Favorites | Top 5 July 2016

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These are my top 5 products for July.
As usual, full reviews will be linked at the end of the post on the items I have reviewed previously.

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So my first favorite of the month has to be the Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water.
This BB water/foundation is so lightweight on the skin, but it does actually cover my imperfections perfectly, which surprised me quite a bit, because I didn’t expect it to do anything other than even out my skin a bit.
And I honestly don’t know why I haven’t heard people raving about this more than I have, because it is so good.
And it also lasts on my skin all day, even in my t-zone where I tend to get quite oily.
I will say though, that you do need to set this with a powder if you have oily skin, but other than that I think this will work for everybody.

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For my eyes this month I’ve been loving the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette.
This is so beautiful and you can get so many looks with this, no matter if you’re more like me that prefers a more natural look, or if you prefer bolder looks.
The only thing that’s been bothering me lately is that I wish there was a shade in between ‘Tempera’ and ‘Golden Ochre’, because ‘Tempera’ is a bit too light for me to use all over my lid when I’m tan, and ‘Golden Ochre’ doesn’t show up when I’m tan, so that’s something to keep in mind, but of course you could also mix those two together if you have the same issues I have.
But other than me being picky, I don’t have anything negative to say about this.

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Now, when it comes to my eyelashes I’ve been more and more into mascaras that only enhances my natural lashes, and I’ve been steering clear of the more voluminous mascaras that most people are into, so this month I’ve only been reaching for the Sensai Mascara 38°C, and this is only designed to lengthen your lashes, and it doesn’t provide any volume, but that’s the reason I love it.
However, if you have short, straight lashes I don’t think this is for you at all, unless you want to use it as a lash primer (which works very nicely), but I am fortunate enough to have very long, full lashes to begin with, and I do think that that makes a difference in how you feel about this product.

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For my brows I’ve been using the Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil.
Now, I do really like it for filling in my brows, and it’s very very easy to blend out, but I do find that it’s a bit hard to use on the outer tail of the brow, since it is more of a ‘diamond’ shape, and not a slim pencil.
But other than that I haven’t had any issues with this fading, or moving around, so if you haven’t tried it, and you’re looking for some new brow products, I do think it’s worth a try.

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And my last favorite of the month is the St. Tropez Self Tanner in Dark.
So I know that everyone is raving about the Loving Tan self tanner, but because of where I live it gets a bit too expencive for my taste, so I’ve been going for this one instead.
Now, this lasts for at least 5 days to a week before it starts to rub off, and it doesn’t really get that patchy (other than in the ares where my clothing and such is rubbing on my skin like the crease of my arm, my feet etc).
But I also really like the color it gives, because it does look so natural and healthy, and it’s not so dark that it’s too obvious.
And they do also have a lighter shade if you don’t want to go too dark right away.

Links:
https://februaryglow.wordpress.com/2016/07/06/review-new-anastasia-modern-renaissance-palette/

Review | Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder

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This is what it says on the Bobbi Brown Website:
A long-lasting powder that sets and perfects foundation for a smooth, flawless finish. This sheer powder is 100% oil-free and oil-absorbing, with vitamin E for the most comfortable wear.
Ideal for women with oily skin, or women who prefer a lighter powder.
The unique yellow base complements all skin tones to create a natural-looking tone.
For a natural look, apply over foundation using a Powder Brush. For a more polished look, apply powder with our Powder Puff (sold separately), using a gentle pressing motion. Dust off excess with a brush.

So, like I’ve said before, I do prefer lighter makeup in the summer months rather than the full coverage, heavy makeup I tend to reach for more in the fall/winter.
So because of that, and because it claims to be ideal for oily skin, I thought I’d give it a go, but this did leave me quite disappointed.

Now, I will say that the only reason it disappointed me is because it doesn’t control my oils at all, and I think it should do that because of it’s claims, but other than that I don’t think it’s a bad powder, however, I do think that it’s better for people with normal to dry skintypes.

Other than that I do think that this powder does a good job of setting my makeup without looking cakey or powdery, and I do like that it doesn’t provide too much coverage/color to the skin, so you don’t have to be too carefull when choosing your shade.
And it does feel very lightweight on the skin, so I do like it for those reasons.

But when it all comes down to it, I don’t think I can recommend this, just because I don’t think it holds up to it’s claims, and I don’t think it’s worth it for the price, because you can find other powders like this at the drugstore that I’m sure will do the exact same thing.
However, if you are a Bobbi Brown fan, and you do have normal-dry skin, I do think this will work nicely for you.

I got mine at Kicks for 335nok and it’s available in 10 shades.

Review | Origins Plantscription Youth-Renewing Sheet Mask

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This is what it says on the Origins website:
Unmask youthfulness with the power of 25 serum applications in 1. Our potent sheet mask goes everywhere in easy-to-pack packettes that help instantly nourish dry devitalized skin with youth-renewing Tamanu Oil. Skin looks smooth, supple, radiantly revived.
These are formulated without parabens, propylene glycol, mineral oil, PABA, petrolatum, paraffin, DEA, synthetic color, synthetic fragrance and animal ingredients.

