tirsdag den 25. maj 2010

BeautyBlog57- Introducing Michele1218

Hey lovelies!

Here is another one of those: You-just-have-to-watch-this-girl's-YouTube-videos-rave. I thought I'd give you a crash course on my favorite beauty gurus: Michele1218.

(Sorry about the picture! Hard to find one where she is not putting on make up:)

I've been following Michele for a year and a half and I absolutely love her. I love her style, her make up tutorials, her hauls and her super-cute dogs Jake and Lucy. They often keep her company during her videos. Michele has both a make up channel and a vlog channel. The vlog channel is for xtra updates on her and boyfriend's house-hunting and her cruise-holiday. Fun to follow but I mainly watch her great make up channel. She does a lot of neutral eye looks in easy to follow tutorials and she is just sooooo sweet. I've commented on almost all of her videos and she answered every time!

But the very best way to get to know Michele is by giving you the opportunity to experience her yourself - so check out a sample of her best work:

Tutorials - what I love about her looks are that they are almost all versions of a neutral eye:

Neutral Eye Series: Urban Decay - Bronzy, Fresh and Glowing!

Neutral Eye Series: MAC Pinup Look!

Tutorial: Neutral Eyes with a Twist!

My Most Requested Tutorial! - Very easy and neutral look!

Sultry, Smokey Eyes using MAC Greasepaint Sticks!

MAC Warm & Cozy Tutorial!

Hauls - Michele1218 does some of the best haul-videos w mini reviews:

Las Vegas Haul!

Haul - A little bit of everything!

Collective Haul! Chanel, MAC, Sigma & Sephora

Collective Haul - MAC, Sephora, Ulta, NYX, Chanel

An overview of Benefit Make Up products:

Benefit Cosmetics!

An impressive make up collection:

My 200th Video & Most Requested (Make-up Collection & Storage)!!

Check out her Youtube Channel and Blog here:



Let me know what you think!


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søndag den 23. maj 2010

BeautyBlog56- My skin care routine

Hi lovelies,

So I've been promising a skin care routine post, and here it is! Since I started researching more on make up and skin care about a year and a half ago, I've really gotten into skin care. My skin is very prone to break outs. I have oily/combination skin. I still get the occasional big pimple but thankfully it has been receding a lot over the last year or so. That is probably because my skin care regime is very different now than it use to be. The most important thing: I remove ALL my make up EVERY night and the biggest difference, because I actually used to remove it before, I take it off in more steps than before so I actually clean my skin!

I will divide this into morning and night skin care!


1: Cleanse my skin with my favorite cleanser ever the Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin. I simply adore this. No parabenes, no perfume and very very gentle. Leaves my skin so soft and clean!

2: I use the Nivea Soothing Toner for Dry to Sensitive Skin. My skin is not dry but I've discovered that it is sensitive. A very wise women told me two years ago that I should stop using all the anti-acne products I had been using for years. I was not a teen anymore and my skin was being subjected to way to harsh products.

Basically that meant no more Clinique 3 step system. I use to swear by this, now I only use the:

3: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion.
This is the only one of the original Clinique products I began using back in 2001. And I still love love love it. It's the best moisturizer for my skin that I have ever found. I tried other brands for shorter amounts of time but always return to this.


At night the most important thing I do is remove ALL of my make up.

1: I take up my eye make up with my favorite make up remover: Vandfast Øjenmakeup Fjerner fra Matas. A Danish based drug store brand. The best ever, if you ask me. Especially, since I use waterproof mascara!

2: I use baby wipes to remove my make up. This step is crucial! Before I would only wash my face. However, that only removed my make up, it did not cleanse my face. I use baby wipes from Kvickly Xtra - they are very cheap 2 dollars for a big pack and I stock up whenever there's a sale. Love them!

3: Cleanse my face with Cetaphil and several times a week I also use a face scrub. For years, I've been using the Clinique 7 day scrub. Lately however I started using, and absolutely love Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne-Scrub. It gently exfoliate my face and leaves my skin soft and deeply cleansed.

Then I follow with

4: The Nivea Soothing Toner for Dry to Sensitive Skin.

5: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion.

And finish off with the

6: Clinique All About Eyes Moisturizer. Lightweight eye cream diminishes the appearance of eye puffs, darkness and fine lines. I use the gel formula and love the soothing feel.


