Mac Snowball Collection

Mac has always been one of my favorite brands and the one that introduced me into world of makeup. But ever since discovering tons of new brands I don’t buy from Mac as much anymore (still love the brand though) other than my favorite powder and concealer. However, Mac’s special limited edition collections often still draw me in, especially their annual Holiday collections. This year is no different because their Snowball collection is absolutely stunning, so can you really blame me? It’s golden and sparkly!

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The only thing I dislike about their limited collections is that it can be so hard to get your hands on the products you want, because it sells out online so quickly. But I decided to try my luck in stores because I honestly cannot be bothered to check a website every few seconds to wait for the launch of a makeup collection. Yes, I love makeup but there are limits to everything.

I had my eyes set on one of the beautiful highlighters that comes with the collection and one of the lipsticks. Thankfully I got lucky and still managed to get my hands on the two items I wanted, despite many products already being sold out even in stores.

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Mac Snowball comes with two gorgeous highlighters: a golden and a peachy one. I’m super fair, so there’s no way I could ever pull of a peach highlight, but fortunately I was able to get the golden one Happy Go Dazzlingly. It’s still a bit more warm and yellow toned compared to the type of highlighter I typically go for but nonetheless it’s a stunning color. I think because it’s more on the subtle side it makes it a lot more wearable for someone with my complexion. It adds a warm subtle golden glow to your face and really is perfect for the holidays. Plus the packaging is hands down one of my favorites from any of the past Mac Holiday collections. I could stare at it for hours.

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One of my all-time favorite red lipsticks was actually a Mac one, which sadly I lost on New Year’s  Eve a couple of years ago and somehow never re-purchased it. When I saw one of the lipsticks in the Snowball collection is a classic red with blue undertones I knew I had to buy it. Hence I was relieved when I saw they still had the shade I wanted, Rouge En Snow, in stores. It is the most perfect classic red shade for my complexion and it comes in a matte formula (my favorite from Mac). Hence it’s very pigmented and long-lasting! Although I like to wear red lipstick all year round if there’s ever the perfect time for red it certainly is around Christmas time.

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All in all I’m very happy with the items I managed to purchase from Mac’s Snowball Collection. If there’s one more item I could pick up it’d be one of their eyeshadows. Unfortunately the one shade I really wanted was already sold out. Nonetheless I’m quite sure the beautiful highlighter and lipstick will bring me lots of joy throughout the holiday season and I’ll be wearing them all the time. If I can bring myself to use them because they are almost too pretty to touch.

What do you think about the collection? Did you purchase any of it?

Love,

Sophie

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Stila Magnificent Metals: Worth The Hype?

I’m attracted to all things glittery and shiny, so I absolutely love incorporating some glitter into my makeup. Glitter makes this world a little better and adds some fun and glam to every makeup look. It’s everything. There’s only one downside: it’s super messy and time-consuming to use glitter pigments.

But with their Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Stila has now created the perfect product to use glitter fast, easy and without creating a mess all over your face and makeup vanity. These have been super hyped up in the beauty community and so since I’m a glitter lover I just had to give these a try.

A little while ago I placed a pretty big order with Sephora and purchased one of the Magnificent Metals in the shade Kitten Karma, which is a beautiful gold shade. I honestly must admit I fell in love with it the first time I swatched it. It’s so gorgeous and it looks even better on the eye, so for about at least a week I wore it every single day. I love that you can only apply a little bit and blend it in with your finger to let the eyeshadow underneath shine through or you can get full sparkly coverage and turn your eyelid into a disco ball.

Since I became so obsessed with Kitten Karma I decided it was time to get another shade and I ended up purchasing Rose Gold Retro about two weeks later. This shade, as well, is absolutely stunning.

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I have worn both shades to work so many times by now and have always received lots of compliments on my makeup, whenever I wore them. The formula of these liquid eyeshadows is very lightweight and so long-lasting. If I apply it in the morning it still looks beautiful and sparkly at the end of the day even after nine hours of running around at work. As usually the case with glitter these do have a bit of fallout throughout the day but nothing major, so I don’t mind that too much.

