Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Golden Goddess highlighter review!

Highlighters have been a very big thing the last (few) year(s). Every brand seems to have one, it's really all you hear about on blogs and YouTube channels, and I can't really blame anyone.
When I was a kid, I used to watch "Charmed" on TV and I would wonder what made the girls in the show glow like that. What made them look so fresh and healthy?
As I started learning more about make-up, I was told about this thing called "highlighter"... "Oh," I thought, "so that's where the glow comes from?".

It's no secret that I'm a big higlighter lover too! About a month ago, in Madrid, I found this cute highlighter by Revolution.
It's a triple baked highlighter in a heart shape, called "Goddess of Love". A gorgeous absolutely stunning gold highlighter that's affordable too! But is it good enough to steal my heart?

The packaging is way too cute. Heart shapes are meant to win girls over rightaway. No, really, this packaging is quite cute. It might not be great for storage or travelling, but it'll take your bad mood away in the morning!
Below, you can see what the swatch looks on my hand.

I personally loved this swatch. A higlighter has be pigmented for sure, but too pigmented can look a bit stupid as well, after all, you don't want to look like a discoball.

I love the glow this highlighter gives me, without being too much or too over the top. It is exactly what it needs to be; noticable, but not ridiculous, if that makes sense.
You can see the highlighter when I turn my head, when the sun decides to show itself or when a light shines on my face. I've tried my very best to capture the gorgeousness on camera and believe I have succeeded as well.

Below you'll find a picture of what my highlighter looks like in artificial light. Pretty nice, huh?

I'm in love. Pun intended.
There are two more options available, but this one was the best one for my complexion. I'm very happy to have gotten one of these highlighters.

Are there any highlighters you'd like to recommend? Please do let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading and as always, I hope to see you soon!

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Catrice All Round Mascara review!

Good morning everyone! How are you doing?
I'm doing quite good these days, kicking it back old school and with not too much make-up. These last weeks I have skipped make-up quite often and I must admit, I don't have any problems with it anymore. It's so refreshing to go make-up free. 
Of course, I'm a beauty lover at heart and I won't try to convince you a little mascara can't do little miracles. In fact, if there was one thing I could use for the rest of my life, it'd probably be mascara.

A little really can go a long way. I do let my skin breathe more often than I did before, but a bit of mascara will always give your look a boost. 
Today I'm trying Catrice's All Round black mascara - one of the cheapest ones they have, but mascara doesn't have to be expensive. Drugstore mascaras, I find, are just as good as high end mascaras.

 This mascara comes in a red tube. It's nice to have a bit of colour in my collection, but other than that the packaging is quite "normal".

The brush isn't very exciting. It's got a small tip, which is good for inner and outer corners of the eyes. Other than that, it's pretty basic. I'm actually happy to see a mascara brush that doesn't look scary for once!

I wouldn't say I'm very surprised with the volume this mascara gives me. Length however, I can't complain about. I apply about two to three coats of mascara to get the best result.

Is it a good mascara? Yes, as a basic item, I do think so. I also think that if you're going to use three layers everytime you apply mascara, you might as well go for a little bit of a more expensive option and apply less layers each time, but that's personal. If you're a girl (or boy) that only applies one layer, by all means, go for it. I, personally, love some extra volume and will therefore look for a mascara with more volume.

However, for €2.99, I think we have to be fair and admit this is not a bad product at all.

Thanks for reading! I'll see you soon! 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Getting ready for autumn!

Nearly three years ago I moved out of the house that I lived in with my parents and started to build up my new life in my own place.

I have always tried to stay humble and keep it simple. I don't try to impress people with materialistic stuff, because I don't need most of it, and to be honest, I don't use most of it either. I must admit that I have a lot of stuff - and everytime I move, I become aware of that.


There are only three things I spend most of my money on: food, make-up and clothes. I don't think you should ever save when it comes to food and make-up and clothing are just guilty pleasures. I must admit that during certain months I like to go all out.
This month, for example, I decided to expand my wardrobe. I got a new pair of boots, two new coats, I also picked up a lot of sweaters that were still at my parents' house...


The only thing that didn't expand, is the place I live in. When I was younger I would put my summer clothes in boxes and store them in my attic, but the building I live in now doesn't have a storage space or attic.
I am, however, quite literally cleaning out my closet. This winter too.

I recently got in touch with MakeSpace, which is a company that comes to your place to pick up and store your stuff.
You can have it picked up whenever you want and you can have it delivered back at your place just as easy. The digital world nowadays is changing a lot of things and storage is one of those. With an app, you can choose what you want to store and what you want to get back from storage, just like that. Check out their self-storage locations!


How are you getting ready for autumn and winter? Any tips or tricks to share?

Monday, November 14, 2016

Manicure Monday: Plump Power!

First impressions are the most important of them all.
Its something you only get to do once and people will judge you on that first impression rightaway. It really does last.
For women, its not just about being well mannered, but about appearance as well. Of course everyone wants to look good, but there are certain things that people pay (extra) attention to. One of the things I noticed other people and myself pay tons of attention to, are nails.

