Illamasqua, YSL, Stila & False Eyelashes

ILLAMASQUA
Lip Colouring Pencil Media, Lipstick Corrupt & Vanitas Matte Lipstick Wanton

I’ve been wanting to try Illamasqua’s lip products for such a long time so when Beautybay offered a good discount a couple of weeks ago I ordered them. I went for three different matte pink shades. I’m really satisfied with my choise even though the swatches I watched before doing the order didn’t corrispond excatly how I imagined them to be.

The lip colouring pencil Media is amazing. It transfers the color onto the lips really easy and you can use this one as it is by itself without adding any lipstick over. The color is beautiful and long lasting. (I normally use the lipprimer from NYX before applying.) But at the same time it’s perfect as a base color for the other two lipsticks. The cost for this lippencil is €18,60.

The lipstick in color Corrupt is also a lovely, yet more vibrant, pink shade. The consistency is a bit try, a little bit too try for my personal taste, but once onto the lips it doens’t feel dry at all, and that’s the most important. It can easily be used by itself without a lippencil under since it gives the lips a strong color. The lipstick is long lasting, and it takes a couple of hours before you need to apply it again. The cost for this lipstick is €22,90.

The Vanitas Matte Lipstick in color Wanton feels a bit more luxury, from the packaging to the product itself. I adore this shade. It’s wearable and perfect for an everyday use. I normally wear this one with the lip colouring pencil Media underneath, but it looks great also by itself. Also here the consistency is a bit try while applying but on the lips that’s not the feeling so overall I really like this lipstick. It has often a fixed place in my makeup bag in my purse since I got it. The color lasts for hours. This one costs €26,20.


YVES SAINT LAURENT
Blush Volupté Passionnee nr 6

Last year while working in different makeup stores I worked specifically for YSL and many times while doing makeup on clients I used these blushes. This shade that I’ve bought is my personal favorite shade. It’s a medium, warm-toned pink with a golden shimmer in it with a soft, frosted finish. The consistency of the powder is very silky and very easy to apply. Even thought this shade has a soft shimmer to it it doesn’t leave the skin too luminous, instead it gives the cheeks a healthy and beautiful color. The duration of this blush is very high, of course it depends a bit on the skintype you’ve, but personally it lasts from six to eight hours. It also has a pleasant fragrance. If you have tried their gloss volupté you’ll find that the fragrance is almost identical. At Sephora this blush costs €46,90.


STILA
Stay Alla Day Precision Glide Brow Pencil Blonde

I ordered this browpencil out of curiosity. I hadn’t read any reviews or checked out any other information than what the product description said before buying it. Since I love every Stila product I’ve I wanted to give this one a try. The packaging is beautiful, very similar to other makeup brand’s eyebrow pencils except the gold and blue colors which give the pencil a more elegant look.
But now to the product itself. I bought the color blonde for me even thought other brands blonde colors sometimes can be a bit too light for me. So I knew it could be risky, and unfortunately that’s also the case here.
Even thought it’s not completely the perfect shade for me I use it a lot, but only in the beginning of my eyebrows. After I always finish with Anastasia Berverly Hills Brow Wiz in the shade Taupe (which is my perfect eyebrow color). I’ve been using this technique for a long time, to start a bit lighter in the beginning of the eyebrows and to finish one shade over from the middle to the end of the eyebrow. In this way I find, at least for me, that the eyebrow looks less heavy and a bit more natural. The final result with this specific blonde color is great. The consisteny is a bit hard which makes the application a bit tricky, I would have prefered just a tiny bit softer. The duration on the other hand is great, it lasts all day without problem. The cost for this browpencil is €18.

 


Last but not least I ordered myself a backup of gorgeous eyelashes from False Eyelashes. I’m already a big fan of many of these lashes but two of them are new to me so I really look forward using them in some of my makeup looks  ❤

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Winner of Kryolan’s limited edition Shades 5 Colors ”200K” give away

Last week I got a private message from Kryolan on Instagram telling me I was one of the lucky winners of their give away. They organized this give away to celebrate they had reached 200K followers on Instagram. To participate you simply had to comment on their post and tell them which type of Kryolan Instagram posts you enjoy reading the most. I did and to my surprise I won. I was really thrilled about it beacuse I normally never win anything. I love matte eyeshadows and these colorful matte eyeshadows from Kryolan are the best! The quality is on top and they’re absolutely gorgeous!

I swatched the eyeshadows and took a quick photo on the makeup I did today using them. They’re so easy to apply and blend with and I’m really happy to own this palette!

