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!

xx

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. 

Björn Axén 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 

April 6th 2017

I have basically spent the last week trying to adjust to my new job. I think I’m getting a hang of it but I must admit that it’s challenging! I haven’t had a desk job in a few years so I’m not yet in sync with sitting in front of a computer for several hours a day. But it does beat my old job on several marks so overall I’m happy!

I would also like to point out that it’s been over 4 months since I purchased any shoes, clothes or accessories! To be honest it’s probably the longest I’ve ever gone before. I have been sneaking around some online stores but aside from not overspending and  overconsuming it’s also really important to me now to try to buy ethically made items. And let me tell you, trying to find clothes/shoes that are vegan, eco-concious AND AFFORDABLE is a struggle. If I were actually in need to buy something right now it would be kinda sucky but since I’m pretty much set at the moment it’s great because after some googling around I just lose interest haha. In the meantime it’s also good that I’m learning more about different companies and which ones to stay away from. It’s sooooooOOooO easy to get dazzled by cool things but I’m done being flakey with my standards.

March 22nd 2017

HELLOO. It’s been exactly a month since my last post and even though nobody has asked I would like to confirm anyway that No, I have not died. BUT I do feel that I would like to regenerate my blog a bit. I do apologize if the changes don’t interest the followers I have gained this far but I haven’t been inspired to blog lately so I figured I would shift things and hopefully somehow find some kind of balance.

I have recently finished up my makeup artistry course which feels really great. I also THINK I have a new job which is super cool!

In the category of minimizing I have arranged two boxes in the corner of my room, one for donating and one for consignment. I’ve had pretty good luck with in-store consignment thus far and I find it pretty fulfilling so I’ve decided to make a habit of doing that once a week until I feel content with my wardrobe size. Luckily I have several stores in the area so I can circulate between them, and the items that nobody picks up end up in the donating box instead. Different stores are interested in different pieces so I’ve found that what one place rejects might get bought by the next. It’s kind of interesting! And I’ll have you know that I have –NOT– been lured in to buying things in the store while I’ve been selling. Although today was a close call because I found a really nice & stylish designer coat that was super comfortable BUT I admitted to myself that I would never wear it because I myself do not fit the aesthetic of “nice & stylish”. All week I’ve shamelessly been wearing adidas joggers that I’m pretty sure I bought from the children’s section.

xx

Jan 23 2017

Helloooo I’m alive!! Time is going so fast. I’ve been trying to get more on track with my studies lately plus I’m applying for jobs AND looking for a new place to live. I would like to point out that I went to Anthropologie today WITHOUT BUYING ANYTHING. It’s so strange going into the city now and not wanting to shop. But it’s good. Also I realized that I haven’t been on ulta’s website in a really long time simply because I haven’t had time. I used to be all up in there once a week at least. 

Anyway here are the latest looks I’ve posted on instagram, would love for you to check it out if you’re interested in makeup!

xx 

Jan 15th 2017

Some kinda magic must have happend because I’ve already managed to get rid of one bag of items from my last cull. I brought it to Buffalo and got $32 which is pretty decent! And I’ve also once again posted some stuff on ebay. I know that if I want to get money for things i’m going to have to more persistent on ebay.

 I have another bag for Goodwill that was too heavy to carry by foot but we’ll be taking the car there later this week instead. 

Getting excited about this all again!

xx

Mini hibernation

I’m currently hanging out(slash hiding out?) at my dad’s house in texas. As I’ve mentioned before I have a shit-ton of stuff here, mainly clothes, that I need to get rid of. Ever since before I started looking into minimalism I’ve felt it to be burdensome to have so many things at my parents’ houses. Both for them and for me. I know my mom gladly and desperately will hang on to everything in hopes that I will move back home but it’s getting less and less joyous to get home to my parents and look through all of my things. I’m here until the beginning of january so fingers crossed that I keep my mood up enough to get rid of some more(I usually donate 1-2 shopping bags while I’m here).

In the meantime here’s a lil collage I made of some of the makeup looks I’ve done lately, I’m doing #100daysofmakeup so if you’re interested I would love for you to check it out! It’s @rosacassandra just like here. 

xx