The beauty tag

Lise —  February 18, 2018 — 7 Comments

Thank you so much to Michala for tagging me in this. You can read her post about this fun tag by clicking on this link here. It will take you directly to it! I would also recommend checking out her other posts, they’re definitely worth a read! Her blog is one of those I have followed the longest and I never get tired of anything she writes about.

Thank you so much to Michala for tagging me in this. You can read her post about this fun tag by clicking on this link here. It will take you directly to it! I would also recommend checking out her other posts, they’re definitely worth a read! Her blog is one of those I have followed the longest and I never get tired of anything she writes about.

1. Do you remember your first makeup item?
I think it was one of those cheap lip gloss palettes with frosty-ass shades. My favorite was a silver frosted lip gloss. That or lip smacker lip balms if they count.

2. Describe your perfect mascara. Have you found one that fits your specifications?
Uh, preferably one that feels like nothing. Lush’s Eyes Right mascara was pretty good for me, I just think it’s very expensive. My eyes are super sensitive so pretty much any mascara makes them itchy, except for that one.

3. What kind of coverage do you prefer from a foundation?
I don’t really care for foundations in general. I prefer like medium coverage BB creams. I don’t like cancelling out everything on my skin. My spots make me who I am. If I do use foundations, it’s a powder foundation with medium coverage.

4. Favourite high end brand?
I’ve never really used anything from a high end brand so I can’t say anything about that.

5. What cosmetics brands have you always wanted to try but still haven’t?
Hmm, probably Soap & Glory? It’s not easily available here in Norway. Hoping I’ll be able to order some from the UK one day. Alternatively try it if and when I move there because of school in a couple of years .

6. Favourite drugstore brand?
I don’t know if I have an absolute favorite brand, I like to find bits and pieces here and there that are cruelty free. I used to think of Maybelline as my favorite brand, but not anymore. I’m sure I’ll find one particular brand to love some day.

7. Do you wear false lashes?
No! I have worn them before but my eyes are too sensitive. I’m also very sensitive to latex, and a lot of glues contains that. Overall a bad thing to put on my eyes.

8. Is there any kind of makeup you can’t leave the house without?
I can go out completely bare faced without any issues, but I would prefer to at least put on my brows.

9. What is your most cherished beauty product?
Hmm, probably my hair oil. I love having shiny, frizz free hair. Without it, it would basically be a crows nest.

10. How often do you shop for makeup? Do you like to pick up an item here and there, or get lots of goodies at once?
I don’t shop for make up often. I pick up what I run out of, or if I see something new that I have to have, I buy it when I can afford it.

11. Do you have a “beauty budget” or do you spend freely?
I don’t have a budget, I only buy when it’s absolutely necessary. If you asked me a couple of years ago, I would have said I spent my money freely.

12. Do you utilize coupons, reward cards and sales when you shop for cosmetics?
There’s not really a coupon culture here in Norway, but I do use online codes whenever I can find them.

13. What type of product do you buy the most of?
Eyebrow pencils. I think.. That or toners. Or shampoo and conditioners? I’m not really sure. I also buy a lot of lip balms because I tend to misplace them pretty fast.

14. Is there a brand you absolutely can’t stand?
Any brand that uses super perfume-y scents in their products. Yuck.

15. Do you avoid certain ingredients in cosmetics, like parabens or sulfates?
I try to avoid aluminium, some octane thing that Lisa discovered, and other things that are generally harmful for you.

16. Do you have a favourite place to shop for makeup?
I use two Norwegian websites called Vita.no and Blivakker.no, and also the UK site Tambeauty.com (they’re behind Makeup Revolution and similar brands). I don’t buy a lot in person because it’s so expensive here.

17. Do you like trying new skin care products or do you keep a certain routine?
I usually try one new thing at a time so that I will know for sure what it is if it messes up my skin. So I keep a certain routine but I also replace things now and then.

18. Favourite bath and body brand?
The “I love…” branding? Don’t know if they’re cruelty free or not. Used to be OGX but they’re not cruelty free anymore.

19. If you could only buy from one brand, which brand would you choose?
Maybe Makeup Revolution?? They’re super cheap so that would be the wisest choice for my wallet.

