23 July 2014

SUMMER LOVIN': CURRENTLY IN MY MAKEUP BAG


Despite the fact that it's been up to 35°C all week and therefore putting on makeup is about the last thing on my mind, I'm going to show you my favourite products of this month. On the rare occasion that I'll do a full makeup routine, from primer to setting spray, this is what I've been using the most.

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat- I'm still figuring out how to properly set this foundation on warmer days, but overall I've been loving it. The shade B10 matches my skin tone perfectly now that I'm a little bit more tanned (I could still pass for a ghost, though). The glowy finish is so pretty. Because this foundation is a light to medium coverage, you can build it up in layers and the result will still look very natural. My favourite brush to apply this is the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. Like I said, the product does tend to slide off. For me it always transfers on the 'problem areas' on my face where I wish to conceal blemishes. I thought it was just me, but nope, more people seem to be having this problem. If you know any tricks to keep the product in place other than prime/conceal/powder, let me know!

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector- Golden oldie and a product that (sort of*) convinced me to give lip gloss a second try. I keep one of the Lip Perfectors in my handbag in case I want something that's more than a standard lip balm and doesn't require a lot of work like applying a lipstick. This balm/gloss hybrid is hydrating and makes lips look more plump, all while giving them a sheer wash of colour. * I haven't even tried other lip glosses since I bought this. Whoops.

Benefit Coralista blush- A beautiful coral blush with a golden shimmer. The colour isn't as noticeable on my skin as I'd like it to, but the finish is gorgeous. I love how the golden sheen highlights my cheekbones.

GOSH grey kohl pencil- I recently rediscovered this kohl eyeliner pencil by GOSH. It used to be my go-to eyeliner for a 'not black for once' smokey eye years ago. Lately I've been using it to 'tightline' the upper waterline.

Zoeva Crease brush- This fluffy eyeshadow brush is too large to use in the crease of my eye. Instead I use it to apply powder under my eyes, for contouring and for a precise application of highlighter. I'm thinking of ordering another one of these because I use it every day and Zoeva brushes are very affordable.

Of course these aren't the only makeup products I've been loving. A well-deserved shout out goes to the YSL Rouge Volupté Shine lipsticks, MAC Fix+ spray, which I've been using to give my makeup a dewy finish and which is so refreshing on a hot day, The Body Shop baked eyeshadows and Max Factor's Clump Defy mascara, because it's the only product I can't go a day without.

What are your summer makeup essentials?

16 July 2014

CORAL CRAZE: YSL ROUGE VOLUPTE SHINE #12 (+ LOTD)


You ever buy something that makes you go Smeagol? Yeah... That's how I feel about my first lipstick from Yves Saint Laurent. Last month I visited the YSL counter with a mission. After seeing Sam from Batalash wear the Rouge Volupté Shine in the shade Corail Incandescent (#12) in one of her latest videos, I couldn't stop thinking about it. And if I can't get a lipstick out of my head, then you bet it's gonna be mine.

First things first: packaging. YSL makeup have some of the most beautifully designed packaging I have ever seen. The Rouge Volupté Shine lipsticks scream luxury. They're golden, except for the band in the middle which is the same colour as the product. The golden YSL logo wrapped around the lipstick case is the cherry on the cake that is this beaut. It doesn't surprise me that some people collect these just because they're so pretty.


I wish this picture would have captured the true colour of Corail Incandescent better, oh and the shine! The colour is a bold coral red in real life, which appears more pink on my skin tone. The Rouge Volupté Shine have a glossy finish. They are highly hydrating and don't cling to dry patches. Corail Incandescent is super pigmented and lasts a good 3 hours on me. Even with the balmy formula, the colour applies easily. It's not as sheer as you'd think; you can build up the colour to get a more opaque finish. It leaves a light stain, so even after having a drink or a snack, the colour won't wear off completely. My favourite way to wear Corail Incandescent at the moment is on a warm day when I don't feel like putting a lot of effort in applying makeup - hence the ungroomed eyebrows *no shame*. I add this lipstick to brighten the look and I'm good to go! It smells like mango too. PS. Foundation of choice was the YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat. I haven't written about it yet because I'm not sure if I like how it feels on my skin but the finish... dang. (Does anyone else have this foundation and feel like it slides off, even with a primer?)

