Tip of the week! Make your eyeshadow last longer

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Today I will share a little tip for those of you who have a problem with keeping their eye make-up flawless and long-lasting. Before I used **what I will talk about in a minute** my eyeshadow would always end up bundled up in my crease, fading or smudging after a while. Sooo damn annoying! When I started browsing blogs and watching YouTube a few years ago, I ended up finding this tip. I’ve got to say: it works wonders! 🙂

So when you experience the same problem as I had, I highly recommend that you invest in an eyeshadow primer! It’s like a primer for your face but then one for your eyes. You apply it just before you start applying your eye make-up. If you suffer from redness or veins peeking through, a colored eyeshadow primer will cover those up as well!

My favorites:

1) Nars Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (clear). This is my absolute favorite eyeshadow primer. I picked it up while I was visiting the States two years ago and it’s still going strong! 😉 You can find it online on http://www.narscosmetics.eu/complexion/primers/~/smudge-proof-eyeshadow-base for 25EUR. (I know it’s expensive but it’s really good!)

2)  Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (the original one which is also clear). This little guy comes with the Naked 1 palette. UD has other Primer Potions and some of them are colored. You can buy them on http://www.beautybay.com/cosmetics/urbandecay/g/eyeshadowprimerpotion/ for 21,20EUR.

3) MAC Paint Pot Painterly (colored – flesh tone). A base that covers up your veins and redness to provide a smooth surface for you to start applying your eye make-up. I have to admit that although a lot of people love this primer, it’s not my absolute favorite. I find that my make-up doesn’t last as long as the other two. Another downside is, because I’m so pale the color isn’t really flesh toned for me. I would say rather a pinky color. You can find this at a MAC counter for 19EUR.

4) Benefit Stay Don’t Stray (colored). A primer and concealer all in one. Because my skin is quite fair I only use this strictly for the eyelid. But be careful: one pump gives you more then you actually need! This one sells for around 25EUR.

If you’re not really sure or don’t wanna spend extra money you can always use your concealer as a base. My favorite would be the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer. Because this one prevents creasing compared to other concealers.

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I know that some drugstore brands have cheaper alternatives. Because I haven’t tried those I can’t give my honest opinion. I swatched the one Essence makes but it’s waaaay 2 dark and yellow for me!

Did you find this little tip helpful? Let me know! 🙂

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Essence Cookies & Cream – Trend edition

Hiii!

Binnenkort brengt Essence de ‘Cookies & Cream’– Trend edition uit. MmMmMm, klinkt verleidelijk niet?! 😉 Vandaag alvast een sneak-peek van deze heerlijke, nieuwe collectie.

De Cookies & Cream- collectie bevat:

… 3 oogschaduwen in de kleuren karamel, roze en bruin.

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01 so hot, donut!
02 macaron, c’est bon!
03 last night a cookie saved my life
Prijs: € 2,89

… 2 jumbo eye pencils in chocoladebruin en taupe. Ideaal om als oogpotlood te gebruiken of om smokey eyes te creëren.

01 last night a cookie saved my life 02 yummy, yummy! Prijs: € 1,99

01 last night a cookie saved my life
02 yummy, yummy!
Prijs: € 1,99

… 1 blush in een abrikozen-kleur. Fris uitziende cheeks? Check!

01 cakepop, that's top! Prijs: € 2,99

01 cakepop, that’s top!
Prijs: € 2,99

… 2 lipglosses in de kleuren vanille en roze. Ze hebben een zoete geur en zorgen voor prachtig glanzende lippen.

01 macaron, c'est bon!  02 be my cookie monster Prijs: € 1,99

01 macaron, c’est bon!
02 be my cookie monster
Prijs: € 1,99

… een highlighter/shimmer pearls.

01 one sweet day.  Prijs: € 3,39

01 one sweet day.
Prijs: € 3,39

… 4 nagellakjes in de kleuren roze, abrikoos, bruin en taupe. Ze hebben een metalen finish én bijhorende stickers!

