The first summer month has come to an end, and what a month it was. I’ve been working so much in June like most teachers do due to exams. And because I’ve been working so much this whole year actually I have an extra long summer holiday, which is so needed. Weatherwise it’s become summer in Denmark as well, which is lovely, however, some days (like today) are almost too hot. Anyways, we’re here to talk about favourites, and my June favourites are a mixed bag of things, so let’s talk about them.
Blue retro floral pleated trousers: It’ll still be quite a while before I get around to posting the haul including these trousers from Monki, but I’ve been loving them for the past couple of months (so not just in June), so I thought I would give them a shout out. They’re so comfortable, and I love their retro vibe.
e.l.f. Cosmetics Flawless Brightening concealer (shade: Fair 10 C): Here’s another product I haven’t hauled yet, but that I’ve been loving and using so much this past month. I remember not being sure about it in the beginning, but I’m like that with most products; the more I use them and get to know them, the more I usually love them. I typically don’t use this concealer alone, because it has a lighter coverage, but it’s a great brightening base.
MAC Boldly Bare lip pencil: I’ve had this lip pencil for a couple of years now, and it’s my go-to pinky nude lip pencil, but I’ve never featured it in a 5 favourites before, so I thought it was about time. I really like MAC lip pencil in generel though.
Jurassic World: Dominion (film): I’ve featured the previous two Jurassic World films in past 5 favourites posts, so now we come full circle. Was this the best film in the Jurassic World series, probably not, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I especially loved the references to previous Jurassic films, since the original Jurassic Park is my favourite film of all time.
Sun Lolly – Raspberry-Liquorice: My last favourite this month is an edible one. Warmer weather is ice cream and popsicles weather. Sun Lolly popsicles are very common in Denmark, and this month I discovered a new flavour, Raspberry-Liquorice, and both my boyfriend and I are obsessed. You might find that liquorice in a popsicle sounds strange, but it’s so good!
The last spring month has come to an end, which means we’re going in to summer, and I’m very excited about that. I just wish that the weather would be summery too, but it looks as if my wish might come true towards the end of this week. Another reason why I’m super excited about summer is that it means that the summer holiday is not far away. I’ve been working a lot lately (this time of year is always stressful, when you’re a teacher), and I really need a long break. But, I still have about four weeks of work left, and we also have some May favourites to talk about first, so let’s do that.
e.l.f. Cosmetics Blemish Fighting Putty primer: The original e.l.f Cosmetics Poreless Putty primer is one of my favourite primers, and when I first saw that e.l.f Cosmetics had come out with a Blemish Fighting version, I was very intrigued. My skin has been quite nice lately, and I don’t necessarily think that this primer has much to do with that, but I really like it, and I’ve been reaching for it quite a bit.
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish powder (shade: 1 Fair): It wasn’t instant love with this high end powder, but love it became. I don’t know why I wasn’t blown away the first couple of times, I used this powder, but the more I use it, the more I love it. I think my skin looks stunning all day, when I wear this powder, so maybe it’s worth the expensive price tag after all.
By BEAUTY BAY Midnight 42 Colour Palette: I haven’t hauled this palette yet, but I think it’s been my most used palette in May, so I had to feature it. You probably know by now that I love both purple and blue eyeshadow, so this palette was pretty much made for me. And I really enjoy the By BEAUTY BAY eyeshadow formulas, so I’ve had a lot of fun playing with this palette.
MAC M·A·CStack mascara: This mascara has gone viral for a good reason. This is only a sample, but I really like this mascara, so I might purchase a full size at some point.
Lego Creator Expert Orchid: I really needed a fun, little project to de-stress, and I love orchids, so I had to have this Lego version. It’s always fun building Lego sets, and now I’ll always have an orchid in bloom.
Am I the only one who thinks that 2022 is flying by so fast? I can’t believe that it’s the last day of April today, and that we’ll soon (hopefully) be heading into summer. The weather has been slightly warmer and more springlike these last couple of weeks, which is nice, but I’m so ready for warmer summery weather. But let’s talk about some favourites. Last month’s favourites post was make-up heavy and so is this month’s favourites as well (well, three out of five are beauty products), but I just love discovering great products. However, I also have a film and a TV series to share with you this month.
MAC Prep + Prime Lip: This is actually not a new discovery at all. I’ve loved this lip primer for a few years now, I think, and I thought it was about time that I would feature it in a favourites post. It’s the first step of my make-up routine, and I use it everytime I do my make-up.
L’Oréal True Match Nude Plumping Tinted Serum (shade: 0,5-2 Very Light): It took me a while to get into skin tints, but this is by far my favourite one. It has light coverage, but not too light, which I love, so this is great for days where my skin is looking a little better and I don’t feel like I need a whole lot of coverage. The texture, colour, and finish are great too.
e.l.f. Cosmetics Halo Glow setting powder: This is one of the newest products in my collection, which means that I haven’t hauled it yet. However, I had to feature it in this favourites post, because I fell in love with this powder instantly. It has this super pretty, subtle glow to it, but it also keeps your skin looking fresh and not oily or shiny all day.
