Amazingness of the week | Moroccanoil

I have been blonde for 5/6 years now…deep down, I have been blonde all my life, but it became visible for everybody to see only a few years ago when I started with a timid balayage and then I went a bit further and predictably, now I am completely blonde. At some point I was actually silver…and was called Khaleesi or Legolas – can you guess which of the two I preferred? A few months ago though, from over colouring it, it became like the kind of sweep that you find at the countryside (not the posh countryside) and I had to cut half of it off. So if you are experiencing dry ends, tangled hair that is really hard to comb when straight out the shower, or want to grow your hair as healthy as possible, let me tell you about the Moroccanoil treatment.

I have been using it for more than a year, but heard about it for much longer than that. Moroccanoil is called a treatment, but it might as well be a styling oil if you like doing braids, or even just add shine to your hair. I use it when my hair is wet, right before drying it or I would never be able to brush my hair wet, even though it’s much shorter now. It claims that it helps your hair dry quicker…I don’t know about that because I haven’t dried my hair without it since I got it – hihi

I have tried a few argan oil based products before but because I have really oily hair, I did not make sense to me to add more oil to it. Then, my ends were still quite healthy so it didn’t dawn on me that I can use the oil only on my ends, on top of that, I’m a blonde:P. So I didn’t use an oil for the longest time, and then I discovered this one. It smells amazing, there is no questioning that, but there is so much more that it can do.

I keep on saying that it’s good for blonde hair. This is not the only hair colour that it is good for – let’s put it this way: if you have dry hair or dry ends, Moroccanoil will help you a lot to make it healthy again. Whereas your hair healthy of course depends on your hair care combination of products and I am going to tell you more about my combo, this oil will add a bit of moisture and shine, regardless.

My bottle is close to an end and I will definitely repurchase it, but if you have another hair oil/ treatment recommendation, don’t hesitate to put it in the comments below.

Kisses!

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Moroccanoil treatment
moroccanoil / hair treatment / hair oil / blonde hair / miss casual
Am I the only one that’s not happy to see her bottles almost empty?

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Moroccanoil Treatment Original 100ml • Moroccanoil • £32.85
Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask (250ml) • Moroccanoil • £25.45
Moroccanoil Pure Argan Oil • Moroccanoil • £50
Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray (100ml) • Moroccanoil • £19.95
Moroccanoil Fleur De Rose Hand Cream 75ml • Moroccanoil • £21
Moroccanoil Smoothing Conditioner (250ml) • Moroccanoil • £20.25

Best of 2018 – makeup

We continue our “Best of 2018” series with makeup. I hope you liked the first part – travel as much as I did putting the post together and drooling over some amazing places. Looking back at all the makeup I discovered and wore over the past year, I remembered that I actually travelled to some of those amazing places with a few of these beauty items.

I did not write about it so much on the blog, but I am still very passionate about beauty and I still watch Youtube videos on the regular. Actually, a guilty pleasure of mine – when I have trouble sleeping, I watch makeup declutter videos and they put me to sleep without fault.

MORPHE Jaclyn Hill Palette

This was such a kind gift from Daniela in a moment that I was in a makeup rut. I had no idea what else to do with the makeup I had and make it exciting. This palette has been in my wish list for months and months, but for some reason I haven’t taken the plunge. I didn’t own anything else from Morphe so I didn’t know what quality to expect, but girl, was I surprised! I would not exaggerate to call this the jackpot palette – it’s that good. Especially when you think of the amount of product and the price- I am in awe!

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Too Faced – Gingerbread Spice

This was another present, this time from Paul. Can you say how much my friends know I love makeup? This palette has the cutest story: for Romanians, and I am sure that not only, on the 6th of December, St. Nicholas is bringing sweets to all houses. It’s like a small Santa Claus, that only brings sweets and fruits. Now here is the funny part- before opening my present, Paul has told me that he had difficulties finding some dairy free sweets (I am dairy intolerant) so I was expecting that he has found some vegan sweets which I usual like, except the fact that are very, very sweet. Surprise, surprise! It was the Gingerbread Spice palette- can anybody argue that it’s not something sweet? Good quality also – highly comparable with my beloved Chocolate Gold from Too Faced.

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Kat von D – Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks

And these are everlasting indeed…except if you don’t challenge them with a burger. Even on my dry lips, these stay put all day without making my lips look like raisins. These were not a new discovery, but two of these shades I wore for work so much that they almost “monopolised” my lips all year.

