5 favourites – July

July is coming to an end, which means that my summer holiday is coming to an end, but it’s been a lovely, relaxing three weeks with beautiful summer weather most of the time. I’m excited to get back to work again on Monday as well though; I really hope everything will be sort of back to normal (meaning no more online teaching please). When it comes to favourites this month, I’ve had a lot of make-up favourites, which makes sence, because when you travel with a limited amount of make-up, you get to use the same products many times and form a proper opinion on them. So here are my 5 favourites from the month of July.

Natasha Denona Zendo palette: This year (and last year) I’ve been taking more outfit- and make-up pictures due to the lock downs, and I’ve also been shopping more, so these days I’ll be posting e.g. a haul months after I purchased the items. That’s why I sometimes feature items in these favourites posts that I haven’t hauled yet, but that I’ve still been using. I think that’s true for all the items in this favourites post. That is also why this is the first time you see the Natasha Denona Zendo palette on my blog. I’ve falling in love with Natasha Denona palettes this year, and this one is no exception. I love that it contains both warm toned- and cool toned shades, neutrals and more colourful shades. There are still many shades I haven’t worn yet, but I’ve loved the looks I’ve created with this palette so far.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting bronzer (shade: Luminous Bronze Light): I’d been wanting to try an Hourglass bronzer for so long, but they’re so expensive. However, I got one in a Sephora sale in late April, and I’m so glad I finally made the purchase, because this is a stunning bronzer. I’m very into glowy face products these days, and this was pretty much the only bronzer I wore when I was on holiday.

MAC Black Cherry Extra Dimension blush (shade: Dilly-Dolly): I love the Extra Dimension formula from MAC, and I love that the 2021 Black Cherry spring collection contained a handful of Extra Dimension blushes. I picked up one shade, when I initially purchased from the collection, but I kept seeing this light pink shade online, so I had to have that one as well, and it quickly became a favourite. The picture really doesn’t do it justice, but it’s the most beautiful light pink with a gold shift, and it’s super glowy and so stunning.

Essence Mini perfume balm stick trio (01 Mini But Yummy): Essence recently launched a collection of mini products (I’ll be doing a post on some of the items at some point), and I’ve really falling in love with these perfume balm sticks. I don’t like coconut scented things, so I haven’t used that one, but I love the peach and the vanilla scents; especially the vanilla one which is my favourite. They’re so easy to use, and so easy to take with you on the go.

The Sims 4 Cottage Living (expansion pack) + Dream Home Decorator (game pack): I love playing The Sims 4. I’ve played versions of The Sims for almost 20 years now, and I still absolutely love it. Within the last couple of months we got both a new game pack and a new expansion pack, and I’m so excited about both of them. First we got Dream Home Decorator, which came with an interior decorator career and the most amazing furniture pieces. Cottage Living is the farming pack, I think many players have been waiting for. I know I’ve been wanting to have chickens, cows and oversized crops in The Sims for years. I love that after so many years of playing The Sims it still gets me excited. Actually, I think I’ll stop writing this post now and go play.

Large collective Beauty Bay haul

It’s time for another Beauty Bay haul, and this is a rather large one. These are products I purchased in late March/early-mid April.

Let’s start with the BH Cosmetics Remix Dance palettes. I purchased all three of them; the 80’s-, 90’s-, and 00’s Remix Dance palette. I love the packaging, names, and colour stories of all three palettes, and the quality of the shadows is great!

I also purchased two more palettes from the BH Cosmetics travel series, the Smitten in Switzerland palette and the Trendy in Tokyo palette, and I also picked up the Frosé highlighter palette. I have only used these palettes a few times so far, but I’m excited to play around with them some more.

And we’re not done with palettes yet. When Beauty Bay started selling Made By Mitchell, I didn’t hesitate to pick up the two large palettes from the brand. The more muted and green one is called Feet On The Ground and the brighter one is called Head In The Clouds. I’m really impressed by these palettes, and my favourite so far is the Head In The Clouds palette. It’s also nice that they come with matching pouches; they’re great for travelling with palettes.

