5 favourites – August

Summer is over by tomorrow (calendar-wise), and autumn will arrive. The weather has been more autumnal this past week, though it looks like it’s going to be slightly warmer again this week. I’m excited about the weather getting colder though and dressing for autumn. I’m also excited about the fact that we’re getting closer to December, which is my favourite month:) But for now, let’s talk about some of my favourite things from August.

Lilac strappy heels: I know, I haven’t even gotten around to hauling these shoes yet, but I’ve worn them a lot throughout August, so I had to feature them in this post. They’re from H&M, and they’re the perfect strappy heels. And the colour is amazing! I’ve been obsessed with everything purple lately.

Wet n Wild Prime Focus Primer Serum: I’ve been loving a more glowy make-up look lately, and I’m going to feature two of my favourite products to achieve that look. The first one is this primer serum which feels very hydrating on the skin, and it gives your skin a nice and subtle glow. It’s very affordable too.

MAC Fix+ Magic Radiance: MAC Fix+ is one of my holy grail products. I use it every time I wear make-up in some version or other, so I’m always up for trying a new one. The Magic Radiance version is very hydrating and gives your skin a nice, subtle glow (I feel like I’m repeating myself. Wait, I am). I really enjoy this product.

Lipton Vanilla & Caramel black tea: I love everything vanilla scented or flavoured and the same goes for caramel, so when my boyfriend introduced me to this tea, I had a strong feeling that I would love it, and I do. I’m actually drinking a cup of it as I’m writing this.

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (film): I’m a huge Eurovision fan, so I was so excited to watch this Netflix orignal film. It was obviously a comedy, but the music was so good; way better than I expected. And it was incredible seeing so many former Eurovision contestants; even my favourite winner of all time, Salvador Sobral, was featured. If you like Eurovision or just great music and comedy this is a must watch.

5 favourites – July

Another month has gone by, which means that it’s time for 5 favourites once again. I’ve been enjoying some time off in July spending time with family, but I’m actually really excited about starting work again now that I can actually go back in to work and don’t have to work from home every day; I’m a teacher, so it’s a lot easier to do my job if I’m in the same room as my students:) Anyways, I actually had a lot of favourites this month, but as always I’ve narrowed it down to just five.

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Shell-shaped straw bag: This Topshop bag has been the perfect summer bag. I brought it with me on holiday, and it just goes with every summer outfit.

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T-Rex hoop earrings: These earrings were an anniversary present from my boyfriend, and I’ve been wearing them nonstop. I love everything dinosaur related, especially things I can wear on my body.

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Huda Beauty Nude (Light) Obsessions eyeshadow palette: I love the Huda Beauty Obsessions palettes; they’re compact and travel-friendly and the quality of the shadows is great! I’ve been travelling with this nude version all of July, and I’ve loved using it. You can create the prettiest looks with this palette.

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Jeffree Star x Shane Dawson Velour liquid lipstick (shade: Are You Filming?): I haven’t gotten around to hauling this yet, but it was love at first sight with this shade, and it’s been my most worn lip colour in July. It’s the perfect yellow-based red, and I love the Jeffree Star Velour liquid lipstick formula, so this is a winner in my book.

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Dumbo (film): I’ve been wanting to watch the live-action version of Dumbo since it released last year, and I finally had a chance to do so last week. My mum and sister had been raving about it and for good reasons. I was so good; much more interesting than the original animated one, and I would love to rewatch this some day.

5 favourites – June

The first summer month has come to an end, and all in all it was actually a really good month. I got to go back to work several times, great things happened both in my private life and on the work front, and the weather has been great. And now my summer holiday starts. Things are really starting to look up. But before I start my holiday for real, let’s talk about some June favourites.

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Rhinestone hoops: I’m obsessed with earrings at the moment, especially big ones, and I’ve been loving these rhinestone hoops from H&M this month. I love that they come in three different sizes; there’s a pair for every outfit.

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Homemade pearl necklace: I made this necklace some time last year, and even though I’ve worn it throughout the year, I’ve been wearing it more frequently this past month. I guess the bright colours and white pearls gives off a more summery vibe.

