Favorites | Top 5 September 2016

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This month I’ve been trying out a lot of new (to me) products, so it was a bit difficult to narrow it down to my top 5, but these are the products I’ve been reaching for the most throughout the month. And as always, I will link to full reviews at the end of post if I’ve done one previously.

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I’ve just now gotten my hands on the Laura Mercier translucent setting powder, and I haven’t been able to put it down.
Now, I don’t use it for baking, mostly because I just don’t like to have that much powder underneath my eyes, but I do use it to set my undereyes, and my entire face, and it’s been working great for that if I don’t use alot, because I have noticed that it will look dry on my skin if I don’t use it lightly, but it is a very beautiful powder and a little goes a long way so it will last you a long long time.

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My second favorite this month have been the Smashbox Pore Minimizing Primer.
Now, I did try this once it came out, and I didn’t really like it at all, because it made my foundation look very cakey and patchy on top of if, but I got an other sample of it recently, and this time around it does everything I want it to do (so I figure I got a bad sample the first time)
Now it fills in my pores beautifully, it doesn’t make my foundation go on patchy and it does help to control my oils throughout the day, so I might just buy the full size once I run out.

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Also from Smashbox, I’ve been really enjoing the new studio skin concealer.
This is just so easy to work with, it doesn’t feel very heavy and it does provide a good amount of coverage, and it does last all day without fading or creasing.
Now, some days I do mix it with my Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer because it is a bit lighter than my Smashbox one, but most days I’ve been wearing it alone.

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For my cheeks this month I’ve been mixing the Make Up Geek blush in the shade “Smitten” with the MAC powder blush in the shade “Fun Ending” and together they give me the perfect peachy-pink flush, and they just make me look a bit more healthy.
Also, they stay on for a decent amount of time, and they don’t look powdery or patchy, so I’ve really been loving the mix of these two.

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My last favorite this month is the Loreal Volume Million Lashes mascara.
This mascara is actually an old favorite of mine, and I do really love the volume it gives my lashes, and it also makes them look a little bit thicker without getting clumpy or messy.
Now, I don’t find that it gives me a lot of extra lenght, so I don’t know how it would work if you have very short lashes, but if you have longer lashes I think this will work beautifully for you.
And the best part is that it doesn’t flake, and, at least on me, it doesn’t smudge.

So, what are your favorite products this month? Let me know in the comments below.

Links:
Smashbox Studio Skin concealer: https://februaryglow.wordpress.com/2016/09/21/review-new-smashbox-studio-skin-24-hour-concealer/
Make Up Geek Blush: https://februaryglow.wordpress.com/2015/11/25/makeup-geek-blushes/

Review | NEW Smashbox Studio Skin 24-Hour Concealer

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This is what it says on the Smashbox website:
Makeup artists in our L.A. photo studio call this new concealer a magic wand because it makes any skin imperfection disappear—and stays put for 24 hours. Waterproof and moisturizing, the creamy formula blends flawlessly without creasing, caking or settling. Forget about midday touch-ups or makeup fatigue. It’s time to be full-on flawless.
WHY IT’S UNIQUE
We’re the only beauty brand with Flashbox Lighting Lab, where we test and perfect color consistency across 10 shades in any light. Apply this concealer in the morning and you’re flawless outdoors, at work and after-hours. Our light-diffusing formula also minimizes imperfections—meaning all blur, no blah.
• Sweat, humidity & transfer-resistant; oil-free

So, Smashbox just came out with a new concealer and since I’m always on the hunt for my perfect concealer, I thought I’d give this a try, and I do like it, but I don’t think that it’s “The One”.
Now, when it comes to concealers I’m usually very picky, and most of the time they don’t really cover my dark circles (which is what I tend to use concealer for, and I do use a corrector underneath), and to be completely honest, this doesn’t cover them either, but it does cover them a little bit better than other concealers I’ve tried, like the Urban Decay Naked Skin and the MAC Pro Longwear concealers (even though that might be because the shade suits me a bit better than those).
So if you’re a fan of those concealers, and you are looking for something new to try, this might work for you.

Now, when it comes to lasting power, I do find that this stays on all day long, and I haven’t noticed any creasing or fading, but I have heard that some people did have to touch it up throughout the day, so that is something to take notice of before purchasing this.
But, like I said, I haven’t had any of those issues, so I guess it could depend on how oily your skin is underneath your eyes, or it might be an issue if you’re using an eye-cream that is a little too heavy for day time, but, either way, I wouldn’t really worry too too much about that, since most of us set our concealer with powder anyway.

