‘Ya know, I haven’t done one of these in a long time. Heck. I haven’t been blogging for a long time. Apologies for being so M.I.A. in the past few months, but I come bearing good news: I finally finished my Masters degree! Wooohoo! After 5 years of University (a BA is 4 years in the Netherlands), I’m finally done with education —at least for another 3-5 years. Going back to why I’m writing this post is: I’ve never really stopped online shopping (don’t judge) and reaching this ‘milestone’ has triggered a switch in my brain that keeps telling me I deserve a treat. So instead of going crazy and splurging on impulse
treats buys, I’m being good by sticking with the online equivalent of window shopping —but not for long…
With the Summer sales gone, my Master programme coming to an end, and with the start of September, Autumn is really in full swing now. Although my skin is combination-oily, once the weather starts going colder, my skin needs oils to balance it, or I’ll just end up with dry patches everywhere. After Lily Pebbles’ August Faves video, SkinOwl’s Beauty Drops PM Mangosteen Oil made it on top of my list. Mangosteen is supposedly a great ingredient to treat acne, hyper pigmentation and the like. It’s one of my daily struggles and after reading so many glowing reviews, I can’t help but be intrigued.
Being on the topic of not being able to help myself, Christian Louboutin Beauté’s Silky Satin Lip Colour in Rouge Louboutin is an unnecessary luxury. But I mean… LOOK AT THAT PACKAGING. I doubt I’ll every be able to afford the red sole pumps, and a lipstick is so much more within my price range right? #thepeasantlife Something more affordable is Bumble and Bumble’s Don’t Blow It, which is supposed to be a treatment to apply onto towel-dried hair and it’ll leave it looks amazing, without having to blow-dry your hair. I almost always blow-dry my hair, but I’m always up for an effortless hair treatment. (I’m that lazy).
Whilst I probably have enough foundations to last me and five others for a lifetime, I can’t ignore a new kid on the block. MAC Studio Waterweight SPF30 Foundation is one of them. It’s literally just launched and is described as an, “Ultra-fluid, elastic gel- serum formula, with a virtually weightless feel”. It supposedly is long-lasting, has sheer-medium coverage and softly blurs imperfections. On the contrary of foundations, you’ll rarely see/hear me raving about fragrances, because I can’t justify the prices for fragranced water. That doesn’t mean I don’t wear perfumes or am not tempted by the likes of Diptyque, Jo Malone, By Redo, etc —it just means I suggest other people to buy them for me ;-). Acqua Di Parma Fico di ALMALFI is actually one of the few fragrances that I’d atually buy for myself. It’s fresh with a subtle hint of clean/freshness mixed with citrus. The perfect everyday scent, and as I doubt I’ll be visiting the Almalfi coast soon, this would be a good (and cheaper) alternative no?
I’m not one to necessarily splurge on brushes – my Real Techniques and EcoTools brushes work just fine – I can’t deny the lingering desire for Hakuho-do brushes. So when Sephora announced they’d be doing a limited range with Hakuho-do, I was over the moon. Beautylookbook has done a full review on each brush, and to me the Kusuriyubi Angled Concealer Brush sounds like the must-have from the collection. Fresh used to be a Sephora-only brand and ridiculously difficult to get hold of in Europe —no the Marylebone store does not count. However, they have finally launched their online store, so we don’t have to plan in trips to buy it on a trip to the States. Whilst the lip balms and the sugar scrub are on my list, with my love for roses, Fresh’s Rose Face Mask is on top of my list. This is their 15th anniversary packaging, designed by Jo Ratcliffe and I think that just makes me want it more. AND, Eva Chen loves this. You know how the saying goes. If it’s good enough for Eva…
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