Fuss Free Make-Up: Travel Edition

IMG_9486I’ve mentioned about a gazillion time on here how much I am obsessed with Stockholm, yet I still did a fair bit of traveling recently. For a very fair price cruise ships offer weekend trips to many different cities and so my friends and I spent the past two weekends in Tallinn, Estonia and Helsinki, Finland. The experience was a lot of fun, you travel overnight, spend the day in the city and travel back to Stockholm overnight again. You can imagine very light packing was required as I did not want to drag around a heavy suitcase all day, not that that would’ve been necessary anyways.

So here you have a little overview of what products I decided to pack. For a long day out I didn’t want a heavy face of make-up and so light- and naturalness were the keywords I worked with. I also kept in mind that glass bottles might break and big containers are rather unpleasant to carry around.
For the base I went with Chanel’s Vitalumière Aqua, a very thin and light coverage foundation that let’s the natural skin shine through and looks very natural (I’m the shade B10 if anyone cares). As I anticipated short nights I opted for the NARS Creamy Concealer in Vanilla, a medium to high coverage product that cancels out dark circles and red spots right away. As this can crease on my I set it in place with a bit of Rimmel’s Stay Matte powder in transparent.
For some general contour on my face I used the Sleek Contour Kit as always, in the shade Light, and then applied a tiny bit of Bobbi Brown’s Peony blusher. I filled in my eyebrows with MAC’s eyebrow pencil in Fling and applied a light coat of MAC’s In Extreme Dimension mascara and that is it.

A very light and natural face that doesn’t take up too much space in the packing process. What are your go-to products when it comes to packing light? Anything that I missed?

A Reminder to Myself

13378f96edbe23cff3f7da931efb7d0bIf you’re anything like me you love planning, organizing and especially being in control of all those. Trust me, I have about ten to-do lists each day and will probably have my Saturday night plans figured out on a Monday morning. I’ve always been like that, Plan A was the only plan I had, and it always worked out. Pretty lucky I guess. And while this is all sorts of great it also has a big downside: your mental age develops twice as fast as your physical age (a fact that I totally made up) – but it makes sense! Being so caught up in your (my) future scenario I didn’t allow myself to embrace youth and all spontaneity that comes with that.

I’ve read a great article a couple of months back and unfortunately lost the source, but I remember it said something about taking opportunities even though you didn’t think they would be the right ones. It’s about making decisions that you don’t fit your initial plan but don’t seem too bad at the moment. Most of all, it’s about allowing yourself to adapt to change. It is just impossible to plan every second of your future and that’s okay.

When my study choice for the next semester didn’t work out as I hoped it would I decided to take a semester off and continue with my studies after completing another internship. As you can guess this wasn’t something I had planned and it completely overwhelmed me, yet filled me with great excitement. I acknowledged that it’s okay to change up your plan and admit that you might not be the same person you were when you thought you figured out how your entire life should go.

Even though I won’t be back at university next semester I will still plan my meals and figure out my weekends in advance, some things just don’t need to be changed. But whatever it is you might think of: you’re never gonna be as young as you are right now and as cliché as it sounds, in 50 years time you’re not gonna remember the smart choices you made, but the ones that excited you, the ones that reminded you of how many opportunities you have and that you should take them.

 

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Weekly Round-Up #3

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First up I want to apologize for the radio silence here on the blog for the past week. I’ve had a really hectic schedule and wasn’t able to post at all. But I’m back on track and have a special blog post coming your way tomorrow!
This post is a bit of a cheat though, as I did not actually spend this past weekend in Helsinki but the weekend before that. I know, a little late but here you have a short little recap of my weekend get-away. From Stockholm you can get pretty cheaply to the capital of Finland on nice cruises that travel overnight. You get to spend the day in the city of your choice and then drive back overnight again. A couple of friends and I decided to spend this gorgeous weekend exploring Helsinki and we had a great time. We arrived at around 10am and were greeted by a frosty 2° C. We made our way into the city to grab a nice breakfast and then spend the entire day walking around town. Whenever I travel to unknown places I always like to walk as I find that way you discover so many more spots and streets that a bus or metro wouldn’t have shown you.

