Follow The Tutorial: Spring Makeup! Fresh & Colorful by Shaaanxo

Most of the makeup look I create are very natural and sometimes smokey but almost never bold. In this follow the tutorial post I recreated a makeup look by Shannon, a beauty guru from New Zealand. She created colourful makeup look using khaki and blue and I loved it. My version is quite toned down because I didn't have a blue that was vibrant enough to achieve the effect she had going on, but I still think it became a very pretty smokey eye that's just a little bit different then the standard ones with brown or black that you've seen a million times.
The product replacements I used: 
Loreal Skin Perfection Serum // Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light Moisturizer
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer // Catrice Prime and Fine Eyeshadow Base
BH Cosmetics Shaaanxo Palette Matte Highlight Shade // Catrice Velvet Matte Eyeshadow in 010 Vanillaty Fair
BH Cosmetics Shaaanxo Palette Warm Yellow Shade // H&M High Impact Eye Colour in Candied Almond
Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette Green // Makeup Revolution Awesome Eyeshadow Collection (third row last colour + fifth row ninth colour)
Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette Blue// Makeup Revolution Awesome Eyeshadow Collection (first row eighth colour + fourth row eighth colour)
Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette Brown // Makeup Revolution Awesome Eyeshadow Collection (second row third colour)
BH Cosmetics Shaaanxo Palette Grey Brownish Shade // Makeup Revolution Awesome Eyeshadow Collection (ninth row fifth colour)
Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette copper // Makeup Revolution Awesome Eyeshadow Collection (second row second colour)
Soda & Co Lip Balm // Essence Prettifying Lip Oil in 02 First Help, Pinky
Colourpop Creme Gel Eyeliner in Bee Sting // Catrice Kohl Kajal in 170 Blues Willis
Bare Minerals Neutralising Prime Time // Etos Anti Dullness Primer
EX1 F200 Foundation // Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain
Kevin Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer // Catrice Camouflage Cream in the shade 010 Ivory
Becca Color Corrector in Pistachio & Peach // I didn't color correct
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer // Catrice Liquid Camouflage High Coverage Concealer in 010 Porcelain
MAC Studio Fix Powder // Catrice Transparent Mattifying Powder
Vincent Longo Beauty Sin LA Riviera Bronzer // Catrice Prime and Fine Professional Contouring Palette in 010 Ashy Radiance
Chi Chi Blonde Brow Pomade // Essence Eyebrow Gel in 01 Brown
L'Oréal Brow Plumper Blonde // Essence Lash & Brow Gel Mascara
NYX Matte Liquid Liner // H&M Gel Eyeliner in Pitch Black
xoBeauty The Heiress Lashes // I didn't wear false lashes
Chi Chi 3D Magic Lash Mascara // Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara
It Cosmetics CC+ Ombre Blush // Milani Baked Blush in 05 Luminoso
ABH Gleam Kit // TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
NARS Velvet Lipliner Anse Soleil // Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in 063 Eastend Snob
Natasha Denona Gloss in Powder // Catrice Shine Appeal Fluid Lipstick in 070 Better Make A Mauve When doing this look I had a very bad eyeliner day, it just wouldn't work so therefore no closeup photo of my eye makeup. The eyeliner just really messes it up. Also my brows didn't work out, I'm trying a new product but today I didn't go on well, just patchy. Something I haven't had with that Essence product before. I did have a good foundation day though, my skin looks absolutely perfect in my opinion. Every year around spring I bust out my blue liner for a heavy under eye and this look has definitely made me do that again. I love doing that with just a simple brown eye and a shit load of mascara but with this eyelook I also think it looks really pretty. The khaki tones really complement the blue and make it pop even more in opinion.

I'm sorry for not looking very happy in these pictures but just like I had a bad liner en brow day, I couldn't get a good photo of myself.  Nonetheless, I hope you liked this follow the tutorial post!

Love,
E.

Etos Anti Dullness Primer


I was always on the fence about primer, I never understood why you would go through the hassle of applying an extra product underneath your foundation. Any extra step that can be avoided is a good thing I thought. Well, well, I was wrong. Lately I had some problems with dry patched on my face and I didn't know how to get rid of them. I was moisturizing like crazy and I tried a lot of different foundations. I hadn't think of trying a primer until I stood in front of the Etos makeup counter. I think Etos is a Dutch brand so I'm sorry for all of you who don't live here. Etos recently redid all of there makeup and among the new products are a few different primers. I went for the anti dullness one because that was the one appealed to me the most.

