Cranberry red makeup – tutorial

cranberry red makeup

I have a new obsession and it’s an eyeshadow palette. The palette is from KICKS and this look made with the palette has been my go-to lately. I love how these colors make my blue eyes pop.

There’s a mini review on the palette at the end of this post, but for now, let’s get to the step by step photos.


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cranberry red and gold eyeshadow tutorial

For this look you don’t need that many brushes. For the main colors I just used my fingers. But what you do need is some patience with the blending.

  1. First I applied a reddish shade as a base for my look. I blended it well. As it’s not a color close to my skin tone, it needs more blending than a more neutral color. I also applied it to my lower lashline and made it nice and smoky. Sometimes I start with a more neutral color before going in with the red, but I wanted to show you how it can work even without a transition color.
  2. Then I just used my fingers! I applied the cranberry shade all over the lid. Then I took the gold color and focused it on the center of my lid. I applied the gold color also to my lower lashline, right in the center.
  3. Once I had the gold on I noticed that my lower lashline needed some deepening in the outer corner. So I applied some more of that first reddish color in the outer corner. Eyeshadow is a process – it’s okay to go back in and fix things.
  4. Then I applied an inner corner highlight, lined my eyes and added mascara and lashes. I actually tried a red liner for the first time and applied it on my waterline as well. I feel like that really brought the look together.


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KICKS Eyeshadow Palette Holiday Edition* mini review

This limited edition palette has all the colors you need for an everyday look, but it also has these gorgeous pops of colors, which are actually wearable. The stars of the palette are definitely the colors I used here: a cranberry red color, which also has some gold in it and a pressed gold glitter color. Both of these colors are very unique and the texture in them is also something I haven’t seen that much. They are both quite metallic and they go on smoothly when applied with a finger. The gold color has more texture to it though, and if you pick it up with a brush, you can see the single glitters in it. Honestly it’s hard to describe, but that color has my heart. And the cranberry shade as well. I told you it was an obsession.

The price-quality ratio is great in this palette. The pigment is good and the colors are buildable. The packaging is simple and lightweight, so you can also travel with it. Oh – and there’s a big mirror. Honestly I’ve been quite impressed with a lot of KICKS’ products. I used to be so sad we don’t have Sephora here, but KICKS has stepped up it’s game so much I’m starting to think we don’t need one. (Just kidding, obviously I’ll take them both!)

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kicks eyeshadow palette swatches

And since we’re talking about obsessions, I’m still loving that Lily Lolo base! It just looks beautiful and it lasts well on my skin. I wrote about Lily Lolo on my latest post here. If you want to see how exactly I use it, I did a video on my Instagram stories on it – as well as some other makeup videos. People are sometimes asking me for makeup videos, so there they are.

Products used for the whole look

Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation, Popcorn*
Catrice Liquid Camouflage Concealer (blog post here)
Jane Iredale Blush, Mystique
Lily Lolo Pressed Blush, Tickled Pink*

mad4eyebrow Natural Brow Filler, Blond
Jane Iredale Brow Pen, Blonde

KICKS Eyeshadow Palette Holiday Edition*
essence Lash Princess Mascara*
NYX Faux Blacks Pencil, Oxblood*

KICKS Lip Kit Your Lips But Better*

Lily Lolo, KICKS & Jane Iredale products I have received as pr-samples. *adlinks

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What do you think of this eye look?

Why menstrual cup is awesome and why YOU should give it a chance

menstrual cup why you should try it

There are two reasons I want to write about menstrual cups on my blog. The first reason is that they’re simply an awesome invention for periods. I’ve been using a menstrual cup for about eight years so it’s about time to spread the word.

And second – pretty often the articles written about menstrual cups are negative horror stories based on the user’s first experience with the cup. First experience.

Why would you base your review on a product this important (yes, very important) on just one experience?

You didn’t love sanitary towels at first, did you? They basically feel like a diaper. Like an adult diaper. That, in no world, feels invisible or comfortable (no matter what the ad says). Though to be fair – sanitary napkins might be the least scary thing for a young woman to start their journey to womanhood with.

I’m also thinking your first go with tampons wasn’t a love story, now was it? You’re shooting a cotton ball in your you-know-what and it’s not like the most natural thing in the world.

What I’m trying to say is that of course you’ll feel weird at first with your menstrual cup. You’ll need to get used to it! Learn to live with it. Just like you had to learn to live with the diapers and the cotton balls when you were younger. Or periods altogether. Because periods are natural, they are a good thing and they are a sign of health (and they give you an excuse to eat chocolate).

A menstrual cup & why you should try it

I speak of my own and lots of my friends’ experience, when I say this: menstrual cup is the best invention for periods. You read that right, the best. It actually makes periods manageable. Like, you don’t have to worry about them. It’s also hygienic, environmentally friendly, comfortable and cheap. Can’t say that for tampons or sanitary napkins, can you?

Now I realize that a reusable cup can sound scary. You can’t just toss it in the trash and imagine you’re not bleeding. Because, let’s just face it: you are. And before you get grossed out: these are just facts. Oh – and did I already mention about the whole ‘periods are natural’ thing? In case you forgot: periods are natural. These are normal things I’m talking about. We should talk about this.

Now here’s the deal: you do need to empty the cup, you do need to wash it and you do need to keep it clean. You even need to boil it monthly in a small pot to keep it hygienic. And yes, that means bringing it to the kitchen. So what?  

That said – you quickly get used to it. It’s just worth it in the long run. A menstrual cup is a thing worth learning to live with. It’s small, handy and genius.

It’s also awesome, because:

  • You can use the cup for even 12 hours straight! I mean, obviously it depend on your flow, but still, it’s a lot less hassle than with tampons for example. Personally, I manage by just emptying and cleaning the cup in the morning and in the evening. So I don’t have to worry about my periods during the day, at all.
  • The cup lasts for years. Yes, you read that right. Years! Forget about buying stuff for your periods monthly.
  • It’s trustworthy. It fits and stays in it’s place, since it’s designed to do so. And since it’s made of medical silicone, it doesn’t contain any chemicals and it doesn’t brew inside you like a tampon. Menstrual cup is a friend!

I’ve now used menstrual cup for – well, I’ve lost count. I think eight years?  I’ve only needed to buy a new cup once. At first my cup was clear-colored, but since it does stain a little during the years, I switched to a new pretty purple color. And about the staining – make sure to always rinse out the cup with cold water first. Just like you do with blood stains. That helps to keep the cup unstained.

And there’s that! I recognize this subject might seem a little weird to be blogging about, but I think it’s important and I wanted to encourage everyone to even consider switching up to a menstrual cup. Seriously. Try it. Give it a chance. And if you have any questions, I’ll be happy to answer them.

My cup is from a Finnish brand Lunette and you find it’s resellers here. Another popular brand is Diva Cup and you can buy it for example at Walgreens*.

Anyone else using a cup? What are your thoughts on it?