Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Birthday Attire

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I know I’ve been just a little MIA the past few days and I do have some good reasons.. It’s what happens when there’s an awesome wedding and a few great parties all in one weekend! And I’ll also admit to being a little less resistant to sleep deprivation (and extreme heat, what is up with the weather?!) these days, so I’ve been laying around all knocked out and haven’t really found the vibe to blog. Either way, it’s my birthday today (EXCITEMENT!) so I had this one prepared already to break this random blog pauze. I thought it’d be fun to share my birthday attire make-up wise of the year, as it’s all about everything you love and you just know will work for you.. And this here is the blessed combo!

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#Birthday Attire    #Clinique    #Laura Mercier    #Chanel    #NARS    #Guerlain    #Dior    #Bobbi Brown    #MAC Cosmetics    #Estée Lauder    



Thursday, 17 July 2014

Win these awesome Rita Ora Rimmel polishes on my Instagram!

Get it while it’s hot! And it’s really super hot outside! Just because it’s a beautiful day & I have ten gorgeous Rita Ora Rimmel nail polishes just laying around.. I decided to put all ten of them up for grabs on Instagram. All you need to do is follow me on Instagram or Twitter, like and/or regram/retweet this picture for a chance to win all ten of these. Each action counts for one chance! I’ll pick a winner tomorrow evening with a randomiser. And in case you were wondering.. This is open internationally! :) And just to be complete: read the giveaway disclaimer here

#Giveaway    #Rita Ora    #Rimmel    



Wednesday, 16 July 2014

The Homerun Base Combo: Clinique & Laura Mercier

I was a bit reluctant when already a few months ago I got the new Laura Mercier Radiance Bronze Primer to try out after the presentation of the Summer collection - perhaps saying ‘a bit’ is even an understatement. I’m so pale that i can’t join in on most of the bronzer fun, let alone a very bronzy primer.. even though it looks like a tube of goodness with added jojoba oil and lots of vitamins. Tried it out on my face on its own and we didn’t get along, I felt like the bronze colour didn’t match or blend too well on me and I ended up having to work harder with my foundation. I figured I’d get a little tanner during the Summer, so I tucked it away with my other (pale proof) primers for later use. Fast forward until a week or two ago when I was using my Clinique CC cream (separate review here) when getting ready for work and thought I looked a little ghostly. When a colleague that day asked me if I was feeling well, I knew exactly where to find the culprit.. I had finally gotten a teeny-tiny bit tanner, at least enough for ‘Very Light’ not to work anymore. Applying the bronze primer right before a CC cream that is too pale wasn’t going to work either, so I decided on just mixing them together to enjoy the benefits of both and obtain the perfect shade. And can I say HOMERUN? This combo is a little piece of healthy dewy complexion heaven!

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#Clinique    #Laura Mercier    #Radiance Bronze Primer    #CC Cream    #Combination    #Review    #Swatch    #Beauty    #Warming up foundation    



Sunday, 13 July 2014

The Budget All-In-One Lippie

L'Oréal Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lipstick in Ruby Opera

2014 has definitely been the year of the all-in-one lippie. Combining the moisturising properties of a lip balm, the colour intensity of a lipstick and the gloss of a lipgloss; these kind of hybrid lip products have proven to be a true hit for both beauty aficionado’s and the casual makeup lover. I’ve already tried out Lancôme’s Lip Lover (review here) and Dior’s Fluid Sticks (review here), so I naturally had to give this budget version by L’Oréal a whirl. The L’Oreal Colour Riche L’Extraordinaire Lipsticks are very pigmented and feel moisturising too, so they tick all boxes of the lip lacquer hype that’s been going on. I’ve got the true red Ruby Opera (shade 304), which is a little out of my daytime comfort zone but very classy for evening events.

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#L'Oréal    #Colour Riche L'Extraordinaire    #Ruby Opera    #Swatch    #Review    #Hybrid Lipstick    #Lip Lacquer    #Beauty    



Friday, 11 July 2014

How to prepare for a trip to Japan

As you probably know already I went to Japan with my boyfriend earlier this year. It was an amazing trip and I still think about it daily - I would go back in a heartbeat if I could. While I never really thought that much about visiting Japan, my boyfriend had already been there and hearing his stories made me want to see the magic for myself. We went Kyoto and Tokyo mainly, but thanks to our Japan Rail Pass we also did some day trips around those cities. I’ve been getting quite some requests to blog about the trip, so I’ll do a small series of how to prepare for Japan, what to see & do in each city and some special places we discovered. I won’t post all of these in a row - so you’ll see these pop up once a week or so. Today I want to talk you through preparing for Japan - this is a trip that deserves some well thought-out planning! 

