Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Quick & easy fall makeup look: Plum eyes & mauve lips

I love experimenting with looks at the end of the day just before I remove my makeup, and now that I have my artificial lighting, I can also take decent pictures at night time which is so convenient.

For this look I used Makeup Geek Showtime Foiled Eyeshadow on both my upper and lower lid and blended it out with Makeup Geek Unexpected. I also applied a black winged eyeliner to my top lid and lined my waterline with a black khol pencil. No lashes for me today, but it would totally suit this look and if I hadn't taken my makeup right off and gone straight to bed after this, I would probably have applied some :) the "just mascara" look is more casual and looks more effortless and less perfect, which is a cool look as well, depeding on what you are going for. On the cheeks I used a glowy rose blush by Catrice; the highlight is Kiko water eyeshadow in 208 and on the lips I am wearing Veronica Liquid Lipstick by Anastasia Beverly Hills (btw, how stunning is this color?).

The lighting does wash me out a bit, so keep on mind that the colors appear a little lighter than what they look like in real life. Anyways, this is a great day to night makeup look which I kind of did since I already had my day face on and just added on to it, and this took me less than 10 minutes. So this requires very little time and very few products, which is great for on the go.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Gold + pink smokey eye look using the Urban Decay Naked Palette and the Morphe Jaclyn Hill Favorites Palette

Hi guys, in my last post I talked about how I love the pinky colors in my Jaclyn Hill Favorites Palette and it reminded me that I wanted to create a look incorporating them. So I did this golden smokey eye with a pop of pink in the crease. Hope you like it!

Here's a shot from a bit more far away. Ignore my hair, it did not cooperate today.

This look is super simple as there is nothing that actually requires a ton of skill :) no winged eyeliner, no cut crease, plus I only used 3 eyeshadows!

Prime your lids first, then blend a peachy light brown color into the crease as a transition shade. Next, apply a shimmery gold color onto the mobile lid. Finally, take a sheer-ish shimmery hot pink/cranberry color and dust the tiniest bit on top of the brown in the crease.

Also apply that light brown on the lower lashline and add some of the gold on top. Tightline with a black khol pencil, apply your favorite mascara and add some lashes if you want to.

For the face, you wanna go for that glow, so use a golden highlighter to highlight the tops of your cheekbones, the inner corners of your eyes, your browbone, bridge & tip of the nose. A shimmery bronzy blush will add to the glow.

For the lips, go with a beigy/peachy nude so the attention is on the eyes. Done!

What I used to create this look

  • Urban Decay Naked Palette in the color Half Baked
  • Jaclyn Hill Favorites Palette in the color 68
  • Makeup Geek eyeshadow in Peach Smoothie
  • Lashes: House of Lashes in the style Pixie Luxe
  • Blush: Flormar Terracotta Blush on in the color 43
  • Highlighter: Kiko Water Eyeshadow in the color 208
  • Lips: Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Pure Hollywood

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Review & Swatches: Morphe Brushes Jaclyn Hill Favorites Palette

Hey guys, if you've been following my blog, you know that I LOVE Morphe and their eyeshadow palettes. I was lucky enough to get my hands on the Jaclyn Hill Favorites Palette which was released at the end of last year. I absolutely love this palette, so I wanted to show it on my blog. The below picture shows the back of the packaging the palette comes in:

Now for the inside of the palette, there are 28 eyeshadows in here. They are mostly warm-toned, a lot of browns, oranges, pinks, purples and one green.

taken without flash
All colors have numbers, so if you wanna get them individually, here they are:
first row (left to right): 4, 54, 6, 76, 64, 14, 75
second row (left to right): 67, 13, 62, 63, 20, 47, 66
third row (left to right): 33, 68, 16, 15, 61, 24, 74
fourth row (left to right): 11, 59, 38, 53, 48, 71, 19

taken with flash
 Here are all shades swatched:

top row, left to right
The first 4 shadow are great highlight shades (inner corners, browbone, maybe even for the cheekbones)

second row, left to right
For some reason the first shade doesn't want to show up well on camera :/
It's an irredescent pink with a cool blueish undertone.

third row, left to right
Sorry my camera focused on the shades in the front only :/

bottom row, left to right
Finally a good shot! And look at the colors matching in the background! :)

I think the swatches of these shades really speak for themselves, even though my swatch game isn't strong :/ I mean, look at that pigmentation! Isn't it insane that this palette was $28?

