New In | Anastasia Beverly Hills, Idun Minerals, Kat Von D ♥

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I had some really stressful weeks and I just got to a point where I needed to treat myself because, well, I deserved it! Not to mention I passed a few exams as well (in Swedish, woohoo!). So, yesterday I finally had a walk in the city, some good coffee and a lunch, and on top of that I checked what is new in the make up world. Ever since my lectures at the university started I feel like I don’t have much time for anything on the side, so yesterday was like a breath of fresh air.

My first stop was KICKS where I noticed the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette. This product has been on my mind for months and I’ve been resisting it ever since it was launched. But a few nights ago I had a dream about how I was buying it online, and well, that was it, I just took that as a sign. The rest is history. :D I wasn’t really aware it was available in the store so I was surprised when I saw it, but I’m glad I got to test it before purchasing it. It really is a great palette with excellent pigmentation and interesting shades.
Price: 545 SEK (€55)

Another product I purchased while I was at KICKS was the Anastasia Beverly Hills Concealer in shade 0.75. It wasn’t a planned purchased but I’ve been looking at concealers for a while now and couldn’t decide what to get so I grabbed this one after reading mostly positive reviews. Shade 0.75 is a cool shade with pink undertones, the product is quite thick in texture but it does blend nicely. More on this concealer soon! And since I purchased two ABH products, I got Beauty Genius Clear Waterproof Gel as a gift with purchase and some DipBrow Pomade samples. Beauty Genius is a clear gel which can be used with any products so I’m looking forward to trying it!
Price (concealer): 249 SEK (€29)

Next, I got new nail polish shades from Idun Minerals! There was a 3 for 2 offer on all Idun Minerals products in a pharmacy that carries their products and I got Marmor, Granit and Ametrin. Ever since I switches to cruelty free products, I tried to find certain shades that would replace my non-cruelty free nail polishes, and a lot of those shades I managed to find among IsaDora’s and Idun Minerals’ shades. These are easy to apply, they are 5-free and long lasting (5 days on my nails without any special tricks). I’m already wearing shade Ametrin which is a shade from their spring collection – a lovely creamy pastel  lilac. One of my all time favourite shades when it comes to nail polish! ♥
Price: 95 SEK (€10)

And, the last product I got is the Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in shade Bauhau5! I wasn’t going to buy another liquid lipstick, but this shade is so, so, so special that I just had to! Not to mention that my husband loves it as well and he helped me to decided which shade to get :D More photos/swatches soon!
Price: 215 SEK (€22)

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Review | Rouge Bunny Rouge Original Skin Blush – Gracilis

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One of my favourite products lately is my first blush from Rouge Bunny Rouge in shade Gracilis, lovely medium rose shade with a hint of mauve. According to Rouge Bunny Rouge, this shade is best suited for pale, cool complexions. I’m not pale, more like light to medium, but I do have cool undertones and this shade is definitely suitable for my complexion.

This is how they describes their blushes:

“Original Skin Blush blends with a sheer, melting touch for a naturally luminous silky glow. (…) Innovative powders entwine with your skin to preserve perfection all day long. Result is ‘your skin but better’ effect; you’ll wonder how you blushed before.”

As all other Rouge Bunny Rouge products I’ve tried so far, even this product has this nice and soft formula that blends on its own. Additionally, ‘your skin but better’ description is completely appropriate since this blush really is just that.  My skin tends to look quite dull and tired, especially lately, but a bit of CC cream in combination with this blush does wonders for me. And not only is this blush looking lovely, it is long lasting, too! Rouge Bunny Rouge claims this blush lasts all day long, and, well, it does! I usually apply it early in the morning and by the time I get home – 12 hours later – it is still there! This blush comes in a simple black packaging with a mirror on the inside. It contains 5.5 grams of product and it costs €31. Another thing that impressed me, along with the quality, is the lovely pattern on the blush itself. I almost felt bad for “destroying” it, but it would be a shame not to use such a lovely shade. ♥

Rouge Bunny Rouge blush comes in five shades and that might seem a bit odd, especially today when brands offer so many shades and different types of products (blush in a stick, cream blushes, and so on). On one hand, I wished there were a few more shades, but then again, I’m glad that Rouge Bunny Rouge isn’t one of those brands that comes out with many collections/products/shades each year and who basically push you into buying more and more products (especially if it’s limited edition and you feel like you might miss something if you don’t buy it right away). Not sure if that was their intention from the beginning, but I really like how they are sustainable and how they take their time to launch new shades/products. :)

Here is my swatch, but I’ll be taking a photo of the blush on my cheeks this weekend; I finally have a bit of time for that.

