Sunday, March 02, 2014

Life update :) Soon in Thailand !

A picture of Koh Samui Thailand


Hi beauties!

Just wanted to check in and give a sign of life on here ;-)

Not been feeling too well lately and haven´t had much fun to share. I have a few swatch/review posts coming up, but I haven´t been able to finish them properly and I don´t like posting anything that´s not 100% - so I just stopped thinking about it for a while ;)

My trip to Thailand is soon here, just about a week left until we´re leaving! Everything is booked, planned and paid so no more headache over things that needs to be done. Only the packing left, which is a proper task and I know I´m gonna be struggling trying to keep everything to a minimum.

I have a plan in my mind to record a video this week, maybe I´ll be able to post it before I leave. Oh, no promises, just thinking out loud! :-)

Ok, today is laundry and cleaning day - need everything to be nice before I leave so I don´t get back to a total mess! I better get back to it.

Hopefully I´ll be able to get some new posts up during this week. Can´t wait to show you my new lippies ;-)

Do you have any vacation plans? Been up to anything fun lately?

xxoo Karla // Miss Delirium

Saturday, February 08, 2014

FOTD/MOTD - ♡ HUGE personal news ♡

A picture of Blue and gold smokey eye

I officially feel a little old, but it´s with heaps of joy that I can announce that yesterday afternoon - I became an aunt!!

I can´t wait to meet my sis and the little baby boy today!

Even though I´m not the hugest fan of children, this is pretty awesome and I´m sure this lil guy´s gonna melt my heart ;-)

This does´t seem too important anymore, but I can also gladly announce, as the geek that I am, that my Cowboy Studio Lights arrived yesterday!
It´s a kit with three lamps with tripods, two of them with umbrellas.
They´re pretty basic as it´s only $59 from Amazon.com, but I guess it´s gonna work for my use. (I don´t really need it, I just wanted it so bad).
ANYWAY, long story short, I was super stoked when it arrived three days earlier than expected and could´t wait to try it out, but then I figured I need a voltage converter !! I think I even managed to short circuit one of the lamps !! And this voltage converter is impossible to get hold of where I live, so I had to order online, so now I have to wait 4 more days after all!!

And to turn that sad story into something cute - Happy Saturday everyone, and.... I`M AN AUNT!!!! :-)

xxoo Karla // Miss Delirium

Thursday, February 06, 2014

*RANT* Smashbox "Always Sharp" Kohl Liner - not so sharp after all!!!

EEEEEK, my blog suddenly went all crazy and my design got all weird, so excuse if I haven´t managed to fix it all yet!

Smashbox Always Sharp - I now have a love/hate relationship with these...

After just a few times of use, they´re at the point of no return.. Literally.

Some of you might remember my post about these liners from back in December, I really, really, really, REALLY LOVED them and I was absolutely heartbroken when the first one broke.

I started using the nude one right after I bought it and I used it only on my waterline. I used it for perhaps a week, mayyyyybe as much as one and a half weeks, but no more than that!
One day when I opened the lid the tip just simply fell off.. I didn´t panic, because it has this built in sharpener and as I had not been using if for even two weeks - surely it should´t be empty already?!
I sharpened it, no sharp tip.. I sharpened it again.. Still no sharp end... I sharpened it so many times and at the end I just had to accept the fact that it was not possible to revive the rest as the tip was so dull it couldn't even reach the sharpener inside the lid (you put the lid on and twist it and that´s how it´s sharpened).
So yeah, I can´t understand anything other than that I have AT LEAST half of the product left in there, and nooo way of getting it out?!

So my question is simply WHAT´S UP WITH THAT??!!

At this time I had not started using the bronze one yet (just tried it on my waterline a few times), until one day not very long ago I got tired of my black liquid liner and wanted to go for a more natural look. I love the smudged liner look and the bronze color was so pretty! I couldn't wait to wear it in Thailand when I want more natural looking makeup.
I used this on my upper lash line and upper waterline for tight lining.
So I got super addicted to this and just praised the lord for this eyeliner!! And the fact that it sharpens it self is just amazing! It doesn't sharpen to this extreme sharp tip that you have to trim on your hand, it doesn't need warming up and it gives such a excellent precision and doing winged liner with this is no problem at all. 
It also has a super nice color range and a 3D sparkle range with even more colors has just arrived in store.
So as you probably understand - I FREAKING LOVE THIS EYELINER!!
It´s not even pricey! I figured it´s not really any more expensive that the regular liners from Loreal, Maybelline or MaxFactor from the drugstore!

But to my HORROR!! The EXACT same thing happened to this one!! 
I had been using it for, I don't know, maybe 5 times or something?? And you know what, I fear it was because it had gone empty! WHAT IS THAT? Eyeliner gone empty after FIVE TIMES OF USE??!!
It´s not like a put on a ton of eyeliner for a natural line on my upper lash line! We´re not talking heavy liner here...!
I freaked out and got really aggravated at this point, I tried to sharpen and of course nothing came out... 