So, we all know that sheet masks have been all the rage in the beauty community this year, so I figured I’d try them for myself to see what all the hype was about, and wow am I impressed with these!

Now, I knew that they would be hydrating because they do contain alot of serum, but I really wasn’t expecting to see a difference after one use, but I truly did notice that my skin was looking way more supple after only 10-15 minutes.
I also noticed that my expression lines/fine lines got way less noticable right away, and my skin felt so smooth.

Now, they say that these are best for line and wrinkle reduction (pretty self explanatory when you think of the name), and after seeing how my skin looked after trying them, I do think that that is true, but they didn’t make my skin feel tight at all, so even though they do plump up your skin, they don’t feel firming to me. I don’t mind that, but if you’re looking for something that will feel very firming and lifting, these may not be for you.
However, if you want something to smooth out any fine lines and wrinkles, I would definitly give these a try.

I got mine from Kicks for 395nok (6 sheet masks)

Review | E.L.F Studio Powder Blush Palette

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This is what it says on the E.L.F website:
This beautiful blush palette holds 4 gorgeous shades to mix and match throughout the year for a custom blended color. Great for contouring, shading, sculpting, and highlighting, these silky smooth blushes create a beautiful pigmented glow. With a mixture of complimentary matte and shimmer finishes, you can achieve a professional look every time.

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So, I’ve heard about these palettes for quite some time, but for some reason E.L.F has stopped doing international shipping (I used to be able to order from their website a few years ago), so it’s been a struggle to get my hands on these, but I finally found them in a store in Sweeden, so I thought I’d give them a try too see what all the hype is about.

Now, as you can see in the swatches these are very pigmented blushes, so I was a bit scared to try them, thinking they would be too pigmented, but if you just barley tap your brush in there, you will get a light wash of color to your cheeks, so they’re not as scary as they may seem.

As far as application goes I do think that these are very easy to work with, they blend nicely and they don’t look powdery or cakey on the skin, and they do also last all day without fading unevenly, or looking patchy.
So, in all honesty, I would never guess that these are so inexpencive, because they are very high in quality.

And I also like that they have 2 palettes, one that suits light complexions and one that’s better for deeper complexions.
Now, you could use both no matter what skintone you have, you just might have to sheer it out, or build it up a bit more depending on how light/deep you are, but they do work for everybody.
You could also mix and match to get your perfect shade of blush, so the options are endless with these.

However, when you first look at these it does seem like you get 3 matte shades on one shimmer shade, but I don’t really think that the shimmery one looks shimmery on the skin, so I would say that they all have a matte finish, but if you’re more into shimmery blushes you could use a shimmery blush topper, or even a light dusting of highlight on top to costumize them to your liking.

So overall I think that these are great blushes, especially for the price, so I would highly recommend these.

I got mine from Lyko for 109sek a piece.

Review | NEW Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette

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This is what it says on the Anastasia website:
An essential eye shadow collection featuring 14 shades, including neutral and berry tones. Use Anastasia Beverly Hills first permanent palette, Modern Renaissance to create endless looks for daytime and evening.
Highly pigmented, easy-to-blend formula
11 matte shades; 3 metallic, Dual-sided soft bristle brush.

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So, I’ve been wanting to get my hands on the Anastasia eyeshadows for quite a while now, but I’ve never gotten around to ordering them untill I saw this palette. I mean, how can you resist these shades?
Now, I will say that the berry tones in this palette isn’t the type of shades I usually reach for, but I do think it’s easier to try shades out of your comfort zone when you get some good neautrals mixed in with the wilder shades, like you do with this.

Now, I don’t really have anything bad to say about this palette, but I have noticed that these shadows are so soft that they do kick up alot of powder when you dip your brush in them, so I would recommend being abit carefull with that, but as long as you tap off your brush before you apply them to the eyes, you won’t have any fallout falling onto your cheeks, so it’s not really that big of a deal.

Other than that I find that these shadows are very easy to blend, and I haven’t had any issues with them creasing or fading on me at all.
Also they are very pigmented, but they’re also very easy to sheer out for a softer look if you don’t want to go too bold right away, so you can easily choose the amount of pigmentation you get out of them, which I like quite alot.
And the brush in here is quite nice as well, now I will say that the fluffy side is a bit stiff, but it blends out the shadows so beautifully. And the other side is perfect for the lower lashline since it is quite small and dense.

So if you’ve been wanting to try some more berry/red/pink toned eyeshadows, or even if you just want the neautrals, I do think that this is worth getting!
However, if you’re more into cool toned shades, you might wanna skip this, because this does mostly contain warm shadows, but if that’s what you’re into I do recommend this.

I got mine from Kicks for 545nok.