Dear Santa: the loveliest beauty gifts for her

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Dear Santa,

I don’t think I ever felt betrayed once I learned you’re not real. One of the funniest memories is the last time you brought me presents. That was the last time my brother acted as Santa and the whole family tried to hold their laugh – except the Santa himself. I remember looking at him laughing exactly like my brother does – wearing my brother’s socks and clothes underneath the poorly dressed up Santa outfit.

Nowadays my Santa comes in a different form when I get gifts from my family and Risto. I’m also acting as Santa myself.

The loveliest beauty gifts for her

I like giving beauty products as presents. When the product is good quality and beautiful to look at, it will get a lot of use. Giving ice, but useful gifts is important to me. Here are my picks from Lyko this year!

YSL Lipsticks & YSL Sequin Crush Eyeshadows

YSL makeup products are the ultimate gift, because it’s almost like giving a YSL handbag to someone.  I’ve now tried the brand’s lipsticks, foundations and eyeshadows and I’m sold on their quality. YSL makeup products I like to keep on display and therefore use a lot.

*YSL Tatouage Couture lipsticks
These lipsticks have a semi matte finish and lots of pigment. I have a tutorial using these here.

*YSL Rouge Volupte Shine lipsticks
Perfect for someone who doesn’t want to spend a lot of time perfecting their lip makeup. This glossy formula you can just throw on and it’s super comfortable on the lips.

*YSL Sequin Crush Eyeshadows
The most sparkly eyeshadows I own. They bring any makeup to the next level. They’re also easy to use, since you get the best results when you just press them on with your finger. I will post tutorials with these eyeshadows on wednesday, stay tuned!

Smith & Cult Nail polish, Lip gloss

My love for Smith & Cult products continues. These products are super beautiful, not as expensive as YSL, but they perform really well. And they’re unique so it’s nice to give these as gifts.

*Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer
The prettiest nail polish I own. All Smith & Cult nail polishes are 8-free. They also have *this cute gift set, which contains three colors!

*Smith & Cult The Shining Lip Lacquer
A beautiful lip gloss with a bit of a sticky finish, which makes it last pretty well on the lips. This has a sweet scent, which I’m all about. The color I have is a light rosy pink with some gold shimmer.

Amelie Soie silk hair scrunches & hairbands

I was super excited to find these 100 % mulberry silk products from Lyko. Who doesn’t like to take care of their hair? Silk is the ultimate fabric for hair, since it’s gentle and soft. Your hair will thank you. These are perfect for anyone on the Curly Girl method – and for anyone who’s not.

P.S. Their labels say: You are a star.

*Amelie Soie Silk Bow Scrunches
Beautiful scrunchie with a removable bow. I have the beige one, which goes with any outfit.

*Amelie Soie Silk Hairband
This is the first hairband since forever, that I’m actually using. It’s effortless, stylish and super comfortable.

+ lots more!

Besides these, Lyko also has some nice gift sets and a great selection of brands, including Benefit, RMS beauty, MAC, Clarins, Yankee Candle and a lot more. If you’re still looking for Christmas presents or just want to treat yourself, you can now get -20% discount on everything with the code ‘charlottajoulu’. Shop *here! Valid until 16.12.19. Does not include campaign products.

Have you bought all your gifts this year?

Gold glitter Christmas makeup

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Where has all the light gone? I have no idea and I’m surprised by November’s darkness every year. Now if never is the time to grab on to some glitter and sparkle in the night. Or day. Doesn’t make a difference – it’s dark nevertheless! Okay, okay, it’s really not that bad this year. Our new apartment has windows that magically seem to grab on to those few hours of sunlight and I’m enjoying each second. And as you well know, I also enjoy the cozy darkness. And that has 100 % to do with Christmas lights.

In today’s post I have an easy glitter makeup tutorial for you – as well as some amazing new products to show. This look is perfect for any pre-Christmas celebrations or for New Years Eve Party. The star of the show is this *glitter palette, which I’ve been using more than I’d like to admit (any day is a good day to wear glitter, right?).

These all happen to on sale today as it’s black week and black friday tomorrow. You definitely should check out *’s deals. Now is a good time to buy those Christmas presents or anything you might need. Today all makeup is -25%!

Gold glitter makeup tutorial

  1. Add dark brown color in the outer corner. Start from your bottom lashline and draw a line towards the end of your brow. Fill in the outer corner in V-shape. Blend well! As you can see, it’s okay to use a dark color, since you can always blend it to a muted lighter brown. (But if you’re a beginner, it might be easier to start off with a lighter color first.)
  2. Add a shimmery color all over the lid. It’s advisable to use your finger, since you get the best color payoff that way.
  3. Add a touch of inner corner highlight.
  4. Add a glitter primer and press the glitter on the lid. I added the glitter only to about half of my lid. It’s up to you, obviously.
  5. Line your eyes, add mascara and or lashes. All done!

A more in-depth tutorial on the eyeshadow placement on my deep set downturned eyes can be found here!

I used all new products in this look, which are listed and introduced below. I found some pearls!

Smith Cult Book of Eyes Palette Nail polishj Shattered Souls

Smith Cult Noon Suite Palette Swatches

Smith and Cult The Book of Eyes Noon Suite Palette

As my eyeshadow I used *The Book of Eyes Noon Suite Palette by a brand called Smith & Cult. It’s a totally new brand to me, but their packaging and beautiful products spoke to me. I love the palette – it reminds me of the very first palette I owned. It has all the basic yet beautiful colors I need in my everyday makeup. The colors have good payoff and the shimmers feel very creamy.

Another product from Smith & Cult is the nail lacquer *Shattered Souls. It’s the most beautiful nail polish I have seen. I was surprised of how easy it is to use. It has enough glitters so that I can wear it on it own and it’s easy to remove – I actually just peel it off. I’m not sure if all their nail polishes are that easy to take off, but so far I’m very pleased. I use Seche Vite as a top coat, which also happens to be the best top coat I’ve tried.

Smashit Cosmetics 15 Color Glitter Palette Mix 2

I think this *Smashit Color Glitter Palette speaks for itself. It’s so beautiful and handy to have, compared to single glitters. I use *NYX Glitter Primer with it, which makes the glitters stick to my skin and last well.

Smashit Color Glitter Palette Mix 2 Swatches

Elizabeth Arden Honeysuckle Lipstick

Elizebeth Arden’s *Honeysuckle lipstick is such a beautiful and unique color. It’s a golden warm brown with fine glitter. It’s the perfect Holiday shade. Also love the packaging. Lipsticks should always come in a beautiful gold packaging.

elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lipstick Honeysuckle

Elizabeth Arden HoneySuckle Lipstick on Lips

Yves Saint Laurent foundations

As for my foundation, I used *YSL Touche Eclat Foundation in BD30. It has medium coverage and a sheer glowy finish. It reflects light nicely and lasts for about 8 hours. On my skin though, it’s pretty glowy after 8 hours.  I would recommend it to normal and combination skin. For oily skin, I would choose something that is more matte and long lasting. I’ve also tried another foundation from YSL. * All-in-One Glow and I’m happy to say it’s dry skin approved. For my skin it’s too glowy and doesn’t last. My sister who has very dry skin used it for a couple of weeks and fell in love with it.

As for the lashes, I used Eylure, as usual.

pre Christmas Gold Glitter Makeup

What do you think of this look? I know it’s very basic in terms of colors, but the glitter and lip color makes it interesting in my opinion.

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