Beauty: Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink review Seductress and Ruler

Beauty: Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink review Seductress and Ruler

Everytime you blink, another brand has launched another new line of liquid lipsticks. But I'm not complaining! It took me a while to "get" the hype, but if you manage to find a liquid lipstick in a shade that is perfect for you and feels lightweight and non drying, there really is no lip product that can beat it. No need to check if you've smudged your lip colour after having a sip of water or even a bit of food, no need to constantly reapply, and no need for lip liner or brushes to get a neat finish: liquid lipsticks are very much my jam.

Maybelline launched a new range of colours for its Superstay Matte Ink lip products, and today I'm reviewing two of those new shades: 65 Seductress and 80 Ruler. Enjoy!

Beauty: Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink review Seductress and Ruler
Beauty: Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink review Seductress and Ruler

The Superstay Matte Inks have a sweet, vanilla-type smell I enjoy a lot, and come with a doe foot applicator with a crevice in the middle to pick up enough product so you don't have to double-dip. As always with liquid lipstick, I'd suggest applying a thin layer on your first go - if you apply the product too generously, the liquid lipstick may feel heavy once dry or even crumble a bit. In other words: wipe off a bit of product on the side of the tube before applying.

Beauty: Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink review Seductress and Ruler

First up: 80 Ruler. I expected a medium toned pink based on the tube, but I was pleasantly surprised when upon applying the colour turned out to be more like a rosey brick red. A neutral shade, but still deep and sultry, super versatile and flattering on a multitude of skintones. This one can be worn to the office but will look just as nice for a night out, and I have to say I didn't actually have any dupes in my collection so I'm pretty stoked with this one!
 
Beauty: Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink review Seductress and Ruler

In use, the product applies perfectly even (no patchiness) in one swipe, and is in fact so opaque and saturated that you might have to clean up the edges a bit after applying. Ruler dries quickly but feels tacky for a few minutes after applying, so beware of that. My lips did not feel dry in any way while I wore this product, and the colour lasted through drinks and meals only fading a bit in the middle. Reapplying worked best if I only used the slightest amount of product to prevent that crumbly buildup effect, but otherwise this is a top notch liquid lipstick!

 Now for 65 Seductress. 

Beauty: Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink review Seductress and Ruler

In general I'm not much of a fan of these pale nude lip colours, but there's this tiny window during summer while I'm at my most suntanned, and at that point I do enjoy pale, peachy lip colours that evoke that 60s Brigitte Bardot type look. Seductress is pretty perfect for that vibe, although it might be a bit too pink leaning for me. I prefer more playful, warmer, peachy based nudes, but Seductress is sure to be a crowdpleaser because of its neutral undertone. It reminds me a lot of Kylie's Candy K, but slightly ligher and more beige in tone.

Beauty: Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink review Seductress and Ruler

Seductress performs just like Ruler in wearability, lip feel, opaqueness etcetera. I enjoy a product line that is consistent between different shades, so that's a plus in my book.

Beauty: Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink review Seductress and Ruler

I can fully recommend the Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink liquids, and if you want to try these for yourself, you can get them for €9.99 at Kruidvat! Let me know if you have any questions :-)

Outfit: Dare to love with Fabienne Chapot

Outfit: Dare to love with Fabienne Chapot

Beauty: Stila Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Sunset Cove review

Beauty: Stila Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Sunset Cove review

Hi babes! You know my faaavourite type of post to do is a beauty review, because I feel like these reviews are actually helpful to people. Unlike regular outfit posts, which are more about aspiration/making people want to buy pretty things. Reviews don't make you buy things, they help you make a more informed decision. So yeah, love doing beauty posts, and I'll be reviewing one of my favourite recent buys today!

Travel: 6 Curaçao hotels for every taste and budget

I'm back with another installment in my Curaçao series - today I'll be telling you about the coolest hotels and resorts we came across on the island, the ones that would be first on my list of recommendations. The island boasts a wide range of hotels, bed&breakfasts, Airbnb's and resorts in basically every price range. I'll discuss a number  of different options, describing what needs every location might suit! Since these options are so diverse, I'm listing them in no particular order.

