Make-up look | Black smokey eyes with a hint of gold

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The song Black and Gold by Sam Sparro has been stuck in my head for like three days now. All day long I hear that one little phrase: ‘Black and gold, bla-hack and gold, black and gooooold.’ So. Annoying. The first thing I did this morning after I got out of bed was start humming the song, so I said to myself: ‘Screw it, if this song is going to be stuck in my head again all day I might as well do something with it.’ So I decided to create an eye look in, yep, black and gold. I went for black smokey eyes with a hint of gold, combined with nude lips.

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Eyes

- Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner in Deep Black
- Make Up For Ever Artist Liner
- MAC eyeshadow in Carbon
- Smashbox eyeshadow in Gold from the Sparks Wonder Vision eyeshadow palette
- Estée Lauder Sumptuous Infinite Daring Length + Volume Mascara

Skin

- Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick
- Sisley L’Orchidée Rose Highlighter Blush

Lips

- MAC Enchanted One lipstick

Do you sometimes get inspiration from music for your make-up looks? What do you think of my black and gold smokey eyes?

Personal | Off to Belgium! (Yes, again)

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It was only ten days ago that my fiancé and I flew to Belgium for the weekend, but today we’re already heading over there again. Again?! Yes, in a few hours Tom and I will be on a plane to Belgium again. But this time we’re staying there longer: five days instead of just two. And the reason for our visit is also different. Last time we went to Belgium for Tom’s grandparents’ 70th wedding anniversary, and this time we’re going back to attend the wedding of two of our best friends. Maybe you remember that Tom and I went to Japan for three weeks back in April? Well, the couple that got married there is now getting married in Belgium as well. That’s right, Saori is one of the lucky few girls that gets to get married TWICE! To the same man, that is. She and her hubby looked absolutely amazing on their wedding day in Japan and I’m sure they will again on their second wedding in Belgium. I really look forward to it!

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Saori and I in Japan back in April

I’m going to try to keep the blog alive these next few days, but with a best friend who – just like me – is getting married next summer and is always up for some serious wedding talk, a brother that wants me to come spend some time with him and his new girlfriend, a sister-in-law that I need to catch up with and almost in-laws – Tom and I will be staying at Hotel Mom & Dad – that will undoubtedly have a lot of questions about our wedding plans, there probably won’t be much time left for the blog. But I’ll try my very very best! Pinky promise!

XoXo
Melissa

Review | Stelicious by Stephanie make-up brushes

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Everyone dreams of something. Some keep their dreams a secret. Others are very verbal about what it is they dream of. Some people for example dream of publishing a book one day. Others dream of someday launching their own clothing line. Or starting up their own cupcake business. And make-up artist Stephanie Meier – not to be confused with Stephenie Meyer from the Twilight Saga, another great example of a woman who had a dream and made it happen – dreamt of designing her own line of make-up brushes. In 2013 she turned her dream into reality and launched Stelicious by Stephanie. Because I used to work as a make-up artist myself and because I also dream of one day doing something successful in beauty, I thought it would be fun to try and review some of Stephanie’s make-up brushes. Have a look!

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The Stelicious by Stephanie make-up brushes don’t have names or numbers, so I decided to number them myself from 1 to 7. All brushes have synthetic hair.

Brush number 1 is a combination of a traditional blending brush and a flat eyeshadow brush. It’s great for blending purposes but it’s also wonderful for those who want to apply just a wash of color on the lids. Though the bristles are nice and soft, they’re still firm enough to pick up color and they’re dense enough to have sufficient blending power.

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Brush number 2 is a flat angled eyeshadow brush that’s great for applying eyeshadow but also for defining the crease. The bristles are again very soft and also quite flexible and bendable.

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Brush number 3 is a thin angled eyebrow slash eyeliner pencil. The bristles are short and dense which makes this pencil super precise. It smoothly and precisely glides across my lash line and eyebrows, and because the bristles are so soft it doesn’t tug or cause skin irritation.

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Brush number 4 is a rounded buffing brush. The bristles are silky soft – I’d touch them all day if I could, they’re just suh-suh-sooooooo soft! – and they’re very dense which makes this brush great for applying, blending and building liquid foundation in a very natural way.

