Gerard Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Cher & Iced Mocha

I’ve talked about the Gerard Cosmetic liquid lipsticks in my last favorites post but never actually wrote a review on them, so I figured it was just about time because I’ve had these for a few months now and really been loving them.

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When I ordered these from their website the two shades I went for are Cher, a beautiful dark mauve and Iced Mocha, which is more of a brown with some slightly greyish undertones to it. I tend to go for mauve shades, which is why I chose Cher and Iced Mocha seemed to be quite a unique color in my eyes and I’m always drawn to anything that’s a bit different for some reason.

I think packaging wise they’re really similar to most liquid lipsticks. Basically they look like lip gloss and come with a regular doe foot applicator, which really helps to achieve a more precise application.

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Formula wise I think the Gerard liquid lipsticks are pretty impressive. They apply really creamy and opaque before drying down to a nice and even matte finish. Just as you’d expect from any good liquid lipstick they are very long lasting and fade away evenly without leaving your lips looking like a hot mess. And luckily I don’t find them to be drying either.

I recently wrote about the ABH liquid lipstick in Pure Hollywood and how much I love it and while I’m obsessed with the color I definitely prefer the formula of the Gerard Cosmetic ones because they don’t feel as tacky on the lips and have a better staying power.

As always I’ve included some swatches and pictures of how it looks on my lips.

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(Cher & Iced Mocha)

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(Cher)

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(Iced Mocha)

So to conclude I would definitely recommend these as I think they have a nice formula plus a great selection of shades. I definitely want more but I’d also like to try more by Gerard Cosmetics. Have you tried any of their products? What would you recommend?

Thanks for reading,

Sophie

Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in 13 Orchid Haze

One makeup item, which had been on my wish list for the longest time was one of the Tom Ford Eye Color Quads but since they are so damn expensive I hesitated on buying one for a while. Their lipsticks at $52 are already very pricey in my opinion but 80$ for an eyeshadow quad sure is one heavy price tag. Nonetheless I’ve been dreaming about purchasing one of these because I absolutely love Tom Ford lipsticks and the eyeshadow quads just look so insanely beautiful. So when I got a makeup gift card for my birthday I decided to spend it all on one Tom Ford item but I can’t even say I regret it because I love it so much.

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First off let’s just admire the packaging! It’s just so stunning I could literally stare at it for hours. Call me crazy I don’t care! What I do have to say though is that I was kind of positively surprised by how big the quad actually is, so there’s another plus. It also comes with two small double sided brushes. Now I personally never use any of the little brushes that come with any kind of eyeshadow quad or palette but it’s still nice to have them just in case. The last thing I want to mention about the packaging is that the quad comes with a massive mirror, which is another huge plus in my book. Gotta love a nice sized mirror for traveling!

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After lots of internet research I eventually decided to go with number 13 Orchid Haze because lately I’ve been loving mauve, dark purples and slightly rose toned brown shades, probably thanks to the Tartelette in Bloom palette. I was really hoping that I would love all four shades and thankfully Tom Ford did not let me down. Each shade is so soft and buttery, not chalky at all and incredibly pigmented. They all apply so nicely and blend like an absolute dream. Honestly the formula is amazing.

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I’ve mentioned before how much I love my shimmery eyeshadow, so I was especially happy about the slightly golden champagne highlighting color and its pigmentation. I feel like many of those light highlighting shades often swatch beautifully on your arm but once applied to your lid they seem to loose their pigmentation. At least I’ve come across a lot that seem to do so, which always results in me having to pack quite a lot of product onto my eyelids to reach the desired pigmentation. However with this eyeshadow I’ve not had that problem at all. It still looks absolutely beautiful on the eyes and so do the other three. My second favorite is the mauvey one in the bottom left. I absolutely love this as a transition color. It’s so stunning.

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So is it worth $80? I believe with makeup products this expensive everyone has to kind of answer this question for themselves. Obviously there is absolutely no need at all to spend this much money to get some great eyeshadows because you can get so many other amazing products from other great brands for much less. Nonetheless to me it was worth the money but to me makeup is much more than something I just slap on my face. I love collecting makeup products especially high end ones, which is why I’m okay with spending the money because I know that despite Tom Ford makeup being so pricey it really is of very great quality and I’m not just paying for the name. Basically what I’m saying is if you’re someone who likes to splurge on luxurious high end makeup I would always recommend Tom Ford as a brand but nonetheless you can find tons of other great products for a much more affordable price.

As always thank you so much for reading!

