Sunday, 8 October 2017

Pastels and Flowers

Long time no see! I did a photoshoot on Saturday, it's been a while since the previous one. This was one lucky photoshoot, I have to say! My sister had found a gorgeous gown from a yard sale and got it for me, and it fit me. A friend had moved abroad and donated her wonderful headdresses for me, and there happened to be one that was perfect with the dress. Another friend suggested the spot, which turned out to be awesome. When we shot, it began to rain as soon as we started driving away from the location.

The photos will take a while, but I wanted to show you my make-up, hair and the headdress! The chains are a bit tangled, but I think it still looks pretty. These were taken after I got home from the shoot, so please allow for some wear and tear.

Model, make-up: Me
Hair: Anniina_E
Headdress: Agony von Grim

Little souvenirs I brought home ;D
I was shooting with Sanni Saarenmaa Photography and just can't wait to see the results! The location, dress, hair and everything just clicked.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Better Together Eyeshadow Palette + Mascara + Liner

Stockholm was good to me! The previous time I was there, I looked at this Too Faced x Kat von D set that was slightly discounted, but decided not to get it. It bugged me later, and I decided to go look the next time in Sephora if they still had it. Not only did they, but it was even cheaper! So I just had to buy it :>

The set has a full size Tattoo Liner in black, full size Better Than Sex mascara and a palette with two different sides that are held together by magnets, so you can easily take them apart if you want to use only one side.

The Too Faced side of the palette. Better Together is the perfect light smoky eye shade for pale skin!

Kat von D side of the palette.

I think the set was well worth the money. I paid around 27 euros for the set on discount, and even the Tattoo Liner alone would have cost about 20 euros. The mascara I sold, as my eyes water easily and water soluble mascara is really not an option. I've been using the Too Faced side of the palette quite a lot, and the Kat von D side looks very usable for evening and club looks too. I really like the design of the palette and the magnetic connection. Easy to use, nice looking and the shades are great!

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Everlasting Lip Liner by Kat von D in Homegirl

I wasn't too excited when I heard Kat von D was releasing lip liners, but when I realized the line had the perfect shade for my brows, I just needed to give them a go. I bought this one from Vancouver. I always use lip liner when I wear traditional wax-based lipsticks, to get more wear out of them. My go-to liners are Mac lip pencils, but occasionally I use an OCC liner or a Nyx one. The Mac liners are very dry (I mostly use Nightmoth and Cyberworld) and stay on my lips well. Kat von D's liner is very different. Where the Macs, Nyxs and OCCs are waxy and will eventually melt, the Everlasting Lip Liner goes on just like a wax based liner, but then sets and stays on much better. Much like the Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks, it is very resistant to smudging and can be removed only with oil-based cleansers (or actual oil).

Homegirl was my choice of shade, as I just never get bored of dark reds! I own a lot of dark red lipsticks so the shade works with many lipsticks, but I also do my brows with lip liner so I wanted a shade that works also for that. I have to say that for brows the liner sets a little bit too fast. I would need more time to work the pencil. The skin on my forehead is also much more oily than on my lips, so the liner doesn't stay quite as well as on lips, but it's still very good.

The pencil is made of plastic and is of the twist up variety.

The tip straight out of package.

Kat von D Everlasting Lip Liner in Homegirl on pale skin.
I have to say I'm quite impressed with how well the liner stays! The shade is lovely and the packaging works well. I could happily buy this product in another shade too!

Monday, 17 July 2017

Ruki's Challenge

I was reading a blog post on one of my favourite blogs, Pin The Fuck Ups (in Finnish only, sorry!), when I was really surprised that out of all the blogs they had challenged me to do a post on the story of my blog! PTFU is a lovely blog, full of feminism, wittiness, gorgeous pictures and often commenting on topics that are interesting to me. I consider myself a feminist, and in the same fashion as what PTFU does, meaning that I want to promote equality of different ethnicities and genders. Some feminist texts can be very boring, even if they are important, but I love PTFU's playful and happy take on the subject.

So, on to the challenge! I decided to do this in English, since it suits my blog best that way.

Why did I start writing a blog? The short answer is to document and show off my make-up projects. I fell in love with indie make-up and enjoyed taking photos and writing reviews of the products. Putting on make-up felt much more rewarding when I could take a picture to remember it by, and not just try to remember what I used and where. I had also just purchased my brother's old camera and was taking photos of EVERYTHING and needed a place to put them in ;D

The long answer is that I enjoy projects, am a highly visual person and like to document what I do. I work in the games industry, where looks really don't matter, and since my line of work as a game designer mostly includes writing tables and instructions, I needed a way to express my visual creativity. Compiling posts with pictures and text is satisfying and gives me sense on completion. I NEED creative hobbies and blogging nicely combines all of the things I like: writing, photographing, documenting projects and showing off nice stuff I make or own. I don't draw or paint much these days, but I use all the knowledge I have of colours and textures to do make-up looks. Make-up is just as varied and interesting and any paper, canvas and media. An eyeliner is just a different type of pen, you can draw on paper or skin.

