply feel I have better blues in my collection. It will be a beautiful display piece though, and since I am a collector at least that counts for something.





Natasha Denona Sunrise Eyeshadow Palette – Review & Swatches!

The Natasha Denona Sunrise palette was the first larger mini palette that we’ve seen from the brand. We have previously seen the 5-pan palettes with mini sized eyeshadows, but nothing with the amount of shades like the Sunrise palette.


Now, even though they are called “mini” they are not really that small. The regular pan size of Natasha Denona eyeshadows is pretty generous, so these mini shadows are still larger than the regular Anastasia eyeshadows. But it gives you the chance of picking up the amazing Natasha Denona eyeshadow formula for a more reasonable price. Well, 65$ is pretty expensive for a palette, but it’s still cheaper than the 129$ you have to pour out to get the regular sized 15-pan palettes.


The design of the palette is very clean and minimalistic. Inside you get 15 gorgeous shades inspired by the colors of a sunrise, hence the name. This is a nice complimentary palette to the Sunset palette by Natasha Denona. They do have a similar vibe to them, but I don’t feel like they overlap, but they do compliment each other and are nice companion palettes.


The palette has 7 mattes. The Natasha Denona matte formula is amazing! They blend so easy and are so smooth. They just feel like quality in a way that is hard to describe. So far I haven’t been able to critisize any of her matte shadows, I have loved them all, but this time I was left a tiny bit dissapointed. Most of the shadows worked as I have learned to expect from Natasha Denona, but one shade “Clove” I found to be a bit patchy. Still a workable shade, but you just don’t expect to have any trouble with Natasha Denona mattes. You pay too much for them, so Clove left me a bit dissapointed I have to say. The rest of the mattes I was very happy with. I want to particularly mention “Carnelian” and “Jasper” which are the most delicious mattes I can imagine. And such beautiful colors. So, overall the mattes did pretty well, only 1 out of 7 dissapointed. However, the price tag considered none of the shades should have been dissapointing!


The 8 remaining shades are shimmers, among them some lovely duochrome shades. Most of these shadows are opaque or at least semi-opaque and are easy to build up on the lid. One exeption is “Aster” which is a bit more sheer. This is a gorgeous duochrome that is just lovely as a topper shade. So that it’s a bit on the sheer side is actually an advantage. It really transforms the look, and give it a lot more dimention when just a bit of this shade is patted over the lid as a finishing touch. There is a bit of variation in the shimmer shades, because some are more loose than others. Typically the more sparkly shades are a bit more loose, while the regular shimmer shades have a bit more firmness to them. I preffered using a damp brush with the more loosely pressed shades as I found that they appeared a bit more shiny and sparkly.


As usual with Natasha Denona eyeshadows there are surprisingly little fallout. Even with the more loosely pressed or darker shades the amount of fallout was aboslutely at a minimum. I find this to be the case with the majority of Natasha Denona eyeshadows. You don’t really get much fallout, and they look almost freshly applied to the eyes all day. Even without a primer they don’t seem to fade on me much during the day.


The composition of colors is also lovely. I didn’t thing there were any repetitive shades. And while working with it I did not really miss any shades either. You have more than enough options to complete several looks withouth reaching into a different palette. The shades go so nicely together, it’s easy to combine them to create looks, and you have enough depth and variety to get a bunch of different looks.

If you like the warm sunrise colors this really is a lovely palette. With the exeption of “Clove” I loved every shade. I hope to see many more palettes with this size in the future! Yes to more minis!



Colourpop Proceed With Caution Eyeshadow Palette – Review & Swatches!


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.


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!


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).


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.


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!




Favorite Makeup Products of 2018

This post is a bit overdue. We are already in February (gosh, how did that happen?) and this could easily have been posted in December (except December being very busy for me). The reason why it’s so late is because I am convinced I will forget something very important and then that will annoy me…for the rest of the year. Because you need to know the best of the best during last year and I don’t want you to miss anything. This is obviously very important. We are talking about life changing things like makeup after all. I finally scrambled together some of my absolute favorite products, so here they are!


