MAC Fruity Juicy Haul

MAC Fruity Juicy Haul

Hello here’s my haul from MAC‘s current summer collection, Fruity Juicy:

I picked up the Fix+ Coconut, the Pearlmatte Face Powder and an eyeshadow palette. I was really good and skipped the lipsticks even though I wanted them all.

Before I go on to the makeup items, a few words about the Fix+: Firstly the name Fix+ is misleading as it is not a spray that keeps your makeup on longer. You can put it on top of your finished makeup and it will take the powderyness down a notch. Or you can use it to wet your brushes or to mix a pigment. As it is full of antioxidants you can also just spray it on after cleansing your face, that’s what I prefer to do. Since it’s basically water, glycerin and antioxidants it will help makeup adhere better (the glycerin) if you put it on before makeup (instead of afterwards). Now, this version here is not the normal one, it’s the coconut one. It includes actual coconut extract. The smell is a lot more gentle than I expected (considering the last item I reviewed was the Physicians Formula Bronzer!) In fact I can barely smell it. But, what I didn’t expect is that (since the liquid is clear in the bottle) the spray comes out milky! It dries down to colorless, but I’m sure my other Fix+ never did this. Okay so that was longer than I expected I really only wanted to say, guys good news, no obnoxious coconut scent!

On to the makeup. The pearlmatte powder in Oh my, Passion! is certainly the center piece of the collection. Usually I skip these kinds of things, because sure they’re pretty in the pan, but will I use them? Well this time the swatch was just so pretty…

The Eyeshdow palette is Love in the Glades, the one with green colors. The other two are more orange/pink and included some colors I already owned, so this one here was more unique to me.

Swatches for Love in the Glades. Shade names are (from left to right as swatched, the order is reversed in the palette): Russian Blue (matte), Palm Leaves (satin), Neoprene Green (veluxe pearl), Bye Bye Bahamas (frost), Cumulus (frost) and Grey Stroke (Satin). I’m surprised the Veluxe Pearl Shade has less shimmer than the two Frost ones, but then I’m not the biggest expert in MAC shadows and also it works better this way, you don’t need an intense green with a ton of shimmer.

Now the reason this palette is so cool is that while it can also be seen as tropical it is also literally cool (toned). You can go for a green toned holiday look, but since there are so many greys you can also go for a futuristic look, like a robot from a dystopian future (I have been reading a lot of comic books lately…). Seriously, you can go for conventional beauty or, with the right combination, a really disturbing look. The lightest shade is what makes or breaks the weird look because it is not a traditional highlight or blend out shade – it is too obviously grey for that. Pair it with a grey or blue lip for maximum alien-ness.

All of the shades apply well. I am glad that the greens apply properly opaque. For Neoprene Green you could use the Paint Crushed Emerald as a base but you don’t need to. I do need a good primer underneath but I always do. Without primer they stay about four to five hours, with primers all day on me. I am also glad the darkest color, Russian Blue applies so smoothly, it can work as an all over shade, as a crease shade, as eyeliner. I love using shadow as eyeliner and am annoyed when the shade is too crumbly for that. In the swatch it looks quite dark grey but it can be sheered out as well.

Overall I’d say the colors apply semi-opaque and can be built up to full opacity.

Swatch of the Pearlmatte Powder in Oh my, Passion! And yes, that’s the exact punctuation. Anyone else feel like that comma should be somewhere else?

Anyway, I swatched the individual parts and then all of them together. While you could pick up the individual colors with small brushes, in real life I only used them swirled together. And it gives off the prettiest color. Don’t get fooled by my pic here, the color can be built up quite a bit so I am sure it’ll also show up on darker skin tones. This is really the all over cheek product – blush, bronzer, highlight. It looks amazing and very summery, like you were sunkissed and are flushing at the same time. I use it like a bronzer, so generously on the cheeks, and a bit across the nose and forehead. You can apply it lightly or get it stronger. The first time I used it I used too much and ended up looking quite flushed. XD

I love the look because while it’s of course makeup it also imitates my natural look quite well. In summer I get a bit of color where the sun hits me from above and because it’s hot my cheeks are red at the same time. This is that, but prettier.

