Current favorites.

So, long time no blogging! But here we go! Maybe I`ll start blogging more this year, who knows… I thought I`d start by presenting a few of my current favorite products.

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I loooove the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation. I have the shade 20, and I think it`s a pretty good match. Not too pink, not too yellow. I have combination skin, with a pretty oily t-zone, but with a little bit of powder i think it works fine. It does`t get me through a whole day at work or school, but I still love it. It has that wonderful Chanel scent, and I love that it feels so luxurious.

A new everyday staple is the Kanebo Sensai 38 mascara. I use the shade brown. This has fibers in it, and makes my lashes perfect for everyday wonderfulness. The best thing about it is that it`s waterproof, up till 38 degrees Celsius. I find waterproof mascaras too much of a hassle, but regular mascaras don`t cut it for me. I tend to cry happy or sad tears a lot, and also the weather here in Norway is solo unpredictable, and don`t wanna worry about my mascara running. I used to use the Clinique ones that work the same way, but I find that they smudge on me. All in all, love this one, and will be using it for years and years to come.

Another everyday must for me is the Kiehl`s ultra light UV defense. I use this every day, even in the winter. It`s light weight, and works great under make-up. It does not brake me out, and doesn`t smell of anything. Love it.

I have recently bought this Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush, in the shade soft pink. This is a great natural flush color, and I use it with a Real Techniques stippling brush. It`s inexpensive and lovely =)

The last thing is actually something I bought as a present for myself today, as a reward for getting an A on my exams =) It`s the Laura Mercier Brow Powder Duo in the shade Soft Blonde. So, I haven`t actually used it yet, but I used my moms during christmas, and I loved it. I love that it has two shades, so that I can mix them to make the perfect shade. I`ve never had a high end brow product before, so I`m really excited! Ah, the joy money can buy… Seriously…

So, that`s that. I have a lot more favorites, but I think I`ll keep it short and sweet this time. But I`ll be back =)

-M-

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Clarins Natural Lip Perfector.

Today I saved some money by buying dining room chairs on sale, so I decided to treat myself to a little something something… (Makes sense, no?) I got the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector, nr 02, which is the peachy one. I`ve seen this on so many blogs over the last few months, and decided to give it a go.

I`ve read in a blog that this is life changing. Well, it`s not… However, it is pretty wonderful! It smells like vanilla, and the scent is pretty strong. (It`s nice though, but if you don`t like vanilla/coco scents, you won`t like this.)

It`s really moisturizing, and feels more like a lipbalm than a lipgloss. It looks like a lipgloss, but it`s not sticky at all. I also like the packaging, and the applicator. It shows up clear on the lips, I really don`t think there`s any trace of color, but that`s fine. You can see some color when you swatch it, but not a lot.

All in all, I really like this product. It`s on the expensive side though, so if I decide to buy another one, I`ll be doing that at the Tax-Free shop at the airport. I do recommend to give it a go, but don`t expect it to change your life. It wont. But it`s nice =)

-M-

 

The Unii palette.

I first saw the Unii palette in a few random You Tube videos, and really liked the look of it. I was planning on getting a MAC palette, but figured this one would be so much better for my needs. I only have one MAC eyeshadow, so a palette that would fit other eyeshadows as well makes so much more sense. I got my palette from this web cite. (If you`re in the US you can order it here.) It cost £15 plus delivery. It comes in 5 nice colors, and is really well made. I also like that it kinda looks like something Apple could make. It`s the iPalette =) LoL! It`s a bit smaller than MAC palettes, but thicker. It is also sturdier and feels like it`s better quality.

As you may notice, I de-potted my Urban Decay Naked Palette and put the shadows in the Unii palette. I was so nervous depotting my shadows, as I hadn`t done it before, and frankly, they are quite expensive. As you can see, my ONLY MAC shadow was a victim of my inexperience. So sad. My nail poked into it as i was taking it out. Other than that, I thought it went really well, and I use the different eyeshadows so much more now that they are all together in on place. I put the three most glittery ones in the top right corner to stop them from spreading glitter on to the more matte and shimmery shades.

