The Forgotten Lipsticks

the forgotten lipsticks

We all have a few makeup items in our beauty collection that we haven't touched in a while. Some of them get abandoned because they're just, well, crap, while others end up in the back of our drawers for no aparent reason. Today I'll be showing you five lipsticks that I love but haven't used in a really long time. The video is a part of the collab I did with lovely Emily, so don't forget to check out her video as well. She will also show you five awesome lipsticks she'd forgotten about. You can watch her video here. Now, I want to know, which of your lipsticks you haven't used in a while?

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Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector Review

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector Review Swatch 01 Rose Shimmer 02 Apricot Shimmer

It's never been a secret that I am not a particular fan of applying sticky formulas on my lips, but when bloggers started claiming that Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector is a lip gloss even non lip gloss lovers fall head over hills with, it sparked up my interest and I immediately put it on my 'maybe one day' wishlist. The fact that this products costs anywhere from twenty to thirty euros (depends on where you purchase it) made me very reluctant to buy it. I feel like the price is very steep for a lip gloss, and considering I'm not the biggest fan of them, I just couldn't justify the splurge. Months went by and I was still resisting the purchase, but then I saw a travel exclusive gift set of two for the price of one at the airport and decided to finally give it a go. 
Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector Review Swatch 01 Rose Shimmer 02 Apricot Shimmer

The product comes in a very lovely looking tube that is girly, fancy, well made and functional at the same time. The product doesn't leak out of the tube even if you squeeze it really hard, which makes it a perfect for just throwing it in your handbag. The applicator is very convenient as well. There's a soft sponge attached to the tube from which a product comes out when you squeeze it. The amount of squeezed out product can be controlled, so there are no excess lip gloss nightmares going on, and it also applies evenly. It is a perfect on the go product and I'm glad that it is, because you have to re-apply it constantly, since it disappears from the lips rather quickly. 
Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector Review Swatch 01 Rose Shimmer 02 Apricot Shimmer

The product itself is supposed to be a hybrid between a lip gloss and a lip balm, and claims to nourish, repair and protect lips. I personally feel like it is more of a lip gloss. I can't comment on any of its nourishing properties, because I haven't had problems with chapped lips for quite a while, but it does feel ok on my lips. I feel like it sort of creates a film on my lips and doesn't dry them out, so I guess this is where it gets the nourishing claims from. Having said that, I don't have a feeling that it is particularly hydrating, and I also have to mention that it's a little bit sticky, which I'm not too fond of, but it luckily isn't sticky to the point where it would drive me mad. I have two shades - 01 Rose Shimmer & 02 Apricot Shimmer - which, by the way, smell pleasantly sweet. As you can see in my lip swatches below, they turn out pretty identical from far away. Up close and side by side, you can spot the difference, but the deal is, these are very poorly pigmented products. I'm kind of undecided about how I feel about this. On one hand, I wish they gave a tiny bit more colour considering how much you pay for them, but at the same time, I really like the outcome on my lips. I always have problems with finding nude lip shades for me because nothing seems to suit me, but these two are right up my alley. They make it very easy for me to pull off a nude lip, give my lips a nice milky finish and make them look juicy. 
Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector Review Swatch 01 Rose Shimmer 02 Apricot Shimmer
Rose Shimmer

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector Review Swatch 01 Rose Shimmer 02 Apricot Shimmer
Apricot Shimmer


To be honest, I don't know whether or not to recommend you these. I do like wearing them on days when I fancy a nude lip or just don't want to be bothered with a lipstick, but I'm not sure if they're worth the hefty price tag. I would probably only repurchase this product if I found another airport deal. How do those of you who already gave it a go yourself feel about it?