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Laura Geller – Baked Gelato Swirls

These are again some highlighters that I love wearing for work where I don’t want to blind everybody. Ballerina is a bit too dark for my skin tone at the moment – I can’t wait to get tanned to wear it…and not just for the name! However, Peach Glow and Gilded Honey are my daily go-tos. Lately, I even mix them together.

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Too Faced – Chocolate Gold palette

This is my most used palette ever. This was part of Paul’s challenge. He had to go into the Too Faced boutique in Covent Garden and buy makeup products with a budget of £100. You can see how everything went in this post, but I was amazed of how well he did. What was actually going through my mind was: wow, he actually listened to all my blabbering about makeup. After a year of using it, I still get excited every time I open this palette, it might secretly be my best of all times.

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Too Faced – Sweetie Pie bronzer

This is another one of the products that Paul hunted down for me in the £100 beauty challenge. At first I was confused by this products – it first says it’s matte, but I can clearly see the golden shimmer. This turned out to be an overlay that disappeared after a few uses. Another problem I had with it was: is this a bronzer, is this a blush, is this superman? It’s mostly a bronzer, but it has the most natural bronzing shade that I’ve ever found for my skin tone. This is another favourite that “monopolises” my face.

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Similar to when I ended my Best of 2018 – travel post, I feel that this was truly a good year, a lot of beauty finds. However, I am still left wanting more and a bit curious what this year will bring. We are thinking of doing another challenge when Paul has to go and buy my makeup, he seems pretty good at that. Would you like this kind of post? Maybe with more behind the scenes on Insta Stories?

Peach kisses!

3 Christmas makeup looks

The countdown to Christmas has started: we only have one week left. Yuppi! Wait, what are we wearing on Christmas Eve, do we have enough presents for everybody, what makeup look should we do? This time, I can help you with the last part. I promised you I will do a beauty related post because I haven’t done one in ages I feel like, and having such a good occasion and such a nice palette on hand, I just had to. You’ll have three makeup looks to choose from: a more natural one, a warm rusty toned one and for the most daring, a smokey galaxy one.

This is one of the palettes that I have seen numerous Youtube tutorials on, and I was on the hunt for it for a while, but being an American brand, it takes some time for it to be available in the UK. Then, I completely forgot about it until Daniela has gifted it to me. You can’t imagine how I jumped up and down, I was that happy. I almost wanted to close  myself in a room and just stare and swatch the palette. The one that I am talking about is the Jaclyn Hill palette from Morphe that, if you are from the UK, you can find on Cult Beauty.

This is such a versatile palette, with a good proportion of matte and metallic eyeshadows. Most colours are warm-toned which is what I prefer anyways, but you do have a few cool-toned eyeshadows that look surprisingly good on most skin tones I saw them used on. I am still enthusiastic about this palette and want to use it as much as possible, so I thought, what better time to challenge myself to do 3 very different makeup looks for Christmas or any other party, with the Morphe palette.

1. The neutral makeup look

This is for the ladies who maybe meet their future mother in law on Christmas Eve. If I sound like I am talking from experience, that is exactly what I do. Two years ago I moved to London, and on Christmas Eve, I met Paul’s entire family: mother, father, 3 sisters, 3 brothers in law, 2 nephews. Not intimidating at all…so the last thing we want on such a night is to think about what they think about our makeup look. Does this make sense?

This is the prefect time to play it safe. Even if you are not in this situation, but you are on the hunt for some inspiration and you are not used to wearing a lot of makeup but you do want something simple and fairly easy to do, I’ve got you, girl! This is your neutral makeup look.

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2. The Fire place makeup look

This is a look that I have not planned ahead, I just knew I wanted to do something warm-toned. With all the red toned palettes that have come out lately, I feel like we start being less and less intimidated by red. Something that helps me, because I do tend to look pink so my first though is that I would never do something to enhance that, I take good care that my foundation and bronzer are even and flattering. After this, I can bath in red…oh, sorry, this sounds just a bit weird…I guess it’s all the vampire series that have been out for the past years.

Back to the makeup look, this one does look considerably more colourful than the first, but to me, nothing says holiday and coziness more than a fire place. Plus, if you have hazel eyes, the red makes your eyes look lighter or at least that’s what is happening with mine.