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Brush number 5 is a flat top buffing brush. The bristles are just as soft as those of the rounded version *slowly strokes the hairs again while probably looking just a tad psycho* and they’re just as dense. This is another great brush for applying liquid foundation.

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Brush number 6 is an angled blush and contouring brush that has the same velvety soft bristles as its two buffing brush brothers. The  bristles are crazy dense again, but they’re a bit more flexible and more bendable which makes this brush perfect for the soft and delicate application of blush, bronzer or contouring powder.

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And brush number 7 finally is a big tapered powder brush with soft flexible bristles. Because of its long tapered shape it’s perfect for contouring, highlighting and applying blush.

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And the quality of the brushes? Well, I’ve been raving about the supreme softness of the bristles for like half a page now, so major points for that. All brushes did shed a little when I first tried them though, but luckily that stopped once I had washed and cleaned them. The quality of the handle and the ferrule looks very decent and all brushes feel comfortable in my hand. And the prices? The eye brushes will set you back just 3.60 CHF or 3 euro and the face brushes are all 30 CHF or 25 euro. That’s a pretty good deal if you ask me!

For more information on the Stelicious make-up brushes you can visit Stephanie’s website or go to her Youtube channel. Interested in purchasing some make-up brushes yourself? You can order the Stelicious make-up brushes directly from Stephanie here.

What is your first impression of the Stelicious by Stephanie make-up brushes? Is there something that you would like to design and launch one day?

Review | Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Oil for Body and Hair

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I’m not going to lie, I like expensive things. I like staying at nice hotels, dining at fancy restaurants, drinking good champagne, you name it. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate things that are more affordable. Because I do. And – let’s be realistic here – I also kind of have to. I’m not exactly a millionairess. But if I can I’ll always go for luxury, also when choosing cosmetics and skin and hair care products. Don’t get me wrong though, I have a lot of lovely budget-proof products in my stash, but there is just something about expensive high-end cosmetics that I find irresistible. I just love the idea of pampering myself with the best of the best. And that is exactly what the new Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Oil for Body and Hair is: the best of the best.

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The Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Oil for Body and Hair is a new dry oil for body and hair that contains camellia oil, sesame oil and almond oil that together repair, protect and intensely hydrate your skin and hair. Like I said, the Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Oil for Body and Hair really is the cream of the crop and there’s not one thing about it that I don’t like. From the gorgeous gold and black floral design on the box to the luxurious glass spray bottle and the beautiful golden yellow glow of the oil, I really love errrrthang about the Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Oil for Body and Hair! Plus the smell is just absolutely divine and the light oil texture feels wonderful on my skin.

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On my skin I say, because I don’t use the Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Oil for Body and Hair on my hair. You can actually use the oil as a body oil, a massage oil, a hand and nail oil and a leave-in treatment for dry ends and thirsty and damaged hair, but since my hair is on the oily side already I only use it on my body. I guess I could use it as a bath oil too, but for that the Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Oil for Body and Hair is just way too expensive in my opinion. Yes, I like things that cost a lot of money but that doesn’t mean that I enjoy throwing money out the window. Or pouring it in the bath tub in this case. At a 70 CHF price point the Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Oil for Body and Hair isn’t exactly a cheap oil, so I use it sparingly and I really enjoy every drop of it. And so does my skin, because it always feels super soft and supple after I use the oil.

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So does this justify the price of the Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Oil for Body and Hair then? Probably not. I’m pretty sure that there are cheaper oils out there that work just as well. But with the Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Oil for Body and Hair it’s not just about the results. It’s about the whole experience. It’s about enjoying a wonderful moment of ultimate luxury. And for me that makes it all worth it.

Have you tried the new Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Oil for Body and Hair yet? Do you like spending money on luxury cosmetics or do you prefer keeping things more budget-proof?

P.S.: Today is your last chance to enter my Covergirl TRUblend giveaway! 

Review | Revlon ColorStay Shadow Links

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This was the conversation I had with my fiancé when I first laid eyes – no pun intended – on Revlon’s brand new ColorStay eyeshadow:

- Me: ‘Oh wow, this is fucking brilliant!’
- Tom: ‘What is?’
- Me: ‘This!’
- Tom, looking over my shoulder: ‘Oh hey, you’re right, that is pretty clever.’

This is what Tom and I were talking about: the new Revlon ColorStay Shadow Links.