01 cakepop, that's top! 02 yummy, yummy! 03 last night a cookie saved my life 04 macaron, c'est bon!.  Prijs: € 1,99

01 cakepop, that’s top!
02 yummy, yummy!
03 last night a cookie saved my life
04 macaron, c’est bon!.
Prijs: € 1,99

… een hand balm en mini nagelvijl (met koekjes-geur!).

01 keep calm and have a cupcake Prijs: € 1,99

01 keep calm and have a cupcake
Prijs: € 1,99

01 keep calm and have a cupcake Prijs: € 0,99

01 keep calm and have a cupcake
Prijs: € 0,99

De collectie ziet er écht verrukkelijk uit! Die super schattige namen alleen al.. *njamie!* Roze, vanille, taupe,… zijn écht mijn kleuren! Ik kijk alvast uit deze collectie in het echt te zien (en te ruiken). 😉

Op mijn verlanglijstje staan..:

  • hand balm (ik hou van die koekjes-geur!)
  • shimmer pearls
  • alle eyeshadows (ja ik wil ze alle 3!)
  • beide jumbo eye pencils
  • lipgloss (roze)

De collectie ‘Cookies & Cream’ is verkrijgbaar in april en mei 2014 bij Kruidvat en Trekpleister in Nederland en bij Kruidvat in België.

Zijn jullie ook zo benieuwd?! Ik krijg er zelfs honger van! 😉 😉

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The Body Shop – Haul

Hi guys!

Yes you red it right: I went shopping AGAIN! *blushes* I know some people really love The Body Shop but I have never really tried their skincare. I owned a bronzer before which I loved (but they discontinued it) + I really like their shower gels and body butters. So I decided it was time to put some products to the test. When I saw it was 50% off on the second make-up or skincare product you bought, I was sold. 😉

This is what I picked up:

  • Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-oil 28ml – 19EUR
  • Honey Bronzing Powder in the color 01-Light Matte – 16EUR (got it for 8EUR because of the 50% off)
  •  Vitamin E Eye Cream – 15EUR

I know! I only have 3 products instead of 4! The reason is that The Body Shop offered an introduction package for only 2EUR when you were spending more then 30EUR. I really wanted to try the Vitamin E Night Cream, which was an item in the package. I couldn’t find a product for 3EUR (that I wanted) so I just picked up the eye cream and didn’t buy a fourth product (and get a second time 50% off) although I could have..

The introduction package (which was only 2EUR!!!) has a value of 20EUR and contained:

  • Vitamin E Cream Cleanser 60ml
  • Camomile Gentle Eye Make-up Remover 60ml
  • Vitamin E Night Cream 15ml
  • Vitamin E Moisture Cream 15ml

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IMG_0395_3IMG_0396_2I’m really excited to try out these new goodies! 😀 If you have any products from The Body Shop that you LOVE, let me know! I’m pretty curious now.. 😉

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The benefits of Coconut Oil

Hi guys!
Today my lovely friend Mara (who lives in the US) takes over my blog for the day! Exciting, no?! 🙂 When it comes to coconut oil, she’s the expert.. So I really hope you guys like this post! Talk to you soon, xo Jo!
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So when someone mentions ‘coconut oil‘, you probably think of cooking right? Well yes, of course, I did too! However, today I want to talk about some other uses for coconut oil! If you want to know more ways in which coconut oil can be used, keep reading… 🙂
Coconut oil is extracted from the ‘meat’ of coconuts. It is a saturated fat. Yes, it can be used for cooking
What is coconut oil?
Coconut oil is extracted from the ‘meat’ of coconuts. It is a saturated fat. Yes, it can be used for cooking (which is normally the main reason people use coconut oil). However, I prefer to use it for Beauty purposes.
Coconut oil is extracted from the ‘meat’ of coconuts. It is a saturated fat. Yes, it can be used for cooking
Benefits
First, it is affordable & multi-purpose. Thus, it helps you save money & counter space!  Second, it’s all natural so you dont have to worry about using a bunch of nasty chemicals on your skin and/or hair. I buy my coconut oil at Trader Joes in the US. You can also buy it at most health food stores or order it online at http://www.vitacost.com. Jo, who lives in Belgium, buys her coconut oil at a store called Essenza (see picture above).
collage_1 These are a few of my favorite ways to use coconut oil:
Coconut oil is extracted from the ‘meat’ of coconuts. It is a saturated fat. Yes, it can be used for cooking
1. Make-up Remover – I apply this right to my face and gently rub it around. It’s quick and gently breaks up the make-up. Then, I rinse it off with my face cleanser and water. I have combination-/ breakout prone skin and coconut oil works great for me!
Coconut oil is extracted from the ‘meat’ of coconuts. It is a saturated fat. Yes, it can be used for cooking
2. Moisturizer for face and body – It feels great, smells delicious & is super moisturizing.
Coconut oil is extracted from the ‘meat’ of coconuts. It is a saturated fat. Yes, it can be used for cooking
3. Lip Balm– Again super hydrating! If you accidentally ingest it, its ok. It’s all natural!
Coconut oil is extracted from the ‘meat’ of coconuts. It is a saturated fat. Yes, it can be used for cooking
You can also use coconut oil as a hair mask. Personally, this does not work for me. Its a bit too heavy and leaves my hair feeling greasy. However, I know a lot of girls who swear by this, so it might work for you! (But I suggest you wash your hair twice after using coconut oil on your hair 😉 )