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The Week When I Did Makeup at Fashion Week


This week started on a very exciting note. I had an opportunity to be a part of Make-up Designory's team of make-up artists at our fashion week, and as this is the only exciting thing that happened this week, it will be the focus of today's post. I'm sure a lot of you are interested in what was going on backstage, right? So, let's start at the beginning. We arrived at the location about four hours before the whole thing started and immediately started working. We were crammed in the hallway along with all the models and other people who were doing their own jobs backstage. It was very crowdy and hot, we had very little space for doing makeup, the lighting was not the best and I was full of nerves, since my social anxiety decided to pay a visit again, but the atmosphere was nothing like I'd imagined it to be. I thought everyone would be on the edge of their nerves and running around like crazy, but everything felt very relaxed. At least at our little corner. At some points it was quite hectic all around us, but I was so focused on doing makeup that I haven't even paid attention to that. We were done with the first round of looks earlier than we had to be, so we even had some time to relax, chat, rehydrate ourselves and eat some strawberries before the shows started. It was in the calm before the storm, because once the shows started, everything changed. The backstage went mental. We all had to be totally quiet, the music was so loud that the whole place was literally shaking, and everything was happening with the speed of light. We had to change the looks of our models twice, as we were working for three different designers, and only had five minutes between shows to do it. Not to mention that the models also had to change clothes. As I have said, it was crazy, but we did it and it felt like the whole thing was over before it even started. You can check out the looks we did and the work of amazing designers we've been working for (Zoran Garevski, Dajana Ljubičić, Young@Squat) here, here and here. After the show, when we cleaned everything up, it was time for an after party. Unfortunatelly, I couldn't go, as my mom's friend was waiting for me to call her to come pick me up and take me to her place. I was staying with her over night, because there were no more trains to take me back home, and since I really didn't want to be too much of a burden, I said no to the after party and only went for some drinks with the rest of the girls who couldn't go before I called her to come pick me up. I honestly couldn't ask for a better host. Not only did she drive me back to her place so that I wouldn't have to walk or take a bus in the middle of the night, but she also cooked me a dinner at midnight, because she assumed I would be starving. Bless her. So, this is how the night ended: I stuffed my face with pasta, took a shower, chatted with my mom's friend about how we don't have any great stores in our country, and then went to bed. Overall, it was a great night that maybe even changed up my mind about the whole fashion makeup thing. If you've read one of my lifestyle posts a few months ago, you probably remember that I went through a bit of a crisis, but I'm now ready to give fashion makeup another go if an opportunity arises. Oh, and if you're wondering whether models really don't eat anything, I can confirm that this is not true. I mean, they had a pizza party in the backstage before the main shows started! Any other things you want to know? :D

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Collective Haul: Nike, Ikea, Feel Unique, Asos...


I haven't filmed a haul since January when I came back from London, so I thought I would share with you a few bits and pieces I've picked up during the past month. I have fashion, beauty and even home decore items to show you! :)

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Never Have I Ever...


Never have I ever had a spray tan, lost a false lash in public, over plucked my brows, got a plastic surgery... Or have I? Watch the video below to find out! :)


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Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Review

This week is all about the Naked 3 Palette here on my blog. I know I'm probably the last person to blog about it, but I've only just started using it a month ago and I really wanted to properly test it out before giving you a full review.
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette ReviewLet's start with the packaging. I love that it is not velvety like the Naked 1 Palette, but made out of metal. This means that you can easily wipe all the dirt off and don't have to deal with dust sticking on it. I absolutely hate that about the original Naked palette. The packaging also feels very sturdy and comes with a big mirror inside, which I really started to appreciate back in the summer when I was in the States. Our bathroom had the worst lighting, so doing makeup in a mirrorless room in front of a window was very necessary. All the mirrors that came with products were life savers! Urgh, I'm drifting off topic again, aren't I? Back to the palette. The only thing I don't like about the packaging is the wavy surface. To me it just looks like someone forgot to take the protective plactic foil off, but since this is more of a personal preference and not something that would disturb the quality, I can disregard it. 
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Review

Inside the palette, there are twelve eyeshadow shades with the obvious rose gold theme. The first half of the palette is lighter in colour and warmer, while the second half contains bolder and more cool toned shades. I personally feel like the palette doesn't function as a whole like the previous two do. Don't get me wrong, I love the shades, but I feel like you can't create such a variety of looks that you can with the Naked 1 Palette, for example. Mixing light warm shades with cooler bold ones can be a little bit tricky. I see this palette more as a bonus, rather than a basic palette. If you're looking for only one that has tons of shades you can mix and match, I would rather go with either Naked 1 or Naked 2. But if you're like me and are only looking to add new shades to your collection, this one is a great catch. It has a bunch of pretty and unique shades that can be paired up with other eyeshadows from your collection. I'm not saying that you can't use it all by itself, because you definitely can, but I just don't find it AS versatile as the previous two palettes.
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Review


Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette SwatchesIf we take a closer look at the first six shades, you can see that they have a very smooth surface apart from Dust, Buzz and Trick. These are the shades I would describe as glittery, as they contain bigger chunks of glitter. I didn't have any problems with Buzz or Trick. They feel very buttery, apply smoothly and perform great throughout the day. Dust, however, is a totally different story. This is the one shade from the palette that really disappointed me. It feels chalky, looks chunky, and is not very pigmented. It just has glitters. The consistency is really weird compared to the other shades from this palette and is definitely the odd one out. I just don't like it. Period. The other shades left from the first half are Burnout, Strange and Limit. Burnout is a lovely shimmery shade, which is a little bit darker than Dust and fortunatelly nothing like Dust when it comes to the quality. It's nicely pigmented and applies like a dream. Then we have Strange and Limit. They are matte shades with which Urban Decay never impressed me. They definitely have the shimmery shades down, but their matte ones from the Naked 1 Palette were a bit 'meh'. These two, on the other hand, were lovely surprises. They're not giving the Lorac Pro ones a run for their money just yet, but there's an improvement. They don't feel chalky, are pretty pigmented and are great additions to the palette. 
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Review

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Swatches

Moving on to the darker shades, the first one is Nooner, another amazing matte shade. Liar, Factory and Mugshot are all shimmery and pretty much identical in consistency as well as performance. When I first saw them in the palette, I thought that they looked way too similar, but when I swatched them on my arm, they luckily turned out different. Still, I personally am not over excited about them, because I feel like I already have similar shades in my collection. Next is Darkside, a shade with a silky consistency and a unique sheeny finish. I don't even know how to describe it. It's not matte, it's not shimmery, but somewhere in between. I expected it to be a lot darker and pigmented that it actually is to be honest. I feel like this is another shade that is in need of improvement, but just to make things clear, it is nowhere near as bad as Dust. And now last but certainly not least - Blackheart. Wow, just wow. It's such a unique shade! Black base with pink glitters couldn't get any better for creating smokey eye makeup looks with a twist. I do have to say, though, that the consistency is similar to Darkside, meaning that the pigmentation could be improved. Unlike the shimmery shades, these two both need to be built up to shine in all their glory. 
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Review



Before I conclude the post, I also have to mention that the palette comes with a double sided brush and four eyeshadow primer testers. I haven't tried any of those out yet, so I can't really comment on them, but I know that the original primer potion is amazing, as I got one a few years ago with my Naked 1 Palette. I'm expecting others to be great as well, I just wish they would include a full or a sample product instead of these four testers, because I don't find them very practical.

So, these were my thoughts on the Naked 3 Palette. All in all, I like most of the shades, but I feel like it was not as thought out as the other two were. Compared to the shades from the Naked 1, some of the Naked 3 ones lack in the quality department. I can give Urban Decay another A+ for their shimmery shades, and a stamp of approval when it comes to improving the quality of matte shades, but Dust, Darkside and Blackheart could be a little bit better. Especially Dust.

Those of you who already own this palette, what are your thoughts? And for those of you who haven't bought it yet, are you planning to get one? By the way, I bought mine here.

P.S. If you're looking for any Naked 3 Palette makeup tutorials, you can check out my day to night one here. :)
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From Day to Night with the Naked 3 Palette

From Day to Night with the Naked 3 Palette Makeup Tutorial
I have two makeup tutorials in one video for you today! I've been really loving the Naked 3 Palette recently, so I decided to first create a neutral everyday look with the eyeshadows from the palette and then 'upgrade' it into a look that is more appropriate for the night time. If you want to know how I achieved both looks, watch the video below and don't forget to let me know which look you prefer. :)





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