Saturday, August 26, 2017

Review: Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette

Dear readers,

today I'm going to review the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette. It arrived in the mail last week but because I'm feeling ill it took me over a week to put this article together.

Anastasia about this palette:
An essential eye shadow collection, Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette features 14 shades that range from grungy mattes to bold metallics with an underground edge. Complement to best-selling Modern Renaissance Palette. '

This is my second product from Anastasia ever. I wanted to try something new and different and since BeautyBay just started to sell this palette I decided to buy it and give it a try. I have heard a lot about this palette online and I have seen a lot of beauty gurus use this palette. I still didn't know what to expect from it because some products get really hyped and aren't that good.

When it first arrived I was impressed by the packaging, the palette itself has a suede top. I'm also impressed by the brushes that are included with this palette, they're high quality! I normally don't even look at the brushes or sponge tip applicators included with palettes because they're not that good. So this was a nice surprise.

I was also very impressed with the pigmentation of the shadows themselves. I swatched them without a base to show the quality of the shades by themselves. They're highly pigmented, you only need a little bit for an intense look. ' Cube'  and ' Electric'  are less pigmented than the other shadows.
I do find the shadows a bit hard to blend because they're so pigmented. It easily becomes one dark blur instead of an eyelook with gradient. I also think these shadows are a bit too powdery. Which means I have to clean up under my eyes after I finish my eyelook.

Overall I'm happy that I bought the palette but I wouldn't recommend it. Yes it's contains super pigmented eyeshadows but it takes a lot of skill to properly work with them. Also I don't think the shadows themselves are worth €50, a lot of the price is in the palette and brushes themselves and that's not why I buy an eyeshadow palette.

What do you think about this palette?

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Unboxing: Loot Crate Animation ~ July 2017

Dear readers,

today's article is pretty different from any other article I have done so far. I'm going to unbox the Loot Crate from July 2017 with the theme Animation.
When I saw that Loot Crate was going to realise a Crate with 'Rick and Morty', 'Bobs burgers', 'Futurama' & 'Ninja Turtles' I knew I needed to have it. Because I'm obsessed with 'Rick and Morty', 'Bobs burgers' & 'Futurama'.

The box is pretty filled up with lots of goodies and I'm loving it so far.

The most hyped thing out of this box is the 'Rick "Peace among worlds" figure'. I'm super in love with this figure and I'm planning on making it my new desk mascot.

The scene the figure replicates is from season 2, episode 6 "The ricks must be crazy". It's the moment Rick and Morty just arrived in the microverse and Rick tells Morty: 'I told them it means "Peace among worlds". The Base this figure is standing on looks like the ramp of the spaceship.

The second item I saw in the box is the 'Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles tutle van shirt'. I really like the shirt even though I ordered it, by accident, a size to big (size: L).
I'm not the biggest Ninja turtles fan but I have seen a bunch of episodes. So I expected this to be my least favourite item but I'm surprised. I do like it a lot.

The third item is the '#Lootpins' and it's Gene from Bob's Burgers in his cute little burger suit.

The fourth item is the 'Bob's burgers recipe cards in a box'.

I have been wanting the Bob's burgers cookbook since it got announced and now I have the limited edition card version of it! They made this cards in a box edition just for Loot Crate. Loot Crate even converted the inside of the box (everything came in) to look like the restaurant from Bob's burgers.

I already tried one of the recipes 'Bet it all on black garlic burger' and I love it! I'm definitely going to try some more recipes in the near future.

The fifth and last item is the 'Futurama Slurm koozies 2-pack'. I do like these koozies because they're always good to have around. But I do think they could've gone into a lot of different directions with Futurama. I feel like Loot Crate went all the way with 'Rick and Morty' & 'Bob's burgers' but kind of put Futurama to the side. Non the less I do love Slurm!

Overall I think this Loot Crate was the best Loot Crate ever. It came with so much nice stuff from the shows I'm obsessed with.

What's your favourite item from this Loot Crate?

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Diary: Little route trip through Europe

Dear readers,

I haven't written an article in over a month now on my blog. One of the reason for this absence is that I went on a little route trip through Europe. I thought it would be fun to share a picture of each location I went to. (Note: I already shared these and more photo's on my Instagram story.) So let's begin!

