MAC lipstick in “Patisserie”

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Oh come on, this one you saw coming right?

If there is one lipstick that should be part of your collection, it’s MACs Patisserie. It’s that “my lips but better” kind of colour everyone is looking for. It does look a lot like a well loved Chanel shade, but differs from Boy in that the texture is more creamy, and less sparkly. Patisserie is in a lustre finish, which makes it shear in the sense that it is buildable and it sets nicely on the lips. The texture is creamy, and unlike Boy you really don’t need a lip balm for base. It is helpful however, as the lasting power in Patisserie is not as good as in the Chanel lookalike.

 

Patisserie in colour is like a mix of other MAC faves, Hue and Angel or even Myth, combined. Absolutely a staple lipstick, which is a good one to throw into the purse as it can be slapped on without a mirror and still result in a somewhat decent application. About a month ago I read a twitter-rumor that MAC was discontinuing Patisserie. I find this doubtful, but I still panicked and purchased a back-up. Just in case.

5 tips for a beauty focused Sunday

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Image via Pinterest

Even though the battle between the enjoyment of the weekend and the anxiety at the though of another week daunting, there should be positivity linked to Sundays. This is the one day of the week where it’s really ok not to make plans, and to focus on #1 – you. This Sunday, focus on the beauty stuff you never find time for during the weeks six busy days.

 

1. A long bath

If you should be so lucky that you have a bathtub, use it! It really is a luxury craved by those who don’t have it, and neglected by most that do. Just like most luxuries really, but moving on. If you don’t have the opportunity to take a bath, make the most out of your shower time. Put on some relaxing music, turn of the lights and light a scented candle. Showering in candlelight really is a very relaxing experience, and it separates the Sunday shower from all other showers.

2. Use those special products

Whip out the expensive moisturizer, the luxe body scrub and take the time to fake-tan (if that’s something you do). Remember the whole body; foot cream, hand cream, serum for the face and something nice for the hair. Take your time, and relax with those products you save for the special occasions.

3. Mask time

A face mask is something most people really enjoy, when they use one. Finding those 10-30 minutes to really let it sink in and work it’s business is not always easy. On a Sunday you should make time for a mask, drink a cup of tea or read a book while you let it set in. Follow up with a gentle face massage when rinsing it off. It’s those little things. 

4. Get them nails did

An at-home manicure doesn’t have to be an hour long affair. Remove old polish, file, buff and remove all nasty grime. Pick your favorite shade and take the time to let it fully dry – this is key, as most mid-week manicures often suffer from hastiness. If you feel extra fancy, remember those toenails as well!

5. Hair treatments

With hot tools, pollution and product overload, your hair takes a toll during the week. Take the Sunday to mend and care for your hair. If you feel product building up, a cleansing shampoo is a good idea (Bumble & Bumble’s Sunday Shampoo seems fitting). Give your hear that extra care, with a hair mask or a conditioning treatment. If you have time for a longer morning shower on Monday, an overnight treatment (Like the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer) will do wonders for those dry, tired strands.

Saturday Obsession: Bangs

It seems like every time I see a picture of Zooey Deschanel, re-watch season 3 of The Hills or Sienna Miller girl crushing, my hand is automatically reaching for the scissors. I need bangs (or a fringe, depending on where you’re from) and I need it now. I have had bangs on several occasions, and every time it was a very spontaneous idea. I love them for like a week and then the hate sets in and I am swearing to never get them again.

Until I watch 500 Days of Summer again, and immediately look for those scissors. Oh well, to stop myself from doing something I will later regret, todays Sunday Obsession is devoted to lovely girls with bangs.

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All images and more can be found on the Saturday Obsession Pinterest board.

The Weekly Beauty Craving: Body Soufflé

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 Image via & Other Stories website

Last fall, on a mini-break to Copenhagen, I discovered the awesomeness that is & Other Stories.

