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Tutorial: Matte orange eyeshadow look using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance

Tutorial: Matte orange eyeshadow look using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance

The Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills is one of my favourite palettes! I adore all of the shades that it comes with (especially Buon Fresco) and I love how pigmented they are and how easy the shadows are to work with. I think you can create an endless amount of looks with this palette. Here I have created an easy matte orange eyeshadow look, keep on reading if you want to learn how I made this look using the palette.

To start off I primed my lids with the MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Paint Pot in the shade Soft Ochre and I am setting my primer with some translucent powder to make sure the shadows I put on top will blend nicely. The first shade I am using from the Modern Renaissance palette is Burnt Orange. I use the Deluxe Crease Brush from Real Techniques to apply the shadow to my crease.

The next step is optional. I like to place some translucent powder around my eye where I will be applying eyeshadow to make sure I keep the shape I want and don’t blend the shadow too high. I use the Large Shader Brush from Luxie to apply the translucent powder.

Then I place the shade Realgar on my lid using the Shading Brush from Real Techniques. I will blend out the edges of Realgar with the Deluxe Crease Brush again. To give the eye some more dimension I will darken the outer V with the shade Cyprus Umber using the Pointed Blender Brush from Coastal Scents. Only apply a tiny amount of product to your brush so you can make sure it doesn’t get too dark.

If you have applied the translucent powder around your eyes, then now is the time to remove it. I will use the same Large Shader Brush to remove the powder. I go in with small circular motions which will make sure that the edges of the eyeshadow are blended.

For the lower lashline, I will start by applying some of the shade Realgar with the Pointed Blender Brush from Coastal Scents. I will wipe my brush clean and use the shade Golden Ochre to buff it out. The next step is also optional. I applied a wing eyeliner but you can stop here and finish your makeup. I used the NYX Cosmetics Matte Liquid Liner for my wing. It is an okay eyeliner but I think the applicator is a bit too big to get a sharp wing as I want.

You can now finish your makeup. For my brows, I used the Tony Moly Auto Eye Brow in Brown. I curled my lashes with the Eylure London Heated Eyelash Curler and used the Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara. For my browbone and inner corner highlight, I used the Jeffree Star Cosmetics x MannyMUA Skin Frost in the shade Eclipse and applied it with the Pointed Detail Brush from Coastal Scents. I lined my lips with the Model Co Lip Enhancer Pencil and used the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Lip Ammunition in the shade Celebrity Skin.

I hope you enjoyed this makeup look – let me know if you’ve tried to recreate it! You can read my full review and see swatches of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette right here!

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Tutorial: Easy red makeup look using the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Androgyny Eyeshadow Palette

Tutorial: Easy red makeup look using the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Androgyny Eyeshadow Palette

Jeffree Star Cosmetics is one of my favourite brands! Their liquid lipsticks have always been one of my favourite formulas and the quality of their eyeshadow is to die for! The shadows are super pigmented and very easy to work with as they are very blendable. Jeffree told, that the Androgyny Palette was his version of a neutral palette which I think is very inspiring as it will make you think different and create more colourful makeup looks. Keep on reading to learn how I made this red makeup look using the Androgyny Palette!

Before I start applying any eyeshadow I will apply my eyeshadow primer, the MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Paint Pot in the shade Soft Ochre and set it with translucent powder. As the first step, I will apply the shade Safe Word from the Androgyny Palette into my crease using the Deluxe Crease Brush from Real Techniques. Next, I will lay down some of the shadow Fetish in my crease with the Shading Brush from Real Techniques. I will then softly blend out Fetish using the Deluxe Crease Brush again.

To make sure you keep the shape you want for your eyeshadow, you can apply some translucent powder on your browbone and around the eye. With this technique, you will be sure that the area around your eyeshadow stays clean and shadow-free! Here I actually use baby powder and apply it with the Large Shader Brush from Luxie.

Next, I will apply the white shadow Snow Bunny from Coastal Scents to 3/4 of my lid with the Shading Brush. This shadow is not so pigmented so you will need to reapply it a couple of times to get the payoff you want. While applying Snow Bunny to the lid you want to make sure that the red shade, Fetish, stays strong in the crease. If the shade fades a bit then put the tiniest amount onto your brush, I used the Base Shadow Brush from Real Techniques, and blend it softly into your crease.

