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)
I decided to buy the Essence advent calender again this year, because it’s cute and fun and affordable. Last year’s calender included quite a few non beauty/make-up related items, which I’m not the biggest fan of, so I liked this year’s calender a lot better. Here are the items it included.
The first six items in the calendar were a luminous blush, a lip scrub, an eyeshadow base, nail jewellery stickers, a lipstick, and a mirror. I think the packaging on the items this year is super cute, and I’m especially excited to try the luminous blush.
The next six items were a brow spoolie, a mini nail primer, an I Love Extreme volume mascara, precise concealer sponges, a moisturizing hand mask, and a kajal pencil eyeliner. We got the mascara and eyeliner in last year’s calender as well, so I wish we would’ve gotten something different this year.
The second to last six items were the following: Face jewellery, eyeshadow blender (brush), mini nude nail polish, sparkle nail file, Juicy Bomb shiny lipgloss in 01 Proud Pitaya, and hair ties duo. I’m most interested in trying the lipgloss.
And the last six items in the calender were an eyeshadow shader (brush), caring lip balm, lash curler, mini fix & gloss top coat, brush cleansing tool, and a highlighter.
Overall, I think this was a very nice calender, and I think I’ll get use out of most of the items. I purchased a second beauty calender this year as well, which I’ll do a post on in the very beginning of the new year.
I don’t think I’ve done a nail post like this in years, but I think my Christmas Eve nails turned out pretty cute. I’ve been doing festive nails all throughout December using nail stickers and glitter, and I think it adds something extra fun and Christmassy to an outfit.
(Nail polishes: Essence mini nail primer + Essence Shine Last & Go! Gel nail polish in 36 Say My Name + MAC Aute Couture Starring Rosalia nail lacquers in Sweet Aji + L’Oréal Color Riche Top Coat 920 Golf Leaf + Rimmel Nail Nurse Base & Top Coat. Nail stickers: Essence Wish Upon A Star nail stickers)
Throughtout these first couple of weeks in December I’ve collected some beauty products and a jumper that I thought I would put together in one Christmas/December haul.
Everything in this haul is beauty related apart from this Christmas jumper. I actually think I purchased this on Black Friday, so not exactly in December, but I wanted to include it in this haul. It’s from H&M and it’s a men’s jumper, but I just thought it was so fun and nothing like any other Christmas jumper I own. I’m actually planning on wearing it tomorrow.
From Essence I purchased these Christmas nail stickers, and I’m wearing a couple of them on my nails right now. I love making my nails extra festive in December.
I’m pretty sure I purchased this MAC Trick Of The Light Extra Dimension Skinfinish Kit on Black Friday as well. The MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinishes are some of my favourite highlighters, and the one that came with this set is called Magnetic Attraction, and it’s a very pretty champagne shade. The set also came with a make-up bag and the 143SES brush.
I recently purchased the three MAC x Keith Haring Viva Glam lipsticks. 100% of the price is donated to the MAC Viva Glam Fund, which donates the money to local organizations supporting women and girls, the LGBTQIA+ community and people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. I love the artwork on these lipsticks and the colours are so fun. The matte red lipstick is called Red Haring, the frosted yellow is called St, Marks Yellow, and the matte blue with has micro pearl is called Canal Blue.
Here’s a couple of products I purchased from Lyko. I had to get the Clinique Powder Pop Flower highlighter in Lunar Pop, and then I also picked up the Anastasia Beverly Hills Magic Touch concealer in shade 3. I already have this concealer in two other shades, which I haven’t hauled yet, but just so you know, I really like this concealer.
Here’s a closer look at the Clinique highlighter. Isn’t it just stunning!
The last products are from Sephora. I purchased these products last week, when all make-up was 20% off at Sephoras website.
I picked up the Hourglass Ambient Mini Lighting powder in Dim Light. I’ve been wanting to try this shade of Ambient Lighting powder, and I thought the mini would be so handy.
I also picked up two Natasha Denona products that I’d had on my list of saved products for a while. This is the Natasha Denona Bloom highlighting blush. I wore it two days ago, and it was stunning. It’s a mini as well, and it’s so cute.
I wasn’t sure if I really needed the Natasha Denona Mini Xenon palette in my collection, but after doing a couple of black and white eye looks lately (one of them including silver as well), I suddenly really wanted it.
