Saturday, December 12, 2015

Review: Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette

You'll be shocked, for some of the shots in this post I whipped out my Canon 600D camera....
Anyways  about the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, I wanted to review this popular eyeshadow palette for quite some time, everybody and their mom has it but still, I want to share my thoughts and why a whopping 48€ were well spent in my opinion.
So here it is:

As you can clearly see, the packaging is quite classy and elegant. From the many Naked palettes that Urban Decay released this one spoke the most to me because of the mix of rosy and nude shades and it being the one with the warmest undertones out of all, which I find flattering on myself. It's actually said, that people with rosy undertones in their skin have to stay away from this one, but at the same time many say that it's great for anyone green-eyed ... I don't care I just like those shades the most!
Here is my swatch:

Sorry for the blur between the last two shades, I got mixed up there haha
I used the Mac Fixing fluid to make them pop a little bit more. The range is quite beautiful and versatile, I can do toned down daytime looks as well as flashy night time looks ( at least what I would call flashy). I do have to admit that I find the lighter tones to be a bit hard to work with, especially Burnout and Limit. Also Nooner and Liar are very similar in my opinion.

I usually go for very natural looks so I did one that I would do regularly, I used Dust on half of the lid, then Limit on the other half, Buzz in my crease and Nooner around my upper and lower lash line:

Here is a simple selfie shot of the whole look (I kinda don't like it when I don't see the eye makeup in the context of your whole face in reviews like that, it doesn't make sense to me and I can't imagine what it would look zoomed out..):

The palette is absolutely gold, especially for someone like me who is NOT an eyeshadow fanatic and tends to create simpler looks. So it was actually worth it to invest because I will be using it for quite some time and be able to do different styles at the same time. Would totally recommend!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Douglas Haul & Review of Mac Lip Liner Boldly Bare + Mac Blush Peachykeen

This douglas haul (german makeup store) is a little bit older (it's really not like I am doing a haul every week, honest to god) so I have used the products for quite a while now! The phone case pictured is actually from claire's and I am so in love with it, I have a huge weakness for cute phone cases... and since I own an Iphone 6 literally all the cute cases fit...
But this post is actually about 2 of the makeup products I got from this haul:

As you can see I got a chubby stick and 2 NYX products also, but I won't review them now!
The Mac lipliner in the color boldly bare is something I've been wanting for quite some time, since I've seen it on Gigi Gorgeous (huge fan of her), and I finally invested 16,50€ for it. Which is quite a lot in my opinion for such a product but lets first see if it owns up to that price.
The blush is something I've gotten on the whim because I just love peach-coloured blushes and "peachykeen" also had a nice shimmer to it so I bought it for 24,50€!

First the blush:

I amped up the details on this pic to make the shimmer come out a bit clearer on it, it's a cooler toned peach color, very natural looking with added shimmer particles! I was very excited to swatch it but then this:

YES, that is actually a swatch, even swatched twice, I don't know why this particular Mac blush had to be so bad with pigmentation for me, maybe I got an old one but it's very hard to swatch it. Well it is very natural because of that but when applying I really have to use a lot of blush for it to appear on my skin... I still like the color but it's the second blush from Mac I bought that I didn't like so I'll stay away from them from now on (other Mac products work great!).

The lipliner is another story though:

The Mac lipliner are pretty popular so I did have some expectations, especially since I only owned like 2 lipliner before this one and rarely used them. This one has vitamin e and helps keep your lips hydrated!

From the swatch you can tell that it's a very subtle colour, a kind of nude-brownish shade. Though this swatch doesn't do its justice, it actually makes the lips look wonderful and even fuller!
I love this product and have been obsessing over it, I usually use the lipliner almost by itself, I apply it on my lip line and then smudge it a bit with a clear chapstick, as to not make it look to harsh and just spread the nude color of it evenly. It's a bit darker than the shade of my lips, which is really good for conturing. It has a very good hydrating formula and stays on pretty good. 
I simply love it and tried to take a selfie with both products, but the lighting is not that good (have to take my canon out pretty soon I guess):

That's quite an amusing selfie actually.... and it shows my signature face. I had to apply a lot of the blush to make it visible like that though.

