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Thank you so much to Siyana for nominating me in her post! She is trying to reach a thousand followers in August so go check her blog out if you’re interested! 


The rules:

  • Thank the blogger who has nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions that the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs and write 11 new questions for them.
  • List the rules and display the logo of sunshine blog award in your post.

 

Questions from Siyana:

  1. If you could swap with a celebrity for a week, who would that be and why?
    Well, you know, I’d want to swap lives with Gordon Ramsay. Not mainly because of the cooking, but because he gets paid to be angry. I feel angry often so I wouldn’t mind getting paid to yell at people. 
  2. Do you prefer to skip lunch or dinner?
    I don’t really skip meals, but if I had to pick one, I would skip lunch.
  3. What’s your favourite ice cream flavor?
    Coconut! And vanilla.. I’m really boring, mostly because that’s the only dairy free ice cream flavors I can find. 
  4. What’s the thing you like about yourself?
    My determination, I guess? I rarely give up on something, which can be both good and bad. 
  5. Is there a thing you want to change in yourself (both appearance and personality)?
    I want to remove the entire depression part of me that has been with me for over a decade. Just being happy and care free would be nice.
  6. What are your favourite types of posts to read?
    I love reading about people’s experiences.. And hauls.. and anything about books! There’s a lot, I read pretty much everything in my reader feed so my taste is very varied.
  7. What does your blog mean about you?
    My blog is like a creative outlet, a safe space for me to write about anything I want, so to me my blog is like.. a safe haven? I’m not quite sure how to word it. 
  8. If you had to delete your blog, how would you react?
    I would be slightly upset and also awfully bored since I’d lose my biggest and most entertaining hobby. 
  9. What’s your favourite lipstick shade?
    Just going to make it simple and just say Mauve in general. That or something like oxblood. 
  10. If you have to go out wearing only one make up product – what would that be?
    Eyebrow pencil. I don’t care about the rest of my face as long as my brows look good! 
  11. What did you eat last night?
    I had a veggie stew! It was basically just potatoes, carrots, leek, onion, radishes and a broth. It was really tasty!

My questions for you:

  1. If you had to describe yourself in four words, what would you choose?
  2. You’re stranded on an island and can only bring one item, one person and one food item. What and who do you bring, and why?
  3. You have the chance to go back in time to change one major world event. What would you change?
  4. Why did you start blogging? Do you feel different about it now?
  5. What is the meaning behind your blog name?
  6. What is your current favorite song?
  7. If you had to just eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  8. What is your biggest flaw?
  9. Do you have a favorite series? Could be anything from books to tv shows.
  10. Did you keep your new years resolutions?
  11. Do you have any exciting plans for the future?

My nominees:

  1. Rei
  2. Michala
  3. Karalee
  4. Dannii Jane
  5. Abby
  6. Kat
  7. Grace
  8. Storm
  9. Palegirlrambling
  10. Emma
  11. Gemma

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I noticed it had been a while since I last did a Top 5 (June 30th, wow!), so I figured it was time for one! I did a post on my favorite lip products last summer (probably one earlier this year too), and it has changed a bit since then so a new one was in order! Feel free to share your favorite products in the comments, I’d really like to read about them ♥

  1. Maybelline – Galactic Mauve LipstickLook at how little I have left of it! I rarely ever finish a lipstick, but I have been using this one almost every day since I purchased it. Luckily I’m still as in love with it now as I was back then. I have two other varieties of mauve shades I have to finish before I’m going to repurchase this, but it will definitely be repurchased in the future.

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  2. NYX – Devil’s Food Cake Butter Gloss This is honestly a gloss that I probably never will tire of. It smells so sweet, so good and it feels really comfortable on the lips. It’s not a sticky gloss, it doesn’t last forever but I honestly don’t mind reapplying it. Also, can you tell that I love purple? 😉 If I could, I would wear purple lipsticks/glosses at all times. I initially expected this one to be very dark, since the bottle is exactly that, but it’s not bad at all even though it’s lighter than what I thought.

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  3. Makeup Revolution – Lip Euphoria Liquid Lipstick from Ultimate Reds KitOh hey, something that is not purple! This one is more of a dusty rose. It doesn’t dry down matte, but it’s not exactly shiny either. It looks really pretty and it has a fairly good longevity, considering the lip kit it comes in costs around £3. I love using this when I need a more “natural” look.

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  4. Australian Gold – 30 spf Lip BalmThis is one of the best smelling lip balms I have owned, apart from any smelling like vanilla. This smells like a minty orange drink and it’s great. I also love that it has spf, I have used this frequently over the summer, even though we haven’t really had any sunny weather. ( I do wear spf during winter too, don’t worry!)

