8 Secrets Behind the Perfect Party Makeup

There really is something special about the party season that has just begun. It generally lasts from the middle of November and ends with one big celebration that is New Years Eve; anything shiny is a must have, sequins are the new black and no matter what kind of party you are going to, you will get the chance to dress up properly. And when you do, you have to make sure you wear a matching face. I will therefore dedicate this post to revealing eight of the secrets I find most important behind creating the perfect party makeup.

The Face

1. A flawless base

I want to look my absolute best at parties and if that means using overloads primer, correctors, concealer, foundation and powder I am more than willing to do so. To let the spots and dark circles steal the focus from an otherwise incredible appearence would be a waste, if you ask me.

2. Proper shading

Get that on fleek look by putting some effort into your contouring. Chances are the room will be dark, thereby it probably will not hurt to enhance those cheekbones a little extra. I usually go for both cream and powder products on nights out to intensify the effect. Do not spare on the blush either.

3. Highlight to blind

If someone is encouraged to not look directly at the highpoints of your face, you have done something right. Highlighter is essential for creating that perfect party look. As with the contour I prefer to base with a cream product and then put a powder one on top for maximal effect.

The Eyes

4. Prime

To not end up with smudgy lines under your eyes and mediocre shimmer on your lids after an hour or two, I recommend you to use a primer or at least an eyeshadow base.

5. Create an intriguing depth

Shading is just as important around the eyes as in your face. The most important areas to define are the crease, the lash line, the outer v and the lower lash line. Do this right and you will create an intruiging depth that adds mystery and engenders curiousity in your observer.

6. Let it sparkle

As with the highlighter, no party look is complete without sparkle. I realise that I am getting a bit repetitive here, but to really get that eye-catching sparkly shimmer it helps to start with a cream product and then top that off with a powder one. Let it be a thumb rule when it comes to intensifying anything makeup related.

The Lips

7. Shape

The lips too deserves some shape. This can be achieved in two main ways. One of them is to shade slightly underneath your bottom lip and then highlight your cupid’s bow for maximal effect. The other one is to play with the colours on your actual lips, making them darker where you want to create a shadow and lighter where you want them to pop.

8. Gloss it up

To really tie the look together I like to apply a lip gloss to match the glow, shimmer and sparkle of the face and eyes. There is something luxiourious about the way it reflects the little light there is in the evenings that makes it the perfect final tough of your party look.

Product list

FACE

  • Wet n Wild CoverAll Primer
  • Makeup Revolution Ultra Base Corrector Palette
  • NYX HD Studio Concealer in Alabaster
  • Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Mont Blanc
  • MAC Mineralize Concealer in NW15
  • IsaDora Matt Fixing Blotting Powder in 00 Colourless
  • Makeup Revolution Ultra Cream Contour Palette in Light
  • NARS Laguna Bronzer
  • Model Co Shimmer Bronzing Powder
  • The Balm Hot Mama Blush
  • Sleek Highlighting Palette in Cleopatra’s Kiss

EYES

  • Too Face Shadow Insurance Primer
  • Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette (Chaser, Sauce & En Fuego in crease & under eye, Ashes in outer v & under eye, Ounce in tearduct area)
  • Too Faced Le Grand Palais Palette (Wish List on lid, Stiletto along upper lash line)
  • L’oréal Paris Miss Baby Roll Mascara
  • Brow info here

LIPS

  • L’oréal Color Riche Matte Lipstick in 640 Erotique
  • Jane Iredale Lip Liner in Sienna
  • Some cheap gloss without a brand (fine is good enough 😉 )

Stay original, gorgeous! xoxo

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My Top 5 Beauty Products of October 2017

Good morning, and happy halloween to you all! For starters I just want to excuse my abscense by saying that I have had a lot in school lately and have not had the time nor the energy to plan, photograph and write posts. I decided to put Originally My aside until the fall break (which officially started yesterday) when I could put some love into it rather than scrabbling something together just for the sake of it. With that said, I now present my top five beauty products of this month!

1. Makeup Revolution Ultra Base Corrector Palette

For me, the weeks before fall break are usually not exactly filled with sleep. The lack of that combined with school-related stress and few sun hours results in a very tired self, which tends to leave dark shadows under my eyes and a lot of outbreaks on my skin. To pretend the last mentioned are not true, this palette has been my knight in shining armor. I use the reddest one under my eyes and the green one on red spots before I apply concealer and foundation and suddenly you can not tell if I have pulled an all-nighter or just returned from a spa weekend.