What´s even more annoying, like literally the day before this happened I had purchased another one in a another shade, because I love them so much! So yaaaay can´t wait to use my liner that´s gonna be empty in under a week <3 

I guess it´s not that good of a deal anyway! It´s about $20 and that´s even cheaper than what I paid..

YOU KNOW WHAT THE MOST ANNOYING PART IS?!

I WILL PROBABLY KEEP PURCHASING THESE BECAUSE I LOVE THEM, BUT I HATE THEM TOO!!!

Dear Smashbox, I love you very much, but PLEASE do something with this before it gives me heart attack. I´ve even seen reviews on other people experiencing the same thing, so it´s not just me and I did not over-use it!

Have you experienced this?

Can you recommend another awesome eyeliner I can try?


xxoo Karla // Miss Aggravated

MUA LUXE Velvet Lip Lacquer in "Criminal" & "Kooky" *Review & Swatches*



I was very excited to try out these matte lip lacquers as I´ve been lusting over the Lime Crime Velvetines for ever, but never taken the splurge (again, they´re pretty expensive included shipping + taxes to Norway).

I saw some reviews on these and decided to give them a try!

A picture of MUA LUXE Velvet Lip Lacquer in Criminal and Kooky
Left: "Criminal", Right: "Kooky"

Both colors give excellent color payoff and I had no trouble with applying them - both glides on very easily and I didn´t experience any patchiness.. 
Having hydrated lips is a good tip though as they do have a matte finish and we all know what happens if you don´t have hydrated lips ;)
They are a lot thicker in formula than Lime Crime Velvetines and they do not have that delicious scent to them. They don´t smell a thing actually, but I don´t mind. 

I actually adore both colors - and perhaps especially "Criminal". I find it drying to a even more matte finish that "Kooky" - it feels a bit thicker in formula for some reason..

I´m not very picky about staying power unless we´re talking extremely lousy staying power.
I feel these do the job perfectly to the price of $5. If you expect a matte finish lip lacquer to stay on all day without getting patchy when you´re out all day and eating and drinking regularly - without touching up, then I would say you´re having a tiny bit high expectations - not for these in particular, but for lip products in general. 
Just make sure to have hydrated lips when you apply this and to touch up during the day and I think you´ll be more than fine! 

I really want to buy the red Lip Lacquer  as well, I would love to do a budget/dupe test for the Lime Crime Red Velvet (which is amazing and will be up on the blog soon)

A picture of MUA LUXE Velvet Lip Lacquer in Criminal and Kooky


A picture of MUA LUXE Velvet Lip Lacquer in Criminal

A swatch of MUA LUXE Velvet Lip Lacquer in Criminal
A swatch of MUA LUXE Velvet Lip Lacquer in Criminal
A swatch of MUA LUXE Velvet Lip Lacquer in Criminal

A beautiful bright pink, perfect for summer! Absolutely in love with this color.. However I´m not feeling it quite yet, we´re having snowstorms over here and I just can´t do bright pink lips then... I can´t wait for warmer weather and a nice opportunity to wear it :)


A picture of MUA LUXE Velvet Lip Lacquer in Kooky
A swatch of MUA LUXE Velvet Lip Lacquer in Kooky
A swatch of MUA LUXE Velvet Lip Lacquer in Kooky
(Sorry, I know it´s not very neat around the edges.)

A swatch MUA LUXE Velvet Lip Lacquer in Kooky

Definitely a color I would try out if I´m going for a more grungey, rocker look!
My dark lipstick obsession has calmed down now and I´m a totally nude lips girl at the moment, so I don´t see myself wearing this quite yet either! But don´t you worry, the time will come ;-)

I´m not doing much these days sadly, I´ve just recently started wearing makeup again after weeks of not wearing a drop of foundation, I´m mostly alone in the house all day and putting on makeup and a cool lippie can either be way too much work or totally just what I need to get in a good mood ;-)

These lovely lacquers totally made my day and I still can´t believe what you get for that price!
If you´re into matte lip laquers you should definitely check out these!!


xxoo Karla // Miss Delirium

Thursday, January 23, 2014

New in: MUA LUXE & Fashionista Collection.


So I was browsing the web a few weeks back and you all know what´s gonna happen when I do that...
I figure out that I really need something, then I go looking for it, I find it and I buy it after a long discussion with myself wether I need it or not. I usually end up needing it...

MUA Velvet Lip Lacquer Kooky and Criminal

Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter:

I´ve been looking for a highlighter for ages now, I saw this and I just threw it in the bag because it was cheap and looks nice ;)
It looks really pretty, but I´m afraid it might be a little too pink for me..? It also feels a little "oily" when swatching it with my fingers.. I need to try it on and then I´ll give my opinion! :)

Extreme Felt Tip Liner, Black:

Felt tip liner is always handy! This one is super cheap and does the job perfectly! Nice and pigmented, lasts long!

