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    A Natural & Different Makeup Post

    Hello there lovezzz! Today I thought I would share how I applied my makeup on this specific day to achieve the look pictured on my most popular instagram post and share the steps I took to get there. None of these steps are necessary if you don’t feel that they are for you. ♡ But I wanted this to be realistic and natural whilst encouraging whoever reads this to feel like it’s achievable because it so very much is!! I also wanted it to be uplifting and a lil’ inspiring rather than portraying something we’ve seen and heard a thousand times already.

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    “You don’t have to be pretty like her. You can be pretty like you.”

    These words freed me and I couldn’t do such a post without beginning to discuss how I truly believe that there is beauty in everyone. As much as people tell me this is not true I think it’s something that you choose to see and there is always going to be beautiful aspects of a soul who is kind – a freckle on your nose is included. So please when you look back at photos of yourself you may not like remember that a photograph will never capture the enormity of who you are and in this modern age we are often too unnecessarily critical of ourselves in this way (sometimes you even feel the need to flip a photo a certain way so that your face look more proportioned… I mean for artistic affect). Makeup is fun and I believe; used when we simply enjoy it and enhance our features rather than attempt to change them completely, which I often see, is when it can be something quite empowering.

    “I remember when I was young I wanted to be beautiful; now I’m older and I want to be intelligent. I want to burn hearts with brilliance and engulf souls with compassion. I want to be loved for my thoughts and nothing else.”

    Quotes like this one shaped and inspired the way I like to look at beauty. Trends change and different ideals of attractive come and go more often than not, so why be so caught up in something that does not fulfil you? For me makeup can make me happy and if it doesn’t or I don’t feel like wearing it there should never be an obligation too. (I know this is hard and that there is a preconceived notion of not being ‘put-together’ without a  touch of makeup but honestly this is so silly).

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    So here are the simple steps to this natural look…

    1. A healthy body and mind is the  foundation to beautiful and glowing skin – drink LOTS of water, moisturise & find ways to de-stress.

    2. There is no right or wrong way to apply makeup, so long as you are pleased with the outcome and the way it makes you feel.

    3. I like to curl my lashes first and apply a coat of waterproof mascara because they are soo short and I feel a whole lot prettier after doing so. This also, for my little straight lashes is the only way by which I have been able to hold a curl in them – this is my prep for more mascara application later.

    4. I apply primer all over my face – I use a napoleon one for my under-eyes which is amazee however I still have not found any difference between any of the face primers I have tried so hit me up if you’ve found an amaze one! For this reason I’ve chosen not to share any specific one but primer does make a significant difference to how foundation applies.

    5. Usually concealer is best applied after foundation application for the places it does not cover but because I want an utterly flawless finish and because I know what parts of my skin do need extra help the next step I do is conceal / correct using Nars creamy concealer on spots which are red and my trusty Bobbie Brown corrector under my eyes to correct the darkness.

    6. Foundation – I use Estee Lauder’s Double Wear in ‘Ecru’ all over my face using a damp Real Techniques Spongeeeeeeeee. I press it into my skin to appear as skin-like as possible and then apply Two faced Born This Way Concealer in the lightest shade under the eyes, on the eyelids and down the bridge of my nose. Again pressing it in with my spoooonge.

    7. After letting my all time fave foundation and concealer dry and settle onto the skin I set it using my urban decay ‘naked skin definition powder’ in fair neutral with a light hand using an eco-tools powder brush.

    8. CONTOUR – omg I really don’t know how to start this I could write a whole post about how everyone cannot contour the same as that’s not enhancing everyone’s varying, unique & wonderful features. Despite cheekbones being fairly straight forward they are in different positions and angles for everyone so press your fingers into your face to find that hollow beneath the cheekbone and apply darkness there – I like to use the colour ‘Nudie’ in Two Faced’s Natural Eyes Matte Palette. If you already have a small forehead there is no need to add contour there. If your nose is already thin don’t feel obliged to apply darkness to the edges. Don’t feel obliged to add highlighter to your nose if you don’t want attention drawn there. AND if you like the shape of your nose, don’t feel the need to contour it. I personally add a small amount of contour below my cheekbones and then on the edges of my forehead and temple. I also apply a little to the very bottom edge of my chin to create the illusion of it not sticking out as much despite the ‘norm’ being to add highlight there. But if you want to bring out  your chin applying highlighter there is beautiful. Applying highlighter wherever you feel like putting it is beautiful and I like to do so on my cheekbones and cupids bow. With contouring and highlighting please think of it in terms of, ‘what do I want more prominent (highlight) and less prominent (contour)’ – No matter how you contour your face it isn’t going to change ridiculously and I feel like contouring in a way that suits you specifically can often make you more confident in the skin you are in. *The highlighter used here is Hourglass Ambient lighting

    9. My fave part is adding colour to my complexion – Benefits Hula Bronzer is perfect for this and I apply it to my cheeks and forehead. Benefits, ‘bene tint cheek and lip stain’ is also so nice for the apple of my cheeks and lips. It’s been my fave for years and smells like roses!

