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,


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.


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).


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.


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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Smashbox Primer Water – Review!

I have become quite fond of Smashbox products lately. I have picked up a few items here and there and very often turn up to be impressed. Lets just quickly mention the Always On Liquid Lipsticks for instance (I am working my way towards a review on these guys as well by the way).


Smashbox are off course famous and loved for their primers. I got intrigued by this primer spray that also works as a finishing spray and decided to test it out. Whats good about prays like this is that if worst case happens and you don’t like it, you can always use it to dampen your brush. No one likes to waist money on expensive eyeshadow dampener though, but at least it does not go unused.


I did pick it up in the limited edition coconut scent and I will just assume that the original one works the same way. But, while we are at the subject of scent lets just say I won’t pick up this one again. The coconut fragrance is quite chemical. It does not smell very strong, and luckily the scent does not linger on the skin. But the scent is just not pleasant. I usually like coconut scented soaps a lotion so I half way expected to like this one too, but it is too synthetic for me.

I tried it both as a primer and a finishing spray. As a primer it does refresh the skin and gives it a little bit of tackiness. Foundation applied nicely on top, but to be honest I didn’t notice any difference in wear time.


I do like it as a finishing mist though. Again it does not do much to prolong the wear time of makeup (I don’t think Urban Decay All Nighter do that either, at least not enough for me to really notice) but it does make everything melt nicely together.

The mist is also very fine. It is really a mist and not a spray so the moisture is distributed nice and evenly around the face without those annoying drops of water.

The spray also works nice as a pick-me-up when I had a full face of makeup on for a long time and it starts wearing off. A nice spray of this and a few dabs with a beauty sponge and everything looks much nicer and feels more fresh. So I really like this if I want to freshen up but can’t be bothered to add any makeup.


I will absolutely pick up another primer water when I run out, but I will pick the original or another one of the limited edition scents (if they are still around) but stay away from that coconut one.

But, it is quite expensive for something I don’t really notice a difference with as a primer or setting spray. 32 $ is a hefty price-tag for a finishing mist, but I do really like it. The spray gives that nice even mist that is worth spending that extra money on, and the end result after misting is always beautiful.

Did you try this spray? Did you notice any difference in wear time, or did it work really well as a primer? I really appreciate when you leave your experiences in the comment, because it gives everyone reading it several point of view which is great. So please keep them coming!



Top 3 high-end makeup brands of 2017!

I already posted a blog post writing about my top 3 luxury makeup brands for 2017 (read here if you like some luxury makeup!), and there will be a post with top three affordable brands coming shortly, so stay tuned if you’d like to read that!

But this post is all about the high-end brands I’ve been loving in 2017. I have really been expanding my collection this year and I’ve tried a lot of makeup from brands that I maybe only had a few products from before. Picking  three hid-end brands was actually really hard since I’ve been testing out so much from so many brands. There are so many out there that I really like, but I managed to narrow it down eventually.


Smashbox was a brand I barely new in the beginning of 2017. Off course I’ve heard tons about their primers, but I only had a small gel liner pot and a lip & cheek color from before, so they were quite unfamiliar to me as a brand. I still have a lot of things I want to test out from them, I’ve been eyeing their liquid lipsticks for quite some time now, but I’ve managed to try out quite a few different things and guess what? I like every single product I’ve tried!

Primers are worth to mention, and I really fell in love with the Primer oil! It works wonders if my skin is a bit dry, which can happen when the season change. It also works great at reviving Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows! If they start to dry out then just use a small drop of the primer oil and rub it over the surface and the shadow is almost as good as new.

The Halo face powder is also amazing, and actually feels hydration. I know, super weird that a powder can seem hydrating, but that’s the best way I can explain it. The HD concealer is also so sooo good (I personally like it better than the shape tape) but it was hiding in my makeup bag for this picture.

The highlighting trio is also top notch!

Overall very happy with this brand and I can’t wait to try out more. The Ablaze eyeshadow palette, the primerizer spray and their liquid lipsticks are all very high on my wishlist.


The Balm is to quirky and fun! I adore their different and humoristic packaging. This is also a brand I’ve learned a lot about in 2017 since I only had a couple of product by them in the beginning of the year, among them I can mention the Mary Lou-Manizer that is an iconic highlighter that’s been out there for years and years but is still going very strong in the always increasing highlighter game. Mary Lou must surely be a cult product by now?

They just do face powders very well in general. Bronzers, blushers, highlighters and powders, great stuff all of it! I think Big Mama must be my favorite of their blushes. A very close dupe to NARS Orgasm, just better formula in my opinion!

And also, their liquid lipsticks smells like mint chocolate….Yummi!


And let’s not forget about Tarte! This again is also a brand I really expanded my collection of this year.

Before 2017 I only had the Tartelette palette. Now I tried everything from blush, bronzers, highlighters concealer and several of their palettes. Not everything is a perfect hit, but that’s just because I am picky. The quality of their product is really good. They are off course famous for their shape tape, which I really like but it is not groundbreaking for me, but the things I love the most are their Park Ave Princess bronzer, their blush formula and I really like their eyeshadow formula as well. I am a big fan of their packaging as well, which is always a bonus.