To give the eye some more dimension we want to darken the outer V of the eye. I used the shade Dominatrix on the Pointed Blender Brush from Coastal Scents. You want to apply the white shadow first so the dark shade will blend easier into the light shade which will give a beautiful gradient effect. If you apply the darker shade in the outer V first then it will be harder to blend out and get that seamless effect we want.

If you have applied the translucent powder around your eye, then now is the time to remove it. I use the same brush to remove it as I applied it with – the Large Shader Brush. I softly remove it with circular motions which will make sure that the edges of the eyeshadow look soft and blended. Then I will dip into Fetish again with the Pointed Blender Brush (make sure your brushes are clean every time you dip into a new shade) and softly buff it under my lower waterline. Make sure to use a light hand.

Now apply your brows, lashes, browbone- and inner corner highlight. I used the Tony Moly Auto Eye Brow in the shade Brown for my brows. I curled my lashes with the Eylure London Heated Eyelash Curler and applied a coat of the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara. For my browbone and inner corner highlight, I used the shade White Sand from the Glow Kit by Anastasia Beverly Hills and applied it with the Pointed Detail Brush from Coastal Scents. For my lips, I used the Limecrime Matte Velvetines in the shade Buffy.

I hope you enjoyed this makeup look! You can read my full review and see swatches of the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Androgyny Palette right here!

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Review: ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick

Review: ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick

The ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick (£4.5 for 3.2 g) is the creme liquid lipstick the brand offers. So this lipstick will not dry down matte like a matte liquid lipstick but stay creamy. The brand also offers Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks and Ultra Blotted Liquid Lipsticks in their “Liquid Lipstick” category. I own the satin liquid lipstick in the shades Baracuda and Jiffy which is a collaboration with Amanda Steele, so it is no longer available on their website.

On their website, they state that the lipstick
is highly pigmented
is a creamy, bold lipstick with a satin finish
 is super long-wearing
 is not completely kiss-proof and does transfer

The lipsticks are so pigmented that they will cover your lip colour with the first swipe. They will stay creamy on your lips but compared to how wet they are when you first apply them, they do dry down a bit. Even though it is a creamy liquid lipstick, they do stay for a good amount of time on your lips but this does depend on if and how you eat or drink. As they also state, this formula is not kiss- or transfer-proof but it does take some time before you will need to reapply. ColourPop is an affordable brand so of course, the packaging is a bit cheap if it has to be affordable. As you can tell on the packaging of Baracuda, almost all the writing on the tube is gone even though I have only used it 2-3 times. I noticed that the two liquid lipsticks I own have different doe foot applicators where the one on Baracuda is more fluffy than the one on Jiffy. I personally prefer a less fluffy applicator like the one on Jiffy.

I will award this liquid lipstick 4.5 hearts out of five possible!

I really enjoy the formula of these liquid lipsticks and I love how long they last on the lips even though they have a satin and very comfortable finish. The only reason I don’t award the liquid lipstick the full five hearts is because the writing goes off so easy and so fast. I don’t see any writing missing on the other shade, Jiffy, so it is possible for them to make it stay. Have you tried the Ultra Satin Liquid Lipsticks from ColourPop Cosmetics? If you have, then let me know your opinion in the comments!

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Review: Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation

Review: Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation

The Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation (£4.5 for 30 mL) is the foundation the brand is most known for. They offer two other foundations, CoverAll Creme Foundation and Ultimate Match SPF 15 Foundation, plus a BB Cream. The Wet n Wild brand is really hard to find in the EU! They only have a couple of shades available on some makeup sites and I have only seen some shades in one physical store but the lightest shade they had available did luckily enough match me! And it is not even the lightest shade hahah! I can’t find the foundation on any UK webshops either. I own the foundation in the shade Soft Ivory.

