What’s In My Makeup Bag – December 2018!

I just love going through my makeup at the beginning of every month to pick out all the items I want to put in my everyday makeup bag. This will be the makeup I use to get ready for work. I will off course use other stuff for evening makeup, weekend or when I just want to be a bit creative and play with makeup, but the items in my monthly makeup bag will help me get my daytime makeup looks.

As always I am exited to refresh the content of my makeup bag. Some old, some new and some well loved favorites are in the mix. here is what I picked out!

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  • NARS Liquid Illuminator “Orgasm” – This will be more like a liquid glowy blush. Had this for years, and I actually don’t think I ever used it! I haven’t even swatched it! So time to put it to use!
  • Chanel Correcteur Perfection Concealer – One of my favorite concealers! It’s just everything I want it to be. Percetion is the right name for it!
  • Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Foundation – Also my favorite foundation. Makes the skin look very natural, and it feels so light weight on the skin it’s a joy to wear it.
  • Prestige Makeup Gold Base – A gold primer. Hydrates the skin, and is also supposed to make it firmer, although  can’t say I really noticed that effect.
  • Makeup Mekka Mist Spray – Just something to give a finishing spray to the end result. Haven’t tried this before so I have no idea how it will perform.

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  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil – Still working on this for my project pan. This is my last chance to end it before the year is passed. Fingers crossed!
  • Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Powder – A beautiful fine milled powder to set the base.
  • Maybelline Chrome Extreme Highlighter “Sandstone” – A stunning intense highlighter I just picked up. For the days when I really want to glow!
  • Glominerals globlush “Papaya” – My never ending project pan blush. I will give this to the end on the month and hope I will be able to see some pan. I doubt it though because it just seems to take forever.

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  • Makeup Mekka How We Dew Highlighter – A beautiful trio of glowy highlighters. This one is new and only swatches but it looks so stunning, and it’s great as it can be both subtle and build up to a more intense glow. It does not have any glitter or shimmer either which is my preference.
  • Makeup Mekka Bambi Lashes Mascara – This one is also brand new, and never tried a mascara from this brand before. Keeping my fingers crossed it will be good.
  • Makeup Mekka Maximum Brows – A fiber gel with color. Tried it once and I really like it and since my everyday makeup stash was missing a brow gel I figured it was a good idea. I think this one will be one of the permanent items like the eyeliners of basic colors that I never are.
  • Makeup Revolution Haunted Liquid Highlighter “Paranormal” – From the Makeup Revolution halloween collection. Isn’t this skull shaped bottle something else! Nice on its own or mixed in the foundation.

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  • Beauty Bay Evolve Eyeshadow Palette – This huge thing is a review in progress. I figured it was a good idea to add this to my everyday makeup bag since it will give me a nice chance to work my way through all the colors and test it out properly. It does have plenty of wearable shades for everyday looks so I should be set.
  • NARS Ride Up To The Moon Eyeshadow Palette – In case I want to mix things up and want to use a tiny palette I added this old thing. Nice to get some use out of older palettes too!

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  • KissMe Liquid Lipstick “Numero Uno” – Nothing like a nice nude liquid lipstick. This brown toned warm nude is perfect for everyday.
  • KissMe Liquid Lipstick “Relevant” – A slightly darker nude than the previous, but still nice for everyday wear.
  • H&M Lush Lip Vinyl “Tuscan Blush” – A very pigmented and comfy gloss with a nice color.
  • Colourpop Ultra Satin Lips “Alyssa” – A Colourpop classic. Such a beautiful pinky nude. Not as long lasting as the KissMe Liquid Lipsticks, but it’s comfy to wear and a perfect color.
  • Nakeup Face C-Cup Tox-Tick Lipstick “Stalker” – What a name right? Just a nice standard bullet lipstick that is fairly long lasting while still comfortable. They look super luxurious too!
  • MAC Lipstick “Syrup” – This lipstick is a must have everyday lippie if you like MAC lipsticks!