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3. The Galaxy makeup look

I love doing smokey, pigmented eyeshadow looks. I know this is not everybody’s cup of tea, like I rarely drink tea, but can talk about coffee, but just once in life, promise me you’ll give it a try. The inspiration for this makeup look was the palette itself. Jaclyn Hill has chosen a few dark velvet vibrant colours that I love staring at, but I feel intimidated wearing them on their own. All of them together, on the other hand…I am not intimidated to wear.

If you are in a playful mood, or are into vibrant but dark colours, this is your look. Would I wear it to this year’s Christmas party with Paul’s family? Probably not, but I will wear it in our nocturnal photo shoots. Still the important part is not whether I’d wear it, it is if you would?

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Let me know in the comments below which is your favourite one of these three Christmas makeup looks. It is not necessary that you use this eyeshadow palette that I did to accomplish them, but I know it’s been a very popular choice and it’s still in stock. So if you do own it, I hope I have you some cute ideas on how to use it further.

Colouful kisses!

christmas makeup / jaclyn hill morphe / miss casual
christmas makeup / jaclyn hill morphe / miss casual
christmas makeup / jaclyn hill morphe / miss casual

 

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Dior Forever foundation – would I repurchase?

I have been pretty much loyal to the same foundation for almost 10 years. Because I have very oily skin, I have difficulties finding a foundation that will cover my imperfections, but will be lasting through my sebum-prone skin. And when that sebum comes out, is the foundation flexible enough for me to blot and re-powder? As I was saying, for almost 10 years, any foundation I tried, I kept on going back for my trusty Clinique oil-free one. Is the Dior Forever Undercover going to replace it?

I can’t decide about replacing the Clinique foundation in my personal top, but this one is definitely the runner-up. I have never tried a Dior foundation before but one day I felt like pampering myself and I took the plunge, went to Boots, had myself colour matched and I bought it.

I had no idea which of the Dior foundation would be suitable for my skin type. I don’t mind full coverage, but even if it’s medium coverage, I can make it work. Also, I needed something oil free that will not look terribly dry on my skin. The last foundation that I tried and looked dry, in two hours was shiny like a disco ball so I try to stay away from this type. To be perfectly honest, I was so curious about the new Backstage foundation that I asked about it first. Problem was – that is not for oily skin from what the sales assistant was telling me.

In the end, one full of swatches hand, a few dirty tissues and a colour match later, I went for the Dior Forever Undercover foundation. This one claims to be everything-proof for 24 hours and has a natural matte finish while hiding those naughty pores that we all have.

I will start with the packaging. This is the most travel friendly out of all. It’s not a glass bottle so it’s not heavy at all, it’s 40 ml (1.3 FL.OZ) and has the thinnest “mouth” so I know for sure that no bacteria will be able to go into my foundation. The finishing, even after powdering is the most beautiful I have ever seen. The Clinique foundation looks beautiful on the skin also, but this one makes my skin look so flawless. First time I tried it, I had to wake Paul up to show him.

The finish really is a natural matte. Even after powder, a slight luminosity was peeking through which made the foundation even more beautiful. I personally need to set every foundation with powder, but apparently, this foundation will do wonders even without. I must tell you, not on a very oily skin – maybe on a slightly oily one.

When it comes to coverage, this one is apparently the most high-coverage of all Dior Foundations. It is definitely more high-coverage than the Clinique one. As they say, a little really goes a long way so no need to paint it on. It’s still full coverage even if you apply it with a sponge so that says a lot.

After three hours on my face, just like any single other foundation that I tried, my sebum starts peeking through which I honestly expected. For me however, this is the true test. If I can blot and powder without the foundation becoming cakey, I am one happy woman. And I am when I wear this foundation! I was able to blot a few times during the day and the foundation did not move at all on my forehead and chin, but it did move a little on the sides of my nose and chicks. Even so, it’s the best performing foundation I ever tried.

Did you try any of the Dior foundations? Would you buy a luxury brand’s foundation or do you think you can get the same quality at the drugstore? I was honestly surprised at how good the Dior foundation was performing and the only reason why the Clinique one is still my favourite is because it lasts an hour longer- so I can go 4 hours without a problem. However, the Dior one’s finish is much more natural and flawless…so I guess they are neck in neck. Oups 😀

Kisses!

