Favorites | Top 5 May 2017

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So it’s time for a favorites post again, and this time I struggled a bit actually finding products I’ve been loving, because yes I’ve been using all of these products consistently throughout the month, but some of them I’ve been using because I love the color, not so much because I love the formula.
Anyway, I will have link to full reviews at the end of the post like usual.

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My first favorite this month is the Loreal Botanics Rich Infusion Hair Masque.
I have the one for dry hair (even though my hair is normal), and this makes my hair so soft and smooth, and it also doesn’t get as ‘static’ when I use this which is great.
Now, the way I use this (and any other hairmask) is that I apply it to the lenghts of my hair after I washed it and then, after 3-5 minutes or so, I use a litte bit of shampoo in the roots of my hair while I rinse it out, this way my hair doesn’t get as heavy or oily (I have a lot of and quite long hair, so my hair will get quite ‘flat’ if I don’t wash/condition my hair like this), and since I do this 2-3 times a week, I have noticed that my hair stays softer for longer, so I’ve really been enjoying this mask (and technique).

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My second favorite this month is the Nails Inc nail polish in the shade ‘King William Walk’.
Now, this is more of a color favorite, because I don’t really love the formula, because it does crack after a day or two, but I love this color so much, because it is the perfect, soft nude for my skintone and this is the only shade I’ve been wearing for the last two months, so I had to mention it.
However, I have this gel transformer set that allows me to mix this polish with a gel, so it actually lasts (and dries under a LED light) like a gel polish, which is great because then I don’t really have to worry about it for a couple of weeks, making it a lot easier for me because I don’t have to re-apply it 3 times a week.
But nonetheless I do really love this color.

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Next I have the Maybelline Linerefine Expression Kajal in the shade ‘Brown’.
Now I’m not really one who uses liner on a daily basis, liquid or pencil, but this month I’ve been reaching for this one to darken up the outer part of my lash line for a little bit of definition and depth, and sometimes I’ve also smudged it across my whole lashline a couple of times and I do like it for that as well, depending on my mood of course, but it is easy to work with (it could be a little creamier) and it does last all day on my eyes, so I’ve been enjoying this a lot this month.

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Next I have the Revlon Insta-Blush in the shade ‘Berry Kiss’.
Now, I just recently did a review on this, and I said in that review that I didn’t really like these because they require a little bit too much work for my liking and they do fade away quite a bit throughout the day, and I have better cream blushes in my collection, but I don’t have a shade like this which is why I’ve been reaching for it so much this month.
Now if any of you know of a cream blush with a berry tone to it, I’d love to know about it, but for now this is what I’ve got and I do like the shade.

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And my last favorite this month is the bareMinerals BareSkin Sheer Sun Serum Bronzer.
Now I got this free sample with one of my orders ones, and I didn’t really want to try it, but I finally did and I love this so much.
This is such a beautiful bronzer, it’s so lightweight, it looks very soft and natural, and it’s very easy to work with as well.
Now, I do always set it with some sort of powder (sometimes a powder bronzer) so it does last on my skin, so I don’t know how it would last completly on it’s own, but it’s so beautiful that I think it’s worth it either way.

So that’s it for my top 5 this month.
Let me know of some of your favorites in the comments below.

Links:
Revlon Insta-Blush:
https://februaryglow.wordpress.com/2017/05/17/review-new-revlon-photoready-insta-blush/

Review | Maybelline Matte Nudes

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This is what it says on the Maybelline website:
Color Sensational® Inti-Matte Nude lipstick features warm, golden pigments that enrich your natural lip color.
Maybelline’s creamiest mattes. Warmer, more sensational nudes for every skin tone. Pucker up to radiant, confident color that highlights one’s natural beauty.

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First of all I have to say that I’m a little bit unsure which line of Matte Nudes these spesific lipsticks are from, but from what I can find online they are closest to the new Inti-Mattes apart from two shades, so that may be because they have different names in Europe because the shades look quite similar (online at least).

Anyway, I was out looking for new makeup when I came across these, and they felt so creamy when I swatched them on the back of hand, so I ordered a few of the shades online when I got home, but sadly they don’t feel/look the way I expected when I apply them to my lips.