I am excited to get to focus on these items this month. It’s a nice way to get to know new products well, and to show some love to old favorites!

Do you have something you are trying to get some extra use out of this December?

XOXO

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Review: NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer!

When I ran out of my NARS Radiance Creamy Concealer my intention was to pick up a new one of them, but the temptation to try something new and fun got too strong and I clicked home the NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer instead.

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This is a potted concealer, which I don’t have very many of. The design is simple and classic NARS with the soft rubber black matte cap with the logo printed on. Simple and classic, and also a very unisex look which I would consider a plus these days. The size of this is very handy though, because I can just dip the tip of my beauty sponge straight into the pot so I don’t have to fuzz around with a brush. Being a fan of blending out the concealer with a sponge that is a big plus for me so I don’t have to add that extra step of applying it with a brush, or (gosh no!) put my fingers in the pot.

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The first thing that impressed me was how creamy and nice the concealer felt. I was expecting it to be a bit more dense and dry in formula since it’s not a liquid in a tube, but this one applies very smooth and creamy. It blends quickly into the skin as well.

I really like the looks of it. It gives a sort of blurred out look to the under eye, and it gives a very good coverage while still looking quite natural on the skin. It has a matte finish but I dont think it looks dry or enhance texture or fine lines as I find to be the case with some other matte concealers I’ve tried.

I am actually really impressed by the blurring effect of this concealer because it really makes my under eyes look very smooth and perfected. It’s almost like it brightens, evens out and gives a “lift” in addition to cover up darkness.

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Since this concealer has great coverage I found that it also work really well to spot conceal. Since it’ in a pot I found it very handy to just use a tiny little brush and spot conceal on any place necessary an the good coverage makes a little go a long way so it does not look heavy on the skin.

It does not feel heavy either as the formula is very lightweight. If that was not good enough I didn’t see any issues with creasing either and the tiniest bit of setting powder is enough to seal the deal, which off course helps get a natural look.

I am a big fan and I can already say for sure that I will repurchase this one when I one day run out, which I expect to take a while as a little goes a long way. Just a solid great quality concealer!

Did you try this? I would love to hear you opinion in the comments!

XOXO

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Violet Voss Hashtag Palette – Review & Swatches!

My first ever Violet Voss eyeshadow palette! I actually only own one item form Violet Voss form before and that is the Rose Gold Highlighter palette. You can read my thoughts on the palette here if you like!

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I have been a bit hesitant to pick up Violet Voss eyeshadows because I think they are quite expensive. Since they are not sold in my country I have to pay fees and taxes in addition meaning the overall cost will be significantly higher than the cost of the palette that in itself is quite high. That puts me off sometimes, especially with brands where I am not familiar with the quality.

Beauty Bay saved the day again, and they threw a sale on the Hashtag palette some months ago. If it would have been any of the big brown palettes I would have passed. Don’t get me wrong, I love my browns and neutrals just as much as my colors, but you know this delicious purple and orange toned palette with some brown and gold shades thrown in there is a bit more what I like.

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This palette is huge though! A sturdy cardboard packaging with simple black package, a nice size mirror and 20 different eyeshadows. 7 shades are matte , 1 is satin and 12 are shimmers. I don’t mind that at all. To be honest I prefer my shimmers over my mattes so I am OK with having just the basics in mattes in a palette and the rest being gorgeous glam colors.

The first row in the palette has your basic mattes all covered. A matte cream, a matte black and three different shades that work well in the crease and match the colors story of the palette nicely. The mattes work well. They are creamy and soft, but not as soft as Anastasia shadows. In other words they don’t crumble apart. There is some kickback in the pan but not more than expected from buttery soft shades like these. They also blend with ease, even the matte black was fairly easy going.

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The second row has your shimmery golden and slightly bronze shades. These shades are very intensely pigmented and smooth as butter!

