Lipstick Obsession Of The Week

As I’ve mentioned again and again I’m without a doubt an obsessive lipstick hoarder! I can never have enough lipsticks and my collecting is constantly growing. Whenever I buy a new lipstick and really like it I get totally obsessed with it and wear it non-stop for a few weeks before I move on to the next lipstick. I just can’t commit to one but then again why would I even want to when there are so many amazing colors and finishes and brands out there, right?

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My current obsession is the NYX soft matte lip cream in Stockholm. I’ve raved about the NYX Butter Glosses many times on my blog before and I’ve been dying to try their matte lip creams but they weren’t available over here until fairly recently. Obviously as soon as I found out I could purchase them now I ordered two colors because I just HAD to try them.

I already own a few matte lip creams by other brands but somehow I didn’t have a single nude shade in my collection. (I always go for the dark reds/purples) So I knew right away that I wanted to get a nude shade and eventually ended up purchasing the color Stockholm and OH MY GOD it was love at first application.

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The color is absolutely stunning! It’s the perfect neutral nude, that goes with so many makeup looks from a simple every day look to a heavy smoky eye. It’s so neutral it kind of adjusts to your makeup look and is perfect for evening out a heavy eye makeup.

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But what I love even more than the color is the formula. Especially consider that NYX is definitely a high street brand I find the formula seriously outstanding. The product applies so evenly on the lips and gives great coverage. It’s a dream! Since it’s a matte lip cream it applies similar to a lip gloss but dries to a matte finish. Some of those matte lip creams can feel quite drying on the lips but not this one! Honestly sometimes I even forget that I’m wearing it because it feels so light on the lips and it is not drying at all! Another thing I’m also really impressed with is its lasting power! I’ve worn this shade to work now a few times and it has lasted me all day without having to reapply even ones. It started to fade slowly but evenly after 5-6 hours but it still looked nice.

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I’m head over heels in love with this shade and I want to try a few others now. I also bought the shade Copenhagen, which is a really dark vampy red shade and I cannot wait to give that one a go.

Have you tried these? What were your thoughts?

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Sophie

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Effortlessly Glowing Skin With Rodial*

If there is one makeup product I never thought I’d become so obsessed with it is highlighter. About a year and a half ago I really didn’t appreciate the wonders a good highlighter can do for my skin and thought they weren’t worth it to invest my money in but Oh God I couldn’t have been more wrong. I’ve tried Benefit and a few other drugstore highlighters but it wasn’t unit Mac Soft & Gentle, that I fell in love!

Now a year and a half later I rarely ever not wear highlighter. I’ve mentioned before that I don’t really do a lot of contouring but highlighter has become a bit of a must for me! I just absolutely love how a good highlighter can add this healthy glow to my skin. As you all know I’m very fair skinned so a combination of a good blush and highlighter can really warm up my complexion and make me look a lot less ghost like!

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When the lovely people over at Rodial sent me their Instaglam Compact Delxue Illuminating Powder* I was absolutely over the moon as highlighters have become a bit of an obsession of mine (though nothing beats lipstick). First off the packaging looks so so pretty and luxurious. I could just stare at it for days. Just look at it! Like seriously how pretty does this look?

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I’ve been wearing this product every single day for about a week now and let me tell you I’m in love! I’m so impressed with this highlighter. The powder is very finely milled and is so nice to apply because it blends into the skin so effortlessly. As always I have included a swatch further below but I looking at just the swatch it is very difficult to see how pretty this product really is. As you will see it looks quite skin like on my skin and by far not as glittery and sparkly as many other highlighter for example Mac’s Lightscapade. While I absolutely love an intense highlight some days, it can sometimes be a bit overboard for days when all I’m doing is attending lectures or going to the grocery store.

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So what I really love about this highlighter is the fact that it is so skin like. It is shimmery but still so natural looking. Hence when you apply it to the skin it gives you the most natural radiant looking glow. Almost as if your skin is glowing from within!

I’m head over heels for this highlighter and I have a feeling it is going to become a new staple within my makeup bag!

Thank you for reading!

Love,

Sophie

Building Up My Mac Palette

One thing I’ve been wanting to own for years now probably is my own Mac palette. If you read my blog or follow my Instagram you might know that Mac Cosmetics is probably my favorite makeup brand if I had to choose (though that almost seems impossible). I’m obsessed with lots of different makeup brands but it’s Mac that was my first more high-end brand that I’ve tried and it’s the one brand that really started my makeup obsession and kind of got me into the world of makeup, so I think that’s why it’s so special to me.

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Now while I have quite the big Mac lipstick collection I don’t really own a lot of their eyeshadows although I’ve really been wanting to build my own palette for a long time now. I’ve recently mentioned that I’m working on the weekends now and I got my first pay check paid into my bank account the other day, which was quite the moment for me to be honest. It’s definitely nice to have some extra money to spend and it feels even better to know I’ve earned it myself. So my dad told me I should go and buy something special before starting to save up. I thought about what I might like and thought why not finally start building up that Mac palette I’ve been dreaming of? So I went online and ordered one of their Pro Palettes. Now I haven’t purchased one of the inlays yet as I’m not quite sure if I want one. I think they do make the palettes look more neat but then again I can’t fit in as many eyeshadow. So I’m still debating on that. Along with the palette I ordered 5 eyeshadows after watching tons of Mac eyeshadow must-have videos on YouTube.

