Many years ago I was purchasing new nail polish with feverish intensity. In recent years I have slowed down, mainly due to being quite happy with what I have and therefore being more picky with what new beauty items I spend money on. The ones that still tickle my fancy nowadays are usually of the indie variety.
When the lovely Swedish site, and my initial go-to for indie polishes, Edgy Polish closed in 2017 I more or less stopped buying indie brands. Too much faff with shipping. A bit later on a friend introduced me to another European supplier, Hypnotic Polish (found here), and that door in my brain opened again. I now find myself drooling over unique quirky shades again. My last near purchase was thwarted when I compared my virtual basket to what I already owned and had to stop myself. But recently I took the leap and bought ten new shades. They excited me and that excitement is something I have missed a lot! It’s sadly not a common feeling for me anymore since the market is swamped with new releases and brands trying to up each other to win our attention. A lot of releases are just flat out boring..
Just show us the damn shades Sofia!
Ok, ok I will. But I must warn you, this post will be quite long due to heavy picture action. I hope you don’t mind. All stick swatches are three layers by the way.
I bought four shades from the spring/summer collection by F.U.N Laquer and out of these I chose the holo version for three of the shades (all shades in the collection are available as both with and without). This entire collection really enchanted me and I could easily have purchased more of them, but I am damn pleased with the shades I chose.
Sunset (holo version) is a beautiful shade that can be used transparent on it’s own in one layer or up to three layers for more opacity. I have tried it on top of another polish and its fiery shift is stunning as layering shade. I look forward to using it more like that, especially over darker shades.
Lavender (holo version) is also a very stunning translucent shade and can be worn in a similar fashion to Sunset. A sheer wash or a more opaque varnish. Also I imagine they all will come alive even more when paired with a really glossy top coat. It’s a ghostly wash of muted lilac with a blue shift, yum. The swatch pic looks a little flat but it’s not in real life, promise.
Uniphant (holo version) is a real favourite. I LOVE IT. This was the first one I wore and I adore its sickly green sheen. I think I will wear this one mostly on it’s own or maybe as a thin one coat over a lighter neutral base.
Beetle was the one shade from F.U.N Laquer that I opted to purchase without the holo effect. This shade also has a very interesting otherworldly and greenish sheen to it.
Emily de Molly, Enchanted Polish and Femme Fatale
Next up are two brands that are totally new to me, Emily de Molly and Enchanted Polish. The shades just spoke to me, especially Groovy Ghoul that I’ve been eyeing for quite a while.
Goddess of Rays by Emily de Molly is just that – a goddess. It really lights up the nails and it’s a real chameleon depending on the light as you can see above from the swatches. On the swatch stick I have three coats but on my nails it was sufficient with two.
Groovy Ghoul by Enchanted Polish is such an attractive shade. Swampy green with a burning fire within. Murky and fantastic. It was love at first sight!
His Fangs Are Sharp is a shade from the Jumanji collection by Femme Fatale, a brand that is not new to me. They tend to do shades that entice me so I have a few already. This is another lovely murky shade with a fiery glow. It’s more golden mustard swamp compared to Groovy Ghoul that is a lot greener.
Five by Eight is also from the Jumanji collection. This is such a beautiful squishy and juicy shade. A muted tropical cocktail shade with a jelly finish that lets the gold flecks shine through.
Hygge is a super cool and radiant shade. It has a stunning pinkish shift and little holographic flecks that run through it. Elegant and edgy at the same time.
Succulent Garden is another shade I’ve been eyeing for a few months. I’m very drawn to this kind of green and the exquisite shift is so beautiful.
All in all I’m very excited to wear these and as I am typing this I have already worn five of them in some capacity. They are unique additions to what I already own and I do not regret getting any of them.
Thanks for reading,
I highly enjoy reading about products that other people have used up and their thoughts on said products. In the past I have documented my own empty products more sparsely via Instagram but since I now have the possibility of being a bit more in depth with my documenting (since I have a blog these days) it will be a task I look forward to continuing in this format. I, as a consumer, sharing my thoughts on some products and our time together. Why did I buy it? Would I repurchase? If not, why?