The third row are orange and a few more rosy shades. One of these shades are matte. Like the other mattes it’s nice and creamy but needed to be built up a tiny bit more than the matte browns. The shimmers are like the golden shades absolutely stunning!

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The forth and final row are purples and lilacs. one is matte and one is more satin but works and looks like a matte applied on the eyes. Sunset, the satin shade, is a bit more on the dry side compared to the mattes. Not a bad shade because you can absolutely make it work, but if I had to point out one lesser shade in the palette it would be this one. The rest perform really well!

So overall, I am very happy with the quality. The formula of the shades are really nice and easy to work with. I would not mind at all to get some more palettes with shades like these because I had no issues working i with them.

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I like that this palette is a bit of everything. You can be super neutral, all matte, shimmery, or colorful depending on what you want. In addition there are nothing I feel like I missed. You got your basics, transitions lid colors and your basic black all in one palette.

It is a bit on the pricey side, so these are palettes I think I would primarily buy when they are on sale, but I would definitely recommend it!

XOXO

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Juvia’s Place The Saharan Palette – Review & Swatches!

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I always enjoy writing reviews about Juvia’s Place palettes because there are always so many good things to say about them! If you know me you know I am a big fan of their formula. Actually they are one of my top three brands for eyeshadows, and I’ve tried a lot of different brands during the years (the two other brands in that top three list are Natasha Denona and Colourpop if anyone were wondering).

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As usual the packaging of this is their usual unique, colorful and quirky design. The pan size is more like a regular eyeshadow pan size. Worth mentioning since they have two different sizes of eyeshadows they use. Since these ones are smaller, the palette is also quite small (for being a Juvia’s palette that is). For comparison it’s just a little bit higher and wider than the colourpop 12-pan eyeshadow palettes, so quite a handy size.

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The quality is absolutely their best treat. The shimmer shades are absolutely stunning. A bit dense in formula, but so rich and intensely pigmented. I am absolutely in love with their metallic formula and they are such a  joy to work with. Their mattes need to be build up a bit as they are a bit firmer than many of the other popular brands like Anastasia. But you still get beautiful pigment, and they are easy to work with and blend without any problems, and there is not much kickback. With 8 shimmers and 4 mattes the majority of the shades will make you shine. Still, the matte colors are cleverly chosen to make this palette very easy to use, because you have some nice transition shades and a incredible black. I know, boring color, but this was the shade that impressed me the most in this palette. So if you are looking for a nice black you got it right here!

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Juvia’s Place have several palettes that works very nice both for neutral and colorful looks. This palette is one of them. It’s actually mainly a neutral palette, or at least for the most shades that are very wearable even for every day. I think “Sokoto” the matte orange-red, and “Kia” the green shimmer are the only true pops of color in this palette, and the rest can look very neutral. In other words, if you have been tempted to try Juvia’s Place palettes but the shades seem to intimidating, this is a good palette to try!

As usually with Juvia’s Place palettes I am stunned by the quality, and in love with the playful color selection, even though this leans a bit more neutral it was still so much fun to use.

I always think Juvia’s Place palettes are worth recommending and this one is no exception. If you like the colors the quality is impeccable.

XOXO

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Makeup and beauty hauls – September 2018!

One of my favorite posts to write. Showing you whats new to my collection and what you can expect seeing some reviews of in the future.

I have been picking up a few new bits and pieces but I think I managed to not go overboard, so I am quite happy!

These Hourglass powders I both ordered in August, but you know, international shipping knows how to take it’s time. But this travel size Hourglass Bronzer and the Hourglass Blush in “Ethereal Glow” finally arrived. I got mine from Cultbeauty. And do you know that they have travel size blushes there too? I think it’s such a great thing to be able to pick up a travel size of a blush for much cheaper. I never go through blushers anyway!

