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SUMMERTIME MAKEUP ROUTINE

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For several years now I’ve had totally different makeup regimen when it comes to summertime. When it’s 25 degrees outside, I really don’t feel like wearing full coverage foundation with concealer, setting powder, bronzer, blush and highlighter.  T o o   m a n y   p r o d u c t s !

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During the summer I mostly use mineral makeup. I wish I would have used it back when I was living in Dubai. My life would have been so much easier. But back then I didn’t really believe in it. It was about 3 years ago, I was in Ibiza and my babe Grisse was using mineral powder foundation & demanded me to try it out aswell. I’m so glad I did!

So, why do I like it? First of all it takes me like 2 minutes to create a radient & even skin and I really don’t feel like wasting a lot of time doing my makeup when I’m for example travelling. Secondly, it has SPF 15 which means I don’t have to apply sunscreen separately. Last but definitely not least – it allows my skin to breathe & look good naturally!

Obviously there are a lot of different brands out there, so I’m going to give you a little heads up about what kind of products I use and how. 

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My mineral makeup kit is by the brand Sampure Minerals (HERE). It is the first European Halal certified mineral makeup brand created in Great Britain in 2009. They use only the finest quality natural ingredients in their products, no nasty chemicals, no parabens, no animal derivatives and no preservatives. The kit consists of Instant Glow Mineral Foundation, Instant Glow Setting Powder, Instant Glow Mineral Blush and 2 brushes. 

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MY MAKEUP ROUTINE

1. I start by hydrating my face. Make sure to wait at least 10 minutes before applying the mineral makeup so the moisturizer can settle into your skin properly.

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2. Then I apply the star of the show – Sampure Minerals Instant Glow Mineral Foundation (HERE). I am very tanned right now, so my perfect match is “Sand.” They have 7 different shades, so make sure to pick up the right one. If you’re not sure which is suitable for you, just do it like I did – I went to Tradehouse shop in Nautica Keskus to check out the testers.

The brush is the most important tool you will use for applying mineral foundation, so make sure you invest in an excellent quality one. I used Sampure Minerals Mini Kabuki Brush (HERE).

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So, I apply the foundation in gentle circular motions on the skin to get a beautiful coverage and repeat it several times all over the face while paying attention to all areas including around the nose and eyes. Keep in mind that little goes a long way! After that I always admire my skin in front of the mirror for a bit because I just can’t seem to get it how easy it is to even out all the redness, dark circles, pigmentations and spots. The product itself is very luxurious & lightweight with no distinctive scent to it. 10/10!

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(Left side of my face has Sampure Minerals Instant Glow Mineral Foundation on. Right side is clean.)

3. After creating a beautiful & even canvas it is time to set it. Sampure Minerals Instant Glow Mineral Setting Powder in “Natural” (HERE) helps to smooth away any fine lines and imperfections + keeps everything in place while adding a beautiful velvety matte finish. To be honest, when I’m in a hurry, I tend to skip this step. However, if you have problems with oil control, I think this product will help you to stay matte longer.

4. It is time to give some shape to the face. They do have a bronzer aswell but I like to use Sampure Minerals Crushed mineral eyeshadow in “Heavenly bronze” (HERE) instead. I just love the colour! It is a chocolate brown loose eyeshadow which is not too brown, not too red, not too orange. Perfect for creating that sunkissed look!

5. For a blush I use Sampure Minerals Instant Glow Mineral Blush in “Shimmer’n’ice” (HERE). As the name says, it has some fine shimmer in it, so I don’t even have to apply highlighter because it’s like 2 in 1. It gives such a beautiful radient & glowy flush of colour! But if you are more of a highlighter kinda gal, you should try out their Mineral Setting Powder in “Glow” (HERE). I haven’t tried it myself but I’ve heard good things about it!

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6. Eyebrows! Very important step! It is so hard to find a good brow pencil which is suitable for girls with blonde hair. Sampure Minerals Classic Brow Pencil (HERE) runs in 1 colour and I think it’s a better fit for brunettes. 

7. Let’s add some drama to the eyes with Sampure Minerals Beautiful Volume & Curl Mascara (HERE)! My eyelashes are long and semi-voluminous I suppose. The problem is (actually ‘was’) that they were stubbornly straight. For years and years my usual mascara routine was like this: curl them, apply 2 coats of mascara, curl them again. And after 1 min they were back to straight again. So frustrating. My solution? Curl your lashes, apply 1 coat of any waterproof mascara, apply another coat of your regular mascara and boom! Try it out & you can thank me later!

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8. …and now the lips! Sometimes I go for red or orange but in everyday life I tend to use nude lipsticks more than anything else. I’m using Sampure Minerals Long-lasting Matte Lipstick in “Sandstone” (HERE) which is like a brownish nude colour. I think this shade is very flattering for many different skintones. Lipstick itself is matte like the name says but not drying like some might be.