My first impression of Helsinki was that it is significantly smaller than Stockholm and a bit more European almost. I know that Sweden belongs to Europe, however, especially when you walk down the shopping streets you mostly see Scandinavian chains such as Lindex, Bik Bok, H&M and the likes. In Finland the Inditex group is definitely more prominent. We didn’t do a lot of shopping though, we mostly wandered around the Design District which turned out to be quite splattered around. Online I found great walking routes here and we discovered a few unique shops that offered stationary, art, home goods and good food. It felt good to pay with Euros again yet everything was really quite expensive. I definitely think that 7 hours were not enough to explore the beauty that Helsinki has to offer and would like to come back at some point. Things I would like to see that unfortunately we didn’t have time for this time were the Olympic tower from which you have a great view over the entire city and the Ateneum, an art museum. Any other things I should see when I head back?

This is my short and sweet recap from our trip and the make-up that I packed is coming your way on Wednesday! Have a good week, X

Skincare Fall to Winter Edit

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When transitioning from season to season you normally switch up your wardrobe. Goodbye to those flimsy dresses, open shoes and leaving a jacket at home. But as your body needs more protection throughout the colder months to keep healthy, so does your skin. I am currently in the process of updating my skincare regimen to a more appropriate routine preparing for the big drop in temperature that is inevitably going to happen in foreseeable time. Of course I did not take all of my skincare products with me to Sweden so this makes it a bit easier for me to sort through my stash, deciding what to keep, what to leave for next year and what items I need to add.

Starting with my keepers, it is all about again protection and moisturizing. As I have mentioned before my hands tend to get really dry so I like to always carry my L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream with me wherever I go. It is rich, keeps my hand soft and sinks in quite quickly, so no oily marks all over your keyboard!

We all apply SPF before a good ol’ sunbathing session but most of us forget this step in their daily routine regardless of of season and whether the sun is shining or not. Fact is, there are UVA and UVB rays shining on us all day whether you see them or not. They make the skin age quicker, developing wrinkles and impurities at an earlier age. You won’t see the results of using this regularly this within a week, a month or even a year, but sooner or later the day will come.

I am currently in the midst of writing an ode to the Body Shop Body Butters but I just can’t help it. The perfect luxurious yet not incredibly expensive treat for your skin after a nice shower. It sinks in quite fast (can you tell this is a major criterion for me?) and smells nice and soft. Like anybody else’s my skin tends to get quite dry and as deep care treatment I put this on every night for a couple of days in a row and instantly see results. No more flakiness!

One more Body Shop product to finish off, this Serum-In-Oil is the last step in my skincare routine and supports regeneration over night. It is moisturizing yet doesn’t make me shine like a stick of butter and smells very nice. A few drops are enough to cover the entire face and so far I have not noticed any dry patches on my forehead which I had big struggles with last year.

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Now on to the products that I would like to add to my skincare.
I love a good face mask and this over-night version by Origins is raved about lots in the blogger community. Especially after using exfoliating and deep-cleansing masks I notice my skin gets a bit tight and to put the moisture back I would like to add this to my routine. I’ve also never used an over-night mask so I am anticipating this to be very rich yet not too heavy to stain my pillows. Any experiences with this Drink Up Intensive option?

As you can see from my keeper’s I currently don’t own a daily face cream. While using the SPF alone currently works fine as it is not that cold yet, I will definitely find an option to provide my skin with a little more care and moisture for the day. As I trust in the brand I am keen to try out the Make A Difference Plus + cream to see whether it really holds up to its great reviews. Can you tell I’ve made it my mission to avoid any dry patches at all this winter?

Apart from dry skin I also suffer from really dry eye-lids. Especially the inner area gets super dry and flakey, a rather gross sight – let me tell you! I’ve tried it with a ton of creams last year but none of them seemed to help. And while I still like my Origins GinZeng Eye Cream in the morning I want to add a bit more oomph at night to repair any damages. I have only heard great things about this Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado one by Kiehl’s and will definitely invest in one of those little pots.