This purple primer is supposed to neutralize a dull complexion and make your skin incredibly smooth. Obviously this is just the packaging talking but I do most certainly notice a difference when I use it. My skin feels very smooth and the foundation applies nicer on the places where I applied the primer. Apart from that I don't notice a big difference, I don't think the primer makes me look less dull or livens up my complexion and I my foundation or what I put on top of it doesn't last longer in my opinion. But then again, making you makeup last longer is not something this primer promises.

I've been using the primer for the past couple of weeks now and I'm very happy with it. It doesn't make me look more awake but it does make my foundation go on perfect and makes my skin super smooth.

You can buy the Etos Anti Dullness Primer for €5,99 at Etos.
Love,
E

Max Factor Face Finity Foundation & Creme Puff Blush

Max Factor is one of those brands I rarely buy because I find it quite expensive. That's also why I only own two of their products, a cream puff blush and an excess shimmer eyeshadow. Now I've added two products to that small collection, another blush and a foundation. I've been wanting to try this foundation for a while now but I never bought it, a while ago Max Factor went on sale so I picked it up along with one of their Creme Puff Blusher. Ow and for some reason the photos in this post turned out really greenish, weird and I don't know how that happened. This is the Face Finity All Day Flawless 3 in 1 Foundation, advertised as a primer, concealer and foundation in one. I got the lightest shade the store I went to had, 47 Nude, but when I got home I found out that there's a lighter shade as well. Not a huge problem but this one is a little bit too dark for my pale winter skin so the lightest shade would have been better. I can still wear this though, I just have to blend it into my neck properly until the sun decides to come out more. ' The blush looks absolutely gorgeous, a soft pink shade with little glitters in there. The other shade I own is darker pink which I love but a more neutral shade like this is also great. Like I expected, so far it hasn't let me down. Here I'm wearing both the foundation and the blush. As you can see, I haven't blended the foundation into my neck so you can see it's not light enough for me. I can still get away with it when I, like I said, blend it into my neck. It actually makes me look a little bit healthier I think. The blush is almost a little bit too subtle in my opinion. The shimmer is pretty (not really visible on the photo) but the colour is almost invisible. A bit of a let down but I've found that I've been wearing this blush quit a lot on days where I do want something on my cheeks but not too much.

You can buy the Max Factor Face Finity All Day Flawless 3 in 1 Foundation for €14,99 and the Creme Puff Blush for €12,99