Death on the Nile (2022 film): I really like murder mystery type films, and I enjoyed watching Murder on the Orient Express (2017 film), but the “sequel” that just came out was even better in my opinion. I loved the 1930’s aesthetic and the Egyptian setting, and the murder mystery itself was really good. Great cast too. I seriously didn’t recognise Russell Brand as Linus Windlesham.
Moon Knight (TV series): And speaking of Egypt, my last favourite this month also partly takes place in Egypt. I love the Marvel series that release on Disney+. I especially enjoyed WandaVision, which I featured in a favourites post last year, and I think I enjoy Moon Knight just as much. It’s so different and interesting, and I’m really excited about the last episode which comes out next week.
How has a quarter of the year already gone by?! Time just moves so fast. The calendar says spring, but so far we’ve only had one week of spring weather in Denmark (it snowed yesterday!). I’m really yearning for warmer weather, so hopefully we’ll get some more of that soon. My favourites from the first month of spring are make-up heavy, but I’m really excited about these products, so let’s talk about them.
Natasha Denona Pastel palette: Besides from the Circo Loco palette this is the most exciting palette Natasha Denona has released in my opinion. I love colourful eyeshadows, I love pastels and I love the ND formulas, so I’m really enjoying this palette. It’s just the perfect spring palette, isn’t it?
Catrice All Matt Shine Control Powder Healthy Look (shade: 100 Neutral Fresh Beige): I’ve loved this powder since I purchased it back in September, so I thought it was about time that I featured it in a favourites post. This powder has the prettiest natural glow to it (don’t be fooled by the “all matt” in the name). If you love the Dior Backstage Face & Body Powder-No-Powder, but want to try a much cheaper alternative, try this Catrice powder.
e.l.f. Cosmetics Putty bronzer (shade: Tan Lines): I think this is my most used bronzer in the month of March. I haven’t hauled it yet, but I had to share it with you, because it’s such a stunning, affordable cream bronzer, and it’s so easy to work with. It’s giving the Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle cream bronzer a run for it’s money.
Rms Beauty Living Luminizer: Here’s another product that I haven’t hauled yet, but that I’ve been obsessed with. This is the first cream highlighter that I’ve truely fallen in love with. It just looks so stunning on the skin.
West Side Story (2021 film): My last favourite is not a make-up product, but a film. I’ve never watched the original West Side Story, though I really want to, but maybe it was a good thing, because then I didn’t have anything to compare the 2021 version to. And I loved the 2021 version. I obviously knew the story and most of the songs, but it was just so well executed. I’m also a big fan of a lot of Steven Spielberg’s work, which might also be a reason why I liked this film.
February always go by so quickly. Probably due to the fact that it’s the shortest month, but also because I have a week long holiday in February, which is always lovely. February was a month of ups and downs, but the things in this post is definitely worth talking about, so let’s do just that.
NABLA Skin Bronzing (shade: Ambra): I haven’t hauled this bronzer yet, but I have featured it in a couple of make-up posts. This bronzer has a slight glow or sheen to it, and I’ve been really liking that in a bronzer. The shade of this is also beautiful.
Clinique Cheek Pop Pearl blushes: I love the original Clinique Cheek Pop blushes, but I think I might love the new pearl version even more. I first purchased the shade 05 Ruby Pop (top left corner), and I’ve worn that shade so much these past four months or so. Then I decided to pick up three more shades, and they’re just as stunning.
Essienail lacquers: I always wear nail polish, and of course I’ve known about Essie, but I’d only tried a few polishes from the brand many years ago. However, recently I’ve been purchasing a handful of Essie nail lacquers, as they’re called, and I’ve been loving every single one. I don’t think I’ve worn another brand throughout February. My favourite shades have been the bright red called Bunches Of Love (I’m wearing that one right now, but I’ve also worn it before), the pink with a gold shift called One Way For One, and the super sparkly orange one called Cupid’s Beau.
Pam & Tommy (TV series): I have both a TV series favourite and a film favourite this month. Let’s start with the series. As soon as I first saw the posters for this series, I was intrigued. At first glance, I thought that Lily James was actually Pamela Anderson until I took at closer look. The costume designs of this series are incredible. I was born in the early 90’s so I don’t remember the incident with the tape, but I remember some of the 90’s in generel, and the mid-90’s are represented so well. I’ve also found it really interesting to learn about this incident and the lives of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee at this time, so I find this series to be an overall enjoyable watch.
Spiderman: No Way Home (film): I’m a huge Spiderman fan, so I’ve been wanting to watch this film ever since it released. However, the pandemic put a stop to that for a while, but I finally got to watch it during my holiday. If you love the previous Spiderman film series with Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield as much as I do, you’ll love this one.
The 2021 autumn collection from MAC was the stunning Tempting Fate collection. The packaging of every single product in this collection is gorgeous, and the shades of the products are beautiful as well. Let’s take a closer look at the individual products.
