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.

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

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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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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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?

Remember to find me on Instagram too!

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The Body Shop Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation – Review!

I read so many good reviews about this foundation when it was released a while ago, and it really triggered my interest. Despite the fact that I have tried several makeup products from The Body Shop before and they never really wowed me. I am all for giving second chances.

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The foundation claims to have a matte high coverage, 24H long wear, 24H shine control, 24h breathable wear, promote clear looking skin and be non-pore clogging. It sound all great but what foundation has a disclaimer on the packaging saying it does not really work. This one should have it though!

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Let’s talk about the good things first. It’ is, as it claims, high coverage with a matte finish. When I just applied it to my skin it looks nice, even and matte without looking too matte and flay. I like the finish, I found that it takes a while to get it on my skin though. I tried with a brush and it was quite streaky, so I had to go over with a beauty sponge afterwards to get rid off all the lines in the foundation. So I preferred just applying it with a sponge. Thing is I felt like I was bouncing that sponge for ages and that the foundation just moved around for a while before settling down. I don’t have time for that in the morning so I quickly realized this was not my everyday foundation. I need the foundation I use in the morning to go on the skin easily without me spending too much time on it.

This is also supposed to be non-pore clogging and promote clearer skin, and it is because of the tea tree they put in. It gives it a odd smell, and it feels a bit cooling and tingling on the skin when you first apply it. The sensation disappears for a while. I don’t have much to clear up on my skin, but I didn’t have any pore-clogging after using this for a few weeks straight so I guess that claim is correct for my skin at least.

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But when we start talking about the 24H wear claim this is when I get problems. It is a silly claim in the first place. Who need a foundation to wear for 24H? Besides I never expect them to be that long lasting. However, when a foundation claims to last for that long I kind of expect it to last at least a full work day. And this don’t. It actually starts falling apart after 2-3 hours. And this is where my big issue with this is: I have never seen a foundation fall apart as bad as this! I don’t have dry skin, but still this one makes me look that my forehead is filled with flakes of try skin it clings to, and it completely wears off around the nose and cheeks.

I know, it could be a bad match with the primer that makes a foundation behave like this. But I tried it with a mattifying silicone based primer, Smashbox Primer Oil, a firming water-based primer, and no primer at all. None of these changes made any difference in how long it stayed on my skin. I can deal with a foundation not lasting forever on my skin, but when it falls apart and makes me look dead and old I think I will pass.

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The foundation comes in a squeezy tube with a simple design. It contains 30 ml and the price-range is somewhere between drugstore and high end. I would suggest you save that money and but something else, but off course what does not work for me can be great for you. However, due to my own bad experience I highly suggest yo get a sample first to see if it works for you, because this is the worst foundation I have tried in years!

It’s not fun, writing bad reviews like this. I really like reviewing stuff but I get so much more excited about doing a review when I really like the product. But when I stumble upon something I don’t like I rarely write a full review of it, because being negative is not at all as fun as sharing an exciting great product with you all. Sometimes when I try a product that I don’t like I rather just not put up a review of it. But what do you think? You like reading reviews regardless if they are good or bad? Let me know your thoughts in the comment!

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Wet N Wild Photofocus Foundation – A selfie lovers best friend?

I picked up some Wet N Wild products for the first time a few months ago. Even though I’ve heard a lot from the brand for many many years I never tried anything from them. Mainly because it is quite hard to get your hands on where I love (forced to order online and with international shipping). The other reason was that I was a snob and mainly wanted to buy only expensive brands for some years. I do still love my high-end and luxury makeup brands, but I collected so many pleasant drugstore products over the year that I have become more and more open to what cheap brands can offer. And to be frank, a lot of them can offer kick-ass products completely on par with luxury quality.

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So I decided to finally dive in to the Wet N Wild makeup selection, and picked up four products for me to test, review and get to know the brand. One of them where the foundation that is supposed to be perfect for photographs and give an Instagram worthy finish to your skin.

So let’s review this baby! First things first: Packaging. It is a simple glass bottle with some simple black text and design. The cap is black plastic with a spatula like applicator. There is no denying that this packaging looks cheap. No one will think you care about luxury and design when you pull this out of your makeup bag. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not bad or ugly, it just looks like you did pay mainly for the product inside and not so much for the bottle. That’s fine, we don’t all care about appearance anyway. The spatula I am not a big fan of though. I find it a bit unhygienic, and I don’t like dabbing it around my face and then put it back in the bottle. I partly solved the issue by just scraping the product of on my beauty sponge, but it is still a bit annoying.

Also, it smells. Or more correctly: It stinks! The fragrance is very paint like and unpleasant. It disappears quickly, but it does not add any luxury feel to the product.

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The most important thing though, is how it performs. The foundation is quite liquid, and that makes it very easy to distribute on the face, and it is very easy to apply. I found that I could work it quite quickly into the skin, which I like, but it does need to be set with a powder.

The coverage is light to medium. I really like this kind of coverage for summer and spring because I prefer my skin to look as natural as possible, especially when I am out in sunlight. So I really like the coverage it gives. It is supposedly a matte finish, but I kind of think it looks more satin on me.

This foundation is supposed to stand out from other foundations in the sense that is has aΒ  light-adjusting formula that is supposed to give a filter like perfection in any light condition without reflecting a white cast in photos. I don’t know about that light-adjusting thing, but it is free from flashback at least, and it does give a nice finish to the skin.

