Finurligheter has changed

June 07, 2014
Yes, I'm just writing this quickly in case some of my followers on bloglovin are not aware of this. Finurligheter has been moved and rebranded. When visiting you will be redirected to the correct address, but I would much apprichiate it if you would follow my new site on bloglovin. I still update, so don't worry :)
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The Week #22

May 31, 2014 -
Last saturday I skipped my weekly round up, but I'm back again baby! And this week has again been rather uneventful. I might just have to find somewhere to apply for a life. Aren't I the joker? The coming week is actually going to be more exciting, but you'll see when it happens (insert evil chuckle). Enough stalling, let's get on to what I've been loving this week.

- Dr Zelens on sunscreen: Kudos to Ruth from A Model Recommends for an informative and well written post about sunscreen and suncare. It's actually a Q&A with one of the leading skin doctors out there and really worth a read. Who knows, you might learn something you didn't know, like I did.

- Blown-Out Orange Eye Makeup Tutorial: Karima from Shameless Fripperies might just be my new girl crush. How else can I explain that I, the neutral lover, is totally smitten by this orange eye look with the super bright pink lips. I've already watched this tutorial three times and still I love it. I know I won't try it on myself, but I just find it so enjoyable to watch. 

- Stormae: I'm just loving this guy at the moment. His music is so on point and though you can dismiss it as electronica, there is always something so interesting in his sound. Sure I wish I spoke french so I could understand him, but it's still good music. I've been obsessed with the music video for Toutes les Memes. It's impeccable made and one of the best music videos I've ever seen. 

- Fuchsia: I'm having a fuchsia moment and loving anything in that colour for the lips and nail tips. It must be summer I guess...

- Big News: Yes, tomorrow something exciting will be happening on this blog. Or something I think is exciting at least. It's something I've been working on since April, so I'm excited to see how this turns out. Let me just say the word excited again so you all know how I feel. If I didn't make that clear.

And there you have it, news and favourites of the week. I would be super happy if you would drop by tomorrow as well, so please do. It's nice to be happy.

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May Favourites

May 30, 2014 -
It's that time of month again, monthly favourites time. I'll just get it out of the way and say that there really isn't all that much here. I've been loving the same things I've been loving the months before, and I do try not to repeat myself, though it's very, very hard. Anyho', let's just crack on shall we, this is a long one, so apologies in advance.

I'll start of with the best, which is always skincare. One thing I've been getting back into is the Pixi Glow Tonic. Yes, this is hard to come by, but it's just sooooo good. Oh, I went a bit crazy with the o's there, but your get my gist. I use this pretty much every night and it leaves my skin refreshed and brightened. 

A rather recent find that I've been loving is REN Omega 3 Optimum Skin Serum Oil. It feels a bit like cheating putting this in here as I only just got it, but I've been slathering this one almost every morning and every night. My skin just feels and looks better when I'm using this, so whatever it's doing, I'm loving it. Lastly in the skincare category there's Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF45. I've already written a post about this, so I won't go into too much detail, just say that it is al most undetectable on the skin. I can barely feel it, and I can't see it at all.

As for makeup there's also not that much, though I have been obsessed with a few things. First of there's the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet 'Pink Pong'. I also got this in the colour 'Hot Pepper' which I was sure was going to be a favourite, but actually I have used 'Pink Pong' a lot more. It's such a punchy pink colour and perfect for spring. But let's not forget the kick ass formula. Once on and set this will not budge. Seriously. It also feels like nothing and layers like a dream. In other words, this is everything I wished the Hourglass Opaque Rouge was. Another obsession comes from Rimmel and is their Salon Pro in 'Oh, Mr Darcy'. Love the name, adore the colour. I wrote about it a few days back, but let's just say it's the perfect nail neutral.  Another item I so sneakily wrote about yesterday is the Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée. Unfortunately this is impossible to come by with no Sephora nearby, but perhaps that's a good thing? I have a feeling I would own every colour in the range if that were the case. I have been wearing this so much in May it's no wonder it's a favourite. 

Now this is turning into quite the lengthy post so I'll try to finish quickly. My last beauty favourite is Zoya Remove +. Best nail polish remover, ever. No joke, one swipe and your three/four layer polish coat is gone. And let's not forget it comes with a nifty pump. I am in love.

