Shopping of the Day

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen of WordPress! Today I just wanted to post a shopping entry, sharing some of this beautiful incredibly fake jewelry that I bought today! Everything in the picture is from H&M.

Purse pompoms! I got one in sky blue and one in lime green. Spring colors! I might have an obsession with these lately… 

Rose gold bracelets! These came in a pack of four, and I was delighted to see that they were exactly the same color as an equally fake ring I got from wish.com over a year ago! 

Next up are pearl earrings in the same shade of rose gold. I might be slightly obsessed with this color too. Especially since it’s also on the set of four earrings I also got – roses, hearts, anchors, and bows. Super girly, super cute, and I absolutely love them all! 

Lastly, I got a necklace in gold color with white stones on it. I thought it will look lovely on a dark background top, so that’s what I’m planning to wear to work tomorrow! 

The best part of it all is that these were all super priced down due to a sale, so cheap fake jewelry on sale for me! 😀 

~ Julie 

Heatless Hair Curlers from eBay

A couple of weeks ago I was eBay shopping and I remembered I’d seen these things that you pull your hair through and leave it for a few hours or overnight and when you remove them you have ringlets / cork screws, and I really wanted to try them so I ordered them! 

This is what they look like. As you might be able to see, the yellow and the pink ones go in opposite directions so for example if you want the pieces around your face to curl away on both sides you would use pink on one side and yellow on the other. 

The research I’ve done says to put them in when your hair is damp, but not wet, and leave it overnight. Some say they hurt to sleep on, but I guess that’s individual. Others say they need to be in for a minimal of 4 hours for curls to appear, so it should be possible to do your hair in the morning for an event at night, if you’re just staying at home or don’t mind going out with curlers in your hair! I also saw a video where the girl put them in and then blowdried them, I guess that’s worth a try too. But if you don’t like to use heat then it’s a safe bet you would need to leave them in for a while in order to get curls. 

So what do you do? First you have to put together the hook that comes with them. I did that – and now I can’t get it apart again. However, to get it through all of the curler you need to put it together. Then you put it through the end of a curler all the way through till it comes out the other side. Next,  you take a piece of hair, twist it a couple of times and hook it onto the hook. Then you pull it through and you get something like this:

I just did this on dry hair to see if it worked, which it did. I have to tell you, you need to brush your hair before you do this! I tried to do it without brushing my hair and that did NOT go well! And if you have a very sensitive scalp then this is definitely not for you, because it does pull quite a bit, even when your hair is just brushed. 

I’ve no idea if this will work, or what will work for me. I’ve decided that I’m gonna try it on a normal day when I don’t have any plans, in case it turns out disastrous. Perhaps I’ll try the different ways and take pictures to see if there’s a difference, and then write another post about that? ☺️ 

~ Julie 

My Little Hair Problem

People have a lot of complaints when it comes to hair. Their hair is too short, or too bushy, or too heavy, too thick, too thin… I don’t have any of those issues. Well, sometimes my hair is too thin to do some hairstyles, but hair stylists add clip-in extensions for thickness all the time, so that’s not my main problem. My hair is super straight, and main problem is that my hair is too silky.  It’s too smooth and silk-like. It’s smoother than my satin bed sheets, which is really frustrating.

Have you ever tried braiding hair as silky as mine? I promise, you haven’t. But if you want to try, get out a silk/satin ribbon, and try to braid that. It’s possible, if you braid it tight, but that doesn’t look good when your hair isn’t very thick, so try pulling it apart to add volume. Now that doesn’t work, does it? And if it does, I guarantee you it won’t last for more than a few minutes, an hour, top. That’s my hair.

Some people think it’s gross, but I hardly ever wash my hair more often than twice a week. Tuesdays, usually, because I usually attend a step class, and then either Friday or Saturday, depending on my weekend plans. I’ve trained my hair to not need washing every day, and I use dry shampoo in between, so I think it’s okay. It’s healthier for my hair, and it saves shampoo (I only use salon products) and time. And, when my hair isn’t just washed, I can do stuff with my hair. Like braid it, put it in a bun, or even just a ponytail! I can’t do that when my hair is just washed, because it is too silky. Too silky! Who ever complained about their hair being too smooth? Me. I could stop using conditioner, stop using oil in my hair, but then I’d get split ends and have to cut it off, which is what I’ve been trying not to do for the past three years.