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I know what you’re thinking: ‘Yay, eyeshadow, great. But what’s so special about that?’ Well, let me tell you. The new Revlon ColorStay Shadow Links are not just eyeshadow monos. They’re eyeshadow monos that you can click together and link into a custom eyeshadow palette! Like this:

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Brilliant, right? There are twenty shades in total, ranging from light and neutral to happy and colorful and dark and moody. There are three different finishes to choose from: matte, satin and pearl. From the whole collection I selected my six favorite colors:

Review (Revlon ColorStay Shadow Links) (3)Khaki, Cobalt,Taupe

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Plum, Melon, Moss

- Khaki: khaki green with a pearl finish
- Cobalt: cobalt blue with a satin finish
- Taupe: taupe brown with a satin finish
- Plum: matte plum purple
- Melon: orange with a satin finish (turns into a soft peachy orange on my skin)
- Moss: mossy gray with a pearl finish (looks mostly gray on my skin)

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Khaki, Cobalt,Taupe

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Plum, Melon, Moss

The new Revlon ColorStay Shadow Links are just as silky soft and light as the other Revlon ColorStay eyeshadow that I have in my stash and they’re just as pigmented and longwearing. All colors are easy to apply, there aren’t any fall-out issues and with a good primer they last from AM to PM without creasing or losing their intensity. And the neat click system that allows you to mix and match colors on the go only adds to the awesomeness of this neat new product. I really think Revlon did a brilliant job with the new Shadow Links and I couldn’t be happier with them!

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Melon & Moss on the eyelid + Plum along the lash line

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Taupe & Khaki on the eyelid + Cobalt along the lash line

The Revlon ColorStay Shadow Links have been available since early August for 6.90 CHF per color.

Have you spotted the new Revlon ColorStay Shadow Links yet? Do you like the idea of linking eyeshadow monos together into a palette?

P.S.: Have you entered my Covergirl TRUblend giveaway yet?

Review | Saved by the new and improved Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream

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When I returned from a long hiking weekend in Zermatt early last week, my skin all of a sudden decided to have an identity crisis. Normally I have oily skin with the occasional dry patch here and there, but the cold mountain air at the Matterhorn changed that dramatically. And the fact that I went from temperatures from well over 30 degrees Celsius in Greece to the icy Swiss mountains in two weeks’ time probably didn’t help either. Whatever the exact cause of my skin crisis was, my skin last week in three words was dry, flaky and tight. So I decided to get help from the best doctor in the world – Dr. Hauschka – and tried to rub some sense into my confused skin with the new and improved Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream.

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See those dried rose petals? That’s pretty much how my skin felt and looked last week.

The Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream was first launched in 1967, but got revamped this summer. This new version contains the same ingredients as the old version – which are extract of wild rose hip, rose blossoms and rose wax – as well as rose water and a higher content of essential oil of Damask rose. The new formula also contains shea butter – an ingredient that I already expressed my love for yesterday – which makes the Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream not only great for sensitive skin but also perfect for dry and dehydrated skin.

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The Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream comes in a simple white 30 ml squeeze tube and is white. The texture is very rich, thick and buttery. And a bit oily, too. Very nourishing, fo’ sho’. And the smell? Deliciously rosy. I’m not a fan of strong and overwhelming rose scents, but the smell of the Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream is quite delicate and subtle. Very pleasant!

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And the results? I started using the Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream a day after my return from Zermatt and I had instant results. On day one my skin felt more supple and less tight, on day two my flaky bits and dry patches started to go away and on day three I had my ‘normal’ skin back, with the added bonus that it felt really soft and looked healthier than it had looked in weeks. So the Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream really saved my skin, thanks doc!

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The new and improved Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream has been available since mid-June for approximately 33 CHF.

Have you tried the Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream yet? Do you have a skin saver for skin emergencies like this?

P.S.: Have you entered my Covergirl TRUblend giveaway yet?

Review | October love for L’Occitane with the new Whipped Shea Butter collection

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Are you a fan of L’Occitane? And of L’Occitane’s shea butter products? And of L’Occitane’s shea butter hand cream? Then you will just love what I’m about to tell you! In October L’Occitane is launching a brand new limited-edition shea butter collection with a brand new hand cream, called the L’Occitane Whipped Shea Butter Hand Cream. I got to try it in preview and it drove me whipped wild with enthusiasm! Have a look!

