What’s In My Makeup Bag – April 2019!

New month means new makeup bag! I am always excited to have a new set of items to play with at the beginning of every month. I am a bit indecisive about what to do in the future though. The reason is that I started doing these monthly makeup bags because I run to work every morning. 5 kilometers each way, and then I get ready at work and need some stuff there. In April when we move things will be a bit different. I will have a 30 minutes drive by car to get to work from our new house. That means I will be getting ready at home. I will also have space to make a proper makeup room with a vanity and all, so i don’t know what I will be doing regarding rotating my makeup. Maybe I will just pick and choose every morning. Or maybe I will switch up the content of my daily makeup bag more often and there won’t be any monthly makeup bag to show off. Being able to rotate through my entire collection does indeed sound a bit tempting so I am not entirely sure what to do. Maybe this will be the last “What’s In My Makeup Bag” post. Let me know if you have any suggestions below!

Anyways, let’s talk about the picks I did for April!

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  • A’Pieu Natural BB Cream: This one has both good coverage and a matte finish. I would say that’s quite rare for a BB Cream, but I really like it! My plan is to try to mix if with the Colourpop one, because I figured I don’t love it and mixing it with this BB Crema could be my way of using it up (and I have to do that since it’s in my project pan!).
  • Colourpop No Filter Foundation: Speaking about the Colourpop foundation. I don’t really like it. It took me a looong time to figure it out. It looks nice to start with but it does not wear well on my. After 5-6 hours it looks pretty rough. I am hoping mixing it with A’Pieu will help.
  • Smashbox Primer Oil: This one I really like! I usually have pretty normal skin, but something has been off lately, and it turned pretty dry. I am hoping this will give the moisture I need and help the foundation sit better.
  • Maybelline Master Fix Setting + Perfecting Loose Powder: This one is new! I have never used it! But I am planning on using it to set my concealer, since a reagular pressed powder easily can look a bit too heavy. I am 32 years old and I don’t need help looking older, so a fine milled loose powder it is!
  • Lancôme Poudre Majeure Excellence: A project pan powder I will put in my bag for another rotation. I like it, but I don’t like it enough to repurchase once it’s gone. Because it’s expensive.

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Look at all the highlighter and blush goodies I will play with! So excited!

  • Makeup Revolution Jelly Highlighter – Monumental: I love this. Enough said!
  • Kiko Flawless Fusion Bronzer Powder: This is also in my project pan! It’s just perfect for me when I am winter pale! And so easy to use.
  • Revolution Pro Supreme Highlighter – Ice: This one is new, but I already have another one in another color that is incredible. These shades are more suited for me during winter. I hope the formula is the same as the other one because then I know I will love it.
  • Revolution Pro Skin Finish – Luminesence: Can be a very subtle highlighter or dusted all over the face for a natural radiant glow. It reminds me a lot of the Hourglass powder everyone loves.
  • L’Oreal Glow Mon Amour: I decided to put this in my makeup bag because I just happened to try to use this as a primer under a matte foundation the other day. And I absolutely loved the result! So I want to do that many times over again.
  • The Balm Balm Springs Blush: I adore The Balm blushes. This is a nice neutral shade that will go with anything.
  • YSL Creme De Blush: A beautiful cream blush. I have this in two colors and they have both been beloved favorites for many years. It deserves a month in my makeup bag.
  • MAC Extra Dimension Blush – Faux Sure!: This color look completely different than in the pan. On my skin it’s a soft coral peach with a really nice glow. It was a birthday present from my sister and I want to show it some love this month.
  • L’Oreal Life Is a Peach Blush: Because I also need a matte peachy blush.

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  • MAC Pigment – Copper Sparkle: This is a good old one. I want to try to use my single eyeshadows and pigments more (I always do) so I decided to pull it in. It will go nicely with the palette I picked too.
  • MAC Pigment – Vanilla: This one is such a classic! Pulling it in my bag for the same reason as Copper Sparkle.
  • MAC Plushglass – Fashion Fanatic: This one is almost gone! I am going to try to finish it this month!
  • MAC Plushglass – Girl Loves Boy: Another project pan gloss I will continue to work on.
  • MAC Plushglass – I Love You: Also another project pan gloss I will continue to work on.
  • NYX Powder Puff Lippie – Squad Goals: A favorite from NYX! It’s been a while since I used it so time to do that again.
  • Maybelline Snapscara: The new mascara from Maybelline. I haven’t even tried it. I am hoping after one month I have tested and tried it enough to write a review about it.
  • Sephora Jumbo Liner – White: This is sooo old. And I never use it. I will try this month though.

