IN MY KIT | SKINDINAVIA
"Your makeup looks exactly like when we left the house", a friend of mine said with a slightly bothered voice and a sigh on our way home from the nightclub. "Skindinavia!", I shouted from the backseat. Have you heard about it? Or have you got your own favourite setting spray? If so, please do leave a comment and tell me about it!
Let's talk about Skindinavia. I had been hearing and reading about it from makeup artists and beauty lovers around the globe - from beauty bloggers to an artist loving to use in on Lady Gaga for her shows. So, as I was searching for a great setting spray for my clients, naturally, I had to try it. I purchased the original, the one for oil control and the bridal. Do I notice any difference between the three? They're all cruelty, oil, paraben and sulfate-free and all three photograh well but the main difference and the one tip I have is that if you already have dry or combinated skin then (judging from my own experience) don't go for the Oil Control spray simply because you might get warm on the dancefloor or it feel it's better to go "all in" and buy the strongest one right away. I have combinated skin and noticed my skin was mysteriously getting dryer and remembered I had used the spray for oily skin the last 3 times I used any of them (for that dance floor reason I mentioned) and even though it did keep the shine away, my skin did not appreciate it. When using the original one though, my skin have no complaints. But if you do have very oily skin then I strongly recommend trying the setting spray for oil control as it really does help to absorb and reduce the oil reaching the surface.
"The makeup looked the same all day and night!", one of the first brides I dolled up after adding the spray to my kit last summer told me. Now, it's important to remember that how long your makeup wears depends on more than just one factor - the weather, what you're doing that day, the state of your skin that particular day and of course the quality of your makeup. And although using the right makeup products is key to a good bridal makeup - and makeup in general - it turns out a good setting spray like Skindinavia does affect the longetivity by a couple of hours and allows me to do less touch-ups. Needless to say it has become a must-have in my kit. I love it!
Would I repurchase? Definitely! Who would I recommend it to? Because of the fact that it is a bit drying I wouldn't use any of them on very dry skin but I'd say anyone with normal, combinated or oily skin could benefit from these and if you have normal or combinated skin like me, the original makeup saver will be good enough. You can find the setting sprays here. An extra plus for the great customer service!
SWATCHES | OPI MUPPETS MOST WANTED COLLECTION
If you haven't heard already, a new Muppet adventure awaits! "Muppets Most Wanted" premieres by the end of the month and for this occasion, OPI teamed up with Disney once again to give us eight new nailpolishes which will also be this year's Soft Shades collection from the brand.
We have a milky peach nude; a sheer baby pink; a somewhat olive-toned rosy mauve duocrome; a kind of glowing blue metallic with the slightest hint of duocrome power to it; an opalescent pearl with pink and blue shimmer that works well as a top coat along with the three different glitter polishes of the collection; one with gold, silver and rose gold glitter flakes; one with small round pink and square white glitters mixed with bigger white square glitters; and the third having different sized sparkles in white, gold, silver, blue and a purple-y pink colour - all three with a clear base.
I'm quite excited to watch the movie to see if perhaps it gets just a bit more clear where the inspiration for these colours came from. As I mentioned, this is the Soft Shades collection of this year and if you don't know what that is, it's usually exactly what it sounds like: OPI is releasing a small collection each year containing softer shades, great for the "wedding season" among other things - usually a lot of sheer pinks and nudes. Surprisingly (since I'm ususally instantly stuck on the darker shades or the glitters) the classic Soft Shades hues of I Love Applause and Chillin' Like A Villain is my top two in this collection. I love the freshness and simplicity of them. All of the swatches have two coats but these two I prefer better with three.
I Love Applause is also a perfect base for Let's Do Anything We Want! and beautiful underneath Gaining Mole-mentum, just as Muppets World Tour is lovely on top of Int'l Crime Caper and Miss Piggy's Big Number. That's one of the plus sides to this slightly different Soft Shades collection; you can mix and match a lot more than usual!
The collection will be out in stores by the end of this month(US)/beginning of April (here in Sweden and internationally).
SWATCHES | OPI BRAZIL COLLECTION
The main spring/summer collection from OPI has arrived in stores and this year they drew inspiration from the colourful carnivals, warm, sun-soaked beaches, vibrant bikinis, the sun-kissed women, luscious tropical fruits and deep green jungles of Brazil.
Additionally to the 12 shades I have swatched for you above, the collection also includes the Beach Sandies - a box of 4 mini-sized Liquid Sand lacquers. Unlike the Liquid Sands included in previous collections, these will not be available in the original size bottles but exclusively in this set of 4. Click here to see a swatch photo from imabeautygeek.com.
Tell me Your favourites! I absolutely love the red jelly-like Red Hot Rio. So juicy looking. Fantastic. "Next Stop...The Bikini Zone" is a sheer shimmer but I'm thrilled to see that most of these are in my favourite formula - creme - and I am equally excited about the three taupes now as I was back in November when I first saw the collection at the promotion event. The mix of earthly shades and full-on colour is such a winner and spot-on resembles the colours in the scenarios I get in my head when thinking of Brazil. Click HERE if you want to see my "Brazil collection mood board" to see what I mean!