Sunday, February 18, 2018

MAC haul ~ February 2018

Dear readers,

in the past I did a MAC haul every single month but as you might have noticed I haven't gone to my local MAC store in a while. The reason I'm not going that often anymore is because my local MAC store is pretty small and I own everything I want to own from MAC at this moment.

However, I did see a few new products that looked interesting. So I ended up going to the MAC store last weekend. Today I want to share what I bought because I might do some future reviews.



I was very happy with the MAC concealer I bought last year but with my very dry under eye area it started to crease and crack very fast. So I felt like I needed to try a new concealer with a different formula. That's when I saw that MAC released this concealer; the MAC studio waterweight concealer. I was very curious to try the new formula and see if it works with my problem.

MAC about this concealer:
'An ultra-fluid formula with medium-full buildable coverage and a natural finish. While it hydrates and gently diffuses the appearance of imperfections, it also helps reduce the appearance of under eye circles, dark spots and discolouration.'

The guy at the MAC store helped me find my perfect shade and I eventually went for the NW15.
Which is lighter than my previous concealer, that was a NW20. The reason that I went a shade lighter is because I only want to use this under my eyes and by going a shade lighter it will actually bring out my eyes.

I got this concealer for €13.20 (40% off because I'm a MAC pro member).


I'm also searching for a dark pink eyeshadow that doesn't have a purple undertone but also isn't neon. The guy from the MAC store picked out this one so I was like 'Let's give this baby a try!' It's the shade 'Never say never' and I just found out that it's actually a small blush and not an eyeshadow at all but I love it. It's also not entirely what I was looking for but it's definitely an addition to my make up collection.
What I like most about this product is that you can build the colour up.

MAC calls this shade: 'A deep scarlet red.'

I got this small blush for €11.10 (40% off because I'm a MAC pro member).


The last product I got from the MAC store is the Fluidline brow gelcreme. I got it in the shade 'True brunette' and it's actually a lot lighter than I would normally choose to use.

MAC about the Fluidline brow gelcreme:
'Long-wearing waterproof gel in a pot that gives precise definition to brows. Applies smoothly, sets quickly for the ultimate well-groomed brow. Fills, lengthens and shapes for subtle to dramatic looks.'

The reason I bought this product is because I'm changing up my brow game with a new routine. For the past two years I have been using the Makeup Revolution Focus & Fix brow kit (which I'm loving to death) but I wanted something new. This is one of the products in my new brow routine and before I bought this I had been playing around with the Makeup Revolution brow pomade, which is similar. I'm actually planning to do a comparison review of both products.

I got the Fluidline brow gelcreme for €11.70 (40% off because I'm a MAC pro member).


Instead of adding a swatch photo of the products I decided to share this photo because I combined all the products into one look. On the lid I'm wearing the eyeshadow. My whole eyelid and under eye area is covered in the concealer. And my brows are done with the brow product, I know you can't see them completely but you get a glimpse.

xx Julia

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Review: Lush Enchanted eye cream

Dear readers,

today I'm going to review a product that has become my go-to product in a very short time; the Enchanted eye cream!
I bought this eye cream two weeks ago at Lush because the winter months make the area around my eyes very dry and painful.

At first I didn't know Lush sold eye creams and since I'm practically allergic for everything I didn't feel the need to search elsewhere. Before I bought this eye cream I tried Vaseline, thick body cream, my face creams (The Vanishing cream and Celestial) but nothing worked and some creams even made it worse.


Lush about the Enchanted eye cream:
'A refreshing, gentle eye cream for the delicate eye area, perfect for day or night. There’s no sorcery involved with this wonder cream. We’ve simply used organic oils and lavender honey water to give the precious eye area a boost, keeping it firm and supple. Using your little finger, gently dab on the line of your cheek bone up towards the brow bone morning and night.  '

When I started using this eye cream I did use it every morning I woke up and every night before I went to sleep. I did this because the areas under my eyes was soo sore, dry and very painful, it even affected my eyesight. After a week it wasn't completely necessary to use it twice a day because most of the pain I felt during the day was gone. However I did decided, with the weather getting colder, to use it before leaving the house.
The fact that the pain was mostly gone after using it for such a short time was really a miracle to me.  The two months prior I used so many different creams and stuff to make the pain go away and I ended up getting more pain and using the creams more often (because it did ease the pain but it didn't make it disappear).
I also feel like my eye area looks so much better and my dark circles has become less.

The only thing I do dislike about this cream is the pump because it gives way too much product. You only need a little bit of this cream and it gives you a whole lot and I never know what to do with it. So I often just unscrew the lid and put a little bit on my finger so I don't have to much product.

I got the Enchanted eye cream for €18.95.

