bareMinerals Shine On Set Review and Swatches

bareminerals palette holiday

Hello lovelies,

I know this palette has been a part of Holiday 2012 collection, but I decided to review it as it sometimes pops up on feelunique and lookfantastic. The full price of the set was 24 GBP, but I got it on sale for 50%off.

The set comes in a bulky, flimsy plastic box which is a magnet for fingerprints. You also get a golden clutch, but I didn’t snap the picture of it.

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The set contains everything you need: 2 eyeshadows (Glitterati and Center Stage), a blush (The Big Break), an eye primer, an eyeliner (4PM), a lip gloss (A Lister), blush and eyeshadow applicators. The blush applicator can work on the go, but the sponge tip applicator is nothing special

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A blush is a pale peachy pink – a perfect everyday blush. Its lightness and satin finish can also make it a great highlighter for darker skin. On my NC15-20 skin it shows like a subtle blush. I definitely plan to use it (and possibly repurchase full size) on days when I’m in a hurry and don’t have the time to blend brighter blushes.

Center Stage is a satin dark purple, almost black eyeshadow. It swatched patchy, but it goes on evenly and blends easily.

Glitterati is a pale shimmery pink. It is very pigmented.

I don’t like the huge contrast between the eyeshadows – I would prefer a bit lighter shade instead of Center stage.

Round the Clock eyeliner in 4PM is an eggplant purple eyeliner. It is super creamy and soft – perfect for eyes and waterline. It sets quickly after application and stays on. I tried on my waterline and it left a pretty nice colour there and stayed on for over 4 hours without fading.

Primetime eyelid primer is very close to becoming a holy grail. It is a pale shimmery gold primer- It works great under the eyeshadow – it makes the eyeshadow last for the whole day without creasing or fading. Another bonus is that you can use the primer on its own as an eyeshadow. The primer sets quickly and, once it is set, it won’t budge.

The photo below shows what happens to the swatches of 4PM eyeliner and primer after scrubbing them with soap – the eyeliner faded a bit, but the primer is still there.

bareminerals palette holiday after cleansing

The last item is Marvelous Moxie lip gloss in A Lister. It is a shimmery nude peachy gloss – pretty pigmented and almost non-sticky. I’m not a fan of the fact that it contains mint – it unnecessarily irritates my lips – but other than this, the gloss is great.

I like that you can create a whole(albeit a bit shimmery) look with this palette only. The items you get complement each other, but even though the overall quality of the products is great and you get very generous amount of products, I would not pay the full price for it.


blush, center stage, glitterati, eyeliner:

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blush, center stage, glitterati, eyeliner, lipgloss, primer:

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eyeliner, lipgloss, primer (not blended), primer (blended):

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Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara



ELIZABETH ARDEN Dual Ended Eyeliner Pencil in Midnight Sail Swatch & Review

elizabeth arden liner midnight sail

Hello lovelies,

Elizabeth Arden is a brand that certainly doesn’t get a lot of love on beauty blogs. Prior to this purchase I didn’t try anything from the brand and I wasn’t sure what to expect, as I was not very familiar with the brand. However lookfantastic had a gwp promo and I thought this might be a good time to try some of the products. I have bought and eyeshadow, eyeliner and a lip crayon from Summer 2014 collection and today I’ll show you the eyeliner.

Midnight Sail is a dual-ended eye liner (duh!) – a navy black on one side and shimmery rose gold beige on the other which retails for GBP17. Both eyeliners are very creamy and pigmented. The color payoff on the lid is great, as is the wear time – over 10 hours without fading. However, it doesn’t wear well on the waterline. The navy side barely leaves a trace of colour – it actually makes my waterline looks sickly purple. The rose gold side leaves a stronger pigmentation, even though it is not as intense as on the skin. Still, it doesn’t wear well on the waterline – a maximum of an hour.

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xoxo Tamara

NEW CID COSMETICS I-line Professional Kohl Pencil in Soft Brown Swatch and Review

new cid eyeliner

Hello lovelies,

I’ve decided to break my nail polish posting routine and switch to make-up so today I’m going to review an eyeliner which I received as  a GWP from HqHair. The eyeliner is made by a brand New CID Cosmetics and the shade I’ll talk about is Soft Brown.

