How Much Money I Spent On Makeup This Month #5

I started a new blog series where I talk about how much money I spend on makeup every month! Scary, I know, but sometimes we just have to face the facts. I'm a beauty blogger and I realised I never really cared about how much makeup shopping I did, I would just spend and splurge and spend and splurge. Right now, every time I go and haul makeup, my calculator is out. Let's see how much makeup I bought in the month of May!

Moon Clutch GIVEAWAY

Hey there! I'm hosting a giveaway in collaboration with MOON BRUSSELS which is a concept store here in the capital if Europe, Brussels. We want to give you a chance to win one gorgeous 'Moon Clutch' and 2 accessories of your choice. Here's what you need to know:

Essence Primer Review

Essence Cosmetics currently only has one primer in their permanent collection, next to their foundations, powders, concealers, and that is the Get Picture Ready Pore Refining Mattifying Primer. More recently I saw a display of a super cute Essence limited edition called 'Little Beauty Angels' and the 3 primers in the collection immediately caught my attention. I picked up the Soft Brightening Face Perfection Primer. Let's have a look!

TOP 5 Things Every Blogger Should Know

Being a blogger I like to be very much aware of the online environment and its constant undergoing changes. Many experiences as a content creator teach you powerful lessons on how the internet works and I think I sometimes overestimate the level of awareness in the blogger community. I'm not a perfect beauty blogger by any means but I thought I'd share with you some things I have come across that are currently doing their rounds on all social media platforms that you, especially if you're a fellow blogger, should know about.

Essence Makeup Haul

Where I live the Essence Cosmetics makeup display is pretty much always raided - so on a little trip to Gent (a cute city about 30 min from Brussels) I made sure to hit the drugstore for some beautiful and fully loaded makeup racks. I wasn't really sure what I was looking for, but who does when they're shopping for makeup and they don't need any! I scored some awesome items and I can't wait to share them with you today!

5X Makeup Setting Sprays From The Drugstore

Now that the hot weather is approaching I'm sure lots of you will be on the lookout for the best products to make sure your makeup stays put and flawless all day long. Who doesn't want to avoid becoming an oily mess or have their makeup melt off their face?! One of my favorite summer staples when it comes to makeup is a setting spray! I tried 5 from the drugstore and here are my thoughts.

Park Avenue Mineral Mat & Cover Foundation Review

Even though it's sold right next to Maybelline, L'Oreal, Physicians Formula and Rimmel London in every drugstore, Park Avenue is a makeup brand in Belgium that isn't often talked about. I'm going to be honest and say that I find myself walking past their display time and time again. The only reason it caught my attention last week is because I was simply asked on my Snapchat if I could review the Park Avenue Mineral Mat & Cover Foundation. Finding a great budget proof foundation under €10 can be a challenge so I thought why not? Let's have a look!

Essie Gel Couture Bridal Collection

Summer is approaching and I already have 3 wedding invitations in the mail, the bridal season has begun! I'm really looking forward to be picking out my outfits, and of course have my makeup and mani on point. In June 2017 essie will be launching this beautiful Gel Couture Bridal Collection in collaboration with Monique L'Huillier, a fashion designer most prominently known for gorgeous bridal wear. I cannot imagine better nail polish picks, let's have a look!

Mental Health Update: Dealing With Flashbacks

In my struggle with depression and anxiety something I've been dealing with, ever since I'm doing better, is flashbacks. At first I thought I was crazy until I talked about it with a friend of mine, who is a fellow sufferer, and he said he had them too. It was only after that that I mentioned it to my therapist. She explained it was a way for my body to communicate with me, and she proceeded to ask what my flashbacks were about. They only last a couple seconds but they can be pretty disturbing. Most are about things that happened a couple years ago, things that made me hurt a lot, and some are about things I had completely forgotten about, that happened when I was much younger (I'm 26 now).

Primark Bronze Highlight & Glow Kit Review

Getting your hands on a highlighting kit definitely is the beauty blogging trend of the moment, it's taken me a while but I feel like I finally might have found something interesting in the low budget spectrum! High end highlighting gear is fabulous, I'm sure, but I am always on the look out for a great bargain and this PS Bronze Highlight & Glow kit might just be the beginning of some more glorious highlighting kit discoveries!