First, if you're looking for authenticity and a central (city) location: Kura Hulanda Village and Spa.

Kura Hulanda is a colorful little vilage of guest lodgings in Otrobanda, a short walk from the bridge to Willemstad center, including a lovely museum on the (slavery related) history of Curaçao. This place is teeming with murals and public art, and also has a gorgeous little pool surrounded by tropical plants, and its own beach.

A downside here is that the property is currently between owners, which means that its maintenance is a bit dodgy at the moment, which explains the mixed reviews you can find online. However, this also means that there are absolute deals to be had if you don't mind taking a bit of an informed risk. The location and the cultural history here still strongly drew me to this hotel. Kura Hulanda also has lodgings in another location, right on the stunning Playa Kalki beaches at the island's West point - also a lovely option, but much quieter and all-in resort style.

Travel: 6 Curaçao hotels for every taste and budget

Beauty: Urban Decay Beached palette review

Beauty: Urban Decay Beached palette review

Hiya! Dropping in for another beauty review ;-) Today I'll be discussing Urban Decay's summer eyeshadow palette: the Beached palette. I'm not much of a fan of seasonal palettes because I generally use the same shades year-round, but I do enjoy the type of palette that you'd take with you on holiday abroad. You know, a palette that contains shades that will take you from day to night and are super easy to use: one or two shades applied with a brush or even your fingertips, and done? That's all I take with me when I step on an airplane to some far-away location. Is the UD Beached palette that palette? Let's find out!

Travel: Top 5 places to eat on Curaçao


Hi guys! About half a week ago, I stepped off the plane after a beautiful week in Curaçao. My first proper press trip, my first time on the island and the first time since I moved in with my boyfriend that we've been apart for a week! Just so you know kids, just because you've turned 31, that doesn't mean you don't have any new experiences ahead of you anymore ;-)

My experience with Curaçao was everything I hoped it would be and much more. I was amazed by how much variety this tiny little island has to offer, in architecture, nature, culture and food. We had a wonderful guide who showed us around and introduced us to some of the gems the island has in store, but there's still so much more left to explore on a next visit. However, I feel happy to pass on the knowledge I've already acquired to any future travelers!

FYI: we flew there with Tui, who are offering direct flights once a week from Brussels Airport (with a short stop but no real transfer in Costa Rica on the way to Curaçao) up until the end of October, so if you're itching to visit the island from Belgium, this is the time! 

Let me first tell you about my top 5 places to stop and enjoy all of the culinary pleasures this Caribbean paradise has to offer.

Inspiration: swimming + picnic and shopping locally

Hi guys! Just a few weeks ago, I met up with my besties to battle the heatwave by going for a swim at the Boekenberg swimming pond. The pond is set in a park so it was the perfect opportunity to have a picnic, catch some sun, read a book and joke around. 100% worth sitting on a bus + train for almost 2 hours.


Anyway, the afternoon was so lovely I was inspired to put together a little collage for a perfect afternoon of swimming and chilling! I used Storesquare for my window shopping. I recently discovered the platform after receiving a press mailing, and I liked the concept so much I figured I might as well share the info with you guys. Basically, Storesquare features products sold at stores that are close to your home.

Travel: first taste of Curaçao


Hi darlings! If you've been keeping up, you should know that by now I have fully immersed myself in Curaçao. Our flights were smooth, I got some zzz's on the plane, I didn't experience any jetlag and everything has been going swimmingly - I haven't even gotten any mosquito bites yet. Knock on wood. So now that I'm on this perfect-trip-high, let me show you some first impressions of Willemstad with you guys! 

I am blown away by all the color here, and if you know anything about my aesthetic, you know that I'm a sucker for that shit. The Caribbean has a way of amplifying color, from the bright blues of the ocean to the candy-drop houses to the myriad of fresh fruits (and cocktails) that are so plentiful over here. I'll be getting back to you with a real travel review soon, but for now, I'm just going to grab a drink and enjoy Dushi Curaçao. Follow me on Instagram for much more Curaçao content!

