haul · Skincare

My Skincare and Cosmetics Haul from Hong Kong and Brisbane

Okay, I finally managed to make a post of all of my skincare and cosmetics that I bought from Hong Kong, Brisbane, and Changi Airport in Singapore, whew! I have not tested all of these, so this is more like a show of what I got. Reviews naturally will come later – but if you see something that you want an immeadiate review of, give me a shout in the comments! Otherwise I’ll go at my own whim, and who knows how that’ll go.

No viimeinkin! Kesti hetken aikaa, mutta sainpa tämän postauksen aikaiseksi – eli mitä kaikkea kosmetiikkaa ja ihonhoitojuttua tulikaan ostettua Hong Kongista, Brisbanesta, ja Changin lentokentältä. Kaikkea ei ole vieläkään tullut testattua, joten alustava arvio tulee vain osasta – mutta jos näkyy jotain mistä haluatte heti arvion, niin kommentoikaa toki, niin laitan tehden! Muuten kirjoittelen arvioita oman mieleni mukaan, ja se nyt voi mennä missä järjestyksessä vain.

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So this is all of the loot. The majority I bought from Sasa, in Hong Kong, which is a local cosmetics shop. It has stores quite literally in every block! There were so many things to see, I had so much difficulties deciding what to get..

Tässä kuvassa on siis kaikki mitä ostin. Suurin osa tuli ostettua Sasa-nimisestä ketjusta Hong Kongista, jolla oli kauppa kirjaimellisesti joka korttelissa. Siellä oli kyllä niin paljon nähtävää, että oli vaikeuksia päättää mitä ostaa..

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Here are the sheet masks I got. I basically got what seemed interesting! For example, the Hada Labo Aqua Mask (top right) I purchased because it had Jeon Ji Hyun on it, and I’ve watched two k-dramas this year in which she starred! (Legend of the Blue Sea and My Love From Another Star) Dr. Lola’s snaggele-toothed redhead girl (top center) was also too cute to resist. Rest are: Mediheal’s H.D.P Pore-Stamping Black Mask Ex, Beyond’s Intensive Ampoule Collagen, BRTC’s Make Over Mask Temptation, Muji’s sheet masks, BB Face Masks from Daiso, and LuLuLun’s packet of purple sheet masks.

Tässä kaikki haalimani kangasnaamiot, jotka tuli valittua kiinnostavuuden perusteella! Esimerkiksi oikeassa yläkulmassa näkyvä Hada Labo Aqua Maskit ostin sen takia, että kuvassa on Jeon Ji Hyun, joka on ollut kahdessa tänä vuonna katsomassani korealaisessa draamassa (Legend of the Blue Seassa ja My Love From Another Starissa). Dr. Lolan punapäinen irvihammas (ylhäällä keskellä) taas oli aivan liian söpö vastustettavaksi. Muita ostamiani olivat: Medihealin H.D.P Pore-Stamping Black Mask Ex, Beyondin Intensive Ampoule Collagen, BRTC:n Make Over Mask Temptation, paketti Mujin kangasnaamioita, muutama BB Face Mask Daisosta, sekä paketti Lululunin violetteja naamioita.

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Not to forget the rest of the body, I also got foot and hand masks from Daiso, and a cuticle and nail wrapping pack from T.P.O.

Jotta muut osat eivät unohtuisi, nappasin Daisosta mukaan jaloille ja käsille omat naamionsa, sekä T.P.O:n kynsi- ja kynsinauhamaskin.

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It took forever to find Muji store in the nearby shopping mall, but I did find it! I bought: moisturizing cream, oil cleansing, high moisture toning water, and jojoba oil. Jojoba oil I’m meaning to use mostly in winter, because my skin gets really dry, and I think this will be good for face, nails, and hair. After trying out the toning water, I think I’ll use it later on too – it’s not kidding when it says it’s high moisture. The oil cleanser is okay; it’s pretty basic in that it does take off the make up pretty nicely, but it does leave some residue when removing heavy makeup. Definitely needs to be followed with foam cleanser. The moisturizing cream I liked, as it is fairly light-weight, but quite moisturizing.