How Much Money I Spent On Makeup This Month #4

Another month has passed, another post with all the receipts! I started a new blog series where I talk about how much money I spend on makeup, and at the end of the year I'm pretty sure I'm going to give myself a heart attack when I decide to put all my expenses together. I never really kept track of what I spent on cosmetics so I have no idea what to expect! Let's see how much makeup I bought in the month of April.

NEW Essence Touch Blush Review

Would you believe me if I told you that I wasn't using blush up until 2 years ago? I thought it was completely unnecessary and would only accentuate the redness on my cheeks. Today instead, it has become one of my absolute makeup staples. Blush lifts up my face, it makes me look less flat, more sleek and put together. One of my favorite brands for blush is, of course, Essence Cosmetics. I was already a fan when they still had the Silky Touch Blushes around but those have since undergone a revamp and are now known as the Essence Satin Touch Blushes and the Essence Matt Touch Blushes.

Essence Volume Stylist Mascara Review

If you love makeup and you haven't tried an Essence mascara yet, where the hell have you been? Mascaras from Essence Cosmetics easily beat regular drugstore mascaras for me. They have amazing formulas and make for long and curly black lashes. Every year Essence revamps their makeup line and brings out new and improved products, the Essence Volume Stylist Mascaras were at the top of my list for review, I couldn't wait to try them. Let's have a look!

Cause Even A Girl Boss Needs A Break

I usually have my shit together when it comes to my online activities (e.g. blogging 3x a week and uploading on Youtube every Saturday) but for the last month or so not so much. I thought I'd change it up a bit over here and actually talk about why I've been recycling and upcycling some of my older blogposts, among other things, just to be able to keep everything running smoothly.

5X Drugstore Highlighters To Get Your Glow On

As of late I've been going a little over the top with my highlighter, so much so that when I do my makeup I'm tempted to cover my entire face with it - avoiding that I look like a disco ball of course. I have quite a cute collection of drugstore glow in my makeup stash that is very capable of doing so! Each and every single highlighter is a personal favorite, most are oldies but goodies, I also included a brand new liquid highlighter from Maybelline and these won't cover your face in cheap shimmer, let's have a look!

Updated Eyebrow Routine For Blondes

Saying that I'm obsessed with eyebrows is probably an understatement. In my life, a daily dose of eyebrow porno is a must, and leaving the house without Instagram brows on a rarity. I love a good snatched brow, but on myself a natural pair of eyebrow twins is all I want. Maybe the word 'natural' is a little exaggerated, which is why I still call them instabrows, 'cause they have to be instaperfect, ya know? I was introduced to Wunderbrow a few months ago and I can honestly say that my eyebrows have never looked better. I've perfected my routine by adding some of my favorite and absolute budget proof brow essentials from Catrice and Essence, and together they form my new and improved eyebrow routine for my blonde hair.

Why I Don't Buy From 'Social Media Makeup Brands'

Being someone who started following beauty bloggers over a decade ago I've seen a lot of changes in the online beauty world, makeup trends come and go, but one that has definitely caught my eye is the rise of 'social media makeup brands'. What I mean by social media makeup is: cosmetics that are pretty much unknown for anyone who doesn't spend their time on youtube or scrolling through blogs and thousands of flatlays on Instagram (like I do). Way back when I was 16, the only makeup brands that dominated beauty and makeup channels on youtube were Coastal Scents and Sigma (any of you remember?). Today, being able to get a spot in a beauty bloggers' blog post, youtube video, Snapchat- or Instastory means big bucks, zero honesty and/or transparency and petty drama. Here's why I don't buy from social media makeup brands.

Cult Beauty Products Buy It Or Leave It?

Makeup trends change, makeup collections expand, makeup formulas evolve but there's one thing in the cosmetics industry that doesn't change: cult beauty products! They got top rates back then and they still have top rates now. Over time, I've collected quite a few popular items and I've been very eager to share with you whether I think hyped makeup products are worth it or not. Let's have a look!