The lipliner is holy grail material and will stay in my makeup collection forever! The blush not so much though unfortunately...

Btw I added the statcounter this week out of curiosity (and blocked my own visits on it) so it might seem it has few visits but it counts individually and is pretty new also- so don't judge haha

Sunday, December 6, 2015

House of Lashes Review

Most of the reviews that I do on here are positive ones or at least things that I find to be ok, but sometimes I buy things that just don't do any good. Here is one case.
I watch a lot of NikkieTutorials videos on youtube and she is the reason for many of my recent purchases, among those the incredible Milani blush luminoso, so I thought maybe there is something else that she loves that I'd love, too. She was very pleased with the House of Lashes products, especially the glue, that supposedly gets sticky after sheer seconds! I wear false lashes for special occasions or if I want to look cute in selfies and I use the one and only Duo lash-glue, it has been bomb but I usually have to wait for like 30 seconds for it to get sticky. So I wanted to try something that - at least according to Nikkie - is even better. So I ordered from House of lashes:

I got the House of Lashes Noir Fairy Lashes in Black, which cost 12$, and the White Lash Adhesive for 8$!
The packaging is cute and girly and they sent it out pretty quickly.
The glue is latex-free and waterproof, which sounds really great. The lashes are made out of cruelty-free synthetic hair.
Unfortunately I could tell from the first second when unpacking the lashes that they were of subpar quality and from a very hard kind of plastic. The outer strip of the lashes is very thick, like the ones from the cheap eBay lashes and they are very difficult to bend in any shape.
The lash glue is very thin and watery, not at all like the thick duo glue, and it didn't get sticky after just some seconds, I wouldn't have noticed any way because the formula is so watery... Anyways I tried to use the glue on the lashes but they wouldn't stay put on my eyes and actually hurt because of the the material, the lash adhesive didn't work on any of my other lashes that well. I usually wear either eyelure lashes or my favourite: dolly wink lashes! They are super soft.
This was a very disappointing purchase unfortunately and I will not buy from that shop any time soon!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Dugz-Hypcosmetics Haul & Color Kill Liquid Lipstick Review

So for the weekend I have a haul that is very recent, from (hypecosmetics), where I bought about 30€ worth of makeup! Shipping was 5€ in Germany so that's ok.
I basically only wanted to order from them because of the Color Kill products but ended up buying some Milani stuff as well!

Here's what I got:

1. The Color Kill Matte Liquid Lipstick in Lotus Petal for 15,95€
2. The Maybelline Popstick in Cherry Pop (I used to have all of them and bought it because of nostalgic reasons) 5,95€
3. Milani Illuminating Face Powder in Beauty's Touch for 8,49€
4. Milani Statement Lipstick in Nude Creme for 5,49€

I'll only review the color kill liquid lipstick though because it is the main reason I made this haul and it is actually the item I actually love most, the other are nothing spectacular in my opinion (Milani's luminoso is the Milani's best product... these are not even close).
So first just take in the super cute packaging:

It's super adorable, and I really can't bring myself to through it away... the lipstick itself is in a matte vial, very simple that way. I chose the color"lotus petal" because it seemed a mix of nude and mauve tones and very toned down and simple, something I'd see myself wearing during the day. 
Here's a swatch:

As you might see on this picture, there is a little bit too much product on that lipstick brush... it can get messy that way, especially since this lipstick stains like a mofo, which is good for the lips but not good for my clothes, so I try to be very careful with it. The swatch shows the nudeish/ brownish color, which I always buy... The interesting thing: it is very shiny when first applying but it drys down to a very matte finish

I like the color and the formula of this liquid lipstick, it doesn't look flakey on my lips and stays for quite a long time that way. It is rather sticky and it does stain, so if you are having drinks you will have a very visible stain on the cup you are drinking from, or when kissing someone etc. 
Still I think it is a very good liquid lipstick, with a gorgeous color and long lasting! I don't have a good comparison to other popular liquid lipsticks yet, but I will soon when my limecrime velvetine arrives! I might even buy some of jeffree star's liquid lipsticks! 
As of now I really like this one, here's my whole look with the lipstick:

Monday, November 30, 2015

Milani Baked Blush - Luminoso

So here is a small post about a holy grail product that I own, the Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso!
I originally watched some tutorials from Nikkie-Tutorials on Youtube and she kept raving about the blush in several of her monthly favourite videos. The product can be found through amazon for about 6-10€ so I thought I'd give it a try, since there was such a huge hype.
So here it is:

The packaging is pretty simple, I'd like to note that there is a second compartment inside with an application brush (which is actually non too shaby) and a mirror! So it is very practical on the go.