Lastly, who doesn’t get chapped lips in the colder months? Ever tried applying lipstick on top of that? Yeah, not a good look. The wild Argan Oil range by the Body Shop is supposed to be super rich and caring and goes by the name of Solid Oil Lips. If that doesn’t moisturizing then I don’t know what! I’ve given this a quick try a couple of days ago in the shop and think I must head back soon!

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One product that will leave my bathroom shelve this season is the Origins GinZing day cream. I really liked this during the warmer months as the gel texture is very nice and light, sinks in quickly and is the perfect base for already relatively moisturized skin. But as you can tell from the description I have just given you, not exactly an ideal companion during those colder months to come.

 

I’m curious as to what you will be replacing and adding to your skincare routine, please share in the comments!

The Lip Product Addict Tag

IMG_9149Here it is! The Lip Product Addict Tag – after receiving the odd comment about my preference for bold lipsticks I was thinking of writing a blog post on my favorite bright lippies but then thought why not combine it with the lipstick tag that Lily Pebbles created a while back? So there you have it, my favorite bunch lip products. I am tagging Millie C, Diana from Cardiff Beauty Blog and Abbie Jane from Alvissia.

One: What is your favorite balm or treatment?
Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip perfector – 01 Rose Shimmer

I’ve only bought this a few months back but have already declared it as my holy grail of lip products. It isn’t too glossy, but not matte either, provides moisture for hours even after the actual balm has worn off and leaves my lips super soft. I own two shades of these and while they only give the slightest bit of color I love them both and always carry one in my handbag.

Two: What is your favourite eye catching red?
Sephora Cream Lip Stain 01 – Always Red

This had made its fair appearance on the blog before as well, and for a good reason. It’s the most gorgeous bright red that has a lot of dimension despite being an ultra matte formula. This will not budge on you no matter what and stays on a good couple of hours before showing sign of wear. I believe this shade suits absolutely everybody and if you’re in the market for a new red: try this!

Three: The best luxury and drugstore product?
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – Red Square / Rimmel Kate – 107

The luxury one for me was quite hard to determine because I don’t really own many high-end lip products. So for me at this point it would probably be the NARS Velvet Matte Pencil in Red Square. It glides on very easily and isn’t too drying on the lips either. However, like I said, it’s not my absolute favourite (I’m quite sure I would like the Tom Ford lipstick in Indian Rose, but that’s for another story).
As for drugstore I definitely get most wear out of the Rimmel Kate lipstick in the shade 107. A gorgeous color that can be layered to create a deep opaque red or lightly dabbed on for a just-bitten kinda look. This one I will probably repurchase for ever and ever!

Four: Best MAC lipstick?
Plumful – Lustre

For me that is plumful, without a doubt. It’s the shade I get most wear out of. It’s a lustre finish so again, great for layering but also super pretty in just a thin swipe. This is one of the few products, which I could apply in the dark and be sure that it looks good!

Five: Most disappointing product?
Revlon ColorStay – Shanghai Sizzle

Excuse the lack of image but as I found this quite disappointing I left it at home when I moved to Stockholm. I am talking about the Revlon ColorBurst lip laquers and mine is in the shade Shanghai Sizzle, a bright orange-y toned red. I remember Fleur raved about this but I found the application to be quite streaky and hard to work with. I’ll give it another go next year but so far: not impressed.

Six: Lip Liner: Yes or No?

The fact that I brought exactly one lip liner for my 6 months stay says it all I assume. I never use lip liner except for when I am donning a deep burgundy red. With darker colors I am usually a bit more careful, but I do actually really wanna get my hands on the Charlotte Tilbury lip liner in …

Seven: Favourite gloss?

None, to be honest. I just really don’t like the sticky feeling and that Clarins Lip Perfector I talked about is the closest I will get to using a gloss in the near future, trust me. Maybe it’s the impracticality of having to get your hair off of your lips or the fact that I just much prefer a matte lip, but glosses and I really do not get along.