Kesti pienen ikuisuuden löytää Mujin myymälä läheisestä kauppakeskuksesta, mutta pääsin viimein sinne! Ostin kasvovoidetta, öljypuhdistusainetta, kosteuttavaa kasvovettä, sekä jojobaöljyä. Jojobaöljyä aion käyttää lähinnä talvella, jolloin ihoni kuivuu pahasti, ja luulen että tämä toimii myös hiuksiin ja kynsille. Kasvoveden testauksen jälkeen totesin että se sopii myös paremmin talveen – se on todella high moisture nimensä mukaisesti! Öljyputsari on toimivaa peruskamaa; meikki lähtee mukavasti, mutta jos on reippaasti poistettavaa, se kyllä jättää jälkensä. Vaahtoputsarin kanssa hyvin toimii. Kasvovoide on myöskin erittäin mukava, sillä se on kevyt, mutta silti hyvin tehokkaasti kosteuttava.

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Innisfree’s Jeju Sparkling Mineral Essence smells so good! It’s like candy! Daiso’s Face Peeling Gel I’ve tried a few times – so far not impressed. Tomatox on the other hand is always good – I had just recently run out of it, so I bought a replacement.

Innisfreen Jeju Sparkling Mineral Essence tuoksuu niin hyvältä, kuin karkilta! Daison Face Peeling Geliä pari kertaa testattuani en ole ihan vakuuttunut siitä. Tomatox sen sijaan on aina toimiva – edellinen purkki oli sopivasti loppunut.

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I think everyone has heard of the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask hype – I had to buy it. As a person with a nasty habit of picking the dry skin off of my lips, this is godsend. My lips are so much better nowdays. Definitely worth all the hype! Eye Sleeping Mask was a new product – it will get its own post, as there’re many interesting features.

Kaikki ovat tainneet tähän mennessä kuulla Laneigen Lip Sleeping Maskin hypetystä, joten olihan se ostettava. Minulla kun sattuu olemaan inhottava paha tapa nyppiä huulieni kuivaa ihoa, joten tämä on ollut aivan loistava tuote sen lopettamiseen. Huuleni voivat paljon paremmin nykyään! Tätä tuotetta hypetetään ihan syystä. Saman merkin Eye Sleeping Mask on suhteellisen uusi tuote – siitä tulee erillinen postaus, sillä siinä on paljon mielenkiintoisia ominaisuuksia.

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This is all the makeup I bought – I’m a bit shocked, honestly! Styling Eyebrow Pencil isn’t that good, but the rest are okay. Benefit’s They’re Real! Mascara is okay, but the new L’Oreal Paradise Extatic kicks its butt, to be honest. Laneige two-tone lipsticks – yay! I finally got one! It’s very lovely on the lips! Candy Doll Cheek&Lip in Apple Red is is also nice. It has almost a watercolor finish.

Meikkejä tuli ostettua vain tämän verran – yllätin itseni! Styling Eyebrow Pencil ei ole kovin kummoinen, mutta muut ovat aika mukavia. Benefitin They’re Real! ripsiväri on ihan okei, mutta jos totta puhutaan niin L’Orealin uusi Paradise Extatic pesee sillä lattiaa. Laneigen kaksivärisiä huulipunia olen himoinnut siitä asti kun ne tulivat, joten jee! On muuten todella mukava huulilla. Candy Doll Cheek&Lip värissä Apple Red on myöskin hyvin kaunis iholla – siinä on lähes vesivärimäinen tuntuma!

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I also bought some random stuff – shower caps, makeup brush cleaning liquid, puffs, cosmetic razors..

Muutamia tarpeellisia ja satunnaisia asioita tuli myös mukaan – suihkumyssyjä, siveltimien puhdistusainetta, kosmeettisia teriä..

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…false lashes. I’m determined to get used to using them one day! I like the look, but I’m still such a noob in applying them.

…tekoripsiä. Aion jokin päivä käyttää niitä tottuneesti! Pidän niiden aikaansaamasta efektistä, mutta olen vielä vähän uusavuton niiden laittamisessa.

Whew! That was it! Then there were more random stuff, like the super cute glass container, and the equally super cute electric fan in the shape of a bunny, moon cakes for mid-Autumn Festival, cookies from Ocean Park, and other treats such as Timtams from Australia. We still have some left!

