5 empties

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

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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!

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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 face; A review

I’ve settled into a makeup routine and can’t be bothered to try much in the way of new. It goes something like this:

Base

No7 airbrush away pore minimising primer. Smells a bit weird, but def pore minimising!

NYX dark circle concealer. I’ve got a No7 under-eye product as well which is way better. Probably because it targets my specific age group. Just trying to use the NYX one up. It’s alright.

Urban Decay eyeshadow primer potion for old people. It’s. It’s too good. If I leave it to set, which I like to do, it makes blending really difficult. I’ll go for a cheaper one next time.

Lumene matte control oil-free foundation. I can stand for a lot of shit as long as it’s the right shade. Lumene is always a good fit for me in terms of shade. Not that this is shit. But it’s not great. Considering it’s matte control oil-free, I’d expect it to not have melting issues, which it does. I seem to remember liking their blur foundation better?

GOSH prime n’ set powder. This stuff is brilliant! A keeper for sure. The only thing keeping me from throwing the Lumene foundation out the window.

NYX setting spray. I use this to keep cheek product in place. It does that just fine.

Cheeks

NYX high definition blush Taupe + Coraline. Taupe under the cheekbone, Coraline on the apple. Taupe is the best shade blush ever. I’d forsake all of my other blushes for it, hands down.

Makeup Revolution highlighter from the Chocolate Vice palette. I used to think it was wicked. It either wasn’t or something’s happened to it. Not that it matters, I’ve got the Sleek Solstice palette, only highlighter you need in your life.

Eyes

I’ve finally settled on eyebrows; they’re just not for me. I was going back and forth, sometimes drawing them on, sometimes not. Last time, I just hated the brows so much I wiped them off before the end of the day. Despite not having any base products to repair the damage of wiping them off (I was at work). I’m not saying stop doing your eyebrows, it’s just I feel more like myself without. That’s all.

I’ve even cut my brows to make them appear more sparse.

Eyeshadow though! One simply cannot wear too much eyeshadow.

My goal is always to look even more hollow of eye. One of the many perks of growing old; it just becomes easier!

I start by creating a barely visible halo around the edge of the main eyeshadow, often using one of the orange shades in the NYX palette Color Riot.

I love pairing the orange with green. I recently bought a trio of green shadows from H&M, their high impact shadows; they were on sale for 10 SEK/piece, irresistable price! Especially since these are without a doubt some of my favorite shadows; the color payoff does not disappoint.

I use Stayin’ Olive all over the lid, add Everglades to the outer corners and finish off by contouring the eye with some Mesmerize Me, which is so dark green it’s practically black.

With this combination, if you don’t blend properly, you end up looking like a dirty child.

I’m not going to lie. It happens.

Inner corners: an ancient mono shadow from Makeup Revolution called BASE! Another favorite. May it last forever.

And then just finish off the eyes with some mascara, Natural Collection waterproof on top of a NYX lash primer.

Opened a fresh tube of my regular H&M mascara a couple of weeks ago, it promptly proceeded to make my eyes weep and weep and weep sooooo..in desperate need of a new cruelty-free mascara for sensitive eyes. Wish me luck!

As for eyeliner. I should wear just a wee bit. I really should. It’s just if I start putting it on I’ll never stop. So never mind that.

Lips

NYX Lingerie in Corset. Not that I don’t like my bold lips anymore. It’s just…I can’t be bothered to take my makeup off when I go to the gym (work ⇒ straight to gym), and I’m OK with wearing makeup to the gym, but a bold lip would just feel all sorts of wrong.

Generally leaves me looking something like this:

All and all. No improvement in this area of my life. The list is not getting any shorter.

January wrap up

Music

Have we talked about ooold neeews? Makes me forget about my lack of excitement the last time I saw Jonathan play entirely! When can I go again??

Reads

Technically, I finished Hela Kakan back in December, but surely it could be mentioned again? Loved it!

Other than that, seems reading is coming along quite slowly this month.

