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HOW TO GET THE OPTIMAL PAYOFF OF A SHIMMER EYESHADOW WITHOUT USING YOUR FINGERS OR A BRUSH

HOW TO GET THE OPTIMAL PAYOFF OF A SHIMMER EYESHADOW WITHOUT USING YOUR FINGERS OR A BRUSH

We all want our shimmery eyeshadows to look its best. We almost want it to look metallic. Some shimmery eyeshadows might need a bit more work before we are satisfied with the payoff, this might include using our fingers to apply the eyeshadow or wetting a brush with setting spray or any other kind of liquid. But why bother getting your fingers dirty and filled with eyeshadow or waste your setting spray on your eyeshadows? Keep on reading if you want to find out what kind of applicator I use to apply my shimmery eyeshadows and see side by side comparisons against finger swatches and wet brush swatches!

Okay, so some of you might already be using this kind of applicator to apply your shimmery shadows. I have also mentioned in many of my previous tutorials here on my blog that I use this kind of an applicator to apply my shimmery shadows. The applicator I am talking about is a sponge tip applicator! I get mine off eBay (the link you will get to if you click the “sponge tip applicator” link) where they are listed at £3.76 for 50 pieces from this particular seller. I first heard about the sponge tip applicator as a useful applicator for shimmery shadows at Stephanie Nicole’s YouTube channel, she has very long nails so some of her subscribers told her to try some sponge tip applicators which she did and reported back that she really liked that method of application which lead me to buy some myself!

I will now show you swatches of three shimmer shadows from three different brands. The first swatch closest to my wrist is a finger swatch, the next swatch (the swatch in the middle) is a swatch using the sponge tip applicator, and the last swatch is a swatch using a wet brush. I used the Coastal Scents Classic Foundation Concealer Brush to do the brush swatch and used the NYX Cosmetics Makeup Setting Spray to wet the brush. I made the swatch with the wet brush as the final swatch so the eyeshadow in the pan would not be wet when doing any of the other swatches.


These first swatches are of the eyeshadow “Queen” from the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Eyeshadow Palette (the same shimmer eyeshadow I am wearing on my lid in the photo above). All three of the swatches perform equally as good here in my opinion, so the sponge tip applicator would be nice for you if you want maximum payoff of your shimmery eyeshadow without using your fingers or a wet brush.

 

These swatches are of the eyeshadow “Balsam” from Coastal Scents. Here it is obvious that the sponge tip applicator makes the shimmery eyeshadow perform even better than my fingers or a wet brush.

 

These swatches are of the eyeshadow “Vermeer” from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. It is again seen that the sponge tip applicator performs just as well as a finger or a wet brush.

 

So if you really hate using your fingers to apply shimmery eyeshadows or hate wasting your setting sprays on intensifying your shimmery eyeshadows, then I highly suggest trying out the sponge tip applicator! I reuse mine many times; I just wipe it off in a baby wipe and then it is as good as new! Let me know how you apply your shimmery shadows and if you are looking into trying out these sponge tip applicators! They won’t let you down 😉 Thank you so much for reading, I hope to see you back soon! xx

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DISCOUNT CODE: GET ADDITIONAL 20% OFF TOPSHOP SALE

DISCOUNT CODE: GET ADDITIONAL 20% OFF TOPSHOP SALE

Blue Jumper (£16 with additional 20% off) // Snake Boots (£39,2 with additional 20% off) // Faux Leather Jacket (£32 with additional 20% off) // Pink Jumper (£14,56 with additional 20% off) // Gold Bamboo Earrings (£4,16 with additional 20% off) // Green Wide Sleeve Top (£20 with additional 20% off) // Check Coat (£36 with additional 20% off)

Who does not love to save money? And who does not love to save additional money? TOPSHOP is having a sale on their sale items! What more can we ask for? All you have to do to get the additional 20% off the sale items is to use the discount code EXTRA20 at checkout. The code will be available from tomorrow (13th of February 2019) to the 24th of February 2019. So if you find something good in the sale section you will be able to save some extra cash! Above I have shown you seven goodies from the sale section and below the collage I have shown you what the price of the item will be after the discount code have been applied.

