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Shop My Stash review – Manhattan Cover Stick Concealer

Manhattan Clearface Cover Stick 76

This is what the old packaging looks like

Manhattan Clearface Cover Stick Sand 76

The core provides the anti-bacterial properties.

Manhattan Clearface Cover Stick 76 Swatches

Swatch of the product – on the left, it’s slightly blended, on the right it’s just put on.

A 100 years ago I did a “Shop My Stash” project but kind of failed – maybe? I combined it with a no-buy but that didn’t work out all that well, although I haven’t actually bought many things – only a very few, and only things I needed/didn’t already have.

But even though I didn’t get around to using up all the products from the list, I’ve actually used some of them quite a lot. This cover stick is something I use every day now. So, let’s get to it.

The packaging: Like the powder, the cover stick has had an upgrade as well. The new packaging looks a little fresher and the colors are different, but the product is pretty much the same. The old packaging, which I have, is admittedly a little dull but nothing you think about while using the products, since most of us apply cover-products in the morning, at home.

The smell: It doesn’t really have much of a smell, definitely not something you notice anyways.

The texture: It’s got a creamy texture though a little “dry” which I think it’s great if you have oily skin. I often have problems with applying too moisturizing products when my skin is oily so it’s definitely a big plus for me. Even though it’s creamy it dries up/sets quickly which means you don’t have to wait forever to continue with your routine.

The price: The new cover looks a bit better but the product is essentially the same, so if you want to save a good chunk of money, I’d recommend buying from FragranceDirect for 0.99 punds – they only have Sand (76) left, though. If you want the new packaging, it can be found at Matas for 69,95 kr.

Does it work? It works, definitely. Even though I use Vanilla (70) for the powder, I have the Sand (76) cover stick because I have very bad redness under my eyes due to anemia. The coverage is good, although I think it would be much better for someone with less redness under the eyes. I get semi-coverage but the powder helps it look much better. I use this product every day, so I definitely like it.

Rating: 4/5 stars. The only reason it doesn’t get 5 stars is that the coverage simply isn’t 100% when you have the problems I have. If I had “normal” bags under my eyes this would definitely do wonders.

Have you tried this? What do you think?

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Shop My Stash review – Yin Yang Natural Mosituriser

“How’s the Shop Your Stash challenge going?”, you’re maybe asking yourself? Well, it’s going great! I’m actually using the things from my list and I haven’t yet bought anything makeup-y, so go me! 😀 I’m running low on foundation, though, so that I’ll have to buy way before September.

Anyhow, I’m going to review the products from my list as I get through them, and this time it’s all about the Yin Yang Moisturiser.

Screen_Shot_07-02-14_at_09Awesome-picture time!

Excuse the picture, I’ve had a sick son lately (seriously, he’s sick 24/7 after starting daycare… give us a break, life!) so I really haven’t had much time to take pictures. Besides, I got this in my May Goodiebox so I only have a sample size anyways.

So, what’s the verdict?

Packaging: Bearing in mind that I got a sample size and not fullsize, I still really like the packaging. The fullsize seems to have a pump where mine was just a standard squeeze-out thingy (professional terms, I know) but I’m sure it works both ways. It’s white with a funky yin-yang sign in pretty colors and definitely something I don’t mind having on my shelves.

Smell: The smell is a little weird for me. I like it when you first apply it because it smells like oranges, but after 5 seconds you get that “after-smell” of something I don’t really like (I’m going to assume it’s the witch hazel) and it’s just not my thing. Luckily, the smell goes away completely in a matter of minutes so it’s definitely not something that ruins too much.

Consistency: The consistency is really great. I hate thick creams and lotions, but the alternative is often a way too runny products. This one has found the golden middle road which means you can squeeze out a normal, small amount but at the same time it’s not so thick that it takes an eternity to dry.

Price: You get 50 ml for 13.95 pounds, which is approximately 130 kr. It’s a little steep for such a small amount of product, but to be fair, it a little amount of product goes a long way. To compare – my sample size is 10 ml and I’ve been using it for 2 months now, min. 4 times a week, often more, and I’m still not through it.

Rating: Out of 5 stars

Packaging: ****
Smell: ***
Consistency: *****
Price: ****

Which makes for a total of 4/5 stars.

