Sephora haul + first impressions

Over a week ago I did little day trip to Stockholm with my family. We only had a few hours time to wander through our favorite stores but I still managed to spend way too much money. I can’t hold myself back when I step into Sephora, I always walk out with their small and pretty bag. This time I happened to buy quite a few products that I have been dying to have my hands on so I wanted to do little haul to show them for you.

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Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting Blush

First I want to talk about my new baby, a love flush long-lasting blush by Too Faced. I have always adored these blushes, the packaging is so gorgeous and they have a lot of nice shades. I don’t want my blush to be too pink or too orange, I want it to be perfectly in-between.  I bought it in shade baby love and it was exactly what I wanted. I have never been a big fan of blushes so I don’t have much to compare it with but so far I am loving it. It’s really pigmented so just a small amount gives enough color for my cheeks.

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Too Faced Lip Insurance Lip Primer

Let’s stick with Too Faced for little longer. My sister bought their lip primer a while ago and she kept telling me how good it was so I had to give it a try. I’m so glad I bought it because it does it’s job better than I expected. It’s really soft on the lips and oh how much I love the fact that it does not dry my lips. It works really well especially with liquid lipsticks that tend to fade away.

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Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss Lipstick

I have seen people hyping over Kat Von D lip products for so long but I have never bought them myself. To be honest, their packaging is just not that nice in my opinion which is why I haven’t paid more attention to them. I left all those thoughts behind and bought their Studded Kiss Lipstick in shade Lovegraft. I loved the shade when I swatched it to my hand at Sephora but when I got home and tried it on I  was just so disappointed. The color changed on my lips, it had plumish tone more than nudeish (which I expected it to be). The color is really gorgeous still, I just don’t know if I will ever use it.

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Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

I also took home Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in shade double dare. It makes my lips dry but it’s worth it because it lasts trough the whole day. I am really happy how it looks on my lips even though it has some orange vibes (something I usually don’t go for).

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Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer 

And for the last but not least my favorite concealer. I have tried quite a few concealers and none of them work for my skin as well as this one. It covers my imperfections and it’s really easy to blend in. One small con about it is that it runs out really quickly which means I have to buy new one quite often. That ain’t good for my wallet.

That is enough beauty rambling for today. I am really happy with everything that I got even though the Kat Von D lipstick was not perfect success. Thank you if you stopped by! Have a lovely weekend!

xoxo

allekirjoitus2

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What’s in my makeup bag?

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Like most girls I adore makeup and I like putting it on as well as I can. It has taken me a long to actually find the perfect products for my face and skin. Right now I am quite happy with my everyday makeup but I know I will sooner or later have a need to try something new and just replace most of them. When I read beauty blogs I am always open for some good old ‘what’s in my makeup bag’ post because I am such a curious person and I just love to see what other people use on their face in daily basis. So I thought it could be fun peek into my makeup bag and ramble about my favorite products.

Face

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Foundation // Powder // Primer // Highlighter pen // Concealer // Under eye concealer // Powder brush – Real Techniques // Foundation brush – Real Techniques  // the black brush is just some random one from drugstore

For me, base is the most important thing when it comes to makeup. If you don’t do that properly nothing looks good in my opinion. I once decided to put little more money into my foundation and powder and I am so glad I did that. Mac studio fix has been my life saver. It gives full coverage with perfect matte finish which is all I could ask for. Mac’s Mineralize skin finish powder is a perfect match to it (obviously). It doesn’t make my face feel baked even though it has amazing coverage too. And since I haven’t praised great coverage enough yet Nars Radiant creamy concealer is worth mentioning for. Let’s just say it does it’s job when it comes to my imperfections.

If you have dark circles around your eyes in daily basis you know how hard it is to hide them. Under eye concealer by Lumene is my another life saver because it actually does something for the dark circles (thank god). I also use a highlighter pen by Dermosil to get better coverage underneath my eye.

Eyebrows

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 Brow palette // Brow wiz // Brow gel // Eye makeup brush // Trio concealer

Eyebrows have become very important part of my makeup, just like for most of the people nowadays. My hair color is something between blonde and brown so it’s quite easy to find good shade for my eyebrows. I use Clarins brow palette to define my eyebrows and get them in shape. And to fill them in I use a Brow Wiz by Anastasia Beverly Hills. The pencil is really thin and sharp which makes it easy to use. I absolutely adore it and I am pretty sure that I’ll never find a product that beats it. To get the perfect final touch for my eyebrows, I first define my brow line with the pink shade from the trio concealer by Dermosil then I apply brow gel also by Dermosil. It makes the brows stay in shape and stick with me through the day.

