16 Lifestyle Changes I Made in 2016

In a time when people are thinking about which new years resolutions they should make, I decided to take a look back at all the positive and healthy lifestyle changes I have made over the past year. 2016 has been tough on many of us, including me, my family, my city (Brussels), but we can't ignore the fact that we've made it through, that we are strong and that we can make it. I'm proud of my accomplishments and I thought it would be great to share them with you. Here's 16 lifestyle changes I have made in 2016.

Favorite Drugstore Beauty Products UNDER €5

Beauty wise 2016 has been a great year for me. I've done so many great makeup discoveries for such incredible and affordable prices that I have have created an entire playlist of my TOP 5 makeup and beauty videos on my youtube channel. Today, I've decided to bring that series on my blog and talk to you about 5 of my favorite drugstore makeup and beauty products under 5 euros. They are true drugstore makeup gems and absolute must haves in my everyday makeupand of course beauty routine. Let's have a look!

2B Cosmetics CC cream Foundation

Looking to try a CC cream at a low budget price? 2B Cosmetics has a great option for only 5.00! This product is an all-in-one formula that targets redness, signs of fatigue and dullness.  It reduces the visibility of pores and gives tired skin energy and radiance. It's also infused with UVA and UVB filters, of course to protect your skin from sun damage, which is always a plus. I'm crazy about this product, it is the best drugstore foundation of life and here's why you should try it too! 

5 Makeup Products I've Loved In 2016 GIVEAWAY

Hey beauty, thank you for your interest in my TOP 5 Makeup Products of 2016 Giveaway! Because the holidays are all about sharing and caring, I put together a little makeup bag where you can win: a Parashop Eyelash Curler, a 2B Illuminating Correcting Cream, an Essence Mosaic Blush, an H&M High Impact Eye Colour Eyeshadow and an Essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick! Keep on reading to find out how to enter and don't forget to read my giveaway policy for any additional information. Thank you and good luck!

Celebrating The Holidays Alone

For many of us the Christmas holidays are a time of joy, an opportunity to make good memories with the people we hold near and dear to our heart. To laugh together, to drink hot chocolate, to enjoy the twinkling lights and the smell of beautifully decorated pine trees, the smell of good Christmas cuisine and sweet chocolate. For me, Christmas is a holiday that brings up a lot of painful memories, and trying to get into the Christmas spirit has been a bit tough. Over the past years I've cried at almost every Christmas dinner as I was held responsible for actions that were not mine and it's left scars. This year I'm celebrating the holidays alone and that only and entirely for my own wellbeing.

3x Sleek Blushes

Previously sold only in UK drugstores, Sleek Makeup was recently introduced in Belgium and is now exclusively sold at Di Makeup. As a beauty blogger I already knew about Sleek makeup for years, mainly through the youtube beauty community, and had purchased a couple of their blushes back on a trip to London. Since their blushes always have gotten great reviews I want to start off with those. I have nr 922 Life's a Peach, which is a bright orange blush, nr 936 Pixie Pink, a pink blush, and nr 921 Suede, that has a nude-ish brown color. Let's have a look!

TOP 3 Budget Foundations You Should Try

Finding a foundation that actually looks like your own skin is no longer difficult, makeup brands have changed their game, perfected their formulas and a skin-like finish face product is now a staple. Finding a great low budget foundation that works, however, really is a challenge. No one wants to end up wearing an orange mask. I only have 3 requirements when it comes to foundations: it needs to cover up problem areas, such as redness and minor breakouts, look natural and give me a healthy, glowing complexion. Let's have a look at my top low budget proof foundation picks! 

5 Signs You're Dating a Fuckboy

Being introduced to his family, his friends, and being treated like a princess, honestly you can't take it serious anymore. A whole new generation of guys is rising that do everything a potential boyfriend would do but then, as soon as they got you by the balls, they drop you like a piece of garbage. Here are 5 signs that the guy you're dating is a fuckboy! 

Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Review

After multiple makeup brands started releasing tinted brow gels with fibers, I knew Essence Cosmetics would eventually follow, the best news is: they went for a Benefit Gimme Brow dupe. The packaging of both products is almost identical: small, compact, very travel friendly and of course way cheaper. Essence released three different eyebrow gel shades, 01 Blondy Brows for blondes, 02 Browny Brows for people with dark eyebrows and 03 Soft Browny Brows for brunettes. Let's have look!

Catrice Cosmetics Makeup Review 2016

Catrice Cosmetics is an affordable yet trendy makeup brand that always aims for great quality makeup products at the best prices. Next to Essence Cosmetics, Catrice has quickly become one of my favorite drugstore makeup brands. They have beautiful, high quality products that are not only affordable but work amazing. Today I am reviewing some of the eye catchers in their displays: among those are Catrice Cosmetics face products, eye makeup products such as different formula eyeshadows, mascara and of course we cannot forget Catrice lipsticks! Here is a review and wrap up of all the makeup products I have tried in 2016 and whether I think they are Catrice Cosmetics hits or misses. Let's have a look!

I Accidentally Deleted All The Images On My Blog

As you are reading this I'm probably desperately trying to get my blog back on track. Yesterday night as I was looking for some inspiration to write an interesting article, for you, I accidentally deleted all of the pictures in my Google Album Archive. Everything. Gone. In a matter of seconds. My face felt like it had caught fire and I think a little part of me slowly but surely died inside .. because I had not set up any kind of back up system on my computer.

Essence Advent Calendar WEEK 1 Round Up

This was week 1 of the Essence Holiday Advent Calendar Christmas Countdown! Make sure you follow me on Insta @JolienNathalie for Instagram stories and on Snapchat at joliennathalie for a LIVE unboxing EVERY DAY! I never expected the amazing response that I got and I'm so happy that you are all enjoying the Essence Holiday Christmas Countdown. Make sure to stay tuned for week 2 to see all of the bestselling makeup products that Essence Cosmetics has in store for us this December. Here's a look at week 1 in beautiful makeup flatlays! 

4X Best Affordable Blushes

I've never really been one to follow makeup rules, I don't choose for bright eyeliners during Spring or Summer, I don't reach for darker lip colors during the Fall season and I don't choose for rose cheeks in Winter. I like to stick to my nudes, always. Bronzy brown blushes are my favorite, they are subtle but really flatter and give structure and dimension to the cheekbones. Here are 4 of my favorite, affordable blushes from the drugstore that brighten up every makeup look!

Shaka Beauty Contouring Palette Review

Contouring, shaping, sculpting, .. the labels for makeup products that give dimension to the face by are endless! Other than highlighting, contouring gives a warmer appearance to the skin, a natural shadow and sun glow. I love to contour, as it can turn my round face into a sharper, more expressive look. Shaka Innovative Beauty kindly sent me two contouring makeup palettes. Did the drugstore makeup from Shaka convince me? Let's have a look!

Primark PS PRO Expert Face Blending Brush

Primark Beauty has yet released another new PS PRO makeup brush: the Primark PS PRO Expert Face Blending Brush. The PS PRO makeup line hasn't gone unnoticed on my site: I have a review on the Primark PS PRO Makeup Collection, the Primark PS PRO Oval Blending Brushes and the Primark PS PRO Blending Sponges. I love the PS PRO makeup tools, they are affordable and are great quality. Did the Primark Expert Face Blending Brush impress me? Let's have a look! Here are the pros, the cons and a comparison with the Primark oval brush dupes. 


Just in case you've missed my big announcement in my youtube video last Saturday: I'm going to be unboxing the Essence Cosmetics Holiday Advent Calendar of 2016 throughout the whole month of December on my Snapchat and on my Instagram (both are joliennathalie)! This is the first time I am doing a Christmas countdown and I'm so excited to be unboxing all of the bestselling Essence Cosmetics Makeup products on my social media. Make sure you follow me to keep up with my snaps, Instagram stories and, of course, beautiful makeup flatlays! 