LIDL Makeup⎜Cien BB Cream All-In-One Review

LIDL has an affordable makeup collection by the name of Cien Beauty, carrying products such as foundation, lipstick, lipgloss and more recently the Cien all-in-one BB cream SPF 15. Blemish balm creams are a great Summer staple, especially for a light and luminous makeup look. Here are my thoughts on the most affordable BB cream on the beauty market yet!

The Affordable Nude Lip Edit

When it comes to my every day makeup routine, nude lipsticks are an absolute staple. I'm addicted to nude lipsticks, in all kinds of different formulas. Because I also love a great bargain, today I want to show you my collection of affordable nude lip products that I cannot live without. These are lippies that never leave my makeup bag, ever. They are the most beautiful, no fuss, great quality lip products for the best prices. Let's have a look at my top 5 affordable nude lip edit!

Your Nail Polish Picks This Spring Season

Spring has joined us and I couldn't be more excited. I wake up in the morning and the warm sunshine gently touches my face, slowly filling my heart with joy. It's so much more pleasant to get up early when there's no dark clouds waiting to stay with you for the rest of the day. The cold is steadily turning into a swift warm breeze and I can't wait for the sun rays to be beaming with delight. To bring these beautiful Spring vibes to life in my home I've been enjoying buying fresh flowers and changing up my wardrobe with pieces featuring fresher and brighter colors. Beauty wise I've got my makeup pretty much covered and all that's left is a gorgeous Spring manicure! Let's have a look at what Essie has in store for us with their newest Spring collection!

Essence Lash Princess Sculpted Volume Mascara

I love the Essence Lash Princess Mascaras, they're affordable and work wonders on your lashes! Their popularity certainly hasn't gone unnoticed for the Essence Cosmetics team and in February 2017 they launched yet another Lash Princess mascara: a purple one this time, for some extra sculpted volume, as a part of the new Essence makeup collection for the Spring/Summer season. If you're not familiar with this formula, check my review of the other Lash Princess Mascaras here.

How Much Money I Spent On Makeup This Month #3

The start of the Spring season has definitely changed the focus of my expenses this month, which is kind of understandable if you look at what I spent on makeup in February! Just in case you don't know, I started collecting receipts and writing down all of my expenses regarding my makeup shopping sprees. As a beauty blogger I feel like sometimes I try to justify many of my makeup purchases by simply stating 'I need it to blog' or 'I need it for my youtube channel'. To actually hold myself accountable I began this series on my blog to keep track of the amount of money that leaves my wallet for makeup products every month. Let's have a look at how much money I spent on makeup in March!

Budget Contouring: To Palette Or Not To Palette?

Contouring palettes are on the rise and pretty much any makeup company is rushing to get top rates on their shaping, sculpting and highlighting makeup gear. Low budget makeup brands are keeping up just fine, but are their products just as good as their individual pans? Whenever I purchase an affordable shaping kit I never end up using every single product in the palette, so my question is: contouring on a budget - to palette or not to palette? Let's have a look! 

What Most Of You Don't Know About Self Care

Something that has been very close to my heart, ever since I started going to therapy, is self care. Growing up I didn't know what self care was, I wasn't allowed to practise self care and when I did I was called an egoist and expected to feel guilty about it. Everything in my life always needed to have a greater purpose, needed to be about other people, about helping people and being compassionate. As a result I've never really been compassionate or understanding towards myself, I never felt good enough and I thought I didn't deserve anything. In fact, when I would be kind to myself the guilt would be so extreme that I would either become sad or angry, or both. Through therapy I'm finally learning that self care is okay and that it is in fact a necessity. Today, I want to touch on the way self care is often turned into this 'let's watch movies all day', 'let's buy a new perfume', 'let's order loads of take out' type of thing. There is a very important aspect of self care that is not or rarely talked about, especially when it comes to those who struggle with mental health.

Essence Camouflage Foundation & Concealer

Finding affordable base products, that actually work, isn't always that easy. Yes, the drugstore is filled with foundations and concealers, but drugstore prices don't necessarily mean that everything is inexpensive. Essence Cosmetics on the other hand does score on my best of budget friendly makeup list and is one of my go-to brands for many things: blush, mascara, lipsticks and lipglosses. Today I'll be reviewing their newest concealer and foundation from the Essence Camouflage makeup line.