I hope that by now this isn’t all sold out already. You never know with MAC, but the big summer collection is usally not that bad… In case you can’t get the items anymore I am sorry. In case they still have the face powder left, I highly recommend it.

 

Worth the hype? Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer

Worth the hype? Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer

Today in: the internet made me buy it

The Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in the color Light Bronzer.

So as I’ve mentioned before, this year we had a long winter/snowy spring. And you’re always the palest in spring. This year I got so pale that my lightest bronzer, the Body Shop bronzing powder in 01 started to look too dark but I really wanted a softly tanned look. Reading other people’s blogs I found two possible solutions: Hoola Lite and this one here. I decided to try Physicians Formula as I’ve never had one of their products before.

This product comes in two shades: Bronzer and Light Bronzer. Some of the pics of Light Bronzer – just like my pic here in fact – make it look so light I was afraid it wouldn’t even show on my skin (NC 15). Well, fear not, it is a proper bronzer and not a face powder.

First thing I noticed was the smell. It was wafting even through the outer packaging. It has a strong smell of coconut. On the face the smell wears off in a few minutes but it’s still quite strong.

The packaging is bright and quite big. The compact includes a mirror and a sponge applicator. If you ask me, that could have been skipped for a slimmer compact. I don’t use sponges to apply bronzer I use brushes. So I can’t tell you if the sponge is any good. At the same time the packaging could have better quality. If you look closely at the pic above you should see that while the powder lines up with the yellow plastic on the left side of the pic, it does not line up on the right side. Lots and lots of powder and possibly other dirt has fallen into that gap by now. Not good. Also it means that opening the lower part to get to the mirror means that all that powder/dirt will fall right over you/your sink etc. They should have skipped the mirror and sponge and made a compact with the right circumfence instead!

Comparison: the Body Shop Bronzing Powder 01; Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer Light Bronzer.

Swatches: First is Physicians Formula, underneath is the Body Shop. You can see that while light in color, the Light Bronzer does totally show up on my skin. It is lighter than the Body Shop one. It also looks less flat, as there is some golden shimmer to it. The shimmer isn’t really visible on the face but it helps liven up your face. I wouldn’t use it as a contour though.

So is it worth the hype? The powder itself totally, yes. I’m usually a blush sort of person I only wear bronzer from time to time. But ever since I got this one here two months ago I haven’t used anything else on my face. It applies and blends so well, stays on for nine hours and it makes me look healthy as opposed to undead. It’s not too dark and not too orange and not too pale either. The bronzer is also so soft it never looks powdery.

I recommend this to the skin tone range NC/W 10 – 15. I think it wouldn’t show up properly on NC 20 and darker, however there’s a lot of bronzers for darker skin anyway so you’re not missing out.

Bronzer itself: great

Packaging: annoying and messy

Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer Carrie&Big

Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer Carrie&Big

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I found this pretty packaging and had to get one: a bronzer by Too Faced. There were two versions available, I took the Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer in Carrie & Big, there was also Ross & Rachel, but that one was darker, so I thought this one was better for my pale skin.

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The actual bronzer is heart shaped black plastic.

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Inside the hearts continue. While the compact is big (usual bronzer size), it’s easiest to swirl both colors together. Picking up the blush alone is easiest with a small size blush brush.

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Swatches! First line is the bronzer alone, second is the blush part and last both mixed. You can see when mixed the color is a little softened.

The product is very finely milled. There is fine shimmer in it, but it’s not really visible on the face. The bronzer is very light – I read some online reviews that people could not see it at all on their faces! For reference, my skin color is MAC NC13 and it shows up well on me, not too dark, but clearly visible with one swipe. I’m not making promises for anyone darker than me, though.

However, despite being light in tone, this is still a very orange leaning bronzer, even if you don’t mix it with the coral blush. Wearing it made me feel a bit old fashioned, like you know. Remember ten years ago or so when there were lots of light blondes with orangey bronzer and light pink lipgloss on tv? Before the rise of contouring? It looks like that. If that is not what you want, stay clear of this product. (If you are looking for a bronzer that is very much NOT orange, I recommend The Body Shop).

I had a lot of fun using this, and the quality is really good. But after a couple weeks I switched it out for my beloved Kiko bronzer, which is a lot less orange.

