Review | NEW Urban Decay Beached Bronzer

UD Bronzer

Reading on the back of the product it says:
Get beached, not burnt. This finely milled, super-soft powder bronzer applies smoothly, doesn’t streak, and creates a bronzed, radiant glow that won’t quit.
Perfect for the face and body, our sheer, natural-looking shades can be used wet or dry.
They also say that it’s great for contouring.

I have to say that everything this bronzer claims to do, it does.
This is so easy to work with, it blends perfectly, and it’s so smooth that I would pet this all day if I could. It basically feels like silk.
I also love the fact that it’s not very pigmented, because I feel like it’s better to build up a bronzer gradually than to put on too much right away, so I do like that this is a sheer, but buildable formula.

Now, I don’t know how this applies wet, but I’m sure you could do that if you wanted to, but personally I don’t feel the need to do that.
I also have’t tried this for contouring, because I’m not really that into that trend, and I think that this bronzer might be a bit warm for that, but of course that depends on your preferences.

However, I got shade ‘Sun-Kissed’ and it does work for me now that I’m fairly light, but if you have a medium-light to a dark skintone I think you should get the darker shade.
But either way I am so impressed with this.
It looks so beautiful on the skin, and it lasts all day without looking streaky or fading.
So if you’re looking for a bronzer I would highly, highly recommend these from Urban Decay.

I got mine from Kicks for 265nok.

Review | Smashbox Double Exposure Palette

Palette

This is what it says on the Smashbox website:
State-of-the-art coated pigments make the magic happen. This coating technology creates multiple effects when wet, allowing the shadows to transform in one of four ways. So 14 shadows actually become 28 shades—all in just one palette.

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(I did build up the swatches in this photo)

So, to be honest, one of the main reasons I got this palette is because I haven’t heard too much about it.
I know that the ‘Full Exposure’ palette didn’t get the best reviews and that may have something to do with why I don’t hear people talk about this, but I am impressed by this.
Now, there are some drawbacks to this palette like the fact that you don’t get a matte transition shade in here, and there’s also a lot of dark shades in this, but I do think that you can get a lot of looks out of this.

However, one of the main reasons that makes me reach for this palette is the way these shadows apply. They are fairly pigmented, but they can also go on sheer and I really like shadows that I can build up rather than tone down, if you know what I mean?
So I have the option to go really intense or very soft and natural, and yes, that can be a drawback for some people, but I don’t mind that at all.

I also like the fact that you can wet them for a more intense color, and some of them kinda turns from a satin-matte to a more metallic shade when you use them wet, so you do have a lot of options with this palette.
Now, I have to say that if you use them wet they are a bit harder to blend, but there’s nothing so bad that you can’t easily work with it.
And I don’t have any issues with creasing, and they stay on my lids until I take of my makeup, so they do last all day.

And lastly you do get a double ended brush in here. I have tried it, and do think it’s an OK brush, but it is kind of stiff, so I prefer to use other brushes, but it’s not bad and you could use it if you want to.

So, overall I would recommend this palette if you don’t mind pulling in another shadow to use as a transition shade (if you want to do that), but if you want a palette that has everything you need, I don’t think that this is it, because I always have to pull in something else.

I got mine from Kicks for 360nok.

Review | NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams

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This is what it says on the NYX website:
Now available in twelve more statement-making shades, our velvety smooth Soft Matte Lip Cream delivers a burst of creamy color and sets to a stunning matte finish. Surprisingly durable, lightweight and delightfully creamy, it’s no wonder this sweetly scented formula is a NYX fan favorite.

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So, I got these because I’ve heard so many good things about them and because they’re inexpencive I thought I’d give them a try, but I have to say that these are some of the worst lip products I’ve tried so far.

Now, there are several reasons I don’t like these, first of all every shade I’ve got goes on patchy, and they immediately starts to ball up (kind of like a thick sunscreen does), and that’s not a good look.
Also they wear of way too fast when you’re drinking or rubbing your lips together, and even though they don’t cost much at all, I had higher expectations for the lasting power of these.
And lastly because they all settle in my liplines, making them look quite old, almost. Now I know that matte lip products can do that when they dry down, but none of these did dry down on me, so it was all just very weird.

However, the scent of these is amazing. They smell very sweet, kind of like a vanilla-coffee kind of a scent, and I really do like that.
And they feel very good on the lips, very velvety, they actually feel alot like the Smashbox insta-matte, which is nice.
But overall, I just can’t recommend these. I would much rather do the extra step of applying my insta-matte on top of any of my other lipsticks than to spend my money on these.
They’re just not worth it in my oppinion.

I got mine from Kicks for 79 nok a piece.

Review | NEW Biotherm Skin Best Wonder Mud

111On the Biotherm website it says that this is a antioxidant-concentrated 3-minute mask with mineral clay to cleanse deep, diminish visible pores and get healthy glowing. Non-drying, mousse-like mask works impurities and sebum out of blocked pores. Use twice-weekly for powered-up cleansing against the build-up of city grime, makeup and toxins to beat dullness and help skin breathe again.

Antioxidant Astaxanthin combats dullness + Ghassoul mineral clay absorbs oil and impurities. Skin looks noticeably healthier, brighter and more even, feels soft as velvet and luminous.

So, I’ve been using this for the last 1,5 months, and so far I do like it.
However, I haven’t seen a dramatic difference in my skin, but it is a new product, so I haven’t had the time to really see how it will work after several months, but it does deep clean my pores, and it’s great if you’re in a hurry since it is a 3-minute mask.

Now, this is quite a unique mask to me, because it works like a regular clay mask, but I can’t really feel it on my skin when I wearit, so it’s very lightweight and I do like that it doesn’t dry out my skin.
Also, it does have exfoliating properties in it, and I do like that it is kind of a multi-purpose product that deep cleans and gets rid of the dead skin on my face at the same time.

Now, as far as luminousity goes, I do feel like my skin looks healthier and a bit brighter with this, so I have to say that it holds up to it’s claims so far.

So, overall I am impressed with this and I also think that it will work for all skin types, so I would recommend checking this out if you’re looking for a good purifying mask that won’t dry out your skin.

With that said I should also mention that I have ‘forgotten’ that I had it on, and I wore it for 30-40 minutes, and it didn’t irritate my skin at all, so it’s not a huge thing if you leave it on for longer than 3 minutes.

The only thing that might be a dealbreaker is the fact that it is quite expencive, but you do get 75ml in the tub, and you don’t really need much to cover your entire face, so that’s something to keep in mind.

I got mine from Kicks for 475nok.