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My Morning Skincare Routine

My Morning Skincare Routine

A good skincare routine is soooo important! I actually never really used anything skincare on my face before makeup in the morning until I became aware of what a good skincare routine can do for your skin! In my teenage years I was struggling with light acne and when I finally got rid of that I would still have pimples all the time but not like acne. With my new skincare routine I never have pimples other than my hormonal ones at that time of the month but they aren’t as bad as they used to be either. I have normal sensitive skin so this skincare routine might not work for you. You can always use it as a guidline or inspiration but you need products for your kind of skin type.

But let’s get into my morning skincare routine and then later at some point I will post my evening skincare routine which also is essential for me to keep my skin clean!

So for my skin care routine I actually “only” use four different products. I will start it all off with my Micellar Water from Nivea. This one is for sensitive skin but it is also available for normal and dry skin. The reason I start out with a micellar water is to remove any dirt and oils I have produced over night. I will soak a cotton pad in it and then massage my face in circles. Next, I will go in with my Salicylic Acid 2% Solution from The Ordinary. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) which is used for chemical exfoliation. The chemical exfoliant will remove any dead skin cells which will speed up skin renewall. If you are using a chemical exfoliant it is extremely important that you use sunscreen EVERYDAY!! I will apply four small drops of this directly to my face – one drop on my forehead, one on the chin, and one on each cheek. Then I will massage it in.

 

 

The next product I am going to use is the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% from The Ordinary. Niacinamide and zinc are able to reduce the look of blemishes and balance visible sebum activity. I apply this to my face the same as I did with the salicylic acid and massage it in. I will finish my morning skincare routine off with my Aloe Soothing Day Cream from The Body Shop which again is for sensitive skin. I have tried other creams from The Body Shop but some of them makes my skin burn! This one don’t and is so nice for my skin so if you got sensitive skin just like me, then I will highly recommend this one! I again apply four small dots on my face and massage it in. It is hard to explain how much product you will need on your face but trust me, you don’t need as much as you think!

If you are interested in using the skincare products from The Ordinary but don’t know which of all the amazing products that would work the best for your skin, then I would suggest reading the description box from this youtube video by Wayne Goss.

I hope you found this useful or maybe it gave you some kind of inspiration for your morning skincare routine! My absolute favourite product from my morning skincare routine have to be the salicylic acid! What do you do for your morning skincare routine and what is your favourite product? Let me know in the comments!

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Review: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Foundation

Review: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Foundation

The Infallible Foundation from L’Oréal Paris (£10.99 for 30 mL) is a long wearing, full-coverage foundation which is available in 8 shades. Unfortunately the lightest shade 015 Porcelain is not available in Denmark which is why I own the shade 120 Vanilla which is a shade darker than 015 Porcelain.

On their website they state that the foundation
got high coverage
have a long wear formula
is able to hide the appearance of fatigue and blemishes
 stays on and feels fresh from day to night

The shade I own (120 Vanilla) is way too dark for me. But as I got a tan during vacation it actually matches me right now. I don’t understand why the lightest shade isn’t available in Denmark. I also think that 8 shades isn’t a big enough range of shades. In the 8 shades I don’t see any shades for people with darker skin tones and only one (015 Porcelain) that might be light enough for people with pale skin tone like me. I have used the foundation with my Shade Adjusting Drops from The Body Shop before I got a tan but have now been able to try it without which didn’t make any difference in the formula of the foundation. The foundation got full coverage and are able to cover anything you don’t want showing – like blemishes. I also agree with their statement, that the foundation have a long wear formula. On the bottle of the foundation it states that it does not transfer which I disagree with. I blended the foundation down my neck and – as I would expect from any foundation – it transferred to my white dress. The foundation keeps looking good for a long amount of time but started creasing in places like my smile lines after a good amount of hours which is to be expected of a full coverage foundation.

I think this is a great full coverage foundation with a good lasting time but even though I really like this foundation I will only award it 4 hearts out of 5 possible.

