MAKEUP // A fresh and bright everyday look.

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Hello lovely readers! A week ago, I was taking pictures of outfits for the blog when I decided that my makeup should be honored too. I’m not one to have a whole lot of makeup looks and that is why I almost never post about any. I usually go with the same makeup look for a month or two without changing anything. This can seem quite boring but I’d rather be boring and radiant than try new things every day and fail to feel confident. However, I do allow myself to add new elements to my usual look that might bring it a nice twist. That’s what I do when I randomly decide to wear my HEMA red lipbalm before leaving the house, as you have seen it in my last outfit post.

For this look, I preferred this rosy lipstick by IncaRose that you discovered in my March Favorites post to the HEMA lip balm. It looks way nicer, calmer. Away the pop and seductive look, welcome the fresh and bright one. Of course, for this to perfect, the skin has to look flawless. My L’Oréal foundation and Maybelline concealer are my best allies to achieve this goal.

Whe it comes to my eyes, I go for nude and a pinch of shimmery white in the inner corner. It brightens the eye while being discreet. THIS is literally my everyday look. I hope you love it, let me know what you think about it. Here are the details of everything that I put on my face for this look.

ON MY FACE
Foundation // L’Oréal Lumi Magique liquid foundation R/C/K2 rose porcelaine.
Concealer // Maybelline Eraser Eye concealer, light.
Eyeshadow // Sisley Phyto-Ombres Eclat, vanilla
Inner corner // Venus from Naked Basics palette by Urban Decay.
Mascara // Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Sexy Blacks.
Blush // Lancaster Infinite Bronze Blush Variations 001.
Lips // Extreme Lips Piu Volume by IncaRose.

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Take away makeup.

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Makeup doesn’t last all day and we all know it. It may last for long but it sometimes calls for some touch up, especially when you want to look your best at an event or a party. But what products do you take with you? Transporting your whole makeup bag is not an option. I advise you to take your favorite products with you, the ones you trust. I personally don’t by them double. I simply keep them in a little pocket I got with the Glamour that I zip up and throw in my bag when I’m done with my makeup and leaving.

Most important item to take with you is concealer. I take my Maybelline Eraser Eye everywhere. The applicator makes it easy to apply and the coverage it offers is amazing. It also works great as lightener. It’s perfect for touch up and making sure your skin stays even. Even better could be having a small concealer palette that has a green, a red and a beige concealer in case of redness or dark rings.

A product that is always with me in my bag is the Maybelline Fit Me pressed powder 125 nude beige which I only use to mattify my skin while I’m out. It also works great to even out your skin tone when you’re foundation is part gone. I almost never need it. I usually use it the next morning after a sleep over to not look sick. I apply it with a small fluffy brush I bring with me.

You may also want to bring mascara with you as your mascara tends to fall off during the day and you might need to pump your lashes up to continue through the night. I personally bring my L’Oréal Miss Manga Black Angel mascara with me and it’s amazing.

Lastly, you should take your lipstick with you but only if you wear one. I personally take a Moroccan lipstick which creates a natural rosy color when you apply it, depending on the color of your lips. It does not look like you’re wearing lipstick or gloss. Your lips simply change color.

This is pretty much all you should have with you in your bag. This does not take so much space. Any foundation, eyeshadow, eyebrow pencil seems superficial to me but it depends on how perfect you want your makeup to look. You might want to take your blush with you but I don’t consider it that important.

I hope this post helps you know what you should take with you. I personally find concealer and powder the most important as having oily or uneven skin can quickly ruin your look. Comment below and tell me what makeup you take in your bag ! I see you soon for another post x

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January (and february) favorites.

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My January favorites come a little late, they’ll probably stand for the February ones as well as I calmed down in purchasing beauty products (and I’m satisfied with my new routine). Those are some products that I discovered or have been using this month. Let me introduce you to them.

1. First comes the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge. You may have seen my review about it and read that I was pretty pleased about it. It would be hard not to include it in this favorites post since it completely changes the way one does makeup. It makes it all look natural and plain, I don’t think I’ll ever use my fingers or brush again.

2. Catrice primer and fine. I had been wanting to buy a primer for quite a while but well, it’s very hard to find primers in Belgium. It’s like Belgian people do not need primer which is absurd. It’s simply not a thing so they simply don’t sell it. I bought this one in Geneva (not the best place to buy stuff because everything is expensive) and I did not really try to find the best one, I just took the one that was there. Anyway, I’m happy with it, it’s a hydrant one and I’m amazed by how it works.