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The L’Occitane Whipped Shea Butter Hand Cream will be part of L’Occitane’s brand new Whipped Shea Butter collection, together with a Shower Foam and a Body Cream. The products from this line all have a new lightweight whipped texture – think whipped cream – and all contain a large dose of shea butter. And I mean rrreally large, because with 25% shea butter the L’Occitane Whipped Shea Butter Hand Cream contains the most shea butter from all L’Occitane products, whip whip hurray!

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The L’Occitane Whipped Shea Butter Hand Cream comes in the same silver metallic 30 ml squeeze tube that all L’Occitane hand creams come in, but the texture is definitely different. Different how? Well, this hand cream is rrrrreally thick and rich. It’s by far the heaviest and most intensely nourishing hand cream I’ve ever tried. And. I. Love it! So does a thick rich buttery substance like this get absorbed by the skin? Yes, it does. It gets absorbed just fine, actually. After I use the hand cream my hands feel nice and soft, but there’s no stickiness or greasy feeling whatsoever. And another pro? A little goes a long way!

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So. I’m asking you again: Are you a fan of L’Occitane? And of L’Occitane’s shea butter products? And of L’Occitane’s shea butter hand cream? Then make sure to visit a L’Occitane store in October to pick up this limited-edition hand cream! I definitely plan on getting myself another tube as soon as the Whipped Shea Butter line launches and I might treat myself to the Body Cream from the collection as well.

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The L’Occitane Whipped Shea Butter Hand Cream, Body Cream and Shower Foam will be sold from October for respectively 12 CHF, 31 CHF and 20 CHF. In the same month L’Occitane will also sell a limited-edition apricot-scented ‘Solidarity Soap’ with shea butter and the brand will donate 100% of the profits (3 CHF per soap) to NGOs working on eye health projects in the fight against avoidable blindness in developing countries.

Do you like skin and body care products with shea butter? Will you be getting anything from the upcoming L’Occitane Whipped Shea Butter collection?

P.S.: Have you entered my Covergirl TRUblend giveaway yet?

Review | Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner & Dual-Ended Cream Smudge/Ultra Fine Eyeliner Pencil

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Have you ever felt like grabbing your mail man by the arm and doing a little victory dance with him? I sure have, like for example last week when he handed me a package from Bobbi Brown with the brand new Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner and the Dual-Ended Cream Smudge/Ultra Fine Eyeliner Pencil. Both products won’t be in stores until October 9, but I got to try them in sneak preview. Does that beg for a victory dance or what? I thought so. I decided to spare the mail man, saved my victory dance for the living room and immediately got to work with my new Bobbi Brown goodies. Now let’s have a closer look together!

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Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner in Smokey Topaz

The new Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner is a neat two-in-one product that you can use as eyeliner but also as eyeshadow. The packaging is very Bobbi Brown – that means very sleek and classy – and contains 4 grams of product. Despite having a gel formula, the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner is much creamier and much softer than your average gel eyeliner. This makes it super blendable and very easy to build from semi-sheer to opaque.

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I received the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner in Smokey Topaz, a gorgeous sparkly topaz brown shade. It’s the perfect color for a beautiful shimmery smokey eye and it’s also great for a subtly sparkling winged look. And if you combine the two together you get a result that’s gorgeously intense but at the same time also perfectly balanced.

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The Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner applies very smoothly and blends like a dream. And the longevity? Ah-mazing! This baby is Waterproof with capital W. This makes it the perfect ally for long touch-up free days, crazy all-nighters and hot sweaty humid summer days.

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Smokey Topaz (flash) applied with the smudge brush (left) & precision brush (right)

Bobbi Brown Dual-Ended Cream Smudge/Ultra Fine Eyeliner Pencil

The Bobbi Brown Dual-Ended Cream Smudge/Ultra Fine Eyeliner Pencil is Bobbi Brown’s brand new dual-ended eyeliner brush. On one end – hidden under a cap – is a smudge brush that’s perfect to smudge and blend the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner with. And on the other end there’s an almost invisible retractable ultra fine eyeliner pencil.

