Tarte Buried Treasure Eyeshadow Palette – Review & Swatches!

As soon as I saw it I knew I had to have it. I am such a sucker for pretty things that stand out, and this palette sure look different. Not in terms of colors, but in terms of shape and presentation. I really fell for how the palette is filled with inter-merging circles of different sizes. That is something else compared to those square or rectangular shapes we normally see, and I love it!

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The palette is small, maybe 10 x 10 cm, but the whole thing is filled with shadows so there is a good amount of product in a small little thing. The shadows have different amout of produt and the range is from 0.5 g all the way up to 2.5 g.  2.5 g is big in terms of eyeshadow size. In comparisom MAC shadows are 1.5 g, Makeupgeek pans are 1.8 g and Nabla Cosmetics pans are the same 2.5 g. In total there is 12 g of product in this tiny little palette. Thats good value!

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The shade range is neutral with golden, pink and burgundy shades. Overall a very great palette for blue eyes, however these shades will look flattering with any eyecolor.

Here comes a little overview of the shades:

  • Skipper – Matte mauve.
  • Snorkel – Light shimmery rose gold.
  • Booty – Matte beige.
  • Coconut – Shimmery pale pink.
  • Plank – Matte light beige.
  • Dive – Deep plum with satin finish.
  • Fin – Shimmer Champagne.
  • Nauti – Shimmery burgundy.
  • Coin – Metallic gold.
  • Palm – Shimmery pale gold.

I like that the shades are all pirate theemed!

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Order from left to right: Skipper, Snorkel, Booty, Coconut, Plank, Dive, Nauti, Fin, Coin, Palm.

The palette is very user friendly as an everyday eyeshadow palette. It is not the most inspiring palette I’ve seen when it comes to inspire the urge to make creative and colorful looks, but it is pretty as a handy everyday palette because it’s got what you need to make a pretty day look. However, the darker shades are not very pigmented. They are really hard to build up to the intensity that you see in the pan, and they have a tendency of blending a bit away when trying to blend out the edges. Much like many cheaper palettes have a tendency to do, but I expected a bit more from Tarte. The shimmer shades also lack that “WOW” factor. I mean, they are decent enough for a everyday look if you just want a wash of shimmery gold or champagne on your lid, but I found it really hard to get those glamorous shimmery eyelids that I like. They swatch much better on the arm than they perform on the lid. A damp brush was absolutely necessary to get that nice intense shimmery lid look! Which again, is to be expected from cheap palettes, but not from Tarte.

Another thing that puzzles me about this palette is how the shades are arranged. I mean, I like the pretty circles and all, but I am surprised that they didn’t put the shades that often are used the most in the biggest pans. I mean, a common problem with palettes is that base and crease shades run out before the rest even hit pan. They did have a nice way around that problem in this palette but they didn’t take advantage of it for some reason.

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If this will be a hit or miss depends on your preferences I think. If you like to create soft, wearable day looks you will probably like it because it is perfect for that. If you are more of a glam queen this is probably not for you, unless you think it is worth it just for the packaging.

For me who is a makeup collector (read: hopeless hoarder) this palette is worth it just because it is unique. I will probably pull it out now and then for simple makeup looks I wear to work, but the shadows just lack a bit of “Oumph” for me to really think they are great.

Hope you got some use out of this review. If you tried it and have a opinion about this palette please let me know! I would love to hear other peoples thoughs!

XOXO

 

 

 

Luxury eyeshadows and pearl liner – Makeuplook

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Everyone deserves some true luxury items in their collection. It creates a unique kind of luxury feeling to pull out a very luxurious item from your collection or makeupbag to play around with.

I used the Guerlain Ecrin 6 Couleurs eyeshadow palette in #68 Champs Elysèes. Probably the most expensive palette I own, at least if you consider the amount of shades you get for the price (Natasha Denona palettes are actually more cost efficient). A beautiful, almost monochromatic palette with taupes and greys and a pop of purple in the middle.

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The packaging is absolutely stunning, and it is sooo heavy. A true collection piece just for the beauty of the packaging itself!

For this look I used the taupe shades mixed together in the crease, and the shimmery silver on the lid with a bit of white shimmer on top. I left the purple shade alone this time, but I actually make a look with this shade alone a while ago and you can see it on my Instagram if you would like to check it out.

