Mar 4, 2014

A Pick Me Up Revlon Purchase

Today when I was going to the grocery store to stock up on some food and essentials (I haven't been able to go out the past 6 days - I'm running low on everything), I got stuck in the snow slushie weather so many times I lost count and ended up giving up halfway and going to CVS instead. A walk that normally takes me a maximum of 10 minutes, today took 30 minutes so when I finally got to CVS I felt I had earned a reward. Or, as you can see from the picture above, 3 rewards.

I have been wanting to try the Revlon lip crayons forever now, but since you can't buy them in Sweden I haven't been able to. I ended up picking up one of each finish to try and see which one I like the most. Starting with the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in the shade Smitten, a bold berry, I fell in love with this immediately and I know I'm going to get a lot of use out of this. In the Colorburst Matte Balm line I picked up Complex after seeing it on Suzie's blog. It looks very orange when swatched, but when it is applied on the lips it is not the case, it creates a gorgeous nude shade. The Colorburst Lacquer Balm in the shade Demure is definitely a Victoria-color. It is a subtle, shimmery pink and you all know I love those.

If Demure is my safe color, Complex is the one to add on to my nude lips obsession and hopefully Smitten can make me wear more bold lip colors. If it works or not, who knows, but I think it is safe to say I'm set on the lip crayon front for a while...

Feb 26, 2014

The DC Beauty Round Up

So, I have been doing some shopping since I got to DC. Most it has consisted of food and SmartTrip refills but I have treated myself with some new makeup too. Now that I'm writing this post (instead of writing an assignment due tomorrow, ahem, I needed a break okay) I realized that I have bought skincare products as well that didn't make it on to this photo, so I guess we will talk about them some other time. I blame my at the moment over-studied brain.

Revlon Red nail polish: Trust me when I say this is the perfect red color. It is the one I have been looking for all this time. It is a neutral (great for my cool skin tone) bright-but-not-neon red with a creme finish. It is the type of shade that works all year round. The only negative: it doesn't last, at all. I have worn it twice and both times it has chipped after 2 days. And so my search for the perfect red continues. Please tell me your suggestions in the comment section below!

Essie Mint Candy Apple: Yes, I finally caved. I have been looking at this shade ever since the hype started two years ago, but never quite made up my mind and thus never bought it. A couple of days ago it caught my eye in my favorite isle of CVS - the makeup and beauty isle of course - and I decided it was fate. The mint nail polish is a bit out of my comfort zone, but I like it. I have tried Peach Daiquiri before and compared to that one, Mint Candy Apple doesn't seem to be quite as opaque but I will give you a full rapport in a few weeks when I have given it another chance.

Covergirl Clump Crusher Lashblast: I needed a new mascara, have heard great things about it and it caught my eye in CVS - that's really all it takes for me to make a purchase.  I like that it has a curled wand just like the Maybelline Falsies, which happens to be one of my favorite mascaras. I feel like a curled wand really gets those shorter lashes at the roots and makes them keep the curl. I have tried the Clump Crusher once and so far, I'm impressed.

Mac Creme Cup: My first ever Mac lipstick, purchased a couple of weeks ago on a bad day to make it better. It is a nude cool-toned pink, perfect for us cool complexion girls, and it smells like vanilla. I have been reaching for this every time I have been wearing lipstick since I got it, I am officially in love with a product. It gives you that perfected my lips but better look and ah, it's so amazing. Also the formula is amazing and I feel like I need to stop by Mac soon...

Mac Pro Palette Quad: Speaking of Mac, last but definitely not least is my birthday-palette. It is perfect and amazing and all of those other words and I have another blog post written about it here. Go, read, shop. You won't regret it, I promise.

Tell me some of your recent makeup purchases in the comments! Anything you think I'd like?

Feb 23, 2014

The Weekend Post: Friday Mornings

One thing I particularly like about being a college student is that I have every Friday off (it makes it ten times easier to get up at 5:30 to go to school).  3 day weekends are the best!

