Beauty chores you should start doing (again) and why.

Do you forget about these beauty routines?

Even though I love beauty, makeup, skincare and all of the "work" that comes with it - sometimes the routines turnes into chores and it just feels very nice to skip them once in a while.
It feels time consuming to do them and when you´ve stopped, it´s hard to start doing them again.

I´m here to remind you that it´s worth it!

It´s worth it for the wellbeing of yourself, it´s worth it for the quality and health of your skin.
We all know that nice, clear and healthy skin equals happy life. Am I right?

Here´s a list of things that I find myself skipping once in a while, and a few of them I needed a reminder to start doing again too. Take a look and let me know if you know what I´m talking about

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Coffee talk

Good morning! 😊

I´m close to finishing this semester and I´ve finally found some time to blog again.
Today I´m going to visit my sister and 2 year old nephew, we´re going to a summer party at his preschool.

I´m torn wether to continue my Blogger blog, or to stay at this Squarespace platform. It´s so much easier at this platform!
The only difference will probably be the URL (I can´t decide on that one either), the content will be the same. I´ll also move my bloglovin followers to the one I´ll be sticking to (when I´ve made up my mind). I´m just such a indecisive person. 😅
I kinda feel the Blogger community is pretty much dead anyway, so what am I really missing by changing platforms..? The only "drawback" I can see is losing my "activity" from karlaloveslipstick on bloglovin if I change to this url, but there´s not much to lose there anyway.
I guess it comes down to choosing my url. I never really found that ONE name. Misskarla is simple, neutral, easy to remember - and it´s me. But it´s nothing special. 🤔

Oh well, I need to get on with my day. 😎

I was hoping to post a few posts before I leave. I´m thinking ootd, motd and perhaps a "what`s in my bag" post? I mean, I am actually doing something outside of the house today! 😉

ARE YOU DOING ANYTHING FUN THIS WEEK?

Review & swatches of Mac "Dreamy" lipglass

Hallelujah! This is a gloss that I´ve been searching for all of my life!

Mac Dreamy Lipglass is a semi sheer glitter gloss with a frosty/crystal finish.
The glitter is pinky gold and it has a lot of shimmer in it. I didn´t manage to catch too much of the glitters on the lipswatch picture, but it does really show when applied on the lips. I love it!

The glitter is not chunky so it´s not uncomfortable to wear at all.
It has a sticky texture, but it feels quite moisturizing and it gives me that good pouty lips feel.

Other reasons why I love this gloss is that it goes so well with my nude and pink lipsticks!
I think it has a slight vanilla scent, but no taste. I react very quickly to scents and this does not bother me at all.


It gives me the most perfect glamour, babe-looking lips and some may say this is the perfect gloss for partying, but for me this is the perfect gloss for everyday! :)

 

NEW IN: Mac lipsticks and lipglosses

I couldn´t remember the last time I bought some nice lipsticks and glosses so when I saw the MAC store I just couldn´t to resist the urge of going in..

My plan was to get ONE lipstick. Creme de Nude or Creme Cup.
Well, long story short - I couldn´t decide which one so I got both of them. Then I saw some nice glosses, so I got them too. You know how it goes right!?

I´ve been down with a flu and sinusitis this past week and I´m behind on studies.
My nephew turns 2 on Sunday, we´re having a party tomorrow so I have a bunch of cakes to prepare tonight - hello stress!

A closer look on all of these lovely products are coming up!

Boots coconut & almond hand and nail cream

My hands have been very dry and sore lately, the weather has been harsh and I am trying out new hand lotions and cream all the time to find that special one.

This is one of my top three favorites at the moment!
First off; Boots Ingredients Coconut & Almond hand and nail cream smells AMAZING! I love everything coconut and that is the main reason why I got it. When I saw the name "coconut" I just had to have a quick sniff and I was sold. I got even more excited when I tried it because the formula is really good too!

 This cream feels light when applied and it does absorb quite quickly, it doesn´t leave my hands sticky at all and the scent actually has some staying power as well.

As for my dry hands it does a good job! It soothes and softens my hands, and as long as I make sure to be good at moisturizing my hands often I am able to keep the dryness away.

This is definitely a recommendation from me! And if you love coconut as much as I do, make sure to try it out!

 What are your favorite hand cream for dry hands?

Simple OOTD - Tee & maxiskirt

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Just a simple ootd from today. I´m still busy working on my last final before I´m done for the summer. I can´t wait!

Current Favorite Bronzers

Hi! I am super busy with my finals, just a few weeks left now until the holidays!🎅🎁🎄 Just wanted to share something on here😊

I am a bronzer girl and I was looking through my stash and figured I´d share my top picks from my collection.