Wunderbrow Semi Permanent Brow Gel Review⎪With Before & After Pictures

Let's face it, when it comes to makeup, brows can really make or break your look, so having the perfect eyebrow gear is essential! I love doing my brows, from the tweezing, to the shaping to creating the perfect eyebrows to frame my face. A couple of weeks ago I got the opportunity to try and review the Wunder2 Wunderbrow 1-Step Brow Gel. Dealing with sparse, light and pretty much non existent brows, I was very eager to see what it could do for me. Perfect semi permanent brows, using permafix technology, in less than 2 minutes, that lasts for days? Yes please!

Essence Cosmetics Longlasting Lipsticks nr25, nr26, nr27, nr28 - Review & Swatches

I love the Essence Cosmetics Longlasting Lipstick range. I own every shade ever released (limited editions aside) and have reviewed more than half of them on my site. They are pigmented, have an incredibly comfortable formula, have 28 different shades to choose from and are super affordable. Not so long ago Essence Cosmetics released 4 more shades as part of their Fall/Winter Makeup Collection: the Essence Longlasting Lipsticks nr 28 time for a toffee break?, nr 27 mystic violet, nr 26 all-time favorite and the Essence Longlasting Lipstick nr 25 poppy pink. Let's have look!

Catrice Prêt à Lumière Limited Edition Makeup

Highlights, as far as the eye can reach: strobing is the make-up trend of the year. The Limited Edition 'Prêt-à-Lumière' by Catrice Cosmetics offers professional products to create the perfect glow from December 2016 to January 2017. There are plenty of variations to choose from, ranging from classic powder textures to liquid formulas with pipette applicators and creamy textures in a pen-shape. Different shades from flattering nude to rosé offer endless possibilities to highlight your best facial features. Let's have a look!

I Tried Micellar Water Makeup Remover Wipes

I've never been a makeup remover wipe advocate. They are a great quick fix, travel friendly and cheap for sure, but they sting, burn and are not considerate or caring for your skin at all. Micellar waters instead I have loved from the very moment they hit the market. They only contain a minimal amount of ingredients (that you can actually count on one hand), are beyond gentle and remove your makeup in the best fashion. Micellar water makeup remover wipes have been on the market for a while, but an awesome budget friendly option only caught my eyes last week. Will these wipes replace my beloved Garnier Micellar Water? Let's have look!

My Anxie-Tea Stash⎪Herbal Tea To Beat Anxiety

I'm not a doctor, nor am I a psychiatrist, herbalist or therapist, but I do know first hand what depression and anxiety can do to your mind and to your body, as I've been a long time sufferer and survivorTea is a part of my self care routine, my natural medicine to stress, anxiety, mood swings and years ago my go-to home remedy to actually quit smoking and choose for a healthier lifestyle. I recently looked at my anxie-tea stash and realised they actually serve a big purpose in my life, so I wanted to share with you my favorite herbal teas to beat anxiety. 

Behind The Scenes: My Blog Statistics Of 2016

When it comes to blogging, 2016 has been a very exciting year for me. I've made so many improvements, perfected my content, my writing, my photography skills, updated my whole website, lay out and even my blogging style. I've been reached out to by brands I'd never thought I would be in contact with today, and I couldn't be more grateful and eager to know what the future holds. Here's an overview of my blogging statistics of 2016 and how you have impacted my life online! 

TOP 3 Hair Products To Style & Give Texture To Long And Fine Hair

Ever since I was young I've struggled with the fact that I have fine, straight and lifeless hair. I never really managed to give it body, lift and texture. Any kind of products I would put in my hair, especially now that it's long, would make my hair greasy and weigh it down tremendously. You can imagine my disappointment every time I would try a new product and it turned my hair into an absolute mess. Also frizz, and lots of it, is something that is an issue for my hair type. I finally tackled all of my hair troubles and today I'm here to share with you my must have, top 3 hair products to prep, style and give volume and texture to long and fine hair! 

TOP 4 Drugstore Makeup Products For €10

Low budget makeup is great, but some drugstore makeup I just can't stay away from. There's not a lot but there are a few products that I think are amazing and that I didn't want to keep from you. Here is a top 4 of my holy grail drugstore makeup products I use on the daily from beauty brands such as Rimmel London, Real Techniques and H&M Beauty!

