Handbag Beauty Picks

IMG_8808On a daily basis I’m not one to carry around my make-up stash and touch up every hour. In fact I’m not too fussed about getting a little shiny or losing the curl of my lashes. Therefore my portable beauty bag is rather slim and compact – easy to throw in in pretty much any sized handbag! Today I’m spilling the beans on what makes the cut and is classified ‘essential’ to bring every day.

First up we have my favorite hand cream of all times: the L’Occitane Hand Cream. Funny anecdote: when I found out that the room I am moving to in Stockholm has it’s own bathroom I was most thrilled about being able to leave a tube of this next to the sink for me, and me only, to use after I wash my hands. I am sad. But also just a huge fan of this hand cream! It’s super moisturizing, smells amazing and a little really goes a long way. Also extra plus: it sinks in super fast!

On the topic of hands, I also always carry a little container of hand sanitizer. Public transport isn’t exactly the most hygienic way of traveling around and so I like to make sure my hands are gem free as soon as I get the chance. This Soap & Glory Hand Food one I picked up in London and it’s scented in their Original Pink fragrance which reminds me of Miss Dior Chérie, which I used to love!

Next up I always have either the shade 01 or 06 of the Clarins Instant Lip Perfector in my purse. They are easy to apply without a mirror, give a little bit of a tint and mega moisture! Honestly, my lips feel super soft and nourished whenever I apply this, it has definitely become my holy grail of lip care. Shade 01 is a rosy pink that brings out my blue eyes whereas 06 is a nude that goes with absolutely anything!

For any make-up accidents, sudden spots and emergency cover-ups I always keep the Mac Studio Finish Concealer on hand. I don’t use this often and don’t really like to apply it with my hands as the product in the container gets a little grubby after a while, but it does a nice job at concealing any unwanted areas on my face.

I also carry around a miniature brush, which I have never used to this date, but the mirror inside is quite handy for subtle on-desk checks while hiding behind my computer screen. A tampon for emergencies, and last but not least, I always have a hair clip attached to the handle of my bag for when I want my hair out of my face. Absolute savior this one!

 

So this is it, here you have it. Not much, but certainly enough to get me through the day. What are your bag beauty essentials? Anything I NEED to add?

 

Birthday Statement Lip

IMG_8890I don’t know about you but im feeling 22… Yes, I did just quote Taylor Swift but also YES I am literally feeling 22, as today is my birthday! Exciting times, exciting times! I’ve just woken up and am soon meeting up with my momma bear and aunt to indulge in a long, extensive breakfast. Gotta love a good birthday breakkie! Whilst I got ready I thought it might be nice for you to see what I chose to wear on my face on this VERY important day?

There’s probably no better occasion for a bold statement lip than a birthday, so my lipstick of choice was naturally the Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 01 – forever red. The lasting power of this is incredible and I’m sure it will survive the feast without any horrible smudging, but I’ll bring a tiny bottle of Bioderma and a cotton bud just to be on the safe side.
The face is my current standard, one pump of Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation, Nars Creamy Concealer under the eyes and a little bit of contour and highlighting with the Sleek Contour Kit. You’ve seen them many a times on here before, but check out this post to find a more in-depth description of everything and links!

IMG_8872Hope you have an amazing Sunday!

5 Things to Tell my Younger Self

f7c645dbd8b68802596862418c44778cI’m complicated, I know that. My social appearance is quite easy-going, fun and reliable, but when you get to know me, which I assume is the same for everybody, you will understand (or not) the depths of my personality that might be completely opposite of what you would have guessed from the first impression.
I prefer keeping my problems to myself and dealing with anything that bugs me internally. Munching on these things without ever getting them off my chest really has triggered anxiety issues and as literal as it sounds: trying to be strong the entire time has eventually made me weaker. I’ve only learned that in the past year but on the occasion of my birthday this weekend I thought I would share some things I would tell my younger self.

1) It’s OK.
Stop worrying about everything. Taking on too many problems that aren’t your own and problems you simply cannot change will cause you many sleepless nights and affect your personal well being. One things that creeps me really out is the thought of future, everything needs to be planned but you simply cannot plan things that you don’t have any influence on. So try and calm down a bit, tomorrow things will look completely different again.