Does it work? That’s the main thing, isn’t it? Does it do it’s job? And the short answer is yes. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and my skin gets super soft as soon as a apply it. What’s even better is that my skin has overall improved, looking way healthier and feeling much softer, and in my opinion it’s definitely worth the money.

If you’re interested, you can get it here.

Have you tried it? What’s your favorite moisturizer?

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Nothing is sponsored.

If you need anything, write to me at thelifeproject@post.com

Makeup Revolution Haul #2 – The lip products

As promised, the second part of the second haul – the lip products. I already did a post about the eye products here.

Makeup Revolutio HaulThis is what I bought

Like I said last time, I bought five lip lacquers and three lipsticks. I tend to focus on the eyes so I usually just wear gloss but it’s always good to try something new, right?

The lip lacquers are from their Velvet Matte line and I couldn’t decide so I just got five out of the seven they have.

Salvation Velvet Matte Lip LacquerFrom the left: Keep Crying For You, Keep Lying For You, What I Believe, You Took My Love, and Keep Trying For You.

Except for the fact that I really don’t like their names (they just sound so needy) I like the actual product. The colors are really bright and in no way a gloss and they are very matte so if you like a shine to your lips, like yours truly, I’d suggest you invest in a see-through gloss to put on top.

All of them are wearable although some of them are definitely more subtle than others. The last two on the first picture are really meant for focus on your lips, whereas the rest can do with a bit stronger eye makeup.

And of course, a few swatches so that you can see what they look like on really pale skin 😉

DSC_0030From the left: Keep Lying For You, Keep Crying For You, You Took My Love, What I Believe, Keep Trying For You

I have to say, though, if you have chapped lips – like me – you might want to fix that first because it shows a little too much when you’re wearing these. And either way, remember to take care of your lips ’cause these matte products are really drying.

Makeup Revolution LipsticksFrom the left: 100% Vamp, The One and You Took My Love

The only lipstick I own besides these is a cheap-o purple lipstick I bought 348 years ago. Because I was goth and purple was cool (Don’t you love those embarrassing days where you didn’t know how to do your makeup so you looked like an idiot? Yeah, me neither).

But I actually really do love purple and especially purple lipstick, so while it may seem very dark to a lot of people, I know it’ll soon become one of my absolute favorites.

The nude lipstick is actually… too nude for my lips! Usually when I buy things like foundation I have to choose the lightest colors they have because apparently I was born half vampire. But my lips often look like they have color on them, even when they don’t, so this one actually makes them look pretty pale. Not in a bad way, though. The problem with naturally pink lips is that it’s sometimes hard to rock a full-blown eye look because it looks like you’re wearing a ton of gloss. So I’m very happy I bought this, even though it’s definitely only going to be used to give my eye makeup a chance 😉

You Took My Love is gorgeous. Flat-out gorgeous! If you could only buy one of the lipsticks they have, this would be it. As 1 pound per lipstick you can pretty much stock up on the entire line, though 😉

Makeup Revolution 100% Vamp The One You Took My LoveThe amazing colors

Makeu Revolution Lipstick Swatches The One 100% Vamp You Took MYy Love

The swatches

All three are very creamy and glide on flawlessly. I would, however, recommend a lip pencil since they do rub out a little too fast if you don’t let them dry properly but for the price I’m not bothered.. What I do is apply a layer, “kiss” a piece of paper, and apply another layer. It seems to stick better that way.

PS – after I took the picture of the swatches I went to remove them. I spent 3 cotton swabs and a lot of product remover and rubbing and I still couldn’t get all of it off.

Makeup Revolution Haul Swatches LipstickSame happened with the lip lacquers!

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What do you think? Are you going to try any of these? (:

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Makeup Revolution Haul #2 – The eye products

Before you all go telling me that I pledged to do the Shop My Stash challenge, let me just stop you there – I ordered this before the challenge 😉

Anyways, I’m really excited about this brand by now! The first shipment is turning out to be great so of course I couldn’t wait to open this one and try it out. This time I’ll limit it to the eye-products because it’s going to be a lengthy post. Part two is coming up!

Makeup Revolution HaulSecond haul and I’m loving it!

