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April 2015

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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