 

What’s the biggest annoyance about your hair? 🙂

~ Julie

DIY: Makeup Setting Spray

Good afternoon, dear readers! Today I’m going to share with you my recipe for homemade makeup setting spray! 

Here’s what you’ll need:

– Water. I recommend bottled water. In Norway we have very very very clean water, like ridiculously clean water, so I use tap water, but if you live anywhere else I would recommend using bottled water. 

– Glycerine. It makes stuff stick to it, which is what you want, you want the powder to stick to it so it’ll last longer. 

– A spray bottle. I got mine at H&M, but you can get them at any drugstore or anywhere that sells these kits of travel sized bottles. 

This is optional, but I also added essential oils. I’ve seen people add perfume, which I can’t imagine being good for your skin at all, and since I have sensitive skin on my face I opted for essential oils that can help instead of harm my skin. 

Frankincense essential oil relieves stress, and it’s anti-aging and fights wrinkles. It can also reduce acne, decrease appearance of scars, and help with eczema, among other things, which is something I struggle with. 

Lavender essential oil also reduces anxiety and emotional stress, it restores skin complexion and reduces acne, slows aging, improves eczema and psoriasis, and alleviates headaches. So the two do many of the same things. Not to mention they smell wonderful!

Here’s what you do:

Fill the spray bottle up 1/10 of the way with glycerin. Fill it all the way up with water. Add 4 drops of each essential oil. Screw the cap back on. Shake it up good. 

Your setting spray is now ready for use! 

Tip: keep your spray in the refrigerator for a cooling effect on your skin! 

Disclaimer: I found the water and glycerin recipe on the Internet, done by several YouTubers and written about in articles. I added the essential oils based on my existing knowledge of them and what they do. 

Let me know if you try this and how it works for you! 

Do you have a different recipe for homemade makeup setting spray? I would love it if you would let me know! 

~ Julie 

What’s in my makeup bag? 

I have a lot of makeup. I was one of the last girls in my class to start wearing makeup, and at 14 when everyone was covering their face in foundation that was too dark all I wore was mascara, pencil eyeliner, and lipgloss. I started wearing more makeup when I was around 16-17 and in high school, and I bought a lot when I was in America on student exchange, and a lot when I revisited four years later, in 2014. Ice thrown a lot away, but I still have a lot of makeup. Most of the time, I don’t use most of it. 

My daily products are in this little bag right here:

So what are my daily products? 

Face products:

This is the stuff I wear on my face. I don’t use a primer (I don’t have one, and the tester that came with my Bare Minerals kit made my makeup all stripey and weird which made me scared of primers…). My foundation at the moment is the Maybelline Fit Me in the shade 110 Porcelain. For powder I use the Original Mineral Veil from ID Bare Minerals. My blush is from MAC and it’s in the color Baby,  Baby. For contour and highlight I use the IsaDora Face Sculptor, right now I’m testing 11  Natural Bronze. I used to use 02 Cool Pink, but I ran out of the bronzer and the 11 was the only powder of any kind that came close to the same color. 

Eye products:

I use an eyebrow pencil from H&m that comes with the little brush on the end, I usually fill in my eyebrows and then brush through them to avoid harsh lines – I prefer a more natural look, and I use it mainly to fill in bald spots on my eyebrows. For eyeliner, my go-to product is the L’Oréal Super Liner in extra black. My all-time favorite Mascara is also from L’Oréal, it’s the False Lash Wings Butterfly Effect Mascara, but it has to be this one, the original. I’ve tried the red one (intenza) , and the purple one(sculpt), but they’re not as good and I don’t like the brush on those. This one is the best one. 

I don’t use eyeshadow for everyday, mainly because I have skin issues around my eyes, but after I’ve applied blush I sweep the brush over my eyelids for some extra color, and sometimes I use the bronzer on my brow bones to sculpt a little. But I save eyeshadows for special occasions. 