Juvia’s Place The Magic Palette: Zulu was my first eyeshadow palette from Juvia’s and I really do like that, but the Magic Palette is the one that really made me convinced that I needed them. I needed them all! And then I started my mission of collecting all Juvia’s Place palettes there is. The Magic palette is HUGE and have a wonderful selection of so many stunning and interesting shades. It does hold a special place in my collection just for that reason that it is the palette that made me fall in love with the brand. If you want to read the review with swatches and all you can do that right here.


Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighter Molten Rose Gold: If you are in the mood for a super intense metallic highlight that is drugstore priced then this really is a fantastic option. This highlighter deserves all the hype it gets without doubt. I had this several times in my monthly makeup bag, and even though I always had more options to choose from, I always reached for this. I bet this will be reached for a lot also in 2018. I also have the shades Molten Gold and Sandstone Shimmer, but the Molten Rose Gold is the one that match my skin best.


Zoeva Brow Spectrum: This must be the most versatile brow product out there. With 9 shades in a slim packaging where you get anything from dark, to cold to warm brow powders in addition to two shimmery highlighter shades that are beautiful as cheek highlighters and even one matte white brow bone shade. The brow powders also work fine as eyeshadows. Perfect for travel if you want to travel light because you have everything you need for your brows, for your highlighter and your eyeshadow all in one sleek 9 pan palette. I have been using this over and over and over again. If you ever read the list over product I use in my makeup looks you find this palette mentioned almost every single time. A true staple in my collection for sure! If you are interested to read more in detail you will find a review here.


Essence Pure Nude Highlighter “Be My Highlight” : This is the same as the highlighter from Maybelline: One I have had in my monthly makeup bag several times and that I’ve just been reaching for over and over again. This one is very different from the Maybelline though in the sense that it’s more of a natural glow-from-within kind of highlighter while Maybelline is intense metallic. It’s nice to have both! The price of this one is also amazing, and the only downside for me is that it’s almost impossible to get (It’s not sold in any stores physically or online that ships to Norway) because I would like to have like 9. So I could have backups for life. This is one of the few highlighters I own that I am convinced I will go through eventually.


Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter: This is an amazing product for glowy skin. It’s quite an interesting product too, because it can kind of be whatever you want to be. Use it underneath your primer, use it on it’s own with a bit of concealer and powder for a light but super glowy complexion, use it as a natural highlighter or use it mixed with your foundation. It just makes my skin look so glowy and healthy. I did already review this amazing little thing, so you can read the full review here if you are interested.


BH Cosmetics Weekend Festival Palette: This one deserves a spot on this list because this palette alone made me chance my impression of BH Cosmetics as a brand completely. Before trying the weekend festival palette I had already tried 4 palettes by the brand without being particularly impressed. I decided to give this one a try because every review I saw of it was nothing less than great. Off course I ended up falling in love with this palette, and the reason why this specifically is in my favorites is because this made me change my opinion about BH Cosmetics as a brand. I mean, if they can do something like this then they are bound to be able to make more good stuff in the future. This palette alone made me purchase even more palettes from BH Cosmetics, and it deserves a place among my yearly favorites not just because it sparked my interest in the brand, but also because it’s always inspires me to do something fun when I open it. And off course, the quality is great!


Smashbox Always On liquid Lipsticks: With this one I don’t want to mention any specific shade, but the formula in general. I picked up my first one of these in 2018, and they went straight up to the top of my favorites list. Absolutely wonderful formula that is comfortable even though it dries completely. I am hoping to collect more shades in 2019. because these are just so wonderful.


Certifeye The Tropical Wonders Eyeshadow Palette: The best of the best rainbow palettes! Can you see the little baby pan in the yellow shade? That was the first time ever I actually hit pan in a bright shade. The only shades I’ve hit pan on before are neutral shades I reach for for everyday looks. I have been reaching for this so much, and I love using it for anything colorful! i highly recommend this to anyone who need a full matte colorful palette because this is pigment!


Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick: Again, not a specific color. I have around 20 of them and they all work great. I have a hard time picking which one I like the better of this and the Smashbox Always On. The formula is equally good but I think the Jeffree Star ones gets a few extra points for their amazing shade selection and the fact that they are eye safe! I love using these in the water line when I want something that really stands out (and won’t budge). I am sure I will pick up a few more shades of this in 2019 as well. These are just hard to beat!

