14 April 2014

5 SERIES TO WATCH


Wow, I have been a terrible blogger lately. I really need to update more often. I've been busy revising and preparing for the exams in June, combined with birthday celebrations and - gotta be honest - lazy nights. I promise I'm working on new blog posts, I just haven't had the time to finish them; will do the best I can to update more often, pinky swear.

On those lazy nights my favourite things are to do a manicure or munch on some pizza while discovering new TV series. I can get so hooked up on a show, sometimes I'll watch 4 episodes in one night (that's bad, I know). I've watched some amazing TV shows in the past 6 months, so I thought I'd introduce my top 5 to you.



How I Met Your Mother
Most of you will have heard of or seen How I Met Your Mother before. Ted Mosby tells his teenage kids the story of how he met their mother. We get to follow him and his 4 best friends on the search for the woman of his dreams.

Although I loved How I Met Your Mother, I felt like the last season bored me a little. It had beautiful parts, but most of it was a bit unnecessary for me. And then the final episode kind of ruined it… Anyway, that’s just my thoughts. I don't mean to sound negative, because How I Met Your Mother is hilarious and has made me laugh tears, it’s 100% worth watching!

Orange Is The New Black
Orange Is The New Black tells the story of Piper Chapman, a woman living in New York who is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after transporting drug money for her former girlfriend. Ten years after the facts, she is convicted and sent to the fictional Litchfield, where she has to deal with the guards, her fellow inmates and as it turns out, with her drug smuggler ex girlfriend Alex too.

Orange Is The New Black is one of those series that never gets boring. Piper is a woman in her thirties, engaged to a wonderful man and all of a sudden her life falls apart because of one stupid mistake she made years ago. What I love the most about this show, is that there's so much diversity in the characters and we get to know the other women in Litchfield and their background. Season 2 is now streaming on Netflix if I'm not mistaken, so I'm excited to watch it soon.


Breaking Bad
Walter White’s world collapses when he’s diagnosed with lung cancer. He gives up his job as a chemistry teacher and teams up with former student Jesse Pinkman to cook crystal meth, so he can collect money to secure his family’s future. Having turned to a life of crime, Walter develops into a manipulative, selfish drug baron going by the name of Heisenberg who will do anything to have his way. 

This show… I can’t begin to explain how good it is. The storyline is so captivating, it never gets boring. The character development of all main characters is also really interesting. If you’re still looking for a great series to watch, this is it.



The Carrie Diaries
The Carrie Diaries is a prequel series to Sex and the City. We meet Carrie Bradshaw as a 15-year-old high school student and see how she takes her first steps to becoming a writer. 

This is a typical teen girl series, which usually isn’t the kind of show I’d like, but I actually really enjoyed it. So far I’ve only watched the first season, and I’m really curious for the next! AnnaSophia Robb (who plays Carrie Bradshaw) seems like such a sweet, witty girl who I remembered from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and I loved her in Bridge to Terabithia.

American Horror Story
This horror series is quite different than others, as it tells a completely new concept (i.e. different characters and storyline) each season. There’s Murder House, Asylum and Coven, and the fourth season Freak Show starts in October. The first and second season were genius, but to be honest, I am not looking forward to Freak Show at all, haha. I hope it won't be full of clowns because that’s just terrifying!


Have you seen any of these series?


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8 April 2014

MARCH SHOPPING HAUL


I have another haul post for you today! It's kind of funny really, I've been loving everything pictured above so much lately, so this could count as a 'favourites of the month' as well? Anyway, I've done quite some shopping so let's have a look at what I've bought!


My favourite one out of the bunch is without a doubt Clarins' Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Candy Shimmer (you can still enter my Clarins giveaway *click here*!!). This has been my go-to lip product ever since I got it. The weather's been lovely and this gel/balm hybrid just gives my lips that extra oomph. Another product from Clarins is their Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch primer, which blurs out imperfections effortlessly and creates a flawless base before applying foundation. I love this primer because it makes my skin feel really soft.

