Collective haul (late July/early August)

It’s time for a collective haul. It’s a mix of shoes, accessories, and make-up. I puchased these things in late July and early August.

I’ve finally gotten around to show you the first pair of Crocs sandals I purchased last year. These are super colourful and summery, and even though I’ve mainly worn them at home, I’ve also worn them at work once and on a brunch date. I never thought that I would love a pair of Crocs, but I love both pairs I own. Btw, the Jibbitz are purchased separately.

I love Nike Air Force 1’s and I love lilac, so this was an easy purchase for me. What can I say, I love these sneakers.

The next three pairs of shoes (and the last ones in this haul) are all from Monki. I already owned the black version of the Mary Janes, and I love them, so I had to get them in white as well. I felt like I needed a pair of lace up boots, and I loved that the shape and heel are similar to the shape and heel of the Mary Janes. And lasty, how could I pass on the black and white checked knee high boots. I love the 60’s go go boots vibes.

Next up, a two pc of 70’s inspired scarves and the prettiest brown, pink and mustard colours. These are from Stradivarius.

And now on to the make-up. I purchased three products from Essence’s summer collection called Vintage Beach. I got the Essence Vintage Beach sea salt hair spray in 01 Salty Hair, I Mist You, the Essence Vintage Beach baked highlighter in 01 Sun, Sand, Me and Vitamin Sea, and the Essence Vintage Beach eyeshadow palette in 01 Sky Above. Sand Below. Peace Within. I’ve already gotten rid of the sea salt hair spray, because it didn’t work at all.

Here’s a closer look at the highlighter. It’s quite subtle, but pretty; I like the swirly design.

The eyeshadow palette is pretty too, and I remember the quality to be nice, but I have to try it again soon to make sure that I want to keep it around.

From Juvia’s Place I picked up the nourishing lip balm in 01 Peppermint, and I’ve used this so much. Peppermint is one of my absolute favourite scents, so I love the scent of this lip balm, but I love the formula and feeling on the lips as well.

Last, but certainly not least, I puchased six of the new (at least they were new at the time) Jeffree Star Velour liquid lipsticks. I picked up Forbitten Fruit (raspberry), I’m Vulgar (metallic magenta), Psychedelic Witch (muted mustard yellow), Deep Pockets (brown with yellow undertone), Special Order (deep yellow), and Cavity (neon doll pink). I think these are such fun and quite unique colours.

New Year’s Eve nails

I hope everyone had a great start to the new year. I’ve been unpacking from my holiday and putting away all of my Christmas decorations, so I don’t have a lot of time to blog today. That’s why I decided to post my New Year’s Eve nails today and save my outfit and make-up for tomorrow. I really like how my nails turned out; they were a perfect match for my New Year’s Eve look.

(Nail polishes: Essence Shine Last & Go! Gel nail polish in 21 Anything Goes! + Maybelline Color Show top coat in 90 Crystal Rocks + Rimmel Nail Nurse Base & Top Coat. Nail stickers: Essence Wish Upon A Star nail stickers)

5 favourites – December

Happy New Year! 2021 has just flown by so quickly. Once again, it was a year which was far from normal; it definitely had its ups and downs. I’m trying to accept that the virus won’t disappear for a while, and I’ll also try to get the best out of life despite of that. But on a happier note, I’ve had a lovely Christmas and Christmas holiday, and I’m excited to spend the lasts day of the year with my nearest family and my boyfriend. So let’s say goodbye to 2021 with some December favourites.

Red wool coat (H&M): This red wool coat has been my go-to outerwear throughout December. It’s just so festive and a perfect pop of colour in these dark months. I’ll definitely continue to wear it in the new year.

I Heart Revolution x Elf collection primer: As you might have noticed in my make-up posts in December, this primer has probably been my most used one. It gives the skin this beautiful, subtle golden glow, which has been perfect for all my Christmassy make-up looks.

