Review | Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector

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This is what it says on the Urban Decay website:
Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector combines all the benefits of skin treatment and protection with the coverage of a sheer foundation. This multitasking cream is the best of both worlds!

Instantly blur imperfections and even out skin tone—for beautifully perfected, ultra definition skin. (Naked Skin One & Done gets the job done so well, there’s no need for foundation.) Our high-tech, weightless formula provides all-day wear and feels amazing. But the best part is how it transforms the look of your skin! Light-diffusing spheres instantly help make flaws seem to disappear. Over time, pores look smaller and skin appears noticeably firmer and more radiant. And our broad range of easy-to-match shades covers a wide spectrum of skin tones.

So, I’ve heard alot of mixed things about this BB-cream/foundation, but I wanted to try it out for myself and see if it is worth it or not, and I actually do like this product quite a bit.
Now, I’ve read several reviews saying that it doesn’t last all day, or that it’s not covering anything, and I have to say that I disagree.
I haven’t had any issues with it not lasting all day, and even though Urban Decay says that it’s a sheer foundation, I do think that it’s more of a light-medium coverage, at least on my skin.
And I also love the fact that it does not get shiny at all, not even in my t-zone, which is great!
Of course, I do set it with a little bit of a mattifying powder like I always do, no matter what kind of foundation I use, but I always have to touch up throughout the day, and with this I don’t really have to think about it at all.
And it’s always very lightweight on the skin, so you don’t feel like you’re wearing makeup.

However, I do also have some cons to talk about with this, like the fact that I can’t layer this without making it look cakey, so if you missed a spot on your jawline or your cheek you do need to be very carefull when you apply more, so that can be a big drawback for some people.
And I also don’t think it applies nicely when I use my fingers, so you do need to use a brush or a sponge with it, and I know that some people, including myself, like to apply products like this with their fingers, so that’s something to take notice of before you buy it.

But if you don’t really have an issue with those things I’d say go for it, because it is very beautiful on the skin, an I do like it alot.

I got mine from Kicks for 325nok.

Review | NEW Estee Lauder Genuine Glow Blushing Creme For Lips And Cheeks

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This is what it says on the Estee Lauder website:
Sheer, luminous, effervescent color.
Ultra-light texture, ultra natural glow. Smooths over lips and cheeks for a kiss of fresh color.
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR GLOW?
From within—from your passion, your enthusiasm, your energy. Your drive to do anything. And Genuine Glow gets your inside glow to show on the outside.

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(Shade: Sweet Cheeks)

So, first of all I will say that I don’t think that this is a sheer blush, it’s easy to sheer out, but if you apply it straight from the tube you will get a lot of color payoff with this.
Now, I do prefer to apply the blush on a stippling brush and then apply it to my cheeks, so I don’t get too much product on, because it is very pigmented and it’s just easier to control the application when you use a brush instead.

And I also apply it underneath my setting powder, because it is a cream product and I do tend to get a bit oily on my cheeks, so I just think that it stays/looks better throughout the day when I set it with a translucent powder.
But I have also applied it on top of my setting powder, and it doesn’t look weird, or patchy if you do that either, so it’s just a matter of how you prefer to use it.

With that said, I do think that this is a very beautiful, natural looking product, and it is very easy to use, even for beginners.
Also, it does last all day on my skin, however it does start to fade a little by the 10 hour mark, but I can’t really complain at that point, and when it first starts to fade it fades evenly, so it’s not really something you’ll notice too much anyway.

Lastly I have to say that this is only available in two different shades, so you don’t get alot of opptions whit this, which is sad, but I still think it’s worth checking out.

I got mine from Kicks for 260nok.

Review | NEW Bobbi Brown Instant Confidence Stick

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This is what it says on the Bobbi Brown Website:
Bobbi’s magic eraser—instantly blurs the look of fine lines and wrinkles for a smoother, more lineless look. The colorless, breathable and ultra-lightweight formula glides on easily and feels weightless, making it comfortable for all-day wear. Use it to prep skin for seamless makeup application, or to touch up and control shine throughout the day.
Infused with a powerful peptide, the formula helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as soon as you apply. A unique triple suspension complex creates an effective yet breathable blurring layer that helps to smooth and perfect skin’s texture. Plus, it works over time to absorb excess oil and control shine.
Swipe over fine lines and wrinkles before makeup and throughout the day as needed to smooth, mattify and absorb oil.

So, I’m always on the hunt for something that will help blur all my fine lines and pores, and (mostly because of the name) I figured I’d see if this is worth it.
Now, when I first got this I was very surprised with how small this really is, because I thought it would be kind of like a foundation stick size, or at least half of it, but this is more like a big concealer stick, so that’s something you should keep in mind if you’re buying this online.

Now, I have tried this underneath my eyes to see if it prevents creasing, and I have tried it on my pores to see if it would fill them in/blur them, and for underneath my eyes I don’t like this.
The reason I don’t like it for underneath my eyes is because it really does hold up to the oil-control claims, and that’s just too drying underneath my eyes, and I don’t really think it fills in/blurs my fine lines/wrinkles anyway.

However, I do love it when I use it where I have bigger pores and where I get oily, like my nose and my cheeks, because this really does help to control oils throughout the day.
And it is the only primer type product I’ve tried that actually does that, so for that I think this is fantastic, but when it comes to bluring fine lines etc, I don’t really think that this holds up to it’s claims.
Maybe if you have very, very tiny areas to blur, but for me I don’t think it’s worth it if that’s what you’re buying it for.
And it is very expencive considering how little product you get, so I’m a bit torn with this.
But since it is the only product I’ve tried that helps with my oils, I do think it’s worth checking out, but I would recommend that you only use it on special occasions because of the price.

I got mine from Kicks for 370nok.

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.

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