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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Effortlessly Glowing Skin With Rodial*

If there is one makeup product I never thought I’d become so obsessed with it is highlighter. About a year and a half ago I really didn’t appreciate the wonders a good highlighter can do for my skin and thought they weren’t worth it to invest my money in but Oh God I couldn’t have been more wrong. I’ve tried Benefit and a few other drugstore highlighters but it wasn’t unit Mac Soft & Gentle, that I fell in love!

Now a year and a half later I rarely ever not wear highlighter. I’ve mentioned before that I don’t really do a lot of contouring but highlighter has become a bit of a must for me! I just absolutely love how a good highlighter can add this healthy glow to my skin. As you all know I’m very fair skinned so a combination of a good blush and highlighter can really warm up my complexion and make me look a lot less ghost like!

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When the lovely people over at Rodial sent me their Instaglam Compact Delxue Illuminating Powder* I was absolutely over the moon as highlighters have become a bit of an obsession of mine (though nothing beats lipstick). First off the packaging looks so so pretty and luxurious. I could just stare at it for days. Just look at it! Like seriously how pretty does this look?

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I’ve been wearing this product every single day for about a week now and let me tell you I’m in love! I’m so impressed with this highlighter. The powder is very finely milled and is so nice to apply because it blends into the skin so effortlessly. As always I have included a swatch further below but I looking at just the swatch it is very difficult to see how pretty this product really is. As you will see it looks quite skin like on my skin and by far not as glittery and sparkly as many other highlighter for example Mac’s Lightscapade. While I absolutely love an intense highlight some days, it can sometimes be a bit overboard for days when all I’m doing is attending lectures or going to the grocery store.

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So what I really love about this highlighter is the fact that it is so skin like. It is shimmery but still so natural looking. Hence when you apply it to the skin it gives you the most natural radiant looking glow. Almost as if your skin is glowing from within!

I’m head over heels for this highlighter and I have a feeling it is going to become a new staple within my makeup bag!

Thank you for reading!

Love,

Sophie

A Desert Beauty

Hello lovelies,

how are you all doing today? Some of you might remember my little trip to Kiko the other week. Yes, that’s right! I now have a Kiko store near me and I’m really excited about that. If you’ve read my haul post you may know that one of the things I picked up was the Kiko Sahara Glow Highlighter in 01 Desert Colours. The highlighter is part of their current summer collection Modern Tribes, which is all about vibrant colors, bronzed skin and has a bit of an African vibe to it packaging wise (which I kinda love).

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The collection includes a few amazing looking products, however, what caught my eye immediately was the highlighter because it’s one of the prettiest products ever. Most of my highlighters are either liquid or pressed powders but I don’t own any highlighting pearls such as this one. I’ve seen the gorgeous Guerlain ones but they are quite pricey, so I haven’t been brave enough to take the plunge and buy them. Since the Kiko one is only a fraction of the price I just had to purchase it.

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First off I love the packaging. Basically you get this container that is made to look like it’s glass with this wooden like lid. The design is definitely more simple but I like how it’s quite chunky. I just have a thing for big and chunky products. Don’t judge! The only negative thing I could think of though is that because it’s quite big and relatively heavy it’s not that great for traveling and takes up quite some space in my make up bag. But that’s okay. So now on to the actual product. The highlighter contains three different shades of pearls. There is one which pretty much looks like the common highlighting light shimmery shade with a bit of gold to it. One is more of a soft peachy pink and one is a lightly bronzed shade but all three of them are stunning.

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What I do most days is I take my Zoeva highlighting brush, swirl it around the container and apply the highlighter to those parts of my face I want to highlight, so cheekbones, bridge of my nose etc. However, once the sun finally comes out a bit more and I might actually manage to get a bit of a tan I think this would look so good if I use a big fluffy brush and lightly dust it all over my skin to achieve that bronzed sun kissed look we all dream of.

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So to sum it all up I’m really happy with this purchase. I’m obsessed with the packaging, the product is so lovely to look at and it’s definitely a nice product to give you amazing looking glowy skin. I can’t wait to use it all throughout summer.

Have you bought anything from the Kiko Modern Tribes Collection? Any recommendations of what I should try next?

Love,

Sophie

Contouring on a Budget

Over the past few months contouring seems to have gained quite the popularity and more and more brands are coming out with a bronzer and highlighter combination, made just for contouring. Although I don’t really go all out when it comes to contouring, I do like to use a bit of bronzer and highlighter to define my cheekbones and sometimes I’ll add a bit of  bronzer to my temples. I guess you could say I’m sticking to the basics but I just don’t feel the need to use tons of make up to reshape my entire face and I’m definitely too lazy as well. But to each their own, right?

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However, I’ve tried a few bronzer, highlighter and combinations during the past few months and here are my favorite high street ones because I’m a student on a budget. I feel like all of these make a great and most importantly cheap alternative to the high end options or if you’re just starting to dip your toe into the deep ocean that is contouring and you are looking for somewhere to start.

