Review - Lime Crime Venus Palette

Oh yes -  I got it! Lime Crime's Venus Palette, also called the grunge palette with "new-trals". Before it's release was announced, it had been put on the website without an e-mail notice... Hmm... But thanks to makeupsocial I heard about it and ordered as soon as I could! On the 31 October I ordered it, it was shipped on 7 November and I received it ten days later at the 17th November. Ten days from the US to Sweden is pretty good. The palette is sold for $42, and the shipping was $10.95 so an total of $52.95 is a good price, especially if we compare it to Swedens ridicoulously high cosmetics prices (I'm just going to tell you that Anastasia palettes are 495 sek -  $67 dollars!)

There's not one thing that I don't love about this palette. The packaging is gorgeous -  metallic gold details, the twist on Botselli's Venus with the blue hair and crown, the sunset shades and contrast blue. The packaging isn't just pretty, it's very sturdy also made in carton.

The palette has eight shades and every shade weights 2 grams, so it's $5.25 per shadow. Venus is a muted cold red with a sheen, Shell is a glowy peach, Aura a shimmery ivory, Creation a matte warm mid-toned brown, Icon a matte deep dark brown, Rebirth a peachy mid-tone orange with a sheen, Divine a matte light taupe, and Muse a matte deep red maroon. Due to horrible lightning (these photos we're taken in the middle of the day), the first photo is the most accurate representation of the shades while the second is awful, and the third is accurate too. The only one that I think is different from stock photos is Rebirth, which is definitly lighter and colder than I expected!

All the shades are smooth and has good pigmented, the only one with minor issues is Shell which seems to be a bit crumbly, but this is finger swatches without primer and I'm sure it will be fine over a primer! I will do a look with the palette in the weekend, so I can tell you how they perform then!
And finally, this is the backside with the ingredients and such, with the same beautiful details as the front and mirror. Worth mentioning is that Lime Crime is 100% vegan and cruelty free! Overall, this is a beautiful palette with a mostly warmtoned twist on the traditional neutrals, and it's definitly grunge appropriate shades as it is marketed as. But I know that you'd be able to do a deep, burgundy smokey eye aswell as a peachy, glowy halo eye with this! As a conclusion - I have not regret spending half of my student grant on this one second and it was love at first sight.

Midnight redtoned grunge

Middle of the night makeup and sink lightning, you know. It isn't real grunge until your hair hasn't been washed in a week and you put on some dark lipstick!

- The Body Shop Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream (Light)
- MAC Prep+Prime Highlighting Pen (Light Boost)
- Sleek Face Form (Light)

- NYX HD Eyeshadow Base
- Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette (Black Forest Truffle, Amaretto, Triple Fudge)
- The Body Shop Define & Lengthen Mascara
- Isadora Eyebrow Pencil (Dark Brown)
- Catrice Liquid Liner

- Mac Lipstick (Media)

Monthly favorites - October 2014

After that one week of November already has passed, here's my October favorites! I have actually barely been home this week, and when I have it's already dark outside. Now I thought I couldn't wait any longer so inside artificial light it is (sorry!).
My four first favorites are all about the base. I got Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and Glam Glow Super Mud in the same haul - and they have made a big difference! First the Super Mud. I never believed the hype around this, could it really be that good and minimize pores, breakouts, spots, oil, in one treatment? Well, obviously it could. After using this and a heavy moisturiser my skin is baby soft and 75% more clear. But full size product for 449sek? Nah... I'll try some other treatments before I make that investment.
I actually already have two other Real Techniques brushes, the flat foundation brush and the blush brush. I like them both, but I think the foundation brush made my foundation a bit streaky. With the Expert face brush I have no problem with streakiness at all! I use it to really buff in my The Body hop Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream in the shade Light. I haven't been pale enough for it until now, and even though it is a light coverage BB cream it is buildable to atleast a medium coverage. I'm not a fan of the tea tree smell, but since it keeps my combination skin matte all day I can live with it. On top of the BB cream I use my MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in Light Boost, just to cover and highlight my dark circles, this also buffed in with the Exper face brush, all to give me the perfect quick everyday base.
And talking about everyday makeup, I usually go light with my mentioned base, powder, a little bronzer, brows and mascara. To make it look like I've made an effort when doing my makeup, I apply some bright or in-season vampy lipstick. My favorites? NYX Soft Matt Lip Creams in Copenhagen and Prague. Easy to apply, long lasting, and gorgeous colours. What more to ask for? Well, maybe Copenhagen could be slightly more opaque, but when I got them for 3 dollars, I can't really complain.