I am sure there are many other things I could’ve mentioned. I do love all my Juvia’s Place palettes, and Colourpop palettes and Natasha Denona palettes are also big big hits for me. I just don’t think I have been using them often enough for them to be in my yearly favorites even though I can think of a whole bunch of eyeshadow palettes that I love the color and quality of!

And you, what was your favorite makeup items in 2018?

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Zoeva Cafè Eyeshadow Palette – Swatches & Review!

This is one palette in my total of 16 Zoeva Palettes. I got the Rose Gold palette a couple of years ago and I loved it so much that the collection have just continued to grow. Usually I am very happy with the quality. Only one palette was a miss for me, and that was the pastel palette “Sweet Glamour” which I love the shade selection of, but the quality was just not there. Besides that I have found a few dud shades here and there in the palettes, but overall I have been impressed with them and very happy with how they perform. The last Zoeva palette I reviewed ( the Eyesee palette) had a few shades I was not overly happy with, and there are many Zoeva palettes I would recommend instead of that one. So I was excited to see how this one would compare.


Nothing has changed regarding packaging. These 10-pan eyeshadow palettes are all the same. Sleek, compact,and sturdy with a nice design. They don’t have a mirror so they are extra slim. Very easy to store or slip in your makeup bag for travel. I really like the looks of this one too with the rich dark browns and rose gold details. A very pretty packaging indeed!


The color selection surprised me, because I kind of expected coffee inspired shades meaning mainly browns. I did not realize when I ordered it online but the majority of the shades are pink and berry tones. I don’t mind at all the shades, but I was just a bit surprised (maybe look closer at the palettes before I order or what?). The colors are quite neutral still. There is one pop of green but even that green is very wearable, so you can easily use this palette for more neutral looks, a light berry look, a fun green pop, or you can go a bit dark and smoky with the darker cool-toned browns.


The color composition is impeccable in my opinion. You do get absolutely everything you need for a complete look, with a nice balance between mattes and shimmers. You have all the basic shades you could need like a base shade, several options for crease shades where you can do either berry or brown, a nice variety of shimmers for the lids, a pink highlighter shades, and some darker options to deepen the look. A few of the shades could even work as a liner. So I did not feel like I missed anything.


Overall I was quite happy with the quality as well. If I compare this to my recent review of Eyesee I think this one it better. All the mattes performed well without any issues. They blend, look even and have decent pigmentation. They have a little bit of fallout but not much. The shimmers are of the more subtle kind. Not the most intense foiled metallics for sure, but more of a softer sheen. I think this formula is quite complimentary on older skin, so these are maybe a preference to some, but personally I tend to reach more for the intense shiny ones. The quality is nice enough even though this is not my favorite shimmer formula. They are definitely pigmented. The two darker shades on the right side of the bottom row need a little first aid with a setting spray, and then they apply just fine. The shimmers do have a bit more fallout than the mattes.


Since the shimmers are more muted, and the colors are quite toned down I think this is nice as a everyday palette. It does offer a bit more excitement than just the regular neural browns, while still being very wearable. If you have been looking for a very wearable green you got it right here!


I think this palette is great if you’d like a neutral palette with just a little bit more interesting colors than just browns and beige. This palette offers exactly the same “wear ability” (wear whatever you want, but you get it) as a brown neutral palette, but it allows you to dive into nice pinks, berries and greens without being too loud.

Have you tried this? Or any other Zoeva palette? Shout out your favorite in the comment if you have!



What is in my makeup bag – January 2019!

New year, new project pan, lots of new exciting stuff in my monthly makeup bag. My 2018 project pan has come to an end. I had so much fun with it, but it’s nice to lay down all the products I’ve been using over and over again in 2018, and replace them with my 2019 project pan items! There will be a induction post coming shortly, and also a summary of my 2018 project pan and how it went, so stay tuned for that.


But for now let’s go through my January goodies!


I picked two eyeshdow palettes, both from my project pan. The Colourpop Fame palette is a beautiful cool toned neutral palette, and I wanted a cool toned palette in my project because I love cool tones in winter and changing things up are always nice. The second one it the old but famous Lorac Pro palette! I have already used this a lot back in the days when it was new, but I wanted to pull out this old friend again for my project pan. I already have one pan in this palette, so my goal is to reach a second pan.