There we go! Did you see anything interesting?

Huh, siinäpä ne! Sitten oli tietysti vielä muuta tavaraa, kuten supersöpö silmälasikotelo, ja yhtä supersöpö pupunmuotoinen sähköinen tuuletin, sekä tietenkin kuukakkuja keskisyksyn juhlaa varten, suklaakeksejä Ocean Parkista, ja muita herkkuja, kuten kasoittain Timtameja Australiasta. Jotain on vielä jäljellä!

No niin! Näkyikö mitään kiinnostavaa?

Make up · review

Essence Hello Happiness! Review

I suppose I’m not really a brush person (can you say that?). Everyone in the know always says how the right brushes make all the difference, and I tend to scoff. I mean, I have brushes, of course. But if they’re dirty, I use my fingers without a second thought. And none of them are expensive, or a high end brand. In fact, I accumulate them quite randomly, without rhyme of reason. Other than that they are cheap.

Sorry, this is not a post where I suddenly discover great brushes and these are it. This is a post where I finally bought a matching set of makeup brushes! They were cheap.

En ole ikinä oikein tajunnut siveltimien päälle (jos niin voi sanoa). Asioista tietävät ihmiset sanovat aina että oikeilla siveltimillä kaikki onnistuu paremmin, mutta en oikein ikinä usko sitä. Minulla siis on kyllä meikkisiveltimiä, mutta jos ne sattuvat olemaan likaisia, käytän sormiani huoletta. Ne eivät ole kalliita, eivätkä kuuluisilta merkeiltä. Satun vain ostamaan niitä kun on jollekin tarve, enkä mieti niitä paljoa. Paitsi tietysti hintaa.

Pahoittelen, mutta tämä ei ole postaus missä yhtäkkiä ymmärrän kuinka hienoja siveltimet ovat, ja kuinka juuri nämä ovat ne parhaimmat. Tässä postauksessa esittelen kuinka ostin viimeinkin sivellinsetin! Se oli halpa.

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The brushes in question: Essence Hello Happiness! set. I fell in love with the colors!

The set contains seven different brushes: (from left to right) concealer sponge, blush & draping brush, strobing brush, foundation brush, contouring brush, duo eyeshadow brush, and lip brush.

Kyseessä on siis Essencen Hello Happiness! -setti. Rakastuin näihin väreihin!

Kaikkiaan sarjaan kuuluu seitsemän sivellintä: (vasemmalta oikealle) peitevoidesieni, poskipuna & draping (mitä se edes on?), strobesivellin, meikkivoidesivellin, varjostussivellin, kaksipäinen luomivärisivellin, ja huulipunasivellin.

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On top of these I bought the travel bag, which I thought would come in handy. There’s a bit of a problem with it, though. I’m sure you’ll notice it right away from the picture below.

Näiden lisäksi ostin settiin kuuluvan pussukan, jonka ajattelin olevan kätevä. Siinä on vain yksi pieni ongelma, jonka varmaan huomaatte allaolevasta kuvasta.

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That’s right. Even though the set contains seven brushes, there are places for only six of them. Yeah I get it, the foundation brush is clunky, and it would’ve been more expensive to accomodate it (I imagine money is the reason), but this is super annoying. What’s the point of a matching pouch when it doesn’t fit all of them?

Aivan oikein: vaikka settiin kuuluu seitsemän sivellintä, pussukassa on paikat vain kuudelle. Kai sen ymmärtää: meikkivoidesivellin on paksumpi ja lyhyempi, ja olisi varmaan ollut kalliimpaa tehdä sille paikka erikseen (ainakin näin kuvittelisin), mutta tämä on ihan pirun ärsyttävää. Mikä pointti on mätsäävässä pussukassa, jos koko settiä ei saa siihen?

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Okay, so onto the brushes. The contouring brush is pretty basic, and that’s about all I can say about it. It does its job, but you see these brushes everywhere. If you need one, why not? The duo eyeshadow brush on the other hand is pretty good – the smudging end is a great size for my eye shape! The other end is bit on the small side. As is the lip brush. I’d actually go as far as to say it’s too small. I have fairly small lips, and it wasn’t as good as I’d hoped. Maybe for precision?