Coconut oil is extracted from the ‘meat’ of coconuts. It is a saturated fat. Yes, it can be used for cooking
Have you ever tried coconut oil? If so, what did you use it for? If not, you should definitely try it! 🙂

xoxo, Mara

Tip of the week! How to make your foundation last longer

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Heb je ook van die momenten dat je bij jezelf denkt: ‘het lijkt alsof mijn huid mijn foundation opslorpt!!‘ ? Ik ken ze zeker en vast! Hatelijk, niet?! 😉

Dé oplossing: gebruik na het aanbrengen van jouw foundation een poeder. Poeder zorgt er namelijk voor dat jouw foundation langer blijft zitten en kan tegelijkertijd zorgen voor extra kleur. Je kan kiezen voor een losse poeder (iets lastiger om mee te werken -> vliegt in het rond!) of een compacte poeder (handig om mee te nemen in jouw handtas).

1) Jouw foundation heeft de perfecte kleur? Gebruik dan een transparante poeder die geen extra kleur geeft. Mijn favorieten: Airspun Loose Powder in Translucent (losse poeder) en Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent (compacte poeder).

2) Jouw foundation is net iets te licht? Gebruik dan een poeder met een tint (in plaats van een bronzer) om zo de foundation te matchen met de kleur van jouw lichaam. Als je toch liever een bronzer gebruikt let dan wel op dat er geen ‘glitter’ in de bronzer zit. Anders gaat jouw gezicht glitteren als een discobal (en dat willen we absoluut niet!). Mijn favorieten: Bareminerals Original Foundation (losse poeder) of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural (compacte poeder).

3) Heb je last van een glimmende huid? Poeder is jouw reddende engel! 😉 Zorg dat je een back-up poeder in jouw handtas hebt zitten.

De borstels die ik dagelijks gebruik om mijn poeder aan te brengen zijn de Real Techniques Powder Brush en Real Techniques Setting Brush (voor onder de ogen). Onlangs heb ik een Powder Puff gekocht en ik ben benieuwd om het te testen! *Be prepared: binnenkort een blogpost over mijn favoriete make-up borstels*

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Airspun Loose Powder – Bareminerals Original Foundation – Bourjois Healthy Balance – Rimmel Stay Matte Powder

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Powder Puff – Real Techniques Setting Brush – Real Techniques Powder Brush

Do you have those moments where you think: ‘it seems like my skin just drinks up my foundation!!‘ ? I have them for sure! Awful, no?! 😉

The solution: use a powder after applying your foundation. Powder makes sure your foundation last longer and can give extra color at the same time. You can choose a loose powder (kinda hard to work with -> it flies everywhere!) or a pressed/compact powder (handy to take with you in your handbag).

1) Your foundation has the perfect color? Use a transparent powder then. One that doesn’t give extra color. My favorites: Airspun Loose Powder in Translucent (loose powder) and Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent (compact powder).