The reason I don’t give it the 5 hearts is because I wan’t more shade options. There isn’t only 8 shades of skin tones. I have normal skin and the foundation feels great when I am wearing it. I also think it would be good on oily skin as it got a matte finish. I don’t think I would recommend it to people with dry skin as I have a feeling it might grab onto dry skin. Have you tried the Infallible Foundation from L’Oréal Paris? If you have, then let me know your opinion in the comments.

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Review: Coastal Scents Shadow Pots

Review: Coastal Scents Shadow Pots

The Coastal Scents Shadow Pots (£1.50 for 1.5 g) are the single shadows that the brand offers. There are almost 400 different single shadows to choose from at their website (get a big overview of the different shadows here) with different finishes like matte, shimmer, and satin.

They don’t really state much about their shadows on their website but one thing they do say is that the eyeshadows are highly pigmented.

I bought a couple of the eyeshadows when they had a sale (yes… a sale!) as I have heard about the brand before and wanted to try them out to see if they were as good as people said. So I bought 22 eyeshadows (12 shimmers, 10 mattes, apparently no satins). I really enjoy working with the shadows but I need to make you aware that the shadows got different applications which means some applies sheer, others are semi-opaque, and others are opaque at application. I didn’t notice this when I bought the shadows but it was really clear to me when swatching and playing with the shadows. I think it’s weird you can state that your eyeshadows are highly pigmented but only applies sheer. That might just be me thinking like that. But if you look at it the other way around then the eyeshadows with sheer application are pigmented for a sheer eyeshadow. The opaque shadows is also very opaque and are very pigmented. But I still think you are able to build up the colour of the shadows so you can choose how pigmented you want them which I like. I don’t get any fall-out when applying the matte shadows but I do get some when I apply the shimmer shadows which is very normal. I think the shadows blend together beautifully and are definitely some I will get a lot of uses out of.

I really enjoy the shadows! And if you are willing to read about the shadows application before buying them then you will not be disappointed 😉 I got a bit disappointed the first time I played with the shadows because I didn’t know about the different applications. But they are not hiding anything from you so make sure to read about the desired shadow before purchase. I want to award the Shadow Pots from Coastal Scents 4.5 hearts out of 5 possible!

I have completely fallen in love with these wonderful single eyeshadows! They are both cheap and of a fantastic quality at the same time! If you want to build your makeup kit fast or want some wild shadows to play with then I will definitely recommend trying out these shadows! The reason I don’t give the shadows the full 5 hearts is because I would have liked if they all were opaque. Have you tried the Shadow Pots from Coastal Scents? If you have, then let me know your opinion in the comments!

In the pictures below I have made some swatches. The first swatch of the shadow (the one closest to my hand) is a finger swatch while the next swatch of the shadow (the swatch next to the finger swatch) is a brush swatch which is made with my large shader 209 brush from Luxie Beauty. Both the finger swatch and brush swatch is only one swipe. There is no primer or anything on my arm. Next to the names of the shadows I have written if the shadow got opaque (O), semi-opaque (SO), or sheer (S) application.

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Review: Trust Fund Beauty That Glo Tho Highlighting Stick

Review: Trust Fund Beauty That Glo Tho Highlighting Stick

The Trust Fund Beauty That Glo Tho (£15.5 for 4.44 mL) is a champagne coloured highlighting stick which only is available in that one champagne shade. The highlighting stick comes in a black twist up tube with the brands logo and the name of the product on the cap.

On their website they state that the highlighter
is high performance
comes on smooth
lasts all day and all night
is free of toxic chemicals, vegan, and is not tested on animals

The first thing I have to say is that I really like the shade! Now that they only have one shade is it important to match as many skin tones as possible which I feel a champagne shade will! I am in the lighter shade range but is still able to use the highlighter. I also feel like the shade would match many of the deeper skin tones as well. The highlighter itself is not blinding. It will give you a very natural highlight which is why i like to use it for my no-makeup days. So if you are someone who likes a blinding highlight then this is not for you. I would not recommend applying a powder highlighter on top of the stick highlight as it made it look very cakey.