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These are the eyeshadows I will play with. One palette, and one Z-palette with 9 self picked shades from Colourpop and Looxie. The palette I am sure you recognized as Tarte Tartelette Toasted. It’s in my project pan and now I am pulling it in to get some damage done!

And I almost forgot to show of the concealer I will be using so I sneaked it in the last picture with the palettes. It’s off course Maybelline FitMe Concealer.

That’s all for this month. Please let me know how you think I should proceed with these posts in the future. Should I continue with my monthly makeup basket or do something else? I could for instance just pick from my collection and my the end of the month do a roundup of the products I used and what I think of them like mini mini reviews. Decisions are hard, any input would help!

XOXO

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My Makeup Collection 2019 – Face Palettes!

Today it’s all about the face palettes in my collection. In this part a I put all the palettes that has two or more face products. So a blush palette with a highlighter is included, and also face duos. Last year I remember that I said this was a part of my collection I would like to grow. Face palettes are so handy!

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First off this is my Benefit World O Blushes palette with three iconic blush shades from Benefit along with their Hoola bronzer. This is in a super slim size that is great for travel. I recently got some use out of this as I had it in my monthly makeup bag in March.

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Here are some of my duos!

  • ELF Bronzed Violet.
  • Wet N Wild Megaglo Contouring Palette – Dulce De Leche.
  • Colourpop Face Duo – Step Right Up.
  • I ❤ Makeup Bronze and Glow.

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This one is a drugstore favorite for sure. So if you are looking for a cheap but good contouring palette the Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette is amazing!

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The famous Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow is off course a solid part of my collection. So worth the hype in my opinion. the Lancôme Blush Subtil Palette Rose Flush has been in my collection for year! The bronzer is a bit on the small side to be able to fit a brush in it properly, but the blush is lovely.

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These are my Tarte Blush Book III and Tarte Blush Book IV. One is from last years holiday collection and the big round one is from 2017.

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My only makeup item from Duwop! This is the Duwop Cheek Dual Rubellite. The compact is what made me buy it. It’s shaped like a seashell!

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These are the face trios I have collected from Zoeva! I really like these sleek little trios and the quality of the powders are good. I would absolutely not mind grabbing a few more!

  • Zoeva Opulence Blush Palette.
  • Zoeva Rose Golden Blush Palette.
  • Zoeva Artisto Blush Palette.
  • Zoeva Sweet Glamour Blush Palette.

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The Anastasia Cream Contour Kit is my only one of that kind. I used to wear it all the time, but I completely forgot about it. Maybe I should try to get more into cream contouring again.

The Cali Contour Kit by Smashbox was a big hit for me when I picked it up last summer. Both the blushes, contour and bronzer shades are so lovely in this!

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The Becca Apres Ski Face Palette is one of my absolute favorites in my collection. Such a shame it was limited edition! A nice selection of blush, bronzer and highlighters. Everything is glowy!

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Finally the Youngblood Illuminate Palette. This is one I always love to wear during summer because of the nice and natural glow it gives my complexion. Also these are cream products which I really like in the warmer months.

The total count is 13 palettes (with 3+ shades) and 5 duos.  To me I think that is reasonable and I would not mind picking up more face palettes. I just really like a palette I can reach into and get several face products at once. Handy for traveling off course, not that it matters form someone who travel 3-4 times a year but still.

Do you have a favorite face palette?

XOXO

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Stash or Trash #2 – Intro!

You guys seemed to like the first blog post in this series. If you haven’t read it I will give you a brief summary. With these posts I aim to pick out 10 products in my collection. Things taht are old, or that I for some reason don’t reach for. After testing and trying each product I will then decide if I will keep it (Stash) or declutter it (Trash). Here are the 10 items I picked out for this round!