I figured that a great thing to mix with luxury eyeshadows must be pearls! So I created a pearl winged liner with a white liquid liner from Maybelline and just regular nail art pearls on top. I really like how it turned out. Gives me major winter vibes!

Here is a full list of products I used in addition to the eyeshadow palette:

  • Lancôme Grandiose Mascara.
  • Anastasia dipbrow pomade “Medium Brown”.
  • Maybelline Master Ink Liquid Liner “Matte White”.
  • H&M Colour Essence Eye Pencil “Grand Cru”.
  • Duo eyelash glue.
  • Ebay eyelashes.

Hope you enjoy the look, and that you have a great sunday!

Beauty empties – So many great products!

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Making empties posts are a great way of doing several mini-reviews at once. A big advantage is that you all know I have been trying out these products properly before stating my opinion of them. Because when its empty it is used a lot right? So I figure I made a thorough opinion about these goodies. There are lot of big favorites this month so I am very excited to share my views on them.

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Lets start with a lifesaver. The Redken Frizz-Dismiss smooth force leave-in-spray is a lifesaver for my curly hair. I always use it after showering and my hair is so much easier to comb through and my curls get really soft, shiny and bouncy. Overall it keeps my hair looking very healthy and does exactly what it says: get rid off the frizz! I have also very fine hair and can sometimes have problems with products for curly hair because it weighs it down, but not with this guy! This is just one of countless bottles I have been through. I will repurchase, for sure!

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Did you try out Ritual body and bath products? They have so many wonderful products. This is their nourishing body cream in “Honey Touch”. It is a beautiful, luxurious cream with a wonderful rose and honey scent. I find the scent so calming, and I layer it with shampoo, conditioner and body scrub whit the same scent to smell rosy and delicious all day. This cream formula is one of my favorites. So silky on the skin and is sinks into the skin fast without feeling sticky or leaving a residue. Works great on dry and dull skin. I will definitely repurchase this one as well.

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Another Rituals product (I told you they make great stuff!). This Hammam Body Mud is my best friend after a sauna. It is a clay body scrub that feels very cleansing and uplifting. The eucalyptus gives the body mud a cooling sensation that is absolutely wonderful after heating up in the sauna for a while. The downside is that I go through a tube very quickly, and then I get sad because it is so delicious. I will continue buying it though, even though I run out of it rather quickly. I just never tried anything that gives such a nice, cooling and refreshing experience. Just lovely!

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Another product I am obsessing about is Haus Of Gloi Pumkin Butters. These are the best body creams I know and I keep a wide range of different scents in my bathroom at any time. Picaroon must be among my top three scents. It is so so unique. Just read the description of the scent (copied from the description on the jar):

“Sun scorched mahogany bough crusted with a crystalline sea spray! Faint plundered spices, lemongrass, coconuts, expressed Mexican lime, and Haitian bay rum.”

Doesn’t that sound both unique and delicious? Haus of Gloi are very good at describing their scents. I very often find that I can smell exactly what the label reads no matter how strange it may sound. This combination of pirate-life inspired scents is just too delicious.

A big big bonus is that this is made by an Indie brand and it is cruelty free. Love supporting smaller companies instead of going for the big brands, and these guys are vegan, have fantastic customer service and always add candy to your order. What’s not to love!

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Mizon Snail Wrinkle Care Sleeping Pack was my attempt at exploring the snail cream hype from Korea. I quite like this. I felt that it gave my skin a lot of moisture and nourishment. Can’t really tell if it did something for wrinkles though, but it is a nice (but slightly slimy) night cream. The price is very budget friendly as well since this jar holds a lot of product. Great choice if you are on a budget and want to dive into some Korean skincare!

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This Biotherm Blue Therapy Accelerated Face Cream was a free sample I got with a purchase. It is 15 ml so I got to test it out decently before I ran out. This is a gel cream that works like a drink of water to the skin. It sinks into the skin quickly and leaves no residue, so I found it great to apply this before putting on makeup. Jar is heavy glass and feels luxurious and the scent is very refreshing. I could definitely get another one of these next time I run out of daytime face moisturizer.

