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Make-up look | Mandarin Rapture

For today’s FOTD I put all focus on the lips which, as you have probably noticed, isn’t something I do very often. It’s usually all about the eyes for me…

Review Smashbox L.A. Lights Blush Highlight Palette True Berry Highlight Berry

The star in today’s make-up look? The Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color in Madarin Rapture. Take a look!

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Mandarin Rapture is a vibrant glossy orange red that just screams spring and summer. Forget about ‘pops of color’, Mandarin Rapture is a real tsunami of color!

Review LORAC Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette swatches

LORAC Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette (Undiscovered, Unbelievable & Unspoken)

Review LORAC Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette swatches Undiscovered Unspoken Undercover

Undiscovered (inner half of the lid) + Unbelievable (outer half of the lid) + Unspoken (crease) + Undercover (brow bone & inner corner of the eye)

With Mandarin Rapture grabbing all the attention I decided to keep the rest of my make-up subtle, with a combination of Undiscovered, Unbelievable and Unspoken from my LORAC Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette on the eyes and True Berry and Highlight Berry from my Smashbox L.A. Lights Blush & Highlight Palette on the cheeks and cheekbones.

Review Smashbox L.A. Lights Blush Highlight Palette swatches

Smashbox L.A. Lights Blush & Highlight Palette (True Berry in the middle & Highlight Berry on the right)

The result? A super happy summer-time look that instantly lifts my spirits and makes me long for a tropical holiday at an exotic destination.

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What do you think of Mandarin Rapture? Is this a look you would wear?

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Review | Zoya Petals Collection + Zoya Whispers Collection

Zoya is hand-down my favorite nail polish brand. Unique colors, consistently impeccable quality, easy application,… What’s not to love? And the fact that it’s a Big 5-Free brand and releases new exciting collections every season is of course also a major plus. Today I’m having a closer look at the Zoya Petals Collection and Zoya Whispers Collection for the spring of 2016. Check it out!

Zoya Petals Collection
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The Zoya Petals Collection is ‘inspired by the gardens of spring’ and is described as a ‘fresh and vibrant collection’ that ‘invites you to revel in the beauty of the season’. And indeed it is and does! The collection consists of six springy shades in a fun mix of pretty pastels, shimmery brights and more.

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Aster is a shimmery periwinkle purple, Tulip is a creamy pastel salmon, Laurel is a warm pastel pink, Leia is a sheer shimmery white, Azalea is a shimmery violet pink and Zahara is a shimmery coral orange.

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Zoya Zahara (single coat)

Don’t the shades look oh-so pretty together? My favorite of the bunch is Zahara though. Love the color and the sparkle!

Zoya Whispers Collection

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The Zoya Whispers Collection lets you ‘experience color serinity’ with its ‘muted and tranquil palette of transitional nail neutrals’. See? That’s what I meant when I said that Zoya always comes up with new unique colors. Every single color in the Whispers Collection is just so different and special, I love that!

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Eastyn is a muted grayish purple, Misty is a muted warm taupe, Ireland is a muted dirty green, Cala is a warm peachy nude, April is a muted light pink and Lake is a muted grayish blue.

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Zoya April (two coats)

Like I said: so different, so special! My favorite is probably April though, since it’s such a lovely can’t-go-wrong-with-this everyday shade.

In Switzerland Zoya is available at www.beautykosm.ch where the complete Petals and Whispers Collections each retail for 100 CHF and each individual shade is sold for 19 CHF.

Are you a Zoya fan? What do you think of this year’s spring collections?

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Review | LORAC Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette

When I posted my big USA make-up haul video last week it soon became clear that I wasn’t the only one excited about getting up and close with the LORAC Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette ($40).

Watch the video on YouTube for the best quality & remember to put the settings at 1080p HD!

No wonder, really, because it truly is a gorgeous-looking palette!

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The LORAC Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette contains ten mostly warm-toned eyeshadow shades in neutral colors with a nice mix of matte and shimmery finishes.

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Undercover is a matte almost-white shade with a subtle pink hue to it, Unbelievable is a shimmery medium copper brown, Unattainable is shimmery dark bronze brown, Unconditional is a matte muted mauve brown, Unbridled is matte burgundy brown, Undiscovered is a shimmery warm gold, Unreal is a shimmery warm bronze, Uncensored is a shimmery chocolate brown, Unspoken is a matte warm medium brown and Untamed is a shimmery deep reddened brown. Kudos to LORAC for coming up with so many un-adjectives!

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All shades in the palette are nicely pigmented, wonderfully long-wearing and have a soft smooth texture that is extremely easy and pleasant to work with. Even the mattes are all velvety smooth and super blendable!

