Thursday, September 29, 2011

NYX haul! Can't get enough of NYX.

I actually forgot that I placed this order. When a package of NYX stuff was delivered to my door, I was surprised and pretty happy :) It's almost like a free gift!

This is what I got from Cherry Culture:

  • Tango With Bronzing Powder in shade When Leopard Gets a Tan
  • Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer, the clear one
  • HD Photogenic Concealer in Porcelain
  • Powder Blush in shade Taupe

Taupe was yet another repurchase, it's my all time favourite blush for contouring and I've gone through at least 3 or 4 of them. Lovely brown with a hint of gray in it, makes a perfect contouring color for fair complexions. So no orange there!

But take a look at this! These bronzers were out of stock for a while but now that they were back in stock I just had to have the When Leopard Gets a Tan. So pretty! So lovely! I'm in love. And yes, I'll be posting about it more later.

Finally a concealer that's fair enough for me! I'm excited to try both of these, I'll write reviews later.

I should forget my orders more often!

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Drugstore haul! + Swatches

It's haul time again! And I shoudn't be buying any more stuff but what do you know, I'll never learn. Many of these were necessary purchases (really).

This is what I got:
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Mono eyeshadow in shade 720 Iced Fudged
  • L'oreal Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer
  • Lumene Natural Code Mineral Powder (a repurchase)
  • Max Factor Masterpiece mascara in waterproof (a review coming soon)
  • Lumene Natural Code Smile Booster Lip Gloss in Berry Smoothie
  • Nivea Volume Shine Ultra Glossy lipstick in shade 02 Flamingo

I needed a new primer so this was kind of an emergency purchase. I've liked it so far, I'll review it later!

This gorgeous eyeshadow by Maybelline was on sale and I had to have another brown eyeshadow. I wasn't able to swatch it at the store and I was hoping it to be more taupe but it's actually kind of a coppery color, kind of metallic finish. I like it a lot though! Very intensive and pigmented! Looks a bit too light in the picture above than it actually is.

I wanted a basic nude lip gloss with no shimmer, Berry Smoothie by Lumene Natural Code is exactly that but with a light pink tone. It's sticky so it stays on nicely and smells nice. Was on sale too, what's not to like!

Nivea's whole make up range was on sale for half off. I was late, almost all the good stuff was gone but I found this pretty glossy lipstick. It's a lavender pink, almost purple when you look at it but when I apply it on my lips it gives me a nice pink hue. It's very sheer and moisturising, I like it a lot and have been wearing it ever since I got it.

Here's some swatches in different lighting. Sheer, glossy and just pretty!

So all and all a very successful haul, I'm pleased.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Review: MAC Prep+Prime Highlighter pen!

Some time ago I went to MAC counter looking for a new under eye concealer. The makeup artist highly recommended me something that I wouldn't have chosen all by myself. It's the Prep+Prime Highlighter Pen in shade Radiant Rose. The makeup artist at the counter recommended it over Select Cover Up concealer, which I first thought was very odd but when I swatched the pen on the back of my hand I found it to be quite pigmented and nice.

Very nice and sleek container, it's black with tiny shimmers. It's one of those twist tubes that highlighter pens usually are.

The lightest color available is Radiant Rose. It has a pink tone to it so it's a great color for under the eyes. I haven't used this anywhere else on my face because of the pink tone, I have neutral fair complexion and pink just does not look good. But applied over my really nice and dark circles (yes, my ex-roommate called me Panda) Radiant Rose works just fine!

The applicator is nice and soft but it's not the most hygienic way to apply makeup, I must say. With the twist end you can get the product out and with one or two twists you get a small amount so it won't go to waste.

Once applied the product dries pretty fast and changes color to a bit more darker than it first seems like. Here's when the pink tone turns up. I like that it dries so nicely so if you don't want to, you don't have to use powder over it. Of course it will last longer if you do but sometimes powdering under the eyes makes me look so wrinkly. The pigmentation is ok, it definitely hides my dark circles nicely. Must be something to do with the pink tone and the light reflecting powers this Prep+Prime pen has. Just great!

Here's the INCI for those who are interested.

I tried to capture the real pigmentation and color in the swatch pictures but I did not do a very good job. As a matter of fact the pictures are quite bad. I'm sorry. I highly recommend to swatch this product before buying because it changes color a little after application.

The verdict then? I like the pen's ability to hide my under eye circles, that's for sure. I like that it's easy to use and it dries pretty nicely and quick so you don't have to powder over it if you don't want to. But the container only has about 3 ml of product which is ridiculously little for a concealer! And the thing is that this isn't really a concealer dispite the fact that it was sold to me as a concealer. It's a highlighter and for that 3,6 ml / 0,12 fl oz is...well, it's not that much eather. So my point is that for 23€ I want more product than what I get now with this pen. I'm sorry MAC, a great product but just too expensive! Put this stuff in a tube container and you have yourself a winner.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Everyday Minerals Haul & Brush Review!

I prefer mineral foundation for one simple reason, I can find the lightest shades. I'm super pale and most liquid foundations out there are just completely too dark for me.

Everyday Minerals have a foundation that is perfect for my oily and acne scarred skin. It's called Intensive and it gives me medium to full coverage with matt finish. The best match for my complexion is Fair Neutral. It really is for the fairest, so if you share my problem with pale skin, try minerals!

So I hauled three foundations and also got two face brushes. Everyday Minerals have a discount program which means if you buy five full size products you get a discount. So I usually buy foundations for back up. I also got a free blush sample of Nick Nack, a very light pink color that is great for fair skin.

Everyday Mineral kabukis are great stuff so I decided to get a couple of the other brushes too. I picked out Dome Blush Brush ($12) that is made of super-soft synthetic fibers and has a bamboo handle. I must say that this is one of the softest blush brushes that I've ever tried. It's the perfect shape and it's small enough to get a precise application of the blush of your choice. With this brush you can get an evened out finish when using even the brightest blush.

The other one is Tapered Sculpting Face Brush ($12). It's for contouring and is a bit smaller than the blush brush, just so you can apply blush or bronzer precisely under the cheekbones and the sides of your nose. I like this brush very much! Very soft and I like the long handle.

One problem that I noticed is that these brushes soak up a lot of product that is in pressed form. If you use mineral blush or brozer then it's just great, but with pressed powder you have to use more, it doesn't pick up enough color if the product is pressed. I find this to be a problem because I like to use my blushes with a heavy hand. So I don't know why these work differently with pressed powder, maybe they just simply are designed for only loose mineral products. But this is a minor problem, I still use them because they are just so perfectly soft and lovely!

Thanks for reading!