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Monday, 31 October 2016

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.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

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.

Friday, 21 October 2016

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!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

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. 

Friday, 14 October 2016

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.

Monday, 10 October 2016

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!

Friday, 7 October 2016

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.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

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!

Monday, 3 October 2016

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!
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