October Favorites

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First of all HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! I hope all of you have an amazing day!

But Halloween is always the last day of October, which means it’s also time for my October beauty favorites. I know I’m saying this each month but October seriously flew by. It’s like I was typing up my September favorites just yesterday. Anyway.. I’ve been buying loads of products this month and picked out a few favorites.

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MUA Undress Me Too Palette

This is probably the only item in this favorites post that I’ve had for longer than two months. I got this in August while I was in the UK and for some reason I’ve been using it A LOT this month. I wouldn’t say daily but pretty much almost. I’ve just been really loving the metallic shades this month.

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Essence Lipliners in Cute Pink and In The Nude

Ever since I bought these a while ago I’ve been using them all the time. They are incredibly pigmented and cheap and the shades are lovely. I’ve written a full blog post on these in case you want to know more.

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Maybelline Master Smokey Eye Pencil

I just got this very recently but been using it a ton ever since. I got mine in the shade Smoky Grey, which is a super dark grey almost black color. It’s perfect for a when you’re in a rush because it’s the easiest way to create a smokey eye!

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NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brûlée

By now it’s no secret that I’m a massive fan of the NYX lip butters. I’ve recently added this shade, which is a barely nude better than your lips kind of shade. I’ve been loving it a lot ever since I got it.

Sephora Cream Lip Stain In Endless Purple

This is the most gorgeous dark purple shade. It doesn’t look as dark in the tube but it’s definitely darker. I love how long lasting this is and I’m head over heels for the color. The only downside is that it’s so long lasting it’s seriously a pain in the you know where to remove.

And this already rounds up my October favorites. I’ve almost mentioned all of these products on my blog before but I’ve just really been enjoying using them!

What are your October favorites?

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Sophie

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in 611 Yogurt

Another day another review. You might have seen this one one of my haul posts a while back and I think I’ve now tried it out enough to give a little review.

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Basically the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil is a very creamy and pigmented eyeliner that can function as an eyeshadow as well. Now before I get any further into this review I have to say I haven’t really used these as eyeliners at all. While the color I have is quite neutral these come in a bunch of crazy colors I, personally, wouldn’t use for eyeliner. However this makes a great eyeshadow base or you can even wear it alone when you’re in a rush.

When I’m not in a rush I like to really take my time with doing my makeup as I enjoy doing it. On most week days, that isn’t really the case though as I have quite a few early morning lectures. I’m definitely not a morning person, so I’d rather get a few more minutes of sleep than doing  my eye make up. I’ve really enjoyed using this eye pencil for days like these. The shade 611 Yogurt is such a neutral shade, you can’t ever really go wrong with it. All you need to do is take your pencil and apply a bit of this to give your eyes a natural shimmer and make you look more awake. It’s a very light brown, almost beige with a hint of light pink.

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On days when I do have time I really like to use this as an eyeshadow base. It’s very creamy, so it sticks and will definitely keep any other eyeshadow in place. I’ve noticed that my eye makeup looks a lot better at the end of the day if I applied this first.

I would only recommend applying this on your lid though, since it is so creamy it might crease a bit otherwise.

Overall I think this is a great product if you’re in a rush but don’t want to skip eyeshadow entirely or it also makes a great base. I wouldn’t use it as an eyeliner though because it’s a bit too creamy for me and I’m afraid it might smudge but that’s just my opinion. I’m pretty confident I will buy this in a few other shades as well though.

Have you ever tried this? What is your favorite NYX product?

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Sophie

A Fast & Affordable Natural Lip

If you follow me on Twitter you might now that I’ve tried being on a spending band make up wise and you might now I’ve lasted about two weeks until I caved in because of some lipliners. I was in one of my favorite drugstores just browsing the make up aisles when I came across the Essence stand and spotted their lipliners for 95 cents. 95 CENTS! That’s incredibly cheap. Then I also remembered that Maria (one of my favorite beauty bloggers. You need to check her out!) recently wrote a really positive review about them.

Since they were 95 cents I grabbed a few of them but in today’s post I’ll only show you my most used ones, which are the shades 011 In The Nude and 07 Cute Pink.

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Obviously you can use them as regular lipliners, however, I’ve been applying them all over my lips and use them as lipsticks and they create an almost perfect natural every day lip.

The lipliners are very pigmented and surprisingly soft, which is why they make such great lipsticks. They are completely matte and you can use them to make your lips look a bit more voluminous, which is always a plus.

What surprised me the most is how long lasting they are. Considering the cheap price they last their fair share, which I wasn’t expecting at all. I liked most of the colors I got from this range but these two are by far my favorite as I think they are so perfect for  occasions where you might want to wear some lipstick but then you kind of don’t. I don’t know how to explain this but when I go to attend a lecture or seminar I would feel a bit weird with a bright red lip, especially those 9am lectures, but with these lovely lipliners I can still wear a hint of color.