Other parts of my face regiments include a weekly facial mask

Queen Helene Masque Mint Julep Mask. I love this face mask! I tried it out originally because of Fafinettex3'a review on YouTube. Although my skin is a lot better now, I still need to use a mask once a week to keep the blackheads and ewwww pimples from resurfacing! I love it it even though it smells very much like toothpaste and it's Jim Carrey The Mask green! But I reckon that the green color gives it a kind of retro feel, when you put it on;)

I also occasionally use the Deep Cleansing Pore Strips from Boiré. They clear the impurities on my nose and I really like them.

Sometimes, although not as much as I used to, I use the Ocean Salt from Lush for a thoroughly deep face scrub.

Now please leave a comment and tell me about your skin care! Do you have any products you can recommend?


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BeautyBlog55- My current wish list

Hi my lovelies,

Lately, I've been dreaming about the kind of make up hauls I used to do when I lived in the U.S. and could actually afford to buy make up from department & drugstore brands.

Fortunately, I will be coming into contact with a Sephora in the near future, when I travel to Rome in the end of June. If you don't know what a Sephora is then think: BEAUTY heaven! The company is French but has branches in a lot of European countries and in the U.S. where all beauty-related is gathered in a heavenly combination of make up, hair and skin care products. It was one of my favorite places to shop while I lived in Washington D.C. where the one on M-street was huge AND allowed me to cash in on Ole Henriksen products at half the Danish price!

One of my favorite Danish bloggers, Maria @ Modemedmere also love Sephora. Check out her blog!

A lot of my current make up wishes can be bought at Sephora and I hope to bring home a few, when I go to Rome for four days of sightseeing, sunshine and a bit of shopping of course.

Now on to the list:

1: MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Foundation!

For such a long time I've heard rave reviews of this product! Maria also bought it recently. And basically every beauty guru on YouTube has raved about it.

According to Sephora this is an oil-free medium-to-full-coverage liquid foundation that covers skin imperfections flawlessly while remaining invisible on-screen and in real life. This foundation creates a soft-focus effect, which is designed to meet the coverage concerns of those in the spotlight. It leaves your complexion with such a flawless finish, it can withstand bright or harsh lighting.

Check out littlemissglitters review here.

2: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

So since it's getting warmer and summery, I don't like to wear that much make up, and as I tan and since my skin has improved a lot over the last year or so, I've been wanting to try out Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturizer. It will be perfect for light make up days. I've been into the very natural skin, eyes, lips and only a flushed cheek look lately. Loads of people rave about the Laura Mercier products including three of my faves: JuicyStar07, Allthatglitters21 and KandeeJohnson.

3: Nars Lipgloss in Striptease

Now everyone talks about the NARS lipgloss in Turkish Delight, but from the Shesido swatches, I can tell it will be too milky and white-looking for my lips. I however have fallen in love with the one in the color Striptease. Several of my favorite YouTube gurus swear by Nars lipglosses. I personally love lip products but when it comes to lipglosses, I'm pretty hard to please. I don't want them too sticky, too glittery, too think or too dark. They have to be smooth, shimmery rather than full on glitter, only slightly pigmented, creamy and I want them to smell nice;)

4: Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

After watching loads of videos, including one from a favorite of mine DulceCandy87 and by xkellyxann, I wanna try it. I need a spot treatment that actually works. My skin has improved - skin care blog coming up - tremendously over the last year or so, however, I still suffer from the occasional nightmare break out/scary big pimple. I've been using a spot treatment from Shiseido, which has been okay but it's been almost the 24 months I can use it so I am looking for something new.

The Drying Lotion, according to Mario Badescu,is an excellent acne spot treatment made with a blend of Calamine and Salicylic Acid to clear up and soothe unsightly whiteheads overnight. A dab of this lotion will heal and dry pimples quickly.

5: The Clarisonic
So I probably won't splurge and spend the 200 dollars on a Clarisonic right now...I will have to do some saving first BUT I really want to get this one. Everyone is talking about it. It's like a facial cleanser at home! It will brighten your skin and it deep cleanses your skin so well, especially important if you use a lot of make up! I'm dying to try this combo w/ the Philosophy Purity cleansing products;)

The sonic frequency moves Clarisonic's soft, gentle brush back and forth at more than 300 times per second, thoroughly clearing pores and skin surface.

