5 favourites – January

The first month of 2019 is now over, and I can sum it up in two words: work and freezing. Yes, pretty much all I did this month was work (and get a lot of use out of a couple of my Christmas presents which is featured in this favourites post), and it’s been freezing cold outside in Denmark (it actually snowed quite a bit today). I only have six more work days and then I have a week off, so I’m really looking forward to that. But anyways, let’s talk about some favourites.

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Jeffree Star Cosmetics Androgyny eye shadow palette: It’s no secret that I love Jeffree Star Cosmetics, and even though this was Jeffree’s second palette release, I didn’t buy it until recently. I’m so glad I finally did though, because I love this palette. The colours are stunning, and the pigmentation is fantastic. I can’t wait to create more gorgeous eye looks with this palette.

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Milani Strobe Light Instant Glow Powder (shade: Afterglow): I have another make-up favourite this month, and it’s this gorgeous highlighter. The shade is perfect, and the pigmentation is perfect. It has been my go-to highlighter the past couple of weeks, and I’ll definitely continue to use this.

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A Portrait of Nat King Cole (album): I love Nat King Cole. He’s my favourite jazz musician/crooner. My favourite record is a Nat King Cole one, and this CD which I found at a second hand store between Christmas and New Year’s is also a favourite of mine. I’ve been listening to this CD on repeat this past month, and I’ll probably continue to do so.

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The Sims 4 Seasons (computer game): I finally got this expansion pack (I got it for Christmas), so I’ve been playing The Sims 4 whenever I had the time. I’ve been playing The Sims games for the past 15 years or so, and I still absolutely love it.

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Google Chromecast: I don’t have any TV channels, so until this month I’ve been watching Netflix on my iPad, which is fine, but it’s nice to finally be able to watch TV series and films on a slightly bigger screen. I’ve also enjoyed watching YouTube videos on my TV though I still mostly watch those on my iPad (my iPad is my portable TV).

Collective H&M haul

I’ve done three separate H&M orders within the past few months, so I thought I would do one big haul, and show you what I’ve got.

blå flared jeans - h&m

I have only purchased one pair of trousers (the rest are tops and a pair of shoes), and they are these super flared, long, high waisted jeans. They give my very strong ’70s vibes, and I can’t wait to style these.

limegrøn cropped sweater - h&mblå, gul, grålilla og grøn stribet sweater - h&m

It’s really cold in Denmark these days, so I decided to add a couple more knitted jumpers to my collection. I love green, and I thought the lime green cropped cable knit would be fun to style. I purchased the stripy jumper last week, and I just loved the colours + you can never have to many stripes in my opinion.

orange sweatshirt m. skrift - h&m

I had this sweatshirt saved in my favourites for a while, but I wasn’t sure I liked the font of the writing. I decided to get anyways, because of the fact that it says ‘syntax error’ which is really funny to me, because I studied English at uni, and the syntax classes were some of my favourites.

brun, beige og sort leopardmønstret rullekravetrøje - h&m

I don’t own that much animal print, but I’m starting to get really into it. This roll neck top is the perfect layering piece; it fits perfectly and it just adds a little extra something to an outfit.

hvid t-shirt m. rød skrift - h&mrød velour t-shirt m. lynlås - h&m

I know I already have a lot of white graphic T-shirts, but this one says ‘shoes & spaghetti’ which are two things I love. The red velvet T-shirt is interesting, and I’m not quite sure how I feel about it yet, but I thought it would make a fun styling challenge.

sort mesh t-shirt m. stjerner - h&mpink lang mesh t-shirtkjole m. røde striber - h&m

I’ve also bought two mesh tops, which again are great layering pieces. The black one with stars is quite simple, but I thought it would look great on top of a camisol or roll neck top (for example the leopard print one). And the long pink mesh top/dress is another item I’m not quite sure how to style, so I have another styling challenge ahead of me, which I’m always excited about.

sorte satin platform sandaler - h&m

Lastly, I bought a pair of black disco heels (at least that’s what I call them). I have these shoes in a purple glitter version, and they are probably my most comfortable party shoes, so I’m excited about having the black version as well.

First impressions: Maybelline Superstay 24H Full Coverage Foundation

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I’d heard so many good things about this foundation, so I thought I would put it to the test. Here are my first impressions.

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This picture was taking right after I’d applied the foundation. I applied my go-to primer (Wet n Wild Coverall primer) to my skin first, because I wouldn’t wear foundation without priming my skin first. I’m wearing the lightest shade that’s available in Denmark (as far as I know) which is the shade 05 Light Beige. It has a pretty strong pink undertone, which I usually don’t go for in foundations, but the shade seemed to match me pretty well when I applied it. It applied it with a sponge which was really easy. The coverage and finish of this foundation are great, and overall it looked really good. Sadly, the foundation oxidised quite bit, which made the pink undertones stand out even more.

