Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Review: MAC Matte2 Eye Shadow in Copperplate!

I've been on a search for the perfect taupe that is not too dark for me, since I am the pale girl. I've used MAC's Blanc Type a lot and really like the consistency of these Matte2 eye shadows. So Copperplate had to come home with me :) Here's my quick review.

I'm sorry about the poor pictures, still not that much of daylight in here... I wanted to take pictures of some of the looks I made with Copperplate but no, my camera needs more light.

According to MAC Copperplate is a muted mid-toned grey. To me it looks more brown than grey, I find it to be the perfect taupe that is not too warm and not too brown but still brown. Well you know what I mean :)

The consistency is just like in Blanc Type, creamy and super soft. It's pretty pigmented too! It's easy to use and blends out nicely. Since I got it I've been using it every time I do my makeup. I really love it, the softness and the true matt finish.

I think it looks great against my skin. It's a very vesatile color for me, I've used it as my crease color but also all over my lid just alone or as a base for a darker smokey eye. I really love it, did I mention that already? It's the perfect matte taupe for my fair skin. I think I've used the word perfect too many times here..?

Worth every penny!

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Review: NYX Highlight & Contour Powder!

I was really excited when I saw this convenient Highlight&Contour Powder from NYX. I always contour my face and as you may know, have a heavy hand with any kind of shimmery powder. Without even seeing any swatches I ordered the powder from Cherry Culture.

The Highlight&Contour Powder has a dark brown powder and a pearly white powder baked together in a pan. I love the idea, I think it's great for travelling.

It's available only in this one shade, I think...?

The packaging looks nice, it's white and sleek with black writing and ornaments. I like it! It does feel a bit cheap but then again, NYX is all about the quality of the product inside, so I don't really care about the packaging. I do love that it has a mirror!

The dark brown side is quite pigmented! For fair complexions it can be a bit too dark, you have to use it with a light hand and blend out carefully. For medium skin tones it would be perfect, I'd say. It's not completely matte, it has a light sheen and I like it, the color doesn't show up that harsh on my super fair skin. The brown is really brown, on my skin it does not show up orange. I like the brown a lot!

The highlighting side is, on the other hand, a total disappointment for me. I was hoping it to be the same NYX quality that I'm used to but no. It's a bit chalky, not soft at all and doesn't show up on my skin. It's too hard to work with and that is why I reach for something else instead of using it. I'm so sad, I really wanted it to work! I wish they would have added at least some shimmers. It has a pearly finish, if it was ment to be subtle then that's what it really is.

Here's the swatches. The brown looks great and is swatched quite lightly but the highlighter is swatched pretty heavily.

All and all, I'm disappointed. NYX products usually are pretty nice quality but this time the highlighter lacks of pigmentation. I will be using the contour powder for sure though :)

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Review: Too Faced Absolutely Flawless Flexible Coverage Concealer!

Too Faced is one of my favourite brands. Their cute and always gorgeous packaging is very appealing to me and to a lot of other beauty junkies too. I myself am a true sucker for cute and lovely packaging and that alone gives me, from time to time, a reason to purchase something from Too Faced.

I've had their Absolutely Flawless Flexible Coverage Concealer for a while now and I wanted to review it for you because it's probably one of the best liquid concealers I've ever tried when it comes to coverage.

Absolutely Flawless really gives you full coverage if you want to. This stuff is so pigmented and creamy that the tiniest drop goes a long way! It blends out nicely too if you use with a super light hand. I use it with a synthetic concealer brush to apply and then blend with my ring finger. It covers everything with just a little amount, my scars, darks spots, everything! The consistency is quite thick and creamy. It lasts all day long, really. I recommend powdering over it, it does not dry that easily.

My shade is Vanilla, it's the lightest shade and works fine with my pale complexion. It has a yellow, creamy tone, so it's great for covering redness.

Because of the quite heavy consistency and the fact that it doesn't dry that well once you've applied it, I've had some trouble using it under my eyes. I don't like to powder over my undereye concealer to avoid the cakey look but with Absolutely Flawless you really need to powder. The littlest amount really is enough for great coverage, so I recommend using it with a very light hand and then a very light layer of setting powder.

Because of it's amazing pigmentation and the fact that it can be a bit heavy, it can be hard to remove. I would recommend an oil based cleanser for it. I use double clensing, it does the job but then again I don't use concealer in larger areas.

All and all, I really think you get your moneys worth if you pay the 19€ for it. It covers pretty much everything :)

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

I hit pan...!!!