2. Estelle & Thild Biomineral Healthy Glow Foundation

This foundation is the best one I have tried so far in my life. It blends nicely, calms the skin, covers my redness but not my freckles and even if you do not set it with powder it is not sticky what so ever. If you are looking for a full-coverage foundation this is not for you, but if you are more for the lightweight, natural, “no makeup”-makeup look I would definitely recommend this!

3. Sleek Blush in Suede

This blush is my favourite when creating a soft, kind of burnt, makeup look. It really adds dimension to the face and looks especially nice if you have naturally warmer colours. The texture is really smooth, both in the packaging and on the cheek, and easy to blend. Even if it only costs around 5£ it is just as good as many of the more expensive blushes I have tried.

4. L’oréal Paris Blush in 140 Old Rose

Another blush that I actually bought very recently and has fallen in love with is this one. I find that all L’oréal blushes are of very high quality, again considering the relatively low price, and this was not one to disappoint. The colour is the kind that reminds me of the natural rosy tint one gets when being out in the cold. It makes my skin look healthy and fresh, which makes this another product to help me disguise my bad sleep habits…

5. L’oréal Paris Color Riche Matte in 640 Erotique

Last but not least is another recent addition to my collection and the only product in this post that is not meant for the face (although, I suspect this could work nicely as a cream blush). For years I have loved to paint my lips in bold colours to complement my outfits, whilst the whole nude lip trend has kind of passed by me. I realised this when I laid my eyes on this shade which made me understand the beauty of neutrals… Okay, it was not quite that dramatic, but I could not resist buying it and now I am obsessed with it.

I hope to see you back here soon, your visits mean more than you know. Stay original, gorgeous! xoxo

 

Makeup Look Inspired by the Falling Leaves

FACE

  • Estelle & Thild Biomineral Healthy Glow Foundation in 111
  • L’oréal Paris True Match Concealer in 1 Ivory
  • Kiko Radiant Fusion Baked Powder in 1
  • Kiko High Pigment Eyeshadow in 36 (as contour)
  • Technic Electric Palette in colourful shades (orange one as bronzer, yellow one as highlighter)
  • Make Up Store Cybershadow in Ra
  • Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette in Subsolar

EYES

  • Kiko High Pigment Eyeshadow in 36 (crease & under eye)
  • Technic Electric Palette in colourful shades (orange above brow, inner & outer corner; yellow in tearduct area)
  • Make Up Store Cybershadow in Ra (center lid & under eye)
  • L’oréal Paris Miss Baby Roll Mascara


LIPS

  • IsaDora Perfect Moisture Lipstick in 107 Coffee Brown
  • Deborah Milano Red Laque in 3 Lady Be 

Stay original, gorgeous! xoxo

My Top 8 Beauty Products September 2017

MAC Sheertone Shimmer Blush in Plum Foolery

If you are looking for a sheer but buildable, darker blush with a golden shimmer to it that lasts forever (exaggerating, but no that much), you can stop now. This blush is the first and only one I have bought from MAC and I must say it’s one of my favourite blushes ever. Not only is it of high quality but the shade itself is unlike any other I have ever seen. Nowadays it truly is a staple in my collection, especially during the current season.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Zero

Lately I have not been much for eyeliner. Since seventh grade the cateye has been my everyday go-to, but that is not the case at the moment. Instead I like smoking out this bad boy along the outer part of my lashline. I find that this defines the eyes more intensely and blends in better with eyeshadow, if one is wearing such, than eyeliner does. It’s also quicker which is always a bonus.

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

Inspired by the leaves, probably, warmer colours are a given for me when autumn comes. This palette contains the perfect eyeshadow shades for anything from a subtle warmth in the crease to an all in burnt look. The shadows are blendable, vivid and long-lasting. Urban Decay sure knows their makeup.

IsaDora Eyeshadow Quartet in 96 Coffee & Poetry

Another bunch of eyeshadows that have been spending a lot of time on my lids lately are the ones in this quartet. They are, like the Naked Heat ones, the perfect shades for fall and the brand is to be trusted to offer high quality makeup. The tones are colder than the previously mentioned ones though, leaning more towards grape and plum, but it’s nice to be able to vary.

Deborah Milano Red Laque in 3 Lady Be

This glossy lip laque is the ultimate cherry on top, taking your lips to a new dimension. The shade is a dark nude with warm rosy undertones which really brings out my best features. Furthermore the formula feels comfortable on the lips and keeps them moisturized in the cold.

Model Co Shimmer Bronzing Powder

It feels weird to say that I, as a huge makeup enthusiast, have discovered the power of bronzer first at the age of seventeen… I have quite pale skin and I am perfectly happy with that. But what I didn’t realise was that using bronzer to frame your face could give a much more dynamic expression to it. This bronzer in particular is incredibly subtle which makes it almost impossible to make the result look unnatural.