I also went to the MAC counter. I needed a new concealer after a small crisis (I had run out of Bourjois Healthy Mix and couldn't find them anywhere, so I bought a random one by Maybelline because I was in a rush. Turned out it was too orange! The horror...) and got the Pro Longwear concealer to make sure that this time the colour would match my skin tone. I got matched with NW15. Tip: The assistant said she chose a concealer with cool, pink undertones because it would do the best job at covering up my dark under-eye circles. For foundation I'd probably need NC15 (= yellow undertones). I also bought the Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle. I've wanted it for ages and after all the work I've been doing at uni lately I felt like I deserved a treat. I've been using this so much since I got it. Sunshine + Soft and Gentle = the prettiest highlight for spring. Another most used product is Bourjois Cream Blush. They're really easy to blend into the skin and the finish is subtle enough to give your cheeks that impression of a natural flush.

When I was in Eindhoven last month, I bought a bottle of Philosophy's Purity Made Simple. This multifunctional facial cleanser has been my evening make up remover/cleanser for about 2 weeks now and so far I like it.



Last but not least, I got some non beauty things too! A while back I spotted Zara's new Combined Office Citybag and fell in love. I was pretty disappointed when their famous city bags (in 2012 I think?) sold out right after I had decided I wanted one, so when I saw these I didn't hesitate and got the grey/white variation! It comes with a black clutch, which you can leave in the bag or use on its own. And speaking of the famous Zara city bag... The black bag on the right is a City Bag lookalike from Primark! It cost 15 euros so you can't expect the same lasting quality, but I think Primark did well! I've been carrying this bag around everywhere in the past couple weeks. I also bought a new Carhartt beanie. It was on my Christmas wishlist, so it was probably about time I got it. Plus it was pouring down, one of the few times in Belgium in the past month, so another excuse why I needed it!


Have you gone shopping lately?

2 April 2014

WIN: CLARINS INSTANT LIGHT NATURAL LIP PERFECTOR


Modest Mix turned 1 and my 21st birthday is on Friday! This calls for a celebration and since I'm feeling generous, I'm doing a small giveaway!

To show you my thanks I am making one lucky reader happy with the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in my personal favourite shade Candy Shimmer!

The Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector has been my favourite lip product lately. I haven't gone a day without applying a coat of Candy Shimmer ever since spring began - the weather here has been lovely! It feels more like a gel/balm rather than a gloss. I'm not a fan of glossy products, so this is the perfect alternative since it doesn't make the lips sticky. Candy Shimmer is a sweet pink shade with pink micro shimmer that will give the lips a beautiful polished look.

This giveaway is open to readers in Belgium and the Netherlands. To participate, follow the steps in the Rafflecopter box below. I will draw the winner on April 23rd! Good luck!

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1 April 2014

MODEST MIX TURNS 1!


Today marks the first birthday of Modest Mix! (Note the card I made *insert goofy grin*) I can't believe it's been a year since I started this blog. Even though I had been reading blogs for years, having my own and writing posts seemed a bit scary 'till I decided I really wanted it in February last year, maybe? I wrote my introduction on 1 April 2013 (click *here* to read). One year later and I'm still loving this!

The main reason why I started Modest Mix was to practice my writing skills (I study English at university) and tell people about my life. Things turned out a bit different! Beauty became the main focus - still with a personal touch, luckily - but I don't mind because I love everything cosmetics related. I also learned that my passion for writing has grown a lot. Even though I only post once or twice a week, I spend a lot of time writing (blog posts or otherwise) and it's never been not exciting. It doesn't really come across online, but I feel so happy when you, people who read my blog, like what I write - especially when I worked really hard on that particular post.

For this somewhat 'special' occasion and with my 21st birthday coming up, I've decided to set up a giveaway for you! Tomorrow at 7 AM (GMT+1 Belgian time zone) I will post about one of my latest favourite makeup products and you'll have the chance to win that same product. It's still a surprise, but I can assure you it's a hyped product amongst makeup fanatics. So don't forget to check again tomorrow!