Colored Raine Queen Of Hearts Eyeshadow Palette Review

In the last few weeks I haven been adding quite a few makeup items to my ever growing makeup collection (partially because I put many of them on my christmas wish list), so after playing with all of them for a while I thought it was time for some reviews. Now the palette I’m going to review today I have really fallen in love with (spoiler alert), so I thought it would be the perfect first review of 2018. I’m aware I’m kind of late to the game because the Queen of Hearts palette by Colored Raine has been around and raved about for quite some time but better late than never, right? Because if you love make up you kind of need this palette. I’m serious! You really need this palette.

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So first things first let’s talk about packaging. The palette comes in this really beautifully designed cardboard cover that you have to slide it out. The actual palette itself has very simple but sleek black packaging with a touch of cold. The material is a slightly velvety cardboard which collects dirt and fingerprints pretty much from the first time you use it (which is why mine doesn’t look as pretty anymore). I don’t necessarily like when companies choose that kind of material for their packaging because it gets ruined so quickly, especially if you use the products frequently. Also I much prefer the design of the cardboard sleeve the palette comes in. The gold, red and purple prints remind me of crown jewels and really fit the Royal theme this palette has going on.

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Although great packaging is very important to some of us makeup addicts let’s move on to what counts the most: the actual product and how it performs. The Queen of Hearts palette comes with 12 beautiful shades including warm neutrals, golds, rich browns, purples, oranges and reds. For me it really was the color scheme that drew me in. For some reason I have been really into oranges, golds, purples and reds (not necessarily all combined) lately, so this palette was basically screaming my name. Plus I love the variety of shades this palette has to offer. You can create soft and neutral looks as well as very vibrant and colourful looks or you can go the middle route and do a neutral eye with just a pop of color.

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6 of the 12 shades are beautiful, vibrant and very intensely pigmented shimmers and the  6 are very nice and also highly pigmented mattes. I know it’s fairly easy to create a decent shimmer eyeshadow but in my opinion these shimmers are on another level. They are so nicely pigmented and shimmery, they feels so soft and buttery and they look so incredibly stunning on the eyes. I’ve received so many complements on how nice my eye makeup looks and how pigmented the eyeshadows are whenever I’ve created a look with this palette, so I believe that says a lot.

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Now compared to the shimmers the mattes almost feel very dry, which was a bit surprising to me because most of the matte eyeshadows I love, especially for their pigmentation, have a very soft and smooth feel to them. But to my surprise these still are very pigmented and blend so easily. Another aspect that blew me away with the palette in general is the lasting power of the eyeshadows. Even after a long 9 hour work day they’re still going strong and almost look like I only just applied them to my eyes.

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(Swatches Top Row Left to Right)

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(Swatches Bottom Row Left to Right)

I feel like these days a lot of products get very hyped up through YouTube and Instagram and it’s easy to fall into the hype and buy every product that’s the rave right now and a lot of times those products turn out to be a slight disappointment. Not even necessarily because they are bad but because they don’t always live up to the hype they get. However, with this beautiful palette I can totally understand the rave and it’s quickly become one of my favorites!

If you love makeup and you like the colors in this palette you should definitely add this to your collection!

What palettes have you been loving lately?

Love,

Sophie

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Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Blossom

Hello lovelies,

Happy December! Who else can’t believe it’s almost Christmas again? I feel like time is just flying by but I’m pretty excited about Christmas this year because I get to spend it at home with my family unlike last year. So today’s post is going to be about a highlighter! Yay! If there’s one beauty product I cannot get enough of other than lipstick and eyeshadow palettes is highlighters! I feel like in the past few years highlighters have become a big thing and most makeup lovers appreciate a good highlighter. They come in all different types from liquid to powder to cream. Now I personally prefer a powder highlighter because I don’t like using cream products in general, but I’ve been intrigued by the Cover FX Customer Enhancer drops, which are liquid highlighters, for a while.