And last but not least, some Youtube faves this month:

My new youtube favorite, the cute and talented Mykie of Glam & Gore with a super cool frostbitten Elsa tutorial, and the lovely Linda Hallberg with a gorgeous fall inspired eyelook.

Wishlist for christmas 2014

Why is it so satisfying to do wishlists? I don't know... Anyway, here's mine for this christmas!

  • Lime Crime Salem Velvetine
  • Too Faced Beauty Wishes & Sweet Kisses palette
  • Hourglass Ambient Lightnings Powder/Blush Palette
  • Zoeva Vegan Prime Set
  • Nars Laser Cut Palette and Virtual Domination Palette
  • Mischief license
  • Melt Lipsticks in DGAF and 6six6
  • Super Smash Bros for 3DS

(Ps. November favorites are coming, I promise!)

Chelsea smile (warning for gore)

Happy Halloween!
A little late, but I actually celebrated it a bit late too. Didn't plan on doing anything since Halloween already was, but then yesterday my boyfriend and his friend decided to go to a party so I joined them. A perfect opportunity to try my fake blood and liquid latex!

For the wound I used:- Liquid latex
- Tissue paper
- Kids Face Paint (black & red/brown)
- Blood paste

And here's me and my girl Frida as Batman! I think my subconscious made us match so well...

Autumn break in Stockholm

This friday I went to Stockholm with my boyfriend! We didn't have anything planned, except my obligatory shopping, of course. We ate some very nice food (living 30 meters away from a japanese restaurant is ideal), went to get some Pop tarts for my mom, and then the big thing: I got to see Linda Hallberg! Definitly one of my favorite makeup artists. She was so nice and her makeup was flawless as expected!

But now, on to my little haul! Atleast two a month keeps the doctor away. Or something. I could not resist Sephora when I finally had the possibility to go there, and then I couldn't resist some more stuff either as always.
So here it is! My first gorgeous NARS product - Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla. Unfortunately it's too dark and too pink for me which I of course discovered when I got home, so I think I'll give this away. Chantilly seems to be the perfect shade for scandinavian pale but not scandinavian pink skin! I also went to Make Up Store to meet the amazing Linda Hallberg, and of course I couldn't resist picking up some goodies. First is the LED Lipgloss in Atomic! This has been very hyped about, and I guess you can see why! Though it is not very opaque, it is gorgeous over a dark base with its blue/green/purple shimmer! I also asked Linda about some of her favorite MUS eyeshadows, and she showed me Microshadow in Cupcake which is a dark brown with blue toned glitter. And last but not least I went to The Body Shop since I apparently had bonus checks to spend, and I got an eyeshadow brush, Tea Tree Spot treatment and their new Color Crush Nail Polish in A Grape Affair.

Here's swatches of Cupcake and Atomic. I love Atomic so much! I hope I can find an occasion to wear this soon...

Red and dead

Another halloween makeup! I apologize for the hoodie, but I wasn't able to change clothes without potentially ruining the makeup... Inspired by the talented juliannemng at Makeupsocial (who was inspired by Chrisspy and nickeilgenesis on Instagram)! Hoping to maybe get some liquid latex and fake blood so I can make more halloween looks, as I am having so much fun doing it!

What I used for this look:

- Isadora Wake Up Make Up (00 Fair)
- MAC Prep+Prime Highlighting Pen (Light Boost)
- Isadora Velvet Touch Powder (010 Translucent)
Skull part:
- Random face paint kit for children (white paint)
- 88 Eyeshadow palette (Red)
- Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette (Cherry Cordial)
- NYX HD Eyeshadow Base
- Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette (Cherry Cordial)
- 88 Eyeshadow palette (Red)
- Wet N Wild Coloricon Trio in Walking on eggshells (Lid shade)
- Isadora Perfect Lipliner (31 Prime Red)
- Catrice Liquid Liner
- The Body Shop Define & Lengthen Mascara
- Isadora Eyebrow Pencil (Dark Brown)