Hi babes! I bet that a lot of you are still figuring out how you're going to do your make up for New Year's Eve or any other upcoming holiday parties, so I figured I'd provide you with some inspiration. This makeup look isn't super intricate or hard, but not for beginners either. Intermediate level skills are required. And I guarantee you'll look hawt as hell.
As I was informed by my girlfriends who are all just as obsessed with the new H&M beauty collection as I am: H&M recently added matte lipstick to their line of products, retailing at €9,99 like their other lipsticks. I am a big fan of how matte lipsticks can make your lips look all pillowy, full and soft like velvet, and I never understand why women's magazines always tell you that mattes make your lips seem smaller because that's definitely not the case for me. Obviously, I was eager to drop by and see the new mattes for myself. Our H&M only has about five of the fourteen shades I spotted online, which is a bit of a letdown, but I still managed to find a colour that I couldn't resist taking home.
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Do you hate the trouble of removing glitter nail polish? You know you do. Well, look ma, I made a pinterest-appropriate collage illustrating this neat little beauty hack I discovered! Yes, another Orly post, but I really do love this innovative nail polish brand. Enjoy and please don't gag at the close up of my nails covered in a weird layer of matte glue like substance.
Served with extra glitter!
Notes: a THIN layer of Orly One Night Stand. Can't stress that enough. The product was super goopy when I opened to bottle first, but after a few seconds the formula became much more runny and easier to work with. No idea why, but it did! And although the bottle says this will make your glitter polish last for 1-2 days until you remove it yourself, 2 days is quite a stretch. I'd say one night - 1 day before at least one nail bites the dust, unless you don't use your hands for cooking or cleaning. Still, this is a fantastic discovery for those who love the look of glitter nails for the upcoming holday party season, but hate the hassle of scrubbing/picking your nails until all of it is gone and you are left with sad little destroyed nails. Aka everyone.
Orly One Night Stand sells at Di, and at the Orly webshop!
Only few make up collabs were as anxiously awaited as Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani. After all, Gwen Stefani is an absolute icon, both of female kick-ass-ness in music (Just a Girl remains a timeless feminist anthem), as well as in style and beauty. Stefani has produced non stop beauty inspiration ever since the 90s, and her look is as current now as it was 20 years ago. No matter how crazy the combo, she made it look enviable. I mean, who else could rock hot pink eyeshadow used for contouring like she did in No Doubt's Ex-Girlfriend video? Or penciled on brows? Or a forehead full of glue on rhinestones? She kind of took a more vintage-glam beauty routine ever since I Know We're Cool, but she never stopped bringing it.
People didn't know what to expect from the collab (bright shades from Gwen's punky roots, or the subtle tones she favours these days?), but hope was set high for the result to be nothing but fabulous. And finally, the day is here! You can shop the first fruit of the UD x Gwen collab right now. Spring will bring the second part of the collection, a lipstick line (HALLELUJAH). I received this palette for reviewing purposes, and I was PSYCHED to get into it.
I have written about Orly before - on the Orly Epix line, and on the Orly In the Mix collection. Orly is a less well known brand over here in Belgium, but one of my uni classmates used to work for them and introduced me to Orly. Ever since I tried Orly Epix, I was convinced that Orly is on a slightly different level than most affordable to mid range nailpolishes in the market here. While most nail polishes barely last a day on me without some chipping (except the AMAZING new line of H&M Beauty nail polishes), Orly Epix remained virtually flawless for at least four days.
I place high value on lasting power for nail polishes, as I notice my nails are in much worse condition if I have to use nail polish remover often. Longer lasting polish -> not having to replace my nail colour as often. Orly's In the Mix collection didn't last as long on me, but the new Color Amp'd line is supposed to be similar to the Epix line in that its formula is flexible: both when the base colour and the sealing top coat are setting, as well as afterwards. Even when the polish has dried, the colour remains more flexible than regular nail polish, which keeps your formula from chipping from bending your nails etcetera.
The proof is in the pudding! I received the colour On the List to review, which I picked out because I'm a sucker for rose gold nail polishes.