Celebrating Sankthans and good news.

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We woke up yesterday to this amazing sky formation and clear weather.

24 of June is a day of celebration in Norway called Sankthans. It was originally a christian tradition to the birth of John the baptist, but in Scandinavia it has its roots in older nordic traditions. Traditionally the day is celebrated by large bonfires, food, drink and dancing.

But instead of going out and celebrating as me and my husband normally would, we took a day off at home celebrate some very good news.

For soon six months now we have struggled to find a new place to live. The apartment we live in is far from cheap and we had not managed to find something cheaper or in a better standard, which is a bit shocking since our apartment is not exactly the best around.

But we talked to a friend of ours and they want to move in. This will make everything so much easier regarding our financial situation.

I’m so relieved, we have both been so stressed out but things are looking up and hopefully we will be capable to live calmer life’s in the future.

Sugarpill: Kim Chi Liquid Lip Color

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This is the liquid lipstick released in collaberation with Kim Chi, participant on Rupaul’s drag race in season eight.

I have to say that I am a huge fan of Kim Chi, I absolutely adored her on the show and I admire her creativity.

 

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Official swatch from Sugarpill.

Official description:

Matte lavender mauve with a subtle, unique blend of transparent aqua and violet sparkles that twinkle brighter as the formula sets! Our creamy, mousse-like formula never feels dry on your lips. Donut scented!

Created by Kim Chi, Chicago-based drag queen and live-action anime character! http://www.kimchithedragqueen.com

Net Wt. 6 grams / .21 oz.

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Ingredients list.

My opinion:

I have been looking for something like this for a while, a lip product with a gorgeous lavender colour that still features something extra.

One thing I have to say about Sugarpill’s liquid lipsticks is that I see that the brand creates them within a formula based finish. This one does have a similar finish as Trinket, only difference is that the glitter in Kim Chi is a lot more subtle.

The doughnut scent is not horrible but I don’t love it either as I am sensitive to sweet scents. It is a lot more comfortable than the creamsicle scent that Trinket has though.

The shade is really lovely and far from the usual muted lavenders out on the market, don’t misunderstand me this is still a somewhat “soft” shade but it’s not as “watered” down as lavender coloured lip products usually are.

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I also get comments from people that my lips look fuller when I’m wearing this. I’m not sure if I agree but I do love how this looks on me.

But I have to say that compared to the other liquid lipsticks I own from Sugarpill, I found this one to be a lot more drying and it even sometimes crumble when I’m wearing it occasionally. It makes me not reach for Kim Chi as often as I’d want to even though it is a gorgeous shade.

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The packaging is the same as the others with the doe-foot applicator as well.

I love the packaging Sugarpill have for their liquid lipsticks and their formulas.

If you haven’t read me reviewing my other products from Sugarpill, here’s the link Sugarpill collection.

 

Have you tried this?

What do you think about Sugarpill as a brand?

 

June 2017 Anti-Haul

This is my very first anti-haul and I hope you will like this post.

I’ve been fond of anti-hauls for quite some time now and I thought it was about time I made one too.

Let’s start!

 

Urban Decay: Naked Heat Palette

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I love Urban Decay even though I have not tried many of their products. I like their ideas and I especially love their eyeshadow primer potion, that product changed my makeup game to a 100%.

I was never interested in any of the naked palettes, I never understood why those palettes became looked upon as revolutionary since the shades were all dupable and easy to find elsewhere+many were similar to each other.

So when I heard Urban Decay were going to release a new naked palette but that it was going to revolve around oranges, copper and amber shades. Which to me at the time sounded interesting and perhaps something I wanted to include in my makeup collection, I did think to myself that maybe this was something I would want to spend money on.

I like the packaging they choose for this palette, it is gorgeous and really compliments the name.

The shades in this palette are also lovely in their own right, there are a couple of them I’d love to own and use to create a lovely eye look. Especially shades like dirty talk, ashes and lumbre.

But after looking at it more and looking over my makeup collection, I found myself less excited and I’ve decided not to buy it.

I own similar shades but most importantly this palette follows the same “recipe” as the other naked palettes, which means there are few looks I can get out of this palette and most of them will be similar aswell.

In other words this palette, although beautiful, is not something I want to spend money on.

 

Too Faced: Melted Latex

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Initially I thought of buying one of these as the concept sounded interesting but also very different from a lot of the lipsticks on the market. But after looking at the promotion video I was less than impressed.

In the video these looked very sticky and streaky.

In order for me to even think about buying any of these, I will have to see swatches other than from Too Faced’s site.

At the moment these just seems to be tacky and bad looking, like some lip gloss from the 80s that wanted to get a comback. I can be wrong though so I won’t buy this as long as there are no swatches available from customers.