Just a lovely brand that I cant wait to see more of in 2018!

What is your favorite high-end brand? Do we have any in common?



September favorites!


September has been really wonderful. We had fairly warm weather (for being in Norway that is) and sun almost the entire month. I just love the crisp air, autumn colors and the sun shining through the leaves. I love to see the season change and feel drawn too things I forgot about all summer. I suddenly feel the urge to drink tea, snuggle up in cozy blankets, light a fire in the fireplace, reading books, wear dark vampy lipstick and just enjoying the season outdoors.

I got many beauty favorites to share with you aswell. Some old favorites that I have rediscovered and I also found some new favorites among my new products.

I think I Love You eyeshadow palette.

The “I Think I love You” palette from Colourpop is obviously new to me, and I have been playing around with this. The metallic shades are stunning! Very rich, smooth and pigmented. The matte shades are also true to the usual Colourpop quality I have fallen in love with. The palette has some good color options aswell. With both base,crease, lid shades and a handy matte black this palette have everything you need to make a complete glamorous look. So far this is my favorite palette by the brand!

Nilens Jord 100% Natural Minerals powder 530.

Nilens Jord is a fairly unknown brand for most people. This is a Danish brand meaning that it is fairly well known in Scandinavia, but may be a bit more rare elsewhere. Their packaging is inspired by ancient Egypt and their products are great for sensitive skin due to their lack of perfume, essential oils and parabens.

Nilens Jord 100% Natural Minerals powder 530.

This bronzing powder is a dream for fair skin. Not too pigmented, applies very smoothly and blend out seamlessly. This is so easy to apply you almost won`t need a mirror!

Smashbox Halo Hydrating Powder.

The Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder in “Fair” has been a lifesaver for me. Most of the time my skin is well behaved, but I have had some trouble with dry skin on my forehead this fall, but luckily this powder is beautiful on dry skin since it actually feels hydrating (sound weird I know) so it doesn’t enhance dry flakes or patches on my skin. Just what I needed this month! The grinder packaging is also very handy since you get a loose powder without all the mess.

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil.

While the Smashbox Halo powder saved my dry skin the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil have been a savior for my lips. I actually found it very handy to apply it over liquid lipstick a few minutes before removing it, and then just wiping it off with a tissue. This has also been used as a nighttime lip moisturizer. It is super comfortable on the lips and I really like the minty scent.


Even though I am a fan of long-wearing liquid lips I do prefer a lighter alternative for work. The Guerlain Kiss Kiss lipstick in “Golden Girls- 300” have been my go-to for work. It is lightweight, comfortable, and has a very flattering shade. I don`t mind the luxury of pulling out a Guerlain lipstick out of my pocket either.


I have mentioned the L`Oreal Paradise Extatic mascara on my Instagram not too long ago. It is so far the best drugstore mascara I have ever used. It makes my lashes long,feathery and gives them a nice curl. It doesn’t smudge either, not even after a long day at work outside in all kinds of weather. Such an incredible product. This one really impressed me!

Too Faced Chocolate Bar eyeshadow palette.

The Too Faced Chocolate Bar eyeshadow palette. This one is an oldie, but I never really fell in love with it like everybody else seems to do. It has just been laying around in my eyeshadow palette drawer almost untouched until I decided to put it in my monthly makeup work bag (I will describe this in a separate post soon). So I have used it every day in September, and except a few shades that really are not the quality I want (light pink for instance) the rest of the palette is superb for simple, quick makeup for work. There are even shades here that works well as faceprowders like bronzer, highlighter and blush!

NARS blush “Taj Mahal”.

NARS blushes are famous and for good reason. The formula is beautiful, pigmented  and long-wearing. This shade “Taj Mahal” is insanely pigmented. I use a duo fiber stipling brush and I barely touch the pan, and still it is more than enough pigment to cover my cheek. So this blush looks almost brand new and untouched even though I have used it a lot over several years! This shade is particularly beautiful on tanned skin.


Antoher favorite from Smashbox this month! The Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil is just lovely. Especially this month since I have had some troubles with dry skin. It helps the foundation not to cling on those annoying dry patches and gives the skin some most needed moisture aswell. An alternative use have been to revive some old Colourpop Super Shock eyeshadows.


Talking about Super Shock eyeshadows I had to mention a couple of them. The bottom shade is “I love this” and is a beautiful champagne with silver glitter. I had it for a while and I noticed that it started drying out. This the shade I revived with the primer oil from Smashbox. 1 tiny drop that I rubbed over the surface was all I needed to get my eyeshadow back, and I am a very happy camper because this was one of my all time favorite Super Shock eyeshadow. The other shadow is “Blaze” and is an equally stunning chocolate bronze with glitter.

That`s it for this month. Hope you enjoyed reading about my favorite products. I would really love it if you would like to recommend any of your favorites in the comments!