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Lamcôme mascars have been a solid favorite for years and I generally find them to work very well. This is the first time I tried out the Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Eyes. I just have to admit I did not fall in love this time, and next time I splurge on a Lancôme mascara I will pick another one. The  formula on this one was a bit dry for my taste. It took a few coats before it showed up properly. My lashes got very feathery and nicely separated, but I found that it lacked the length and volume I normally prefer. This one is good if you like a more discrete look, but I prefer putting on a light layer of a more lengthening and volumizing mascara if that is what I want instead of having to build up the lashes. It did last for a good amount of time, and it did not smudge so it is solely a preference and does not at all mean that this mascara is bad. It is just not the way I prefer them to be. Lancôme does make a lot of other great options, for example the Lancôme Grandiose Mascara that has been one of my favorites for a while now.

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Physicians Formula is a hit or miss kind of brand for me. They got tons of affordable but still great stuff (their highlighters are great!), and some things that are just not my cup of tea. The Phycisians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Las Boosting Eyeliner + Serum in the shade Ultra Black is probably a product I wont get another one of. First of all, it did not boost my lashes at all, they look exactly the same. Secondly, it does not stay put very well. Depending on how you want to use it though, but I found that a winged liner would smudge after a couple of hours and the wing would slowly but surely disappear. When I put on a winged liner I want it to stay put, so this one was a miss. The pros are that it is very black and very easy to use. If you want something just to run along your lash line this is not a bad choice, but I need a more trustworthy product for my wing that will stay put. No one wants to be de-winged in the middle of a date or a party right?

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The Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Eyeliner is a bit more trustworthy than the Physicians Formula one. It is more intensely black, and stays put. It does have more of a glossy finish and I prefer my eyeliner to dry down matte, but maybe you are more of a fabulous glossy liner chick than me and would appreciate that? Anyway, the product is great and I used it to filth. Even when the lid broke and the product started drying out I had a hard time saying goodbye. If it was matte I would repurchase in a heartbeat, but since it is not the hunt for a perfect liquid liner can continue. And after all it is fun testing out new products right?

Phew!….I finally got through them all. If you enjoyed reading this please give me a follow (leave a comment if you have a blog and I will follow you back).

Have a great day!

XOXO

 

 

Urban Decay Naked Heat Makeup look

I immediately fell in love with the color story of the Urban Decay Naked Heat eyeshadow palette. OK, I know the makeup community got its share of warm toned eyeshadow palettes lately, but it is just something about these Urban Decay Naked palettes. The packaging this time was stunning, and it just looks so pretty and intriguing. Sure, I can dupe all the shadows with what I have in the rest of my collection, but what is the fun with that! Besides I already had Naked 1, Naked 2, Naked 3 and Naked Smoky so it would be a shame to miss out. I am a collector after all!

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I really like the palette. the quality is good and it is great for those neutral, warm everyday looks. But one drawback is that some of the shades are very similar, which makes it a bit harder to be very creative with looks. Nothing that some gold liner and some pearls could not fix though! So this is my take on doing a glam look with this pretty little everyday palette (That is if you need more than that sultry dark, shimmery smoky look that you can also easily create with this palette).

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Off course I used the Naked Heat palette for this look. The hearts in the picture indicates what shades I used. The rest of the products used are listed below:

  • Zoeva Eyeshadow Fix primer – Matte.
  • Anastasia dipbrow pomade “Medium Brown”.
  • Makeupgeek Cosmetics gel liner “Immortal”.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Liner “Ultra Noir/Ultra Black”.
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyepencil “Honey”.
  • Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Extreme Shimmer Kohl Kajal (They come in a trio with black, brown and gold. I used the gold shade).
  • Nailart pearls (ebay).
  • Lashes (unbranded ebay).

The looks was very simple to create. I just made a dark smoky eye with the shades from the palette. Then I drew on the gold cut crease with the Urban Decay eyepencil in “Honey” and went over it with the glitter liner by Physicians Formula (I also dabbet this a bit in the inner corner). The pearls are glued on with lash glue and voila! the look is done.

