Monday, 20 February 2017

Nyx Lid Lingerie in Night Glow Review

When I came across the Nyx Lid Lingerie at Sokos department store, I immediately wanted to try it out. Usually cream shadows don't work well on my oily lids even with primer, but Lid Lingerie seemed more like a mousse with its very light consistency. Basically it's a mousse eyeshadow in a jar with a wand for application. I don't know how it is supposed to work with just the wand, I dab some shadow on my lid and pat in with my fingers to spread and blend. Night Glow is a metallic taupe, and those usually work on me as light smoky eye shades. I think it might be tricky to blend a couple of these for a look with many shades, but for a smoky look mine seems to work fine.

Nyx Lid Lingerie in Night Glow

Nyx Lid Lingerie in Night Glow
I consider my lids to be quite difficult when it comes to eyeshadow. They are very oily, so proper primer is needed to prevent all of the eyeshadow from ending up as lines in the crease. On its own the Lid Lingerie had no chance (well I had to try anyway!) but with Urban Decay Primer Potion underneath it lasts at least as well as powder shadows do.

Lid Lingerie in Night Glow with out blending on top and patted with fingers below. I really like how metallic the shade is!

The package. The top seems sturdy and I don't see any potential for leaks. As the product is not liquid, but mousse-like, it likes to stay in the tube.

The applicator. It's good for dabbing the product on to the lid, but not for much else.

Full face with Nigh Glow on lids. It's not very dark on me, but a nice light wash
of color.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

ColourPop Pressed Powder Eyeshadow Review

Pressed shadows! How excited can a person be over small metal pans with pigment in them? ;D When ColourPop released the pressed shadows I immediately made an order. I like their shades and the quality of the super shock shadows is good, but I don't want to dirty my hands when doing my eyes, as I don't keep my make-up in the bathroom but in a vanity. So I need to get up, go wash my hands, and then continue. Pressed shadows seemed perfect, and they even came with a free empty palette per each four pressed powders you buy. I settled on ten shades I wanted and got two palettes.

It seemed like a waste to only have four pans in one palette, and I heard some people had taken the cardboard from the palette out to fit in more pans, so I tried the same. The glue is pretty sturdy, but the results are good. On one palette the cardboard came clean off, but on the other it ripped the magnetic plate with it, but I simply proceeded to tear off the cardboard (well, my husband did, because he's super nice and I didn't want to break my nails) and glue the magnetic part back.

Let me start with saying that the palette is very nice! The design is pretty, not too busy, the magnetic area is strong, pans stay easily in place, and the plastic window is small, so your shadows are safe. The window is usually the weakest point of a cardboard palette, but it's needed so you can see what it holds without opening the palette.

A ColourPop Pressed Powder empty palette out of the box.

A ripped out cardboard and foam insert.

The glue is quite strong, but it can and will come off if you want to! If the glue is stuck on the magnetic plate, your can just roll it off with your fingers.

A palette without the cardboard insert. The whole black area is magnetic.
And the shadows I got? There weren't many colourful ones that I usually go for, but I've been using a lot of neutrals lately and many appealed to me. I chose these ten: Fire Fly, High Strung, Take it Slow, Come and Get It, Cute Alert, Liar Liar, Backseat, Cloud Nine, Let Me Explain and Hear Me Out. Quite a mouthful!

Instead of four you can fit ten pans close to each other. Shadows on top row left: Take It Slow, Let Me Explain, Liar Liar, Cloud Nine, Fire Fly. Shadows on bottom row from left: Come And Get It, High Strung, Backseat, Cute Alert, Hear Me Out.

All the shadows in their cardboard sleeves. Cute Alert had moved a bit in the packaging, but arrived intact.

The sleeves are not taped shut, they have a little tab you open.

You can see the back of the pan through a hole in the sleeve, so no labels are needed on the sleeves.

Inside the sleeve the pans are protected by clear plastic packaging that also closes with a tab rather than tape on glue, meaning that you could easily put the pans back if you want to sell them or pack them very securely for a trip.

A pan out of the packaging. They are about 2,5 cm wide.

On the back of each pan is a label stating the name of the shade.

Cute Alert

Come And Get It

High Strung


Take It Slow

Let Me Explain

Liar Liar

Cloud Nine

Fire Fly

Hear Me Out
And then swatches! These are done over foundation (Missha Perfect Cover BB-cream), powder (NYX HD Studio Finishing powder) and Urban Decay Primer Potion with fingers. Some of the lightest shades were insanely difficult to photograph, but I did my best!

From top to bottom: Cute Alert, Hear Me Out, Fire Fly

Top to bottom: Backseat, Come And Get It, High Strung peeking from the bottom.

