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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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?

Remember I do also exist on Instagram by the way!

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Top 3 High End Brands in 2018!

You may have seen my top three affordable brands of 2018 recently, and it’s about time we get on to the high-end brands I have been loving the most in 2018 (There will also be a top 3 luxury brands too). The brands I put in the ranking must be brands I have been purchasing new items from and really been using and loving the past year. I do know brands that I like equally good as some of these, but I may not have picked any products from the brand (or just very few) the past year. I also have some brands that I really really like the products of, but since I only have maybe a few products I don’t think I know them well enough to put them in a ranking like this. But, here are the top three selected in no particular order!

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MAC Cosmetics: What an amazing cult makeup brand this is! I have always loved MAC as a brand but I feel I got a bit back to the brand this year. I got plenty of new MAC makeup items. I have grown my single pan collection, grabbed some new nice lipsticks and blushes and tried out a few more of their products. They really have everything you could need in their line and it’s such a cult classic brand that I just could not give them a mention. Their lipsticks are among my most used bullet lipsticks.

I remember back a decade that MAC was THE brand to own. Everyone with an interest in makeup collected their single pans, and people went crazy with all the limited edition releases. Back then I can’t think of another brand with such a gigantic line of products. Even though MAC is a great brand and still much loved, I don’t feel it is the one and only brand to own anymore. There are too much makeup brands and too many choices out there now. But they are and always will be a favorite of mine. A cult classic brand for sure!

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Smashbox: This one was an easy pick too. I never really used Smashbox that much until the last couple of years. I picked up a few items here and there and generally speaking I am very happy with how the products perform. I am not the biggest fan of their eyeshadow formula, but so many of the other things I’ve tried have been such great hits that this brands deserve a spot on this list even though their eyeshadow formula is far from my favorite one. Smashbox are off course famous for their primers, which I use and love, but the stand out item for me must be the Always On Liquid Lipsticks that are simply fantastic! I am also loving their Halo powder.

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Jeffree Star Cosmetics: I have been a fan of their liquid lipsticks for such a long time now. Actually, since I tried them for the first time they have been my very favorite dry down liquid lipsticks. Only matched by the Smashbox Always On. I do have to say though that Jeffree Star has a much more tempting color selection than what Smashbox does offer. I am also a fan of the JS eyeshadow palettes. Always with unique color stories and different and daring packaging! For the most part I own liquid lipsticks and eyeshadows from the brand, but I know there is a lot in store for us in 2019 and I am sure there will be a lot of great products released. I heard rumors that there will be a concealer soon, and I am all for that!

If you had to pick some favorite high-end brands what would you pick? What have you been loving in 2018?

And remember that I am also on Instagram!

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Jeffree Star Thirsty Palette – 8 Different Makeup Looks!

The Thirsty palette must be the most summery palette I’ve seen in a long time. And with such a delicious shade range too! Playing with this was so much fun!

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  • Jeffree Star Thirsty Palette – Parched, Subtle, Kumquat, Drizzle, Quench, Submerge, Splash, Plunge, Snatches, Lick.
  • Etude House Oh M’Eye Liquid Liner – Black.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H.
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara.
  • Clarins Waterproof Eye Pencil – 04 Turquoise.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Bro Spectrum – Bro30, Bro70.
  • Anastasia Prism Palette – Obsidian.
  • Huda Beauty Lashes – #8 Scarlett
  • Nailart supplies.

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  • Jeffree Star Thirsty Palette – Taste Buds, Biiiitch!, Submerge, Splash, Quench, Divine.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H.
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara.
  • Kiko Smart Eye Pencil – 813.
  • NYX Faux Whites – Mintcream.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Bro Spectrum – Bro90, Bro10, Bro40.
  • Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define – C4.
  • Revolution Pro Supreme Dip Liner – White.
  • Anastasia Prism Palette – Obsidian.
  • Huda Beauty Lashes – #8 Scarlett

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  • Jeffree Star Thirsty Palette- Parched, Submerge, Drizzle, Snatched, Plunge, Filthy Rich.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Eyeliner – Mobster.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H.
  • H&M Colour Essence Eye Pencil – Silver Jade.
  • NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer – Vanilla.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Bro Spectrum – Bro30, Bro70.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara.
  • House of Lashes – Iconic Light.

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  • Jeffree Star Thirsty Palette- Parched – Kumquat, Subtle, Drizzle, Lick.
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Bro Spectrum – Bro30, Bro10, Bro70.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix
  • House of Lashes – Iconic Light.