But blush brush and strobing blush I did like! They’re nice and fluffy – and okay, okay, I used the strobing brush to put on powder. I don’t have powdery high lighters. But I do imagine it would work well with that. And I just googled draping! That’s just using multiple colors of blusher? It will certainly work, because it worked with just one blush. Gosh, I sound so pro.

The foundation brush wasn’t half bad either. I generally use a beauty blender to blend in my cushion bb cream, but this works as well, if you prefer brushes. Oddly enough, I thought it could’ve been a bit smaller. But the concealer sponge was the weird one: I just don’t know what to do with it. I tried it with concealer – it’s a joke: the sponge is an inconvenient shape to put on a stick. You cannot get any pressure on it if you hold it by the end. And if you hold the sponge part, there’s not point to the stick end, is there? It did a remarkably bad job. Don’t buy it. Wetting it did not improve matters. I did think it looked a bit weird, but still I bought it. Oh well.

Mutta nyt niihin siveltimiin. Varjostussivellin on aika perussettiä, eikä siitä ole paljoa sanottavaa. Kaikilla merkeillä on tälläinen. Jos tarvitset tälläistä, niin miksipä ei? On se ainakin halpa. Kaksipäinen luomivärisivellin oli sen sijaan minusta hyvä – häivytyspää on juuri sopivan kokoinen silmänmuodolleni! Toinen pää oli kyllä hiukan pieni. Ja niin oli huulipunasivellinkin. Oikeastaan se on liian pieni. Vaikka minulla on melko pienet huulet, en kokenut tätä kovin hyväksi. Ehkä jos haluaa tehdä todella tarkasti?

Mutta poskipuna- ja strobesiveltimistä pidin! Ne ovat mukavan pehmoisia – ja okei, okei, saatoin käyttää strobesivellintä puuterin kanssa. Minulla ei ole puuterimaisia high lightereita. Mutta järjen mukaan se kävisi kyllä siihenkin! Ja nyt kun googlasin drapingin, niin sehän on vain useamman poskipunasävyn käyttöä? No, se kävi yhden sävyn kanssa, joten käynee muidenkin. Kuulostanpa ammattilaiselta!

Meikkivoidesivellin ei myöskään ollut hullumpi. Yleensä käytän beauty blenderiä häivyttämään bb cushionini rajat, mutta jos pidät enemmän harjasta, kyllä tämä toimii. Outoa kyllä, tämä oli ehkä turhan iso. Joukon kummajainen oli peiteainesieni. En vain tajua mitä järkeä siinä on – kokeilin sitä peiteaineen kanssa, ja se on täysi vitsi. Mikäli pidät varresta kiinni, et saa tarpeeksi painoa laitettua siihen että peiteaine mitenkään painuisi ihoon, saatika että se blendaisi. Jos taas pidät sieniosasta kiinni, ei varrella ole mitään merkitystä. Erittäin huono ostos, olisihan se pitänyt arvata.

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The final item today is the brush cleansing soap, that is in the same set. I was in the market for a travel friendly soap, since I recently discovered that you can’t really cut a piece off off a block of marseille soap (it crumbles to pieces), so I think this is good. It is compact, the soap does its work, and it’s cute. Definitely travel friendly!

So all in all, some good purchases, some not so much, but that’s okay because I have a complete set, and also: I’m good at finding use for seemingly bad products. Like some BodyShop super expensive eye shadow brush I bought years ago that turned out really shitty for eyeshadow appliance? It worked well for cleaning my cuticles after applying nail polish. So I swear to you; the stupid sponge will be put in some form of use!

What do you think? Will you be buying any of these?

Päivän viimeinen tuote on samaan settiin kuuluva saippua. Olinkin etsinyt jotain matkustustamiseen sopivaa tuotetta sen jälkeen kun huomasin että isosta palasta marseille-saippuaa ei noin vain leikata palaa mukaan (se murtuu palasiksi), joten tämä oli mukava löytö. Sopivan kokoinen, helppo ottaa mukaan, ja söpö, ja se toimii!

