NEW ITEMS: conceal, don't feel

Sweden has been incredibly dull and grey lately and i've been lacking the energy to cover up the most prominent piece of proof of exhaustion in my face: my dark circles. I've been struggling with purple half moons under my eyes for the longest time (part genetics, part dehydration) and i've been trying out color correction before but most of the concealers i've tried have been a bit too thick to wear on a daily basis. Unless creasing is your thing. I went to my local Urban Decay counter and literally begged for the makeup artist to help me with the situation in my face and she did. I went with a fluffy domed concealer brush and a light pink color corrector. 

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I've only tried them out twice but so far I like them! I'm used to flat concealer brushes and having something like this gives you a softer application. The color corrector is a thin fluid with good coverage that i can't wait to try out. I've mainly used it with a bb-cream and powder on top and it's been holding up nicely! Let me know if you want me to post a demo :) 

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SEPHORA CREAM LIP STAIN: REVIEW + SWATCHES

For as long as I've been interested in makeup, I've been hesitant when it comes to wearing lipstick. I have a scar on my lip line and feel like vivid colors draw attention to my jawline and chin, and those two are the things I'm the most insecure about. Finding tones that suit me has been something I've been struggling with for a good while, until I discovered reds with an orange undertone. Or pretty much anything orange. I haven't been very experimental though, and mostly kept myself to glosses or an ombre look with the lip line undefined. Until now. I mean, I've worn the occasional Kat Von D lolita lip, and some matte finish lipsticks, but the liquid mattes haven't been a staple in my collection.

Buying my first shade in this specific collection was just a spontaneous cash register-display pick up, and it was a color that was far away from my usual comfort zone of oranges or sheers. It was a purplish grey, but still nude. Very opaque, very out there. I didn't know what to expect from something labeled as a "cream lip stain" but I didn't expect a liquid lipstick. And on top of that, I definitely didn't expect finding the liquid lipstick that would make me step right in to the matte world.  

Meet Sephora Cream Lip Stain. My new addiction.

After that one shade I knew I had to get more. I zoomed in on all the nudes. These are my three latest pickups! They're opaque in one sweep, dry down to a matte but don't get anywhere near sticky or crumbly, and you can reapply them after eating without ending up with a patchy and gross looking mess. They do hold up well through most foods and drinks though, and don't leave your lips feeling crusty afterwards. The formula is creamy and thin and the best I've tried. And they're affordable!

from the left: 23, a darker pinky shade, 33, a milky pinky milkshake nude, and 22, an orange nude!

from the left: 23, a darker pinky shade, 33, a milky pinky milkshake nude, and 22, an orange nude!

22, 33, 23

22, 33, 23

If you happen to live near a Sephora, run, don't walk! <3 

REVIEW AND SWATCHES: KAT VON D + TOO FACED BETTER TOGETHER COLLECTION

The only reason I went into my local Sephora yesterday was to pick up a face mask to prepare for my weekend and I left the store feeling guilty and happy, with a big chunk of my bank account in a paper bag with black and white stripes. EU releases are often very delayed, overpriced and a guessing game. Getting a date out of a Sephora employee is an impossible task so if you're like me, it's better to just stop by and browse through the selection, hoping that you were lucky enough to time a new drop. I didn't even have this particular collection on my mind, but when I saw the display I picked up the things I found interesting and immediately started to convince myself that it was a necessary purchase even though it was far from it. SO... let's talk about the bad things first to get that over with, shall we?

I'm pretty new to Kat Von D eyeshadows, my first purchase from the brand was the metal matte palette after eyeing it for months and finally grabbing it on sale. I wasn't worried about that portion to be quite honest, and I was right. The dud in this collection is the Too Faced part. I've never encountered a brand with such inconsistencies in their eyeshadow formula. Take the Chocolate Bar lineup as an example. The original is great. The semi-sweet and bon bon variants are another story. AND THIS FREAKING MATTE NIGHTMARE  WITH MICROGLITTER THAT THEY INSIST ON PUTTING IN EVERY SINGLE PALETTE THEY MAKE. Unusable. OK, I take that back. All Nighter from the funfetti palette is the only creamy, blendable matte with microglitter from the brand, that I've tried at least. The Sweet Peach is great. The 2016 Christmas collection minis are great. The mattes in this one are not. They're very smooth but they're almost impossible to transfer to the skin and have almost no color payoff. I really tried to stack it up to get a good swatch but it took a good 30 seconds to even get them to show up on my pasty skin. 

