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

Blush palette

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.

Swatches

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.

swatches

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.

Favorites | Top 5 June 2016

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It’s time for my monthly favorites again, and as always I will have a link to the full review, if I have done one previously, at the end of the post.

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To start off with I wanted to talk about my new favourite sunscreen for the face.
This one from Clinique is so thin and lightweight, and it doesn’t ball up or crumble like alot of other sunscreens does.
And it’s also light enough to use underneath your eyes without stinging or making them water, so if you’ve had that issue with other sunscreens I’d recommend you try this one.
Now, the one thing that may be an issue with this is that it does leave a whitecast on my skin, but it’s nothing you’ll notice once you apply your makeup on top, but it’s still something to keep in mind.

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This month I’ve also been pulling out my Bobbi Brown corrector alot, because, for some reason, I haven’t gotten enough sleep, so I’ve been loving this for neutralizing my dark circles and making me look more awake and put together.

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To set this I’ve been using my Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder.
I think this powder is so beautiful on the skin, and it just gives you that little extra brightness, and it sets my concealer without making my undereyes looking dry.
Now, I will say that you have to be carefull with it, because if you use too too much you can end up with a whitecast underneath your eyes, but if you use it sparingly it will look beautiful.

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Now, for the rest of my face I haven’t really been doing much, but I have been using the Benefit POREfessional every time I’ve been wearing makeup.
And, even though I do like it, and it does help to fill in my pores, making them less noticable, I have to mention that I’m not as impressed with this as I first thought I would be.
But it still does what it’s supposed to be, and I have been loving it this month.

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Lastly I wanted to mention the Smashbox Photo Filter Powder Foundation.
Now, I find this to be very lightweight and it doesn’t look cakey on me at all, but I’ve been using it as a setting powder on top of my foundation, or BB cream, instead of actually using it as a powder foundation, and for me it works really well.
And you can also build it up in the areas you need a bit more coverage, so I do think this is very beautiful.

What are some of your favorite products this month?
Let me know in the comments below.

Links:
Bobbi Brown corrector: https://februaryglow.wordpress.com/2015/09/30/bobbi-brown-corrector/
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder: https://februaryglow.wordpress.com/2016/02/17/laura-mercier-secret-brightening-powder/
Smashbox Photo Filter Powder Foundation: https://februaryglow.wordpress.com/2016/05/25/review-smashbox-photo-filter-powder-foundation/

Review | Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream

Smashbox BB Cream

This is what it says on the Smashbox website:
Your go-to for flawless skin. Just let it BB.
So what does BB do?
PRIMES: Wear alone, or under your favorite foundation to create a smooth canvas.
PERFECTS: Tinted formula in 8 shades evens out skin for a flawless finish.
HYDRATES: Improves skin moisture in 4 weeks. Guaranteed.
PROTECTS: SPF 35 guards against UVA/UVB rays.
CONTROLS OIL: Minimizes shine with no chalky finish.
FORMULATED WITHOUT:
Parabens, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Pthalates, Oil, Fragrance & Talc.

Since the summer has finally arrived I’ve been wanting to use more lightweight makeup than I usually do, so I figured I’d give this a go and see how it went, and so far I think this is great.
It is very lightweight, like a BB cream should be, but this does also provide enough coverage to even out my skintone, and cover most of my imperfections.
But what I like most about this is that it doesn’t feel greasy like most other BB cream type products I’ve tried before, and at the same time it doesn’t look dry. (I would say it has a natural finish)

Now, I did try to use it on it’s own, with no primer or powder, and it did start to get a bit shiny in my t-zone after about 3-4 hours, and I also noticed that it did fade on my forehead, so I would say that you do need to set it with a powder, or a settingspray, but once I did that it lasted all day, it didn’t look shiny before the 6-7 hour mark, and it didn’t settle into any lines or pores, so I do have to say that this holds up to it’s claims quite well.
And I do like that it has an SPF of 35 in it, even though I do wear a sunscreen underneath it as well.

Other than that I do think that it applies nicely with your fingers, but it’s also easy to apply with a sponge (I haven’t tried it with a brush).
It’s easy to blend out, and you can also build it up a little if you have any areas that you feel like you need a bit more coverage.
So I do think that this is worth the money if you’re looking for something easy and lightweight to throw on in the summer months.

I got mine from Kicks for 280nok.