After the hyper matte liquid lipstick, there's a new trend in town that will probably invade your dreams, pinterest boards and makeup tables before long: metallics. I know, metallic makeup is a divisive subject. The first thing that comes to mind when you hear the phrase is probably something very late 80s-early 90s, frosty, or cheap looking kid's makeup. I get that. However, today's metallic lipstick is bomb AF and makes you look like Rihanna might actually consider hanging with you if you'd just keep your cool.
Just before we left for France, I got one of my obsessive moods and I suddenly realized that what my life needed was Milani Amore Mattalics. I mean, I'd seen people wearing Chromatic Addict on my social media for a while, and my kneejerk reaction had always been "hmm, why would anyone want metallic gold lips?? This trend is ridiculous" until it slowly turned into "OMG GIMME". I've said it time and time again, I'm not a trend setter, so I'm sending mental apologies to all the people who discovered the awesomeness of metallic lips before I did: you were right, I was wrong.
So when I realized I had a mattalics shaped hole in my heart, I started frantically googling until I found the last webshop delivering in Belgium who still had the shades I wanted in stock: Beauty88 (find Chromatic Addict here, and Matterialistic here), and magically, they arrived the very next day so I could still take them with me on holiday: WINNING
Now, you probably already figured that I'm super excited about these so let's get to the nitty gritty and actually review dat shiz.
When I think back to our weeks in Japan, the moments that I was most happy were probably the times we spent in the Mihama American Village on Okinawa. I know, I can already hear you saying "girl, who goes to Japan to have the most fun in something called "the American Village???" but hear me out! Okinawa is this amazing mix of Japan, a distinct tropical island feel, its original Ryukyu culture, and the American influences because of the extensive US army presence. The American Village is a going out district that mixes up all of that exquisite diversity into something that is like the best possible, themepark-esque pastiche of vintage Americana, but with a distinctly Japanese twist.
Some people might hate how "manufactured" this place is, but in my eyes and experience, that kind of just makes it quintessentially Japanese. However, if your idea of the perfect Japan trip is more about bamboo forests and temples, this might not float your boat.
We went there three times, two times for dinner and one time for breakfast, and because the place is so incredibly photogenic I took lots of pictures. You could say that I saved the best (in my eyes) for last, so here is what will probably be my last post on our Japan trip. Enjoy!
Hi babes! I've just returned from our holiday in France (boohoo), and I've let the blog take the backburner for a bit because I am a firm believer of doing what feels right when it comes to my blog. When I feel like taking a bit of a break, I do so, and when I feel particularly passionate about posting, I post a bit more. After all, this isn't my day job, it's something I do because I love to do it. And now, after a two week semi-break, I feel like getting back into the swing of things with an extensive review of a bunch of NYX products I got in the (insanely amazing) goodiebag we got when attending the store opening in Ghent.
I know people are crazy about NYX launching in Belgium, and the clearest proof of this is that a lot of the most popular NYX items are constantly sold out in the store. However, NYX is keeping us up to date about restocks AND have promised us that a webshop is in the making, probably launching around early 2017, so fear not. Until then, here's an overview of a bunch of NYX products so you can figure out for yourself if the trip to Ghent is worth making!
Hi guys, as you know, I'm forever on the lookout for the perfect skincare regime to suit my dry, sensitive, rosacea skin. I got a free mini-consult with a dermatologist a while ago, and she told me that both the redness and the hyperpigmentation in my skin could be helped by a vitamin C heavy skincare routine. Afterwards I did some additional research, and apparently, vitamin C is supposed to help your skin's condition in five important ways:
- reduce sundamage (those darned hyperpigmentation spots)
- boost collagen production (great for firmness of skin)
- reduce inflammation (rosacea)
- fade scars by supporting the natural healing process of your skin
- boosts your skin's defense against UV exposure
(source: Paula's Choice)
Most vitamin C skincare products are definitely on the expensive side, which makes it less attractive to try out if something might work for you if you're not 100% convinced. However, Belgium has a secret weapon: Auriga, an affordable Belgian skincare brand that brings the newest scientific developments in dermatology. I bought some products for myself, and then I was contacted by NewPharma (an online pharmacy) with the offer to pick some items frrom their webshop, so I ended up with a nice range of Auriga products to try out: the Flavo-C tonic (€12,70), cream (€29,7), flash serum (€29 for two bottles) and mask (€29,9).
I tried the products for a month, because it takes about a month before your skin has renewed. Let's see what these did for me.