All posts tagged: make up

Friday Face

Hint, there’s not a lot going on! After last Summer’s make up funk (Want to know what funk? Read here), I still have not ventured back into a three colour eye look or a full face of make up. A crisp, perfect base, mascara and a lipstick to match my mood, and I am a happy camper. A flick of black liner when I feel fancy, but that is about it. My eyeshadow singles, duo’s and palettes have not moved an inch since last June, heavily neglected. These last few weeks, I keep reaching for the same combination, let’s call it my ‘Basic’s Deluxe’ look. First up, two pea sized drops of the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer prove to be the perfect base coat, smoothing out what needs to be smoothed out without being too slippery or oily. I then buff in the Sisley Anti-Ageing Foundation with the Beautyblender for a natural look with a good dose of medium coverage. The Sisley foundation is rather new to my collection, but it was an instant …

New Beauty Haven Alert – Philvert

“It’s Friday, I’m in love!” Well, in this case it’s almost Friday, but I am in love nonetheless! Today saw the launch of a brand spanking new beauty webshop, Philvert, and it’s like Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter have rolled into one for this skincare lover. As it would befit a true beauty haven, Philvert is helmed by one of the most knowledgeable skincare connaisseurs out there, Philippe Bijnens. Created when his own extensive search for a Belgian webshop offering effective and organic niche brands skincare fell short, he set out to select the most effective of organic brands with that price / quality ratio we all love, and introduce them to the Belgian market. Kosas lipstocks, Kure Bazaar, Mr Bean scrubs, Antipodes, Marvis Mint, Leonor Greyl, Voya, I don’t know where to look first and more importantly, what to try first! Beauty heaven has arrived! “Practically nobody has time to fully understand what they’re buying or using for beauty and health, so we’re doing that for them, we take out the guesswork and show that there …

End of Summer Make Up Menu

My entire summer make up musings have consisted of my basically discarding almost all make up, a constant streamlining of my entire routine to the bare minimum *who am I kidding, I’m just downright lazy*. My three product make up look is pretty must the most often used look this summer, and even when I felt like stepping it up, I did not venture beyond one swipe of eyeshadow. I’d love to be able to say that thing shave beeen looking up and I have started putting in more of an effort since, but nooo, the summer of beauty laziness is still in full force! *sorry not sorry* These last few weeks have been jam-packed with meetings and filling in for other people, which basically meant a constant stream of people at my desk and a whole lot of stress and frustration to erase from face, so I altered my line up a bit to give it a bit more oomph, but still within the boundaries of my excessive don’t want to put in an ounce …

Single Swipe Sweeties

See what I did there? A little alliteration to get the weekend started… Anyone else that gets overly excited about word puns and language trickeries? No? Just me? Anyway, the weekend is almost upon us, and while theoretically it’s stills summer, that Autumn weather outside has me thinking otherwise. As a result, I’ve been slowly easing back into wearing a bit more make up than my 3 product look I’ve been rocking these last few months, and these Dior single eyeshadows have been just the ticket! Single swipe / easy application eyeshadows are my favourite, during the week I just don’t have the time to layer different shades into a complete dramatic look *those 10 minutes extra in bed make a world of difference!*, and during the weekends I tend to go for even less make up. Parties and nights out are a rare occasion, so all my palettes are being severly neglected at the moment. These two Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow beauties on the other hand, are getting a lot of airplay! The golden hue …

Summer holiday make up (or lack thereof…)

The sun has been out and about in all of it’s crowning glory these last few weeks, and whenever that happens, my make up cravings completely dissolve into sweet nothingness. even the slightest hint of eyeshadow becomes too much to bear. Keeping that in mind, I challenged myself to pack only the bare minimum of make up for our summer trip, only allowing myself to take with that which I knew I would surely use. Turns out, I use extremely little make up on holiday (skincare on the other hand is quite a different story…). Here’s what travelled to France with me. Little clue: it’s not much…. Turns out, the bare minimum reallty is the bare minimum, because I ended up taking only three make up items with me. Not taking my mascara with me was a no go, so the Sisley So Curl Mascara got grabbed quicker than Imelda Marcos and a new pair of Louboutins. A deep, intense black colour, lashes that are instantly curled, thickened and lifted, it’s my flash wake-up trick every …

