November 25, 2015
In-store fights and street-long queues, no more. Tackle this year's Black Friday from the comfort (and warmth!) of your own home and save yourself from being punched, pulled or pinched in stores. I did the digging and found some great Black Friday beauty and fashion deals and all that's left for you to do is to compile your wish lists, prep your [virtual] baskets and have your card details ready.
November 23, 2015
I'm not the one to fall for cutesy packaging, because I went through the ‘princess phase’ a long time ago. Yes, the Dear My Enamel Lips-Talk may look excessively cute, but don't let its exterior fool you. These lipsticks pack a serious punch of colour and are oh-so comfortable to wear.
November 17, 2015
When I moved back home, my skincare routine was all over the place. Whilst I had a mask collection enough to treat a small village, routinely products were running out or simply not working. During a spontaneous trip to H&B, my Mum dragged me to the Weleda shelves to introduce her to the range and as I was busy going through each range one by one, my eye fell on their Dermalotion. Whilst it looked very similar to the Aknedoron Purifying Lotion –yes the one everyone keeps raving about– I wasn't sure. Actually, I'm still not sure whether it is the same, but I do know that this stuff has saved my skin for the better.
November 2, 2015
OK, I do realise that it's taken ages for me to share my London haul. In the mean time, I've already been to London and been back for a few weeks now. Sorry, somehow writing just didn't happen and I couldn't find the inspiration and motivation. But I think I'm back on track now! Some may think I went a bit overboard with my haul (maybe I did), but you've got to understand that most of these brands/products aren't carried in the Netherlands. Also: I'm a sucker for duty-free.
October 12, 2015
Natural makeup brands are really starting to take off, mainly because of the very influential green beauty blogging community. Whereas I'm quite comfortable in the green beauty skincare segment, I've not yet found a brand that ticks all the boxes. Foundations are my main struggle and during a random Google search, I stumbled upon Und Gretel —a natural and organic German makeup brand created by MUA Christina Rothand and marketer Stephanie Dettmann. It was born based on the idea to provide great textures, formulations and bold/modern colours without using preservatives and toxins, creating a pure makeup brand without compromises.
October 8, 2015
I know overnight masks are no new thing and I'll be honest —I've tried my fair share over the years. However, as my skin is rather sensitive, and taking into account I'm very acne-prone, after a few mishaps I was avoiding these ‘overnight treatments’, like a goldfish avoids the toilet bowl. For the sake of the blog, you and mankind – OK and my own curiosity – I gave overnight treatments another go, just to see whether formulas have improved. After a few mehs, I found three keepers, which are now staples in my routine. As a skin disclaimer: I've got acne-prone, combination-oily skin with hyper pigmentation probz. #lifestruggles
October 2, 2015
I realised a bit late that I forgot about my August faves, but because I was stuck inside the library all day 'err day, life wasn't too fruitful anyways. September on the other hand was very exciting and hectic. In a span of 4 weeks, I've handed in my dissertation, officially gone from student to unemployed, been frequenting the airport way too often and am so confused about my current status and near future. This all has been reflecting on my skin, which is confused, angry and just stressed to the core. I've got highs and lows, but I noticed that keeping my skincare to the bare minimum and supplementing it with soothing + hydrating treatments was the way to go. (I know it sounds simple, yet it took me many years to get to this solution).
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