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It feels very light-weight. Like it is not really there. And again that is a quality I like in a summer or springtime foundation. The wear time is not that bad either. After 6 hours it still looks decent. If I take a very close look I can see it starts to disappear in certain areas, but not bad at all. After 8 hours it has started to fade, but it does fade with grace. It realize it is time to go and simply fades, compared to some foundations that just wont give up and clings un-charmingly to the patches they can find. I like a graciously fading foundation.

As a few finishing bonuses it is super cheap, vegan and cruelty-free. I don’t strictly stick to cruelty-free makeup, but I for sure find it to be a bonus and something worth appreciating and mentioning in a review.

So, I guess I get the hype! A light-to-medium, satin finish (it claims to be matte but not on me), natural, fairly long-wearing, no-flashback foundation. It makes my skin look good, and if I were into selfies I could definitely take one wearing this.

Did you try this? What are your thoughts?

XOXO

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Review: Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation – My Holy Grail!

I guess since my title is a total spoiler alert, you know exactly what I think of this foundation, but if you want to know why I suggest you stick around for a while.

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This is a beautiful natural foundation with a light to medium coverage depending on how much you want to build it. I purchased it in June 2017 because I wanted something natural and light weight with SPF for summer. Just a fresh faced foundation that felt light on the skin. I immediately fell in love with this.

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The foundation was just what I was hoping for. It looks very natural on the skin. It is not very visible that I am wearing a foundation, but it still seems to perfect my skin. Since this does not have a lot of coverage it would probably not be the favorite of someone who wants to hide a lot of redness, but since I have fairly good skin with not much to hide, I am more in need of something that evens out, then this has a beautiful finish.

The finish of the foundation is wonderful too. It is neither dewy or matte, but gives just a healthy-skin-finish. It is quite liquid and that makes it very easy to blend out, and I found it to be very fast to apply on the skin. No fuzzing around to try to make it look nice, it just melts effortlessly into the skin.

Since I see no point in showing pictures of my face with foundation to show what it can do (I don’t have much to cover and I would have a hard time making something show up in photos) I decided to use my scary arm instead. You’ve already seen this scar on my swatch posts, so no need to be shy here, but here it is completely naked when you don’t focus on pretty eyeshadow colors. It is pretty visible.

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So the top picture is without any foundation at all. The middle one is with a single layer, and the bottow one is with two layers. As you can see some redness still shines through, but I think it is pretty deacent for a natural foundation. And just look how nice the finish is though. It just looks like healthy skin with a scar!

I just noticed that my arms are pretty transparent. I think I need some sun. Or fake tan…..if I only were not too lazy for that sort of thing!

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I guess when you see that the brand is Guerlain you already know it’s going to be expensive, and for 63$ for 1 fl.oz that is a pretty accurate guess. I think it is worth it though, since this is my all time favorite, but I guess it is great to try to grab a sample of this first before committing to the whole thing.

Did you try this one yourself? I would love to hear more opinions.

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My Makeup Collection 2018: Foundations and BB Creams!

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Fortunately, this is a more manageable part of my collection with only 19 products. I know 19 products are much more than one person needs at one time but I say “only” because this part of my collection is reasonably small compared to other groups. I am working my way through presenting my collection, taking one part at the time, so if you are interrested in reading about the parts of my collection already published you can have a look here:

I have plenty more to show you like powders, highlighters, concealers, eyeliners and so on. So remember to give me a follow if you want to be notified when the other sections are published.

But today it’s all about those foundations and BB Creams!

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  • Missha Signature Wrinkle Fill Up BB Cream
  • Holika Holika Petit BB Cream Moisturizing
  • Holika Holika Petit BB Cream Aqua
  • Holika Holika Petit BB Cream Bouncing
  • Bergamo Magic Snail BB Cream.

Korean cosmetics have a Huge selection of foundations and BB Creams and these are all among them. Some of them are big hits, like the Petit series from Holika Holika. Others were not that great and I added them to my project pan to manage to finish them.

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  • The Body Shop Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation
  • L’Oreal Glam Beige Healt Glow Foundation
  • L’Oreal Infallible 24H – Matte
  • A’Pieu Natural BB Cream Matte Finish
  • Maybelline FitMe Matte + Poreless

A nice selection of drugstore makeup. The FitMe and Infallible are favorites of mine!

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  • Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
  • LancΓ΄me Teint Idole Ultra Wear
  • Guerlain Lingerie de Peau
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup
  • Clinique Superbalanced

My high end collection of foundation. Among them are my all time holy grail foundation which off course is the Guerlain one!

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  • The Saem Eco Soul Real Fit Foundation
  • Lirikos Marine Radiance Double Cover
  • L’Oreal Infallible Stay Fresh Foundation 24H
  • Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer

I really like that most korean foundations and BB Creams have SPF in them, making them perfect for summer. These two from The Saem and Lirikos are no exception, and I happen to really enjoy both of them!

So that’s all of them for now! My goal is to finish some of them through my project pan, but I do plan on repurchasing some of them (like the Holika Holika BB Creams) and I do have some other foundations on my wishlist, so I am excited to see how this collection looks one year from now!

Do we have any foundations in common?

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