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  – step 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?

10+ products for sensitive combination skin

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As thirty keeps getting closer, I’m pregnant and winter is doing its tricks on my skin, it’s even more important to focus on hydration and gentle products. I’ve switched to a very gentle face wash and I have made sure to add lots of good natural oils in my routine. I’ve actually noticed getting the best results by treating my skin gentler – skipping any harsh treatments – while still using effective products.

I am so excited to share with you my ultimate favorite skincare products for sensitive combination skin. I also listed some winter makeup favorites. These products are something I repurchase and use all the time and, well, can’t live without. As they’re all gentle and hydrating, they work pretty universally for most skin types.

The best products for sensitive combination skin

If you have noticed your skin feeling dry after shower, there’s redness on your cheeks or overall you’re looking to even out your skin tone – check out these star products.

I’m also happy to say that all of these products are on sale this week! I was honored to choose my favorite products to be on sale on House of Organic’s sale days, which just started.

*House of Organic’s natural beauty sale days are celebrated on 10-14.11.21. You can shop different deals on each day and use the code YHDISTÄ to get all the products packed into one package and get free postage!

Skincare basics for dry combination skin

*Luonkos Radiant Oil Cleansing  23€ on Sunday (normally 29,90€)

If you wear makeup, the first step in your routine should be an oil cleanser. Luonkos Radiant oil cleansing cake is a wonderful product, that gently soaks off the makeup while giving the lovely benefits of natural oils to my skin. My skin feels soft and pampered after using this – and even heavy makeup is gone. Special points for minimal eco packaging.

*Neal’s Yard Remedies Orange Flower Face Wash  18€ on Saturday (normally 23,90€)

Switching to a gentle milky cleanser has been a game changer for my skin. Before, I had noticed my skin feeling tight and a bit dry after cleansing. I used to use gel washes, which work for my skin in summer.  Neal’s Yard Remedies Orange Flower Wash feels nourishing and dreamy on the skin, while cleansing any remaining makeup, dirt and sweat off. If there’s one product you change this winter, let it be this!

*Madara Comforting Toner 15€ on Thursday (normally 19,90€)

Is it too much to say this toner has saved my skin? I guess not, because this truly should be on everyone’s shelf. Madara’s Comforting toner balances the pH of the skin after cleansing, while giving lots of hydration with the help of hyaluronic acid. Chamomile extract and cornflower extract calm down the skin. I used to have so much more redness and dryness, but after switching to this product I’ve seen a clear change.

*BYBI Beauty C-Caf Cream 28€ on Saturday (normally 37,90€)

It’s surprisingly difficult to find good moisturizers for combination skin. But here’s one! Bybi’s C-Caf Cream is a wonderful lightweight (but not too light!) moisturizer, that works perfectly under makeup too. It brightens the skin with Vitamin C and Caffeine. This also contains the popular ingredient called Squalane, which is a great antioxidant and a moisturizing agent.

*Pure Beauty Arganöljy 19€ on Sunday (normally 24,90€)

In the evening I mix a pump of this oil to my lotion. Argan oil is the queen of oils, because it suits mature, dry or even acne-skin. This is one of the best products for acne scars as well. I’ve used Pure Beauty’s argan oil the most, because it’s odourless, lasting and good quality.

As for my lips, the best natural lip balm I’ve found is *Hurraw! moon balm (4€ on Friday). Sixth year in the row, this is why my lips are (mostly) never dry.

Special picks for dry combination skin

*BYBI Beauty Bakuchiol Booster 19€ on Friday (normally 17,90€)

You’ve probably heard of Bakuchiol by now, but if you haven’t, it’s the next best thing to retinol. Actually, it’s better. This natural plant-based miracle ingredient works just like retinol, without irritating the skin. Because even though there are actual studies on the anti-ageing properties of retinol, it’s not that suitable for many skin types. I personally haven’t been able to use retinol products – before this! I love to add a drop or two of bakuchiol booster to my lotion in the evening.  You see the benefits of this more in the long run, but I notice my skin being smoother while using this product.