Violet Voss Holy Grail Eyeshadow Palette

Two weeks ago I was glad to find this palette from Violet Voss on Beautybay. I was lucky enough to find it exactly the same day when they got it back in stock, beacuse just after a few hours all of them where gone. Wow…we makeup addicts… 🙂
I was really excited to have found it and that it finally was on its way home to me. I’ve been seeing this palette on social medias for a long time and I always been curious about the shades that to me look amazing.

So when I finally got it I wanted to try it out immediately. I took a few pictures of it and swatched it. First impression was that the eyeshadows looked great. Second impression the bad smell…they smelled a bit”cheap”. Don’t get me wrong, this palette just cost €38,20 and that makes every eyeshadow €1,91 which is super cheap. Nothing wrong with cheap eyeshadows but I know for certain when a smell is ”good” or ”bad”. This eyeshadow palette is made in P.R.C. so I just hope they are made in a ”good” way. What I can think of is that if you have sensitive eyes and skin you should probably be careful using this product. I haven’t had any kind of irritation or problem but on the palette they have written clearly as a caution and warning that if signs of irritation or rash appear you should discontinue the use of it. Anyways, the bad smell isn’t longer that strong after that I’ve been using it for a week, so fortunately that doesn’t bother me any longer.
The third impression that I liked a lot is that it’s very neat, doesn’t take much space at all, is really leightweighted and has a good mirror, so it makes it easy to bring with you anywhere.

Now to the eyeshadows. The shades are really beautiful, they are highly pigmented and most important they blend really well and the application is very easy without fall out. With a good eyeprimer they last all day long and I’m very pleased with how the eyeshadows turn out to look around the eye. The list of eye makeups you can do with this palette is almost infinite. The swatches I made for you is on bare shin without primer underneath.
I haven’t got the time yet to take pictures of the makeup looks I’ve done using this palette but I promise I’ll post new looks using this palette as soon as I can.

I would recommend this palette to the persons that haven’t got too sensible eyes and skin, and doesn’t suffer from various types of skin allergies. I suggest always to check the origin of the eyeshadows and where they are made before you order, if you have any of these problems. Because even if it’s a cheap palette it’s better to save these 38 euros for something more appropriate for your eyes and skin.

Violet Voss Holy Grail

New In from Beautybay

About a week ago I order some new products from Beautybay that just arrived the other day! Since then I’ve been having lots of fun!

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS MODERN RENAISSANCE EYE SHADOW PALETTE

It’s been some time that I haven’t felt the ”need” of a new eyeshadow palette but when I saw this new palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills I kind of fell in love immediately! The colors of the eyeshadows are just amazing and you can create so many beautiful looks with them. The palette comes with 14 eyeshadows which is great! What I love about it is that it has more matte shades than shimmery, so for me this was a must have palette! More exactly it has 11 matte shades and 3 with a more metallic finish. They are all highly pigmented and very easy to blend and work with. I have already tried them three days in a row so I can absolutely confirm on that. They also last all day without problem, of course using an eye primer under. Inside the palette you also get a dual-ended brush for application which actually isn’t bad at all.

Here are the names of the eyeshadows and their finish. (Information I took from ABH website.)

Tempera – Velvety beige with an ultra-matte finish
Golden Ochre – Earthy yellow with an ultra-matte finish
Vermeer – Iridescent shell with a metallic finish
Buon Fresco – Antique lavender with an ultra-matte finish
Antique Bronze – Metallic sable with a satin finish
Love Letter– Raspberry with an ultra-matte finish
Cyprus Umber– Dark coffee with an ultra-matte finish
Realgar– Brick with an ultra-matte finish
Warm Taupe– Earthy gray with an ultra-matte finish
Venetian Red– Crimson with an ultra-matte finish
Red Ochre– Sienna with an ultra-matte finish
Primavera– shimmery gold dust with a metallic finish
Burnt Orange– deep orange with an ultra-matte finish
Raw Sienna– neutral amber with an ultra-matte finish

My favorite shades for the moment are Realgar, Love Letter and Primavera. I’ve swatched them for you to be able to get a closer look at them.


ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS PRECISION TWEEZERS

Since I accidently dropped my ABH Tweezers a while back I needed a new one as back up. Unfortunately I dropped it on a stone floor so the tip of it got a bit destroyed. (Somehow I managed to fix it decently to be able to continue using it.)
These tweezers are really fantastic and removes hair without any kind of problem. They’re made of stainless steel and should be produced here in Italy. It has a custom-slanted top and calibrated tension. If you take really good care of them (not dropping them on floors) they will last forever and also remember to put on the protective cap that comes with it to preserve the tension when you don’t use it.


