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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

NEW Skin Care Routine For Acne Prone Skin

Skin Care Routine For Acne Prone Skin

My whole life I've had clear skin, always. The only kind of breakouts I would get were tiny little ones caused by fluctuations in my hormones. Back in July this year I suddenly started to have acne all over my forehead, my nose and chin, big painful breakouts that would take ages to heal. I completely freaked out, this hadn't even happened when I hit puberty. Honestly, adult acne sucks. It took me a while to find products that would actually 'work'. Most of the drugstore skin care that I already owned would just cause my skin to break out even more so I ventured into a more expensive skin care realm. Let's have a look!

Friday, 10 November 2017

NEW Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Review

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Review

Urban Decay has a couple of new products in their makeup line: the UD Troublemaker Mascara, which has been making headlines pretty much everywhere ever since it launched as it claims to be sex proof, and 2 new vice lipsticks with a cream finish: Backseat and Roach. This past Summer I had the amazing opportunity to work together with Urban Decay Belgium for the launch of their newest palette and that's where I also learned more about their lipsticks. I have another Vice lipstick with a metallized finish, in the shade Scorched, and I absolutely love the formula, which is pretty surprising in my case since I seem to have a problem with most high end lipstick formulations. Today I want to know if I like this new cream Vice lipstick just as much as their metallized one.

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!

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, an 'I do nothing' one. I am a SAHG and I am none of the above. Welcome to my life.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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!

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!

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

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!

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!

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.

Friday, 29 September 2017

The Fenty Beauty Foundation Dupe

Fenty Beauty Foundation Dupe

I know, I can't quite believe it either. The Catrice HD Liquid Coverage is the Fenty Beauty Foundation dupe?! I haven't talked about Fenty Beauty on my blog just yet (I'm planning to) but Catrice Cosmetics for me is very familiar territory. I have tried and purchased many of their foundations and this HD Liquid Coverage makeup in particular was a big hit for Catrice. From the many reviews that I have seen of the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation and from taking a look at the ingredients and where this formula was manufactured, this Catrice foundation might just be an absolute match.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

L'Oreal Infallible Eye Paints Review

If there's one kind of eyeshadow that I have been using non-stop over the past weeks it's these brand new L'Oreal Eye Paints. I kindly received 3 Eye Paints and one Eye Paint primer, in a beautiful PR package, and they've been on my 'awesome makeup to review' list ever since. These eyeshadows are unlike anything I have ever used before, and if you like no fuss makeup you absolutely want to hear what I have to say!

Monday, 25 September 2017

Essence Metal Chrome Blush Review

Essence blushes are my religion, they are the absolute best and there's no denying it. The newest addition from the brand are the Metal Chrome Blushes. They have 3 different shades available and I cannot wait to get my hands on the other two. Today I will be reviewing 30 the beauty and the bronze, which is the darkest shade Essence Cosmetics released. Let's have a look! 

Friday, 22 September 2017

Essence Ultra Last Instant Colour Lipstick

Essence Ultra Last Instant Colour Lipstick

Essence Cosmetics revamped their entire lipstick range and added 20 new shades to their permanent makeup collection of 2017: the Essence Ultra Last Instant Colour Lipsticks. Essence lipsticks have always been a passion of mine. Ever since they released their Longlasting Lipsticks back in 2014, I've pretty much purchased every single one the brand has ever created. The formula of their lipsticks is truly outstanding and there was no way I was going to miss out on this new collection.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

My Anxie-Tea Stash⎪Tea To Beat Anxiety

Tea To Treat 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 survivor. Tea 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. 

Monday, 18 September 2017

Essence Make Me Glow Liquid Highlighter

I think we can all agree that wearing an enormous amount of highlighter is the trend of 2017. About every cosmetics brand, on the planet, made it their goal to have the most outstanding highlighter product in their makeup line - in the hopes that it will take over every beauty lovers' social media feed. I love a good glow, something subtle that brings shape, dimension and lights up the highest points of my face. I'm not into a super shimmery look, highlighting for me is about taking your makeup to the next level without looking like a disco ball. Essence Cosmetics recently released the Make Me Glow Liquid Highlighter as part of their 2017 Fall/ Winter collection. Let's have a look!

