Review | Smashbox Photo Filter Powder Foundation

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This is what it says on the Smashbox website:
#INSTAFILTER FOR YOUR FACE
The special effects of Light Filter Technology and the performance of long-wear Photoset Polymers blend together to make this powder foundation magic. Not only does it act like your favorite photo filter on your phone, but it also stays true all day. In today’s super social world where everyone’s a photographer, this product couldn’t have come at a better time.
It also claims to be:
• 8-hour wear
• Non-drying. Non-caking. Non-settling. Oil-free
• Customizable finish – sheer or full – with a double-sided sponge
• Buildable coverage

So, I’ve been wanting to try a powder foundation for quite some time now, mainly because I feel like they look a bit more natural than my liquid foundations does, so I finally decided to try this one, and to be honest I’m not quite sure how I feel about this.
The reason why I’m not totaly in love with this is because, when I use this on it’s own, it does kind of separate in my t-zone when my oils start to come through.
And I know that this doesn’t claim to be oil-controlling, but I don’t think it should separate either, you know?
But with that said this does look very nice and natural wherever I’m normal-dry, so maybe it’s just not the best for oily skin.

However, this feels very creamy, and it doesn’t look cakey on me at all, and you can build it up to a light/medium coverage, but I don’t think you’ll be able to get a full coverage with this unless you use a concealer where you need it first.
Now as far as lasting power I do not agree that this will last for 8-hours, at least not on my skin, but you will be able to get about 4-6 hours out of it, and it does fade very evenly, so you won’t look patchy, which is nice.

Now, I also decided to see how this would work as a setting powder on top of a light amount of liquid foundation and for that I think it’s great, because it doesn’t add too much coverage, so it will just even things out and set it in a natural way, so I don’t think this product is a total no-go.
(Keep in mind that I used a brush for it when I used it as a setting powder, not the sponge that comes with it)
But if you’d rather use it on it’s own I do think, like I mentioned before, that this will work best for normal to dry skin.

I got mine from Kicks for 340nok, and it is available in 10 shades.

Review | NEW Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream

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This is what it says on the Clinique website:
A pep rush for eyes. Just 3 seconds to look wide awake, refreshed. Hydrates, brightens, perks you up. Its cool touch and de-puffing tip help keep eyes looking fresh. Smooths the way for makeup, too. Have it on hand. Ophthalmologist Tested.

First of all I have to say that I think the packaging on this eye-cream is very unique, and it feels quite nice and high-end, but I do find that the ball thing is a little bit hard to pull up sometimes. And also, when you push the ‘ball’ back down again to close it, some of the product will squirt out, so I would suggest holding over the hole when you close it so you don’t get the product everywhere.

Now as far as the eye cream it self I find that it is very lightweight, and it does sink in to skin very nicely, and I haven’t had any issues with it leaving a film under my eyes.
But with this said, I don’t know if this is anything special.
I mean, I do think it works just as well as other eye creams as far as hydration goes. At least I think it feels quite simular to others that I’ve tried previously.
However, even though I think that it makes my under eyes look a bit more awake when I first apply it, I’m not sure if that’s because it really does brighten my under eyes, or if it’s simply because my skin wakes up a bit after my morning routine.
But either way I do think that this is a good eye cream, and it does work well with makeup on top, so I do think that it’s worth it, even though I’m not quite sure it does exactly what it claims to do. But if you’re on a budget you can find cheaper alternatives as far as hydration goes, so that’s sometimes to keep in mind if you were thinking of trying this because it is a  bit up there in price.

I got mine from Kicks for 225nok.

Review | NEW Smashbox L.A Lights Blush & Highlight Palette

B&H palette

This is what it says on the Smashbox website:
Getting a fresh, youthful flush for any occasion just got a lot more low maintenance. We partnered two carefully curated, tonal shades of blush with their perfectly matched highlighter—so you’ll never have to worry about shades clashing again.
Two shades mean you can turn up your rosiness from subtle to dramatic to match any look, occasion or season.
These also claim to be long-wearing, richly pigmented blush shades, and they are supposed to stay true to color all day – no streaking or fading.

