Zoeva Winter Strobe Spectrum & Spring Strobe Spectrum

Zoeva Winter Strobe Spectrum & Spring Strobe Spectrum

This spring Zoeva released new items in their Spectrum line, which consists of specific palettes, like warm eyeshadows, pink blushes etc. Part of the newly released were highlighter palettes: Winter Strobe, Spring Strobe, Summer Strobe. The end. Yes, they released three of four seasons. Why? To mess with my OCD, probably. Of those three I bought two. I skipped the Summer Strobe, because while it looked very pretty I think those colors are too dark for me, more like shimmery blushes and bronzers. Summer Strobe is really good for darker skin tones.

The packaging looks like this. It gave me a total retro feel, because the size and weight is exactly like a CD case. Anyone remember when we bought music like that? 😮

The Spring Strobe has rose golden writing, Winter Strobe is the same but in blue silver. The casing is that velvety matte stuff that looks good at first but gets messed up quickly and you can never wipe the dirt off again either.

This is the Spring Strobe palette inside. I had to change the angle so you could see that there are four different colors. Any other angle they all look the same off white. All four highlighters, simply called SP010 to SP040 have an off white base color and colored shimmer. The colors are: green (SP010, top left), blue (SP020, top right), pink (SP030, bottom left) and yellow (SP040, bottom right).

These are my swatch fingers. The order is backwards here (yellow, pink, blue, green) The pink may look like the weakest color here but that’s just because my finger is so red.

Swatches on my arm. Green, Blue, Pink and Yellow. The base color does not really apply, this is just the pure shimmer. These are just the most ethereal, faerie highlights. I love them. On my face the pink and blue pop a lot more than the green and yellow. That’s because my skin is more yellow toned, I expect this to look different on a pink toned skin. As it is, sadly the green is the weakest color on me. You can’t really tell it’s green, while the blue is visible. However, since these are purely shimmer, they are totally wearable. Firstly, these are wearable for every skin, no matter how light or dark, because there is no base color that could end up looking chalky or weird. Secondly, despite the fact that SP020 is blue I have worn it many times and it doesn’t look like a weird blue stripe or something. It just looks really cool. I highly recommend the Spring Strobe palette.

Now, here’s the Winter Strobe palette. You can see that in the pan the colors look much stronger than in the Spring palette. And yes, it also has a pink and a blue highlighter. The colors are: WI010 (silver, top left), WI020 (peach, top right), WI030 (pink, bottom left) and WI040 (blue, bottom right).

The colors on my fingers. Comparing this pic and the finger pic above you can already tell the difference in the palettes. While Spring has no base color and colored shimmer, this one here has different base colors, but the shimmer is the same white silver on all of them.

Le arm swatch. WI010 is just pure silver. Funny enough, I have lots of gold highlighters but this is in fact my first silver one. W020, aka the peach one, is peachy next to the first one, but also very light in color. On my face, this one blended in best. It makes a good blush topper. The pink one, WI030 applies a lot lighter than it looks in the pan. In the pan it looked like a really dark pink, like a dark blush or eyeshadow. The pink base color does apply, but it is truly a highlighter and not a blush. It works very well as blush topper, also. The last one is clearly an icy blue color. However, on the face that blends out, so yes, you can actually wear it as a highlighter. It looks mostly like a cool silver. So in fact, the blue from the Spring palette is more visibly blue, while this one appears mostly silver and blue only in certain angles.

I wore the Winter Strobe a lot the past weeks, since we had a lot of cold days and snow. I can see the idea behind both palettes, Winter Strobe is iced over while Spring Strobe has the colors waking up again. Personally I like and wear both palettes and in fact on both palettes the blue colors show the most use by now. Unlike Summer Strobe I don’t think Winter Strobe will work for everyone. The base colors do show up on the skin and the highlight itself is very frosty. I don’t think it’ll blend in as well on medium to dark skin as on fair skin (but that’s okay, you guys get the lovely Summer Strobe). Also the shimmer isn’t as smooth and not everybody wants that.

I’ve also tried wearing WI030 and WI040 as eyeshadow since that worked so well with the Rose Golden blush palette. But the colors need to be packed on a lot to show up as anything other than silver and they don’t last, not even with pimer and shadow underneath. They were gone after two hours.

On the cheeks both palettes last the same amount of time which is five to six hours. So while I love both palettes for their quirkyness, they cannot beat the Urban Decay highlighter, which lasted eight hours on me.

Sometimes I lay awake at night and wonder which colors you would put into an Autumn Strobe palette. Gold, red, dark green? What would you use?