    10. Just like contouring all our eye shapes are different and I think it is the best thing to embrace this! For lots of eye shapes a bronzey colour in the crease goes a long way in opening the eyes and this is what I do using my Two Faced Neutral Eyes Matte Palette again.

    11. Next I apply mascara like crazy using Benfits Rollar Lash and a black line on my eye with a black liner I have and know works. This is usually the Stila or Maybelliene shiny one.

    12. Using the shade ‘sexpresso’ from that trusty Two Faced Matte Palette and an angled brush I follow the natural shape of my brow and brush any intense lines away with a disposable mascara wand. I also take this colour on my bottom lash line until about the middle to add more definition to my eyes.

    13. Lastly I like to line those lips with Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Liner cause it is so close to my natural lip colour and then add some Lip plumper gloss by Two faced – let it settle in and then put on my fave nuuuuude = Napoleon’s Matte Lipstick in ‘Sophia’.

    I am currently studying, alongside my university degree in Design, a Diploma in Make-Up Artistry and Screen Media. Let me tell you that through studying I  have learnt that there is so much more to makeup than what we initially perceive as right or wrong and how much goes into the images we are bombarded with on social media and television, which could be a whole other post in itself. My point is that really like most things that surround us we need to be critical in how we bring it into our own lives hopefully this has sparked a more empowering side to make-up.

    I hope this post was insightful and always let me know what you think, lots of love!

    Sofija

     

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    essentials i’m lovin

    Hello beautiful person! The other day I laid out a couple of bits I’m lovin and I am super excited to share the stories behind these beauts so that maybs they’ll brighten up your day like they do mine.

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    Now let’s start with earrings and oh man, if you know me in real life you have 100% seen my wearing some sort of these threads. And these… SO COOL! They’re selling assortments of these babies all over the place and i assure you they are not painful in the slightest! (I’ve had lots of people ask me this) But honestly I think they are the coolest ever and look amaze alongside literally any other ear piercings you may have also! They kinda inspire me to get more so I can pair them with diff. themes. The ring pictured below is  from pandora it’s a very cute little piece to layer and the pink stone is adorbs! Love!!!!

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    Now Marc Jacobs I feel you can do no wrong. This palette, ‘The Lolita’ (206) has been my obsession since I purchased it around Christmas time. The colours are true to how they appear and truly flatter my honey brown eyes. They are soft, so if you’re looking for high pigmentation these may not quite catch your fancy as the matte shades are very opaque but they do show well and are soft which is all i need on the natural day to day. I find the dark brown works for my brows when I want them bold as it iss extremely ashy (PERF) – although, my eyebrows are very dark and if i’m not applying a full face of makeup this can be a touch too dark for even me but it’s still the perfect bonus alongside being an excellent liner shade. Now the middle shade is glittery as anything and does transfer but is so stunning and applied with a wet brush changes the game. Now the next pink shade is 100% my FAVE – it. is. literally. chromatic. chromatic as anything and I’m obsessed. If you don’t know what that means well lots of colours bounce off it and it kinda has a rainbow beautiful affect, i dont really know how else to describe it. Because i love it so much there have been days I have just swiped this god sent shade all over my eyelids and left it as that allowing it’s beauty to show itself off. AND the perk, it literally stays on those eyes the whole day! The next shade 2nd from the right is a beautiful subtle shimmer and the last is the most pigmented shade in the palette and oh my is it lovelyy.

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    Skin skin skin. I am a strong believer that a hydrated face and body can do miracles. I has heard so much about this Mario Badescu Rose Water Spray and boy does it live up to it’s expectations. Applying this before and after makeup does make your foundation settle into the skin perfectly however I do still use another makeup setting spray for longwear as i feel this does not do this.

    Under eye circles are defs not my fave :((( Yet the product that has helped me out most is this Bobbi Brown Corrector in ‘Bisque’. I thank you Bobbi Brown as this under concealer completely changed my under-eye game for the better, I honestly don’t know what I would do without this babe of a product.

    PSA: Kmart sell aesthetic AF eyelash curlers for $4!!!!!!! (and they do not pull your eyelashes out like some of those pricey ones)

    The second ring pictured is the silver moonstone and the most adorable little trinket I found at a small boutique somewhere around and has inspired me to start collecting more rings from all around the place. They are just too pretty to look at and make your hands oh so pretty.

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    Lastly and my most favourite piece out of alll is my silver bracelet. I purchased this on my Italy trip in December 2015 in the most beautiful country San Marino. I have not taken this off since (except to take these photos). I literally wear it to the beach, in the shower, EVERYWHERE and it still looks the same as the day I bought it – AMAZING quality. Blessed by the Pope in the vatican too it has so much meaning to me and I hold it so dearly. A piece that I will have forever.

    Thankyou so much for reading! It makes me so beyond happy to hear from youu so let me know if you own anything I’ve chatted about here or own a piece of jewellery that has lots of meaning. Lots of love,,

    Sofija

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    My Autumn Makeup

    Is it just me or is Autumn the perfect excuse to go a little darker with your makeup even though your skin is super pale?