My favourite projects are outfits for events or festivals. I love to sew, do crafts and just combine things in my closed in new ways. Creating complete outfits, with clothing, accessories, hair and make-up all working well together is very satisfying for me. Then documenting these creations with a camera is what I want to do. I want to look at pictures and remember what worked, what didn't, and what was happening in my life when I was working on the project. At work the projects I work on are long, 2-3 years, so having quick cycles with visual things keeps me going.

When I started a blog, people warned me that people comments are often nasty. I haven't seen this happen. I've had the blog for over three years and can count the insulting comments with my fingers. My readers are lovely, comments are supportive and nice. I love you guys! So for anyone thinking of starting a blog, don't be too worried about the mob mentality on the web. Blog platforms have good tools for handling problematic commenters if something were to happen, and it's absolutely possible to have a blog that simply doesn't get nasty comments.

I do some commercial collaborations on the blog, but mostly I just write for fun. I enjoy it. And that's how I want to keep it. I have a job that I love, and blogging is my hobby. I don't want it to become another job.

What does the future hold for my blog? Hopefully more posts! I haven't been as active as before, but I feel the blog must follow my energy levels. If I'm tired or too busy, the blog needs to give. I enjoy writing a lot more when I'm not in a hurry, and the posts are better too, in my opinion. I just ordered a new lipstick and I have lots of other things to write about. So the future looks bright!

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Nyx Lip Suede in Subversive Socialite

Moar dark purple lips! This is Nyx Lip Suede in Subversive Socialite, used with the matching lipliner. The liner looks a bit lighter on my lips than the Suede, but works well for fixing the outlines to get a very precise application with crisp borders. Usually liners tend to melt a bit on my lips and smudge, but this one is not very prone to it, possibly with the liquid to matte Suede keeping it free of any oils.

The shade is gorgeous, very me! I love my dark purple and Subversive Socialite is right up my alley. It's a plum purple, red based. On my lips the staying power is very good. While there is slight crumbling in the middle of the lips, the shade stays very nice for 5+ hours without touching it up. So it's not only beautiful, but also does what it's supposed to do. Perfect!

Friday, 26 May 2017

Outfit of the Day

Nothing fancy, just a very basic day off spent at home. My bangs are getting very long, need to trim them soon!

Top - H&M
Pants - Bik Bok
Earrings - Deadfine

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Current Obsessions (May 2017)

I get easily excited, and I think that's a very good trait. I love technology and new gadgets, and I always need to have a project or two going on to not feel bored. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy lounging on the couch and taking walks, but I'm happiest when at the same time I can ponder on something. So here's a list of my latest crazes, tell me yours!

1. Apple Watch & Pokemon Go

I love new toys, and the Watch is one of them. I had been looking into smart watches for a while, and just when I was decided on getting a Pebble, the company was sold with no clear information on if support for the watches will continue. Luckily a few weeks later Pokemon Go announced the game will also work on the Apple Watch so I immediately went and ordered one ;D I love Pokemon Go, it's the perfect excuse for me to get some exercise while not feeling like exercising. I just plain hate exercising, but achievements, gaming and exploration work well for me, so I know I can trick myself into moving more by using games.

If you are not familiar with Pokemon Go, it's a location based game of collecting pokemon. It uses real world maps and requires you to actually travel to locations to be able to catch the pokemon there. You can also hatch pokemon eggs by walking. A big part is asking around for where certain pokemon appear so you know where to go to catch the ones you want or need. It was a huge hit when it came out last summer and I've been playing it ever since. I even bought a new phone cover to keep my iPhone from freezing during the winter ;D

2. Airplants

A plant without the hassle of soil that cats can then big up and spread around the apartment? YES PLEASE. I'm bad with plants, but airplants are not watered traditionally, but can be sprayed or let soak in a bowl for moisture. They look super cool and you can basically put them anywhere. I've got two glass globes to hang, because that way the kitties can't steal the plants. I'm totally sure one of the silly animals would just grab a plant and run if they had the chance.

I ordered a selection of plants from Spain and can't wait for the package to arrive! If it takes long, I think I have to go and buy one airplant locally just to get past this excitement.

Image from

3. Photoshoots

Last year I didn't have much time for photoshoots and the beginning of this year has mainly consisted of running around the world, but now I finally have time! My closet is bursting with cool outfits and I have many ideas for locations!

This one is only couple of days old, me posing at an abandoned match factory. Photo by Arttu K.
Editing by me.

4. Videogames

Well, it might be a bit obvious that I like games, but now that I got a new computer finally and some time, I can play all the games I've been saving for the indefinite "later". Later is now! My favourites are tycoon games, god games and then on the other end of the spectrum story-driven games, adventure games and RPGs. Open world, platformers and shooters rarely catch my attention, but I'm willing to try anything. Date games seem especially interesting! Any recommendations?
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