The palette is magnetized, and comes with a magnetic sheet that you can cut to fit all different pan sizes. On the back of the magnet you can wright the name of the eyeshadow.

There are lots and lots of videos on You Tube on how to depot eyeshadows, so if you want to know how to do it yourself, just have a look there. Here is one that`s easy to follow. And I really recommend the Unii palette for keeping the depotted shadows in. I`s amazing, and really cute =)

-M-

Cleaning makeup brushes.

There was a time when I didn`t really clean my brushes. Yes, I said it… I didn`t really use brushes that much, and when I did, they were cheap and horrible. This was maybe five years ago, at least. Now that I use more quality brushes, I found myself taking better care of them. (Plus there`s the whole hygienic part of it…) I find it works really well to use Natusan baby shampoo to clean brushes, both synthetic and the ones with natural hair.

The last few years I`ve used the same shampoo I use for my hair, to clean my brushes. But then I read on a blog (can`t remember what blog) that normal shampoo could be a bit harsh on brushes, and that it was better for them to be cleaned with baby shampoo. So, now I do! It is really cheap, very mild and gentle, and very easy to get a hold of. I really appreciate all beauty related things I use, that I can get at the same place I get groceries. 

I just put a pea-sized amount of this in the palm of my hand, and swirl each brush in it with some water. Then I rinse them in luke warm water. Make sure you don`t use really hot water, this is not good for them. I then lay them to dry on a towel on the sink area. So easy! I do this about once a week, and then spot clean them a few times in between to prevent build up of makeup. I use the E.L.F one. You can find it here. It`s so cheap, and smells really good! (The packaging looks different on their page, but I assume the product is the same as before.) I`ve also got the brush shampoo, but this is no good, and I don`t recommend it…

So, happy brush cleaning =)

-M-

My first MAC eyeshadow!

I can`t believe I´ve never owned a MAC eyeshadow before, but then again, I`ve never been as much into makeup as I am now. I wanted to get just a pan, but it turns out they only have the boxed ones at the MAC department where I live. (I`ve ordered a NICE looking empty palette online, and will blog it when it arrives…It`s not a MAC palette.) I researched long and hard what would be a good choice for my first MAC eyeshadow, and landed on Satin Taupe.
I love it, and think I will get much use out of it. It reminds me a lot of Urban Decays Hustle from the Naked palette. 
Now that I see them together, I kind of struggle to justify owning both, but oh, well. What `ya gonna do… UD`s Hustle on the left, Satin Taupe on the right. As you can see, Satin Taupe is a tad less shiny, and has a bit less gold to it. It is a Frost finish. I think S.T. is a bit better for work and daytime wear for me. Cant wait to put it in my palette when it arrives! (I am actually thinking about de-potting the Naked palette as well, `cause I think I would actually use the wonderful colors more that way. Is this crazy and just plain stupid? I can`t decide…)
-M-

So, I picked up a few new things =) Part 2.

Here are a few more things I got on my trip abroad =)

First and most amazingly it`s the Bourjois Magic Nail polish remover. This is an AMAZING product! I had heard so many wonderful things about this one, but I don`t think we have it in Norway. At least I haven`t seen it anywhere… So I had to pick up a couple when I found it in Palma. And I put it to the test with a red nail polish. I usually look like I have been eating strawberries after removing red polish, with pink fingertips. I had a lot of faith in this pink pot, but I was really surprised when my fingers came out looking perfect after just a couple of seconds in this thing! Wow! I soooo recommend this! It will save me…well…minutes and minutes! =)

Next up is my La Roche-Posay Toleriane Soothing protecting skincare. I got this to use it after long days in the sun. I have quite a few moisturizers, but none of them are just soothing. They all do something in the lines of resurfacing or treating blemishes. I`m super happy with this one, as it really just soothes and calms the skin. I think this is one I`ll always have in my skincare regime, as I feel it`s really good for my skin. I`m beginning to really love this brand! I continue to be pleasantly surprised by it =)

Then there`s the Korres Yoghurt moisturizing mask for normal to combination skin. I had actually only heard about this mask once, but when I saw it at the airport on my way home I thought I`d get it, as it wasn`t that expensive. (It`s only 16 ml/ 0,54 fl.oz though…) I tried it the same night, after a good and much needed scrub. It`s only supposed to be left on for 15 minutes, but I actually just kept it on. (After 15 minutes there wash`t really anything to rinse away anyway.) Maybe I put on too thin of a layer, I don`t know. My skin loved this mask! It felt so good, and very natural. A little goes a long way as well, and it`s quite liquidi, so I thin this little tube will last a while. I look forward to trying more of their products in the future!