 

 

Whats in my makeupbag – October (Work Edition)

The 1st of every month I collect a group of products dedicated to be used when I make myself ready for work in the morning. Lets just face it, I have waaaay to much makeup to look through it every morning to find what I need (It is ok….I assume you are a makeuplover aswell since you are here reading). I also find it to be a great way to properly test out new products, or give some extra love to old one. By dedicating my makeup to a small range of products for a month I really get to know each product in my bag.

So here you go; A flatlay of my makeup in my makeup bag for October:

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And here is a full list of products:

  • Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette.
  • NYX settingspray.
  • Dior Nude Air loose powder 020.
  • Jeffree Star Skinfrost Highlighter “Summer Snowcone”.
  • Maybelline Master Strobing Liquid “Light/Iridecent”
  • Makeup Revolution  Ultra Contour Palette.
  • KIKO long lasting  eyeshadow stick 38 and 25.
  • Anastasia Blush Trio “Peachy Love”
  • Guerlain Meteorites Light-Diffusing Perfecting Primer.
  • The Seam Eco Soul Real Fit Foundation.
  • NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer “Vanilla”.
  • Zoeva Eyeshadow Primer.
  • H&M Single Eyeshadows in “Paradise Found”, Bismarck Palm” and “Moss It Over”
  • Colourpop Ultra Satin lip “Bare Necessaties” and “951”
  • NYX Mega Shine Lipgloss “Beige” and “Sweet Heart”.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow “Medium Brown”.
  • Laura Mercier Tightline Cake Eyeliner “Black Ebony”.
  • L’Oreal Paradice Extatic Mascara.

Good mix of old and new products! I am really excited to play around with all the new things, maybe in particular the blush trio from Anastasia, The contour palette by Makeup Revolution that I’ve heard so many good things about, and to finally test out a Jeffree Star highlighter!

Tarte Big Blush Book Volume III – Review and swatches!

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Tarte released another one of their limited edition palettes recently. This time it is a huge palette with 7 full  size Amazonian clay 12-hour blushes and a champagne highlighter in the middle. The cost of this palette is 60$ which is a lot to spend on blush, but if you wanted to buy them individually you would reach over 230$. In other words this is value for money.

Underneath you can see swatches of all shades:

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Heated (top). Kindred (bottom).
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Poised (top). Lavish (bottom).

 

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Peachy (top). Mindful (bottom).

 

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Spirited (top). Rad (Bottom).

The quality of the blushes are really great. They are just pigmented enough, easy to blend, applies smooth and evenly and stays on the skin for a long time. Not the 12 hours they claim, but I can easily agree that they stay put for 4-6 hours. The shade range is very nice. You get everything from nudes, pinks and peachy tones. The Champagne highlighter is also very user friendly so there is something for any occasion here.

Products are without doubt great, but I am not convinced that this packaging is all that great. I knew it would be large and bulky. But I didn’t know it would seem so flimsy and cheap. Instead of making it with solid cardboard or plastic it is made of cardboard and some spongy material that makes it very flimsy. I am afraid I will end up destroying it no matter how careful I am. It kind of seems like this palette is intended to be depotted. Since I don’t depot palettes it is an unattractive trait for me, but I am sure someone will find it very handy if they were planning on depotting anyway.

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Don’t misunderstand me with my disappointment in the packaging though! I have absolutely no regrets buying this palette. I am actually very happy that I get to try out several full size blushes for a fraction of their normal price. Especially for me who did not own any Tarte blushers previous to this, this was a great opportunity to test them out for great value.

This one is limited edition, but still available if you feel tempted!

Cinderella Storylook Makeuplook

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I decided to use a really old palette to do something fun! Sometimes I just enjoy playing around with makeup I have had for years just because it brings back so many memories.

This is the products I used in this look:

  • Sephora Storylook Cinderella Eyeshadow palette (Shades: A Wish, Maiden, Destined, Cinderelly, Royal).
  • Lancôme Grandiose Liquid Liner.
  • Anastasi Dipbrow “Medium Brown”
  • Makeupgeek gel liner “Immortal”
  • KIKO Vibrant Eyepencil 604.
  • KIKO Smart Eyepencil 813.
  • Lancôme Grandiose Mascara.
  • Ebay eyelashes.

Hope you enjoy it!