Colourpop You Had Me At Hello – Review & Swatches!

I feel like I always have a Colourpop eyeshadow palette review in the making. I have so far picked up every single palette except Semi-Precious (I will eventually). Then I do not include the six-pan or four-pan palettes because I think they are a tad too small for my taste. But every single one of the bigger ones are a precious part of my collection. Some of them had maybe one or two shadows with a little lesser quality than I want, but overall they are very good, and they seem to be just getting better. The quality of the later palettes are all over fantastic and it is a joy to collect and review so many good palettes.

You Had Me At Hello was the first palette to be released with a mirror, which bumped up the price to 18$. Still a very affordable palette. The color story is neutral shades with rosy and golden tones. Very beautiful and easy to use.

The packaging is a bit different than normal. Instead of their usual cardboard this one has a soft almost rubbery feel to it. It makes it look and feel a bit more luxurious, but it also is a lot harder to keep clean. The shimmer from the shadows really get stuck to it, and is hard to clean of.

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The shadows are a nice mixture of 6 mattes and 6 metallics. The metallic shades from Colourpop are my absolute favorite. They are so smooth, rich and buttery and I am almost always impressed by them. This palette is no exception. Only Candygram (4th shade in top row) is slightly more chunky and will work a bit better with a tacky base or a damp brush, but it is still a stunning deep rose gold worth that extra second. No need to wet the brush with any of the other metallics since they apply very intense on first swipe. I just love this formula!

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But there is something funky about this palette. The name of the palette on the front cover is just a sticker! The same with the backside of the palette, the overview of names are stuck on with a sticker. Some people have been curious, and anyone can easily find what secret this palette beholds when the sticker is removed. The sticker in the front covers up the palettes first given name “Lumina”. Not only did it have a different name to begin with. This palette was originally a collab with Kathleen Lights!

This palette was released some time in October 2017, while Dream St. (The offcial Kathleen Lights collab palette) was released at the very end of the same year.

We can only wonder why they decided to change the name and do another palette for the collab, because this is a beautiful palette and I don’t see any obvious reasons why Kathleen Lights name should not be on it, and they obviously continued a professional relationship with her since the Dream St palette came out a bit later. I am not one to complain though. They did a wonderful job with both palettes.

I have seen some annoyed people about the fact that this palette just have some stickers to cover up the original packaging and that it is shady. I don’t think it is shady. For whatever reason they changed their minds about this palette, they obviously had them ready to go. What should they have done? Thrown away thousands and thousands of perfectly good palettes? Waist resources on popping the shades in another palette? I mean, putting a sticker on must be the best way to don’t let anything go to waist here. I am generally a fan of second hand, so I actually appreciate that brands can think that way too! So I give Colourpop thumbs up for being environmentally conscious in this situation and waist nothing.

The palettes have some beautiful shades to choose from and if you like berry, gold and pink tones you should easily be able to collect many different looks both for every day and more glam occasions.

The formula of these shades are exceptional and I did not find any single one I did not enjoy in this palette. If you are looking for a good Colourpop palette this would for sure be a very good choice!

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Rituals Body Scrubs Review!

Want to know about some delicious body scrubs that smells nice, does a wonderful job and does not break the bank? Then Rituals got you covered!

I have been using these body scrubs on a regular basis for around 3 years now and I figured it was about time I wrote a little something about them. It is always fun to share with you a review of products I use and love.

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Packaging is really nice and looks luxurious. The jars are pretty big and feels nice and heavy (not strange considered they are filled with oil and sugar). The jar is plastic ,and so is the lid but the metallic finish of it and the nice design of the jar makes it feel and look expensive even though it is plastic.

The price range is just in the middle I would say. 29$ is certainly not the cheapest scrub around, but for 375 g of product in a nice jar I think it is still pretty reasonable, especially considering they work pretty great.

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As you can telll, these are not new products, The Himalayan Sea Salt body scrub is almost out. It is so refreshing to use after a heavy exercise or a nice sauna.