No words can describe the glow and shimmer of Luminoso! The description itself states it is a "blush that features a mélange infusion of colors baked on Italian terracotta tiles".
That sounds pretty fancy. But the big question is: can you actually get that color on your face or is it maybe not that pigmented?
Ok well it's super highly pigmented and just silky in texture and application! I have never had a blush like this and I have so many from drugstore to high end brand, this one takes the cake. It's too beautiful and has a nice soft shimmer without being too overly glittery. The staying power is quite good, although I find myself re-applying quite regularly- simply cause I love this blush.
Here is a pic of me wearing it, toned down with Mac's Soft & Gentle highlighter a bit:
I will forever buy this blush and I use it more often than any other ones I own!!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sailor Moon Miracle Romance Shining Moon Powder & Moon Stick Lipstick

Every girl seemed to be getting the Miracle Romance Sailor Moon Make-up items and I fell victim to this, too. As I bought both trough I didn't have any problems with getting them or shipping or any other fees, because the shop ships from Germany (I think). I'll review the powder in a bit more detail:

So the powder cost 49,90€ and I think is a bit expensive, but the proplica of the crystal star is about 80€ and does absolutely nothing so I guess I get a powder with this at least so it's more worth it for me. I am not a person who simply collects and displays stuff, everything I buy -no matter how pretty or precious-will be used on a daily basis by me. 
When I bought this powder I wasn't sure how it looked inside, even though I heard from others, that it's simply a white coloured highlighter powder!
So here it is when opened:

The pretty pink ribbons are actually just a plastic cover of the powder to protect it, when you peel it off it leaves a white faintly glittering powder! The powder puff is super cute and soft and I like the mirror inside.

You can hardly see the glittery particles on the picture, and there aren't that many in my opinion. So this is a swatch of the powder and while it works ok to soften my blush (which I always do when applying my makeup) it doesn't really give me a nice glow or anything, it could even be considered quite dull on the skin (even though there is some glitter inside). I really like the compact since I am a huge Sailor Moon fan like everybody (although I am not too fond of the new crystal series, hate the opening...) I think as a makeup item it fails. No one would buy it for that of course so I am not exactly disappointed.

Now for the Moon Stick Lipstick:

As you can see it is super precious and adorable, I love love love the packaging and it is the sole reason I bought it. Inside you find a colourless lipbalm which actually hydrates quite well. There was no point in taking a pic of it because it's just like every other colourless lipbalm! I do use it quite frequently and think for the 20€ I paid it s quite ok, of course as before you pay for the packaging!

All in all I have to say the Miracle Romance Powder is pretty but useless and I will rather use a good highlighter and keep the powder as a compact mirror... The lipbalm is ok, but it is more pretty than it is useful (especially for that price!). I'd only recommend buying if you are a Sailor Moon fan (which nowadays everyone is haha).

Bonus pic of my cat Milky with the Miracle Romance powder:

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Too faced haul (again)

I won't even mention how long I haven't updated this thing here....
Anyways! As it is probably clear I am a huge Too Faced-Makeup fanatic and try to buy all of their great products. Even though I can get most of it through beautybay I still have to order through Sephora most of the time, because they have the newest products that I am looking for. For the next products I had to spend over 100€ (well I ordered a third product not pictured but still..) because of taxes and I am not happy about that, the actual product prices will be listed later!

This is what I got:
The Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Nude (38€) and the Too Faced Love Flush Blush in Love Hangover (25€)!
I was super hyped for both products. Especially for the blush because it is supposed to stay on for 16 hours!