For primers and foundations/BB Creams I picked two of each.

  • The Ordinary High-Adherance Silicone Primer – I probably have just a week of use left in this primer, so I put it in this months bag just to finally finish it. Not the biggest fan of it. Does not seem to do that much for me.
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil – This one on the other hand I love! Such a nice hydrating primer, and perfect for winter when I can get a little dry.
  • Holika Holika Petit BB Cream Moustruizing – Nice BB Cream that is a part of my project pan. Nice light coverage and comfy wear.
  • Colourpop No Filter Foundation – Still not sure how I feel about this, but I did add it to my project pan. I want to use it to figure out if I like it enough to repurchase, or if I won’t miss it in my collection.


  • Dior Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Fresh Powder – Amazing loose setting powder.
  • Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro-Powder – This is one of my favorite powders. So fine milled and gives a beautiful look to the skin. Not sure if this will last me all month so that’s why I needed two.
  • Smashbox Studio Skin 24 hour Waterproof Concealer – Nice brightening concealer. Don’t really need it to be waterproof, but it last long on the skin.
  • Wet N Wild Photofocus Concealer – This is almost empty. Hope to finish this my the end of January. It’s OK, but I don’t love it so I just want to finish it.


Finally I get to play around with some more blushes!

  • H&M Pure Radiance Powder Blush “Cantaloupe” – Beautiful, easy to wear fool proof everyday color. And it looks lovely on the skin!
  • Physicians Formula Butter Blush “Rosy Pink” – Natural matte pink. These last very long on the skin, and again it’s so easy to apply. Perfect for busy mornings.
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush “Ethereal Glow” – These blushes are so beautiful I do understand why they get all that hype! Very soft pink color with a gorgeous glow!
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush “Journey” – The Tarte blushes have been a favorite for quite some time now. This is a nice peachy shade with a very soft satin finish. I am so happy to get to use so many of my favorite blushes this month after struggling so much with my project pan 2018 blush.
  • Makeup Mekka Hypnotic Metallics Single highlighter “Glitz” – This is a new one that I barely swatches, so I am excited to try it out and see what I think of it.


  • Zoeva Winter Strobe Spectrum – Perfect for winter I guess. And nice to have some options for highlighter.
  • Kiko Flawless Fusion Bronzing Powder – My project pan bronzer. It’s pale enough so I can use it with ease even on my pale winter skin.
  • Colourpop Super Shock Cheek Highlighter “Lunch Money” – My only project pan highlighter. As you can tell I already have quite a pan, so my goal is to finish this one completely. If I manage that it will be the first highlighter I complete, but the super shock formula is very easy to go through so I think I can make it.


All of the lip product this month is from my project pan! So I will get a good start by getting some use out of all of them!

  • Estee Lauder High Gloss “Pearl” – Had this for so many years. It’s a bit pale for me so I think this will work best as a topper over other lipsticks.
  • Too Faced Mood Swing Emotionally Activated Lip Gloss – Because it comes out almost clear but looks berry on the lips. Smells delicious too! It’s getting really old so I just want to finish it before it goes bad, but I really used to love this and wear it a lot!
  • H&M Sheer Lipstick “Arabesque” – These lipsticks are fantastic if you want something sheer and easy to wear. Perfect for every day. I love this lippie and would be happy to pick up more shades.
  • MAC Plushglass Lip Gloss – Shade name is worn of my it’s a nice pink.
  • MAC Plushglass Lip Gloss – This one I also lost the shade name of, but it’s more of a purple gloss. These all came it a set a long time ago.
  • MAC Plushglass Lip Gloss “Fashion Fanatic” – The only one that still has a name! A lighter pink gloss.
  • Isadora Jelly Kiss Lipstick “Bare Bliss” – Old fave that is maybe getting too old so it”s time to use it up. Used to be an old favorite as well so it’s not that much left!
  • Clinique Long Lasting GlossWear “Black Honey” – A gloss stick in one end and a liquid gloss in the other. Both in the iconic shade Black Honey.

Do you have a monthly makeup bag, or do you just use whatever you feel like?

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BH Cosmetics Weekend Festival Palette – Review & Swatches!