My favorite thing about these is the easy and quick application. No glitter glue or much patience needed! Literally anyone, even a total beginner, could apply these flawlessly within minutes. I like to use the applicator to dot some of the product onto my lid and then I blend it out with my finger but you could also use the applicator or a brush to blend.

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As always I’m going to show you some swatches. In the first picture you can see how they look right after application and in the second picture you can see how they look once they’ve dried down a bit and who sparkly they are when the lights hits them right. I also wanted to show you what they look like on the eyes, so I decided to share two makeup selfies as well.

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(Rose Gold Retro on the right and Kitten Karma on the left)

(Me wearing Kitten Karma on the right and Rose Gold Retro on the left)

So to sum up this review yes, these are totally worth the hype. I’m obsessed and I want them in every shade!

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Sophie

My Top Go-To Nude Lipsticks For Every Occasion

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As you might be able to tell from the title of today’s blog post I’ll be sharing my go-to nude lipsticks with you today. Now this isn’t supposed to be a favorites posts because my lipstick collection is gigantic, so I have tons of favorites, especially neutral lipsticks. Today’s post is about the lipsticks I truly reach for the most. The lipsticks I put on when I’m in a rush or when  I need it to stay looking good all day. These lipsticks are the ones I trust the most. They have never disappointed me so far and I wear them whenever I want to play it safe. But before I ramble on even more let’s get straight into the post.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks In Pure Hollywood & Crush

I currently own four ABH liquid lipsticks. Two I’m obsessed with and two I despise (not even exaggerating, I swear). But today let’s focus on the ones I do love and reach for all the time. Pure Hollywood is a classic nude beige lipstick shade and it’s literally perfect for any occasion and it will work with just about any makeup look, which is definitely a plus in my books. It has full opaque coverage, minimal to no transfer and is very long-lasting. What more could you wish for? In fact, Pure Hollywood is the only lipstick I’ve ever had to repurchase because I finished it. I have an unnecessary way too excessive amount of lipsticks, so I usually never finish one. Hence the fact that I repurchased Pure Hollywood is saying a lot.

All of the just mentioned benefits about Pure Hollywood also apply to the shade Crush. Crush is a beautiful beige, slightly dusty rose kind of color if you know what I mean. Well, even if you don’t it’s a beautiful shade and one I reach for when I want a neutral lipstick, that still has a hint of color to it. I’ve owned both of these for about a year now and still wear them all the time. They’re especially great for work because I know they will stay looking perfect throughout my 9 hour work day without me having to touch up.

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Too Faced Melted Matte in Child Star

Child Star is another one of those lipsticks I wear to work all the time because it’s not drying, lasts forever and stays looking pretty on my lips throughout my entire work day. Child Star is also one of those classic beige nudes but it is a little lighter than Pure Hollywood. This shade also goes with literally any outfit or any makeup look. It’s such a low maintenance lipstick it’s just perfect for whenever you’re in a rush or on the go or just can’t decide what lipstick you feel like wearing that day, because you certainly can’t go wrong with this one.

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Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme in Sonic Truth

In the past one to two years liquid lipsticks have taken over my life and I rarely buy a basic regular old-fashioned lipstick anymore. But from time to time I do still fall in love with one and this was the case with this beauty by Marc Jacobs. First off the sleek packaging is stunning! I love carrying this around in my bag because it’s pretty and who doesn’t like pretty things, especially when they come in the form of a lipstick? Sonic Truth is another one of those nude lipsticks that has a slight dusty rose tint to it, which I personally really like because sometimes you want to go neutral but not necessarily super beige. Sonic Truth is relatively matte but not completely. It has a nice creamy formula, which feels very hydrating and lightweight on the lips. Out of all the lipsticks mentioned in this post this one has the shortest staying power but it still is quite long-lasting. I usually re-apply this within my lunch break and then I’m good to go for another five hours.

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(Swatches from left to right: Crush, Pure Hollywood, Child Star, Sonic Truth)

Of course here I have some swatches for you, which already completes today’s blog post. I genuinely love all four of these lipsticks and have worn them so many times I’ll probably have to repurchase all of them soon. If I had to choose a favorite I couldn’t because they all have a special place in my heart.

I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you for reading!

What are you go-to nude lipsticks or lipsticks in general?