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#Travel    #Japan    #Preparation    #JR Pass    #Japan Rail    #Japan SIM Card    



Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Tested: Summer Mani with Striplac + Giveaway!

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The week before I left for Los Angeles I went to my usual beauty salon where I have my HD Brows done (read all about that here), when owner Ilse told me the client right after me cancelled. She had some extra time on her hands and asked me if I wanted to test our an Alessandro Striplac manicure. Striplac is a semi-permanent mani that usually lasts around ten days on your nails before you have to peel it off. Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t say no to an impromptu well needed manicure. And to top it all off - I’m pretty excited to be able to give away one of these full Summer manicures to a reader.

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#Nails    #Ilse D Esthetiek    #Striplac    #Alessandro    #Giveaway    



Monday, 7 July 2014

Best Drugstore Primer: Garnier Miracle Cream

A couple of months ago I was sent a very heavy box that I could only open by connecting it to my computer. It was pretty nifty - intended to show off how advanced the product inside was. Some ooh’s, aah’s & a brief presentation on the computer later, the box clicked open and revealed Garnier's Miracle Skin Cream. I wasn’t really sure about this at first because I don’t really switch day creams as my skin can turn into a little devil when I do… But as always I give new skin care a little spin on the back of my hand first, which revealed something else: this looked like a primer sent from dewy skin heaven. So not only is it full of good stuff for the skin (think LHA, vitamin C, B3 & B5, SPF20 and more), it’s also very perfecting and provides an amazing base for make-up. I’d exaggerate if I’d tell you that I ran to my vanity table to try it out, but figuratively speaking.. Yep.

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#Drugstore    #Garnier    #Miracle Skin Cream    #Primer    #Skincare    #Beauty    #Skin Care    



Saturday, 5 July 2014

A Weekend in London with South Place Hotel & Honest Burgers

Earlier this year we snatched some cheap Eurostar tickets during a sale and treated ourselves to an unexpected weekend of London. I lived in London for a short while as an au pair and I still miss the city very much - I hope my career can take me there again, but this time full on & with our own place to live life to the fullest. This time we stayed at South Place Hotel which is situated in the City - a beautiful high luxury hotel with a very homely feel thanks to the wonderful staff that gave us a very warm welcome. This is really a place to feel at home, away from home.

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#Travel    #London    #South Place Hotel    #Honest Burgers    



Friday, 4 July 2014

A Small (Or Big?) Change..

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I’ve been blogging on nailsandcupcakes.com for about two years and a half now, but I feel like today my blog name no longer reflects what I want to do with this space. That’s why I have changed the name & address of my little online space to minnebelle.com. I’ve been tweeting, Instagramming and pinning with this name for many years now, and it truly fits in with what I want to do with this space. I want to tell you about everything that I love. Of course I’ll still mainly be talking make-up, hair craziness and skincare with some wholesome sweet recipes on the side, but I’ll also tell you all about my travels, new shoes, which chick lit I’ve been reading and how awesome life can be in general. What started out as a blog talking about cupcakes with matching nail polish (vintage evidence here), has turned into my own spot to talk about anything and everything that I love. The domain should be fully migrated now and the old blog has been transferred here, but if anything isn’t working properly please do let me know. Now let’s toast to many more blogging years to come!





Sunday, 29 June 2014

The Perfect Coral Polish: Chanel’s Tutti Frutti

Summer’s been kicking in (well, kinda - it’s been raining like mad for two days here now) and sunny days call for sunny manicures. Chanel's Tutti Frutti is the perfect Summery coral to wear on your nails and is the kind of colour that’ll get you some compliments from kindred polish crazed spirits. Needs two coats to be at its prettiest and has a very pretty creamy shiny finish with a teeny tiny bit of shimmer. Lasts about three days on me, but you know how my nails seem to refuse to accept any kind of manicure for any longer than that. I’ve been needing to resist using Tutti Frutti every time I need a new manicure - my other polishes would start feeling a little jealous. Yep, this is love!

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#Nails    #Chanel    #Tutti Frutti    #Swatch    #Nail Polish    #Summer 2014