 

Just two products this time but I hope this was enjoyable.

Thank you for reading!

 

 

 

Etude House: Cherry Jelly Lips Patch

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I finally managed to get my hands on this lip patch that I’ve wanted to try ever since I tried the honey jelly lips patch after new years eve.

Review here of the Honey Jelly Lips Patch.

Both packages are quite similar with differences being the colour scheme and text. The hydro gel lip patch has the same shape and look a the other one.

This cherry lip patch is supposed to plump, vitalize, moisturize and revitalize lips thanks to ingredients like collagen, cherry extract and sodium hyaluronate.

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The scent of this product is a very light but fresh cherry scent. It is a scent I believe could have been used as part of a summer fragrance since it is comfortable and light.

The instructions are the same as with the other lip patch from Etude House.

You have use it immediately after opening the packaging, put the jelly patch onto clean lips and leave it on for 10-15 minutes and after removing it you are to massage any remaining serum into your lips.

It feels very soothing and refreshing but I thought it was a bit weird that it had difficulties staying on my lips by itself. The last one had no problem with this but I noticed that the cherry jelly lips patch has a thinner consistency and I believe that might have something to do with it.

But it disappoints me to say that this did almost nothing for my lips.

It was lovely enough and I did enjoy it but when I remove this and I can still feel that my lips are quite dry still, then I feel that this was a waste of money and time. Yes these lip patches are not the most expensive products out there but I still expected this to be better.

I did not rave about the honey jelly lips patch either but I have used it after my initial review and I see it as something I can indulge in on my care days, but this one won’t be rebought.

 

 

Summer is here and we are going camping!

Summer finally arrived!

Somedays ago we still had some leftover snow and the temperature was 3 degrees celsius, but we woke up three days ago to temperatures 16-20 celsius and a blistering sun.

I’m not complaining but combine this with no wind and I am struggling to not want the snow back or at least a healthy dose of rain.

Actually I found myself yesterday walking into the grocery store just to head straight towards the freezer area to cool off. Luckily for me the shop employee’s were very understanding and kind, they took it with a sense of humour and small talked with me.

So since the weather here in Norway is notorious for being capable at turning to the opposite at the blink of a second, me and my husband has taken the decision to go camping for the weekend if the weather stays as nice as it is right now.

But it begs the question: what to pack with us?

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H&M: Nail polish

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Cinnamon Spark, Imaginarium, Space Race and Toprock.

A couple of months ago I started to want to paint my nails again.

It was two years since the last time I painted my nails regularly and threw out my last polishes. I’m not sure why but I just could not be bothered anymore and besides that I always hated the smell of both the nail polish and remover.

I started to find my old favourites again and I have reviewed some of them.

But some time ago I went to my local H&M and I found myself mesmerised by their selection of nail polishes and the price tag.

They were also hailed by a well-known norwegian beauty magazine, who is usually very biased in favour of luxury brands, which in itself is such a rarity that I wanted to try them out just based on that alone.

I also like the new packaging, it’s not extremely high fashion but in my opinion it does not matter when it feels sturdy and the shade name is on the bottle itself. It is elegantly simple.

The polishes contains 8 ml of product which is not bad at all and I do find myself liking the brush which makes it easy to coat the nail in one swipe.

But how do these stand up?

Disclaimer: My swatch pictures are not perfect, I have done my best using two different cameras and taking pictures at different times of the day. I am not entirely happy but I really do hope they showcase the shades with a certain accuracy.

 

Space Race

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It was very difficult to capture the holographic effect correctly.

Do you remember the holographic craze some years ago? Everything from nails, lips, eyes and various clothing featured this effect and it was everywhere before it died out (at least from the mainstream)

It has lately re-emerged but in a very different light and “texture” than earlier. This nail polish however reminds me of the earlier incarnation of this trend, it does look eerily similar to a nail polish I owned around 2012-2013.

It is a silvery holographic nail polish that goes on fairly opaque with the first layer, it also dries down quite fast and the surface of the coat is a little bit texturised compared to other nail polishes. I like the fact that this one dries down so quick compared to most other polishes on the market.

I like this one quite a lot but a huge minus is the fact that this polish does start to chip already the next day, even with two coats it is not long-lasting at all. It is gorgeous but I have never experienced a polish that already starts to crack the next day.

With one coat however it starts to fade already after five hours, which is a strange effect to say the least since it looks like it is the pigments only that goes away, not the polish itself.

But I do actually like this one despite that huge flaw and I will perhaps even buy it another time.