Calw, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Sachsenburg, Carinthia, Austria

Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Imotski, Splitsko-dalmatinska županija, Croatia

Slipt, Splitsko-dalmatinska županija, Croatia

Trogir, Splitsko-dalmatinska županija, Croatia

Plitvička jezera, Ličko-senjska županija, Croatia

Vienna, Vienna, Austria

I will be back with my regular articles soon. 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Pusheen and Stormy collectors sets

Dear readers,

today I'm going to share the Pusheen and Stormy collector sets my sister got me from New York. She got me series 1 which is the Birthday edition.

I first was thinking about not opening the box because it's a collectors set. Than the package got torn and the only option left was opening the box and cuddle with the cats.

They're soooooo cute!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

comparison review: Kat von D Tattoo liner VS NYX Epic ink liner

Dear readers,

today I'm going to review and compare two eyeliners; the Kat von D Tattoo liner and the NYX cosmetics Epic ink liner.

Before I started my research: I had heard a lot of good things about the Kat von D Tattoo liner. It's one of the most discussed eyeliners, a lot of people call it a holy grill. I wanted to give it a try but I found it a bit expensive for an eyeliner and Kat von D isn't available in my country. I eventually got the Kat von D eyeliner with a new palette (that I showed in my recent haul).

I had never heard of the NYX Epic ink liner before I bought it. I thought I would give it a try since I got a gift card to spend. I also love the vivid bright liners from NYX.

Kat von D about the Tattoo liner:
'Nothin’, we mean nothin’, makes whipping out a killer Kat Eye easier than Tattoo Liner. This brush-tip liquid liner is the magic wand of makeup. Kat uses it every single day, and we really aren’t sure how we would get along without it ; )
Why, you ask? The highly pigmented, 24-hour-wear formula is waterproof and transfer-resistant. That means those lines aren’t goin’ anywhere…Insane days and sleepless nights can’t touch our Kat Eyes!
The precision brush tip is the key to super-fine lines. No less than 325 flexible bristles come together in a tight, crisp point, ready to unleash invincible lines. The supple, saturated brush glides across lids in silky, smooth strokes, making Tattoo Liner the ultimate tool for both makeup newbies and beauty pros alike.
We often marvel at how amazing it is that a teeny-tiny tip can contain so much possibility—wings, fine lines, detailwork...we could go on all day! Choose from raven-black Trooper or rich, chocolate Mad Max Brown for all your Kat Eye needs!'

My opinion:
I was a bit surprised by the lack of pigment when I first used it. Apparently you have to shake it a lot before you use the liner. After shaking the liner it works pretty good. It create perfect tiny lines. I do find it hard to create straight liner when doing my eyeliner but that's only visible up close. I probably have to practice a lot more with this liner.

Click here to see a photo of me wearing this eyeliner & click here to see a close up photo of an eye makeup look in  which I'm wearing this liner.

NYX about the Epic ink liner:
'Live for super-sharp wing inspo? Don’t just “like” all your faves, draw ’em yourself using Epic Ink Liner. Featuring a slender and supple brush tip, this intensely pigmented, waterproof pen lets you achieve black liquid lines effortlessly. Every stroke is unbelievably fluid for a defined finish. Control the thickness of your lines by pressing down just a touch. Fine and natural, broad and bold—the look is always up to you! '

My opinion:
I was surprised by how easy this eyeliner is to use. I have been using the Sephora eyeliner for over 8 years now and I immediately replaced it with this eyeliner.

Click here to see a photo of me wearing this eyeliner & click here to see a close up photo of an eye makeup look in which I'm wearing this liner.

Left: NYX. Right: Kat von D.

I put the eyeliners to several tests like wearing the liner and letting a hot shower run over my face to see if it was really waterproof. And yes, they're super waterproof. They survived the eyeliner test.

                                                 Kat von D                                   NYX
Waterproof                                      yes                                        yes
Liner size                                      small                              middle to thick
Shaking before use                    yes, a lot                                 a little
Pigment                                 average to light                             dark
Price                                              $20                                         $8

The eyeliners are on some fronts pretty similar but on other fronts very different, like pigmentation and thickness of the liner. I think it's mostly preference and how much money you're willing to spend on an eyeliner.
I personally love the NYX Epic ink liner more than the Kat von D Tattoo liner. I, honestly, don't understand why the Kat von D Tattoo liner is so hyped. I gave it several tries but I'm not loving it, I'm going to practice more and maybe I change my mind. However I did instantly love the NYX Epic ink liner. It's my new go-to eyeliner.

So if you ask me I wouldn't buy the Kat von D Tattoo liner but I would definitely buy the NYX Epic ink liner.