As always I have some swatches for you.

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The nude shade isn’t my favorite nude shade ever but it’s quite a lovely color though and perfect for everyday. Although the swatch of the pink lipliner looks quite intense in this pictures it is not that of a bold color. Once applied on my lips it basically looks like a very natural shade of pink.

I just think these are perfect for days when you just can’t be bothered with putting much effort into your lips make up but still want a bit of volume and maybe a hint of color. You can just smack these on and your done. Plus they fit into every bag, so they’re always quite good for one the go. And another great thing about them is that they’re not drying, which I was a little worried about.

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Have you ever tried any of these?

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Sophie

Kiko Golden Game Sculpting Bronzer

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As you might have seen in one of my recent haul posts, I bought the Kiko Golden Game Sculpting Bronzer in 01 radiant Honey. Having heard so many good things about this product I was really excited to try it.

First of all I really like the packaging. The sculpting powder comes in a rather chunky white packaging and when you open it up you get quite the big mirror. The product itself contains two bronzer shades, a lighter and a darker one, and a gorgeous highlighter.

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The two bronzers aren’t insanely pigmented and you need a bit more of product to get the look you want, however, this might be quite handy if you are just starting out with contouring and you don’t want to over do it, because that can happen quite fast. I also really like how it comes with two different shades. You can either use the lighter one to add that bronzed glow and the darker one for contouring or, how I like to do it, you just swirl your brush through both of them and mix them up.

Now on to the highlighter. This really is a gorgeous one. It is quite glittery, so a little really goes a long way. All you need is a tiny bit and it will add a beautiful golden shimmery glow to your cheeks.

Considering the price I can definitely recommend this as you get two bronzing shades plus a beautiful highlighter. I’m quite pale, which made contouring quite hard for me at first but with this duo it’s so easy to do even when you are just starting out, because it’s very subtle and it takes a lot of product to really go overboard. Oh and have I managed the adorable packaging?

Have you tried this? What are your favorite products for contouring?

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Sophie

A Lip Color I’m Loving ATM

Is it really Sunday already? I guess time flies when you’re having fun trying to make all the deadlines for your papers and essay. I’ve had a crazy busy weekend and I’ll be having a crazy busy week because my midterms are literally just around the corner, but I still wanted to post something on this lovely Sunday. It’s going to be a short one, but that’s okay because I just want to share one lip product with you guys I’m really loving right now.

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It’s the Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Endless Purple. This is such a gorgeous dark purple color. I like wearing it because it’s definitely out of my comfort zone and it has a something mysterious almost gothic like to it. I can’t really explain it but I simply adore this color right now. Plus I think it’s a great color for fall and I think I’ll be wearing this even more in winter.

I’m really happy with the cream lip stain itself as a product as it stays on for ages. Actually it’s really hard to remove. The only downside is that you have to be extremely precise when you apply this on your lips because it is so hard to remove you can’t mess up or otherwise it will stain your skin and nobody wants that kind of look.

Nonetheless it’s a great product in a beautiful shade.

Here’s a swatch and how it looks on the lips.

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So wat do you guys think? And what lip colors are you loving at the moment?

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Sophie

A Dry Skin Saver

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It’s not even winter but the colder weather has been drying my skin out already. For me the worst thing about dry skin is, that it does’t only just feel not so great but it also makes my makeup look bad. There’s nothing I hate more than not having a flawless foundation and with dry skin that just isn’t possible because most foundations or powders just tent to cling to any dry patches. Yuck!

Despite using moisturiser every morning and every night  my skin just didn’t have that hydrating healthy look I really wanted. So about a month ago I bough the Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum because they were having a skin care sale and I thought why not give it a go. I’ve really liked most of the boy shop products I’ve tried so far and I got for half the price. That are enough reasons for me to try it.

Basically this is a serum in oil, which you apply all over your face as a last step in your night time skin care routine. Don’t apply it right before bed though as it is an oil like texture, that is slowly absorbed by your skin and you don’t want any stains on your bed sheets, do you? Accoriding to the body shop this is supposed to recharge your skin with moisture overnight. It’s supposed to be like an 8 hour beauty sleep in a bottle. Sounds pretty magical to me.

Now I’ve used this every single night for the past 3 weeks I think and it’s been a total life saver. When I wake up in the morning my skin feels healthy and hydrated. No more dry areas! It’s so soft and so much more radiant. I was hoping that this would work but I didn’t expect to love it this much.

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Plus I adore the cute packaging. It looks so fancy.

I know for a fact that I will definitely always use this in the colder months from now on. I’m so happy with how much it has really improved my dry skin.

Have you ever tried this? What is your favorite product against dry skin?

