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Rose tinted? What is that?

At Bora Aksu, Altuzarra and Simone Rocha, a wash of prettiest pink gave a rose-like flush to cheeks, eyes and lips on the catwalk. Sheer coverage, soft shades and delicate application made for an ethereal beauty which felt utterly modern yet completely wearable at once. Elsewhere pink made its comeback in the form of magenta colour-pop lips at H&M, fuchsia liner at Oscar de la Renta and softly petal-stained mouths at Temperley London. To think pink has never felt more apt.

Rose tinted, to me at least, sounds very good in theory, but it really isn’t in practice. It works well for those who are not too fair and who have a light hair color because it just adds onto the ‘innocence’ of it. For me, however, it doesn’t really work. My hair is as black as it could be, my brows are really dark although they’re kinda sparse but they are not anywhere close to being blonde. My lips are also naturally very purple, so for them to look rose tinted too I would have had to block out all color with a concealer and then added something pink on top. I used the most pink lipstick I had in the picture below and it still looks purple-ish.

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I used a dusty rose shade from a blush palette and used a fluffy brush to add it around my eyes and on my cheeks and it honestly made me look bruised or sunburned. Pink is not my shade at all so it won’t really work out no matter what I do. It was a fun look to do though, it looked a bit more intense in real life, my camera didn’t really want to pick up on the pink shade so it just looks darker than it really is. Same goes for the lip color, but I guess that’s kinda a given.

Would you want to try a look like this? Or rather, could you pull it off? I feel like it really takes a special kind of person to pull off things like this, all of the trends I have tried so far have been kinda drastic or extreme and not really for every day use, only for special occasions. If you want to check out my previous beauty trends posts you can click these links below:

Mermaid eyes | Colored brows | Graphic liner | Ombre lips | fake freckles | lipstick blush

Is there any beauty trends you have been curious about and never really tried? Let me know! I’m always looking for inspiration or new weird things to try out. I always have so much fun when doing posts like this.

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What is it?

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The True Match Minerals Powder claims to be a skin improving foundation that consists of 95% minerals. I purchased one in the shade Rose Ivory because I felt that this was the shade that suited me the best. ( It was also the palest shade I could find. I’m pretty much as white as snow when my skin is behaving properly ). It looks a bit dark in the glass jar, as you can see in the picture below. The powder is dispensed through a mesh layer and the instructions says to just dab your brush down in it to pick up the powder. You can end up picking up a whole lot at once so I would definitely recommend to tap off some of the excess before applying it to your face.

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How does it work for me?

In the picture below I have only applied the foundation to one side of my face. I guess you can tell that it is on the left side of the picture, since the skin there is much more even and less red compared to the right side of the picture. My nose is the easiest to see it on, because the camera couldn’t pick up on the redness of my cheeks too well. The day I chose to document this was a very physically heavy day because I help out with stocking dry goods in a grocery store and there is a lot of heavy lifting so I could really get to test it to see how it would last.

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I applied my make up right before 8 in the morning and it looked fine. I couldn’t really take pictures in very natural light because the sun doesn’t really come up until after 9. I then kept the make up on my face throughout work, and took a new picture around 3 in the afternoon. The foundation has stayed on very well, only fading a bit from my nose, making it shiny, and my cheeks, which was mostly due to me wiping sweat off of my face.

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I think it held up pretty well, and it has on other days when I haven’t done as much too and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who prefers powder foundations over regular foundations. My skin can’t handle liquid foundations so powders have been my go to for the past few years. It really feels like I’m wearing nothing at all and it’s really nice!

Have you tried this foundation before? What did you think of it? 

♥ Simple foaming cleanser

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♥ Neutrogena hand cream

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♥ Nyx Cosmic Metals in Ultraviolet

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♥ Chelsea Wolfe – Feral Love

♥ Angels and Airwaves – Anxiety

♥ Tom DeLonge – Animals


What I read in October

Terrifying Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

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The melancholy, brilliance, passionate lyricism, and torment of Edgar Allen Poe are all well represented in this collection. Here, in one volume, are his masterpieces of mystery, terror, humor, and adventure, including stories such as The Tell-Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, The Black Cat, The Masque of the Red Death, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Purloined Letter, and The Pit and the Pendulum, to name just a few, that defined American romanticism and secured Poe as one of the most enduring literary voices of the nineteenth century.

The Invisible Man by H.G Wells

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This masterpiece of science fiction is the fascinating story of Griffin, a scientist who creates a serum to render himself invisible, and his descent into madness that follows.

