Zoeva CafΓ¨ 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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Trash Talk 2019 – Going Through My Beauty Empties #1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Did you finish anything fun lately?

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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?

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Dose of Colors Liquid Lipstick – Review!

Liquid lipsticks can be tricky! Especially the ones that dry down matte and transfer proof. If you find a bad one you are left with lips that look more like a grandmas raisin lips than the beautiful pout you wanted to begin with, or your lips can get so dry and sore you cant even wear lip products the next day, or they just crumble apart in a very unflattering way. But, if you are lucky and find a good one you get a comfortable lip color that just last and last and you don’t have to worry a bit about.

I have encountered several bad ones throughout my search for good lippies, but I also found some amazingly good ones, like the Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks or the Smashbox Always On! I would highly recommend any of those if you have trouble finding a liquid lipstick you like. The Dose of Colors liquid lipstick also got quite some rave. So I got curious.

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I picked it up in three different shades: Berry Me 2, Talk Is Chic, and Stone. One deep purple berry, one cool-toned red berry shades and one cool-toned nude. The packaging is similar to Jeffree Star, and even the applicator is very similar. It’s one of those doe-foot applicators with a groove that hugs the lip and makes the product easy to apply. The tube is frosted and the cap is silver and white. I like the looks of them.

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The formula is super comfortable too. I don’t find these to feel drying. They actually feel very light weight and stay comfortable for hours and hours. The longevity is very good. I have been wearing them for 8 hours without any problems. I love love love Stone! It’s been featured in one of my favorites posts already. Talk is Chic is also a lovely color. I haven’t been using it as much as Stone, but that’s mainly because I wear nudes more often than berries and reds. The deep berry shade Berry Me 2 was the only one that disappointed me a bit. The formula is just not pigmented enough and it’s hard to put on evenly on the lips without it looking streaky. It looks fine if you do two layers, but that also compromise how the lipstick feel. It’s just more light weight and comfy with one coat. I don’t now if this is a general problem with the formula and the deeper shades or if it’s only this one. I will at least prefer to pick up nudes or red toned shades instead because I really love how the other two perform.

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I am not convinced these are as good as my beloved Velour Liquid Lipsticks or Always On, but they are not that far away either, at least not Stone and Talk is Chic. I would absolutely be happy to pick of more shades in this formula because it really is lovely and I do get why so many people seem to like them. They may even be good enough to me among my top three!

What is your favorite liquid lipsticks?

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BH Cosmetics Spotlight Highlight 6 Color Palette – Review & Swatches!

This is a treasure I’ve been hiding around in my drawers from quite some time. But if you have been a long term follower on my Instagram you may have seen me mention this before, because I know I did a review of it back when I didn’t have a blog and I actually posted full reviews on Instagram! Now, Instagram is more of a visual platform, so for someone who likes to go in depth with my reviews I needed somewhere where text and content was also important. So I figured it would not hurt to repeat the old Instagram review with a proper one on the blog. After all this is a permanent item that is well worth mentioning!

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For only 17$ you get 6 big pans of highlighter with 33 g of product alltogether. That’s a lot of highlighter! As we all know by now you rarely need to pay full price for BH Cosmetics because they are constantly having sales and great offers on their site, and I’ve seen this on discount so many times, so just wait for the right time to pick it up would be my advice. They come in a cardboard palette that feels heavy and pretty solid, and it has a very decent sized mirror inside.

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You get a nice selection of golds, bronze and pink highlighters. I think this selection is good for fair to maybe light medium skin tones. Personally I can use every single shade, and only “Radiance” the darkest bronze, is too dark for winter. The rest are all year shades and my skin s light and neutral. I can imagine these being a bit too pale if you have a darker skin tone, or at least several of the lighter shades would not be very flattering. So unfortunately this is not a palette that fits everyone as the base of the highlighters are fairly light. If you are within the light skin tone range you will probably find good use out of this, because even though the palette is not very versatile over a large range of skin tones, all of the shades or at least most of them are suitable if you have a light complexion.Β  The formula on these highlighters are so good, so I kind of wish they would release a palette for dark/medium skin too! I mean, they have three palettes that suits light skin after all, some deeper highlighter shades could not hurt!

I really do believe that permanent makeup items should have colors for every skin. If a company release a series of blushes, make one at least for every skin tone! Same with lipstick, and foundation and same with highlighters. I get why that’s not possible for all companies to do with limited edition releases but at least bigger companies should do this with their regular line. Here BH Cosmtics have three highlighter palettes in this series, so I really think they should get a darker one to complete their selection.

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If you are lucky enough to match the colors in this palette, I would highly recommend them. The formula is incredibly smooth and buttery. When you touch them they feel very similar to the Juvia’s Place metallic eyeshadows actually! The powders are not glittery at all. The shimmer is very finely milled so there is no glitter which in my opinion is a good thing. Another thing that’s great about these highlighters is that they can be both subtle and intense metallic highlighters all depending on how you apply them. A light graze with a fan rush will give you a very natural glow, but a little denser brush will make it looks very intense and glowy, so you can make both out of the same highlighters depending on your look and your mood.

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To be completely frank I would pick this palette over any Anastasia Glow Kit any day! It’s that good! And for the price it is an absolute steal. I love my share of luxury makeup as well but nothing beats something that is cheap and works fantastic!

This palette is an absolute bargain!

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Juvia’s Place Saharan II – Review & Swatches!

Time for another review of another Juvia’s Place palette. If you read one of my previous ones you probably know my general opinion about Juvia’s Place, and after using this one I stand by my opinions: This brand is among my top three brands regarding eyeshadow formula, and the crown piece is off course their amazing metallic shades.