STILA SPLASH COLLECTION – STAY ALL DAY LIQUID LIPSTICK – AMALFI

This wasn’t actually anything I was looking for but when I came across this limited addition that also was on a small sale I couldn’t resist. The color I chose is called Amalfi and is an intense coral pink color, really lovely! I would love to have all shades of this collection but it’s not in my budget for the moment. So I’m more than happy with this one! As mentioned it’s a limited addition made for the spring summer 2016.
So to the more technical part of the product. When I first opened it I immediatly got to think of NYX soft matte lipcream. If you’ve tried them you probably know and have felt that they have this really sweet flavour which this liquid lipstick from Stila also got. The applicator is fantastic and makes the application really easy. The color is super covering and once it’s on the lip it’ll dry quite fast. When I read about it it said like this: ”shine as a gloss but the staying power and colour intensity of a lipstick”. Regarding the shine I can’t agree because it gets absolutely matte, at least on my lips. But I love it, I don’t understand how they can describe it in that way though. What’s really great about it is that it lasts for a really long time! You can eat, drink and kiss without being afraid of loosing color. It’s really transfer proof and can stay up to 6 hours.
In this liquid lipstick they have put Vitamin E and Avocado Oil to protect and moisturize the lips. My personal opinion about this listick is that it’s really great! The color is electric, for a night out it’s perfect and it lasts! The only thing is that after a while I feel the lips a bit dry, so if you have really dry lips I wouldn’t suggest this product. What I do after a few hours, if I feel the lips too dry, is that I add a little bit of a lip balm over it. Even in this way the color will continue to last but in a more comfortable way.


MAKEUP GEEK BENT EYELINER BRUSH

This bent eyeliner brush from Makeup Geek is so great! I love the thin tip it has beacuse it makes it so easy to apply the eyeliner. I normally use it with gel eyeliners but you can use it with any formula. It can both apply and blend so whatever is your favorite eyeliner this brush will make an excellent job. What’s also very good is the cost, I just paid €8,10 for it. It’s also very easy to clean and the hair bristles doesn’t spread apart. I can really recommend this brush!

The Balm Cosmetics and Nabla Cosmetics – New In

I got this order about a month ago so I’ve really had the time to use it and try it out to be able to give it a proper review.

THE BALM COSMETICS – Meet Matt(e) Nude

First I wanted to talk about The Balm Cosmetics – Meet Matt(e) Nude eyeshadow palette.
I actually have a huge crush for almost all matte eyeshadow and that’s why I couldn’t resist trying out this palette. Before completing the order I searched for different reviews of this eyeshadow palette and most of them were positive but there were also a few negative that made me reconsidering the order. Despite all this I ordered it and was very impatient to try it out.
The packaging is nice and comes with a large mirror. I also find it practical to bring with me. The size of the eyeshadows are big and the consistecy of the them is smooth, some of them almost too smooth, and the pigmentation is very good. They are easy to blend and work with and from what I can say, with a good primer, they stay on the whole day without problem.

There are a few things that doesn’t satisfy me with this product though. At first touch they seem really lovely, but when you have a closer look at the shades you’ll notice that they’re slightely satinated, not completely matte(!). I mean a matte eyeshadow palette should be completely matte in my opinion, so that made me a bit disappointed. And the eyeshadows that draw my attention from the start, Matt Singh and Matt Lombardi, can’t keep up with my standards. I thought these eyeshadows would be the perfect transition colors but using them I found out they just mix in together with the other colors creating one dull color that in my eyes looks really boring. Another thing that’s bothering me is when picking up the color on the eyeshadow brush it turns out to be a bit too powdery. Of course you take off the excess before applying but it’s just too much product that gets onto the brush. Don’t get me wrong, they are easy to blend out and you can create really beautiful makeups with these eyeshadows, both day and night makeups. If I have to give this palette a vote that would be 6,5 out of 10.
My absolute all-time favorite matte eyeshadow palette is still STILA In The Know Eyeshadow palette. It’ll be hard to beat this one! Here you can see the picture and swatches of it.

Here’s the swatches of the Meet Matt(e) Nude eyeshadow palette. I bought this palette for about €43 which is about €4,77 for each eyeshadow which isn’t bad at all. I would suggest it since the price and quality is absolutely fine, but if you already use other matte eyeshadows from brands like Stila, Makeup Geek and Urban Decay, just keep in mind that these are slightely satinated.