What's your go-to product in these cold months?
xx Julia

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Highlights of 2017

Dear readers,

I have been absent from blogging for the past few months. I have really missed sitting down and taking pictures for my blog an writing stories. My absent was for a good reason, I have been really working on my resume in the audio-visual sector. Which might be something I want to start doing for a living.


I
thought it would be fun to make a comeback to blogging by sharing my highlights of 2017. At the end of the post you will read more about the stuff I have been working on in the past few months. 


I started 2017 off by dyeing my hair pink, blue and purple. I absolutely loved it! It made me feel like a unicorn. I thought it would be temporary but in the end the colours stuck a lot longer than I expected, which was fine! (Until I had to go to the hairdresser to get the green out, whoops)


I also went to three amazing fashion shows at Amsterdam Fashion Week. I enjoyed it soo much and I took so many gorgeous pictures.  I also posted an article filled with details, pictures and videos about the shows I saw, click here to go to that article.


In February I went a long weekend to Paris with my dad. I hadn't been in Paris for years and I really wanted to go back to enjoy the food and see the Louvre again. I ended up having a lovely time. We didn't eat as much as planned but we did see everything in the Louvre. We also went to some other museums and on a boat tour by night. I even filmed a lot of footage to make it into a video for YouTube but somehow I completely forgot to finish that project. So maybe in the near future I will still upload it.

I also visited Belgium, Brussel to be precise but I couldn't find any pictures from that trip. I went with a group of friends and we learned to make our own waffles and there was also a lot of beer. You get the picture.


I also visited London twice. The first time, in 2017, was in March to attend the Makeup Revolution birthday party. At which I had a lovely time with Florence and Bobbie. I turned the rest of my stay into a lovely trip and decided to see the Royal Botanic gardens. 
The second time, in 2017, was at the end of October to attend the Makeup Revolution Halloween Party. I also turned this into a lovely trip and ate a lot of food and went to see a lot of museums. 


In June I attend Queens werq the world Tour in the Netherlands. I have been to their shows before and they always blow my mind because the performance is so on point. This time was extra special because as a surprise Alyssa Edwards performance started in the middle of the audience and guess who was just centimetres apart from her? ME! I loved her in All Stars 2 soo much and I couldn't believe I was seeing her in real life and she was standing so close to me. It was amazing!

At the end of June another thing happened that was the biggest highlight of the year. I don't have any pictures of it because I don't know how to capture it in one photo. 
I managed to completely quit with my medication at the end of that month. I used to take a high dose of heavy antidepressants for my anxiety disorder (and depression) for four years. Both the mental illness as the medication were constantly controlling my life. I managed to quit it in two and half month and it wasn't easy but I did it. I have been feeling so much better mentally and physically after I quit. I also haven't had a single panic attack every since I stopped.
A few months after I quit an article come out in the newspaper saying that a lot of people, on the same medication, wanted to quit for years but it was too hard to do it. A friend sent me a link to this article saying: 'Woow I can't believe you did this!' It really marks the year.


Before the summer officially started I also went to visit my sister in Sweden. I got to see Copenhagen first, which was super excited because I have always wanted to visit the city. My favourite auteur, Hans Christian Anderson, comes for Copenhagen which was the main reason I wanted to visit it. The city was lovely and I had a great time. I also had a lovely time with my sister in Lund (Sweden). She took this picture of me with her Diana camera while we were having coffee. 


During the summer I went on a two week road trip with a bunch of friends. We went through Germany, Austria, Slovenia to Croatia. In Croatia we stayed in a villa and we had an amazing time. To sum up this vacation: food and sunshine. I had never been to Croatia or Slovenia but I absolutely loved it, especially the food.
I also took this picture of me in my bikini by the pool. The designer of the bikini top ended up sharing it on her social media. In November I got to meet the designer and she loved my picture so much that she gave me the bra version for free!


On our way back from Croatia we decided to visit Vienna for a few days. From the moment we arrived I knew that this was a place I wanted to revisit, not in the high touristy season though. We got a tour through the state Opera, walked through the city and we walked through the gardens of Schönbrunn. I definitely want to go back to see the palace. So visiting Vienna is one of my goals for 2018 or 2019.


In 2017 I learned to eat and appreciate oysters. I didn't really like them before until I had one that was very good (read: expensive) and from that moment on I absolutely loved them. I eat all kinds of oysters and I can't get enough of them. It's so weird how one moment you think something is gross and the other moment you think it's so delicious that you could eat them 24/7.


In October as part of a university project I and a few of my fellow students started working on a documentary for the city of Rotterdam. The documentary is about the taxi industry in Rotterdam. We had to film a lot and even at crazy hours (read: till six in the morning) on days like the evening before Christmas. Editing this project was a also a lot of work. On Monday, January 15, we had to handover the final product to the city of Rotterdam. They were so pleased with the end result that they're not only going to use it intern but also extern. Which means that somewhere in February it's going to be launched on social media. So the hard work wasn't for nothing and that makes me really happy, especially because my name is very big in the credits at the end of the documentary.
I couldn't share much of the behind the scene photo's or write about it on social media because a lot of the film work we did was under cover. Made I will share the end result on my blog.