Now, when I first applied them to my lips I noticed that the lighter shades seperated on the inner part of my lips right away, and even though I tried to go over that part several times it just didn’t help with the separating.
However, the darker shades didn’t do that at all, so I guess the lighter shades are a bit more difficult to formulate, maybe?
Anyway, I do find that they’re all very pigmented, and I didn’t have to build up the lipstick for it to be opaque, which I can appreciate.
Especially since I do find this formula to be a little bit too thick.

The reason I think it is a bit too thick is because I find that it looks a little heavy on the lips.
It doesn’t feel heavy in any way, but it just looks like I overapplied when I only applied a thin layer, and I’m not really a fan of that look.
So, when I wear these I do blot it down on a papertowel, because that way I still get a lot of colorpayoff (I do apply and blot a few times), but I don’t have all of that excess product on my lips.

But with that said, I do find that these lipsticks lasts for a good amount of time, and I do also find that they (at least the darker shades) leave behind a bit of a ‘stain’, so they fade rather gracefully, which is good.
They are also ‘almost matte’ looking, meaning that I think they’re more velvety/natural than matte, but they’re not actually creamy either, because there’s no sheen or glow to them.
But since they’re not like totaly matte, they don’t dry out the lips either, so I don’t really mind that at all.

Other than that I think that these lipsticks are OK. They’re not the best ones I’ve tried, but they’re not the worst either, so I guess it just comes down to personal preference whether you’ll like them or not.

I got mine from Douglas for 74nok a piece.

Review | NEW Revlon Photoready Insta-Blush

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This is what it says on the Revlon Website:
Our sheer, blendable blush is mistake-proof. The luxurious, cream-to-powder formula creates a naturally flushed, beautiful kiss of color. Use on the apples of cheeks for the perfect finishing touch to a contoured or highlighted look— Anytime, Anywhere.
• Provides an instant kiss of color anytime, anywhere
• Sheer, blendable color
• Luxurious, cream-to-powder formula
• Mistake-proof, easy to use
• Cheeks appear naturally flushed and beautiful
• The perfect finishing touch to a highlighted or contoured look
• Available in 4 globally gorgeous shades

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So, since we’re going in to spring and summer now, I tend to like my makeup a bit more natural and soft, so I do like cream blushes because I think they’re a bit easier to make natural-looking (for me, anyway), and when I found these from Revlon I figured I’d try them out, but sadly, I’m not really that impressed with these.

Now, when I first started to try out these blushes, I did apply the product to the back of my hand and then I picked it up with a brush before I applied it to my cheeks, and when I did that they worked nicely.
However, when I apply them straight to my cheeks they do remove the makeup I have underneath, and to me that’s a big disappointment because I do prefer to apply my cream blushes like that.
Now, I’m not saying that you can’t make these blushes look good, but in my oppinion they do require a bit more work, so that’s something to keep in mind with these.

Other than that I do find that these are very sheer, but they do give a beautiful, natural flush to the cheeks once you work with them, and they do also blend out nicely if you apply it from a brush, not directly from the tube, so they are, like I said, possible to work with.
And I do really like the shades, especially the berry shade, because it is quite unique to my collection.
But they do fade away quite a bit throughout the day, and I do also feel the need to set them with some sort of powder, or even a powder blush sometimes, so I don’t really think that I can recommend these. Maybe if you don’t mind working with them a little, or if you want them as a base for your powderblushes (I will still use them as a base), but I think that cream blushes should be quick and easy to apply, and these are not, at least for me. So I don’t really think that they’re something you should run out and buy.

I got mine from Eleven for 94nok a piece.

Review | NEW Milani Retouch+Erase Light-Lifting Concealer

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This is what it says on the Milani website:
Retouch + Erase Light-Lifting Concealer instantly erases the look of dark circles, spots, blemishes and imperfections with an added face brightening effect. Achieve flawless color correction through light technology—like a face-perfecting filter with a smooth, undetectable finish. A mess-proof cushion tip applicator blends the lightweight, full coverage formula over skin easily without creasing or settling into fine lines.