Matchy matchy with Dior

Sometimes, you just want to go against all of beauty’s rules and conventions, and just do whatever the hell you like. Case in point, heavy eyeshadow and lipstick or a good lashing of some 80’s vibrant blue eyeliner. I draw the line at lipliner that is darker than your actual lipstick though (or lipliner but no lipstick *oh the horror*). Friday, if you ask me, is the perfect day to stray a bit and go old school matchy matchy with my nails and lips. Lately I’ve been loving the latest two additions to my Christian Dior collection (which is getting rather extensive, ahem…), the Dior Addict Lipstick in Ultradior and the Dior Nail Lacquer in Ultradior. Both limited edition for this summer, both the exact same shade and both so drop dead gorgeous when used separately. Time to take these beauties to the next level, and go for a double dose of Ultradior. A few coats of mascara, a flick of black eyeliner, some creamy coral pink moisturizing goodness on my lips, and the exact …

The Everyday Look That Also Wows At Night

These two looks have pretty much been a steady fixture on my face these last few weeks, office days, endless meetings, brunch with my friends, dinner dates, they have seen me look glorious through it all! Low in amount of products, even lower in effort but high in effect, shortly put, my kind of look! If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! Let’s have a quick peek, shall we? For my base, I must admit to having played around a bit, depending on the coverage / glow ratio I want to obtain, switching between the Givenchy Beauty Balm, the Sisley Phyto Teint and the Eucerin Hyaluron Filler CC Cream. A light touch of bronzer later, I turn my focus to my eyes. I started to become real lazy with eyeshadow lately, so an easy application and a quick dusting of one colour all over the lid are my two requirements at the moment. Clear the eyeshadow playing field for Buberry Sheer Eyeshadow in Pale Barley and Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eye Stick in Amber Haze. Both variations on …

Givenchy La Révélation – A Pastel Dream

Divine and angelic may not be the first words that come to mind when I have to describe myself, but thanks to Givenchy’s latest Spring/Summer collection, all that is about to change! Givenchy La Révélation (The Revelation) hit my desk a few months ago, and a skip and a hop (and several test looks) down the road, I am ready to let you know how angelical (or devilish) my thoughts on the pieces are. Celebrating an ethereal and celestial beauty was on the forefront of Nicolas Degennes’ mind when he created this collection. Pastel shades saturate the line up of products, the pinks and peaches oozing with softness and promising to light up your face with one touch. Showstopper of the collection, as usual with Givenchy, is the Poudre Lumière Originelle*. Described as an illuminating powder with a matte effect, this might be the one powder many of us have been chasing for years. The pastel pink formula lights up your face, giving it that very ethereal, natural glow from inside with no sparkles, frostiness or …

Knockout Eyes with Estee Lauder

Leen, where have you been? I know, I know, I went a bit awol, but I had a good excuse. After a heavy few weeks, my parents in law had invited the hubs, our kids and me for a relaxing Easter week away, way out in the German woods. It’s was much needed week of quality time, a spot of reading, a lot of walks, and to be honest, hardly any make up. And by hardly any, I really do mean hardly any. A bb cream was only complemented by this latest offering from Estée Lauder. Sometime, one eyecatcher is all you need… Right before I started narrowing down what I wanted to take with (multifunctionality for the win!), the new Estée Lauder Sumptuous Knockout Defining Lift and Fan Mascara* popped into my hands, and about two minutes and an application later, it hopped into my toilet bag and became the only eye make up item to come with to my forest hideaway. So, what’s so special about it? Estée Lauder amped up the volume of the …

Givenchy Rouge Interdit Vinyl

Lipproducts and me, we’ve got this on-off relationship thing going on. The bad boy of my make up relationships, it’s the product I cannot resist but that almost never ends well, and that Ikeep vowing to give up on. After a wild, heated phase full of unbrideld passion, red and dark lips leaving it’s mark everywhere, the love took a nosedive and fizzled out before Christmas… One of the things that soured the romance was how my previous attempts for long lasting colour completely dried out my lips. As much as I love a strong lip, I hate feeling that I have something on my lips (contradictory, I know…), and even more so, I hate dry lips with a passion. When the new Givenchy Rouge Interdit Vinyl collection came onto my radar, I read “hydrating, nourishing lipsticks”, and thought “Mmmmmm, maybe….” Shortly put, the back story sounds great: 12 lipsticks, ranging from soft nudes to a bright fuchsia and even a deep black, enhanced with black rose oil for deep moisture, a silicon resin for a plumping …