 

I just wanted to give you some styling inspiration which will include some of the sale items I have shown above. This styling idea includes both the snake boots and the gold bamboo earrings. Because I am styling around snake boots and gold earrings, I wanted to keep the rest of the items in this look very monochrome which is why I went for ripped, black jeans, a black, satin shirt, and a black belt with gold hardware to match the gold earrings. I would tuck the shirt into the jeans so you would be able to see the belt. I would also wear the snake ankle boots over the jeans at the ankles as the jeans are skinny jeans. I think this outfit would be so cool for an everyday look!

I created the second outfit around the Green Wide Sleeve Top which also has some black detailing. Because of that black detailing, I also chose to style this item with other black items; I chose a leather look pencil skirt (which also is on sale!) as I thought the blouse would look beautiful tucked into it and thereby you would be “sucked” in at the waist to create that hourglass figure. I paired the outfit with a black bag with gold hardware and a pair of black court heels. If you wanted to add jewelry to this outfit, I would go for gold jewelry to match the gold hardware of the bag. I think this outfit would be amazing for a special event.

 

Let me know if you are planning on getting anything from the sale section with the additional 20% off, and let me know what and why! Inspire me! Thank you so much for reading – I hope you have had a great start on the week! I hope to see you back soon xx

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THE EASIEST VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT FOR YOUR BOO

THE EASIEST VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT FOR YOUR BOO

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and you do not have a clue what you should get that special someone in your life. You are wondering if you should play it safe and go with chocolate, maybe some flowers as well? But you want to do something different and not go down that same road again. Well, then I might have just what you are looking for!

This is the Look Fantastic Rose Collection Limited Edition Beauty Box! It contains skincare products worth more than £150 but is available for only £60! The box contains seven skincare, hair, and body products; the Pixi Rose Tonic, Elemis Gentle Rose ExfoliatorChristophe Robin Cleansing Volumising Paste with Pure Rassoul Clay and Rose Extracts, Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Miracle Cleanser, Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet, Korres Natural Japanese Rose Shower Gel, and Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist. Below I have inserted some info about all of the products so you can learn a bit more about them. In my eyes is this the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for someone who loves to try out new products and enjoys taking some time off to treat themselves.

If you are feeling lucky, then Look Fantastic is actually hosting a giveaway on their Instagram profile where you can win this Rose Collection Limited Edition Beauty Box and a Mankind Intergalactic Grooming Box! RIGHT HERE you have a direct link to their giveaway! The link to their giveaway is not an affiliate link or anything, just letting you all know! <3

Info about the included products

The Pixi Rose Tonic is a toner formulated on a rose hydrosol base, it will restore moisture and tone while balancing skin’s pH. It has calming benefits which will help minimize redness, and its gentle cleansing properties eliminate last traces of makeup and impurities.

The Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator is a gel with tiny exfoliating Jojoba beads to brighten and smooth the skin for a naturally radiant glow. This gel is ideal for using prior to a treatment mask or moisturizer as it improves the penetration of other moisture treatments; helping you to re-hydrate and replenish your skin.

The Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumising Paste with Pure Rassoul Clay and Rose Extracts is a deep cleansing, shampoo-like treatment with a unique consistency and volume-boosting benefits which will purify and pamper thin, lacklustre hair. The formula transforms upon application from a paste-like texture into a lightweight foam, with pure Rassoul Mineral Clay, rich in trace-elements, working to absorb dirt, oil, and impurities while densifying each follicle for enhanced strength, lift, and thickness from the root.

The Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Miracle Cleanser is a creamy facial cleanser that works to banish impurities whilst promoting natural luminosity. The aromatic formula infused with an invigorating blend of essential oils expertly lifts away makeup and daily build-up to leave skin feeling fresh and clean. Combining probiotic and peptide technologies with BioOrganic plant and flower essences, the intelligent cleanser delivers antioxidants, omegas, and fatty acids into dehydrated skin; expect a soft, cleansed and regenerated complexion with restored hydration.

The Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet has a gel-cream formula which has immediate soothing properties and leaves skin refreshed and comfortable. It is a sensitive skin savior blended with organic grape water to hydrate and calming chamomile. Ideal for any skin type that experiences reactionary sensitivity, this nourishing formula leaves skin clear, smooth and soft.

The Korres Natural Japanese Rose Shower Gel has a formula that creates a protective film around your skin to keep it soft and a rich fragrance that lingers on, you are definitely in for a treat. It is a creamy foam body cleanser with a quantifiable, lasting moisturizing effect. Wheat extracts form a protective film to maintain your skin’s natural moisture, whilst active aloe, vitamins C and E, zinc and antioxidant enzymes enhance the immune system of your skin. On top of all of that, this shower gel stimulates collagen, thus preventing the signs of aging, which all in all make this the perfect shower partner.

The Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist has a weightless, delicately scented formula that delivers multiple benefits to the skin. It is enriched with apple pectin and a nourishing blend of rose, sage and orange blossom waters, the refreshing mist balances and hydrates, whilst the brand’s patented Healing Concentrate infuses minerals deep into skin to promote a firmer, younger-looking visage. It can be used as a purifying post-cleanse toner, or as a revitalizing spritz throughout the day to soften and replenish.

The reason why I show you this excellent gift idea is that I personally would love to receive something like this! Look Fantastic even has a folder named “Valentine’s Day” if you are not completely sold on this gift idea. Let me know in the comments what you are thinking about getting your special someone! Thank you so much for reading, I hope to see you back soon! xx

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WHAT IS EXFOLIATING ACIDS & WHY YOU SHOULD ADD THEM TO YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE

WHAT IS EXFOLIATING ACIDS & WHY YOU SHOULD ADD THEM TO YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE

Putting acids directly on your face might not sound like something you would like, but there is actually acids out there that may work wonders for your skin! In this blog post, I will focus on some of the more well known exfoliating acids, explain to you what an exfoliating acid is and let you know which type of exfoliating acid you should consider adding to your skin care routine.

I think alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), beta hydroxy acid (BHA, which also is known as salicylic acid), and glycolic acid are some of the most well-known acids as the main part of products with exfoliating acids contain at least one of these.

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s)

Glycolic acid is actually an AHA, so let us talk about AHA’s first. You might also know AHA’s as fruit acids as many AHA’s are present in foods and fruits. AHA’s are great because they facilitate water absorption among the cells at the outer layers of the skin and reduce cohesion of the skin cells in the outermost layer of the skin. This will result in a higher skin moisture level, improved cell turnover (your skin will be renewed more frequently) and normalization of keratosis and pigment abnormalities. When talking about exfoliating acids we also talk about their size; the smaller the acid, the deeper will it penetrate the skin. Glycolic acid is the smallest AHA and therefore also the AHA which can penetrate the skin the deepest. Other AHA’s are lactic acid, malic acid, tartaric acid, mandelic acid, and citric acid.
AHA’s are good for people with dry and mature skin but are also effective against acne. I, myself, use a glycolic acid toner (pictured above) which is the Deciem The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution (*). Another glycolic acid toner I have tried, which I also really like, is the Pixi Glow Tonic which contain 5% glycolic acid.

Beta hydroxy acid (BHA) / salicylic acid

Products that only contain BHA/salicylic acid are very mild but effective as they can penetrate through the oils on the skin which AHA’s are not able to in the same way. This makes them able to exfoliate in your pores which is why salicylic acid is very effective against acne and blackheads. If you, for example, suffer from rosacea, then I would suggest salicylic acid if you are considering a chemical exfoliator. When looking for salicylic acid to add to your skincare routine, you need to be aware of the level of alcohol in the product and the pH value of the product. You do not want products with high amounts of alcohol in them as it can cause dryness, irritation, and breakouts – and we do not want that! You also want to find a product which as a low pH value, because if the pH of the product is too high, the product will be ineffective. I use the Deciem The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution (*) which has a pH around 3.2-3.5 and are alcohol-free!

As mentioned earlier, there are products out there that contain both AHA and BHA. An example of such a product is the Deciem The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution (*) which is a 10-minute exfoliating facial mask which only should be used two times a week at max and only for ten minutes at a time.

When using exfoliating acids, your skin will become more sensitive to the sun which is why you always should use a sunscreen when using exfoliating acids on your face.

How I use exfoliating acids

There is a lot of different products containing exfoliating acids on the market, the once I have mentioned are just the ones I have tried and love. I use the Salicylic Acid 2% Solution (*) on a daily basis mixed together with Deciem The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (*) which is a product that will reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion. Every now and then I use the Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution (*) and I tend to use it in the morning. The reason why I don’t use it as often is that it feels a bit “strong” on my sensitive skin so I don’t want to overdo it. I did not have the same experience with the Pixi Glow Tonic which I think is because of the lower concentration of glycolic acid in the Glow Tonic so that might be the better option for me in the future. When I have used the Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution (*), I will not add any other exfoliating acids because of my sensitive skin. How much your skin can tolerate is different from person to person. If you want to start using exfoliating acids, then start out slow. Do not overdo it. Start out with the acid of your choice and see how your skin reacts. Is it too harsh, then I would suggest looking into a different acid. You would want to start using the exfoliating acid a couple of times a week before using them every day. Listen to your skin. That might be the best advice I can give you. Some might tingle a bit but that is totally normal. However, you do not want your face to burn. My face often stings strongly a bit when I first apply the AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution (*) but it will fade after a couple of seconds.