3. Then come the lip balms from Lollipops. I was going to buy a stick but the seller ask me if I wanted to buy those two for only 5€. So I took them. I’m not very experienced with lip balms so I don’t know if they work perfectly but they do soften my lips and also taste very good ahah. I personally chose Malicieuse and Delicieuse.

4. The Lancaster Infinite Bronze Blush Variations 001. This is a fun story because I found that in my mom’s products a long time ago (once again) and I always thought those were eyeshadows. Until I found out last month it was actually a blush. And I’ve been using it ever since. I love how all the colors combine. I’ve only been using the light side and it gives such a natural effect. It’s clear yet colored, much more subtle than my Kiko blush. In a word, I love it. It’s old but I haven’t noticed any skin reaction and my mom barely used it which means I’m going to stick to it for a while.

5. The Bourgeois Nailpolish Remover. I’d been wanting to buy one for so long and I finally did. It makes it so easy to remove nailpolish going weird. It says it works it’s magic in 1 second but really, your finger will have to make love to this hole for like two or three minutes before you finishes all of them.

6. Last but not least, the color Venus from Naked Basics palette by Urban Decay. I started using it in the inner corner of my eyes to enlighten them and it has been working very well. I simply love this color that I never used before.

Well this is it. January has been a month of beauty product discoveries. I hope you like the ones presented in this favorites list and that they inspire you. I see you soon for another post!

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REVIEW // Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge, amazing find.

Remember my January wishlist, the beauty blender was on it. Well I didn’t wait long to buy a makeup sponge. The praises were just too intense for me to resist. I knew Real Techniques sold a sponge at my local Di (a drugstore). I obviously watched review on youtube before buying it and my doubt flew away.

Ever since I started using the Real Techniques orange sponge, my makeup has been amazing. Truly, what can I say more. Foundation has never appeared so natural. Like the beautyblender, you have to wet it and let it swollen before you use it. This takes approximately 10 to 15 seconds. Then you should press it in a towel. If your sponge is full of old foundation because you’re nasty and haven’t cleaned it yet (like me), foundation will end up on your towel which is annoying. But why press it in a towel ? Because taking off all the water off the sponge is simply impossible. It never feels not wet, which is weird. It always feels like there’s more. Also, it gets dirty quite quickly and I still haven’t looked up how to clean it.

Anyway, when it comes to applying, I apply my liquid foundation directly on the flat part of the sponge and tap it around to apply it on my cheeks and then, tap again to blend. I take only little product once at a time for every part of my face. I usually split foundation 7 times. One for each of my cheeks, I small one for my chine and up my mouth, a small one for my nose, one for my forehead, a small one for my eyes, and one for my neck. Overall, it works amazingly. The foundation is blended evenly and the first time I used it, I felt like there was no foundation at all on my face. But I could see my skin getting more beautiful as I progressed. The only minus is that the flat side doesn’t apply foundation very well under the eyes.

I also use the sponge to blend out my Maybelline Eraser Eye concealer (which I finally found in Geneva). To do it, I use the pointy side of the sponge. It’s amazing how fast it blends everything and makes it look so natural without seeming like it absorbs all the product. My face just seems naturally enlightend.

All this text to say that I’m quite pleased. I haven’t noticed using more product than usual and the result is amazing and natural. The price, 9€ at Di in Belgium is pretty appealing compared to the 19$ beautyblender. I even got this one for less thanks to my Di card. The price is fitting the quality. Overall, I’m very satisfied !

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REVIEW // Lash Queen Sexy Blacks by Helena Rubinstein, favorite mascara ever.

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Mascara is probably the most important beauty product in my opinion, considering that it’s the one I’d wear if I could only use one. Therefore, it has to be perfect. I came across quite a lot of mascaras in my short makeup life. But one of them really got my attention, the Lash Queen Sexy Blacks by Helena Rubinstein. My mom first bought it a few years ago and then bought it for me as I loved it too much. This time, I got it for Christmas and I’m trying to spare it for nights out and occasions. I had already introduced it in my december favorite. Here is my review of it.

This mascara creates full black eyelashes, just like I love them. The amount of product I get to apply on my eyes is amazing. However, it doesn’t make eyelashes as lengthy as L’Oréal Miss Manga which really blew my mind. It separates the lashes very well as I’m always shaking horizontally as I apply my mascara. Sometimes throughout the process, some lashes stick together but a movement with the brush easily makes them right again.