I had accumulated a lot of empty products, mainly skincare, before we moved from Gothenburg so I sat down and documented everything before discarding them. However, this was in January! I’ve had very little time since moving to spend on the blog so this post have had to wait a little longer to be created. I personally don’t mind but hopefully my notes will be enough since I do not have any of the packaging left.
For reference I am 37 years old with a combination skin that is dehydrated. My skin rarely reacts badly to products and I have no allergies.
Purifying Gel Cleanser by Glo Therapeutics
Stats: Purifying cleanser with salicylic acid, glycerin and yucca that should be massaged onto wet skin for 60 seconds. It comes in a 200 ml pump bottle.
Thoughts: This cleanser was introduced to me by a friend who gifted me a bottle for my birthday. I liked the smell and how my skin felt after using it. I used it primarily in the mornings whilst in the shower and it felt like it cleared up my skin just a little bit extra, left it smooth. It was en enjoyable experience.
Repurchase? This was my second bottle. The first one was a gift, as mentioned, from a friend and the second one that same friend helped me purchase at a salon. When it was empty I felt an urge to try other products and moved on. No hard feelings.
A quick google search later and it seems the company has rebranded itself and products are now marketed under the name Glo Skin Beauty. They still offer a Purifying Gel Cleanser but I do not know if it is the same formulation. I might try something else from the brand in the future. Who knows?
Sensibio H20 Make-up Removing Micelle Solution by Bioderma
Stats: Micellar water for sensitive skin, a quick cleanser and remover of makeup. This was a 250 ml bottle but various sizes are available. Price point for this size is as of today 95 SEK.
Thoughts: When this cult classic became available in Sweden naturally I wanted to try it. I use it for a quick removal of eye makeup when I’m tired or when I have a lot to remove. Also I use a tubing mascara (the only type of mascara that does not smudge on me) and I find that this specific micellar water is excellent at removing it.
Repurchase? This was not my first bottle and will not be my last. I always have a bottle on the go. I love that it does not sting my eyes nor does it feel drying around the eyes. I have tried other similar products and so far this is the one I prefer.
Glow Tonic by Pixi
Stats: 5% Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Toner. I used up a 250 ml (regular size) and a 40 ml (mini from a kit). Price point for the regular size is currently between 239-299 SEK.
Thoughts: I use it in the evening after cleansing as a mild exfoliant (when I remember to use that is). It is in my routine because it has a cult following and I follow that hype. Seriously.
Repurchase? My skin is happy and it looks nice but it’s hard to pinpoint what product does what to be honest. But I like the idea of doing some light exfoliation on the daily and then doing some more intense cell sloughing with a mask here and there. So yes, I have repurchased it and probably will again and again. The marketing machine works!
Overnight Glow Serum by Pixi
Stats: “Concentrated Exfoliating gel” with alpha hydroxy acid. A 30 ml serum in a dropper bottle with a price of 320 SEK.
Thoughts: Bought it since I enjoy other Pixi products. However, I disliked the consistency and how it felt on my skin. I used it primarily in the evenings but to be honest since I did not enjoy using it I was very inconsistent in my usage. I finished the bottle however. Good girl!
Repurchase? Not bloody likely. For an exfoliating fix I would prefer using a face mask now and again rather than this serum form.
Hyaluron-Filler Concentrate by Eucerin
Stats: This 5 ml bottle is part of a larger kit containing 6 bottles. It is described as a concentrated anti-wrinkle serum. Price is approximately 300 SEK (for a total of 30 ml).
Thoughts: I bought this because Caroline Hirons did a Eucerin overview and made it sound interesting to try. But I did not fall in love with this product as I had hoped. I was anticipating some serious hyaluronic acid action and ended up not liking the smell or the texture. It did nothing for my skin.
Repurchase? It’s simply not for me. I will use up the remainder of the bottles but I’ve been avoiding using it daily since I do not care for it and I will naturally not consider it in the future.
Glow Boost Essence by Lumene
Stats: Essence with vitamin C and hyaluronic acid from the Valo range. This was a 15 ml mini that I got in a kit. It has the same dropper bottle as the regular size available on the market. The regular size is 30 ml and the price seems to vary a lot online and I can find it for 209 – 289 SEK.