Dior foundation | Miss Casual

Dior foundation | Miss Casual

Dior foundation | Miss Casual

Dior foundation | Miss Casual

Foundation – Dior

 

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Insights into blogging | Bilou review

I still consider myself a small blog even though I’ve been posting twice a week for almost the past year. Have you ever wondered how I decide what to write about? How do connections with brands happen? Let me tell you more about the behind the scenes of blogging. I will give you Bilou as an example both for their approach while reaching out to bloggers and for the fact that their Instagram account inspired us to do probably the most colourful content so far.

Before I start depicting the do’s and don’ts of blogging, I will need to write a disclaimer. I am in no way an authority in the field, even though I don’t mind uniforms…the nice ones, but I have offered the subject most brain space for the past year and I gained a bit of experience that I do want to share with you.

Check your e-mails

I can’t repeat this enough. Most of the relationships and the networking is happening in your e-mails, DM’s and Messenger. We, bloggers who only started recently,  are lucky that those before us already walked the miles to make blogging a proper job, but that does not mean that everybody sees it like this. What I am saying is that it doesn’t hurt to be professional in your correspondence and face to face. Answer that e-mail as quickly as possible and avoid postponing it to a week after. What for? The competition between bloggers is huge. If it’s not one of us who will get the job, it will be another. I have been wearing lazy pants before, if you know what I mean, but they don’t suit me anymore, I outgrew them.

Update your social media regularly

Did you already start thinking of your social media as your portfolio? Most of the times, that is what brands/clients will see first of you. That is their first impression. When you start your blog and Instagram account and Facebook page and Pinterest and Twitter maybe, think about what kind of content do you want to put out. I am not referring to your style because that will change and evolve, but to the tone of what you put out there. Are you motivational, are you one of the girls/boys who everybody feels like they know you through your socials or are you the one using your social media to complain?

Besides the tone, how often do you post? Instagram seems to be rewarding those who post a bigger quantity of content. Although, what if we start thinking about it out of context, at the end of the day, the more you post – the more opportunities for somebody to see your content and like it. That if the quality is not thrown away somewhere in a cage and forgotten about. I get it, lack of time, deadlines and so on, but quality should be the first invited to dinner.

How do you start working with brands?

In a few words: either they reach out or you do. When it’s the case of them reaching out, it will mostly be through e-mail. With all the social media different apps, this is still accepted as the most professional way to do it. The bigger the brand, the more universal/ less personal the message will seem but you should not confuse this with spam. Most of the time, the brand will hire an agency to reach out to bloggers and they might have a template for the e-mail sent. The message might have been sent to a bigger number of people, but it is just as serious as if a brand owner sent it to you.

This being said, small businesses will also approach you and the messages might seem more personal but regardless of the case, we should be respectful towards people’s time and give them an answer as quickly as possible.

When you are the one reaching out, let’s say for example on Instagram, look for accounts that have a similar number of followers to yours or less. I am not saying don’t shoot for the stars,  but that they are the most likely to answer back. I once sent a DM on Instagram to a jewellery brand that inspired me so much that I wanted to take pictures for them. They were very respectful towards what I managed to do so far, but when they refused, they pointed out the discrepancy in followers. I had much, much less than they did. Lesson learned – start with your league.

What service do you offer?

I am the kind of blogger who feels weird asking for freebies. I am renting a flat in London and anybody who lives here can tell you that they were forced to develop very good space management skills – that’s how small flats are. So when I am reaching out to a brand, I much prefer offering something in return. I offer to create content for them or to model their product which is in essence part of why I love blogging.

Because my following is not huge (@miss__casual), I don’t rely on offering shout outs because they might not be very effective. Also, for the product to be on my Instagram, Blog or Facebook page, I need to try it out and like it – but more about this later.

It takes much more time than you expected it to

Blogging is such a time consuming job/hobby. It’s really not just about taking a cute picture and posting it on Instagram and than wait for the likes to flow in. Most of us are also the stylist, location scout, creative director, writer, editor and so on. All these things, regardless of how well organized you are, do take a lot of time. So if you are debating whether you shout start blogging or not – start doing it, but make sure that you like it because you’ll be doing it a lot.

Somebody asked me – how long will it take until I make a living out of it?

This is a question nobody can answer – for some it took years, for others it took months, some gave up along the way. For now, there is no recipe on “how to make it” in the blogging world. And then – what does making it mean to you? No raining on anyone’s parades but be prepared for your patience to be challenged.