Friday, 15 September 2017

When Social Anxiety Gets The Best Of You

This Summer I declined 3 wedding invitations, 2 of which I was actually excited to go to. Social anxiety got the best of me once again and even though I'm relieved I didn't go, because I don't think I would have been able to practise the amount of appropriate self care, I'm also a bit sad. When I first got the invitations I was very nervous but as time passed that slowly turned into a tiny little bit of excitement. About 2 months before the 'save the dates' I received an Instagram DM from one of the other guests, and my brain decided to go completely haywire - I wasn't going to go anymore.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

ZOEVA The Basic Moment Palette Review

I first started using ZOEVA (makeup brushes) years ago when they began working with influencers on Youtube. For once, the many (mostly) American beauty bloggers that I followed and loved so much were raving about a company that was actually based in Europe, Germany to be exact. I then placed an order for a beautiful rose gold eye makeup brush set and I have bought multiple back ups ever since. ZOEVA didn't have as much makeup in their online store yet at that time, today they have more palettes than I can count. As soon as the 'The Basic Moment' blush palette was released I was intrigued. I love the design of the palette and the formula sounded really promising. After looking at some reviews I finally decided to place an order for my birthday. Let's have a look!

Monday, 11 September 2017

NEW Essence Fresh & Fit Foundation Review

Every time Essence releases a new foundation I have to try it. There is no other budget brand in Belgium that is, in my opinion, as affordable and reliable as Essence Cosmetics. I recently purchased a bunch of their new Fall/Winter makeup releases and part of my haul was this Essence Fresh & Fit Awake Makeup Foundation. Fresh & Fit is a new line Essence Cosmetics has created and, from looking just at the packaging of the products so far, everything is looking really promising! 

Friday, 8 September 2017

Trying To Get Back Up When Depression Beats You Down

As most of you have noticed I haven't been very active on my social media these past weeks. Where I'm usually able to talk through and about my emotions, by sharing it with all of you, for some reason I can't even bring myself to do that, I'm completely stuck. I feel shame and sadness mostly. Not so long ago I was ready to tell my therapist I only wanted to see her once every other week, and at this very moment I feel like I've been defeated by mental illness once again. I've been trying to scrap my feelings together that, in my head, are dispersed all over the floor and somehow I don't seem to be able to pick them all up. I feel like a mess.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

How Much I Spent On Makeup This Month #8

The Summer is over and, even though there's no back to school for me, I can't help but feel a little lost this time of year. I could have done with more Summer holidays for sure - so instead I very much drowned myself in makeup the past weeks. My August makeup shopping, honestly, was a little scandalous for my doing. If you're not familiar with this series, I basically keep track of all the makeup I buy every single month and compare it to my expenses from the previous months. I started it back in January and now we are already heading into September! August was the reveal of new makeup trends, fall collections and winter makeup must haves. Let's see how much money I spent on makeup in the month of August!

Monday, 4 September 2017

KIKO Duo Bronzer Review

KIKO Cosmetics has seduced me yet again with another limited edition bronzer! This time with the KIKO Fall 2.0 Duo Bronzer, which is part of a collection featuring beautiful midnight blue and gold packaging. The Fall 2.0 edition features products such as a Duo Blush, a baked bronzer and highlighter, magnetic eyeshadows and Lip Stylo lipsticks. I was immediately taken by the collection's luxurious look, it reminds me a little of Estée Lauder. Even though the bronzer was a little more expensive than I wanted it to be, I just needed to know if the formula was just as great on the face as it swatched on my finger, smooth and oh, so buttery! I bought two compacts, one for a girlfriend's birthday and one for me. Let's have a look!

Friday, 1 September 2017

Catrice 2017 Fall/Winter Makeup Collection Review

Catrice launched the new Fall/Winter Makeup Collection of 2017 and I have reviewed it all right here for you! Twice a year Catrice Cosmetics turns their whole entire makeup display upside down and decides which products will be discontinued and which products will be added to the brand and have their very own moment of glory. The metallic finish is definitely what the 2017 Fall/Winter makeup trends are all about this time around. Many of the makeup products in this new collection are metallized, glowing, shaping and color correcting. Are you excited?! Let's have a look!

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

joliennathalie.com Will Be Back September 1st

I know a lot of you really love my flatlays but I'm very hard on myself when it comes to being creative with my photography. I always want to do better, improve my skills and be the best beauty blogger I can be. Even though I had a bunch of content ready to publish, I've decided to take 2 weeks off to recollect and start fresh on the 1st of September.

