Saturday, 1 November 2014

Birchbox lands in Belgium & when to subscribe

Birchbox lands in Belgium & when to subscribe
It's been a while since I've been excited about any kind of beauty box, which is mainly because we only had one box in Belgium that didn't always float my boat as a beauty enthusiast. I love being excited about new things, but I guess it depends on how into beauty you already are whether or not you're happy with brands that are already available in your country, or whether you want to discover things that are not (or less) available where you live. I am one of those chicks that wants something even more when it's only available overseas (hello Hourglass, Bath & Bodyworks & friends), so I obviously choose the latter. There's a new beauty box in town these days  - although not completely new since it started out in the US years ago and is slowly conquering Europe too. The good thing about that? All the brands. All the discoveries! I'm talking Birchbox of course, so let me show you the first box that shipped to Belgium and let me divulge my secret perfect timing to subscribe.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Autumn Chic with Givenchy

Autumn Chic with Givenchy
I'm always the most excited about Autumn collections. I'm not sure whether it's the sudden crave for more makeup in my daily routine after going through Summery months where usually you use a little less - or perhaps it's because warmer, darker shades have always been more up my alley and that's what I seem to associate Autumn with. The collections this year have been beautiful - they make me way more excited than what I've already seen announced for the Holidays. I've been lucky enough to play around with some of the new stuff and while some just aren't really my thing, there are also some products that didn't steal my heart at first glance but ended up running away with it after some thorough testing. That's how it went with this Palette Extravagancia by Givenchy. The purple made me a little scared at first, but when I used it together with the other shades.. It felt a little bit like Guerlain's Crazy Paris palette all over again (see how unexpectedly gorgeous that one turned out here), as with this palette it's all about what the colours do together rather than how they look separately.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Sunday Favourites #1

Sunday Favourites #1
Time for something new! I used to do monthly favourite posts featuring five products, but I stopped doing them as I always had a hard time choosing just five things and felt like favourites change week by week, not month by month. I've decided to revisit the favourites thing, but do them every week and not limit myself to beauty products. There'll be seven things featured every week - one for every day of the week. In the beginning of this week I felt a little bit under the weather, but the second half was pretty busy and fun. Weather-wise it feels like Belgium is going a little crazy - one day it'll be super sunny out, while the next it'll be raining and super cold. Somewhere stuck in between feeling like it's still Summer and being way too excited for Christmas, I feel like my picks are quite Autumny this week. And nope, I still haven't caved in to the Halloween thing..

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.