May favorites

This post is a bit late because at first I had decided to skip posting last months favorites. I felt kinda unimpressed by everything but it crept up on me yesterday that I actually had some products that I really appreciated last month. So heeeeere they are, late and in the worst quality photo ever to symbolize myself and my own current state due to food poisoning. Pray 4 us.

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  • Starting from the standard left is the Smith’s Rosebud Salve. I’m pretty sure one would call this “the original” since it doesn’t have any added scents and such. I bought it after I developed a minor obsession over the chic and effortless youtube videos by Violette_fr. Upon first receiving it in the mail I realized that “what the heck, it’s just scented vaseline” and felt a bit hoodwinked but I’ve ended up reaching for it A LOT when I’ve wanted to add some dewiness to my makeup.
  • Next is the new Matcha Toner from Milk Makeup. Boooooy was I excited for this one! I’ve always been half-assed when it comes to toner. It feels like a pretty important step but it’s also waaaaaay too ambitious for my own capacity to soak a dang cotton ball twice a day. I may enjoy doing a 500-step skincare routine but having to soak a piece of cotton is where I draw the LINE. The gods of selective laziness have finally responded to my whining by creating a toner in SOLID STICK FORM and I’m just so content.
  • I’ve been wanting to try an essence ever since I discovered the Korean 10-step concept, but since many of their products are newish to the US market some of them don’t have clear statements on animal testing yet which has made me hold off for a bit. I found the Lumene Valo Glow Boost essence at Ulta and was pretty thrilled since Lumene is cruelty free & and has good ingredients to an affordable price. Plus, it’s scandinavian like yours truly. So far I’m loving it, the scent is soooooo nice and I’m looking into getting more products from the line soon!
  • I mentioned a couple posts back that I had bought a new night cream, and I am happy to announce that we’re hitting it off. It’s the Hydrating one from Derma E, a brand that I have become very fond of. The products I’ve tried this far feel so luxurious and pleasant and I LOVE the fact that they are natural and eco-concious.
  • Lastly I have the only actual makeup product and it’s another one from Milk. I’m a bit of a multi-purpose product fanatic so I thought I would stick to using plain clear lip gloss for my glossy eye looks, but I’m sooo happy I invested in a product that is actually MEANT for the eye area. The staying power is really good, I don’t have to worry about it melting away and getting into my eyes and blinding me because that would be really unfortunate. It’s also surprisingly comfortable, I have very hoody eyelids but it doesn’t get all sticky and creasy! As much as I want to get every other color I also gotta chillllllllllllllllllll for a bit girl. Here’s a creepy close-up of my eyeballs to show you what I mean:


(FYI THE BROWS LOOK SO MUCH MORE FUZZY & INTENSE THAN THEY REALLY ARE) Thanks for stopping by and let me know if you’ve tried any of these aswell!

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May 17th 2017

Hello! Trying to not get emotionally defeated by instagram’s algorithms this week. I went from getting over 1000 likes on one picture to not even 100 on another which is the lowest engagement I’ve had in at least 6 months and it’s not like I posted a picture of a blurry potato in the dark. Quit playing games with my heart, instagram (not to sound greedy or entitled, those of you who are more frequent users of that platform know what I’m talking about. It’s tricky). 

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Elf Nourishing Night Cream

Oh hey! I feel it to be VERY IMPORTANT that I start by pointing out that I did NOT paint my nails to match this jar on purpose. Subconsciously – perhaps, Idunno. 


I just finished this guy last night so Imma throw up a quick review. It retails for $12 but I got it at Ulta so odds are I recieved some kind of discount. Anyhow, the price is fair. I’ve never had any issues with Elf products and I think that they’re definately worth giving a shot since many of them end up performing highly but for a low price. PLUS it’s cruelty free & vegan which many drugstore brands aren’t (it’s pretty bizarre that in this day & age one still has to watch out for animal tested cosmetics๐Ÿ˜’). 

Some of the key ingredients are shea butter, jojoba, vitamin E & aloe. As per usual, I had no problems. It did what it was supposed to; hydrate my skin. It’s light weight and easily absorbed. I do however feel that I went through it pretty quick which is why I’ve purchased a different night cream to try next (it arrived today, how perfect is dat?). I can definately see myself going back to this if the new one doesn’t impress, but I wanted to try it out because it has hyaluronic acid(don’t ask me to pronounce that tho) and I don’t think I’ve tried that before. 

So overall; good buy, especially if you’re on a budget. Plus the packaging is simple & elegant. 10/10 tents. Au revoir

april favorites

I usually don’t aknowledge months changing in the year up until May, because when May comes around it’s basically kinda almost summer. Which whips me back into reality a bit. So here I am today, whipped and ready to share with you the things that I appreciated the existence of in the month of April. 

Bjรถrn Axรฉn argan oil: I had been “saving” this until I’d used up the other hair oils I have but I decided to just say screw it and start using it anyway. It smells AMAZING. I would like to describe it as “classy” but I worry that other people might consider it more as “manly”. I honestly don’t know if I like these classy-manly scents because I want to smell like them or because I would like to sniff on somebody else who smells like them. If you’re a psychologist, please feel free to evaluate me on this. Anyway, I have the same scented hair conditioner but I’m almost out of it and it isn’t sold in the US so I would actually have to go to Sweden to buy it again. The oil will probably last me for a long time which is why it gets to be the honorable fave. 

Nyx brunette brow mascara: I’ve been really into more natural looking eyebrows lately, especially for full-face makeup. This gel gives a pretty good hold and a bit of tint while legit looking like I’m not wearing product on my brows. PLUS, it’s cheap. 

Josie Maran whipped argan oil intensive hand cream in Vanilla Apricot: Again with the argan oil. When I left San Francisco I apparently managed to gradually get rid of all of my 4 hand creams (minimalism done wrong, a novel by me). Upon realizing it, I decided that “it’s fine, I don’t need handcream ANYWAY” but oh, I do. I really do. So I sat my stubborn ass down and ordered this one when Josie Maran was having a 22% discount in honor of Earth Day. The tube is bigger than I expected(even though product amount is always displayed online I never fail to be surprised when I finally see things in real life) and it smells really pleasant. Monthly fave and monthly SAVE for my poor paws. 

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish in Gigabryte: I only got it last week but I’ve been wanting to get a yellow nail polish for a while. This is my third color from this line and I like them because they are noticably less chip-prone than other polishes I’ve tried (serious pet peeve, I’d rather be without polish alltogether than have it CHIPPED). It made the list because I’m semi-obsessed with yellow and also it was $6 instead of the regular $9 at Walgreens. 

Glossier stretch concealer in Light:  another thing I’ve been striving towards lately is a more natural looking complexion even when wearing makeup. I’m not really a fan of heavy face coverage to start, but right now my skin is in one of it’s rebellious fazes (probably the worst one yet in the history of my face) which requires some effort. THIS CONCEALER THOUGH. It seriously looks like nothing IN A GOOD WAY. It’s great for diminishing redness on breakouts etc without looking like you’re desperately trying to conceal them. I blend it with my fingers because I’m a descendant of cavemen and it really looks like I’m not wearing concealer while still bettering the visibility of the spots.  

THAT’S ALL. Thanks for reading, xx