Another minus is the color selection. There's not one single transition shade in here and it makes them less attractive to travel with. Considering the size of the palettes (lots of empty space) I don't really understand this. The theme is "better together" and it's hard to get a full look even if you use both of them. The heart shaped packaging is cute as hell but I wish it was a bit more optimized. In it's current state, it's a bit too bulky for me. 

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SO: on to the positives. The color payoff and blendability of the shimmers and every single shade on the KVD side is A+. I like all the colors and they all add onto my collection in a nice way even though they need additional help for a full look. It's cute as hell. I want to BATHE in friendspiration, a copper/gold baby. Heart of gold is a light green with a gold sheen unlike anything else I have in my reasonably big collection.  Better together, a cool greyish purple metallic perfect for a smokey look. Swoon is something unusual, a red, which is hard enough to formulate, with a beautiful metallic twist. Lovestruck is your classic champagne, perfect for the browbone. And lastly, darling. I'm OBSESSED with this one. A taupe metallic shade that I'll hit pan on in about a month, probably. 

 

I hate to admit that even though a lot of improvements could be done, this cutely shaped little treasure has my heart. OK, let's move on to the other part of this collection. But first, some pictures:

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The other part of this collection (not counting the better than sex/tattoo liner combo), is a cute little pouch with the brand founders little fur babies on them! In the pouch, you'll find four minis, and three of them are exclusive to this collection. From KVD: a studded kiss lipstick in a brown nude shade with gold glitter flecks, called 'muse' and a berry red everlasting liquid matte called 'XO'. Both are exclusives!

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And on the TF side: A love flush blush in the shade 'so happy together', a buttery, shimmery barbie pink dream, and a Candlelight glow highlighter duo in 'rosy glow'. The blush is an exclusive and made me, queen of orange blush, wear pink for once. And I loved every second of it. The highlighter is another story. I've never tried the original but it doesn't come off as rosy at all to me, and it applied horribly on my skin. It was very very patchy, and made it look like I had tons of texture, which I don't. This might have to do with the foundation/powder/primer I was wearing but NO formula of highlighter has ever looked bad with that combo before so I doubt it. I'll try it out again tomorrow to give it another shot but if it acts up again it's going straight into the trash. I find it strange that a product that already is out on the market can perform so horribly while the exclusives all went above and beyond, but I'm no expert. 

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TOO FACED - Love flush blush in 'so happy together', candlelight glow highlighter in 'rosy glow' KAT VON D - Studded kiss lipstick in 'muse', everlasting liquid lipstick in 'XO'

TOO FACED - Love flush blush in 'so happy together', candlelight glow highlighter in 'rosy glow' KAT VON D - Studded kiss lipstick in 'muse', everlasting liquid lipstick in 'XO'

SUPER BLURRY lip swatch of 'XO' with Sephora Contour & Color liner and lipstick duo in 05 burgundy as a base

SUPER BLURRY lip swatch of 'XO' with Sephora Contour & Color liner and lipstick duo in 05 burgundy as a base

from left to right: KAT VON D - lovestruck, swoon, devotion, por vida, darling, yours TOO FACED - better together. power couple, heart of gold, lovely, friendspiration, bff

from left to right: KAT VON D - lovestruck, swoon, devotion, por vida, darling, yours TOO FACED - better together. power couple, heart of gold, lovely, friendspiration, bff

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So, my final verdict. As a collectors item, sure, get the pouch. But the palette is more than a collectors item. It's a great add-on if you already have the basics. And it's fun. It's cute. And most of all: it's heartwarming to see a collab focused on friendship. The makeup market and community isn't always the friendliest and even though it's all capitalism, I'm buying into it. And I'm happy. Because we truly are better together. 

night time skincare routine

one of my most requested posts of all time is finally here, my skincare routine! i'm splitting this up into three parts: my night routine, my day routine, and masks. i know i use a lot of products but this is what i feel works the best for my skin at the moment. some things are things i tend to switch out pretty often because i keep getting them in my subscription boxes, such as face washes/cleansers and moisturizers, and some are things i can't live without and always repurchase when i run out. here we go!

Current makeup remover/face cleanser: the SKIN&CO Truffle Therapy cleansing oil! Doesn't clog my pores, removes EVERYTHING, makes your skin feel smooth and fresh after. Got this in a subscription box but definitely repurchasing. 

Current makeup remover/face cleanser: the SKIN&CO Truffle Therapy cleansing oil! Doesn't clog my pores, removes EVERYTHING, makes your skin feel smooth and fresh after. Got this in a subscription box but definitely repurchasing. 