    To be honest this makeup look isn’t even all that dark but compared to my everyday it has that little extra edge. So this is how I achieved my simple autumn look ~ slightly inspired by Elena Gilbert’s everyday look in the Vampire Diaries season 1, I know I’m late I’ve just started watching haha. Ps I’m not an expert makeup artist but read on anyways. ღ

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    First I primed my skin with the Napoleon makeup primer, this also works as a moisturiser.

    The foundation I’m wearing is my new and beloved Nars Sheer Glow in Mont Blanc I’m honestly in love with this foundation. This was the first time I’d worn it out and it stayed on really well. Plus it’s supposed to actually be good for your skin! (◠﹏◠✿)

    For my under eyes I used Bobbi Brown’s Corrector in Light Bisque, followed by CoverGirl’s Ready Set Gorgeous concealer and also using that concealer for any imperfections. I set this all with what remains of my CoverGirl ‘Tru blend’ pressed powder in translucent. For colour I used Benefit’s Benetint on the apples of my cheeks (the one that smells like roses) and then a touch of Auto Pilot radiance boosting primer by Napoleon on my cheekbones and cupid’s bow, this is what I use as a highlighter.

    After placing a small amount of concealer on my eyelids I began with the eyeshadow. (I find concealer works as a perfect primer) I think it’s the eyeshadow that really makes this look. I’m using my SAX Naked Eyes palette which is a super cheap dupe for the Urban Decay Naked palette. (I haven’t quite made that investment yet) Despite, this palette is pigmented enough to build a gentle yet noticeable effect on the eyes. I started by taking the lighter shade of matte brown and putting it all over my lids. Then with the same brush I took a darker matte brown shade and work a ‘v’ shape on the outer of my eyes placing emphasis on defining the crease. I then took a fluffy brush and blended it all out for a gentler effect. To open up the eyes I took an angled brush and mixed the two brown shades to take below my bottom lash line halfway along. This look would also look super cute with some  black liner in the waterline if you’re feeling a bit more bold than I was.

    Soz my eyebrows are not the greatest here but hey, I’m getting them done tomorrow. All I did was give them a little more shape using my Browtox by Napoleon to also tame them.

    For eyelashes I curled them and then applied Maybelline’s, ‘The Falsies’ and then a couple of layers of CoverGirl’s ‘Clump Crusher Extensions’. Their name does not lie it crushes any clumps my previous mascara would have left.

    And to finish I line my lips and then apply Macs Velvet Teddy, even a little of the Benefit rose tint would make for some extra pretty colour.

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    Kisses,

    Sofija ♡

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    A Couple of Pretty Things

    Kon’nichiwa my loves,

    Today I thought I’d show you a couple of items I haven’t been able to leave home without recently.

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    First is my purse, just look how pretty it is. I adore its simplicity and practicality whilst still being so effortlessly chic. For a purse I bought on sale at Cotton On it sure has lasted me quite a while and has the perfect amount of space for everything I need it to hold. And no, I don’t just mean my abundance of cards, receipts and coins but I also throw in jewellery like necklaces and rings I’m in too much of a rush to put on in the morning or that I take off during the day rather than throwing in my bag and having to rummage through to find. Haha does anyone else do this or is it just me?

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    Next is lipstick. I’ve never been much of a lipstick girl until recently when I discovered two amazing lip colours. The one I’m sharing now is Mac’s ‘Velvet Teddy’. It’s such a perfect pink-nude colour for literally any occasion and I cannot stop wearing it. You can dab it on your lips lightly for a really natural lip colour or go full out and line the lips and then applying for the perfect go-to lip. It’s matte and does not leave your lips nearly as dry as most matte colours. I like to go with a light layer of lip balm underneath and it does not get rid of the matte effect.DSC04035

    Bobbi Brown never fails me, especially with their ‘Beach’ perfume I stole from my mother. It’ s sophisticated and endearing scent consisting of a blend of sand, jasmine, sea spray and mandarin leaves you feeling like you’re on holiday. It takes me back to days on the beach in Makarska, Croatia.

    DSC04021I cannot quite express how much the Chanel Les Bieges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder has changed my life. Although it is the lightest shade it is quite dark for me when I haven’t got much of a tan. But when I do it works as a perfect finish on my foundation. On my more paler days I use it like a bronzer just for a little added glow. Oh and not to mention it’s SPF 15+.

    DSC04038Now the thing I love about Lena Dunham’s book ‘Not that Kind of Girl’ is the way she writes. The way that it ‘just is’, how her honesty has the ability to shock in only the most applicable way for people living in this culture. I still haven’t read all of it but it’s an interesting and incredibly relevant read of another persons take on life as a girl. There are some really relevant points and I know that whatever I say here won’t give it justice. So if you’re a girl or anyone for that matter, just read it.

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    Taylor Swift recently said that, “Becoming friends with Lena – without her preaching to me, but just seeing why she believes what she believes, why she says what she says, why she stands for what she stands for – has made me realize that I’ve been taking a feminist stance without actually saying so,” I love this and just thought I’d add this here because it’s so important. I’m going to discuss this more in a post about feminism in the very near future.

    Lots of Love,

    Sofija xx