Sleek Highlighting Palette in Cleopatra’s Kiss

Using this palette, you get a lot of glow considering the price is so low. (Extra credit for rhymes? No? Okay…). I own two of these palettes and I swear by them. Many times I am not satisfied with the colours available, wanting a more neutral one, but following the theme of this post I must say that the shades of the Cleopatra’s Kiss palette goes well with many of my fall looks. On my right finger I have swatched Sphinx and on my left I have swatched the same one on top of Dynasty. A picture says more than a thousand words, that’s all I have left to say.

BellaPierre Lipstick in Cherry Pop

This is a lipstick that I always go back to as soon as fall comes to town. It’s a dark wine shade that is surprisingly universal considering how vampy it actually us. The only con is that it often gathers in chaps on the lips, but it is manageable.


Stay original, gorgeous! xoxo

Soft Bohemic Makeup Look Perfect for Fall (And Blue Eyes…)

A makeup trend that seems to have become a dependable basic in the fall lookbook is the warm and soft vintage bohemic look. It’s no surprise considering how perfect the typical colours of the look are for this season. I mean… Nutmeg browns, deep plums, warm reds and shimmery golds inspired by candlelight. Like fall in a nutcase. Or in this case, a makeup look.

My take on it is a subtle, glowing look which enhances my best features. Even though I’ve focused on my features it turned out to be a universal look that can be recreated to fit pretty much anyone. I do think it really turns into something special when it’s combined with blue eyes though…

When creating the look I didn’t have a goal set in mind and I didn’t plan on it becoming the subject of a post. I simply sat down and started playing around. Therefore I have used a lot of different products, something I usually do but try to avoid when making posts. So, sorry about that.

Products used

FACE:

  • Makeup Revolution Ultra Base Corrector Palette
  • IsaDora Nude Super Fluid Foundation in 10 Nude Porcelain
  • MAC Mineralize Concealer in NW15
  • Makeup Revolution Ultra Cream Contour Palette in Light
  • KIKO Radiant Fusion Baked Powder in 01
  • Model Co Shimmer Bronzing Powder
  • NARS Laguna Bronzer
  • Sleek Blush in Suede
  • Rests of my nowadays broken (quite sobbing in the background) Laura Mercier Peach Mosaic Shimmer Bric
  • Sleek Highlighting Palette in Cleopatra’s Kiss (top left)

EYES:

  • Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette (Chaser & Sauced in crease & under the eye, Ounce in inner corner & under brow)
  • IsaDora Eye Shadow Quartet in 96 Coffee & Poetry (bottom left in crease, under the eye, inner & outer thirds of lid; bottom right in outer v & along lash line; top left in center of lid, after the Monki one but before the Apolosophy one, & under the eye)
  • Monki Creme Face Shimmer in 004 Bronzest (center of lid)
  • Apolosophy Eyeshadow Palette in 01 Warm Brown (top one in center of lid)
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero
  • L’oréal Paris Mega Volume Miss Baby Roll Mascara
  • Brow info here

LIPS:

  • Carmex Lip Balm
  • Make Up Store Lipstick in Malibu
  • Deborah Milano Red Laque in 3 Lady Be

I hope you liked this look and that I’ll see you again soon. Stay original, gorgeous! xoxo

Mint & Berry Dotted Eye Makeup Look: Dare to Break the Rules

A shy mint. A confident berry. A deep black. All together as a powerful trio to create something daring, playful, different… This look. Yes, it’s safe to say that I am proud of my work. Not because the craft is flawless, that the dots are perfectly round or the eyeliner is even, beacause that’s not true. It can be done a thousand times better. But that I let the makeup in front of me turn into art on my lids… That, I am proud of.


Too often we’re subconsiencely controlled by what society says, what it approves of, what makes one look beautiful. When those thoughts rules over your creativity, when those are the ones drawing lines on your canvas and not you, that’s when it gets dangerous. When your expression is really someone elses. When you’re no longer you.


It’s difficult to realise that those thoughts are taking over until they already have. But there’s a way out. Stop obeying the voices in your head restricting you. Break the rules. Follow your instincts. Or go against them. Make your own decisions. It’s easier said than done, but I know we can all do it. We just need to make up our minds.

