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NikkieTutorials Power Of Makeup Palette

Too Faced Power of Makeup Palette – Should I Buy It?

So as most of you probably already know, NikkieTutorials announced her collab with Too Faced and today, their collab goes on sale!

The question is, should I buy it?  Take your vote at the end of this post!

The Collab

NikkieTutorials is one of my favourite youtubers, I religiously watch her tutorials and they’re of consistent high quality, she seems genuinely excited about makeup and she seems down to earth. I especially love her more creative and halloween looks. To be honest, as soon as I heard of this collab I was already decided on “whatever it is, I’m getting it”. I love makeup, I haven’t tried many Too Faced Products but it seems like a nice brand and I want to support Nikkie (and Too Faced) buy buying this product.

The Product

Her collab is actually listed in the travel section of Too Faced’s website and I think this is perfect because 1. I rarely finish my makeup before I’m advised to throw it out and 2. I get to try quite a few Too Faced products with this one $56 purchase.

NikkieTutorials Power Of Makeup Palette

NikkieTutorials Power Of Makeup

It contains a very good mix of eyeshadows: base, highlighting, crease, warm shades, colours and a black. It also has two blushes, their famous bronzer and a highlight. The palette also comes with a small Better Than Sex Mascara, Shadow Insurance (eyeshadow primer), an eyeliner pen and glitter.

Things I’m excited about in this collab

I love the colours she chose as her shadows, I hear excellent things about Too Faced’s shadows and from the online reviews, these shadows are of the same quality. I want to own some!

I’m interested in trying out Too Faced’s blushes and highlight they look stunning.

The bronzer that comes with this palette is very popular and I’m really thrilled that I can get a small size of this bronzer with this kit to try out.

I’ve also been meaning to try the mascara for a while but to be honest, I own so many unopened mascaras that I can’t bring myself to buy a full size high end mascara. So yeah, I’m thrilled that I get to try out a sample size of this (in purple) to see how it works.

I also really love that it’s a travel kit yet the products seem to have a decently size pan that will allow  my brushes to get the product. This might actually save me quite a lot of space when I travel since my current blush, highlight and bronzer are actually 3 huge products by themselves.

Things I’m not too excited about in this collab

I’m not too keen on the eyeliner because it’s a felt tip not a brush. I usually find that felt tips drag and I usually need to pull on my eye to be able to apply them. I’ll try this out but it’s likely that I’ll end up using this as a black base, like my other black felt tip liners.

I don’t wear glitter very often and when I do, it’s usually in the form of a glitter eyeliner so that I don’t have to mess about with loose glitter. This comes in a jar with no sifter, so I’m expecting this to be messy. That said, Nikkie likes her glitter and I guess this is a glitter she likes so it will be nice to own it.

From the reviews and swatches that I’ve seen, the purple shadow seems to need some work in order for it to come off as bright as it looks in the pan. That said, this is quite common in purple eyeshadows. It will need some Mac Fix+ or a black base to get a bright look.

Final Verdict

Yeah, so given that before I knew what this collab was I already wanted whatever it is AND the fact that I really love the combination of products offered AND that I’ve been meaning to try some of these products for a while, you’ve probably already guessed that at 6pm Malta time I’m going to be refreshing the Too Faced web page to attempt to buy this kit. I’ll be disappointed if I don’t get it but I have future chances of getting it so I’m going to try my best!

That said… What are your thoughts on this palette? Vote below!

Pupa Milano Bronze Fever Collection | Reviews and Swatches


Pupa Milano Intense Kajal & Made To Last & Balm Oil



Yesterday I received a PR Package from Pupa Milano’s importers in Malta with some new products from the Bronze Fever Collection. I immediately ripped it open to see what I got and swatched everything (see below).
Pupa Milano Intense Kajal & Made To Last & Balm Oil Swatches


I got the Kajal Liner in 003 Nude, the Made to Last waterproof eyeshadow stick in 015 and the Balmy Oil in 004.

This morning I used all these products together and I’ve been wearing this makeup look throughout the day.

Pupa Milano Bronze Fever Line
I’ll give you the run down on each of these products starting with the Kajal Liner in 003 Nude. I used this liner in my top and bottom waterlines. This is very soft and pigmented and it was great for brightening up my eyes. The product itself worked perfectly. I never used a Kajal liner in this shape before. It doesn’t twist up and all of the product is exposed when the cap is removed. While using this I was wondering what this is going to be like when I use up more of it. Will it be very thick and blunt when I get to the end? Will it get dry because it’s exposed? I think if it was in a regular pencil form it would also be better for hygene but the product itself is really excellent.

