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!

XX

Sophie

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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

Another Month, Another Haul

Hey lovelies!

I’m a bit ashamed that I have another haul post for you already. My latest haul post was posted a few days back and here I am typing up a new one already. I guess it’s safe to say that I haven been a bit naughty when it comes to spending money lately. Admitting you have a problem is the first step though,right?

However I don’t regret buying any of these lovely pieces (so far) and I’m excited to share them with you. Let’s rock and roll.

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Diorskin Star Foundation

This lovely little beauty is the latest edition to my make up collection. I just got it yesterday and haven’t actually tried it yet but I have very high hopes for this one. I’m very much on the pale side and have trouble finding a drugstore foundation that matches up with my skin tone. During the summer months I bought the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation, which I have been loving but unfortunately it is now a bit too dark. Originally I wanted to buy the YSL Fusion Ink but after reading some more reviews I was more and more unsure whether to buy it because I heard that it is quite drying and I have pretty dry skin already. Hence I went to one of my favorite make up stores and one of the lovely ladies who work there matched me up with a few different foundations and the Dior one just looked exactly like my skin. You could not even tell I was wearing any foundation, so I’m really excited to fully test it.

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Next up are some skin care items.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil

I’ve always loved the Body Shop tea tree oil as it helped me with reducing redness and blemishes and I like the refreshing feeling it leaves on my skin after using it. I simply ran out and got another one.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum

I’ve heard a few good things about this one, which really made me want to try it. It’s basically this oil based serum that you put on your face before you go to sleep and then it is supposed to make your skin all kinds of amazing overnight. Since I do have pretty dry skin I thought this might be a good idea and so far I’ve really been liking it. My skin looks a lot more hydrated and awake in the morning.

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Sephora Cream Lip Stains

I have been lusting after these for quite a while. Unfortunately there’s no Sephora, where I live and during my last trip to Sephora in Chicago in May I forgot to get these. I was just so overwhelmed by the choices, I guess. Lucky for me though, one of my lovely friends went to Paris last weekend and got me these. I have them in the colors Always Red and Endless Purple. I can’t wait to try them out.

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Essence Long Wearing Lipstick on 09 Berries

I’m obsessed with berry lipsticks at the moment and I’ve really been loving Essence. They are so affordable and surprisingly good quality for the price. Yes, I’m slightly obsessed with lip products and have way too many to wear but hey… one more can’t do any harm either, right? I’ve only worn this a few times but so far I’m really liking it.

Astor Color Last VIP in 007 Bubbly

This is my very first Astor lipstick I’ve purchased and I’m very curious how I will like it. The packaging looks really classy and I’m in love with that dark yet bright pink shade. I have a feeling I will be wearing this quite often in the next few weeks. I really am loving that color!

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And that’s it for another cheeky little haul. All of these products are products, which I think I’ll be enjoying a lot and I can’t wait to fully test them. If you would like to see a full review on any of these items just let me know and I’d be more than happy to write one.

Have you guys been feeling a bit too spendy lately? What have you been buying?

XX

Sophie

The Best Things About Fall (in my opinion)

So October is really here and fall has now officially begun! It’s just crazy how fast time is flying by. It feels like I just returned from my summer vacation yesterday but now it’s already October and my first midterms are coming up. Crazy times.

If you would ask me what my favorite season is I couldn’t really give you a concrete answer because I feel like there are great things about any season and I can’t ever decide. When it’s cold and winter I want it to be warm and summer and when it’s warm and summer I’m wishing for cold winter, so I can wear my favorite knitted sweaters. Anybody else got that problem or am I just weird like that?

Anyway… I absolutely adore fall. I have some of the best fall childhood memories, which is why I’ll probably always be excited about fall. In today’s post I’ll be sharing my favorite things about fall with you guys as you might’ve been able to guess from the title. Well, here we go!

Hot Chocolate with Marshallows

I’m not the biggest person on hot drinks. I stopped drinking coffee a while ago and the only tea I really enjoy is green tea. But I love me some hot chocolate and especially with marshmallows. It is just such a delicious treat. When it’s really cold outside and you come home and make yourself some hot chocolate and cuddle up with your favorite blanket to watch a good movie… perfection!

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Knitted Sweaters

Knitted sweaters are an obsession of mine. I keep buying new ones every year as soon as the weather’s slightly cooling down. They are just so cozy and warm and comfy and perfect. How can you not love them?

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Halloween

I love horror movies. I don’t know why because I get scared so freaking easily. My brother loves to jump up behind me and scare me to death all the time but I still am obsessed with horror movies. I even watch them by myself. Like literally completely alone and in the dark! Insane, I know! So  I guess it comes as no surprise, that  I love Halloween. I don’t know why but I find the whole spooky thing just so fascinating.

Crafting

When I was younger my mom would always do so much crafting with my brother and me. Since the weather got colder and we couldn’t play outside as much anymore we would make hot chocolate, get some cookies out and sit around our big kitchen table, making our own DIY fall decoration for the house or just anything crafty and artsy really. I’m not the most talented, when it comes to crafting but I had the time of my life anyway. I wish we’d still do that! Maybe I should suggest it but nowadays my brother’s caught up with school and I have lots to do with University classes.

The Nature

I just love how the leaves changes colors. In general I just love fall colors. The pretty dark reds and green and orange. It’s just so nice to get my dog and go for a walk through the forrest. Everything just looks so pretty.

Dark Lips

Last but absolutely not least I love dark lips. Being obsessed with make up I just love wearing my dark reds and purple lipstick during fall and winter season. I just like they way the look with my pretty pale skin.

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So these are my favorite things about fall! Are you excited it’s finally fall? What are your favorite things about this season?

