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Video: Natasha Denona Eyeshadow swatches, tutorial & first impression

A new video is up! This time with a first impression of the Natasha Denona Eyeshadow 5 palette in 5. Are they worth the hype?

natasha denona eyeshadow swatches tutorial first impression

natasha denona eyeshadow swatches tutorial first impression

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A bunch of Cailyn liquid matte lipstick swatches & mini reviews

Cailyn has stepped up thier liquid lipstick game. Earlier they offered a flat matte version, recently they launched Pure Lust Extreme Matte Tint + Velvet which is a more comfortable matte, Star Wave Glitter Tint which sparkles and Star Wave Mattalic Tint which gives a liquid metal look. I have a few mixed ones here to show you, let’s dig deeper and see if they deliver!

A great thing to mention by the way, these lipsticks are all eye safe so even if you don’t like a certain colour on your lips you can do a yummy eyeliner or eyeshadow look with these! One of the great pros with these smudge proof liquid lippies.

My lippies are from Swedish Pure Cosmetic, you can order them internationally at cailyncosmetics.com.

cailyn liquid matte lipsticks

Cailyn Pure Lust Extreme Matte Tint + Velvet in Swayable (47). Star Wave Glitter Tint in Gemini (01), Aquarius (07). Star Wave Mattalic Tint in Sirius (12).

cailyn liquid matte lipsticks

The applicator is a flat flexible spatula-like thing. Much easier to use than a classic doe foot in my opinion! It’s also very non-furry. Am I the only one who has a problem with furry applicators creating uneven edges? Haha

cailyn liquid matte lipstick swatches

Cailyn Pure Lust Extreme Matte Tint + Velvet in Swayable (47). Star Wave Glitter Tint in Gemini (01), Aquarius (07). Star Wave Mattalic Tint in Sirius (12).

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Bare lips for reference

cailyn pure lust extreme matte tint + velvet swayable (47) swatch

Cailyn Pure Lust Extreme Matte Tint + Velvet in Swayable (47). A matte wine red metallic. Feels super thin and soft on the lips, not thick and gunky at all. Needs a thin second coat along the edges to look fully opaque on the lips, but it dries so perfect you won’t feel it. The wear on this one is crazy! It beat all these other three shades. I didn’t think I liked full on metallic lips but this one changed my mind. I can just imagine how it would look as an eyeliner.. Yum.

cailyn star wave glitter tint gemini (01) swatch

Cailyn Star Wave Glitter Tint in Gemini (01). A sheer mauve pink with chunky gold glitter. Ohhh gurl just no. The colour is horrible on me, the formula is gritty as a sand paper and it just looks like 90′s kids makeup. Did I mention that the glitter crusted off within minutes? No, just…. no.

cailyn star wave glitter tint aquarius (07) swatch

Cailyn Star Wave Glitter Tint in Aquarius (07). A dark blue with blue glitter. This one I have very mixed thoughts about. I love, LOVE the colour, like LOVE love love. But the glitter crusts off this one aswell and it doesn’t feel comfortable at all. BUT I LOVE HOW IT LOOKS? Argh.

cailyn star wave mattalic tint sirius (12) swatch

Cailyn Star Wave Mattalic Tint in Sirius (12). A dark cool toned grey with a soft silver sheen. Now we’re talking again! This formula is said to be liquid metallic, somehow I think this one is more on the matte side than the velvety red one shown above? But that’s just technicalities, the formula itself is divine! Another thin, smooth finish and it is fully opaque in one coat. I really like how it’s kind of an off black, it makes it look softer while still super graphic. Love.

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Some pale shimmery mineral eyeshadows from TiKei

Beautiful Alexandra @aatypi always uses TiKei Mineral Eyeshadow in Stardust as her face highlighter, it always looks so smooth and ethereal on her. Of course I had to try it out for myself! Preferred method of doing it: Ordering 10 SEK (about a dollar) clamshell samples of aaalllllll their pale shimmery eyeshadows and deciding which shade is my favourite! They are messy as hell compared to a full size but you get a bunch of product for the money. It’s a great way to try a new colour out if you don’t want to invest before you know if you like the product.