Lastly, I got two gifts with purchase. I got the Sunday Riley Glycolic Acid Serum Treatment as a member gift and the Ren Ready Steady Glow Daily Aha Tonic was a gift that came with every purchase, I guess. I’m getting more and more into skincare, so it’ll be fun to try these at some point.
I recently posted a small Lyko sale haul, but today I have a bigger Lyko haul to share with you. This haul consists mainly of Essence and Catrice products, but those are the two brands that I mainly buy from Lyko. Let’s start with Essence.
I purchased four products from the Essence The Glowin’ Golds collection. I got the two caring shimmer lip oils in 01 Heart Of Gold and 02 Golden Magic, the Vitamin C baked highlighter in 1 Golden Days Ahead, and the Vitamin E baked luminous bronzer in 01 Live Life Golden!.
Here’s a closer look at the bronzer and highlighter. Even though the highlighter looks dark, I can still make it work on my fair skin.
These are the other products I picked up from Essence; the Pretty Natural hydrating foundation in 030 Neutral Ivory, the Sanitizer Resistant top coat, and two of the Fruit Kiss Caring lip balms in 02 Cherry Love and 03 Strawberry Kiss.
Moving on to Catrice. I bought a bunch of stuff from their Clean ID line. I decided to get the Pore Perfecting primer, the Glow Prime & Fix spray, the Matt Prime & Fix spray, the Mineral bronzer in 010 Light, and two brushes; the bronzer brush and the highlighter brush.
Here’s a closer look at the bronzer, which I’ve used a few times, and I like it.
From Catrice I also purchased two of the Full Satin lipsticks and two of the Blush Box Glowing Multicolour blushers.
The lipsticks are in the shades 080 Full Of Life and 090 Full Of Adventure, and they’re both very nice.
The blushers are in the shades 010 Dolce Vita and 020 It’s Wine O’Clock, and they’re very pretty mosaic blushers.
Lastly, I picked up three more random items. I’d never heard of the L’Oréal Infaillible Metal Lip Paints before, so I thought I would give them a go. They’re in the shades 305 Cute But Psycho and 306 Lolita. I haven’t tried them yet, but I think they’ll be fun to wear around Christmas time. I also picked up the Make Up Store Dry brush cleaner sponge, which I’ve been using a lot to clean my eye brushes on an everyday basis.
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.
I got an eyeshadow quad and two liquid eyeshadows from e.l.f. and a mascara from L’Oréal.
I got one more of the e.l.f. Bitesize eyeshadows. This one is called Carnival Candy, and it consists of three neutral mattes and one metallic royal blue shade.
I also picked up two more Glitter Melt liquid eyeshadows. These are in the shades Ocean Eyes and Dirty Martini.
The L’Oréal Lash Paradise/Paradise Extactic is on of my favourite mascaras, and I thought that it would be fun to try it in this brown shade called Sandalwood Wonder.
I also picked up a few items from Catrice.
The first Catrice product I decided to try was the Camouflage Cream concealer. I got the shade 010 Ivory, which is a good match for me. I haven’t used it that many times yet, but so far I like it.
The Catrice 5 In A Box Mini eyeshadow palettes are very obviously inspired by the Natasha Denona Mini palettes, but there’s a huge difference in quality. I picked up the 040 Modern Smokey Look palette, and I was very disappointed with the quality. The darker shades especially were very dusty, patchy and not that easy to blend, so I don’t see myself picking up any more of these 5 In A Box Mini eyeshadow palettes from Catrice.
The other palette I bought from Catrice is the Pro Lavender Breeze Slim eyeshadow palette in 010 Sea Of Blossoms. I’ve only used this palette once so far, and my first impression is that it’s definitely better than the 5 In A Box Mini eyeshadow palette, but I also found that the shades are very light and maybe not the most pigmented. I need to use it bit more though before I can form a proper opinion on this palette.
Lastly, I got a few things from Essence. I got the Essence Hello, Good Stuff! Tinted Beauty Cream in 10 Light, which is definitely not light if you ask me. It’s was too dark on me, even though it’s a more sheer product, so I don’t think I’ll be getting much use out of this product. The nail polish, however, I’ve already used a lot, and I love the colour. It’s in the shade 74 Lilac Vibes. I also really like the Essence brushes. In this haul, I picked up the eyeshadow brush and the eye blender brush.