Kiko Essential Bronzer & Beam of Light

Kiko Essential Bronzer & Beam of Light

July is the time of summer sales and I have fallen victim to a few 50% off deals. At Kiko I bought a bronzer from the Modern Tribes Collection and a highlighter from the On The Go Collection.

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The Essential Bronzer is huge (20 g) and comes in an equally huge packaging made from wood. The two pieces are held together by small magnets. This is a bronzer for using at home, certainly not for travels.

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The bronzer itself looks a bit like Pluto, doesn’t it? My color is 200 Warm Melange, the lighter of the two colors in this Collection. The bronzer is very soft; a light hand is needed when picking up the powder.

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The highlighter Beam of Light in the color 01 (again, the lighter of the two available) is much smaller (1,5 g); it comes from a Collection of minis.

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Both products are baked. The highlighter is not quite as soft as the bronzer, but it still gives plenty of powder at a light touch.

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Swatches.

The bronzer isn’t too orange for me, although I need to apply it gently to get it even. But a light application of this gives me the most beautiful glow. I find it easier to apply than my Body Shop bronzer, which is more tightly packed and needs a firmer hand. The Kiko bronzer includes a slight shimmer, but I don’t really see it on the skin.

The highlighter is a shimmery champagne color. It is similar to my MAC Lightscapade, but that one is whiter and the shimmer finer and more multi-colored. Beam of Light looks best applied with my new favorite method: using a tight blush brush to apply on top of the cheek bones and temples.

I can recommend both of these. They are LE from different collections. While the minis collection is new and should therefore still be available, I can’t promise the same for the bronzer which comes from a collection that has been out for a few months by now. Should you find it on a sale, do take a look!

Did you pick up anything at the latest sales?

Fall Favorites

Fall Favorites

I was so eager for summer that I did my summer favorites post in spring. I meant to do the fall favorites at the beginning of september, but time flies. I was so eager for summer this year and then summer turned out to be two weeks of warmth and a whole lot of rain for the rest of the time. 😦 It feels like we’ve already had autumn since August. Maybe that’s why I am so very into the current Fall Collections…

Anyway here are my favorites for the season, not these products in particular, but the type they represent:

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On top, an older YSL lipstick (you can tell by how the logo is divided), a blush by s-he, a Givenchy eye shadow, perfume by Narciso Rodriguez, a Maybelline lip pencil, a lip balm by Rodial, the body shop bronzer and Essie nail polish.

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With the products open.

I put a lip balm in the selection because right when the temperatures sink I suddenly need a lot more balm for my lips. Rodial is what I’m currently using because it came in a beauty box, but any brand will do.

For nail polish I chose brown because almost every brand put brown in their fall collections. It’s this year’s trend color. I chose Essie Partner in Crime, but if you’ve seen my haul post you’ll know that by now I also own OPI How Great is your Dane? Brown nail polish is perfect because it’s warm and cozy and not too loud. Make sure it doesn’t clash with your skin tone before buying, though.

For perfume I chose Narciso Rodriguez for her EdT (pink packaging, black bottle), mostly because I was thinking of a day with crisp cold air, colored laves, fog at first but then the sun comes out. For really terrible weather I’d prefer something sweeter. for her is a clean chypre with lots of musk. To me it smells very buisness-like. I’m also cheating a little because for her is an all year round scent to me. I just felt like including it here.

I put the body shop bronzer in because it helps transition from summer bronze to no bronze. I have the lightest color 01 of four, but all of them are on the pale side of bronzer. If you can never find a good bronzer because you are so pale, do take a look at these. Those who are darker can probably use them all over. I am NC 15 in MAC and this bronzer barely shows up on me, so I mostly use it for contouring. Should I ever repurchase I’d take a darker shade.