Wearables

Puma Ignite trainers. Been a while since I had a pair of trainers this good. Last pair I had that I was madly in love with were also a pair of Puma. Really should stick to this brand, they’re my perfect fit.

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Puma Ignite + a nice new sports bra from H&M + vest

No7 pore minimising primer. Did I tell you about accidentally opening a new No7 primer, and it turned out it wasn’t the same primer I’d been using but instead a much better one? Well I did. The fact that No7 products are too much alike, both blessing and curse.

On the screen

Emma Blackery’s video on her 20 Placebo songs. Need I explain why? 1) I do like Placebo, but we’ve lost touch lately, 2) Love it when you find material with a quite narrow target audience and you’re actually in that target audience, 3) It’s my kind of music nerdiness.

Stumbled across Hannah Witton on YouTube, love this:

Gilmore Girls got nothing on Caitlin.

Swedish Come Dine with Me (Halv åtta hos mig). It’s a sick obsession.

Food

Does anybody really want to think about food in January?

Although. I did invent a wicked pasta mushroom combo: aubergine roasted until is practically black, mushrooms, Oatley cream, mustard, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, smoked paprika, pasta and some fresh tomatoes with that. V. v. pleased.

Miscellaneous

Cleaned up my layout. Currently using the theme Ryu; love the clean, simple + contrasty layout.

Villfarelser. On Insta/Twitter/Pinterest. Suddenly had lots of pictures like this in my Pinterest feed:

"Självinsikt" #villfarelser #självinsikt

Ett inlägg delat av VILLFARELSER™ (@villfarelser)

Turns out, it’s the creation of Villfarelser, you can follow on Insta and Twitter. The text reads I lacked self awareness. I was a wonderful human being. So in love with this. Old pics and absurd, bitter captions, it doesn’t get any better than that.

Plans for February

Winter makes me want to die. I just want to hibernate until April. OK?

Might pull myself together enough to:

1) Restart my HBO subscription so that I can watch Vikings and Girls.
2) Visit Stockholm. Not as much of a plan as I’m being forced.
3) I think I’m starting a bullet journal? Maybe? Pinterest has me brainwashed.

I ❤ Glasgow 

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Because I can buy bits like

Nakd bars from Holland & Barrett’s for cheap + decent chai from random supermarket; you have no idea how I’ve been looking for a decent chai all over Sweden – impossible. This Tesco one tho; does the job perfectly. Nothing fancy, everyday chai ♥♥♥.

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…I’m going to have start ordering the Nakd bars from online. It’s so perfect for traveling, and let’s face it, this could replace other types sweets easy peasy.

Makeup + beauty from Superdrug and Boots.

I’m obsessed with Superdrug’s cleansing wipes for combination skin, which is a problem. I need to find good wipes I can get from somewhere in this country.

The Boots’ tea tree & witch hazel facial wash is a new find; they were all out of Superdrug’s facial wash for combination skin, again, but this facial wash! It’s better still. My skin tends to be a bit uneven, and I’ve come to accept it as a fact. But this facial wash, I swear it evens out my skin. And the Soap & Glory shower gel; ach, I just wish I hadn’t packed so much I could have gotten a normal-sized bottle. It brags you don’t need lotion afterwards and I truly believe it.

Also got a new GOSH primer because my current one (No7) is a bit meh; my foundation brush finally broke down so I’m trying out the Real Techniques sponge, so far loving it, and if the Beautyblender is better still than this one, I get why people are so obsessed with it; new No7 foundation, a radiance one this time because I heard such good things about it. With any luck it’ll manage to make me look just a little bit sicker still.

Cute things from Primark; PJs, pink knit, metallic chokers, MTV sweatshirt, and of course, big, chunky, pink knit + fuzzy socks.

 

That’s appropriate night time wear for a 35-year-old I dare say. Should also be noted: bought the pink knit in the biggest size I could find, i.e. about 4-5 sizes bigger than what I usually wear, this doesn’t mean it’s long enough to be worn as a dress, as I discovered on the bus to work…

Trashy hoodie + lots of earrings from Top Shop.