Shaka Innovative Beauty Strobing Palette & Illuminating Highlighter Sticks Review

Strobing, highlighting, illuminating, as long as every cheekbone gets to shine every makeup addict is happy, including me. I love a pretty, affordable, drugstore highlighter. It gives dimension to my face and a fresh and healthy glow. Did Shaka Innovative Beauty convince me? They kindly sent me a strobing palette and two illuminating highlighter sticks. Let's have a look! 

H&M Beauty Makeup Review

H&M Beauty has quickly become one of my favorite drugstore makeup brands. They have beautiful, high quality products that are affordable and work amazing. The displays are filled with products ranging from lipsticks and lipglosses, to eyeshadow palettes and even makeup brushes. Here is a review of all of the H&M makeup products that I have purchased until now and my thoughts about them! 

Primark PS PRO Oval Blending Brushes Review

Following the Artis Makeup Brush trend, Primark Beauty launched their own kind of oval brushes as a part of their new PS PRO makeup line: the Primark PS PRO Oval Blending Brushes. The collection includes 3 brushes of 3 different sizes and they all retail for an affordable price. Do they work? Are they worth a try? Are they a great Artis Oval Brush dupe? What are these toothbrush-shaped brushes doing in makeup aisles and why are they so popular? Let's have a look! 

Essence Contouring Eyeshadow Set Review

Essence Cosmetics recently put out four different, beautiful Contouring Eyeshadow Sets. They are cute and simple eyeshadow duos made to bring dept and definition to the eyes. They have both matte and shimmery eyeshadows and cool toned and warm toned options. I'm reviewing the shade 02 brownies with frosting, let's have a look! 

How To Boost Your Traffic When Using Bloglovin'

As some of you might have noticed, I had to change the feed settings of my website due to diverted content, or more accurately a potential loss of page views, visitors and money. As a result I can no longer provide a full RSS feed, which means that whenever you don't read my content directly on my website but on other platforms (e.g. Bloglovin, subscription by email etc.) there will be a read more button that will refer you to my blog. This was a direct consequence of the fact that not everyone who follows my blog through Bloglovin' actually ends up reading my articles 'inframed' on my website. As it turns out Bloglovin' doesn't embed blogposts on tablets and smartphones. They do embed the post yes, but not on your site, only on their own platform.

TOP 5 Life Hacks That Could Improve Your Health

Today I want to share with you 5 of my favorite life hacks! They are not scientifically proven nor am I claiming to be a doctor or a specialist. I just want to share my personal experience about couple of health related problems I have ran into and found some great and simple solutions for. Don't hesitate to let me know in the comments what you think about them and if you have more to add to this list, feel free to life hack away! 

Shaka Beauty Concealer Stick Review

Shortly after reviewing the Shaka Innovative Beauty Blush, I received an email from Shaka's PR team asking whether I were interested in reviewing some of their new products. Since Italian makeup and fashion have always been well appreciated, I thought this was a great opportunity to share this beauty brand with you on my blog. Shaka Innovative Beauty is an affordable drugstore makeup brand sold at OVS, Upim and Coin. I've been familiar with it for quite some time as I spent 4 years living and working in Italy. I decided to start with reviewing the Shaka Innovative Beauty Concealer Sticks first. Want to see more Shaka makeup? I did a 'What's New At The Drugstore Makeup Unboxing' here.

3X Low Budget Eye Primers That Actually Work

Following up on the article where I talked about 3 low budget face primers, I wanted to continue with affordable eyeshadow primers. Primarily, eye primers that I love but with 3 completely different formulas. Whatever skin type you might have, there is a great drugstore eye primer in this post for you, that actually works!

Essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick Review

Ever since Essence Cosmetics released their longlasting lipsticks back in 2014 I've been hooked on their lip products. The quality is outstanding and unlike any other lipstick formula out there, I'm a big fan. This year Essence has launched yet another new lip addition to the collection: the Essence Matt Matt Matt Lispticks. They retail for €2.39 and have 8 different shades available. I purchased nr 2 Perfect Match and nr 8 It's a Statement. Let's have a look!

