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?

Skincare that works – Skincity online clinic

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If you’ve ever dreamed of someone just telling you what products you should use to get the best out of your skin, you can stop dreaming. Because Skincity actually does that.

Skincity is an online skincare clinic where you can get personalized skincare advice from certified skin therapists. On top of that, you can shop the best professional beauty brands.

Now I know that it can be difficult to take care of your skin, if you’re not sure about your skin type or your skin’s needs. Not all the same products work for different skin types. That’s why the best results come with the right products – the right products for your skin. And that’s why Skincity is so awesome.

Skincity offers skincare that works, because it’s tailored for you

When I worked at a salon, I loved doing facials and helping customers find the right products. (That’s why I love writing about skincare here as well.) Our skin is our biggest organ and I think the little time we take in pampering it is very worth it. My take on skincare is compassionate, yet dedicated. I don’t focus on the problems in my skin, rather than accept its unique properties. I’m not looking for perfection; I just want my skin to look and feel healthy.

That said, it’s important to choose the right products for your skin. For instance, having a combination skin with big pores, it’s important to treat it right to avoid pimples. Skincity helps in choosing the right products.

Skincity sells several of my favorite brands including Vita Liberata, Clarins and Jane Iredale. Not to mention some brands that have been on my wish list like Hourglass or By Terry. Skincity also has a nice selection of natural brands, which is important for me especially with skincare.

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Skincity’s free skin tests – find out what works for your skin type

You can truly get your skin’s needs heard at Skincity’s online clinic. One of their finest features must be the free skin tests. The test is simple and quick. You just answer some easy questions to find out what products work for your skin. Based on your answers and wishes, you get the answers to your skin test in a few days. If you want to try a specific brand, you can request that.

I chose the skin test with 6-8 products, as I’m used to a holistic take on skincare. There is also the option for a simpler 4-product routine.

Once you get your results, you can check out your products without an obligation to buy.

*Skin test for 4 products & *Skin test for 6-8 products & *SPF test

There’s also the SPF test, to find out a suitable sunscreen for you. I love physical sunscreens, which work by reflecting the sunrays away from your skin. I’ve been using *Maria Åkerberg’s mineral powder, which has SPF20. Makeup and sunscreen in two – perfect for me! Mineral makeup can be a great option for anyone, who feels like sun creams are too sticky.

Personal skincare advice

In addition you can chat with the skin therapists, if you have any questions. As a beauty therapist myself, I really value the fact that the advice is coming from another professional. Just like a shoemaker can fix your shoes, a skin therapist knows how to treat different skin types and issues.

Wearing Maria Åkerberg’s mineral powder in Pure Beige. More makeup details at the end of this post.

My skincity skincare routine & Neal’s Yard Remedies

I’ve now been on my Skincity skincare routine for about 1,5 months and both me and my skin are very happy. I chose natural products and got recommended Neal’s Yard Remedies products. Getting to know to a new skincare brand this way was fun. And I love that someone else picked the right products for me.

Neal’s Yard Remedies products feel effective, yet gentle. The luxurious glass packaging is a big plus for me! The natural fresh scents are therapeutic – my favorite scent is the orange in the face scrub.

Since I use a physical sunscreen and makeup, I always double cleanse. Oil is the best option for removing physical sunscreens. So I requested an oil cleanser as an extra. Whatever your skin needs or if you have some special requests, I’m sure Skincity will handle it.

maria åkerberg pre cleansing oil
Maria Åkerberg’s Pre-Cleansing Oil is great for removing sunscreen and makeup.

Here’s how my routine looks like with the new products.

My evening skincare routine

  1. *Maria Åkerberg Precleansing Oil
  2. *Maria Åkerberg Gentle Foaming Wash
  3. *Neal’s Yard Remedies Rehydrating Rose Toner
  4. *Neal’s Yard Remedies Sensitive Soothing Daily Serum
  5.  *Neal’s Yard Remedies Vitamin E & Avocado Night Cream
  6.  *Neal’s Yard Remedies White Tea Eye Gel

My morning skincare routine

  1. Splash with water
  2.  *Neal’s Yard Remedies Rehydrating Rose Toner
  3. *Neal’s Yard Remedies Sensitive Soothing Daily Serum
  4. *Neal’s Yard Remedies Purifying Palmarosa Daily Moisturizer
  5. *Neal’s Yard Remedies White Tea Eye Gel

 

My weekly skincare routine

  1. *Neal’s Yard Remedies Honey & Orange Face Scrub
Notes and thoughts on the products & routine

My favorite products are the Rehydrating Rose Toner and the Sensitive Soothing Daily Serum. It’s funny, because I used to really dislike rose scent (or is it one of those scents you kind of learn to love?). However, the toner smells fresh and provides the perfect hydration for my skin. I take it into my palms and pat on to my skin.

The Soothing Serum is another lovely product for hydration. It contains hyaluronic acid, borage seed oil and soothing plant extracts. I’ve talked about the importance of a hydrating serum before and that goes for all seasons. As lovely as the sun is, it dries out the skin and at least my skin appreciates all the watery hydration it can get.

The Purifying Palmarosa Daily Moisturizer has been a good summer match for my skin. It absorbs quickly, controls oil and works really well under makeup.

Need changes to the routine? What if something’s not working?

You can always redo the skin test if you want totally new recommendations or feel like something’s not working. Or maybe you want new recommendations from a specific brand? You can see the past skin test results on you own page, when you log on to the site.

Secondly, you can also chat with a skin therapist, if you want to change something. In my routine I ended up changing the facial wash (I first had the Purifying Palmarosa Wash for oily skin). I chatted with the skin therapist and asked for another slightly more gentle cleanser. Very quickly (in just a few minutes!) I got two new product recommendations to that.

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If you want to get your skincare in order, I warmly recommend doing the free skin test. It can also be a great opportunity to try a new brand. Maybe your day cream is running out and you were planning on buying a new one anyway. Why not do the skin test and see what it says?

Skincity always offers free postage in the Northern Countries – no matter the size of the order!

*Free skin test for 4 products
*Free skin test for 6-8 products
*Shop at Skincity

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This whole makeup look is also done with all the brands Skincity sells. I’m wearing:

*Maria Åkerberg’s mineral powder, Pure Beige
*Jane Iredale Ellen Lipstick
*Clarins Joli Blush in Cheeky Peach
*Clarins Ombe 3 Couleurs palettes

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