Review | Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Stick Trio

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I’ve been using the Smashbox contour sticks for a few months now, and I have to say that I am very impressed with these.
When I first got them, I wasn’t sure how they would work with my oily skintype, but these stay on all day, I do, however, set them with powder, so I’m not sure how they work without setting them.
But they are very creamy, and they blend very easily!
However, I do recommend that you, f.ex, draw a line under your left cheekbone, blend that out, then move on to your right cheekbone. Because if you let them sit for a bit before you blend them out, they can get a little bit difficult to work with. If you know what I mean?

(Swatches L-R: Contour, Bronzer, Highlight)

You also get a sharpener with this kit, so you don’t have to worry about bying one individually. And you get a face chart that tells you how you can use them for your specific face shape, which is nice if you’re new to contouring.
I got mine from Kicks for 375nok.

Favorites | Top 5 December 2015

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Hi, Monkeys.

Today I thought I’d share my top 5 makeup products for November/December, and give you my opinion on each one of these.

First up is the Lancome Khol Hypnose Waterproof in the shade 03 Marine.

This is definitly my favourite eyeliner to tight line with.

It stays in place all day, it’s easy to use and it doesn’t smudge, or transfer on me at all.

However, this is a high-end product, and the pricetag is a bit high, but if you want to splurge on a high-end liner, I would higly recommend this.

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For my brows I have been loving the Loreal Brow Artist Plumper, in the shade medium/dark.

I love this for the simple reason that you can either use it on top of a browpencil or pomade, or you can use it alone for a more natural look.

This keeps my brows in place all day, and it doesn’t make my brows look/feel crispy or glossy.

And it’s affordable, so that’s always a bonus.

(Swatches L-R: MAC, YSL, Mixed)

For highlighting my undereyes I’ve been mixing the YSL Touche Eclat in #2, and the MAC prep+prime in Light Boost.

These are very simular products, and they’re supposed to the same thing, but I don’t really like either one of them on their own.

However when I mix them togheter they brighten my undereyes perfectly.

Now, if you, like me, have very bad undereye circles I would reccomend that you use a corrector of some sort underneath to neutralize the darkness, because these aren’t meant to cover, but as highlighters they give beautiful, suttle glow.

These are kind of pricy, but I haven’t found anything simular to them on the drugstore.

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For my setting powder I’ve been using the MAC prep+prime transparent finishing powder in the pressed version.

Now when I first got this I thought it would be just like every other transparent setting powders, but what I find to be different about this is the fact that it doesn’t leave a white cast on my skin, and it’s also, kind of, poreminimizing.

By poreminimizing I don’t mean that it’s anything like the porefessional, or those kinds of products, but unlike my other powders, this doesn’t settle into my pores and therefor it doesn’t emphasize them.

Now, I have to say that this can look a bit cakey and dry if you don’t use a setting spray to calm down the powdery look, but if you’re like me and can’t live without a good settingspray, it shouldn’t be a problem.

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(The shadow isn’t as orange, or as dark as shown on the picture)

Last, but not least is the Make Up Store Microshadow in the shade Desert.

I’ve been using this as a transition color, all over lid color and as a nose contour, and it is absolutly amazing!

This feels almost like butter, it’s really easy to blend, and it does not crease.

It’s also very pigmented, but you can easily sheer it down if you want to.

So if you haven’t tried the Make Up Store Microshadows yet, I would highly recommend that you do!

If you want a more in depth review of any of these products, just let me know. 🙂

 

Review | Smashbox Primer Water

20151202_073807_HDRReading of the Smashbox website it says that this is silicone-free, alcohol-free and oil-free. It’s also packed with revitalizing electrolytes to wake up skin and restore moisture—like a supercharged energy drink for your skin. It also says that this enriched water instantly absorbs into skin for lasting hydration.

So this is supposed to be a 3-in-1 multitasking water that you can use as a primer, a setting spray and to refresh your makeup (or just your naked face) throughout the day.

Well, most of the time, I don’t believe in multitasking products, because I find that they only do a half decent job on whatver they’re supposed to do, in stead of doing one thing really good.

But I have to say that I find this to do a good job with whatever I choose to use it for, and that, even though it’s “just a water” it does a good job of priming my skin, and keeping my skin looking hydrated all day, without looking oily.

I would also recommend that you use a regular primer with it if you have large pores, or fine lines that you want to smooth out.

I got mine from Kicks for 275nok.

 

Review | Makeup Geek Blushes:

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On the Makeup Geek website they claim that these blushes are easy to blend and give a natural radiance. They also guarantee a creamy, smooth consistency that glides onto cheeks.

First of all I’m sure that everyone has heard of, and gotten a few of these blushes, and if you haven’t already, I would highly recommend that you get some.

These are true to their claims, and they’re half the price (at least) of high-end blushes. And to be honest, I like these more than MAC-blushes, the only downside is that MAC has a bigger shade-selection.

 (They also last a long time on the cheeks, and they don’t fade patchy.)

However, the blushes I have are very pigmented so I would recommend that you use a light hand with these, cause you can put on too much, but since a little goes a long way, these lasts forever!

These are aslo cruelty-free, paraben-free and made in the USA.

I got mine from Makeupgeek.com for 9.99$ (for the single pans. The compacts are 12.99$).

Review | Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask:

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On the Origins website it says that nature’s complexion clean-up crew clears the way for skin to act its best. Bamboo Charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out deep-dwelling pore-cloggers, White China Clay absorbs environmental toxins, Lecithin dissolves impurities. Skin looks clear, feels perfectly pure.

I’ve heard so many good things about this mask, but honestly I’m not that impressed.
I mean, this is a nice product and my skin does look good after I rinse this off, but I kind of expected this to be, at least somewhat oil-controlling since it says that it’s best for oily skin, but I don’t think it’s oil-controlling at all. And to me that’s kind of a letdown.
However, this doesn’t feel harsh or drying, and it does a good job of deep cleaning my pores, so I do like it for that reason, but I think that this might work better for combination skin rather than oily.

I got mine from Kicks for 250nok.

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