*Evolve Beauty Radiant Glow Mask  15€ on Thursday (normally 22,90€)

This mask is something I always need to have stocked. It’s such a miracle product, that makes my skin baby smooth, radiant and even. If there’s a big day coming and I want my skin looking at its best, I use this mask. This mask is 2-in-1, so it exfoliates your skin with coconut shell powder, while pampering it with almond oil and raw cacao powder.

P.S. I have written a whole post about it here.

*Evolve Beauty Bio Retinol Gold Mask  25€ on Thursday (normally 34,90€)

If there’s ever been a royal face mask, it’s this. Whereas the radiant glow mask exfoliates the skin and reveals a brand new skin underneath, this gold mask nourishes and tackles signs of ageing. Kaolin also gently deep cleanses. It contains argan oil (my favorite oil!),  and bio-retinol from Bidens Pilosa plant. My skin feels bright, nourished and firm after using this mask.

*Weleda Stretch Mark Massage Oil  22€ on Sunday (normally 27,90€)

Throughout my pregnancy, I’ve used Weleda’s body oils. I like the essential oils in them. You can’t prevent stretch marks from happening just by moisturizing your skin, but it does help with the itching and keeps the skin elastic – at least on the outside. (We’ll see how I feel about this after my pregnancy and if I do or don’t end up with stretch marks. So far my skin has made it through.) I’ve really started to embrace these daily oil rituals. It’s a great time to bond with the baby and thank my body for the big task its handling.

Winter makeup favorites

Makeup can – and is – the continuum of your skincare. You know I have a special spot in my heart for natural makeup. There’s just something about getting the benefits of natural oils and extracts, while still getting the same results than synthetic makeup.

Most of these makeup products are on sale on Wednesday!

*Lily Lolo’s mineral makeup base belongs on my list of best “foundations”. It just works whether it’s acne you want to hide or dryness you’ll battling. Even though it’s a powder product, mineral makeup melts on the skin and looks very natural. I also love *Lily Lolo loose mineral eyeshadows. They’re super reflective so just one color on the eye makes a whole look.

Mineral makeup base 15€ on Sunday.
Mineral eyeshadows 9€ on Wednesday.

In winter the eye are also tends to get dry and for that the best solution is a hydrating and lightweight concealer. *Madara’s Luminous Perfecting Concealer is one of the best.

Concealer 18€ on Wednesday.

As for the perfect winter powder, *Zuii Lux Finishing Powder gets the award. It feels soft and satin-like on the skin, definitely not dry. Make sure to also check out Zuii’s Lux lipsticks – they’re super pigmented and comfortable on the lips.

Zuii Lux powder 29€  &  Zuii Lux lipstick 22€ on Wednesday.

Natural perfumes by Unique Beauty

These past years my nose (and head) has gotten really sensitive to synthetic scents and I haven’t used a perfume in years. And oh how I’ve missed spraying my signature scent before hurrying out the door! Perfumes are definitely a luxury product, one that you use just for yourself to enjoy the uplifting feeling the scent gives you.

*Unique Beauty’s Hygge is a sweet vanilla -based scent, that has a fruity twist from raspberry, plus cherry and violet flowers. It’s truly such a unique scent, one that is not too overwhelming or too mild. I love vanilla, but some natural vanilla scents are too heavy and musky. Hygge manages to be fresh. It just makes me smile – it’s the scent I’ve been looking for for a long time.

If you haven’t been able to use perfumes, but still miss them – perhaps try a natural one? Based on my experience they’re much more lighter, while still giving out a nice scent. Unique Beauty also sell smaller versions, if you want to try samples first to find the perfect match for you.

Hygge only 48€ on Friday (normally 69,90€).

So – there’s some of my holy grail products!

If you’re in need of some new beauty products (or maybe a Christmas gift for someone special?), now is a great time to shop with a discount. Make sure to use the code ‘Yhdistä’, so you can shop different deals on each day and get everything into one package with free postage.

*House of Organic’s sale days

 

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