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Monday, August 31, 2015

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: WHAT ARE 10 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT YOU?

In this week's Question Of The Week post, I thought that I would share 10 random facts about me. I really hope you find this somewhat entertaining and fun to read, it's definitely a lot more personal than my other previous two posts that I have done in this series so far. Without any further ado, here are 10 random facts about me! :-)

1.) My favorite makeup products to test out are eye shadows, lipsticks and blushes. I don't know why, but I always gravitate towards them whenever I'm in a store or online browsing on my favorite beauty websites.

2.) I love to sing! It's one of my favorite things to do, although I don't have the greatest voice on the planet. I mostly keep my singing behind closed doors, usually in the shower with a shampoo bottle in one hand pretending to be a participant on The Voice!

3.) I'm not a party girl. I would much rather snuggle up in a warm blanket with Simon by my side and order some takeaway, watch movies or play video games on a Saturday night.

♥ The Legend Of Zelda Ocarina Of Time: Photo Source, (HERE).  

4.) I love to play video games, it's been a hobby of mine ever since I was a little girl. I remember when my parents got me a PlayStation 2 for Christmas with the Lord Of The Rings Two Towers game. I think I completed that game around 20-30 times, that's how much I loved it. It's definitely one of my favorite Christmas presents that I have received, because it was the beginning of my love for gaming.

Some of my all-time favorite video games are The Legend Of Zelda Ocarina Of Time, Diddy Kong Racing, Call Of Duty World At War and Call Of Duty Black Ops 2. Do you like to play video games? If you do, do you have any game recommendation? Thank you! :-)

 5.) I love taking photos for my blog! I'm so glad that I decided to invest in a good camera, because I don't regret it for a second. For all of you who are wondering what camera I'm using, it's the Canon 550D. I bought it back in 2009, so it's turning 6 this year. Although it's old, it's just as good as it was when I first bought it and I haven't had any problems with it.

If you are thinking about investing in a good camera but you are a bit hesitant to go out and spend your money on it, just do it. You are not going to regret it if you love photography, believe me. There are so many amazing cameras on the market at the moment, so you definitely don't need to go out and buy the most expensive one to take good photos. Just do some re-search and look up reviews online. It's what I did when I bought my camera and it's been really helpful, especially if your not 100% sure what camera to go for! :-) 

6.) I love to travel, I think it's really fun to visit new countries and experience different cultures and their way of life. I'm going to Thailand in March with Simon and his family. We are going to Phuket once again and I'm really looking forward to it. We went to Phuket a couple of years ago and I had such a blast there, it's such a beautiful place so I'm very excited to go back there. The only thing that I'm not looking forward to is the long plane ride. I'm really scared of flying, but as long as I have Simon by my side I know everything will be okay.

7.) I love to paint my nails, I just find it very relaxing and therapeutic. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way. No? Just me? Come on, I know your out there! :-) I just finished organizing my nail polish drawers and wall racks and I really like how it turned out. I'm planning on doing a makeup and nail polish storage and organization post as soon as I'm done sorting out and organizing everything. Leave me a comment down below if you are excited to see it! :-)  

8.) I actually like to clean, I find it to be quite relaxing and fun (most of the time, not always) to be completely honest with you. I know it might sound weird to some of you, but it's the truth. I love putting on some loud music and just clean, doing a little bit of singing and dancing in between the takes, ha ha. I feel a bit anxious when our apartment is messy and untidy, which is why I like to keep it as clean and tidy as possible.

♥ Emilie Nicolas: Photo Source, (HERE).

9.) I'm currently listening to Emilie Nicolas, who is a singer from Norway. I got to see her perform live last weekend during a music festival here called Parkenfestivalen. She is such a talented soul, her voice is beautiful and quite unique. I highly recommend that you check her out on Spotify, you can find her profile here

10.) I'm really into home decor, I love decorating our apartment and making it look all nice and cozy. I recently came across a couple of cute pillow cases on eBay, which I'm planning on ordering for our living room area. Our apartment is mostly all grey, brown, black and white so they are going to fit right in with our style. You can find the pillow cases here! :-)  

What are 10 random facts about you? :-) 
Love, Christine ♥
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Sunday, August 30, 2015

WEEKLY MACRO VOL.68: KICKS MAKE-UP NAIL POLISH IN PARISIAN MASQUERADE

♥ Kicks Make-Up Nail Polish in Parisian Masquerade. 