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Kiko Golden Game Sculpting Bronzer

First up is this lovely combination, which is the priciest option, but it does come with two different bronzer shades and a gorgeous highlight. I really like the fact that this offer you a lighter and a darker bronzing shade because this way you can use either of them or just mix them both. On some days I use the darker shade for contouring and the lighter shade for bronzing and on others I just mix the two of them up. I feel like this is such a great product, which doesn’t just look incredibly gorgeous, but it but works beautifully as well. The two bronzing shades are not overly pigmented and really matte, which means it’s okay if you don’t have a light hand, you won’t end up with just two brown streaks either way. The highlighter shade just adds such a soft, subtle and warm glow to your skin, I’ve really been obsessing over it. All of the shades blend like a dream! What more could you want?

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Bourjois Delice de Poudre Duo

One thing I adore about this little duo is the look of it. It looks just like chocolate and it smells divine. Now, I can’t quite figure out what it smells like but it smells so so so good! Obviously this isn’t that important because what are you gonna do with a bronzer that smells great but sucks otherwise, but it definitely adds a little plus. Even though this probably looks a lot a like the Kiko one to anyone, that’s not really into makeup, for me the two differ quite a lot. The Bourjois bronzing shade isn’t entirely matte unlike the Kiko bronzer. While the Bourjois one is definitely more on the matte side it does contain some golden glitter particles and is a bit more pigmented than the Kiko one. It does blend perfectly as well, as long as you don’t use too much product. If you look at the two highlights they seriously couldn’t be any more different though. I would describe the Kiko highlight as a light shimmery champagne colored shade, that contains a lot of golden glitter particles. In contrast, the Bourjois one is definitely darker and more of a matte rose gold highlight. Both are beautiful and I guess it all depends on your preferences.

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Makeup Revolution The One Blush Stick

Makeup Revolution came out with a line of blush sticks, which consists of 4 different shades, and each is available in a matte and a sheer version. I’ve gone for the matte version of Malibu for contouring and the sheer version of dream, which makes an excellent highlighter. The great thing about these is that they are really travel friendly as the packaging is quite handy and you won’t need a brush to apply these. I just use my finger to dot ht product on where I want to have it and then I blend everything out. Simple as that! These are really great for when you’re in a rush but still want to add a bit of definition to your face!

I can definitely recommend all three of these options but they all differ quite a bit, so it really does depend on your preferences. All three are really easy to use, travel friendly and budget friendly. Though I can’t really pick a favorite the Kiko one is the one I use the most because in general I often prefer a powder to cream and I like that it offers me two different bronzing shades.

Thanks for reading!

xx

Sophie

Kiko Golden Game Sculpting Bronzer

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As you might have seen in one of my recent haul posts, I bought the Kiko Golden Game Sculpting Bronzer in 01 radiant Honey. Having heard so many good things about this product I was really excited to try it.

First of all I really like the packaging. The sculpting powder comes in a rather chunky white packaging and when you open it up you get quite the big mirror. The product itself contains two bronzer shades, a lighter and a darker one, and a gorgeous highlighter.

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The two bronzers aren’t insanely pigmented and you need a bit more of product to get the look you want, however, this might be quite handy if you are just starting out with contouring and you don’t want to over do it, because that can happen quite fast. I also really like how it comes with two different shades. You can either use the lighter one to add that bronzed glow and the darker one for contouring or, how I like to do it, you just swirl your brush through both of them and mix them up.

Now on to the highlighter. This really is a gorgeous one. It is quite glittery, so a little really goes a long way. All you need is a tiny bit and it will add a beautiful golden shimmery glow to your cheeks.

Considering the price I can definitely recommend this as you get two bronzing shades plus a beautiful highlighter. I’m quite pale, which made contouring quite hard for me at first but with this duo it’s so easy to do even when you are just starting out, because it’s very subtle and it takes a lot of product to really go overboard. Oh and have I managed the adorable packaging?

Have you tried this? What are your favorite products for contouring?

XX

Sophie

The Perfect Blush For Traveling

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For those of you, who might not know it, I’m currently studying abroad in the Netherlands and since brands differ from country to country it’s really interesting to discover new brands. Hence I recently paid one of the most popular drugstore brands over here a visit and between many familiar brands ( Maybelline, Rimmel London, Loreal etc) I’ve spotted this brand called Catrice Cosmetics. They had a wide variety of all kinds of products for a very very cheap price. Since I was in need of a new blush I picked up one to give it a try. The one I bought is number 060 Strawberry Frappucino.

I cannot tell you how glad I am, I gave this brand a try. I’m in love with this blush. It includes four different colors starting with a very dark brown reddish color up to a very light pink almost creamy color. You can either use them separately or swirl them all together to create a nice pink color.

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The pigmentation is just right. Not too strong and not light and it lasts all day. It comes in a little packaging that is very handy because it fits just into the palm of your hand.

The reason why this is so great to take with you when you’re on the go is because of the dark color and the light one you can leave the rest of your conturing products at home and just use this one. The very light shade functions perfectly as a highlighter.  For 2.99 this is an absolute bargain.

I’ve done a little research on Catrice Cosmetics and their products are currently available in Germany, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Austria, Switzerland and a few others. If you happen to live in one of these countries you should definitely give this brand a try if you haven’t already.

I’m going to try out more of their products for sure.

Have a great Monday! XX