27.8.15

Travel: beach, bikini and bathing suit at Juan Les Pins

Ugh, the weather today is atrocious, seems more like November than like August. You know what that makes me feel like? Like I need to forget about all of the stress of work and traffic and bills and all that ish and just zone out, dreaming of summer at the Côte d'Azur. Take me back, plz.

& Other Stories fruit print one piece bathing suit
fruit print bathing suit, aqua manicure
Juan Les Pins beach
& Other Stories fruit print bathing suit
Juan Les Pins private beach
Juan Les Pins private beach
Diamanti Per Tutti circle of life ring
swimsuit: & Other Stories - hat, hoop earrings: H&M - ring: Diamanti Per Tutti - sunglasses: ASOS

Since the first place we stayed at was so close to the beach (about a 20 minute drive), we spent two days of our vacation splashing around in the sea. Based on some online reviews, I had picked out Juan Les Pins, a great Antibes beach strip with bars, rentable beach beds at very affordable rates (10€ for half a day, 15€ for a whole day), a funfair, a harbor, restaurants and just a really great, family friendly vibe. The beach was lively during our stay, but not too crowded. We had no problem finding a spot on the public beach with lots of free space around us, and as everywhere along the French Riviera, the amenities are great: public bathrooms, changing rooms and showers are available at the beach, and there's plenty of bars to choose from if you want to get some food. 

We loved it here, and like I had already experienced after Puerto Rico, these little slices of beachy paradise totally spoil crappy Belgian beaches for me :( On our second day, we wanted to experience that real French jetset life and rented some beach beds, spending half a day living lush at a small fee: ordering cocktails, having basically the entire private beach to ourselves, watching the luxury yachts float by in the distance. Would definitely recommend!

Juan Les Pins boardwalk
Blue ombre Calzedonia bikini
Juan Les Pins
blue ombre Calzedonia bikini
Soft serve pistachio ice cream
crochet beach cover-up
crochet beach cover-up
crochet beach cover-up
Crochet cover-up: Vero Moda - hat: H&M - bikini: c/o Calzedonia - sandals: Birkenstock - sunglasses: c/o Polette

Happiness is in the little things, though. You know what I'll never forget about our holiday in France? The fact that, because we were so close to Italy, almost every ice cream parlor had soft serve ice cream/glace Italienne. Soft serve ice cream is my faaaaaaavourite because it's very popular in Holland, but places that sell it in Belgium are few and far between. Imagine my delight at finding it everywhere at the Côte d'Azur, and in a multitude of flavours I'd never had the pleasure of trying! My boyfriend had the most epic soft serve pistachio ice cream. Thing is, I don't think soft serve ice cream can ever taste as good as standing on the boardwalk in the middle of a 37°C heatwave, having to eat as fast as you can to keep it from melting all over your hands.

26.8.15

Beauty: Orly Epix 2 step flexible colour in Special Effects

Ugh I've been snowed under at work and unable to keep up my blog duties, but here I am, finding some time to share some content with you guys! And it's good content: today I'm going to show you the only nail polish that has ever stayed impeccable on my nails for multiple days. Say hello to the Orly EPIX 2 step flexible colour. I ordered it in Special Effects for reviewing purposes, and it's been my go-to nail colour ever since. I mean, it's a pretty colour that goes with everything (kind of like a nude with a little extra), AND it lasts and lasts. Check it out!

Orly Epix 2 step flexible colour in Special Effects: review

21.8.15

Travel: Nice

Now that we've been home for two weeks, I feel like it's time to share some more pictures of our French Riviera holiday. Just as a little pick me up at the end of a demanding work week, here are my impressions of Nice. Nice was just a half an hour drive away from the place we were staying at, and it was well worth the visit. The city is big, offering everything from beautiful, grand architecture, lively squares filled with amazing restaurants, winding little streets, and beaches, as it stretches along the mediterranean. In other words, Nice has everything you might want on a whirlwind trip. I was especially enamored with the old town, which is always my number one destination when I visit a city abroad. We were there on an overcast day, but that was just as well: it shielded us from the glare of the sun, and made for some beautiful photographs. Hope you like the pictures!

Old town in Nice

19.8.15

Beauty: Dior 5 Couleurs Designer palettes in Navy and Amber

Hi guys! When we got back from France, one thing that definitely helped softening the blow of being back in dreary Belgium was finding some parcels waiting for me. One of those packages turned out to be from Dior - oooooh. I don't think it ever gets old to receive make up collections for the purpose of reviewing, but it gets another layer of awesomeness when that collection is from an upscale brand like Dior. I mean, Charlize Theron/Furiosa models for them, man. That's some classy shit. I received a whole range of goodies which I will be reviewing asap, but there was so much that I couldn't do it all in one post. Last week I reviewed the new formula Diorshow mascara which instantly became a new favourite, and today I'm showing you the two eyeshadow palettes: 5 Couleurs Navy Design 208, and 5 Couleurs Amber Design 708. First up, Navy!

Diorshow 5 couleurs designer palette review
Diorshow 5 couleurs designer palette review

The palette consists of five shades: a matte primer, a light all over colour, a darker colour for the crease, a glittery highlighter and a gel liner. In addition, it comes with two applicators: a double sponge applicator (ugh, never use those please, sponge applicators suck), and a two sided brush that is usable but not on par with my regular brushes. A plastic cover illustrates where every colour should go on the lid, making it easy for make up newbies. Of course, you can experiment with placement to suit your preferences and your eye shape, but this is what the palette was designed for.

Let's go in for a closer look.

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