One of my new go-to places for buying make-up online is Lyko. It’s a scandinavian website which carries a lot of different beauty brands, but I definitely go to this website for primarily Essence, Catrice, and e.l.f. which are brands that are difficult to get elsewhere. This is a collective haul, and it’s a huge one, maybe my biggest collective haul so far. The majority of the products are from Essence so let’s start there.
These first three items are from the limited edition MY POWER IS collection. I wanted to try one of the four eyeshadow palettes (there’s one for each element), and I picked the Fire one called 03 I’m On Fire!, because I liked the orangey colour scheme. I also picked up the Fire lipstick, which is also called 03 I’m On Fire!, because it was a red lipstick. It wasn’t until I received those two items that I discovered that I had coincidentally picked my own element, since I’m a leo. Then I had to pick up the Hydrate & Prime Mist in 03 I’m On Fire! to complete the Fire trio. The product I’m most impressed by so far is the lipstick. It’s super pigmented, and it’s matte, but not at all drying.
Next up we have a little random mix of things. I tried the Camouflage+ matte concealer a few years ago, and I wasn’t a fan of that one, but I thought I would give the Camouflage+ Healthy Glow concealer (shade: 10 Light Ivory) a go, and a first impressions post on it will be up soon. Another limited edition product I’ve purchased is the Good Luck Charm face & body highlighter in 01 Glitter Shower For Superpower. It has a very unique texture; it’s somewhere between a cream and a balm I would say. It barely has any colour to it; it’s mainly pink glitter, so keep that in mind if you’re not a fan of glittery highlighters. The bronzer and the 3in1 Face Mist is from the Hello, Good Stuff! line. The bronzer is called the Hello, Good Stuff! matte & glow bronzer, and I got the shade 10 Cocoa-Cool. It also comes in a darker shade. I’ve really been enjoying this bronzer; I really like the split pan design with a matte shade on one side and a glowy shade on the other side. The Hello, Good Stuff! 3in1 Face Mist claims to hydrate, fix, and refresh the skin and it contains watermelon extract. It smells like (artificial) watermelon, and it smells really good. One of my most used products from this haul, and also one of my favourites, is the Brighten Up! Banana powder in 10 Bababanana. I love this powder so much that I featured it in my March 5 favourites.
Some of my other favourites from this haul are these The Blush blushers. I was only able to get two shades at my local supermarket, but I was so happy to find four more shades on Lyko.com. These are the shades (from left to right) 30 Breathtaking, 40 Beloved, 60 Beaming, and 70 Believing. These blushers are some of the most affordable on the market, but the quality match many high end blushers.
I’d heard many good things about the Essence Shine, Shine, Shine lipglosses, so I purchased two shades: 01 Behind The Scenes and 25 Volume, Please!. I’ve only worn each shade once so far, but I really like how they look on the lips. The nude gloss has a plumbing effect, but it’s not too intense.
Here’s another small collection of different Essence products. I purchased another one of the eye blender brushes, because you can never have too many eyeshadow brushes. I featured the Essence Volume Booster lash primer in my February 5 favourites, so you know that I’ve been enjoying that product. And then I picked up two of the Sprinkled Chrome eyeshadows in the shades 02 Mercury and 03 Mars. I have worn 03 Mars the pink/red shade, and it was really pretty.
I also purchased the Glow Like A Pro face perfectionist set in 04 Purple Scandal, which contains the Glow Like A Pro mattifying bamboo primer, the Glow Like A Pro luminizing fixing spray, and the Glow Like A Pro loose highlighter. So far I really like these products. Especially the loose highlighter, which looks very purple in the container, but it has a more subtle hint of purple on the skin, and it’s so pretty.
These are the last items from Essence in this haul. I love the Essence Shine Last & Go! gel nail polishes, and I’ve added six new shades to my collection: 53 Honey Honey (orange peach), 60 Crazy In Love (purple), 62 Walking On Sunshine (yellow), 63 Genie In A Bottle (denim blue), 69 Never Say Never (teal), and 72 Into The Unknown (dark navy). I also purchased the Express Nail Dry Spray, but I haven’t tried it yet.