Thoughts: I first picked this up because the word “essence” drew me in. Now it’s a staple of mine that sinks in quickly and makes my skin feel nice and hydrated. I love the smell too. I use ut to layer hydration and it does a fantastic job.
Repurchase? Hell yes, I always have a bottle on the go. Since I repurchase quite often I try to buy one when there is a discount because I run through quite a few bottles yearly.
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 by the Ordinary
Stats: 30 ml hyaluronic acid and friends in serum form, in a dropper bottle. 89 SEK.
Thoughts: Intrigued by the Ordinary I needed to see if this could be my new HA fix. Sadly, it is not my new favourite to use for extra hydration. It does not sink in properly into my skin and it started to pill when I layered other products on top. It did not make my skin feel hydrated, more like the opposite.
Repurchase? What do you think? No.
Hydrating Milky Mist by Pixi
Stats: Mist with hyaluronic acid and black oat (?) for a “quick hydration”. 80 ml is currently priced at 223 – 279 SEK
Thoughts: Another one from the Pixi train. I love layering hydrating products so that is what I use this mist for, both in the morning and evening. I love to spray it on straight after cleansing in the morning or after cleansing/Glow Tonic in the evening. Then I add serums and the combination works well for my skin. I also love the smell BUT.. my more recent bottles have had sprayer issues. The mist is fine for a while but then it starts to squirt in your face. We shall see if this issue continues but it’s starting to put me off the product quite a bit. That would be a shame..
Repurchase? This product has been a staple in my skin care routine for quite a while and I have one on the go and a back-up ready. The sprayer issue will determine its fate.
Precious Oil by M Picaut
Stats: Seabuckthorne, lipo peptides and apricot are highlighted on this 30 ml dropper bottle. It’s an anti-aging serum and is priced at 699 SEK.
Thoughts: Swedish brand M Picaut was getting some rave reviews in the beauty community and I wanted to try it for myself. As with most oils I used it mainly in the evenings. It was nice and I liked using it, but my skin does not NEED it if you know what I mean? At that higher price point it felt a bit excessive and my combination skin does not care for oils all that much in general.
Repurchase? Might do yes, if my skincare needs change due to drier or more needy skin.
Niacimide 10% + Zinc 1% by the Ordinary
Stats: “High-Strength Vitamin and Mineral Blemish Formula”. A serum in a 30 ml dropper bottle for 69 SEK.
Thoughts: I think I bought it due to what it said on the packaging about its effect on pores and impurities (I have very visible pores) when I was browsing the The Ordinary shelf at my local H&M. I use this serum primarily on my larger pores, in the center of my face, in the evening. I see quite a bit of difference in my skin texture if I use this regularly. My pores just looks nicer.
Repurchase? Already have.
Age-Repair Eye Cream by Grown Alchemist
Stats: “Tetra-peptide & centella”. 15 ml pump bottle for the slight price of 620 SEK.
Thoughts: Sadly (says my wallet) I think it’s very nice and I learned just how much I like it when I stopped using it for a while. It’s moisturizing but not greasy and it looks great under makeup. One bottle lasted me more than 6 months.
Repurchase? It’s a bit too expensive for my taste but I have caved in and bought a new bottle. I really like it and will make an effort to repurchase only when I have a discount code.
Hydration rescue 24H Replenishing Balm by Lumene
Stats: This is a moisturizer from Lumenes Source (Lähde) series and a 50 ml jar is 159 – 199 SEK.
Thoughts: Lumene does some great products and I appreciate their price point. The words “Hydration Rescue” combined with “Replenishing Balm” sold it to me. I love this as a night time moisturizer and in the winter I use it in the daytime as well.
Repurchase? I already have a new one in use.
Disclaimer – future me can report that I am not sure I am as smitten with the product anymore. My new jar feels different, the product not the jar itself, and I am not enjoying it as much as before. Reformulated maybe?
Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro-Powder by Charlotte Tilbury
Stats: Pressed powder in the shade 1 – Fair that is currently not available through Swedish retailers. I bought mine in the CT Covent Garden store in London but there are British online retailers that ship to Sweden and it currently retails for 34 GBP.