I think the highlight looks so pretty when first applied! It makes your skin look so healthy and dewy which I think is perfect for the no-makeup days! It applies beautifully on the skin and I don’t feel like it exaggerates any texture (I don’t have that much texture on my highlighting areas so I can’t tell you if it would exaggerate anything if you have more texture). I think the highlighting stick looks pretty for a good amount of time. But if you are applying it in the morning it will not last till the evening. It will start separating on my cheeks after a couple of hours which I think the most of us want to avoid. I don’t know if it have anything to do with the amount of other products on the skin like a thick foundation vs. a thin foundation where I think the highlighting stick might hold longer on a thiner foundation.

I really enjoy this highlighting stick but I would have preferred a longer lasting time on the face which is why I only award it 3.5 hearts out of 5.

The reason for my grade is that they state it will last all day and all night but it dosen’t which I think is such a big factor. I don’t think they necessarily need to add more shades as the champagne shade is so versatile. Have you tried the Trust Fund Beauty That Glo Tho? If you have, then let me know your opinion in the comments!

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Review: The Ordinary Coverage Foundation

Review: The Ordinary Coverage Foundation

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation (£5.90 for 30 mL) is a full-coverage foundation which is available in the same 21 shades as the Serum Foundation. The coverage foundation contains a higher level of pigments than the serum foundation but should still offer a smooth finish without the look of heavy makeup.

On their website they state that the foundation
got a full-coverage formula
offers a smooth finish without the look of heavy makeup even though it contains a higher level of pigments
got a texture of a lightweight, non-oily cream
the pigments are able to resist collecting within fine lines and stay on for longer because the pigments are suspended in their proprietary spreadability system
 offer a semi-matte finish
 are compatible with most primers and are designed to work exceptionally well with the primers from The Ordinary
is alcohol-free, oil-free, nut-free, gluten-free, soy-free, cruelty-free, and vegan

I tend to go more for the more natural-looking foundations as I don’t like the way full-coverage foundation settles into fine lines. Before I tried the Coverage Foundation I was afraid that it would be another cakey mess. Luckily, it isn’t! I don’t think that the foundation is full-coverage by the first layer. Maybe more medium but it is definitely build-able to full-coverage! Every time I looked in the mirror when wearing the foundation I could not believe my own eyes! The foundation did not settle into any fine lines not even when I was about to remove my makeup at 1 in the morning! Just like the Serum Foundation, the Coverage Foundation got a semi-matte finish which – as said in my review of the Serum Foundation – is a big plus for me as I think it looks so pretty and natural on the skin. I have tried the foundation without a primer and with one of The Ordinary’s own (the High-Spreadability Fluid Primer) and I honestly did not see that big of a difference other than the foundation had a bit longer wear time with the primer. I don’t think the primer did anything to minimise any creasing as there wasn’t any when not using a primer.

Three of the shades (1.0NS, 1.2YG, and 2.0YG) does contain a silver (S) or golden (G) highlight just like the Serum Foundation which I again think would be nice if you want an even more natural and dewy look!

I can’t help but love this amazing foundation! I simply don’t understand how a full-coverage foundation can look so nice on the skin! I can definitely recommend this product which is why I award it 5 hearts out of 5 possible!

If you are looking for a beautiful, full-coverage foundation for a low price, then this is the thing for you! Have you tried the Coverage Foundation from The Ordinary? If you have, then let me know your opinion in the comments!

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Swatch of my shade 1.0N

 


Swatches from their website

Review: The Ordinary Serum Foundation

Review: The Ordinary Serum Foundation

The Ordinary Serum Foundation (£5.70 for 30 mL) is a lightweight foundation with medium coverage which is available in 21 shades! I love that the foundation is available in so many shades even though it is relatively new on the marked. I can only imagine that they might come out with some more shades as I think they need some more medium and dark toned ones.