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Lot’s of different stuff here. Now, I am a person who has a very hard time decluttering things. I love makeup and I really don’t mind having a large collection, so I that cut throat decluttering that some people do where they go through parts of their collection and get rid of a whole bunch is not for me (although, it is indeed admirable). But this kind of post actually made me get rid of a few things last time, so just taking my time and using and trying before making a decision may be more of my style anyway. But let’s talk about the products one by one!

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I picked two blushes. One is Everyday Mineral Blush in “Memphis Rose”. I think this is slightly too dark for me and it does have chunky glitter. That’s not something I really love so I tend to not reach for this. I also find the loose formula to be a bit of a bummer. But I don’t actually remember how this even looks on the skin, so before making up my mind I have to try it and figure out how it looks!

The other is a NARS Orgasm Illuminator. I picked this up many years ago before I really got into cream blushes and I just forgot about it. I don’t think I have ever used it even! The Orgasm color is classic and I do like it, I also tend to really enjoy cream formulas at the moment so I want to give this one a try. I see myself using it as a blush though, not an illuminator.

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This Kiko eyeshadowis the same Cream Crush Long Lasting Color Eyeshadow pot that I had in my first Stash or Trash makeup post. Only this time the color is more fun (the shade number is 13). When I swatch it I think it feels a bit on the dry side so I am not sure how this would perform now. It’s a few years old after all.

Those two eyeshadow pencils are both from Oriflame. One is the Oriflame Giordani Gold Impressionism Eye Shadow Pencil in “Deep Emerald” , a beautiful true emerald green. The other one is Gold Impressionism Eye Shadow Pencil in “Sea Sapphire” which is a really pretty blue. I haven’t used these in ages. I just never think about reaching for them. They are just disappearing in my collection in a way. So now I will use them a bit and figure out what to do with them. Maybe they work as eyeliners and would be more used if I stored them among my other pencil eyeliners instead of among my single shadows and eyeshadow pots?

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Again, some more Kiko stuff! I remember I picked up these two, tried them, and then apparently never really reached for the  again. These are the Kiko Long Lasting Color Lip Marker in the shade107 (top) and 105 (bottom). I need to figure out what I think about these and if I want to keep them or not.

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That funky looking blue mascara is Dior Diorshow Mascara in shade 258. It’s a stunning blue, but to be honest it’s probably way behind expiration date. I rarely use it, so I don’t even know if it’s dry. If it sill works I will try to squeeze a few more looks out of it. But if it’s too dry I will trash this and probably pick up the blue Colourpop mascara instead.

The weirdly looking eyelinger thing is the Physicians  Formula Shimmer Strips Extreme Shimmer Kohl Kajal + Liquid Liner Trio “Glam Nude”. This is the black pencil in the trio. I have used the gold one quite a bit because it has a golden glitter liner, but this one I have just swatched. About time I try it and see if I will figure out a way to incorporate this into my routine, otherwise it can go because it’s not a particularly interesting piece to collect. So if I can’t make this work I think I can safely get rid of it.

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And finally I need to give this one a try again. I remember that I used to really like the NYX Ulitmate Bright palette some years ago, but the moment I got the Certifeye Tropical Wonders in my collection this one has been left forgotten in the drawer. I haven’t touched it for a couple of years despite using it quite a bit when it was new. Now I just believe I have so many other better colorful mattes in my collection so this one is just not reached for. I have to revisit and figure out what I think, because honestly I can’t really remember how the formula is even.

I am exited to test and try these things once again. I am hoping I will be able to declutter something. In a few weeks time when I have tried everything properly I will revisit each item and tell you which one made the cut and which ones I will departure with.

 

 

 

Project Pan – First Update!

A bit over two months into my project pan it’s time to do an update about how things are going! If you would like to read the introduction of the project first then have a look here.

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These are the perfumed bundle I started out with. I haven’t gotten anything done on the body lotions. I just didn’t start using any of them so fa, but I think I will get started on the Mon Paris body lotion now in March.

