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What is it?


The color sweeper is a tool that goes by many names and is produced by many brands. The one I purchased is made by Lab2 (Or lab squared I suppose since the 2 is supposed to be raised), and it was around £8. Basically it is a tin containing a rough sponge you can use to clean off any pigment on your brush so that you can immediately use the same brush on a new color. It does not actually clean your brush, it just removes the loose pigment that is left on the bristles so you won’t mix the colors. Some people have tried to argue that it does clean them but there is still color being left on the bristles so there’s no way that it’s true. So you should definitely still clean your brush even if you use this when you do your make up.

The rough sponge itself can also be cleaned. There is going to be residue from powder in the bottom of the tin that you should clean, and the sponge itself gets dirty from excessive use so I will definitely recommend to clean it regularly. You can just wash it with soap and water and then leave it to dry and use it again. Some people say you can turn the sponge upside down too, but with the pigment and powders gathering at the bottom of the tin I wouldn’t recommend that either, unless you haven’t used it too much yet.

How did it work?


For this experiment I decided to go for one of the darkest colors I could find, using a matte black from my I Heart Makeup Death By Chocolate palette, a great palette that Karalee got me for Christmas. It’s not the most pigmented black eye shadow but it shows up at least! I swatched it on my window sill because it’s the only proper white background I have, I didn’t have any paper available at the time.

On the right you can see the first swatch without using the color sweeper, then you see after using it once, and on the right you can see a very faint mark after using it twice. It does remove a lot of the pigment but I feel like you have to rub really hard against the sponge to properly get it out.


It does do a decent job and the pigment didn’t transfer into any of the lighter colors in the palette so it could be a useful tool if you are short on brushes and want to use multiple colors for your eye look. Just remember to give your brush(es) a proper clean now and then to avoid any eye infections and irritations and what not.

Have you used a product like this before? What did you think of it? I was actually interested in buying something like this after reading Michala’s review of a similar one because the concept of it intrigued me.

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The color sweeper is a tool that goes by many names and is produced by many brands. The one I purchased is made by Lab2 (Or lab squared I suppose since the 2 is supposed to be raised), and it was around £8. Basically it is a tin containing a rough sponge you can use to clean off any pigment on your brush so that you can immediately use the same brush on a new color.


Steve Laurant Liquid Liner Review

Lise —  February 15, 2018 — 18 Comments


What is it?

The Steve Laurant Precision Tip Eyeliner is a liquid felt tip eye liner that comes in a really pretty rose gold packaging. This eyeliner was a gift from my sister who had received it in a Glossybox. She doesn’t use eyeliners so I’m glad she gave it to me because it’s a really good one. I haven’t had too much experience with felt tip liners, but after the failure that was the L’Oreal Superliner, I was ready to find an actual good one.


The picture above was taken about ten minutes after I put it on, and you can see that it’s not a matte black. It’s very shiny and it layers on top of the skin so you can definitely feel that it’s there, but it does look pretty so I don’t mind. It’s a very intense black, at least at first application. I was able to do a somewhat sharp flick because the tip is very firm and sturdy, but it’s not uncomfortable to use in any way. I feel in some cases liners can feel a bit sharp but that was not the case with this one at all. The black glided on smoothly and it was super easy to use. I didn’t notice it drying out while applying the liner either and that is a very big plus!

How did it go?


The picture above was taken at the end of the day. This is after roughly 14 hours of wear. I applied it around 8 am and washed it off around 10 pm. You can see that the black has faded quite a bit, it’s more of a charcoal or dark grey at this point but it has still retained a little bit of its shine so it’s not too bad. The sharp flick has become more rounded, likely from me roughly rubbing my eye a bit earlier but not much else has happened to it. It has not faded any differently during other times that I have worn it so it has quickly become my favorite liquid liner.

I would recommend this if you enjoy liquid liners that look shiny. If you want a matte liner, this one won’t be for you, it’s way too shiny to try to play it off as something else.

Have you tried this liner before? Or heard of the brand? It was definitely a first for me, but I am glad I was gifted this.

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Steve Laurant Liquid Eyeliner Review

What is it?

I received this palette as a Christmas gift from Karalee and I instantly fell in love with it. When you open it, it has a faint chocolate scent and it’s luckily not an overpowering one like how some other make up products have. The design on the outside is super cute too, a partially melted bar of chocolate. As this one is called Death by chocolate, it contains quite a few brown-ish shades. It contains a good variety of matte, satin and shimmer finishes. It does have a little bit of fallout but I honestly don’t mind that when the quality is generally really good. On the tambeauty website, this has almost exclusively only four and five star reviews.




