Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Black Jewel

For my birthday my aunt in England sent me a few beauty bits, and among them was this little package from Boujois containing 12 self-adhesive face jewels. They are ridiculously cute and fun to experiment with, however I don't think I will be approaching an occasion where "face-jewels" are a necessity all too soon I though I should find another use for them. As my current nail polish is one from TopShop called Jewel In The Crown I though I was appropriate to combine it with a couple black jewels, just to top it off you know? And so I did...

Two coats of the sea blue/green base colour, a black jewel on each of my ring fingers and a good coat of Seche Vite Top Coat and my nails went from ordinary to something new and slightly more interesting. I haven't had the jewels on for too long yet so I am not sure of their longevity, but I will get back to you on that. 

Just a quick note though, the TopShop polishes are incredible! They are super-opaque, rather long-lasting and they dry very quickly! The only downside I have experienced is that those with darker colours such as Jewel In The Crown does leave quite bad stains on my nails - worse than for example O.P.I and Essie. However, with a protective base coat underneath, there will be no stains in sight. So the next time you are in a TopShop store, check out their nail polishes (as well as the rest of their make-up which is also pretty darn good).

- Em


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Girl Behind The Keyboard

Who am I to my readers? That was a question that popped into my head the other day, and I realized that you do not really know too much about me. Therefore I am making this post to share a little bit more of who I am... on an unserious level at least :)

1.) I love lemon, lime, oranges and any citrus-y foods, drinks or products. Although on the other hand I can't stand coriander, sour cream, balsamic/vinegar dressings and oils...

2.) I am planning to study Fashion Marketing/Promotion in the UK, as well as attending a make-up artist course so that I can one day work within the two industries that I love more than anything!

3.) I am obsessed with really is a bad habit

4.) For years I have dreamt about attending New York or London Fashion Week, not as an audience but as someone who is part of what goes on backstage. It has now become my #1 dream to achieve.

5.) I love singing and dancing, especially when I vacuum and clean up around the house! However I wanted to pursue sining as a career when I was a little younger.

6.) I first got into makeup and beauty about 3 years ago when I came across a make-up tutorial by MakeupByTiffanyD on youtube!

7.) I have a silent desire to try modeling, but never had the guts to actually try it...Maybe that should be one of my to-do things!

8.) I speak three languages: Norwegian, English and Spanish, but I understand Danish and Sweedish as well although few people would count them considering I know Norwegian which is fairly similar.

9.) I am 1 year younger than the rest of my grade, as I kind of got to skip a year due to my 1 year in Colombia.

10.) I have 3 older sisters, whom I love very much! Now that I am older I feel like I have some very good friends in them which I am so grateful for :)

11.) I am a mahusive (a mixture of massive and huge) fan of Harry Potter. I know pretty much every line in the movies and the books are pretty much stamped onto my brain after I read them the 4th (..or was it 5th?) time! So yes, I love J.K.Rowling for creating such an incredible world, and I love Warner Bros. and Universal for opening their Harry Potter park and studio so that I, among all the other fans out there can feel like we are living in the magical world. See a post here from when I visited the WB studio tour, unfortunately I have lost the post from Universal, but both are incredible to visit for us HP geeks ;)

12.) I love roller coasters! Haha, quite random but I do :)

13.) I have a gap in my teeth that has always been there and always will be unless it decides to go away itself. Anyhow I do not intend to do anything in order to remove it. I like being a ginger with freckles and a gap between her teeth.

My second oldest sister and me in Universal :)

In Colombia

At the WB studio tour

If you liked this post I might do more of the same type in the future however, I would love it if you would, for now, leave me a comment telling me a few facts about yourself, so that I can get to know you better too! 

Lots of love, always



Monday, February 18, 2013

Peach Diaquiri

From right to leftEssie - All In One Base, Essie - Peach Daiquiri, Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat.

So I am back with, surprise surprise , not another review! I am simply sharing what my nails looked like a few days ago, as I love knowing which colours other people wear on their nails I thought I might share what I use myself. In this case Essie's peach daiquiri :) I love this peachy, orange, coral colour - especially in the spring and summer time and that time is approaching quickly so let's prep for it with beauties such as this! I won't go into detail about how many strokes I did on each nail but I did one coat of the base, two of the colour and one of the top coat. This lasted me well over four days before it started to work some serious chipping. But four days is good right?

I think this is one of my favourite Essie colours, but I wonder, what is yours? I would love to find some new nail polish treasures so feel free to share your favourites in the comments:)

Talk to you guys soon!



Thursday, February 14, 2013

Cheap, but pretty damn good

 Accessories Palette: You Are Everything

Accessories has started (a while ago) doing their own makeup. I did not expect much from them as I rarely do from the non-beauty related brands. However when I got this palette for a photoshoot with my friend Siren (post about that here), I was very surprised at how good the eyeshadows are!