Rimmel The Multi-Tasker concealer (shade: 020 Fair): In late November I did a first impressions post on this concealer, and my first impressions were really good. I’ve continued to use it, and I enjoy it even more now. I still don’t think that it’ll beat my L’Oréal Infaillible concealer, but it’s almost as good, and it’s nice to have some great concealer options to chose from.

BH Cosmetics Miss Claus The Lit List palette: In my 5 favourites from December last year, I featured the BH Cosmetics Naughty palette, which was from the 2020 holiday collection from BH Cosmetics. That palette has continued to be a favourite of mine, so I was super excited to try the big 2021 holiday palette from BH Cosmetics to see if it would be just as good as the Naughty palette. I can reveal that it is just as good. It’s the same great quality, and I love the colour story as well. This is also the palette I brought with me on my Christmas holiday, because it’s perfect for both Christmas and New Year’s looks.

Wavy hair: It’s been a long time since I last featured a hair style/do in a 5 favourites post, but as you might have noticed, I’ve been obsessed with wavy hair in December. I initially began to plait my hair at night after I washed it, because I hate blow drying my hair and I don’t want weird folds in my hair from my pillow. I then sleep with my hair in the plait and take it out the next morning, and my hair looks nice and wavy, which is a nice change since my hair is as straight as it comes. I don’t know if I’ll continue to do this on a regular basis, but definitely every once in a while.

5 favourites – November

Yes! December is finally here. Well, by tomorrow it is. November just flew by, which I don’t mind, because I’m just waiting for December to arrive anyways. So let’s just jump right to it and talk about some favourites from the month of November.

Black Crocs sandals w. Christmas Jibbitz: I never thought that I would get myself a pair of Crocs, and I still don’t think that I would get a pair of original Crocs, but I really like this sandal version. This black pair which is now decorated with Christmas themed Jibbitz I wear as indoors slippers, and I think they’re adorable, super festive, and really comfortable.

Wet n Wild Prime & Set Prime Focus The Impossible Primer: I haven’t hauled most of the things in this haul including this primer from Wet n Wild. However, I really like this primer, so I had to feature it. It has the texture of a silicone based primer, but it’s silicone free. It feels cooling and soft on the skin and creates a great base for your foundation.

Catrice True Skin Hydrating foundation (shade: 004 Neutral Porcelain): Speaking of foundation, this Catrice foundation has been one of my go-to foundations lately. I first purchased it in another shade, but it was a little too light actually (I can make it work though), but this shade is perfect. I love the finish and coverage too. It’s just such a good and affordable foundation.

Wishful Honey Whip Peptide moisturizer: I also have a skincare favourite this month. I’ve heard great things about this moisturiser from Wishful, and I don’t know if it’s only due to this product, but my skin has looked a lot better lately; better than it has in a very long time. This is a mini, but I might get the full size at some point.

Dead Poets Society (film): I know, how can I not have watched this film until now? Trust me, I’ve been wanting to watch this classic for years. Now I finally have, and I loved it. Being a teacher myself, this film really got to me. It’s such an inspiring story and a beautiful film.

First impressions: Rimmel The Multi-Tasker concealer

It’s been a couple of months since I last did a first impressions post, so I thought it was time to do another one. This time I’ve tested the new Rimmel The Multi-Tasker concealer. I was very intrigued by this concealer, because the packaging is so similar to my favourite concealer, the L’Oréal Infaillible More Than Concealer.

As always, I’m wearing primer and foundation underneath the concealer, and I used the Rimmel concealer underneath my eyes and to cover up spots. The concealer has a big doefoot applicator just as the L’Oréal Infaillible concealer, but I really like that. It has a lightweight and thin formula, and it has good coverage but not as full coverage as the L’Oréal concealer, but almost. I picked up the shade 020 Fair, which is very good shade for me. The concealer blended very easily, which is nice. I did set my undereyes with powder, because I always do that, and the concealer looks smooth in the undereye area. I wore my make-up just over 12 hours, and my undereye area looked pretty much the same at the end of the day as when I first applied it. My only complaint, if you can even call it that, is that the concealer around my nose had creased a bit, but it’s not too bad after 12 hours of wear. All in all, I really enjoyed this concealer, however, I don’t think it’ll ever beat my L’Oréal Infaillible concealer, but I still really like it and I’ll definitely continue to use it.