Much love,

Sophie

A Little Birthday Makeup Haul

So last Monday I turned 21 and since my family knows me quite well I received quite a few makeup bits and pieces along with some other things of course but I thought why not do a little haul and show you which makeup items I got. Let’s get right to it!

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Tom Ford in 04 Pussycat

The very first item I received is this absolutely stunning Tom Ford lipstick. I personally love Tom Ford lipstick despite the heavy price tag and I’ve been trying to hunt down this specific color for a while now because it is such a gorgeous color but I seem to have been out of luck. Hence I was quite ecstatic when I unwrapped this little stunner. 

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Mac Single Eyeshadows in Jest, Cork and Sketch

Ever since I started trying to build up my Mac palette I’ve created a list of colors I still need for my palette and these three have been on that list for quite some time. So far I’ve only tried Jest and Cork and I absolutely love both. Just as expected Cork is such a perfect crease color but I was even more surprised by how much I liked Jest when I first applied it. It’s so beautiful and very nicely pigmented. Now I’m really intrigued to finally try Sketch.

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Zoeva Rose Golden Palette

I love Zoeva brushes but had never tried anything else from the brand, which is why I had my eye on this little beauty. Okay, seriously how freaking pretty is the packaging? This is just one of the palettes I would buy alone just for its pretty packaging. But I also love the Rose Gold inspired colors in this palette. I’ve used the palette only twice since I got it but I’m really liking it so far.

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Real Techniques Core Collection

Everybody seems to love these brushes, which is why I’ve been wanting to try them out and put them on my wish list. I guess you can never go wrong with some basic brushes. As you can probably tell from the picture I’ve already tried them (sorry I did not feel like washing them for one photo). So far I’m definitely liking them. 

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Chanel Lipstick in 99 Pirate

This is such a stunning lipstick I don’t even have words for it. It’s so perfect from the packaging to the color. But it’s Chanel so there’s not really much more to say.

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The Balm Mary-Loumanizer Highlighter

This is another product I’ve been wanting to try for the longest time because everyone raves about it and I have a bit of an obsession with highlighters. I cannot wait to use it!

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Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad in 13 Orchid Haze

This one I actually chose myself and got it with a gift card. I thought about this long and hard and whether it was worth the splurge but then again I’ve been dreaming of owning one of these for the longest time, so in the end I just went with it and so far I’ve not regretted it. The shades are all so pigmented and just beautiful! 

So this concludes my little haul of what I got for my birthday. Well at least makeup wise. I hope you enjoyed reading this.

Lots of love,

Sophie

Tartelette In Bloom Palette

Last summer I unexpectedly fell in love with Tarte’s Tartelette palette, so the second I found out that they would come out with the Tartelette in Bloom palette I knew right away that I had to get my hands on it at some point. I finally got it around a month ago and have been playing around with it ever since.

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I think I’ve mentioned several times before how much I love glittery and shimmery eyeshadow. The more glitter the better, which is why I usually gravitate towards very shimmery eyeshadow and neglect the mattes, although we all need some good basic mattes in our makeup collection. After all it’s the mattes that help us to really add definition and dimension to our eye makeup! Initially I wanted the Tartelette palette because I figured that having an all matte palette would come in quite handy. What I didn’t expect was how much I would end up loving it. It has become one of my most used palettes in the past 6 or 7 months. Hence I just needed the Tartelette in Bloom palette in my life!

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While the Tartelette palette comes with 12 all matte shades the Tartelette in Bloom includes 9 matte shades but also comes with 3 gorgeous shimmery shades. But before I start talking more about the palette itself let’s take a moment to appreciate the stunning packaging! I think it’s so pretty. Every time I look at it I think of spring and sunshine and pretty flowers and it just makes me so happy. Okay now back to the actual product.

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If you look at both Tartelette palettes the first one definitely includes more cool toned shades like soft pinks, lilacs and purples along with your basic neutral matte shades. In contrast the Tartelette in Bloom palette has much more earthy warm toned shades, so they are definitely quite different when it comes to the color scheme.

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What I love about this palette is that there’s not one shade I dislike or not use at all. Of course I have my favorites but I do use them all. I love how soft and buttery each shade is and they are all so nicely pigmented. One minor thing I was not too happy about with my Tartelette palette was that some of the darker pink/purple shades weren’t as pigmented and didn’t apply as evenly as the other shades in the palette. However, I find all the shades in the Tartelette in Bloom palette to be very nicely pigmented and they all apply evenly and are a dream to blend.

