June Favorites

Hey guys and dolls,

So July is here and that means its that time of month again…where I share all my favorite beauty and makeup products from this past month 😀

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This time around is a bit different because Ive been traveling but of course Ive brought some of my most loved and used products.

June_Beauty_Favoryes_Smashbox_CCCreamFor my skin Ive been loving the new Smash Box CC cream. I have it in the shade Light/Medium. The coverage is great for a CC type cream, it really does a great job at color correcting, especially the redness around my nose and chin. It makes my skin glow and its feels very light weight. Its super hydrating and I haven’t experienced any breakout with it either. The finish is on the dewy side. I do find that I tend to get a little extra shiny at the end of the day but a little bit of MUFE HD powder on top solves the problem.

June_Beauty_Favorites_MUFE_Pro_Finish_PowderIve also been really impressed with the MUFE Pro Finish Powder. I use it on its own for light coverage or use it on top of the CC cream to set and to add a little more coverage!!

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The Mac Pro Longwear Concealer in NC20 I usually use in winter for covering blemishes. But now its way too light and it works amazing as an under eye concealer and brightener. It doesn’t crease on me and is definitely long wearing. It’s super natural looking too. Really loving this product 😀

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The Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder is just WOW for setting the under eye area!!! Its almost translucent and really reflects light nicely. Its really perfect for light skin tones.

June_Beauty_Favorites_UrbanDecay_24/7_PencilIve been keeping my eyes pretty simple these last few weeks. So for a pop of color I like to add the UD 24/7 eyeliner pencil in Covet in my lower waterline.

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I also like to use the D&G Crayon Intense eyeliner in nr. 22 in my waterline. Its a fun alternative to a nude color in the waterline. It brightens the eye area but in a funky fresh way.

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Im all about fun and bright lips in the summer especially corals. Razzler Dazzler from Mac is my ultimate fave at the moment. Its the perfect light peachy coral pink. Love it!!

Well those were some of my most used and loved products of the past month. What were your most loved beauty items?

Hugs from Beauty Land

Review and Swatches: Smashbox Halo Long Wear Blush in Peachy Dream

Hey guys,

Ive got another Smashbox review for you all 😀 I hope your not getting bored with all the Smashbox but Ive totally forgotten how amazing this brand is!! Also they recently brought the brand back to Denmark so now my Danish girls can finally get their hands on this super brand. Its available at Style Box in Lyngby Store Center and Fields Shopping Center.

Today’s swatches will be on the Halo Long Wear Blush in Peachy Dream.

smashbox_peachydream_haloblushsmashbox_peachydream_haloblush_BackIt’s housed in a sturdy plastic case with a mirror. It small and compact so easy for travel or to throw in your hand bag.

smashbox_peachydream_haloblush_insideAs with all the Halo products, the blush is exposed with a shaving mechanism. Half a turn and you get the perfect amount of product for your cheeks. Plus it keeps everything clean and hygienic.

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Peachy Dream is a beautiful peachy coral with a slight pink under tone. Its almost completely matte yet it does have a slight sheen to it. Not shiny or glittery but a beautiful glow.

The pigmentation is very strong, the formula is silky smooth, finely mild and melts like butter into the skin for a flawlessly blended application.

The longevity is crazy with this baby. It lasted for over 8 hours with no sign of fading or need for touch ups. LOVE IT!!!!!

THE VERDICT:

10/10 for this bad boy. Pigmentation, blendability, formula, and longevity are insane. It definitely lasts for hours and makes the skin look fresh and vibrant. Its a perfect must have summer blush. I think I’ll take this one with me on holiday 😀

Have any of you tried the Halo Blushes? Whats your favorite shade?

Hugs from Beauty Land

Review & Swatches: Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Palette Smoke Box II

Hey Guys,

I hope your all having a lovely summer. I’m officially on summer break, just handed in my last uni paper, and now and loving every moment of summer 😀

Today I thought I’d share another Smashbox product: Photo Op Eye Shadow Palette Smoke Box II ($39 available at sephora.com or smashbox.com, unfortunately unavailable in Denmark).

Smashbox_SmokeBox_ReviewSmashbox_SmokeBox_Review_InsideThis beautiful palate comes housed in hard a sturdy matte black case. Inside there are six lovely smokey shades. The palette also comes with a double ended brush. To be honest I find these rather useless , 9 times out of 10, brushes included in eyeshadow set tend to be not of the best quality. These are OK if you lost all your brushes and your fingers didn’t work (hahaha). They are definitely nothing compared to real Smashbox brushes.

On to the swatches we go:

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Alabaster: A off white cream shade with a matte finish. In the flash it looks like it has a satin finish but it is more on the matte side. Its super soft, buttery, highly pigmented and a really beautiful brow highlight and a great base color.

Smashbox_SmokeBox_Review_ThunderThunder: Is a slate grey with slight shimmer. This one was also highly pigmented, smooth, and easy to blend. It had a tad bit of fall out due to the shimmer particles but nothing that cant be avoided if you tap the excess off the brush.

Smashbox_SmokeBox_Review_BlackoutBlackout: Is a matte black. It isn’t the blackest of blacks and leans more toward a dark grey or slate black. Again this shade is smooth, soft, blendable and highly pigmented.

Smashbox_SmokeBox_Review_RoastRoast: Is a mid toned brown with glitter and shimmer particles. This shade had the chunkiest amount of glitter and the most fall out. Nothing huge though, and almost expected with a shade like this. Regardless though the pigmentation is phenomenal and so is the blending capabilities.

Smashbox_SmokeBox_Review_BlackCuurentBlack Current: Is a rich plumy purple with a  matte finish. This is probably my favorite shade in the whole set. Its absolutely gorgeous. Its such a unique shade, im kind of in ove with it at the moment!! Its the softest and creamiest shade in the palette, blends beautifully and the pigmentation is pretty insane.

Smashbox_SmokeBox_Review_SeafoamSeafoam: Is a light champagne shade with golden undertones and a shimmer finish. It looks more silver under the flash, so depending on the lightening it can read slightly more gold or slightly more silver. Its also very smooth to the touch and I didn’t experience fall out with shade. It really is beautiful and pigmented. It really looks fab on the inner corners of the eyes ot all over the lid.

THE VERDICT:

9/10 for this beautifully put together palette. The shades all work together to create a full eye look for either day or night. All the shades are buttery smooth, highly pigmented and so easy to blend and use. There is some fall out but very minimal. As with many dark eye looks, I would suggest applying pre-foundation to avoid any disturbance to the face makeup.

It is pretty pricey almost $40 so if you have similar colors in your collection then I wouldn’t say this is a must. But the quality of these shadows are amazing and that Black Currant shade is to die for.

Here’s a look I did using most of the shades from the palette.

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Alabaster: base shade from lid to brow.

Seafoam: on the inner corner by the tear duct.

Roast: on the lid and slightly blended in crease.

Black Currant: outer corner and into crease.

Has anyone tried this Smoke Box out? Would love to hear your experiences 😀

Hugs from Beauty Land