A favorite pick from the Naked 3 palette

IMG_9624I have a huge bbundleof love for the Urban Decay Naked Palettes. I have all three plus the Naked Basics, and I have never regretted purchasing them – even though they are quite pricy. I go on and of on which palette I use the most, and also which colours I prefer. These last couple of months however, I have been sticking to the Naked 3 Palette and three shadows from this little baby.

Burnout (the colour where the brush head is strategically placed) is a gorgeous red shimmery shade. I would never think of putting a red on my eyelid, but this one works amazingly with my eyecolour (an undefined shade of blue/green/grey). The shade next to that guy is Limit, a soft and cool brown. This is perfect for light definition, and works great with my third favorite; shade number seven from the right is Nooner. Quite similar to Limit but darker, it is a perfect crease colour as it creates a subtle, but defined look.

 

In my bag: all the lip products

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This seems to be a common thing with girls, and I am no better: I lug around a lot of lip products every day. Recently I cleared out my bag for school, and narrowed the products down to a bare minimum. Of six…

First there is, of course, my beloved Rève de Miel lip balm by Nuxe. I am so thankful this product exists, and you can read more about that here.

Then there is the Clarins Instant Light Natural lip perfector in the peach colour 02 and the pink 01. These are amazing: part lip balm, part lip gloss, part semi-stain I would say. They smell like pastries, and are non-sticky and full of pigment. The perfect umph to your lips during the day, as it gives moisture and colour.

The Chanel Rouge Ccoco Shine is a staple in my bag, and recently I have been going for my new babe “Confident”.

Then there is the infamous Dior Lip Glow, a moisturizer that is meant to pick up and enhance your own lip colour. I don’t know about the chemistry of it all, but I just love this. For the past three years I have needed this in my bag like a safety blanket. It just makes me feel calm knowing that it’s always with me.

Last, but not least, my Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Bettina”. I did a post on this one a while back, and the love is still very strong.

 

Do you also suffer of the “I need all these lip products with me at all time” disease?

And what are your must have products for everyday?

A week in the name of hair

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So I thought I would try something a bit different here on Etc. Beauty this week, and dedicate a whole week of posts to the same theme: hair care. I’ve been trying out some new products for a while, and they have really changed my hair’s life (if there is such a thing). As my hair is both long, thick and heavy I often have trouble finding good products that care for my hair without weighing it down. If you’re having similar issues, or if you just like to read about hair and products, then this week should be right up your alley!

I thought I would kick the week of with the basics: shampoo and conditioner. I’ve tried heaps, and have never really stuck to one in particular when it comes to shampoo (except for the L’oréal Professionelle Série Silver shampoo when I was platinum blonde, yes that was a phase). I really love the Sunday Shampoo by Bumble&Bumble, as it’s a clarifying shampoo and really gets my hair squeaky clean. That is a staple in my shower, but the Sunday is quite stripping and a bit rough to the hair. So when I was looking for a shampoo to use in between cleansing washes, I turned to the trusted Bumble&Bumble and this is where I found my hair saviour: the Surf foam wash shampoo and creme rinse conditioner. The shampoo is clear, and therefore a cleansing shampoo – meaning it takes away product build-up, and I get a bit of a squeak in every wash – something I really love. The conditioner is so creamy and both smell really nice. But the wow part comes to the way these products make my hair feel. I have never had such light, shiny and soft hair in my life! The Surf series enhances my own natural waves, and makes my hair so flowy and breezy. This is a match made in the hair heaven, and I am utterly in love with these two. A definate re-purchase! They do become a bit drying on the hair after a while, but I have some products that takes care of that. More on those, later in the hair-week. 

Current foundation routine: the concealer way

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You know what I love about summer? Apart from the nice weather, sunny days, long nights, wearing shorts and getting tan? My daily makeup is minimized to the absolute minimum. My summer makeup routine is quick and easy, bordering on lazy. After getting eyelash extensions last week, I can be ready and out the door in less than 10 minutes. This is insane. One of the products I take out of the FOTD equation for summer is foundation. I never wear a full face of foundation during the hotter days, for one because it’ll just come of in sweats during the day. Another reason is I find it a shame to cover up the freckly summer skin. But I wasn’t born with a perfect base, and for that I go for the foundation routine: the concealer way. 