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EOS Vanilla Bean lip balm: I’m in love with the scent of this lip balm, and I’ve been wearing it constantly when not wearing lipstick.

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MAC Studio Chromagraphic pencil in NC15/NW20: I’d been looking for a nude eyeliner to replace my beloved Sephora one, which has been discontinued, and I found it in this pencil from MAC. I think it’s supposed to be a multi use product, but I’m going to used it exclusively as an eyeliner.

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Maybelline Brow Ultra Slim pencil in Medium Brown: This brow pencil is so good. It’s ultra slim (as the name suggests), and it makes it super easy to fill in your brows. I’ve been doing a slightly more natural brow, since I started using this pencil, and I love the look.

Film style icon: Vivian Ward

It’s been over two years since I last did a post on a film style icon, but rewatching Pretty Woman (1990) gave me a lot of style inspiration, and I thought I would share that inspiration with you. Julia Roberts’ character Vivian Ward is obviously a prostitute in the film, but she’s going through the most incredible style transformation, and it’s that transformation and her new style which I find extremely inspiring.

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One of her signature looks is of course the red dress she wears to the opera. This dress is absolutely stunning, and the long white gloves is a nice contrast to the red, and they make the outfit pop even more.

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I love this look! Polka dots have been very trendy lately, and I’m really into polka dots. I love brown too, and I would love to find a dress similar to this one. The accessories for this outfit are on point too; the big brown waist belt (another trend), and the hat with the matching polka dot detail; so good!

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This is another look that would be fun to recreate. I love the botton detail on the dress and the shoulder pads; I love me some shoulder pads. The big hat, clutch, gloves and pearl earrings perfectly finishes off the look.

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This is probably my favourite outfit from the film and also the easiest to recreate. I’ve been wanting a shorts suit for a while, and I have already purchased one, which will be featured in my next haul. I love the styling here with the botton up blouse and waist belt. Julia Roberts just looks so good in this outfit! Well, actually she looks stunning in all these outfits. She’s one of my biggest girl crushes, and rewatching Pretty Woman reminded me how much I adore her.

5 favourites – May

By tomorrow it’ll officially be summer (calendar-wise), and I’m really excited about that. Especially because the weather has gotten warmer and sunnier. Things are also looking up when it comes to the lock down; lots of things are opening up again, and I might be going in to work again soon. I actually went to work last Monday, but I wasn’t teaching, but hopefully soon I will. I had so many favourites this month, but I managed to narrow them down to just five, so here they are.

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RCMA No-Color powder: I bought this powder about two years ago, and I did a first impressions post on it. I liked it back then, but I didn’t find it to be anything particularly special, and I kind of forgot about it. However, I recently dug out forgotten products from my make-up collection with the intent of using them to find out whether I wanted to keep them or not, and I definitely found some duds, but I also rediscovered really good products e.g. this powder. I don’t know what have changed, but I’m suddenly really loving this powder.

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MAC Rose-gilded eyeshadow palette: I briefly mentioned this palette in my latest haul, and I wrote that I would be talking more about it soon. The time has come. This palette has two fantastic eyeshadow formulas that are different to the regular MAC eyeshadow formulas. The formulas are called creamy matte and molten foil and both are super pigmented and very blendable. The shades are stunning too, and I think I’ve created some beautiful looks with this palette (which I’ll be posting soon).

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Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk’r – Instant Warmth bronzer (shade: Inda Sun): I had a feeling that this bronzer would become a favourite. There’s not much to say about this product other than the formula is great; it blends out beautifully and looks stunning on the skin.

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Earring holder: I bought this earring holder from Flying Tiger earlier this month, and it holds up to 48 pairs of earrings. I love having most of my earrings in one place (except for the really big ones), and it spins so it’s easy to get to every single pair.