Experience the benefits of Clarisonic:- 6X more effective makeup removal- Skin is left soft and smooth- Cleanses so well that products absorb better- Gentle enough for use twice daily- Reduces oily areas, dry skin patches, and blemishes- Reduces the appearance of visible pores- Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles - I mean, what is not to love!?!?

What are you dreaming about?


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tirsdag den 18. maj 2010

BeautyBlog54 - YouTube made me do it....

Hi my lovelies,

I sincerely apologize for not being a good blogger. I've been MIA for a month...sorry! Been very busy w thesis and life in general. Therefore, I wanted to get back into the game with this tag, that's been going around: YouTube made me do it!

If I have to be honest most of my beauty buys in the last 18 months have been YouTube inspired. Here are the main ones:

1: Revlon ColorStay Foundation! I had seen so many beauty gurus talking about this little darling. Perfect coverage, flawless finish and cheaper than MACs foundation. I bought my first one back in September 2009 and have been using them ever since. My shade, if anyone cares is - I'm also a NC40-42 in MAC. I know I've seen DulceCandy87 use this. Fafinette3x also loved this. Well almost everyone I saw out there did!

2: Nude Attitude - Revlon matte lipstick. Everyone went crazy for this lipstick during the summer/fall of 2009. I bought it and have to say it's a bit too light for me. Makes me look a bit washed out on its own! However, if I match it with another more rosy colored lipstick or a pink or golden lipgloss then it gives me a perfect nude lip! Don't remember who talked about this first. I do now I've seen fafinette3x talk about it and possibly also lollipop26.

3: ELF products. I bought a lot from the ELF - eyeslipsface.com website when I lived in the US. It so cheap - 1 dollar to 5 dollars pr. product. The 1 dollar items are not that good, however their eyeshadow brush for a dollar is great and their Studio Line, where I got lipsticks, loads of brushes and lipgloss for 3 dollars. I think I even got it all on sale 50% off so it was a great haul! ELF products were some of the first I became familiar with after I began watching beauty vids back in the summer of 2008. I saw an ELF haul by fafinette3x - and everyone else out there - back in 2008. JuicyStar07 also did an ELF haul back when I was just getting into YouTube.

4: Sigma! I have fallen in love with Sigma brushes. The same quality as MAC brushes but at half the price! I have a lot of their face brushes and I love them! If you're looking for great quality brushes then buy Sigma brushes! They are so pro, very soft and
easy to use! I remember seeing a review from Makeupbytiffanyd on Sigma brushes before everyone had them!

5: CoverGirl Lash Blast. Ever since I started using this mascara, which was the first thing YouTube made me buy, has changed my life! That is quite a statement. Before this, I could never get my eyelashes to stay curled all day long and because I'm Korean my eyelashes would go back to their original state during the day - straight out- and my mascara would always smudge. Well never again! I am in love with this and have been using it for almost two years. It gives me a false eyelash effect, if I apply more than three layers! I think I saw Xteener talk about this one first.

6: Face foundation primer. I never used to use a primer on my face before foundation. I always do now. The foundation goes on a lot smoother, it lasts all day and gives me a flawless finish. I used the Rimmel Fix & Perfect for a while but am now using the Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation Primer. I love this. It's so light and moisturizer-like. The Rimmel one is more like the typical primers with a silicone base feel. I like the smoothness of the Laura Mercier a lot better. It was Kandee Johnson who recommended the LM-primer!

7: TRESEmmé Heat Tamer Spray. I love this thing. I use it in my damp hair before I blow dry it. It protects my hair from the heat. Leaves it more shiny and softer and the scent is absolutely lovely! Been in love with this since I saw Xteeener using it.

8: MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural. A lot of people have been using this to set their make up, as a sheer foundation with light coverage but oh so silky smooth finish. I like how it is less powdery, more natural - hence the name - and leaves my skin looking soft and touchable! I've been using the MAC Studio Fix powder and it seems almost too heavy on me now! I don't remember who I saw with this product specifically but almost every beauty guru out there uses it or has used it in videos.

9: L'Oreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense. I was never good at applying liquid liner - before YouTube that is. I've become a lot better at it since watching loads of videos and everyone raves about this liner. It is pretty easy to use, once you get the hang of it and it's the perfect ink black! Love it!

Those are just some of the great finds I've gotten out of YouTube. So what are you waiting for? Go check out the beauty-vids yourself and get inspiration for your next shopping spree!

You can check out my favorite gurus here for more inspiration!



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