9. I like to spray some rose water to my face as a final step. I feel like it makes the makeup look even more natural et voilà! I’m done!

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If you’ve been wondering whether mineral makeup is worth trying out or not, just go for it. Sampure Get Started Kit (HERE) is a good option for that! Sampure Minerals products are available at www.purecostmetics.ee and Tradehouse shop in Nautica Keskus!

Also with a code “maarjabrenner” you can get 15% OFF on Sampure Minerals products when ordering from purecosmetics.ee & orders over €49 have free shipping!

I hope you guys enjoyed it and talk to you soon! Mwuah! x

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Review: HEMPSON Skincare

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It’s been a loooong time since my last review. Meanwhile, I’ve tried so many different products but not every skincare line makes me want to write a review.

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HEMPSON Cosmetics (HERE) is a new Estonian brand creating organic skin- and hair care products using cannabidiol extracted from the blossoms and leaves of organically grown industrial hemp. The scent of these products reminds me of a strong herb tea.

Disclaimer: there is absolutely no risk of psychoactive reaction from using these products.

Also, I’m happy to say that all of these products are vegan and have never been tested on animals!


So, I’ve been using them for about 2 months now and I think it’s decent amount of time to realize how they actually work. I’m not gonna lie – some of them didn’t really work for me but then again some of them were the only products that helped my skin through those days when it was -15 outside.

To make this review more interesting – I asked my mom to try them out aswell. Because of the age difference and totally opposite skin/hair types, I think it will be more informative that way.

Me: combination skin with surface dryness. Long & quite thick hair. Age 25+

My mom: very-very dry & sensitive skin. Short & thin hair. Age 45+

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HEMPSON Anti-Aging Serum (HERE) – They say that face serums are lightweight moisturizers that penetrate deeper to deliver active ingredients into your skin. To be honest, I rarely feel/see the difference when I use serums, so I don’t know if it is the most important step… I guess if you want to go that extra mile for your skin then ofcourse. This particular one has hyaluronic acid as one of the ingredients – so I believe that it has to have some good benefits that are just not visible instantly!

HEMPSON Face Cream for dry skin (HERE) – My favorite product from this brand! I didn’t have high expectations for this one but it turned out to be amazing! It has very thick and buttery consistency. When applied, it absorbs quickly to the skin and creates the smoothest canvas. I think it also works great as a moisturizing + pore filling primer. I think it’s because glycerin is one of the ingredients. My mom was also obsessed with it! Her eyes are very sensitive and there are only a few moisturizers that she can use close to her eye area. This was one of them! It didn’t make her eyes water and in general moisturized her dry skin very well! 10/10

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HEMPSON Anti-Aging Eye Cream (HERE) – It’s their bestseller! Very soothing, calming and moisturizing. It felt very good under my eyes which can also be a bit sensitive to some of the eye creams. Before applying concealer under the eyes, it is so important to use eye cream first. Trust me, your concealer looks so much better on moisturized skin! This one also has hyaluronic acid as one of the ingredients!

HEMPSON Soothing Mask (HERE) – Especially it helped my skin during the cold weeks. I had dry patches, texture and overall my skin was flaky. It was impossible to apply foundation or concealer. So, I exfoliated my face, used this mask, serum, face cream, eye cream and let it all sink in for about 30 min. All this made my skin look healthy & hydrated!

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HEMPSON Body Cream (HERE) – It says on the bottle that it’s nourishing and it doesn’t lie at all. Thick and hydrating consistency, very similar to the face cream. After applying, it soaks in quickly and doesn’t leave your skin greasy. Definitely worth buying!

HEMPSON Shampoo (HERE) & Conditioner (HERE) – These two just didn’t work for me at all. I tried them several times. I did like the gel-like consistency of the shampoo and the minty scent. It’s just that my colour-treated and extra dry hair needs more. However, for my mom they worked well! She said that after washing, her hair wasn’t tangled at all like it usually is. Also during these cold weeks her hair had been very static previously but this conditioner totally worked its magic!

I hope you guys found some useful information & I’ll talk to you soon!

Maarja

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LAZY GIRL’S HAIRDO

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Remember like 8 years ago when it was all about the donut bun? It was the easiest hairdo that looked chic and put together with minimum effort.

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Nowadays I rather go for messy boho style hairdos just because I like the volume and I feel like they frame my face in a much more flattering way. So I decided to share with you my favorite Pull-Through Braid that I discovered thanks to my babe Johanna. It is the perfect hairdo if…

1) you’re running late

2) you don’t have time to wash your hair

or

3) you just don’t know how to style your hair.


If you would like to see how I create this braid then keep on reading. 