Having good affordable brands available is fantastic. Having good quality makeup available for those who is not able to, or does not want to spend a lot of money on makeup is the best! Some of my very favorite brands are on the cheap scale. But I have never really been that into BH Cosmetics. I have purchased 4 palettes the last couple of years, and only one of them remains in my collection (and I am the worst declutterer ever). The rest I have given away or just binned. Needless to say, I have not been too impressed by BH Cosmetics eyeshadows.


So when this palette was released I decided I would not take my chance on getting another palette I would just give away as soon as I tested it out. Life is too short to waste on bad palettes. But one great review followed the other. EVERYBODY seemed to love this! I have actually to this day not seen a bad review of this palette. And with the fun colors and great reviews temptation got the better of me.

The packaging is super bright, fun and summery. It’s a simple cardboard packaging with a mirror inside. Fairly decent for the low cost of the palette. But the really fun part is the inside! Isn’t the color story just so much fun? Gorgeous blues, green, pink ,orange, purple. You got some nice sparkly shades, a lovely duo-chrome and even a few pops of neutrals.


The nice color story does make this palette very versatile. Sure enough, you would probably not be very drawn to this palette unless you like colors. If you are a neutral lover you would probably go for something more brown anyway, but you can go neutral with this if that is something you like from time to time and off course, when you want to wear colors you have a ton of options! You really can do so much with this. A neutral brown crease with a champagne shimmery lid or a rose gold lid for a more toned down options. You can go for cool-toned colors, warm-toned colors, sunset looks, bright blue looks, or summery green looks! You can even do a smoky dark grey eye! Almost endless options, and every shade is different. No duplicates here (Looking at you Morphe).

The quality also impressed me! What impressed me most was actually the matte blue shade. This is a fantastic matte blue. It may even be among the very best in my collection (which is quite extensive I have to admit). It reminds me of a better version of MAC’s Electric Eel. It is very highly pigmented, but still it’s really easy to blend! The other mattes are really good as well. No issues with pigmentation in this palette. Even the pale pink is nicely pigmented.


The shimmers are not at all bad either! Smooth formula, and nice pigmentation. A bit of fallout when using them though. A few of the shades have a slightly chunkier formula due to having fine specs of glitter, but I am satisfied with how all the shades work. I had so much creating looks with it, and besides a bit of fallout I did not have any issues! Pigmentation is great, the mattes blend like a dream, and the shimmers are really pretty. I preferred using them with a damp brush, but they are not dull using them straight from the pan either! Spraying the brush gives a little bit of extra intensity, but they work just fine without too.


Not to sound dramatic and all, but this palette changed how I feel about BH Cosmetics palettes. If they keep releasing palettes with this formula I would be happy to pick up more palettes, because they really nailed it with this one. Such a beautiful, fun and CHEAP palette!

Keeping my fingers crossed we see more palette like this from BH Cosmetics in the future!

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Kathleen Lights x Colourpop The Zodiac Palette – 6 Makeup Looks!

Not too many months after Dream St. was released, Colourpop themed up with Kathleen Lights again to create the Zodiac collection. The centerpiece of the collection is off course the palette that I’ve been playing around with and want to show you some looks with.


  • Kathleen Lights X Colourpop The Zodiac Palette – The Taurus, The Aquarius, The Pisces, The Capricorn.
  • Colourpop Supernova Shadow – Astrology.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Liner – Fame.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Liner – Immortal.
  • H&M Colour Essence Eye Pencil – Silver Jade.
  • Wet N Wild Lash Renegade Mascara.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • House Of Lashes – Iconic.


  • Kathleen Lights X Colourpop The Zodiac Palette – The Taurus, The Leo, The Aries, The Sagittarius, The Virgo, The Gemini, The Capricorn.
  • Certifeye The Tropical Wonders Palette – Bonobo.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Liner – Immortal.
  • Wet N Wild Lash Renegade Mascara.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • House Of Lashes – Iconic.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.


  • Kathleen Lights X Colourpop The Zodiac Palette – The Taurus, The Aquarius, The Virgo, The Capricorn.
  • Certifeye The Tropical Wonders Palette – Bonobo.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Liner – Immortal.
  • Wet N Wild Lash Renegade Mascara.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro10.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • House Of Lashes – Iconic.
  • H&M Colour Essence Eye Pencil – Panther.
  • MAC Paint Pot – Blackground.
  • Colourpop Supernova Shadow – Astrology.
  • Colourpop Supernova Shadow – Constellation.
  • Revolution Pro Supreme Dip Liner –  White.