Eight: Something else?

Here is a product that I love and hate at the same time. The P2 couture lip polish stain in 045 – professional attitude is the perfect mauve-y color that makes my lips look natural yet better. If only they changed the formula, because even though it says it’s a stain – let me tell you it is not. This rubs off very fast! Too bad, cause I really like the product.

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September Favorites

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I know I am super late to the party but life has been so busy recently and the lack of daylight after I get home from work made it rather impossible to shoot nice pictures. But enough of the excuses, today I present to you my favorite products from the month of September! September is usually my favorite month: gorgeous sunlight, leaves turning orange, perfect temperatures and of course, my birthday. You will have seen my birthday make-up here if you are interested! So apart from these products, of course, the whole month has been a favorite!

Rituals – Zensation Foaming Shower Gel 
This smells divine! The organic rice milk and cherry blossom combination is luxurious, foams up gently under the shower and an absolute treat. One of my best friends gave this to me for my birthday and I have been loving this as a my special sunday shower gel, making me feel relaxed to ensure a good night rest. It makes a great gift (duh) and is an absolute recommendation!

The Body Shop  – Body Butter
Another gift from previously mentioned friend. A detailed post on this is coming your way this week, but I wanted to introduce it on the blog here already as well. Those Body Butters are so rich and creamy in texture, making the skin feel lovely soft and moisturized even days after applying it. I don’t really like any other scents at the Body Shop apart from this as they’re mostly too sweet for my liking, but this Olive version makes me feel and smell clean, just what I want. I apply this at night and let it sink in over night but it also works if you apply a thin layer after your morning shower.

Zara Handsoap – Ginger Lily
Probably THE best attribute of my new room is the own bathroom that comes with it. Even before I had moved in I already rushed to Zara to buy myself a lovely soap which nobody but me would use. I know I’m quite strange when it comes to that department but these kinds of products and rituals just give me so much satisfaction that I like to embrace them. This smell is lovely and lingers around for quite a bit. It’s flowery and sweet, but not overly overpowering.

The Body Shop – Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil
As the temperatures are dropping my skin is getting drier by the day. I have pretty normal skin but in the past years I have noticed to get really dry and flaky patches around my forehead and cheeks so I am currently preventing that from happening by applying this as my last step in my nighttime skincare routine. It is very moisturizing, smells lovely and doesn’t make my face feel too greasy. It is completely absorbed by the skin by the next morning and I am currently crossing my fingers that there won’t be any dry patches in the weeks to come!

L’Occitane – 20% Shea Butter Hand Cream
This is hands down the best hand cream I have ever tried! The smell is super nice, again slightly powdery yet still fresh and subtle. It sinks in super fast and provides good moisture throughout the day. I get quite dry hands in the colder months, causing the skin on my fingers to crack (I know, not a pretty sight!) and this really does a good job at keeping those areas more or less soft. I will probably repurchase this hand cream over and over again and was so incredibly happy when my godaunt gifted me the full size version for my birthday.

Giorgio Armani – Luminous Silk Foundation
If you’re looking for a full review on this product click here, but in short: I’ve been using this foundation most mornings during the month of September and loved it! The finish is gorgeous, a matte yet still radiant look and has great longevity. Sometimes I look into the mirror at 4 at work and am surprised as to how good this still holds up. No show of wear and nothing has come off. Definitely a new holy grail product in my make-up stash!

Bobbi Brown – Peony Blush
While throughout summer I enjoyed using my Sephora Blush in Orange Pop I noticed myself reaching for this pink shade more often throughout September. It’s a really pretty pink that is highly pigmented so you’re gonna wanna go in rather lightly handed! I think it really compliments blue eyes and blonde hair without creating that stereotypical Barbie reference. I am almost hitting pan and when I run out of this I will definitely be repurchasing it!

 

Now on to you, what have been your favorite products for the month of September? Please share your products or leave me links to your posts, I am always curious to try out new things!