The quality of these shadows is so amazing; they absolutely compare to MAC or Makeup Geek in my opinion. They are very pigmented, buttery, easy to blend, and the shade selection is right up my alley. I've played around with this palette quite a bit since I got it and I think my favorites would have to be no. 76, 68, 59, 13 and 20.

I love that this palette introduced me to some shades that I don't think I would have bought if they hadn't been in here, like the pinks and cranberries. Now I use them all the time and love how they look! That's a great thing about palettes as opposed to single eyeshadows - they can really inspire you and give you a lot of room for creativity.

This palette has been sold out for a long time and sadly it's not coming back. I've seen people sell them on eBay for horrendous prices. But don't worry, if you love the colors in this palette, you can buy them individually (Morphe also sells empty palettes where you can pop them in). One eyeshadow is only $2, so it's a great deal.

Once it's back in stock, I am totally getting the 35O Palette which I have been dying to order for what feels like months :) And I also want the 35D palette which has some really fun pops of color in it. So once I managed to get them, I will review & swatch them on my blog of course!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Comparing my top 3 favorite highlighters: Becca Champagne Pop, The Balm Mary Lou Manizer & Kiko Water Eyeshadow in 208 - Review & Swatches + Dupe for Estée Lauder Heatwave & MAC Whisper of Gilt!

Highlighters are a must in everyone's collection simply because they bring life to your skin, give you that beautiful youthful glow and make you look healthy and radiant. Today I want to share my top 3 highlighters which are all nice and intense and have the most beautiful sheen without being sparkly or glittery at all which is what you want when going for that "glowing from within" look.

You've seen Champagne Pop many times before on my blog, so I wanted to dedicate an entire post to it; but instead of just showing it I thought it would be much more interesting to see it compared to other popular highlighters, so that's what I did!

Becca Highlighter in Champagne Pop in collaboration with Jaclyn Hill

This photo is from my post about Strobing. Here I used a cream highlighter as a base
and applied Champagne Pop on top.

left to right: Becca Champagne Pop, The Balm Mary Lou Manizer, Kiko Water Eyeshadow in 208
left to right: Becca Champagne Pop, The Balm Mary Lou Manizer, Kiko Water Eyeshadow in 208
 Yes, my Mary Lou Manizer is completely shattered :( so sad.
You can already tell by looking at them in the pan that Champagne Pop is more peachy/pinky, Mary Lou Manizer is more neutral/beigy and Kiko 208 is more golden. Check out the swatches to see how they apply:

top to bottom: Becca Champagne Pop, The Balm Mary Lou Manizer, Kiko Water Eyeshadow in 208
The above photo shows the 3 highlighters from a bit more far away because I feel that way you can see their intensity best. Mary Lou (middle) is by far the most intense one out of the 3! It's also the lightest one.

I've heard people say that Champagne Pop and Mary Lou Manizer are very similar which I disagree with. I think you can see from the photos that they are in fact pretty different. They are all equally beautiful, just not similar whatsoever. One is your peachy highlighter, one is your classic beigy highlighter and one is your golden highlighter.

So of course from a makeup lover's perspective I recommend all 3 :) but if I had to recommend just one it would probably be Mary Lou because it goes with everything and it's so intense that a little bit goes a long way, so you really get a bang for your buck. But then again, it's all down to personal preference. If you love that golden glow, you might prefer the Kiko 208 eyeshadow or if you love that peachy glow, you'll wanna go with Champagne Pop.

Another thing that sets these 3 highlighters apart from one another is the price: Champagne Pop is the priciest ($38.00), Mary Lou runs second ($24.00) and Kiko 208 is the most affordable ($14.00).

