Review | Skindinavia Primer & Setting Sprays.

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First of all I want to talk about the primer sprays.

You get two options with these.

Either the original one that claims to virtually give you a poreless, more even-toned complexion over time. Or the oil-controlling one that claims to slow down oil production and promises a prettier skin over time.

I don’t know about those “making-your-skin-look-better-over-time” claims, or the poreless complexion claims, but if you combine them with a porefilling primer, like the benefit porefessional, or the smashbox pore minimizing primer, these does work pretty well.

For this time of year, I don’t like the oil-controlling one as much, because it does get a little too drying for me, but it does slow down my oil production quite well, so I think this would be a prefect primer for the spring and summer months, or if you have very oily skin you could use it all year around.

As for the original primer spray, it does remind me a lot of the Smashbox Primer Water, so If you already own that, I don’t think you would need this one, but if not I would give it a go.

It does feel really cooling and refreshing, and it does help my makeup go on nicely, so check it out if you’re into the whole primer spray/water idea.

Now, let’s talk about the setting sprays.

I have tried all of these, and their all equally as good for it’s own purpose.

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The original one claims to be clinically-proven to keep colors vibrant and make creasing concealer and faded foundation a thing of the past.

I haven’t used this one on it’s own, but I keep the sample size bottle in my purse so I can use it to refresh my makeup throughout the day, and I love it for that.

Of course you could use it to set your makeup once you’re done applying it, but I just find that it works best for me to apply it after I’ve touched up with powder after a few hours of makeup wear time, to take away that powdery-look we can get.

Then there’s the Bridal one.

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This claims to be kiss-proof, cry-proof and sweat-proof, and it’s specially designed to resist the effects of excess moisture and helps keep makeup looking flawless. And it’s recommended for all skin types.

This is the one I’ve used the most, and I have to say that this holds up to it’s claims quite well. Not 100%, but it’s not far away.

Now, this is first and foremost designed to be used for brides, or other special occasions, but of course you can use it as you like.

To me, this gives kind of a dewy finish, so if you’re oily or combination you may wanna keep some blotting papers or a touch up powder with you, but this is a beautiful setting spray, and I do really love it.

Last, but not least is the oil-controlling one.

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On the Skindinavia website it says that this award-winning oil-control finishing spray gives you a beautiful soft-matte finish, while keeping your skin sheen-free and your makeup perfectly in place.

This I have to say is my favourite one out of the bunch.

This takes away that powdery look I sometimes get (as they all do), and it helps me controll my oils throughout the day, so I don’t have to touch up as much when I use this as my setting spray.

It also gives a beautiful soft-matte finish as it claims, but my oils does show through after about 2-4 hours, however it does slow it down alot, so even though I get a bit dewy throughout the day, I don’t look greasy or oily, if that makes sence?

All of these are oil-free, paraben-free and claims to last up to 16 hours.

And they all have a very fine mist.

You can buy them on Skindinavia.com

Primer sprays: 4oz – 35$ , 8oz – 49$

Setting sprays: 4oz – 29$ , 8oz – 39$


			

Review | Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Stick Trio

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I’ve been using the Smashbox contour sticks for a few months now, and I have to say that I am very impressed with these.
When I first got them, I wasn’t sure how they would work with my oily skintype, but these stay on all day, I do, however, set them with powder, so I’m not sure how they work without setting them.
But they are very creamy, and they blend very easily!
However, I do recommend that you, f.ex, draw a line under your left cheekbone, blend that out, then move on to your right cheekbone. Because if you let them sit for a bit before you blend them out, they can get a little bit difficult to work with. If you know what I mean?

(Swatches L-R: Contour, Bronzer, Highlight)

You also get a sharpener with this kit, so you don’t have to worry about bying one individually. And you get a face chart that tells you how you can use them for your specific face shape, which is nice if you’re new to contouring.
I got mine from Kicks for 375nok.

Favorites | Top 5 December 2015

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Hi, Monkeys.

Today I thought I’d share my top 5 makeup products for November/December, and give you my opinion on each one of these.

First up is the Lancome Khol Hypnose Waterproof in the shade 03 Marine.

This is definitly my favourite eyeliner to tight line with.

It stays in place all day, it’s easy to use and it doesn’t smudge, or transfer on me at all.

However, this is a high-end product, and the pricetag is a bit high, but if you want to splurge on a high-end liner, I would higly recommend this.

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For my brows I have been loving the Loreal Brow Artist Plumper, in the shade medium/dark.

I love this for the simple reason that you can either use it on top of a browpencil or pomade, or you can use it alone for a more natural look.

This keeps my brows in place all day, and it doesn’t make my brows look/feel crispy or glossy.

And it’s affordable, so that’s always a bonus.

(Swatches L-R: MAC, YSL, Mixed)

For highlighting my undereyes I’ve been mixing the YSL Touche Eclat in #2, and the MAC prep+prime in Light Boost.

These are very simular products, and they’re supposed to the same thing, but I don’t really like either one of them on their own.

However when I mix them togheter they brighten my undereyes perfectly.

Now, if you, like me, have very bad undereye circles I would reccomend that you use a corrector of some sort underneath to neutralize the darkness, because these aren’t meant to cover, but as highlighters they give beautiful, suttle glow.

These are kind of pricy, but I haven’t found anything simular to them on the drugstore.

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For my setting powder I’ve been using the MAC prep+prime transparent finishing powder in the pressed version.

Now when I first got this I thought it would be just like every other transparent setting powders, but what I find to be different about this is the fact that it doesn’t leave a white cast on my skin, and it’s also, kind of, poreminimizing.

By poreminimizing I don’t mean that it’s anything like the porefessional, or those kinds of products, but unlike my other powders, this doesn’t settle into my pores and therefor it doesn’t emphasize them.

Now, I have to say that this can look a bit cakey and dry if you don’t use a setting spray to calm down the powdery look, but if you’re like me and can’t live without a good settingspray, it shouldn’t be a problem.

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(The shadow isn’t as orange, or as dark as shown on the picture)

Last, but not least is the Make Up Store Microshadow in the shade Desert.

I’ve been using this as a transition color, all over lid color and as a nose contour, and it is absolutly amazing!

This feels almost like butter, it’s really easy to blend, and it does not crease.

It’s also very pigmented, but you can easily sheer it down if you want to.

So if you haven’t tried the Make Up Store Microshadows yet, I would highly recommend that you do!

If you want a more in depth review of any of these products, just let me know. 🙂

 

Review | Smashbox Primer Water

20151202_073807_HDRReading of the Smashbox website it says that this is silicone-free, alcohol-free and oil-free. It’s also packed with revitalizing electrolytes to wake up skin and restore moisture—like a supercharged energy drink for your skin. It also says that this enriched water instantly absorbs into skin for lasting hydration.

So this is supposed to be a 3-in-1 multitasking water that you can use as a primer, a setting spray and to refresh your makeup (or just your naked face) throughout the day.

Well, most of the time, I don’t believe in multitasking products, because I find that they only do a half decent job on whatver they’re supposed to do, in stead of doing one thing really good.

But I have to say that I find this to do a good job with whatever I choose to use it for, and that, even though it’s “just a water” it does a good job of priming my skin, and keeping my skin looking hydrated all day, without looking oily.

I would also recommend that you use a regular primer with it if you have large pores, or fine lines that you want to smooth out.

I got mine from Kicks for 275nok.