As the name suggests, Soft Brown is nicely pigmented medium dark brown shade. It is colder than Urban Decay 24/7 Bourbon and very similar to Sisley eyeliner in Ebony (although Ebony is a touch more grey). The eyeliner doesn’t contain shimmer. I find the shade a nice option for a neutral eye look.

As for the application, the eyeliner is soft (but not too soft) and applies evenly without tugging.

I never wear a pencil eyeliner on the waterline (honestly, the only thing that stays there is Guerlain Loose Kohl), but on my eyelid the pencil stays on for the whole day (8 hours) without fading.

Malo ću prekinuti rutinu postanja lakova i prebaciti se na šminku te ću danas recenzirati olovku za oči koju sam dobila kao poklon uz kupnju na HqHair stranici. Olovka za oči je marke New CID Cosmetics, a nijansa koju ću recenzirati je Soft Brown.

Kao što i ime kaže Soft Brown je dobro pigmentirana srednje smeđa boja. Nijansa je hladnijeg podtona ako se uspoređuje s Urban Decay 24/7 olovkom u nijansi Bourbon, a jako je slična Sisley olovci u nijansi Ebony (iako Ebony vuče više na sivo). Olovka za oči nema shimmera. Mislim da je to izvrsna nijansa za neutralnu šminku na očima.

Olovka je mekana (ali ne previse) te se lijepo i ravnomjerno nanosi.

Nikad ne nosim olovku u unutarnjem rubu oka (jedino što tu traje je Guerlain Loose Kohl), ali na kapcima olovka stoji 8 sati.

Here are the photos:

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new cid eyeliner swatch

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

GUERLAIN Eye Liner in #00 Metal d’Or Review and Swatch

Hello, dear readers.

It’s been awhile since I’ve reviewed any Guerlain product. Today, I’ll review Guerlain liquid eye liner.

When it comes to eyeliners, I’ve always preferred a stiff applicator to the brush one. However, finding Guerlain Eye Liner in the shade Metal d’Or for like $11 (the full price being close to $40), I couldn’t resist.

Guerlain Eye Liner comes in a pebble-like frosted glass bottle which contains 5 ml. It is a bi-phase product, so you have to shake it well prior to using it. When it is not used, it will separate to watery and pigment phase.

The brush is thin, but not too soft. The handle of the brush is long, making it very easy to manipulate. I can get all sorts of lines with it – from the thin to the thicker.

The shade Metal d’Or is a metallic gold with a hint of copper. I find it very appropriate for either holiday or summer season – it goes well with the festive gold or summer bronze skin. It is very pigmented, so you won’t have to worry that it will leave transparent patches.

The eye liner is very longwearing. Once applied, it quickly dries and it won’t budge until you remove it with the make-up remover, no matter how much you rub your eyes. My huge fear was that if would simply flake off the eyes, but it doesn’t.

All in all, this is a HG. Once I spend Chanel Mirifique and L’Oreal All Night Blue eyeshadows, I’m switching to these.

Guerlain eye liner in Metal d’Or swatch:

SEPHORA Flashy Liner Waterproof in Flashy Violet Review and Swatch

Sephora Flashy Liner was often offered as a dupe for Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliners. Since there is no Urban Decay in Croatia, I have hoped that this will be an available dupe.

I have found the shade #13 Flashy Violet on the sale for $4. The shade is gorgeous – a blue based purple,  but the quality isn’t as good.

The texture and consistency is ok – very creamy.

The colour payoff could be much better. If you try to apply a thicker layer to get better payoff, you’ll realize that the pencil applies patchily.

For the purpose of the review, I have tried it on the waterline too and I could barely get any colour.

Since the texture is very creamy, I have expected that I’ll have to sharpen it very often, but after applying it only once on the upper lash line, the nib of the pencil was completely gone. A bit disappointing if you’ll have to sharpen the liner after every use. For your info, I have to sharpen UD 24/7 pencils after 5 uses and Dior Khol Waterproof after 10 to 14 uses.

