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My 2017 absolute favorites

Lise —  December 31, 2017 — 18 Comments

Make up & Skincare

L’Oreal Pure Clay Illuminating Cleansing Gel

This is a clay gel cleanser and it works really well! It shares a lot of properties with it’s clay mask sibling and I love it. It always works so well for me. You can read my review of it by clicking here.

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ELF Lip Exfoliator

This is basically just a lip scrub in lipstick form. It’s very convenient and easy to use and it always leaves my lips feeling soft and refreshed. You can read my review on it by clicking here.

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Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in “Galactic Mauve”.

This is my all time ever favorite lipstick. The color is perfect, it’s not too flashy nor too dull and it works for every occasion. I use it as often as I can and I wouldn’t trade it for anything ( I think). You can read my full review on it by clicking here.

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IsaDora Hypo Allergenic Mascara in “Black”

This is an allergy friendly mascara that works fairly well in keeping my lashes looking good. I have tried other non allergy friendly mascaras that work a lot better but they also irritate my eyes so I’d rather feel comfortable while wearing it instead. You can read my review of this by clicking here.

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Books

The Lunar Chronicles series

These books are written by Marissa Meyer and are all about the android Cinder and her journey through life. We meet lots of interesting characters and there is a lot of conflict, and even romance! I was introduced to the series by Michala and I instantly fell in love with it. I don’t think I have ever read four books as fast as I read these. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves young adult fiction.

The Icewall trilogy

This is a trilogy set in the Dragonlance universe and it’s written by Douglas Niles. We follow the stories of Kerrick the Elf, Moreen the Arktos woman and Grimwar Bane, the ogre king. The first two books are really good, and while the last lacks a bit of the spark the first two has, it’s still pretty solid.

Dragon Age: Asunder

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This novel is my favorite out of the five Dragon Age novels that I have read, with The Masked Empire in a close second spot. In this one we get more backstory on one of my absolute favorite characters from the universe; Cole. He has always been a mystery and it feels so.. satisfying to finally know more? Yeah, it does. It’s a good read for anyone who is a fan of the video game series and wants to know more of the lore.

Games

Stardew Valley

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Stardew Valley is a farming/life simulator of sorts, heavily inspired by Harvest Moon and maybe games like Rune Factory. You inherit a farm, have to grow crops and collect items to restore the community center, or sell out to Joja Corp and buy everything instead. There’s relationships, a sense of accomplishment and it’s a game that is very easy to get addicted to.

The elder scrolls V: Skyrim

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Ah, then there’s this, a game where I have invested thousands of hours into the original. I made the mistake of noticing I hadn’t played the special edition too much on pc so I didn’t have any of the achievements.. Which meant that now I definitely have to get them… I love skyrim, I’m just not ready to lose my life to it again. It’s an amazing adventure role playing game and I would recommend it to anyone, well, anyone who is interested at least. I don’t really know what to say about it, I have talked about Skyrim a lot before in the game section of my blog.

The elder scrolls online

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The Elder Scrolls Online, also known as ESO, is an online multiplayer roleplaying game published by Zenimax and Bethesda, and it is in the Elder Scrolls universe. The gameplay takes place in many locations used in earlier games which gives the player a sense of belonging, a sense of recognition. Areas might look a bit different since it is set in a different era but you can still recognize things here and there. I wrote a post about it and the Morrowind expansion a while ago, you can read the whole thing here. It’s a great game, and pretty much never ending.

Fallout Shelter

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Fallout Shelter is a mobile game and it’s like a vault simulator. You run a vault, you build rooms, train vault dwellers, go on quests and craft items. You’re the overseer and everyone does your bidding. You also control the population by attracting dwellers, mating them or kicking them out/strategically get them killed. You can also craft themes for certain rooms to make your vault more personalized. They also change themes automatically during Christmas and other holidays.

 

What have you loved this year? Also, Happy New Year! I hope 2018 will be an amazing year for you. 

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ELF Lip Exfoliator review

Lise —  October 24, 2017 — 10 Comments

What is it?

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The ELF lip exfoliator is basically a lip scrub in lipstick form. It’s in a sleek, matte black packaging and it is conveniently shaped like a lip stick for easy application. It is a mixture of oils and butters and it has a grainy texture. Since it contains butters it will melt at body temperature and it will create a slip when you use it to make it easier and more gentle on your lips. Using it is quite simple, all you have to is to apply it to your lips with small circular movements for better exfoliation and then wipe it off afterwards. It’s always a good idea to apply a lip balm after you exfoliate your lips too, just to make them feel more nourished.

I have used the scrub many times now (it doesn’t look as pretty as in the picture anymore) but it works really well for me. As you can see in the pictures below, on the top my lips look uneven in color because they’re dry. On the bottom is after exfoliation, before applying a lip balm and the color has evened out because the exfoliation has brought more blood to them and made them more smooth. There’s no dry lines anymore and they generally feel a lot healthier.

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I’m very impressed with how well it works, how it smells and how it tastes. You’re not really supposed to taste it but I just had to. It should be somewhat safe so I don’t think it will hurt me in any way to have done that. I tend to leave it on my lips for a little bit to let the oils and butters do its work before wiping it off, but I don’t think everyone would enjoy that feeling.

However, if you don’t have too sensitive lips and want a scrub that is less messy than a traditional sugar scrub, plus it’s affordable ($3 on their website), I would recommend this. If it doesn’t work for you, at least you haven’t spent loads of money on it.

Have you tried this scrub/exfoliator before? What did you think of it?