XX

Sophie

The Beauty Blogger Tag

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The other day I was tagged by the lovely Kavi (one of my absolute favorite beauty bloggers. If you haven’t checked out her blog you need to go do that right now because you’re so missing out. Her blog is awesome!) to do this tag and since I can’t even remember the last time I did a tag and I really enjoyed reading her post I decided to do it myself. I haven’t been blogging for a very long time but it’s something I genuinely enjoy doing, so  if you want to know a bit more about my views on make up just keep on reading :)

1. Why did you start blogging and how long have you been blogging for?

I’ve always been quite the girly girl and my passion with make up developed when I was about 14. Ever since then I’ve been trying to figure out the world of beauty and how everything works. Another thing I’ve always been into is reading and writing, so I thought why not combine my passion for the beauty world with my passion for writing and make a useful hobby out of it. I started around 9 months ago. I actually started my blog on  December 24th 2013. I had just started University and I just liked the idea of having my own little corner on the Internet, where I could just be myself and write about what I’m most passionate about. When I started my blog I started it just for myself. I never really thought I’d actually get a decent amount of views and I never thought people would read my ramblings but apparently some people do, which really means a lot to me.

2. Whose blog did you fall in love with first?

This is a really tough one. I don’t really remember. Before starting my own blog I actually didn’t really read any other blogs but as I started to engage more in the blogging community and joined chats on Twitter I found a lot of lovely blogs along the way. And I also discovered some really great blogs here on wordpress. Now I can’t really imagine my life without reading other blogs. I feel like you can learn so much from other people and I’m not just reading beauty blogs anymore. I’ve really enjoy reading simple lifestyle posts or DIY’s or great recipes. So much inspiration.

3. What was the first blogsphere hyped about product that you bought? Was it worth the hype?

As I already said I didn’t really read other blogs before starting my own. In fact I had no idea there was an entire beauty blogger community before, so basically I just went into a store and bought whatever products I liked. This has definitely changed now. Especially before splurging on a high end make up product I read tons of reviews and my wish list is constantly growing. The first thing I bought because of blogging was probably the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette but I can honestly say I don’t regret buying it. It’s worth every penny. I’ve really been getting so much use out of it.

4. What are your five favourite things about blogging and being a beauty blogger?

Wow.. this is another tough one.There are so many great things about blogging but my top 5 probably are (in a random order) :

1. the lovely community and having been able to get to know some amazing people through their blogs

2. seeing that people out there actually read what I’m writing. Every comment I get on my blog always puts a smile on my face.

3. I feel like I’ve become a lot braver when it comes to experimenting with make up

4. It’s so cool when I see that people from all around the world read my blog

5. getting inspiration from other blogs

5. What have you learnt from being a beauty blogger?

 I guess I just learned a lot about beauty and make up in general. I’ve always been into make up but I feel like the way I perceive the beauty world now is different. It’s a bit hard to describe but I think I’ve really learned how to enhance the features I like about my face in the best way. I don’t use make up to cover up myself but more to emphasise the parts I like best and I think everyone should keep that in mind when doing their make up. Don’t hide your face under layers and layers of make up. Embrace your favorite features! Additionally I’ve seen what a difference doing your eyebrows can make… a huge one!

6. Have you changed anything since becoming a beauty blogger?

Yes, I definitely have and I would be lying if I said no. First of all my make up collection has grown a lot more in a relatively short amount of time. I’ve always had a lot but I’ve definitely been adding more high end products to my collection. Before buying something I pretty much always read a ton of reviews now.  Plus I’ve really gotten into skincare. Everyone always says skin care is so important and I just can’t stress enough how true that is. When I was in high school and all my friends were breaking out I had the most clear skin but because everyone was wearing foundation and powder I felt the need to join the club even though I wouldn’t have needed it. The problem though was that I didn’t really care about skin care, which my skin didn’t thank me for. Gladly I figured out the importance now and my skin’s been improving a lot again.

I think most of all though I’ve become so much braver with experimenting with my make up. I used to alway envy those girls who would walk around in public with bold lips or dramatic eye make up. Nowadays I really don’t care what others think anymore. If I wanna wear a dark purple, bright orange or bubblegum pink lip I will do it.

7. Is there any advice that you would give beauty bloggers just starting out?

Considering I only started out around 9 months ago I don’t think I can give any great advice. I guess just be yourself and write about what you are passionate about instead of what you think others want to read. It’s your blog, so it should reflect your personality. I always like to throw in some personal or lifestyle posts every once in a while because I, personally, enjoy reading blogs where the personality of the blogger shines through more. It just makes everything more authentic to me.

8. What are your top five makeup brands?

Another hard one… gosh there are so many brand I love. My favorite drugstore brands would probably be Maybelline and L’Oreal. My first make up item ever was a Maybelline mascara and I haven’t looked back since. Lately I’ve also really been loving NYX. Since Mac was the very first high end brand I discovered and they kind of introduced me to a whole new other world of make up, Mac might be my all time favorite brand. So I just need one more… wow this is difficult. I think this is so hard because I love YSL lipsticks, Nars blushers and Urban Decay eyeshadows. Please don’t make me pick!

9. Recommend your top five beauty products?

Obviously there are a ton of products I absolutely love but these are probably the ones I kind of need in my life.

1. Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Natural – I’ve mentioned this powder multiple times on here. It’s my holy grail. I love it and I cannot live without it.

2. Mac lipsticks – Haven’t found a single one I didn’t like.

3. Maybelline The Falsies Mascara – everyone loves this and there’s a good reason. It’s amazing

4. EOS lip balms

5. Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation – It’s that one foundation I wear when I really want to look good.

Well, I really hope you enjoyed reading my answers to this tag. I always really enjoy reading these tags, so I’m tagging everyone who wants to do this. If you do decide to answer the questions make sure to let me know, so I can have a nosey little read!

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Sophie