I got three different scents here. The Himalaya Scrub is sugar grains in an oily base with a nice calming scent of roses. I love this as a winter scrub because the calming scent is very fitting when it is cold and dark outside.

The Himalaya Sea Salt Scrub smells like eucalyptus and is a proper pick-me-up. Nice to cool down with on warm days. The scrub is made of salt instead of sugar. It is slightly more grainy than the sugar based scrubs.

The Happy Buddah has the most wonderful sweet orange scent. It is quite intense but it is the kind of scent that makes you happy to sniff. I sometimes just open the jar to smell it to be honest! Scent-wise this is the big winner for me, and it makes me crave orange!

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Since they are salt and sugar in a nice oil base it means that they are super moisturizing. I can use these and not put on body lotion after a shower and the skin still feels soft and hydrated. The amount of scrubbing grains is also very generous and it gives you a real rub down compare to other similar prices scrubs (The Body Shop I am looking at you displeased).

So if you are into those oil based sugar and salt scrubs I would highly recommend the ones from Rituals. These are staples in my bathroom and I always keep a few of them at hand. Good stuff!

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Colourpop “You Had Me At Hello” – 4 Makeup looks!

I love Colourpop eyeshadow palettes. With the exception of the tiny 6-pan palettes and the quads I have picked up nearly all of them. They are such nice collection pieces and I love love love the metallic formula from Colourpop. I will gladly keep on collection and reviewing these guys, at my own pace off course. Time is an issue. This is not a review though (that will be up shortly in a different post), this is just a few looks I did with this palette.

I created a mix of more dramatic looks together with some looks that (for me at least) are everyday appropriate, and something I could just show up to work with. I tend to lean more towards posting more dramatic looks because I think it is more fun, but wanted to add something a bit more simple as well. So a bit of everything this time.

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  • Colourpop You Had Me At Hello Palette – Two Peas, Pulling Strings, Want U Back, Sparks Fly, DTR, The Knot.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro60, Bro70, Bro40.
  • L’Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara.
  • Eylure x Vegas Nay Fiercly Fabulous Lashes.

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Sorry for the bad quality photo, my daylight ran out.

  • Colourpop You Had Me At Hello Palette – Two Peas, Winning Ticket, Look-See, FBO, Candygram, The Knot, Sparks Fly.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H – Black.
  • NYX Faux Whites Inner Eye Brightener – Vanilla.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum- Bro20, Bro70.
  • L’Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara.
  • Eylure x Vegas Nay Fiercly Fabulous Lashes.

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  • Colourpop You Had Me At Hello Palette – Two Peas, Winning Ticket, FBO, Look-See, Fool’s Rush, Moon Struck.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H – Black.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro70, Bro50.
  • Kiko Smart Eye Pencil 802.
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara.
  • Eylure Definition Lashes – 121.

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  • Colourpop You Had Me At Hello Palette- The Knot, Moon Struck, Two Peas, Candygram.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H – Black.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro20, Bro70.
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara.
  • Eylure Definition Lashes – 121.

Thanks for reading!

XOXO

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Flower liner makeup look!

You can do it the hard way and hand-paint the flowers, or you can do it the easy way and use nail-art stickers. Both look pretty even though one is far more impressive off course. Today I went for the simple version. It was still fun to do, but I definitely have to do one with real hand-painted flowers soon! But for the lazy days this works fine.

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  • Certifeye The Tropical Wonders Palette – Waterfall, Dusk, Shrimp, Sunray, Toucan, Red Sea, Equator.
  • Revolution Pro Supreme Dip Liner – White.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro20, Bro70.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H – Black,
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara.
  • Chanel Le Crayon Khôl – Blanc.
  • NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer.
  • House Of Lashes – Noir Fairy Light.

As usual when I need matte bright colors I always reach for The Tropical Wonders palette. What did I do before I got that one I wonder!