The Balm Cosmetics – Mr Write (Now) Eyeliner Pencil Brian

This beige eyeliner pencil is really good and I use it specially in the waterline. The eyepencil is automatic and comes with a small sharpener so that you can sharpen the tip of the eyepencil if needed. The consistecy is very soft and the color transfers good booth as an eyeliner around the eye and to the waterline. The price for this eyepencil is €15,50 which I believe is a fair price.

Nabla Cosmetics – Brow Divine Ultra-Slim Retractable Brow Pencil, Venus

Brow Divine eyebrow pencil from Nabla Cosmetics is a really great browpencil. They come in five shades and I bought the lightest one called Venus. The price is €11,90 for this one. The packaging is mostly similar to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz eyebrow pencil and I think you get around the same amount of product. So considering that the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz costs around €18,90 this Brow Divine from Nabla is obviously more economic and the quality is very similar. So thumbs up for this browpencil! I love the Anastasia Beverly Hills products but since they’re a bit more pricey it’s good to have found a great alternative to change with. It’s alwasy good to have a few backup products that make the same result. I’ve been using this eyebrow pencil frequently lately and it resists the whole day without fading away. I’ll definately make another order of it soon.

Nabla Cosmetics – Single Eyeshadow Fahrenheit

This is such a perfect warm rich winered color. I’ve been using it a lot since it came, also together with the Meet Matt(e) Nude Eyeshadow palette. I many use this color as a transition color. You can of course, as with every color, adapt the intesity of the color. On the picture that you see above I swatched the color three times. When you blend it out you get a beautiful soft red color that I’ll show you in some of my upcoming looks. It’s completely matte, which I love, and it became immediatley a new favorite of mine! I bought the refill eyeshadow that costs 6,50 and added it to my Z-palette.

Love for Eyeshadows

Eftersom jag älskar ögonskuggorna från Makeup Geek beställde jag ytterligare tio stycken. Den här gången blev det några mer färgglada. Pigmentering är helt fantastiskt och att sminka med dessa är himmel för mig! Om ni inte visste det innan så är jag galen i ögonskuggor!

Since I love the eyeshadows from Makeup Geek I ordered other ten of them. This time a bit more colorful. The pigmentation is fantastic and to do makeup with these is heaven for me. If you didn’t know it from before I’m crazy for eyeshadows!

Siccome mi sono trovata così bene con gli ombretti di Makeup Geek ho ordinato altri dieci. Questa volta un pò più colorati. La pigmentazione è fantastica e truccare con questi per me è paradiso. Se non lo sapevate da prima vado pazza per ombretti!

Alla mina Makeup Geek ögonskuggor tillsammans.

And all of my Makeup Geek eyeshadows together.

Tutti i miei ombretti di Makeup Geek insieme.

Efter någon timme lyckades jag även organisera, inte alla, men nästan alla mina lösa ögonskuggor i mina tre Z-paletter. Att vakna på morgonen nu och ha allt lite mer ordningsamt gör att jag känner mig mer kreativ.

After more or less an hour I also managed to organize, not all, but almost all of my single eyeshadows in my three Z-palettes. To wake up now in the morning and have everything a bit more orderly makes me feel more creative.

Dopo qualche ora sono anche riuscita ad organizzare, non tutti, ma quasi tutti miei ombretti singoli dentro i miei tre Z-palette. Svegliarsi la mattina ora ed avere tutto un pochino più ordinato mi fa sentire più creativa.

NEW IN FROM URBAN DECAY

Gwen Stefani Lippencil WONDERLAND

Som ni ser kan man få två helt olika reslutat av denna läppenna. Genom att enbart applicera den får man en riktigt intensiv röd färg, men om man först använder ett läppbalsam och applicerar den lätt över får man en mer rosa röd färg, som såklart även känns mer behaglig på läpparna. Att bara använda en läppenna brukar vara alldeles för torrt och är inte alls en skön känsla på läpparna. Alla läppennor är såklart inte lika och det finns självklart alltid undantag. Jag gillar den här läppennan men jag hade nog alldeles för höga förväntning på den och tyvärr var den inte exakt lika bra som jag hade hoppats på att den skulle vara. Den är lite för mjuk och dessutom svår att applicera ut jämt över läpparna vilket är riktigt störande. Färgen håller dock väldigt bra vilket är ett stort plus. Jag tycker den är bäst att använda, antingen i kombination med ett läppstift för att få färgen att hålla extra länge, eller som jag gjort på bilden här över och använda den över ett läppbalsam.