So, I’ve been watching Nicole from “Yound, Wild and Polished” on youtube rave about this concealer for a little while now, so when I came across it online, I just had to order it, and I have to say that I’m quite impressed with it so far.

Now, for me I haven’t really found a concealer that provides enough coverage to cover my dark circles on its own, because most of those ‘full coverage’ concealers that I’ve tried are more medium coverage to me, and this is no different, but I don’t find that it disrupts my corrector that I use underneath like other concealers sometimes does, so I do give it a few extra points for that.

I also like this concealer for the fact that it is so easy to work with.
It does blend out beautifully, and it doesn’t settle in to fine lines, or crease throughout the day. I also find that I don’t need to use a lot of powder to set it, because it does set alot on it’s own, so it does look quite natural on the skin which I like.
And even though it is a little bit thicker in consistency, it doesn’t look heavy, at least not on my skin, and I do also build it up sometimes, depending on how much sleep I’ve gotten, so I will say that it is buildable too.

Now, when it comes to the applicator, on the other hand, I don’t like it.
It’s just not sanitary enough for me, but I just squeeze a little bit of the concealer out on a tray or a plate of some kind, and then I use my fingers or a brush to apply it before I blend it out with a sponge, and I just think that that’s a better, more sanitary way (for me) to apply it.

But, over all I do really like this concealer.
Because it does look beautiful on the skin and it lasts until i choose to take it off, so I don’t really think you can go too wrong with it.

I got mine from Eleven for 170nok.

Favorites | Top 5 April 2017

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It’s Favorites time again, and as usual I will link to full reviews at the end of the post.

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So, first I wanted to talk about the Clinique High Impact mascara.
Now, this is just a sample size that I got in a gift set or something, but I do really like the way it makes my lashes look. It just gives them the perfect amount of lenght and volume, but it’s not clumpy or “too much” looking, if you know what I mean?
I also haven’t had any issues with it flaking or smudging, so I do enjoy this one.

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Next up I have the Maybelline Matte&Poreless foundation.
Now, I have a weird relationship with this foundation, because I do really like it, but it does look a little bit cakey around my nose after a little while, so I don’t like it there.
But it does stay on all day (except on my nose) and it does give a nice, medium coverage, so I do like it overall, I just don’t know if I think it’s worth all of the hype it’s getting.
But it’s still the only foundation I’ve been using throughout the month, so I had to mention it.

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Moving on I have the theBalm Highlite N’ ConTour palette.
Now, I have to be honest and say that I don’t use the entire palette, I mostly stick to the contour shades in this, and I love them.
They blend out so easily, they’re subtle enough, but they show up on my skin and I haven’t been able to put it down.
Now, I do like most of this palette, but the contour shades are the powders that I reach for the most.

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Next I have the Urban Decay Beached Bronzer.
I love this bronzer so much, mostly becuase it is very subtle, and it’s not very pigmented, so it’s very easy to use.
And it’s also very natural looking on my skin, so it just gives the perfect, sun-kissed bronzed look to my face, and it’s not chalky or powdery looking, so I do really like this one.

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And for my last favorite this month I have the Soap&Glory Sexy Motherpucker XL Extreme-Plump.
Now, I have a lot of line on my lips, and I’m not the biggest fan of those, so I use this to sort of smooth them out a little bit, and make them a little bit plumper.
This won’t give me Kylie Jenner lips by any means, but it does plump them just enough, so I’m not as self conscious about them when I use this, so I do really like this.
However, this is a lip-plumper, so it will “burn” a little, but I personally don’t find it to be too painfull or anything, but if you are sensitive to those kind of feelings, I don’t think that this is for you.

So, that’s it for my favorites this month.
Let me know some of the things that you’ve been loving throughout this month in the comments below.

Links:
TheBalm Highlite N’ ConTour Palette:
https://februaryglow.wordpress.com/2017/04/26/review-new-thebalm-highlite-n-con-tour-face-palette/
Urban Decay Beached Bronzer:
https://februaryglow.wordpress.com/2016/04/27/review-new-urban-decay-beached-bronzer/