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Its brush has natural hair and a very special shape. On one side it has a wavy shape with long hair on the sides and short in the middle. On the other side, it presents a perfect line of short hair. You’re supposed to use one side for the upper lashes and the other one for the bottom ones so that they don’t get too long, which is not very classy. However, you have to think to use the right side. The one you see is not the one you’re using. I usually don’t pay attention when I don’t have enough time.

Overall, this is my favorite mascara. It performs an extraordinary job. The price however is salty. 29€ a piece. It’s a more of an extra that I allow myself from time to time and it’s probably the only expensive mascara I’ll ever buy unless I become insanely rich. However, if you do want the best, this is the best I’ve ever tested.

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MAKEUP // Foggy look with Sisley Phyto-Ombres.

Hi dear readers! I present you today foggy look which I accomplish with two Sisley eyeshdows that I found in my mom’s collection (and that were in my december favorites) They’re not new products but they are still sold and I assume it’s because they’re pretty good. I love them so much I wanted to share this look with you.

I start by applying the quartz shadow on my outer lid with a flat blending brush. I try and leave a lot of pigments on the outer lid and crease and blend a little to the middle lid. I also blend it with my eyes open to apply shadow in the crease and widen my eyes.

Then, also with a blending brush (but you could use any brush), I simply apply the Vanilla in my inner lid and apply and blend it to my inner corner. It’s very simple. This look can be worn at day time and at night time. As it was night and I was going to the restaurant, I completed the look by applying Crave from the Naked Basics palette at the base of the lid with an eyebrow/eyeliner brush. I did the same at the base of the lower lash line, but only to the middle of my eye.

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I apologize for my neglected eyebrows, I’m going to reshape them soon enough. Here is a list of the products I used for this look.

Foundation // L’Oréal Lumi Magique liquid foundation R/C/K2 rose porcelaine.
Concealer // Flormar full coverage concealer 01 fair Ivory.
Powder // Maybelline Fit me pressed powder 125 nude beige.
Eyeshadow // Sisley Phyto-Ombres Eclat, quartz & vanilla
Black line // Crave from Urban Decay’s Naked Basics.
Mascara // Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Sexy Blacks.
Eyebrows // M.A.C deep dark brunette eyebrow pencil.
Blush // Kiko soft touch blush 108 Orange Coral.
Lips // M.A.C Myth lipstick.

I hope you like this look that has been my basic look for a month now. Tell me if you desire a daytime picture. See you soon for another post!

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Buying a brush set off the internet, check !

I had been wanting to buy a brush set for about a year now. But it’s impossible to find one in a store in Belgium. You have to buy it from the internet. But which one do you choose? I don’t like to spend so much money on something that I don’t know if I will truly use, but I still wanted to have the whole package, the 24 or 32 brush set, with a huge amount of eyeshadow brushes. I wanted to be able to be precise and make achieve those gorgeous eye creations. But how to know which one to buy and how to know if it’s quality? One might say that 30 brushes for 30€ can’t be quality. But I came across some cheap sets that had really good reviews. Anyway, I didn’t really know how to pay with my card (shame on me) and didn’t make it a priority.

At the end of November, I received an e-mail from Groupon.be amongst many others (I should’ve never subscribed) that informed me they were selling a 32 makeup brushes set for only 25€ ! No need to say that the makeup addict that I am was immediately stimulated. More important, the deal was expiring in only four days. As I have said earlier, I’m usually not a compulsive buyer. I wanted to make researches and find reviews but there was a little issue. The set didn’t have any brand. It just said “professional makeup brushes set”. A battle was taking place inside me. But at the end I couldn’t resist it. I couldn’t resist the 77% off mention nor the extremely cheap price.

I bought it. And it arrived three weeks later (I hadn’t read that part and was expecting it two days later). My opinion? It’s amazing. The brushes come in a black leather pouch which is very pretty. All the brushes are soft and fluffy just as I like them except for the ones that are not supposed to be fluffy. There were a lot of brushes that I had never used before such as the foundation brush which I know use every day (it’s amazing).

I acquired with it very good eyeshadow brushes and more importantly a very fluffy powder brush and an also very fluffy blush brush that are replacing the old bad ones that I had. I’m also the proud owner of a contouring brush. These three are my favorite ones with the foundation one, the concealer one and the eyebrows one. Overall, I’m satisfied.