Lashes

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Roller lash

I don’t use eyeshadow or eyeliner in my everyday makeup because honestly I am so bad at doing eye makeup. I only curl my lashes and apply mascara. I have tried quite a few mascaras and Benefit’s Roller Lash is the one that meets my needs. The best thing about it is that it doesn’t have fallout at all.  It also lifts and curls my lashes nicely, not making them sticky.

Lips and highlight

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Shimmer blush // Highlighter // Lipstick // Lip liner // Fan brush by kicks

First the lips. I have tried to twist using liquid lipsticks lately because my lips have been so dry for the past few weeks. So currently I am obsessed with this gorgeous lipstick by Maybelline. I use it in a shade Bronzed which is a beautiful light nude color. It’s really soft and creamy on the lips so obviously it doesn’t make them dry at all. Again to get a better final result I use a lip liner by NYX in shade Vanilla Sky. It’s beautiful blonde color and perfect match for the lipstick.

Then last but not least the highlighter. Contour is another thing besides eye makeup that I am not really good at so I don’t bother contouring when it comes to my everyday makeup. I use The Balm’s highlighter to get that pretty glow for my face. If I want to get glow but also little blush on the cheeks I use Benefit’s Shimmer Blush. It’s perfect if you are looking for that natural radiance for your cheeks.

So that was little peek into my makeup bag, hope you found it as interesting to read as it was for me to write. If you are interested to read more about my favorite products you should check out my Winter season lipstick favorites – blog post.

xoxo

allekirjoitus2

Winter season lipstick favorites

I am not an expert when it comes to make up, but it doesn’t stop me from obsessing over every new trend that comes along. Right now nudes are on everyone’s lips, and for sure on mine too. A year ago I loved burgundy and dark red shades but it’s all new game now. I have way too many different brown/beige lippies which is why I wanted to do a little haul about my favorite ones so let’s get into it!

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First let me introduce you my newest liquid lipstick – Crush by Anastasia Beverly Hills. I have been waiting to get hold onto Anastasia’s lip products for ages and finally few months ago they arrived to Finland. I picked this soft beige shade which looks more like berry pudding on my lips. I am more than okay with that because it stands out from my other beige shades. I am very pleased with the quality of this lippie. It lasts the longest of all the liquid lipsticks that I own.

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Rogue Allure Velvet – La Rafinée (34)

I am not really that into pink toned lipsticks but sometimes variety is the spice of life. This Chanel lipstick was my very first matte finish lip product which is why I am so attached to it. It moisturizes my lips while giving them rich but sheer look, if that makes any sense hah. I always wear this when I want to give my lips more life and color.

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Left – Child Star // Right – Cool Girl 

(These pictures are not doing justice for the shades. Sorry about that.)

I bought my first liquid lipstick by Too Faced when I was in London last autumn and I fell in love immediately. They are quite expensive, about 25 euros, but totally worth the money. They are really soft and rich on the lips and they don’t dry my lips at all (of course I apply lip balm before the lipstick but still). And as a small great plus, these smell amazing too.

Child Star is really smooth nude shade that looks good with any type of makeup look. Cool Girl in other hand is more brown toned. It’s my favorite shade of all lip products that I own. It’s just simply so gorgeous and I think it’s perfect for winter season. I use my Nyx lipliner in shade Naturel with it to get better result and I can tell you that it really works. Some people think lipliners are waste of money but honestly they make the look more professional and lipstick lasts twice as long when you use a lipliner.

I could keep rambling about lip products for so much longer but I don’t want to bore you more this time hah. So that’s all about my favorite lippes, thank you for stopping by and hope you all have a lovely week.

xoxo

allekirjoitus2

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King of skin

I was shopping with my sister a while ago and we found our way to Lush store. Every time I step in there I can’t stop myself from buying something. I have few products that I buy from there regularly, but mostly I love discovering something new to try. This time I got little carried away and bought bunch of products. I wanted to do haul/review about them because Lush never lets me down and their products deserve little praising.