As you can see you can get two completely different results with this lippencil. If you just apply it without using anything else you can get a really intense red color, but if you use it more gently over a lipbalm you get a more pink red color, that obviously also feels more pleasant on the lips. To only use a lippencil normally is too dry and is not a nice feeling on the lips. All lippencils are of course different and there are always exceptions. I like this lippencil but I think I had too high expectations about it and it’s unfortunately not as good as I thought it would have been. It’s a bit too soft and it’s actually hard to apply the color evenly on the mouth which is really disturding. But the color lasts for a really long time which is a good plus. The way I like to use it is, or over a lipstick to make the color last even longer or as I did on the picture above over a lipbalm.

Come vedete sulle foto qui sopra si riesce ad ottenere due risultati completamente diversi con questa matita labbra. Se applicata da sola direttamente sulle labbra si ottiene un colore rosso intenso, ma se prima si usa un balsamo per le labbra e poi si applica leggermente sopra il colore ottenuto sarà un rosa rosso più soft ed ovviamente la sensazione sulle labbra sarà più piacevole. Usare solo una matita labbra molte volte secca troppo il labbro e non è una bella sensazione. Da dire però che tutte matite labbra sono diverse e ci sono sempre eccezioni. Mi piace questa matita ma le mie aspettative erano sicuramente troppo alte e purtroppo non è stata così fantastica come l’avevo immaginata. È un pò troppo morbida ed è difficile distribuire il colore uniformemente sulle labbra cosa che mi disturba tantissimo. Dall’altra parte il colore rimane a lungo, cosa molto positiva. Io la userò soprattutto sotto un rossetto per intensificare e far durare il colore più  a lungo, oppure come sulla foto qui sopra, sopra un balsamo per le labbra.

UD 24/7 Waterline Eyepencil RAIL

Den här ögonpennan är speciellt gjort för vattenlinjen. Färgen Rail är en jättefin mörkbrun färg. Jag har använt UD 24/7 glide-on ögonpennorna jättelänge och nu när de kommit ut med en serie speciellt för vattenlinjen ville jag såklart prova den. Jag hoppades att de totalt skulle revolutionera den här typen av ögonpenna, och även om de glider på fantastiskt och färgen är toppen, är resultatet inte helt det jag hade hoppats på. Uppenbarligen hade jag hoppats på att den skulle hålla längre än vad den gör innan man ytterligare måste applicera den än en gång. Om jag applicerar den runt 7 på morgen är färgen i stort sett borta vid 8:30. Om jag då ytterligare applicerar den håller färgen mycket bättre. Det kanske är så man måste göra för att denna penna ska hålla som bäst? Vattenlinjen är självklart alltid en kritiskt punkt som är i konstant kontakt med ögon vätska och rörlighet så det påverkar ju såklart produktens hållbarheten.

This eyepencil is specially made for using in the waterline. The color Rail is a really nice darkbrown color. I’ve used the UD 24/7 glide-on eyepencils for a really long time and now when they have come out with a serie specially made for the waterline I just had to try it out. I really hoped that these ones would totally revolutionize this type of eyepencil, and even though it glides on smoothly and the color is great and intense the result isn’t exactly what I had hoped for. Obviously I had hoped that it would have last much longer than what it does before you need to apply it one more time. If I apply it around 7 in the morning much of the color has faded away around 8:30. If I then apply it once more the color will remain on better afterwards. Maybe that’s how you should do to make this eyepencil last its best? The waterline is always a critical point and is constantly in contact with eye liquid and movement so that definitely affects the lasting quality of the color.

Questa matita è fatta specialmente per la riga interna dell’occhio. Il colore Rail è un colore marrone scuro molto bello. È da tanto tempo che uso le loro matite 24/7 glide-on ed ora quando sono usciti con questa nuova serie ho voluto provarla. Le mie speranze erano che questo prodotto avrebbe completamente rivoluzionato questo tipo di matita occhio, ed anche se si applica facilmente ed il colore è inteso e molto bello il risultato non è esattamente quello che avevo sperato. Ovviamente avrei voluto una durata molto più lunga prima di doverla riapplicare. Se la applico alle 7 di mattina alle 8:30 molto del colore è già andato via. Se a quel punto la riapplico il colore durerà più a lungo. Forse è così che si debba fare per ottenere il risultato migliore? La linea interna dell’occhio è sempre un punto critico sottoposta a movimento e liquidi cosa che ovviamente condizionerà la resistenza del prodotto.