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I have been using the solid perfumes and the body mists a little bit. It’s hard to tell how much progress I have done on the solid perfumes, but I did put a mark on how far I have come on the Bella Lucce Japanese Yuzu Linen and Body Mist  and the Bella Lucce Arabian Odysse Linen & Body Mist. I mainly use them as body mists, but I also use the Japanese Yuzu spray as a bathroom refresher.

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I also had these two face masks (you add water, juice or milk depending on your skin type). But I have only been working on the Bella Lucce Peruvian Cocoa Azul Renewing Mask. The other one I reckoned I would not be able to finish before I moved, so that is stored in a box until we pack out. That gives me time to work on the cocoa mask, and the other one I have been saving until we have moved and gotten settled in our new home in late April.

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This is the progress I’ve gotten on the Bella Lucce Peruvian Cocoa Azul Renewing Mask. I try to use it twice every week, and I use two teaspoons of powder every time. I have definitely reduced the amount of product a good amount but I don’t think this will be empty before we move in April.

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This is what I started with in January regarding these masks and the hair oil.

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And this is were I am at now. The Skinfood Strawberry Exfoliating Mask is finished, and so is the Origins Ginzing Refreshing Face Mask. Both of them I have talked about in my empties posts. I did not have very much in these to begin with so they were very easy to finish. The hair oil I put a mark on where I am at. My plan was to put this in the ends of my hair before I go to bed, but I have been quite good at forgetting to do so, so progress have not been as good as it could’ve been. I will try to remember it a bit more often. The The Body Shop Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Face Mask I had about half left of when I started and I managed to use it all up. This one is just finished. This is a nice moisturizing mask and I’ve been using it 2-3 times a week now in January and big parts of February.

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These are the five foundations/BB Creams I started my project with.

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And these are the ones I have left. The Holika Holika Petit BB Cream Moisturizing I finished rather quickly. It was much left less than what I was aware of. The Coloupop No Filter Foundation and the Tonymoly Luminous Goddess Aura BB Cream have been in my monthly makeup bag once each, so I got a good month use out of both of them. It’s really hard to tell how much I actually have left, but I am guessing I am about halfway through both of them. The Coloupop No Filter Foundation will also be in my March makeup bag so I will do even more damage to that soon. The A’Pieu Natural BB Cream Matt Finish  and the Milani Conceal + Perfect 3-in-1 Foundation + Concealer I haven’t gotten around to use yet, so they are still the same amount as when the project started, but I will store the A`Pieu one in my bathroom so I remember to use it if I need a foundation for weekends or evenings. The Milani foundation is a tad too dark for me in winter, so that one will get some more use in summer.

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I also started out with these five concealers, and I have to say I am pretty happy about the progress.

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Right now this is what I am left with! So 2 out of 5 are already gone. The Wet N Wild Photofocus Concealer I knew I was almost out of so I knew I would finish that one early on, but the Smashbox Studio Skin 24 hours Waterproof Concealer surprised me. I thought I had much more left but a good months use was all I got out of it before I ran out. I haven’t used the Maybelline Anti-Age Eye Eraser Concealer at all, so that one is still the same, but the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer I have used quite a bit and I think I have only about 1/5 left of it. The NYX HD Studio Photogenic Concealer I also had in my February makeup bag and I used it a good month. I think I have maybe half of it left. That means I may be running out of concealer much faster in this project than I though, so I might pull in another one as I progress. Or I will just use whatever I want from my collection.

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These are the 8 lip products I picked and how much I had of each when the project started.

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I got some progress on these guys too. They are almost the only lip products I have been using the last two months. The only one I feel progress is really slow with is the Estee Lauder High Gloss. I only used this two times, so I need to get to work on that one!