Only a true makeup junkie can understand where this is coming from. This has not happend in years! I hit pan!!! And yes, it's one of my blushes! :)

NYX Mosaic Powder in Paradise is just a lovely, pigmented bight blush that has a combination of different pinks. It's a bit powdery so that might be the reason I hit pan so soon. That plus the fact that I've been using mainly the other side, the side that has that gorgeous bubble gum pink on it. Well, still counts, I hit pan :)

Some time ago I also went through yet another NYX Mosaic Powder in Highlighter. My love for it never seems to end! My heavy hand with highlighters may have something to do with it too...

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Red haul! :) Rimmel by Kate lipstick swatches!

What kind of makeup hoarder doesn't have a red lipstick? I'm not a fan of bold lips on me but I've always admired girls who can rock the red lip. Yesterday I wanted to be that girl and got myself a pure red lipstick and a matching liner. I threw a red polish on top and headed to check out.

Rimmel had come out with a line of Long Lasting Lipsticks by Kate Moss. All the colors were lovely but I wanted the red one. It's more on the cool side so I thought it would be perfect for me since cool tones work better with my compexion. So I picked out...

  • Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate in 01
  • Rimmel 1000 Kisses Stay On Lip Liner Pencil in 021 Red Dynamite
  • MNY My Varnish nail polish in 353

To me it seems that the liner matches the lipstick just about right! This lipstick seems and feels like a quality peace of makeup and it's super pigmented. It retailed for 7,90€ which is not bad for a nicely pigmented lipstick. The packaging looks cute too, sleek black tube with Kate Moss' signature on it. Lovely!

I'll take my red lips on a test drive this weekend. Let's see how it goes :)

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

NOTD: NYX Delectable!

Here's a quick NOTD with my new baby, NYX Advanced Salon Formula Nail Polish in Delectable. It's a gorgeous fuchsia with fine golden shimmer. The shade changes in different lighting, it's just too lovely. Like the name says, delectable :) Two coats was enough.

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Friday, November 25, 2011

NYX haul! :) we are again. Cherry Culture was having 40% off all NYX items. Took me about 5 minutes to order my wish list! I got all kinds of beautifulness in the mail the other day. Let's see :) Sorry about the dark pictures, we hardly get any daylight at this time of the year.

  • Nude on Nude Natural Look Kit -I love neutrals and I was hoping this palette has some pretty taupe colors. I'll be posting a full post later!
  • Highlight & Contour Powder - This new item from NYX was something that I really wanted. I love highlighters, as you might know, and use them with a heavy hand. The contouring powder also looks like it's just brown and not orange. I'll review it later too.
  • Advanced Salon Formula Nail Polishes in Forever Young, Delectable and Beige Glitter - It turns out that I'm a nail polish hoarder after all. Delectable turned out to be the most beautiful polish I've seen in a while. I'm super excited about these, 15 ml/0,52 fl oz bottles for only around $4.
  • Single eye shadow in Taupe Pearl - I'm looking for a pretty, cool taupe. This one is on the warmer side but still very pretty and super pigmented!
  • Mosaic Powder in Highlight - I went through yet another one of these so I ordered one for backup.
  • Blotting Paper - cheap and gets the job done, love it!

Look at these pretty ones... Forever Young is a lovely strawberry red with gold flakes and glitter. I don't know that much about nail polishes so I can't really tell you more about the finishes. I just know pretty when I see it! Delectable, in the middle, is my favourite.

The Highlight & Contour Powder looks nice with the white packaging. I think it will be great for traveling.

The Nude on Nude Natural Look Kit has 9 eye shadows and 2 lipglosses. Amazing combination of neutrals, can't wait to try it!

Taupe Pearl. Lovely!

Highlighter, my all time favourite :) Pearly finish, no glitter. I love it so much!

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Review: Mádara Ecohair Shampoo and Conditioner!

I've had these hair products from Mádara for a long time and just recently I finished them. So here's my review!

I must say that I really like the green and sophisticated packaging. They look nice in my shower and I really like that. I also like the fact that these products are all natural, the shampoo has an Ecocert. I can't remember the price, I'd say they are somewhere around 10€. These products have a nice natural scent, it reminds me of hay or a medow, to me it's not bothering.

I wasn't expecting much from the Colour & Shine Shampoo, these natural shampoos tend to not wash my hair thoroughly. Mádara's shampoo for colored hair isn't, unfortunately, an exception. It does lather nicely though! But it makes my long hair a bit tangled. My hair feels clean but actually it's not clensed from the hairspray and other stuff I put in my hair. It's simply just not enoug for my hair. Also the consistency is a bit too watery for my taste so some of the product might slip through your fingers in the shower.

But the Nourish & Repair conditioned for damaged hair is a whole another story! This conditioner caught me by surprise and yes, I'm loving it! I like how it smells but the best part is that it really makes my hair feel conditioned but not heavy, AND it's natural. Obviously you can't get the exact same results you get with normal conditioner, let's say for example from Tigi, but for a natural conditioner it's just great! The longer you let it stay in your hair the better are the results.