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If you’re into makeup you’ve probably heard about these quite a bit because they are very hyped up in the beauty community, so of course I had to try them for myself. Also they look really cool. I’m not really sure why but I really like how they come in these cute little bottles with a medicine dropper like applicator. The dropper applicator also makes application really easy.

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Originally the shade I wanted was Moonlight because it’s this beautiful light gold and I generally prefer gold or champagne highlighters over pink. My Sephora here doesn’t carry Cover FX, so when I ordered one from the US website I accidentally ordered the shade Blossom instead of Moonlight. Although I was slightly disappointed with myself that I ordered the wrong color I decided to keep it regardless because I didn’t want to deal with returning it.

Now to be perfectly honest the first few times I used this highlighter I really wasn’t too impressed and started regretting the purchase because at 42$ these are very pricey. But because I did spend so much money on it I decided to not give up yet and after I figured out how I best use it on my skin I’ve come to absolutely love this! I would now definitely say they are worth the higher price tag because they’re very versatile. You can use them as a highlighter anywhere on your face or even mix them in with your favorite moisturizer or foundation for an overall glow. You could also use a bit of these on top of your lipstick to add a little something extra.

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As highlighters, which is how I use mine the most, these are so so nice. They look almost wet on the skin and give you the most beautiful healthy glow that will last all day. Especially now in the winter time, when my skin can be a bit dry and dull, I love to use this because it illuminates my skin so nicely and makes it so much more healthy and fresh looking. Ever since I started using Blossom I’ve also become a lot more fond of pink highlighter because I find this shade to be a very wearable shade of pink, that really suits my fair complexion perfectly.

One minor downside is that this is not a product you can apply when you’re in a rush. I definitely use this highlighter on days when I have a bit more time to spend on doing my makeup. I usually love to apply this with a damp beauty blender/makeup sponge or my fingers and the product melts into my skin effortlessly without lifting or moving around my foundation or powder. Whenever I’ve tried using a brush to apply this I was never happy with the end result, so I personally wouldn’t recommend that.

Of course I also have some swatches. The first swatch is the highlighter slightly blended, the middle one shows it what it looks like when you just drop it on the skin and the third one is when it’s fully blended although that one doesn’t do the product justice. As you can see it can be build up to be very blinding and in your face or you can apply just a little bit for a more subtle glow.

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Although I initially didn’t love this product I am now obsessed and have put the shades Moonlight and Halo on my Christmas wish list and hope to find them under the Christmas tree this year.

Thank you for reading!

Love,

Sophie

 

 

Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes

Too Faced is one of my favorite brands because I love many of their products and they usually have some of the cutest packaging. So when their Just Peachy Mattes palette was released I pretty much purchased it within seconds online. I feel like people were quite torn over the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette but I personally love that one, so that was reason enough for me to get excited about another peachy palette. I also really like that this one only comes with matte shades. And not to mention it smells heavenly like peaches and cream!

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As much as I love glitter and sparkles nice matte eyeshadows are essential to creating the perfect eye makeup. You cannot do a look without at least one or two good matte shades, so I love me a good all matte palette. I especially like to use only matte eyeshadows on days when I really want to tone down my eye makeup and keep it subtle and natural. Now I already own a few all matte eyeshadow palette but none like the Peachy Mattes. I absolutely love the color selection this palettes has to offer.

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The Peachy Mattes definitely has more peachy shades than the Sweet Peach palette but it still has a big enough variety of shades to be a fairly versatile palette. You can create very subtle and simple day-time or work appropriate looks as well as dramatic going out looks, which is something I always look for in a palette. Additionally I really enjoy the packaging. I almost feel like they sort of updated their packaging from prior collections. It’s still cute but more sleek, which makes the palette look a bit more luxurious than some of the other Too Faced palettes. It also comes with a nice sized mirror and since the packaging itself is very sturdy it’s perfect for traveling or weekend trips.

