Honest About Beauty

Friday, 27 October 2017

NEW Essence Fresh & Fit Primer Review

Essence Fresh & Fit Primer And Foundation

Another day, another blog post, another Essence Cosmetics review! This time we're going to talk about their newest face primer: the Essence Fresh & Fit Awake Primer. I think I've pretty much bought every single primer Essence has released over the past 5 years, the packaging on this one however is probably my favorite. A makeup primer is usually used underneath foundation to create a smooth surface, even out your skin tone and to make sure your foundation performs at its very best. Let's have a look!
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Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Day In The Life Of A Stay At Home Girlfriend

Stay At Home Girlfriend

I very much avoid googling the term 'stay at home girlfriend' (SAHG) - mostly because every search result you come across isn't very uplifting. SAHGs are described as having absolutely no passions, as women who are lazy and have no desire to contribute to society. Women whose only goal in life is to please their boyfriend, so he keeps on paying the(ir) bills. I've also read that being a SAHG, apparently, is a 'career choice' now, a lifestyle - an 'I do nothing' one. I am a SAHG and I am none of the above. Welcome to my life.
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Monday, 23 October 2017

Primark Just Peachy Eyeshadow Palette

Primark Just Peachy Eyeshadow Palette

Primark has yet another limited edition collection available in their stores! Peach is, hands down, the makeup color of the moment and Primark Beauty decided to release their very own twist on a 'peachy' palette featuring an array of beautiful warm eyeshadows. Having tried multiple Primark makeup palettes in the past I was very excited about this collection. The packaging they have chosen for this line is beyond cute and the peachy scent of the products is just a great little touch. I chose to review the Just Peachy Eyeshadow Palette. If you are interested there also is a Cheeky Peachy Blush & Highlight Palette available, Perfect Shine lipglosses, Perfect Shine nail polishes and Peachy Keen Lip Souffles. Let's have a look!
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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Why I'm Quitting Youtube For A While


I'd never thought I'd go this long without uploading a Youtube video. A lot of you, I'm sure, are a little confused and probably wonder why - but if it's to any consolation, I am also wondering why. I love making and posting content on Youtube, I really do, but for the past few months a lot of anxiety has been attached to all the filming and the planning. So much so that at some point, as you have noticed, I just stopped filming entirely.
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Friday, 20 October 2017

Essence Moonlight Eyes Review

Essence Moonlight Eyes Cream Eyeshadow Review

I couldn't be more pleased with Essence Cosmetics, their newest collection has absolutely slayed my existence and I cannot wait to review more and more of their makeup products on my blog. Today we have the Moonlight Eyes Cream Eyeshadow on display! The reason why I mostly only review one shade of each makeup item at a time is because (I'm not on their PR list haha and) I'm not always familiar with how Essence formulates some products. I try and use a lot of Essence products but I tend to get stuck using my favorites such as their lipsticks, blushes, etc. so I usually start with one and then either decide to buy more or fewer products depending on how the makeup works out for me. Essence has 4 Moonlight Cream Eyeshadows: 01 Angel, 02 doll face, 03 cosmic and 04 gilded.
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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Hair Care Staples You Need When You're Too Anxious To Go To The Hairdresser

LOreal Serie Expert Inforcer Review

Is your hair in need of a serious pick-me-up? Mine definitely was, it had been looking really sad actually. I've been an anxious mess for a while and a trip to the hairdresser just isn't something that I'd enjoy right now. I'd love to freshen up my look but the thought of me having to walk into a salon is just terrifying, so I've been trying to switch up the products I use. Back in July I received a beautiful PR parcel by L'Oreal Pro and I've been trying their newest Serie Expert Inforcer hair care line ever since. There are 3 products that really stood out to me that I'd love to talk to you about as they have been a great help to revive my tired and lifeless locks. Let's have a look!
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Monday, 16 October 2017

Tanya Burr Illuminating Powders Review

Tanya Burr Illuminating Powders Review

I recently went on a day trip to London and as a Belgian beauty blogger you can imagine that I was absolutely determined to find some makeup items that I had never seen or touched before! At the Superdrug in Oxford Street my eye fell on Tanya Burr Cosmetics, it was a small display but there were a lot of very cute products. I was drawn to the Illuminating Powders from the 'Chasing The Sun' collection, after a couple of swatches I was sold and purchased 2: Champagne sorbet and Warm bronzeChampagne sorbet being the lighter one and Warm bronze being the darkest shade. Let's have a look!
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Friday, 13 October 2017

The Ordinary Skin Care Worth The Hype?