What do you think about this week's macro photo? :-) 
Love, Christine ♥
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Friday, August 28, 2015

NICKA K NEW YORK LIP COLOUR GLOSS IN BOCA RATON & NAPLES: REVIEW, PHOTOS & SWATCHES

Nicka K New York Lip Colour Gloss in Boca Raton and Naples (£4.50 for 6.3g.) delivers weightless wear, luminous color and all-day shine. They are both smooth and easy to apply and they go on even on the lips. They are very creamy and soft and they feel super comfortable on the lips. They don't feel sticky or goopy at all and they have a faint fruity scent, which isn't too overpowering and sickly. 
 ♥ Nicka K New York Lip Colour Gloss in Boca Raton, (HERE) & Naples, (HERE). 

I think the packaging is really cute. They come in a sleek and pretty, clear tube with a beautiful touch of rose-gold colored detailing on the handle. The tube is quite flat, which is very different and unique compared to most of my lip glosses in my makeup collection. Since the tubes are so flat, they hardly take up any space in my makeup drawer/daily makeup bag, which is always a good thing for us girls who can't seem get enough lip products in our lives! :-) 
 ♥ Nicka K New York Lip Colour Gloss in Boca Raton, (HERE). 

 ♥ Nicka K New York Lip Colour Gloss in Boca Raton, (HERE). 

 ♥ Nicka K New York Lip Colour Gloss in Boca Raton, (HERE).

 ♥ Nicka K New York Lip Colour Gloss in Boca Raton, (HERE).

Boca Raton (£4.50 for 6.3g.) is a pretty pink with shimmer. It's a little more sheer compared to Naples, so you do have to really build it up to make it look more opaque on the lips. The shimmer is very fine so you won't be able to feel it on your lips.
 ♥ Nicka K New York Lip Colour Gloss in Naples, (HERE). 

 ♥ Nicka K New York Lip Colour Gloss in Naples, (HERE). 

♥ Nicka K New York Lip Colour Gloss in Naples, (HERE).

♥ Nicka K New York Lip Colour Gloss in Naples, (HERE). 

Naples (£4.50 for 6.3g.) is a beautiful terracotta color. It's such a gorgeous color, which is great for layering on top of nude lipsticks for some extra color and shine.  

Overall, I do think that these Lip Color Glosses from Nicka K New York are a great choice if you are looking for a more affordable lip gloss to add to your makeup collection. Both Boca Raton and Naples are beautiful colors, but Naples is definitely my favorite out of the two. It really impressed me with it's pigmentation and it's such a lovely color on it's own but also applied on top of nude lipsticks.

They both lasted a couple of hours on my lips, before I needed to re-apply them. I normally don't wear lip glosses for more than a couple of hours anyway, so that's not something I really care about. There is a good selection of colors to choose from in this range from Nicka K New York, so I'm sure you will find a shade or two that you fancy trying out for yourself! :-)

Ingredients:
Petrolatum, Paraffinum Liquidum, Lanolin, Bees wax, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polybutene, Microcrystalline Wax, Methyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben, BHA, D&C Red 6 Ba Lake (CI 15850:2), D&C Blue 1 Al Lake (CI 42090:2), Iron Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Where to buy?
Nicka K New York Lip Colour Gloss in Boca Raton & Naples are available at Beauty Crowd for £4.50 each, (HERE).

Note:
Nicka K New York is cruelty free. 

What do you think about the Nicka K New York Lip Colour Glosses? Have you tried them out for yourself? Which shade is your favorite, Boca Raton or Naples? :-) 
Love, Christine ♥

Disclaimer:
This product(s) was sent to me by Beauty Crowd for review purposes only. No payment was received for this review. My reviews are based on my personal opinions and experience using the item(s). All opinions are my own and 100% honest. 
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

MY MONTHLY FAVORITES: AUGUST 2015

Yet another month have passed by, which meas that it's time for me to share my August beauty favorites with you. Despite being sick with the flu and a really bad cough, August has been a good month. I have tried out a handful of new products this month, but only a few of them has made their way into my favorites. I have also re-discovered a couple of products as well, which I'm really excited to share with you in today's post. 
 