20. What brand do you think has the best packaging?
I think Kat Von D’s products have great packaging, I’ve never tried any of her products though!

21. Which celebrity always have great makeup?
Most of them? I mean, most, if not all have make up artists so they always look good.

22. Do you belong to any online makeup communities?
Not really?

23. 5 Favourite beauty gurus:
Does Safiya Nygaard count? She’s not technically a beauty guru but she makes a lot of videos about mixing her make up and whatnot. I also watch RachhLoves. I love her energy and how excited she is about everything.

24. Do you like multi-functional products like lip and cheek stains?
They can be handy, but I never use them. If something is for the lips it usually feels really sticky and weird on the cheeks, I don’t like that!

25. Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?
Sometimes. I fuck up the thickness of my liners a lot. Then I usually end up with panda eyes, wipe it off and start over.

26. Do you use makeup base/primer for the eyes?
I used to, then I ran out and realized I couldn’t  be bothered to buy a new one.

27. How many hair products do you use on a typical day?
When I shower, I use shampoo, conditioner, then a hair oil while it’s still damp. So three. And when I don’t have time to shower I use dry shampoo.

28. What do you apply first, concealer or foundation?
I don’t use concealer, so just foundation. Powder foundation.

29. Would you ever consider taking makeup classes?
Maybe! I mean, I know enough to get me through the day now, but if there was like a costume make up or special fx make up class, I would take it! I don’t really need to know how to do make up professionally, with as little as I usually wear it’s not necessary.

30. What do you love about makeup?
I love that it’s versatile and can be used by anyone who wishes to do so. And that it gives you the chance to “be someone else” for a day, or just a “better” version of yourself. I don’t really believe it makes you better because you’re fine the way you are, but it’s fun to wear.

I tag:

Anyone who wishes to do this one.

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5 lists of 5 things

Lise —  February 17, 2018 — 12 Comments

This is taken from Lisa’s “Endless blog challenge” series, you can find this weeks post about it by clicking here.

5 things I often say

“Uhm….” (Whenever I am in an awkward situation, which happens too often.)

“Welcome to the yellow pages, what do you need?” (My parents always call me to figure out where places they deliver to are, they don’t know how to use google maps on their phones…)

“Who’s my sweet little boy?” (Whenever I talk to one of my cats)

“Helvete” (Basically ‘Hell’)

“No.” (For whenever I am asked to do something ridiculous.)

 

5 things I often think

“If you don’t walk any faster I’m gonna hurt you”

“If I have to speak to one more person today I’m gonna flip”

“How can a cat be so cute when it sleeps?”

“Do I really need to eat?”

“Why?”

 

5 things I dream about at night

About post-apocalyptic scenarios

About dying

About having magical powers

About games I’ve played

About living out alternate lives

5 things I order abroad

Groceries from England

Books

Art prints

Occasionally Make up

Skincare

5 things I wish would happen before the end of the year

Getting accepted into a Bachelor’s program

Have my own place to live

Get a better life

Lose some weight

That’s pretty much it.

 

What would your lists look like? 

Steve Laurant Liquid Liner Review

Lise —  February 15, 2018 — 18 Comments

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What is it?

The Steve Laurant Precision Tip Eyeliner is a liquid felt tip eye liner that comes in a really pretty rose gold packaging. This eyeliner was a gift from my sister who had received it in a Glossybox. She doesn’t use eyeliners so I’m glad she gave it to me because it’s a really good one. I haven’t had too much experience with felt tip liners, but after the failure that was the L’Oreal Superliner, I was ready to find an actual good one.

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The picture above was taken about ten minutes after I put it on, and you can see that it’s not a matte black. It’s very shiny and it layers on top of the skin so you can definitely feel that it’s there, but it does look pretty so I don’t mind. It’s a very intense black, at least at first application. I was able to do a somewhat sharp flick because the tip is very firm and sturdy, but it’s not uncomfortable to use in any way. I feel in some cases liners can feel a bit sharp but that was not the case with this one at all. The black glided on smoothly and it was super easy to use. I didn’t notice it drying out while applying the liner either and that is a very big plus!

