Thursday, 23 October 2014

Worth The Award: &Other Stories Cotton Scrub

Worth The Award: &Other Stories Cotton Scrub
&Other Stories hasn't landed that long ago in Belgium (the first store in Antwerp opened just last May), but the cult status of some beauty of their products was already well established here long before that. Punk Bouquet is a well loved permanent scent, while I also hunted for Equatorial Dreams after having smelled the scent for the first time in their changing rooms in the first London branch. I was wishing for the addition of scented candles not too long ago - and also those have been added to the permanent range. Their makeup is also quite nice, as are some of their brushes. The brand is doing really well in the cosmetics and beauty department! During my most recent shopping trip to Antwerp I discovered their cotton range (see the store line-up in this Instagram) & fell in love. I'm a sucker for anything that smells like fresh bedding sheets (think Philosophy's Pure Grace eau de toilette, Yankee Candle's Fresh Cotton candle, ..) and this is exactly that - across a whole range of products! So needless to say I was super happy to be gifted this delicious Madapollam Body Scrub from the Cotton Care range; this one won an ELLE Sweden Beauty Award this year and it's definitely well deserved!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Nude & Black Autumn Nails

Autumn 2014 nail polishes trend
Confession: I'm not always up-to-date on what the current make-up trends are. I try my best to catch up on runway trends on the ELLE and Vogue websites, but usually I just like to check out the Fall beauty collections as they launch to view what's up. During the fashion weeks there's also a good amount of attention for the manicures of the models, and it's always fun to find some inspiration for new mani's on the catwalk. For Fall/Winter 2014 there was mostly an emphasis on nudes and blackened or very dark colours, and judging the collections that have been rolling out the past few weeks it's safe to say that the runway trend translated to the collections on the shelves; both nudes & black are definitely back.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Rave: The New Dior Star Foundation

Dior Skin Star Foundation
Stop the presses! Or ehm, your RSS readers.. and behold: a new foundation that I've been using and seriously loving for the past few weeks. I'm crazy about base products and seriously own too many as it is already, but this one.. It's quite special. I've already had a colleague specifically ask me which foundation I've been using because she thought I just looked so radiant. When that happens you know you've hit the foundation jackpot - ding ding ding. Meet the new Diorskin Star Studio foundation - a semi-matte, medium to high coverage liquid foundation that somehow still feels lightweight.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Daily Neutral Look with Estée Lauder

Pure Color Envy Sculpting Eyeshadow 5-Color in Ivory Power
Estée Lauder recently came out with a whole range of new eyeshadow palettes. You know that palettes are my nemesis (or well, one of them) in makeup, so I squealed a little when this one ended up on my desk. The new Pure Color Envy Sculpting Eyeshadow 5-Color palettes are designed to be used both dry and wet, and have five shades that'll take you from easy daytime office wear to clubbing proof party looks. I ended up trying one of the most neutral palettes Ivory Power.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Makeup Brush Starter Kit

Makeup Brushes Starter Kit
They're definitely one of my favourite makeup items.. if not my very favourite! Makeup brushes make all the difference when doing makeup, although I don't feel like these are high on the priority list with casual makeup lovers. Before I got all into makeup and started purchasing MAC Cosmetics Christmas brush sets to kickstart my collection I applied most products with my hands. I didn't even apply any bronzer or blush (yes, my face was probably quite 2D), so didn't own any powder brushes of any sorts. I always applied eyeshadow with applicators that came with the little quads I purchased. Looking back, I now realise nothing was ever quite blended out properly - not that it mattered to me at the time. My bestie Annelies taught me all about popular makeup brands (hello MAC) & makeup brushes, and in turn I'm here to share the knowledge.. This is my ideal brush starter kit!