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Announcement and Giveaway: there are no cats in America!

2 years ago

An American Tail was one of my favorite movies as a kid, and I kept singing "There are no cats in America" for a few months after I saw it. Just love it! The song is a promise that all your troubles will be solved and life will be perfect in America! This is the spirit with which I am moving to the US and running a giveaway!

As I've mentioned a few times in the past few months, my husband was offered a position in the US and we are leaving The Netherlands is just a couple of weeks. I am so excited and imagine myself spending days in Sephora and Ulta and all the drugstores swimming among all the makeup that I haven't been able to try on this side of the pond. Not to mention the ColourPop, Limecrime and Makeup Geek orders I'll be placing. *Sigh*
However, moving away with only a suitcase means emptying out my beauty room and reducing my collection to something that fits the weight restriction of our flight. Great tragedy and tears have made me separate from items I was emotionally attached to but I never used (I'm talking about you Lorac mega Pro). Inside my Alex drawers I was also storing backups of some of my favorite eyeshadow primers, eyeliners, lashes and hair products. Not being able to use these products, I thought it would be a good idea to share with my wonderful readers some of my favorite products!
Before I leave to the US I will be giving away to 3 winners a box of beauty products each, including skincare, makeup, nailpolish and hair care products from my backup stash. The giveaway will close on Wednesday August 24th at midnight, then I will randomly draw the winners and they will have 24 hours to reply to claim their prize. The giveaway is open to continental Europe only due to shipping restrictions unfortunately. You can enter through the gleam widget below!Good luck!
There are no cats in America giveaway

Updating the stash #2: new Makeup Geek eyeshadow swatches

2 years ago

It is no secret that Makeup Geek is my favorite eyeshadow brand, si it will come as now shock that there is another update post. Beauty Bay had a big sale some time ago and I picked up some more shadows on the way. I was initially quite weary of the foiled eyeshadows because of the rumors that they creased, but I finally was won over by the incredible pigmentation and color payoff so I have quite a few of them here. As usual I will give the official description and a mini review for every shade. If you want to see all my other Makeup geek eyeshadows, check out the previous posts here and here.

Starting from the top row:

  • Rapunzel: light peachy champagne with a metallic finish. This is the more shiny version of Mirage which I use every day (read here). The colour point is the same but Rapunzel has a beautiful light to it that makes it a great lid color or cheekbone highlight.
  • Casino: vibrant marigold with a shimmery finish. A beautiful shade with the regular formula, this was a bit of a double purchase as the color is so similar to the next shadow.
  • Untamed (foiled): bright coppery orange with warm undertones. This was a missing shade in my collection and I don't know how I did without it. It is an absolute must! Look here.
  • Flame Thrower (foiled): true brightened warm copper. This is another must that I often use in combination with Untamed (here) or by itself all over the lid (here).
  • Havoc (duochrome): warm red-brown base with teal reflects. This is another of those warm base-light blue shift that draw me in. Just like Neve Cosmetics Camaleonte, Mac Blue Brown and that shade in the Wet n Wild Comfort Zone palette. They are not dupes for Havoc, but fall in the same category.
  • Typhoon (duochrome):  a deep teal base with green and gold reflects. This was a spur of the moment purchase, and I am so happy with it! It is a very unique shade with amazing pigmentation.
  • Jester (foiled): bright mossy green with slight gold undertones. Definitely an underrated shade, and also one of my most used lid colors. I love it paired with Venom.
  • Venom: a deep moss green with a golden shimmery finish. A beautiful very deep shade. I wasn't expecting much, but the shimmer is beautiful and it is the perfect Deep Autumn green.
  • Envy: deep metallic green. One of the shadows from the older line, it is a great dark green for an alternative dark smokey eye.
    • Fuji: a bright apple green with a demi-matte finish. Fuji has microscopic shimmer particles, but functions as a matte when applied. It is one of the craziest eyeshadow shades
    • Dragonfly: a bright medium teal with a matte finish. This is the color I'd like my whole house to be bathing in. I just need to get the guts to put it all over my eyes. It is great in the crease, but I used it also all over the lid in this look here and I loved it.
    • Shark Bait: blue based green with a matte finish. Another crazy blue-green shadow that called to me during a bright summer day. It swatches wonderfully but I still need to wear it.
    • Pegasus (foiled): intensely bright light aqua. AMAZING!!!! I have no other words for it. I can't thank Giulia from Glitters For Breakfast for making me buy it. You can see my favorite way to use it in this look here.
    • Boo Berry: a denim blue with gray undertones and a matte finish. This might have been a daring purchase since cool toned shadows with grey in them really don't suit me, but I thought I needed it "just in case".

    • In the spotlight (foiled): soft pink with coral undertones. I had to swatch it next to all of my similar light and bright shadows to really understand the uniqueness of it. I already had Starry Eyed but hardly use it because of its pinky cool undertone, so I am super happy with In The Spotlight which is warmer. These foiled eyeshadows definitely are a step up on any shimmer shadow I tried.
    • Tiki Hut: a medium tawny brown with a matte finish. A very unique and different transition color that is still very wearable. Not as close to Nabla's Caramel as I thought, so that's a positive!
    • Wild West:  a rich rose brown with a matte finish. I am head over heels over this shade. A gorgeous rosy brown. I really recommend it.
    • Taboo: an ultra-deep raisin purple with a matte finish. As most very dark mattes, this is hard to swatch properly and I wouldn't call it the best blending eyeshadow in the world. However, I use it gladly as outer V shade to add intensity and it hasn't come off patchy so far.
    So here are the latest additions to my Makeup Geek collection. I hope you enjoy these swatch posts and if you want to see some other comparisons, let me know and I can add them in! Which one of these is your favorite?xoA
    Don't forget to check out the other two posts on Makeup Geek eyeshadows here and here.