Hope you like this look. Don’t forget to look me up on instagram if you haven’t  already!

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Let’s talk empties!

I never seem to get my pile of empties under control. There is always a whole bunch of products laying ready to be talked about. Am I the only one with this problem. I feel like I go through products so fast! I guess it is my extensive routines that make products go fast.

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This time around I got some skincare ad bath products to share. Do you spot any favorites?

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#70 Rituals Sakura Spring Shower Oil: I am a big fan of Rituals shower oils. I got two more standing in my shower. This really is a product I want to keep using, but as for now I will stick to the scents I already have in my bathroom. This is a really good product though and I like everything from the handy pump bottle, to how hydrating and soft it is on my skin as well as how nice the bottle looks. Thumbs up for this!

#71 Yves Rocher Coconut Sensual Bath & Shower Gel: These shower gels are nice, cheap and comes in a variety of different scents. I have kind of a strange relationship to coconut scents, because in my mind I love coconut, but in real life I often find them to be way to synthetic and I get tired of them very quick. I still keep on buying stuff with coconut scent though. This one is quite good for being coconut. Not overly sweet or synthetic,but I did get a bit tired of it after a while. Since I do like this I may repurchase, but a small size like this is more than enough for me. The shower gel itself is very good and gives a nice foam.

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#72 Bella Lucce Norwegian Oceanic Salt Rub: Bella Lucce has been one of my favorite bath and skincare brands for a very long time. Their body scrubs are amazing with lovely scents, rich oils and a lot of scrubbing grains. This one with Norwegian sea salt is very refreshing and just feels healthy on the skin. Unfortunately the brand recently closed down. So these products will soon be unavailable. I will with a heavy heart phase out the Bella Lucce products from my bathroom shelves. I hope i will find a similar brand to like equally much in the future. If you can find a product from this brand (they sell them in selected SPA’s) then I highly recommend them, just know they won’t be around much longer. And I was here planning my next big order of lovely skincare. Such a bummer!

#73 Heimish All Clean Balm: On a brighter note, this is an excellent cleansing balm and I already have a new one ready to go. It melts on the skin to a nice oil that removes any makeup easy as anything. Packaging is pretty too!

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#74 It’s Skin Pure Moisture Snow Blossom Essence: A moisturizing essence in a classy expensive looking bottle (Biotherm vibes) for a very reasonable price (Hurray for Korean skincare!). It does give moisture I think, the scent is pleasant but not overpowering and it looks nice in the bathroom. I would not mind buying this again, but I didn’t really feel like it made wonders for me. Good product I guess, but I will try some others. I may return to this one though. I just may want to look into something that gives a bit more than just moisture (my aging skin needs all the help it can get after all).

#75 It’s Skin Hyaluronic Acud Moisture Eye Cream: Very comfy eye cream that glides on and sinks in nicely. I can apply this just before makeup without any issues. I don’t think I will buy this again, because even though moisture is  the most important thing (together with avoiding sun) to prevent skin aging, I want something with more active ingredients. I think this is perfect for people in their early 20’s who would like a nice moisturizing cream, but I am a decade ahead of those people and would prefer a cream more suited for older skin. It is a nice eye cream for a fair price though!

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#76 Haus of Gloi – Cozy Sweater: Off course you know I love these! They are so so amazing little pots of rich body cream with a large selection of absolutely divine scents. I have my bathroom full of a nice selection of them. They truly are addictive! This scent is one of my favorites especially in winter and fall! It smells like mush, faded perfume, Egyptian amber, incense and vanilla. The most cozy scent ever perfect to match with a fireplace and a nice cup of tea. I am out of this scent right now, but I think I picked it up on my latest order arriving soon.

Did you finish anything fun lately?

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Anastasia Soft Glam – Review & Swatches!

It seems every time Anastasia release a new palette the beauty world goes a bit crazy.

