Life is like a box of chocolates... Except I'd much rather get a box filled with luscious bath...
Who said having great eyebrows requires a lot of maintenance? If you liked Benefit's bestseller...
Who said having great eyebrows requires a lot of maintenance? If you liked Benefit's bestseller Gimme Brow, then you'll be thrilled to hear that German drugstore brand Essence have released their own interpretation of the tinted brow mascara. Make Me Brow is a brilliant dupe to its popular, high-end sister.
Clearly I'm not the only one who has picked up about the existence of Make Me Brow, because it took me numerous hopeful trips to the drugstore, only to find stock had run out each time, until I finally got hands on the product in Antwerp - halfway across the country, of all places! (Around two months later, I'm happy to observe Make Me Brow is readily available at most large Kruidvat stores in my hometown.) Still, it was worth the hunt, as it's made my eyebrow routine so much easier. I've changed how I fill in my brows a couple times this past year; my current routine is quick, fool-proof and gives a fantastic, natural-looking result.
2. As for my actual day-to-day brow routine, I first apply the Make Me Brow tinted mascara as a base. The tiny spoolie easily coats each hair and gives them a tint that lasts the entire day. The fibers in the product help fill in the brows for a fuller-looking effect. In these aspects, I'm sure Make Me Brow is an almost exact dupe to Benefit's offering, except it's ten times cheaper!
3. After applying Make Me Brow, there are still a couple of gaps in my eyebrows. To fix these and to give my eyebrows a defined look, I use Catrice's Longlasting Brow Definer, a liquid pen that draws soft, thin lines; it's perfect for drawing the outlines of my brows while not looking harsh at all.
4. Finally, I run a clean spoolie through my eyebrows to make sure they don't look too dark or harsh and I add more tinted brow gel or touch up mistakes with the liquid pen where needed.
A shower essential that is often overlooked, is body scrub. A weekly scrub session offers various ...
A shower essential that is often overlooked, is body scrub. A weekly scrub session offers various benefits for the skin: not only does exfoliating remove dead skin cells, it also boosts blood flow, resulting in healthier, brighter skin, and helps any moisturising products applied afterwards perform better. After all the work you've put in deep-cleansing in the shower, you'll be left with skin that is smooth and soft. Not to forget scrubbing makes for an amazing spa-like experience, giving you the chance to relax and have a me-time moment.
I made exfoliating my body a weekly shower ritual when I was introduced to the Steel Garden Body Scrub from & Other Stories. The store has an assortment of sugar scrubs that leave skin feeling silky soft with a hint of the luscious scent lingering all night long. Its Steel Garden collection in particular is known for its rich, sweet fragrance with perfume notes such as green apple, honey, chamomile and fresh rose. This body scrub has a thick consistency that can be applied on damp or - carefully, as it's sugar-based and contains fairly large scrub particles - on dry skin. What's important is that it thoroughly exfoliates skin without being too harsh. When mixed with water, the scrub transforms into a milky lather. Because the sugar particles dissolve too, I find that the substance serves perfect as a shaving cream, as well. Finally, price-wise, I believe & Other Stories scrubs are absolutely worth what you paid for! €9 is not expensive at all when you consider I've had a 250ml pot since February and haven't used up half. These body scrubs are a winner to me and they make my weekly scrub session a real spa-like treatment.
What's your favourite fragrance from & Other Stories? Have you given their skincare products a go?
In the light of Mother's Day, which is coming up soon here in Belgium, I thought it'd be f...
In the light of Mother's Day, which is coming up soon here in Belgium, I thought it'd be fun to give you a glimpse into my mum's beauty collection. While my mum isn't all that crazy about makeup, she's got quite the perfume collection! Its latest addition is Paco Rabanne's Olympéa eau de parfum, which came in a beautiful gift set with a scented body lotion included, as well. Not only does the bottle design scream elegant, with a Grecian laurel crown, rose gold details and the mythical name of the perfume displayed on the glass, the fragrance that's inside is just as delightful.
Olympéa opens sweet, one of the top notes being green mandarin, which for some reason reminds my mum and me of melon too. Later, the perfume settles to a soft floral heart with a hint of vanilla. Overall, it's a fresh and beachy fragrance. The team of developers aimed towards composing a perfume that is a combination of sporty, dynamic, yet still feminine, which in my opinion reflects very well in the blend of fragrance notes that created Olympéa. The main reason why my mum loves Olympéa is because it's a fresh scent that also has a touch of sweetness, and warm notes that will linger throughout the day, as well. She'll usually wear it during the daytime and will opt for a heavier fragrance for nights out. She has received a lot of compliments on this perfume and I've even caught myself picking up the beautiful floral notes and guessing what perfume she was wearing when it was this one every time! If you're looking for a light fragrance that's also powerful and uplifting, Olympéa is definitely one to have a look at.
green mandarin x hydroponic jasmine x ginger lily
Earlier this month I celebrated my 23rd birthday, bringing me another digit closer to 25. So unreal...
Earlier this month I celebrated my 23rd birthday, bringing me another digit closer to 25. So unreal! Even writing it down is still kind of weird. I'm currently at a point in my life where I'm about to make some big changes - finishing university and starting the job hunt isn't far away anymore! I'm actually really excited. - so I thought it'd be cool to make a list of things I want to do before turning 25. Some are pretty big, like the first one, others are just for fun and not meant to be considered as serious bucket list items at all! In random order of sequence and importance:
2. Cook a full (vegan) menu for friends [As in, a full three-course meal and all.]
3. Learn Swedish or Icelandic. And sign language!
4. Pick up DIY soap making again
5. Re-read the entire Harry Potter series
6. Travel to another continent [Going to the States in October!]
7. Try a new sport [Right now, I'm thinking (thai) boxing.]
8. Go camping
9. Get my legs tattooed
10. Build a more balanced diet by discovering more about ingredients, nutrients, etc.
Do you like the idea of creating a 'fun' list before hitting a milestone?