The post you’ve been asking for over the last couple of weeks – best make-up of 2017! This year, it’s exclusively drugstore (although some prices are pushing over to the high-end side) and to be honest, I’m really happy about that. I don’t think that things we enjoy should cost and arm and a leg so I’m happy if I can find inexpensive products that are awesome. Enjoy (and also, get yourself some wine and popcorn, because it’s a long one).

Best make-up 2017 – great base

best make-up 2017 foundation

It was easy to choose my favorite foundation for the year 2017. It’s Paese Liquid Powder Double Skin Aqua – lightweight and moisturizing foundation (mine in the shade 20A). Their foundations have 4 squares on the side. This particular foundation has 3 filled up which means medium coverage, so I’m guessing all four would mean full coverage. Easy way to find the foundation you’re looking for. The application with the doe-foot applicator is easy and although it tends to oxidize on me the tiniest bit, it’s nothing compared to other foundations. I’d say this one would be great for almost any skin type.

best make-up 2017 foundation Paese

It’s primer galore in my house and I’ve tried many great primers this year, but again, I have to go for the same brand. Paese mattifying make-up base (for oily and combination skin). It’s a silicone primer which will make your foundation look beautiful. I don’t think it would do any favors to super oily skin though – silicones tend to slide right off it. In combination with the foundation mentioned above, it looks stunning.

I’m not a big believer in  BB creams but Vipera BB Cream (02 natural) that reduces redness and evens out the complexion totally changed the game for me. To be quite honest, I don’t even see it as a BB cream but a medium-coverage foundation which covers up all imperfections quite well. I enjoy using it when I don’t want to worry too much about my foundation. I’d definitely recommend it if you’re still on the hunt for a good BB cream.

I’ve tried perhaps a dozen concealers this year – both high-end and drugstore – and haven’t been impressed at all until I bumped into Catrice Liquid Camouflage high-coverage concealer. My first one – I don’t know how I’ve never come across it before. I don’t apply it directly on my under-eye circles directly because it’s quite fair and would make them stand out even more. First, i cover them up with a concealer closer to my skin tone and then I apply this concealer to brighten up the area. Also use it to carve out my eyebrow when I feel like it. Great full coverage concealer for less then 5€? Sold!

best make-up 2017 finishing powder

For finishing powder with some extra coverage, I can’t say enough good words about Bell Hypoallergenic Mat Powder (I think 04 – I’m a bit annoyed it doesn’t say anywhere on the packaging itself). I’m on my second one, and I’ve got a back-up as well. It’s not exactly lightweight, but applied over a light weight foundation, it gives you that extra coverage and makes your skin look beautiful. Low Maintenance Beauty approved! Read more about it *here*.

best make-up 2017 finishing powder

2017 was definitely a year of translucent powders. Out of all I tried, the price-performance ratio was the best with Avon Mark Magix HD Finishing powder. Why yes, I do also pay attention to the price. If I’m going to recommend something for 40€, it better be  worth it (which it usually isn’t in my opinion) and the same way around – if I’m going to find a powder for a couple of Euro that works (almost) just as well as the one for 30€, I’ll recommend it to you. The Avon Mark magix powder is very finely mild and will definitely keep the shine at bay! You can read more about it *here*.

Best make-up 2017 – adding some color to the face

best make-up 2017 contouring

 

Powder highlighters are my nemesis as I’m drawn to them like a moth to a flame. My absolute favorite this year has been Essence Cubanita Jumbo Highlighter
(unfortunately, LE but perhaps you can still find it somewhere). A beautiful golden shade and powdery formula, this highlighter is super simple to work with. The size promises at least a couple of years of use so I’m in love.

Liquid highlights are also tempting, but I’m hard pressed to find ones that show up well and are at the same time not difficult to blend out. L.O.V LOVglow Highlighting drops meet both criteria. I like that they aren’t too difficult to work it and not over-pigmented, so I can easily control the level of shine on my face. They come with a great easy to use dropper which is perfect for liquid products. Don’t forget to always apply liquid products before you set your face, otherwise it will look unnatural! I did some swatches *here*.

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Today, I’m offering you a rare glimpse into my home and my Christmas home decoration. I don’t have any particular theme going on since I’m a rather impulsive shopper. I do the main bit of decorating in the living room and the dining area, but occasionaly I put decorations in other rooms as well. Naturally, I’m not showing you everything, but enough to satisfy those of you who’re more curious by heart.

Christmas home decoration centerpiece

Christmas home decoration centerpiece

This is our dining room centerpiece this year, made by the incredible Marjan Lovšin. The flowers are real and waxed so I’m curious to see how it will dry out. I love the little Christmas house in the center as well.

Christmas home decoration reindeer

This is Clarence. He doesn’t exactly fit the theme but Baby M loves him so we put him up besides  the window.

Christmas home decoration Woodwick

I love candles. Normally, I’m a big fan of Yankee Candles and have quite the collection, but last winter I discovered the WoodWick candles which cracle as they burn and smell amazing. I’m half way done with my second one so I’m hoping that Santa noticed I need a new one.

Christmas home decoration christmas tree

Christmas home decoration snowman

There’s always an overload of presents under the Christmas tree and since they’re mostly for children, the wrappings are in numerous colors and prints. Therefore, I like to keep the tree more minimalistic as most people. I really love this little snowman and I hope that Baby M doesn’t get any weird ideas with the tree because I’d be sorry to see it go. He’s been acting nice so far so fingers crossed we have no accidents this year.

Christmas home decoration

Christmas home decoration

A poinsettia is a must in our home and I usually go through at least two of them. This year, this one is holding up incredibly well so hopefully, she’ll be with us for a long time. The bowl next to pointsettia sometimes holdes tangerines and sometimes candy – depending on my mood.

Christmas home decoration

I have this beautiful lamp on the piano and normally it doesn’t get much love. Since I really like this corner of the living room, I decided to put some small lights on it to make it stand out a little bit more.

Do you like anything in particular? Do you decorate more or less? Let me know in the comments below. Until next time, stay beautiful!

DIY natural christmas ornaments

Another day, another Blogmas. I must admit that this December is going by so quickly I’m hardly keeping track as it is. Next week, the real party season starts so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I manage to finish the entire Blogmas as I intially intended. Today, I want to show you how to make really simple DIY natural christmas ornaments.

DIY natural christmas ornaments

For the ones I want to show you, you’ll need some glitter (or glitter glue), oranges, walnuts, scissors, glue gun (or superglue) and string. You’ll also need the ingredients to make the salty dough: 300g of salt, 300g of white flour, a tablespoon of oil and 2dl of water.

DIY natural christmas ornaments

Dry oranges are literally the simplest christmas decoration, but I personally love the way they look. Cut the oranges into thin slices and dry them overnight on a body of heat. Pierce them with a knife to cut holes for a simple string. You can also decorate them with glitter or leave them bare – they’ll look cute either way.

DIY natural christmas ornaments

The same can be done with walnuts, but you’ll need a glue gun or a superglue to hold the strings in place. Remember to ask an adult to help you with this if you’re not used to handling hot glue.

DIY natural christmas ornaments

These ornaments are done from the salty dough. You simply mix all the ingredients together, roll the dough and use some stencils to cut out the desired shapes. Then, bake them at 180* for 20 minutes or so and let them dry. You can them color them with glitter, nail polish or whatever else you have lying around the house.

DIY natural christmas ornaments

DIY natural christmas ornaments

Do you have a christmas tree? How do you decorate it? Let me know in the comments down below! Until next time, stay beautiful!