Love,

Sophie

When It’s Time To End A Friendship…

Change is inevitable. Whether we do want or don’t want change, it forces its way into our lives from time to time and there’s nothing we can do about it. Yes, things can change for the worse but often things change for the better. But it’s not always things that change. Often it can be people that change for better or for worse.

I’ve always been a bit more of a reserved person and although I can be very social at times I definitely identify as an introvert. Luckily I have never struggled to make new friends and I generally get along with just about anybody. Hence especially in high school I’ve had lots of friends. Fast forward a few years later and my group of friends has  shrunk quite drastically. Time is very valuable, so I choose to only spend it with people I feel are worthy of my time and effort. I know I know that might sound a bit harsh but is it really?

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I can’t count the amount of times I have worried about somebody not liking me, being upset about feeling left out or disappointed about what an alleged friend said or did. So why waste time on people, who you don’t truly love to spend time with? Who you can’t trust? Cause you shouldn’t! Some people simply aren’t worth your time and effort and sometimes it’s better to leave those people in the past and cut them out of your life.

Friendships end. But it’s not always a fight or betrayal that ends a friendship. Sometimes you just grow apart and that is okay because people change. No one is the same person they were ten years ago. Life never stops and we constantly encounter new people and experiences, which cause us to grow and develop and change. It’s natural. But sometimes it’s very hard to admit that you no longer have much in common with a person you once cared so much about. A person you shared so many memories with.

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I’m often told I’m quite mature for my age and I think that might be because I moved a lot growing up and I’m quite lucky to have been able to travel to lots of places and live and study in four different countries so far. Even during my junior and senior year in high school I was already different from my friends. Most of them had been born in the same city they’ve lived in for the majority of their lives. It was the typical everybody knows everybody kind of town most people never stray to far away from. I’ve always had big dreams of going foreign places and exploring the world country by country even at age sixteen. I had just moved back to Europe from the US, a country the majority of my new classmates had never been to, so everybody was quite intrigued to hear my stories and I made new friends easily. But things where easy back in high school. There was always something to talk about because as teenagers we all kind of go through the same things and life pretty much solely revolves around friends, partying and school.

I genuinely thought I made some friends for life back then and no matter where I would end up I would always keep in touch with my friends from school. After graduating high school I moved to the Netherlands to attend university there but I still came home every other weekend to see my dog, my family and my old friends of course. Especially during my first year of college I still hung out with them a lot but things started to change. Well, I think it was me that was changing while most of them didn’t. I felt how I was drifting away from my group friends and I didn’t enjoy spending time with them as much anymore because I felt like I barely had anything to talk about with them.

 I still had my big dreams of traveling and hopefully being able to work abroad in the future. Yet, most of my friends at the time had no interest in broadening their horizons past the life they already knew. Whenever I met up with them I mostly sat there and listened to their conversations about different people, boring and trashy TV shows and work. I wanted to engage in the conversation so badly but I felt like I had nothing to contribute. Especially compared to new friends I made, who I could talk to about everything from our dreams and plans for the future to politics. But when I hung out with my old friends I just felt so lonely. Have you ever experienced that? You’re in a room full of people but you feel so disconnected from them it makes you feel even more lonely than if you were by yourself. Well, if you haven’t I can assure you it’s not a nice feeling. Especially if you once used to be so close to those people. But suddenly you’re the odd one out. You’re on the outside looking in.

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Since spending time with my old friends made me unhappy I started to cancel on them a lot, which maybe wasn’t the most adult thing to do I must admit but it felt like the right thing at the time. Cause why would I want to put myself in a situation I knew would make me miserable?

While I was in Canada I didn’t keep in touch with most of them but I met the most amazing people. People like me that love to travel and are open-minded and always up to experience something new. People who cared. People who I could have intellectual conversations with. People who made me happy when I spend time with them and it made me realize that those are the kind of people I want to surround myself with.

Now I might not have so many friends but the friends I do have are genuinely amazing people that make me happy and that is what counts. If a friendship for whatever reason is making you unhappy it might be time to end it. It might be hard. It definitely was for me because it’s really hurtful to come to the realization that people who once were an important part of your life no longer seem to have a place in it. But I believe that is part of growing up. We all change and sometimes that change leads us into very different directions and that is totally okay.

