Monday, November 28, 2011

Fotd: Autumn leaves

Another look I did a few days ago. I was tidying up and found a red pigment from Gosh that I had completely forgotten about, so I figured that autumn is the perfect time to use it again :)

Read on for more pictures and the product list!

Review: Weleda Calendula Ointment

I am not the kind of girl that whines to her boyfriend about lifting heavy stuff or assembling furniture and things like that, I just do it myself. It doesn't always go as well as I thought it would, but I can be really stubborn and love the feeling of accomplishing something on my own. I also have a job where I use my hands a lot, so they get most damage: little scratches, sore cuticles, dry skin, you name it!

Weleda states that this Calendula ointment (dutch packaging) is good for treating all sorts of skin issues like rashes and little wounds. It reinforces the skins own healing capacity and has anti-inflammatory properties. Sounds good..

Friday, November 25, 2011

Fotd: Drama queen + baked!

Here's a look I made today. I was inspired by an awesome look that Phyrra did. I switched the colors and toned it down a bit, since I wore this to work and I am the only one wearing this much make-up there. :)

I used Urban decay's Baked on the lid and Mad minerals' Drama queen in and above the crease. As a subtle highlighting shade I used UD's Sin and the eyeliner is Mac's Fluidline. The lipstick is 707 Shakin' mauve from Maybelline, and the blush is Taronga Zoo from Catrice

This was one of the first pictures with my new camera, I still need to figure out how to adjust the settings. It has this special portrait filter that smooths out your skin, but unfortunately it makes everything else blurry too.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Review: Yes to Carrots Moisturizing night cream

Finding a good affordable moisturizer can be quite a challenge if you have sensitive skin.
Last year I found one that seems to keep my skin in an acceptable state, but off course I want it to look even better, so I started looking for alternatives. On my quest for the perfect moisturizer I came across Yes To Carrots' C through the night moisturizing night cream, and put it to the test!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Eotd: Forest! + update!

A quick look I did recently with this eyeshadow trio from Isadora. I also used catrice precision eye pencil in 080 Wildthing, and urban decay's Sin on the inner corners of my eyes.

And a little update, since things have been quiet here:

My camera decided to go derp. I've had it for 7,5 years and I took an incredible amount of pictures with it, but lately more and more things went broke and I really couldn't get my pictures right anymore. It was really frustrating because I am quite a perfectionist, so today I finally bought a new camera! It will get a proper introduction as soon as I figure out how it all works :) So hopefully soon there will be no more blurry weird face-deforming pictures like the one above. 

I also had a busy schedule lately, but I'm not going to bother you with all the details :)

Thanks for reading!


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Catrice New York + Sinful colors Nail Junkie

I recently wore Catrice's New York polish from the big city life collection. It's a very nice dusty blue creme polish, and the quality is pretty good. I am wearing 2 coats and a topcoat in this picture, and it was taken on the second or third day, hence the slight tipwear. Because it was a bit too boring for my liking, I applied one layer of Sinful Color's Nail Junkie om my ring fingers. Instant hipness!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Isadora Forest eyeshadow trio

Along with this stunning nailpolish, I also bought a matching eyeshadow trio palette from Isadora's Forest Groove collection for autumn 2011. The Forest eyeshadow trio contains 3 colors that are perfect for making a smokey eyelook.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Isadora Forest Nailpolish

Swedish cosmetics brand Isadora has been around for quite some time, but it was only a few weeks ago that I first saw it being sold in a small store here in Belgium. I had no idea that you could find this brand around here!  I picked up some products from the Forest Groove collection for fall 2011, and today I will be showing one of the nail polishes.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Face of the day: having fun!

To counteract the scary before and after concealing pictures of my last post, a bright playful look that I made with my new Urban Decay Fun palette!

Read on for the product list!

Benefit Erase Paste review

What benefit says about it: 

''This concentrated, creamy concealer brightens and camouflages in one easy step! Targets dark circles, discoloration and imperfections. Three shades with brightening melon undertones to suit every complexion. Comes complete with a fully illustrated, step-by-step lesson and mini-spatula for easy application.''

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Cutting your cuticles is bad, mmmkay?

Your cuticles protect you from bacteria and fungus, and they are essential for maintaining healthy nails. Pushing your cuticles back in a harsh way or cutting them may cause damage to your nails and can lead to infections. So instead of cutting them you can use a cuticle remover!

A cuticle remover is a product that is used to soften and gently remove dead skin cells on your cuticles, leaving them soft and looking flawless without using clippers.

To be honest: I have never used one. When I first heard of the existance of this kind of product, it rang a bell. I grabbed my tube of Veet hair removal cream and googled the ingredients of popular brands of cuticle removers, and guess what: they contain the same active ingredients :)

I decided to put it to the test!

Edit: I did a picture tutorial on my cuticle routine now, you can see it here!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

MAC Girl About Town Lipstick

A while ago I finally got around to buy my first MAC lipstick!

18 for a lipstick is not cheap, so it really had to be a special color and good formula. I am all about bright lips, so last time I visited a mac counter I walked out with a gorgeous pink color on my lips and in my shopping bag!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Winter skincare tips

I think we all know how to protect our skin against the sun during summer, but how can we take care of our skin during winter?

In the past I never stopped to think about changing my skincare routine untill the damage was already done: my skin turns flaky and dry and I get redness and rashes.

Sounds familiar? I did some research and testing and have some tips to share with you!

MAD minerals multi Use Mineral Colors


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Catrice Big City Life - Sidney palette

The last few limited edition collections that Catrice released were pretty disappointing, but when I first read about this one I instantly wanted to jump on my bike and ride to the store. Unfortunately I was sick that day and had no time to go shopping the days after so by the time I got to the store there were only 3 palettes and 2 nail polishes left. 

I went home with the Sidney palette and New York polish, and even though I only spent €9,5, I felt as if I just acquired a rare luxurious treasure. That's marketing for you..