Top 7 Beauty Products of February 2018

L’Oréal Paris Shine Caresse Lipgloss in 102 Romy

There has been many days where I have been wanting to complement my look with a subtle touch colour on my lips this past month. A high coverage lipstick would be too much whilst my Carmex would not be enough. This lipgloss, on the other hand, proofed itself to be the best of both worlds! It is moisturising, gives a comfortable feeling and the most gorgeous pink tint. The applicator makes it super easy to apply, even at 7:15 AM on a turbulent bus ride.

Make Up Store Lipstick in Amaranth

For the days I have been wanting a bold touch of colour this has been the product that I have reached for. The formula is creamy, goes on smoothly and gives a vibrant lustrous finish. These aspects obviously make the lipstick good (quite fantastic actually), but the main reason I have been reaching for this is the shade. It is just the perfect mix of cold pink and warm red which makes it complementary to so many other colours.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara

When choosing a mascara I basically only look at the applicator. I try to determine how it would run through my lashes, how efficiently the colour would transmit and how easy it would be to reach the lashes in the inner and outer corner. This mascara caught my interest immediately and did not disappoint when I put it to the test. It lasts forever (it is actually a little hard to remove), gives a dramatic, full-length effect and works just as well alone as it does with a dark smokey eye. A great mascara, in other words.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle

This highlighter might be one of the most hyped up ones in the industry. Not right now, but through the years. I do not know how many youtubers and bloggers I have heard praise this products. What I do know though is that my name can be added to the list. It amazes me how it can give such an intense glow whilst managing to blend into the skin and appear natural. One brush stroke and I am a new person. Not literally but it sure feels that way. I cannot wait for sunnier days to really give this highlighter the lighting it deserves.

Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone

I got this at the same time as the one above, thinking that I would use this for a more intense glow and the other for a more subtle one. As it turned out, the MAC one made the top of my cheekbones pop whilst this gave somewhat of a moderate shine. That moderate shine is not to play with, though. I go for that look quite often and at those times, this sure serves some nice glow. It is particularly effective in the smaller areas such as the inner corner of my eyes, under my eyebrows and on the amor’s bow.

Max Factor Bronzing Powder in 01 Golden

The foundation I am currently using is a bit too light for me, which has caused me to reach for my bronzers much this month. This one from Max Factor was actually the very first bronzing powder I bought! I have not used it regularly for years but now it is on my face close to everyday. The shade is semi-sheer with small light reflecting particles in it, making it easier than ever to get that natural looking bronzed glow. I use a large stippling brush to apply it as smoothly as possible (there is nothing worse (makeup wise) than unblended bronzer, right?).

Real Techniques Mini Eraser Sponge

I recently bought a set of Real Techniques brushes which included three sponges, this being one of them. There are not many situations where I find myself reaching for a makeup sponge since I much rather use brushes, but when it comes to sweeping away eyeshadow fallout I always manage to smudge it out and make it worse. To my surprise, this sponge was apparently made to avoid that exact thing! I just dab it (dry) where there is unwanted eyeshadow and it picks it up without making a mess. So if you, like me, are struggling with eyeshadow fallout and do not know what to do about, I recommend checking this sponge out.

Stay original, gorgeous! xoxo

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My Top 3 Beauty Products of December 2017

With only two days left of December I believe it is in order to share my favourite beauty products of the past month! I have not tried a lot of new things this December which has resulted in quite a few new favourites of mine, only three to be precise. But these three beauty products have all been used very frequently and are all products I would highly recommend with all of my heart. Without further ado, here they are: my top three beauty products of December 2017.

The Balm Hot Mama! Blush

To match my lips that have been red basically all throughout December, I have loved using the Hot Mama! blush by The Balm. The shade is a beautiful rosy red with a golden shimmer to it which gives the cheeks a gorgeous natural glow and also brings out the eyes of us blue-eyed people in an extraordinary way. It is very pigmented but never looks “too much” as it blends into the skin wonderfully and enhances ones natural glow. This is definitely one of my all time favourite blushes, especially when it comes to matching those red lips.

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

When I ran out of my beloved Estelle & Thild foundation I was quite eager to get a new one. Without doing any research I went to Sephora and bought the first best one, which happened to be the Too Faced Born This Way foundation. I had heard a lot of good things about it so I did not doubt that I had made a good, even if spontaneous and unfounded, choice, but neither did I expect it to be as good as it actually was! The formula is so light and easy to work with that you can build anything from a lighter, more natural base to a full, blanc canvas sort of coverage. Depending on what kind of look I am going for I like to vary the coverage of my base a lot which this allows me to do. Furthermore, concealer is a total waste when I am using this foundation. Thanks to its ability to build smoothly I can just apply a second layer under my eyes to hide my lack of sleep without it looking cakey or painted on.

