melt cosmetics

So I ordered a lipstick from Melt Cosmetics and first of all, may I just say that I am LIVING for their fast shipping! I ordered my package on a Friday night, and got it Wednesday afternoon the week after – being in Australia, that pretty much only ever happens with companies who have secretly invented teleportation. I always expect to be waiting for US packages for at least a week or two.

I love the look of black lipsticks, but I sometimes have to be a bit careful because I’m white like Casper the friendly ghost, my hair is the same colour as my skin… to have a huge black or blob in the middle of my face is sometimes a bit jarring. So as a compromise, I got Space Cake, which is a medium dark grey.

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Face: MAC Skin Base primer, Ben Nye cream stick foundation in Ivory, Ben Nye neutral set translucent powder, Gorgeous Cosmetics cheek creme in Caramel Whip, Gorgeous Cosmetics cheek creme in Sweet Cream

Eyes: Chanel Stylo Yeux waterproof eyeliner in Noir Intense, Urban Decay eyeshadow in Blackout, Gorgeous Cosmetics purple eyeshadow, Mac Zoomlash mascara, Illamasqua flash lashes in Bat

Lips: White kohl pencil used as lip liner, Melt Cosmetics lipstick in Space Cake

I absolutely love this lipstick. It is so long-lasting and stays on all day – you could probably eat pure grease for two hours straight and by the end of the meal your lipstick would still be perfect. Despite that the formula is pretty smooth and not dry when you apply it – some lipsticks are, and while that tends to mean they’ll last longer, it also means they’re a bit more difficult to apply and don’t feel very nice on your lips. This one hits just the right balance!

surfers paradise

It’s getting cold in Melbourne. Granted, “cold” in Melbourne means not quite the same thing as it means in Sweden, or even in London. I feel like a weakling when I call home and I complain about how freezing it is, at sixteen degrees celsius – in both Sweden and the UK that counts as a mild summer day. I thought I’d be perfectly okay with the colder weather, but truth be told I’ve got so used to the temperatures that now I feel like I’m halfway to being able to break off my frozen extremities. Luckily, I have a friend who was born in June, and she is not down for a winter birthday, so she decided to round up some of her girls and go to the Gold Coast!

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This was the view from our hotel room! We were all pretty shocked at how nice it was – we got a groupon pretty cheap, so we were expecting like one room with two bunk beds and no space for anything, but we got a really nice flat!

We mostly went out partying at night and did not much at all really during the day. It was a lot colder than we had hoped! We had all packed like fifteen bikinis each, but ended up going to the beach only once. We didn’t even go for a swim in the sea! Despite all that, it was really nice to just get away for a bit, and I feel super refreshed and ready for the rest of the week!

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mint condition

I’ve had this lipstick from Lime Crime for a while now, and not been sure which look would suit its debut – it’s so high impact! I got it from the Captain for Christmas last year after expertly hinting for weeks beforehand. I’ve used it very casually before but I wanted a high-impact look for it as well. The answer came like a gift from above with my Sugarpill parcel!

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Face: MAC Skin Base primer, Ben Nye cream stick foundation in Ivory, Ben Nye neutral set translucent powder, Gorgeous Cosmetics cheek creme in Caramel Whip

Eyebrows: Mac gel liner in Dipdown

Eyes: Illamasqua cream pigment in Bedaub, Sugarpill eyeshadow in Mochi

Lips: White kohl pencil used as lip liner, Lime Crime lipstick in Mint to Be, Ben Nye lumiere cream colour in cosmic blue

I was inspired by a similar look I saw on Instagram the other day, in a different colour. It always feels a bit off-centre not to wear mascara, but I think for this look it really works.

I did have a minor issue; when I put on the lipstick I realised that Lime Crime and Sugarpill have very different ideas of what counts as mint! The lipstick is a lot more green than the eyeshadow, which is a pretty dark blue mint. I had to mix the lipstick with some blue base, and managed to get the colours matching perfectly. I probably wouldn’t wear this look again, but it was fun one to try!

professional model

A few weeks back I went to Carlton Gardens here in Melbourne with my friend Camille to take some photos. She’s taken a photography course, and wanted someone to shoot – I, on the other hand, thrive on attention and people telling me I’m pretty, so it was a match made in heaven.

I was really pleased with the photos! The last time I had someone take photos of me with a good camera was when I was 17 and did one of those “model for a day” things that were so popular around that time (possibly only in Sweden? You got your makeup done and had a photo shoot and then you got to buy the images you liked), and this was obviously way better.

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This one is so cute! I think I’m generally a bit more busty than what suited her vision for this shoot, so she made me cover them up. Hashtag boobalicious girl problems!

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I loved this one as well – so many people have told me I look just like Marilyn Monroe in this photo, and that’s my favourite compliment.

She also shot the image I’m using in my header! Thanks Camille ❤