Working with brands – saying yes/saying no

I am quite fussy when it comes to this and I don’t want my blog to be a shop full of everything. If there is something that I tried and honestly liked, I will write about it. However, when the exchange of emails happens with the brand, and they are offering a product to feature I have something that I always explain. For me the blog is an escape from all the hustle and bustle that happens in the world so I want to keep it a positivity only zone.

This means that I will not give a bad review. If my review turns out to be not in favour of the brand, I’d rather not do it. So when I do receive the email from the brand I always tell them that I am opened to trying new products, but I want the freedom to not write about it in case I turn out not liking it. If I tried it and I liked it, you can probably read about it on the blog.

About MyBilou

A recent brand that reached out to me is Bilou. You might already know how much I like supporting Youtubers, bloggers and so on which is one of the reasons I am telling you about this brand also. Bilou is a German brand developed by a Youtuber. Because she has been testing so many beauty products, she felt she could put the experience that she accumulated, into her own brand. And she made it vegan, dermatologically tested, gave it a fun and youthful concept and mouth-watering, but not edible fragrances. She has got me at Chocolate Cupcake, Cotton Candy, Orange Lemonade or Tasty Donut. What about you?

The reason the brand has got my attention at first though, is the way they approached the situation. When they reached out to me, they did not for a second imply that in exchange of me receiving a few of the products to test, I need to do a review. Not for a moment! Which makes me feel free to just try the products, see if I like them and share them with you – if I choose to. Hats down to the Bilou team!

Also, I went on their Instagram to check out their account and as I was mentioning in the beginning of the post, I was so inspired by their aesthetic that we did our most colourful shooting so far.

bilou | miss casual

bilou | miss casual

I have only tried three of the Bilou products so I feel like I can’t do a full review, but I do want to mention those that I did try. The Cotton Candy creamy shower foam is as the name says – creamy. The foam is slightly thicker than the others that I tried with similar concept which I personally love. You might be wondering about the fragrance. Sounds good, but does it smell as good? Most definitely! I was glad that it does not smell as sweet as it sounds and especially when you use it in the shower, it has a light scent, not an overpowering one.

bilou | miss casual

A product that is different from anything else that I tried is the Fizzy Berry gentle cream foam. This is in essence a moisturizer, but it comes out of the tube like a foam. It does not feel too creamy, but it moisturizes nicely and my legs were very thankful. After I moisturize, especially in the hot months, I hate how the left over cream on the hand will make my palms sweaty. Not with this one. Gladly!

bilou | miss casual

The third product is a Coco Cocktail “2 in 1” body spray. First of all the scent takes me back to Punta Cana – the most inexpensive plane ticket. Second, I had to read the instructions for this one. It is both a deodorant and a moisturizing body spray. I have not tried it as a deodorant however, it was way too hot to risk it. As a body spray, it is just so so yummi and it does have the slightest moisturizing effect.

bilou | miss casual

 

This was a post about blogging that was long coming. It spent so many days in my mind that it just had to make it’s way up on the blog. This is what I’ve learned so far about blogging and because I wished there was somebody to guide me for the past year, it’s just one more reason to write it. I really hope what I wrote is helpful to you and who knows, after I gain a bit more experience, I might write another one 🙂

Kisses!

Latest beauty review – To bronze or not to bronze?

bilou | miss casual

bilou | miss casual

bilou | miss casual

 

 

 

To bronze or not to bronze?

I am latey latey with the blog post. Have you noticed? The dog ate my homework…wait, not this. This summer the hot weather in London with being in air conditioning for 9 hours messed up my entire system. Every time these days that I tried to sit in front of the laptop screen- migraine! Getting back to the question about bronzing, damaging UV left behind, I would say, to bronze! I do realize that to be bronzed does not mean the same thing in every culture, but where I come from, looking slightly tanned is synonymous with looking healthy.

The older I get the more I hear how harming the sun rays are and thinking that I used to bath in them for hours when I was a child… The sun might make us feel healthy in the beginning but abusing it, it can actually age our skin. It’s useless saying how important SPF is any time of the year. This being said, I am looking for a new SPF. I am using the Anthelios from La Roche Posay but it irritates my skin if I use it three days in a row so I need a better solution.

I, personally, despite the fact that I am quite fair, I have the potential of getting a nice tan. This happens only after I attend the tomato competition because first I turn red (bright red) and only after then I start exploring shades of brown. Because of this and because of the lack of time, I started looking for makeup to give me that healthy bronzed look, but without the red, dry too tanned skin effect. I have three makeup products at hand that serve a a very similar purpose, and if you are into makeup, you’ll find an excuse to have all three, just like me.