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But now onto the actual eyeshadows. So far I’ve liked most of the matte eyeshadows in the Too Faced palettes I already own. I always thought they weren’t anything special but nice nonetheless. The eyeshadows in this palette however I love. They’re so nicely pigmented, blend so easily and last all day.

I feel like this would also be a great palette for people that are only just getting into makeup because it comes with such a great selection of matte shades, which are so easy to work with. All the colors in this palette go so well with each other, which makes this palette a lot less overwhelming and makes it super easy for everyone to create pretty looks.

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As I already mentioned it was definitely the color selection that drew me in with this palette. I love the warm toned peachy shades but I think my favorite shade out of the entire palette would have to be Peach Sangria. It’s such a gorgeous berry shade and perfect for fall in my opinion. Peach Tea and Fresh-Picked make lovely transition colors and Just Ripe is my favorite to darken up the outer part of my crease. I love Peaches and Cream as a lid color and Peach Tart in my crease. Although I would not have necessarily needed two very bright highlighting shades there is not one shade in this palette I don’t use because I like them all. Fortunately the quality in the eyeshadows is very consistent in my opinion, which is why there honestly isn’t a shade that has disappointed me.

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(Swatches from left to right: Peach Meringue, Peach Butter, Peaches and Cream, Peach Tea, Just Peachy, Fresh-Picked, Peach Cobbler, Peach Punch, Peach Sangria, Peach Tart, Just Ripe, Chocolate Dripped)

Ever since I’ve gotten this palette I’ve been using it non-stop and I would recommend it to anyone that’s looking for a good matte eyeshadow palette because I genuinely think it’s a great add to anyone’s makeup collection!

Love,

Sophie

Sparkly Perfection: Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss in Tiara

The one makeup item I can never get enough of is lipstick. I’m pretty sure I have a lipstick addition. Lip gloss on the other hand I don’t tend to get too excited about. However, every once in a while I find a lip gloss I fall in love with. Actually to be honest for some reason I’ve really been enjoying a glossy lip a lot more recently, which is definitely new for me because usually I’m all about matte lips.

One of those lip glosses I just cannot get enough of at the moment is the Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss in the shade Tiara. I currently own three Dior lip glosses and surprisingly I really like all of them because they’re creamy and hydrating without being sticky and gross like lots of other lip glosses out there.

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While browsing through the aisles of one of my favorite makeup stores together with my grandma a couple of weeks ago I stopped at the Dior counter to look at their highlighters. But then it was their lip glosses that caught my eye, especially the shade Tiara because of the beautiful sparkles in this gloss. I have a thing for all things glitter so it was like it was calling my name!

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Basically the shade Tiara is a clear lip gloss with lots of pretty glitter spectacles in it. However, on the lips you don’t feel the glitter at all. The gloss applies very smooth and feels so nice on the lips. No stickiness at all! Dior actually markets these as more than just your average gloss but also as a lip plumper at the same time, because these glosses contain hyaluronic acid, which will keep your lips moisturized and make them more plump. While cosmetic companies often make big claims that their products don’t live up to this lip gloss really does do what it promises. It’s incredibly moisturizing and it does make your lips look more plump. I love wearing this on days when my lips are dry and need a break from matte lipstick.

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As always here is a swatch for you. Now I feel like this swatch really doesn’t do this amazing lip gloss justice because it is so pretty and sparkly in the most perfect and subtle way. I think this is the type of product you just kind of have to see and try for yourself. It looks very beautiful on its own for a very toned down simple look or you can layer it on top of just about any color of lipstick to add some shine and sparkle to your look.

I’m aware Dior lip glosses are quite pricey but to me they are totally worth it. So if you’re someones like me, who’s usually not so much into lip gloss this might be the gloss for you! I’m definitely planning on adding a few more shades of these glosses to my collection!

Are you a gloss or a lipstick person?

Love,

Sophie

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