The Ordinary Skin Care Review

I'm sure you've all seen this skin care brand already in your Instagram feed: The Ordinary. Everyone is talking about it, it's received numerous beauty awards and, from what I've seen, beauty bloggers have been writing glowing reviews about it. I initially thought this was a luxury skin care line, mainly because of the sleek white and black packaging but boy was I wrong, it's actually quite affordable! I've recently had some issues with acne and because I've had clear skin my whole life, I wasn't sure what to do. Drugstore products weren't really doing it for me so after struggling for a while I decided to place an order on Deciem, the mother company of The Ordinary. Even though many products have waiting lists, I received my order only days after I did my online shopping!
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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Mental Health: Letting Go Of Bad Coping Habits & Finding New Healthy Ones


I don't think many of you know this but I used to be a smoker, a heavy duty one. At the end of this year it will be my very first time that I'm actually completely smoke free! I 'quit' a long time ago, in fact I don't even quite remember when (I think 2013) but let me explain. I was 16 when I started, out of pure curiosity, I was growing up, trying to find my place in the world. Smoking was the cool thing to do, my parents did it, more than half my classmates, my boyfriend, everyone. It took me a long time to figure out that I was actually attempting to smoke away my worries. If I'd feel the need to cry, I'd just smoke. If I were anxious, annoyed or even having the smallest of mental breakdowns, I would just smoke. At 22 I was close to smoking 2 packs a day, one during the day and one at night, when I would go out for drinks or go clubbing. Kind of insane, I know but here's why: It took me a long time to figure out that it's okay to feel
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Friday, 6 October 2017

Essence Lashes Of The Day Mascara Review

Essence Lashes Of The Day Mascara Demo

Essence Cosmetics mascaras are pretty dope if you ask me! My every day eye makeup staple is the Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara. I find it performs much better than any other drugstore mascaras that I have in my stash, and that includes L'Oreal, Maybelline, Catrice and Covergirl. I love great volume and long luscious looking lashes, how is the newest Essence Lashes Of The Day Mascara you say? Let's find out!
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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

How Much Money I Spent On Makeup This Month #9 (The Spending Ban Edit)


My boyfriend and I spent quite a lot of money during the Summer holidays so we decided to cut back entirely on buying makeup, home decor, books and fashion staples in the month of September. The first 2, makeup and home decor, are my own personal obsession and the following, books and clothing, my boyfriend's. We also decided to only go out for dinner once a week and go to the movies solely using the weekly free ticket I receive from Orange. Previous to us deciding on doing the spending ban I had already scheduled a day trip to London and it would have been a pity if I hadn't allowed myself to do just a little bit of shopping, so that was labeled a special occasion. Did everything go according to plan? Am I so addicted to makeup that I broke the spending ban? Let's have a look!
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Monday, 2 October 2017

When You Doubt Your Own Trauma


It's been happening a lot lately, that I doubt my own trauma, that I just don't know anymore. That I am unsure whether what happened in my childhood caused me to be like I am today. I compare myself to others and often wonder how it was possible for everything to affect me so much. That despite all the suffering many people around me, who've also had a tough life, still manage to function like a normal human being. Yet, I suffer from depression and anxiety, I am unable to live my life because I saw, heard and was told things that weren't okay. When I think about trauma, violence - of any kind - is the first thing that comes up in my mind, but that is not what happened to me. It was subtle and it was bad. Or that's what I'm told.
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