Yhteenvetona sanoisin että jotkut olivat hyviä ja jotkut huonoja ostoksia, mutta ainakin on setti. Sitäpaitsi, olen hyvä keksimään käyttöä huonoillekin ostoksille. Kuten esimerkiksi se sikamaisen kallis BodyShopin luomivärisivellin johon haksahdin vuosia sitten, ja joka osoittautui erittäin huonoksi luomivärin kanssa käytettäväksi? Käytin sitä tyytyväisenä pitkään kynsinauhojen puhdistamiseen lakasta! Tämän vannon teille: tulen löytämään jotain käyttöä tyhmälle sienelle!

Mitä mieltä te olette? Tuleeko näitä ostettua?

nail challenge · nails · review

Flowers for My Valentine

I know I said last Sunday’s smooshy nails would double as flowers for today’s challenge prompt, but I just can’t let things be! I wanted to do flowers, so flowers it is.

Base is Illyrian Polish In This Twilight, and on top of that I double stamped with Moyou London’s White Knight and Candy Floss and then I mattified it with Lumene Matt Top Coat (which is rapidly running out – must buy more). The image is from BM-XL216.

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And here’s a look at In This Twilight before stamping – on its own it’s extremely sheer, and three coats won’t make it even near opaque, so I used Essence Whisper of Spring as a base to which I added two coats of ITT. I feel like it looks like butterfly wings or dragon scales? In any case, it definitely has a pretty effect, even more so in real life. Next time I think I’ll use a white base, I think it would suit this polish too.

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Illyrian Polish In This Twilight
nails · nails of the day · review

Galaxy Nails + Illyrian Polish The Stars Review

I ended up trying out The Stars first from my Illyrian Polish loot. With a name like that, it obviously made a great base for galaxy nails! These are my first galaxy nails – why haven’t I done them before? I’ve loved so many galaxy manis on Instagram it’s insane.

Anyways, they turned out great for a first try!

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Galaxy Nails

Btw, I suck at free hand art. The “stars” are a bit wonky. I suppose it’s due to lack of practise.

I used so many polishes for this, haha!

  • Illyrian Polish The Stars
  • F.U.N Lacquer Illusion
  • F.U.N Lacquer Unicorn Island
  • a england Let Me In
  • a england Cathy
  • Picture Polish Cosmos
  • Picure Polish Lakodom
  • Moyou London White Knight

I didn’t use all of them on all nails; it’s more of a mix and match. One learns as one goes on! For tools I used simply few little cut up pieces of a make up sponge, and a dotting tool.

If you’re looking for easy nail art to do, I definitely recommend this – just pat some color on and then some different color on top of it (keep going until it looks pretty to you), add a few dots, and you’re done! Now I wish I’d taken some pictures of the process to show you, but no such luck. I was too engrossed xd.

Here’s a picture of the base: the background seems a bit yellow in it, but I had to tweak it a but to bring out the real hue. The Stars is so blue, it’s nearly… green? The holoflakes shine so prettily in the light!

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Illyrian Polish The Stars

How do you like it?

nails · review

F.U.N Lacquer New Year 2017 Collection

So I went a bit crazy. I saw this collection on Instagram and it just hit me: I must have it. I’m not even exactly sure what it was about it! I rarely buy full collections, since it would get very expensive, and there’s always some shades I don’t like.. but this was a hit. I could instantly think of a half dozen nail designs.

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F.U.N Lacquer New Year 2017 Collection

Here’s one of them!

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F.U.N Lacquer Magic Stone, Unicorn Island, Evening Gown

I love gradients, so it was an obvious first choice. I didn’t do anything special, this was more of a testing the polishes out. And they delivered. It did take quite a few spongings, since the polishes are jelly-type, but hey, what I would not do for gradients! Oh and this is way more rainbow-shifting-holographic-goodness-y in real life, I loved this so much!

nails · review

Moo Moo’s Signatures Fire Rooster and Chang-E review

So the Moon festival is long gone and Chinese New Year is still to come, but I could not wait to try these nail polishes from Moo Moo’s Signatures! Who cares about seasonality!

First up is the lovely Fire Rooster. Now, I’m a metal rooster myself, but I could take this as my signature colour.