  •  Kathleen Lights X Colourpop The Zodiac Palette – The Taurus, The Saggitarus, The Virgo, The Scorpio, The Gemini. The Libra, The Leo.
  • Certifeye The Tropical Wonders Palette – Bonobo.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Liner – Immortal.
  • Wet N Wild Lash Renegade Mascara.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro10.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • House Of Lashes – Iconic.
  • Kiko Glamorous Eye Pencil – 405.
  • Colourpop No Filter Concealer – Light Neutral.


  • Kathleen Lights X Colourpop The Zodiac Palette – The Aquarius, The Leo, The Aries, The Pisces.
  • Certifeye The Tropical Wonders Palette – Bonobo.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Liner – Fame.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Liner – Immortal.
  • Wet N Wild Lash Renegade Mascara.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro 70.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • House Of Lashes – Iconic.
  • Kiko Kajal Khôl Pencil – 109.
  • Colourpop No Filter Concealer – Fair Neutral.
  • Nailart gems


  • Kathleen Lights X Colourpop The Zodiac Palette – The Taurus, The Virgo, The Gemini, The Cancer, The Libra, The Leo, The Capricorn.
  • Certifeye The Tropical Wonders Palette – Bonobo.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Liner – Immortal.
  • Wet N Wild Lash Renegade Mascara.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • House Of Lashes – Iconic.
  • Colourpop No Filter Concealer – Fair Neutral.
  • Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy.
  • Etude House Oh M’Eye Liquid Liner.
  • The Gypsy Shrine Cosmetic Glitter – Chunky Gold.

I had fun playing with this palette to create these looks. As usual the Colourpop eyeshadows are overall great. The full review with swatches will go live on Wednesday as usual.

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Zoeva Artisto Eyeshadow Palette – Review & Swatches!

These little 10-pan palettes are such fun collectables since they are of a handy size, and usually have beautiful and decorative packaging. I got my fair share of these palettes by now. Most of them I really really like the quality of, but a few has been just OK, while one (Sweet Glamour) was just not my thing at all. So usually I really like them, but they are not as solid in quality as Colourpop where I rarely find duds in any of their palettes. There are both hits and misses in Zoeva’s line of palettes for me personally.


The last palette I reviewed was the Eyesee palette which I think is decent but not good enough to give a raving review. So I was a bit excited where this one would place itself.

First of all, the packaging is as always beautiful. This time its black, with simple, elegant gold details. As usual it’s made out of cardboard, holds no mirror and is nice and sleek. A+ for handy, sleek and beautiful appearance.

Inside are 10 different shades. I kind of find this color story to be unique. It’s like a neutral palette but it does not have a single brown shade. Instead you have toned down blues, greens reds and oranges that are all very wearable shades despite not being your usual brown. The colors are matched in pairs with one matte and one shimmer. I think this setup is kind of genius. It is super wearable colorful shades with a very logical set-up. I think this one is perfect for people who want to wear color, but want it to be toned down. Or people who want to wear color but don’t really know how to. This palette tells you what crease shade would work with what lid shade to make a nice wearable look. I had this palette in my monthly makeup bag, and I wore the shades times and times again as a wearable look for work.


To begin with I was honestly a bit underwhelmed, but in the end I ended up being impressed. The reason for me being underwhelmed was a few. Firstly it’s just not my favorite color scheme. It’s nothing wrong with it, and it’s a nice selection of shades for everyday looks, it was not just that pops that you get drawn to. You know, like that intense blue in a brown palette? I also get easily swayed by high shine metallics and intense shimmers, and that’s not what you get here. You get 5 mattes, one satin and 4 shimmers. They are not very intense shimmers, more of that subtle shine on the lid without any extra shine or glitter. So the reason why I was underwhelmed was not because the quality is not good, I just had to see through the fact that this palette does not have my personal favorite kind of shimmers and colors, without meaning there is anything wrong with the quality.