Oh Hello Depression, How Are You Doing Today?

The past few weeks have been very hard. My appetite is gone, I'm distracted, forgetful, anxious and lack motivation. I haven't been answering my phone calls and have been ignoring emails. I wake up in the morning and I'm happy, I have breakfast, I shower but then as soon as I have my clothes on I wonder 'why?', followed by an intense and overwhelming sadness. I'm ready for the day and I have no purpose, no goals and absolutely no will to be a part of what is life. 

Boots International Beauty Haul

If you were to ask me what I define to be makeup and beauty heaven it is most definitely Boots. I shopped at one of their drugstores for the very first time 2 years ago when I travelled to London and I've been ordering from their international website ever since. They always have great beauty deals going on and the shipping costs are not at all bad. This time I paid €11 and had my order within 5 days. Boots has so many beauty products that are not available in Belgium so I'm always very excited when I do my online shopping. I mostly use the site to stock up on products I love so I thought I'd show you what I got this time. Enjoy my Boots haul!

Things To Think About Before Moving In Together With Your Boyfriend

I see so many women, mostly freshly graduated, moving out of their parents home and going straight to buying houses or renting an apartment with their boyfriend. As logical as that might sound, I'm happy for them but I'm also taken back by it. I moved into a dorm when I was 18, travelled to Italy when I was 19 and started living there full time when I was 20. That's when I got a real taste of what it was to grow up and spend time with myself, essentially. It's true that me and my boyfriend started living together after barely knowing each other for a year, but I was 22 and he was 27. We both had lived alone, with friends, host families, and we had a sense of life. What adulting was like, running a place of your own, having space for yourself and developing your identity.

3X Best Affordable Face Primers for Dry Skin

The change of season has definitely affected the way I do my makeup. My skin is undergoing subtle changes and it makes me reach for more caring and moisturizing products. Next to my regular skin care routine I've been looking for makeup primers that can prevent my foundation, and concealer, from looking patchy and building up into fine lines, which is a major concern of mine. So here is a list of drugstore makeup primers that have been working out great for me, let's have a look! 

Essence 2in1 Eyeshadow & Primer Review

Just as it is important to use a primer before applying your foundation, to smooth out and prep your skin, so is it important to prime your eyelid before creating an eyeshadow look. Essence Cosmetics released a new 2in1 Eyeshadow & Primer for a longlasting, brightening and flawless finish. They have two different shades available: a white base with a yellow undertone, called 01 Nude Beige, and a pink base, called 02 Nude Rosé. Let's have a look!

Therapy Update⎜Expectations vs. Reality

It is the day after my second therapy appointment within a week and I have a hard time collecting my thoughts. After 6 months of intense therapy sessions I found out a thorough assessment of my mental health was never going to happen. Being potentially diagnosed or referred to other mental health professionals for medication or other forms of therapy/treatments wasn't going to happen either. The facility where I ended up (only) offers therapy sessions to help you manage your thoughts/emotions and overcome life struggles, even though they have all the resources to actually do what I described.

Catrice 2016 Fall/Winter Makeup Collection Haul & Review

Just in case you missed it, Catrice added a whole bunch of new makeup to their cosmetics range and I have tried every single product that was on my wish list! Down below you can find all of the makeup I purchased, and have reviewed, from their new 2016 Fall/Winter collection. I decided to combine everything in one blog post so you can have a better overview of the new Catrice makeup and maybe find something you missed previously. Enjoy!

Shaka Innovative Beauty Blush Review

Shaka Innovative Beauty is an Italian makeup brand by a drugstore called OVS where I recently went shopping whilst on a trip in Milan, hence the International Beauty & Makeup Haul I uploaded on my Youtube channel. It's an affordable cosmetics brand that has products ranging from lipsticks and lip glosses, to eyeshadow palettes and even makeup brushes. I've known Shaka for a while but this is the first time I've ever tried a product from them. I purchased a Shaka Blush in the shade nr 11 Nude. Let's have a look!

