Review

Review of Maybelline Master Graphic

On to my eyeliner number two of the three liners I purchased: Maybelline Master Graphic:

“Liquid marker eyeliner for a bold graphic look”

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Application: I bought this liquid liner because of the unique marker pen-like tip. The tip is hard enough to make it easy to apply a line which also makes it more difficult to make a wing. When I was finished, it looked quite ok.

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Pigmentation: When it comes to pigmentation, unfortunately, this thing is a disappointment for me. I had to go over this line several times to build up a solid line:

 

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Longevity: It doesn’t claim to be waterproof or anything, and my eyes do water a lot. By the end of the day, my liners were gone 😦 At least, it didn’t smear or smudge. It just kind of disappeared. This might be good enough for those of you that can “keep a liner” on the eyes. This is me by the end of the day:

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Removing the liner: As I didn’t have much left on my lids, I barely removed any of it. But I can imagine that it is very easy to remove.

Final verdict: Definitely not a liner that can last on my lids, and the pigmentation is just not good enough. I wouldn’t repurchase it. However, if you’re a beginner, this might actually be a good liquid liner to start off with even it looks a bit chunky and scary.

See my previous post on Maybelline Maybelline Master Ink Matte here.

The next liner I will review will be Maybelline Master Duo.

Until next time!

Maria xoxo

Review of Maybelline master ink matte

When the abstinence calls, it’s hard to hold back. I picked up a few Maybelline eye products as they were all 40% off. One of them was Maybelline master ink matte in 10 charcoal black as I thought it would be interesting to try out a matte liner.

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Luckily I tried this at home. Because Anthony asked me out of the blue whether I have cried, and I was like “what?” and then I looked in the mirror and was shocked. My eyes didn’t really water since I put it on and it’s only a few hours at home.

 

Maybelline master ink matte look

To make it short: If your lids are just a little watery or oily, don’t risk getting this. The application was like a dream. It was easy to put on and I got beautiful lines with this product. It is not a waterproof eyeliner, but it still says “intense longwear eyeliner” on the bottle which I don’t think lives up to the claim.

Maybelline master ink matte swatch

Maria xoxo

L’Oreal True Match Foundation review

I used the L’Oreal’s True match foundation like 10 odd years ago, and I’ve recently purchased it. I remember that I stopped using it because in the end of the day, I never had any foundation left on my face. But that’s defo not the case any more with the new formula.

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Texture and finish

After all those years, of course, they have changed the formula…. to the better… Oh my…. When I applied it for the first time, I was overwhelmed by how soft and blendable it is. I only need one pump to cover my whole face (and a little left for the areas that need a little extra), and I just use my fingers to apply. Usually, I always powder my face, but I haven’t done it with this one. The True Match leaves a semi-matte finish meaning that it would be good for oily/oily-combination skin. So be careful if you have dry skin!

Wearing the L’Oreal True Match foundation in shade N6 on the right side of my face. Excuse me for the horrible brows!

Coverage

I would say that it’s gives a medium coverage. It looks very light on my face because I applied a very thin layer. Why cover everything up now that my acne scars are fading? You can easily build it up. I dab on more around my nose, under my eyes, and the cheek area where I have many blemishes. It works really well, especially when you don’t have a whole lot of time in the morning to fumble around with concealers and all that.

Shades

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As you probably know, the True Match line has a myriad of shades! But bare in mind that as soon as you’re outside of the States, there are usually only a few to choose from. I ended up with the N6. I’d wish I could have chosen the W6 though. “N” stands for neutral and “W” for warm. I have yellow-toned skin, so I usually go for the “W”‘s.

It sounds funny, but when I apply the N6 to my face, it doesn’t look quite yellow enough. But when I put it on my hand, it seems very yellow.

I haven’t been at the MAC counter to check my shade for a long time, but I think I’m down to an NC 35 or 37 – just for comparison.

Summary

I love it! It feels super nice and light on the skin. I only spend a few secs to apply it with my fingers, and the coverage is really good. I want to try out the W6 to see whether that one would be too yellow for me though.

As for the price, I bought it on sale for around 11€. I would say that this foundation is super affordable, and totally worth the price!

