It’s time for another first impressions post, and this time I’ve tested the L’Oréal True Match Eye-Cream In A Concealer, which I thought sounded very interesting and different.
As always, I’m wearing primer and foundation underneath the concealer, and I only tested this concealer on my undereye area. The concealer has a brush tip applicator, and you have to twist it for a little while before the product appears. I got the shade 1-2D Ivory Beige, which looked way to dark when I first applied it, but it didn’t look too bad once it was blended out (though it still looked a little dark). It’s a light coverage concealer, but it feels very nice and mosturising, however it didn’t cover up my dark circles completely. I did set my undereyes with powder, because I always do that, and the concealer looks smooth in the undereye area. I wore my make-up for about 8,5 hours and my undereye area looked pretty good at the end of the day. I think I’ve only used this concealer once after testing it, because the shade isn’t a great match, but also because the coverage isn’t great. However, I was thinking that maybe I should try to use the concealer together with a another concealer with more coverage (and a better shade) and use this one as a base layer to get the eye cream benefits. I think I might give that a try.
I have quite a few Beauty Bay hauls to share with you; this one is from from the beginning of February (I know, I’m way behind).
Let’s start with palettes.
I featured the BH Cosmetics Blueberry Muffin palette in my 5 favourites post from March, and I still love it. The blues mixed with neutrals just work so well, and the quality of these shades is amazing. BH Cosmetics is doing something right.
I purchased the By Beauty Bay New Romantic palette right when it launched (I guess it was around Valentine’s Day). I don’t have a lot of predominantly pink/red palettes, so I thought I would give this one a go, and I knew that I liked the By Beauty Bay eyeshadow formula from the Book of Magic palette. And I got the By Beauty Bay Sunset Horizons palette as a free gift with purchase, and it’s a beautiful palette as well.
Then I also purchased some face products and some primers. I purchased the very popular NYX The Marshmellow Primer, and I have to say that I really like this primer. I see why it’s so popular. I also purchased the NYX Glitter Primer for eyeshadow, because I’ve been wanting a primer/base for very glittery shadows to stick to, and so far I really like this product as well.
The blush, I bought, is the MUA Makeup Academy Blushed matte blush powder in the shade Papaya Whip. The true colour doesn’t really show in these pictures; it’s more of a warm orangey peach colour, which is why I bought it. I also bought it, because when I lived in England 7 years ago, I used to shop MUA Makeup Academy all the time, so I got a bit nostalgic.
As I wrote here, I’ve been on the hunt for undereye setting powders, and I came across the Revolution Eye Bright setting powder and thought it sounded promissing, and so far I do like it.
Last, but not least, I purchased two Jeffree Star lipglosses. The The Gloss in the shade Sickening came out with the collection that contained the Blood Lust palette, and it was on sale. And when JS launched his Supreme Gloss, I initially thought I would skip them, but then I caved and got the shade Red Affair, and I’m so glad I did, because it is the most stunning, pigmented red gloss!
We are now moving in to the last spring month, but where is that spring weather??? It’s still really cold in Denmark though a bit more sunny, but I’m longing for real spring weather so bad! But on a more positive note, I’m enjoying a five day break/holiday right now (including the weekend), and it was just what I needed after another busy month workwise. So let’s talk about some of my favourites from the month of April, before I go back to doing absolutely nothing:)
Holographic rhinestone belt bag: My black Mickey Mouse shoulder bag that I used as an everyday bag broke earlier on this month, so I had to find a new everyday bag and chose this fun holographic rhinestone belt bag from Skinnydip, which I did use a bit last summer. I really enjoy having a belt bag as my everyday bag again (it’s so convenient), and this one just makes me happy (the picture really doesn’t do it justice btw, but I’m wearing it here and here).
Natasha Denona (brand): My biggest obsession this past month (and I actually think it started last month) has been Natasha Denona. It’s been a beauty brand that I’ve been intrigued by for such a long time, but it’s a bit of a pricey brand, so I kept my distance for a while, but I recently caved and bought my first palette, and now I’m obsessed. You’ll be seeing a bunch of Natasha Denona products in hauls in the nearest future.
Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High mascara: I did a first impressions on this mascara five days ago, and as I wrote in that post, I’ve really been enjoying this mascara. I feel like I’m on a roll when it comes to finding new great mascaras.
Soda #wowbrow Flat Brow Liner (shade: Kim): This is another product I haven’t hauled yet, but I’ve been using this a lot lately, and I really like it, so I wanted to feature it in my 5 favourites post. Soda is a newer brand to Beauty Bay, and I’ve also purchased some other products from the brand, but this brow pencil, or brow liner as it’s called, has been my most worn Soda product so far. It’s so easy to use!
Ikea Alex 9 drawer: I’m very late to the game when it comes to using the Ikea Alex 9 drawer for make-up storage, but it just fits perfectly in the corner of my bedroom, and I was in desperate need of more make-up storage (before I only had the little wooden drawer!). It’s just so practical, I holds a lot of make-up, and it doesn’t take up too much space, so I love it.
It’s time for a first impressions post on the super popular Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High mascara. I wanted to see for myself if it is as good as everyone says.
The mascara has a very bendy, plastic wand with short bristles. I usually don’t prefer a plastic wand, but this one made it very easy to grap and coat every lash. It made my lashes look long but not too voluminous after the first coat, but when I applied the second coat I achieved a bit more volume, and I think my lashes looked great. I used a spoolie to remove the mascara marks I got on my eyelids and underneath my eyes, and it was not the easiest product to remove, but I made it work. After a few hours of wear I did see a little transfer to my browbones/top of my eyelids, but that is not uncommon to me and it really was minimal. I wore the mascara for just over 12 hours, and I didn’t see any further transfer or flaking throughout the day. I removed the mascara with regular eye make-up remover, and it was not the easiest mascara to remove. It takes a bit more work to get all the product off, but it’s not a deal breaker to me, because I really enjoy this mascara otherwise. I guess, I see why it went viral.
About 1,5 years ago I did a first impressions post on the Essence Camouflage+ matte concealer, and I wasn’t a fan of that one. However, I thought I would try out the Healthy Glow version to see if I liked it better, so here are my first impressions.
I’m wearing primer and foundation underneath, and then applied the concealer, because that’s how I would wear concealer. It is not the best concealer for covering up spots. It has a quite liquidy texture, so it blends away very quickly when you use to cover up spots, so I won’t use it for that purpose again. It looks nice underneath the eyes though; it feels hydrating and I would say that it has medium coverage. I did set my undereyes with powder, because I always do that, and the concealer looks smooth in the undereye area. I wore the concealer for about 8 hours and my undereyes still looked nice and smooth at the end of the day. This is not my favourite concealer ever, and I would not recommend it for spot concealing, but it’s a nice, lightweight undereye concealer, and it’s very affordable too.
Another month in lock down has gone by. However, the country has started to slowly open up again, and I went physically to work twice last week, which was great. Working from home isn’t all that fun, but right now I’m in the middle of my easter holiday which I’ve been looking forward to the whole month. Anyways, I had many favourites in March, and it was difficult to narrow them down to five, but here are my picks.
Black chunky boots: The only times I’ve been leaving my apartment these past four months have been to go for a walk, to pick up a parcel, or to go grocery shopping, and for all those occasions my shoes of choice has been these black chunky boots from PULL&BEAR. I really miss wearing all of my shoes, but I have enjoyed wearing these boots a lot.
Essence Brighten Up! Banana powder in 10 Bababanana: I haven’t gotten around to hauling this product yet, but I wanted to feature it anyways, because I’ve been loving this powder to set my under eyes. My favourite undereye setting powder from e.l.f. has been discontinued I think (at least I can’t find it anywhere), so I’ve been on the hunt for alternatives, and this is a great alternative + it’s super affordable too.
BH Cosmetics Blueberry Muffin eyeshadow palette: I know, another product I haven’t hauled yet, but this palette is amazing, so I had to feature it. I’ll show you the inside another time, but the shades are a mix of blues and neutrals, and it is stunning. BH Cosmetics has definitely been on my radar since they released the Naughty palette for holiday 2020.
