Sunday, December 29, 2013

Review: Elf Studio Blush in Candid Coral!

I have the blush blues. I haven't found anything exciting in the blush department for a long time now. I haven't been able to buy anything high end but then again haven't found anything special from the drugstore brands eather. I have been into Urban Decay lately but they don't have any blushes that would tickle my fancy. Talking about serious problems..! ;) And talk about the lack of light here in North Europe. Boy it's dark in here! That means lack of posts for this beauty blogger.

During the summer I got a few of the hyped Elf blushes, but it now seems that we didn't become best friends. This time I wanted to show you one of the Studio blushes, here's a quick review and some swatches of the Candid Coral blush.



Candid Coral to me is a medium coral color. It has a quite strong golden shimmer to it, which I don't like that much. But it's a lovely color! I would say it's perfect for light to medium skin tones. The gold shimmer gives a nice glowy finish and the texture is quite soft, but not too powdery. Easy to apply and blend! For the price that they sell these blushes, it's a really good and high quality blush. Lovely peachyness all the way.

As you can see from the swatch pictures below, the pigmentation is ok, it's pigmented enough to show color but sheer enough that you can't go wrong with this blush.





Now that I look at these pictures and I'm writing this review, I cannot help but to think WHY I don't use this blush more often! In these pictures it looks just great, but when I apply it on my cheeks, it turns a bit dirty looking, I think it's just a little bit too dark for my pale skin and the golden glow is just a little too warm for me. I do love the quality and how this blush is easy to apply. Too bad! I still use Candid Coral though, I just have to use it with a lighter hand and as you may know, that's not usually the way I choose to apply my blush... So we didn't become best friends but still, it's a very nice blusher.

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Wet n Wild Coloricon Eyeshadow Palette in Comfort Zone!

Two years after I started seeing this palette in blogs and on Youtube, I finally gave in and purchased it. Here's some pictures and a small review on the Wet n Wild Coloricon Comfort Zone eyeshadow palette. It sure looks pretty :)




Now here's the thing. I don't really use eye shadow. On a daily basis I use a nude color all over my lids but that's only to cover up the redness I have in that area. Sometimes I line my upper lashline with a black shadow. Then maybe once a month I go out to dinner or something like that and I do a full eye look, but then my color of choise tends to be taupe, since I love taupe (who doesn't..). But like every makeup junkie, I get the gravings to buy pretty stuff and not use it, that's totally normal for people like us :) I got this palette just because it had some pretty colors and was cheap too. I thought for a second that maybe I will use the darker colors some day. Hmm.


I got the palette because I wanted the two colors you can see here in a close up. The dark crease color looks like a lovely dark brown with a hint of green to it, I really love this color. And the duochrome color in the bottom looked so lovely! It has a redish brown base, you can't see that in the pan, and green shimmer. The red / brown base only shows up when swatched. Lovely, eventhough I try to stay away red color on my lids (since I have it there permanently). I also like the light green color, but I'm afraid I won't be using that since it's so out of my comfort zone..meaning it's not taupe.


Here's swatches of my three favourites of this palette. There's so many swatches on the internet of this palette, so I just got lazy (and frozen, because I had to take these pictures outside because it's too dark inside..!). I hope you can forgive me.


The duochrome look so pretty! The dark brown looks a little sheer here, but it works just great with a primer. The light taupe is lovely! Great pigmentation and consistency. This will make an amazing lid color. To me it looks like it has a warm golden green tone.

Most of the colors are soft and pigmented. The dark brown is a little hard to work with, but the color is lovely. This palette really is worth the 7,95€ I paid for it. If you don't have this one yet, I recommend you get it.

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Review: Max Factor 2000 Calorie Waterproof Volume Mascara!

I'm back with another mascara review! I'm sorry for the lack of posts but I had some camera issues. And the other thing is that I live in the dark corner of the world so there's about 3 hours of daylight in a day at the moment, so taking pictures is quite a challenge...!

But let's move on to the review! I really like testing out new mascaras and I wanted to try yet another different mascara after using The Falsies and The Falsies Feather-Look for a while now. I saw this 2000 Calorie from Max Factor in Waterproof and realised I had not tried it yet!


My first impression was that it's really easy to use! It just went on really smoothly. You know what I mean? With some mascaras you really have to layer the mascara and wiggle the wand to cover every lash, but with this brush it was super easy to apply and it covered my lashes with only a few strokes. Fast application, I really appreaciate that in the mornings (I have to get up at six...)!



The brush is quite small and narrow so you can get the mascara easily right in the bottom of your lashes. The brush also feels soft, I don't know what it is but if a mascara has a soft brush I instantly like it. The Falsies Feather-Look has a quite harsh brush, maybe I've been using it for too long.



The mascara makes my lashes look pretty, but I kind of wish more definition and volume, it's not the best I've seen. I just like the easy application so much that I don't mind that the 2000 Calorie makes my lashes look just ok..!

I think it will give me more volume once it dries a little, these pictures were taken soon after I opended it. Usually I wouldn't repurchase a mascara that is "just ok", but this time I think I most likely will. It's just so easy and fast to use so I'm willing to give up some of the volume or definition that it's missing. Also it's has the right price, I remember paying around 10€ for it. At the end of the day my lashes we're a little bit straightened, but not to that point where it would bother me. Removing was easy!

