I’m back! Back to blogging, but also back from an amazing weekend trip to Stockholm, which I will tell you more about in a separate blog post, so stay put for that. This post on the other side, is going to revolve around something I rarely write about, makeup.
See, in Stockholm they have Sephora, which we don’t have in Oslo, sigh.. I rarely spend any money on makeup at all, especially since I tend to just stick to the items I’ve always owned, so it’s safe to say that I branched out a little bit this time. Therefore, for todays post, I thought I’d give you an insight in what I bought, plus giving you my first impressions of the products showing a makeup look using only the items shown below. Behold the glorious new additions to my makeup bag:
From left: The Kat von D Tattoo Liner, Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer, Sleek Highlighting Pallette, Too Faced Born This Way Foundation, Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer, Too Faced Melted Matte Lipstick, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer (tester), Too Faced Bulletproof Brows (not sure how I managed to not get this one in the shot, life.. Also, why do makeup products have such long names??)
Here is my finished look, a very simple look, yet perfect for a night out as well. If you’d like to hear my impressions of the products as well as see more photos then just keep reading!
These are the products I’ve used for my base. First out, the Smashbox primer. I’ve previously been using their normal Photo Finish primer, but when I saw they had a ‘pore minimizing’ one, I really felt like it was worth giving a shot. And I’m not lying when I say it actually minimizes your pores, it’s insane! A trick that my friend told me is to tap the primer on to your face instead of rubbing it, to give a smoother effect.
As foundation and concealer goes, these two are the only repurchases in my haul. I’ve already been using these for months and I love them. To see a review I’ve already done on the Too Faced Born This Way, click here. As the UD Naked concealer goes, it’s the best one I’ve tried so far. It hides blemishes like a pro and my only problem is that it tends to crease a bit under my eyes.
As my previous brow set was singing on its last verse(weird Norwegian saying yo) I was on a mission through Sephora to find the perfect brow kit, and I once again landed on a Too Faced product. It is described as a powder, gel, pencil and setting wax all-in-one. I’d say it’s probably quite similar to the Anastasia dipbrow pomade, except I’ve never really found a shade that suits me from the Anastasia brow range. This on the other hand is in the shade ‘universal taupe’, which fits my red-ish/blonde-ish hair very well.
Bronze and Highlight:
I’ve never really owned a highlighting pallette, so for my first one I landed on Sleeks Cleopatra’s Kiss Pallette, which consist of the shades Sphinx, Delta, Dynasty and Goddess. Some of these are probably ment for someone a bit less(read: a lot) pale than me, but I just absolutely fell in love with the bottom right shade, Goddess. I am really impressed by this pallette. Sleek manages to combine quality with reasonable prizes, which I love. It’s a very pigmented highlighter, which shows you don’t always have to go to the expensive brands to find quality. The tiny Chocolate Soleil bronzer was given to me as a gift for buying so many Too Faced products, haha. But this is also a really good product. And it smells like chocolate, eeek.
Lips and Eyes:
What caught my eye in Sephora is they sell a lot of tester-sized products, as this combined mascara/eyeliner set from Too Faced/Kat von D. I found this really nice, especially for products as Too Faced that are fairly expensive. I really wanted to try both the mascara and the liner, but wasn’t sure I’d like them and definitely didn’t feel like using up to $20-30 on each of them.
I’ve heard so much about the Better Than Sex Mascara and was very thrilled to try it, but to be honest – for such a pricy mascara, it’s not that good. I’ve tried several drugstore mascara’s that give just as good volume, if not even more. So yeah, it’s a good mascara, but in my opinion, definitely not the best. The Kat von D Tattoo Liner on the other hand! Such a good eyeliner. I think what I loved most about it is how easy it was to apply. I would definitely recommend this even for those who feel they’re struggling to draw the perfect wing. It is just a very steady liner that let’s you create straight lines without ‘spilling’ product everywhere.
For lips, I’m still totally in love with the liquid matte trend. So far I’ve been through both the Kylie lip kits and the NYX’s liquid suedes and I therefore thought it was time to try Too Faced’s take on a liquid matte lip. I must say, I love it. It might even be my favorite so far. Mine is in the shade ‘Child Star’, which is a very light nude. It comes on really soft and stays on the entire evening without feeling dry. Any interest in me doing a post where I compare all my liquid matte lipsticks(Kylie, NYX, Too Faced etc.)? I might do one anyways, haha.
Phew, have I been rambling far too much about makeup now? I just thought I’d show you the very last few products in my haul as well.
I branched out a little bit and bought myself a beautyblender, as I’m just really curious to the quality compared to the H&M sponges that I currently use. I also bought this really cute Avocado Sheet Mask, which I can’t wait to try. These other masks are masks that I got as testers in my Sephora bag, including a charcoal mask, which I am very intrigued about.
I thought I’d do a separate post on skincare and face masks once I’ve tried them all!
In conclusion, I am beyond happy about all my new products. It’s not often that one is almost 100% happy with such a huge makeup purchase, but I must say, except from the Too Faced mascara, that all the products lived up to my expectations. And no, I’m not sponsored by Too Faced( hmu though ), I just really and honestly love their products and I’m so gutted that I can’t get them here in Norway.
I hope you enjoyed this post, and even though I hate close ups of my face, here are some of those as well. What don’t I do for quality content? Keep your eyes peeled for more Stockholm posts, as they will be up very soon!