Have you tried this foundation before? Which shade do you use and what MAC shade are you?

Maria xoxo

 

Urban Decay Vice2 review and swatches

Better late than never! Here is my review and swatches of my Urban Decay Vice 2 palette.

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General verdict

This was my first Urban Decay palette ever! I got it on BeautyBay on sale including shipping (paid 60USD). So I thought that it was my chance to finally try an Urban Decay palette without paying more than what it costs in the stores in the States!

I had high expectations – really high. Because of that, I must say I got a little disappointed mostly because of the pigmentation. Generally, I found that I have to keep applying several layers to get the desired result. When swatching with the fingers directly from the pans, they’re great. But when I use them in action on my lids, the shadows are a little disappointing. Of course, my opinion of the shadows varies from shade to shade.

I love the packaging though. It looks and feels very luxurious, and with a huge mirror. It opens slowly when the open button is pushed which I think is a very nice feature.

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The colours are very versatile. There are more shimmery/glittery shades (only 3 completely matte shades), but that doesn’t bother me a lot. There are neutrals as well as some popping colours. A very interesting and unique combination which I love about this palette.

Swatches and review of each shade

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The white line you see is NYX Jumbo pencil in Milk.

First row:

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SMOKEOUT: Smokeout is the “matte” black shade in this palette. It is not complete matte, but the reddish shimmers are barely visible. A very intense black I use a lot when I’m doing heavier looks.

LOVESICK: Lovesick is a black shade with silver shimmers. I think it lacks a little pigmentation. But could be a good supplement when a little of black and glitter is wanted.

SHELLSHOCK: This silver is the most glittery of the bunch. Good for a going-out looks when a pop of shimmer is needed. I am very satisfied with the pigmentation of this shade.

COAX: A shimmery pink. The shadow is buttery, and nice for a subtle pinky look.

X-RATED: A matte pink shade. I am disappointed with this one as it’s a little chalky. I would like it to be more pigmented and buttery.

Second row:

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POISON: Dark grey with a little shimmer. This one is good when I want a black-ish colour without going too intense. But as you can see on the picture, it is not really pigmented unless a primer is worn.

STASH: A muddy green shimmery colour. This is not the most catchy shade of the palette, but it actually goes really beautifully on the skin. It is buttery and nicely pigmented.

STRIKE: A nice golden shade. Very good shadow with a good pigmentation and texture. This kind of gold is not what I usually would grab for when I do a look though. I need to experiment more with this shade!

MADNESS: A dark turquoise-ish shimmery shade. It is quite sheer, and I would like it to be more intense. I also have a little difficulty with using this kind of colour.

PRANK: One of the more special shades. It’s a dark blue with green shimmers. Not a shade for a neutral day time look. The swatch actually looks worse for what it is. I like to use this under the eyes for an intense black look. It looks really nice when the light catches the green shimmers.

Third row:

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DERAILED: A shimmery taupe shade. This is one of my favourites of the palette. I like taupe, and this one is nicely pigmented and buttery. Sometimes, I just put this one on, and then I’m ready to go.

BETRAYAL: A light shimmery lilac shade that is very sheer in my opinion. So this would actually work as a funky highlighter when doing a fun look. I haven’t really been experimenting with this shade.

VOODOO: A dark shimmery purple. I have been using this a lot for a night-out look. It takes quite a few applications to get the result I want. So not the best texture to work with, but a very pretty shade I like a lot.

DAMAGED: This shimmery green looks lighter in the pan, and darker on the skin. I was surprised when I swatched it on as I really really love this shade of green. The pigmentation and texture is good with this one.

RADAR: I love my browns. There are 3 browns in this palette. Radar is the more glittery one of the bunch and very pigmented. It can be a little too much to be worn for a neutral day time look for me, but absolutely beautiful for an evening look.

Fourth row:

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REWIND: This is the light matte brown shade of the palette. It looks a little shabby on the swatch, but is actually very handy. For a dark look, this can be used as a nice transition colour, and for a day-time look, this can be used as a contour! It is very good in this palette, I wouldn’t run out and buy a single of it.