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Friendships shouldn’t be dragging you down. They should be lifting you up, so what’s important to remember is that you’re not alone with your dreams and plans and interests. There’s lots of people out there, who you have so much in common with. It might take some time to find them but in the end it’s going to be so worth it.

Love,

Sophie

 

 

The Beauty of Traveling Alone

Traveling has always been my passion. If money wasn’t a problem I’d probably wake up in a new place every week, just waiting to explore everything. The list of places I still want to see is endless.

I briefly mentioned in my last post, that I spent a semester studying abroad in Canada. I went to an amazing university in a city called London, about two hours away from Toronto, and I had the most amazing time. I met some lovely people and I got to go on many amazing trips with my new friends. I felt so lucky because I got to see quite a bit of the beautiful country that is Canada. However, Vancouver was still on my list of places to visit but since it was at the other side of the country, from where I was living, I didn’t get the chance to go during my studies. My semester in Canada ended at the end of December but my new semester back in the Netherlands didn’t start until February, which left me with six weeks of free time.

I thought this would be my chance. My one chance to go travel to Vancouver and maybe some other places. Unfortunately all of my friends I made back in London all had to go back to their home countries much earlier than me, so if I decided to stay and travel I would have to do it on my own. I thought about it long and hard. Especially because it would also mean that I would miss Christmas with my family and would have to spend it alone but I just couldn’t pass up this opportunity, so I booked a flight from Toronto to Vancouver, one from Vancouver to Seattle, one from Seattle to San Francisco and one last one from San Francisco back home.

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I was so excited I got to travel and explore new cities with no worries, no deadlines in the back of my mind. I knew this would probably be my last few weeks of freedom and no stress, because once I got back home I would have to start working on my BA Thesis.

Before I left to Vancouver my mom and brother came to visit me in Toronto for two weeks and we had the best time. But when we all went to the airport and they got on a flight back to Europe it was really strange for me because I knew I wasn’t coming home with them. I was about to get on a flight to a city far away from everything and everyone I knew. I knew this wasn’t going to be like going on vacation with my friends to somewhere else in Europe. No, I would be across the world from my family and I wouldn’t have any friends there. Suddenly I started regretting my decision. I think I just got scared but I was also incredibly sad to leave Toronto. My few months in London had been some of the best of my life and I was devastated for it all to be over. I got to visit Toronto a few times while living in London and I fell in love with the city the first time I went there. I’m not even joking but if someone offered me a job there I’d move in a heartbeat.

Anyway, my point is that I think leaving Toronto to go travel by myself for 3 weeks really made me realize that my Canadian dream was about to be over and before I knew it I would be back home stuck in the same old routines.

After hours of traveling I finally made it to my hotel in Vancouver and went straight to bed. The next morning I woke up at 6am because of jet lag but I couldn’t get myself out of bed. I suddenly felt so lonely and anxious. After a few more hours I finally forced myself out of bed and opened the curtains in front of my hotel room windows. What I saw literally took my breath away.

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From my room I had the most amazing view over the city and if I looked all the way to the left I could see water and mountains. Within seconds my feelings changed from anxious and nervous to happy. I quickly got ready and started walking around the city to explore. The first place I walked to was the harbour and with each moment my heart filled up even more with joy.

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I know that sounds so corny but everything I was seeing looked so incredibly beautiful and I realized how lucky I was to experience it all, even if I was all by myself and didn’t have anyone to share it with. It didn’t matter at all in that moment. I felt so free and liberated like I have never felt before in my life. After all I was half a world away from everyone I knew. I was free to do exactly as I pleased and there was no one I had to explain myself to. No limitations. No restrictions.

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Everyone I told about my plans of traveling on my own was skeptical about it. Aren’t you goint to be scared all by yourself? Isn’t it much nicer to have someone to share those experiences with? The answer for me now is no. Yes, I was scared at first but all my doubts quickly flew out the window. Yes, it is nice to go on vacation with friends or loved ones and make amazing memories together but it is also incredibly nice to experience it all on your own. Wanna know why? Because you learn so much more about your self. You’re forced to make every decision by yourself, which really teaches you want it is you like, what it is you want and what it is that motivates you to make those decisions. It’s incredibly liberating and it is the most amazing feeling to be able to say yes I did this on my own. I was scared but I pulled myself through.

