Spring Edit: Nails

Spring is just around the corner (even if it is raining cats and dogs at the moment) so I am updating the colors in my nail routine for something more fresh and light. Gone are the dark reds and inky blues of winter in favor for some nice pastels.

Once again, my picks are Essie-centric, as I just love their formula and brush. Plus, their polishes are the most easily available to me, so I tend to pick a new color up whenever I need to go to the drugstore.

Spring Nails

First up is Essie Blanc (far left), a classic creamy white that is completely neutral but extremely fresh and clean-looking on the nail. It goes on beautifully in two coats, which is so important with whites as they can look like Tippex when streaky.

Secondly, there’s the middle color, A Crewed Interest, which was a limited edition shade from a few years ago. Interestingly enough, I think this came out with a winter collection. I however find it to be the most perfect spring color, a soft peach that almost looks nude on the nail and compliments my skin tone very nicely.

And finally, we have Tart Deco (far right), a more punchy coral shade that leans nice and warm. It’s the perfect pop of color without being to in your face and a shade that I think would suit a lot of different skin tones.

Recently #7

As I’ve already told you, I moved at the end of February, so the past few weeks have been all about rearranging, unpacking, and redecorating. And since I’m also working towards a few important deadlines, there hasn’t been time for much else.

Stationery

I have tried to make my space as cozy and clutter free as possible in such a short time, and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

I’m also still obsessed with anything stationery or home décor, so my love for the A Beautiful Mess Happy Mail and my purchases from Lloyd Loves has known no bounds.

Lloyd Loves

There’s only a few days left to March and I am over the moon excited for April as it is my birthday month and the start of summer term, which is always so much more fun than the long and inexplicably dragging winter semester. And even though I will be commuting for the next few months, I’m excited to clock in some quality hours by the lake.

the nerdiest coffee cups

the nerdiest coffee cups

Hero Product #5: Bioderma

I’m pretty sure Bioderma was one of the most talked about skincare products in the blogging world over the past few years. I myself have gone through many a bottle of this wondrous cleansing water and now I am ready to sing its praises.

At the moment, I have decanted the remains of my last bottle into a travel sized container as to clear up some space in my bathroom cabinet, but usually this comes in a humongous (if you’re going for the best value for money) pink topped bottle that I’m sure you’ve all seen before.

Bioderma

I like to use this to remove eye or lip make-up before cleansing in order to avoid smearing it all over my face. As I’ve said before, I like using an oil based cleanser to remove the bulk of face make-up but for a more precise removal or for cleaning up little messes during application, this is perfect.

It’s light as water and very mildly scented, so it is not irritating at all. Swiped across the face on a cotton pad, it makes for easy, quick make-up removal on even the laziest of nights. I wouldn’t want to miss this and I really think it is a cult product for a reason.

There are so many drugstore dupes for this by now, so if you’re on a tighter budget or Bioderma is a bit harder to come by for you, I’m sure you will find something comparable in your local store. But if you can get your hands on the real thing, go and grab a bottle or two.

Maybelline The Rocket Volum’ Express

When it comes to mascara, I tend to stick to drugstore products, since they run out so quickly. One notable exception is the Benefit They’re Real mascara, which I adore, but that habit got pretty expensive pretty quickly.

So a while ago, I decided to try out the Maybelline The Rocket Volum’ Express, which looked promising as it has a somewhat similar brush to the Benefit offering. I have been using it for some time and I have found that there are some pros and cons to this specific mascara.

Maybelline The Rocket

I do like the look it gives to the lashes. They are lengthened and volumized and the formula itself doesn’t get too clumpy, even if you put on a few coats. Also, the tube has lasted well as it didn’t dry out too quickly or get weird in any sort of way.

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It does however, transfer slightly under my eyes. I usually only wear mascara on my top lashes, but still I found that after a few hours of wearing this, I’d get little smudges under my lower lashes. This is so weird to me since I find that this is one of the hardest mascara formulas to get off.
I use Bioderma and an oil based cleanser to take of my make-up, and still I often find a few little crumbles or smudges of mascara the morning after. I even checked the tube to see if I accidentally got the waterproof version but no, it is just the regular kind.