♥ Lush Sweet Lips Scrub

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A good lip scrub is always necessary if you want to keep your lips soft and nice and get rid of dead skin. It doesn’t really make anything worse if it tastes like chocolate and vanilla either! My absolute go-to scrub is this one, Sweet Lips. I would probably love the other chocolate-y scrubs they have but they contain ingredients I’m allergic to so that’s a no-go for me! Sadly this is a Kitchen exclusive so I cannot get my hands on it very often, luckily a tub of it lasts forever. However, if you don’t want to spend like five quid on a scrub, making your own with sugar, oil and flavorings works too!

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♥ Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Nourishing Lip Balm

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I kind of purchased this on a whim a while ago because i had a 40% off discount code, but i do not regret purchasing it at all as it is most likely the best lip balm I have ever tried. It comes in a handy tube (they have one that comes in a pot in the same formula too), so it’s easy to bring with me everywhere. It has a yellow-ish color to it but it goes on transparent. It also kind of smells like some sort of sour apple candy, which is kind of weird but it doesn’t bother me too much. It claims to show good results for eight hours after applying and i feel like it actually does! I usually apply a rather thick layer of this when i go to bed and wake up with soft lips. I also periodically apply it throughout the day if i need some extra care.

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♥ Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid ‘Nude Flush’

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When it comes to liquid lipsticks, especially matte ones, Maybelline really surprised me! After reading horror stories about other mattes that completely dried out your lips and whatnot, i was not very keen on trying any. But then i got my hands on one of these and i instantly fell in love. It feels so smooth and nice on the lips and the finish on it is great. It stays on for a long time too, so if you want to try a creamy feeling matte liquid lipstick, give one of the vivid mattes a try! This shade in particular is called Nude Flush and it’s definitely a deep pink shade.

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♥ MDMFLOW Creamy Matte Lipstick ‘Bossy’

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This one has kind of the same feel and formula as the liquid from Maybelline, but as you can see, it’s a solid, ‘normal’ lipstick. It is definitely more of a brown nude compared to the other one but it looks so nice on the lips! I have always loved a deep chocolate color on others but i never thought i could ever pull something like that off myself. I kind of wish it was a little bit darker but i love it the way it is now too!

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Do you have any products you would call your absolute faves when it comes to lips?

 

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2016 beauty and make up favorites

Lise —  January 2, 2017 — 9 Comments

Another year has passed, and as we enter 2017 it’s time to look back at the absolutely best products I tried over the past year. I’m sure i could include a lot more but these are the ones I could not leave out. Some I have bought a new one of, some I treasure to make them last forever, some i have purchased, some i have received in beauty box subscriptions.

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From left to right:

  1. Sweet lips lip scrub – You can read my review here.
  2. Mr. Sandman dusting powder – You can read my review here.
  3. Minus 417 – Foot nourishing cream.
  4. Softy foot lotion – You can read my review here.

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From left to right:

  1. Tea tree water toner – You can read my review here.
  2. Icona Milano Emotions allowed mascara – You can read my review here.
  3. Maybelline – Super Stay Better Skin powder foundation.
  4. Maybelline – The NUDES palette

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From left to right:

  1. Vicoria’s Secret – Vanilla Lace body mist
  2. Medusa’s make-up lipstick ‘Sugar Daddy’ – You can read my review here.
  3. MDMFlow – lipstick ‘Bossy’
  4. Formula 10.0.6 Be Berry Bright mask – You can read my review here.

Below you see swatches for the lipsticks, the one on the top is ‘Sugar Daddy’ and the one on the bottom is ‘Bossy’. They are both great, creamy and semi matte so they don’t dry out your lips at all.

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What are your beauty and make up favorites for 2016?

What is on my vanity?

Lise —  December 26, 2016 — 4 Comments

I usually love reading posts like these, so i decided to do one of my own! The upper and lower and so on is the parts of my vanity! 

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Lower right side:

Lush Coconut Deodorant powder, Sanex 7-in-1 deodorant, Garnier Moisture +, Cotton swabs and Victoria’s Secret Vanilla Lace body mist. I’m sort of allergic and sensitive to perfume, but body mists work.

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Lower left side:

One container with hair and face sprays, including a Sunsilk conditioner spray, a make up setting spray, Batiste dry shampoo that smells like cherries and the Tea tree toner water from Lush. Lastly it contains my hairbrush, a pair of scissors and a comb.

The other container contains my Maybelline NUDES palettes (Normal nudes, blushed nudes and rock nudes), my foundation powders and assorted face masks.

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Lower middle:

Here comes the messy part! In the back i have all of my pencils (both eyeliners and eyebrow pencils), eyebrow razors, my bb cream, a lip tint and two nail polishes. The large left compartment holds my single eye shadows, blotting papers, Lush Jackie Oates foundation, a fluffy brush for my powders, a pencil sharpener and a sponge i use to dab on my foundation/bb cream with. The small compartments on the right holds lipsticks, a cream to help against infections in wounds (i have no idea why its there…), eyebrow pomade crayon, a small mascara, lip balm, a sample for a brightening serum, tweezers, a nail clipper and Lush eyes bright mascara.

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Upper left:

Lush fireside soap, two bottles of Silky underwear, t for toes, fairy dust and mr sandman dusting powders. A nail clipping set, vanillary solid perfume, sweet lips scrub, sympathy for the skin body lotion and another tub of Jackie Oates.

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Upper right:

Cotton wool pads, a foot lotion, a pretty jar with Fairy dust dusting powder (the bottle cap broke so i found an alternative container), a body lotion and a Skinfood rice mask that i have yet to try.

So that’s what i have on my vanity as of right now! Have you done a post like this before? Feel free to leave a link below, i would love to see it.