After all the fuzz around Subculture the question of “will we have another Subculture catastrophe on our hands?” seems to be hanging i the air. For the record, I like Subculture, but let’s not go into that discussion now.

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The opinions on this first upon its release seemed to be split. Many people threw out that “just another neutral palette” comment, and others felt annoyed that this seemed more like a palette with a repetition of already existing shades instead of a new palette with unique shades. And that’s a good point because 7 of the shades in Soft Glam already exist as singles or in their other palettes. I personally don’t have too many Anastasia palettes, so I only got 3 repeats, but for someone with many of her older palettes and singles this may not be worth picking up after all.

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To me it was definitely worth it! I have already used this for quite some time. I got ut already back in early April and it’s already been featured in a favorites post. I guess that alone makes it worth the purchase for me. I guess it was just the combination of both very neutral and beautiful shades that work with every occasion combined with the nice quality that does it for me. But again, as with most Anastasia palettes I’ve tried, it is not perfect!

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Packaging is what seems to have become a standard for Anastasia palettes. The uniform velvet cover with the name only, black inside with a mirror and a brush. Even though I like the simple and clean appearance I would prefer something else than the velvet. I like to keep my palettes for a long time so I would prefer something that was easier to keep looking nice.

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But, you know. Let#s focus on what is important here, the eyeshadows! I do already own some palettes by Anastasia, including Subculture, and I guess it does have some similarities. For example are the matte shades very loosely pressed. But so are they in Modern Renaissance. It just happens to be a happy little incident that three of the shades in Soft Glam are repeats from Modern Renaissance, which makes it easier to compare individual shades in terms of formula shade by shade. Tempera seems to be the same in both palettes. Burnt Orange was quite loosely pressed and dusty in Soft Glam, more so than in Modern Renaissance, but with Cypress Umber it was the opposite because the Soft Glam version was definitely more firm. However, I did not notice any difference in performance on the eyes.

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And they do work great. I had no troubles blending out the shadows, and they applied with ease. No patchy shadow what so ever. The metallics and shimmers also work beautifully. The two more chunky shimmer shades however needed some help. Only the simple help of a dampened brush though, but just be worn that Sultry and Bronze are a bit on the chunky side, and will get fallout. This is something that is missing from Modern Renaissance, those chunky shades that need some help, and that could maybe make people think this is a slightly lesser palette, but to be honest I prefer this.

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And I prefer it not because the shadow quality is superior to Modern Renaissance, they are matching them but they are not better. But more so because I love the color story on this. Yes, it is just a neutral palette and you probably have them all, but for some reason there is just some uniqueness to them that I can’t really explain. It is a basic neutral palette but at the same time it is even more.

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To be honest this must be one of the best basics palette to get, because it does really have it all. The base, the matte transition shades, the soft shimmers, the dark, the intense black that could be an eyeliner and some very glamorous shades when you want to go heavy duty on your look. All you need for every day, and still so much more. If you are not into colors this one palette has everything to get you covered! You do often see neutral palette, but they are not often this well composed! I know Modern Renaissance is a much loved cult favorite, but I have to say Soft Glam is the one I prefer!

Now the new Norvina palette have been introduced to us, and after the very pleasant experience with Soft Glam I for sure will pick it up as soon as it hit’s the shelves here in Europe! Can’t wait!

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Project Pan 2018 – 2nd Update!

This one is due time (like the last one…I am starting a trend here). But, I have some exciting updates, and I got a bit of progress to talk about now. I may even add in some new items before the year is over so the upcoming updates wont be too boring (that’s later though). If you want to read my first update you will find it here

But lets got through the products then!

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These are the foundations and BB Creams I am left with now, but my guess is that there will be a lot less for next update. I find it kind of hard to show how much is left, but I know I got good use out of a lot of them and I am more than half empty with all of these I think, some of them even more!