These are both matte and shimmery and I use some of them for all over face color and some of them for highlighting.

1. Bare Minerals bronzer/highlighter from "The First Resort Kit" in the color "The Beach is waiting".

2. MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Gold Deposit

3. Soap & Glory Wonderbronze

4. Soap & Glory Solar Powder

5. H&M Bronzing powder

6. Dior NUDE Bronzer

Christmas is coming up, are anyone going to do #BLOGmas?
I don´t have any more classes, just finals left.. and then I am going on a little vacation😃

*BLOGtober 29th* 4 Warm MAC Eyeshadows for Fall

Mac Quad Fall Eyeshadows

Hi! I thought I would have plenty of time for my blog, but life and school has been quite busy lately. I don´t go to school every day, but I have been really good at prioritizing school work instead of blogging at home😅 Finals are coming up, and I guess I won´t be as active on here until those are finished. Wish me luck!😄

Today I thought I would share with you four eyeshadows that I really love during fall🍁🍂😊

They are all from MAC and of course this is just a small selection of my favorites (any beauty addict will know this struggle)..😅 I decided to share this one as it looks nice put together, I use them mostly with other either darker shades or more lighter, neutrals for a more toned down look.

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The colors are: 1. Cranberry, 2. Tempting, 3. I can´t remember the name of this!😡 and 4. Satin Taupe.

I am still in love with Cranberry, but I also still struggle making it work for me. I love the color, but it just doesn´t look right on me! It´is sad, but it´s still one of my favorites...😞😊
I don´t remember the name of nr. 3 right now, and the name on the back is gone. I got it before leaving for vacation some time ago. I wanted something natural for a bronzy, summery look. I love using this as a transition color. Looks absolutely amazing with my blue eyes! Still I do struggle with too warm and bronzy colors. It looks great with blue eyes, but I don´t always like the way it makes me look...

Here´s a beautiful swatch for you guys! Don´t they just scream fall??💕

MAC quad fall colors swatches

With flash.

MAC quad fall eyeshadow colors swatches

Without flash.

What do you think of these colors?
Let me know it you would like to see a makeup look using these eyeshadows!

*BLOGtober 21st* Smokey or Neutral Eyes for Fall?🍁🍂 Smashbox Full Exposure Travelsize Eyeshadow Palette✨

Smashbox Full Exposure Travel eyeshadow Palette
Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Eyeshadow Palette

This Full Exposure Mini Palette comes with 8 shadows, 4 matte and 4 shimmer.

I´ve been wanting the full size palette for a while, but never managed to defend buying it😝
When I saw there was a mini palette I got it right away! It´s such a perfect size for a makeup bag and perfect to carry with me all the time. It simply doesn´t take any place!

Also it holds two (the darkest matte ones) shadows that I can easily use for my brows - so I have brows and eyes in the same little palette!

It has a nice shadow for highlighting as well and all in all it is perfect for both a natural and a darker smokey eye. I could easily go on vacation with JUST this palette - that should say a lot. I am the "going to bring 7 different palettes + 2 customized palettes for a week long vacation" kinda girl.. So yeah, it should say a lot! 😅

Do you have this palette, or the full size? What do you think of the Smashbox Eyeshadows?

It is not my holy grail palette, but I think it is a damn good one!

*BLOGtober 20th* BB Cream for Fall? Lancome Hydra Zen BB Cream

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I bought this BB cream this summer and used it a lot when my skin was at it best (means: don´t need too much coverage).

As fall arrived and the air suddenly got crisp, harsh and cold - my skin broke out and I had a SERIOUS hard time coping with my life at this time (still do). It didn´t help that I catched a bad cold as well (wich always gives me breakouts) it lasted for several weeks and I hasn´t until now started to calm down. I still have acne coming out of nowhere and I do need to use self tan to even out my face colour so I am able to not wear a ton of makeup ALL THE FREAKING TIME just to be able to go outside the bedroom door. EVERY FALL/WINTER it´s the same😡

This is extremely damaging to my everyday life and my whole life right now evolves around treating my face, cleansing it right, not wear too much makeup, give it enough moisture YOU KNOW THE DRILL.

Then so to my point, THIS BB CREAM, holds a lot of moisture, and for the days that I don´t want to wear a full face with serious amounts of foundation - this is perfect. It gives me such a nice glowy base and with some powder or bronzer on top it kills the worst discoloration and evens out the best that it can.
It is slight too dark for me now as I am not tan at all anymore, but the darker the better coverage, so I just need to work on my tan so I can wear darker shades for my face😅

Have you tried this BB Cream? What do you think of it?