These swatches are all done with a brush, I figured that would give them all a fair chance as some always look better with finger swatches.

From left to right:

Don’t let go, Break me up, Consume me and All is lost. Not pictured is the large pan of White light because it was exactly the same as my skin color so it didn’t show up at all on my arm.


Lick me, Fool’s gold, One more bar, Devour me, Tear the wrapper and Love you to death.


Pray for me, Dipped, Tease me, Set me free and across the bottom is Bring down angels.


I think they all have very good pigment and they are quite easy to blend. Below I used White light all over my lids as a base, Break me up in my crease, Love you to death on the outer 2/3 of my lids, a bit of All is lost on the absolute outer corner and under my lower lash line and the beautiful Fool’s gold shade on the inner third of my eyelids. I was really happy with how they blended and I will definitely try to create other similar looks with is.


In addition of it having good shimmers, the mattes can also be used to create a more natural and daytime kind of look, with a bit light shimmer added on top to make it special.

To me this is a perfect palette because it has most of the colors I love and it’s possible to create so many different looks with it. Some of the browns could maybe be a bit more neutral but they do work either way.

Have you tried this palette before? What did you think of it? 

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What is it?


The True Match Minerals Powder claims to be a skin improving foundation that consists of 95% minerals. I purchased one in the shade Rose Ivory because I felt that this was the shade that suited me the best. ( It was also the palest shade I could find. I’m pretty much as white as snow when my skin is behaving properly ). It looks a bit dark in the glass jar, as you can see in the picture below. The powder is dispensed through a mesh layer and the instructions says to just dab your brush down in it to pick up the powder. You can end up picking up a whole lot at once so I would definitely recommend to tap off some of the excess before applying it to your face.


How does it work for me?

In the picture below I have only applied the foundation to one side of my face. I guess you can tell that it is on the left side of the picture, since the skin there is much more even and less red compared to the right side of the picture. My nose is the easiest to see it on, because the camera couldn’t pick up on the redness of my cheeks too well. The day I chose to document this was a very physically heavy day because I help out with stocking dry goods in a grocery store and there is a lot of heavy lifting so I could really get to test it to see how it would last.

PicMonkey Collage

I applied my make up right before 8 in the morning and it looked fine. I couldn’t really take pictures in very natural light because the sun doesn’t really come up until after 9. I then kept the make up on my face throughout work, and took a new picture around 3 in the afternoon. The foundation has stayed on very well, only fading a bit from my nose, making it shiny, and my cheeks, which was mostly due to me wiping sweat off of my face.


I think it held up pretty well, and it has on other days when I haven’t done as much too and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who prefers powder foundations over regular foundations. My skin can’t handle liquid foundations so powders have been my go to for the past few years. It really feels like I’m wearing nothing at all and it’s really nice!

Have you tried this foundation before? What did you think of it? 

What is this?


I found this in the Maybelline display at the grocery store here and I was immediately intrigued, especially since I have been loving purple a lot the past year or so. I haven’t had a proper blush in ages because I feel like my cheeks shine through no matter what so I decided on purchasing this one. It also comes with a highlighting shade so it was kind of a twofer. The idea of it, as told by the backside of the packaging is to use the blush, then highlight on top of it to give a different effect, apparently.

In the pan, the highlighter looks really pale, but when I swatched it, as you can see below, it looks more golden than white. For me, that is kind of a problem since I’m really pale and golden shades doesn’t suit me too well. The other shades look gorgeous though, there’s a good variety between shades, one pink-ish, one light purple and one that looks a lot deeper.


The blushes are very pigmented, so you would have to be careful when applying it. I used a round contour brush to apply it the first time because my blush brush had been used for highlighter previously and I didn’t want to wash it. By using that I pretty much just stamped a circle of color onto my cheeks and I looked like a clown. You can also see in the picture below that the palette has a lot of fallout so be careful when using a brush to apply it. I only gently swiped into the color and that was how much came out, a bit more than what I’m used to from other Maybelline products. I guess it makes up for it by being super pigmented.


All in all I found it to be a good enough blush, the highlight was too dark so I resorted to using it on my eyes along with the purple shades instead. The colors blend really well so they are ideal for being used as an eye shadow too.. So this is technically a three-fer palette then, blush, highlight and eye shadow in one!

Have you tried this before? What do you think about it?