And there you have it. I might just add one non beauty favourite, and that is homemade cashew butter. So yummy and much better than peanut butter. It's also surprisingly simple to make. But that is it for now. Lengthy, rambling post over!
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Summer Makeup Slap and Dash

May 29, 2014 -
In the summer I don't bother all that much with makeup as I feel it just melts away in the heat. I tend to go for the bare minimum if I bother at all. Yesterday I decided to venture out in public, and in an effort to not scare people and make children cry, I decided to put a little somethin' somethin' on my face. So let's have a look.

I do like to even out my skin with a light layer of tinted moisturiser or BB cream. Most of the time I'm reaching for the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream, which feels light, yet gives decent coverage. I'm the shade '31 Ivory', which matches almost perfectly. Since my skin is pretty good at the moment I find that this offers enough coverage without me needing a concealer.

I like to stick to cream products in summer and pretty much shun powder as I want a fresh, dewey look. This goes especially for cheeks. The warmer it gets, the more I reach for cream blushes. My absolute favourite cream blush is Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée 'Coral Oasis'. Something about this colour just lifts my face and makes me look practically glowing from within. Unfortunately, you can't get this anywhere in Europe as far as I know, but if you're nifty and live in Norway, there are ways to order from the Sephora website.

Recently it's been all about the fuchsia for me, either on lips on nails. It's just such a lovely summer colour and I've been wearing Bourjois Color Boost 'Fuchsia Libre' a lot. It gives a perfect, slightly sheer fuchsia wash over the lips and helps just brighten everything. It also has the bonus of containing SPF 15 and is pretty long-lasting for such a glossy formula. And though it supposedly should clash with the orange tones of the Josie Maran blush, I just find that it works for me.

Since I go so bright on the lips, I find it's best to keep eyes natural and neutral, and so I stick to my mascara. I personally love the L'Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions (not available in Europe) as it's über black, holds a curl like non other and gives lashings of lashes. I have the waterproof version and find that it lasts well on me without any smudging.

Lastly, if I can be bothered, I brush through my brows with a bit of tinted brow gel. Maybelline Brow Drama 'Medium Brown' is a good budget options that tints the brows nicely and keeps them in place.

This whole thing takes me about 5 to 10 minutes to do and is a completely brush free routine. It's just slap on and dash out the door. Ready for summer!
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More Rimmel Salon Pro

May 28, 2014 -

I've written about the Rimmel Salon Pro nail polishes before. In fact, I even dedicated a whole post to them. So it would take too much imagination to understand that I love these. In fact, I would go so far as to say that these are the best nail polishes I own. Now, my collection is already large, but I recently grew it by three new ones. So let's take a little look at these three new shades.

First off there's a oldie, but goodie; 'Soul Session'. This is one from the collaboration between Kate Moss and Rimmel and one that I never got, until now. I would describe this as a dirty muted pink. Sounds lovely? It's not my favourite of the ones I own, but still there's something about it. It's also very much unlike anything I own. Another polish from the Kate Moss collaboration is 'Goddess'. This is also a newbie and a light peach with a slight shimmer. I would almost describe this as a muted neon, as much sense as that makes. This is one for tan hands I think as I don't find it all that flattering on me.

Lastly there's a newbie for spring and a new favourite of mine; 'Oh, Mr. Darcy'. First off, I just love the name. Raise your hands if someone other than me has seen the BBC Series Pride & Prejudice more times than they can count? I suck at descriptions, but if pressed I would say this is a light grey taupe with a slight purple undertone. Description aside, this is absolutely gorgeous. It doesn't look like much in the bottle, but it comes alive on the nails. I think this might just be my new favourite nail polish.

If you live outside of the UK, these might be hard to come buy, especially in Norway. I picked up 'Goddess' and 'Oh, Mr. Darcy' from Shopping4net, while I ordered 'Soul Session' from Ebay.

Utenfor England er det litt vanskelig å finne disse neglelakkene, men jeg kjøpte 'Goddess' og 'Oh, Mr. Darcy' fra Shopping4net. 'Soul Session' fant jeg på Ebay. 
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Simple Yet Yummy Brownies

May 27, 2014 -
As much as I love cooking, there is one thing I love more, and that is baking. I'll make cookies over dinner any day of the week, though that might not be the healthiest of options. In my amateur baking days I've managed to collect some great recipes and I thought I would share one with you today; my super simple, über fast and utterly yummy brownies.