I ordered five lip lacquers, three lip sticks, a 5 Baked Eyeshadow and a Salvation Dia De Los Muertos palette from their new Salvation line.

5 Baked EyeshadowBang Bang!

They have the 5 Baked Eyeshadows in five different versions – a pinkish called Chocolate Deluxe, a brownish called Pure and Innocent, a greenish called Beyond Eden, a purple called Electric Dreams and the blue that I got called Bang Bang.

I love both the green and brown ones, but especially the purple. By far my favorite. I just have so many purple eyeshadows and no blue ones, so I went with Bang Bang. I’m really happy I did because the blue really suits my brown eyes!

5 Baked EyeshadowBang Bang – you’re dead

This is what the colors look like up close. They’re not as pigmented as the other palettes I have from Makeup Revolution but they work just fine anyways. I don’t actually have a clue what the difference between a normal eyeshadow and a baked eyeshadow is supposed to be but this definitely isn’t the last baked eyeshadow I’m going to own 😉

Makeup lookHello!

I think this is the first time I’m actually posting my face on the blog. I’m having a really crappy full-of-pain day so the smile looks a little forced and I don’t look like front-cover material (but do I ever?) but the main point is that you can see what the eyeshadow looks like in use. I’ve used the three shadows on the right of the box, leaving out the white and the black ones. The little applicator is very cute but I don’t think it’s really useful for anything so I definitely recommend an actual brush.

I’ve just used a standard primer from E.L.F. and this is taken 4 hours after I did my makeup so I’m very surprised the under-eye area is still looking okay!

The second eye product is the palette.

Salvation Dia De Los Muertos Palette

Amazing box!

I was in love with the Girls on Film Salvation Palette but I just had most of those shades so I decided to be bold and try something new. The Dia de los Muertos palette is definitely different from the others in the line with it’s bright, but wearable, colors.

Salvation Dia De Lost Muertos PaletteHere are the colors up-close

Salvation Dia De Lost Muertos PaletteAnd with the names on them

I haven’t used this one yet but I did a few swatches to try it out. The pigmentation is fine, although not as great as their standard palettes which I got last time.

Salvation Dia De Lost Muertos Swatches

Looking forward to seeing how often the yellow one will be used 😉

These are some of the more POP colors as well as two of the more standard ones. My camera flat-out refused to focus so I apologize for the blur. Even though I say they’re not as pigmented as the others, these swatched were made with just two rubs of the finger which I think it’s absolutely fine and way more than you could expect from a 6 pound palette.

Next time I’ll write about the lip products from this time and see if I can get around to properly reviewing the palettes and shadows from last time. There were 5 palettes and 9 shadows so I’m really trying my best to use them enough for me to review them 😉

What do you think about Makeup Revolution? And do you like the palette I bought? 😉

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BelláPierre Shimmer Powder – my new love!

I’m a big fan of eyeliner and mascara because I love to put focus on my eyes, but I rarely wear eye-shadows. As you know, recently I bought quite a few palettes to try something new and it’s all because if this little guy!

Since starting my Goodiebox subscription, I’ve received two eye-shadows. One from Gosh which I liked but rarely every use because it’s black, and one from BelláPierre a few days ago. It came in the color “Earth” which is a brownish-pinkish color. Definitely not for me, I thought.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere are a lot of beautiful colors to choose from

Well, I was wrong! I simply love this damn little thing! It’s the BelláPierre Shimmer Shadow and it has the most gorgeous color which is subtle enough for everyday use but with a touch of shimmer to make it pop. I’m not a big fan of shimmer and glitter in make-up since it often ends up looking tacky, but this really works. It stays where you put it and it stays on for hours – yay!

The absolutely only downside is the price. It costs 119,- for a single pot but you do get far with just a little amount of product, so it’s not that bad.

I did a swatch for you guys since it’s such a gorgeous color:

DSC_0884I’m in love

I’ve actually been using this a few times a week. It blends well and stays on for quite a long time. Even when it starts fading, it doesn’t smudge all over your face or sit in your creases, which is just amazing.

If you have the money to splurge, definitely get yourself one of this little guys! 😀

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Nothing is sponsored (: The top picture isn’t mine.

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