Now, as far as consistency goes, I find that this concealer is a bit thinner than I’m used to from this type of a concealer, but I personally don’t mind that, because, since it is a little bit thinner, it doesn’t look heavy and cakey, and you can easily build it up if you want more coverage out of this, and it is easy to blend out too, so to me that is actually a good thing.

So, overall I would recommend this if you’ve had trouble finding a shade that works for you, or if you want a concealer that is a little bit thinner/a little less heavy looking on your skin.

I got mine from kicks for 220nok, and it’s available in 10 shades.

Review | NEW Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks

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This is what it says on the Urban Decay Website:
Prepare to get hooked. Vice Lipstick comes in a massive lineup of 100 addictive shades and six indulgent finishes—our biggest lineup yet!
Our shade range has it all: Bold brights. Dark, sexy shades. Super-versatile neutrals. With so much variety it’ll make your head spin, there’s something for everyone—from new shades to cult favorites you thought you’d never see again

The pigment load in Vice Lipstick is insane! Just one swipe provides an unbelievable laydown of color. And every shade applies smoothly (without dragging or skipping), hugs lips, and feels amazing! Our proprietary Pigment Infusion System™ gives the formula its super-creamy texture, rich payout and superior color dispersion.
This creamy formula is loaded with nourishing ingredients. A yummy butter blend comforts, hydrates and enhances, leaving lips soft and conditioned, never dry. Aloe vera, jojoba, avocado and babassu oils nourish and soften lips. Illipe butter (derived from Malaysian illipe trees) provides long-lasting moisture. And Vitamin C and vitamin E provide a hit of antioxidants.

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So, from what I understand, Urban Decay re-did all their lipsticks and put them all in one big collection, instead of several different ones, and I figured I’d try some of them out to see if they are as good as some of the reviews says they are.

Now, first of all I have to say that I’m impressed with the pigmentation of these lipsticks, even the sheer-finish ones are alost equally as pigmented as creams and comfort matte, so I’m very plesantly surprised with that.
And they all glide over the lips so smooth and evenly, at least of the ones that I’ve got.
However, I did notice that the cream-finishes did bleed outside my lipline a little bit, especially the shade “Crisis”, and I’m not very happy with that since it is a darker shade, and it is very noticable, so I would recommend using a lipliner to prevent the bleeding.

As far as the lasting power goes, I find that they all last a descent amount of time, and they all leave a good stain behind once they wear off, with exception of the shade “Wrong Number”, that shade just disappears, but for me that’s not really an issue since I always bring my lipstick with me for touch-ups, and since they do leave a stain you don’t really have to worry too much about re-applying.

So, overall I do think that these lipsticks are good. I don’t think they’re the best ones out there, but I do think they’re worth checking out since you do get so many different shade- and finish opptions with these.

I got mine from Kicks for 175nok a piece.

Review | NEW Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes Palette

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This is what it says on the Smashbox website:
When we noticed that our makeup artists use matte eye shadows as brow powder and liner on shoots in our L.A. photo studio, we knew we had to create a do-it-all formula just for eyes.
Each shade in this matte collection is a multitasker—from stay-put shadows that double as liner to brow powders that also work as shadows. And to make it even more versatile, each ultra-silky, richly pigmented shade can also be used wet for a more intense effect.

Includes:
• 12 all-matte wet/dry shades that can be used as liner, shadow or brow powder
• 2 double-size base shadow shades
• Double-ended liner/shadow brush
• #SHAPEMATTERS lookbook insert with how-to’s for 6 eye shapes and 5 brow shapes

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So, this palette caught my eye because of the fact that it’s ment to be an all-in-one palette, and I thought it would be an easy to reach for, everyday sort of a thing.
And I love the idea behind this, but after trying it out for a little while, I don’t think that I’ll reach for this as much as I thought I would.

Now, when it comes to the shadows in here, I do think that you get a lot of different opptions when it comes to shades, and I do love that they included two base-shades in bigger pans, but I prefer warm-toned shades, and this is just a bit too cool-toned for my liking.
As far as the quality of the shadows, I think that they’re ok, but they’re nothing spectacular to me.
They are easy to work with, they blend out very beautifully, and they do stay on without creasing, but I do wish that they were just a little more pigmented.
Of course, they are easily buildable, so it’s not a huge problem, but I still wish they had that little extra something in them.

However, when it comes to using these as a brow powder, I do think that they are very good.
I’ve tried a few different shades on my brows and they all stayed all day without fading off, or moving around.
So there’s alot of good qualities to this palette, even though it’s not quite what I prefer, and I would say that this is a good buy if you’re into more cool-toned shadows, and you want a palette where you have everything you need for eyeshadow, eyeliner and brow powder.
But if you’re more into those burnt oranges, and warm browns ++, I’d skip this one and go for something different.

I got mine from Kicks for 475nok.