What you'll need:
20 x 30 cm baking pan
3 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 decilitres flour
150 g melted butter
5 tablespoons cocoa powder

What to do:
First thing, everything should be stirred by hand. I remember reading somewhere that it made the brownie extra sticky (the good kind). I don't know if it's true, but my brownies always have the best consistency when I stir by hand.

Mix the egg and sugar. Add the dry ingredients bit by bit. Lastly, add the melted and slightly cooled butter. Pour the mix in the baking pan with a baking sheet or has been coated with butter.

Let it bake at the lowest placement in the oven at 180 C for 25-30 minutes.

Let it cool and enjoy. Super easy, super fast and super yummy.

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Products for Scar Reduction

May 26, 2014 -
A little over a year ago I had, for the first time in my life, a massive acne outbreak. To say it was bad would be an understatement. And as bad as it was, it felt even worse. I'm not talking physical pain here, but the emotional strain was intense. 

I was lucky though, and the acne turned out to be stress related. When the source of the stress vanished, so did my acne. Very slowly and gradually. My skin is pretty much back to normal at the moment with the occasional hormonal freak out. Unfortunatly, the acne left a fair share of red marks that seemed to linger forever and in a way it looked like the acne was still hanging around. 

The thing is I get red marks quite easily, though they like to hang around stubbornly (oh hello there mosquito bite circa 2009 on my ankle). Needless to say I turned my skincare addict self to finding some wonder product that could help banish red marks and scarring. And I think I've come across four champions. First though, I have to say one thing: sunscreen. Whatever you use to reduce your scarring will not work to its fullest potential if you don't use a sunscreen. 

So over to the actual products. One thing I found to work great for both combating scarring and acne in itself is a chemical exfoliant. I would recommend Alpha-H Liquid Gold to anyone who doesn't have sensitive skin. This is gold in a bottle and worthy of an ode. To put it simply, what this does is remove the top layer of skin, letting new fresh skin some to surface and that's how the scarring is reduced. But, this will make you more successible to sun damage, so remember that SPF. I forgot to put on mine the other day and had a minor freakout. 

As for more daily additions, there's the forever classic Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair which does a little of everything. I don't know completely how it works, but it combats pigmentation as well as gives a boost of hydration and that's good enough for me. 

Another serum I love is Indeed Labs Peptabright, not pictured because it was empty and I had to cut it open (boo!). This stuff smells funky, but is truly effective at reducing the scaring. At least for me. The ingredients are a bunch of peptides that work in a non-harmful manner to reduce pigmentation. (BTW, can I just mention that peptides are the building blocks of proteins? Every protein is a peptide, just a large peptide. Peptide seems to be the new "in" word in skincare). Lastly there's Pai BioRegenerate Rosehip Oil. Rosehip oil is now to be very effective on reduction of stretch-marks and for me it worked equally well on scarring. And this is probably my favourite oil, ever

And there you have it, four products that helped my skin move past the red dotted dalmatian phase and into a more even toned self. Long rambly post over!
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Finurligheter Will Return

May 24, 2014 -
I've decided to take the rest of this week off from blogging, and hopefully next week I shall be back in full form. I just feel that I've been more focused to quantity over quality these last weeks and need some days to catch up. There will be some other changes coming soon, so stay tuned for those as well.
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The Inglot Way of Perfectly Flushed Cheeks

May 21, 2014 -

Even though my cheeks are naturally (and easily) flushed, I do love a good blush. Probably much to do with the fact that I'm so very pale and need whatever colour I can get. I also own my fair share of blushes, but none that I'm as enamoured with as Inglot AMC Blush '70'. Despite the non-excistant name (what's wrong with names Inglot?), this is the most memorable blush I own.

I looks quite scary in the pan, but on the cheeks it translates to a very natural blush. As long as you're careful. This is some pigmented stuff. Dusted over the cheeks it gives your face the whole I-do-pilates-five-times-a-week-and-drink-beetroot-juice-for-breakfast glow. A girl can pretend, right?

On a general basis, Inglot blushes are just amazing. They're highly pigmented, but they're also very smooth and silky, making them super easy to blend. I just adore Inglot blushes.

So is this one to get? Oh yeah!

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Day Off

May 20, 2014 -
I'm taking a day off and spending bicycling around and drinking wine. Hopefully I will get my act together until tomorrow, but today I'm just happy I passed my course and can now call myself a qualified teacher. Cheers!
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