In other Zoeva news, now I totally also want some Blush Spectrum palettes and also the Sweet Glamour Blush palette. 😐

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Zoeva Cocoa Blend

Zoeva Cocoa Blend

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And here’s the last palette from the Zoeva Plaisir box: Cocoa Blend. This palette was available before the release of the Plaisir box (the other two were new palettes), so it’s not super duper new. You can buy the three palettes in the box (Cocoa Blend, Caramel Melange and Blanc Fusion) or you can buy each palette alone. I like that they’re not forcing you to buy a package if you’re only interested in a certain item in it. 🙂

So, the Cocoa Blend was already a blogger’s favorite before the box and I was eager to try it.

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It includes some shimmers and some matte colors. It’s not exactly a nude palette imho, there are some color shadows in it. You could consider it a smoky palette, as most colors are darker than in the other two palettes.

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Swatches in the shade.

The colors are: First one is Bitter Start, a matte vanilla color, the highlighting and priming shade.

Next one is Sweeter end, a shimmery color. The color is hard to describe. It’s sort of a mauve with lots of gold shimmer. Next is Warm Notes, a shimmery ruby red. Next is Subtle Blend, a darker shimmery bronze. Last color in the top row is Beans are White, despite the name this is a matte dark espresso color.

The second row starts with another bronze, Pure Ganache. This is super shimmery and intense. Next one is Substitute for Love, a matte reddish brown. Actually it has a bit of fine shimmer on it, but you don’t see it on the lid. The next color is a darker, but still red toned chestnut brown. This one is truly matte. Next is Infusion, a dark brown with gold shimmer. Last color in the palette is Delicate Acidity, a shimmery mauvey taupe.

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Swatches in direct sunlight.

Overall this is yet another warm toned palette of good quality. The shimmers are great, the matte colors aren’t completely opaque, but workable. You can create a whole array of looks with these eyshadows, most of which are going to end up pretty smoky, though. On me the shadows did not crease and faded only a bit after eight hours.

I like this one. Out of all three palettes I am surprised to say I like Blanc Fusion the best though. The Cocoa Blend will work on a bigger range of skin tones though, since Blanc Fusion is very light. These palettes were my first eyeshadows from Zoeva and I am very pleased with their quality. I might check out some more colorful palettes or see if they have something cool toned (as all three palettes lean warm).

Depending on what sort of colors you want I can really recommend all three palettes.

Zoeva Blanc Fusion

Zoeva Blanc Fusion

Another palette in the Zoeva Plaisir box is the Blanc Fusion palette:

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As the name suggests, this one is all about light tones:

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I’m ususally dismissive of too many light colors in one palette, but this one is very well curated. The first line is all shimmery, the second is all matt colors. The matt ones are great neutrals, the shimmers add some interest. While all of the Plaisir palettes are warm toned, the Blanc Fusion offers cool tones as well. This palette is balanced very well.

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Swatches, left to right, first top row, then bottom row (click pic to see it bigger). The first two colors, Noble and Single Origin look different in the pan, but aren’t that different applied: both are sheer with golden shimmer. Noble is more white gold, while Single Origin is more yellow. Still, that’s the weakest part of the palette, because they don’t look that different on the eye. Both are incredibly pretty, though. The third shade is the pop color of the palette: Visions of Gold, despite the name more a shimmery yellow than a gold. Very eye-catching and the one shade that keeps the palette from being completeley nude.

Then comes a regular bronze shade, Late Bloomer. The next one, Sweetness Lingers, is a tad more taupey.

The second row starts with a light matte shade, Travel Inspired. This one serves well as a shade to blend out or an all over base shade. The second shade, Joy in a Box, is my most used shade so far. It’s a perfect light beige that does not lean orange at all. The next one, Conched, is a bit darker. Second to last shade is Question of Taste, which is warmer toned than the other two. Last and only dark shade (and compared to other palettes isn’t even that dark, but this is the Blanc Fusion palette for a reason) is Last Bite. Last Bite is a great color, a matte chocolate brown, that pulls the look together. Without it, the palette wouldn’t be as great as it is.

Overall, I am very fond of this palette. You can do a quick and dirty look or something big and it works. Quality of the shades is great, all are pigmented and apply well. They last very nicely, too. With a primer they don’t crease on me and stay about nine hours.

This palette is amazing for pale kiddos like me because it offers shades which aren’t too harsh but are still distinctive from each other. The yellow is a bit out there, but lovely if you want to experiment.