Besides working on the documentary I also worked on three after movies. One for this party held in a very famous event location in The Hague called 'Het paard'. The other two were for a small festival and a gala. I also worked on one big after movie of three weeks of activities and that one will premiere in an actual theatre on Monday 22 of January.


2017 was the year in which I turned 25. (Which apparently doesn't mean I'm smart enough to know which way the 5 goes.) My dad told me: 'You're at 1/4 of your life'. I don't feel 25 yet but I love my birthday!


The last highlight of 2017 was that I discovered a delicious and fancy looking alcohol-free cocktail. I'm not allowed to drink alcohol because of a medical condition. It's pretty hard when a lot of people are enjoying their beers and wines around you and you have to sip cola. But thanks to this cocktail I got through the holidays! It's Ginger Ale with ice cubs, a slice of orange, cloves, a cinnamon stick & star anise. I highly recommend this cocktail!

I of course also celebrated Christmas and New years eve and like always it's was a lot of fun with a lot of delicious food.

What are your highlights from 2017?
x Julia

Monday, December 4, 2017

H&M black Friday and cyber Monday haul

Dear readers,

I have been a bit absent because of my crazy film schedule for university and some other projects. However I did find the time to shop online so I also felt that it was necessary to share my purchases. All of these items but one I bought either in a black Friday sale or a cyber Monday sale.



The blue lace dress I got with 10% discount and I decided to get it because it looks a lot like a dress I LOVE to wear but in a different colour with a different print. I got it for €22.50.

The faux fur vest I got for half prices off and it ended up being €11.99. I absolutely love the vest because it's so fancy yet comfortable.

I also got a pile top which I'm loving with this weather, it's soo soft and warm. I got it with a 50% discount and on top of this discount I got 10% off. So it ended up costing me €12.59.

Then I saw the loose fit pants with bow and I got soooo happy because I wanted this one soo bad but I didn't have the chance yet to buy it. Now I got it for half price with a 10% discount on top of it. I ended up getting it for €18.90.


The knitted cardigan I got with €5 discount for €13.99. In person it's a bit shorter than it looked on the website so I'm not sure when I'm going to wear this yet but I love the colour.

The knitted sweater looked more a like a regular top on the website and since I needed one of those and it was only €6.99 I decided to go for it.

And the last thing I got in this crazy sale is the jumper with lace detail. I had been looking at this jumper for weeks in the store but I found it full price to expensive. So when I saw it 50% off I immediately bought it. I ended up getting it for €14.99.

I also got another clothing item but it wasn't on sale. I still wanted to share it because a ton of people have given me compliments on it.

It's this gorgeous black jumpsuit with a bow on the front. It's absolutely gorgeous and makes my waist look so small. I got it for €39.99.

x Julia

Monday, November 13, 2017

Review: Makeup Revolution Liquid highlighter in Unicorn Eleixir

Dear readers,

today I'm going to review the Makeup Revolution Liquid highlighter in the shade 'Unicorn Elixir'.

I got this highlighter when I visited London, it was one of the things I knew I was going to get. I had to have it after I saw the first preview photos of this highlighter on Instagram. Are you curious about this gorgeous product? Than keep on reading!



Makeup Revolution about this highlighter:
' A magical and beautiful reflective iridescent lilac liquid highlighter drops with a variety of uses! Our concentrated highly pigmented highlighter is a must have for all lovers of glow! Can be used alone as a liquid highlighter, Simply apply to the high points of the face and blend with a synthetic brush or sponge for dimension and glow. 
Mix into your favourite foundation for a more dewey and illuminous finish. Mix into your body lotion and creams for a gorgeous all over glow, or use alone with your everyday skincare for a natural glow from within on even bare skin days.'



I absolutely love the few liquid highlighters I already own from this brand, so knew this one wouldn't disappoint me.
When I first swatch the highlighter I was a bit confused because it has a lot of glitter particles in it. I was afraid that when applied on top of foundation it would scrub away the makeup underneath. I do have to say I was at the same time very impressed by the pigmentation and the shine.

For the first time using the highlighter I decided to apply it with my finger in a tapping motion. This worked really well, it didn't ruin the makeup that was already there and it looked amazing. The highlighter blends really well even on top of powder foundation. (Side note: A lot of liquid makeup products don't work that well on top of powder, the combinations gives a cracking appearance. )

As you can tell from the picture below the highlighter looks amazing and soooo BRIGHT. I also posted an another photo on Instagram in which my highlighter looks perfection.

The highlighter stays in place all day and night, it doesn't fade away or loses his brightness and shine.


What's your favourite liquid highlighter at the moment?
xxx Julia