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This palette is a 9-pan with the large pan size. I have to say I am not overly enthusiastic about every palette being a different size, but that’s just my sense of order speaking. I like same brands to have same sized palettes so they can be stored together and look neat. I guess that says more about me though, and has nothing to do with the quality of the product itself. It’s the same size as the Zulu palette if that makes more sense to you! The packaging is beautiful as always, maybe even a bit better than regular. I just like the colors andof the packaging a lot this time around.

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The color selection is gorgeous. I am surprised by how much I like this actually, because when you look at Juvia’s Place palettes at least my eyes are more drawn to the brighter ones like Masquerade, Zulu and Magic. This color story of the Saharan II is more anonymous, but after taking a closer look it’s absolutely just as stunning as the ones mentioned above. The palette has 6 of the beautiful metallic formula and 3 mattes. I think the two blue shades makes a beautiful contrast to the warm and red toned mattes, peach ans bronze shades and they go well together in a look. The only thing I find myself missing in this palette is a lighter matte. All the three mattes are fairly dark, while many of the shimmers would be great for more wearable everyday looks if they were paired with a lighter crease shade. Now, you can off course wear whatever you feel like for everyday, but I know many people (including myself) like to tone it a bit down for work, so I do think this palette would be a lot more versatile if one of the mattes were a bit lighter. Off course, there is always an option to pick from another palette!

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Although I am craving a slightly darker crease shade, the shadows that are in this palette is absolutely beautiful. There is no single bad shade and they are all beautiful and go well together. You may not think of a metallic blue and a dark matte berry as the obvious choice of color combination, but these work so nicely together. This palette makes you think about slightly unusual color combinations, which is great to spark some creativity.

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I feel the same way about the Saharan II as I do with so many other Juvia’s Place palettes, I don’t really have anything bad to say about the quality. The metallics are Juvia’s Place masterpiece though, and you get 6 delicious shades here which is no less than great!

Have you tried this palette yourself? Give me your thought in the comments!

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Juvia’s Place The Saharan Blush Vol.II

This one have been hanging around in my drawers for quite some time. Over a year and a half to be exact. But I have been using it quite frequently the last couple of months and I felt like writing a review for you. I do think that it’s a good thing to take a deep dive into your collection sometimes to find something to review. I really don’t think people who blogs or does YouTube and write reviews should feel forced to pick up only the new stuff to review. As makeup lovers we often have plenty of stuff laying around in our drawers, and the best thing is that these are products we often know very well, which makes them excellent review items. As long as they are not discontinued off course. If you are also a creator I challenge you; Next time you need to review something, open your drawers and have a look instead of heading over to your closest makeup store. I am sure we all have plenty of stuff laying around that deserves some attention.

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But now maybe we should stop wasting time rambling and get on with the review? (I like to write, I can’t help it!).

The blush palette has a similar appearance as the eyeshadow palettes with those fancy funky ladies on the cover. The packaging is their standard cardboard with no mirror. It feels sturdy and are quite slim and easy to store. Inside you get a selection of 6 different shades.

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The reason why I have been using these blushes more lately is because I got a bit of a tan this summer and I maintained it with self-tanner through fall. Many of these shades are too dark for me during winter, but during summer they are quite nice. The Vol.I blush palette I find to be too dark for me, so I did not pick it up, but I really like that they have an option for darker skin as well. I would however like to see one for fair skin too. I mean, there is so many makeup options for fair skin, and way to little for dark skin, so no need to complain really, but I think a third palette would be a fantastic addition! Imagine the Vol.I for darker skintones, Vol.II for medium skintones, and a Vol.III for light to fair skin tones! That would have been something! (We can dream right?).

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The colors in this blush palette has a very nice variety!

Yara is a warm brown. Not the right color for me as a blush but it works really well as a warm bronzer if I have a bit of tan. It looks less orange on the skin than it does on the arm swatch, so I quite like it for the purpose.

Sola is a gorgeous dark rose gold with shimmer that would look just as amazing on the eyes as on the cheeks. This is too dark for me in winter, but it’s a beautiful summer time blush and I used it a lot lately.

Tau is a matte orange blush. This is actually so flattering on the skin, again this is too dark during winter but it’s a stunning warm matte blush for a bronzed summer look!

Bee is maybe the shade that works the least for me. I don’t feel it’s too dark for me during summer, I just feel it’s not the right tone. I can even make it work during winter with a super light hand, and if I really buff it out, but it’s just not my favorite anyways. This is the shade I get the least use out of. That being said there is nothing wrong with the quality and I bet this looks stunning on medium or even dark skin!

Zoba is my favorite. This one works all year for me, and is together with Leena the only two shades that are usable for me all year (I have light skin, but not fair). It’s pink with a golden sheen and looks amazing as a glowy blush!

The final shade, Leena, is a matte peach. This is just a great all year, all looks kind of blush. I often use this with a little bit of Zoba on top to give a very soft sheen. Perfect if you feel a bit pale and dull to brighten up the face.

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The quality on these are great. They are quite pigmented though, but blend fairly easy, so with a light hand and a little bit of buffing they work really nicely. They don’t have any kickback in the pan so they seem fairly firmly pressed. Which means they are easy to control and they will last you for ever. I know I have used this palette quite a bit for the 1.5 years I’ve owned it and it barely shows any wear. So with Juvia’s Place reasonable pricing added to the equation you get a cheap, great quality palette that will last you almost forever. If that’s not a good deal I don’t know what is!

Have you tried Juvia’s Place blushes?

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