When I bought the Made By Mitchell palettes, I received a free Made By Mitchell Blursh in the shade Mango Daiquiri, which is a fun orange liquid blush.

And let’s stay with blush for a second. I puchased the Ofra Ride or Die collection, which consists of the Crew blush/bronzer duo and the liquid blush in Authentic. I really like Ofra’s compacts, but I’m not sure I like the liquid blush. I found it difficult to blend out.

Then on to a bit of a mix of things.

I picked up one more Ofra product; the Samantha March Chick Lit Blush Duo, which is very pretty.

I also bought the Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Glow face palette, which comes with a highlighter, blush, and bronzer. For some reason, the highlighter doesn’t fit in to the pan, which is so weird; it looks as if it has shrunk. It’s still pretty though.

I also purchased a couple more products from Soda. I got the Soda #herecomeshtesun shimmer bronzer in Milk Chocolate and the Soda #wegotyoubabe Glitter lipgloss in Diamond Sugar. The bronzer is very small and very shiny. It’s not that pigmented either, so it’s not my favourite. The gloss is nice though.

From Revolution I picked up the Glow Splendour highlighter in So Glazed, which comes in a huge compact.

And now on to the last four products. I decided to try out the By Beauty Bay powder bronzer in Fawn. Fawn is the lightest shade, but it’s not that light. I can still make it work though. I also picked up the By Beauty Bay New Romantic liquid crystal eyeshadow in Morganite, which is a pretty pink/gold colour. I was really excited to receive the Melt Cosmetics Undertone Noods liquid set lipstick in Golden, because I’ve been looking for a yellowy lipstick, or very yellow-based nude, and this one is so good! And last, but not least, I picked up one more Soda product; the #mermaidlips Lip Crystal in Strawberry. It’s a lip balm, and I haven’t tried it yet, so I don’t know exactly what it’s going to look like on the lips.


Here’s the make-up I wore with this outfit. My outfit contained different shades of pink, so I thought my make-up look should do the same.

(Base: primers – Wet n Wild Photofocus face primer matte + MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance Illuminating Base (shade: Radiant Pink), foundation – Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation (shade: 110 Porcelain), concealer – L’Oréal Infaillible More Than Concealer (shade: 322 Ivory), powder – Fenty Beauty Pro Filt´r Instant Retouch setting powder in Butter. Face make-up: bronzer – Milani Silky Matte Bronzing powder in Sun Light, blusher – MAC You’ve Got Me Feeling powder blush, highlighter – BH Cosmetics Aprés in Aspen highlighter palette (shades: Frosted AF + Iced Out). Eye make-up: base – MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly, eyeshadows – Natasha Denona Love palette (shades: First + Valentine + Soul + Giving + Transparent), mascara – Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect mascara, eyeliner – NYX Faux Whites eyeliner in Seashell. Eyebrows: Maybelline Brow Ultra Slim pencil in Medium Brown + MAC Brow Set in Clear. Lips: L.A. Girl Perfect Precision lip liner in Pinky + MAC Barbiestyle lipstick + Revolution x Friends Chandler lipgloss)

Made my day

Here’s what I wore Thursday April 15. A male student, who wasn’t even one of my students, commented on my shoes. He thought they were cool. That made my day:)

(Blazer – Monki, shirt – second hand, jeans – H&M, sweater vest + boots – Zara)

Matte pastels

Here’s the make-up I wore with this outfit. It’s not often that I wear an (almost) all matte eye look, but it works so well with pastel shades.