The five mattes are very buttery and nicely pigmented. As you can probably tell from the swatches even the lighter shade has some pigment to them and they easily show up on the eyes. Even that pale, pastel matte blue. Most of them perform nicely as well, and blends easily. The only exception was the matte blue because even though it is pigmented I found it a bit chalky and dusty. It made it a bit hard to blend without blending the color away and the result could be a bit patchy. I sticky base is necessary with this shade, at least no my lids. The rest of the mattes I did not have any issues with.


The four shimmers are nicely pigmented, but without that high-shine you often see now a days. Nothing wrong with that, they just gives a more subtle look to the eye. I think this formula matches the muted colors because it makes the palette very wearable. Even the blue shimmer has a grey base that makes it look more muted than it appears in the pan, and makes the shade much more wearable.

I am under the impression this is a great palette if you are into more subtle looks, but you want something else than the regular browns. This palette offers some colors in a very sophisticated way. It’s also aligned in a way that makes it very easy and obvious what shades to match, or you can off course mix them all together. But the reason why this impressed me in the end was because it seems like a very thought through palette.


I would say this is a good palette to try if you are a bit afraid of color, but want to try to widen the horizon, or if you just want something wearable and are tired of those boring browns. It’s also great if you want a palette that is really easy to put together a look with, because the palette is design with a crease shade and a matching lid shade in pairs all the way down the palette. For being just 10 shades it’s also surprisingly versatile as you get both greens, reds, oranges and blues. All in very wearable hues.

If you love bright colors and metallic intense shimmer shades, then this may not be your cup of tea. But the palette own is great!

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Violet Voss Hashtag Palette – Review & Swatches!

My first ever Violet Voss eyeshadow palette! I actually only own one item form Violet Voss form before and that is the Rose Gold Highlighter palette. You can read my thoughts on the palette here if you like!


I have been a bit hesitant to pick up Violet Voss eyeshadows because I think they are quite expensive. Since they are not sold in my country I have to pay fees and taxes in addition meaning the overall cost will be significantly higher than the cost of the palette that in itself is quite high. That puts me off sometimes, especially with brands where I am not familiar with the quality.

Beauty Bay saved the day again, and they threw a sale on the Hashtag palette some months ago. If it would have been any of the big brown palettes I would have passed. Don’t get me wrong, I love my browns and neutrals just as much as my colors, but you know this delicious purple and orange toned palette with some brown and gold shades thrown in there is a bit more what I like.


This palette is huge though! A sturdy cardboard packaging with simple black package, a nice size mirror and 20 different eyeshadows. 7 shades are matte , 1 is satin and 12 are shimmers. I don’t mind that at all. To be honest I prefer my shimmers over my mattes so I am OK with having just the basics in mattes in a palette and the rest being gorgeous glam colors.

The first row in the palette has your basic mattes all covered. A matte cream, a matte black and three different shades that work well in the crease and match the colors story of the palette nicely. The mattes work well. They are creamy and soft, but not as soft as Anastasia shadows. In other words they don’t crumble apart. There is some kickback in the pan but not more than expected from buttery soft shades like these. They also blend with ease, even the matte black was fairly easy going.


The second row has your shimmery golden and slightly bronze shades. These shades are very intensely pigmented and smooth as butter!

The third row are orange and a few more rosy shades. One of these shades are matte. Like the other mattes it’s nice and creamy but needed to be built up a tiny bit more than the matte browns. The shimmers are like the golden shades absolutely stunning!


The forth and final row are purples and lilacs. one is matte and one is more satin but works and looks like a matte applied on the eyes. Sunset, the satin shade, is a bit more on the dry side compared to the mattes. Not a bad shade because you can absolutely make it work, but if I had to point out one lesser shade in the palette it would be this one. The rest perform really well!

So overall, I am very happy with the quality. The formula of the shades are really nice and easy to work with. I would not mind at all to get some more palettes with shades like these because I had no issues working i with them.


I like that this palette is a bit of everything. You can be super neutral, all matte, shimmery, or colorful depending on what you want. In addition there are nothing I feel like I missed. You got your basics, transitions lid colors and your basic black all in one palette.

It is a bit on the pricey side, so these are palettes I think I would primarily buy when they are on sale, but I would definitely recommend it!