Best of 2016

Best of 2016

It’s that time of the year again! I didn’t feel much like doing a best of beauty products last year, but this year I have enough product loves to make a list:

  1. best lipstick: 2016 was my purple pink year. I bought probably too many similar shades, but my absolute fav this year was MAC‘s Ariana Grande 2.
  2. best new perfume release: There are so many releases each year I usually only discover them later on. But of the new ones I smelled this year, Chanel N°5 L’Eau was the best. Even if I can’t smell the drydown, it so good while it lasts.
  3. best bottle: Moschino Eau Fresh. The smell is boring but the bottle is hilarious.
  4. best mascara: essence forbidden volume top coat. The plain mascara of this line is good, too, but the top coat rocks everything.
  5. best cheek product: I’m still on the fence with the blush part of the Zoeva rose golden palette, but everytime I put it in storage I missed the highlighter so much I had to get it out again.
  6. best foundation: Chanel Les Beiges (although essence camouflage is a strong contender here)

I don’t have a best nail polish because I loved pretty much everything I put on this year. Go to the tag and take your own pick. 🙂

 

Products most used that I didn’t purchase in 2016:

  1. lipstick: Chanel Rouge Allure Precieuse
  2. base: Urban Decay primers. Still a life saver.
  3. perfume: Chanel N°5, probably.
  4. eyeliner: Chanel Santal. Sadly, my Chanel liners are slowly falling apart, they’re not as sturdy as I want them to be.
  5. eyeshadow: Dior quads, surprisingly. They have the most interesting color combinations in my stash.
  6. nail polish: Essie nourish me basecoat goes under everything I put on.

 

Some picture impressions:

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Moschino Fresh

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So, it seems a little Chanel heavy. Funny, but I guess I only buy Chanel items when I really love them also they are decorative and so most often out of storage* compared to other brands…

 

*storage being a desk drawer.

So, that concludes 2016 for me, next post will be in the new year. 😀

What were your favorites this year?

Zoeva Plaisir Box: Caramel Melange

Zoeva Plaisir Box: Caramel Melange

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As an early present to myself I bought the Zoeva Plaisir box. XD Back when the Chanel Le Rouge Collection came out I was all over the eyeshadow quad, with the three browns and the one red shadow. But, ah, it was so expensive. Then I found this box here, with three eyeshadow palettes in warm tones. And when there was some sort of promotion (black friday or whatever I forgot) I manged to get it for the same price I would have to shell out for the one Chanel quad (which is now sold out anyway). And the Plaisir box is so pretty, too! It’s this brown box, and the inside is golden, and look at the three palettes:

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So pretty! The three palettes are Blanc Fusion, Caramel Melange and Cocoa Blend. All three palettes can also be purchased seperatley. Buying the set is slightly cheaper.

I will review all of them, but in seperate posts. Today I’ll do the middle palette, Caramel Melange.

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It’s a thin cardboard palette and does not take up too much space on its own.

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The colors! The first six are matte, the last four are shimmery. All colors are warm toned (this is true for all three palettes). Color names are: Wax Paper (ivory), Universal Delight (beige), Aftertaste (red/strong orange), 182°C (shimmery orange), Liquid Center (bronze), Alchemy (matte light red/orange), Start Soft (reddish brown), Finish Sensual (brown), Almost Burnt (gold) and Edible Gem (dark chocolate).

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The swatch, in the same order as above. (You can click on the pics to see them big.) I marked Wax Paper with an arrow, because I swear it is there! XD You can see it’s the perfect color to blend out into my skin tone, which is what I use it for. This palette does not have a shimmery highlighter, but for most people Wax Paper can be used as a matte one.

All colors are well pigmented and apply well on the eyelid. In the swatches the mattes look drier and of course the shimmers are more buttery, but on the eye they are all good. The quality of the shadows is wonderful. They last a whole work day or a whole night out.

Colorwise the palette could have been more varied. You can see the orange colors are all very close together. Also I keep making the mistake of putting Finish Sensual in my crease, where it looks straight up orange instead of brown. Really, the only usable crease color is Edible Gem, which is also the only reasonably dark color in the palette. Three of the mattes are so close together that you can’t see the difference on the lid (Alchemy, Start Soft, Finish Sensual). I think a darker matte brown and a cooler tone would have helped out. As it is I can only ever use one of the orangeish tones and have to combine with the gold or bronze or brown and done. You can also make pretty looks from just the gold and the brown, but then you don’t need an orange palette for that!

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See what I mean? In this pic I am wearing four shadows from the palette. Does it look like four different shadows? Hell no.

Overall I like the idea of a trendy warm toned palette with orange or red and the quality is good, but from all three palettes this is the least versatile on its own.