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Sophie

Diorskin Star Foundation – New Holy Grail?!

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Hey lovelies,

today I’m giving you a review on the lovely Diorskin Star foundation. I’ve been trying this amazing stuff for the past 2 weeks already and I’m so excited to share my thoughts on it with you guys.

One thing, that is probably the most important thing for me, when it comes to doing my makeup is  having that look of a flawless skin. I don’t always need dramatic eye makeup or a bold lip but one thing I always strive for is a flawless base. It just gives me such a confidence boost. Now my skin isn’t incredibly awful looking, however, I just feel so much better covering up some little flaws because let’s face it: we all have them.

When I try a foundation, I expect it to even out my skin tone and cover up some flaws. I want it to feel light on my skin and most importantly I want it to match my skin tone and I often have trouble with this part because I’m so pale and most Ivory shades aren’t really Ivory. But this little beauty does all of those things and is a perfect match. I’m in the shade 010-Ivory and it’s actually just perfect. When I apply this on my face it looks just like my skin only about 10 times better. You seriously wouldn’t be able to tell, that I was wearing any foundation because it melts into my skin and blends so perfectly.

Another plus is the formula. It’s incredibly light and feels really hydrating. Especially if you’re more on the dry side, like me, you should give this ago. It’s not drying at all, doesn’t get cakey and just looks incredibly natural. Additionally this foundation uses a formula that doesn’t clog up your pores “A new generation of hollow silica beads captures and diffuses light in a correcting halo with no shine. At the same time, colour-filter pigments neutralize colour imbalances to recreate the perfect light.” Through this new formula your skin can actually improve, because it covers anything you want to cover without blocking it or clogging anything up.

Now to another important part: the finish. It’s actually a bit tricky to describe the finish this foundation leaves. It’s definitely not matte but it’s not dewey either. It’s somewhere in between and it gives you that glow form within kind of looks. It just gives your skin a healthy, natural and illuminating look. There’s not other way to describe it really.

I know this almost sounds like a love letter but I’m honestly beyond impressed with this foundation. I’m so picky when it comes to my foundations. Most of them are either not my exact skin tone, so it takes a lot of effort to blend it all well or they are too drying or feel too heavy or don’t last long enough. I usually always find something I dislike butI haven’t found anything, that I don’t like about this foundation yet.  My skin has never looked this good and healthy, and stayed that way all day, and I’ve tried so many foundations already.

I wouldn’t say it’s my new holy grail just yet because I’m on my first bottle and it’s still very new but I think there’s a good chance it might become one though.

Have you tried this foundation? What were your thoughts?

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Sophie

Another Week, Another Haul?!

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If you happen to follow me on Instagram (@ablondesworld) you might’ve seen that I’ve been weak again and bought more make up. Yes, I know in my last haul post, which is sadly just a week old, I promised there won’t be any new make up haul posts coming up any time too soon but, oh well, looks like I’m breaking that promise. I do have an explanation though! Last weekend my best friend and I went out for some make up shopping and I ended up buying a foundation. She wanted a lipstick but couldn’t find one she really wanted (I know I’d never have that problem for sure), so we decided to go to a Mac counter this weekend, which we did yesterday. When we were there one thing lead to another and I came home with a few more things than I intended to buy. I think I need to put myself on a spending ban now. But anyway… let’s see what I got, shall we?

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Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in light

I’ve mentioned this on this little blog of mine what feels like a million times but it’s my holy grail powder and I love it. Unfortunately I used up my old one completely, so I had to get a new one. Makes sense, right?

Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Highlighter in Soft & Gentle

This is probably one of the prettiest little things I own. I absolutely love this highlighter. Clumsy me though, I dropped my old one and it was completely shattered and smashed into tiny little pieces of dust. Trust me, it was a very sad day. Now I finally repurchased it because I just needed this beauty back in my life.

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Mac Eyeshadow in Cranberry

Everyone seems to love this one. It is such a gorge shade for fall and I’ve been wanting to by it for ages but for some reason never did. Now that it’s fall it keeps coming up on my Twitter timeline and many of the blogs I read. Hence I decided to finally take the plunge and buy it after all.

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Kiko Golden Game Sculpting Bronzer in 01 Radiant Honey

The first time I ever went into a Kiko store must have been about four years ago. I’d never heard of the brand before but they nada sale going on, so I grabbed a few things. For some, to me unknown reason though. I never went back. Not a whole lot of people I knew knew this brand and so I kind of forgot about it. Lately Kiko has been pretty hyped up though and getting a lot of attention. I’ve digged up my old Kiko products and remembered, that I actually really liked them, which was quite obvious as well because all of the products were pretty used up. I guess I just never went back for more because they only have stores in bigger cities and not too close to where I live. However I came across one of there stores yesterday and had to go in. Lots of their products have been getting so much love lately and especially this highlighter and bronzing duo has been quite hyped up, so I’m interested ins eyeing how good it really is. Or how well it works for me. The packaging, however, is absolutely stung already.