Glam

Here’s the make-up I wore with this outfit. You’ll be seeing many make-up products in my Christmassy make-up looks which I haven’t hauled yet. For example, I used the Natasha Denona Glam palette for this eye look, but I won’t be posting the haul featuring it for quite a while.

(Base: primer – Catrice Clean ID Pore Perfecting primer, foundation – Catrice True Skin Hydrating foundation (shade: 004 Neutral Porcelain), concealers – e.l.f. 16HR Camo matte concealers (shades: Light Sand + Fair Warm), powder – Laura Mercier Translucent Loose setting powder. Face make-up: bronzer/contour – Natasha Denona Contour Sculpting Powder in 01 Light, blushers – Essence The Blush in 10 Befitting + Clinique Cheek Pop Pearl blush & highlighter in 05 Ruby Pop, highlighter – Maybelline FaceStudio Chrome Extreme Intense Metallic highlighter in 200 Diamond Glow. Eye make-up: base – MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly, eyeshadows – Essence eyeshadow in 05 Granny Pants + Natasha Denona Glam palette (shades: 1. row – crease + transition, 2. row – inner corner + center eye lid, 3. row – outer eye lid), mascara – Nars Climax mascara, eyeliner – MAC Studio Chromagraphic pencil in NC15/NW20. Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Freeze + Maybelline Brow Ultra Slim pencil in Medium Brown. Lips: Urban Decay Gwen Stefani 24/7 Glide On lip pencil in 714 + Urban Decay Vice lipstick in Singe)

It’s that time of the year again

Here’s what I wore Sunday November 14. It’s time my first Christmassy outfit though this one is a bit more toned down. Just as last year, my plan is to post my Christmassy outfits and corresponding make-up looks on the same day so that I’ll get to post all my Christmassy looks before the year is over. This means that I’ll save the outfits and make-up looks from the beginning of July until mid November for now. Stay tuned for a make-up post later on today.

(Jumper + trousers + socks – H&M, bag – Topshop, shoes – Asos)

5 favourites – October

Happy Halloween! I can’t believe that we’ll be in November by toworrow. Time really flies. But at this time of the year, I don’t mind, because it only means that we’re getting closer and closer to December and Christmas time, which you might have noticed is my favourite time of the year. But first, I’ll be celebrating Halloween tonight by watching “The Nightmare Before Christmas” while eating Halloween sweets, and I’m pretty excited about that as well. But before I get to that I’m going to share a few favourites from the month of October with you.

Converse Run Star Hike pride sneakers: These have been my go-to sneakers this past month. They’re the most comfortable Converse I’ve ever owned, and I love that they’re a plain white with all the rainbow details. They just go with so many outfits.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose setting powder: I’m still way behind on hauls, so I haven’t posted anything about this powder yet. However, I get why people love this powder, because so do I. It just looks and feels so smooth on the skin all day. I’m so glad that I finally decided to try it out.

Catrice HD Active Performance Freezing spray: I don’t often steer away from Urban Decay All Nighter when it comes to setting sprays, but I have to say that I’ve really been enjoying this spray from Catrice. As it says on the lid, it’s very cooling and refreshing, and I also think it makes a difference when it comes to keeping the make-up in place all day.

Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Vanilla tea: This tea has actually been a favourite for over a year, maybe almost two years, and I can’t believe that I haven’t featured it in a favourites post until now. It doesn’t contain caffeine, so it’s the perfect evening tea, and I drink a cup most evenings. And if you like vanilla, you would like this.

About Time (film): I’d heard and read that this was supposed to be a really good film, but for some reason I wasn’t intrigued by the time travelling premise, but when I visited my parents last week my mum had it on DVD and we decided to watch it, and I’m glad we did. Even though the time travelling is a bit strange, it’s a great romantic story, and it you like those, you would probably like this film.