Lip products:

I have three lip products in my daily makeup bag. I absolutely love the MAC Prep + Prime lip primer, it keeps my lips from drying out when I use these matte liquid lipstick from NYX. I have two of them; mostly I use 04 Ruffle Trim, but if I want to wear something a little more daring I use 12 Exotic, which is a little darker. 

Tools:

I keep 4 brushes, a tweezer, and a sponge in my daily makeup bag. The sponge is from Primark actually, and I use that for my foundation. For powder I use a small powder brush from Japonesque, it has the number 924 on it, I got it at Ulta back in 2014 and it will need replacing soon because a couple of strands fall out of it every time I use it… My contour and highlight brushed are from Real Techniques, it’s the sculpting brush and the setting brush. I want to get a fan brush for my highlight though, I just need to save for it. For my blush I’m using Makeup Mekka’s 411 Large Angled Blush Brush, but I feel it’s a little small and makes the brush very concentrated, so I might change it for a larger, fluffier brush soon. And the tweezers I just keep with me to pluck any stray eyebrow hairs I might find while preparing to fill in my eyebrows. It has a little flashlight on it as well, which is cool! 

Setting Spray:

I’ve used the MAC Fix+ for a long time, as well as Urban Decay setting sprays, but I decided to try making my own, which is what this is. I’m going to write a separate entry in how I made it, which will be up tomorrow! 

Do you use any of these products? 

Julie

Drugstore Beauty Haul

I’ve never written an entry like this before, so I’m not quite sure what I’m doing here, but let’s try! 

Makeup bags. They were on sale, only 1/3 of the original price, and they were pretty, so I bought both the small and the little one. I don’t expect great quality, but at least they look nice! 

Spray bottle. I want to try and make my own setting spray, I’ve emptied my Urban Decay one and I’m almost out of my MAC fix+ spray, so I thought now would be a good time to try and make one myself! 

Batiste Dry Shampoo. I love this stuff, and when it’s on sale I’ll always pick up a can, even if I’m not out of the one I have. I’ve tried the different scented ones and some are really nice, but my favorite is this unscented one with color so my hair doesn’t go white, I use the beautiful brunette color. 

L’Oréal pure clay illuminating cleansing gel. It contains 3 pure clays and charcoal, and it cleanses, removes impurities, and gives glow! I’m excited to try this one, I love face masks and scrubs, and this one is black! There is also a red one, maybe I’ll try that one next! 

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water in Oil. I’ve heard wonderful things about the original cleaning water, and both were on sale, but I  thought I’d try this one with oil, hoping it’ll moisturize my skin a little bit extra, as I get some really dry patches somewhere (and oily in others, which brings me to the next product). 

Maybelline Fit Me matte+poreless foundation. I’ve heard wonderful things about this foundation, even from professional makeup artists. I was waiting for Sitting in the Clouds to write a review/comparison of the Fit Me and L’Oreal’s Infallible Matte Foundation, but I got impatient. I sampled both, but to me the L’Oreal one was runnier and I liked the feel of the Maybelline better so I decided to try this one. I might buy the L’Oreal at a later point in time though! 

H&M Brow Specialist eyebrow pencil in the color Espresso Brown. I bought the Chocolate Brown one just a couple of weeks ago, but I wasn’t sure it was the right one and with just-colored eyebrows it was a bit too warm. It’s fine now though when it’s been over a week since I last colored my eyebrows. But I do color my eyebrows every couple of weeks or so, because they’re practically invisible when I don’t, and the hairs are far apart and I have bald spots, so I need to color them in as well. So now I have a pencil for every stage of the decoloration process!

Lastly, Kolokrem permanent color for eyebrows in the color “brown black”. The first time I tried the color “brown”, but with my dark hair back then I felt it was too warm, and even though my hair has a lighter color now it’s still a colder color which is why I chose to stick with this cold dark brown color for my eyebrows. 

So that’s it for my first haul post! Let me know if this is something I should do more often, if you’re interested to see what I buy when I buy stuff! 

Hope you’re well. 

~ Julie