Être Belle Liplift Peel

I talked quite a lot about this product in this post, but I am so impressed by it on so many levels that I cannot help but mention it again. On the packaging it is described as a “preparatory exfoliator” which sums it up pretty well, since it exfoliates the lips leaving them prepared for lipstick to last all day. I use this every single morning and it continues to amaze me. As I wrote in the post linked above, it leaves the lips feeling renewed, like there never was a problem to begin with. If you are struggling with dry lips I highly recommend this.

Stay original, gorgeous! xoxo

5 Beauty Products to Rescue You from the Winter Dryness

1. Être Belle Aloe-Vera Moisturizing Gel

That colds increases as temperature decreases is general knowledge, but I tend to catch an astonishing amount of them (probably because I refuse to adjust my clothing to the weather). So many, that a few weeks into winter my nose is literally broken. The skin around my nose has suffered from so much friction that it starts to flake. At that point, this gel is what I live for. From that it is applied, it is a matter of hours before the damage is completely recovered. Without doubt the best aloe vera gel I have ever tried.

2. Être Belle Liplift Peel

My lips are dry as deserts all year around (probably because I wear lipstick sixteen hours a day and mostly breath through my mouth) and do not exactly get more hydrated in the dry winter air. This lip scrub makes every single dry patch disappear in literally three minutes. I am equally amazed by this every time I use it. It leaves the lips feeling renewed, like there never was a problem to begin with, and creates the perfect base for lipstick.

3. Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm

If I do not only want to get rid of the dry layer of my lips but also prevent it from reappearing, this organic lip balm is my go to. I find that many lip balms onlt make my lips soft for the moment, but the second all product has been absorbed or wiped off a new layer must be applied in order to keep the lips from completely drying out again. This balm moisturizes in depth and does not have the recently described quality, which is why I prefer it before any other balm I have tried.

4. Vita Coco Coconut Oil

When thinking about this product I am not sure why it has made the list that you have in front of you. It is a product with many similarities to the type of lip balm I just expressed my disliking for: it contributes with softness for a moment but soon leaves the skin in its original condition. Yet, I find myself reaching for this oil quite a lot. It satisfies when I have a minor dryness somewhere or urgent hydration is needed.

5. The Body Shop Wild Argon Oil Body Butter

This might be the biggest hero of them all, the classic body butter by our beloved The Body Shop. During colder periods my skin cannot seem to hydrate itself. I have not found any causing behaviours on my part that could contribute to this problem which rather seem to be strictly biological. Using this regularly diminishes the dryness completely without further complications. No more needs to be said, it is a good product that keeps its promises.

Stay original, gorgeous!

My Top 5 Beauty Products of November 2017

As the last month of autumn has come to an end winter stands before us. In only a couple of hours the last month of the year will begin and so will the many festivities it brings. But I am not ready to leave autumn behind without expressing my gratitude for the beauty products that have made November a good makeup month. So here they are: my top five beauty products of November 2017!

1. NYX HD Studio Concealer in Alabaster

This has saved my appearence many mornings this month, take my word for it… Due to its low price I did not expect a lot from it but to say that I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement. This thing is truly amazing. The coverage is good and buildable without getting cakey; the formula is smooth and blends easily. If you are looking for a high perfomance affordable concealer: this is for you.

2. Zoeva 104 Buffer Brush

As I have mistreated my BeautyBlender greatly I was recently forced to reach for an actual brush to apply my foundation. I instantly grabbed this one, which was my favourite before the entering of the BeautyBlender, and was surprised by how well it performed. When I first tried the BeautyBlender I never thought I could go back to a regular brush, but as it turned out this did not only apply my foundation much faster but also required less foundation to achieve the wished look. This is not leaving my routine any time soon.

3. Urban Decay Naked Palette

You have probably figured out that I have an unconditional love for the Urban Decay Naked Palettes by now and swear by the four ones I own. Even if I do love them all, nothing really beats an original, right? Therefore I thought it was about time that I expressed my feelings for the very first Naked palette, but now when it is time I can not seem to find words that does it justice. I guess the reason behind me loving it so much is because the shades are so usable, all of them, and can be combined eternally to create new looks. My absolute favourites are Naked and Buck which I use on my brows, Half Baked which is just the most perfect golden colour, and Sidecar which is a beautiful natural colour that seems to enhance pretty much all eye colours. I can honestly not find a single flaw to this palette.