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(Swatches Top-Bottom: Rich Pink, True Pink, Highlight Pink)

So, my immediate thought when I first tried this was that it was way too pigmented for a blush, and I wasn’t expecting them to be that pigmented, but they are.
Now, I do think that these are very beautiful blushes, but you do have to use a very (!) light hand with these, because they will make you look like a clown in no time (trust me, I’ve been there).
But if you use them sparlingly they do look very beautiful on the skin! They are also easy to blend and they do stay true to color all day, so I do think that they hold up the claims.

Now, I also think that every shade in here pairs beautifully together, and you could mix-and-match them to get the color you want, but I do not think that the highlight shade in here really can be used as a highlighter.
Maybe on deeper skintones, but for me it is more of a blush-topper, I could even use it as a blush on it’s own, so that’s something to keep in mind.

I also have to mention that these are, at least to me, very bright shades. You could tone them down, but if you’re more into very subtle blushes, these may not be what you’re looking for.
But I really don’t have anything bad to say about this palette, so if you’re into ‘bright’ pink blushes I would recommend getting this (they do also have other palettes with different colors), but if you are very heavy handed when you apply blush these may not be for you.

I got mine from Kicks for 280nok in the shade “Pacific Coast Pink”.

Favourites | Top 5 April 2016

 

favorites

Hello.
It’s time for favourites again.
Some of these products I may have done a review on previously, if so they will be linked at the end of the post.

skindinavia

So this month I’ve been loving my Skindinavia oil-controll setting spray for both locking my makeup into place, and for toning down the powdery look I sometimes get when I use too much powder.
This also helps with oil-controll, but it doesn’t keep me matte all day so my oils does start to peek through after a while, but I’ve noticed that I don’t look too shiny throughout the day when I use this, so I’ve really been loving this.

mac pro longwear

For foundation this month I’ve been using my MAC pro longwear foundation, but I’ve also been mixing it with other foundations I don’t like on their own, like the Urban Decay naked skin foundation.
But no matter if I use this on it’s own or mixed with something else, this stays on all day and it covers everything I need covered, so everytime I need something I can trust I reach for this.

highlight

My favorite highlight for this month has been the Wet n Wild to reflect shimmer palette in the shade ‘Rosè Champagne Glow’.
This is such a beautiful, cool-toned, pinky highlighter, it is not too glittery or chunky, but it gives such a beautiful glow, and you can build it up for more intensity if you wanted to do that.
Also it stays in place all day, so you don’t have to worry about it moving around or falling down onto your cheeks or anything.
Now, this particular one is from the Fergie Centerstage collection which I think was limited edition, but I found the same shades on the wet n wild website, the only difference is that the Fergie name isn’t on the packaging, and they have renamed them, so if you want this one it’s now called ‘I’ll Have A Cosmo’.

mascara

For lashes I’ve been keeping them natural looking this month.
Because I wear glasses I don’t always want my lashes to look too dramatic, but at the same time I want them to be long and separated, and the mascara I find works best for that is the L’atelier Maquillage Mascara KeraCare.
I got mine in a Glossybox a few months ago, and I’ve been using it ever since.
This separates and lenghtens my lashes perfectly, so if you like natural, everyday type looking lashes you should check this out.

smashbox

And my last favorite for this month is the Smashbox Double Exposure Palette.
Now, I did just do a review on this, but I haven’t been able to put it down.
Like I said in my review I do have to pull out a transition shade, but the range of both warm and cool toned shadows that you get with this gives you so many options.
I’ve been mostly reaching for the warmer, more peachy shades in this, but they are all beautiful shades, and they do last all day without fading or creasing.

Links:
https://februaryglow.wordpress.com/2015/12/30/skindinavia-primer-setting-sprays/
https://februaryglow.wordpress.com/2015/11/11/mac-pro-longwear-foundation/
https://februaryglow.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/review-smashbox-double-exposure-palette/