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I ❤ Glasgow 

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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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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What’s in my makeup bag; Work edition

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On a daily basis, I bring the following to work:

  1. 1 hand mirror; learned the use of these as late as back in May when I was caught out in lots of rain. Verdammt! Won’t catch me leaving the house without a mirror no more.
  2. 1 kabuki brush + a NYX finishing powder. I had a Real Techniques travel brush and a BareMinerals loose powder that basically lived in my handbag, but they’ve gone missing. These will do for now.
  3. The darkest brown Makeup Store eye shadow + travel size Real Techniques brush. Instead of eyeliner under bottom lashes, to touch up.
  4. 2 eyeliners, 1 Lumene (wing) + 1 Soap & Glory Supercat (lid). The idea is that because I go to work so early in the morning, cat eye is applied at work. So far that has not happened. But you know, just in case I’m ever in the mood/severely bored.
  5. 1 purple eyeliner; for touch ups on days I wear purple eye shadow.
  6. 1 Sleek eyebrow pen; just in case brows start to slip. ..it could happen..?
  7. 3 hair clips. To get hair out of face if I’ve made some sort of misjudgment. V.v. important.
  8. A couple of painkillers; never know when you might need them. I’ve got a pair in all sorts of places.
  9. Most importantly: 1 lip primer and whatever lipstick I’m wearing that day. This day I was wearing my fave NYX matte in Minx.

 

What products are your absolute essentials?

xo,

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