Colourpop Good Sport Eyeshadow Palette – Review & Swatches!

The first thing I thought when I got this palette was that it looks so much richer and deeper in color in real life than what it does online, big bonus! The other thing was that I could immediately spot an eyeshadow or two that I don’t already own, which is always a great thing considered I don’t exactly have the smallest of collections (There will be collection posts coming soon as I did last year in case you are curious). In other words, this was a welcome edition to my collection.

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It’s just Colourpops standard 12-pan eyeshadow palettes. No mirror, simple cardboard packaging and slim easy-to-store design. Out of all their eyeshadow palette formats I think I like the 12-pan ones the best. They are not too small, not to big and still enough shadows to give a nice variety of colors. Colourpop are generally very good in narrating their palettes, because you rarely get eyeshadows that look too similar. That’s the case with this palette too. The color scheme is really well put together with proper fall shades. You got burgundy, yellow, greens and purples.

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You get 7 mattes and 5 metallics in this palette. That gives you plenty of nice mattes to play with. I didn’t feel like I was missing anything in particular when I have been using this. You got your basic crease shades as well as darker shades to deepen the look. The only thing that some of you may feel is missing is that matte bone shade to set the lid. Personally I have so many matte bone shades now that I really don’t feel it’s necessary. Besides I find that using a powder I would set my face with works just as well anyway. In addition to a nice selection of mattes you have some stunning metallic options. The two greens and the yellow are particularly nice, and I don’t think I even own a dupe for EBB.

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The overall quality is as usual really really great. I am still in love with the metallic formula from Colourpop, and the mattes are great as well! The only shade I had slight issues with was “Sista” the bright matte purple. I found that it was a little bit harder to blend than the other mattes. Still completely possible to make it work, but it did require a little bit of extra attention. Besides that shade they all worked just as well as Colourpop usually does, which is great!

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Honestly I think this is one of the best color schemes released by Colourpop this year!

As always I end up recommending the Colourpop palettes I review. You can’t really go wrong with them, so if you are a fan of the colors they are always worth grabbing.

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Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick – Review!

It’s been a few months since I picked up my first Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick. The first shade I got was “Driver’s Seat” which is a nice peachy-brown nude. I have already featured this in my monthly favorites so if you have been reading my blog for a while you probably know what I have to say about these.

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Still, I wanted to try a few more shades after falling in love with the first one. So I got three shades in total. “Driver’s Seat” which I already mentioned and “Bawse” which is a bright red and “Big Spender” which is a darker nude pink.

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The packaging is simple as Smashbox packaging tend to be. Nothing extravagant, just a clear square shaped type, a black lid and the logo. The wand is fairly short, and the applicator it drop shaped, which makes application very easy since the tip is pointed.

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I have actually been very excited to share my opinions about these because they are absolutely phenomenal. The formula is a dry down liquid lipstick, and I have time and time again been raving about the Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks being my hands down favorite formula when it comes to liquid lipsticks that dry down. However, these Smashbox goodies don’t come short of the JS ones, they are just as great! If you like the Jeffree Star Liquid Lipstick formula I am sure you will like this because they are actually quite similar.

They are opaque in color and the wand makes them easy to apply. They dry down completely and are transfer proof while still feeling very comfortable on the lips. The staying power is also phenomenal. A full day at work with 9 + hour wear, countless cups of coffee, breakfast and lunch is no match for this liquid lip! I can go through all that without reapplying even once! Off course oily foods will dissolve a liquid lipstick no matter how great it is, but if you stay away from the most oily food then this is so impressive!

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I sort of can’t say enough good things about these! They will be in my favorites of the year post for sure. The only negative thing I can say about these is that I wish they had a wider color selection because by owning these three I kind of picked out the shades that peaked my interest already, but I would like to own a whole bunch more of these because they are as good as a dry down liquid lipstick can get!

If you like formulas that dry down and are transfer proof I highly recommend checking out these!

What is your favorite liquid lipstick?

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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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Clarins Water Lip Stain – Review!

To be completely honest with you, the main reason why I decided to pick these guys up was because I opened a tester in the store and noticed how delicious they smell. I am quite a sucker for nice scents especially something that smells like something you can eat, like delicious berries. But, the scent put a side, this was also an interesting product I wanted to do a review of.

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The Clarins Water Lip Stain, are cute little bottles of very liquid lip stain, as the name would already tell you. I picked up two shades “03 Red Water” and “01 Rose Water”. The 01 Rose Water looks quite orange in the tube, but on the lip it turns pink.