So would I repurchase? I’m not sure. I like how my lashes look with this mascara on, but the longevity and removal leave a little to be desired. I’ll probably just check out some of the other drugstore mascaras offered before I go back to this one.

Liz Earle Super Skin Concentrate

My love for oils, serums, and treatments has been well documented on here, and todays’ product falls firmly into that category.

I purchased this travel size version of the Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate ages ago and it is still going strong.

Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate

It is a gorgeous facial oil with a strong herbal scent (that I personally love) that balances and nourishes the skin. I have used it for several concerns and I can truthfully say that it totally delivers. Somehow this oil manages to plump up the skin while keeping blemishes in check. I usually wouldn’t dare put oil on any spots or pimples, but I think the essential oil blend in the Superskin Concentrate manages to calm them down quickly and without drying out the skin.

The only thing I do not love about this product is the packaging. It is kind of leaky, which hinders the whole travel-friendly aspect of this smaller size. Also, the rollerball makes it sort of unhygienic, since I wouldn’t want to repeatedly roll it over my whole face, even if it is cleansed. The oil formula does make it easy for bacteria to foster, so I usually roll a bit onto clean hands and then pat it onto the face.

But besides that, I do love having the Superskin Concentrate in my arsenal, even if I don’t use it every night. The scent makes it an absolute treat and it feels gorgeous on the skin without leaving it tacky or greasy.

Body Shop Honey Bronzer

We all know by know that I am pale as a ghost, and for most of the year, I fully embrace this fact. But then there are the times I feel like I need at least a little bit of color to avoid looking completely dead, and since I am an absolute failure at self-tanner application, I go to my trusty Body Shop Honey Bronzer.

Body Shop Honey Bronzer

I picked this bronzer up last year and as you can see, it has been through a lot with me. The packaging is wrecked and the pretty honeycomb pattern has all but worn off. But that hasn’t stopped me from using it ALL THE TIME.

I have the lightest shade from the range and I can wholeheartedly say that this is a godsend for pale ladies like me. It’s not too orange or muddy looking but imparts a subtle sun kissed glow on the skin. I apply it with a duo fiber brush in the usual ‘3-motion’ (temple – cheek – jawline) and take the rest across my nose for a bit more of a bronze. Since it’s so light and subtle, you really can’t go overboard with it, which is probably why I’ve made such a substantial dent in the product already.

All in all, it’s a great bronzer at a reasonable price point. If you struggle to find a bronzing product that looks natural on you, I would highly suggest you give this a go!

Music Monday #4: Robyn – Body Talk

Today’s Music Monday focuses on one of my favorite artists of all time and their best release to date (in my humble opinion) – Robyn’s Body Talk.

This trilogy was released throughout 2010 in is still on of my favorite pieces of music to date. I listen to it all the time!

Body Talk Part 1 features the incredibly catchy single Dancing on My Own and an acoustic version of Hang with Me, which are songs that definitely wouldn’t feel out of date in a current radio rotation. Her other songs are just as catchy, but provide more of a EDM vibe that is so cool and makes the classic pop formula of her songs a lot more interesting. I also love the dancehall vibes of (the aptly named) Dancehall Queen and None of Dem. These are all songs that will get you moving and immediately put a smile on your face.

Her next release, Body Talk Part 2, features the single version of Hang with Me, which is one of my favorite songs to date and such a lovely statement on love and friendship. Other favorites include the Snoop Dogg feature U Should Know Better, which is equally as hilarious as it is cool. This is actually the first record of the trilogy that I checked out and the album that made me fall in love with Robyn in the first place, so it holds an extra special place in my music loving heart.

Finally, there’s Body Talk Part 3, which holds the last five songs of the trilogy and, I think, two of the coolest singles by Robyn ever – Indestructible (which is featured in an acoustic version on Part 2) and Call Your Girlfriend. Once again, they are danceable and fun, and bring the project to a close with a bang. Robyn and her team of writers and producers really show their insane ability for releasing incredibly current and interesting pop music with great melodies and lyrics.

I highly recommend you check out Robyn and if you do end up liking her as much as I do, give her latest EP Do It Again (in collaboration with Swedish producers Röyksopp) a listen. It’s a bit darker than Body Talk, but just as intriguing and very very cool.