Love,
E

Preview: Essence Lights Of Orient

I haven't done a preview post in a long time because no collection has made me really enthusiastic. This new collection by Essence that will be in stores during May and June (in the Netherlands) is something else though, gorgeous oriental inspired makeup that looks gorgeous in the press release. The images you see in this post are from the blog byaranka. Travel to the world of 1001 Arabian Nights with the new trend edition by Essence. It's all about eastern culture, the souks, silent desserts, fairytale like bedouin tents and the rhythm of gorgeous belly dancers.
Light of Orient Eyeshadow Palette - € 4,59 
Light and shadow! With this eyeshadowpalette with six warm shades, you can create a subtle or intense nude look. A small duo-applicator, mirror and decorative design make this palette a real must have. Available in the shade 'We ♥ Arabian Nights'.
Lights of Orient Blush - € 3,39 
This two coloured blush with a soft texture and a subtle shimmer gives a fresh look to you face. Available in the shade 'Princess Jasmines Choice'.
Lights of Orient Bronzer - € 3,39 
Vibrant sun! This bronzer with arabian pattern combines a matte powder with a sparkling golden shade in the shape of a sun. Available in the shades 'Sunkissed Beauty' and 'Oriental Beauty'.
Lights of Orient Highlighter Stick – € 3,99 
Golden glow. With this creamy jumbo stick with gold pigments you can create a sparkling highlight. Thanks to the convenient stick it's easy to apply, perfect for the trendy 'strobing' trend. Available in the shade 'Golden Gate To Orient'.
Lights of Orient Matt Lipstick – € 2,59 
Arabian nights. Daring red shades like trendy oxblood, intense purple and warm rosewood. With their matte finish the lipsticks add a real glamfactor to your lips. The packaging has a slender and elegant shape. Available in the shades 'Belly Dancing Queen', 'Princess Jasmines Choice' and 'The Sultan’s Daughter'.
Lights of Orient Magic Eyeliner Pen – € 2,49 
Mystic eyes! Especially for oriental cat eyes but also perfect to draw on a classic eyeliner or a smokey eye. The round conical felt tip is perfect to create any type of eyeliner look. Available in the shade 'Aladdin Loves Cat Eyes'.
Lights of Orient Eyebrow Shaper – € 2,39 
With this smart eyebrow pen in a light or dark brown you can create perfectly defined brows. With a little sharpener for a sharp point and a sponge to blend. Available in the shades 'Sunkissed Beauty' and 'Oriental Beauty'.
Lights of Orient Nail Polish – € 1,99 
The colours of the orient. Gold and purple with metallic effects, rosewood and oxblood with a creamy finish. These complementing colours will give your nails stunning colours and longlasting finish. Available in the shades 'Golden Gate To Orient', 'The Sultan’s Daughter', 'Princess Jasmines Choice' and 'Belly Dancing Queen'.
Lights of Orient Body & Cuticle Tattoos - € 2,99 
Body art. Golden and turquoise tattoos in elegant design create a wow-effect. Available in 'Magic Carpet Ride'. Three sheets with 56 tattoos in total.
 
Lights of Orient Body Splash – € 2,99 
Warm Freshness! This light body splash with summery, floral scent gives you a fresh boost on hot days. Available in 'Genie a Bottle'.
 
Lights of Orient Blush Brush – € 2,99
Artifact. The special shape of this brush makes it easy to apply blush on the apples of your cheeks. A gold handle with beautiful ornaments make this brush a real stunner. Available in 'A Whole New World'.
 
Wow I truly think this collection is gorgeous! The eyeshadow palette, the blush, the highlight stick, the lipsticks, the brush, it's all on my wishlist. The tattoos and body splash aren't really my think but the rest is stunning. Of course I'll have to swatch things before I actually buy them but from the look of things I'm going to pick up the majority of this collection. I cannot wait!

The Essence Lights of Orient collection will be available from mid-May to mid-June (at Kruidvat and Trekpleister in the Netherlands)

Love,
E.

Massive Drugstore Haul

Just a quick post to let you know that, as you can see, I went a little bit crazy at the drugstore lately. Essence and Catrice have brought out new products and I've been just buying way too much makeup in general. Expect reviews of most of these products soon!

H&M Gel Eyeliner and Gossamer Lip Stain

A while ago I decided to pop into H&M to get a belt and of course I couldn't not take a quick browse through the beauty section. I didn't notice any new products but I did pick up two things I wasn't familiar with. The first product is a gel eyeliner, I've been wanting to buy one these for a while now sine I'm a little bit tired with those eyeliner pens that dry out within a month. This one I hadn't heard anything about but I thought, why not?  There are multiple shades but I got the basic black one in the shade Pitch Black. The other product I bought is a weird lip product that reminds me a little bit of the Bourjois Aqua Laque formula. I swatched all shades and eventually bought a brownish shade called Storyteller. Here I'm wearing both products, the eyeliner went on smoothly and is super black and the lip stain has a very pretty sheer colour. The eyeliner looks great and does last quit good, at the end of the day I do have a little bit black residue in my crease but not anything that's really noticeable. This formula is very creamy and on my eyelids is lasts pretty good. I didn't have high expectation but I was pleasantly surprised with this gel eyeliner. I did have hopes for the lip stain but it's a little bit disappointing. The colour is very pretty but it doesn't last that long. After approximately three hours there isn't any product or colour left on my lips. Apart from that I'm a fan, I like the taste, the colour and the formula feels very nice on the lips. The photo doesn't do it justice because I had very chapped lips but on nicely moisturized lips this nude Gosssamer Lip Stain looks really pretty.

You can buy the H&M Geleyeliner in Pitch Black for €7,99 and the Gossamer Lip Stain in Storyteller costs €7,99 as well.

Love,
E