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My favorite thing to do is to try out weird or bold eye looks, and when I just so happen to find a ‘new’ palette to play with, plus some other colors on the side, I won’t say no. I have spent many hours of my life playing with make up, creating strange eye looks and just wiping it off soon after if I’m not happy with it. A few years ago I used to have a gold and green duo shadow from H&M that I absolutely loved, and the green shade was so dark and suit my eyes so well but I have never found any shades to recreate it ever since, until now. Well, it’s not an exact duplicate of it, but it is close enough!

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A bit chunky, but still a good gold shade.

Swatches 

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The purple look

First I wanted to just see how crazy I could get with the colors, having purple and gold as my other favorite gold combo, i decided to try to make a look from it too. For some reason gold and purple makes me think of the fictional nation of Orlais, from the Dragon Age universe. Their style is really posh and over the top and that is how the gold/purple combo is making me feel. I first tried to use the purple shade that came with the palette but it just showed up slightly brown, so i guess its taupe? Instead I ended up using a purple eye shadow from H&M that was on sale for 10 NOK (around a dollar). I used a wet brush and it showed up pretty good! It took a few layers to make it as intense as I wanted but it layered well so that was no problem. The gold shade from the palette didn’t layer as well though, Maybelline is pretty notorious for having chalky eye shadows and this was no exception. It gave it some texture, not necessarily what I like in an eye shadow, but at least it had somewhat of a metallic shimmer.

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I focused on making the outer edge more opaque so it looks a tiny bit patch in the crease in the picture below, but it wasn’t noticeable when i had my eyes open so I didn’t really care. I also noticed it’s pretty easy to see that my hair is two different colors now too, I’m growing out the black color so almost half of my hair is a lighter brown color now. All in all I’m pretty happy with how the eye look turned out. Maybe I could have smoked out/blended the edges better but it doesn’t really matter to me if it has a harsh edge.

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The green look

As for the green look, I took a lighter metallic ish shade and layered on top of the gold to mute it a bit, then using a mix of the green shade in the Maybelline palette and a green H&M shade. I was a little bit disappointed since the green shade in the palette wasn’t as pigmented, but I’m sure they were going for a more subtle shade, letting the gold dominate the whole palette. The H&M shade was a whole lot brighter but more sheer so it didn’t do much apart from adding a slight sheen on top of it all. Doing dual colors like this was my favorite thing to do in high school, and I rarely went a day without it in some kind of variety. This look isn’t bold compared to the other so it was way easier to wear it casually, and it still is to this day.

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Being able to find something similar to what I used before has rekindled my love for make up a little bit, and I feel myself wanting to sit down in front of the mirror and play with the colors. Maybe I can end up with a blue and purple eye look too, or blue and gold.. or.. well, time will show! For now I’m just going to replicate this look over and over until i tire from it completely.

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Do you have a go-to look? Or did you use to have one that you would love to recreate? Tell me all about it!

Uten navn

 

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I don’t purchase palettes very often but when I do I either absolutely love them, or I feel kind of “meh” about them. This is sadly the latter, though I did love the original NUDES palette, and the Blushed NUDES that Maybelline released prior to this one. They now have a 24k palette too but I haven’t been wanting to invest in it after being disappointed by this one.

At first glance, I’m really excited to see both a blue shade and a gold shade, but as I’m wary of those shades from previous experiences, I was not expecting too much. I think it was my low expectations that kind of made this just a “meh” instead of “hate it” because the shades don’t transfer well to the lids at all. I tried using a packing brush while it was dry, while it was wet, with some fixing spray and I even tried with a sponge applicator because apparently they transfer more pigment but there still wasn’t much showing up. You can also see how chalky the whole palette is. Just look at the mess I left behind after I finished doing the swatches! I had to use a q-tip to clean it off between the pans because I can’t stand messy things at all, plus having the lighter shades contaminated by the darker shades is not something I would want to happen.

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Look at that mess!

In the swatches below you can see that the blue shade and the gold shade don’t really keep their shades at all. The blue one looks more dark grey and the gold one just looks flat and not metallic at all. The lighter shades and the purple shade looks great though! They also transferred well and actually showed up on the lid. The two black ones, one glittery and one matte did not perform well and they were very patchy. There was also a ton of glitter fallout that I didn’t enjoy. I looked at the Maybelline website to see how they used the colors, and they showed an eye look with the blue shade that was very metallic and impressive, but they must have mixed it with an eye gloss because it does not look like that whatsoever.

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So all in all, I was very disappointed with this palette, which sucks because Maybelline is the most accessible brand for me and I have loved the previous palettes so much. Maybelline is the only brand who has a display at my local grocery store so I always see news from them first. I’m hesitant to try any newer palettes and shadows from them now because it kind of feels like they have changed the formula and it sucks because it was great before. It is very affordable though, retailing for $11.99 on their web site but would it be worth it when the palette is bad to begin with? I don’t really think so.

Have you tried Maybelline’s NUDES palettes before? What do you think of them?

Uten navn

 

Monthly favorites: August

August 27, 2016 — 10 Comments

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  • The blushed nudes by Maybelline
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  • Smokey eye pen by Rodial
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  • Cucumber and Aloe peel off mask by H&M
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  • We happy few
    “We Happy Few is the tale of a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial. Set in a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England, you’ll have to blend in with its other inhabitants, who have their own set of not-so-normal rules. ”
    This game is a truly disturbing, yet intriguing experience.
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  • The stolen throne by David Gaider.
    A prequel to Dragon Age: Origins, written by the game’s lead writer.
    “After his mother, the beloved Rebel Queen, is betrayed and murdered by her own faithless lords, young Maric becomes the leader of a rebel army attempting to free his nation from the control of a foreign tyrant.”

Uten navn

  • Rachel Taylor – Light a fire
  • Daughter – Numbers
  • Hot as sun – Mother i’m alive
  • Digital Daggers – Come crashing

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What are your August favorites?