Top to bottom: Come And Get It, High Strung, Cute Alert

Top to bottom: Take It Slow, Let Me Explain, Liar Liar

Top to bottom: Liar Liar, Cloud Nine.
All of the shades are of very nice quality. Creamy, lots of pigment, blend easily. They all work well on my green-blue eyes, especially the reddish dark browns Cloud Nine and Cute Alert really bring out the green. The only one I might not keep is Fire Fly. I ordered a couple of skin tone shadows so I could try them and see how they work on my skin tone, as you can never be sure of photos and monitors and all that affects how the shades look in the shop. Skin tone shadows can have the tiniest differences that have a huge impact on how they work on each person. For me Hear Me Out is the perfect skin tone that's just a little bit lighter than my skin, so I can use it as a highlight on tearducts and brow bone. Fire Fly is very close and just as light, but has pink undertones, where my skin leans more towards yellow. There's nothing else wrong with the shadow, the shade is just not for me, I'll always go for Hear Me Out when I need a skin tone highlighter.

So far my absolute favourite is Come And Get It. It's a warm medium rose pink with a gold shift. Very much like NARS Orgasm blush, which I also adore, and the pink once again brings out the green in my eyes. A light, very easily usable shade, and works with every other shade in my palette, except maybe for Backseat.

Take It Slow, Let Me Explain and Liar Liar are very nice light shimmery skin tone shades, easy to combine with almost anything and work as highlights if you like shimmery highlight. I usually go for mattes for highlights (on the eyes), so I've used these on the lid and put something darker in the crease and outer part of the lid for a very easy everyday look. Not unique shades, but handy to have in a palette.

Backseat is more blue and less green than I expected. I though based on the shop pictures that it would be a sea green or more of a petrol shade, but on me it looks plain blue. I'm not good with blues, but it is a lovely medium shimmery blue, if that's your thing :)

High Strung is a lovely copper. Very red, very metallic. It works as a crease shade with Come And Get It, but I like matte shades for the crease better to get some depth there. It could make for a wonderful smoky eye with green eyes, but I have yet to try that.

All in all I'm very happy with the shadows and the palettes. Everything works like it should and 5 dollars per pan is a steal for this quality. To me it seems the quality is equal to my Naked 2 palette, but then again the Naked 2 has 12 shades and costs about 50 dollars, so per pan the shadows are actually cheaper than ColourPop. I do appreciate being able to customize my palettes and to be able to take just a couple of pans with me to trip if I don't feel like hauling the whole lot, so the price is justified in my opinion. Shipping was fast and everything arrived well packed and in time. So once again ColourPop has made me happy!

Monday, 6 February 2017

Where The Night Is + Paradox Eyeshadows

So my obsession with ColourPop does not seem to be fading quite yet. I've got the Where The Light Is collection also by Kathleenlights, and this time I went for the Where The Night Is version. I really wanted to try Weenie, the rose gold eyeshadow, but since it was out of stock, I decided to just get the set.

I really like ColourPop's packaging. It sleek, simple easy and the graphic design has always been spot on. This set is packaged in a cardboard sleeve with bronze toned print on black background. In side the sleeve are the four eyeshadow pots safely in a cardboard box.

ColourPop x Kathleenlights Where The Night Is
Clockwise from top left: Porter, Midnight, Telepathy and Weenie.

Porter, a dark, shimmery red.

Midnight. An antique gold with a black base.

Telepathy. I'd describe this one is the most difficult to describe. It's a very bright metallic gold, but with a green tinge, not as yellow as gold usually is depicted. It's a gorgeous shade, but looks like it might be tricky to combine with other colours.

Weenie. This is the reason I got the set, and it's so pretty!

Midnight, Porter, Weenie, Telepathy and Paradox swatched on (angry) skin.
I have not yet done any looks with the set, but all of the colours seem quite unique. Weenie is a true rose gold, just like I wanted. All eyeshadows have lots of pigment and apply smooth and easy. For the swatches I applied them with my finger. None stained skin.

A friend also suggested Paradox to me. I do like neutral shades, but for clubs and photoshoots I want bright colours of high quality. I don't have a lot of reds, and thus Paradox was a great addition to my collection. It's a matte medium red, very bright and simple. You can easily see from the swatch above how Porter is more muted where Paradox is bright. Not for everyday looks, but for those times when you really need a red red, Paradox is great! I would like to have it be a bit more opaque, but most likely with a primer that will happen.



Friday, 3 February 2017

ColourPop Blues Baby Lipstick Set

Playdate, Mink, Notion and Avenue (Smitten missing from the picture because I'm a silly person and put it in the wrong pile, grr!)
ColouPop's matte liquid lipsticks are one of my absolute favourites. They are very affordable, even with shipping (they occasionally offer free shipping, keep your eyes peeled!) and customs fees. The formula is not consistent, so some shades do perform worse than others, but I'd say 85% of lipsticks I've bought have been excellent. The couple that did not work for me were too thick to my liking.

Playdate, Avenue, Mink, Notion and Smitten
It might be easy to guess that Smitten is my favourite from these shades. They are all wearable on me, although Playdate is quite bright. Nice, easy to wear shades that go with many looks. Buying the set was an impulse, I was getting some eyeshadows and needed something more to qualify for free shipping, but this was an excellent choice. The set lipsticks have different packaging than regular ones. Instead of a clear tube and silver topper they have a frosted tube and a black matte topper. Very elegant, although fingerprints show quite easily on the topper.