Since first trying the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation last year I have loved it, and when going back for a re-purchase I grabbed the concealer as well. Like the foundation it’s good for many reasons. The coverage is good, the feel of the product is light and the smell is quite nice. The biggest win for the Wake Me Up range is the texture of the product (It reminds me of the MaxFactor Xperience foundation which I loved, but sadly my skin did not like it at all) as it goes on smoothly and sits kind of like a moisturizer. I apply the concealer where needed; Around nose, chin, the occasional spot and in the corners of my eyes. To blend it in seamlessly I use the Real Techniques Setting brush. It’s so good at blending in concealer, I cannot fathom how this does not get more praise; it’s like a mini version of the much talked about RT buffing brush. I absolutely love how easy and effective it is. Blends like a dream! These two products together have made my summer foundation routine, and I consider them both staples in my base makeup stash.

The Naked Basics

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As I mentioned earlier this week, I find myself in a bit of an eye makeup rut these days – one that I quite like! For the next few weeks I am forced to change it all up, as you can see on my Instagram. But in the post about my current eyeshadow look, I mentioned the Urban Decay Nakes Basics palette (such a long name, for such a short palette!). It really is such a good one to have in your collection, and it’s perfect for traveling. The first two shades, Venus and Foxy, are not my faves as you can see by the obvious lack of dent. Venus is a white frost, and I am not a fan of white for highlight. I much prefer a warmer, golden tone. Foxy is too yellow for me to use as a base, but I sometimes use it to highlight the browbone if the rest of the look is sparkly. The third one is quite clearly my much loved one, W.O.S. Such a good base with its more pinky tone, and velvet-like application. The Naked 2 is a staple crease colour for me, and if I want a little more dramatic definition I add Faint in the outer corner. These blend very good together, if you take some extra time to really work them in! Crave is a true black, and I love using this as my liner with a angled precision brush (the Sigma E65 is perfect for this job).

All in all this is a really good basic palette, if you like me prefer matte colours for everyday. I do often add some All that glitters – or a random blush, like the Nars Deep Throat – on the lid for some everyday sparkle. This palette is perfect for traveling, and quick application as the shadows stay all day even without a primer underneath. I would recommend some patience when it comes to blending, as these matte shadows take their time to warm up. A really good staple palette, and perfect if you’re starting out with shadows.

Current eyeshadow

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Lately I have found myself in a makeup rut; meaning I am turning to the same products each and every day. I think this is normal for the summertime, when every day seems like the one before and the routine get’s more lazy and monotonous. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and I’ve really fallen in love with some products that have been neglected.

My routine when regarding mascara and eyeliner has not changes since this post. My eyebrows are recently coloured, and therefore I just fill them in with a little powder. For eyeshadow I use All that glitters all over the lid – the love for this product is real! Then I have fallen in love with my Urban Decay Naked Basics palette all over again. The two brown shades in this palette are so perfect. I buff them into the crease, very lightly, and when using some time they blend really nicely. For definition I use the black shadow as an eyeliner on the top lashes. For a glowy flush I finish the eyes with a touch of the Bourjois blush in 16 Rose all over the eyelid. This warms up the look, and ties it together with my blush and bronzer – As well as the hundreds of freckles that take over my face during these sunny months!

 

Nighttime skincare part 2

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Here comes the second part of my nighttime skincare routine, if you haven’t read part one you can do that HERE.

I first go in with a serum, right now I am using the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair. I quite like this, especially because of the smell. I can’t say I can see the visible effects of this when using it, but when i stop using it – my skin instantly misses it! So I guess it’s really working. For my eyes I really enjoy the Origins GinZeng refreshing eye cream. As everyone and their mother, I suffer from puffiness and darkness under and around my eyes. The GinZeng does relieve some puffiness, and I can see results when I use this – especially when I use it in combination with getting a proper good nights sleep… As for a moisturizer I go from one thing to the next, my only demand is that it’s high in moisture and good for my sensitive skin. La Roche Posay does some really good moisturizers, and I use the Toleriane for when my skin craves moisture, and the Effaclare Duo when it’s acting up and blemishy. If my skin is super thirsty, I go in with the Origins Drink Up- Intensive overnight mask. This stuff is amazing. Smells like citrus and really feeds the skin moisture over night. If I use the Drink Up I use it straight over the serum. The mask can also be left on for 10-20 minutes and rinsed of, if you need a little skin pick me up.