Travel wishlist: what to pack for an island getaway


Hi babes! I have some crazy, insane, super excited news to share with you: I'm jetting off to the Caribbean for a week, flying to Curaçao with Tui! I know, I can barely believe it myself - this is undoubtedly the coolest thing that blogging ever got me into. Except meeting my dear friend Sabina, of course. But jumping on a plane to go discover Curaçao? That can't be beat.

I will be sharing alllll of the sun and crystal clear waters and bright colours and cocktails with you (only visuals and audio until they invent teleportation, sadly), but until I set foot on the island, I will be daydreaming. And putting together imaginary holiday wardrobes. Lord knows I have enough summer clothes to last me a lifetime (summer clothes are my fav to shop for), but there's no harm in window shopping right?

So let me present to you a round-up of my sartorial summer cravings of the moment! Key words: colour and comfort.









6) a wide brim hat - for that dash of glamour

7) colourful swimsuits. At least two different ones. Striped or ruffled.




8) comfy sandals that you can easily slip on and off (I already own these).

I'm planning on bringing a bajillion swimsuits and not much else. Finally getting some wear out of my collection of swimwear - am I the only person who delights in buying a new suit each year despite hardly ever going for a swim? It's like you're investing in the idea of going on a holiday, man.

I'm a little intimidated about going, if I'm perfectly honest - it will be my first real press trip, on my own meaning without any people I've known previously, and I'm dreading those lonely nights in my hotel room. I'm one of those extroverts who actually enjoy chatting away and spending time with other people, so the solo travel thing is a little daunting to me. I mean, who will take those thousands of slightly differently angled pictures of my beach outfits?? Ha! But really, if you have any tips on spending quality time with myself for an entire week when we have downtime, do share. Press trips can feel like work instead of a holiday if you don't approach em right, or so I've been told, so I want to get in with the right mindset. And hit me up if you're on the island during my stay next week! ;-)

PS this is Curaçao. Are you in love yet?? I'm crossing my fingers for a selfie with a sea turtle. Will make it worth being a little lonely. Cheers!


Outfit: romantic in white polkadotted dress

Outfit: romantic in white polkadotted dress

Beauty: Urban Decay Backtalk palette review

Beauty: Urban Decay Backtalk palette review

It's been a while since I've gotten around to a beauty review, but this particular palette got me so excited I put together a full blogpost within six hours after receiving the delivery. I'm talking about the new Urban Decay Backtalk palette!

I have three My Lips But Better type lip products I keep going back to: Kat Von D Double Dare, l'Oréal Color Riche Érotique, and Urban Decay Backtalk. All three have a slightly different undertone. Double Dare is a mid-tone muted coral, Érotique is a slightly lighter peachy nude, and Backtalk is mauve: cooler than the other two, but still has a warm tinge. Backtalk is incredibly flattering on my complexion and really gives you that luscious pink lips look, the classy kind of pink. I love it so much I have it both in regular matte lipstick and in liquid form - and no press samples. 

Not surprisingly, Backtalk has become a top-selling UD lipstick, so much so that it has inspired the launch of a new face and eye palette! And the product is a beauty, striking that balance between cool and warm, pink and neutral. Let's take a closer look.

Outfit: striped knit and Monki/Dickies trousers


Outfit: day out in off shoulder dress and birkenstocks

Outfit: day out in off shoulder dress and birkenstocks

Outfit: floral wrap dress, Happysocks and hummingbird sneakers

Outfit: floral wrap dress, Happysocks and hummingbird sneakers

Outfit: floral embroidery and fringe sandals

Striped shorts, flowers in basket, embroidered tee, heart shaped glasses

Outfit: synchronised swimmer dress

Outfit: Sugarhill Boutique synchronised swimmer dress, belt bag

Outfit: 70s inspired in flared knit trousers and ruffled blouse

Outfit: 70s inspired in flared knit trousers and ruffled blouse

Wishlist: summer feelings

hat: Forever21 - hoodie: c/o Shein - shorts: Bershka - sunglasses: c/o Shein

Hi babes! The weather has been absolutely GORGEOUS for the past week or so, and I am 100% in summer mood. What better time to post a little summer inspo wishlist? I ordered this California 1987 crop sweater on Shein because hello it's my birth year and my favourite road trip destination in a perfect Baywatch type hoodie situation, how could I resist - and I couldn't help spotting a few cute pieces along the way. Enjoy!