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The product comes in a see-trough glass tube, with a metallic red cap and a brush applicator. It looks and feels like a expensive product. I would say that Clarins price tag is in the lower end of high-end makeup and these guys retail for 28$. I don’t think that price-tag is horrific for a lipstick, but for a lip stain I feel it is maybe a bit up there in price. After all Korean Beauty are the expert of staining lip products and you could probably find a whole bunch of cheap lip stains with a similar feel to this one. Just on the top of my head I can mention those Labiotte Wine Lip Tints, that come in a super cute wine packaging (just google them, I am too lazy to take a picture!).

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The imprortant thing is off course how they work. The nice thing about these is that you can choose what intensity you want. You can paint it on and let the product dry and get a opaque stain like “03 Red Water” in the picture above. Or you can put a little bit on the lips and blot it away and get a much more discreet look like I did with “01 Rose Water” below.

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How long it will last on the lips depends on how you apply it. A light stain like I show here with “01 Rose Water” will last for several hours. I found that it usually took 4-5 hours before I wanted to reapply. If you want the more opaque look then you will have to be prepared to reapply more often. The opaque application lasted me 2 hours.

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They usually fade away very even on me, which I appreciate. However, I did notice once that I had a bit of a try patch on my lips, that it did not fade the same way around this spot than on the rest of the lips. This makes me think that if you have very dry or chapped lips this may not be the right product for you if it wants to emphasize dryness.

Other than that they feel super light weight on the skin. Almost like you are wearing nothing. My favorite way of wearing them are to apply a soft tint, let it dry and then apply some balm over top so my lips get some moisture. It gives a very beautiful and natural look as well. Also, the fact that you can so easily control the intensity means that even the bright red could be worn as a soft tint during work hours, or as a opaque tint in the evening. So I find this to be very versatile.

Overall, these were a hit for me, but I think if you want to pickup one you really only need one shade, because worn as a tint they give quite a similar look.

And yes, strawberry candy scented! The reason why I picked them up in the first place.

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Tarina Tarantino Blushes – Review!

This is one of my unknown hidden treasures in my collection. For those of you who are familiar with Tarina Tarantino might know her better for her loud hair and jewellery line, but she also has a small selection of makeup products. I own a few of them, among them three blushers!

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First of all, the packaging is a piece of jewellery on its own! They feel heavy and look almost like small art pieces. I got three shades. Parasol, Feather and Carved Rose. All of these three are also a part of a blush palette (which is currently on sale at her website), but at the moment they are not available as singles directly from her site. I don’t know if they are being discontinued or not, but there are plenty of them on Ebay and I don’t really think you will find any fakes as this brand is not known for their makeup. This is just as much an art piece as a makeup item so I would recommend this for any makeup collector out there.

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The formula is very easy to work with. It’s pigmented enough, but not to the extreme so you have to be too careful. It’s just enough to give you a nice flush of color. It applies really easy and evenly. Just a very simple blush to use!

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Feather, Parasol and Carved Rose.

I had these blushes for several years and they have been among my favorite ones for very long. That’s why I felt I needed to share these beauties in case they disappear for good.

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Do you have any hidden gems in your collection? Something that no one talks about but you really love?

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Review: Anastasia Dream Glowkit – Dream or Nightmare?

I really like Anastasia as a brand, and I have plenty of great products from the brand that I really appreciate. I also got several different glowkits. For me these have been overall good, but not all of them have reached up to the levels of being a favorites palette. I really really like the Sundipped palette for instance, but the Nicole Guerrero glowkit was a bit too glittery to my taste. So a bit of a hit and miss journey.

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The palettes are fun to collect though, and I decided to add the Dream Glowkit to my collection just based on other peoples swatches and reviews. It looks like an extraterrestrial intense glow in unique but still wearable colors. So I went to the store to pick it up without even opening the palette to swatch the shades myself. Big mistake!

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I mean, on swatches online they look stunning, and I think I went a bit blind on all the ravings about this palette and just gambled on it. That’s why I was so surprised to see that these highlighters are very glittery. We all got own opinions and taste about that. If you think glitter in highlighter is fine, then go rock it! But I prefer the ones without glitter. I can handle a bit of glitter if it’s very fine milled, but it’s unfortunately quite chunky in this palette.

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But, you should never judge a book by it’s cover. Or in this case your should never judge a makeup product without trying it on the skin. So I did! I was hoping to myself that if I took a dense brush and buffed it into the skin the glitter would be buffed away and I would be left with those nice glowing interesting shades, but I quickly realized that the glitter was there to stay. And I have to admit, even though I am not a big fan of glitter that it looked kind of cool. Maybe not for me, I am 31 years old and not cool at all, but I could see how someone else could totally rock it and look awesome. I decided to try to be cool and rock it myself for a day. Unfortunately, that nice glittery highlight was not just on my cheekbones after a couple of hours. I found it all over my cheeks, my nose, even my forehead. Not the look I was hoping for!