Products used

  • KIKO Smart Colour Eyeshadow in 28
  • Make Up Store Eye Pencil in Very Berry
  • Kat von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper
  • L’oréal Paris Mega Volume Miss Baby Roll Mascara
  • Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick in Gold Bronze


Stay original, gorgeous! xoxo

From Barely Existent to ON FLEEK Brows: My Everyday Routine

I did not have the luck of being born with naturally full brows. The exact opposite, actually. You know that bleched brow look that Linda Hallberg pulls of from time to time like the queen she is? (If not: check it out here). That’s how I wake up every day.  Even if it’s a relief to never have to shape my brows (you can’t tell the difference if you don’t take photos up close with the flash on), it has taken many years to find a way to fill them in without them looking drawn on (or just awful). But I finally have (!!!) and thought I would help all other bald-browed people out there to do the same.

Natural


You see what I mean…?

Step 1: Brush through & set with clear brow gel


IsaDora Brow Shaping Gel in 60 Transparent

Step 2: Draw the outlines


Urban Decay Naked Palette in Naked.

Step 3: Fill them in


Urban Decay Naked Palette in Naked. 

Step 4: Clean them up with concealer


Makeup Revolution Ultra Cream Contour Kit, secound from left in top row. 

Step 5: Shade the tail with a slightly darker colour


Urban Decay Naked Palette in Buck. 

Step 6: Clean again if needed, blend concealer & highlight under the arch


Makeup Revolution Ultra Cream Contour Kit, secound from left in top row; Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick in Golden Bronze.

DONE!


Stay original, gorgeous! xoxo

Soft Burnt Red Smokey Makeup Look Using the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

One of the summer’s many makeup news that has been all over Instagram lately is the Naked Heat palette from Urban Decay. When I first saw this I thought I was dreaming. Besides the fact that it was a new Urban Decay Naked palette (I’m living for them) the shades were like made for me! My red hair and blue eyes are complemented so nicely by these sort of bronzy reds you can find in the palette.

But… I live in Sweden. Secounds after my excitement I realised that I would have to wait a few extra weeks for the palette to be added to my collection. That’s just the way it is. Makeup is for some reason not a priority in this oblong country. I have made peace with that. But I can’t say it didn’t itch every time I saw the beautiful creation feature in post after post…

The weeks past and all of the sudden I saw the palette with my own eyes. I couldn’t believe it! It had made it to Sweden! Without even swatching nor looking at the price tag I grabbed it and moved to the register to pay. It’s silly how much joy that purchase brought me. I now realise that I’ve been writing a novel about my tragic story and you are probably only interested in the look so I’m going to wrap things up… If you’ve made it this far, thank you for your patience, the end.

Products used

FACE

  • Maybelline Dream Pure BB-cream in Medium
  • L’oréal Paris True Match Concealer in 1 Ivory
  • Makeup Revoulution Ultra Cream Contour Palette in Light
  • Kiko Radiant Fusion Baked Powder in 01
  • Max Factor Bronzing Powder in 01 Golden
  • Nars Laguna Bronzer
  • Sleek  Blush in Suede 
  • Laura Mercier Peach Mosaic Shimmer Bloc

EYES

  • Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette (Chaser, Sauced & He Devil in crease, En Fuego in outer v, Cayenne in inner third of the lid, Scorched in center of the lid, Ashes to smudge out liner, Ounce in inner corner & on browbone)
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero
  • L’oréal Paris Mega Volume Miss Baby Roll Mascara
  • Urban Decay Naked & Buck for brows (from the first Naked Palette)

LIPS

  • IsaDora Perfect Moisture Lipstick in 104 Chili Red & 107 Coffee Brown (as soft “shading”)

 

Stay original, gorgeous! xoxo

Golden Eye Makeup Look w/ Hot Pink Eyeliner

In the time of summer I’m really experimental when it comes to makeup. I’m almost always in the mood to do something a bit more out there than I normally would. I don’t know if it’s the change of ambience or weather, but something just brings that side out of me.

Today I decided to try a hot pink eyeliner. Eyeliner is one of those things that’s easy to experiment with, you simply change the colour which will change the whole look. I paired the pink with a golden eyeshadow which I think resulted in a very nice evening look. It almost got that sunset vibe to it without being too kabow, if you know what I mean. Furthermore it brought out the blue in my eyes very nicely!

Products used

  • Tarte Tarteist Paint Palette (fresco, porcelain Dalí, pastel, I Louvre it in crease; stained glass in outer v and lower lash line; selfie portrait as a base on lid; bronze casting on lid and lower lash line; pearl earring in tear duct area and on browbone)
  • Bourjois Velvet Rouge Edition Lip Cream in 05 Olé flamingo! as eyeliner
  • Make Up Forever Excessive Lash Mascara
  • Anastasia Bevery Hills DipBrow Pomade in Auburn on brows
  • IsaDora Eyebrow Pencil in 25 Warm Brown on brows

Stay original, gorgeous! xoxo