The MAC Plushglass Lip Gloss (first in the row, the name sticker underneath is gone), I got a tiny bit of progress on, but I have been reaching for the other two a lot more, so they show much more use. I think I should be able to finish the MAC Plushglass Lip Gloss “Fashion Fanatic”(last one of the three) within the next two months. The H&M Sheer Lipstick “Arabesque” I have just a little bit left of. I am pretty sure this will run out within the first two or three weeks of March, giving me time to focus more on the rest of the products. The Isadora Jelly Kiss Lipstick “Bare Bliss” is my first empty one! Yay! It’s always so satisfying to finish a product in a project, especially a lip product. I really like this one so I am a bit sad to see it go, but I do have plenty of nudes like this in my collection so I will probably do just fine without it. On the Clinique Long Lasting GlossWear “Black Honey” I used mainly the gloss stick, and not so much the gloss on the other side, but you can see a little bit of wear on this one too!

The tube glosses are really hard to tell. But as mentioned the Estee Lauder High Gloss have barely been used. The Too Faced Mood Swing Emotionally Activated Lip Gloss I got some more use out of. I keep this one at home and not in my monthly makeup bag and I try to reach for this one in the evenings and weekends. I think I am half way though the tube now but it has 13.3 ml (strange amount) of product so it will still be a while before I run out.

Overall I think I do good progress and I still have hopes to finish them all before the year is over.

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I had only one bronzer, the Kiko Flawless Fusion Powder Bronzer which was barely used to begin with.

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This is where I am now. It’s a bit hard to tell on this picture, but I do actually have a tiny dent, and the imprinted logo is now worn off. I really like this bronzer. It blends very easy and the color is light enough so I can use it without thinking too much about it in winter. It can get a bit too light during summer, but I think I should be able to pan it even if I put it down for a few months.

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I started with these four powders, or actually maybe the amount is more like three because both the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro-Powder and the Dior Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Fresh Powder was fairly well used.

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This is the current status. I have used both of those mentioned above fairly much, and I also got some pan showing in the Hope Girl Powder Compact. The only one I haven’t used so far is Lancôme Poudre Majeure Excellence but I am pulling it in my March makeup bag. I am pretty sure I will be out f the Charlotte Tilbury powder by next update, and maybe I will have finished one more.

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My only highlighter is Colourpop Super Shock Highlighter in Lunch Money.

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I have used this a lot in January. Every day actually, but I have been on a little break from it in February since I also want to use my other highlighters. I really do like this highlighter. I can absolutely see myself replacing it once it’s gone. It is quite subtle so it also work as a base for other highlighters if I want to pair them. As you can see from the picture it shows a bit more pan, but maybe not as much as I expected based on how much it’s used.

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The Zoeva Brow Spectrum I have used a whole bunch too! I love this palette!

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I got some nice dents in Bro70 and Bro40, but Bro80 is maybe the one that I have the most wear in. My goal was to hit pan in three shades. They really do take a long time to get through though considering I have been using them quite consistently over a full year before this project started, but I still think I can hit pan on at least those three shades. I love reaching for this, so I really don’t mind that it takes a while. When this is old and done I am pretty sure I will repurchase it. It must be the most versatile brow product out there, and they can also bee used as eyeshadows or cheek highlighters!

And now we are left with the really fun part: Palettes!

I have seven palettes in this years project and my goal is to hit pan in one shade each. If you want to see the palettes you can just have a look at my Introduction Post because here I will only show you which ones I have been working on. So far I only managed to work on three palettes.

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The first one. The Lorac Pro Eyeshadow Palette, is fun to show you, because this is my first pan! I already had pan in the shade “Cream” from before, so I hit my goal with this when i hit pan on “Mauve”. This is now my only eyeshadow palette with two pans in my collection!

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Colourpop Fame I have been working really hard on, because I had it in my monthly makeup bag in both January and February. I got a pretty decent dent in three of the shades, but no pans yet. However, I am expecting to hit pan on “Center Stage” almost every time I use this now, so it should not be any problem hitting pan in this. However, since it’s cool toned I may put it away and pull it back out in October/November. I usually reach for more warm eyeshadows in spring and summer.

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The last palette I got some use out of is the Morphe X Jacklyn Hill palette. I have been reaching for this one in the weekends, and I also use the black shade “Abyss” very consistently to set my eyeliner.

All in all, I am quite happy with my progress. I got a lot of things done so far, and still have a lot left to work on. Having a project pan and getting some pans and empties really is fun. Do you have a project pan for 2019?

XOXO

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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.

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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!

XOXO

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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.

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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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