After getting my face nice and clean i go in with the Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10% Toning Complex. I use this two to three times a week as a toner to exfoliate and brighten my face. This is great for oily skin, getting the gunk out and preventing your pores from getting clogged.

After getting my face nice and clean i go in with the Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10% Toning Complex. I use this two to three times a week as a toner to exfoliate and brighten my face. This is great for oily skin, getting the gunk out and preventing your pores from getting clogged.

On days where I don't use the AHA toner I go in with the emulsion and toner from the korean brand IT'S SKIN. I love their entire hyaluronic acid range. GREAT for oily skin!

On days where I don't use the AHA toner I go in with the emulsion and toner from the korean brand IT'S SKIN. I love their entire hyaluronic acid range. GREAT for oily skin!

After toning, it's time for a serum! Current one is this from Avancè+. It's OK. Nothing special. Again, one of those subscription box items. When im out of this i'm going back to the IT'S SKIN Hyaluronic Acid Serum. 

After toning, it's time for a serum! Current one is this from Avancè+. It's OK. Nothing special. Again, one of those subscription box items. When im out of this i'm going back to the IT'S SKIN Hyaluronic Acid Serum. 

Final step: night cream! The Rodial Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Night Cream. I picked this up on sale and got a great deal, but damn, it's not worth the hype. It smells great and makes me feel ESPENZIVE though so it's all good. It's a shame that all of the good ingredients (mainly the retinol) is at the bottom of the ingredient list but I guess ~*CeLeb FaVoRiTeS*~ often get away with just that. 

Final step: night cream! The Rodial Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Night Cream. I picked this up on sale and got a great deal, but damn, it's not worth the hype. It smells great and makes me feel ESPENZIVE though so it's all good. It's a shame that all of the good ingredients (mainly the retinol) is at the bottom of the ingredient list but I guess ~*CeLeb FaVoRiTeS*~ often get away with just that. 

Tell me if you want more posts like this! Part two will be up sometime this weekend. I'm planning on spacing out these bigger posts and post them once a week, probably Thursdays. 

Until next time: stay safe, eat well and don't forget to wash your face before you go to bed! <3

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new addition to the palette family: the Too Faced 'Funfetti' palette! nothing crazy or special about the color selection in this palette but the pale purple and the cute packaging (MAJOR + points for the heart shaped mirror!) caught my attention and after thinking about it all day I caved in and picked it up on my lunch break. i'm off wednesday + thursday so i'll report back with my thoughts on this by the end of the week. I haven't worn any of the shades yet but swatching them makes me really happy. Too Faced tend to be very inconsistent in their formulas from palette to palette, and both this and the sweet peach one have surprised me in a positive way formula-wise. it's soft, buttery (sorry for using the worst and most overused phrase possible but...) , blendable and the pigmentation is even and good. can't wait to play around and put funfetti on my face!

makeup tag!

 

-How many times do you wash your face daily?

Twice! Cleanser I use is the purifying facial cream cleanser from Aesop, and then micellar water. If I've had makeup on that day I take it all off with a hot towel and coconut oil. 

-What skin type do you have? (dry,oily,combo)

Combination/oily. I tend to get dry spots around my mouth and jawline but apart from that i'm oily as hell.

 -What is your current facial wash?

 Go back to the first question :)

 -Do you exfoliate?

2 times a week + the Peter Thomas Roth glycolic acid 10% toning complex two to three times a week. 

-What brand do you use?

The Immortelle Brightening Instant Exfoliator from L'occitane or the Formula 10.0.6 One Smooth Operator.

-What moisturizer do you use?

Neutrogena Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Oil Free Moisturiser and It's Skin Hyaluronic Acid Moisture Cream

-Do you have freckles?

No :(

-Do you use eye cream?

Yes, It's Skin Hyaluronic Acid eye cream. 

-Do you or did you have acne prone skin?

Used to but never had it flare up that bad, always been a skincare fanatic....

-Did you ever have to use Pro-activ?

No.

 

MAKE-UP

 

-What foundation do you use?

Favorite: Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet, but I also use the Dior Star. Did try out the Maybelline FIT me matte + poreless today and really like it so far! I wear 010 in the Dior, 110 in the Maybelline, and idk what color the Chanel is because it doesn't say on the bottle but the lightest most yellow toned one.

-How about concealer?

NARS Creamy Concealer, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind and L'orèal True Match Concealer.

 -Do you know your undertone color?

Warm!