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Of course I’m including swatches as always. The shades from left to right are Charmer, Jetsetter, Rocker, Smokeshow, Flower Child, Smarty Pants, Firecracker, Activist, Funny Girl, Sweetheart, Rebel and leader.

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To round off my review I just wanted to tell you which shades are my personal favorites. I love Jetsetter and Rebel for the crease and Flower Child and Sweetheart are lovely transition colors in my opinion. Obviously I love all 3 shimmery shades but Funny Girl is by far my favorite. It’s so stunning I can’t use this palette without using it. I love applying it all over my lid. Lastly one shade I’m also obsessed with is Leader. I don’t even know how to describe this color but it’s a gorgeous slightly reddish deep brown and I love using it to darken the crease as well as the outer V and along my waterline sometimes.

As you can probably already guess I love this palette. I couldn’t tell you which one of the two I prefer because they consist of such different colors but I’m glad I own both and they are currently some of the palettes I reach for the most. I think that about says it all!

Thank you for reading!

Love,

Sophie

UD Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer

Before I get into the topic of today’s blog post I just wanted to take a quick moment to thank you guys for the views, comments and likes on my last post. I was honestly a bit surprised because I’ve been so MIA on my blog lately but seeing that there are still people who seem to enjoy reading what I write has definitely motivated me even further to stay on track this time, so thank you!

With that being said let’s get back to makeup! Although my skin is not making too many problems I do have quite sensitive skin, which is why I like to stick with what I know and love when it comes to the base of my makeup (foundation, concealer,powder). I love to try out and experiment with all kinds of products, just not my basics. Hence I literally use the same foundation, concealer and powder every single time I do my makeup and rarely ever try a new product. However, every now and then I come across one that does spark my interest and I will eventually try it after doing some online research first obviously.

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After hearing lots of raving reviews about the UD Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer (seriously though could they have made that name any longer?) I caved in and decided to try it out because I do love Urban Decay as a brand and never purchased a product from them I didn’t like. Since I’m ridiculously pale anyway I didn’t even go to a store to get matched but just ordered the lightest shade available online.

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I do have to say I was a little surprised with how light the shade actually was but I do found it to be the perfect shade for my skin tone for highlighting and brightening up the under eye area. However, for covering any redness or blemishes on the rest of my face this shade definitely would have been too light. Luckily my skin is pretty clear so my foundation will usually cover up everything and I don’t need to add much concealer most days.

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What I really love about this concealer is that just as the name promises it feels so weightless and light on the skin. I know some people don’t mind but I just don’t like wearing products that feel really heavy on my skin. In general, I really like the formula. I find it definitely has enough coverage to cover up any dark circles and although I’ve read some people had problems with it creasing I definitely didn’t experience any creasing under my eyes with this concealer. Another thing I really like is that is has more of a luminous finish, which really adds to brightening up that under eye area.

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Before trying the UD concealer the Mac Pro Longwear was my holy grail concealer! So would I replace my Mac one for UD? Yes and no. When it comes to covering up dark circles and brightening I would actually prefer the UD one because it doesn’t crease on me at all, it’s very lightweight and I like the luminous finish it provides. But if it comes to covering any blemishes or redness I will definitely stick to my Mac Pro Longwear because I feel like it gives more coverage and it comes with a pump. The UD concealer comes with a wand like applicator similar to a lip gloss and I always find those to be to so unsanitary.

So to sum it up I feel like my UD and Mac concealers would make the perfect team for a flawless base.

Thanks so much for reading!

Love,

Sophie

ABH Pure Hollywood – The Perfect Nude?

Hey lovelies,

I know it’s been a very long time since my last blog post. Around 2 months to be exact but for some reason I was lacking motivation when it came to blogging and life would always get in the way. However, I’ve missed my little space on the Internet and I’m excited and most of all motivated to finally get my blogging game back on track. If you happen to follow me on any social media, especially Instagram, you might know that of course I have still continued to expand my makeup collection because I’m just obsessed and I can never get enough. So I’m looking forward to sharing lots of reviews with you in the next few weeks.

I thought my first blog post, after my little break, should be about one of my current most used products. It’s no secret that when it comes to makeup my favorite thing to buy is lipsticks and lately, just like everyone else on the Internet, I’ve been loving liquid lipsticks.

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One brand I’ve always wanted to try is the Anastasia Beverly Hills ones as everyone seems to be raving about them. When one of my dear friends got two of their shades for me for Christmas I was absolutely ecstatic and could not wait to try them. While I’m not too keen on the shade ‘American Doll’ she got me, although I love the color, the one I want to talk about today I’ve really come to love ever since I first applied it on my lips.