So, the shampoo didn't do much for me but the conditioner is great and I probably will repurchase it. My long hair loved it :) I wish I could find an all natural shampoo that really makes my hair clean, like super clean. Please let me know, if any of you have found one :)

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

NOTD: Dark purple with girly glitter :)

I'm not supposed to be that into nails, but lately I've found myself hoarding some new polishes. It turns out that I'm actually allergic to some of the ingredients in nail polish but still sometimes I do my nails. It makes me feel more put together :)

MNY's 552 is a really dark purple and looks gorgeous worn just alone. I added some glitter this time. The color varies in different lighting so I took three different pictures. Two coats was enough for full coverage! I like the quality of MNY nail polishes and they retail only for 3,50€.

One coat of OPI Base Coat, two layers of the purple and one layer of Lumene's Go Glittery and one coat of Malava's Quick-Finish.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

My current favourites!

I tried to keep up my monthly favourites for like...two months! So now I've settled only for these current favourites of mine. Here they are :)

  • Sante Bio-Goji & Olive Handcream - I needed a daily handcream and this one just smells amazing! A good moisturiser to use during the day, light consistency and soaks in quickly. Loving it!
  • Desert Essence Lip Rescue Lipbalm - Probably the best natural lipbalm I've ever tried. I love the scent, it's very light but somehow stunning and it moisturises really well. I'm afraid I will use this up too quickly and I don't have a back up...!
  • MNY My Gloss in 565 - A nice nude and peachy gloss that is not too sticky and smells ok. I've been into nude lips lately.
  • GOSH pencil brush - A super soft brush that I use for my outer v and to add some darker color to my lashline. I reach for this the most when I'm doing a smokey eye.
  • NYX I Dream of Jamaica eye shadow palette - With this palette I can do a quick brown smokey eye and not go wrong. It has the perfect taupe color that I've been loving lately so much! You can see the palette in action in here.
  • MNY single eye shadows in 309 and 903A - I've worn that light taupe color a lot! I use it for blending or just alone on the lid. The light shampagne color is great for highlight under the brow bone but I have actually used it to highlight my whole face too. I was not expecting to love these cheap eye shadows from MNY this much! Great stuff :)
  • NYX Mosaic Powder in Paradise - This blush is so pigmented! I've used the lighter pink side the most. Paradise is easy to blend and gives just amazing glow.
So that's all, I really have to post these favourites more often, I really like writing them and also enjoy reading about other's favourites!

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Too Faced Holiday 2011 Collection: Glamour to Go - Dream Edition Palette!

I had plenty of other necessary beauty products on my shopping list but they all had to be postponed because I really wanted this amazing palette from Too Faced's Holiday 2011 collection. Last year's collection was super pretty but unfortunately I didn't buy anything from that collection. This year I didn't wait for too long to make a purchase plus this palette was only something around 20€!

As usual, Too Faced has the prettiest packaging. It's everything a girl can ask for :)

A pretty, plastic container with lovely detailing. You just have to love it! Look at that little bow...

It's quite small, a real pocket-size palette. I wouldn't carry this precious thing in my purse though. Too pretty!

Here's the whole thing... 8 eye shadows, a blush, a lipgloss and a bronzer.

A mix of 8 pretty, everyday wearable eye shadows. I love my neutrals and this palette has just a lovely mix of them. A basic grey and black, a brown and some lighter colors too for highlighting. A bright purple to spice it up a little and then a lovely taupe!

The two pretty highlight colors will be loved, that's for sure :)

There's also a matte dark brown, a peach satin color and this amazing electric purple! It's super pretty and it has some blue shimmers, absolutely gorgeous. And then my favourite, the taupe! I love taupes and this one is super cute. It a mix of grey and brown with a light purple tone. It's the only color I dared to swatch, the other ones are just too pretty to use just yet! I want to spend some more time just watching this palette and NOT use it. Now that's a true sign of a makeup junkie! (read this funny post from Pink Sith)

I got the palette mainly because of the eye shadows but an extra blush is always a good thing! It's a pretty shimmery pink peach. It's on the warm side and is probably not the best match for me but will be used anyways! I would have liked a true cool pink instead. There's a pink gloss, so why not match the blush with it? The bronzer is quite light, maybe it could work as a highlighter used over the blush, we'll see.

The blush looks too pink here, it's actually more peachy!

Here's a close-up and a swatch from that gorgeous taupe!

Edit 1/10/2012 Added some swatch photos :)

I'm loving my new baby, that's for sure!

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