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SUPPLIES:

Blowdryer

Curling wand

Rat tail comb

Transparent elastic bands

Cutrin MUOTO Root Lifting Spray Mousse

 Cutrin MUOTO Volumizing Mousse

Cutrin MUOTO Strong Instant Hairspray


HAIR PREP: 

I started off with freshly showered damp hair just because it looks much more presentable that way here on my blog. However clean hair is really difficult to work with so you want to add something that makes it feel less silky and slippery. For that texture & extra volume I applied some Cutrin MUOTO Root Lifting Spray Mousse just to my roots and Cutrin MUOTO Strong Volumizing Mousse to rest of my hair. Then I blow-dried.

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… AND HERE’S THE TUTORIAL:


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1. Hair prep done.
2. Curl your hair. Nothing fancy. Just messy curls. This step is actually not that necessary but I decided to go through with it anyways just because I think it gives any hairdo a better shape & form.
3. Create a high ponytail from your top layer.
4. Create a second ponytail under the first one.
5. Divide your first pony into two pieces.
6. Wrap them around your second pony and secure with an elastic.
7. Create a third ponytail under the second one. This time incorporate the ends from the first pony. Repeat the wrapping.
8. Repeat that until you have desired length.
9. The most important step: gently tug on both sides of the braid to make it fuller and more voluminous. Don’t worry about keeping it neat. I personally like it to look a bit messy. Finish off with Cutrin MUOTO Strong Instant Hairspray and voila! You’re done!

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I hope you liked it!

FYI! Until 28.02 Cutrin MUOTO products are 25% OFF at mgbeauty.ee!

Talk to you soon, babes!

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BEST MANICURE TRICK I’VE LEARNED

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I love the look of clean and beautifully manicured hands. But waiting for your nail polish to dry is as bad as waiting for food in a restaurant – frustrating & frustrating. At least for me. And that’s the reason I hate doing my nails. Correction: *used to hate.
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Yes, I could go and get them done professionally but I don’t want to. Women. Go figure, haha. No, actually I used to get them done for like 6 years in a row. But I hated the fact that I couldn’t get them fixed immidiately when something happened in-between the appointments.

But I found a solution for homemade mani-pedi, yay! Last year when I was in LA, we went to this crazy huge Target and then it happened – I finally found Seche Vite Dry Fast top coat. It’s one of those products that Pinterest made me buy. Within minutes you can already touch your nails and see how well it works. I tried so many similar products in the past and none of them did what they had to. This is how it’s described to work:

“Its patented formula allows it to penetrate through the nail lacquer to the base coat forming a single solid coating over the nail plate. Apply thickly, get a nice bead on the end of the brush, then set softly down on the first nail painted and watch how Seche Vite flows over the wet nail polish without dragging or streaking.”

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Recently I ran out of my first bottle and I’ve already purchased a new one. I ordered it from amazon (HERE).

I also wanted to mention L’oreal Nail Lacquers just because they were such a pleasant surprise. I usually go for Zoya, Ciate or OPI but these are as good if not even better! I’m impressed! You can basically get away with one layer because they are so pigmented. I also love that they have wide brushes – it makes the application process so much easier. My manicure routine usually goes like this: base coat, 2 coats of nail polish, Seche Vite top coat. With this formula my manicure lasts for 5-6 days.

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I hope it helped someone who struggles with the same issue!

Talk to you soon!

Marru
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Review: LUMENE

If you guys follow me on Instagram you might remember that I recieved a very generous care package from LUMENE couple months back. Current situation is that I’ve tried out every single product and integrated some of them to my beauty routine aswell. So it was about time to write a proper detailed review.

Before we jump into the makeup madness I just wanted to let you guys know that I’m always giving my honest opinion.

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A little while back Lumene went through a big change. Their new packaging is so much more luxurious and one thing I just can’t get over is how good their products smell. By the time you’re done reading this post it will be pretty clear that I’m a sucker for good scents. As their range of products is wide, I’m going to guide you through what’s worth buying and what’s not. Just FYI, my skin is combination to oily, but also dehydrated and dry.

LUMENE Sisu Antioxidant Mist – starting off with one of my favorites. The way this product smells is intoxicating. It’s just so refreshing and makes me think of a forest after a rain. If you find Lumene counter somewhere, please go and smell it. I use it for setting my makeup or just to refreshen my face. The only down side is that the spray cap shouldn’t spritz that harshly. It should be more like a mist, not a spray. But obviously it doesn’t bother me much because the liquid inside the bottle is just amazing.

LUMENE Sisu Deep Clean purifying mask – this mask is from the same line as the spray and therefore it smells the same, yum. Oh, and the product itself is just amazing. I hate it when purifying masks start drying and pulling my skin. This one is very gentle and doesn’t do that at all. After rinsing my face with water, it feels fresh and clean. Definitely worth the money!