*BLOGtober 19th* Fall Nude Lips🍁🍂💋 Maybelline Color Sensational Tantalizing Taupe Lipstick

Maybelline Color Sensational Tantalizing Taupe Lipstick

I love dark and bold lips for Fall, but nude lips will always be my favorite all year round. This is a great addition to my nude collection and has become a lipstick that I grab for often!

It´s from the "Stripped Nudes" collection - which maybe one, two or three from this collection is available in Norway, this shade was the most appealing to me.

It is a pale pink nude and I find it very suitable for everyday use, it is easy to apply and yes it does need reapplying during the day, after meals and such, but I reapply my lipstick several times during the day anyway - so it´s not a big deal. It doesn´t dry out my lips (even though my lips at the picture wasn´t in their best shape I will admit!)

Have you tried any of the Lipsticks from this collection?

*BLOGtober 18th* My current go-to highlighter ✨The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer✨

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter

There´s is sooo many new DELICIOUS, if I am allowed to use that word, highlighters on the market right now - Hourglass, CT, Anastasia Beverly Hills just to mention a few - and I want them all. I am almost drooling just thinking about them.

BUT.. as I am currently one extreme case of a poor student, that is not something I am able to splurge in just now. Those days are sadly over for a few years I guess..😅
Anyone else feeling me?

I might not have all the highlighters that I want, but I do have this one.
And it´s an oldie, but a goodie! The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter ✨

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter Swatch

It gives such a beautiful glow to my skin and it fits my complexion just right.
It´s not too pink and it´s not too golden. If I have a tan it looks even better.
 

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter Swatch

I should definitely put up a nice dewy MOTD using this highlighter, and it´s in my plans doing so!
It´s just that I haven´t been wearing too much makeup lately as I´ve been drowning myself in studies...😜 Blog has not been prioritized..😞

What is your current highlighter favorite?

*BLOGTOBER 17th* Favorite Dry Shampoo I´ve been loving lately💕

Batiste Dry Shampoo Eden Sugar Melon & Honeysuckle

Today I just wanted to quickly share what kind of dry shampoo I´ve been loving lately.

Batiste is my favorite drugstore brand when it comes to dry shampoos. It´s the first time I´m trying this edition "Eden Sugar Melon & Honeysuckle" - and it smells wonderful!
My ALL TIME favorite is the one that smells like cherry, ah-mazing 😍

This really leaves my hair smelling fresh even though it´s been a couple of days since my last hair wash. By now we all should know washing your hair every day is a no-no.. Right? Right! 😉

It does the same job as all the other Batiste dry shampoos, and if you like sugary, sweet, but fresh scents, this is definitely one you should pick up next time you´re on the hunt for a new dry shampoo!

What dry shampoo have you been loving lately?

*BLOGtober 6th* Fall Fragrance - GUESS Seductive💕

GUESS Seductive Perfume

Guess Seductive - Eau de Toilette 50ml €55

I´ve asked at least three different persons what kind of perfume they´re wearing because they smell freaking amazing, and every time they´ve answered Guess Seductive. So my mind have been set on getting this perfume for a while. Of course they decided to stop selling them in store, so it made it quite difficult to find it - but eventually I found it, relatively affordable, online😊

Top notes:
Bergamot, black currant and pear.
Middle notes:
Jasmine, african orange flower and orris root.
Base notes:
Vanilla, olibanum and cashmere wood.

I love jasmine and vanilla, although I can´t really sense much jasmine on my skin with this fragrance. Maybe a tiny hint of vanilla, but not as much as I´d prefer.
The longevity is not "wow" to me, but then again I feel it is slightly heavy so I´d rather reapply throughout the day than feel sick of it after five minutes (I often react to strong scents, especially perfume, if I am not careful).
It does leave a really nice scent to all my clothes and scarves, which I like!

To me this is a warm, sensual scent. A little sexy as well perhaps. For me it is a perfect fragrance for fall. It is a deeper fragrance, but still fresh.

I usually get dissapointed when wearing perfume, as I think it smells so different on me than I would like it do do. I have yet to find that perfect one. That perfume that goes perfect with my body chemistry and skin. I usually wear clean vanilla sprays, alone or combined with something sweet coconut or a coconut/vanilla (Victorias´s Secret Coconut Passion omg) spray/bodylotion.
During summer I also love wearing jasmine, especially the jasmine oils/scents you can buy on the streets in Thailand💕
I also love Amber Romance from Victoria´s Secret, which is a warm, creamy, deep vanilla fragrance.