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I mean, the powders are pretty, just not on my cheekbones. I know I can use them as eyeshadows or inner corner highlighters as well, and if I try to get some use out of it that’s probably how I will use it. It was just not all what I was hoping for. And to be honest, with more than 1000 eyeshadows to choose from (rough estimate, I did not actually count) I just don’t see myself reaching for a highlighter palette when doing my eyes.

For me, unfortunately, this was not a dream. And I’ve now learned the expensive way to always always always swatch Anastasia glow kits.

What about you? Do you have it? Do you love it? Let me know in the comments!

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September Rose Slush Palette – Review & Swatches!

This palette was one of those I knew I had to have as soon as I saw it. A fun, but rather unknown indie brand palette with 25 fun colorful shades. I love big colorful palettes like this so off course I had to have it! And I love supporting indie brands as well, so win win right?

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This palette really is stunning. The packaging is cardboard with a mirror. The outside has a print of a tropical beach babe with a huge hat and some palm trees and a pool in the background. Very tropical vacation vibes! Inside the packaging is yellow as a bright contrast to the fun shades.

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This is not a palette for the neutral lover. It does not exist a single brown shade in this palette, so this one is exclusively for summery, fun, colorful looks. You got one row of pinks, one with orange, one with yellow and green, one blue and one purple. They have fun summery names like Mango, Blue Lagoon, Raspberry, Banana, Tropical Fruit and so on. The finishes are a mixture of matte, shimmers, metallics and one matte with glitter in (you know what I feel about those shades already right?).

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I had so much fun creating looks with this palette, so I really enjoy the overall feel it gives and the creativity it sparks. I think maybe some of the shades are a bit too similar though. Especially in the purple row the three darker mattes look very similar on the eyes. Blue Lagoon in the blue row is a fantastic metallic shade. I am a bit confused why there are not more of this stunning formula in the palette, instead of for instance one of the three similar purple mattes. Also two of theΒ  matte orange shades, and two of the pink shades was very hard to tell apart on the eyes. So even though you overall get a very nice selection of different finishes and different colors it could be better if some of the very similar shades was replaced with either something deeper to deepen the look, or a shade with a different finish. But by all means, the variety is good enough to create a number of fun looks.

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The quality is quite good, but there is a bit of inconsistency in the palette I think. As mentioned before Blue Lagoon is a stunning, rich, smooth shade with intense pigmentation. The other metallics are also good, but not as vibrant as Blue Lagoon, even though “Berry Blast” is pretty close. The mattes don’t swatch that well as you can probably tell from the picture. They look patchy and not as pigmented on the swatches. I did find that they performed better on the eyes than on the swatches though. I did not have troubles with the shadows looking paler than I thought they should, and most of them applied and blended nicely. On exception was the matte baby blue “Blue Hawaiian” that I found a bit patchy. Overall the shadows work great, but there are a few that is a bit less impressive.

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One of the shades “Blue Curacuao” is a dark matte with glitter. I generally don’t like these shades, but this one performs almost completely like a matte. All that fine glitter disappears as you blend, and you would have to use a very tacky base to make any of that glitter stick. I would personally have preferred just a regular matte.

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In general the shadows are very dusty, and gives plenty off kickback in the pan and fallout under your eyes. Keep in mind I am a bit sloppy and almost never bother to knock excess of the brush, so of you are good with that then maybe you are a bit more lucky than me. I don’t mind the kickback so much either. It means off course that you loose a bit of product. I have used mine for the 8 looks I posted on Monday in addition to the swatches and it kind of looks worn already. So these shadows will not last you an endless amount.

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Overall there are some really good shades, most performs satisfactory and a few duds. The palette overall is not top notch in quality, but I would still recommend this to a makeup lover that enjoys a colorful palette, because I am very happy with the looks I did and how creative this palette inspired me to be. One of the most important traits of a palette except quality is it’s ability to inspire! So in that manner this one is really great! As long as you are not very bothered with kickback or fallout I think you will be happy with the looks you can get with this.

I am happy I picked this up, and I will for sure keep an eye on what other stuff September Rose may release in the future. I am pretty sure I would happily pick up another colorful palette by this brand, because I really enjoyed this one!

The palette retails for 24.99Β£ which is pretty good for a indie eyeshadow palette. And yes, did I say it’s Vegan and paraben free?

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