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Have you tried any of their blush shades? :)

Ingredients: TALC, ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINTE, MICA, MYRYSTYL TRISILOXANE, C26-54 ALKYL TETRADECYL DIMETHICONE, LAURYL LACTATE, DIMETHICINE, GLYCINE SOJA OIL, ZINC STERATE, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STERATE, HYDROGENATED POLYDECENE TRIMETHYLOLPROPANE TRIISOSTEARATE, CHLORPHENESIN, OCTYLDODECANOL, POTASSIUM SORBATE, TETRASODIUM EDTA, PHYLLANTHUS EMBLICA EKTRACT, PHENOXYETHANOL, AQUA, LAURYL METHACRYLATE/GLYCOL DIMETHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, DICAPRYLIETHER, SODIUM GLUCONATE, ALGAE, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM CITRATE, WALTHERIA INDICA, FERULIC ACID, POLYGLYCERYL-2 DIPOLYHYDROXYSTEARATE; (+/-): CI 7789l, C 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77007, CI 77510, CI 75470, CI 15850, CI 73360, CI 19149, CI 42090

Suitable for vegans: No.
Where to buy? online
Price: €31

Vesna ♥

First impressions | estelle & thild

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Three weeks ago I picked up a few products from estelle & thild, a Swedish brand based in Stockholm. I’ve read some good reviews about their products and since I was running low on my toner and cleansing gel, I decided to give their products a go. Along with these two, I grabbed their tinted moisturizer, too (I got it instead of a new liquid foundation, and since I don’t like liquid foundations either way, this product seemed like a better option). As I mentioned at the beginning, I got these products three weeks ago which means I’ve used them for some time now, and here are my first impressions.

BIOCLEANSE Fragrance Free Cleansing Gel (150 ml / 189 SEK / €20 / 20 USD) – estelle & thild has two cleansing gels, and I chose this one because it’s fragrance free (I got really sensitive for the past few months and I try to buy products that have mild scent or, if possible, no scent at all). This product has a funny jelly formula and I have to be careful when I’m squeezing it out, because it is a bit watery/thinner, and I have to be careful not to end up with too much product. This gel isn’t just for washing the face, but it also removes make up. I have been satisfied with both options, even though I don’t use many layers of make up / mascara / eye shadows so I don’t know how it works with heavier make up. However, it does remove my daily make up which consists of tinted moisturizer, mascara, blush and brows.  All in all, I do like how it works, I feel like my skin is really clean after each use, but I’m not sure if I would recommend it to someone with really dry skin. I do have the feeling like my skin does feel a bit drier after I use it, but I do have a good skin care regime so that doesn’t really bother me since I apply my products right after I washed my face.

Ingredients: aqua, aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, glycerin, cocamidopropyl betaine, xanthan gum, gluconolactone, sambucus nigra flower extract*, glyceryl caprylate, sodium gluconate, citric acid, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate.* Ingredient from Organic Farming

BIOCLEANSE Multi Action Facial Toner (150 ml / 189 SEK / €20 / 20 USD) –  before getting this product, I was using another toner from Paula’s Choice, but I decided not to re-purchase it since I wasn’t really impressed. I mean, it was okay, but nothing special. I just figured I could get something a bit cheaper, with the same effect. For now, it seems like I found a good product – I feel like my skin likes it, it feels hydrated and refreshed after each use, and it works well with the rest of my skin care regime. All in all, haven’t noticed any negative changes. Another reason, why I got it is that it has an alcohol-free. However, it isn’t fragrance free so that might not be a good option if you’re after fragrance free skin care. It has a mild plant-based scent which disappears soon after application.

