Friday, April 22, 2016
I have been watching a lot of Youtube lately, especially I've been enjoying the videos about cleaning out makeup collections. So I was really inspired to purge my own collection, I knew there was a few questionable items...!
But it's just so hard to give up stuff, especially makeup :) I ended up cleaning out all these products. Let's take a closer look...
I have a lot of blushes, let's face it. Many of my blushes are quite old, to be honest. Loved, but old! Powdery products tend to last longer than liquid products but still, they don't last forever. One clear mark of a product passing its prime of life is scent. If it starts to smell bad or a little funky, or the consistency has changed, it is time to let it go.
First one to go was this Viva la Diva blush (up left). It's a really pretty coral peach color, but unfortunately it started to stink. Time for it to go. Also the Milani Baked Blush in Dolce Pink started to have a weird scent, and also it's a bit too glittery for my taste nowadays, so I decided to part with it. This one I will miss a lot!
My Coralista from Benefit is at least 5 years old. It didn't smell bad or anything, I just think it's too old to be used anymore. I must say that I'm really sad to throw it away, it has been one of my favourite blushes. I am thinking about repurchasing it. Bye bye, my friend!
These Elf blushes I really did like and use, but unfortunately both of the packages have broken, so I decided they both need to go. I will be missing that bronzer, for the blush I have dupes.
The Naked Basics palette from Urban Decay has been loved a lot, as you can see. I decided to let it go, eventhough I still sometimes used Naked 2 for contouring. I have a new contouring favourite now, so this needs to be replaced with a new one. I really liked this palette!
Blanc Type and Copperplate from MAC are quite old and I am ready to Back2MAC them. Copperplate is a really lovely cool toned taupe, I will repuchase it at some point.
The eyeshadows from MNY are really old, I'm too afraid to use them anymore. The light taupe color was my favourite for a long time, I used it to blend darker makeup looks. Bye friend...
They're Real Push-Up Liner from Benefit was a product I didn't become friends with. Too difficult to use and a lot of product was wasted. It was just sitting in my drawer, so I decided to let it go. It was really expensive for what it was. I have found better liners since.
Lumene's Blueberry Eyebrow Pencil was good, but this one was just old. The packaging has since changed and this is now too black for me, I prefer dark brown brow color now. A good basic brow pen!
MAC Stobe Cream started smelling bad, so I had to toss it. I used to mix it with my foundation and I really liked it, gives a perfect glow! This one I will be repurchasing.
True Match Foundation from L'Óreal was something I really liked at first, but then it got replaced with something else and I forgot about it. It has been sitting in my drawer and has passed its expiration date. I am more careful with liquid products.
I am sad to see so many loved products to go, but let's face it, they had to go. I now have space in my collection for some new blushes and maybe some eyeshadows...
A new foundation was already added to my collection.. ;)
Thanks for reading!
Thursday, January 21, 2016
It has a nice and thin pencil on the other end and a powder on the other. I really love the idea, I believe most people use more than just a pencil to fill in their brows, that is what I do too. Pencil is great for a detailed work but I need something else too to give some more color and depth to my brows.
It seems that we only have a color range of two here, so I had to get the Medium Brown, eventhough it seemed a bit too light and warm toned for me to begin with. It has turned out to work just fine with the actual color of my brows. I have changed my hair color a bit, it is now a bit lighter and warmer toned, so perhaps this is why the Medium Brown works.
The pen is quite small and precise, you can create a really thin lines with it. The pen is not as thin as the famous Anastasia Brow Wiz has, but still good enough. It's on the soft side but definitely waxy enough to make it easier to apply, not too heavy lines at once. I really like the pen side of this product.
I had my doubts about the other end of the pen, it has a spunge applicator for dispensing the brow powder. But in fact, the sponge is actually pretty good, you get a nice color pay-off but not too much color. If you want more powder to come out, all you have to do is push the pen a little and it dispenses more powder. I think this is a really nice and easy form of doing my brows.
As you can see, the powder is just a little bit too light and warm for my brows, but I use it to add some color to my brows and it seems to be fine. Maybelline does sell a Dark Brown color too, but just not here in Finland. The pencil is really nice! Here is the pencil and the powder in action, used lightly.
These are really inexpensive, around 7€ here in Finland. What a great product for that price. I have already purchased this pencil in the color Dark Brown from www.feelunique.com, they don't seem to sell it here in Finland but I was able to find it online. Seems like a perfect match but I will also be using this color up.
I hope you enjoyed my review, thanks for reading!