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Two make-up pencils in one, both eitherretractable or with a cap? Awesome, especially for someone like me who travels a lot and is very set on keeping her make-up and tools perfectly clean when she’s on the road. The Bobbi Brown Dual-Ended Cream Smudge/Ultra Fine Eyeliner Pencil is a keeper for sure!

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And the quality of both pencils? Awesome as well. The cream smudge end of the Bobbi Brown Dual-Ended Cream Smudge/Ultra Fine Eyeliner Pencil allows me to apply and blend my cream eyeshadow really well – both along my lash line and on my eyelid – and with the ultra fine end I can swiftly and smoothly apply my eyeliner. The bristles of the Bobbi Brown Dual-Ended Cream Smudge/Ultra Fine Eyeliner Pencil are soft and flexible yet firm enough for a precise and clean application. Time for another victory dance? Hell yeah! *starts busting moves*

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Smokey Topaz on the eye lid (blended out to a smokey eye and smudged along the lower lash line + in a subtle wing along the upper lash line.

The Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner and the Bobbi Brown Dual-Ended Cream Smudge/Ultra Fine Eyeliner Pencil will be available in all Bobbi Brown stores on October 9 for respectively 42 and 68 CHF. The Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner will be available in five colors.

What is your first impression of these brand new Bobbi Brown products? Do you like two-in-one products like these two?

P.S.: Have you entered my Covergirl TRUblend giveaway yet?

Giveaway | Covergirl TRUblend Liquid Makeup Foundation + Covergirl TRUblend Fixstick Concealer

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Recently I got to test Covergirl’s revamped Covergirl TRUblend Liquid Makeup Foundation as well as the new Covergirl TRUblend Fixstick Concealer. Unfortunately both products were not the right color match for me, but because my motto is ‘everything for beauty’ I decided to swatch the products anyway and write a mini review on them. Isn’t that nice of me? And you know what’s even nicer? After I publish this review I’m giving away the two products to one of you. Both products are just one tiny swatch away from being brand new and it would be a real shame to let two lovely products from an awesome brand like Covergirl waste away somewhere in a forgotten corner of my beauty cabinet. But before we move on to the giveaway let’s first have a look at my mini review slash first impressions. That way you’ll also be able to tell if the products are right for you and if you want to enter the giveaway.

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Covergirl TRUblend Liquid Makeup Foundation in L6 Buff Beige

The Covergirl TRUblend Liquid Makeup Foundation is the new and updated version of the original Covergirl TRUblend foundation. Just like its predecessor, the new version comes in a sturdy glass bottle with a closable pump. The foundation has a very light and liquid texture and an oil-free formula with intelligent color-adapting pigments that adjust to your natural skin tone for a perfect color match.

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Now of course there are limits to how ‘intelligent’ the pigments in this foundation are. If you have light to medium warm skin like me and have yellow undertones, then a color like L6 that is clearly light with neutral to slightly pink undertones won’t miraculously adjust to your skin tone. So even though the Covergirl TRUblend Liquid Makeup Foundation is quite forgiving when it comes to color choice, it’s still important to pick a shade that more or less matches your natural skin tone. There are three color categories to choose from (Light, Medium and Dark) and in each of those categories are seven different colors, all varying from cool to neutral and warm.

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Covergirl TRUblend foundation (left) & concealer (right)

Since the Covergirl TRUblend Liquid Makeup Foundation is too light and not yellow enough for me I didn’t try it on my face, but my first impressions in terms of formula, texture and finish were good. Like I said before, the foundation feels extremely light and once blended the finish looks remarkably natural. The coverage is light and reminds me of the typical natural coverage that nude foundations provide.

In Switzerland, the Covergirl TRUblend Liquid Makeup Foundation is available in seven colors for 16.90 CHF.

Covergirl TRUblend Fixstick Concealer in L567 Light

According to Covergirl, the new Covergirl TRUblend Fixstick Concealer is the perfect companion for the TRUblend foundation. This jumbo twist-up concealer promises to camouflage the last remaining discolorations and imperfections and claims to diminish the look of dark circles, lines and pores.

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There are again three color categories to choose from: Fair (L1 to L4) for very fair skin tones, Light (L5 to L7) for light skin tones and Medium-Light (M1 to M4) for medium-light skin tones. This time Covergirl made no distinction between cool, neutral and warm. I received the Covergirl TRUblend Fixstick Concealer in Light, which is clearly too light and too pink for me.