Pupa Milano Bronze Fever Collection

The next product I tried is the Made to Last Shadow stick. This does precisely what it says it does and I’m super impressed with it. To use this I first put a transition shadow in my crease and then I applied this shadow stick directly to my lid and blended it out with my fingers. So far I’ve been wearing it for 10 hours in the hot Malta climate and I have absolutely no signs of fading or creasing. When I swatched it on my hand yesterday it was difficult to remove the swatch so this certainly meets its made to last claim! The colour I got is 015 and it’s a light maroon with warm, brown undertones. This shadow stick also comes with a sharpener at the end and this is really excellent because if this needs sharpening I don’t have to fumble around in my makeup drawer to find my makeup sharpener (yes, that’s always a thing when one of my pencils needs sharpening). This product gets two thumbs up, five stars and my highest recommendation. I want all of the shades!

Pupa Milano Balm Oil

Finally the Balmy Oil. This is a lip balm that looks like a lip gloss, feels like a balm and has a slight tint of colour. This is STUNNING and another two thumbs up, five stars and my highest recommendation. It feels very comfortable on the lips, it has a medium to thick texture that stays put on the lips until you remove it (or eat or whatever), it doesn’t settle into the lines on my lips and the thick texture and glossy finish actually make my lips look a bit plumper than they actually are. The slight wash of colour is gorgeous. What really impressed me about this product is that I removed it about 5 hours ago to have lunch and until now my lips are feeling very hydrated and well nourished. I don’t think I’ve ever worn a lip balm that left my lips feeling so nourished for this many hours after I’ve removed it. As for wear time, this isn’t designed as a long wearing product but it didn’t budge until I removed it myself. I hate eating with creamy or balmy products on my lips.

Check out the rest of the Pupa Milano Bronze Fever Collection on their website. I’m really intrigued about that face and body highlight product.

Here’s the price list for the Bronze Fever Collection

Made to Last Waterproof Eyeshadow. € 10.80

Vamp! Intense Kajal €11.10

Balmy Oil  € 11.25

Face and Body Highlighter € 15.25

Lasting Colour Gel  € 6.15


And if you’re in Malta, you can find the range from these outlets:

SLIEMA: Monopole Bisazza Street

B’BUGIA: The Secret

: Martin’s Pharmacy

QRENDI: Kolour Tips

MARSASCALA : Essence Hair & Beauty

MARSAXLOKK: Epoca Beauty Salon

ZEBBUG: De Rohan Pharmacy

ZURRIEQ: Kristianne Pharmacy

MAC Studio Waterweight Foundation First Impressions

MAC Studio Waterweight Foundation Review

MAC Studio Waterweight Foundation Review

Today I tried out my Mac Studio Waterweight Foundation (in NW20) and thought I’d share my first impressions.

The photo above was taken 2 hours after I applied my makeup and you can probably clearly tell that there’s a situation going on around the nose area. The foundation also gathered on my chin.

I didn’t use this foundation as it seems to have been intended to be used and therefore, the makeup that went on top of it was very patchy and couldn’t blend. I’ll explain!

It would have helped if I had read that this foundation is actually a sheer-medium foundation that’s intended for hydration. It’s advertised as “A foundation that delivers colour in an ultra-fluid, thin, elastic gel-serum formula.”

I tried applying it using my Real Techniques expert face brush but I found it really difficult to blend in. I then moved on to using the Real Techniques miracle sponge and it blended it very easily and beautifully. As a thin layer, it looked stunning. Certainly a dewy finish. Very natural and skin like.

I then had the not so brilliant idea of trying to build it up for a fuller coverage. Big mistake. This just made my face look oily.

I thought, no problem, I’ll just powder my whole face as usual.

Another big mistake. The powder just latched on the the very shiny parts of my face making it look really patchy. Note to self: If your foundation looks too oily, either remove some with the sponge or blot it (with oil sheets or whatever).

Yes. So I wasn’t doing too well here.

The rest of my makeup didn’t blend as easily, of course it was because I put on too much of the foundation.