Urban Decay Beached Bronzer in Sun-kissed

This is my all year round bronzer. The shade suits me both at my palest or at my wow! I have actually been in the sun enough to get a tan. For now I only use powder bronzers so if I want to look healthy, sun-kissed as the name suggests – this is my go to. It’s easily buildable which means that if you have a light hand with it, you will barely see it on the skin, but if you repeat the process a few times – you have the potential of looking like a bronzed goddess.

bronzed | miss casual

bronzed | miss casual
can you tell how much I like it?

Benefit – Hoola (the original)

This is a tricky one for me. I received a sample of this in one of the beauty boxes and if you have watched makeup gurus on Youtube, you might remember that this bronzer was receiving everyone’s praise. It’s much finer than the Urban Decay one but this also means that if you want to build up a bronzed look, your hand has to be lighter than a butterfly. Personally, I think the problem for me is the shade. Probably the newer version, Hoola light will suit my skin tone better. When I did manage to get nicely bronzed though, the undertone of this bronzer looked like nothing else.

bronzed | miss casual

bronzed | miss casual

Too Faced – Sweetie Pie Radiant Matte Bronzer

You might ask yourself – radiant matte? What a big fat lie that is? That is a contradiction! But somehow, when you put the bronzer on the face, it makes sense. On my skin, this looks like a matte bronzer except if I do manage to bring it slightly higher, to my cheekbones, it reflects a very natural glow. All honesty, this is my lazy product, the one I use all the time.

Despite the cutest presentation (it really does look like a pie) and the fact that the smell is yummi without being overpowering, this will give you a soft bronzed but blushy look. If I can’t be bothered putting foundation on and it’s just a concealer kind of day, this is what you see on my face to make me look healthy and slightly blushed.

bronzed | miss casual

bronzed | miss casual

What is your opinion on being bronzed? Do you think it’s necessary, does it make you feel any different and most importantly, what bronzer do you use. Liquid or powder?

bronzed | miss casual

Until next time…kisses!

Liquid lipsticks for any occasion | Kat von D

I can now say that I’ve trialed a decent number of liquid lipsticks and know what I want from them. I have really dry lips so I need to stay away from the extremely drying formula, but then, my lips are uneven so I need a liquid lipstick to be creamy enough to redraw my lips shape. The one formula that I go back to every single time and I would not mind owning every single shade, is Kat von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks. I wouldn’t mind having even the turquoise in the collection, I would probably not wear it much but every single shade has such a unique undertone.

I first came across these liquid lipstick a year and a half ago when I moved to London. I knew about the brand from Youtube and I was before I got to the actual store. I even recommended somebody to buy a present for a friend of mind, one of the most popular shades – Lolita. When you get to the counter, you might be overwhelmed because there are 54 colours in the collection. Some are crazy bright and there’s little chance that you will find the same one in any other brand, and some are wearable, work appropriate.

 

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1. Work appropriate

I have two shades that I wear for work on repeat. I am now referring to a classic job where your makeup has to be natural, not overpowering your features or your set of skills. If you work for Kat von D, they’d probably encourage you to experiment with colour.

One of the shades, and the first one I bought is Lolita. This is not the original shade, even though I wouldn’t mind that one either, but the first remake, that is a brown nude. This colour makes me look serious, ready for business and slightly more mature, which in job dictionary is more reliable. This is the shade that I wore to my interviews.

The second shade that I wear to work because it brightens up my complexion, is Berlin. In the tube, it looks like a very bright summery pink, but once on the lips, it becomes quite a wearable pink.

liquid lipsticks | miss casual

2. Summer joy

I was about to write “summertime” when my mind wandered away from the post to how Janis Joplin sings the Summertime song. I know, it’s way before my generation but my parents introduced me to such great music that it stayed with me till today:D

Back to the post, I was about to write that summertime is when we go for brighter colours.  The rays of sun, the heat and our new tan gives us the perfect excuse to take out those neon bright liquid lipstick shades. One of my recent purchases and my favourite among the brighter colours is A-Go-Go. This is a see from the plane slightly neon orange-red. Did I confuse you now? Even if I only got a few hours sleep, this colour brightens up everything that can be brightened…except coffee, that is still a must.