Btw if you didn't know, the Kiko eyeshadow is actually a dupe for both Estée Lauder Heatwave and MAC Whisper of Gilt. They are pretty much identical (just google swatches of these and you'll see. Unfortunately I don't own HW or WOG). I just thought I'd mention it because the Estée Lauder one and the MAC one are extremely hyped and popular and both were limited edition, so if you want something that is almost the exact same for a fraction of the cost, you should totally get the Kiko one!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The easiest eye makeup look ever! All matte classic soft brown smokey eye - very wearable and daytime appropriate

This is as basic as it gets for a somewhat smokey eye. You could wear this look to pretty much any occasion as it's so classic and neutral, and not too over the top.


All you need for this look are two matte warm-toned light brown eyeshadows (I used Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie and Frappé) and a matte beigy shade. Blend the two browns in the crease and apply the beigy shade onto the mobile lid. And that's it for eyeshadow! I added a black winged eyeliner and defined my brows (which I always do - and you should too! Brows make the biggest difference!). Lashes are my favorite natural pair which is Red Cherry in 747 S.

A peachy blush will go nicely with the eyeshadow. For the lips, I lined them with Whirl lipliner by MAC and mixed two lipsticks together (by Kiko and Essence) to create this soft pinky nude color.

I think this look is so versatile and makes you look beautiful and kind of glamorous, but in a very subtle way. I do work in business and would consider this an office-appropriate look (minus the false lashes cause I would never ever bother applying them for work and maybe with the eyeliner a little less winged out).

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Review & Swatches: Morphe Brushes 9B - THE BLUSHED BLUSH PALETTE

with flash from left to right: top, middle & bottom row
without flash from left to right: top, middle & bottom row
My arms looks so hairy with this lighting & perspective! :/ just so you know, they don't actually look like this!

There are 9 different colors with different finishes in here. Some shades are matte, some have shimmer to them. The ones with shimmer are not too shimmery or glittery, which is nice.

I've owned this palette for a while and I must say that I haven't reached for it very often so far. I don't even know why because the colors are beautiful. They are very pigmented and some shades are super intense and bright, so be careful when you apply them - a little bit goes a long way.

Personally, what I am kind of missing in this palette is a warm bronzy peachy shade because that is my favorite blush shade to wear (and I think I'm not alone with that). But this is still a very nice versatile palette that I can see working on so many different skintones, plus it's affordable. Therefore I absolutely recommend it.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Quick & fresh makeup look: Polished brows, flawless face & hot pink lips!

Hot pink lips are super fun to wear, especially for summer. I know summer's over in most parts of the world but I don't really do my makeup according to seasons anyway. I just wear whatever I want whenever I want :)

Here's the look:

I basically just did a very understated eye with only mascara and defined brows and paired it with a flawless face makeup with no harsh contouring, just a bit of blush. The focus of this look are the lips of course. I used a limited edition lipstick by P2 Cosmetics (I know :/ but this is my favorite bright pink lipstick and actually the only one i own in this color - you can really use anything you own).

This look takes only a few minutes to do but looks very fresh and somewhat natural :) as much as I love a smokey eye, I enjoy something lighter too from time to time - especially during the day.

Btw, I ordered a light so that I can take pictures at night time too and it just came in today so I had to test it! I feel like it does wash me out a bit and can cast a shadow on my face from some perspectives, but this is sooo much better than regular artificial lighting. I prefer using natural lighting anyways, but now that we are going into fall and winter, it gets dark so early in the day, so this is a great alternative.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Ultimate copper bronze smokey eye using Makeup Geek Flamethrower eyeshadow

There is probably nothing (makeup wise) I love as much as a warm brown smokey eye. It makes your eyecolor pop, brings life to your face and just makes you look like a summery bronzy goddess. Who doesn't want that? :) So here's the look I created today:

I used all Makeup Geek eyeshadows for this look! They are my favorite (besides Morphe and of course MAC). Flamethrower is part of their Foiled Eyeshadow Collection and is the most stunning orangey coppery color that will make any eye color pop.

So if you want to recreate this look, start off with priming your eyelids (I used MAC Painterly Paint Pot), then build up your crease color by applying Peach Smoothie, Cocoa Bear & Frappé and blend everything together. On the outer part of my eyes I used just a tiny bit of Mocca too. Then, for the lid color, apply a generous amount of Flamethrower only onto the mobile lid. I find that the Foiled Eyeshadows apply best with your fingers.

