Sparkly makeup for the festive season

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My favorite season is here! To celebrate this dark yet lovely time, I created a sparkly look that goes for any Christmas parties as well as the New Year’s Eve.

The sparkly eyeshadow I used on the lid is super easy to use and it looks gorgeous. Or if you’re not into sparkle, you can also leave the eye makeup totally matte. You see, I actually used a matte eye shadow palette, which is more versatile than it sounds. But more on the products at the end of this post, let’s get to the tutorial.

Sparkly party makeup for the festive season

A beautiful base makes beautiful makeup – here’s my tips for achieving an even yet radiant party base.

Hydration & subtle glow to the skin

Winter tends to dry out the skin a bit, so to avoid looking dry or cakey, try adding some glow to the foundation. I mixed a small pump of *Vita Liberata’s beauty blur primer (I have the shade Latte Light) to my foundation to achieve that overall subtle glow on the skin. This trick works for me really well in winter – the extra hydration this primer brings to my skin is also much appreciated.

Face lift with a blush

I used my fingers to apply a touch of *Dr. Paw Paw’s Orange Tinted Balm on the highest points of my cheeks. I blended the blush high towards my temples. This lifts up the face and also brings the focus to the eye makeup. Cream products in general are great for winter and for parties. A cream blush actually lasts really well on the cheeks too.

Festive eye makeup tutorial  Рstep by step photos

  1. Clean base. Use an eyeshadow primer to avoid creasing. If you don’t have one, apply concealer and and a skin-colored matte eyeshadow to set it.
  2. Start to shade your eye with a light color. The right placement for the color depends on your eye shape. On my deep set eyes I lift it quite high so that it’s visible and hides the hooded lid. Don’t forget your bottom lid. Blend the eyeshadow seamlessly to your skin.
  3. Deepen that shading even more with a darker color. I chose a warm orangey color.
  4. Take a dark brown color and deepen that shading one more time. I focused it in the outer corner and lifted the outer corner in a V-shape, going up and outwards from my eye. To get it just right, make sure to look at your eye from different angles or different mirrors. The shading should start from your lash line and blend towards the tail of your brow.
  5. Add a lid color – though this is optional – because there’s a sparkly liquid topper coming on the lid next. However, I added a bit of warmth to the lid with an orange.
  6. Add your sparkly lid color on the lid. Focus it on the center of the lid and blend carefully towards the shading. I also applied it on the inner corners.
  7. Line your eyes and add mascara.
  8. Add false lashes and you’re done!

I used House of Lashes individual lashes (Patrick Ta She Doesn’t Need Much).

Milani Holographic Eye Topper Luster Light

Milani Holographic Eye Topper Luster Light

The sparkly liquid eyeshadow photographs surprisingly well, but obviously it’s even more beautiful in real life. *Milani’s Holographic Topper in Luster Light is such a perfect product to use on the lid. It’s super sparkly and reflective – and it looks multidimensional thanks to the holographic glow. I found it easiest to just pat on the lid with my finger, but you could also use a flat brush. There’s some play time with it before it dries down, but once it dries on the lid, it’s not sticky and it lasts the whole night, if you need it to.

Milani Ungilded Most Loved Mattes Palette Swatches

Milani Gilded Most Loved Mattes Eyeshadow Palette

Everyone needs matte eyeshadows for shading and creating the base for the eye makeup. I use matte eyeshadows basically in all of my looks. *Milani’s Ungilded Most Loved Mattes Palette contains all the colors I could possibly want and need. The colors are easy to blend and there’s a nice variation of light, medium, dark, warm and cooler tones.

I like to wear metallic or shimmer eyeshadows on my lid. This palette also inspires me to use all the single eye shadows I have in my drawer. (Such as that Milani Holographic Eye Topper.)

Milani Amore Matte Satin Lipstick Satin

The perfect red matte lip: Milani Amore Satin Matte Lip Creme Satin

Looking for the perfect red, that makes your skin glow and teeth look white? *Milani’s Amore Satin Matte Lip Creme in the shade Satin works for everyone. It’s not overly cool, but it’s still leaning more towards cool. I like the applicator and the consistency. It has a satin finish as promised, that feels comfortable even on someone who usually steers away from matte lipsticks. I’ve even been wearing this on office days just at home.

EGLIPS Water Glaze Tint

Another option for matte lips: EGLIPS Water Glaze Tint

If you don’t want to go full red or full matte, you could also try a lip tint. *EGLIPS Water Glaze Tint feels hydrating and watery (almost like a gel) on the lips and it still has a nice pigment. This I’ve been also wearing on days when I don’t feel like applying a lipstick, but would still like some color. Very comfortable on the lips.

Easy & long lasting nail stickers from Dashing Diva

Would you believe I’m wearing nail stickers in the photos? It was my first time trying Dashing Diva’s stickers and I’m sold. They are easy to use, they last nicely and best of all, no nail polish or nail remover smell needed. I already ordered other shades. These are a great idea for a party!

*Dashing Diva nail stickers

Last year there weren’t really any parties, so this year I’m really excited for all end of the year festivities (even if they’re small gatherings). What about you, any parties coming up?

Second trimester pregnancy feelings

Weeks are flying by and there are only about 90 days left of my pregnancy. Even now at times it feels crazy that I’m pregnant. But the baby is kicking a lot and I physically feel her existence. So compared to the first trimester, it does feel more concrete that we’re having a baby.