LUMENE Lähde hydrating eye gel – maybe some of you remember that I posted a picture of this eyegel on Instagram couple months back. If you have sensitive under eye area, you have found your product. It is so gentle, refreshing and most importantly it doesn’t irritate my eyes.

LUMENE Lähde 24h moisturizer – for my skin type it works very well as a summertime moisturizer. However for winter I usually prefer thicker consistency. Oh, and ofcourse it has a very pleasant scent.

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LUMENE Instant Glow Beauty Serum – is actually a foundation with a very beautiful glowy finish. The packaging looks very expensive and I appreciate the dropper system for foundation bottles. For me I feel like the coverage is not enough but if you are somebody who doesn’t like very thick and full coverage foundations, it’s meant for you. Some of my friends told me how much they love this foundation before I even had a chance to try it out. So obviously it is a very popular product and I can see why.

LUMENE 6 in 1 CC cream – I’ve been literally abusing it! I’ve never found a BB or a CC cream that I’m completely satisfied with and maybe this was the reason why I had basically 0 expectations for this product. I love it so much! The coverage is medium and the finish is satin. I’m currently using the shade “Tan” and sometimes I have to mix it with something lighter in order to get that perfect shade. Will definitely repurchase once finished!

LUMENE Instant Illuminizer in Rosy Dawn – this is why my makeup is always glowing! I usually mix 2-3 drops of illuminating primer to my foundation and trust me, it makes such a difference. The packaging, the scent and the product itself, simply love it!

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LUMENE Volume Lash primer – I used 1 layer of that primer and then 1 layer of regular volumizing mascara and it did not look good on me. My lashes weren’t separated properly and they were chunky and in general I wasn’t happy with the result.

LUMENE Long lasting lip liner No.6 –  it is a transparent lip liner and the purpose of this one is to keep rest of your lip products in place and make them long-lasting. I tried it but I think for me this step is quite unnecessary as I’m already using good quality lip products. I think I would spend my money on something else.

LUMENE Pure Arctic Mineral Micellar water – yes, this bottle is already empty as I started using it immidiately. I think it’s a good product if you don’t have problems with overly sensitive skin.

LUMENE Nordic Noir mascara in black – this is the best smelling mascara that I’ve ever used! I’m quite picky with mascaras, but I really do like this one! It has a big rubbery brush and it works well with my straight eyelashes.

LUMENE Nordic Nude compact powder in No.3 – the name also claims that this product is air-light and I totally agree. Gives my skin very smooth and soft finish without looking cakey. I don’t know about very oily skin but for my semi-oily skin it worked very well.

LUMENE Nordic Nude blush in No.3 – this is The blush to achieve healthy & glowy cheeks! It’s very easy to look like a clown if a blush is too pigmented. This one gives you a chance to always add more if needed. Such a good product for summery looks!

LUMENE Nordic Chic eyeshadows in Frosty Ice, Midsummer & Dawning Day and LUMENE Eyeshadow palette in Smokey – very beautiful shimmery shades for creating different kind of smokey eyes. I can definitely feel how the quality of these eyeshadows has improved as they are softer and much more pigmented.

LUMENE Nordic Chic brow palette in Medium brown – it’s very hard to find brow products that match with blonde hair. Unfortunately this particular duo was too dark for me. I did try the lighter shade for my brow tails and the product itself worked really well but in general they still came out too dark for my hair and skin.

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LUMENE Gel effect nail polish in 39 Wild berry – love this colour! The brush is so wide and makes the application process quick and easy!

LUMENE Silky Lip Fluid in No.5 Spring – is a babypink lipgloss with soft and non-sticky finish. I love applying it on top of a nude lipstick as it gives a beautiful glossy finish with a hint of pink.

LUMENE Nordic Seduction creamy lipstick in No.17 Enchanted forest – This will definitely be my go-to fall lipstick! As the name states it is a very creamy yet very pigmented line of lipsticks. Also very pleasantly scented.

LUMENE Nordic Noir Intense eyepencil in No.1 Black – it’s basically a kohl pencil which is intense black and easily blendable.

LUMENE Nordic Seduction lipliner in No.4 – it is a very smooth and pigmented lip pencil! Their current colour range is quite pink & red. So hopefully they will come out with some nudes aswell. I also wanted to mention that it’s retractable, so you don’t have to waste your time on sharpening.

All in all I think they’ve done great job with their new lines! I feel like this brand can be sometimes underestimated. I’ve been a fan for years and I feel that specially skincare lines are such a fit because of our climate in the Nordics.

I know that you guys are already drooling over these products so I got you a discount code, yay! I will probably be the first one to use it as I’ve already got 3-4 products on my mind, haha.

By entering the code “Maarja” you will get 20% OFF from all new Lumene products when ordering from www.mgbeauty.ee

You deserve a glass of wine if you stayed with me until the end! I promise that my future posts won’t be that long.

We’ll talk real soon!

Maarja

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