All this said, I’m not put off by this foundation (just yet). When I only had on a thin layer of this my skin simply looked radiant and beautiful. I’d say that this foundation is perfect for days where I want to wear light makeup that I don’t necessarily need to last all day (it did rub off very easily even after my heavy powdering).  If I ever intend to set this with powder again, I’ll try a powder puff rather than a brush. I think it would work better that way.

As for packaging, this foundation comes with a dropper applicator and it’s very liquidy and runny. Initially I thought that it wouldn’t give me as much coverage as I wanted but with the thin layer it gave me more coverage than I thought it would. Certainly sheer-medium but it’s not difficult to go closer to the medium end.

I hope that you found this little first impressions useful even though I still can’t decide whether or not I like this foundation or not just yet. I guess that’s the beauty of first impressions posts 🙂

Other makeup I’m wearing in the photo

  • Ben Nye luxury powder in Banana to set
  • LA Girl Pro Concealer in Natural
  • Mac Mineralize Skinfinish bronzer in Give Me Sun
  • Milani Coral Cove Blush
  • The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer highlight
  • Anastasia brow shadow duo in Brunette
    Makeup Geek eyeshadows in Peach Smoothie, Latte, Cocoa Bear, Mocha and Corrupt as my “liner”
  • Benefit Roller Lash Mascara and some cheap baby falsies that I got from eBay (let me know if you’d like the link)
  • On the lips I’m wearing NYX Maple Blondie gloss




Makeup Geek Dirty Martini — Swatch, Review & Look

When I was about 15/16 I used to love wearing a dark military green smokey eye, I thought it was very flattering. When I was last visiting Malta I came across that eyeshadow while I was clearing out my old makeup and I remembered how much I love it so of course, I decided to look for a similar shade.

From reading online reviews, I found this Makeup Geek colour called Dirty Martini. On the Makeup Geek website it didn’t look like the colour I was going for, but from reviews I believed that it was. I ordered it anyway and yes, it is what I was going for 😀

Makeup Geek Dry Martini Swatch

Makeup Geek Dirty Martini Pan & Swatch

Here’s the shadow in the pan and in a swatch on my hand. This swatch is from me rubbing my finger on the pan and rubbing my finger on my hand to get the most colour from my finger onto the swatch.

From the Makeup Geek website, this colour is described as follows:

All About This Color:
Darker and more serious than the Appletini, this olive green eyeshadow will have you looking sophisticated, yet mysterious. The question is one olive or two?

The Bottom Line:
Matte olive green

It is certainly a matte olive green, I would also describe it as a military green (like a green you would find in camouflage). I found that the Makeup Geek swatches were misleading, but this is certainly the colour I was going for from reading reviews. It has some slight warm undertones that make it a very pretty colour.

The pigmentation on this colour isn’t as intense as I was hoping for. It’s certainly less intense than other Makeup Geek shadows I’ve tried but it does build up.

The texture of this shadow is very slightly more dry than other Makeup Geek shadows such as Bitten, Cocoa Bear, Mocha, but I didn’t have a problem in applying it because of this.

I’m very pleased with how this blends — It’s very similar to my favourite Makeup Geek eyeshadows in that regard. The longevity of the shadow is also on par.

Below you can see how I wore this in a makeup look. With my eyes open, it looks fine. In the second photo where I’m looking down, you can see that the application looks a little patchy because of the pigmentation. The camera certainly picked up on the patchiness but in person it simply looked like it was not as intense. Using a base and possibly applying more product would help this, but in this look I was simply seeing how Dirty Martini works by itself.

Makeup Geek Dirty Martini

Makeup Geek Dirty Martini Makeup Look

Makeup Geek Dirty Martini

Makeup Geek Dirty Martini Makeup Look

The other shadows I’m wearing here are all from Makeup Geek: Peach Smoothie, Latte, Mocha and Starry Eyed in the inner corner.

I enjoyed wearing this colour on my eyes and I like how it goes with my brown eyes. It’s certainly the look I was going for so I’m very glad that I got this shade. I like the tastes of 16 year old me.

Final Verdict

I’m in love with this colour, its blendability and longevity. If you’re thinking of buying this, do keep in mind that it’s less pigmented and very slightly drier than other Makeup Geek shadows but I wouldn’t say that it’s bad enough to stop you from getting this. I personally enjoyed using it and I’ll continue to enjoy doing so 🙂