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The first picture shows the last update. I have been using the History of Woo Jewel Powder every day since I started the project and even though I feel it is never ending there is a significant decrease. I might be able to finish this one after all. The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer I finished last time, but I still need to repurchase it (mental note to myself). The L’Oreal True Match Concealer is still unused. It is just too dark for me, and summer has been pretty bad so far (only rain).

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The first line shows where I was at last update, and the second line shows where I am now. the Adopt Eau de Parfum Aqua Liguria I unfortunately dropped just after taking and it shattered. Now my office smells a lot! Project pan wise I guess that is cheating, but I promise it was not on purpose! The other one I will try my best not to break!

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Some proper progress since last time! The pink Too Faced Lip Injection gloss I did finish this round , but it is hiding somewhere refusing to get photographed. The Korres Mango Butter Lipstick is also considered empty, and that means that I only got this tiny bit from the L’Oreal Shine Delicieux Lipstick and I would have finished all my project pan lippies. I plan  on adding some more but I actually want to just enjoy what I have for a little while.

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An now over to my Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, old but gold! Now there is not much point in showing the previous picture here, because my camera can’t pick up the differences, you just have to take my word fr it. I do see some progress though. I think I can see a pattern created by the rings in the tin pan that I did not see before. does that make sense? Anyway, I am happy to continue working on this because I think this is a really good shade for me right now. Maybe next time there will be a pan?

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I think the dent in the NARS Zen blush got quite a bit bigger than last time. I did however put it away for summer because it would not fit the tan I never got anyway. I use this as a bronzer/contour on my winter skin in case you did not know, and it works great! It is way to pale in summer though. Except maybe this summer, because it’s been shitty so far.

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This Glominerals GloBlush in the shade “Papaya” has become this projects Achilles heel. I feel I use it all of the time (4-5 times a week since February) but I see nothing! I just hope I can use this a bit more heavy handed when I get some more color too my face, but I am starting to loose my hopes of ever getting a pan on this! It is a nice blush for everyday though, so at east I like the product. However it would be nice to see some dip in the product soon!

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On last update I had used the Colourpop  “Yes Please” palette once, Now I got mu self some nice dents in a few shade. The pale lid shade I hope to hit pan on now this month, but several of the shades show some good use!

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It is a bit hard to photograph dents in the Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette, but I got some progress on several.  I also got a decent pan on the shades “Tempera” and that means I reached my goals for this palette, and this is the first proper pan in the project! So I am very excited about that!

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Can you see any difference in this Certifeye The Tropical Wonders Palette? I am convinced I see something in real life, but on these pictures I can’t really tell. I wish I got a bit more progress than this, but I have had so many new palettes to review so just doing colorful looks and playing around with this palette is just not something I had much time to do. I hope to do better now during summer. This is the prefect palette for colorful summery looks after all!

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The last palette is Zoeva En Taupe. I feel like I am sooo so close on hitting pan on three of the shades on the top row, but I felt like this for so long and the pans just won’t show! It can’t be much left though! Since this is a cool-toned palette and I don’t think I have too much left before hitting pan I am saving this until fall/early winter because I think warm tones are more flattering on my skin during summer and early fall. It should not be any problem hitting pan on this before 2018 ends though, so I feel pretty confident about this one!

So just to make a summary here is a list over empties so far! The products in bold is what I finished since last update!

Empties so far:

  • Missha Signature Wrinkle Fill Up B.B Cream
  • NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
  • Colourpop Aventurine Setting Spray
  • Colourpop Aquamarine Setting Spray
  • Origins Ginger Essence
  • Too Faced Lip Injection (shimmery beige)
  • Too Faced Lip Injection (pink transparent)
  • Korres Mango Butter Lipstick (Natural Pink)
  • Adopt Eau de Parfum Aqua Liguria

 

Pans so far:

  • Anastasia Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette (Tempera)

Are you working on a project pan lately? I would love to read about it so please drop me a link or tell me about it if you do. It is always fun to look at peoples progress!

XOXO

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