(Base: primer –  e.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer, foundation – Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation (shade: 110 Porcelain), concealer – L’Oréal Infaillible More Than Concealer (shade: 322 Ivory), powders – e.l.f. HD Undereye setting powder in Sheer + Jeffree Star Magic Star Setting Powder in Fair. Face make-up: bronzer – Milani Silky Matte Bronzing powder in Sun Light, blusher – BH Cosmetics Flower Power blush palette (shade: Wicked), highlighter – BH Cosmetics Aprés in Aspen highlighter palette (shades: Frosted AF + Chill Zone). Eye make-up: base – MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly, eyeshadows – Jeffree Star Jawbreaker palette (shades: Virgin + Brain Freeze + Gum Drop + Cute) + MAC Extra Dimension foil eyeshadow in Cooler Than Being Cool, mascara – Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High mascara, eyeliner – NYX Epic Wear Liner Stick in Pink Spirit. Eyebrows: Maybelline Brow Ultra Slim pencil in Medium Brown + MAC Brow Set in Clear. Lips: Jeffree Star Velour liquid lipstick in Yes Ma’am!) 

Good old Mickey Mouse

Here’s what I wore Monday April 12. You know how much I love a good old Mickey Mouse outfit, especially when there are pops of colour involved.

(T-shirt – Stradivarius, blazer + jeans – H&M, sneakers – Nike)

Another huge Lyko haul

Lyko has been one of my go-to webshops for purchasing make-up in 2021. Especially drugstore/affordable make-up and brands like Essence and Catrice, which aren’t widely available. So I have another huge Lyko haul to share with you today.

I think I purchased the entire Essence #pinkandproud limited edition line. It contains the Brave nail polish in 01 Be Brave. And Never Regret!, the Powerful Lash Princess Curl & Volume mascara in 01 You Can And You Will! (I’ll be posting a first impressions on this mascara at some point), the Unstoppable scunchie & hair clips, the Strong soapy brow styler in 01 Stronger Than Yesterday!, the Wonderful baked blushlighter in 01 Believe In Yourself!, and the Not Sorry glitter lipstick in 01 Sorry, Not Sorry!.

I’ve already featured this soapy brow styler in a favourites post, so I obviously really like this product.

This product is described as a blushlighter. I would wear it as a blush, but it has a strong golden glow/shift to it. Sadly, it came broken, and since I’ve purchased another very similar product (which is also featured in this haul), I might declutter this one and keep the other one.

The last product in the Essence #pinkandproud line is this hot pink glitter lipstick. I didn’t expect too much of it considered the price, but this lipstick is very pigmented and very glittery. I’m quite impressed by it.

I also purchased a few more products from Essence and a couple of other items. From Essence I also got the Let the Party Glow On! Shine Last & Go! gel nail polish in 23 Party Time, The Blush in 80 Breezy, an eyeshadow in 20 Cream, and the Soft & Precise lip pencil in 5 Legendary. Then I got a back up of my favourite nail polish top coat form Rimmel (the Nail Nurse Base & Top Coat), and the new-ish Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless primer, which I’ve been using a lot lately, because it contains SPF 20, and I really like it.

The rest of the products in this haul are from Catrice. I got two Jewel Overload Limited Edition brushes, the presicion eye brush and the blender brush, and the rest I’ll be splitting in to smaller sections.

Let’s start with face products. I got the HD Active Performance Freezing Spray, which is a long wear setting spray, and so far I’m really enjoying this product. It’s cooling and it smells nice, and I do think it makes the make-up last longer. Next, I picked up the One Step Skin Perfector, which is supposed to be a tinted primer with SPF 20. I haven’t tried it yet, so I’m not sure if it really is skin perfecting. Then I picked up the Clean ID High Cover Luminous Matt foundation in 004 Light Almond. I’ve used this foundation a couple of times, but it has a very peachy undertone, and it’s not my favourite colour match. The last product in this section is the True Skin High Cover Concealer in 005 Warm Macadamia, which was way too dark on me, so I’ve already gotten rid of it.