Moral of the story: Rouge Volupté Shine lipsticks are the shizz. I couldn't justify buying them for a long time because truth is, they are pricy but I haven't regretted this purchase for a second. Corail Incandescent is bold enough to glam up any look, but it's also great for when you want a simple, no-fuss makeup look but still add that extra something. Thanks to the balm-like formula, this is the kind of product I'd take in my bag and wouldn't be afraid to touch up my lipstick with on the go.

How about you, are you familiar with YSL lipsticks? I'd love to hear which one is your favourite.

9 July 2014

ESSIE MINT CANDY APPLE & SAND TROPEZ


The newest nail polishes in my stash - what a strange word, isn't it - happen to be perfect for summer. I'm talking about Mint Candy Apple and Sand Tropez from Essie. These are my first Essie polishes and although I didn't buy them expecting a longer-lasting manicure, I'm impressed. On the condition that I've used a top coat of course, manis aren't finished until after a top coat.


Sand Tropez is what I would consider the 'perfect nude' for me. I'm aware that this is a beige colour, but I've tried nude nail polishes with pink undertones and they looked awful. Sand Tropez compliments my skin tone better. This one is great if you're looking for a pretty neutral shade that isn't too light.

Mint Candy Apple is an eye-catching mint blue. It's a lot brighter than I expected, but nonetheless one of my favourites for this season. It looks really nice on my light skin tone. I'd love to combine this with a light grey polish for a simple nail art soon.

The consistency of Sand Tropez and Mint Candy Apple is on the thin side but application works fine. Both polishes need two layers to achieve an opaque finish. They last about 3-4 days on my nails before I need to touch up where there's tip wear, but only if I've applied a layer of top coat every day. If I tell you that a lot of my nail polishes start chipping after a day max, then the quality of these Essie polishes is not bad at all!

Which nail polish do you wear most often?

4 July 2014

HELPING HANDS: PUNK BOUQUET


Last month I headed to Antwerp to meet some friends. Of course while I was there, it was inevitable that I would be doing some shopping! (More blog posts about what I bought coming soon!) Shopping in Antwerp is always fun because there are shops we don't have in Ghent, like COS, Urban Outfitters, etc. However, I was particularly excited to visit the new & Other Stories. They just opened two shops in Belgium, which are absolutely worth visiting. I didn't find the sunglasses I was looking for, but besides that it was the beauty section that had me most curious!

After a lot of oohing and aahing I went with this cute mini hand cream from the Punk Bouquet bath & body range. The fragrance is a mix of vanilla and rose, and it's pretty safe to say this is the fanciest smelling hand cream I've ever had. I was thinking of getting the hand lotion too (it comes in a large pump bottle), but since I was staying with my friend that night, I didn't feel confident to carry that around for the next 24 hours without breaking the packaging or spilling the product - yeah, I'm that clumsy. I'll have to buy one next time I go to Antwerp. Back to the hand cream now... As I said, the fragrance is what makes it special for me, but the product is great too! Heavily fragranced products tend to make my skin tight, but the Punk Bouquet one does what it's supposed to do. The consistency is thin but not runny, and the cream easily absorbs into the skin. Result: soft, moisturized skin that smells amazing. I also like to use it on my cuticles. You probably wouldn't believe me until you tried it, but the scent lasts a few hours, even after washing your hands. & Other Stories have got my attention with their beauty section and I'm convinced to try more from Punk Bouquet and their other collections. Currently on my wishlist: cheek & lip tint, body mists, cream highlighter.