Now for summer’s pink, I chose Beloved. This is a colour I think I can’t pull off if I am not tanned. It’s more of a pastel pink which, if I am not wearing the right makeup, might make me look washed out. So summer it is then!

liquid lipsticks | miss casual

3. The odd one

This is one of the first colour that I bought also and I actually wore it a lot that winter. i am talking about the Damned shade. It’s such a dark burgundy brown…makes me think of all the Vampire series I watched in the past few years. This colour would be perfect if you like something dark on the lips but don’t want to go for black.

The only drawback is that if you eat while wearing Damned, it is a bit harder to reapply. What I mean by this is that when we eat oily food, it’s most likely that only the liquid lipstick from the center of our lips rubs off, the rest stays intact. So when we reapply, it is quite hard to reapply only to the center but if you put an extra coat of this shade, it looks thick. This does not happen though, with any of the other shades mentioned.

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Have I made you curious yet? Keep in mind that I have terribly dry lips. This liquid lipstick still dries out my lips but not too badly. The thing is, I don’t need to reapply this lipstick throughout the day only if I eat, and even then, I might still be able to pull it off. Which of the colours is your favourite?

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Eyeshadow palettes I am not using anymore

My eyeshadow palette collection is not a huge one. I would say that it’s bigger than I’d need it to be, but It’s not even close to what we see on Youtube nowadays. Even so, I have eyeshadow palettes that I am not using.

Most often, the reason for this is packaging. If the eyeshadow palette is bulky and can’t fit in with the rest of the palettes, it’s bound to be exiled somewhere else and be forgotten. Other times, the colour combination could be the one that is holding me back from using the palette. It can be that it’s not inspiring me or that I have similar colours to those in an eyeshadow palette that I already use.

Also, please keep in mind that what you are about to see are not necessarily bad palettes, these are palettes that I am just not grabbing every single week for some reason or another. The pictures will not be the clean, perfect ones we are so used to seeing on Instagram. Some of these palettes are dusty which you’ll be able to see on the mirrors which did not seem to want to be cleaned…just  thought I’d give you a heads up.

 

1. Kat von D – Metal Matte

When this eyeshadow palette came out I was so excited! It was interesting how depending on how you held the packaging, it said either metal or matte. Also, the eyeshadows inside seemed so exciting and for the longest time, they were. I used this palette a lot.

The metallic eyeshadows are very pigmented and soft and are a pleasure to wear, except the purple one which for some reason, the moment I apply it, it changes colour slightly. Same goes for some of the matte eyeshadows. I know it’s a strange thing to complain about, but if I need a particular shade and when I apply it it becomes ashier that I want it to be, there is not win there, right?

The main problem however, is how big this eyeshadow palette is. It does not fit with any of the rest of my palettes and most often, even though it’s a very good quality palette, I forget I have it or I can’t be bothered taking it out from where I found a place for it.

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2. Too Faced – Sweet Peach

This eyeshadow palette was used like a hero before it was almost retired. Do you know how we always see in police movies that after they retire, some officers just can’t mind they own very quiet new life and keep in doing what their job was for years? This is how this palette is. I have used up completely the white in the palette and I have two more metallic eyeshadows that I use quite often and the matte coral shade. Other than that, the rest of the eyeshadows lay untouched.

This is something that I heard happens quite a lot with Too Faced eyeshadow palettes. There are a few very good quality eyeshadows, some that are good but won’t knock you off your feet and others that you won’t even waste your time with. That is exactly what is happening with this eyeshadow palette.

This does not mean that all Too Faced eyeshadow palettes are like this. I am still loving my Chocolate Gold one and it’s hard not to use it every day. Other than that, The Sweet Peach palette has a very slim packaging which is why I keep it with the rest of my palettes and after more than two years of use, it still smells like peaches, but not in an overpowering way.

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3. Urban Decay – Full Spectrum

This is another palette that got me so excited at first because of all the bright colours. Of course, I don’t wear bright colours every day so I knew that I won’t be using this eyeshadow palette a lot but I am still not using it as I should be.

There are two problems with this palette: the packaging and the quality. The packaging is not that bad, but if you’ve ever been in an apartment in London, you know that space is gold. Which this palette is taking up a bit more space than the rest and it’s not giving the same satisfaction as the rest are.

