Fall Face

IMG_3764Guys, autumn is upon us: the days get shorter, temperatures are sinking and the chance of rain on a normal day is rather high. While I’ve already adapted clothing-wise towards the colder days about a month ago, I’m only now beginning to also play around with make-up again. If you read my current favorites post, you’ll know exactly what I’ll be wearing in this look today. A dewy base with bronzed up skin and a nice bronze lid. I somehow forgot to apply anything to my lips, but this look goes well with a deep burgundy or even a bright red. And a nude… Well, it’s a basic look, can we all agree on that?IMG_3719I bought MAC’s Amber Lights last week online and am waiting for it to arrive in the mail, but I have a feeling that that shadow is going to make it into my next month’s favorites. Gotta love a good coppery shade! Do you have any other eyeshadow recommendations that go into the orangey/copper direction and have a little shimmer to them? I’d love to try out a few variations.

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What’s your go-to fall look, I’d love to know. Please share in the comments!

Lots of love, Maja

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.

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?

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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Blue Eyeliner

IMG_9096As you can tell from pretty much all of the beauty looks I have shared on my blog, I’m don’t normally experiment too much in terms of funky eyeshadows or unexpected lips. I pretty much stick to a natural eye and a bold lip whenever I feel adventurous. I know, super lame!
But a few weeks back Estée from Essiebutton posted a look she created using a navy blue eyeliner and that sounded really interesting to me. She has, like me, blue eyes, and with the help of that thin blue line they popped even more! So obviously I was intrigued and stormed straight off to my closest drugstore to find something similar. I ended up with a Limited Edition product by P2, but Essie recommends the Stila liner.

Apart from that I kept my face really neutral, as always, and just applied a bit of a nude lip. For foundation I used my beloved Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation in shade 4, one pump gives my face an even appearance without looking too done. In order to make the eye really pop I tried to cover up any darkness under my eyes as good as possible for a fresh and awake look. For that I applied a mixture of my NARS Creamy Concealer in Vanilla and MAC’s Pro Longwear concealer in NW20. Then onto the brows, I have talked about the Catrice Absolute Eye Colour eyeshadow in the shade Starlight Expresso before which is a dupe for MAC’s Copperplate and I like to fill in my eyebrows with. I have been told that for blonde eyebrows a grey shade often works better than blonde-labelled brow pencils as they are often too red- or yellow based. And I do find the result to be looking quite natural and not grey at all. On my lashes, as always, the In Extreme Dimension mascara by MAC.

Onto the cheeks I used my trusty Bobbi Brown blusher in Peony and gave my face a little depth by contouring and highlighting with the Sleek Contour Kit in light.

Lastly I applied the Clarins Instant Lip Perfector in the nude shade 06 – rosewood shimmer. I absolutely adore this product, it makes the lips super smooth even hours after application and gives a nice shine without looking too glossy.

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Have you tried colored eyeliner? What are your go-to tips in terms of branching out of your make-up comfort zone?