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The Invisible Man is a story about an Albino man who creates a serum to make himself invisible. Then he turns absolutely batshit crazy, kills people, steals, burns buildings down… It’s a rollercoaster ride from about the middle of the story so strap yourself in after you begin reading this one!

The Time Machine by H.G Wells

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“I’ve had a most amazing time….”

So begins the Time Traveller’s astonishing firsthand account of his journey 800,000 years beyond his own era—and the story that launched H.G. Wells’s successful career and earned him his reputation as the father of science fiction. With a speculative leap that still fires the imagination, Wells sends his brave explorer to face a future burdened with our greatest hopes…and our darkest fears. A pull of the Time Machine’s lever propels him to the age of a slowly dying Earth.  There he discovers two bizarre races—the ethereal Eloi and the subterranean Morlocks—who not only symbolize the duality of human nature, but offer a terrifying portrait of the men of tomorrow as well.  Published in 1895, this masterpiece of invention captivated readers on the threshold of a new century. Thanks to Wells’s expert storytelling and provocative insight, The Time Machine will continue to enthrall readers for generations to come.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

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The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring….

In Coraline’s family’s new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close.

The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.

Only it’s different.

At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. But there’s another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.

Saturn by Ben Bova

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Earth groans under the thumb of fundamentalist political regimes. Crisis after crisis has given authoritarians the upper hand. Freedom and opportunity exist in space, for those with the nerve and skill to run the risks.

Now the governments of Earth are encouraging many of their most incorrigible dissidents to join a great ark on a one-way expedition, twice Jupiter’s distance from the Sun, to Saturn, the ringed planet that baffled Galileo and has fascinated astronomers ever since.

But humans will be human, on Earth or in the heavens―so amidst the idealism permeating Space Habitat Goddard are many individuals with long-term schemes, each awaiting the tight moment. And hidden from them is the greatest secret of all, the real purpose of this expedition, known to only a few….

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At first when I started reading this, I thought it would be more about the planet Saturn itself, but it’s more of an anthropological book about what would happen if you send 10.000 people into space to form a new kind of society. It’s full of deceit, action and a lot of scientific stuff about Saturn so for me it was very interesting. I’ve always been really interested in the universe so learning more about it is great.

The Body Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson

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A young man studying medicine in Edinburgh is asked by his professor to be responsible for receiving the cadavers to be dissected by the school’s students. Though he knows many are stolen from graves, he keeps his silence. Then one night he recognizes one of the cadavers as the victim of murder. Instead of turning in the culprit, he allows himself to be drawn deeper into the gruesome intrigue. But justice has the last laugh when the evidence of the man’s crimes – evidence he thought long since dissected and disposed of – mysteriously resurfaces to his everlasting horror.

Anthem by Ayn Rand

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In Anthem, Rand examines a frightening future in which individuals have no name, no independence, and no values. Equality 7-2521 lives in the dark ages of the future where all decisions are made by committee, all people live in collectives, and all traces of individualism have been wiped out. Despite such a restrictive environment, the spark of individual thought and freedom still burns in him–a passion which he has been taught to call sinful. In a purely egalitarian world, Equality 7-2521 dares to stand apart from the herd–to think and choose for himself, to discover electricity, and to love the woman of his choice. Now he has been marked for death for committing the ultimate sin. In a world where the great “we” reign supreme, he has rediscovered the lost and holy word–“I.”


What I played in October

Ether One

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Ether one is an exploration and puzzle game which takes on the heavy subject of dementia. You play as a ‘restorer’, a person who enters someone’s memories to discover the source of the dementia and finds a way to destroy it, remove it completely. I first played the game in 2014 when it was released, but it was a bit too heavy for me and hit a bit close to home so I haven’t been able to finish it until now. It is a wonderful game and it really shows you how difficult dementia is, both for the one suffering from it and those around them.

The Long Dark

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The Long Dark is a survival game, which has been out with a sandbox mode for ages, but recently the story mode was released. The premise is that due to a geomagnetic storm, your plane comes crashing down in the Canadian wilderness and you have to survive and find your way out of there. It is really difficult but rewarding.

Saints Row: The third

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I don’t know why I suddenly wanted to play this, almost exactly 4 years after last time I did so.. My last save game was from October 3rd, 2013, so it has been a while! Saints Row has been a franchise that I’ve loved for a long time, it has quests, character customization, it tackles really odd themes, has dark humor and it’s generally fun.


 

What have you loved this month?

Also, what do you think about all of my favorites in one post instead of doing three separate ones?

 

What is this?

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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? 

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.