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Moo Moo’s Signatures Fire Rooster

It’s a great red. I love reds and pinks and purples and everything. I think the description said that it has a bit of green flakies in it, but honestly I could not see it. This is red with golden holo.

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It’s a gorgeous, wearable red! I will find much use for it. Two easily applied layers.

Next up is Chang-E, which is part of the Legend of the Moon Goddess line:

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Moo Moo’s Signatures Chang-E

The name is based on the myth of the Moon Goddess, which I love. I always love names with meaning or story behind it! And the colour is one of my favourites. Here in Finland we call this shade in general “marjapuuro”, literally translated as berry porridge. Here’s the shade:

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Pretty close, no?

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This is two coats – and ignore the nick in my middle finger, I applied this the day before taking the picture, and obviously I bumped it somewhere. Also, winter season is so dry, that every scratch leaves a mark, as you can see. I didn’t even notice that scratch.

But I really love the color – it reminds me of F.U.N Lacquers Daydream, which I loved too! I’m a sucker for this shade, I admit.

What nail polish name is your favourite? Do you pay attention?

nails · review

Moo Moo’s Garden of Eden

I have a confession to make: I bought Moo Moo’s Signatures’ Garden of Eden purely because of the description:

Moo Moo still can’t forget about the paradise after reading some books about it from library.

(the review is at the end of this post, I’ll ramble a bit first)

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MooMoo Signature’s Garden of Eden

It got me thinking: which books exactly did Moo Moo read? Because, as it happens, I am supposed to be writing a course diary right now with the theme of Garden of Eden. Maybe we read the same books! Let’s guess wildly!

Bible would be the first choice, I suppose. That’s where it all began. Now this was not a required read on my Literary Landscapes course, but I do know the basics. Cradle of humanity, paradise where all animals lived in peace with each other, and humans ruined it all. Serpent and Eve, everyone knows this story. With the infamous bite, we lost the eteranal life and gained wisdom. I always thought this was a bit dubious: why did wisdom mean that they started wearing clothes? Was it a symbol for progression? Why is innonce nakedness?

Biblical version of the Garden is also depicting possibly the real Jerusalem, or the promised land. This might be one and the same, since what Jesus (or whatever his name was) fought for was the actual, real promised land, on earth. He wasn’t talking about Heaven, but real land for Jews. Divine garden of Zion was also called Jerusalem. It gets a bit confusing. Maybe that is why Moo Moo can’t stop thinking about it?

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Green holo with tiny green flakies and shimmer. Part of Fantasy Winterland Collection.

From religious texts to fan fiction: John Milton’s Paradise Lost. His Paradise is a wild, hostile place:

So on he fares, and to the border comes
Of Eden, where delicious Paradise,
Now nearer, Crowns with her enclosure green,
As with a rural mound the champain head
Of a steep wilderness, whose hairie sides     
With thicket overgrown, grottesque and wilde,
Access deni’d; and over head up grew
Insuperable highth of loftiest shade,
Cedar, and Pine, and Firr, and branching Palm

This is where Satan at first looks upon Eden. It’s protected by wilderness, overgrown and grotesque, as if to make outsiders feel unwelcome. Which Satan of course is, the poor thing. I always found Milton’s Prince of Hell quite a sympathetic character. What did Moo Moo think about him?

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But this is all quite bleak. So… maybe all Moo Moo wants is a vacation? Garden of Eden is an actual place, after all, and Tigris and Euphrates still exist. (There’s some debate about Pishon and Gihon) Things are a bit… hectic in Iraq, Syria and Turkey at the moment though. Don’t go there, Moo Moo! There are nicer countries! Coasts of the Black Sea are nice, I hear.

Okay, this gets wilder by the minute! Maybe we should get back to polish review: I’m not usually one for green polishes, especially this near to Christmas. At first glance, the polish looked a basic fir tree green, but when one takes a closer look, it gets interesting! There’s tiny flakies and shimmer, and sometimes it looks darker, like it’s near black just beneath the surface. The holo is very subtle and nice. All the pictures are two coats with a top coat, which was plenty for good coverage. The formula was nice too. Turns out I like this! How about you?