First of all, their pigmentation is close to many of the other high-street and high-end brands, secondly their consistency is smooth and creamy rather than chalky and powdery. In other words these colours don't cause any extreme amounts of fall-out. Great bonus. As for their lasting power, well I would say that this is where the quality drops. Unfortunately they don't last for more than about 4 hours without a primer, but if you do use a primer then you can expect the shadows to stay for about a good 6-8hours which is nothing to complain about!!

I think that despite the longevity this palette is a good thing to have in your collection of you like having many choices in one:) The opportunities with these colours are endless :)

I am for the record on vacation, skiing in Austria but I am trying (and have been trying) to keep my blogging up as best as I can. However that is why I have been posting reviews lately:) Hope you don't mind and that you are enjoying what I do post! Have a wonderful day and keep reading for more beauty and fashion posts.

- Em


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Sunday, February 10, 2013

10 Minute Miracle

A little while ago I mentioned a purchase of a trio of Origins face masks, including the Out Of Trouble   one. This bad boy is a real miracle worker! I have used it twice since I first got it and it is one of those masks where you feel and see the changes immediately!

It has a mud-like consistency although it is quite creamy at the same time, and it feels very smooth, so it slides on easily which is a blessing. We all hate those masks where you have to spend a thousand years just to get it evenly distributed and not leave it on in bulky patches. This is not one of those, thank god. 

If you are someone who is put off by the scent of products and do not like menthol then don't get this because you would be left either holding your breath for the 10 minutes its on or breathe only with your mouth. Neither is very appealing, nor relaxing. However if you don't mind it or actually like the menthol scent, like I do, then it may be hard to make yourself even take this beauty off! I love how refreshing and clean it smells and feels, and you can almost sense it working deep in the pores, removing all the bad stuff and replacing it with menthol-y cleanness. Mmm...

The outcome? After 10 minutes, use a warm and damp cloth to remove it, splash some water over your face and you are left with cheeks as soft as a baby's butt without having to scrub the life out of your fingers. Impurities and redness is reduced remarkably (at least it was on me) and the morning after I woke up with more even skin where my humps and bumps were smother, and less noticeable. A good face mask that can rescue bad skin days - Check! If your skin is prone to break-outs of impurities, or if you have oily to combination skin then if you ever stop by an Origins counter then you should take a look at this and maybe ask for a tester. It really is that good :) And as always with Origins, it has none of those bad ingredients, only natural goodness.

Price wise, I am afraid I do not know the exact one as I bought this in a set, but online it says that it retails for $23 (130 NOK /£ 15) which is not a bad price at all.

Let me know if you try it or if you have tried this or any other Origins mask already!

- Em


Saturday, February 09, 2013

Everyday Shadows

It is not everyday that I actually take my time to stop by the step of applying eyeshadow in my makeup routine, but sometimes I get the urge to whack on a little somethin' somethin'. Yesterday I went to a concert with my mom so I decided to give a new shade a whirl. MAC Soba, in you come.

I started off with the base, the Maybeline Fit Me foundation in 120 to be exact. This foundation is pretty darn great, it has one of the best colour ranges, louminous finis, natural "barely there" appearance, whilst still giving a medium coverage that is buildable. Any extra concealing was done by Maybeline's Fit Me concealer in 15. A little bit of Chanel's Bronze Universal over the cheeks, nose and forehead and a light dusting of Topshop's highlighter in Cresent Moon, and face was done.

Then came the eyes. I used my trusty, personalized MAC quad containing Espresso and Omega, together with the new little baby under the name Soba. Soba all over the eyelid, Espresso in the outer corner and blended into the crease and  then Omega to blend any edges, was all I did to give a little depth to my eyes. For eyelashes, I curled them, then coated them with L'oréal Telescopic mascara in waterproof and Maybeline Illegal Lenghts mascara (also waterproof). 

Only one more thing left, and that's lips. I used MAC's Rebel lipstick which is one of my favourite lipsticks of all times. A coat of this, blotted with a pinkie finger and voilá! Done, and done.

I hope you liked this rundown of my FOTD (Face Of The Day - yesterday). I am trying to mix things up on my blog with a little bit of a lot of things within the beauty and fashion business, including some travelling, so I hope you don't mind the variety. As always, just let me know with a comment or tweet if there is anything you want to see, or don't want to see or just something you want to ask :)

- Em


Thursday, February 07, 2013


The Paris video is finally finished! Took me a scarily long time to get that started and out of the way, but now its done, and published. Apologies for the wobbly camera and the sort of bad editing, but I am still learning how to use iMovie, and its not going to well, hahah so just bear with me! Anyways I hope you enjoy!

Remember to set it to HD quality ;)

- Em