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  • Jeffree Star Thirsty Palette – Parched, Taste Buds, Biiitch!, Drizzle, Stroke, Filtry Rich.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H.
  • Revolution Conceal & Define – C4.
  • L’Oreal True Match Concealer.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Bro Spectrum – Bro40, Bro90.
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara.
  • Ardell Flawless Lashes – 804.

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  • Jeffree Star Thirsty Palette – Parched, Kumquat, Sublte, Drizzle, Quench, Splash, Quench.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Eyeliner – Mobster.
  • L’Oreal True Match Concealer.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara.
  • Zoeva Bro Spectrum – Bro70, Bro30.
  • Ardell Flawless Lashes – 804.

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  • Jeffree Star Thirsty Palette – Divine, Drizzle.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H.
  • L’Oreal True Match Concealer.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara.
  • Zoeva Bro Spectrum – Bro30.
  • Ardell Flawless Lashes – 804.
  • Nail art gems (ebay).

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  • Jeffree Star Thirsty Palette- Parched, Stroke, Subtle, Drizzle, Lick, Filthy Rich, Submerge.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H.
  • H&M Colour Essence Eye Pencil – Into The Blue.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara.
  • Zoeva Bro Spectrum – Bro30.
  • Ardell Flawless Lashes – 804.

I think maybe the shade that impressed me most was “Devine”. I don’t have a glittery silver like that in my collection. So no wonder I had to do a look with just that one!

As always you know there will be a review of this palette very soon, and remember that you can find me on Bloglovin and Instagram as well!

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Jeffree Star Androgyny Palette – Review & Swatches

The moment I saw this palette I knew I needed to add it to my collection, but since the price-tag was just a bit too high and I would have to pay taxes on it nearly doubling the price I waited patiently for it to go on sale.

Months went buy and I still wanted the palette. The reviews and YouTube-fuzz about it was long gone but I kept thinking about it from time to time. Some palettes you just decide that you won’t need after a certain time, but this one hung on to the top of my wish list. I mean, these are just my kind of shades after all!

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During a black friday haul I finally got lucky and found it for a price below the tax limit, so I finally got my hands on it. I have been playing a lot around with it since and created a bunch of looks. This palette inspires me, and all the colors helps so much with getting creative. I’ve spent hours and hours just creating different looks with it and I feel I know it pretty well by now.

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Frosting – Pale, shimmery gold. It is medium in opacity and works better as an inner corner or brow bone highlight in my opinion. It does not show up that well on the lid, but gives a beautiful effect as an inner-corner highlight. It looks very pretty as a highlighter on your cheekbones as well.

Safe Word – This is the perfect crease shade. Not too warm or too cool-toned and it blends like butter. A bit dusty in the pan but performs very nicely on the lid.

Charm – Bright orange that looks matte on the lids but have few specs of gold glitter in the pan. Very pigmented but still easy to work with. Really really pretty shade!

Déjà Vu – Intense coppery metallic goodness in a pan. It is so rich and smooth to swatch, and it performs to perfection on the lid. Very opaque in one swipe. No need for damp brushes here!

Dominatrix – Matte rich brown. Also this is very opaque, and it blends nicely but maybe not as great as some of the other shades in the palette. A bit off fallout from this shade.

Androgyny – This shade does really live up to its name. Its not really purple, not really brown and not really red, but still it is a bit of everything at once. Pairs really nicely as a crease shade with many of the other colors in the palette. Matte, rich pigment and very blendable.

Fetish – Bold, shimmery brownish red. Not as intimidating as a true red would be. This is actually a very wearable red. It is not as opaque as the other non-mattes in this palette but it is build-able.

Military – Matte military light-green. I was so happy when I saw this shade because I don’t think I have anything like this at all in my collection. It is always nice to get something a bit more unique, and this is a very wearable green. It is a more muted green. Medium opacity that needed some buildup, but it blended with ease.

Poison – Muted dark teal blue with a matte finish. This is very pigmented, but was actually quite easy to work with. Dark matte blues are often a bit hard to blend, and even though it required a bit more effort than the rest of the shades in the palette I was quite impressed by its performance considering the shade.

Swallow – True matte blue. Also this one performed nicely considering the shade. It does have quite a bit of fallout though. It did swatch awfully, but I found the performance on the lid to be much more intense than the swatch. The swatch appeared very patchy as well. One of the rare cases when the swatch is a lot worse than the actual performance on the eyes.