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Especially in Vancouver I went on lots of long walks through the beautiful nature there and just listened to music and took everything in. If you ever get the chance to visit this beautiful city take it. The city itself is nice but the nature around it is literally breathtaking. I’m definitely more of a city than nature person but I was captivated and even went on a little hike by myself, which is something I never thought I’d be doing. Especially not on my own. But that’s what traveling on your own does. It challenges you. It helps you discover new things about yourself that might really surprise you.

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After one week in Vancouver it was time for me to pack up and move on to a new city and a new adventure: Seattle.

The only reason I picked Seattle was because I knew I probably wouldn’t get the chance to go there again. It’s only a 27 minute plane ride from Vancouver, so it just seemed logical for me to go there. Seattle is a city you know even if you’re not from the US but is it a city you dream to travel to? Probably not so I figured I should go while I was kinda close because next time I travel to the States it probably wouldn’t be Seattle. Maybe Florida or NYC or the Grande Canyon or Las Vegas. But probably not Seattle.

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Now Seattle was nice. It wasn’t amazing and it couldn’t even come close to Vancouver or Toronto (for me personally) but nonetheless I’m glad I went. I went up the Space Needle and visited some cool museums. I walked along the water front and probably all of downtown Seattle. I liked it but I didn’t love it.

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The amount of homeless people and people high on drugs or wasted on alcohol shocked me and I was scared to go out alone after it got dark. I’ve never been scared of walking alone through the dark at home or in the city I lived in, in the Netherlands when I went to college, or even in Canada. I saw a lot of poverty and homeless people when I went to Chicago with one of my friends a few months before visiting Seattle but I wasn’t alone then so I never felt worried. Now being on my own that definitely changed.

But still I don’t regret going to Seattle and I don’t regret going on my own. I might’ve been a little bit disappointed and who knows maybe I would’ve loved it more if I hadn’t fallen so in love with Toronto and Vancouver. Who knows? Still I’m so incredibly grateful for every experience I made while traveling alone because I learned so much about myself in those three weeks and a lot of the things I experienced gave me a new perspective on life. Most of all it taught me how privileged I am to be so lucky to travel and see new places in the world. I will forever keep those memories with me and no one can them away from me.

So if you ever think about traveling somewhere but don’t have anyone to go with you don’t hesitate! You can do it on your own and every minute of it will be worth it. I would recommend everyone to at least travel somewhere by themselves once in their life. Even if it’s just for 2 days or just an hour away. Take the time for yourself and you might be surprised by what you find!

If you have made it to the end of this very lengthy post thank you for staying with me until the end.

So have you ever traveled alone or would you consider it?

Lots of love,

Sophie

 

A New Beginning

It’s been a very long time since I last wrote and pressed publish on a blog post. Actually it’s been a very long time since I last even looked at my blog. A lot has happened since. I spent six months studying abroad in Canada (best time ever) and I finished writing my Bachelor’s thesis (most stressful time ever).

The past months have been kinda crazy and emotional but some of the best I’ve ever had. So much was going on I totally neglected my little blog, which once used to be my pride and joy. But now life has calmed down a lot. I finished my first degree and right now I’m just working to make some money while trying to figure out what I want to do in the future. Which Master’s program I should go in. Basically my future is very uncertain right now but I’m okay with that because I want to find the right thing for me.

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I’m not even sure why exactly but something inspired me to want to pick up my old hobby of blogging again. Once I used to love it so much it literally consumed most of my time. Writing has always helped me in so many ways, so I want to go back to just writing for me and writing for fun in my own little corner of the internet.

I know this used to be mostly a makeup blog and makeup is still my passion. My makeup collection has probably more than doubled within the past year even but I want my blog to be a lot more than just makeup. I really want to incorporate more lifestyle posts and basically just write about whatever inspires me and makes me happy, so be prepared for anything (but still lots of makeup reviews).

Right now it feels like a big chapter in my life is coming to an end and a new one is about to start, which is exciting yet scary at the same time. But to every ending there is a new beginning with new chances and opportunities and I’m intrigued where this new journey will take me and my little blog.

Thank you for reading!

Love,

Sophie

 

 

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