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NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee

If you have been following my blog for a while now you might be familiar with my obsession for these lip glosses. I only own two oft them but I just had to add another to my small but growing collection. These are my favorite lip glosses ever atm. I’m obsessed and that’s okay. I even enabled my best friend to get one and she’s not all that into make up.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in 611 Yoghurt

Since I loved the NYX butter glosses I thought it was time to branch out and try some more of there products. After looking through the shelves and swatching a few products I opted for this one. I don’t own a lot of eye shadow pencils, which is a shame because they are ideal for lazy days. The color of this one is a pretty light brown with some slightly pink undertones. It’s just a gorgeous color and I can’t wait to try it out.

This concludes my little haul. And when I say there really won’t be another make up haul too son I really hope I mean it this time.

Thanks for reading!

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Sophie

Wear Berries!

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I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this in a few recent posts but lately I have been quite obsessed with berry lips. A berry lip is just the perfect shade for fall in my opinion. Lately I came across a berry lipstick, that I’ve been absolutely loving and which I really want to share with you guys.

Today’s post is all about the Essence long wearing lipstick in Wear Berries. Essence has really been impressing me with their products because they are pretty good quality for a ridiculously affordable price. You may have noticed this as I’ve mentioned quite a few of their products on here lately but truth is I just really like them.

So… Wear Berries is not your typical berry shade, I would say. It’s a bit more on the plum/purple side, but nevertheless it is a gorgeous shade for fall. The finish of this lipstick is not entirely matte but it’s not glossy either. I’d say it’s somewhere in between and probably more of a satin finish if that makes any sense. Sorry, I’m just not the best at describing those things. However, I really do like the formula. It feels quite moisturizing on my lips and it’s not drying at all, which is pretty awesome since it’s getting a lot colder now and I know a lot of you probably have problems with dry lips (including myself). You just don’t want your lips to look messy and dry, so this is definitely a plus.

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The packaging is fairly simple. It comes in a sleek black tube and in the middle of it there’s a stripe of the color of the actual lipstick. I’d say it even comes quite close to how the lipstick actually looks on your lips.

Here’s a swatch.

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And this is how it looks on the lips.

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I’ve really been liking this lipstick and even though it is quite the bold color there’s just something about this lipstick, which makes it very wearable throughout day time for me. I love how you can just quickly smack some of this on your lips without making a huge mess. It lasts a fair share amount of time, so you don’t have to constantly reapply it.

If you’re looking to try out different lipstick shades for fall I’d definitely recommend this one as it’s a lovely color and very affordable.

Have you tried any Essence lipsticks? What did you think?
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Sophie

A Skin Care Staple

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It wasn’t until about a year ago that I really got into skin care. Yes, you heard that right. I’ve always made sure to take my make up off before I went to bed at night and I sometimes would use a cleanser and a moisturiser but it wasn’t until a year, that I started investing in more products and  building up my own skin care routine. Nowadays I can’t imagine my life without my skin care routine. At least not the night one. I do sometimes lack the energy to do the full routine when I have to get up early in the morning. I’m sure I’m not the only one though. We’re all humans and I belong to the kind, who really appreciate sleep. Just not really a morning person.

In today’s post I’m not going to talk about my entire routine but about one product I’ve been repurchasing every time after having run out of it, so I think it’s safe to say it’s become one of my skin care staples within the last few months.

I’m talking about the The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil. If you’ve ever done any kind of google search on skin care you might have come across tea tree oil and how it’s supposed to be amazing for acne prone skin. I don’t really have, never really had, acne prone skin but for whatever reason I started getting more breakouts when I started university a year ago. Weirdly enough I’ve always had perfectly clear skin until I moved to the Netherlands to start university. I didn’t know whether it was caused by stress or hormones but I did know I wanted to do something against it. Hence I did some google research and came across this little gem. It’s not a magical product, that just makes your skin picture perfect but it has helped my skin to improve immensely in the course of a few months.

Now what I do is, I apply a bit of this oil on all the parts of my face, where I think I need it. Basically I cover any blemishes with this. It took some time but my skin has been improving a lot since then and I just love the refreshing feeling it leaves on my skin. It just feels so clean. Although I’m not really a fan of the smell of this product, as it is quite strong, I love this little oil and I’m so glad I discovered it. If you’re struggling with some blemishes or spots I think this is a great product to get rid of those. It leaves a really refreshing feeling on your skin and most importantly it doesn’t dry it out.

It’s definitely a product I will continue to use because it’s amazing and really affordable!

What are some of your skin care staples? Have you ever tried this?

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Sophie