The question is what justified such a low price? I guess they do match their original price which was above 100 €. They do not lose their hair, they’re soft, beautiful (all black and classy). I only found one flaw and it was that on some brushes, one or two hair were longer that the others (seriously, not more than two a brush). They didn’t come out when pulled, they were just longer, maybe not cut.

My advice to you is that if you live somewhere where you can order from Groupon (Belgium or any country where they have it) and you see such a deal that resembles what I got, you should really take it. It’s golden. Anyway, that makes me the proud owner of a brush set!

You can get the set here at groupon.be.

I wish you all a happy 2015 and I hope you will all make the best of it.
With love x

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December favorites.

I’m usually not the type to buy different things every month as I’d rather stick to the products I love and buy only after thinking it through. Therefore it might be difficult for me to offer a list of favorites every month. But this is Christmas and I happen to have a few discoveries to share with you.

As it is winter, I must say my very first favorite is my Dermophil hands cream, indian fomule, which works absolutely great, especially on my very broken skin. You can buy it at Di in Belgium.

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Then comes this beauty that was on my december wishlist and that I finally got (I didn’t wait very long), the O.P.I Matte Top Coat that I already applied on my nude Essie “spin the bottle”. It looks perfect and I can’t even describe, I’ve been waiting for such a clean discreet look for so long. I will probably post a review very soon. You can buy it at Planet Parfum for 15€.

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This also comes from Planet Parfum and I also got it for Christmas, the Helena Rubinstein mascara Lash Queen Sexy Blacks. I’ve been loving this mascara for a few years already and I always seem to go back to it but it just costs too much (30€) so I kind of always wait for Christmas. Anyway, I’m going to start using it very soon but I might just use it on special occasions. After all, Miss Manga does the job very well too.

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Now comes my all-time favorite that happened to serve a lot in the christmas-blocus time. I use it all the time but in this period where I stay home a sometimes go out just for an hour or so, I like to skip foundation and go straight to the concealer. The Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer does a great job by himself (whit a touch of my Maybelline pressed powder to help). This product has a special place in my heart and on this list because I just found out Maybelline literally stopped making it (according to a seller from Di) which is like the dumbest decision ever. Anyway, I love this and I hope they make it again.

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On my favorite list also, two eyeshadows Phyto-Ombres Eclat from Sisley that I found in my mom’s huge collection of middly used make up. I don’t know when they were made. All that counts is that they work amazingly. One is called Quartz (a greyish purple that looks good on the outer lid, on the upper lid and on the whole moving lid too. It’s a nice shadow that still looks natural.

The second one is called Vanilla. It’s a clear beige color, clearer than femme-fi from M.A.C’s stroke of midnight warm palette. It’s very little shimmery. This color gives you a natural look and lights your eyes. I can use both of these colors to perform somewhat of a smokey eye that is hard to mess up. Of course, I discovered the price of those products (around 25€ a color) and I don’t think them again once it runs out. They’re used, but I think there is still enough for a while.

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This is all for now but I hope there will be more favorite lists in the following month. Oh and you’ll notice that all the pictures are taken with my very new Nikon D3200 which I love! I wish you a happy new year and don’t forget to mention your own December favorites in the comments.

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My everyday make up.

When it comes to everyday make up, I choose to go classic and nude. It goes like this : foundation, concealer, powder, mascara, eyebrows, eyeshadow, blush. But what are these products that I use on a daily basis and that I value enough to use every day? I didn’t order them according to their place in the picture but according to the order in which I use them every morning. Some of them have a euro price and others a dollar price (when I could only find it). Some of them are not sold anymore. you can click on the underlined prices to get to buy them.

1. L’Oréal Lumi Magique liquid foundation R/C/K2 rose porcelaine // 16,90€.

2. Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer light // 8.99$.

3. Maybelline Fit me pressed powder 125 nude beige // 7.99$.

4. L’Oréal Mascara Mega Volume Miss Manga // 7.99$ and 11,90€.

5. Urban Decay Faint eyeshadow from Naked Basics applied with a brush on my eyebrows // 18$, 29$ for the palette.

6. M.A.C deep dark brunette eyebrow pencil // €18.00.

7. Kiko soft touch blush 108 Orange Coral // 7,50€.

8. Femme-Fi from the palette Stroke of midnight, warm by M.A.C. // 48€ the palette (not sold anymore).

In the comments, tell me what are your favorite products ! (:

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