The biggest issue though, is quality. I tried a wet brush, dens brush, finger, still, some of the eyeshadows are not as pigmented as I wanted them to be. Especially when you have bright colours, if you need to build them up too much, be sure that the excess that did not want to stick to your lid, is now under your eyes. Again, there are so many great Urban Dceay eyeshadow palettes, but this is not one of the best.

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4. Huda Beauty – Rose Gold

How I loved this palette! I still do, but not as I used to. When I first saw the colours I was in for the ride. I did not mind at all that the metallics are a different formula than anything on the market and that they looked more like a chunky pigment on your lids, I loved that! I still use most of the textured eyeshadows in the palette.

It is almost unfair that this eyeshadow palette is in this blog post, but truth is, even though I love it, I seem to favor other palettes when I do my makeup. The matte eyeshadows are slightly drier than the ones in the Desert Dusk palette but they are still good eyeshadows: they are pigmented and blend well. However, I just seem to prefer the tones in my other palettes.

I have not tried the Remastered edition of this palette, but if Huda kept on improving her eyeshadows, they must be good because the rest of her palettes are amazing!

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These are the 4 palettes in my collection that I don’t use that often, from various reasons. The most serious one is the quality one, which means that it’s only a matter of time until I declutter them. I do have single eyeshadows that I don’t use that often either but that is my fault: I did not organize them in ages so that I will need to reach for one palette of singles and not three half empty ones.

Do you have eyeshadow palettes that you don’t use very often? How do you “convince” yourself to using them more?

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Latest makeup post – here

Two makeup looks with Naked Heat

I might have promised a few posts ago that I will do a few makeup looks with the Naked Heat palette from Urban Decay. I used this palette a lot lately and now I feel comfortable to say that I can do an actual review. The surprise is, even though I used it considerably more than the last time I wrote a post about the palette, my thoughts have not changed. It’s still a very concise palette colour-wise which if you are a beginner, it’s perfect because it will not allow you to choose colours that don’t go with each other.

With metallic and shimmery eyeshadows, we all know they are in general very good. They are easy to apply, have a good pay-off and they are easy to blend. With matte eyeshadows though, they are not always what we’d expect. Sometimes they turn out dryer than we expected, less pay-off and the biggest problem is that they cling to one part of the lid and don’t seem to blend any further. Not these ones!

I am more in a matte eyeshadows phase and also, the matte ones in this palette are really good so I have prepared 2 makeup looks using only the matte eyeshadows in the Urban Decay- Naked Heat palette. Also, I added a twist for both look, something that can change your makeup look completely.

 

1. Office makeup look

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A very simple, almost natural makeup look. This is my go to for work because the colours are neutral and even though I am wearing makeup, it looks minimal. Also, if you need the sensation of lifted eyes, which is a few extra hours of sleep, using the darker colour in the outer corner will help you reach that.

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As I told you at the beginning of this blog post, I am only using the matte colours in the Naked Heat palette and FYI – they were really, really easy to use. If you look at the first four colours, they looks so similar to each other but that is exactly the reason why you can create dimension easily.

To switch things up and to use another product that gets forgotten about most often, I elevated the makeup look with a liner which after drying, I’ve smudged lightly with the darkest colour in the palette. If you have hazel eyes, this colour will make them look so green!

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This makeup look is still work appropriate, but it’s much more fun!

 

2. In a rush makeup look

 

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It’s only now that I see that I should have brought the brick-red a bit higher, but in real life, this was not so obvious!:D If you are in a rush, this is the quickest makeup look. I still used the transition shades in the crease because I wanted to test-drive as many eyeshadows as possible, but truth be told, this makeup look would have worked just with the one main colour all over the lid.

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Depending on what you use in the inner corner, this makeup look can be for day or night, the trick is – it is very quick to do!

Also, I wanted to use a highlighter that I don’t use on my face too much but ever since I had a friend over that played with my makeup and used it in the inner corner, it got used a little more.

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This duo-chrome highlighter might be too intimidating to be used on the face, but on the eyes, we can use it however we want. Inner corner is easy but I was curious if I were to put it on top of a matte eyeshadow, would it still look nice and not make the eyeshadow move?

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And as you can see, it does change everything. I applied it with my finger because it’s too fine for the brush, but it did not move the matte eyeshadow underneath at all. Yuppi, I’ll do this again.

 

Which of the makeup looks is your personal favourite and which one do you think you’d wear more often?

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Another makeup looks video- here

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