Please Stop Stealing My Images

Yesterday I found out yet again that my content was being used without my knowledge/permission by a company with nearly 1 million followers on twitter, half a million on Facebook and not to mention their other social media pages. They took a collage I had assembled with images I had received from a press release (??) and they just bluntly copied the title and the intro of my blogpost and posted it on their site to promote their beauty section. The worst part: my site wasn't linked, meaning I missed out on possibly thousands of potential new readers. I can't help but feeling absolutely disgusted.

Essence 2017 Shine Shine Shine Lipgloss Review

Essence Cosmetics has revamped their entire lipgloss collection and today I have a review and comparison of their newly launched formulas: the Essence Matt Matt Matt Longlasting Lipglosses, part of last year's make over, and the Essence Shine Shine Shine Wet Look Lipglosses that only just hit the racks in the drugstore. Let's have a look!

Khloé Kardashian iPhone App Review

Let me start off by saying that I'm not a Kardashian stalker or a crazy super fan, my intent here is to review the KHLOÉ App from a and my beauty and lifestyle blogger point of view. I like the Kardashians, I like their show and yes I do keep up with them but just so we are clear - I'm reviewing this just like I would review every other product/item/service on my site. I thought it would be fun to share my thoughts and let you know whether it's worth the subscription or not. My boyfriend surprised me with an iTunes card a couple weeks ago and I immediately knew I wanted to try one of the Kardashian/Jenner apps. Khloé is the one Kardashian sister I've been keeping up with the most lately, ever since her 'Revenge Body' series kicked off, so I decided to go with her app first! Let's have a look.

Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation Review

I know I've been reviewing a hell of a lot of foundations lately but I feel like the drugstores have so many amazing products in their makeup aisles at the moment that just I can't handle myself! The Maybelline Dream Cushion was next on my list. I've been featuring quite a few of the new 2017 Maybelline makeup launches, such as the 24K Nudes Eyeshadow Palette and their Color Drama Lip Contour Palettes, and I didn't want to miss out on the opportunity to try their take on the cushion makeup trend. Here are my thoughts!

Why I'm Not a 100K Blogzilla

I've been following online creators since I was 16 years old and today, a decade later (I'm 26), I kinda regret only starting to create my own content about 3 years ago. All the girls I envied when I was a teenager have become successful women now, online icons. While I'm sure they had many challenges to face and still do, to stand where they are presently, I've been feeling the disadvantages of starting 'late' and being a 'microblogger'. Successful content creators are only becoming more successful and the little ones, like me, are left swimming in the dirt, desperately trying to beat algorithms. Growing your blog 'organically' has very much become a thing from the past and being a blogzilla sells souls.

The 1 Year Therapy Update

When I look back at some of the things that I wrote on my site about my struggle with depression and anxiety, therapy and mental health, I'm slightly uncomfortable. In many posts I state that I'm 'sober' when it is very apparent I'm in a lot of distress and that I'm hurting. Therapy is a process and a long one. It's also not as straightforward as it is sometimes made out to be in movies, school or society as a whole. It is so much more than just talking about your feelings and your past. It's about coming to the realisation that things were not okay, why they weren't okay and how exactly everything played out the way it did. In my case I'm confronted a lot with the choices my parents made, how I was raised, and it's extremely confusing and painful. So painful in fact that it is making the relationship with my family very difficult. I can't bring myself to pick up their phone calls or even talk to them over text. When my phone rings my eyes widen in fear and I can feel the panic rushing through my veins.

Maybelline Color Drama Lip Contour Palettes

It started with simply contouring our cheeks and now we are contouring everything from our nose to our eyes to our lips and even our ears! Maybelline New York has joined the lip contouring clan and released 2 brand new Color Drama Lip Contour Palettes: palette nr 01 Crimson Vixen with dark and vampy reds and palette 02 Blushed Bombshell with a variety of nudes and neutrals. Let's have a look!

The Best Makeup Brushes For Small & Hooded Eyes

It was only when I started using the Zoeva Rose Gold Eye Set that I understood the importance of having quality makeup tools. My eyeshadow skills made such great progress using this set I couldn't quite believe it. I never expected to love the Zoeva brushes so much that I actually purchased back ups. The Zoeva Rose Golden Complete Eye Set is an eyeshadow set of 12 brushes, and in this post I want to share with you my top 4 most used brush picks that are excellent for those of you who have small or hooded eyes. I always thought that doing eyeshadow was something impossible to experiment with when having hooded eyes, let me tell you, as long as you're using the right gear it isn't!