EOS Toasted Marshmellow lip balm: I love the EOS lip balms, and I’ve had the Toasted Marshmellow one lying around for ages, so when I used up my Vanilla Bean one (which might still be my favourite scent), I started using the Toasted Marshmellow one, and it smells so good. Do I need to say that I love the colour of the packaging as well?
Ear Bisquits (podcast): I had never been listening to podcasts before this month, and I’m really enjoying it. My favourite so far is Ear Bisquits by Rhett and Link, and I knew that I would enjoy this one, because Good Mythical Morning is my favourite Youtube channel. I’m really excited to be listening to more podcasts in the future.
It’s been a long time since I’ve tried a new eyeshadow primer. For the past many years I’ve pretty much only been using my MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly as my eyeshadow primer/base, but youtuber Emily Noel keeps talking about the Milani Eyeshadow Primer, so I wanted to see if I loved it too.
I decided to do a very colourful eye look to really test the eyeshadow primer. The primer comes in a sqeezy tube, and when it first came out of the tube it was very oily. I applied it with my fingertips, and it was a bit sticky but also slibbery at first, but it dried down to a light, sheer nude colour. When I applied my first eyeshadow all over the lid (a matte nude colour), it created some creases on my eyelids, which I obviously wasn’t happy with. But when I applied the colourful eyeshadows on top the creases did smooth out, which is great of course. The top picture was taking right after I finished my make-up, and the bottom picture was taking about 12 hours later, and as you can see, my eyeshadows looked so great at the end of the day. You can barely see any difference; the shadows stayed pigmented and vibrant all day without creasing. When I first applied the Milani eyeshadow primer, I had my doubts, but when I got past the oily, sticky stage and actually started to apply my eyeshadows, I discovered how great of an eyeshadow primer this is. And it’s affordable too. I’ll probably forever continue to use my MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly, but this drugstore alternative stays in my make-up collection, and I’ll definitely continue to use it.
February has come to an end, and I can almost smell that spring is on its way. February was another month in lock down, and even though the country will slowly be opening a little more up from tomorrow on, I still won’t be going physically back to work for while. So, I’ll continue to work from home (which is not easier or more relaxing when you are a teacher), and when I’m not working I get to watch a bunch of films and TV series, play The Sims 4, and play with make-up (and discover great new products). So it’s not all bad. Anyways, here are my 5 favourites from February.
Essence Volume Booster lash primer: I haven’t hauled this lash primer yet, but I’ve been using a lot, so I wanted to feature it in this post. I’ve been using it with the Fenty Beauty Full Frontal mascara that I did a first impressions post on recently, and I think it definitely adds some volume to my lashes that I think the Fenty Beauty mascara lacks a bit. It’s a super affordable lash primer as well, and I think Essence is doing such a great job with their products in general.
MAC Powderkiss lipsticks: I haven’t even posted a look with one of the MAC Powderkiss lipsticks yet, but they’ll be coming soon, and many of them, because I’ve been loving this lipstick formula. They have a very unique soft matte finish that I really like. They just look so flattering on the lips.
Huda Beauty Silk Balms: On the days where I don’t wear make-up, I always wear lip balm to moisturise my lips, and my favourite lip balms these days are the Huda Beauty Silk Balms. This is a limited edition holiday set with two glittery shades, which is a bit strange for a lip balm, but I really enjoy the formula, so I don’t mind the glitter. I’m sure they would make great, very moisturising lip toppers as well.
WandaVision (Tv series): I’m a big MCU fan, so I was excited to watch WandaVision when it came to Disney+. I’m not completely sure what I expected of this show, but it’s definitely different and in the best way possible. I was very confused throughout the first couple of episodes, and I have new questions after each new episode, but that’s what makes this show so interesting. If you’re a Marvel fan and haven’t gotten around to watch WandaVision yet, you really should.
Avatar: The Last Airbender (TV series): Here’s a series that I really didn’t expect to enjoy as much as I do. It’s my boyfriend’s favourite TV series, and I had promised him that I would watch the first episode with him, and here we are; two seasons in, and I’m really excited to watch the third and final season. Now I get why this is such a well-loved series.
I’ve already tested another mascara. It’s the Fenty Beauty Full Frontal – Volume, Lift & Curl mascara, and here are my first impressions.