Zoeva Rose Golden Palette

Zoeva Rose Golden Palette

Zoeva Rose Golden

I had to fight for this palette, it was constantly sold out: Zoeva Rose Golden. People said ‘if you like their brushes, try their makeup’, so I did. 🙂

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The packaging is cardboard and copper colored. This color has been very hot in the last couple years. I blame instagram.

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The colors! On the very top you get the contour powder shade, Heavy Crown. Next the highlighter, Glowing Still, and last is the blush shade Palace Door. By the way I wore this to see Huntsman: Winter’s War, which I guess was very fitting. Although I wore this every day since I got it, so that wasn’t planned. I also wore it to Marvel’s Civil War, which is sooo good, like omg.

Ahem. Let’s take a look at the swatches:

Zoeva RG swatches

Heavy Crown is non-shimmery and cool toned, like a contour shade should be (as opposed to bronzer which would be warmer). It is also very light. Don’t let the swatch fool you, this is unblended on my very pale wrist.

Glowing Still is very shimmery. The powder is white, but the shimmer is yellow golden. Blended out on the face the white goes invisible and you are left with a very intense yelow gold shimmer. I repeat, the shimmer is not white or silver! The highlight is very strong, good for a strobing look.

Palace Door is the rose golden shade of the palette. It is very shimmery, to the point where if your skin tone is dark enough, this could be used as a highlighter instead. The shade itself is more coppery, the shimmer is mostly golden. But here, the base color and the shimmer are so fine that they become one.

Overall I am a bit confused by the colors:

  • The contour is so light it will only work on the really pale gals (NC 15 or lighter), so yay a contour for the really pale ones!
  • The highlight on the other hand is so yellow! If this were a palette for the really light gals, I’d think it would be white pearl. However, this highlighter looks actually really good on me when I do a warmer look. This is for the golden Chalize Theron, not the silvery Emily Blunt (I may have watched this movie strictly for the makeup…). Also, this highlighting shade will look absolutely amazing on every skin tone! I bet the lovely Motsi Mabuse wears something like this, too.
  • And then, there’s the blush, which is not only very shimmery, but also not too dark on the face. It ends up looking almost taupey, by which I mean, more brown than rose color comes out. In fact, minus the shimmer, the color looks really natural on my skin (NC13!).
  • Sooo, sadly there is the possibility that at least one shade in this will be too light or too dark for you personally.

That was the colors. The quality of the powders is top-notch, though. They are finely milled, buttery, blend easily. For the blush, depending on how shimmery you want it, you’ll have to apply it with a light hand. And then, as I was applying it for the first time with a not so light hand and it turned out soooo shimmery on my cheeks I thought, this looks totally like an eyeshadow.

And so I got my eye brushes out and started playing. These totally work for eyshadow, all three of them. A primer is a must, but with primer they last for eight hours without creasing. With a shimmery base the blush color really goes all out. It’s a lot less sheer than the Maybelline blushed nudes for example. You’d never believe it was meant to go on cheeks. With a matte base, you dampen the shimmer content. The highlight makes a good eye highlight as well. The contour shade is too light to cut the crease with it. I use it for blending out, mostly. I also wore it all over the lid on its own for a subtle (veeeery subtle) no makeup makeup look. Gosh if only the contour was a bit stronger I would call this the most perfect palette on earth.

Overall, this is super versatile and I am so glad I got it. I’ve been wearing it everday, on cheeks or eyes or both. My suggestion is they should make a pale and dark version of this. I would buy them all.

Woman Day Haul

Woman Day Haul

Tody I have another little haul to show, my haul from the Woman Day Sale:

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I picked up the new Moschino release, Fresh Couture EdT,  mostly because of the bottle. I’m not usually one to care about bottles, but this one is hilarious!

A makeup thing I really wanted: the Zoeva Rose Golden Palette. My first Zoeva makeup.

Then I stocked up on the MAC CC Cream. I mean if you’re gonna buy it anyway, you might as well do it when you can get it for 20% off. (In the last three years MAC has gotten more and more expensive here. I have my staples that I’ll keep buying but for the rest I’m checking out other brands now.)

I also got another Maybelline lipstick, the Color Sensational matte in 960 Red Sunset.

Then I bought two things that people keep raving about: the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, as a base for colorful makeup, and an EOS lip balm. I picked Strawberry Sorbet, not because I prefer strawberry scent, but because this one came without the bad scent components (like Linalool, Geraniol etc). I’m trying to pay more attention to that now. The reason that I bought Eos at all is, well I needed a lip balm, but I picked Eos because I felt compelled to at least try it as a beauty blogger… “for science” so to say. 🙂

The last items are the freebies I got: Missoni‘s first perfume release, Missoni EdP, and the new Escada summer scent: Agua del Sol EdT.