2) Not every friend is worth keeping.
You will meet people along your way that you think are amazing and you can relate to but for some reason you cannot be yourself. Either they’re easily offended and cause a problem whenever you haven’t acted to their expectation, or you just simply feel like you have to be a different, toned down version of yourself. It is okay to cut people out of your life, sometimes, if people keep having problems with you it’s not you but them. Ever thought of that?

3) Love yourself!
This is the point I still struggle with most. You simply won’t ever be able to accept anybody’s love if you don’t accept yourself first. And you don’t want to be reliant on somebody else just for confirmation that you’re one awesome human being!

4) Stay true to yourself.
Moving around the world for quite a bit I have obviously met people with different moral standards to mine. Whether that concerns the working world or say stealing, for instance. These situations always bring me into conflict, but I’ve grown used to just keep doing what I do. It is really hard for me to accept this but not everybody can be the same and I will just continue to be the best version of myself, as selfish as that might sound.

5) Use your voice!
Especially during these few weekends of interning I learned that if you don’t ask for something, you’ll never get it. The worst thing that can happen is that your request is denied. Bummer. Move on. Asking questions will make you smarter and eventually create more authority. If there’s something bugging you, speak it out. Everything is gonna stay the same if you don’t make the first step to change it.

I’m curious to find out what you have learned over the course of time and: what’s the best advice you have ever received?

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Music faves September

IMG_8023I posted a few of my favorite songs last month and was happy to see so many of you respond well to it. To be fair, I am quite a snob when it comes to music: I know what I like and I definitely know even better what I dislike. But that’s for another post in the future.
I currently live about an hour away from my work place so this gives me a lot of time on public transport on which music is a must for me! Spotify has been only a swipe away and I especially like their ‘Discover’ page. Based on what I listen to they suggest other musicians and songs, this is actually how I got to know the first song on this month’s playlist. Hope you enjoy!

 

 

Mani Manual

IMG_8794I’ve mentioned before I like to treat myself to a nice manicure on sundays when I have the time to sit still and let each coat dry without having to do too many things at the same time that mess up what I’ve just painted with absolute precision. Today I thought I’d share with you my little manual on how to get perfectly even and shiny nails.

First off you will have to remove any nail polish you’re sporting at the moment. I just use box standard cotton pads and the cheapest acetone free nail polish remover I could find in the drugstore, this one is from Ebelin, bought at DM. It has a slight almond smell to it which I quite like. In between this and the next step I like to wash my hands with soap to get the smell and nail polish remover off of my hands.

Then I paint on the base coat: I use Essie’s Help Me Grow and so far have no negative points to be remarked. It prevents my nails from staining and I don’t get any ridges on the actual nail. I’m not sure if it actually supports nail growth but it does a good job at preventing the nail from chipping.

Then I like to paint two coats of any nail polish, in this case I’ve decided on Essie’s Licorice, a deep black shade which lasts for.freaking.ever.! No jokes, I’ve had this one for 10 days straight and while it didn’t look perfect in the end it still didn’t look horrible either. Mega impressed with the formula of this one. It goes on smoothly and is completely opaque in two coats. Like I said I’m quite the perfectionist when it comes to painting my nails and really take my time in outlining and filling in the nail. Therefore I usually never have any blobs of polish around the edges, but if that ever does happen I will use a Q-tip soaked in nail polish remover to clean up any messy lines.

When all is set and dry I finish off with a top coat: currently using Essie’s No Chips Ahead. I swear I’m not sponsored by Essie but I just really like their polishes. This one though is just OK in my opinion. I think once I have used this up I will purchase the Seche Vite topcoat that everybody raves about but for now this one will do. It is fairly quick drying and makes the nail varnish underneath shine nicely.

As a finishing touch I like to massage a bit of my favorite hand cream by L’Occitane into my cuticles and hands to provide moisture and make everything look a bit more cared for and accurate.

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What is your favorite nail polish brand? Or any shade recommendations by Essie? I’m trying to slowly build a collection and am open for recommendations.