5 favourites – September

The first month of autumn has come to an end. The weather has definitely started to become more autumnal, and I’m very excited about that. I’m looking forward to another month of autumn with Halloween around the corner, and then it won’t be long before Christmas is here! If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know how I feel about Christmas. But anyways, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, and let’s talk about some of my favourite things from the month of September.

Dior Backstage Face & Body powder in 0N Neutral: This product is from one of my August/September hauls. It will still be quite a while before I’ll be posting that haul, but I had to share this powder with you. Dior is obviously a luxury brand, and this is not a cheap powder, but I think it might be worth the more expensive price point, because it’s just stunning on the skin. It has a natural glow to it, which looks beautiful.

MAC Magic Extension mascara: I got a sample of the newest mascara from MAC with an online purchase this past summer, and I will be doing a first impressions post on it at some point. However, as you might have guessed from the fact that I’m featuring it in a favourites post, I really enjoy this mascara. It looks great, I like the brush, and it doesn’t transfer on me, so I’m quite excited about this product.

KAYALI Eau de Parfum Rollerball in MUSK | 12 & VANILLA | 28: I don’t try new perfumes very often, but I’m obsessed with everything vanilla scented, so I thought I would try this rollerball perfume from KAYALI. It’s a dobble-ended rollerball, so it also have a musk perfume, and I absolutely love both scents. And I love the rollerball design; it’s so convenient and travel-friendly.

LEGO Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse: For my birthday in August my boyfriend gave me this LEGO Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse set. It wasn’t on my wishlist, but it was such a great gift. I’ve had such a great time buildning my two favourite mice, and I’m really excited to build the last few pieces that came with the set; a flower bouquet, a guitar, a camera on a tripod, and a book.

The Danish Girl (film): I’ve been wanting to watch this film for years now, and I finally got around to it when I was ill with the flu a couple of weeks ago. It’s such a beautiful and emotional story; in the film and in real life. I think I was extra moved by it being Danish myself. Go watch it if you haven’t already, and be prepared to cry.

First impressions: Essence Lash Princess mascaras

I’ve been trying out two Essence Lash Princess mascaras, the False Lash Effect and the Curl & Volume, so I thought I would combine my first impressions on both mascaras in one post.

Let’s start with the Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect mascara. I’ve already featured this one in a 5 favourites post, which obviously means that I like it. But here are some more details about this mascara.

It has a cone shaped bristle brush/wand which I love. It my lashes look long and voluminous, and I would definitely say that the mascara holds it’s claim of giving a false lash effect. I wore two coats on my top lashes, and I think my lashes look really good. I used a spooly to remove the mascara marks on my eyelids and underneath my eyes (there were very few though), and they was very easy to remove. I discovered very little transfer to the top of my eyelids (and only after many hours of wear), however, the older the formula gets the more it transfers (I’ve been wearing this mascara a lot since I wrote down my first impressions). I removed it with regular eye make-up remover which took a little bit of work, but nothing to bad and I don’t really care because it’s such a great mascara + it’s so affordable!

And now moving on to the Essence Lash Princess Curl & Volume mascara.

This mascara has an hourglass shaped bristle brush/wand, which is not my favourite type of mascara wand (because it’s thick at the end/tip). My lashes are naturally curled, so it’s difficult to say, if they look more curled with this mascara on (I don’t think they do). I wore two coats on my top lashes, and you need that second coat to get the volume that it claims to give, but then you definitely do get volume, and I do think my lashes look really good. I used a spooly to remove the mascara marks on my eyelids and underneath my eyes, and it was fairly easy. There was very little transfer to the top of my eyelids, though nothing major. I removed it with regular eye make-up remover, and it was fairly easy to remove (probably a little easier than the False Lash Effect mascara). My lashes looked good all day, and overall I really like this mascara, however, I think I prefer the False Lash Effect one a little bit more.