Ingredients: Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Glycerin, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract*, Gluconolactone, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Parfum, Limonene, Sodium Gluconate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate

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BIOHYDRATE All In One Tinted Moisturizer Light (50 ml / 299 SEK / €31 / 33 USD) –  instead of buying a new foundation or a CC cream, I decided to go with this tinted moisturizer, but I do think I will be getting a foundation as well or something with SPF since this product doesn’t contain any SPF. The lack of SPF is the only thing I don’t like about this product and that might be a deal breaker for many (especially today when we all know how important SPF is). But, if I put that aside and if I had to describe this product in one sentence, I would probably describe it as ‘my skin but better’. I really love how it looks on my skin, how light it feels and how easy it is to work with. This is how estelle & thild describes it: “The custom all-in-one formula provides natural coverage, hydrates the skin and infuses it with radiance.” I completely agree. However, if you look for something that has SPF and offers medium coverage, you might want to look elsewhere since this product is really light in coverage. It looks completely natural and it does give this lovely healthy shine to the skin. Additionally, even though it says it’s for all skin types, I wouldn’t recommend it to someone with oily skin. It’s not fragrance free, but its scent is really mild. It comes in two shades: light and medium. My shade is light.

Ingredients: aqua, titanium dioxide, aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, rosa damascena flower water*, glycerin**, prunus armeniaca kernel oil*, coco-caprylate/caprate, simmondsia chinensis seed oil*, butyrospermum parkii butter*, glyceryl stearate citrate, lecithin*, gluconolactone, sodium hyaluronate, glyceryl caprylate, tocopherol, cetearyl olivate, sclerotium gum, xanthan gum, sorbitan olivate, parfum, limonene, linalool, sodium gluconate, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, sorbic acid, CI 77491,CI 77492, CI 77499.

Suitable for vegans? Yes, all three products are vegan
Where to buy? estelle & thild or naturisimo (both ship worldwide); if you’re in Sweden then you can get their product at Åhléns, KICKS, etc.

Vesna ♥

Review | Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Ash Brown

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It took me a really long time to finally purchase the well known Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, and once I finally did, I kept asking myself: “Why on earth haven’t I purchased this product ages ago?!”. I don’t have any good reason, to be honest, I guess I was just trying to convince myself I don’t need any other product as long as I have Illamasqua Brow Powder in shade Gaze. That was, obviously, not true because as soon as I got Dipbrow Pomade, I stopped using Gaze. Well, I guess I needed the change since I was using Gaze for at least 6 years and it is (was?) my holy grail product. Until now.

I guess you’ve already seen Dipbrow Pomade all over the internet, so it’s not like I’ll be saying anything new. I’ll simply start by saying that, if you’ve been on the fence about buying it, well, just buy it because I don’t think you’ll regret it. You might, though, if you get the wrong shade, but that’s something else and not related to the quality of the product. And, since I mentioned the quality, let me tell you that everything about this product is simply superbit is highly pigmented, waterproof, incredibly long-lasting and so easy to apply (you can easily go from ‘barely there’ brows to ‘strongly outlined’ brows). I love the packaging, too – it comes in a glass jar with a screw-on lid. The jar contains 4 grams of product, a decent amount that will last me at least 6 months, but probably more.

I purchased the shade Ash Brown because I prefer cool toned brow shades, which are, if you ask me, really hard to find. Even Dipbrow Pomade has mostly warm toned/too dark brown shades, but this one is really good for cool toned/ashy brows (like mine). I would, though, prefer if it was a bit more ashy since Gaze is quite ashy and I guess I’m just used to it, but it looks good on my brows either way. I apply it with an angled brush (usually ecotools) or Anastasia Beverly Hills #12 (#12 brush is actually Dipbrow Pomade brush, but you can use any angled brush, just make sure it’s clean).

Anyway, to make the long story short, this is a product that you do need in your life. Or, to be more precise, your brows do. ;) I’ve been using it all the time for the past two months, and I really doubt I’ll buy anything else instead of it. I really don’t think anyone could make anything better than this.

