Something With Orange and the New Black…

As the air gets warmer and the sun shines brighter I’ve noticed I’ve been gravitating towards lighter colors both in my wardrobe, as well as in my make-up stash.

Here’s three of my current faves all in a suspiciously similar shade of pale tangerine. You’ve seen the Sephora blush in Orange Pop, as well as the Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector in 02 about a million times on here, so no surprises there. What’s new though is Essie’s Resort Fling that a cute little easter bunny (hi mami) snuck into my egg basket.

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What’s your favourite color of the moment, and any more spring-y nail polish shades I should add to my collection?

Spring Pink

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I’ve you’ve been an avid reader of this blog for a while you must’ve noticed I usually take it pretty simple regarding make-up and am not the first in line to experiment with bold colors. However, this past weekend I suddenly felt inspired by the blossoming little greens and flowers everywhere and thought why not use blush as eye shadow (I know, revolutionary thought!) – also: have you read my spring fashion edit already?

I kept my base natural and pretty easy (updated foundation routine coming your way soon!) and got funky on the lids. First of, I applied Nectar from my Lorac Pro 2 palette all over the lids, then went in with my Sephora blush in 17 Orange Pop generously in the crease and blended everything out with my favourite blush Peony by Bobbi Brown. A few coats of my brown Maybelline Colossal mascara and there we have it.

On the lips I tried a Sephora Kiss Me Balm in Soda Pop, a very hydrating and pigmented little lip balm – this one is wandering into my handbag right away.

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It’s definitely out there, but I kind of like the finished look much to my surprise. What do you think? Any shades you’ve recently been discovering?

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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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!

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Hitting Town

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This month certainly broke a record. The purchase of my first small black bag. I know, I know, you’d think that would be the most obvious choice but lemme tell you: I got them in all colors of the rainbow except black! Anyhow, that was before this little MANGO bag made its way into my closet (on sale, may I add?). I like its simplicity and it just goes with anything in my closet. It does have a strap but for aesthetic purposes I had to take that off for the picture 😉

So here you have the items I usually pack when hitting town. I always pack a little pouch containing some cash, my ID and a few blister plasters because you never know where those new heels might rub. On a regular day basis I carry a big wallet but for going out I’d rather not carry all my cards and that good stuff.

Then you have the obvious key, phone and hair clip. As I have a ton of hair I sometimes tend to get quite warm in da club (I know.. I’m so cool), so this is great for putting my mane up.

Onto the beauty bits, while the lip color obviously changes with whatever I put on that night, I’ve lately only been using my beloved Sephora Lip Cream. I also carry my MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NC30 and MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW20 to cover any redness that might shine through after some serious dancing sessions. (Again… so cool). Last but not least, a miniature version of my favorite perfume, just to touch up and smell nice all night long!

 

What are your going-out-bag-essentials? Please share!