Sadly it looks like the set is sold out and these shades are not available as singles at least yet. I hope they would be released as singles, as both Mink and Smitten are absolutely awesome, and the others are not bad either.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

I Always Fall for Your Kind aka A Million Dark Red Lipsticks

I guess everyone has a few favourite shades they always end up buying. Like looking at pictures of a new make-up collection and instantly falling in love with one shade of lippie, only to notice you already own a bunch of almost similar ones.

So. Much. Lipstick.
I'm not even trying to convince myself that I need all of the make-up I own, it's more of a hobby of collecting stuff. Some people collect stamps, I collect lipsticks. Dark red lipsticks especially it seems.

I went through all of my lipsticks and picked out the ones that were dark red or dark purple, as those are the shades I always fall for. They feel easy to wear for me and I find myself always reaching for a comfy dark red when in doubt of what shade to wear. I found it interesting to see how many different reds there are in my collection, and to compare then with each other. So I present to you: 27 shades of red (or purple)!

The whole bunch. I didn't differentiate between finishes or lipstick types, there are everything from liquid mattes to satin traditional lipsticks.

Milani 24 Black Cherry , Mac Viva Glam Ariana Grande, Kat von D Studded Kiss in Vampira, Wet n Wild Ferguson Crest Cabernet, Milani 21 Sangria, Wet n Wild Vamp it Up, Mac Cyber. 
 I like traditional lippies too, but the staying power of liquid to matte lipsticks is what I really enjoy. I'm not big on touching up make-up on the go, I'd much rather spend the time to do my make-up and then have it last until I take it off. Matte traditional lipsticks last a lot better than those with a shiny finish. I've found that using traditional lipstick in the middle of the lips and a matte to liquid one on the edges is a great way to avoid the drying feel of the liquid lipsticks and they don't crumble as easily if you have re-apply in the middle of the lips. The wax based lipstick can melt the liquid lipstick a bit, but matte wax based lipsticks don't make a mess.

Black Moon Cosmetics Purgatory, ColouPop Ultra Matte Lip in Guess, Notoriously Morbid Arcane, LASplash Malevolent, ColourPop Sookie, LASplash Valentina, Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream Copenhagen, LASplash Untamed, Kylie Cosmetics Kourt K, Kat von D Exorcism, Anastasia Beverly Hills Sad Girl, Sleek Vino Tinto.
 Liquid to mattes are my absolute favourites. I have lots of different shades, but the dark red and purple ones I always come back to. Insane staying power, no feathering, no liner needed, these babies are simply awesome! The picture is missing my OCC Black Dahlia Lip Tar, but there's a swatch of that later in this post too.

Mac lip pencil in Cyber World, Kylie Cosmetics lip liner in Kourt K, Mac lip pencil in Nightmoth, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics pencil in Black Dahlia.
I don't have a lot of lip liners, but I have gotten four almost similar dark red ones. The Mac ones are clearly different, and the Kylie one was part of a lip kit and meant to be worn under a liquid lipstick. Black Dahlia helps with OCC Lip Tar feathering and I wanted a shade that matched the lipstick perfectly. I also use dark red lip liners for my brows. My current favourites are Nightmoth and Black Dahlia, but any of these will do. My roots are dark wine red so they match nicely.

Left to right: Black Moon Cosmetics Purgatory, ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip is Guess, LASplash Lip Couture in Malevolent, Mac Cyber, Wet n Wild Vamp it Up.

Left to right: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in  Black Dahlia, Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen, Sleek Matte Me Ultra Smooth Matte Lip Cream in Vino Tinto, ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Smitten, Kat von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Exorcism, Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick in Kourt K. 

Left to right: ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Smitten, Kat von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Exorcism, Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick in Kourt K, Kat von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Vampira, Mac matte lipstick Viva Glam Ariana Grande, Milani lipstick in 21 Sangria, Milani lipstick in 24 Black Cherry, LASplash Lip Couture in Vampire.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Smitten, Kat von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Exorcism, Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick in Kourt K, Kat von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Vampira, Mac matte lipstick Viva Glam Ariana Grande.

From left to right: Wet n Wild Fergie lipstick in Ferguson Crest Cabernet, Notoriusly Morbid liquid lipstick Arcane, ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lip in Sookie, LASplash Studio Shine Lip Lustre in Valentina.

Top to bottom: Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Sad Girl, LASplash Lip Couture Untamed, Kat von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Damned.

Lip liners from left to righ: Mac lip pencil in Nightmoth, Mac lip pencil in Cyberworld, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cosmetic Colour Pencil in Black Dahlia, Kylie Cosmetics Lip Liner is Kourt K.

Whew, that was a lot of lipstick! I'm still of the opinion that no two are exactly the same, but all have different undertones or lean more towards red or brown. It's the tiny differences that count! Do you have a specific shade or a product you always fall for, even when you know you have lots of similar ones already?

I can confess I have two more dark red lipsticks ordered at this very moment ;D
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