The Biotherm lip balm is actually the one thing I didn`t like out of the things I bought. I tastes so bad! It kinda tastes like body lotion or something. I don`t care if it does great things, you just can`t make a lip balm taste bad. End of story. Blah.

The lipstick in the picture is Lancome Rouge in Love, shade 146B. It`s a bright coral, great for summer. This is actually my first high-end lipstick, and I`m really happy with it. I don`t have all that many lipsticks, and the ones I have are either really “wearable” pinks or bright reds. I really wanted something a bit different for summer, and one that didn`t have any glitters or shimmer at all. This one was perfect! (Although, it of course is not the most flattering of colors when it comes to your teeth. The do look a bit yellow…) Still, very happy with this one!

I always buy a new perfume when I travel, and this time it was the Jimmy Choo eau de toilette. I actually kind of regret not getting the eau de parfum, but oh well… I love it. It`s nice. (Said in a Borat manner.)

Yesterday I mentioned some shoes that I got. Here they are! I got them at Zara, and I love them! I haven`t worn them yet, that`s why I even let them up on my bathroom sink area. Aren`t they just glorious?! 

So, I think that`s kinda it for this time. Hope you liked looking at my new stuff =) I`d really like it if you left a comment, saying if you liked these two posts or not. Still kinda new to this blogging, and it takes me forever to write a post, so it would be nice to hear what you think =)

-M-

So, I picked up a few new things =) Part 1.

It`s been a while since my last post. Mainly because I had my “no buy month” of June, and then because I knew I was going to be buying some more stuff when I was traveling in my holiday. Sooo, I`m back, and I brought stuff back with me! I`m going to split this post into two parts, as I don`t want it to be too long.

I was in Palma, Mallorca in Spain, and the have Sephora there… Oh, Lord have mercy, I loved it! I have never been to a Sephora before, so you can believe I was excited! I didn`t actually have too much money to spend in there, as the trip itself was kind of expensive, but here are the things I did get.

I had really been looking forward to getting the Sephora Professional mineral powder brush, number 45. I had read some great things about it, so I bought two. (Remembering how I regretted only buying one of the Real techniques stippling brush when I was in London in May.) I bought it mainly to use with the Bare minerals original foundation. I used to use this foundation a while back, and liked it. I didn`t love it however. Then I read a blog post saying that it was a whole other product when used with this Sephora brush. And I must say, it really is! The brush that came with the Bare Minerals set I got way back, sucks! It`s so rough! I really recommend you try this combo, as it is truly great. Loving it! I definitely think the mineral foundation is doing great things for my skin. I have combination skin, prone to breakouts, and at the moment my skin is looking really good and healthy. I think a lot of that has to do with the Bare Minerals =)

At Sephora I also picked up three small Sephora Eau de toilettes; one with green tea, one with peony, and one with cotton flower. Love them all. I`m a bit scared to use them, tough, as I don`t know where I could get new ones when they`d run out. Oh, well. Not exactly a real problem tough, is it…? Hehe.

I also got the Too Faced Shadow Insurance. I have seen this in so many blogs and YouTube videos, I just had to get it. Plus, I only have a sample size of the Urban Decay Primer Potion, and that won`t last me very long, now will it..? So, I actually needed this one! Yay! I haven’t really tested it yet, but I`m sure it will be great. I`ll let you know if I don`t get on with it.

So, that`s the end of part one. This is all stuff I got from Sephora. In the next part are the things I got at the airport and a couple of other places. I`m actually going to show you some shoes as well, `cause they`re AWSOME! Hihi.

-M-