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From Finland: What’s in My Makeup Bag?

By Ria, Local Contributor – Finland

After being born and spending her childhood in America, Ria moved to the far reaches of Northern Europe to live in Finland with her parents. Exiled away from beauty brands most of us take for granted, she was forced to branch out and challenged to find new local favorites.

Now 27, her interest in beauty started originally as a hobby about five years ago, when she was looking for something new in her life. However, it soon turned into a full-blown obsession. She also attended makeup school to pursue her interest and has worked with beauty ever since. These days she spends most of her free time studying and writing, trying to finish her master’s thesis for university. She’s interested in the associations and values connected to makeup and is actually writing her thesis on YouTube makeup videos!


Make Up Store China Red Lipstick

From Finland: What’s in My Makeup Bag?

I thought it would be fitting to share myself through some of my favorite products! These are a few of the products you can almost always find in my make up bag and that I’ll buy again and again.  You can always learn a lot a about a person by the products they choose to spend their hard-earned money on, whether it’s shoes or lipstick! Hopefully, this will give Temptalia’s readers some insight into who I am as well as to the European cosmetics market I navigate.  Maybe it will even help someone find a new favorite! 🙂

  • Illamasqua’s Cream Blushes (£16.50) became my staple this summer, and even though summer is over, I’m having a hard time letting go! Pinky coral Rude is my go-to shade, which can look natural or intense depending on your application.
  • Isadora Jelly Kiss Lipstick (€13.00)  isn’t exactly cheap for a drugstore product (around , the consistency is
  • worthy of a brand name! The glossy, sheer texture reminds my lips of Dior’s Addict lipsticks but at
  • a third of the price. Unfortunately the color range is still quite limited, with only five shades
  • available.
  • Make Up Store China Red Lipstick (€19.00) is a my holy grail matte red lipstick!  It’s matte without being overly dry, like some matte lipsticks tend to be and it packs an awesome amount of pigment punch. Stays on forever as well!
  • Isadora Forest Nail Polish (€13.50) is a new shade for fall and has been repeatedly featured on my nails. Forest is a darkened olive green with gorgeous gold shimmer. Swedish drugstore brand Isadora comes up with some of the most interesting seasonal nail colors on the local market every year.
  • Essence Nail Polishes (€1.00) has Europe covered, because they are very affordable and often dupe much  more expensive brands.  One brand which is not very accessible in my part of the world, is Deborah Lippmann. Being a bit of a glitter fanatic, I still adore Lippmann’s interesting glitter nail polishes.  They make perfect dupes of Lippmann favorites like Across the Universe and Boom Boom Pow. The mini bottles are easy to travel with too and come at a fraction of the price for around one euro!

 

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Chanel June Le Vernis

Chanel June Le Vernis
Chanel June Le Vernis

Chanel Spring 2012: Chanel June Le Vernis

Chanel June Le Vernis ($25.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “pastel apricot.” This is a limited edition shade (whereas the other two spring lacquers were not listed as limited). It’s a creamy, lightened orange that’s opaque in two coats. It reminded me of a Creamsicle. China Glaze Peachykeen was the closest dupe I could think of, but it reads less orange. China Glaze Papaya Punch is much, much more intense, brighter, and deeper, but continues in a similar vein.

The formula on this one is good; pigmented enough to deliver opaque color coverage in two coats. It’s not too thick or thin, so it covers the nail evenly without pooling or bubbling. The drying time seemed average (unlike May), which is always nice. I usually get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chips with Chanel’s formula.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour June
June
June
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
97%
Total

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Chanel Rose de Mai Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Rose de Mai Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Rose de Mai Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Spring 2012: Chanel Rose de Mai Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Rose de Mai Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($28.50 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “pink.” It’s more like a rosy beige, maybe a rosy peach, with a nearly matte finish. MAC Pink Frontier is a little less pink and shimmery. theBalm Stubborn is noticeably less pink and has a frosted finish. Inglot #341 is similar but just a smidgen less pink.

It has a silky soft feel; the powder is incredibly finely-milled, which gives it a yielding, dense texture that melts against the skin. It applies smoothly and without any powderiness, despite its softness, and really clings and adheres to the skin well. This type of color is an effortless nude, and it may not work on everyone, but it will be stunning on the right complexion. I see this working best on light to light-medium skin tones, both warm and cool.

Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow Rose de Mai
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

Chanel May Le Vernis

Chanel May Le Vernis
Chanel May Le Vernis

Chanel Spring 2012: Chanel May Le Vernis

Chanel May Le Vernis ($25.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “intense pink.” It’s a lovely clean, almost neutral pink. It leans just barely cool toned in the bottle and against my skin in certain lighting, but at a glance, it almost reads neutral against my yellow undertones. I suspect if you have cooler undertones, you’ll see it appear a bit bluer overall. MAC Ice Cream Cake is much more magenta and bluer. China Glaze Empowerment is lighter. Chanel Mistral is lighter and more yellow-toned.

I used two coats for opaque color coverage with May, and it was fluid enough to apply evenly and settle across the nail without bubbling or pooling at the sides. It does have a slightly longer drying time, and you really do need to let each coat set before applying the next, or else you will find it drags/pulls enough to be noticeable. It’s a little on the thick side but entirely manageable (I didn’t have to experiment with application technique at all). My experience with Chanel’s formula has been good; I don’t experience chipping (but I also can’t think of a formula that does, so long as I use a base and top coat) and am able to wear their shades for a week with minor tip wear.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour May
May
May
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
91%
Total

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