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I already owned 4 regular eyeshadows by Mac before, a limited edition one and two of the new extra dimension eyeshadows, so I depotted my regular Mac ones and put them into my palette as well. And today I thought why not show you the colors I purchased and then maybe I can do some updates once my palette is filled up more.

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Now I’m going to start in the left top corner and work my way done just letting you know what shades I’m owning with a quick description followed by swatches of course.

Shroom

Shroom was my first ever Mac eyeshadow and as you can see it’s also my most used one. It’s a gorgeous shimmery shade, which I mostly use as a brow bone highlight.

Naked Lunch

I think Naked Lunch is a gorgeous light pinky champagne color. I love to use this one all over my lid.

All That Glitters

This one is quite the popular shade and I can definitely see why because it’s such a beautiful rose gold like shade. This is another one that I think looks stunning applied all across the lid.

Woodwinked

Woodwinked is another very popular shade and I absolutely love this one. It’s the most perfect bronzy gold.

Tempted

This one is my second Mac eyeshadow I ever bought and I love this one because it’s a gorgeous shimmery brown with a bit of gold glitter to it.

Espresso

Everyone needs a good matte brown, so I figured this shade would definitely come in handy. Especially for the crease.

Cranberry

Since I always hear everyone going on and on about how beautiful cranberry is for fall eye makeup looks and how it’s supposed to be especially flattering on blue eyes I finally caved in last year and bought it. And boy am I glad I did because it’s stunning and makes my blue eyes really stand out.

Green Smoke

My grandma actually bought this color for me a while back and why I’m not sure I would’ve picked it out for myself I do actually really like it. As the name suggests it’s like a muddy smoky green, that’s nice for a bit of a different smoky eye.

Satin Taupe

This is probably the one Mac eyeshadow everyone seems to own, so obviously I needed to buy it. After trying it out a few times now I can definitely see why as it’s incredibly beautiful.

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(Swatches from left to right: Shroom, Naked Lunch, All That Glitters, Woodwinked, Tempted, Espresso, Cranberry, Green Smoke, Satin Taupe)

Although Shroom and Naked Lunch don’t seem to really show up here on this swatch they definitely do on my eyes.

So these are the shades that I currently have in my Mac palette and I’m very much looking forward to getting more. I’m always looking for good recommendations, so please do let me know your must haves!

Much love,

Sophie

How Blogging Has Changed Me

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I can’t quite believe it myself but at the end of this month my little blog turns 1! How crazy is that? When I first set up an account here on WordPress it was just for fun and I didn’t think I was going to stick with it for an entire year and even less, find a hobby I enjoy doing this much. Now I might not have the biggest following, the fanciest writing style, the most stunning photos or the prettiest blog design but blogging is something I genuinely enjoy doing and I’m glad I created my own little space on the Internet as it has changed me, personally, in quite a few good ways.

Creativity

Blogging requires you to be fairly creative as you constantly have to come up with new ideas for blog posts, ways to improve your photography or maybe you’re good with design and you’re always working on making your blog design even pretties. I’ve written and published 247 posts on my blog so far and if I think about that now that’s quite a lot. Now some might be more interesting and creative than others but I honestly never thought I’d find so much to blog about when I typed up my first post. My blog pictures aren’t the most beautiful ones out there but they have improved massively from when I first started and though I’m not perfectly content with them I feel like I’m on the right track. In general I just feel like I’ve really become so much more creative through blogging and I’m really happy about that.

Organization/Time Management

I have to admit I still haven’t mastered time management and being organized entirely but it has improved greatly from just a year a go. I keep a little notebook with me at all times now in which I write ideas down for blog posts. I sometimes write up a schedule of when I want to post what and this has definitely helped me with uni work as well. I may not always write it down but I have a little plan in my head of what I really want to get done each day and quite surprisingly I manage to stick to that little plan most of the time.

Confidence

I’ve always admired those people, who would wear whatever they want to no matter what others might say. Though I’ve moved around quite a lot I spent the last few years of High School in a relatively small town with a bunch of very judgmental people. I’ve always believed that the way you do your makeup and the way you dress can (doesn’t necessarily have to but can) be a way of expressing yourself, yet I never felt confident to sport that bold red lip or those fancy heels. I would sit at home and try out the most unique make up looks but I was never brave enough to wear them outside of the house in fear of being judged by others. Nowadays I really couldn’t care less. If I spent a little fortune on a lipstick I might as well wear it proudly, right? I wore bright orange or pink lips a lot this summer when I was back home and though some people might have looked a me like ‘what the hell’ I didn’t give a damn anymore. I only live once and just because some people in a little town no one knows of anyway don’t like the color lipstick I’m wearing it’s not going to stop me from wearing it anyway. Judge all you want.

Doing Something

Before blogging I spent most of my free time browsing the Internet for hours or watching YouTube videos and my favorite shows whenever I wasn’t busy with school, later on Uni work, or hanging out with friends. Obviously I still watch my favorite shows and browse the Internet for make up and fashion stuff but I spend a good amount of time on my blog as well. I really try to take my time for writing my posts and taking my pictures as I feel like quality is always more important than quantity. I write lists of blog post ideas and I try out different make up looks I could blog about. Basically I now feel like I’m actually doing something useful with my free time and like I am accomplishing something because it makes me so happy whenever someone likes a post of mine or leaves a thoughtful comment.

These are just a a few ways in which blogging has changed me as a person and I fee like for those reasons alone starting a blog was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Has blogging changed you in any way and if yes how?

Thanks so much for reading!

XX

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?

XX

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?

XX

Sophie