These are the few products I purchased from e.l.f. I really enjoy the e.l.f. Bite Size eyeshadows, so I got the Hot Jalapeño palette, and this is the best of the Bite Size eyeshadows I’ve tried to far. All shades are super pigmented, and I love the colour scheme too. I’ve also picked up two of the Glitter Melt liquid eyeshadows, because I’ve heard really good things about them. I picked up the shades Disco Queen and 24K Gold. I have yet to try these.
We have finally come to the end of this huge Lyko haul. I only purchased one product from Catrice this time around, and it’s the More Than Glow highlighter in 010 Ultimate Platinum Glaze. It’s a pale champagne gold shade, and it’s really pretty. I like the packaging as well. And the very last product I bought is the Maybelline Volum Express Colossal mascara in limited edition Marvel packaging, and I bought this mascara because of the packaging, but I’m excited to try the actual mascara as well, because I haven’t tried it before.
I usually dont’ buy beauty advent calendars, but I thought this one from Essence looked really cute, so I decided to treat myself. Some of the products inside are very cute, and I’ll definitely use them, and other’s are more gimmicky I guess, but the calender as a whole is fun and cute.
Here are the first six items from the calendar: Mini Matt Fixing powder, mini lipsticks (01 Feel The Magic! and 02 Spread The Love!), mini eyebrow tweezer, nail stickers, gift tags, and eyeshadow brush. I love the packaging on all the items; it’s super festive and cute. Of the these items, I’ve used some of the nail stickers and the eyeshadow brush. I’m also excited to try the fixing powder and the lipsticks.
The next six items were a kajal pencil, nourishing hand cream, mini metallic nail polish, I Heart Extreme volume mascara, charm bracelet, and colour changing lip balm. I’ve worn the metallic nail polish and the lip balm, and I really like both.
The second to last six items were the following: Face jewels, glitter duo sharpener, mini high gloss top coat, eyebrow styler, hair ties, and glitter lip topper. These items are not that exciting to me apart from the glitter lip topper and maybe the high gloss top coat.
And here are the last six items from the calendar: Make up remover towel, mini nail polish, notebook, mini highlighter stick, body jewellery tattoos, and mini highlighter brush. I’m excited to try the make up remover towel, and the nail polish looks pretty too.
If Essence makes a calendar again next year, I might consider getting it. Not all items are usuable for me, but I loved opening it every day in December, and the items sure are cute and festive.
It’s time for another H&M haul (it’s been alomst 4 months since my last H&M haul), and this one is a pretty summery one.
My soft spot for Disney clothing will probably never go away. This cute Mickey and Minne Mouse T-shirt has a slightly oversized fit, and I love the pop of lilac (it goes very well with a pair of trousers you’ll see further down in the haul).
I don’t remember the last time I bought and wore a tank top/vest, but there’s something about this dark yellow colour and the shape that has a retro vibe to it, so I decided to give a go. I’ve already worn it a couple of times, and I really like it.
How cute is this lemon set! As soon as I saw the skirt, I knew I had to have it. It’s the same style as my black and white polka dot skirt that I love so much. And I love that you could get a matching top; when worn together they almost look like a dress. I haven’t actually worn it yet, but I’m planning on wearing it for a special occation next week.
And on to the trousers that go so well with the Mickey and Minnie T-shirt. I’ve been wanting these wide leg lilac trousers since I first saw them, and when they went on sale, I finally puchased them. The sizing is on the bigger size, so I bought them one size smaller than I usually would, and that was a good choice. They are also a little sheer, so I’ve worn them with white cycle shorts underneath.
And now on to accessories. I obviously had to have the cute lemon earrings to go with the lemon set. I’ve also been wanting some rhinestone hoops, and the pack with three different sizes is pretty much exactly what I’d been looking for. Lastly (in terms of ear jewellery), I thought it would be fun to play with earcuffs, since I only have hole in each ear lobe, so I bought this pack of a bunch of different earrings and earcuffs.
I also bought some golden bracelets and a golden ankle bracelet/anklet (what’s the right term?), because I wanted some more golden jewellery options.
The last accessory I bought is this black braided headband. I didn’t have a simple black headband, and I thought this one was cute.
An last but not least, I purchased three nail polishes. H&M nail polishes are actually really good, and I love these three colours. The first one which looks a bit like an oil slick in the bottle (though it’s more golden in real life) is called Precious, the green metallic one is called Persephone, and the yellow one it called Cream Saffron. I thought these were really nice summery colours.