Monday, 14 August 2017

H&M Precision Makeup Sponge Review

I've been receiving quite a few requests lately to review the H&M Beauty Makeup Sponges. I like the H&M Beauty brand and I love applying foundation and concealer with a good makeup sponge! H&M has several products that are staples in my everyday makeup routine and they are really affordable, a little bit more affordable than regular drugstore products in fact. Their precision sponges for example only retail for €3.99 each! No wonder people want to find out if they're any good. I think H&M is doing great beauty wise so I decided to go for it and try 2 of their precision sponges.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Therapy Update: Regretting Your Past

It's been a long time since I've made a therapy update, mostly because I've been enjoying living my life as a (rather) happy person, but also because I don't really know what to say anymore. I've chatted about this on my Snapchat, that I feel like I'm done talking about my childhood and my upsetting experiences with my therapist. It's not that I think I'm healed from trauma or that I have processed absolutely everything, I'm literally just at a loss for words. Going to therapy for more than a year has truly been the most eye opening experience I've ever had, and I guess I'm just trying to deal with the magnitude of it all. When I think of all the things I have learned, about myself, about family, friends and mental illness in itself, I am relieved but I'm also horrified. I'm slowly but surely quite embarrassed for some of my behaviour and thoughts I've had in the past.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Freedom & I Heart Makeup NOW AVAILABLE at Kruidvat

If you've been following me for some time you know that I announced a while ago that Kruidvat was discontinuing their 2B Colours makeup display. As much as I love the 2B Colors CC - and Illuminating Correcting Cream, I have to admit that 2B is a brand that is rather boring compared to their competitors. They never really follow makeup trends or release exciting limited editions, and their newest products aren't always that exciting. I asked Kruidvat why & when this change was going to happen and while they were fast in confirming the brand was indeed disappearing from their stores, my 'why?' question was left unanswered. To be honest I already kind of knew they were going to replace it with another cosmetics' brand, but I didn't know which one. Makeup Revolution and MUA were my first guesses, I was wrong! Over the weekend I happened to jump in one of the Kruidvat drugstores and there it was: brand new FREEDOM and I HEART MAKEUP displays!

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Maybelline Master Blush Palette Review

Maybelline has a new palette available in their makeup displays at the drugstore: the Master Blush Color & Highlighting Kit. I previously reviewed the Master Bronze kit so don't forget to follow up with that post once you've got my thoughts on this new beauty! Maybelline was kind enough to send me a couple of their new products and I couldn't be more excited, is this blush palette an absolute must have? Let's have a look!

Friday, 28 July 2017

How Much I Spent On Makeup This Month #7

I can't believe the month of July is already over! Time is going so fast these days, I feel like it was just yesterday that I shared with you how much money I spent on makeup in June, and that was a lot. Today we are officially heading into the following 6 months of my money counting journey, where I keep track of every makeup purchase I do, and share that with you here, in this post! Everything was a little different in July and you'll immediately notice why when you go over the makeup products that I mentioned every week. Are you ready?! Let's see how much makeup I bought in the month of July!

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

L'Oreal Miss Baby Roll Mega Volume Mascara

Whenever I think about great drugstore mascaras, my mind immediately goes to L'Oreal Paris. Their mascaras have amazing, long wearing formulas that can easily beat the best high end makeup brands and they score even higher as cult makeup favorites for many beauty bloggers because L'Oreal just always makes sure your lashes look stunning! Time after time the L'Oreal team surprises us with new formulas and today I am reviewing the newest: the L'Oreal Miss Baby Roll Mega Volume Mascara! Let's have a look.

Monday, 24 July 2017

NEW Essence Fall/Winter Makeup Collection 2017

Trendy, high-quality cosmetics products with a must-have character, that's what Essence Cosmetics stands for! From August onwards, Essence will be releasing their new Fall/Winter 2017 Makeup Collection featuring the key trend 'metallic'. Let's have a look at innovative base products, color correcting galore, new mascaras for fleeky eyelashes and certainly not to miss: new lip products for luscious lips!