As for the waterproof claim, I can say it is true. When I tried to wash the eyeliner from my skin after swatching it, it didn’t go away by using only water. On the lids, it stays on without fading or smudging for at least 8 hours.

Overall, this is a gorgeous, gorgeous shade of not so good quality. I’ll maybe purchase another shade to see whether the quality issues are only with this shade or is it a general problem with all flashy eyeliners.

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I think it’s high time for me to start to control my impulsive purchases and redirect the money I spend on cosmetics I don’t need on something else. I’ve had much more self-control before I started to get involved in beauty community. Before, I’d purchase something only when I would need it, but now I’ve been buying things only because they seem pretty or I think that I simply must have it (even though I’ll probably use it several times before the product is lost in my stash.

I don’t like feeling overwhelmed every morning when I’m doing my make-up with all of the products which I have. Sometimes it takes me literary 10 minutes only to decide which eyeshadow I should use. I’ve tried the concept of creating “looks” which would include several products and then wearing the look for the next week. It is a good concept, but this means that 90% of my stash sits there unused while I’m wearing the “look”.

I do not plan to use up all of my make-up. I’ll use eyeshadows only until I hit the pan (especially if it is a discontinued or LE product). The same goes with lipsticks. I always leave a millimetre or two of the lipstick in case I ever need to find a dupe. After that, I put the product in the original packaging and put it in my “finished products” drawer. I know this sounds a bit ridiculous, to keep the boxes after you have spent the product, but I have paid a lot for these products and I cannot imagine throwing the compact of, let’s say, Guerlain eyeshadow away.

I have taken a photo of all the items in my stash, for my reference (I’ll do the same the next year). Compared to the previous stash pictures, you can see that I have spent some items (yay! for me) and hit the pan on many others.


GUERLAIN Terracotta Loose Khol in Mirage Review and Swatch


Guerlain Terracotta Loose Khol is a loose eyeliner which comes in a 2 grams bottle (30 euros). The vial is a bit inconvenient as its shape doesn’t allow it to stand up. The top of the vial openes by pulling out the wand-applicator (it resembles a toothpick) which is immersed in the powdered pigment.

You can apply Loose Khol in two ways: one is to apply it “normal” way – above upper and lower lash line (this is how I usually wear pencil). The other is to tightline. Tightlining basically means to apply the eyeliner on both lower and upper waterline.

Loose Khol can be used as an eyeshadow, too.


Mirage is a neutral brown matte shade which looks extremely natural. It was a limited edition from Terracotta Summer 2010 collection.

The regular shades available are Noir (matte black), Brun Dore (very similar to Mirage, but with golden shmmer) and Bleu.


This is the only one eyeliner for which I can swear that it won’t smudge on the waterline. Since I have really small eyes, I find the shade Mirage softer and more appropriate for my features.

The khol is very pigmented and sticks immediately to the skin. If you decide to use it as an eyeshadow, be sure you have very precise application, as it won’t be very easy to remove.

The tricky part of this kohl is the application: there is a plastic wand – no longer than a toothpick, which is fixed to the cover. Since it is constantly immersed in the loose powder, I don’t know how hygienic such applicator is.

The applicator really isn’t appropriate to apply the kohl the “normal” way. If you apply the kohl above the lashes, the applicator won’t deposit the kohl evenly. You’ll just end up with a lot of mess and no eyeliner.

On the other hand, the applicator is really made for tightlining.It gives a very natural, but emphasizes eyes perfectly. I think it might work on all eye shapes and sizes. I was a bit afraid of this look, but my eyes lined in such a way doesn’t look as small.

It is extremely longlasting: it will fade a bit on the waterline, but it will never smudge. I’ve worn it for over 12 hours and it only faded a bit.

Guerlain Loose Khol is definitely worth of checking out if you are on the hunt for a longwearing eyeliner.

P.S. You can find a step-by-step tightlining tutorial with pictures HERE (unfortunately, there will be no video as I don’t have a good quality camera).

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