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The color I’m talking about is a lovely nude called ‘Pure Hollywood’. For a while I was on this dark nude lip kick and it’s all I would wear but ever since I got the Tom Ford ‘First Time’ lipstick for Christmas I’ve realized that I need more lighter nudes in my life. ‘Pure Hollywood is definitely more on the peachy side but it still has a light touch of pink to it. I think it’s a stunning color for every day or the perfect neutral color to wear kind of even out a dramatic heavy eye make up.

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If I’m being totally honest the formula is not my favorite because it feels slightly tacky and sticky on the lips but not enough to the point that it really bothers me. It can get quite drying after a few hours of wearing it and you definitely need to prep your lips with lip balm before applying or else it will settle into any lines and make your lips look way drier than they actually are. But what I love is how pigmented this color is, how evenly it applies and how nicely it dries down. I, personally, love a matte finish. It’s my absolute favorite and I tend to wear matte lipstick almost on a daily basis, which is why I don’t necessarily mind that it can get a little drying because a lot of matte lipsticks and especially liquid lipsticks tend to do so. However, if you do have very dry lips and prefer lipsticks which feel soft and moisturizing this one might not be the one for you.

As always I’m including a swatch of what the color looks like on my skin as well as picture of me wearing it.

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Although I’ve tried liquid lipsticks with a nicer formula I love the color so much that it has still become one of my current most used lipsticks. The color is just so stunning and goes with just about every makeup look. Also I find that it is quite long wearing, which is why I love wearing it at work.

Have you tried any of the ABH liquid lipsticks? What are your thoughts? Which colors would you recommend?

Thank you so much for reading!

Love,

Sophie

Because Make Up Doesn’t Define Me

” You’re such a pretty girl. I don’t know why you always put on all that make up. You totally don’t need it.” This is something that I’ve been told by quite a lot by people and lately it’s really been making me mad. Sorry, but since when do other people get to decide on what I do with my face? Last time I checked my face only belongs to me and I can do whatever the hell I want with it. It’s my choice. And what do you even mean with I wouldn’t have to wear all that make up? Are you implying that other people do need it?

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I’ve always had a love affair with makeup. Ever since I’ve been little I’ve loved how make up can help me transform into someone much more confident. And besides I thought it’s all about confidence these days? That’s what people tell you, right? Confidence is so attractive. Guys love confident girls. Confidence helps you with being successful in your career, so love your body and love the skin you’re in, right? Well, just because you tell me to love myself the way I am all my insecurities aren’t just magically gonna disappear, you know! Besides, just because I might wear a bit more make up than the average person doesn’t mean I’m insecure. It doesn’t mean that I hate the face that looks back at me in the mirror once all that make up comes off. I’m totally fine with how I look without make up. I don’t use make up to shape a face I don’t have and even if I did that’s still none of anyone else’s damn business.

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Like I’ve already mentioned I’ve loved doing my make up for years.  Yes, I do wear a full coverage foundation most days but not because I want to hide my face. I do it because I prefer the finish. Sorry, but I like my skin to look flawless. And yes I love rocking a bright lip some days because it makes me feel more empowering and I thought it was all about confidence, so if wearing a red lips is what makes me confident then what’s the problem? I occasionally put on a pair of fake lashes because I love the way they enhance my eyes. So what? Just because I do those things it doesn’t make me fake. It doesn’t mean that I’m stuck up and bitchy. It doesn’t mean that I’m materialistic. It doesn’t mean that I only care about other people’s appearance. It doesn’t mean that I have a boring personality. All it means is that I like to wear make up. Because guess what? Make up doesn’t define me. It’s just something I love to play around with. Something that makes me more confident and that gives me a little bit more strength to conquer the day.

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I usually try not to care about what other people think and I won’t change my ways but lately those comments have been annoying me a bit. Makeup is a hobby to me. It’s a way for me to express myself. I enjoy trying out different looks all the time and if I want to spend a little fortune on a lipstick then so be it. It’s my money after all.

I’m usually not one to go on crazy rants on my blog but this is just something that’s been bothering me for a while now and that I needed to get out of my system because I hate how people can be so judgmental and prejudiced at times. Make up doesn’t make me fake and it does not define me as a person in any way shape or form. So they can talk all they want, I’m just gonna continue to be me and do my make up the way I want to. Because I strongly believe that you should always do you and if makeup is what gives you more confidence then that’s totally okay and you shouldn’t change for anyone else.

What’s your take on this? I’d love to hear!

Much love and thank you for reading!

Sophie