King’s day

It’s King’s day in The Netherlands! I didn’t have time to buy an orange shirt. So here’s my version of orange!



Happy King’s day!
Maria xoxo


Grey smokey eye with Urban Decay Vice2

This is a look I did for annual dinner at the company I was interning. The theme was wild wild west, so I did this look and put on a cowgirl hat 🙂

I primarily used the Urban Decay Vice 2 palette. Poison on the whole lid, and then Smokeout as the contour colour. And then Lovesick for some pretty shimmer.

Habit and Rewind were used as transition colours, and Dope as highlighter on the inner corners.

I can’t say it enough. Remember to use an eyeshadow primer for optimal colour saturation!

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I had a really fun night with too much food. It was a perfect ending to my stay as an intern in the company and Hong Kong in general.

Maria xoxo

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:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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)


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.


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 eyeshadow palette in Undress Me Too

Today is a review of the MUA eyeshadow palette in Undress Me Too. See the product on their page here.

I have actually been using this palette quite often lately. Most of them are not matte – but but but…. the matte shades in this palette are the bad ones, so I’m glad there are only 3 of them – the pigmentation is bad, dry, and does not go on very well. However, the rest of them – the shimmery/frosty one are fantastic. They look much prettier in real life than on the palette! They are creamy and really easy to apply and with minimal fallout. The staying power is pretty good. Just make sure to wear an eyeshadow primer with these shadows.

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To show you how it looks on the eyes, I used some of the shades to create this look. Realised I should have blended the black better. But as I stated, the mattes are really hard to work with:

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For this look, I used:


A thin layer of Shy on the whole lid as base. Fiery on the lids(LOVE this shade), focusing on the inner part of the eyes. Lavish on the outer part of the eyes as contour. For further/darker contouring, Corrupt was used. On the lower lashline, I used Obsessed. And I used Shy again to highlight my inner corners and browbone.

This is the whole face, including some goofy pics. I tried to do the miley face, but my tongue is really short.

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Overall, if you like shimmery shades, I would definitely recommend this palette – it’s only 4£! I enjoy it! Not sure whether I would repurchase though. I do like the Sleek palettes more.

Maria xoxo

Eyeshadow palettes real or “fake”. HELP!

I don’t know how much I’m contributing with this post, but I have been spending a lot of time on this lately, so I thought I wanted to share this with you. I have been looking for some palettes lately, and it has indeed been very confusing. Ok, so I started to search for Coastal Scents which you all surely know. After a more extensive search, I’ve found out that Coastal Scents and BH Cosmetics(and I think also Beauties Factory, Celia makeup, Manly) – are basically all the same???

Can I avoid my makeup to travel all around the world?

What I’ve found out, is that Coastal Scents and BH Cosmetics do something called white-labelling. Meaning that they all buy the products the same place and put their brands on it and market it as their own products. I believe that their products are made in China, and they buy them in Hong Kong. For those of you who don’t know – I live here! So I thought there must be a way for me to get the same products cheaper. I mean, it really is a little silly to buy Coastal Scents that is made in China, shipped to the other side of the world(US), and for me to pay 50USD shipping fee to have it sent “back” to me again in HK. Can I get it cheaper?

Ebay.com vs. ebay.com.hk

As alternatives for non- Hong Kong’ers, you can look for Celia makeup as a dube on the US ebay site. I would say that you can trust on this one, because I trust one of my favourite Youtube beauty lovers Judy. She has done a review of Celia makeup here.

But for me that lives in Hong Kong, I began to look for the palettes on the ebayHK page. Surely, there are so many palettes that are “no-named” and are sold for about half the price as the  Coastal Scents products. On top of that, most of the sellers ship for free. BUT I’m still thinking – is it safe? And would the quality be the same? Obviously it’s  hard for me to tell because I’ve never tried Coastal Scents or BH Cosmetics before. But then again – the sellers of these no-name palettes don’t claim to be something they’re not – so technically they’re not faking. And I know that the quality of Coastal Scents and BH Cosmetics are okay as they are American brands and must have gone through some kind of regulation test. Well, I think they look exactly the same.  The slight difference is only because of the lighting.

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When I google the topic

A lot, but yet not enough information came up. Some people argue that the ebay ones are okay as they’ve not experienced anything bad with the products. And then some other people would go on about how dangerous it can be to buy products that no brand represents. I started to go crazy when I kept searching for it.

Coastal Scents in Hong Kong

A third alternative is to buy the actual Coastal Scents in Hong Kong. Via their website, I see that it’s much more expensive than the palettes sold in the US. For example, the 28 Neutral Palette: on the US page the original price is 18,95USD(147,11HKD) and now reduced to 11,95USD(92,77HKD). On the HK page the palette costs 256HKD(32,98USD). See? This is what many foreign brands do in HK; they raise the prices sky high. So Coastal Scents is just another brand that does this. So I’m NOT buying Coastal Scents in HK, that’s for sure.

What to do

I still haven’t decided. On the one hand, I’m afraid that the ebayHK ones are not safe to use. But on the other hand, it is kind of silly to pay for double shipping plus profit to  the reseller. What do you think I should do? I would appreciate it if you guys would share your thoughts on this one.

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR

I finally got hold of the Maybelline Color Tattoos a while ago, and have been trying them out. And I must say that I love them. I’ve got them in 3 shades:

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20-Turquoise Forever

05-Eternal Gold


Just in general, I like cream eye shadows, or eye shadow bases as they are also called. I find them very easy to apply and blend (by just using my fingers). If I’m in a rush, one layer of cream shadow is all I need.

The colours I picked are very bright, and they go on the lids as the exact same colour and don’t fade out. The staying power is incredible too. I’ve been wearing them for nights out, and a 7km run the other day – it just didn’t move and stayed put. They are very affordable, so you’ll get something for your money. And now they also have them in the shops in Hong Kong too! Yayy!!

Different names/colours in different countries?

I bought these in Manchester, and when I did a little research on the internet, I got confused. It turns out that these little pots have different names depending on which country they are sold. So the Turquoise Forever, is called Tenacious Teal in the US. And if you look at the two sites, the colour ranges are different:

The UK site: http://www.maybelline.co.uk/products/138

The US site: http://www.maybelline.com/Products/Eye-Makeup/Eye-Shadow/Eye-Studio-Color-Tattoo-24HR-Cream-Gel-Shadow.aspx

Wearing the colours

Here are swatches of the 3 colours on my NC42/43 skin. Sorry for the bad lighting.

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Wearing the Turquoise Forever:

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is much more bright.

Wearing the Eternal Gold:

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Wearing the 24K Gold:

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My next tattoo pots?

I am definitely getting more of these – I want all of them. But okay, a few at a time. On the wish list, I’ve got:

– Bad to the Bronze 25

– Painted Purple 20

– Tough as Taupe 35

– Edgy Emerald 50

Have you tried these pots? What are your experiences? Have you tried some of their limited editions that are not available on the website anymore?