Maxi Moisture "How Do I Look" & Double Take "Aubergine" Lipsticks:

A couple of lipsticks that was £1 each, of course I needed them..
Actually I was thinking the pink one could be smart to bring to Thailand because then I won't be afraid of loosing it or it melting in my purse.. So I might bring this one instead of my Dior Addict ;)
The other one was a nice dark shade and you know I love it.
Won´t be wearing dark lips in Thailand, but still..

I´ll give this two a closer look with swatches.

So to the fun part!

Velvet Lip Lacquer in "Kooky" & "Criminal":

I LOVE matte lips and I´ve been drooling over the Lime Crime Velvetines for AGEEEES, but never thought I could afford it (incl. shipping, taxes and all) 
Then I saw these..! I believe they´re worth a try as they´re super cheap and I read some nice reviews online.
I don´t expect them to last all day, but that isn´t really a huge thing for me anyway.

However, I recently got a really good deal on the Red Velvet from Lime Crime - so I now actually own one of them as well! Hmm.. I wonder if they´re comparable.. I do think Lime Crime has the advantage, but I´ll gladly give MUA a honest try :)

Also coming with a closer look on these two with swatches :)


Have you tried the Velvet Lip Lacquer? Or any other matte lacquer like this :)

xxoo Karla // Miss Delirium

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

I am going to THAILAND!

Haiiiii beautiful readers! :)

I have two big news to share with you! Or.. At least they´re big to me!

I mentioned earlier that I´m going to Australia in April, well, that is not happening after all :(
It´s sooo expensive and I just can´t make it right now... HOWEVER! I have officially booked tickets to Thailand instead and I will be spending a month there with my bestie :D
(Flight, domestic flight with ferry transfer and all of the hotels is still cheaper than just the flight to Australia...) It´sad I can't go visit my lilsister, but it´s not that long until she´s coming home anyway - I´ll go to Australia some other time!

It´s going to be my second time to Thailand and I´m so excited! It´s 48 days until I´m leaving and I´m already planning what to pack and I´m going all crazy here...!!
There´s so little going on in my life at the moment so I know it´s going to be extremely hard to stop focusing on counting down the days :P

I can´t even start to explain how much in need I am for a trip like this now.. I´m in desperate need for some time to REALLY relax and think about something positive and put my focus on something else than my sad situation here at home. It´s amazing what some sun, heat and calm surroundings can do.
I can remember how good it was with that week in Greece last summer. I know it´s not gonna get me well all of a sudden, but I still look at it as a part of my own way of recovery :)



We´re staying almost a week in Bangkok (God, I love that city!!) then we´re heading to this beautiful island called Koh Lanta for about two weeks, we´re then going back to Bangkok for a stopover. We´re arriving early in the evening so hopefully we could go out for a dinner or to the movies or something:) Can´t be wasting one night in Bangkok for sleeping in at the hotel!!!
We´re probably driving to Pattaya the next day and staying there for a few days as it´s close to Bangkok and it has beaches and shopping.
However we´re keeping the last days open so we´re not going to book anything yet.. Just gonna do what we feel like..
I´m a liiiiiittle bit bummed we won´t be able to go to Vietnam,  Malaysia or Cambodia for a short trip as well, but our budget just can´t do it this time...

BUT YEAH, I´M SUPER EXCITED!!!

And I´m going to get so fat.. I love thai food and I can´t wait to eat and drink everything coconut, and have drinks at the beach and tons of fresh fruit from the markets! Eat grilled chicken from the street and have Tom Yum soup and sticky coconut rice with mango and home made banana smoothie with local coconut sugar!! (yes, we´re actually bringing a hand blender...)

Ah, what am I doing, I should be out working on my bikini body right now!!! *squat, squat, squat*

...Then over to my other newsssss, well, I´ve been mentioning before that I´ve been wanting to start doing YouTube videos, I´ve tried (not published anything) but didn´t feel confident enough! My bestie has just started a channel and she´s posted 10 or 11 videos already! She´s all about a fruity, vegan and healthy lifestyle. She´s also a MUA so I´m hoping she might do some makeup on there as well soon ;-)

Anyway, she has kinda inspired me and since traveling is such a huge passion for me and there is so much to film and do videos about regarding this I thought what better time and reason to start my channel than that?! I already have plenty of ideas! I might not be the smartest or most efficient packer, but I´m going to do it all different this time so I might have some tips to share for other non-efficient packers like me out there ;-)
ALSO I just got my hands on a Canon 600D so I finally have a good camera to film with :)

So that was a little update from me :)
I hope it´s going to be easier to shoot some eyeshadow swatches with my new camera so I´ll be on that tomorrow yaaay :)

What travel/makeup videos do you enjoy watching?