On their website, they state that the foundation
is skin-perfecting
have a matte, light-diffusing complex to give your skin #nofilter perfection
 prevents white cast in photos

The foundation comes with a spatula instead of a pump. For some people, this is a problem but it doesn’t really bother me. The coverage of the foundation is medium but buildable. They state that the foundation is matte but I still think your skin looks alive when wearing it as it is not too matte. I do notice that it clings onto dry patches on my skin. I normally don’t set my entire face with powder but I do think you need to with this one as it doesn’t feel like it really dries down so powder products like bronzer, highlight, and blush will be tough to blend as it will cling onto the foundation. The foundation is available in 20 shades but I think they miss some of the deeper skin tones. They state that the foundation prevents white cast in photos so I tried to take some photos with the foundation on. The first photo is only the foundation and concealer while the second photo is with my makeup done. As you can tell, there is no flashback on any of these photos.

I will award this foundation 5 out of 5 hearts!

I think it is amazing they offer such an incredible foundation at such a low cost! I really think Wet n Wild needs to make an EU webshop so it is easier for us in Europe to get our hands on their products! Have you tried the Photo Focus Foundation from Wet n Wild? If you have, then let me know your opinion in the comments!

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Review: Coloured Raine Cosmetics Matte Lip Paint

Review: Coloured Raine Cosmetics Matte Lip Paint

The Coloured Raine Cosmetics Matte Lip Paint (£15 for 4 g) is the matte liquid lipstick formula the brand offers. They also offer lip glosses known as Lip Lacquer and stick lipsticks with satin finishes known as Satin Lipsticks. I own the Matte Lip Paint in the shade Brick House.

On their website they state that the lipstick
will dry down matte leaving your lips vibrant for hours
won’t budge unless oil based product is used for removal

At first sight I noticed that the applicator is more flat than usual and not as “fluffy”. I like that it isn’t as fluffy but I would have liked a more curved applicator like a doe foot applicator. But the applicator does it’s job I just personally prefer the doe foot applicator. The formula is very pigmented and is really easy to apply! The liquid lipstick dries down very fast and feels a bit uncomfortable at first but it is like the uncomfortable feeling will go away after a while and will afterward feel lightweight on the lips. There is no transfer at all! Once the liquid lipstick has dried down matte it won’t move! I don’t think you absolutely need an oil based product to remove the lipstick as I am able to remove it using a baby wipe. But if you want to make it easier for your self, then a oil based remover is a good choice.

I will award this liquid lipstick 5 hearts out of 5 possible!

I think this is an incredible good liquid lipstick formula and I will definitely get wear out of this one! I also think I would invest in more shades of this formula. I am not the biggest fan of the packaging as I just don’t think it looks cute at all. But the product works so it is okay hahah. Have you tried the Matte Lip Paint from Coloured Raine Cosmetics? If you have, then let me know your opinion in the comments!

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Review: L’Oréal Paris Paradise Mascara

Review: L’Oréal Paris Paradise Mascara

The L’Oréal Paris Paradise Mascara (£12 for 6.4 mL) is one of the newest mascara launches from the brand. The mascara is available in another form in the US called Lash Paradise Mascara. When looking into the ingredients there are some differences which I have marked with bold writing. The ones marked are not present in the other mascara.

Ingredients Paradise Mascara, EU (source: Sainsburys.co.uk)
Aqua / Water, Paraffin, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Copernicia Cerifera Cera / Carnauba Wax, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Styrene/Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Cera Alba / Beeswax, Synthetic Beeswax, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Polybutene, Cetyl Alcohol, Steareth-20, Glyceryl Dibehenate, Steareth-2, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Acacia Senegal Gum, Tribehenin, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Behenate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Disodium EDTA, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil / Castor Seed Oil, Maltodextrin, Potassium Sorbate, BHT, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, [+/- May contain: CI 77499 / Iron Oxides], (F.I.L. B206093/2)

Ingredients Lash Paradise Mascara, US (source: Ulta.com)
Aqua / Water / Eau, Paraffin, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Copernicia Cerifera Cera / Carnauba Wax / Cire De Carnauba, Ethylene / Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Styrene / Acrylates / Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Cera Alba / Beeswax / Cire Dabeille, Synthetic Beeswax, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Polybutene, Cetyl Alcohol, Steareth-20, Glyceryl Dibehenate, Steareth-2, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Acacia Senegal Gum, Tribehenin, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Behenate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Disodium EDTA, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Silica, Tetrasodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, BHT. May Contain: CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 77007 / Ultramarines.