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I am absolutely thrilled about the overall quality of this palette. The Beauty Killer had some shades that I found a bit troublesome so I expected to find a few misses in this palette as well, but I had no trouble making every shade work for me.

I feel like the shades overall have improved from the original quality of the Beauty Killer, so yay for that!

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I think if you like these kinds of shades this palette is really worth picking up. I’ve used mine so so much and I bet I will get a lot of use out of it in the future too!

Thanks for reading all the way through! Did you try this palette yourself? I would love to hear what you think of it!

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Jeffree Star Androgyny Palette Makeuplooks. 8 Looks with one palette!

I finally got around to play with the Jeffree Star Androgyny palette to see how the shades work! I was immediately drawn to the palette upon its release, but I never got around to buy it until Black Friday 2017. So it was about time I got my chance to create some looks with it.

There are so many bold and fun colors here, but still, at the same time it is possible to create very wearable daytime looks. I would have no problem at all finding a word-friendly makeuplook with these shades. However, that’s not my style when I want to get creative so these looks are a bit more bold than what I would wear for work.

Anyway, here are the looks one by one. As usual you find everything I used in bullet points below each look. Hope you like them, and thank you for reading!

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  • Jeffree Star Androgyny Palette – Safe Word, Military, Dominatrix.
  • Zoeva Offline Palette – Ring Ring Ring.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24h – Black.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Kiki Glamorous Eye Pencil – 412 (Green).
  • L’Oreal Miss Baby Roll Mascara.
  • Huda Beauty Lashes – Scarlett.
  • Nail-art accessories from Ebay.

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  • Jeffree Star Androgyny Palette – Safe Word, Dominatrix, Fetish, Frosting.
  • Zoeva Offline Palette – Ring Ring Ring.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24h – Black.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Lancôme Le Cryon Khôl – 01 Noir.
  • L’Oreal Miss Baby Roll Mascara.
  • Huda Beauty Lashes – Scarlett.

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  • Jeffree Star Androgyny Palette – Safe Word, Dominatrix, Déjà Vu and Fetish.
  • Colourpop pressed powder shadow – Hear Me Out.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro90.
  • L’Oreal Mega Volume Miss Baby Doll Mascara – Black.
  • Makeupgeek gel liner – Immortal.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Khol Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Ebay lashes.

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  • Jeffree Star Androgyny Palette – Androgyny, Charm, Déjá Vu, Fetish and Frosting.
  • Colourpop Pressed Powder Shadow – Hear Me Out and Let’s Do It.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Liner – Immortal.
  • L’Oreal Mega Volume Miss Baby Doll Mascara – Black.
  • Kiko Glamorous Eye Pencil – 401 (warm bronze).
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum Bro20, Bro 50.
  • Ebay Lashes.

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  • Jeffree Star Androgyny Palette – Swallow, Frosting, Charm, Fetish, Poison.
  • Colourpop Pressed Powder Shadow – Hear Me Out and Let’s Do It.
  • L’Oreal Mega Volume Miss Baby Doll Mascara – Black.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro 60.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24h – Black.
  • H&M Colour Essence Eye Pencil – Azure Thing.
  • House of Lashes – Boudoir.

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  • Jeffree Star Androgyny Palette – Military, Dominatrix, Charm, Frosting.
  • Colourpop Pressed Powder Shadow – Hear Me Out and Let’s Do It.
  • L’Oreal Mega Volume Miss Baby Doll Mascara – Black.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro 60.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Khol Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24h – Black.
  • House of Lashes – Boudoir.

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  • Jeffree Star Androgyny Palette – Swallow, Military, Poison, Safe Word.
  • Urban Decay Ultimate Basics – Pre-Game.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Liner – Immortal.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro60.
  • Kiko Vibrant Eye Pencil – 605.
  • House Of Lashes – Boudoir.

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  • Jeffree Star Androgyny Palette – Androgyny, Dominatrix, Déjá Vu, Swallow.
  • Urban Decay Ultimate Basics – Nude, Instinct.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Liner – Immortal.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro20, Bro40.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Eyepencil – Ultra Black.
  • House Of Lashes – Boudoir.

I am impressed by how versatile a palette with only 10 shades can be. There are off course plenty of other combinations to play around with, but a girl only have that much time!

Did you try this palette?

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