Thoughts: Reviews were rave and I listened. Now I can say that I too love this product. It’s a super fine pressed powder in a beautiful slim rose gold case. I use it for setting my liquid foundation/concealer in the morning and I adore the finish it gives.
Repurchase? I have not yet but I most likely will. I wanted to use up some other powder products first and recently (since writing my initial notes for this post) I have purchased a contender from Nabla. It is a similar product in a slim compact and it has gotten great reviews. I think I will purchase the CT powder again in a few months and use them side by side to get a better opinion on how they compare.
Legendary Brows by Charlotte Tilbury
Stats: It is a tinted brow gel. I used the shade Super Model which is a cool dark brown. The availability is the same as for all CT products and it retails for 18,50 GBP.
Thoughts: When I was at the CT store I willingly let the makeup artist sell me things, including this. I love how small the brush is but I was not wowed by the effect or colour payoff as to warrant the price point. It was ok but not amazing, if you know what I mean.
Repurchase? I’m testing out cheaper options and they are performing well so most likely not.
Blur Foundation by Lumene
Stats: I have the shade 0 (Light Ivory) and the tube is 30 ml. It’s marketed as medium coverage and retails at 169 – 189 SEK.
Thoughts: I do not remember when I first bought this or why. I had probably read a nice review or two. I really enjoy using this foundation and it is my preferred one at the moment. I have been mixing this shade with a newer shade (00), especially in the winter, to get a better match to my skin tone. It is a staple in my makeup wardrobe. It can be used sparingly for a lighter coverage or built up for more coverage.
Repurchase: I already have and will certainly continue to do so as long as it keeps working for me. A tube lasts quite a long time and I enjoy using it a lot. The price point is nice too. If I will continue to mix it with another shade will be up for evaluation since I feel like the shades have been tweaked over time. I’m not so sure I will need both moving forward, but watch this space.
That was all for this round! Since nearly six months has passed since I took these photos I have naturally accumulated more empty products. So a round two will appear in the near future.
Thank you for reading!
The start of 2019 has been a bit of a whirlwind for me. I’ve been planning, packing and executing the relocation of my family and our lives to the east coast of Sweden. Not a small task to say the least. But all the pieces are slowly but surely falling into place beautifully and the mayhem is starting to settle.
This look is from January when we were still living in our apartment in Göteborg. My kitchen lamp gave me light and I snapped some quick pictures. I am a big fan of yellow on the eyes and try to sneak it into my looks as often as possible, this time as an inner corner pop of colour.
- Make Up For Ever – Ultra HD foundation in Y2015
- Urban Decay – Naked Skin concealer in Fair Neutral
- Illamasqua – Cream Pigment in Hollow
- Linda Hallberg – Infinity Filter Loose Setting Powder in Light
- Nabla – Brow Devine pencil in Uranus
- Nabla – powder shadow in Camelot
- Idun Minerals – Perfect Eyebrows Tinted Brow Gel in Dark
- Urban Decay – Eyeshadow Primer Potion Anti-Aging
- MAC – shadows in Chrome Yellow, Goldenrod, Farasha and Butterscotch
- Linda Hallberg – shadows in Arcturus (Metallic Mysteries II palette), Red Shift, Umbra, Fornax (Infinity Deep palette)
- Kat von D – Tattoo Liner in Trooper
- Linda Hallberg – Flash Crayon in Whipple Flash (used on the waterline)
- Clinique – Lash Power mascara in Black Onyx
- MAC – powder blush in Mocha
- Charlotte Tilbury – Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk
- Fenty Beauty – Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow
I really loved wearing this makeup and yellow is definitely my happy colour. It was also a great opportunity to bring out my “old” MAC shadows. They have not been getting much love lately.
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2019 will be the year of change. In February I, alongside my family, will move from the apartment we have called home for more than a decade. We will also move from the city we have lived in since 2004 – Göteborg aka Gothenburg. We are moving to a bigger home, a house, but also closer to our families.
This epic change is very much welcomed and it will mark the start of many positive beginnings.