This Friday I unset my alarm, slept in and then I got up and made coconut scones (they were delicious!) for breakfast. They were super yummy and easy to make so I thought I would share the recipe with you. I ate mine with creme cheese and Swiss cheese, honey greek yoghurt with fresh raspberries and peach tea. Oh, and also with a couple of chapters of Divergent, curled up in the armchair with a view of rooftops in the most beautiful city in the world. Not too shabby.

Here's the recipe for coconut scones!

You need (this will make 6 scones):
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 cup oatmeal
3/4 cup coconut
2 tbsp baking powder
1/4 cup butter
1 cup milk

1. Mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl
2. Add butter and mix it together with your hands until there are no lumps
3. Add milk and stir until it looks like a dough
4. Make the scones. HERE'S A TIP: Rinse your hands before and after to prevent stickiness
5. Bake in the oven for approximately 10-15 minutes at 527 'F / 275 'C
DONE. Enjoy!

Feb 21, 2014

Skincare: Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

On recommendation from Meghan Rienks I picked up the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion a couple of weeks ago at Nordstrom. She raved about it in her vlogmas videos so I instantly felt like I needed it because that is what happens every time she recommends a new product - I need it. I was so excited to try it and had super high hopes, and I was not disappointed.

The Drying Lotion is a spot treatment that you dab on any zits but don't rub it in. Yes, it makes you look really weird but it is totally worth it, trust me. What I do is I wash my face and do my complete night routine, then I apply the Drying Lotion with a q-tip and I let it dry and leave it on over night. I rinse it off in the morning and follow up with my normal morning skincare routine.

The two top reasons I like this so much is 1) it doesn't burn my face 2) it gives you overnight results (yes, it's true!). I have super sensitive skin so I admit I was a bit nervous the first time I used this product as it is very strong, but so far I have only noticed positive effects. My skin hasn't even got dryer (which I kind of assumed because of the name and that's how products usually work on my skin)!

This works like magic. I'm starting to believe the bottle is actually the home of a little skincare fairy. I can seriously go to bed with pretty bad skin, and wake up the next day with clear skin. Almost all of the zits are gone by the morning and the ones that aren't gone are dramatically improved. I have had acne for so many years and this is the only product I have tried that has given me these results. I love it!

It costs $17 which at first may seem pricy for such a tiny bottle, but you only need a drop. I think this bottle will last me for a very long time despite using it every night.

The hunt for products to perfect my skincare routine will go on, but this has quickly become a staple in my collection.

Feb 19, 2014

The Mac Pro Palette

As I mentioned in my last post, I recently celebrated my 20th birthday. This birthday was definitely different from my previous birthdays as this time I spent it across the world without my family. Nonetheless I had a great time! After school we all went to the Cheesecake Factory and oh my, their Toasted Marshmallow S'mores Galore cheesecake was  heavenly. This was my first time ever going there but I'm already planning my next visit haha. 

I'm getting a bit sidetracked here but seriously it was perfect. The Saturday before my birthday I took a trip to the nearby mall to buy myself a birthday present. The Mac counter was my goal and I left with a pro quad (it has taken me forever to decide which shadows to get so this was a big moment).

Top left we have Satin Taupe, which is the perfect shimmery taupe shade. Top right is Vanilla, a beautiful highlight that actually shows up as a highlight on my fair skin. Bottom left is Naked Lunch because 1) it is beautiful and 2) I believe I have heard Tanya Burr talk about it and how great it looked together with Satin Taupe. Last but not least we have Carbon which is a matte black. I wanted a black shadow and it to be matte because I like the way it looks when you want to use it as an eyeliner and it doesn't feel as scary to blend into my outer corner as a shimmery one for some reason. I'm still experimenting with darker looks so I figured this would be a great shadow to do that with.

So far I have only used this once, since the amount of days I have time to put on makeup in the morning before I go to school is like 0, but I love it. I used it to do my makeup for my birthday dinner and I filmed a video (which you can find here). I really like it! The colors complement each other beautifully and I like having everything I need in one palette (and it takes up basically no space! The college student in me appreciates this a lot). I can't wait to play with this some more!

One of my lovely roomies gave me a Mac gift card (she knows me so well) so I see another shopping spree in my future - assuming the snow melts and I can go out again. If not I always have online shopping...