      Take out the Trash #8: June – July 2016 empties

      2 years ago

      Welcome back to another episode of Take out the Trash, aka where I share with you my beauty empties. I have been working super hard to finish up products in the past months, since in 3 weeks I'm moving to the US and I have a huge stash of beauty products that cannot come with me, especially skincare. Let's take a look.

      • Garnier Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover: the resident product in my empties. This is the only one that removes my mascara, I am almost through another one already, I will always repurchase. 
      • Biofficina Toscana Rosemary Hydrolat: this toner has an astringent effect that regenerates and purifies greasy and impure skin. I used it diluted with pure rose water and it was a good
      • Yves Rocher Sebo Vegetal Pore Refining Serum: it was a nice fast absorbing serum, but I didn't see any major improvement in my skin so I have already moved on to another serum.
      • Maple Holistics Vitamin C Anti Ageing Serum: I loved it well and tried to finish it, but unfortunately it turned orange, and it had to go. Vitamin C products don't have a long shelf life unfortunately.
      • The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-oil: love it, this was my third bottle and I will happily repurchase it in the future. Read the review here.
      • Bioearth Day by Day Purifying Day Cream with tea tree oil, was a good daytime moisturizer for my combination oily skin. I wasn't blown away however, so I will not repurchase it. 
      • Vichy Normaderm Night Detox: this night cream was suggested by Caroline Hirons & Ruth of A Model Recommends as a miraculous treatment for oily skin. This cream was supposed to prevent waking up looking like a grease ball. It didn't work that way for me, but it was a good night cream in any case.
      • Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream: I have given this cream to my man because it is too heavy for me. He has really dry and flaky skin and this is the only cream that doesn't sting, but nourishes and hydrates his skin. I bet it would make a great difference if only he used it consistently. He asked me to purchase a new one, so maybe there is hope!
      • Magnitone London Active Clean Brush Head: this was the head that came with my Magnitone Lucid (read more here). I now replaced it with the Soft+Sensitive brush head because Ii think the previous one it was irritating my sensitive cheeks, but was great on the oily areas. 

      Sheet masks:
      • Sephora Algae face mask, purifying and detoxifying: I love these sheet masks from Sephora, they feel great even if I haven't seen amazing results. These purifying ones are not at all like a clay masks which worked so well for my skin.
      • Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask: this mask was sent to me to try. It is a very richly soaked foil mask that looks hilarious on (here). It gives a tingly feeling that I didn't love and did no miracles for my skin. I wouldn't purchase for the price.
      • Tony Moly Skin Purifying I'm Real Makgeolli Mask Sheet: I purchased these from ebay before they reaches Sephora and used up all three of them. I can't tell a big difference on my skin because again it is a skin mask that should purify the skin, but that does not get removed from it. I think I should stick to my usual clay masks. 
      Body care: I usually don’t share too much of my body care because one shower gel is as good as the next in my opinion, but the Nivea Natural Shower Oil is one of the best products I’ve tried. It is a cleanser, but also and oil so it takes care of your skin at the same time. This means that I have to spend less time putting on lotion afterwards and especially in summer it is a savior. I finally finished The Body Shop Early-harvest Raspberry Body Scrub and I adored it. It looked and smelled like raspberry jelly, it contains raspberry seeds and extract. Loved it, too bad it was a limited edition. Finally I finished another tube of my trusted Dove Summer Glow tinted body lotion. I have mentioned this probably in every empties post so far. I love it, it gives my skin a natural tan gradually and I use it all year round. Finally I have tried the Foot Peeling Maks by The Face Shop. I am planning to write a full review with before and after photos, so keep your eyes out for it. 

      • Elf Eyelid primer: loved it for the past 3 years. This tube is not empty but has started not to work on my lids anymore and my eyeshadows started creasing. I have two back ups of this primer but I am taking a break to try the new Kiko Neutral Eye Base (post here). 
      • NYX Microbrow Pencil in Espresso: I just love it and I am devastated that it is finished. I will continue using my Kiko ones until I can get my hands on another one of these NYX Microbrows. They are so good, precise and have a great texture. with a great spoolie at the end.
      • Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara: this mascara is the love of my life, the best mascara i have ever tried. I think I am now at my 4th tube since it launched and I will always repurchase.
      • Maybelline Color Tattoo Metallic Pomegranate: beautiful color, it dried out unfortunately.
      • Kiko Lip Relief Intensive Lip Balm: It stood on my vanity and i put it on everyday before I started my makeup. This lip balm has an SPF 15 which I like, but it wasn’t miraculous by any means. I haven't repurchased because I have infinite lip balms in mt drawers and purses. 
      • Essence Studio Nails Caring Nail Oil: I used it every evening to help my dry cuticles. I like it and it is inexpensive, I already have another one in use.
      So here was the second to last empties post before the big move to America at the end of the month. I am working hard on finishing up as much stuff as possible so expect another heavy post in a few weeks!
      Have you tried any of these or did I convince you to pick them up to try?xoA

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