NEW Essence 2017 Makeup Review

Essence has launched their new makeup collection for the 2017 Spring/Summer season and all of the products are now officially available in drugstores! Check out my post for an in depth review about the new ultimate Essence Cosmetics eye catchers: the Eye & Face Palette, the Instant Matt Foundation, more illuminating face products for that gorgeous sunshine glow and a setting spray! 

Catrice The Essential Nude Eyeshadow Palette

Catrice Cosmetics launched 4 new eyeshadow palettes: The Modern Matt Collection Eyeshadow Palette in 010 The Must-Have Matts, The Nude Blossom Collection Eyeshadow Palette in 010 Blossom 'N Roses, The Precious Copper Collection Eyeshadow Palette in 010 Metallux and The Essential Nude Collection Eyeshadow Palette in 010 ReNude My Style, which is the palette that I am reviewing today. Neutral colors with rosé and copper tones have always had my preference, but it wasn't until I spotted this palette at the drugstore that I was actually convinced to purchase it. I find that the eyeshadows of the Essential Nude Palette do not compare at all with what you can see on the Catrice website. The shades look like they have more of a purple undertone which is not what you can see in my images, so keep that in mind!

How Much Money I Spent On Makeup This Month #2

Because I never bothered to keep track of how much money I spend on makeup per month, I decided to start collecting my receipts and write down all of my spending habits. In my head I'm always spending a 'reasonable amount', but is that actual reality? January was the first month where I confronted myself with every penny I spent and I actually was pretty pleased with my total! Today I am a little more nervous, February is a time where a lot of makeup brands launch new collections for the Spring/Summer season, did I manage to stay within limit? What is my limit? Let's have a look at how much money I spent on makeup in the month of February!

NEW Essence Instant FAIL Makeup Foundation

The new Essence Cosmetics 2017 Spring/Summer Makeup Collection has launched and is now readily available in drugstores. I want to start off by reviewing the Essence Instant Matt Makeup Foundation. I've been very impressed by Essence foundations in the past and I didn't want to miss out on their newest formula: a longlasting, high coverage, waterproof foundation infused with a special blend of mineral powder pigments for an instantly flawless finish and a matte complexion. Let's have a look!

BUDGET TIP: KIKO Universal Fit Foundation

Whenever there's word about a low budget foundation I haven't tried I'm always all ears. KIKO Milano is a brand I have not purchased from in a while as I've seen some changes and increase in prices, so overtime I started focussing on more budget friendly options such as Essence and Catrice products. The KIKO Universal Fit Hydrating Foundation however retails for only €5.95 (currently on sale for €4.10- on KIKO Belgium), the packaging is simple but sleek and the name is very appealing. I couldn't wait to give it a go. Here are my thoughts! 

5 Reasons Why You're Not A Successful Blogger

Growing an empire online is beyond challenging, especially when you don't have a background in business and marketing, or simply don't have the right connections. There are however a couple of things that definitely play at your advantage when you're planning on making yourself a great online success, fast, whether you are blogging or youtubing. I don't often make fun of online trends but I've been confronted with so many that it's just too good to leave it, and obviously this is everything I am not and don't do haha. Here we go! You're not a successful blogger because ...

Maybelline 24 Karate Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

From now on Maybelline New York has a new gorgeous eyeshadow palette available in their displays: the 24K Nudes. A palette designed with beautiful matte and shimmery shades showing gold, bronze and copper tints. The kaki shade also deserves attention: kaki green is a color that is everywhere at the moment, not only in every newly released eyeshadow palette but also on the hangers in fashion stores, I'm seeing a trend! Maybelline sent me a couple of their new 2017 makeup products and this 24 Karat Nudes palette really sparked my interest. Here is my review and swatches of their newest eyeshadows. Let's have a look!