Last Christmas I bought Dior J´adore and sometimes combined it with some extra Jasmine, it is perfect! Again, I wish it did smell even better on me than I think it does.
Another example on my perfume struggles, I had a couple of years where Davidoff Cool Water Ice Fresh was freaking amazing on my skin, I SMELLED SO GOOD! But now.. I can´t wear it anymore as it simply doesn´t smell good on me. It´s lovely in the bottle, but it doesn´t work as soon as I put it on my skin.
Why is this? Is it my nose that changes or is it my body/skin?😅

I usually like Hugo Boss perfumes, I remember I had the Hugo XX (also has jasmine and amber in it) for a while and I got so many compliments! I might have to get that one again, too..😊

What are your favorite fragrance for Fall?
Do you have any recommendations for me? 😊

 

*BLOGtober 5th* Does it work? St. Tropez In Shower Gradual Tanning Lotion *Product Review*

St. Tropez In Shower Tan

I am not going to make this a very long review, because the only thing we actually want to know about this product is - DOES IT REALLY WORK?!

And yes, yes it does! It does work, but remember this is a GRADUAL tanning lotion and it does leave you with (just) a HINT of color. It is nothing like, let´s say, St. Tropez Express, but it is a wonderful product to maintain your tan! Or if you just simply want that hint of color. A hint of color is better than no color if you ask me!

It does give a nice color that looks very natural and it has been added to my shower routine!
(even though I forgot it today and now I regret it as I am ghostly white)

St. Tropez In Shower Gradual Tanning Lotion

It is super simple to use, you basically do you normal routine with soap and everything and then you apply the tanning lotion as the last thing before you finish your shower. The lotion is rich and creamy and doesn´t drip while you wait for it work it´s wonders. The boring part is waiting 3 minutes, which doesn´t really seem that long in self-tanner-world, but in the shower 3 minutes is a long time! But let´s not actually complain about 3 minutes you guys. That´s nothing in self-tanner-world.

You then rinse it off and get out of the shower. It doesn´t have any immediate effects, but after a few hours or the next day you can clearly see a difference! I have never experienced any streaks, I have however experienced some build-up on the regular spots, my biggest problem areas are my chest area and my hands. It simply won´t stick too long without looking bad. Natural causes though! I´m constantly washing my hands and I tend to get quite warm around the chest area.

It doesn´t have that extreme self-tanning scent to it either! It doesn´t smell like nice perfume, but it doesn´t really leave a lot of scent at all. Which is A HUGE PLUS!

St. Tropez In Shower Gradual Tanning Lotion

Loving the design, it is qute and the tube works well in the shower.
I really do love this product actually! If you have thought about trying it, go ahead and do it! If you´re as obsessed about having a nice tan as I am, you will not regret it.

Have you tried this and if so, what did you think of it?

*BLOGtober 4th* L´oreal Paris Super Liner Superstar Eye Liner

Loreal Paris Super Liner Superstar Eye Liner Review

I was in need of a new eye liner and it was completely random that I ended up with this one. I thought the design was cute, it was relatively new and it had a felt tip. Sold.

I was a bit suprised when I opened it because it has this fun, tear-drop shaped innovative tip! The nib is completely flexible and makes the application very easy. It holds a ton of produt and it is very pigmented. It dries to a matte finish, it is however quite watery and is not waterproof at all. I find this quite positive though, as I like my eyeliner to be removed easily when washing my face at night.. I hate having to rub and use tons of products around my eyes to remove it (tip: coconut oil makes everything easier!).

It´s almost effortless to create a wing and the fun part with this, under light pressure the tip completely bends and makes it super easy to just follow the contours of the eye to make a nice wing. The product flows nicely without any mess and you can make it as thin or as thick as you want it.

Loreal Paris Super Liner Superstar Eye Liner Swatch
Loreal Paris Super Liner Superstar Eye Liner Swatch

Have you tried this liner?
Or do you want to try it?

*BLOGtober 3rd* Holika Holika Sweet Cotton Sebum Clear Powder Mist *Product Review*

Holika Holika Sweet Cotton Facial Mist

Hi all!

Today I thought I´d share with you one of my favorite Korean Cosmetic products!
Do you use any Korean brands?

This is a facial mist that has powder in it to control shine, help to take care of skin and keep the skin moist throughout the day. Sweet Cotton is a series of different products and it´s supposed to smell like cotton candy, I don´t think it does. But it does smell quite fresh and soothing.