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Unlock (game): I love board games and card games (I guess this is a hybrid), and I tried Unlock for the first time at a board game café in February and thought it was a lot of fun. It’s an escape room kind of game, so if you like those, you’ll most definitely like Unlock. There are 7 different versions and this is the newest version (Epic Adventures). I bought it for a casual at-home date night with my boyfriend, and we both really enjoyed playing this game.

First impressions: e.l.f. 16HR Camo concealer

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I don’t think I ever featured the e.l.f. 16HR Camo concealer in any haul, so instead I decided to do this first impressions post about it.

First impressions

I got the shade Fair Rose, which is not the best colour match for my skin, but the shade selection at my local supermarket was very limited, and this shade seemed to be the best choice. Even though the colour is a little light and probably has the wrong undertone, I still think I made it work. The concealer has a large doe foot applicator, which I really enjoy in a concealer; it makes the product quick and easy to apply. The product blended out nicely and I liked the texture of it. It almost sets by itself, so only very little powder is needed (though I’m not wearing powder in the picture). The coverage is good, but it’s not as great as I thought it would be. It’s supposed to be a full coverage concealer, and though it looks very nice in the picture, I do wish that it had a little more coverage. I didn’t get to wear the concealer for 16 hours, but I wore it for 11 hours, and it still looked nice right before I removed it; it hadn’t creased. My feelings about this concealer is pretty much down the middle of the road; I do like it, but I’ve tried concealers that I like more.

5 favourites – April

Another strange month has passed. I’m still staying home and working from home (like so many other people are right now), and even though I’ve sort of gotten used to it, I miss actually going to work and seeing my friends. But luckily my boyfriend is keeping me company, and I’ve actually not been bored yet. I watch films as usual, and I play a lot of The Sims 4, but I’ve also taking up a new hobby (keep reading to find out what it is). I guess that’s enough rambling for now. Let’s get to my April favourites.

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Black Mickey Mouse shoulder bag: In my February favourites, I featured a new black belt bag which had become my new everyday bag, but I found that it was actually too small for all the stuff I’m carrying around. Then I purchased this black shoulder bag with Mickey Mouse on it, and other than being really cute it’s also the perfect size for an everyday bag.

Blinding highlighter duo

Layering highlighters: My make-up discovery this month is not a single product, but a mix of two products, and not necessarily the same two products every time. I’ve layered highlighters before, but not very often. However, I’ve loved layering highlighters this past month to make them even more blinding. My favourite combo that I’ve found so far is the Milani Afterglow highlighter with one of the MAC Extra Dimension Skin Finishes (Show Gold or Hi-Sequincy) from the Star-Dipped Face Compact from the last holiday collection on top. It’s such a stunning look.

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Colouring: My new hobby that I teased about in the beginning of this post is colouring. I remember when this was a trend a few years ago, and people talked about it being calming and relaxing, so I thought now was the perfect time to get in to it, and I really enjoy it.

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Pulp Fiction (film): I have two film favourites this month. The first one is this Tarantino classic. I watched Pulp Fiction for the first time about 7-8 years ago, and it was obviously a very confusing though good experience. Watching it again all these years later was an even better experience. I got to appreciate the unchronological plot and the great dialogue.

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Howl’s Moving Castle (film): My boyfriend loves Studio Ghibli, and I promised him that I would watch Howl’s Moving Castle with him, because it’s his favourite. I was a bit sceptical to be honest, because the animation style isn’t my favourite, and it still isn’t, but the story and the soundtrack of this film was really good; so good that I could look past the amination style.

5 favourites – March

This has been a very strange, very different month. For the whole world sadly. I’ve been working from home for the past 2,5 weeks, and let me tell you, I really miss going to work. I’m a teacher and I love teaching, but virtual teaching is not to be preferred in my opinion. But it’s better than no teaching at all. I haven’t written much about the current situation at all, and I’m not going to, but I have mentioned that I still get properly dressed and do my make-up every day to stay sane. In fact, I’ve actually been very inspired when it comes to outfits and make-up looks, and I have discovered some new favourites in those departments. So here goes; March favourites.