Since the product first launched in the US I guess this is the orignial formula. I don’t see why they changed the formula as I don’t think silica (silicone dioxide) in the mascara could do any harm.

On their website they state that the mascara
will give your lashes intense volume and length
makes your lashes feel softer without any flaking

I think this mascara makes my lashes look beautiful! It does give them a lot of volume and a good amount of length. It keeps looking great on my lashes for a good amount of time but it does transfer to my skin beneath my brows which I find a lot of mascaras does. When trying out this mascara I got an allergic reaction to something in it so my eyes began to scratch the day after I have worn it and my eyelids turned red and dry. The first time I tried the mascara I tried a new eyeliner as well so I did not know what caused the reaction. But after a second try I got the same reaction again which is why I never will use this mascara again. I have not found anyone saying they had an allergic reaction as well. I don’t know what caused my reaction but if you are allergic to a lot of different things and have sensitive skin, then I would not recommend this product.

I will award this mascara 3 out of 5 hearts.

Even though I think this mascara looks gorgeous on the eyes I hate that it causes an allergic reaction. I don’t know what caused the reaction but I have sent them a message to hear if they know anything. So many people love this mascara so if you don’t have any known allergies then I think you would love this one as well. Have you tried the Paradise Mascara from L’Oréal Paris? If you have, then let me know your opinion in the comments!

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Review: ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Metallic Lip

Review: ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Metallic Lip

The ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lip (£4.6 for 2.85 g) are the metallic liquid lipsticks the brand offers. I own the metallic liquid lipstick in the shades 3-Way and Man Eater.

On their website they state that the liquid lipstick
is super intense
is transfer-proof
is very long-wearing
feels smooth and comfortable on the lips

The pigment in these metallic liquid lips are super intense and you will not be able to see your own lip colour through it as it is super pigmented! I don’t think they are a 100% transfer-proof as some of the colour does come of when drinking or doing the kiss test. They do look good for a good amount of time but I do believe they will need to be reapplied after some time depending on what you are doing. They do feel really good on the lips. They don’t dry down “matte” but stay a bit wet and reminds me a bit of a regular creme lipstick.

I will award this metallic liquid lipstick 3 hearts out of 5 possible.

I do enjoy these metallic liquid lips. I think they are fun and are full of pigment! The longevity of the lipstick does depend on what you are doing as it will wear off slowly. Even though the lipstick does transfer I will still be using it. Have you tried the Ultra Metallic Lip from ColourPop Cosmetics? If you have, then let me know your opinion in the comments!

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Review: Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter

Review: Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter

The Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter (£6 for 18 mL) is the liquid highlighter that the brand, Makeup Revolution, offers. They also offer a lot of different powder highlighters as well as stick highlighters. I own the liquid highlighter in the shade Starlight. It is available in six other shades as well.

On their website they state that the highlighter
is highly pigmented
can be applied on the face as highlighter or mixed into the foundation for a luminous look

When I first heard that Makeup Revolution was coming out with a liquid highlighter I could not wait to get my hands on it! There have been so much talk about the liquid highlighters from Iconic London but it is always so much nicer to try new products when they are affordable. I was so exited that they came out with seven shades and at least one of them would work on my fair skintone. The liquid highlighter is soooo pigmented I was so shocked when I first applied it to my cheekbones! If you don’t like a blinding highlight, then this is not for you! The highlight keeps going strong all day! It does not fade or move! I also tried mixing it into my foundation. At first I was a bit afraid that it would alter the shade of my foundation but it still matched me. I applied it all over my face and down my neck and it looked gorgeous! Depending on how much highlight you mix into the foundation the more glow you will get! I only mixed in about 2-4 drops as I did not know what to expect. But it looked so stunning through the 8+ hours I wore it!

I will award this liquid highlighter 5 out of 5 hearts!

I really adore this liquid highlighter and it is highly pigmented, as they state, and can be used as a highlighter or mixed into foundation or any other stuff like cremes! I hope they release more shades as I would like to see some more fair shades like an all white shade or a silver one! They have a shade named Unicorn Elixir which looks a bit different than the other ones on their swatches on their website:

It does not look as pigmented as the other ones and looks like it contains a lot of glitter witch the others don’t look like they do. I can say for sure that Starlight dosen’t contain glitter. Have you tried the Liquid Highlighter from Makeup Revolution? If you have, then let me know your opinion in the comments!

