Makeup Product Reviews

Anti-Aging Serum, Sun Protection and Beautiful Skin in One – CC+ Your Skin But Better Cream by IT Cosmetics. Review and Swatches.

I am sure you’ve already heard about the so-called “hybrids” that have flooded the beauty market lately. Hybrids, in this particular case, meaning a product that combines two different products and therefore two different benefits (like a makeup products with skincare benefits). I guess it all started with one of Asia’s biggest imports in the beauty department – the legendary BB Creams “Blemish Balms/Blemish Creams/Beauty Creams”. Soon to be followed by CC Creams (“Color Correcting”) and DD Creams (“Daily Defense/Dynamic Do-Alls”). I can’t wait until the industry starts to market ZZ Creams, so we finally have the alphabet covered…

It all sounded too good to be true: From evening out your skin tone and giving you sheer coverage and a natural finish, they were supposed to be hydrating and protecting, offering many more add-ons, i.e. pore minimizing and anti-aging properties etc.

But it would soon show, that the quality of BB Creams sold in Western European and North American markets, didn’t quite live up to the expectations. They weren’t quite the allrounders they were marketed as. In my personal opinion, the old generation of BB Creams perform no better than simple tinted moisturizers. Some of them especially not worth the money considering their claims.

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My precious. Cocoa Delights – Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette. Review and Swatches.

I am very delighted to present to you: The Chocolate Bar Palette by Too Faced. My favorite eyeshadow palette so far. This palette was another birthday gift I received (along with Urban Decay’s Naked 3 Palette). I had to be very patient since I’ve been eyeing it for such a long time already.

What made me want to have it, were both the excellent reviews and the colors or, the variety of colors, so to speak. The chocolate bar packaging and the fact, that these eyeshadows contain anti-oxidant cocoa and therefore smell like chocolate, are both nice gimmicks but nothing I really cared for.

What makes this my favorite, is the quality of the product itself (nice pigmentation, variety of wearable yet different enough(!) colors and very little fallout, while still having a pleasant texture you can easily work with – without over blending it!). Love, love, love it.

Let’s take a look at the swatches!

Confetti, Sparks and Golden Rays – The Glitter Toppers Set by Rainbow Honey. Review and Swatches.

Granted, it took me quite some time to get used to that nail art trend that has been going on for quite a while now. I used to be more into nude or classic colors and looks. Not long ago I would have refused wearing red either on my lips or nails. Luckily, I was soon convinced by a video tutorial of one of my most favorite makeup artists, Lisa Eldridge, to try out the orange lip trend and from there I went on. Isn’t a red lip a classic, and if applied right – classy look after all?

So, now I readily admit, that I really love a pop of color whether it’s on my face or on my nails. I just think all these bright colors and different textures are fun to wear. Colorful. Bold. Edgy. An instant mood booster!

One of my favorite brands when it comes to glittery nail polishes would definitely have to be Rainbow Honey. Their selection of quirky and unique glitter nail polishes is just absolutely adorable. So here is part 2 of my review on my recent Rainbow Honey order.

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Beautiful Pastels and Glitter – The Sweet Talk Collection by Rainbow Honey. Review and Swatches.

Soft powdery pastels are the most feminine and romantic colors to welcome and embrace the Spring season. So for this year’s Easter holidays (and first days of Spring) I decided to not only dye some eggs, but paint my nails in some nice pastel colors as well.

Rainbow Honey was founded 2012 in New Jersey and not long ago I discovered them on fab.com. It was love at first sight! Absolutely mesmerized by their beautiful pastel glitter nail polishes, I ordered two sets. Not only intrigued by their unique shades and glitters, I had also decided to try out some more independent makeup brands. It also appealed to me that Rainbow Honey’s nail polishes are free of “the big 3” (Formaldehyde, Toluene, and Dibutyl Phthalate) and that their ingredients are not tested on animals. Here is part 1 of my Rainbow Honey review.

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A spectrum of rose gold shades – The Naked 3 Palette by Urban Decay. Review and Swatches.

The rose gold fad hit the makeup world a few years ago. From packaging to colors, many companies have marketed their products according to this trend. I too, love rose gold jewelry and packaging and I was especially delighted when I heard about Urban Decay bringing out a rose gold addition to their famous Naked Palettes.

Personally, I don’t own any of the other two Naked Palettes. The main reason being the Naked 3 Palette. I just love those golden rosy hues and until now, I honestly didn’t feel the urge to buy either the Naked 1 (which is too bronzy for my taste) or Naked 2 Palette (the colors are beautiful but nothing special). Nevertheless, both palettes I think are a fantastic deal for the amount of product you get and the colors are undoubtedly beautiful. Although I am a big fan of the so-called “naked” look concept, until now, it just didn’t strike my fancy enough to spend $54.

Naked 3 however, I had to have! So, I’ve been patient and waited months and months until it was my birthday in late April, when I finally got it as a gift. Along with my beloved Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette (shade description and swatches here).

Let’s take a look at the swatches!