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I wore the foundation for 8 hours, and the picture above was taking right before I removed the foundation. I don’t think it looks too bad in these pictures, but in real life it had very clearly oxidised, so obviously the colour was off. Besides that, I was very impressed by the staying power, and considered the fact that I didn’t set the foundation with powder, my skin wasn’t that oily after 8 hours of wear (I was only a little oily on and around my nose). There was minimal creasing as well. Apart from the oxidation, the only other thing I didn’t like about this foundation was that it was very difficult to remove. I used micellar cleasing water which I always use to remove my make-up, and I had to use twice as many cotton rounds than usual to remove this foundation. Those are my only two cons, and even though I could live with the fact that it’s difficult to remove, I won’t wear a foundation that oxidises as much as this one does. If I at some point could get my hands on a lighter shade, I might give it another go.

BeautyBay sale haul

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In the beginning of January, BeautyBay had a sale, so I purchased a few things; mainly eyeshadows and a single highlighter.

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I purchased two Juvia’s Place eyeshadow palettes, the first one being The Magic Mini palette. It’s the same as The Magic palette, the eyeshadow pans are just smaller, which I don’t mind at all. I haven’t played with this palette yet, but look how gorgeous the colours are! I’ve had The Saharan palette by Juvia’s Place for a while, and it’s so good, so I expect this palette to be just as good.

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I also picked up The Douce palette by Juvia’s Place. This one I have used once, and I have to say that I was a little disappointed in the pigmentation of the matte peachy pink shade called Créme, but the other shades I tried were very nice though.

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I’ve been wanting to try out the newer formulated eyeshadows from Wet n Wild for a while, so I purchased the Rosé in the Air palette. I’ve used this one twice so far, and I’m impressed! The pigmentation is great and they blend out very nicely. This is going to be the perfect travelling palette if I’m going away for a weekend or a few days in general.

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I absolutely love the Stila Magnificant Metals Glitter & Glow liquid eyeshadows, but they are quite expensive, so I only want to buy them on sale. Lucky for me, they were in the BeautyBay sale, so I purchased the shades Diamond Dust and Rose Gold Retro, and they are so pretty!

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The highlighter, I bought, is the Milani Strobe Light Instant Glow Powder in the shade Afterglow. I just thought it looked really pretty, and it is. I’m loving it so far.

First Fenty Beauty haul

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The Danish Sephora website is having a winter sale these days, and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to finally try out Fenty Beauty. I picked up one of the Killawatt Freestyle highlighters and two of the Mattemoiselle lipsticks.

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I decided to go with palest highlighter duo, and it’s in the shades Lightning Dust and Fire Crystal. Both shades are really pigmented, but as you can probably see, Fire Crystal is more intense and glittery compared to Lightning Dust. I’ve only worn each shade once so far, but they’re super pretty and I really like them. I really like the packaging too.

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I’ve been wanting to try this particular shade ever since the Mattemoiselle lipsticks launched, and it wasn’t on sale (the other shade was), but I decided that it was finally time to get it. The shade is called Saw-C and it’s such a fun, bright orange. It appears to have more yellow in it than my other orange lipsticks which is why I was drawn to this colour.

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I also purchased the shade Spanked which is a more neutral colour, and now that I’m really into wearing colourful eyeshadow at the moment, I thought I would add another neutral lipstick to my collection to go with those colourful looks.

First impressions: Essence Melted Chrome eyeshadow

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If often check out the make-up section at my local supermarket, and I was very intrigued by these Essence Melted Chrome eyeshadows, so I decided to try them out.

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They claim to be have a liquid chrome-effect, and they definitely do. I applied the eyeshadow with my finger, which was very easy, and it felt liquid to the touch. As you can see, it has nice pigmentation and it’s very shiny. In the pictures above, I’m wearing the middle shade, which is called 02 iconic, and as you can see, it looks a lot less gold on the eyes. It looks more champagne though it is still a pretty shade. It looked very nice all throughout the day, and it was very easy to remove (I used micellar water). All in all, this is a very nice affordable product that makes it easy to add glitter to an eye look without having a lot of fallout.

Drugstore make-up haul

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I haven’t done a drugstore make-up haul in so long, and this is not a big haul, but I thought I would share it with you anyways.

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Essence is one of those really affordable brands that has really impressed me. I often check out the Essence display at my local supermarket, and I believe these melted chrome eyeshadows are a newer product. I swatched them on my hand and thought they looked really pretty, so I picked up the following three shades (from left to right); 01 zinc about you, 02 iconic, and 05 lead me. I’ll be doing a first impressions post on these eyeshadows soon.

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I also decided to give the Essence make me brow a try. It’s a tinted brow gel en the shade 02 browny brows.

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Lastly, I purchased this metallic lipstick from Maybelline. It’s in the shade 30 Molten Bronze, and it’s such a unique shade. I’m really excited to try this on. It’s the kind of shade that could look either really cool or really bad.