Favorite YouTubers: Fashion Edit

Last week I introduced you to my favorite beauty gurus on the YouTube landscape and already promised to extend it to fashion. So this is obviously today’s topic then: here are five of my most watched fashion girls, all equally awesome and great for some outfit inspiration. Whether it’s their seasonal look books or regular hauls – I immediately want everything! Some mornings when I feel really uninspired I will watch a couple videos and then pull an outfit from my wardrobe that resembles the shown looks to get out or my boring rut. Hope these speak to you as much as to me, and like last time: any recommendations are very welcome!

Jen – ClothesEncounters

Jen is really cool. That just made me sound very uncool, didn’t it? It’s true though, she’s a proper bad-ass but in the sweetest, prettiest form they come. Her style is full of juxtapositions and contrasts, she mixes patterns, styles and thrift store items but always looks like a Urban Outfitters model. Her editing and music is also really on point and I look forward to watching her videos which are uploaded roughly every 3 to 4 days.

Lily – Lily Melrose

 Lily’s style is best described as a potpourri of british design. She shops at the high street and yet manages to own all of her looks. She isn’t afraid of trying things out of her comfort zone and so you will both find her in pastel colored doll style coats, as well as biker boots and torn flannels. I think out of the bunch she is the quirkiest and most relatable to me.

Wendy – Wendy’s Lookbook

If you only watch one video out of all here mentioned, let it be this one! Just look at that editing and creativity! Wendy and her ‘Mystery Man’ produce really nice pairing episodes and style advice, always with a chic and elegant appearance. She gives great tips on buying second hand designer items online and explains everything very well and easy to understand. Her voice has a really calming effect on me and she seems like a lovely person.

Mel & Steph – The Fashion Citizen

How I wish I could tag along on one of their shopping trips to Goodwill! I don’t know how they do it but they always find a-ma-zing pieces for under 5$ that they style with other items and suddenly they look like they’re wearing thousand of dollars worth of clothing. Mel has a more romantic, refined style whereas Steph is great to look for if you’re more on the grungy, edgy side of style. Go, Arizona!

Tara – Tar Mar

How gorgeous is this young lady? She’s recently been undergoing a bit of a change in style and I’m absolutely digging it. It’s a bit more daring yet still super wearable, think pastel pink latex skirts and cream fluffy jumpers. Sounds horrid, but she’s the one to pull it off! She’s a fashion student as well, so I can relate to her busy schedule and admire her for still making such an effort when dressing for uni.

 

Do you know any of these, and let me know: who’s your absolute style inspiration?

Luxe Look

IMG_8781When I woke up this morning I felt a little blahhh so I wanted a little pick-me-up in terms of make-up. I’ve had a couple of products from my London haul that I had never touched before and so I thought today would be the perfect occasion. Even though I had nowhere special to go except for work, I whipped out my most luxurious products and went all out.
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For my base I obviously chose the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation in number 4. I cannot believe I finally own this, as it’s nowhere to be found in my hometown, but I came across it in Stockholm and just had to go for it right away. It’s quite price-y but I had been saving up for this and knew I would love it so I think it’s justifiable. One pump gives me a light coverage, but today I went for two pumps to create a wonderfully even complexion. And may I just say: I LOVE the finish! It’s not too matte but definitely also not on the shiny side, it stays on for hours and isn’t as heavily scented as my Dior BB cream. Absolute winner, but I’ll dedicate this babe a full review coming soon!
Any pesky spots were – as usual – covered up with the NARS Creamy Concealer in Vanilla and then everything was set with my MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder.

For brows I went with my MAC eyebrow pencil in Fling and a good contour was done with the Sleek Contour Kit in Light. As you can tell I went a little heavy-handed into my Bobbi Brown Peony blusher, but I didn’t mind it too much. I did a bit of an eyeliner with the Maybelline Master Precise liner and gave my lashes two good coats of MAC’s In Extreme Dimension mascara.

To finish off I applied NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil for the first time in the shade Red Square and am really impressed with it! It’s easy to apply, doesn’t dry out my lips and stays on very well. I will also post a review on this if you’re interested?

IMG_8783Do you ever wear bold lips to work? And what’s your go-to beauty item to give you a little boost of confidence on days where you just don’t feel like yourself?