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  5. Blistex – Lip Relief CreamA true lifesaver when you have really chapped lips or cold sores. This guy cools down, moisturizes, nourishes, tingles and makes your lips feel so good! It kinda tastes like tooth paste, but I can get past that since it works so well! A little goes a long way with this, you’d end up with white lips if you apply too much.. I speak from experience!

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What are your favorites?

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“Light, nourishing and delicious – krupenik’s extraordinary combination of qualities is not a contradiction.”

Krupenik is a traditional Russian baked pudding made of common products found in many homes over the course of history, and its name derives from the word for grain, «крупа» (“krupa”).

I’ve tried quite a few pudding recipes over the year that claims to be somewhat healthy, I once made a semolina pudding but it called for almost a kilo (!) of sugar so I quickly decided against it. This one, however, only uses three tablespoons of it so I was much more willing to give it a try. Krupenik is described as a pudding perfect for those who are dieting, so I’m just going to believe that and eat it without feeling bad about it. This one can be served both as a dessert, and as the main meal for breakfast, and it doesn’t matter whether it’s hot or cold. I love eating mine hot with a bit of cinnamon on top.

Here’s what you need:

  • 250 grams of buckwheat. Rinsed well and roasted if you want it to be less “slimy” and more of a different texture.
  • 300 grams of farmers cheese. I’m lactose intolerant so I can’t have cheese, but I found a lactose free cream cheese I used as a replacement. It made the pudding more runny but it works if you’re in a pinch.
  • 2 eggs.
  • 100 grams of sour cream. Again, I found a lactose free alternative, I used the iMat Fraiche from Oatly.
  • 30 grams of butter. Milk free margarine for me.
  • 2 tablespoons of rusk flour. I just used crumbled up graham crackers.
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar. You honestly don’t need more than that, the cheese is what will give the pudding it’s flavor and it’s acidity.
  • Half a teaspoon of salt.

Here’s how to do it:

The first thing you gotta do is to fill a pot with a liter of water and then bring it to a boil. While that is happening you have to measure the 250 grams of buckwheat and make sure to rinse it thoroughly. It should say on the package that some people can be allergic to the color of the buckwheat that’s why it needs the rinse beforehand.

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Once the water is boiling, put the buckwheat in it and set a timer for 15 minutes. It should be more than enough to finish boiling it, and it will turn a little bit slimy once it’s finished. You won’t notice this texture after you bake the pudding.

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While the buckwheat is boiling, crack the two eggs into a bowl. Gently beat them to mix the yolk and the whites before adding in three tablespoons of sugar, whisking it all again to mix it properly.

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Add in the farmers cheese, cream cheese in my case. I had to use kitchen scales to measure up 300 grams, the boxes of cream cheese were 175 grams each, which was more than I needed.

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I would recommend using a hand mixer for mixing in the cheese, the mixture needs to be lump free and that is difficult to achieve with a regular whisk. A balloon whisk could maybe work but I don’t have that. Once everything is blended properly and the buckwheat has finished boiling, drain the water before adding it to the egg-sugar-cheese mixture. Stir it all together. With regular farmers cheese it wont be as liquid-y as mine is, the cream cheese doesn’t have much of a body to it.

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Line a small baking pan with rusk flour/graham cracker crumbs. You can basically use anything you want in this step to add some flavor to it, though dry, crumbly biscuits would work best. Adding salted biscuits could definitely work too to make the pudding less sweet, if that is what you prefer.

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Pour the mixture into the pan to cover the crumbs, make sure it is an even layer before covering the top with a thin layer of sour cream to add in more flavor. Put it in the oven and bake it in there at 190 degrees Celsius (about 374 F) for 40 minutes. I didn’t preheat my oven because it’s a hot air oven, and it doesn’t take long at all for it to reach 190 degrees Celsius.

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If you want the pudding to be a bit more baked, you can leave it in for an extra 10 ish minutes. Mine was in for five minutes longer than it should but it was still juicy and tasted just the way it should! I cut mine into squares, (well, it didn’t want to come out as squares but I tried!), and added some cinnamon on top. If you want, you can also add in raisins or berries or anything else to add sweetness or flavor!

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Have you ever tried to dye your eyebrows?

I sure haven’t, I’m terrified of ever putting anything harmful near my eyes. However, i saw this trend in many articles (mostly about catwalk trends), done with both liquid lipsticks, colored mascaras and eye shadows and I decided I wanted to try it. I’ve read in many places that you can use a shade that matches your hair to dye your brows to make it look softer and more ‘natural’, but I don’t really think that pink or red brows would ever really look natural.. Well, ginger red brows would look natural!

