Just a quick post today to let you know that I will be traveling quite a bit in the upcoming weeks, so things might be a bit less consistent around here.
I’ll be changing locations for the next few months, so expect a change in backdrop and a bit more travel-related content. Other than that, it will (hopefully) be business as usual.
See you soon!
Nowadays, it doesn’t happen very often that I consciously make time during the day to finish a book, but with The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, it really was a case of being unable to put the book down.
I’m usually not the biggest fan of crime fiction, but I did tear through this story in mere hours. It’s engaging without being obvious about the plotline or the turnout and it’s not too gory either.
I won’t spoil anything for those of you who haven’t read it, but it’s a great read if you like a bit of psychology in your thrillers. I’ve seen this being compared to Gone Girl many times and it does present a somewhat similar set-up and style of writing, so it’s a great addition to the bookshelves of those who loved Gillian Flynn’s novels.
For a quick read that is really gripping and not too frightening, The Girl on the Train is perfect and totally worth the hype.
While I usually tend to keep my bases very light and natural, I do like to have a more traditional, higher coverage foundation in my make-up stash for special occasions or times when my skin is acting up.
The YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation has been my go-to for quite some time as it ticks most of the boxes on my ‘perfect foundation wishlist’.
In my opinion, this is a medium coverage with a natural, slightly dewy finish. You can build this up to some extent, but I find that the coverage is usually enough and I like to target blemishes or redness with a separate concealer anyways.
As I said, this looks extremely natural and ‘skin-like’ when applied and leaves the skin looking healthy and glowy. If you like a matte finish to your face, this is definitely not the one, but I find that it makes my complexion look perfected without being masklike or fake looking. It also wears well and does not get eaten up by my face in mere minutes. Especially with a touch of powder on top, this will wear nicely throughout a workday or an evening event, so I like to keep it around for a failsafe option on long days.
For application, I like slap it on with a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, which works beautifully, but since I’ve been lusting after the Beautyblender for quite some time now, I think I’ll be trying the two it in conjunction next.
Since I have a big trip coming up very soon, I thought it would be a great time to show you the contents of my travel make-up bag since most of the products are favorites of mine. Please don’t be shocked at how full I have packed this bag, the trip is a pretty lengthy one, so I want to have a few different options. Here we go.
Complexion Clinique BB Cream | Clarins Instant Concealer | Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette | Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder | MAC MSF Natural | MAC ‘Buff’ | The Balm ‘Frat Boy’ | RMS Living Luminizer | NARS Duo (Laguna/Deepthroat)
Eyes Urban Decay Naked Palette | MAC Quad (All That Glitters /Espresso/Style Snob/Antiqued) | Zoeva Cat Eye Liner | Urban Decay 24/7 Liner ‘Zero’ | Illamasqua ‘Vow’ | By Terry Ombre Blackstar ‘Misty Rock’ | Maxfactor False Lash Effect
Lips MAC Lipliners (Heroine/Soar/Boldly Bare) | Sephora Cream Lip Stain (Always Red/Strawberry Kissed) | MAC Lipsticks (Brave/Diva/Rebel) | Clinique Matte Lipstick ‘Matte Beauty’ | Bobbi Brown Art Stick ‘Hot Berry’
I might have to narrow down my lipstick choices as the list does read a teensy bit excessive, but I do love a good lip. The make-up bag itself is by Soap & Glory from a few years ago. I love that it flips open completely and is easy to get into. Also, it is pretty durable and easy to clean, which is great for little spillages.
It is a well-documented fact that I love my skincare and trying out new products, so I was excited to add a new cream cleanser to my arsenal – the Soap & Glory Ultimelt.
While I do love my more oily balm cleansers, my skin has been a bit greasier in this summer heat, so this light cream formula has been the perfect thing to cleanse with, both morning and night.
It is a white, thick cream, not unlike toothpaste, that has a beautiful herbal smell from the essential oils in the formula. Now, these oil might be a possible irritant for more sensitive skins, but I found that I got along with them very well.
The cleanser also comes with a nice face cloth, which makes taking it off super easy and adds a bit of exfoliation to the cleansing routine. I usually massage the cleanser onto dry skin and then take it off with the dampened cloth. At night, I use a different cleanser (usually an oil) to take my make-up off first, because I like for my skin to benefit from the ingredients of the cream cleanser instead of having it just remove my make-up.
I also found that this has a nice cooling effect and soothes my skin while leaving it clear and moisturized. The Ultimelt fills the gap between balm and gel cleansers nicely and helps me avoid stripping my skin with harsher products.
So while I will most likely go back to using richer balms in the colder months ahead, this cleanser has become the perfect summertime product for me and will surely have its place in my collection for years to come.
I can’t believe that this August marks my first blog-anniversary! I started this little blog about the same time last year and it really has flown by.
Blogging has quickly become a favorite pastime and a great creative outlet for me and though it is not quite where I envision it design- and content-wise, I am insanely happy with how this blogging experience has turned out.
So, I want to say a huge THANK YOU to you guys, the almost one hundred followers that have joined this little corner of the internet this past year, to everyone who has commented, liked, or simply stopped by during the past twelve months.
Let’s keep this going!
With my recent sleuth of accidents and hospital visits, I have been in dire need for a good wound-healing balm that offers relief to my tight, scarred skin.
It’s always a safe bet to turn to French pharmacy brands when looking for effective products for sensitive skin, so I picked up a small size of the La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5, a ‘soothing, repairing balm’ that promises moisturization in an antibacterial balm format.
I have used this anywhere from scrapes and burns, to dry skin, to my most recent post-operative scars and I can honestly say that this is a failsafe all rounder.
Though it is (very) lightly scented, it doesn’t sting or burn on open wounds and offers instant relief and speeds up the healing process. My thumb, which has suffered from a pretty deep cut this past June looks a lot better now with only a slim pink scar left, and I honestly put a lot of it down to the Cicaplast balm.
So if you’re as accident-prone as me or suffer from flare-ups of any kind, make sure to give this balm a go! It also comes in bigger sizes and lip balm form, so there’s something there for everyone.