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If there is one thing that both confuses and intrigues me, it is the trends that beauty gurus pick up on, or create..

I always see articles about new things like “diamond nails”, mermaid this and mermaid that, “holographic” make up and god knows what, and I can’t ever seem to be able to jump on the same hype train as others do.

— But, that doesn’t mean I don’t try to recreate whatever it is, like a year after it was popular. I always let a few months pass by, commenting about how stupid something is, then I just end up thinking like “Screw it, I gotta do it now.” So that is how this series was born, I haven’t said it will be a series yet but there is a lot of things I want to try out. The only requirement for me though is that I would have to just use whatever I own, because I don’t want to have to go out of my way to purchase new make up items, I have so much that I need to use up. It is probably not a lot by others standards, but for me it’s more than I would ever need. ( I guess the Makeup Revolution Storage Chest I purchased is to blame).

Onto this post’s trend

I was just mindlessly googling when I stumbled upon this, seeing very washed out eye looks with dull or pastel colors — or on the other side of the scale, bright teal and glitters, and I thought it looked rather cute. Most of the looks were purely greens or blues, or with a tiny bit of purple or yellow, but the “tutorial” I found made use of pretty much every one of the single pan eye shadows I have (which are like the purple, the blue and the green shades, all from H&M). Here’s what it says:

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The mesmerizingly pretty looks on the fashion runway at Marc Jacobs, Rachel Comey, and Jill Stuart are a brighter, dreamier take on the dark and smoky standard. Here’s how we’re pulling it off: Apply shimmery purple on the inner halves of lids, blue on the outer halves, green just below the eyes, and gold at the inner corners. (Eye primer helps.) Blend with a fluffy shadow brush; liner and mascara optional.

They probably intended for this to be a soft, pastel-ish look, but I can’t help but to go for bold colors whenever I can. I also probably could have blended the colors better but the sort of color block look is something I really enjoy, so it is what it is!

What I did was to first apply the purple shadow, then I took a blue eye shadow stick on the outer corner, trying to make it slightly like a wing, I applied a slightly darker blue eye shadow on top and blended it towards the purple. I then took the green shadow under the eyes, blending it up into the blue to try to further make it look like a wing. And last, but not least I applied the gold shadow in the inner corners of the eyes, trying to follow the “tutorial” as closely as possible.

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I think it came out pretty good! Maybe not the same way that the tutorial intended but at least I used the right colors. It could have been softer, could have been more sparkly, could have been better. I guess what matters is that I am happy with it.

I don’t know if I would ever wear this look, maybe to a concert or something similar but definitely not every day! I can understand the appeal of the mermaid look, it’s very beautiful so I guess it’s safe to say that…

This was a total success. √

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As mentioned and shown in the post about the Makeup Revolution 2016 Storage Chest, it came with three different lip kits, each containing a liquid lipstick, a cream lipstick and a lip gloss. I got a request for showing how they looked on and here it is! Sometimes swatches just isn’t enough to decide if it would be worth it so seeing how they look on could definitely help. My favorite before I tried them on was the dark purple, but it’s so messy! You can see in the picture in its sectioned that it smeared out quite a bit. I don’t think there is a lot to say about each kit, the shades don’t have any names, they just named the different types. “Euphoria” for the liquid lipstick, “Amplification” for the cream and “Sheer” for the gloss. You can use them all together or just use them separately. The pictures go in the same order as the types I mentioned in the previous sentence, liquid then cream then gloss.

♥ Ultra Nudes

These were a bit more orange than I expected, but still pretty! I really expected them to be more brown.

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♥ Ultra Reds

These were my favorites!

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♥ Ultra Vamp

These were the messiest out of the bunch, especially the purple cream lipstick.

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I think maybe the darker purple shades could work with a good lip liner! All in all the lip kits were comfortable to wear, I didn’t quite care for the slightly chemical scent but it wasn’t too noticeable when I was wearing them on my lips. I’d recommend these for anyone who want to try out new shades as these are very cheap! I think they go for £2 or £3 per kit.

Have you tried any of these kits before?

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Galactic Mauve on the left, Magic Mauve on the right.

 

Recently I wrote a post about my new favorite lipstick, Galactic Mauve from Maybelline, and then I noticed that they had a similar shade called Magic Mauve and I decided I wanted to check it out. The name first makes me think of Magic Mike, but I doubt he would ever wear a pink-ish purple lipstick.

The first difference I can tell between them is that Galactic is cool toned while Magic is warm toned. Galactic has a tiny bit more shimmer but Magic is still really beautiful on the lips, it’s just a tiny bit more muted. You can see in the swatches below that Galactic on the bottom reflects more light than Magic does on the top there.

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I still think I prefer Galactic to Magic, mainly because the pink-ish hue doesn’t really go too well with my bright red hair right now, but maybe it will be my new favorite once my hair goes back to being brown, or black, whichever I choose to go with when I get tired of maintaining the red again..

Magic Mauve is a great shade, and a great lipstick though, it doesn’t have too strong of a scent and it feels very light weight and creamy on the lips. I found this one to not last as long on the lips as the Galactic Mauve, but it might just be because the color is a little bit brighter so it would fade faster. Not sure if that makes sense to you, but it does to me at least.

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As you can see in the pictures above, the shades are really similar when worn together! The camera kinda made the shades look a bit strange but it’s honestly not far off from what they look like in real life. (Actually, in hindsight.. I think it was my ceiling light making them look different). Ah well!

Want to know a secret? I love wearing two lipsticks at once, one on the top and another on the bottom lip. Ombres are too advanced for me so doing it like that is perfect for me.

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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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Bottom row

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!

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As you can see on the tubes, they’re very different in color there!

I have always loved a slightly purple lip color, and I have been using the Wet ‘n Wild Megaslicks lip gloss in “That’s My Jam” for quite a while. Recently I decided I should try a different shade just to shake things up a bit so I decided to Purchase a Nyx Butter Gloss in “Devil’s Food Cake”, expecting it to be in the brown-ish range of shades since the name is literally a type of chocolate cake.

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You can see the warm tone / cool tone difference here.

I was very surprised when I first tried it though because it turns out it is almost identical to the one I was already using so there wasn’t much of a change at all! The Nyx Butter Gloss is a tiny bit warmer than the Wet ‘n Wild Megaslicks gloss but that is the only difference I can see, on the lips they look very similar. In the picture below, I have used the Wet ‘n Wild gloss on the top half and the Nyx Buter Gloss on the bottom half. I don’t know if staring at it has made me color blind but I can’t really tell them apart. The shadow on my upper lip kind of gives the color a more warm shade to make them even more similar.

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Top: Wet ‘n Wild Megaslicks “That’s My Jam”. Bottom: NYX Butter Gloss “Devil’s Food Cake”.

I guess ending up with a better smelling dupe isn’t the worst thing in the world, but I admit I was feeling a bit upset because I pretty much ended up buying the same exact product for a few dollars more. I guess the scent makes up for it, plus it seems like the Nyx gloss stays on the lips for longer so I will probably end up using it more than the other. Next time I will triple check the colors before purchasing anything online, or try to find a store here that sells the brands. The latter is probably not likely to happen since Norway seems to have a preference for Maybelline, L’oreal and Max Factor, so online shopping is usually what I have to go for since there are no other options.

Have you ever ended up purchasing an accidental dupe? How did you feel about it?

 

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