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First before I get into the products that I bought I want to say few words about Lush. Their products are 100% vegetarian and they fight against animal testing. All their products are handmade just to make sure that everything is as fresh as possible. Also they use naked packaging. It means that most of their products don’t have package at all. The ones that are in package are made from recyclable, reusable or compostable materials. It really warms my heart that some brands put this much effort into their cosmetics, and that is why I will never stop buying (and supporting) Lush, woo!

Now after I got to share my love for them, let’s talk about the cosmetics that I bought!

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This shower gel is one of those products that I keep buying over and over again. I am obsessed with the smell of it. It’s just heaven in a bottle.. Also it works well for my skin, leaving it smooth and fresh after every use. I haven’t even bothered to try other shower gels from Lush because I know none of them can beat this one, hah.

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I already knew I would try this body scrub out when I saw it included avocado butter. Avocado is one of my favorite fruits so I support everything that has it in it. I have used this scrub few times now and I am really happy with it. It leaves my skin soft and smooth. I love how fresh the paste smells, but my sister couldn’t stand it. She said it smelled too clean? (what? irk!)

Cold weather mixed with my job where I need to wash my hands non-stop, ain’t good for my poor little hands. They are really dry all the time which is why this product caught my eye. Also this includes avocado too, yay. I dropped the mask into bowl and poured hot water over it, then plunged my hands there and let them soak in the creamy lotion for a long while. Honestly, it made my hands feel so soft that I definitely would use it again.

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Avobath // Twilight

I am not big fan of bathing so I need my bath to look and be like a place where I really relax. To get my baths even more dashing I usually mix bath bombs and bubble bars together. I love watching the bomb to color the bath, it’s really enchanting. Also bath bombs (and bubble bars) leave lovely smell to the bathroom.

I tried my avobath one already and it colored the water green, what a surprise. It wasn’t the most beautiful bath I have been to but I had to try it out because, once again, it included avocado.

In general I think bath bombs give nice final touch for your bath. I recommend trying them out if you haven’t already!

Hope this didn’t end up too long and boring, but I just have so much love for Lush!

xoxo

allekirjoitus2

 

Little bit something new

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Few weeks ago I ordered some makeup from cocopanda, which is a Finnish online reseller. For me spending too much money can’t be avoided when it comes to buying makeup. Lucky for me (and my bank account) cocopanda has lot of products on sale so I made good finds from there. I have been absolutely loving everything I bought so I thought I could do little haul/review.

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Lets start with my favorite of them all, Mary-Lou Manizer by the Balm. I have been searching for a good highlighter a while now and when I saw this one I just had to get it. I know the Balm’s products have really good quality so I knew this one wouldn’t let me down. And yes it was little more pricy but it was totally worth it. It has good pigment and it gives my skin soft and beautiful sheer glow – just what I was looking for.

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From top to the bottom (my arm) Istanbul, Tiramisu and Copenhagen

Next the lips. I have been using quite neutral colors in my lips lately, basically just different shades of brown. But now when the autumn is coming darker shades appeal to me the most. That is why my favorite of these three is Copenhagen, the dark purple one. That is why my favorite of these three is Copenhagen, the dark purple one. Both of the soft matte lip creams feel smooth on the lips and they are easy to apply. You do have to re-apply them after an hour or two but that’s normal with liquid lipsticks.

The butter gloss wasn’t really for me, I love the color but I am too into matte lip products right now. It felt sticky on the lips and it was way too glossy for my taste.

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Before this contour palette I owned only few bronzers and since contour has been huge trend nowadays I wanted to give it a shot too. If I remember right this palette costed only  8 euros so it was really good for my budget. It’s not the best you could have, but it works for me. The brown in the middle goes well with my skin so I have been using that the most. The yellow one works well with dark circles and the highlighter on top right gives slight glow for your skin.

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I have lot of veins around my eyes (especially in my eyelids) and I have always had dark circles underneath my eyes so as you can guess they are really hard to cover with makeup. And believe me I have tried everything. So I was really glad to discover this new product (at least for me) by Lumene. It’s really easy to apply and it’s long-lasting. I feel like it’s actually covering the dark circles, so I am happy with it.

I don’t have much to say about the eyelid primer. It does it’s job that’s all. I bought it mostly because of  the pretty packaging. It reminds me of benefit which is my favorite makeup brand for many reasons. Hah.

I would recommend to visit cocopanda, my order came really fast and it wasn’t damaged at all. Also if you spend over 40 euros you don’t have to pay for the shipping so that’s big plus.