Check the TiKei website out here, they ship within EU and some other international countries. Free shipping on all orders within Sweden!

tikei mineral eyeshadow fairydust, lace, devotion, stardust, champagne

TiKei Mineral Eyeshadow. Top row: Fairydust, Lace, Devotion. Bottom row: Stardust, Champagne.

And the verdict?

Stardust which Alexandra uses is the palest, smoothest and most neutral toned of the shimmer, it’s 100% glitter free and just like a soft moon glow on the skin. Fairydust and Champagne are similar in effect but darker, Fairydust is a peachy pink and Champagne more golden. I will experiment using all of them as face highlighters!

The ones that I would skip using on the cheeks are Lace which is pale pink and a bit more sparkly, perfect eye corner highlighter but maybe too glittery for cheeks. Devotion is a tad too dark and pink for my cheeks but HELLO great everyday lid shade. Honestly it’s the colour that gets me going most out of all five.

tikei mineral eyeshadow fairydust, lace, devotion, stardust, champagne swatch

TiKei Mineral Eyeshadow in Fairydust, Lace, Devotion, Stardust, Champagne.

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3 vampy NYX lippies

For some reason I always gravitate towards really dark lips this time of year, when the pastel craze is at its worst. I really love the look of dark lips with a simple “no makeup makeup” base now that the pasty winter skin is coming back to life with some freckles and glow.

On that note, let’s swatch a few random lippies from NYX!

nyx matte lipstick up the bass, dark era, high voltage lipstick wine & dine

NYX Matte Lipstick in Up The Bass, Dark Era. High Voltage Lipstick in Wine & Dine

nyx matte lipstick up the bass, dark era, high voltage lipstick wine & dine swatch

NYX Matte Lipstick in Up The Bass, Dark Era. High Voltage Lipstick in Wine & Dine

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Bare lips for reference

nyx matte lipstick up the bass swatch

NYX Matte Lipstick in Up The Bass. A ashy purple, satin finish. This one is more slippery in texture than the other lipsticks I’ve tried from the Matte Lipstick line, and it needs a little extra work to not look sheered out and pink toned along the edges. A gorgeous weird shade though! A step further into weirdo land if you’re already digging the taupe lip trend. Try it!

nyx matte lipstick dark era swatch

NYX Matte Lipstick in Dark Era. A dark red wine shade without purple undertones, straight up matte. It’s just patchy enough to look like the perfect John Galliano lip, without feeling crusty and gross. Love the look of this one! Full makeup look using it here.

nyx high voltage lipstick wine & dine swatch

NYX High Voltage Lipstick in Wine & Dine. A brighter berry toned wine shade, not quite as dark as the others. Super slippery formula so it needs a little help from a lip pencil to stay in place all day but it is crazy comfortable.

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Every bright red lippie deserves a bright red blush

…is one of my old mantras. A bright hot lip goes SO well with the same shade on the cheeks, only applied with the lightest hand possible. It is one of the looks I’ve been doing for 10 years and it’s still going strong.

This combo is Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre in Red Vixen with NARS Blush in Exhibit A. Two warm leaning neutral reds that I love pairing together.

charlotte tilbury lip lustre red vixen, nars blush exhibit a

They are made for each other!

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Bare cheeks (with The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer as a highlighter)

nars blush exhibit a, charlotte tilbury lip lustre red vixen

NARS Blush in Exhibit A applied softly with a fluffy brush. See how it gives the red lip that extra kick?

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Glossy claws, purrty lips, serious eyebrows and a passion for critical thinking. Beauty blogger from Gothenburg, Sweden.

My name is Viola Holmgren and I've been representing Swedish beauty bloggerism (yes. we're a cult) since 2008. I focus on cruelty free beauty and I love the feeling of finding cool products that have gone under the radar.

Makeup doesn't have rules. The only person who decides what's right or wrong and if you're wearing it or not is you, and that's where my job as a blogger comes in handy. Use my experience as a guide or an inspiration towards finding your own way.

And just to clarify, all reviews and opinions are my own, there is no evil baby demon on my left shoulder who is bribing, forcing or possessing me to write. Reviews are best written in honesty!