 
-What do you think of fake eyelashes?

Pretty but impossible to put on. I like to think I'm okay with makeup but lashes are a mystery to me. Can't put them on for my life. 

-Did you know that you are supposed to change your mascara every 3 months?

Yeah but for me it's more like every 6th. 

-What brand of mascara do you use?

The Maxfactor 2000 Calorie mascara. Best to ever do it. The day it goes out of production will be a sad day for me. The Benefit Roller Lash is good but the formulation is a bit too wet so it transfers everywhere for me. For a waterproof one I like the Icona Milano Emotion Allowed.

 
-Sephora or MAC?

Sephora. MAC is so gimmicky to me nowadays, their new shadow formula is awful. 

-Do you have a MAC Pro-card?

Nope. 

 

-What makeup tools do you use in make up application?

Nothing interesting, just regular brushes and beauty blenders. 

-Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes?

Yes, the Too Faced Shadow Insurance. 

-For the face?

Too Faced Hangover Primer on half the face and Emite Makeup Diamond Heart primer on top. Also the Nivea Sensitive After Shave Balm. Of course. 

-What is your favorite eyeshadow (color or shade)?

All shimmery copper and champagne shades. 

-Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?

Liquid, pencil for tightlining. New favorite is the Too Faced Sketch Marker.

-How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?

Never. 

-What do you think of pigment eyeshadows?

Meh. If I want it intense I go in with a brush with Fix+ on it. No need for that mess. 

 

-Do you use mineral makeup?

Not really. 

-What is your favorite lipstick?

I HATE LIPSTICK :( Only thing that suits me is orange lipgloss. 

-How about lipgloss?

Isadora Jelly Gloss in 73 Poppy Papaya.

-What is your favorite blush to use?

Wet & Wild Color Icon in Rosè Champagne.

-Do you buy your makeup on ebay?

Only korean. 

-Do you like drugstore makeup?

Sure, why not. 

 
-Do you go to CCO's? (cosmetic company outlets)

Don't think we have any here. 

-Did you ever consider taking make-up classes?

I think about it occasionally but don't think it's gonna happen. 

-Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?

No.

-Name a makeup crime that you hate?

Unblended makeup. SO EASY TO AVOID. 

-Do you like colorful shades of makeup (lipstick,eyeshadow) or neutral ones?

Boring ass bitch with my nudes.

-Which celebrity always has great make up?

Nicki Minaj or Kim K.

-If you could leave the house using just ONE make up item,what would you use?

My Kiko Skin Trainer CC blur.

-Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on?

Do it on a daily so yes.

-Do you think you look good even without any makeup on?

No.

-In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line?

Kiko. Haven't tried their foundations but everything else is bomb. Chanel does a great job too. 

-What do you think of Makeup??

The only hobby I'm passionate about nowadays. Art. 

 

 

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I've been wanting a Philips Hue system for the longest time but refused to get one since the only place that had them was the Apple stores. i'm stubborn when it comes to paying that kind of premium for something that IS gonna be cheaper when it comes out on the market with store competition and so on, and this past month we've started stocking the entire line at work, so i couldn't resist! 

I got the starter pack with the bridge & 'white and color' bulbs, and to be quite honest i don't think i've ever been more satisfied with a purchase. 

 

so what is this Philips Hue thing then? i'm glad i asked! it's basically a network connected bridge that speaks with the smart bulbs and makes everything that has to do with lighting so easy and fun. me and the bf live in a very small studio apartment and getting something else (like a fibaro home center) wouldn't really make sense since we don't have a lot of space or need for sensors and other kinds of home automation. living in a rented studio apartment doesn't give you a lot of options when it comes to installing dimmers or other types of lighting control, but Hue does that for you. i can dim my lights, change the colors, turn them off/on, and use them as wake up lights just by using an app on my phone, or by talking to siri. 'hey siri' enables me to set the mood without even touching my phone or lifting a finger. it truly feels like the future and i'm so happy to live in it. 

the starter kit is pretty expensive and the extra bulbs are RIDICULOUSLY priced, but i haven't spent any money on tech in a really long time and i felt like a kid in a candy store installing them so it was definitely worth the cost for me. 

the bridge

the bridge

the bulb

the bulb

the magic

the magic

the mess that is our bed when the boy is out of the country  

the mess that is our bed when the boy is out of the country  

it's a 10/10 for me but i'm awfully biased. there's cheaper alternatives with better bulbs out there. do some research. get yourself some smart bulbs. have a cool and cozy fall! recipe for success.