from top left:

My favourites are definitely the striped skirt, the cat eye sunnies and the white wrap dress. I absolutely do not need anything new in my closet, but another pair of sunglasses only takes up little space and makes for a perfect finishing touch to any outfit... Perfect impulse buy when you feel like celebrating the arrival of summer with a little something. And nothing makes me feel gorgeous like a feminine wrap dress. Hope you like my picks! ;-)


Travel: a weekend in Hotel Franq

Travel: a weekend in Hotel Franq
 crop top: Forever21 - white high waisted straight leg denim: Monki Kimomo jeans - sandals: c/o Wonders shoes - suitcase: c/o Kipling - handbag: Kate Spade NY

Hi babes! We've just turned our back on an extended weekend with, sadly, super crappy weather, so let's enjoy a throwback to the night we spent at Hotel Franq a couple of weeks ago. Beautiful venue, my favourite Belgian city and weather that felt like high summer - heaven. Also, because the hotel provided such stunning backdrops, I took full advantage of that by making frequent outfit changes, swanning around in my vintage Dolce & Gabbana (finally found an occasion to wear it!) and Laura Ashley dresses. Enjoy!

Outfit: ruffled jumpsuit and magnolias

Outfit: ruffled jumpsuit and magnolias

Outfit: red accents and ruby slippers

Wedgie fit levi's, rainbow sweater, red mules

Outfit: cream silk on white denim

Outfit: monochrome in cream silk on white denim

Outfit: Sunday in Antwerp, vintage yellow dress

Outfit: Sunday in Antwerp, vintage yellow dress with vans

Outfit: wiggle dress and bamboo bag

Outfit: wiggle dress, pink trench, slip on loafers and bamboo bag

Outfit: first of spring in Anonyme palazzo pants

Outfit: first of spring in Anonyme palazzo pants

Outfit: 70s vibes in crop top and Adidas gazelles

Outfit: 70s vibes in crop top, yellow pilot glasses and a belt bag

Outfit: red tights and boots

Outfit: parisian inspired in beret, red tights and boots

Outfit: rediscovering yellow tights

Outfit: how to wear bright coloured tights

Travel: third day in London - Covent Garden

Travel: third day in London - Covent Garden
 coat: c/o Lidl - yellow knit sweater: & Other Stories - plaid skirt: Zara - beret: BHV Le Marais - sunglasses: c/o Shein - oldskool Vans: c/o ZEB - handbag: Kate Spade NY

Hi babes! We've been struggling to recover from a family-sized serving of the flu over here, and things have been hectic at work - what else is new, right? Well, this blog post is new! Some pictures from our third and final day in London, when the sun finally broke through the clouds and we explored our way from Westminster to Covent Garden. Enjoy!

We had seen much of Westminster already on Thursday, but since the weather was so gorgeous, everything looked more beautiful and we stopped every few steps to marvel at the views and snap some last pictures.

Outfit: yellow plaid trousers, military coat and loafers

Outfit: yellow plaid trousers, Gucci belt, military coat and loafers

Beauty: Clinique Marimekko collection review

Beauty: Clinique Marimekko collection review

Hey babes! Today I will be showing you the beautiful new Marimekko for Clinique collection. The line boasts some of Clinique's existing Pop Splash lip glosses and Clinique Pop lip colour/primers in collectible tubes featuring Marimekko's signature bright, playful designs, retailing at €22. I received five press samples, and even though the colours and formulas aren't new, I haven't tried these myself so I will be reviewing them for you. A bit of sunshine on a cold winter's day - enjoy!