For lips I chose my beloved YSL 42 Rose Lyrique and as alternative the new Maybelline Color Drama pencil in 310 Berry Much. (Review upcoming) I don’t stick to berry tones only, but I think they’re quite trendy this season. I mostly coordinate makeup with my clothes, so when it’s warm there’ll be a lot of coral and when it’s cold a lot more plum. I don’t even choose my clothes that way, it’s simply what’s being sold…

For eyes I put in the Givenchy eye shadow le prisme mono in 12 Casual Khaki. This is a stand in for all my bronzey-khaki items. I think the color goes well with plum and I love the way it looks. Givenchy’s le prisme mono are interesting eyeshadows because while it’s a single color, the quadrants differ in level of shimmer. There’s a matte part, two different shimmers and a glittery part. I think that’s pretty cool because you can reach for whatever suits you best and you can even make a whole look out of this alone. However I must admit I cannot tell the shimmery ones apart. Only the matte and the glittery are really distinctive to me. Usually I sweep all of them together and use the matte on its own for lining my lower lashes.

And last but not least, a powder blush by s-he. (That’s a cheap brand available at DM.) This is technically also cheating because it’s certainly a year-round item but I chose it because the color is so universal, it goes with everything. You can see I made a visible dent in the pan. The color is a dusty rose pink without shimmer. The picture pulls a little blue, it’s more neutral than that. Universally flattering, goes with everything. If you have only one blush, it should be like this. (I have a lot more blushes but I keep coming back to this one.)

 

These are my favorites for fall.

Thank you for reading. 🙂 What are your picks for the season?

benefit The Bronze of Champions

benefit The Bronze of Champions

Benefit has lots of pretty looking and cool sounding products. And then they have these really awesome kits with several of their products in smaller sizes. These are perfect for people like me, who want to try all the things and never use the big sizes up. Naturally, I have several of these kits and today I want to show you my personal absolute favorite of everything benefit, the Bronze of Champions set.

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The packaging alone is to die for, not only is it pretty funny to look at, but it also very sturdy. This is my go to travel make up set and I have thrown it into my suitcase without care often enough and it still looks like this.

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When I’m home I put it into my book case sometimes. Click to enlarge and read.

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So, what’s in it?

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Going by the numbers benefit put there: First there’s eyeshadow, one cream and one powder. The colors are bikini-tini and thanks a latte.

Then the bronzer, hoola, the highlighter watt’s up, the mascara they’re real and last the lipgloss also named hoola.

Basically, you’ve got a whole bronze and highlighting look there. For travels I pretty much only pack up foundation and concealers, my brow stuff and regular powder in addition to this.

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Swatches!

On top is the highlighter, watt’s up, underneath the cream shadow bikini-tini and next the powder shadow thanks a latte. Yes, the cream eyeshadow is lighter than the highlighter. Of course you can always switch stuff around as you like it. I have made the experience that neither the cream nor the powder shadow have much staying power on their own. However layered they last very well on me, no additional base needed.

The last two are the hoolas, the matte bronzer and the lipgloss. The bronzer works perfectly for pale skin. I’m not sure how it would be for darker skin, but it can be layered. The lipgloss comes out looking like caramel, but you can see it spreads out to be colorless with only bronze sparkle in it. Like most lipglosses it doesn’t last very long. It comes with a sugary scent. I actually like that scent and I’m usually picky about that.

I forgot to take pics of the mascara, but you’ve probably read reviews of it before. It creates va va voom lashes and it does not smudge or crumble on me.

All in all this is a useful set and everything goes very well together.

The Body Shop Haul

The Body Shop Haul

Today many shops offered 20% off and the Body Shop added a free full size shower gel for purchases over a certain amount. Cue haul:

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I got the vineyard peach body butter and body mist, the bronzing powder and the pink grapefruit shower gel. In the back you can see a sample of the Vitamin E cream. I also got a sample of the almond hand butter. You could choose a free shower gel out of a range, sadly vineyard peach wasn’t included, but pink grapefruit is a nice smell, too. It’s very fresh. Vineyard Peach on the other hand is a maddening smell. It smells like someone had just eaten a ripe peach and left only the stone and you smell it and smell it but you can’t eat it! The body mist is a little less extreme and fresher than the body butter.

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From their four bronzing powders I chose the lightest shade, 01 light matte. I meant to take a darker one, but they seemed to pull orange on me and this one didn’t.

I’m sorry, this picture pulls way too pink, you can see it in the background (compared to the pic above).

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Swatch. I got this to replace my s-he powder duo and I think it’ll work very well.

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Well, spring & summer can come. I can’t wait to annoy people with my “just eaten a peach” smell. 😉