Review | Anastasia Beverly Hills Lipglosses

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This is what it says on the Anastasia website:
An opaque, high-shine lip color. Use Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss’ flat sponge-tip applicator to deliver intense pigment with precision for an expert finish in a single swipe.

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So, first of all I want to mention that I got these in a limited edition set, but all of these shades are available on the Anastasia website.

I got 8 shades, 3 creams and 5 metallics, and I have to say that I’m not that impressed with the more cream finishes.
Out of the three only one of them (Socialite) went on smoothly and very opaque, the other two (Dainty & Black Cherry) went on very patchy and uneven, even though they were quite opaque as well, they just didn’t blend nicely on my lips and I did try to use them on top of other lip products, but I just can’t get them to work.
And I just expected them to be a little bit better than they were.
But as far as the metallics go I didn’t have an issuse with any of them, except for ‘Weekend Barbie’ and ‘Date Night’, they went on a bit too thick on the outside rim of my lips, but they were easy enough to blend out so I wouldn’t say that it’s too bad.

Now when it comes to the formula of these, I find that they are all very comfortable to wear, and none of them are sticky at all.
I also find that they are very pigmented, even the more sheer ones, and I didn’t feel the need to re-apply for a good 3-4 hours, so I do think that these are worth the hype.

The only thing is that the metallics do contain alot of tiny glitter, not that you can feel it, but when it wears off you do have a lot of sparckle on your lips, and that may not be for everyone.
But other than that I do think that these are great, and I would recommend them if you are looking for a good, comfortable gloss.

I got mine from Kicks for 495nok (for the limited edition set), but you can get the indivdual shades on the ABH website for 16$ a piece.

Review | Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse

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This is what it says on the Vita Liberata website:
Super fast drying tanning mousse with pHenO2 Technology for the longest lasting, natural-looking tan result with instant colour and a tan that develops over 4-8 hours that lasts up to 2-3 weeks, with a perfect fade every time.
Odour Remove™ Technology for zero self-tan smell, moisture Locking System for 72 hour skin hydration.
Formulated with certified organic botanicals.

I haven’t really been much of a selftanner before this year, so I’ve been trying out a few different ones and once I read about this I just had to try it.
I mean, the claims on this sounded so amazing to me and since my other selftanner only lasts on my skin for 4-7 days I was so excited for this!

In preperation while I was waiting for this to arrive I scrubbed my skin regularly, moisturiezed and did all the things I had to do so that I could apply this the second I got it, and than I tried it only to be dissappointed.
Now the first thing, and this is kind of my own fault since I didn’t read the directions of use before I got the product, they say on both the box and the website (which I clearly didn’t read) that you should apply it 3 times to get the longest lasting tan. And on the box it also says that you should let it develoup for 6-24 hours, which is longer than it says on the website.
So that is something to keep in mind if you have a busy lifestyle.

Anyway, I did follow the directions on the box and applied it 3 times (I left each application on for 10-18hours), and unfortunatly I do think you have to do that, not only to get the longest lasting tan but also to actually get the colorpayment out of it. It may be better with the darkest shade, but with medium (and I would think the light one too) I didn’t see that much color before my third application.

With this said, this does give a very beatiful, golden bronze color to the skin once you got it on, and it does dry on contact just as it claims, so that’s good, but sadly that’s the only claim I think it holds up to.
Because no matter how I’ve tried this, it doesn’t last for more than 4 days tops, and this sure as h*ll don’t fade perfectly, at least not on me.
And even though it didn’t last as long as it says, I at least thought it would fade better than it did, so I am over all quite dissappointed with this.
And I also find this to smell quite a lot, so.

Lastly I just want to mention that this may work perfectly for you, and if it does that’s great, but I just can’t recommend this at all.

I got mine from Kicks for 489nok.

Favorites | Top 5 May 2016

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To be honest I haven’t been wearing that much make-up this month, but when I have these are the products I’ve been reaching for. And as usual, if I have done a review previously, I will have the link at the end of the post.

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So to start with I wanted to talk about my new favorite eyebrow pencil. This is by the brand Studio 10 and I got this in a Glossybox. Now when I first tried this I didn’t really like it, but then I tried it again and I love this. I will say that it is very creamy, and I know that alot of people prefer more of a wax texture, but I don’t really care about the texture as long as it’s easy to apply, stays in place and matches me, and this does all of that. However, I haven’t really tried the highlight side, so I don’t know how that works, and it is a ‘universal’ shade (a midtoned/dark, slightly ashy brown), but I would recommend checking it out.

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An other product I got in a Glossybox is the Elisabeth Mott Thank Me Later eyeshadow primer. I’m not really one to reach for eyeshadow primers, just because I don’t really have an issue with my shadows creasing or wearing off, and I haven’t really seen a difference when I’ve used one previously, but with this one I do. This just makes my eyelids look so smooth, it fills in every crease/wrinkle I might have, and I do think it enhances the wear time slightly. Now, this is very thick, and slightly tinted (pale pink/white), but once you blend it out you can’t really see it. However, if you have a deeper skintone it might be more noticable.