I am in love with this trashy trend, did the same trick as with the pink knit. Sis says it’s also too short to be worn as a dress. I’m disagreeing, wore it as dress to the BMTH gig, maybe I will again? As in, I’m seeing them again on Saturday. Stockholm this time.

Also love that dark metal color the majority of the studs are in. Top Shop seems to be under the impression it’s dark gold. Okeeyy.. in my mind they’re a bit too much on the red side to be described as gold, but w/e.

More Mackintosh souvenirs.

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Ah yes, museum gift shops in Glasgow, they just draw me in.

Backpack from Urban Outfitters.

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Because the carry on I brought was just so tiny, I literally had to get a new bag to get all my things home (this here, just a sample, there was more stuff). But also, I needed a bigger backpack in my life, so quite pleased with this purchase.

Note to self: go on shopping diet.

xo,

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If I could only use six makeup items

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This is an idea that I’ve stolen from Rhian Westbury. Simply because I think it is an excellent exercise of the mind.

I often feel this is getting out of hand. I have too many products and a routine that is not as quick as I would like.

But somehow, I seem to be adding products rather than the other way around. To my routine and to my collection. I don’t want to be a collector. Clearly doesn’t stop me though. Impulse control? I don’t do that.

Not that my collection is HUGE, it really isn’t. It’s just bigger than I would like.

But then, in my own defense, I do use the absolute majority of the products I have; I never repeat a look two days in a row, and I do try out at least 2 new looks every week. Often more than that. Not that this is an excuse.

I really need a routine that takes little time, while still making me look at least in the vicinity of a crazy person. Makeup = attempt to keep most people at arms length at the very least. Something I am quite interested in.

But if forced, 6 products could get you a long way.

My 6

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Eye primer. You do need an eye primer, that’s all there’s to it. I discovered the eye primer quite late in life, I’d been struggling with creased shadow for ages felt like. The eye primer was an epiphany indeed. I never go without.

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No7 matte foundation. Let’s face it; I’m old. I need a product to even out the color in my face. Well OK, not need, but I just feel that it’s more fun to work with a blank canvas.

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Gosh primer/setting powder. Honestly. Can we talk about this –amazing– powder? This has been a true game-changer for me. My previous powders, they haven’t been bad. But this stuff, it keeps any foundation in place FOR 12 HOURS. That’s a long time. No need to top up. Seeing how I’m a person of combination skin, I LOVE this stuff..

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No7 waterproof mascara. Because eyeshadow without mascara just looks weird. And I need my eyeshadow.

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MUA eyeshadow in Chestnut. Because it goes with all colors (I match makeup and what I wear, obvs), perfect for the hollow-of-eye-look, which is my go-to look, AND it can be used on brows too, if need be. Then again, eyebrows is apparently the one thing I could do without. As recently as this morning I just couldn’t be bothered and went to work sans brows. I don’t hate it at all.

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GOSH blush. Because I have no angles to my face, I need something to not look like a big piece of Mozarella. I remain unconvinced by contouring. Mostly just ends with me looking like a dirty child.

What I feel worst about giving up: bright shadow for inner corner or eye. Addicted! But then, there’s no point to it if you don’t have a darker shadow on the lid. Sooo…

Sort of missing a lip product, but I figure you could probably fake some color with blush and/or eyeshadow, OR, probably most likely, have the lips melt into your face and just go with the never-failing Gerard Way in Helena type look.

 

What would you choose?

xo,

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Current fave combos

I don’t know about you, but I’m often obsessed with combining certain makeup products; which and how I combine them varies. These are my current favorite combinations.

NYX lash primer + Natural Collection Lash Definition mascara + No7 waterproof mascara

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My current holy trinity of lashes. Lash primer! Why did it take me so long to get on board with the lash primer? And while I was off to a rocky start with the Natural Collection mascara, it seems to have settled down and now applies beautifully. I am most definitely adding it to my UK shopping list! The fact that it’s so cheap that it if it was any cheaper it’d be free is just an added bonus. To lock it all in place I add a coat of the No7 waterproof. Not sure if it’s needed, but just as a precaution.