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Review: ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick

Review: ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick

The ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick (£4.5 for 3.2 g) are one of the finishes the brand ColourPop offers their liquid lipsticks in. They also offers satin mattes and a sheer matte finish which they call blotted matte. I own the Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shades Beeper, Bumble, Love Bug, and Thursday.

On their website they state that the liquid lipstick
have a thin, lightweight formula
 glides smoothly onto the lips
have a super intense pigment
leaves you with a ultra matte look
is very long-wearing and 100% kiss proof (no transferring)

I had heard that the Ultra Matte formula from ColourPop should be uncomfortable on the lips so I was both sad and scared to try them as I would love to find some cheap liquid lipstick I actually liked and I feel like there are a lot to chose from in the ColourPop range! But when I first tried one I was completely shocked! The formula was nothing I had expected at all! It is so easy to work with on the lips and none of the shades I own is streaky which really surprised me! When the liquid lipstick dries down it dries completely matte but is very comfortable on the lips! Maybe one of the most comfortable formulas I have ever tried! I did a wear test with the shade Beeper at my uncles 50th birthday party and it stayed on through all the meals and did not transfer onto my glass! I was so impressed! I wore it for more than 8 hours and nothing moved! Not even in the centre of the lips where the lipstick normally fades first. Everything was perfect and it kept staying comfortable all night!

One thing I find weird is that the applicator on the shade Thursday is not the same as the other three. I prefer the more fluffy applicator which is what the three other shades comes with. I feel like it picks up more product; I only needed two dips into the container with the other shades but three dips with Thursday. Why Thursday comes with a different applicator I don’t know. Another thing I noticed is that the shades dry down to darker shades than what they looks like in the container (especially Beeper) which I think is what to be expected from a matte formula.

The packaging is what to expect for £4.5. The container itself is very lightweight and the logo and information on the container wears of very easy.

I will award this liquid lipstick 5 out of 5 hearts!

I can’t believe I didn’t try them out sooner! I need to wear this formula a lot more and invest in a lot of shades! Have you tried the Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick from ColourPop Cosmetics? If you have, then let me know your opinion in the comments and tell me your favourite shade!

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Review: Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost

Review: Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost

The Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost (£25.50 for 15 g) is the highlighter the brand offers. Right now, Jeffree Star Cosmetics have 12 shades as a part of the permanent selection. I own the shade Lavender Snow from the permanent line but own two limited editions as well.

On his website he state that the highlighter
is extremely pigmented
have a unique soft buttery formula

I was really surprised over how pigmented the skin frost Lavender Snow was the first time I swatched it and applied it to my cheeks. My boyfriend even told me I looked like a discoball hahahah. But I like that it was blinding as that is what he states and what he always talk about in his youtube videos.

I think there is a big difference in how pigmented and blinding the skin frosts are. Lavender Snow from the permanent line is very blinding while the other skin frosts I own (which are limited edition) is not as blinding or as good quality. I own Eclipse and Crystal Ball, I do think Eclipse is very pretty but not blinding as I would have expected. I think Crystal Ball have a weird texture where it don’t spread out evenly. I think the actual formula of them is a bit strange as some of them seem to develop some kind of layer upon the product so you can’t get any pay off. I see it in my pans where I have used more pressure than I normally would for example if I have used a small brush and want my brow bone to really pop, then I would apply more pressure into the pan to get more product onto the brush.

I will award the Skin Frosts 4 hearts out of 5 possible.

I really like this product and how many shades there are available. I would have preferred if the pigmentation were about the same in every shade of them but as I don’t prefer a ultra blinding highlight I don’t mind that some of them isn’t but I would be disappointed if I was seeking a very blinding highlight and got something there was not as blinding as expected. I also find it weird that the formula develops some kind of shield but as I only use the smaller brushes in the edges of the pan it doesn’t affect the entire pan. Have you tried the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frosts? If you have, then let me know your opinion in the comments and what your favourite shade of Skin Frost is!

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