If I was to follow the same logic, I should have just used a black or dark brown pencil, something I do already so it wouldn’t really be too exciting. However, if you’re going to wear a bright wig, or a wig that differs from your natural color, you should probably try to match it. This is often done with cosplay, where the characters have either blue, pink, red or any other colored hair and it would be “natural” for them to have brows in the same shade.

I looked through a whole bunch of pictures and decided on trying three different colors, with three different application methods.

Red

For this one I used two of the liquid lipsticks I have from Makeup Revolution. One was a bright red, and the other was slightly darker. I wanted it to look like the color had a bit of depth. I used an angled brush to apply the color, following the natural shape of my brows. It was a bit messy and I had to clean up the edges a lot with a smaller brush soaked with oil infused micellar water. The red was the first color I tried, I honestly should have saved it for last because it was so difficult to remove. I think it would look nicer if my hair was still as bright red as it was, now it’s orange-y brown.

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Blue

For the blue I used a eye shadow pencil. The one I had was from L’Oreal and it was in the shade Ocean Blue. One thing I hadn’t noticed was that it contains a bit of shimmer. It didn’t look bad but I wasn’t expecting it. The pencil is very soft so it felt and looked kind of like a pomade. It wasn’t the worst, but it didn’t feel too good after a while. The blue was also difficult to remove because this eye pencil is very pigmented.

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Gold

You wouldn’t have guessed that it was gold, right? My gold obsession lives on and I decided trying to have gold eyebrows would be like the best idea ever. It could maybe have been that if I had a liquid gold product. What I used here was a wet eye shadow brush and golden eyeshadow, the one from the 24k NUDES palette from Maybelline. The color didn’t show up too well on camera but it looked slightly metallic in real life at least. I think this turned out the worst out of the three and I would never try it again..

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All in all, I think colored brows would work if they had a purpose, like completing a cosplay costume or for festivals and whatnot!

Have you tried out colored brows before? Is it a trend you could have worn?

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If there is one thing that both confuses and intrigues me, it is the trends that beauty gurus pick up on, or create..

I always see articles about new things like “diamond nails”, mermaid this and mermaid that, “holographic” make up and god knows what, and I can’t ever seem to be able to jump on the same hype train as others do.

— But, that doesn’t mean I don’t try to recreate whatever it is, like a year after it was popular. I always let a few months pass by, commenting about how stupid something is, then I just end up thinking like “Screw it, I gotta do it now.” So that is how this series was born, I haven’t said it will be a series yet but there is a lot of things I want to try out. The only requirement for me though is that I would have to just use whatever I own, because I don’t want to have to go out of my way to purchase new make up items, I have so much that I need to use up. It is probably not a lot by others standards, but for me it’s more than I would ever need. ( I guess the Makeup Revolution Storage Chest I purchased is to blame).

Onto this post’s trend

I was just mindlessly googling when I stumbled upon this, seeing very washed out eye looks with dull or pastel colors — or on the other side of the scale, bright teal and glitters, and I thought it looked rather cute. Most of the looks were purely greens or blues, or with a tiny bit of purple or yellow, but the “tutorial” I found made use of pretty much every one of the single pan eye shadows I have (which are like the purple, the blue and the green shades, all from H&M). Here’s what it says:

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The mesmerizingly pretty looks on the fashion runway at Marc Jacobs, Rachel Comey, and Jill Stuart are a brighter, dreamier take on the dark and smoky standard. Here’s how we’re pulling it off: Apply shimmery purple on the inner halves of lids, blue on the outer halves, green just below the eyes, and gold at the inner corners. (Eye primer helps.) Blend with a fluffy shadow brush; liner and mascara optional.

They probably intended for this to be a soft, pastel-ish look, but I can’t help but to go for bold colors whenever I can. I also probably could have blended the colors better but the sort of color block look is something I really enjoy, so it is what it is!

What I did was to first apply the purple shadow, then I took a blue eye shadow stick on the outer corner, trying to make it slightly like a wing, I applied a slightly darker blue eye shadow on top and blended it towards the purple. I then took the green shadow under the eyes, blending it up into the blue to try to further make it look like a wing. And last, but not least I applied the gold shadow in the inner corners of the eyes, trying to follow the “tutorial” as closely as possible.

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I think it came out pretty good! Maybe not the same way that the tutorial intended but at least I used the right colors. It could have been softer, could have been more sparkly, could have been better. I guess what matters is that I am happy with it.

I don’t know if I would ever wear this look, maybe to a concert or something similar but definitely not every day! I can understand the appeal of the mermaid look, it’s very beautiful so I guess it’s safe to say that…

This was a total success. √

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