All and all, this mascara has some flaws and it does not give me everything I want, but it's so easy and fast to use, I can't help but to love it!

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

My Most Loved Makeup Item: MAC MSF Soft and Gentle!

One of the most popular posts in my blog is my post about MAC's MSF Soft and Gentle. It used to look so pretty...



...and this is how it looks now! All gone and ready to go Back to MAC. We had so much fun together and it really made me feel pretty and special. It really was worth every penny. I sure will miss you.






I've been using the Candlelight from Too Faced but it's pretty clear that you can't even compare these two. Candlelight has bigger shimmers and gives a visible golden shimmery look, where Soft and Gentle used to give a more subtle glow, even though it was shimmery. It was just more finely milled than Candlelight. It was perfect. And I don't have a backup. Because I thought this day would never come. I don't think I can sleep tonight..?





It sure looks pretty, but I want to buy another MSF Soft and Gentle. I can't live without it!

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Review: Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette!

I'm excited! I rewarded myself for...well can't remember exactly what, but rewarded anyways with the Urban Decay Naked Basics eyeshadow palette. And it's lovely...!



I like the look and the case of this palette. However, it's the rubbery type like the NARS packaging, so I'm assuming it will get dirty pretty soon. Also the case is not the easiest one to open, you have to use your nails and girls who like to paint their nails know that that just won't do ;) I myself try to protect my nail polish from chipping so I have difficulties opening this palette.



I ordered my palette from hqhair.com and I must say I wasn't happy when it arrived. There wasn't any kind of material to protect the palette, it was loose in a cardboard box without any packing material. Don't they want their customers to recieve their items undamaged? That's not good service. Luckily the palette itself was not damaged. Well, the black color looked like someone had touched it. I just didn't want to make a complaint.



So on to the palette! Well, not just yet...I think I need to explain why I got this palette. I don't wear dark eyeshadow that often, I only use light nude colors to cover my red lids. Sometimes I line my lash line with black or dark brown eye shadow. That's basically all what I do with shadows. I wear a darker smokey eye sometimes when I go out, but that's not that often. I've been wanting a palette that would carry all my essential colors (matte nude, shimmery nude, taupe and black) and almost ordered a freedom palette from Inglot but then I decided to get the Naked Basics instead. Just because it seemed more interesting and I've heard great things about it. And just take a look at it, and the swatches!




There's six eyeshadows, five of them are matte and one is satin (Venus). All of them feel soft and are super pigmented, especially the two darker colors. I can see myself doing some darker smokey eye looks too with this palette, but the main reason I got it was the lighter shades because those I use daily.






I wish the browns in this palette were just a little bit more on the cool side, then it would be perfect. But the three nude colors are just perfect for my everyday use. And the black is the most intense and pigmented black I own, just amazing!

 


So far I've been really liking this palette. Despite the case that's difficult to open! With a discount I paid only 20€ of my palette, now that's a pretty fair deal for six high quality shadows. If you don't have yours yet, I highly recommed you get it, this palette really has all the basics you need!

Maybe I'll do an EOTD for you tomorrow, let's see.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Skin Care Haul! :)

I've learned that natural cosmetics have the best results on my skin. I sometimes stray from the path, that is the true nature of a cosmetic junkie and you can't fight that, but I always seem to be the most happy with my skin when I'm going all natural with my face products. My acne prone skin seems to like it!


Let's start with Mádara skin care set for oily/combination skin. I have repurchased it many times and always go back to Mádara. It just works for me. It keeps my acne prone skin in balance and helps with the oilyness. Highly recommend if you have a oily and acne prone skin.



I paid around 40€ for this set and you really get some good stuff with your money. You get three products; Purifying Foam Cleanser, Purifying Toner and the best part, Deep Moisture Gel.




The Purifying Foam cleanser. I really like it, it cleans my skin very nicely but doesn't make it dry. It does the job very well! Some might not like the scent but I'm fine with it.


The Purifying Toner. Lovely, so effective! It has some alcohol in it but my skin is fine with that. This toner makes my skin feel extra clean! I would not recommend this to sensitive skin types, it can feel a bit harsh because of the alcohol.


The Deep Moisture Gel. This is the stuff. If you have oily skin, you really need to try this. It's very light and sinks in fast. It's been so far the only product that has really helped me keeping my skin less oily. It's quite expensive if you buy it separately, around 26€, but in the set it's more affordable.



Lavera My Age Lifting Serum (around 25€). I got it just because I was curious. I've been having some wrinkle issues lately because of lack of moisture, so I thought this would be helpful. I have just started using it, and I must say that I like it a lot. It does feel very light and seems to vanish into my skin in seconds (due to a high level of alcohol, I'd guess). We just have to wait and see what it can do for me. I use it only at night under my night cream. It is light, so maybe I'll try it in the morning too.


Benecos Body Cream. I liked this one so much that I ordered two backups. Around 6€ each.



Benecos Hand Cream For Happy Hands, cute name :) I really like this one, absorbs quickly so great for work. The consistency feels nice and it has only a light scent to it. Paid around 4€ of mine, now that's a really nice price for a natural hand cream! The tube is quite small though.

I wish I could do a makeup haul soon, but I'm afraid I'm going to have to wait for a while. I just have to keep on growing that wish list of mine... Well ok, I admit, I did order something from Urban Decay. Just one small tiny thing.

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