So if you want to see what beauty products I have been loving this month, then keep reading! :-) 
 ♥ Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat, (HERE). 

Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat is hands down one of my favorite top coats to finish of my new manicure. It makes the nail polish look gorgeous and so shiny. It evens out any mistakes that you might have made during the application and makes the nail polish look flawless on. It dries very quickly and it makes the nails quite hard, almost like gel nails.

The only thing that I don't like about Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat is that it gets all goopy after a while. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about if you have tried it out for yourself. Seche makes a product called Seche Restore, (HERE) which is an restoration thinner. It's going to restore your Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat to it's original consistency with only a few drops of the restoration thinner. I think it's a must have if you own a bottle of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat in your collection.  

 ♥ NYX Cosmetics Powder Blush in Peach, (HERE). 

 ♥ NYX Cosmetics Powder Blush in Peach, (HERE). 

 ♥ NYX Cosmetics Powder Blush in Peach, (HERE). 

You might have seen me talk about this beauty of a blush in a couple of my previous monthly favorites posts, if not your in for a real treat. NYX Cosmetics Powder Blush in Peach is a gorgeous peachy pink blush, which I have been reaching for a lot this month. It's nicely pigmented and it looks so pretty and natural on the cheeks. It's a lovely every day blush, which looks beautiful with any makeup look. I'm a big fan of these powder blushes from NYX Cosmetics. I think that the quality is great and they are quite affordable as well, which is always a good thing! :-) 
 ♥ L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Le Vernis Nail Polish in Cliche Mania, (HERE). 

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Le Vernis Nail Polish in Cliche Mania is a gorgeous, medium dark purple. I have been wearing it on my nails for the past couple of weeks and I'm already hooked on it. The formula and pigmentation is wonderful and it's so creamy and easy to apply. It has held up pretty nicely on my nails. No chips during the first week, which is quite rare for me. Nail polishes usually only last up to 5-6 days on my nails, no matter what base and top coat I'm using.

Cliche Mania is such a gorgeous color, which I think is the perfect color for Autumn and Winter. I'm already looking forward to painting my nails with this color again, it's such a stunning shade. If you missed my latest nail post featuring this lovely nail polish, you can check it out here! :-)
♥ L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Lipstick in Fairest Nude, (HERE).

♥ L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Lipstick in Fairest Nude, (HERE). 

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche in Fairest Nude is one of my all-time favorite lipsticks. It's a beautiful pinky brown with a shiny finish. It's a smooth, creamy and pigmented lipstick that last a while on my lips before I need to re-apply it. It's a little on the darker side, which I really like. I'm obsessed with deeper and darker nudes, I just think that they look a lot better on me compared to the more lighter shades.Definitely make sure to let me know your thoughts on Fairest Nude if you have tried it out or what you think about it if you do decide to pick up a tube for yourself. I would love to hear what you think about it! :-) 
 ♥ Lush Cosmetics Mask Of Magnaminty, (HERE). 

♥ Lush Cosmetics Mask Of Magnaminty, (HERE). 

Lush Cosmetics Mask Of Magnaminty has been my go-to face mask in August. It's a peppermint mask, which fights breakouts and help your skin return to it's tip top condition. It's quite thick and it leaves behind that tingly, cold feeling on the skin. I like to use it once a week to keep my skin pimple free. I love that it's got a green tint to it, makes me look like The Hulk whenever I'm wearing it, haha. 

I love how amazing and hydrated my skin feels after I've rinsed it off, such a refreshing feeling. Whenever I can feel or see a pimple starting to pop out, I apply this on the area and let it sit on my skin for about 10-15 minutes (I usually do this before I go to bed) and it's completely gone the next morning. It's magic in a tub, definitely worth picking up if you struggle with breakouts. 

What products have you been loving this month? Have you tried out any of my favorites? If you have, what do you think about them? :-) 
Love, Christine ♥
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