Then we have the blush which is extremely similar to the Essence #pinkandproud Wonderful baked blushlighter. This is the Catrice Cheek Lover Oil-Infused blush in 010 Blooming Hibiscus. The shades are almost identical and the finishes are completely identical, so as I mentioned I might just keep this one and declutter the broken Essence one. The highlighter is the Kaviar Gauche highlighter in C01 Glow Couture. The packaging and design on the product are very pretty, and the highlighter itself is pretty too.

For lips I got the Power Full 5 glossy lip oil in 020 Cherry Blossom Glow. It’s quite sheer, but it feels lovely on the lips. I also got the Better Than Fake Lips plumping lip primer in 010 Pump Up The Lips!. It tinkles a little on the lips, but it’s not uncomfortable, however, it’s quite drying, and I don’t think it plumps that much.

Lastly, I got to nail products from Catrice as well. I got the Sleep Proop top coat, which is sleep proof, but it doesn’t make you nail colour last very long. The nail polish is the More Than Nude nail polish in 13 To Be ContiNUDEd. It’s very sheer, so I had to wear three layers to get sort of decent coverage, but then it just looked thick on the nails, so I’m not a fan of this one. I prefer the Essence nail polishes.

Lost in Los Angeles

Here’s the make-up I wore with this outfit. I wore the BH Cosmetics Lost In Los Angeles palette again and created another soft pastel eye look.

(Base: primer – Wet n Wild Prime Focus Primer Serum, foundation – Maybelline Dream Urban Cover foundation (shade: 100 Warm Ivory), concealers – L’Oréal Infaillible More Than Concealer (shade: 322 Ivory) + L’Oréal True Match Eye-Cream In A Concealer (shade:1-2D Ivory Beige), powders – Revolution Eye Bright setting powder + Rimmel Clear Complexion Clarifying powder in 021 Transparent. Face make-up: bronzer – Essence Hello, Good Stuff! matte & glow bronzer in 10 Cocoa-Cool, blusher – Essence The Blush in 60 Beaming, highlighter – Soda #babygethigher Pressed Highlighter in 102. Eye make-up: base – MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly, eyeshadows – BH Cosmetics Lost In Los Angeles palette (shades: The Abbey + WeHo + Rodeo Drive + Rush Hour + Malibu + The Hills), mascara – Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect mascara, eyeliner – MAC Studio Chromagraphic pencil in NC15/NW20. Eyebrows: Soda #wowbrow Flat Brow Liner in Kim + MAC Brow Set in Clear. Lips: Rimmel Exaggerate lip liner in 063 Eastend Snob + MAC Faux lipstick + Revolution x Friends Joey lipgloss)

A bit more dramatic

Here’s the make-up I wore with this outfit. This eye look turned out a bit more dramatic than what I’d had in mind, but when that happens you just got to roll with it.

(Base: primers – Wet n Wild Photofocus face primer matte + MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance Illuminating Base (shade: Radiant Yellow), foundation – Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation (shade: 110 Porcelain), concealer – L’Oréal Infaillible More Than Concealer (shade: 322 Ivory), powders – e.l.f. HD powder in Soft Luminance + Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed powder (shade: 001 Transparent). Face make-up: bronzer – Ofra Cosmetics x Samantha March River bronzer duo, blusher – BH Cosmetics Truffle Blush palette in Chocolate Cherry (1. shade top row – nude shade), highlighter – Ofra Cosmetics x Steph Toms Milk & Cookies highlighter. Eye make-up: base – MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly, eyeshadows – Sigma Beauty Untamed eyeshadow palette (shades: Docile + Camouflage + Envy + Hustle + Spirit), mascara – Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High mascara, eyeliner – Jeffree Star Automatic eyeliner in Resting Rich Face. Eyebrows: Maybelline Brow Ultra Slim pencil in Medium Brown + MAC Brow Set in Clear. Lips: Essence lipliner in 11 In the Nude + Sephora Rouge Satin The Nude Collection lipstick in S03 On Fleek)