The palette in this collection is called Eyeshadow x8: Feast Your Eyes. The shades are beautiful, and they come in three new (I think) finishes; Sparkler, Leather Lustre, and Prismetallic. However, the shades are printed in an incorrect order on the back of the palette, which is quite annoying. The right order was on the website back when the collection launched, but it was all a bit confusing.
I decided to pick up one of the eye kohls. This one is in the shade Cobalt Kohl, which is a pretty good description of the colour, I must say:) I wish that bottom of the pencil was the same colour as the actual pencil instead of being lilac. It’s just a lot easier to see what the colour is that way.
The Strobe Face Glaze was a part of the MAC summer 2020 collection, and I thought it was a beautiful product, so I had to pick up one of the Strobe Face Glazes from this collection as well. I chose the shade Punk In Spice, which might look like a darker orangy shade in the tube, but it’s not that dark at all, when you apply it to the face.
I decided to pick up three of the lipsticks. The shades are Burnished Beige (the warm nude), Tarnished Reputation (the burned terracotta orange), and Dusty Grape (the deep burgundy). Aren’t they just beautiful?
The last product I picked up from this collection was the 224S brush, which is a lovely eye blending brush.
Lastly, as a free gift with my order I got the Extended Play Gigablack mascara, which I’ve been wanting to try for a while. I’ve seen people mainly use it on the lower lashes, because is has such a small, skinny brush, and it does work perfectly for that purpose.
It’s been quite a few months since I last did a ‘first impressions’ post, so it’s time for another one. This one is a bit overdue, since I’ve already featured the MAC Magic Extension mascara in my 5 favourites post from September 2021. However, as you might have guessed, I really like this mascara, so I still wanted to write this post.
The mascara has a big but more classic bristle brush wand. The formula appears a little sticky, but that makes the product grip on to the lashes, and it dries down quite quickly. I think my lashes looked really good; the mascara gave my lashes both length and volume, but especially volume. I did wear two coats on my top lashes to achieve this look. I used a spoolie to remove the mascara marks I got on my eyelids and underneath my eyes (there were very few though), and it was very easy. There was only a little transfer to my browbones/top of my eyelids after a few hours of wear but nothing too bad and the transfer was very minimal the rest of the day. I removed the mascara with regular eye make-up remover, and it was not the easiest mascara to remove; it took a bit more time and effort to remove than it does with most of my go-to mascaras. However, this mascara has a lot of good things going for it and only a few less good things, so overall I really enjoy this mascara. Since I wrote down my first impressions I’ve used up the mascara (which is a travel size), and I continued to enjoy it throughout the couple of months I used it.
It’s the last day of the first month of the new year. A bit crazy, right? I feels like it’s been a long month, but at the same time, I can’t believe that we’ll be in February by tomorrow. Workwise and pandemic wise it was a very tough month, and I have to say that I’m a little nervous about Denmark opening up the country completely and cancelling all restrictions tomorrow. But on a happier note, I had a lot of favourites this month, but as always I’ve narrowed them down to five. So here goes.
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter (shade: 1 fair): I have yet to haul this product, but I’ve been using it for a few months, and I’ve been especially in to it in January. I’ve only used it as a primer so far, and it gives the skin the mosts beautiful glow. I really like the doe foot applicator, and the luxurious feeling of the bottle, however there’s one thing I can’t stand about the packaging, and that is that the small red letters that make up the writing on the front and especially on the back they do not stick to the bottle, and they go everywhere! So whenever I use this product I’m stuggling to remove little red letters from my face. However, the product itself is so good that I just have to live with that.
e.l.f. Cosmetics Camo CC Cream (shade: Fair 120N): I just hauled this foundation the other day, and in that haul post I mentioned that it was my favourite product from that haul. This is a full coverage CC Cream, which might sound a bit strange, but it really does have amazing coverage, and the finish is beautiful. I’ve already purchased a back up of this foundation.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Magic Touch concealer: I only think I’ve hauled one of these concealers, but I’ve actually purchased three different shades; 1, 3, and 4. I’m still not sure that any of these shades are my perfect shade, but I can use them all on one way or another, and the product is so good that I’m going to make use out of them. This is a full coverage concealer, and it blends out beautifully and looks great on the skin.
Clinique all about eyes: I have a skincare favourite this month as well. I got a free mini size Clinique all about eyes with a Sephora order a little while back, and I loved it so much that I purchased a full size (the picture). I’m still using the mini though, because a little product goes a long way, but it just softens the undereye area and reduces circles and puffs exactly as it says on the jar.
Eddie the Eagle (film): I watched several great new (to me) films this month, and it was really hard to pick my favourite, but I actually think the film I enjoyed watching the most was Eddie the Eagle. I’d been wanting to watch this film for so long, and this was the month I finally convinced my boyfriend to watch it with me, and as it turns out, he liked too. It’s just such an uplifting story, which is just what I needed this month, and I loved the performances of both Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman.
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.