On their website they state that the foundation
got a lightweight medium-coverage formula
offer a natural look with a lightweight feel
 offer a semi-matte finish
are compatible with most primers and are designed to work exceptionally well with the primers from The Ordinary
is alcohol-free, oil-free, nut-free, gluten-free, soy-free, cruelty-free, and vegan

I really enjoy a good natural looking foundation and think I found a perfect match with this Serum Foundation. They got a shade range so wide that I had no problem finding a perfect match. I think they got a lot of lighter shades – which I think is great! – but I think they need some more medium and dark toned shades as said before. I actually didn’t expect the coverage of the foundation to be this good because of its thin consistency. But the foundation got medium-coverage as they promised and feels lightweight on the skin. Because the formula got a semi-matte finish I feel like it looks even more natural. Three of the shades (1.0NS, 1.2YG, and 2.0YG) offers a silver (S) or gold (G) highlight which I think would look so good on the skin and is definitely something I will try when I need a restock of this foundation. Even though the foundation looks great on its own I will say it looks even better when using The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer (read my review of the primer here), as I feel the eventual creasing I get during the day is minimised.

I can’t tell you enough good things about this foundation! The product it self is incredible and the price is so low! I can’t believe you’re able to get such a good product for no money! I definitely recommend trying this product which is why I award it 5 out of 5 possible hearts!

I can’t praise this product enough and still can’t believe it is only £5.70! I also think that the foundation is fit for every skin type no matter if you got dry, oily, or normal. Have you tried the Serum Foundation from The Ordinary? If you have, then let me know your opinion in the comments!

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Swatches from The Ordinary’s own website.

Review: BH Cosmetics x Ashley Tisdale Enhancing Lip Gloss

Review: BH Cosmetics x Ashley Tisdale Enhancing Lip Gloss

The bh Cosmetics x Ashley Tisdale Enhancing Lip Gloss (£5.70 for 3 g / 3.2 mL) is a lip gloss which will enhance the size of our lips. The lip gloss are available in six shades: Bonfire (hot pink), Aloha (bright pink), Hibiscus (blushed mauve), Coral Reef (muted coral), Skinny Dipping (dark nude), and Tan Lines (nude pink).

On their website they state that the lip gloss
 perfects your pout and makes your mouth the center of attention
got a luscious, full-coverage formula
contains anti-aging and hydrating benefits and plumps lips for decadent va-va-voom volume

I got some of the more decent shades (Coral Reef, Skinny Dipping, and Tan Lines) as I chose some shades I knew I would get wear out of as well. I enjoy the formula of the lip glosses as they don’t feel sticky on the lips. I don’t think the formula is a 100% full-coverage. If you want full coverage from the lip glosses then you need a proper amount of product. Another way to get full-coverage is to use a matching lip liner. They also state that the lip gloss is lip enhancing as they contain lip plumping ingredients. When I use a lip plumping lip gloss I normally get a tickling feeling in the lips but not when I use these, so I don’t know how plumping they are.

Because I don’t think the lip gloss is full-coverage unless you build it up and dosen’t plump your lips as they state, I will only award the lip gloss 4 hearts out of 5.

Even though I don’t award it 5 hearts I still think this is a great product! But if you are looking for a lip plumping lip gloss then I would not recommend this one. If you are looking for a full-coverage lip gloss at first coat then I would not recommend this one. But the formula is nice and the coverage of the lip gloss is build-able. Have you tried the bh Cosmetics x Ashley Tisdale Enhancing Lip Gloss? If you have, then let me know your opinion in the comments!

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Review: The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer

Review: The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer

The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer (£5.50 for 30 mL) is a lightweight spreadability enhancing primer for the face which contains high-flexibility silicones.

On their website they state that the primer
 have a lightweight serum-like formula
 increases the spreadability of subsequent complexion makeup to help avoid the unnatural and uneven accumulation of pigments
– acts as a light, non-oily surface hydrator for a natural dewy look
– is water-free, alcohol-free, oil-free, nut-free, cruelty-free, and vegan

First and foremost, I really like the dropper the primer comes in as I think it is very different from other primers and really shows how thin and lightweight the primer is. I also think you get a good amount of product as a little goes a long way. I think you need to be careful not to use too much as it will look crumbly when applying foundation and other products on top. I like to apply two drops directly to my face and then massage it in. I normally have a bit of creasing in my smile lines and between my brows even though I set everything with powder. But when using this primer the creasing is minimized! The primer helps giving my face a more natural look and makes it so soft! I think the primer is use-able for every skin type as I feel like it keeps the oils at bay but won’t dry out your face.