Do you have any vacation plans for 2014?

xxoo Karla // Miss Delirium

Thursday, January 09, 2014

My Smoothie Adventure - Recipe For My Favorite Green Smoothie :)



I love food.
There´s no getting away from that, I love food and I love to eat good food.
I consider myself lucky as I don´t gain weight that easily, I guess I´m just blessed with high metabolism. Although I did feel it changed to the worse when I reached 20 - so I definitely feel that I need to watch my intake more than I used to, hehe!
Not that I have ever had an unhealthy lifestyle or having a bad diet really. I love greens, veggies, fruits, everything good and healthy I love and I´d rather have a huge bowl of fruit or a nice refreshing smoothie than chocolate. (Don´t get me wrong, I love chocolate too).

After the holidays I´ve been feeling a bit sluggish and I simply don´t feel like eating anything. I just had enough.. So I decided to start a little smoothie adventure :)
I´m not on any fancy diet or anything, I just eat what I like and what I feel is healthy for me and right now that is smoothies as I crave it so much - it´s simply delicious!!

It´s also fun because there´s so many different ingredients and varieties of smoothies, sort of an experiment each time ;)

Even though I love food and I love to eat and I can eat a lot it doesn´t mean I eat everything all the time.
I eat what I consider normal, homecooked and kinda healthy food, but my problem is that I don´t eat regularly. I usually eat twice a day and that would usually be a little something in the afternoon and a late dinner...
I simply don´t get hungry until late - of course this depends on my activity level and right now I´m not too active so I kinda forget to eat... Which isn´t too good, is it..

THEREFORE MY FRIENDS smoothies are a great option for me because I remember to eat/drink it because I simply want it all the time!
I do try to have one smoothie every 3rd hour, but I might only have two smoothies a day, and a small dinner meal in between. I need to work on my habits.

Green Smoothie with kale, mint, coconut, banana and spinach
My favorite green smoothie, so refreshing and delisssssh!

I´m not too fond of smoothies with dairy in them (diary in general, bad for my skin & I don´t like it) so I don´t use yoghurt or milk - if I have "milk" I would use either unsweetened almond milk vanilla flavored or rice milk vanilla flavored. Just a little bit for the sake of making the smoothie thinner and for the flavour!
I mostly use cold tap water or coconut water. I can also use coconut milk (the real stuff from cans) if I want it thicker.

I just prefer using tap water or coconut water as it makes the smoothie so much fresher and it´s easier to drink.

I prefer green smoothies over fruity/berry smoothies so I use a lot of spinach, kale, celery, avocado and mint.
Not too fond of the taste of apples or oranges in smoothies so I don´t use that too much.
Bananas are great for smoohties, but I don´t use more than one or one and a half as it´s simply too much for me and it makes me full after one sip. I also don´t like that the banana overrides all the other flavours. PLUS as I don´t do any work out at the moment I should´t be stuffing too many bananas (or fruit in general really......) in my body.. The simple answer to this is of course that I need to start working out - problem and worries solved! ;)

I like mangos and carrots, beetroot, everything coconutty, and sometimes a tea spoon of different seeds.  Fun ingredients are bell pepper and chili :)
I haven´t ventured into the world of "superfoods" yet, but thinking about ordering some chia, acai, maca, goji, bee pollen, whatever, soon! Just for the fun of it and to test it out :))
I´m waiting for a few stuff from iherb at the moment, for example vanilla extract. Really good to add for flavouring especially for Avocado Shakes! YUM!

I like to keep my fruits and greens frozen. It makes everything SO MUCH EASIER and it saves me a lot of time.
I basically stock up on certain items, mango, kale, spinach, mint, bananas. I chop everything up and put each of them in zip locks too keep in the freezer.
This also makes the smoothie so much more refreshing as it´s cool and nice when finished:)

Fruits and vegetables for smoothie
Mango, spinach, kale, bananas, mint (not shown in the picture), avocados. 


My current favorite smoothie recipe! 
(Sorry I don´t have any real measures for this, I just go by the feeling:P)

- Handful of kale.
- Little less than a handful of spinach.
- A good pinch or two of mint leaves (depends on how strong you want the flavor really).
- One small, or half of a larger banana.
- Handful of mango.
- Half avocado (this is a small one).
- 1-3 tbsp coconut sugar, depends on how sweet you want it (OPTIONAL as the mango pretty much does the job) I just add 1 tbsp for the flavor.
- 1 - 1 1/2 cups of coconut water. start with one cup and then add more if it comes out too thick :)
- Also optional, but I like to add 1 tbsp of coconut oil as well as it gives such amazing flavor!

ENJOY!

Green Smoothie Recipe


What´s your favorite smoothie?

xxoo Karla // Miss Delirium







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