When I see a good manicure on somone, it will automatically put me in a better mood. Not because I'm superficial, I just think its special if you want to put extra effort into looking that little bit better. After all, the details can be the most important. When I do my nails, I just feel that little bit extra confident, more feminine. It just shows that you care about your appearance and that you have self-respect, which is something that I think make women so attractive.

All of this, just to show you the newest nailpolish I got and have been wearing during this slightly colder period of time.
Enter "Plump power", a deep purple nailpolish that I got from Essence (aka my favourite nailpolish brand in the world).
So gorgeous, so sophisticated and as always - very easy to apply and maintain! 

What do you think of this nailpolish? 
Have a great day! 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Travel Diary: National Archeology Museum Madrid

Whether you like it or not, history is a very important and interesting subject. I used to hate history, until I started going to high school. I've mentioned this once or twice before but the teacher in the first year of high school used to make history lessons so much fun, that I actually started to enjoy doing it.
It is because of them that today, I'm studying history in college. One of my two friends who joined me on this trip also studied history and that's why we both decided to visit the National Archeology Museum in Madrid.

The museum was quite big and very impressive. It started with the prehistoric times and every floor was a different time period. The top floor was Middleages themed.
Very fascinating to see. They had a lot of items from every single time period and I also learned some new and interesting things about some of the things they found. In today's post I'll feature a small selection of all the pictures I took inside this breathtaking museum.

It was so overwelming and actually I needed four more hours to roam around, but I'm happy we got to do it.

This bracelet was actually almost identical to the one I was wearing that day. The necklaces in the pictures below reminded me of chokers nowadays. Everything comes back in fashion, doesn't it ;)

I don't want to turn this into a big history lesson, but I did want to give those of you who are interested a glimpse of what you can find there and how wonderfully beautiful this museum is. Even if you're not into history, I would still recommend doing this.

This was pretty cool, they had about three or four mummies that they actually X-rayed! This gave me chills all over!

Have a lovely day, thanks again for reading! 
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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Travel Diary: Food ♥ #2

Good morning everyone! Here I am again with a Travel Diary! 
As you may know, I went to Madrid not too long ago. I went with two good friends to just get away from daily life and all the struggles that come with it - because we all need some distraction sometimes.
We were only there for four days, so we didn't see it all, but the couple of buildings that we did get to see were under construction and weren't very exciting from the outside.


Luckily, there's more to Madrid than just buildings. There's some great tapas out there, for example. That's why today I'm taking you to one of the most amazing food places we've visited. I always love places where you can order tons of small tapas. We stumbled upon this restaurant by accident, because we were looking for a place to hide from the rain.

I don't remember what all of the food was, but it was pretty good! They had loads of vegetarian tapas, which I got, and then some tapas with fish. At a certain point, I think I had six small plates in front of me. A lot, but too good not to eat!

We had some delicious mojito's as well! I even got a strawberry mojito, even though I didn't ask for that originally, which was a nice surprise!
Loved that little bit of extra service! We had a really good time and were treated so so well during lunch there, I wish I could go back one more time! 

I hope I didn't make you too hungry now! ;) 
Have a great day! 

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Sleek highlighter palette review!

Sleek came to Belgium a few months ago - or maybe a year ago already, I don't know exactly - and immediately I started testing a few products. So far, I've tried an eyeshadow palette and an eyebrow palette, which I'm still crazy about. Back when I was on my trip to Rome, a friend showed me her highlighter palette by Sleek (which I used everyday on that trip) and which I was absolutely crazy about.

When I came back to Belgium, I looked for this palette every week but most of the time, the "Sleek" counter was nearly completely empty. In Madrid, however, I did find the very last highlighter palette. This time, I didn't walk away empty handed. Here's my review on this gorgeous palette, keep reading!


Let's talk packaging.
This Sleek palette is completely gold, it's absolutely gorgeous. It looks very chique and sophisticated. When you open this palette, you get to see the four stunning highlighters inside. One creamy highlighter, three powder highlighters. The palette also comes with a tiny brush.

The creamy highlighter is in the left upper corner. Next to it is a purple highlighter. Below, you can find a white highlighter and a gold highlighter.
Here are some swatches with and without flash. All of the highlighters have very good pigment and a nice texture. There are no crumbs or anything whatsoever, and the tiniest bit goes a long way. The creamy highlighter is very smooth and easy to apply.

I was impressed with the palette when my friend first showed it to me and I'm beyond excited to finally have it in my possession.

With flash
Without flash
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Thursday, November 3, 2016

OOTD: Minnies

Hello everyone! Welcome back!
Even though I haven't been doing a lot of outfit posts, I want to do one today. I finally got all the pictures from my trip to Madrid and this is what I wore on my first day there. It wasn't very sunny outside, but it was hot enough to wear a dress.

I wore this dress that I got at Primark. It's pretty simple, but makes me feel good! 
I paired it with white All Stars. No jewellry (I never wear bracelets, rings or necklaces on holiday, I wouldn't want to lose them!)

Thanks for reading!
Have a great day!