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I found this in the Maybelline display at the grocery store here and I was immediately intrigued, especially since I have been loving purple a lot the past year or so. I haven’t had a proper blush in ages because I feel like my cheeks shine through no matter what so I decided on purchasing this one. It also comes with a highlighting shade so it was kind of a twofer. The idea of it, as told by the backside of the packaging is to use the blush, then highlight on top of it to give a different effect, apparently.

In the pan, the highlighter looks really pale, but when I swatched it, as you can see below, it looks more golden than white. For me, that is kind of a problem since I’m really pale and golden shades doesn’t suit me too well. The other shades look gorgeous though, there’s a good variety between shades, one pink-ish, one light purple and one that looks a lot deeper.

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The blushes are very pigmented, so you would have to be careful when applying it. I used a round contour brush to apply it the first time because my blush brush had been used for highlighter previously and I didn’t want to wash it. By using that I pretty much just stamped a circle of color onto my cheeks and I looked like a clown. You can also see in the picture below that the palette has a lot of fallout so be careful when using a brush to apply it. I only gently swiped into the color and that was how much came out, a bit more than what I’m used to from other Maybelline products. I guess it makes up for it by being super pigmented.

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All in all I found it to be a good enough blush, the highlight was too dark so I resorted to using it on my eyes along with the purple shades instead. The colors blend really well so they are ideal for being used as an eye shadow too.. So this is technically a three-fer palette then, blush, highlight and eye shadow in one!

Have you tried this before? What do you think about it? 

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Throwback Thursday

October 12, 2017 — 12 Comments

This throwback won’t go very far, just back to the Christmas holiday of 2016, leading up to New years. Christmas is pretty much my favorite holiday, although I’ve always had to work during it. This year I will finally have some time off so I’m looking forward to it while reminiscing about last years Christmas. My sister invited us over to her apartment for Christmas so that will be fun.

Besides working, I spent my time making hot chocolates, baking gingerbread cookies, and then I spent some of new years eve playing a game called Year Walk, which is based on Swedish folk lore. It’s rather creepy but also very cool, and it contains a lot of puzzles and symbols you need to remember, as you can see by the drawings I did on my hand. Afterwards I went outside to watch the fireworks, it was really nice.

I’m just hoping this year will be as good, hopefully even better!
What would be featured in your Throwback Thursday?

 

I did one of these kind of posts for my birthday, 26 things I learned in 26 years, but I thought I could add a few new, and pick out some that I did learn this year. Have you learned any lessons this year or has it gone by pretty smoothly? 

  1. Phones are rarely ever water proof, no matter how much the company or salesman claims for it to be. They could be water resistant, sure, but not water proof.
  2. If you stop thinking of blogging as a hobby, it will quickly become a chore. You will get tired of it and you will lose motivation. Try to keep it fun.
  3. Always keep a copy of a document you have signed. You never know what they will do with it and if anything is altered without your permission, you still have the original document.
  4. It’ okay to not know what you want to do with your life, it’s okay to try new things and it’s okay to go back to school if you want. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. It’s your life and you decide what you want to do with it, if you ever figure it out, of course.
  5. If you have the money and time for travel, do it! You would probably regret not going more than you would regret going. Just get yourself out there, it’s a big world that we have to explore.
  6. Nothing lasts forever and it is definitely best to try to enjoy what you have while you can, whether its physical possessions or people in your life. You never know when you would lose anything.
  7. It is possible to overcome anxiety. I have felt lately that my anxiety has gotten less severe. I’m able to be in social situations without feeling sick to my stomach and I don’t get panic attacks too often. It feels really relieving and I’m so happy that my life is slowly becoming more “normal”.

 

 

 

Sounds rather sticky, right?

I have both heard about and seen people use their lipstick or lip tint as a blush but I have never really wanted to try it.. Mostly because it sounds awfully sticky and I’m honestly not great at blending at all. Most of my lipsticks are purple too so I end up looking super flushed, as you can see in the picture below. I used to have a lip tint that doubled as a blush but I think I had an allergic reaction to it so I threw it out sometime earlier this year.

From what I found when researching this, you could either apply the lipstick directly onto your cheeks, or use your fingers to blot your lips after application and then dab whatever you blot off onto your cheeks afterwards. I tried just applying it directly onto my cheeks, and boy, did I not know how much or little I needed. My first attempt made me end up looking like a clown, but with a little bit of practice I ended up with what you can see below. It’s not the worst, but certainly not the best either as I could blend it out more to make it look natural. The downside with doing that though is that it wouldn’t show up as well in pictures, and how could I illustrate what I did without that?

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(The lipstick I used is Mauve Mania by Maybelline)

I’m not sure if it is a trend I would continue to follow, especially not since my cheeks are naturally flushed anyways. It doesn’t really matter how much foundation I put on top because somehow the redness shines through anyways. Luckily it’s not the brightest red in the world but it is enough to be noticed.

I think I honestly would rather invest in a proper blusher instead. I do prefer powders to the feeling of sticky lipstick on my cheeks so it’s not really any big decision I need to make. Would you use your lipstick as a blush if you’re in a pinch? Or is this something you do already? Let me know! I’m curious to read your answers.

I did one of these last year, and I wanted to find a new one this year.. Sadly I couldn’t find one that was updated and adjusted to the calendar for 2017, so I made my own, moved things around and I think I got the days right.. I sure hope so at least! If you want to join the October blog challenge, feel free to do so! There are no rules, you can post every day, do weekly ones, do one every few days.. anything goes! I just thought I could post this before October started so that you would have time to prepare.. Or schedule posts, like I have. Happy blogging!

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