Ending remarks

I hope you learned something from this blog post, if you have any unanswered questions, then don’t be afraid to put them in the comments. I am not a professional but I have read a lot about the topic and because of my scientific background I am able to remain a critic of what I read. If you already use exfoliating acids, then please let us know your skin type and problems in the comments and what products you find that works the best for you! Thank you so much for reading, I hope to see you back soon! xx

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TUTORIAL: EASY CHRISTMAS MAKEUP LOOK

TUTORIAL: EASY CHRISTMAS MAKEUP LOOK

Christmas is just around the corner! The most of us tend to gather around with friends and family, which is why you might not want to use all of your time on your makeup, but still, want to look cute. For this reason, I have created this tutorial for you; an easy makeup look which only requires two eyeshadows! You can use whatever colour of eyeshadow and glitter, this was just what I would feel comfortable in. Keep scrolling if you want to see the full makeup pictorial and find out which products I used!

I started out by priming my lids with the MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Soft Ochre. Then I used the Pointed Brush from Coastal Scents to lay down the eyeshadow “Dominatrix” (*) from the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Androgyny Palette (*). To blend out the edges of “Dominatrix” (*) I used a clean Crease Brush from Coastal Scents. For the gold glitter on the lid, I used the shade “Golden Dawn” (*) from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Ultimate Glow – Glow Kit (*). To apply “Golden Dawn” (*) I used my finger to get a more sparse effect as I wanted a more subtle look. I gently swept a clean Crease Brush from Coastal Scents through my crease to distribute any glitter particles there. I did not want them gone, but I wanted a sort of faded effect of the glitter if that makes sense.

As I wanted to apply some lashes, I applied a thin eyeliner across my eyelid with the NYX Cosmetics Matte Liquid Liner (*). If you are not intending on wearing lashes, then you can skip this step. Before I applied my mascara, I curled my lashes with the Eylure Heated Eyelash Curler (*) and then applied some of the MAC Cosmetics In Extreme Dimension Mascara to my lashes. For my false lashes, I went with the Eylure Texture Lashes 117 (*, **). After I had applied the lashes, I used the Lancôme Le Crayon Khol Eye Liner (*) to tight line on my upper waterline.


And voila! How easy is this?! In Denmark, we celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve where we eat delicious food, sing around the Christmas tree, and open presents. I definitely think that I myself are going to recreate this eyeshadow look on Christmas eve, maybe I will try with a silver glitter this time and a pink nude lipstick! Thank you so much for reading, I wish you all some happy holidays! Let me know what your favourite part is about Christmas! xx

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REVIEW: MAKEUP REVOLUTION CONCEAL & DEFINE CONCEALER

REVIEW: MAKEUP REVOLUTION CONCEAL & DEFINE CONCEALER

The Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer (*) (£4 for 4 g) is the concealer that everyone has been talking about lately, which is why I needed to try it! On the brand’s own website, revolutionbeauty.com (*), the concealer has received 4.7 stars out of 5 on average, which is really good! They also state that the concealer is the winner of the Cosmopolitan Beauty Award 2018. All of these things really gets my hope up for this concealer! So let’s get down to business and take a look at what they state this concealer will do:

  • The formula is lightweight with full coverage
  • Cover blemishes
  • Even skin tone
  • Counteract dark circles
  • Has a matte finish
  • Won’t settle or accentuate fine lines and pores
  • Long wearing

Who wouldn’t want all of this in their concealer?! To show you how the concealer performs, I have made a small wear test for you. This is my first time doing a wear test for a concealer, so when I took the picture of my eyes after 8 hours of wear, I realised that I maybe should have taken a picture at around 4 hours of wear. I instead took a picture the day after wearing the same concealer applied with the same technique at 4 hours of wear. The quality is crab, to say the least, as it is taken with my iPhone in very bad lighting as I wasn’t home the entire day. I hope you can bear with me! But let’s take a look at the wear test:

The first photo in the wear test is me only with foundation on. I never put foundation on my eyes as I don’t want that many layers on my skin. The second photo is right after I have blended out the concealer (*) with my beautyblender. The photo after that is after I have baked the concealer with translucent loose powder. I always bake my concealer. I actually bake my entire face. The reason why I always bake my under eyes is that I have some deep creases below my eyes. I have had them for as long as I can remember! If I don’t bake, then my concealer looks awful and will sink into my creases straight away! The fourth photo is right after I finished my eye makeup. The fifth photo is a flash test. I think it is safe to say that this concealer definitely passed it! I then went about my day and took the last two photos after 8 hours of wear.


As you can see in the last two photos of the wear test, the concealer had sunken into my creases. How much a concealer sinks into my creases depends on a lot of things like how the weather was and what I was doing that day. The humidity in Denmark is right now at 100% which is why the concealer will sink into my creases even more than it would do with a lower humidity. To show you my creases a bit more, I have included these two pictures. The one to the left with the good quality is taken right after I applied my eye makeup. As you can see, the concealer has not sunken into my creases here. The photo to the right is the one I talked about earlier in this review. I took the photo the day after my wear test to show you how the concealer looks after 4 hours of wear. None to less has sunken into my creases!

The concealer (*) is available in 25 shades! 25 SHADES! I own it in shade C0 and C1 as I am very fair. I like to apply the C1 in an upside down triangle under my eyes and then put a dot of C0 (pure white) under each eye and blend it out. It comes with a doe-foot applicator which picks up a lot of product. I really like the look of the component, it is very stylish and cute with the pink!

I have used this concealer for quite some time now, and it is, as they state, very lightweight while still being very full coverage! It did not settle into any fine lines, but it did sink into my creases over time which I did expect and I don’t mind. I also find it very long wearing as I think it looks pretty much the same if you take a look at my wear test again and look at the flash test and the photo below it which is the photo of the concealer after 8 hours of wear. The only difference is that the flash test photo is taken at daylight and the other at nighttime.

The concealer does have a matte finish which you will be able to confirm yourself by looking at the second photo at the top of my wear test. I have not used the concealer to cover any blemishes as I always use the Dermacol Make-Up Cover Foundation for that. But it really did cover my dark circles and even out my skin tone under my eyes. So the product does live up to all of the claims! Because of that, I will award the Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer (*) 5 out of 5 possible hearts!

This concealer (*) makes me so happy! I love how it looks, how it feels, how it wears, and how inclusive it is! I mean, there is a shade for everyone! If you have not tried this concealer yet, then I think it is time you do! And it is only £4 so if you don’t end up liking it, it is not that big of a loss. But seriously, I think you will love it! Let me know if you have tried the concealer and how you like it! It could also be very helpful if you told us about your under eye skin, is it oily, dry, normal, mature? I would say my under eyes are pretty normal but tends to go dry if the weather is cold. Thank you so much for reading, I hope to see you back soon! xx

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WORKOUT GEAR INSPIRATION: MATCHING SETS

WORKOUT GEAR INSPIRATION: MATCHING SETS

Grey High Waisted Leggings (Famme, £40) – Grey Sports Bra (Famme, £33) – Khaki Sports Bra (GymJam, £26) – Khaki High Waisted Leggings (GymJam, £36) – Burgundy High Waisted Leggings (ICIW, £61) – Burgundy Sports Bra (ICIW, £29) – Pink Sports Bra (GymShark, £25) – Pink High Waisted Leggings (GymShark, £40)

I have been on the look-out for some new gym wear, and I have found myself to be the most attracted to the matching two-piece sets consisting of a pair of leggings and a sports bra. My boyfriend brought me a matching set last year for Christmas, but I think I got the leggings in a size too small as they squeeze my butt real flat and that is not for me. Maybe it also has something to do with the fabric of the leggings.

The main reason why I have chosen these four sets to share with you is that I really like the look of them and that I love the colours! All of the sets include a sports bra and a pair of high waisted leggings. If you are not that keen on only working out in a sports bra, then some of the brands also offer the styles in tank tops or long-sleeved T-shirts. I have not tried anything from the brands that I have included, so I don’t know if the leggings are squat secure or how the fabric will look after you start working out and most likely sweating. Based on just looking at the pictures of the fabric, I think the grey set and the pink set might be made of a fabric sweat would be able to break through. But this will depend on how much you sweat. I know the pink sports bra might begin to darken throughout my workout!