More stuff from Cultbeauty, and more mini’s! Again, being able to pick up a smaller size for much less money is so great! Here is Becca Highlighter in Champagne Pop. I now finally have this iconic product.

The lashes are Huda Beauty lashes in Carmen #9. It took me a while to get use to Huda lashes due to their thick lash-band, but now that I am I really like them.

This palette I just stumbled over on Instagram. I’d never seen it or heard of the palette before, and since it was reasonably priced I decided to pick it up and give it a go. The GLF Cosmetics Princesa Azteca Palette really has both a large selection of neutrals and colors and I am a fan of the selection. Did not get the chance to play with it yet, but eventually I will have a makeup look post and a review post of this. Just be patient, I got a big pile of stuff to review and too little time!

I also needed some basics! The OGX Hair Butter sounded interesting and I always need something to give moisture to my ends. Never tried this, but I have tried some shampoo and conditioners from the brand and have been overall happy with them.

The Human+Kind Shower Mousse Bodywash “Grapefruit Delight” I picked up because it smells divine and I can always use a nice body wash.

I am slowly running out of cleansing balm, and since it takes a while to get here through mail (I usually use K-Beauty cleansers and they are not sold in store in my country) so I picked up the Nivea Eye Makeup Remover in case I run out before the next one arrive. It’s cheap, that’s mainly why I picked it.

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I did not stop picking up some essentials there. I also got e refill of the St.Moriz Fast Self Tanning Foam. I am running low on my other one. Not sure how long I will bother to try maintaining a tan. After all I love north of the wall and don’t really need to be tanned in winter.

The Simple Foaming Cleanser was something I picked up because I have just a few uses left of my current one. Never tried this, and it was so cheap my hopes are not all that high. But hey, if it’s good I did find a nice affordable cleanser so always worth a try!

XHC Revitalising Coconut Water Shampoo and Conditioner was also a necessary refill. I am running low on shampoo and conditioner so new ones are necessary. These smell like coconut, which I like if it’s a good coconut scent, but hate if it’s too sweet or synthetic. I will have to get back to you on how I feel about this.

KMS Add Volume Hairs Spray is a sample I decided to try. I don’t always get overly excited about hair styling so I love being able to try a sample before buying the real deal. I find it to be such a struggle to try to get through hair styling I don’t like.

The same goes for Tony&Guy Casual Sculpting Powder. I am hoping this will be something to help me if my hair is to flat or greasy. Sort of like a texturing dry shampoo.

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I was very much fond of the MorpheMe brush bundle this month. I really like Morphes Y-series, and I always need more eyeshadow brushes. One can never have too many blending brushes in my opinion.

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Finally, after a long time, my Makeup Revolution parcel arrived. I ordered this in June, but it was returned and they had to send it back. International shipping back and forth does take time, but finally the Soph x Revolution Extra Spice palette found its way home to me together with the lipsticks “Cake” and “Syrup”, two very pretty nudes!

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These three items were sent to me for free from Tambeauty. the reason was that when they tried to resend my order with the Soph x Revolution Extra Spice palette, one of the other items I ordered, a setting spray, was suddenly not legal to send due to new regulations. So they put some extra stuff in my package. The Palette is Obsessions Love Every Shade Eyeshadow Palette, and then I got a Obsessions Liquid Illuminator in the shade “S&X” which looks really pretty, and a Obsessions Lip Effects Gloss. Excited to try these things since the brand is new to me.

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And finally, no month is complete without a Colourpop purchase! I picked up the gorgeous fall palette Good Sport, and the Super Shock Highlighter Palette “Crush On You”. Colourpop always has something new and I really try to keep up at least with their eyeshadow palettes. Their are challenging me for sure, but I love collecting their eyeshadows. They are affordable and one of my favorite formulas. What’s not to love!

Did you pick up anything fun this month?

XOXO

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Circles, Dots and Sunset Makeup look.