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On to the faceproducts. I have two of those this month and the first one is the Urban Decay Beached Bronzer in the shade ‘Sun-Kissed’. Now I find this to be the perfect bronzer. This is so smooth, easy to blend, long lasting and sheer/buildable, which is perfect since we don’t want to go in with too much bronzer. I don’t really have much more to say about this, but go check it out if you haven’t already!

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Now my second ‘face-favorite’ is the Mary-Lou Manizer by TheBalm. I actually just got this 3-4 weeks ago, but this is so beautiful and intense that I can’t stop wearing it! I love using this as a highlighter (obviously), but this is also perfect as an all-over eyeshadow, or in the inner corner just to look a bit more awake. Now, I’m sure everyone’s allready got this in their collection, so I won’t ramble on about it, but this is simply the perfect highlight! Hehe. 

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My last favorite of the month is the MAC lipstick in the shade ‘Craving’. This is described as a burst of plum, and I do agree with that. It’s kinda like the summer-fall, medium/’dark’, plummy transition type of lipstick, but I think it’s a fun alternative to your typical bright pinks. Don’t get me wrong, I do like the brighter pinks as well, but I just felt like changing it up a bit with my lipcolor this month. Also, this does last for a very long time on the lips, and it is the amplified formula so it doesn’t dry out your lips at all.

So, what are your favorite products of the month? Let me know in the comments, and I’d love to hear from you.

Links:

https://februaryglow.wordpress.com/2016/04/27/review-new-urban-decay-beached-bronzer/

Review | Smashbox Photo Filter Powder Foundation

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This is what it says on the Smashbox website:
#INSTAFILTER FOR YOUR FACE
The special effects of Light Filter Technology and the performance of long-wear Photoset Polymers blend together to make this powder foundation magic. Not only does it act like your favorite photo filter on your phone, but it also stays true all day. In today’s super social world where everyone’s a photographer, this product couldn’t have come at a better time.
It also claims to be:
• 8-hour wear
• Non-drying. Non-caking. Non-settling. Oil-free
• Customizable finish – sheer or full – with a double-sided sponge
• Buildable coverage

So, I’ve been wanting to try a powder foundation for quite some time now, mainly because I feel like they look a bit more natural than my liquid foundations does, so I finally decided to try this one, and to be honest I’m not quite sure how I feel about this.
The reason why I’m not totaly in love with this is because, when I use this on it’s own, it does kind of separate in my t-zone when my oils start to come through.
And I know that this doesn’t claim to be oil-controlling, but I don’t think it should separate either, you know?
But with that said this does look very nice and natural wherever I’m normal-dry, so maybe it’s just not the best for oily skin.

However, this feels very creamy, and it doesn’t look cakey on me at all, and you can build it up to a light/medium coverage, but I don’t think you’ll be able to get a full coverage with this unless you use a concealer where you need it first.
Now as far as lasting power I do not agree that this will last for 8-hours, at least not on my skin, but you will be able to get about 4-6 hours out of it, and it does fade very evenly, so you won’t look patchy, which is nice.

Now, I also decided to see how this would work as a setting powder on top of a light amount of liquid foundation and for that I think it’s great, because it doesn’t add too much coverage, so it will just even things out and set it in a natural way, so I don’t think this product is a total no-go.
(Keep in mind that I used a brush for it when I used it as a setting powder, not the sponge that comes with it)
But if you’d rather use it on it’s own I do think, like I mentioned before, that this will work best for normal to dry skin.

I got mine from Kicks for 340nok, and it is available in 10 shades.

Review | NEW Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream

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This is what it says on the Clinique website:
A pep rush for eyes. Just 3 seconds to look wide awake, refreshed. Hydrates, brightens, perks you up. Its cool touch and de-puffing tip help keep eyes looking fresh. Smooths the way for makeup, too. Have it on hand. Ophthalmologist Tested.

First of all I have to say that I think the packaging on this eye-cream is very unique, and it feels quite nice and high-end, but I do find that the ball thing is a little bit hard to pull up sometimes. And also, when you push the ‘ball’ back down again to close it, some of the product will squirt out, so I would suggest holding over the hole when you close it so you don’t get the product everywhere.

Now as far as the eye cream it self I find that it is very lightweight, and it does sink in to skin very nicely, and I haven’t had any issues with it leaving a film under my eyes.
But with this said, I don’t know if this is anything special.
I mean, I do think it works just as well as other eye creams as far as hydration goes. At least I think it feels quite simular to others that I’ve tried previously.
However, even though I think that it makes my under eyes look a bit more awake when I first apply it, I’m not sure if that’s because it really does brighten my under eyes, or if it’s simply because my skin wakes up a bit after my morning routine.
But either way I do think that this is a good eye cream, and it does work well with makeup on top, so I do think that it’s worth it, even though I’m not quite sure it does exactly what it claims to do. But if you’re on a budget you can find cheaper alternatives as far as hydration goes, so that’s sometimes to keep in mind if you were thinking of trying this because it is a  bit up there in price.

I got mine from Kicks for 225nok.

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