I know that my next buy is going to be the grey set from Famme that I have shown you above. I can’t wait to order it and try it on! And this time I will make sure that my leggings fit! I hope you enjoyed this inspirational post! I really want to include some more workout themed posts on my blog, so let me know if there is anything specific you would like to see! Also, let me know what you like to wear when working out! Thank you so much for reading, I hope to see you back soon! xx

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TUTORIAL: SPOOKY HALLOWEEN GHOST WINGED LINER

TUTORIAL: SPOOKY HALLOWEEN GHOST WINGED LINER

I wanted to do a Halloween makeup tutorial this year. I have seen a lot of full face Halloween makeup looks, but not that many “subtle” looks which don’t include the entire face. This is why I wanted to create a Halloween makeup look which is very wearable if you don’t want to go all out. I really love how this turned out and I hope you guys love it as well! If you are interested in learning how to recreate this, then please keep reading!

I started out by priming my lids with the MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Soft Ochre and used the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder (*) to set it. I then layed down some of the “Orange Crush” eyeshadow from Coastal Scents with the Pointed Blender Brush from Coastal Scents. To blend out “Orange Crush”, I used the Crease Blender Brush from Coastal Scents lightly dipped into “Charm” (*) from the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Androgyny Palette (*). After I was satisfied with the blending, I went in and created a cut crease using the Dermacol Make-Up Cover Foundation and the Real Techniques Detailer Brush (*). I used some of the “Tempera” (*) eyeshadow from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette (*) to set the wet cut crease. You can also use transparent powder if you want, I just wanted the subtle shimmer the “Tempera” (*) eyeshadow has.

After I had set the cut crease, I reintensified the orange eyeshadow by going back in with “Orange Crush” on the Smudge Brush from Real Techniques and blended it out with a clean Pointed Blender Brush. To deepen up the orange eyeshadow a bit, I went in with “Realgar” (*) from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette (*) with the same Smudge Brush. I only applied a tiny bit at a time. The next step is to create the ghost! I used the NYX Cosmetics White Liquid Liner (*) for this part, and I started out by laying down the white eyeliner as it is easier than covering up black eyeliner. When I had the shape of the ghost I wanted, the next step would be to outline it with a black eyeliner. But before I did that, I applied some of the Lancôme Le Crayon Khol Eyeliner (*) to my upper and lower waterline. The reason I did this before applying the outline with the liquid eyeliner, was because I then would be able to see where to apply the liquid liner at my inner corner. I used the NYX Cosmetics Matte Liquid Liner (*) to make the outline.

To finish up my lower lashline, I applied a bit of the “Incognito” eyeshadow from Coastal Scents to smudge out the liner on my waterline a bit. I used a clean Smudge Brush to apply it. I then blended out the black eyeshadow with the Pointed Blender Brush dipped into “Orange Crush”. To finish up my look, I applied a mixture of the two highlighters “Snow” (*) and “Golden Dawn” (*) from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Ultimate Glow Kit (*) to my browbone and inner corner. I curled my lashes with the Eylure Heated Eyelash Curler (*) and applied the Eylure The Luxe Collection False Eyelashes in Bauble (*, **) and finished it off with some of the Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara.

I am so in love with how this turned out! If you are not that keen on orange, then you can, of course, go for another colour for the cut crease. A purple cut crease would look great as well and still keep it in the colours of Halloween! Please let me know if you are going to dress up for this Halloween, and if you are, then please tell me what! Halloween is not that big in Denmark so I am not going to get dressed up in anything spooky. Thank you so much for reading, I hope to see you back soon! xx

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10 ANKLE BOOTS UNDER 30 POUNDS

10 ANKLE BOOTS UNDER 30 POUNDS

//1 Black Flare Heel (Boohoo, £28, *) – //2 Black Studded Block Heel (Pimkie, £30, *) – //3 Black Check Ring Zip Flare Heel (New Look, £30, *) – //4 Black Faux Snake and Sudette Block Heel (New Look, £28, *) – //5 Snake Print Block Heel (ASOS DESIGN, £30, *) – //6 Black Gusset Detail (Boohoo, £28, *) – //7 Black Pointed Toe and Flared Block Heel (New Look, £30, *) – //8 Mustard Sudette Flared Heel (New Look, £28, *)