On the lower lashline I am again wearing Peach Smoothie and Frappé. I am not wearing any eyeliner, but I did tightline with my black Maybelline Khol Eyeliner and applied some lashes. My inner corner & browbone highlight is Champagne Pop by Becca. Don't be light-handed with your bronzer for this look!

And finally on the lips I am wearing a mixture of Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Pure Hollywood and the lightest color from my BH Cosmetics 28 Color Lipstick Palette.

This is perfect for summer (I know we are going into fall...), clubbing, or any occasion you want to wear this!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

BH Cosmetics Ultimate Lips - 28 Color Lipstick Palette Review

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BH Cosmetics is such an affordable brand and they have some really amazing products for such little money. Today I want to share their 28 Color Lipstick Palette which I got on sale a few months ago for only 10 USD!

Here's a look at the palette: The clear front looks really chic & much nicer than their old packaging in my opinion (but it does get dirty quite easily).

The colors are very versatile and wearable. There's a selection of nudes, browns, pinks, berries and reds/oranges.

My product pictures are always completely unedited and unfiltered and taken in natural daylight with no flash so you can see the true colors.

Here are some closeups of the colors:

top right

top left

bottom left

bottom right

One of my favorite colors in this palette is the second from right color from the very top row. It's the perfect dark nude: it's not too pale, not too pink, not too brown - just the perfect dark nude color. That white-ish color on the bottom right is a clear glossy color with sparkle/glitter in it - one of my least favorites.

Most colors are gorgeous, however what you should be aware of is that some of these shades look very similar when applied. Also, most shades have a glossy or shiny finish, so if you're more of a matte lipstick wearer, this might not be for you. Shaaanxo, one of my favorite Youtubers, has a video on this palette where she lipswatches every single shade. You should totally check it out:

This palette is such a great deal and perfect for makeup artists or makeup addicts. Not necessarily good for on the go or travel, but a great staple to own. I don't know of any comparable palettes - lipstick palettes are generally not easy to find and especially such good quality at such a low price. Be sure to use a good lip brush for an even and precise application. So all in all, I highly recommend this palette!

And: I also just got my hands on two other BH Cosmetic palettes: The Carli Bybel - 14 Color Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette and the Blushed Neutrals – 26 Color Eyeshadow and Blush Palette. I will totally post about them once they have arrived, so be sure to check back for that!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Review & Swatches: Morphe Brushes 35K - 35 COLOR KOFFEE EYESHADOW PALETTE **NEW**

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I got this palette in the mail today, it's Morphe's newest release. Since it's so new I haven't seen swatches of it anywhere yet, so if you want to see all shades swatched, just scroll down. Here is a look at the palette:

right 3 columns photographed with flash
And here are swatches of all shades:

first row (left to right)
second row (left to right)
first and second row swatched together (left to right: first 7 shades are the top row, the last 7 are the 2nd row).
third row (left to right)
fourth row (left to right)
third and fourth row swatched together (left to right: first 7 shades are the 3rd row, the last 7 shades are the 4th row).
fifth row (left to right)

What I love most about this palette is its versatility. When I saw it online I had to get because it has both warm and cool-toned shades in it which I think is so cool! You get a huge variety of shades and can create a ton of different looks with it, whether it be your typical bronzy browny smokey eye or a cool-toned greyish silvery eyeshadow look.

The shadows are pigmented and the colors are beautiful. I found with the Morphe shadows that some of the matte shades can be a little less pigmented than the others, but they're still decent. The metallic shimmery shades are gorgeous. I really need to create a look with these some time! The bottom row has some really amazing shades and since I am really into these cool-toned blueish shimmery colors at the moment, I'm sure I'll come up with something nice.

Hopefully these swatches are helpful. I do own the Jaclyn Hill Favorites Palette and the 35W Palette as well as the Pressed Powder Palette and the Blush Palette. I love all of them! Morphe is one of my favorites for palettes because they are affordable and great quality. I'm sure you'll see more from Morphe on this blog soon :)