Makeup wise it means that I have already put most of my makeup items in storage and have a smaller and more curated (for me anyway, it’s still a LOT of fun items) makeup collection on hand. I thought it would be fun to revisit how I stored my makeup before I put it all in boxes. So here is a peek of my makeup products – as it were…
I stored all of my makeup in the living room and always brought what I needed to the bathroom when I did my makeup. A task I’m looking forward to eliminating completely.
My most frequently used makeup was housed, and still is but in an edited version, in a plastic tray sort of a container from IKEA. This is lugged to the bathroom everyday together with my brush containers and also whatever eyeshadow palette I wanted to use.
If you know me you will know that I own a lot (an excessive amount to be fair!) of makeup and I was quite a hoarder at one point.
But since I’ve accumulated so many products over the years I’ve also stopped being attracted to new stuff. Few new things excite me as they use to these days. So at the moment I’m mainly focused on using the gorgeousness that I own.
My two Helmer drawers were stacked on top of each other and the top one was filled with makeup and the bottom one was filled with nail polish.
In the top drawer I stored extra face products such as cream and powder foundations, setting powders, highlighters and shade/bronze products. My everyday foundations were stored in my tray but in this drawer I had more full coverage foundations, mineral powders and some loose powders that were used more seldom.
I am not really one for bronzers but somehow I have managed to purchase a few anyway. I find that they are a nice product to have to warm up the face when you have managed to do a base that is a bit lighter than intended or when you want a quick eye look. A quick sweep with a bronzer is perfect as a subdued but warmed up eye shade.
The second drawer was filled with powder and cream blushers/contour shades. I love this drawer! Blush makes me so happy.
I have a plethora of shades (after years of happy purchasing every MAC blush in sight) but it’s been a long time since I’ve purchased something new. I think the latest addition were the Nabla pans visible in the picture, and I can happily report that I’ve used them quite a lot. I also own a lot of Sleek trios that are gorgeous. I am very happy with the shades that I own and look forward to using them more.
My lipstick drawer is not the most exciting. I purged it a few years back and have not bought many lip products since. Lipsticks do not have that much longevity so I want to keep my collection small-ish. (Please note that liquid lip products and crayons are not stored here).
To be honest, I am an eyeshadow person. Lipstick are usually a complement to whatever eye look I’m wearing, not the main feature.
The pigment drawer is quite exciting for me. But I hate to say that I do not use these nearly enough. I have some beautiful MAC, Inglot, Sleek and MUG pigments that are calling my name!
I had a thing for manically collecting Sleek palettes for a while and it is quite the collection I have. I still really enjoy using them but often I forget about them. Classic makeup hoarder problems!
More loved are my Urban Decay palettes and they are used quite regularly.
The final item on the agenda today is my palette drawer. As seen I have many palettes stored all over the place but this is the last batch. Inglot, Kat von D, Urban Decay, Nabla as far as I can see.
Conclusion after this little blast from the past (pictures taken in April 2018):
In the future I will not store my makeup in the same way as before, just for the sake of shaking things up. I love organizing and it will be a pleasure to arrange my makeup items in my new home. The goal is to make it easy to see what I have and to take it out for usage. But until then..
I hope you have enjoyed this sneak peek into my makeup amassment! You will see me use these products in future posts.
Yup. I should have done this a long time ago. No, delete that. No ‘should’ belongs in this space.
What I can say is that I’ve thought about creating a blog for many many years now. But out of fear of ‘something’ I put it off. And the years accumulated. In lack of the creative outlet that I obviously craved I started dabbling with Instagram. And I ENJOYED IT!!! Oh the narcissistic horror! Taking pictures of my face and my possessions and sharing it with the faceless masses. But then the feeling of awkwardness for this social media newbie disappeared and I realized what a great source of creative and aesthetic inspiration Instagram was. It was the perfect outlet for me at the time. I felt safe. Not too personal and I was not committing to anything.
But now my cravings for a another creative space have led me in a new direction. Hence the creation of this space – my blog. One of the joys of creating, for me, is sharing the result with someone. I hope You enjoy some of the things I create. Maybe get inpired. That is what I wish for….
See you around!