AMBUSH: One of my favourites in this palette. It’s brown, it’s pigmented and buttery and it’s shimmery. Very good when I only have time to smack on one colour on my lids.

HABIT: A matte, light shade good for highlighting. The pigmentation and texture is mediocre.

TOXIC: A shimmery rosy/coral shade. Quite unique, in my opinion. This shade is very good for a natural look. For some reason, this is not the shade I grab for very often. You can get a better colour payoff when used with a primer, and nice sheer layer wihtout a primer.

DOPE: A very light slightly shimmery shade I like to use as a highlighter. I especially like to use this one for my inner corners.

The brushes

There is a two-ended brush coming with this palette. I think that it’s nice they have included a kind of blending brush instead of just the regular sponges you get with most palettes. They are nice but not great in my opinion.

Summing up

My favourite unique colours from the palette are Prank, Stash, Damaged and Voodoo. The neutrals I love are Derailed, Radar and Ambush. When using this palette, I almost always use Rewind and Habit as they are the matte contouring/highlighting shades.

It is a very interesting palette, and if you can afford to splurge, I think it is worth a try. But I don’t think a poor student should save up the hard-earned money to get this thing as there are some just as good or even better shadows out there at a lower price. Personally, I have a few NYX Singles I think are fantastic. They are great if you don’t have a lot of cash as they have a huge selection of shades, the quality is superb, and you can buy the specific shades you want for a very low price.

So… One of the reasons I am a little disappointed is exactly because I am that poor student. It was a big… huge deal for me to get this thing. I will make good use of this palette, and it will at least decorate my place a little for the pretty packaging it has 🙂

A few looks with Vice 2… so far

Using COAX only

The main colour is Voodoo. And then Smokeout to contour, and Prank under the eyes.

Derailed as main colour. Using Smokeout as contour and Shellshock as inner corner highlight. Click for more pictures

Aaand…

I thought I would quickly try on a few more shades, take some quick pictures and put them up before I post. So the above looks are something I did a while ago. The following are very fresh/now – and I brought my camera for high quality pictures – so EXCUSE me for that horrible pimple haha…. No photoshop, no filter. Just the eyeshadows and my pimples!

Worn with Milani Eye Primer. Dope as highlighter on the inner corners.

Derailed

Lid: Derailed. Under eyes: Betrayal

Ambush

Lid: Ambush. Under eyes: Damaged

Okay… I’m not at home, and I forgot my remover. I’ll just go with my 2 different eyes the rest of today 😀

Me with 2 different eyes

I’m SO happy I finally have the time to do this post, and I hope you have enjoyed  and somehow found it useful. I am working on a post about my skincare and some products and thoughts on some brands. Hope I can have it up soon.

Maria xoxo

Nature Republic CC Cream

A short review of this Nature Republic CC Cream. First of all, this tube does not belong to me. I just had a chance to try it quickly on my hand. I was so impressed that I wanted to make a post about it. It’s a Korean brand, and they sure know how to make beauty products!

What hit me was that it claimed to be whitening. I know that this feature is not the most desirable in the Western part of the world but it’s indeed huge here in Asia. I just want to say that this one works! It didn’t give me a really obvious white layer of colour, but simply made the skin look less dark the most natural way. I was so impressed! And the texture is very light, and smelled nice. I’m wearing it on the one hand, and look at the instant brightening effect!

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I just thought I wanted to mention this although I wouldn’t use a whitening product. Thumbs up!

Maria xoxo

P.S: my colleague that owns this cream has mentioned that she has got better skin after wearing this every day for a while.

Huge cherryculture haul and review

I did a huge cherryculture haul a while back, and I haven’t had the chance to post about it. Actually, it’s alright, because now I’ve had some time to test most of the products out. Let’s get to it:

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First, we’ve got the NYX face products. I will have a more in depth review of them later. Just wanna mention that the medium is too dark for me, and I’m a NC42! So be careful out there if you’re ordering this online. As these are face products, I need to test them out more to come up with a conclusion.

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These are the LA Colors Jumbo eye pencils. They look very pretty on the arm, but too harsh to apply on the eyelids. And they’re not blending very well. Thumbs down from here.