Well I hope you guys like perfume reviews because I’m not going to run out of topics any time soon.

As usual, reviews will follow when I had the time to test the stuff.

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My Zoeva Brushes

My Zoeva Brushes

My Zoeva collection of brushes has slowly grown. I was happy with both the quality and the price, so I picked up one here and one there and now I have quite a few:

Zoeva Brushes

(click pic for full size) To my knowledge the bristles that are white are non vegan, and those that are black with white tips are vegan.

From left to right:

The big one is the 106 Powder brush, a big fluffy one. I don’t use it that often as I find it a bit too fluffy. The bristles are long and loose.

The next one is the 102 Silk Finish. This one is very universal. You can use it to apply liquid makeup or powder textures. The bristles are denser than in a normal powder brush, which makes it apply more. I really like using it for compact makeup, it gives a much better finish than a sponge. I also like that the head is rounded instead of flat.

The 126 Luxe Cheek Finish has become my favorite blush brush. It is constantly in use, which is why I didn’t manage to snap a pic of it in washed state. Sorry guys. The bristles should of course be white and not pink. This brush is so soft while having exactly the right amount of bounce. You can’t see it in the pic, but the brush is not completely round, it has a thin and a wide side.

The next one is my contouring wonder: 110 Face Shape. I honestly didn’t get the whole contouring craze until I had this brush. It slots underneath the cheek bone just right and with small circular motions I blend the contour. Done. I use it for all my facial contouring. Highly recommended!

The 105 Luxe Highlight lives up to its name. I never quite got the hang of fan brushes, so I applied highlights with my fingers or eye brushes. The 105 is not too tightly bound, but not too loose either, so it can both apply and then blend the highlight.

Then we get to the eye brushes: the 227 Soft definer (vegan, also available non-vegan) has a similar shape to MAC’s 217. The bristles are longer, though. I like this for blending.

The 232 Luxe Classic Shader is great for packing product on. It is mostly flat and dense.

The 226 Smudger is not unexpectedly used for eyeliner.

The last one is the 330 Lip Contour brush. It comes encased in metal, which is useful when the brush has been used. It is not my smallest lip brush and also not the most precise, but I still bought two. I guess I liked it well enough.

And that is my collection for now. In the future I want to get more eye brushes and another Luxe Cheek brush. I have stopped buying more expensive brushes, because Zoeva give me the same results for less money. The brushes shed a little when washed, but my more expensive ones do that, too.

Do you have Zoeva products? Any recommendations?

 

Woman Day Haul

Woman Day Haul

Woman Day happens twice a year in Austria and it means 20% off everything, so now there’s a haul to show.

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First, the freebies. Who doesn’t love freebies. I got samples of Lacoste Pur Femme EdP and the brand new Guerlain L’Homme Ideal Cologne (which comes in the concentration of EdT, this is not confusing at all!). The first luxury sample is Lancaster Total Age Correction Mask Cream. I guess this is the sort of thick cream you slather on at night and don’t have to take of anymore? Looking at the very long ingredients list I spot a few things that are probably antioxidants, so it’s gonna be a nourishing repair mask. Although Alcohol is very far up in the list, which is not so good.

Then there’s two cute perfume minis: Acqua Colonia Lime & Nutmeg (EdC) and Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Ma Robe Petales (EdT). Man, I love perfume minis. Reviews and pics will come later.

On to what I actually bought:

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A look into the package of shame. It’s very heavy on MAC.

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The items: Two Zoeva brushes, because I wanted more face brushes and didn’t feel like spending a ton of money. The brushes are 102 Silk Finish (the duo fibre one on top) and 126 Luxe Cheek Finish (the white one).

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I also ordered another Urban Decay eye primer, Sin. I love the Original so much and I like the current packaging so I ordered Sin before they replace the packaging.

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Tube packaging with nozzle and no applicator. The new packaging will come with doe foot applicator again.

MAC Haul

And this is it, the great and slightly confused MAC haul. Confused because I had a mental list of things I wanted, but lots of things were sold out and I thought I wouldn’t get the limited edition Silly lipstick so I got Candy Yum Yum and now I have both. XD

So I got the Chromagraphic Pencil in NC15/NW20, the lip pencils Heroine and Candy Yum Yum and the lipsticks Silly and Candy Yum Yum. Product pics and swatches will be up with the reviews, hopefully tomorrow or the day after. 🙂

Looking at the packagings right now I see that the lipsticks are made in Canada, the Chromagraphic Pencil in Italy, but the liners are produced in Germany. A truly international haul.

If you made it here you deserve a cookie. Is there anything you want reviewed ASAP?

Have you been shopping lately?