During these cold months it´s good to lock in my makeup with something that feels replenishing on my dehydrated skin and gives a silky, lightweight finish. I don´t think it gives me the moisture that I need, but it feels nice when I apply it :)
It´s non -sticky, which is great, and is supposed to create a sweat proof, non-smudging coat over your face, it sounds like a miracle product, and I don´t think it is THAT amazing, but it really gives me what I need in terms of giving me a MATTE look and keeping my makeup somewhat in place during the day.

I´m a huge fan of the NYX facial mists, have you tried them?
I think this one keeps me matte longer during the day, I tend to get a bit shiny with the NYX spray!

The spray itself looks milky in the bottle, but it comes out transparent and doesn´t leave any white residue. As you can see in the picture all the powder is laying at the bottom of the bottle - it´s very important that you make sure to shake well before applying😊

This is not my all time favorite setting spray, but it does a really good job, and it is very affordable.

What is your favorite matte setting spray? Let me know in the comments below😊

*BLOGtober 2nd* Maybelline Brow Satin Filling Powder Duo *Review & Swatches*

Maybelline Brow Satin
Maybelline Brow Satin Review

I've been a Anastasia Brow Wiz addict for a long time now and it's a constant repurchase of mine. Recently my local drugstore stopped carrying it and my only options is to either drive for 30-40 minutes to buy it in another store or order it online and get it after a week of waiting. I don't prefer any of those options as I am a person who lives in the moment. If I want or need something, I want it right now. 
I could be super organized and go buy new makeup before I actually run out of it, I mean you normally see when your powder or foundation is almost finished and when the brow pen is 1 mm short.. but no, I´m that kind of person who pray to God while drawing my brows with that empty brow pen just hoping it will last me that ONE LAST TIME. And then I have to go get a new one.

I´ve been searching for a good dupe for the Anastasia Brow Wiz, first of all I love a good dupe, and second it would be awesome to have a cheaper alternative! 
NYX came out with their "Micro Brow Pen", which is supposed to be a good dupe, but I need to order that one online, and you know how I feel about that if I want it right now😅

And then I found this! I´m not quite sure it is a good dupe, but it is certainly a good alternative!

Maybelline Brow Satin Filling Powder Duo has a retractable fine tip pencil in the one end and a self loading powder sponge applicator in the other. It´s unlike anything I've seen before and its one of the reasons why it attracted me amongst the regular brow pens.

I liked the similarities to Anastasia´s Brow Wiz as of the fine retractable tip, and the possibilities of fading and blending with the sponge application. I didn´t understand until after a few times of use that it is actually a self loading powder sponge, my first thoughts was that it was simply for fading/blending.

Maybelline Brow Satin Swatch
Maybelline Brow Satin Fine Tip
Maybelline Brow Satin Sponge Applicator

I think it does a wonderful job on filling in my brows and it makes application quick. It has a dry matte finish and the powder is not too pigmented - so it´s hard to overdo. It also has no powder fall out, which is a huge plus in my book! That would be way to messy for my taste😂

The sponge does not work for me in the case of fading/blending for a ombre look, so I still use my Anastasia spoolie to do that.

I got the color that I though would match my "brunette" the best, medium brown - it is a soft neutral brown and is actually perfect for me!

My only con (and it´s a huge one) on this so far is the lasting power... Compared to Brow Wiz, it simply does not last as long. Especially not on the tail of my brows, which is the most crucial points on my brows. 

I simply CANNOT go around worrying about my brows during ANY God given day or night.
"Are my brows in place?" "HAVE THEY FADED?" "Are my BROWS SMUDGED?!" "Oh Lord be with me please tell me my brows are OK" I cannot do that, I am not blessed with full natural brows and I need my brow pens to do that for me. And when it´s done, it´s done, I´m not supposed to question if my brows are still pretty or not. 
It´s usually not a problem for me, but I felt a little of this concern while wearing Maybelline Brow Satin. I will give it a few more chances, just because I liked it so much!

Have you tried this Brow product? What are your thoughts on it?
Leave me a comment down below and let me know😘

 

 

 

 

*BLOGtober 1st* Hello October 💛🎃🍃🍂🍁

October is finally here and I am late with my BLOGtober challenge as usual 🙈
I love October and let´s hope it´s a good one.

I have a lot of ideas for blogposts this month so make sure to check back and leave a comment and your links so I´m able to visit your blogs as well. Especially if you´re doing BLOGtober too😄

hello october

What are your favorite thing about Fall?

Miss Karla´s Beauty Blog is on Facebook 😊

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Good day everyone!😍

I finally made a Facebook account for my blog, I guess it´s a nice way to keep in touch and connect with more people. I know a lot of beauty bloggers are using Facebook today, so why not me as well?😊

Please go and check out my page and hit that like button, let´s stay in touch!😊

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