I really think it is fun to keep a sort of variety in the looks I do. I don’t want to be an halo eye expert, or the known for a certain kind of cut-create. I want to play around with different styles and techniques and hopefully learn to be better at all of them. The funniest looks are when I decide to put down all those palettes I am trying to review and rather play around with something creative.

Sometimes it goes terribly wrong and I have to wipe it all of. And other times I end up with something a am able to share. Like this look.

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  • Certifeye The Tropical Wonders Palette – Watarfall, Sunray, Toucan, Red Sea, Equator, Honeycreeper, Atlantic, Bonobo.
  • Kiko Kajal Khôl Pencil – 109.
  • Revolution Pro Supreme Dip Liner – White.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Eyeliner – Immortal.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro10, Bro30.
  • L’Oreal Mega Volume Miss Hippie.
  • Ardell Flawless Lashes – 804.

My plan was initially to make something soap bubble inspired, and that’s what I started trying to create with the four spheres. I was not really happy with the looks of them, so I just started adding some shapes in addition. Sometimes thing don’t turn out as planned, so you just have to wing it.

As always when I want to play with color I reached for the Certifeye Tropical Wonders palette. It’s my absolute go-to when I want to play with colors and it’s sooo good! Have you tried it?

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Smashbox The Cali Contour – Review!

I am all for this palette, and if you read my August Favorites you already know that. But let me break down to you why I like this palette so much!

Face palettes are something I am kind of drawn too since I don’t really have that many of them. Besides they are really handy. So when I see a palette where I think most of the shades will fit, then I get very tempted, and with this palette the temptation was too high. It also helped a lot that I have become a bigger and bigger fan of Smashbox lately. I am not a big fan of their eyeshadow formula,

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So why is this good then? Well, two thing. The one is (for me) the shades. I do think if you are light to medium you should too. If you are very fair or more in the darker range of medium then I am sure there are better options for you. But for me it’s perfect because I do get use out of every single color.

The second thing is composition. Because this face palette really got what I need. There is this matte highlighter shades that work great for setting my concealer or just lighten up areas of my face without the glow. If I do want the glow, I got one option that will work all year round, and another option that looks great when I have that summer tan going on.

I then have a nice warm bronzer to bronze up my face, and a cool-toned contour shades to deepen the shades under my cheekbones or do a nose contour. To finish it all off there is a really nice warm blush that goes very well together with the rest of this palette. This palette has all you need for a sun kissed look in one handy palette.

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The quality of both the palette itself (packaging that means) and the powders are overall very good. The palette it quite heavy considering it’s so compact, but it does have a decent sized mirror. It also feels sturdy and nice. I have traveled a bit with it and it seems to be handle that well, not that I throw my bags around that much though. With 20.56 g of product (that seems like a random number) there is a decent amount of product , and I like that the shimery highlighters are smaller than the other products that you most likely use more. I mean who pans highlighters? (You got my full respect).

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The matte highlighter and the blush are working perfectly. I have nothing bad to say about them. The bronzer and contour are also really really nice, but they are quite pigmented. I personally prefer bornzers and contours that are a bit on the lesser pigmented side. I mean I want them to be good quality, but I prefer a more buildable one. Not to say these are bad at all, I just have to use a bit of a lighter hand and make sure I blend. With that said they blend very easy.

The highlighters are maybe the least impressive powders in this palette. They work fine enough. They are not glittery or patchy, the colors work nice for me and all that. They are just a bit subtle. For this to be the perfect palette I would have liked them to be a bit more intense. They do give a nice subtle glow though, so if you like that then awesome, but I chose to use these as a base, and then throw a little bit of something extra glowy right in the center.

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Overall I am very very happy with it. Especially since all the shades worked so nicely on my skin tone. It’s not really that often I find a palette where everything fits. Even though I would have preferred the two highlighter shades in the middle to be slightly more intense I am loving this palette over all!

If you have a similar skin tone as me this is for sure worth an extra look!

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XOXO

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