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I’m wearing Ash Brown in this photo, applied quite lightly since I prefer light application. I think it shapes my brows really nicely. ♥

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Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Silica, Polyethylene, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Ozokerite/Synthetic Wax, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Mica, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Propylparaben, May Contain/Peut Contenir: (+/-) Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163)
Suitable for vegans?
Yes
Where to buy? here or here (and many other websites); if you are in Sweden, you can get it at Kicks and Åhléns
Price: 255 SEK / 28$ (I know it’s cheaper online or in other countries, but this is the price in Sweden

Vesna ♥

Mini Review | Rouge Bunny Rouge Raw Garden Eye Shadow Palette – Caliche

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Last month I got my hands on a few products from Rouge Bunny Rouge, and one of them was this lovely eye shadow palette called Caliche. At the moment, Rouge Bunny Rouge has only two different palettes, but I do hope they will come out with more shades in the future. In the meantime, I’ll share my thoughts on Caliche which I’ve used a few times.

Let me start by saying how RBR eye shadows have one of the best formulas out there. Well, at least that’s my opinion. They are so silky and buttery. They basically blend without any additional effort – you don’t need to try hard to blend the shades because they do that for you. All you need is a brush. Caliche has the same formula, but I have the feeling like the formula is somehow even better. Not sure how is that even possible, but it really is – extremely soft and gentle formula with a bit of discreet shine that you don’t see until it’s applied on the eyelids. If I had to use an adjective to describe these eye shadows, for some reason fragile / delicate comes to my mind. Since the formula is a bit specific, the pigmentation is different as well – it’s much softer and not so much “in your face”. Caliche isn’t for those who prefer strong pigment, it’s rather for those who want certain colours in a softer form. I prefer to wear these colours on those days when I want to quickly define my eyes and get that soft, misted look. Another thing that I love about these shades is that they are cool toned, which makes me especially happy since lately I’ve been seeing mostly warm toned eye shadow palettes.

The packaging is definitely exquisite. Unfortunately, I have no photos of it, even though I tried to take some, but it’s impossible to show you how interesting it is. I think I’ll make a short video where you’ll be able to see how it looks like. When it comes to the packaging of the palette itself, I love how there is some sort of magnetic mechanism which makes it a lot easier to open the lid (hate it when I basically have to break my nails in order to open a product, LOL). Additionally, there is a mirror in the size of the lid which might be useful on the go. The only thing I don’t like, is the fact that eye shadows aren’t separated – they don’t come in their own pans. For now, that’s not an issue, but it might be in the future once I hit the pan and try to scoop the very last bit of a certain shade.

The price of this product is on the higher end – it costs €59 / $63 / 560 SEK. It contains 7 grams of product in total, which is 1,75 grams per eye shadow, and that’s €14.75 / $15,75 / 140 SEK per eye shadow. Personally, I am a fan of their eye shadows and I think they’re totally worth the price.

All in all, I’m satisfied with my purchase, but to be honest, I didn’t think it would be any different. I just know that I always get the best quality with Rouge Bunny Rouge products and I always know what to expect from them. So far, I’ve never been disappointed and I hope our mutual love will last…
As I mentioned above, the formula is one of the best out there, they apply like a dream and they last for many hours on my eyelids without any primer.

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swatches without primer, photo taken in natural daylight (unfortunately, they look so poorly pigmented on my photo, but I think it has to do with the formula which is, as I said, really delicate in a way; would be nice if you could try it for yourself)

Ingredients: TALC, NYLON-12, MICA, DIMETHICONE, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, DIMETHICONEOL STEARATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, ARGANIA SPINOSA KERNEL OIL, AQUA (WATER), BENZYL ALCOHOL, DEHYDROACETIC ACID, SODIUM HYALURONATE, [+/-]: CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), CI 77491 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77492 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77007 (ULTRAMARINES), CI 75470 (CARMINE)
Suitable for vegans? No (one or more eye shadows contain carmine)
Where to buy? online
Price? €59

Vesna ♥