NYX taupe blush + Revolution Radiant lights highlighter

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I’ve wanted a taupe blush for such a long time and not until now that I’d stopped looking did I find it. True love indeed! Perfect for a washed-out, unhealthy look. You wouldn’t catch me wearing it without highlighter tho. Currently, this single highlighter is my top choice.

A variety of orange shadows

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I mentioned how I love the orange eye a while back. Still do. I like to combine a number of different orange shades according to mood. Faves: the NYX Color Riot + H&M Orange Ochre & A Pretty Penny.

NYX eyeshadow in Coquette + NYX Cherry Sky + glasses

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If I’m feeling extra fancy I’ll add a lick of liner, but the general idea is a naked eye + bold lip, because it truly does work exceptionally well with glasses.

NYX blush in Deep Plum + Real Techniques contour brush

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Obsessed with painting an angry stripe of this NYX blush on my cheeks using this RT brush. No one would approve; I love it so!

What are some of your favorite combos?

xo,

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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:

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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.

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Set it all with the NYX setting spray.

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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.)

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Finished look:

 

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

xo,

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Current favorites

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NYX setting spray. No more foundation/BB/CC cream sliding off my face towards lunchtime, it’s going nowhere! Don’t even need an extra dash of powder.

OB tampons. Yes hi, in case you’re new, menstruation is one of my favorite topics. My Provera treatment managed to kick-start my menstruation about a week ago. For reasons unknown I had a different brand of tampons in my bathroom, i.e. not OB. JFC. Not only were they painful to insert (with vaseline!), but, I got up one morning completely confused as to what had happened to my tampon. The string had somehow managed to crawl up inside me. I do not need that at six in the morning. I’m going to be ridiculously loyal to OB from now on. It’s never done that to me. Ever.

No7 Intense Volume waterproof mascara. Ah yes, still loving this mascara. How did I ever get by without a waterproof mascara?

Boots sunscreen. Because if you’re going to go on 2-hour walks, even if it is in the afternoon, you’re going to need some good sun protection.

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Converse. Haven’t owned a pair of Converse for years and years now. Because if you walk a lot you need shoes with some sort of cushioning. But since I am now old and wise, I know the solution to this problem is an insole of the sport variety – I use them in all shoes I can fit them into, because why wouldn’t you? So I thought I’d pull this trick with these shoes too – only Converse is apparently also old and wise – they came with the insole. Extremely happy about that.

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Beans. I go through periods where I just cannot stand another meal with beans, and much prefer fake meats like Quorn; while other periods, beans is the only thing I want. Right now, I want beans for all meals. Currently going through a bag of Pinto beans (I cook the entire bag in one go, divide it into containers and keep in the freezer). Especially loving these beans with rice noodles and lots of roasted green veggies.

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Popcorn. I’m on the verge of a popcorn addiction. I will cut myself off, just going to finish the last of this bag.

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Recoil’s Liquid. Some of my all-time favorite songs are on this record: Breath Control, Want, Last Call for Liquid Courage, and Chrome. I keep looking for music similar to these songs. I’ve exhausted all my resources. Would love any suggestions!

Architects’ All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us. Jag orkar liksom inte hur bra det här bandet är /objektiv åsikt. This record has quickly become one of my favorite records ever. Because 1. the songs seem to belong together, and 2. there are no fillers and, obviously, 3. there isn’t a song on the record that I don’t like. There are surprisingly few records meeting these criteria. Even my favorite record, Tura Satana’s Relief Through Release, has a filler (Negative Creep, Nirvana cover, I like to pretend it’s not there) and the fact that the last track comes with a long silence followed by nonsense, it cannot possibly have made anyone happy ever?

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My home town. We’ve not been getting along brilliantly lately, but give me a grey Saturday morning, when everyone else is still sleeping, and I get the streets all to myself, and I remember why I love this place. I worry that I won’t be staying for much longer tho; best enjoy it while I can.

Love,

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