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Apoteket Hjärtat cream deodorant. I was quite thrilled when I found this. Cruelty free, budget friendly, available at my local drugstore. But, as it turns out, it’s not great. I don’t sweat much so it’s fine, but I do think there are better cream deodorants.

EOS Hand Lotion. Packaging is fun, the sent is nice, if you like cucumber which I do, it’s not greasy, but doesn’t keep my hands moisturized. I need heavier stuff.

Vaseline Aloe Vera. Oh how I loved this. And then I went cruelty free and this is no longer an option. Shame, truly.

Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Charcoal Face Mask. Yes! My second tube of this truly useless mask is finally empty! Will never buy again.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. Honestly, I don’t know why everyone loves this. It’s 0% better than my usual and cheaper Lumene primer. It might even be not as good in fact. I’m just not impressed. I see no reason to repurchase. Also, hate the applicator.

IsaDora Twist Up Gloss in Biscuit. I’ve already told you I do like this gloss, but rather than repurchasing I opted for the cheaper and similar Wet n Wild balm in Caffein Fix.

Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex. It’s not bad, doesn’t sting my eyes, hydrates sufficiently, but not at all sure that it’s better than No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Eye Cream which is way cheaper. So for now, I’ve gone back to No7.

3 random favorites

The line run a tight ship. Love it that Editors are using it in their latest release Magazine.

Wet n Wild Balm Stain in Caffein Fix. My first encounter with Wet n Wild was quite the success! While it’s not the color I expected it to be (caffein makes me think brown, it’s just..not), it is an almost perfect dupe for IsaDora’s Twist-Up Gloss Stick in Biscuit, which I own, love, and have almost run out of. Both are budget options, obvs, but the Wet n Wild balm is half the price of the IsaDora gloss, and I might just like the formula of the Wet n Wild balm better.

Dustin Kensrue on Twitter. Because he has a fabulous taste in music.

And is kinda..little bit awkward..?

I’m not judging. Just observing.

This has been an Endless Blog Challenge post. Past topics for this challenge can be found here.

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Let’s start with the one I genuinely hate. Because hate is fun. The Clarins Instant Light Brush on Perfector.


There is nothing I like about this. Let’s make a list:

a. The packaging. Even my camera hates it. Trying to get it to focus on it was pretty much impossible. But also, it is an eyesore. Gold and ugly red type. Usch. And also, twist to get product out? When I could just be clicking it out? Pft.

b. The shade. OK so, this was a sample, I didn’t pay for it, so obviously they just sent whatever shade. It’s orange. Too dark for me. Still not the worst thing about it.

c. It’s drying. Gets stuck in your lines. What do you mean perfector? What do you mean light??? Get this thing away from me!

d. It is not cruelty free. It sucks and it’s tested on animals. That’s just great.

Let’s leave this abomination and talk about a few nice products instead!


No7 Airbrush Away Pore Minimising Primer. I do love this thing and I will be repurchasing it. Reduces my shine, appearance of pores, doesn’t break me out. It’s not asking a lot, but most primers struggle to meet these criteria.

No7 Instant Radiance Under Eye Concealer. I don’t understand why this concealer has such bad reviews, it’s my favorite concealer. I’ve already repurchased it multiple times. Lasts all day, easy to apply, not dry, doesn’t emphasize lines, what more could you possibly want? Maybe it’s because I don’t use it to brighten, because my under eyes could not be any brighter if they tried. In fact, it’s the reason I wear concealer, to make them seem less bright and shiny. Can’t be just me?

Pixi Glow Mud Mask. I love this mask. I am looking for an excuse to repurchase. The one thing holding me back: apparently you’re supposed to get cheap clay masks. And there are cheaper ones. Question is, are they as good, really? I would say no, but I need confirmation.

IsaDora Volume Mascara 2.0. I want to love IsaDora, but I don’t. Not that they’re bad, but usually they’re just a bit meh. Like this mascara. It’s alright I guess. Although I shouldn’t complain, it does not irritate my eyes despite not being made for sensitive eyes, so that’s good.

Current favorite foundation

I want to give this little guy a special shout out:

IsaDora Cover Up Foundation & Concealer

The IsaDora Cover Up Foundation & Concealer.

I’ve had it for a while, and we weren’t exactly off to a flying start. It wasn’t mixing well with any of my primers, liked to stick to dry patches—or I dunno, create them all by itself it sometimes seemed like? And! Towards the end of the day, enhance any crease it could get its grubby little hands on.

Its only redeeming qualities was it had a great cover and the shade is not yellow—which is a pet peeve of mine, cannot stand any face color product leaning towards yellow.

But now, we’re getting on like a house on fire.

Is it just me or do some makeup age really well? I do this with mascaras too, start using them, think they’re a bit meh so I forget about them for weeks, and then start using them again and the formula is somehow better?

Seems to be the case here.

Currently, I have none of the problems listed above. NONE. In addition to which, cover: still great. It’s an extremely useful product if you’re interested in obscuring your eyebrows just a little bit—which I am, in case that has been unclear. Don’t you just love any time when you’re happy with what you’ve got? I like to imagine capitalism weeping about my absolute and unconditional love for what most people would call my poor over-tweezed eyebrows. Because that just makes me feel even better about it. I am sorry, I need no special products, I love my brows just the way they are, thank you very much. Dab of foundation is a bonus, not a necessity.


I am so in love with this foundation right now. And that is probably the main reason I will never achieve minimalism; things just make me so damned happy sometimes. (Dammit, capitalism wins again!)

Not that any of this means that I’m not looking forward to trying out my brand new Lumene matte foundation in a shade lighter than light ivory— the shade is called ultra light, will it be like liquid highlighter I wonder?? I am always so keen on shades that manage to be v. v. pale, but somehow not white.