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Flat hoop earrings: These flat hoops (I guess you can call them that) from Topshop has without a doubt been my most worn earrings this past month. I always love a good hoop, but there’s something I really like about these ones that makes me wear them all the time.

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Maybelline Dream Urban Cover foundation (shade: 100 Warm Ivory): I very rarely find new foundations that I like as much as my favourite Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation, but I think I like this one (also by Maybelline) almost as much as the Fit Me one. It’s the only foundation I’ve been wearing since I did my first impressions one it, and that says a lot.

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Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blood Lust palette: Another Jeffree Star palette, another winner. It’s really hard to beat the JS eyeshadow formula in my opinion, and purple is my favourite colour (and I’m loving purple eyeshadows at the moment), so this is just what I needed in my eyeshadow palette collection.

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MAC Glow Play blush (shade: Grand): This new blush formula from MAC feels like a mix between a powder blush and a cream blush. I’m usually not into cream blushes, but I love this one. The texture, colour, and finish are all stunning.

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Luther (TV series): Now that I’ve had more time on my hands, I’ve also had time to start watching a new TV series, so my boyfriend and I have started watching Luther, and we’re really into it (at least I know I am). We are at season 3 now, and it just gets more and more intense. If you like crime series, this is a good one.

Blue Monday

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Here’s the make-up I wore Monday March 16. It’s a terrible situation the world is in right now, but it’s not something that I’m going to go in to details about on my blog. My blog is still going to be about fashion and beauty. However, I’ve been working from home for over a week now, and I’ve decided to still get properly dressed and do my make-up, even though I have nowhere to go. That also means that I can have a bit of fun with more unusual lip colours, so last Monday I went for metallic blue.

(Base: primer – Wet n Wild Photofocus face primer matte, foundation – Maybelline Dream Urban Cover foundation (shade: 100 Warm Ivory), concealers – MAC Pro Longwear concealer (shade: NC20) + L’Oréal Infaillible More Than Concealer (shade: 322 Ivory), powders – e.l.f. HD Undereye setting powder in Sheer + Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless pressed powder (shade: 90 Translucent). Face make-up: bronzer – Physicians Formula Butter bronzer (shade: Light), blusher – MAC Peaches powder blush, highlighter – MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Cold Comfort. Eye make-up: base – MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly, eyeshadows – Jeffree Star Blue Blood eyeshadow palette (shades: Wealthy + Celebrity Skin + Deseased) + MAC Nylon eyeshadow, mascara – L’Oréal Paradise Extatic mascara, eyeliner – Sephora Long lasting kohl pencil in 07 Infinite beige. Eyebrows: e.l.f. Brow Pencil (shade: Neutral Brown) + e.l.f. Clear Brow & Lash Mascara. Lips: Essence Invisible Kiss transparent lipliner in 01 Multitalent Wonder + MAC Designer Blue lipstick)

First impressions: Maybelline Dream Urban Cover foundation

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As I wrote in my latest make-up haul, I’ve tried out the Maybelline Dream Urban Cover foundation, and I wrote down my first impressions, so here goes.

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This picture was taking right after I’d applied the foundation (shade: 100 Warm Ivory). I’m wearing my go-to primer combo underneath (Wet n Wild Photofocus face primer matte + MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance Illuminating Base in the shade Radiant Yellow); it wouldn’t be a fair test otherwise since I always prime first. I’m also wearing concealer underneath my eyes and to cover up the worst spots (MAC Pro Longwear concealer in the shade NC20 + L’Oréal Infaillible More Than Concealer in the shade 322 Ivory). And now on to the foundation. It blended in beautifully to the skin with a sponge, and it lives up to its claims of being full coverage and lightweight; it really feels like nothing on the skin. The concealers blended in very nicely with the foundation as well. It has a slightly dewy finish which looks very pretty, and my skin shines through in the best way possible meaning it doesn’t look cakey. The foundation contains SPF 50 which you can initially smell, but the scent goes away quickly. I wore the foundation for about 10,5 hours, and it still looked great at the end of the day. In conclusion, I really like this foundation. I like it so much that it has been all I’ve worn since the day I tested it.