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Imaginarium

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This is one of the most unique nail polishes I’ve ever seen or used, the shade is a colour shift between green and purple with an added metallic brilliance. On the nails it can in some lighting conditions look like it is a tarnished silver shade.

One thing is important to note with this one and that is that it does require two coats in order for it to be a bit more opaque, with only one coat this polish falls short and frankly looks more like a child’s nail polish and, as is the case with Space Race, it will start to fade after a few hours.

But it is a little bit on the sheer side no matter what and that is very visible in the pictures I’ve taken here. But I personally don’t mind it that much.

With two coats on the other hand this one is brilliant but also long-lasting aswell as non-chipping.

 

 

Cinnamon Spark

This one has a similar finish to Imaginarium but it features more of an iridescence and not the metallic finish that Imaginarium has.

Cinnamon Spark is a gorgeous shade with a teal iridescence on a red-brown background.

Compared to the other two in this post, this is a much more transparent shade and is also one that takes a long time to dry completely down. It requires two to three coats to become somewhat opaque and combined with the long dry down time, it leaves a little bit left to be desired for me but I enjoy this shade.

I find it beautiful and it is also the most long-lasting of all four.

It is really unique but not perfect.

 

Toprock

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This is a pale turquoise with a slight lilac iridescence. It is a very “glowing” shade  which I’m not sure looks good on me. In the bottle it looks great but on my nails I think it looks extremely cheap on me and that lilac iridescence is almost gone. It might have looked better if I were a little bit more tan.

The wear time is among the better ones of the H&M nail polishes but by god the dry time was long. It took forever for each coat to completely dry and as with the rest of this line this nail polish start to chip quite quickly and does not last long enough in order to excuse the long dry down time.

This might sound quite contradictory when compared to my review of the other nail polishes in this post, but where I can tolerate some of the other polishes in this line because of their shade but this one does not look good on me+long dry time and not being long-lasting at all.

 

Summary

Overall I’m not sure if I can give these a super high-grade.

I feel quite disappointed with the inconsistencies of the formula, of course it is normal for variations in different shades but I think that when I buy five different shades and they vary this much just in formula? That’s more than just disappointing and makes for a less than stellar experience.

I love the shades and the variety that H&M has to offer but such a lackluster formula makes me wary of buying more of these. I can buy from other brands and while they also can differentiate a bit between shades, I have never experienced something like this before with any nail polish line.

 

Have you tried any of these?

What do you think?

 

 

 

Holika Holika: Golden Monkey Glamour Lip Kit

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If there is one thing that I’ve always struggled with it is my dry lips, despite drinking plenty of water and being a lip balm addict to the boot.

So I have been eyeing this lip-kit from Holika Holika for quite some time but I’ve also been a little bit sceptical for some reason. I believe it stems from the fact that I’ve had my experiences with lip products that made me break out around the lips, this is especially in regards to some of the lip scrubs out there.

But I decided to give this a chance since it is budget friendly.

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The packaging is adorable.

What is it?

This is a three-step lip kit which is supposed to exfoliate, plump and nourish lips.

 

The steps

Step-1 Lip Peeling Patch

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The first step is a an exfoliating wipe shapes as lips which are going to remove dead skin of your lips.

The instructions state to take out the cotton sheet and carefully rub it on your lips and to stop when you feel a slight sting.

One thing I did not like about this step is that the cream that this cloth is saturated with smells like baby wipes and if you get it into your mouth, which you will, you’re left with a very perfumed and bitter taste.

But it works amazing and that’s the only thing that matters, this transformed my lips from being textured to be smooth.

 

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Step-2 Volume Lip Pack

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This is a lip patch made of hydrogel which contains hyaluronic acid and collagen, this is supposed to both moisturize and plump your lips.

You are supposed to leave this on for 15-16 minutes.

I have tried other hydrogel lip patches in the past and one thing to note is that this one is much thinner than what I’m used to. Usually these lip patches has a thicker consistency but this is really thin and I was happy to find out that this would help it stick better to my lips.

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Here’s the packaging containing the lip patch.

I really enjoyed this step since it was relaxing and after removing it my lips felt so soft and looked healthy.

But I’m not sure if it had a plumping effect.

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Step-3 Honey Lip Essence

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This is a product I’d wish was sold separately. It is a thick non-sticky balm with a lovely honey scent which I left on my lips for at least five minutes and I am left with insanely soft lips.

The packet contains a lot of product so I did repeat applying this and let it sit for five more minutes in order to use it all up.

This step was my favorite part of this kit and I can’t remember the last time my lips felt this good.

 

Verdict

This really helped my chapped lips and they both look and feel better. It is a product that really wowed me.

Another bonus is that this lip kit is very budget friendly and I will certainly buy this again.

 

Thanks for reading!