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Undiscovered (inner half of the lid) + Unbelievable (outer half of the lid) + Unspoken (crease) + Undercover (brow bone & inner corner of the eye)

So what’s the catch? Well, the shimmery shades unfortunately do produce a bit of fall-out, so if you’re going to use them I definitely recommend either doing your eye make-up first or – alternatively – covering up your under-eye area with a tissue if like me you insist on applying your base first.

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Unreal (inner half of the lid) + Unattainable (outer half of the lid) + Unbridled (outer corner of the eye & crease) + Untamed (lash line)

To summarize? I’m in love with every single shade in the LORAC Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette and I could easily use this palette on a daily basis without getting bored or feeling like I’m missing out on certain colors. My favorite shades from the palette are probably Unbelievable, Unreal and Unbridled, but all shades in the palette are equally intense and soft in texture. So if you’re tempted to give the LORAC Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette a try I’d say go for it, unless of course you have a zero-tolerance policy against fall-out.

Do you have any LORAC make-up? What do you think of the LORAC Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette?

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Review | MAC Tribe Vibe Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder in Delphic

Today I’m going tribal with a review on the one of the two beautiful Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powders from the new MAC Tribe Vibe collection. Take a look!

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The new MAC Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder in Delphic is described as a coppery bronze with golden sparkles. It comes in a tribal-inspired compact with a multicolored Aztec print. And the powder is ribbed, for your pleasure.

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The texture of the Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder is super lightweight and velvety soft, with the color being buildable and long-lasting and the finish being smooth, natural and anything but powdery.

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I’m a bit lost as to where the gold sparkle is though,  because I am not seeing any, but that’s fine with me, because I’m not into sparkly bronzers anyway. What I do see is a bit of a healthy sheen that catches the light when it hits it. Pretty.

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Delphic on the cheeks and cheekbones for warmth and definition + a small dusting on the nose bridge, chin and forehead for an added sun-kissed effect.

In conclusion? The new MAC Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder in Delphic is a lovely subtle bronzer that’s perfect for warm skin tones looking for a subtle sun-kissed glow. The quality of the powder is fab, so if you’re into the whole tribal theme and dig the colorful Aztec packaging the Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder is absolutely worth checking out.

The Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder is available now for 45 CHF in all MAC stores and in the MAC online store.

What are your thoughts on the new Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder? Will you be getting anything from the new MAC Tribe Vibe collection?

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Review | It’s Skin Power 10 Formula VE Effector

Early this year I dipped my toe into Korean cosmetics waters for the very first time with a set of W.Lab lipsticks and since my first experience was such a pleasant one I decided to get a little deeper in the K-beauty** pool with the It’s Skin Power 10 Formula VE Effector. Take a look!

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The It’s Skin Power 10 Formula VE Effector comes in a violet pink glass jar with a dropper applicator and contains 30 ml of clear gel-like essence. My very first skin essence, you guys, eeeeeeeep! So what exactly makes this stuff an essence, you ask? Well, since I’m an essence newbie basically just the fact that the product is listed in the ‘essence’ category on the It’s Skin website. So an essence it is!

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According to the brand website and Q-depot the It’s Skin Power 10 Formula VE Effector ‘provides luster and concentrated nourishment’ and ‘contains vitamin E that focuses on nourishing and moisturizing the skin to create a luxurious, royal, soft and smooth skin texture’. A quick search on Cosdna revealed that in addition to vitamin E the formula also contains vanilla, spade leaf, rose water and vegetable oils as main ingredients to further nourish, repair and protect the skin.

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The instructions on the Q-depot website say to use two to three full pipettes of essence on the face and neck after cleansing and toning, which I personally find quite a lot. I guess the Koreans don’t mind making it rain when it comes to skincare. And who am I to disobey, right? Even though the formula is fairly light and well-absorbing it’s still a bit too wet and blubbery for me to apply in the morning. As you know I have very oily skin, so I really can’t use much in the morning, unless I want my make-up to slide off and my face to end up looking like some weird melting art project… So for the past few weeks I’ve basically been using the It’s Skin Power 10 Formula VE Effector as part of my evening skincare routine, applying three full pipettes after cleansing and toning. In general the formula is hydrating enough to keep my skin happy and quenched all night long, but when my skin is feeling a bit thirsty I like to follow up with moisturizer. Both routines work for me and leave my skin feeling soft, soothed and nourished.

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Bottom line? My first experience with It’s Skin – and with skin essences for that matter – has been a very enjoyable one so far. I will happily continue to use the Power 10 Formula VE Effector until the last drop which – at the three-pipettes-a-night rate that I’m going – probably won’t take me very long. In other words: there’s a good chance there’s a rebuy coming soon!

I got the It’s Skin Power 10 Formula VE Effector from Q-depot** where it is sold for 13.51 USD.

Have you incorporated an essence into your skincare routine yet? What are your thoughts on the It’s Skin Power 10 Formula VE Effector?

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