NEW Catrice 2017 Makeup Collection

Catrice launched their new Spring/Summer makeup collection of 2017 and everything just hit the drugstores! Even though I have already reviewed a lot of their new makeup products on my blog here and on my Youtube channel here I thought I'd give you a more complete list of what Catrice Cosmetics has in store for you this year! We have contouring blushes and lip pencils for a snatched look, everything for a flawless face starting with a brand new foundation and a new illuminating primer and for the eyes it's all about standing out and going after that perfect liquid metal eyeshadow! Let's also have a look at the many eyeshadow palettes Catrice released. Are you ready?

Essence Lash Princess Mascara Review

If you are looking for a great low budget mascara that makes your lashes look amazing and that actually holds up all day, Essence Cosmetics is the makeup brand to be. They have many mascaras that are capable of absolute lash transformations, but the Lash Princess formula must be the best one out of all. I was very reluctant to purchase these at first as they were very hyped in the beauty community. Right now, many repurchases later, I'm still just as impressed. They have become my go-to favorite mascaras in my every day makeup routine. Let's have a look!

So Susan January Lip Love Bag

January was a very exciting month for me and that included reviewing the So Susan Lip Love Bag, a monthly cruelty free and vegan beauty subscription! Many of you are trying to make better beauty choices and be more conscious of where your products actually come from, So Susan Cosmetics has the solution: guilt free cosmetics arriving straight at your doorstep with Lip Love! Every month Lip Love offers 4 full sized, trendy and beautifully edited vegan and cruelty free makeup products, all packed within an eco-chic makeup bag, containing products from 3 different brands: So Susan Cosmetics, Jelly Pong Pong and Trifle Cosmetics.

Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Angel Mascara

Mascara tribe where you at?! If you follow me on Snapchat you know that Maybelline kinldy sent me a little goodie bag with some of their new 2017 makeup products. I've been putting them to the test and this beautiful mascara is up first for review: the Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Angel Mascara. Let's have a look! 

NEW Catrice 2017 Makeup Collection Review

Catrice launched their new Spring/Summer makeup collection of 2017 and I was all over it. If you're not familiar with the brand you for sure have been missing out! Catrice Cosmetics is a budget friendly, drugstore makeup brand that has amazing makeup products of the best quality. Today I am reviewing a full face of their new makeup releases with some of the eye catchers: a brand new foundation, a new illuminating primer, contouring lip products, liquid metal eyeshadows and so much more! Here is a review of all the products I have tried and whether I think the Catrice Cosmetics 2017 makeup collection is a hit or miss. Let's have a look!

How Much Money I Spent On Makeup This Month #1

Are you supposed to keep track of how much money you spend on makeup and beauty products? I'm not sure. I personally don't keep track of my makeup spending habits at all, but I am curious to see how much I actually spend and whether I could manage my expenses in a better way. That doesn't mean I just spend my money on everything I want, I don't. I feel like I spend my money within reason, but is that the actual reality? Let's have a look at how much money I spent on makeup in the month of January!

Primark PS PRO Liquid Matte Lipsticks Review

Primark Beauty recently released more new makeup: the PS PRO Kiss Proof Liquid Matte Lipsticks! If you are looking for an in dept review of the entire makeup line I have a blogpost for you here and I also have another article for you about Primark PS PRO makeup tools here. I'm very familiar with the PS PRO line and I was excited to see they finally added some beautiful lipsticks. I picked up three liquid lipsticks from the collection: an iridescent pink called 01 Nude in Private, a nude called 02 Pink in Excess and a vampy red 04 Dark in tension. Let's have a look! 

NEW Essence 2017 Makeup Collection

Essence Cosmetics is launching their new collection for the 2017 Spring/Summer season in February and they've got you covered with loads of exciting makeup products! Let's have a look at full coverage and color correcting base products, contour and highlighting gear, everything and more for your cheeks and certainly not to be missed: tons of new lip products for luscious lips and customizable makeup palettes for eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers and highlighters!

I Tried To Break Up With My Therapist

It's been a while since I've written about my therapy sessions and how I've been coping with anxiety and depression. My last posts were pretty dramatic, talking about how disappointed I was with my treatment, how I wanted to switch therapists, and so on and so forth. I also never talked about the two major mental breakdowns I had during a couple of sessions and how that actually became a breakthrough for my recovery.