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NYX Caribbean Collection in I Dream of St. Lucia. I wanted this for some fun. Although I haven’t had time to do any looks with this palette, I absolutely love it. They are creamy, and the colour payoff is great!

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More NYX blushes for me!!! As you might know, I already own several NYX blushes. These are in Mauve (left) and Spice (right). Mauve doesn’t really show off that much on my skin colour, and Spice didn’t really surprise me. Just another pink.

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Now, these are my first NYX single eyeshadows. Let me just say that they are not gonna be the last! I love love love them. I went a little crazy with the greens. The only brown I bought, I actually thought was matte(note to self: always read the description before pressing order). But this one has golden shimmers to it. Regardless, they are so buttery and pigmented, and I was just so surprised by the quality considering the low price. I use the brown all the time now. Just that one colour on the whole lid for an everyday look, or a subtle green under the eyes to make your look pop! Below, the colours on the arm are: Wildfire, Exotic Green, Ocean and Gypsy. I will be posting a look soon where I’m wearing Exotic Green.

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Everyone was talking about these, so I HAD to see what the all the fuss was about. Unfortunately, my lips have been extremely dry lately, so I’m not really doing them any justice when I tried them on. I must say that they are very pigmented, and actually look a little too much. What I like to do with these is simply pat my pout with a tissue after application, and then these just look faaab!!! From left to right: soft matte lip cream in Addis Ababa, Xtreme lip creme in Dolly Girl and Pinky Nude.

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Now, I must admit, I didn’t have a cream blush prior to this. I wanted to try and see if I like it. This colour, Glow is really cute. But I still need to work with the texture as I’m not use to it yet.

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I also wanted a decent setting powder, so I got this Mehron Loose mineral finishing powder. I’m still not good with fumbling around with loose powder. And this one is (believe it or not) quite yellow on my skin. And I thought I was yellow! This one is in medium/medium dark. The texture feels very good, but I find it a little hard to distribute evenly on the face. But that’s more my lack of skill. I also panic a little with all that powder flying around in the air.

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If you’re looking for an inexpensive eye primer, this is the thing! This Milani eyeshadow primer both feels and looks a lot like the Urban Decay primer potion, and does the job surprisingly well.

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The Milani lipsticks are supposed to be really good, and the one I’ve got in Red Label really is. But somehow, this one on Fruit Punch does not glide as beautifully on the lips. It also looks a little “cracked” when applied. Smells wonderful though… fruity chewing gum.

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This NYX lipstick must be the least as I expected. The colour Ceto is a very shimmery, pale, golden colour. And this really is not really my shade. Maybe if I try to do a kind of Arabic inspired look with a pretty green eyeshadow, this might match the look. Ignore the swatch on the right (it’s the Milani one)

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The pencils!!! First, the NYX Jumbo pencil in milk which I have been wanting for AGES! It’s as I expected. Using it as a base just gives the most amazing colour payoff of any eheshadow colour. And then I got one more LA girl glide pencil, this one in black. Love it. Glides on very easily and has a decent staying power. And then we have the NYX wonder pencil in Light. The thought was to use this to line my waterline. But what was I thinking? My eyes water like a waterfall anyway. So it disappears in no time on me. And then I got the NYX eyebrow pencil in Dark Brown. Sadly, this has a very reddish undertone which I don’t like.

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The Ardell lash glue: I thought that it must be good because Ardell makes false lashes right? Either, I don’t know how to use it, or it’s just bad. It just doesn’t stick around 🙂

Okay, this was a big one. Hope you’ve found at least some of it useful.

Have you tried any of the products before or any of it you wanna try out?

Maria xoxo

MUA Matte foundation – a joke?

It is called MUA Matte foundation – seriously, are they joking me? Well, just take a look at the following pictures…!!

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Do I need to say more? Well… it’s quite the opposite of mattifying the skin, isn’t it!

The packaging is actually quite nice and the price is low, and the shade 3 matches me very well. On the downside, the texture is way too thick for me to work with, and the colour payoff is almost non-existing. It feels like putting a thick layer of sticky fat on the face.

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I don’t want to waste too much time talking about this product other than I give it a huge FAIL!

Have you tried this?? Do you have the same experience or is it just me?

Maria xoxo