& other Stories is a branch of the H&M group, and much like COS it offers higher quality products for a not-so-much-higher price. The style profile of & Other Stories is very minimalistic, and style focused. Classy and chic are terms that come to mind when describing the style, and the store (at least the one in Copenhagen) really has an amazing interior design.  If you are so lucky that you have access to this shop, I am a wee bit jealous. The clothes are such a nice quality, the style range is quite mammoth and the accessories are so so nice. But what really caught my attention? The beauty section, of course. Among brands like Eyeko, The Balm, This Works and L:A Bruket, & Other Stories offers it’s own products – and a wide range selection with that. Now, my Friday beauty craving is dedicated to the marvelous softness and moisture richness that is the Body Soufflè. I am all over body butters and moisturizing lotions, but the soufflé really ads a luxe feeling with it’s whipped texture. It comes in many scents, but my heart (and nose) immediately fell for the light pink Punk Bouquet. The & Other Stories website describes it as “Tiger orchid and dewy lotus flower are entwined with nutty almond and sweet tonka beans, overgrown by tree moss and topped with a splash of tangerine” Oh come on, you have to admit that sounds quite heavenly!

I am coming to the last scoop of my body soufflé, and it pains me that I cannot get this product as easily as I want. As of now the website does not ship to countries without a physical & Other Stories store, so I might just have to plan another Copenhagen trip soon. Because yes, the craving is that massive. 

ESSIE Urban Jungle

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As mentioned in the ESSIE Reds post, when it comes to nailpolish, ESSIE never fails to offer every shade between here and eternity. Literally, 50 shades of pink anyone? And even with this enormous colour selection, they still never fail to bring out new I have to have that as I have nothing like it kind of shades every season. The Summer 2014 collection provides a lot of diversity. Some of the shades are absolutely crazy (Ruffles & Feathers in one example, I would never!), but there are some gems. I picked up Haute in the Heat and Urban Jungle, but am thinking there might be a need to go back and get Fierce, No Fear as well…

 

Urban Jungle is a light lilacy-pinky-greyish colour (why is colour and scent description so hard?) that changes shade with your skintone. When on the paler side it seems more pink-lilac, but if you are darker skinned, or for when the summer tan sets in, the greyness is more visible. It’s a good opaque varnish, by ESSIE standards this means two coats, and when sealed with a top coat (I used No Chips Ahead by ESSIE) it will last a good four-five days. For maximum nail protection, the Trind base coat is a staple – read more about that, and other tools for nailing your manicure HERE.

Online fave: Amelia Lianas PMS video

As a heavy user of the online sphere, I often stumble upon funny videos, clever tweets and helpful blogposts. Some I retweet, some I bookmark and some I just have to share. Amelia Liana – the skincare guru behind the blog and YouTube channel Liana Beauty – did something this past week which was both genius and groundbreaking. She made a Get Ready With Me: Pms and Period Style. I mean, how clever is that? It so consernes the largest part of the beauty community, yet it is very briefly touched upon. (I think this goes with the same trend of almost never showing tampons or birth control in what’s in my bag videos, but that’s for another time.) Anyway, Amelia does a great job with the video; offering tips and tricks for making this time of the month a bit more comfortable, with suggestions for snacks, decreasing bloating and makeup tips especially for the hormonally crazy times.

Check out the video, as well as the other videos on Amelia Liana. She’s quite the expert when it comes to skincare and to #feelingspendy.

The luxury pick: Chanel Dissolvant Deux nailpolish remover

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There are some products that are not worth their ridiculously high price.  Some cost next to nothing and are great. And then there are those products, those which you can find great examples of in the drugstore – but you choose to buy the high end one. Just because it’s worth it. The Chanel Dissolvant Deux nail colour remover is a prime example of one such product. A nail polish remover that smells amazing is absolutely a want and need. When comparing the Dissolvant Deux to other polish removers, price wise it’s just redicolous. But then you have to look at the big picture…

There is no denying the bottle is devine. It decorated a vanity beautufully, the pink shade of the dissolvant is perfect. In addition to all this superficial stuff, it really works very well! It removes the polish quickly and effortlessly. A polish remover that smells amazing is absolutely a want and a need. It also leaves the nails somewhat conditioned, which makes for a rather pleasant de-polishing feel. A quick tip ; the Chanel Dissolvant Deux is the perfect hostess gift. All in all, this is an extravagant polish remover – but it is very much worth the splurge.