How did it go?

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The picture above was taken at the end of the day. This is after roughly 14 hours of wear. I applied it around 8 am and washed it off around 10 pm. You can see that the black has faded quite a bit, it’s more of a charcoal or dark grey at this point but it has still retained a little bit of its shine so it’s not too bad. The sharp flick has become more rounded, likely from me roughly rubbing my eye a bit earlier but not much else has happened to it. It has not faded any differently during other times that I have worn it so it has quickly become my favorite liquid liner.

I would recommend this if you enjoy liquid liners that look shiny. If you want a matte liner, this one won’t be for you, it’s way too shiny to try to play it off as something else.

Have you tried this liner before? Or heard of the brand? It was definitely a first for me, but I am glad I was gifted this.

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6 years, and I’m still in love.

Lise —  February 13, 2018 — 4 Comments

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It feels kind of weird to dedicate a title like that, and a blog post like this to a video game, but that is just how it is. For six years now, one game has been with me since day one when it was released, and i have yet to grow properly tired of it. It’s the fifth game in a series, it is a role playing game and its landscapes really reminds me of the ones we have here in Norway. Some have even called it a Norway simulator when they walk through the woods in game. It is far from a hundred percent accurate, but it is pretty close. The mountains I see in the game, I can also see across the river from where I live. Not exact duplicates, but very similar.

Got a guess about what it is? What I’m talking about is the fifth installment in the Elder Scrolls series published by Bethesda, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

The first time i played it was when my roommate at the time brought the game home from work, left it in the living room and then went to sleep. I grabbed the game, stuffed it into his Playstation 3 and 17 hours later i was still playing as eagerly as when I first picked up the controller. I kind of regret sitting in front of the TV screen for that long but boy, i just got immersed in it. I had of course played through some of its predecessors, Morrowind and Oblivion, but there was just something about it that captured my heart. It must be the role playing aspect, and the amazing scenery, both above and below ground. Alternatively in a different realm, even.

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With the addition of mods and expansions a while later, there was always something new that could be added to the game and it just gives it more and more replayability. I don’t think any of my play throughs have been the same and I’m still discovering things years later.

If you haven’t tried it before and you enjoy role playing/adventure games and dragons, you should give Skyrim a try. I’m sure you wouldn’t regret it. unless you really don’t have time to get sucked into an amazing world. You can follow the storyline of the Dragonborn, or you can just live your life as a hunter.. Or you could be a ruthless assassin or the master of the thieves guild. It is pretty much your imagination that is the limit. With the remastered version, and even a Virtual Reality version to pick from, I’m sure you would find one of them to love.

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Fake tears, really?

I first read about fake tears as a runway trend, then it blew up as a different version on instagram sometime last year (I’m late, I know!). Instead of just using color to create tears, people were using clear gloss to mimic tears rolling down your face. I did not have a clear lip gloss so I opted for just trying out the colored version. It also didn’t sound too tempting to put some sticky liquid so close to my eyeballs. I’m very paranoid when it comes to what I put near my eyes.

What I used to do this was the Steve Laurant liquid liner in Black, and a couple of shades from the I ❤ MakeUp Death By Chocolate Palette (Love you to death & Tease Me). I used a dark purple paired with silver acting as a highlight. The highlight part didn’t pick up too well on camera, it just looked like solid silver but it was a lot prettier in real life! It shifted really nicely between purple and silver.

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I think it looks good both as just an outline, and filled in. It’s not an every day kind of look though, but I would definitely use something like this for costume make up. I know a lot of people like adding things like this when doing a Goth kind of costume make up. I also remember seeing make up like this when finding ‘alternative’ looks for my Sims 2 & 3 characters.

If I did this again, I think I might have opted for black and silver, or black and gold.. or maybe something blue? I’m not sure. I think I also would have gone over the outlines with liquid eyeliner again to keep it looking kinda cartoon-ish. It could also have been cool to pair this with a cel-shade or pop art look.

Have you ever tried anything like this? Or what do you think of a ‘trend’ like this in general? Something for you? It’s not really for me but I can respect people’s creativity.

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