You heard me. Keen.

That’s it, buh bye!

Last day of vacay; Celebrating with a PJ Harvey inspired look

You know that MUA Poptastic palette I used recently for the Ursula look? Bit obsessed with it. I’ve been eyeing the green/blue shade in the palette; I don’t think these shades have names, but if I was going to name it, I’d call it mermaid for sure.

This is the one, bottom left (obviously used):


In my mind, this color corresponds brilliantly to the one used by PJ Harvey in the 90s, you know, this one:

PJ Harvey makeup 90s

I’ve also been wanting to try a look with an application similar to what Graveyard Goddess used in one of her looks; just basically lots of red shadow all over the eye area up to brow + under eye with no eyebrows, no eyeliner. Two birds one stone?



The shade has excellent pigmentation. Truly! That’s like two layers of shadow. Not at all the case for a few of the other shades in the palette. It just applies so well.
Felt kind of naked without the liner, it had to go on. No liner is probably better with a darker shade.
The lipstick, IsaDora in Majestic Mauve, and the color of the shade; I love them together. This way of applying eyeshadow though, not sure it’s my cup of tea. But then again, maybe with a different color?

I’m really starting to warm up to the blue shades. Shame my vacation is over, it means less time to experiment. I’d love to pair this shade with a purple shade.



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Trust me; An Ursula inspired look


I was wearing this tee the other day, which got me thinking about Ursula. You know, from The Little Mermaid? I friggin love Ursula. And hey, don’t all these ladies have some pretty wicked makeup going on?


Obviously, having a lot of spare time on my hands, I decided to pay homage to Ursula by creating an Ursula inspired look. Besides, I have a MUA palette that I swear was made for this very purpose.

I basically pulled out the majority of my arsenal, but the most important products used were without a single doubt the following:

Sleek i-Divine Vintage Romance // H&M Dover // MUA Poptastic // IsaDora Ruby Gem // Eyellure brow pencil in really fucking dark

Now. The idea is not to copy Ursula; what I was going for was a look that was a combination of how I generally do my makeup and what she wears, making it a wearable look. For me. Except for the fact that I would never go out wearing that much blue eyeshadow, especially not together with a bright red lipstick.

I also wanted the challenge of using what I already had rather than going out buying something new that would be closer to what she wears; e.g. a more orange red lipstick and fake lashes.

What I did differently from what I usually do was layered several of the blue shades and really tried to work the shadow further towards the brow than I usually do, closest to the brow there’s a silver shade from the Sleek palette, blended with a dark blue and then the blues from the MUA to enhance the blue in particular on the lid. The blue is also drawn out to the sides the full length of the eyebrow. I filled in the brows taking extra care to give them a sharp angle.

Finished look:

That blue. It is not bad. Will have to wear it again. But I think I’ll pair if with a less colorful lip color. Imagine it with a black lip. That would work for me.

Also, is it just me or does this really read more PJ Harvey in the 90s? Not that I mind. Just saying.


Actually, there’s a color exactly the shade she’s wearing in the MUA palette. I think I know what I’ll be doing next.


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A quick look using the MUR Chocolate Vice

I am a deeply impatient person. Max attention span on one task: 30 minutes. MAX. I generally want any given task to take a little less time than that. The task of putting on makeup especially.

So I thought, during this staycation of mine, I’d use the matte brown shades in the Makeup Revolution Chocolate Vice palette to create a quick everyday look.

What also helps reduce time is that I’ve gone off using concealer (because I feel this is a good look, and my hormones are currently behaving), and I’ve long since stopped curling my lashes and decided eyebrow gel is just overkill. Where I struggle is not using 10 different shades of shadow – not because using many different shades is bad, but because simplicity is a goal.

This here is the palette I’m working with:


I start by applying my usual base, a No7 primer + Lumene eye primer, followed by the No7 Beautifully matte foundation in cool vanilla. Still so in love with this foundation; it works amazingly well with my combination skin, keeps me matte all day, easy. Don’t even need powder. I add some radiance, using the Makeup Revolution Radiance.

makeup revolution radiance

Set it all with the NYX setting spray.

nyx finishing spray

Put on my brows, currently enjoying the lighter shade in the IsaDora palette which make my thin eyebrows look more natural, i.e. like their patchy selves. On to the eye shadows!

I start off using this medium brown shade; I know some people like to put a lighter shade underneath. I’m not one of them. There is no such thing as too dark in my world, so there is literally no point adding a lighter shadow underneath, that would just make my life more difficult. I apply the shadow all over my lid + into the crease. This is the shade I’m using:


Next, I add a darker shade to contour the eye; it goes into the crease and under my lower lash line. I use a clean angled slightly fluffy brush to blend it all. I want no sharp edges anywhere. This is the shade I’m using:


Next, I want to add a lighter color in the inner corners. I usually use whatever shade is more white, but this time I’m opting for a shade leaning more towards peach, the middle one here:


I just dab it on using my fingers. This was a master move; to me, this is what makes this a fun everyday look that I would consider repeating. I also want just a bit more shadow around the edges, so to avoid looking like a raccoon, I choose a lighter brown shade and apply it around the edges. This is the shade:


Wee bit of the H&M pure definition mascara on that and the eyes are done.

For the lips I’m trying out the NYX lip primer; their bullet lipsticks clearly require some primer and it turns out it works perfectly. Keeps the lipstick (a matte in the shade Minx) well in place and enhances the color. I.e. does exactly what it should. Unlike say the E.l.f. ditto. (I’m sorry E.l.f.! I want to love you but you’re making it so damned difficult.)


Finished look:


Verdict: Quick and easy, love the finish of these shades. Sis would definitely approve; sane everyday look accomplished.


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