The mascara has a rather strange flat brush which is quite difficult to use in my opinion. The product claims to give your lashes volume, a lift, and curl them. I feel that it gives your lashes more length than volume, and my lashes are naturally very curled, so I’m not the one to tell if the claim of curl is true or not. I applied that mascara at around 7.15 in the morning and wore it all day, and there was less to none transfer to the browbones which is rare for me, so that’s a big plus. The product I got on my eyelids and undereyes during application was easy to remove without ruining my eyeshadow. However, it was not the easiest mascara to remove with my regular eye make-up remover at the end of the day, but it was not super difficult either; it just took a bit more work. So, I have mixed feelings about this mascara. I don’t like the wand/brush, but I do like that it barely transfers. I also thinks it looks very nice on the lashes, but I would have loved a bit more volume. Since I did my first impressions test, I’ve worn it with a lash primer underneath, and that does seem help on the volume front. Considered the price point and the fact that there are so many great mascaras at the drugstore, I probably wouldn’t repurchase this mascara, but I don’t hate it.
This is the third post Christmas/January sale haul in line, and this one is a collective make-up haul. I still have a couple more clothing sale hauls to share with you, so stay tuned for those. But for now, let’s talk make-up.
The item I was most excited to find on sale in late December (and to find at all to be honest) was this Clinique Jet Set Travel Ready Eyes and Cheeks set. I’ve been wanting to try the Clinique Cheek Pop blush pops for years, but they pretty much disappeared from the Danish market, but then I came across this set containing two blushers and a mascara, and I was a happy girl. I would have paid the full prize for this set, but it was 50% off I think, so it was super affordable, which made things even better. The two blush shades are 08 Melon Pop and 15 Pansy Pop, and they’re super pretty. The mascara is the Lash Power mascara in a travel size.
And my luck didn’t stop there. I also found the Clinique Cheek Pop palette in Warm Up on sale on Asos’ website. This palette contains the shades Nude Pop, Ginger Pop, and Cola Pop. Super pretty shades as well.
Another product I’ve been wanting to try for a while is the Dior Backstage Glow Face Palette in 001 Universal, so I was really happy when I found it on sale in a set that also contained the Dior Addict Lip Glow in 001 Pink. The set also came in a Dior make-up bag. I’ve used all the shades in the palette apart from the pink one, and they’re stunning. The lip glow is lovely too.
I usually don’t really buy from luxury make-up brands, but when they’re on sale, it’s a different story. I mean, how beautiful is this Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-In-Stick Ready to Care & Shine lip colour! It’s in the shade 12 Corail Dolman, and it’s a collector 2020 lipstick. I don’t care much about that fact; I just loved the shade and the packaging.
Let’s move on to a couple of limited edition MAC lippies. First off, I purchased two more lip products from the Teyana Taylor collection; the lip pencil in Chestnut (dark brown) and the lipglass in 10’s Across the Board (dark red). I also found a lipstick and a lipglass from the Aaliyah collection. The lipstick is called Street Thing and the lipglass is called 1 In A Million. These are colours that I probably won’t wear often, but I didn’t have any products from the Aaliyah collection and I loved the dark red packaging.
Fenty Beauty killed it with the 2020 holiday sets (see which other sets I bought earlier on here). This is the Two Lil Stunnas – Gift Duo which comes with two mini Stunna Lip Paints in limited edition shades; Underrated and Unmatched. Both shades are beautiful.
This is another little lip set that I found interesting. It’s the Huda Beauty Kiss – Gift Set that consists of two mini Silk Balms in the shades Sugar and Spice (both shades are limited edition). They’re super shimmery, which is different for a lip balm, I guess, but I have to say that I really enjoy these. You could probably use them as gloss on top of a lipstick or lip liner, but I just wear them as lip balm on days where I don’t wear make-up.
Okay, we’re almost done. I found these KVD Vegan Beauty Everlasting lip liners on sale (of course), and I liked the unusual colours, so I thought I would give them a try. I puchased the shades (from top to bottom) Lemmy, Coven, and Skully. I’m excited to see if they’re any good.
And last but not least, I purchased this 3 eye brush set from Sephora Collection. The brushes came with a little make-up bag, and they have a very cute print on them, and they’re actually quite nice.