I really enjoy that the primer is free of stuff like alcohol as that would dry out your skin. I also think people with oily skin will find it beneficial that the primer is oil-free. People with nut allergies will also be able to use the primer as it is nut-free.

As you might already know from reading this review I really like this product! I use it everyday before every kind of foundation and I love it!! The only thing to remember is less is more. If you make sure to only apply the needed amount (even though applying more is so tempting as your face feels so soft when using the primer) your skin will look absolutely fabulous which is why I award this primer 5 hearts out of 5 possible!

The product works fantastic and is very affordable! What more do we need?! Have you tried the High-Spreadability Fluid Primer from The Ordinary? If you have, then tell me your opinion in the comments!

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Review: NYX Wonder Pencil

Review: NYX Wonder Pencil

The NYX Wonder Pencil (£4.50 for 1.2 g / 1.24 mL) is a multi-use product which can be used as a concealer, a eye liner for the water line, and a lip liner. I mainly bought it as a eyeliner but been loving it for it for other things as well!

On their website they state that the pencil
conceals flaws and blemishes with creamy precision
prevents lip products from bleeding and fading
are able to brighten your eyes along the water line

I actually like a handy little wonder product like this. As said before, I mainly bought it for the water line where it works wonders and are very pigmented and lasts a long time! I haven’t tried the product as an actual lip liner but I like to use it afterwards to clean up my lips which now is what it is used the most for as it makes it really easy to get a clean lip look. I don’t use it as a concealer as I feel it is a bit too light for me. Too light? Can anything be too light for me? In this case, yes. It might have been good for highlighting but I don’t feel like doing that with a pencil.. And since I don’t want to highlight my blemishes I haven’t used it as a concealer.

As you might be able to tell from this review, I really enjoy this product. The formula of it is very creamy, easy to blend, and pigmented. This product have become a holy gail of mine which is why I award it 4.5 hearts out of 5 possible!

The reason I don’t give it the full 5 starts is because there’s only three shades available (light, medium, and deep). I would have liked some more shades – not many, but just something like light-medium, medium-deep, deep-dark and dark. But overall I really enjoy this product! Have you tried the NYX Wonder Pencil? If you have, then let me know your opinion in the comments!

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Review: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black

Review: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black

The Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner from Stila (£14 for 0.5 mL) is, as the name indicates, a waterproof eye liner which is the main reason why I bought it. I also really like eyeliners with felt tip applicators as I feel they’re very precise. Unfortunately, some liquid liners with felt tip applicators tend to dry out very quick. If you want to know if this dries out, then keep on reading!

On their website they state that the eye liner
is waterproof and easy to use
goes on smoothly without skipping, smudging, or pulling
lasts all day long

So what is my personal experience with the Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner? The first time I tried it out on my eyes the eye liner was bleeding all over the place and totally ruined my makeup. It kept doing it the first couple of times. Now the very tip of the applicator keeps drying out when ever I start to use it which makes it very hard to be precise and finish your eye liner with the same product. But the formula of the eye liner is very waterproof. It can be a bit hard to get of when removing your makeup which I think is a plus! Because it is so waterproof it works out great on the waterline! Some of the eye liner can get into your eye when you apply it which will feel a bit uncomfortable but when your eye got that cleared up and the liner is dry, it looks pretty good and stays put.

Overall, I am not that fond of this eye liner which is why I only give this product 2 hearts out of 5 possible.

I don’t like the way the applicator distribute the product as it the first couple of times let way too much product out and then after a few uses the tip dries out. It also annoyed me that it bleed which might be because of the amount of product the applicator let out as it doesn’t bleed now but dries out instead… The one thing I do really like is how waterproof the liner is. Have you tried the Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner from Stila? If you have, then let me know your opinion in the comments!

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