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Covergirl TRUblend foundation (left) & concealer (right)

My first impression judging from the swatches? The Covergirl TRUblend Fixstick Concealer has a soft creamy formula that smoothly glides on my skin and is very easy to blend. The finish is very natural and doesn’t feel heavy or cakey. The coverage is medium.

In Switzerland, the Covergirl TRUblend Fixstick Concealer is available in three colors for 11.90 CHF.

Win, win, win!

What do you have to do to win these two lovely and one swatch short of being brand new Covergirl TRUblend products?

- send an email to kissandmakeupsbeautyblog@gmail.com with the subject ‘Covergirl TRUblend giveaway’ and your full name and address (please mention your country as well)
- for four extra chances of winning you can 1) follow Kiss & Make-up on Bloglovin 2) follow Kiss & Make-up on Facebook 3) follow Kiss & Make-up on Twitter 4) share this giveaway on social media. Please clearly mention in your email which of these extras you did.

The giveaway ends at midnight on Sunday, August 17 and is open internationally. Good luck!

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Have you tried anything from Covergirl’s TRUblend range yet? What are your thoughts on this new foundation and concealer?

Three eyeliner looks with the new Make Up For Ever Ink Liner, Graphic Liner & Artist Liner

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Make-up is like good food. Even if you absolutely love pancakes – mmm pancakes – you won’t always feel like having them with the same brown sugar topping. Sometimes you’ll want one with maple syrup. Or one with strawberry jam. Or a triple one with Nutella. And it’s the same with make-up. I’m the biggest eyeliner fanatic you can find, but that doesn’t mean that I always use the same eyeliner and that I always apply my eyeliner the same way. Variety is the spice of life, so mixing things up a bit and using different eyeliners and creating different looks keeps things fun and exciting. Today I’m showing you three eyeliner looks that I created with three brand new Make Up For Ever eyeliners. So come on, finish that pancake and check out my new MUFE goodies!

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Make Up For Ever Ink Liner

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The new Make Up For Ever Ink Liner is a matte liquid eyeliner. The color is deep black – it really doesn’t get any blacker than this – and super long-wearing. Even my waterproof make-up remover has trouble getting this eyeliner off at night. Yep, this baby clearly wants to stay PUT! The tip of the brush is thin and very precise which makes drawing ultrafine lines very easy, but the Make Up For Ever Ink Liner is also perfect for bolder, more graphic looks.

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Make Up For Ever Ink Liner (left)

I used the Make Up For Ever Ink Liner in a subtle triple winged eyeliner look. That means a thin precise wing, times three.

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Make Up For Ever Graphic Liner

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The new Make Up For Ever Graphic Liner is a felt-tip eyeliner a.k.a. eyeliner pen. It’s the perfect type of eyeliner for eyeliner dummies and beginners. Felt-tip eyeliners are completely fool-proof and super easy to use. Thanks to the soft flexible tip and the liquid formula, drawing a thin fine line with the Make Up For Ever Graphic Liner is a real piece of (pan)cake. The color of the Make Up For Ever Graphic Liner is again intense black, this time with a glossy finish.

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Make Up For Ever Graphic Liner (middle)

I used the Make Up For Ever Graphic Liner in an exotic yet wearable Cleopatra-esque look. That means a fully outlined eye, with a curved upwards flick.

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Make Up For Ever Artist Liner

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And then there’s the Make Up For Ever Artist Liner, Make Up For Ever’s new twist-up eye pencil. The Make Up For Ever Artist Liner has a smooth creamy texture that glides on my waterline and skin like butter and has an intense and long-lasting black effect. You can use the Make Up For Ever Artist Liner for thin clean lines as well as for a more smudged look, so it’s a very versatile type of eyeliner.

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Make Up For Ever Artist Liner (right)

I used the Make Up For Ever Artist Liner in my favorite eye look: smokey eyes. That means that I outlined my whole eye, leaving no hard lines and nicely softening all the contours.

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The Make Up For Ever Ink Liner, Graphic Liner and Artist Liner are now available in the Make Up For Ever store in Zürich and in the Make Up For Ever online store for respectively 32 CHF, 31 CHF and 27 CHF.

What type of eyeliner do you prefer? What do you think of these three new Make Up For Ever eyeliners?