Catrice Cosmetics Contouring Duo Stick Review

Catrice Cosmetics has two face contouring sticks available in their makeup collection: one for lighter skin nr 010 and one for medium skin nr 20. They are called the Prime & Fine Contouring Duo Sticks and are meant to define, shape and emphasize the bone structure in the face. The formula is enriched with vitamine E and argan oil for a smooth and skin caring application. The packaging fits in the palm of your hand and thus makes for a great travel makeup item, will the Catrice Contouring Duo Stick be joining you on your next holiday? Let's have a look!

Going To Therapy As A Highly Sensitive Person

I'm having one of these weird aha moments. After going down a spiral of anger, disgust, mistrust and feelings of deception towards my therapist, I think I have finally found some clarity. I was about to cancel my appointment again when I decided to google whether highly sensitive people (HSP) require a specific type of counseling. Which we don't (as far as I know), but we do need a counselor who is aware and respectful towards that fact, and I can't say that the mental health professionals I've been in touch with have been.

Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation Review

When I spotted this Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation in the press release of the Fall/Winter makeup collection update from Catrice Cosmetics, it immediately made it into my wish list. Even though it's been a while since I've purchased a Catrice foundation, I knew a lot of you would be interested and I would lie if I said I wasn't the least bit intrigued. The packaging is eye catching and the product looks really promising. Will the Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation be your new staple? Let's have a look!

Catrice Deluxe Glow Highlighter VS. Essence Light Up Your Face Luminizer Palette

Essence and Catrice Cosmetics have both released their new Fall/ Winter makeup collections and within those launches we can find plenty of exciting highlighting and contouring gear. Many of you have requested that I do a review and comparison of the Catrice Deluxe Glow Highlighter palette in 010 the glowrious three and the Essence Cosmetics Light Up Your Face Luminizer palette in 10 ready, set, glow!, so here we go. Essence and Catrice are affordable makeup brands that always have my back but which shaping and sculpting palette is best? Let's find out. 

Therapy Update⎜I Cancelled

I've touched on this subject before, not the fact that I'm considering going to another mental health professional, but that my current therapist doesn't want to confirm that I actually suffer from anxiety and that, before I became her patient, I was so depressed they wanted to send to a mental health care facility. When I ask her what's wrong with me, she says I'm normal; when I ask her to label me she becomes defensive; when I ask her what I am being treated for she wanders around my question, saying we can talk about what I feel comfortable with.

Catrice Matt Lip Artist Review & Swatches

A great matte lipstick is not hard to find, but a great low budget matte lipstick is not available in every drugstore, so Catrice Cosmetics released their 6h Matt Lip Artists. They have 7 different shades available that come in sleek, black, matte packaging, indicating the color of every lipstick at the bottom. I purchased 070 First bROWn Ticket, a dark red, should you buy it or leave it? Let's have a look!

Primark PS PRO Flat Edge Blender Review

After the launch of the Primark PS PRO makeup line, Primark Beauty added some new PS PRO makeup tools to their shelves. One of them is the blue, non latex Flat Edge Blender that retails for only €2.50-. I love applying my makeup with a great quality makeup sponge, it makes for a beautiful, flawless finish to the skin and a lightweight and airbrushed feel. I've tried Primark makeup sponges before and to be honest it was quite disastrous, did Primark Beauty step up their game? Let's have a look!

NEW Essence Cosmetics Makeup Collection Haul

Here's an update of what I picked up from the Essence Cosmetics new Fall/Winter 2016 Makeup Collection. I'm saying update because I have gone through most of these products on my youtube channel already, I've picked up more ever since and I couldn't wait to show you! There's a lot of interesting products they've released and I will share reviews and swatches of all the products in the next few weeks on my site. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss out on any posts! 

Girl On Girl Hate

During my stay in Milan, I was reminded once more why I don't really get along with women (shocking I know). My therapist explained that I'm pretty, and pretty ladies are often seen as a threat. I don't think I'm the most beautiful woman on earth but I do know one thing for sure, I've never been insecure about my body or the way I look. Even though I can understand how that might bring up insecurities in other women, I'm not a vile, cocky or arrogant person. I don't walk around with an attitude and that's where I get really confused.