Friday, 21 July 2017

NEW Garnier Skin Active With Aloe Vera

I have to be honest, I wasn't very motivated to change up my skincare when I kindly received these beautiful PR products in the mail from Garnier. I'm a creature of habit and even though my current skincare routine wasn't actually helping much, I still was a bit wary about trying something completely new. Being a creature of habit makes me a reliable, trustworthy blogger but also a boring one, because I constantly promote the same products. Products that I do believe in and wouldn't change up for the world - but my skin freaked out at the beginning of the Summer season, and walking around with painful breakouts all over my t-zone just wasn't the way I wanted to spend my holidays. It wasn't until I randomly tried the Garnier Hydra Bomb Tissue Mask with Green Tea that I finally wanted to focus on this new skin care line: the Garnier Skin Active range with Aloe Vera.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Maybelline Master Bronze Palette Review

Maybelline has slayed us yet again with another palette: the Master Bronze Color & Highlighting Kit! A couple weeks ago I received a generous PR package from the brand with loads of their new products and I couldn't be more excited to tell you all about this beauty. Contouring and highlighting palettes have been around for a while but the cosmetics industry has clearly decided to provide us with new and improved bronzer kits for the Summer season. How did Maybelline do? Let's find out!

Monday, 10 July 2017

The Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer Is BACK!

Have you heard?! The Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer is back in Belgium, and let us hope for good this time! Last week I kindly received a fully stocked PR package from the brand and I was super excited to see that this famous cult beauty product will be available in our drugstores once again! The Maybelline Instant Anti Age The Eraser Eye Concealer is an absolute must have in your makeup stash and here's why!

Friday, 7 July 2017

NEW Catrice Fall/Winter Makeup Collection 2017

Catrice Cosmetics has revealed their new Fall/Winter makeup collection of 2017 and I couldn't be more excited. To be honest I was a little taken back when I received the press release in my inbox. The Summer season has only just started and Catrice is already diving into end of the year makeup trends. This time the new collection is all about high shine, shaping and color correcting! There's a brand new, never seen before, professional face palette and they are also bringing out their very own silisponge! Let's have a look at all of the new makeup products.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

How Much I Spent On Makeup This Month #6

July is here, the Summer has started, and we are back with all my receipts from the month of June! How much money did I spend on makeup in June and has there been a change in my spending pattern?! I started this blog series to talk about how much money I invest in cosmetics every month and we have now officially been keeping track of my shopping habits for half a year! I'm a beauty blogger and 6 months ago I decided that I should be confronted with my passion and addiction to makeup. Let's see how much makeup I bought in the month of June!

Monday, 3 July 2017

NYX Tame & Frame Brow Pomade Review

This was supposed to be a temporary solution, a product I bought out of desperation. It was the end of the month and I'd run out of all of my beloved 'eyebrows on fleek' staples: my Wunderbrow Eyebrow Gel and the Catrice Slim Matic Eyebrow Pencil. Going around eyebrowless isn't something I particularly enjoy so I decided to check out all of the drugstores nearby in search of something affordable, until I'd place an online order for some more Wunderbrow action. I ended up purchasing the NYX Tame & Frame Brow Pomade in Blonde and right now I am absolutely loving my 'desperate purchase'!

Monday, 26 June 2017

Miss Sporty Really Me Stick Foundation

I've noticed it's taking low budget brands quite a while to jump on the stick foundation band wagon. So far, in my drugstore, I've only seen one from NYC. I wonder if MUA, Essence or Catrice Cosmetics will ever launch one because I think it's interesting and very different, formula wise, from what we're used to see in the drugstore. On a trip to the Netherlands I passed by Miss Sporty's makeup display and there I did find one. I love the packaging and the name, it's called the Miss Sporty Really Me Second Skin Effect Foundation.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

KIKO Mini Divas Baked Bronzer Review

It's been a while since I've picked up a product from KIKO Milano. I like the brand but often times when I pay their shops a visit I leave empty handed, not so sure why. This past weekend however, it was a little different. The newest limited edition called 'Mini Divas' caught my eye and I was all over the Mini Baked Bronzer in 02 Essential Biscuit. I have an ELF bronzer just like it, and it is one of my absolute staples. I use it as a part of my makeup base all the time so I wanted to see whether this one from KIKO could be similar, if not better!

Monday, 19 June 2017

Essence Blushplay Palette Review

The Essence Cosmetics Blushplay palette was already launched a couple of months ago but it's taken me until now to actually purchase it and slowly but surely fall in love with it. It's no secret that I'm obsessed with Essence makeup and even though not every product is a hit, the brand does surprise me over and over again and this product is just that, a nice surprise! Let's have a look at this gorgeous and super affordable sculpting blush palette!

Monday, 29 May 2017

How Much 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!

Monday, 22 May 2017

Dear Blogger, Pinterest Is Not A Source

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.

Monday, 8 May 2017

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!

Monday, 1 May 2017

How Much 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.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

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!

Friday, 21 April 2017

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 up-cycling some of my older blogposts, among other things, just to be able to keep everything running smoothly.
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