So here is the foundation (unedited pictures):

It says Oil-Free and you get 30 ml for that price in a pump dispenser kind of package. The packaging looks and feels high quality but I am not a fan of the pump dispenser thing, you can see how messy it gets right here:

It's so hard to get the product out without it getting messy, but I suppose it's still better than the missha oriental bb cream dispenser... The nude color is more or less neutral, with some yellow undertones (EVEN THOUGH the label stated it had neutral to pink undertones) which I believe I actually don't have, but the foundation is like magic on skin and adapts very well. I really feel the message "Born This Way" because the foundation is so lightweight that you could almost fool yourself you didn't wear any. It has a great feel on the skin and just glides on, especially with the beauty blender! It stays on all day and doesn't get patchy or dry. Also: The coverage is build-able, so you can wear more coats of it for better coverage even though I think one is already pretty good for coverage. This will probably be my holy grail of all foundations and I usually use it for special occasions, only because it's so expensive (otherwise I'd wear it daily).

Now for the second item:

The Love Flush Blush in Love Hangover has such a cute packaging, as always with Too Faced. The bunnies are adorable such as the whole heart shape of the blush, also the mirror is really practical (will use it as a mirror compact once I use it all up). It is a very warm pink, it's a bit mauvy in my opinion as it has some dark undertones without being cool like mauve. I find the application of this blush ok, nowhere near as easy and perfect as Milani's luminoso, but the color suits me quite well and I usually tone it down with a highlighter (Mac's soft & gentle). That way it looks even better. But I have to say it doesn't stay on for 16 hours, at least not on my face. I have to re-apply quite often unfortunately!

Here a pic of me wearing both of the products:

I am very content with both products, especially the foundation which exceeded my expectations (initially I was having higher expectations for the blush...). Even if the blush is not my favourite I still like it! I am never disappointed when buying Too Faced products so it will stay my favourite brand!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Too Faced Haul (Sephora)

This haul is actually a couple months old but I guess I can comment on the products better after having used them for such a long time! I bought all of the following products from sephora online, I paid about 100$ for everything combined but I'l list prices down below. I have to say that sephora is a great place to order from, the only downside is that I have to pay taxes because I live in germany,
so even if the products seem to be cheaper in comparison to german shops, they actually aren't.
Nevertheless the free samples are awesome (depending on the day you purchase, I got a tarte mascara!) and the shipping was very fast!

Here are my gets:

First of, I got the papparazzi ready set, which includes the bronzer, lashgasm mascara, sweet sun shines lip gloss in mocha freeze ,a beauty balm and an eyeliner. The set was 40$ but the actual value was 87$!
- The mascara is ok, nothing special here and doesn't give any volume
-The lipgloss is nice (especially the scent and texture) but it fades quickly
-The eyeliner is pretty good, glides very smoothly
-The beauty balm is unfortunately not my shade, I gave it to someone else so I am not sure about it.
-The bronzer is da bomb, it lasts me sooo long! I guess I have been using it for a couple of months on and off and the chocolatey smell, the texture and the way it stays on my face just made this the best bronzer ever (I have the chocolate soleil bronzer in milk chocolate, might review it in detail)

Also pictured is the under the mistletoe lip creme set which was 28$ (value 71$), will review this later

And my favourite: the Candlelight Glow Highlight Powder Duo, which is just amazing:

The packaging is already so dreamy, and the colors and chandelier from the powder itself are breathtaking. I hesitated for some time before I would actually use it! The highlighter was 30$ and the whole sephora purchase was mainly because of this beauty. 

I tried to capture the golden shimmer glow, but it's really hard. So the particles are golden, I have not noticed a significant difference from the pink or white powder, but I still tend to mix them both. Usually I apply way too much blush and then just go over the blush with the highlighter using a blush brush. It just makes the face glowy and the blush underneath looks way better this way! 
To show the actual effect better I did not wear any blush underneath:

This is just lightly applied, did not use too much and already the effect is pretty great! Before I found this great highlighter I used a benefit high beam dupe from mememe, which was very difficult to apply because of the creamy texture or my skin79 star glow ball highlighter! I will probably stick with this highlighter forever.
Overall the purchase was worth it, although I'll have to speak about the lip creams seperately. But the papparazzi set was worth it because of the bronzer and of course this highlighter was one of the best buys ever!

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