Ankle boots are such a staple piece in a wardrobe. I, myself, own three pairs of black ankle boots and when the season change from summer and we go into fall and winter, I most often find myself wearing ankle boots. A black pair of ankle boots are so versatile and they go with almost every outfit! For a long time, I have been on the lookout for a grey pair of ankle boots, but I have not found anything matching what I am looking for. As I already own a pair of “basic” black ankle boots, I thought I would include some boots with funny details or funky patterns or colours in my collage of 8 examples on ankle boots under 30 pounds. The reason all of the ankle boots above have a heel is because that is what I find the most flattering. If you are not that keen on heeled boots, then I am sure you can find some other ankle boots without heels under 30 pounds 😉


If you don’t have any ankle boots in your wardrobe and are unsure about how much wear you will get out of them, then I will suggest you go for a black pair as they are, as stated before, the most versatile. My favourite pair of black ankle boots has a pointed toe like the one at #6 (*) and I think it is so flattering! #1 (*) and #4 (*) have a flared heel compared to a block heel seen at #2 (*). I think a flared heel detail is so intriguing and I am really into the pair at #1 (*) because of it. Neither of these three examples of black ankle boots might be what you are looking for if you are out buying the first pair of black ankle boots to your wardrobe, then something like #4 (*) might be more for you. But it, of course, depends on your style.

If you already own a lot of black ankle boots, then you might want to go for something different like a different colour or a pattern. I have included two ankle boots with patterns and one in a different colour in my collage. The one at #3 (*) has a black and white pattern while the one at #5 (*) has a snake print. I think these two pairs, as well as the mustard coloured ones at #8 (*), would go so nice with all black outfits! They would also look great paired with a pair of light denim jeans!

I hope this post gave you some inspiration as to what kind of ankle boots you should add to your wardrobe next and where to go if you are looking for a nice pair of boots on a budget. If I had to pick my favourite pair of ankle boots from the collage above, then it might have to be the pair at #8 just because of the colour! Let me know in the comments which pair from the collage is your favourite! Thank you so much for reading, I hope to see you back soon! xx

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MY FAVOURITE LIPSTICKS FOR FALL 2018

MY FAVOURITE LIPSTICKS FOR FALL 2018

I love the transition of colours when the seasons change. I was so excited at the end of August to finally start wearing some more fall appropriate lipsticks. You can wear whatever colour of lipsticks you want, I just wanted to show you what shades of lipsticks I am going for this fall. In this blog post, I have included three lipsticks which I really like the formula of and where the shades of them really make me think of fall. I have included the NYX Cosmetics Lip Lingerie in “Beauty Mark”, the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in “Deceased”, and the Coloured Raine Matte Liquid Paint in “Brick House”.

I find myself transitioning into some deeper and more muted shades when the seasons change into fall. The NYX Cosmetics Lip Lingerie in “Beauty Mark” (which is in the top of the swatches) is a cool-toned dark brown, the Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in “Deceased” (which is the middle swatch) is a dusty mauve shade and the Coloured Raine Matte Liquid Paint in “Brick House” (which is in the bottom of the swatches) is a dark terracotta brown. If the swatches below aren’t screaming “FALL” in your face, then I don’t know what will!

I love these three shades for all occasions. I will wear them for everything from my everyday life to a fancy party! You can style them up or down with the rest of your makeup depending on the occasion. For a simple everyday look, you can easily apply some bronzer as your eyeshadow in your crease with some mascara and then apply one of these fall appropriate lipsticks. You can transition your day look into a night look by taking your eyeshadow look to the next level: create a brown smoky eye with a shimmery gold shadow on the lid (this can even be applied without removing any makeup) and reapply your lipstick if needed and boom, you are ready to go!

I hope this blog post gave you some inspiration on your way to finding your favourite lipstick shade for fall! If I had to choose my absolute favourite of the lipsticks mentioned in this post, then I had to go with the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in “Deceased”! If you have not tried the Velour Liquid Lipstick from Jeffree Star Cosmetics, then I highly suggest you try one of them – they are my favourite liquid lipstick formula! I have only included liquid lipsticks because I like when I don’t need to reapply my lipstick every hour. Let me know in the comments what lipstick is your favourite for fall! Thank you so much for reading, I hope to see you back soon! xx

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