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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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.. That’s not quite how it goes! But as I have been a fan of bold colors on the eyes lately, I wanted to make an alternative version of my blue look, and I ended up with a green one! I figured that instead of just layering the green H&M shadow I have over the darker one I have used from the Maybelline 24k NUDES palette, I could use them both for one complete look.

( Please ignore the weird brown/black shift in my hair, I’m growing out my natural brown color after having it dyed jet black for a long time. )

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♥ The application and result

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I used a sponge applicator that was dampened with some setting spray to get the most pigmentation out of the H&M shade as I could, since you could see it being very sheer in my post here. I found that the trick worked rather well, but it made the pan feel a bit chalky afterwards so I had to scrape off a small layer of

it to make it feel like normal. With the darker shade I could just use a regular make up brush to apply it because it is very pigmented and it was very easy to blend into the lighter shade without creating a harsh edge. I smoked it out up towards the top of the lid, and applied a Wet ‘n Wild eyeliner in “Dont leaf me” and then the NYX crystal liner on top of it along the lash line. I used it in the blue look too, but the glitters in it are actually green so it fits this look way better than the previous one.

I was very happy with how it turned out after applying mascara and blending out any remaining harsh outer edges. I think that without the glitter liner, this would definitely be okay for an every day casual look, but with how it looks now, I would probably just wear it for special occasions! There is absolutely nothing wrong with wearing glittery eye make up every day though, it just isn’t for me. I admire those that can just go full glam whenever they feel like it.

♥ What I used

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One: Wet ‘n Wild KOHL Eye Liner in “Don’t leaf me”. A beautiful glittery green eye liner.
Two: NYX Crystal Liner in “Jade”.
Three: H&M Eye Shadow in “Aventurine”.
Four: Maybelline 24k NUDES Palette, a dark green shade.

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Five: Maybelline Super Stay 24h Powder in 10 Ivory, used as a base to conceal spider veins.
Six: An eco tools brush to blend it out.
Seven: A dual ended make up sponge / brush applicator.
Eight: Mesauda Milano 4Ever Brows Micro Pencil in “Cinnamon”.
Nine: IsaDora Hypo-Allergenic Mascara in “Black”.

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My favorite thing to do is to try out weird or bold eye looks, and when I just so happen to find a ‘new’ palette to play with, plus some other colors on the side, I won’t say no. I have spent many hours of my life playing with make up, creating strange eye looks and just wiping it off soon after if I’m not happy with it. A few years ago I used to have a gold and green duo shadow from H&M that I absolutely loved, and the green shade was so dark and suit my eyes so well but I have never found any shades to recreate it ever since, until now. Well, it’s not an exact duplicate of it, but it is close enough!

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A bit chunky, but still a good gold shade.

Swatches 

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Top row

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Bottom row

The purple look

First I wanted to just see how crazy I could get with the colors, having purple and gold as my other favorite gold combo, i decided to try to make a look from it too. For some reason gold and purple makes me think of the fictional nation of Orlais, from the Dragon Age universe. Their style is really posh and over the top and that is how the gold/purple combo is making me feel. I first tried to use the purple shade that came with the palette but it just showed up slightly brown, so i guess its taupe? Instead I ended up using a purple eye shadow from H&M that was on sale for 10 NOK (around a dollar). I used a wet brush and it showed up pretty good! It took a few layers to make it as intense as I wanted but it layered well so that was no problem. The gold shade from the palette didn’t layer as well though, Maybelline is pretty notorious for having chalky eye shadows and this was no exception. It gave it some texture, not necessarily what I like in an eye shadow, but at least it had somewhat of a metallic shimmer.

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I focused on making the outer edge more opaque so it looks a tiny bit patch in the crease in the picture below, but it wasn’t noticeable when i had my eyes open so I didn’t really care. I also noticed it’s pretty easy to see that my hair is two different colors now too, I’m growing out the black color so almost half of my hair is a lighter brown color now. All in all I’m pretty happy with how the eye look turned out. Maybe I could have smoked out/blended the edges better but it doesn’t really matter to me if it has a harsh edge.

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The green look

As for the green look, I took a lighter metallic ish shade and layered on top of the gold to mute it a bit, then using a mix of the green shade in the Maybelline palette and a green H&M shade. I was a little bit disappointed since the green shade in the palette wasn’t as pigmented, but I’m sure they were going for a more subtle shade, letting the gold dominate the whole palette. The H&M shade was a whole lot brighter but more sheer so it didn’t do much apart from adding a slight sheen on top of it all. Doing dual colors like this was my favorite thing to do in high school, and I rarely went a day without it in some kind of variety. This look isn’t bold compared to the other so it was way easier to wear it casually, and it still is to this day.

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Being able to find something similar to what I used before has rekindled my love for make up a little bit, and I feel myself wanting to sit down in front of the mirror and play with the colors. Maybe I can end up with a blue and purple eye look too, or blue and gold.. or.. well, time will show! For now I’m just going to replicate this look over and over until i tire from it completely.

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Do you have a go-to look? Or did you use to have one that you would love to recreate? Tell me all about it!

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In Love With Succulents.

February 6, 2017 — 13 Comments

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Throughout my life i have been surrounded with plants. From my grandmothers garden to our window sill, there has always been flowers and green shrubs and god knows what. However it turned out that I’m allergic to pollen and i react to strongly scented flowers so I couldn’t really fill my own window sills with fragrant and beautiful plants.

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In addition to that, I have three cats who love to chew on things so the few flowers i did try out got eaten. That was when i thought that “Hm, maybe i should go for something green that doesn’t look appetizing?” So I went to the local flower shop, saw the succulents there and instantly fell in love.

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Whenever they take in a new type of succulent, i will be there to purchase it and it is honestly becoming a problem at this point because I’m running out of space. Succulents are kind of like Cacti, you don’t need to water them that often. At the flower shop they said that it is more common for it to die from being watered too often than for it to die of dehydration. One would also have to keep in mind to not pour water directly onto it because the stem will rot if you soak it in water. So just making sure the soil is moist is enough to keep it alive. It wouldn’t hurt it to be dry for a little while either, you can squeeze gently on its petals to see if it needs water or not. If it’s kinda hard it has enough, if it is starting to soften then you should probably give it some more water.

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This one on the bottom was the first i ever purchased and oh boy has it grown! It used to be in the small pot on the first picture but it has quickly outgrown everything i owned so i had to purchase a fancy basket for it instead. But nothing will stop me from caring about my plant babies!

Do you have any kind of plants you just have to have in your home? 

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