Oh and that’s right – she’s a girl! I mean, a girl as far as we know. You can never be sure. We call her Little E.

second trimester pregnancy toinen kolmannesSecond trimester – overall mood & feelings

I’ve been mostly feeling really fine. I can eat, exercise (lightly), I sleep well and I feel positive. Experiencing that horrible first trimester has surely done its part in how much I appreciate this good feeling. I’m not taking it for granted. Actually – in some moments, where I have sudden nausea or I’m very tired, I’m scared I will go back to being a ghost. But so far that hasn’t happened.

Throughout my pregnancy I’ve felt quite calm and positive. Even though the journey here was tough and I really felt anxious and depressed at times, I’m happy those feelings retreated as soon as I knew I was really pregnant. And I’ve been able to trust my pregnancy. As I wrote on the first post publishing my pregnancy: it must be our time now. And it still does feel like that. We’re meant to have this baby girl we already love so much.

And I can’t believe I haven’t figured this out before, but me feeling calm and positive is partly because of the difficult start for this. When we were trying for a baby, my moods were a constant rollercoaster. So it’s no wonder I now feel more stabilized. I was so broken at times it’s hard to understand. Because all I wanted was this. Now that I’m here, that wound has started healing really fast. All the heartbreak, the longing, sadness, hopelessness and misery somehow were left before the time I did the positive pregnancy test. I know a lot of people who go through infertility are unable to enjoy or trust their pregnancy, and I understand that so well. But maybe it’s nice to know it can go the other way around as well?

If I had gotten pregnant easily, who knows how I would feel. Maybe more emotional, because obviously there is lots of emotion in this process. And at times I feel sensitive or suddenly irritated (mostly when my mittens fall from the top shelf and it’s hard to reach there). Then again, I feel like all my life I’ve lived my life feeling every feeling with every inch of my soul.

week 24 and 25 bump raskausviikot
Week 24 & week 25 bump.

Meeting my sister’s newborn has also made everything more real. Holding him and and thinking about getting our girl in our arms makes me tear up. A lot of times when I think of our baby my heart feels like it’s gonna explode. How can you already have so much love for someone, who you haven’t even met? How you just want to hold her, take care of her and watch her grow. How lucky am I, getting to be a mom to our child?

Sometimes when both Risto and me feel her kicks a tear escapes from my eye.

And then there’s the fears. But those are smaller. I know it’s a huge task, a huge change. But I guess wanting it for a long time and picturing it in your mind, you kind of wait even the struggles. The sleepless nights, where the first cup of coffee probably feels like a life line. The insecurity of not knowing what to do, but then learning and growing. I know I will grow to this role.

Fear of birth

I’ve also been dealing with the fear of giving birth. I didn’t even realize how much I actually had fears, how negatively I was going into thinking about the whole thing, until I talked about it to my nurse. My nurse recommended a book for me ‘Kun synnytys pelottaa’ (in English: when giving birth scares you) that really opened my eyes. I understood where my fears have come from (hello childhood traumas and infertility that made me not trust my body). Now I feel like in a short time my fears have decreased a lot. I’ve started to think about giving birth in a more positive way and be more reasonable about it. After all, most births go well and I know I can get the best possible treatment here. But yes, this is still something I have to work on – mentally prepare myself for it.

Said goodbye to this jacket, since it can’t fit me closed anymore.
Been wearing Risto’s jacket, that I anyway wanted to steal since the moment he bought it. How convenient that I’ve now HAD to wear it, since I can’t fit into my own jackets.


An actual baby coming to our life

Recently my bump has grown a lot and it’s becoming more apparent that I’m pregnant. It’s a funny feeling, having other people, strangers included, know I’m pregnant by looking at me. It’s no longer my secret. The bump is only gonna grow bigger from now on and I will become slower (and it’s making me slightly nervous), so we’ll see how I feel in a few weeks about this.

However, I still feel fairly comfortable and good in my body. Though at times the baby is really weighing on my bladder. And throughout the day I feel a pressure really low on my belly, when she moves and pushes into that direction. I also sometimes bump into our sink or a table when I’m reaching for things and can’t remember my size, but so far that has only felt amusing.

I’ve been very lucky with the unwanted symptoms, but I can still list a few that manage to irritate me a bit:

  • A stuffy nose.
    It’s the most infuriating in the early morning hours, when it’s making breathing and sleeping difficult. And when I blow my nose in the morning, it’s just dried blood coming out (Yuck! TMI! Sorry!).
  • Heartburn.
    It’s not everyday and it’s not really bad, but it’s still out there. I definitely feel it more now that the baby is taking up more room. Luckily medicine helps.
  • I’m thirsty + I need to pee constantly.
    Thirst is something I’ve felt since the very beginning. And also kind of the constant peeing as well, but it has gotten worse. As I mentioned, the baby is really weighing on my bladder.
  • Itchy skin.
    This I’ve had for longer, but I haven’t complained about it yet out loud. My skin is stretching particularly around the bump and breasts and boy does it itch! I’ve never been this good with oiling my body. I apply oil every single evening. It helps a bit, luckily. I use Weleda’s Stretch Mark Massage Oil.


Overall it has all started to feel really concrete. There’s an actual baby coming to our life. (Not a mouse, which was hard to keep in place, like in my dream.) We picked up the Finnish maternity package, we have washed all the clothes and folded them into, well, right now into a box. My mind is constantly wanting to make our home ready for the baby. We still need a lot of stuff! New furniture, to start off (somewhere to put the clothes). The only thing we have is a stroller. So I guess the next phase is actually buying things and concretely getting ready to have a baby living with us.

So exciting!

pregnancy week 26+4 bump raskausviikko 26+4
My bump at 26+4.
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