4. L’oréal Paris Mega Volume Miss Baby Roll

I think I have mentioned this before, other than in a product list, but it does not hurt to mention it again. This mascara gives both length and volume by the first layer and it also, thanks to the shape of the brush, automatically rolls the lashes. I rarely have much to say about mascara, and neither do I have today, more than that this is a good mascara which I have been enjoying throughout November. The only minus is that it is not waterproof what so ever, which can get a bit stressful when it is raining outside.

5. Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick in 470 Red Revolution

Red lipstick has been somewhat of a go-to for me this last month. This shade in particular is extremely vibrant which makes it look gorgeous with other vibrant colours. The other day, for example, I wore it with a yellow sweater and the contrats was truly beautiful. Other than that, the formula is moisturizing and makes your lips feel soft all day, something at least I appreciate during this time of the year.

I hope you enjoyed this post and that you perhaps found something new to try. I would love to hear what products you have been loving this month, so feel free to share. If you are not up to it, at least 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

 

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

Must Have Nail Polishes for Summer + the Drugstore Lipsticks to Match Them!

Pepperminty + Fire & Ice

A soft, minty turqoise never goes wrong with a bold, rich, red-ish cerise. The contrast between the two melts perfectly together into that sweet but chic flirty look.

  • Ciaté Nail Polish in Pepperminty
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in 720 Fire & Ice

Banana Pop + In Love With Ginger

When you got that sun kissed glow you need a hot colour combination to match it. A warm banana yellow paired with a bright orange will do the trick any day!

  • L’oréal Paris Color Riche Nail Polish in 834 Banana Pop
  • Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in 660 In Love With Ginger


I Love Juicy + Fireball

Go monochrome and match with the exact same shade on both your nails and lips. With this vivid coral shade you’ll turn into summer yourself! Well, at least almost…

  • Leighton Denny Nail Polish in I Love Juicy 
  • NYX Butter Lipstick in Fireball

 

Stay original (but feel free to rip off these combos), gorgeous! xoxo

5 Steps to a Fresh Glowy Summer Base

During the summer I like to keep my makeup light. This especially when it comes to my base. Today I thought I would give you my not so secret recipe to the perfect base for summer including some of my favourite products for this season. It’s fresh, light and gives you that natural summer glow in less than five minutes. You’re welcome!

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1. Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream

Trade the foundation for a BB or CC cream to even out the skin tone without it feeling like you’re wearing more than a moisturizer. The Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream has been my go to for years. It’s cheap, has SPF 15 and covers my redness but not my freckles (entirely, but trust me, it’s a rare combination). Complement with concealer and powder if needed.

2. Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Use the Hoola bronzer to bronze up your face and softly define your cheek bones. You could trade this for a bronzer with shimmer in it to take the glow even further, but I find that a matte bronzer keeps the look on the more natural side which was what I was going for in this look.

3. Soap & Glory Peach Party Blush Brick

This blush brick givs your cheeks a subtle peach shade with the most beautiful glow to it. I’m using this all year around but in the summer time it’s just something special about how it looks on the skin. Maybe it’s the tan, maybe it’s the light, I don’t know. But I love it either way and if you haven’t tried it yet, I definitely think you should.

4. Laura Mercier Peach Mosaic Shimmer Bloc

I know it’s expensive and I’m sure there is a cheaper dupe for this product, but this is my holy grail. Depending on which shades you use and how much you put on your brush you can achieve everything from a natural glow to a glow that can be seen from space. And no matter how you use this product, it will never look bad. For this look I gently swept the lightest shade and the shade on the middle left on my cheekbones, nose, forehead and chin.

5. The Body Shop Vitamin C Energising Face Spritz

This face spritz instantly makes me feel a bit more confident and ready to deal with anything that comes my way. It might not make a mayor impact on your makeup, but you and your skin will feel more refreshed and energised than ever after a few spritzes of this. I think it’s important to remember that looking good isn’t just about how you actually look. It’s more about how you feel. If you feel good and confident people will tell by your aura and charisma and automatically find you more attractive. Not that it matters what others think, but feeling good does.

I hope you all enjoyed reading this post and found it somewhat inspiring. Stay original, gorgeous! xoxo