Home Decoration Update

IMG_9914As a quick Monday’s post I wanted to share some corners of my relatively new apartment. I have been living here for just over a month and picked up a few bits and pieces to make these four walls feel a bit more homely. I’ve never been much of a candles person but recently I’ve really enjoyed how they create such a warm atmosphere. Also, can you sense the rose-gold trend? Thought I was over that but recently it hit me again and I’m back embracing the copper shade in full force. Have a great Monday!

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Small Collective Haul

IMG_9948Over the past couple of weeks / months I have been picking up a few products that have been on my lust list for the longest time. Now, most of these won’t come as a surprise to you because you have seen them been mentioned in previous posts, such as the Chanel Vitalumière Acqua, the Anastasia Brow Wiz, the Origin’s Super Spot Remover and both the Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado and The Body Shop’s Argan Oil lip butter.

So we only have to unknown products left that didn’t come with a wish list in advance and were more impulse buys. First up we have the MAC lip pencil in Soar, which is supposedly the shade that Kylie Jenner sports to create her signature 90’s lip. I have worn this a couple of time and can totally agree that this is a great color. Pretty mauve-y on the lips and since it’s so easy to exaggerate your lip shape with a pencil I’ve recently had quite a few comments whether I was using some sort of lip plumper.

The other item, which you can’t fully see in all its glory is the Lee sweater underneath. I first saw this on Sabrina’s blog and really, really liked it, forgot about it, saw it again in a department store here in Stockholm and just had to order it. I love the sporty vibe of it, that’s oohmphed up by the sequins and that it say’s For the life you lead. As cheesy as it sounds, but I am a firm believer of taking ownership of the life we were given and accepting changes in plans.

Have you tried any of these products? I would love to hear your thoughts.

The Perfect Soup for Colder Days

IMG_9520If you’re thinking about abandoning your pumpkins just because Halloween is over and it is officially November you’re nuts. I kind of ignored the whole Halloween thing this year but got very inspired by seeing those big pumpa’s everywhere as we call them here in Sweden. I initially wanted to go for a Hokkaido pumpkin but those seem to be not very popular here so I settled for a butternut squash. I’d never tried this kind before but I figured pumpkin is pumpkin and this will do. Lately I’ve been craving soups a lot so I combined both and made this delicious (my roommate agrees) dish this weekend. Here’s how I did it.

What you’ll need: (serves 4)
1 butternut squash
1 piece of ginger, ca. 3cm thick
2 cloves of garlic
1 onion
800ml water
100ml fresh orange juice
2 tsp butter
to garnish: roasted pumpkin seeds, crème fraiche
salt, pepper, chili powder to season

IMG_9568First off you’re gonna wanna cut the onion into small pieces and crush the garlic. Heat up a big pan and both slightly caramelize in the butter.

IMG_9549Peel your pumpkin and get rid of the skin. As you can see, in the upper bit there are no seeds hidden so yay for less work! Once the mixture in the pot looks golden, add the pumpkin and the water.

IMG_9587Bring it to a boil and then let simmer for about 20 minutes until the pumpkin is soft. Take off the heat and gently puree the mixture. Squeeze the orange to get your fresh orange juice and add to the soup, this will give it a lovely fresh yet sweet taste. To season I added salt and pepper as well as a bit of chili powder, to give it a slightly spicy aftertaste.

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It’s very fine and the combination of flavors works wonderfully. Have it with some fresh bread or just as is and feel all autumnal. If you make this please tweet me a picture or tag me on instagram @heymajaestelle.

 

Rediscovered: Naked 3 Palette

IMG_9896I think I’ve mentioned before that I am normally quite boring when it comes to makeup and I rarely make the effort to apply eyeshadow on a day to day basis. I don’t know whether it’s the change of seasons to more colder weather or a generally developing interest in eyeshadow but for the past two weeks I’ve been pulling out my Naked 3 palette in the mornings. I apply trick, an orange-toned gold all over the lid and intensify the crease with a bit of either factory or mugshot. So as you can see, still pretty basic but it makes the blue in my eyes stand out a bit more and I enjoy putting it on. Those Urban Decay shadows last all day and are buttery soft to apply, even the shimmery gold doesn’t have too much fall-out. Lastly I just added a bit of Essence’s khol kajal in brown to my lashline.

The rest of my face is a blend of old favorites. L’Oréal True Match foundation in N2-R2, a bit of NARS Creamy Concealer in Vanilla wherever is needed. To add a bit more dimension I apply my Sleek Contour Kit in light in the hollows of my cheeks, around the temples of my forehead and a bit down the nose. I filled in my brows with the Anastasia Brow Wiz in Taupe. Sephora’s Pop of Orange blush on the cheeks and MAC’s In Extreme Dimension mascara on the lashes. To finish this autumnal look off I just applied a bit of my favorite MAC lipstick in the shade Plumful. It’s a lustre finish so it’s quite sheer but still gives a nice tint to the lips and is definitely build able.

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What’s your favorite eyeshadow palette? And do you wear eyeshadow on an everyday basis?

 

Worth the Hype? Anastasia Brow Wiz

IMG_9536I’m really frustrated when it comes to my brow business. Quite flat, rather sparsely in some areas and I stopped plucking them months ago. When it comes to ways of getting them into a somewhat nice shape I have a decent stash of products to choose from. In general I prefer a more ashy color for my dark blonde brows, something that stays in place during the day and doesn’t require too much hassle to apply. Pretty low standards if I can say so? I’ve never come across Anastasia Beverly Hills before and when I went into the shops to buy some Q-Tips I saw a sales offer on these. As my favorite MAC brow pencil in Fling is running low I picked this up.

The shade I got matched with is ‘Taupe’, formerly known as Ash Blonde, the lightest shade they do. First box ticked you might think, but not too fast. It does have a slightly reddish undertone, not much, but to a point where I can see that it is there. Having swatched the other colors as well this was still the closest to my brows so I went with it. Color match 4/5.

In terms of texture it is quite waxy, but far away from glue stick. In comparison to my MAC product it’s a bit softer, it glides on nicely and because it is quite thin it allows precise filling in of brush strokes without looking fake or drawn on. However, because MAC’s product is a bit harder I do think that drawing individual “hairs” is maybe a tiny bit easier. One major bonus is that I don’t need that much product to fill in my brows completely. I am not sure if that is because it is more pigmented (which I don’t think it is) but I do have the feeling that this will last me longer. Texture (4/5)

The packaging of this is really nice in my opinion. A quite slim pencil that features the product on one end, a twist up application, and a spoolie on the other hand. Now let me tell you about that spoolie! This makes the entire product better, I really like this. It combs through the brushes nicely and leaves them put in place. It also makes sure the product is distributed evenly throughout the entire brow. Packaging 5/5.

 

I do think Anastasia’s Brow Wiz really deserves the hype it gets, the application is easy and from a range of nine shades it is quite easy to find your perfect match. It stays in place and doesn’t look fake or drawn on at all. Even though I really like this product I do still prefer the look of the MAC brow pencil. I don’t know whether it’s the better color match or the harder texture, but I can notice a difference. Would you like to see a review on the MAC product as well?

Let me know, what do you think? Worth the hype? Have you tried this product, and what are your experiences?