2) Your foundation is a bit too light? Use a powder that has a bit of color. I prefer this instead of a bronzer to match your foundation with the color of your body. If you do use a bronzer for this, make sure there’s no shimmer in it or you will end up like a disco ball. My favorites: Bareminerals Original Foundation (loose powder) or MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural (compact powder).

3) Sometimes you suffer from oily skin? Powder is your saving angel! 😉 Make sure it’s a staple in your handbag.

The brushes I use on a daily basis to apply my powder are the Real Techniques Powder Brush and the Real Techniques Setting Brush (for under my eyes). Recently I bought a Powder Puff, so I’m really excited to try it out! *Be prepared: soon a post about my favorite make-up brushes*

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London Beauty Haul

Hi guys!

A few blogposts ago I told you I was going to London for a few days. Today I show you the Beauty products I picked up while I was there. I recently ordered a few things online so I didn’t need to pick up ‘that much’ British goodies. 😉 😉

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After Primark (that was our first stop when arriving in London) we went to Victoria Secret. I found the perfume I talked about and wanted. I picked up the smaller size which was 50ml for £42. That’s still kinda pricey but I really wanted it. P.S. I looove the bottle! (Do you also get sucked in by cute packaging??? 🙂 *oh-oh*)

All the other items are from Boots. I got to say, I think we stopped in every Boots we could find in Oxfordstreet… They have some really good deals going on right now, so if you live in England definitely check it out. For those of you who live in Belgium, you can now order stuff from Boots online! *yaaay* Shipping costs  £9,99 (that’s the downside but still..). http://www.international.boots.com

Skincare:

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  • Hydraluron Moisture Booster -> £16,66 (instead of £24,99). This is my daily serum. I ordered it from Ebay a couple of times but it’s waaaay cheaper when you buy it in Boots.
  • Soap & Glory  ‘No Cloggs Allowed – Super self-heating deep pore detox mask’ -> £7,67 (instead of £11,50). 
  • Clean & Clear ‘Advantage Spot Treatment gel’ -> £4,59.
  • Superfacialist by Una Brennan ‘Rose hydrate cleanser’ -> £7,99. I blame Estée from Essiebutton.com for this one. 😉 I’ve already tried it a couple of times and I like it!
  • Superfacialist by Una Brennan ‘Tea Flower – pore purifying clay mask’ -> £8,99. 

Make-up:

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  • Soap & Glory ‘Kick Ass Concealer’ in the shade light -> £10.
  • Bourjois ‘Healthy Mix foundation serum’ in the shade 52-vanilla -> £9,99. 
  • Bourjois ‘Healthy Balance compact powder’ in the shade 52-vanilla -> £8,99.
  • L’Oréal ‘Miss Manga mascara’ -> £8,99.
  • Lanolips 101 multipurpose balm -> £7,99 (Okay this was a big mistake! I picked it up and thought it was £1,09 but no, it costed the whole 7,99 pounds!).
  • Rimmel nail polish in ‘Rose Libertine’ -> £1,99.

Hair: 

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  • Charles Worthington ‘Moisture Seal Intense Rescue Melting Balm’ -> £11,33 (instead of £16,99). I’ve tried this last night and I like it so far. I’ve slept with it and washed it out this morning. The scent is amazing!
  • Charles Worthington ‘Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray’ -> £6,99.
  • Aussie ‘3 minute Miracle for Damaged hair’ -> £4,99 (or 3 Aussie products for £10).

Body: 

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  • Vaseline Spray & Go -> £3,99 (instead of £4,99).
  • Original Source Scrub -> £2,30.
  • Original Source shower gel -> £2,30.

A Fashion Haul will be up on the blog very soon. Some pieces are in the washing machine so I’m waiting for them to dry. 😉

Have you guys tried any of these Beauty products? Let me know!

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Tip of the week! Grow & Condition your lashes

Hi!

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In augustus 2013 had ik het geniale idee om mijn (toch wel) lange wimpers eens kort te knippen. Ik was ze beu… Ik weet het: niet mijn beste idee ooit! :O Ik had er nadien ook meteen spijt van maar niets aan te doen, the damage was done! Ik ben ervan overtuigd dat één product enorm geholpen heeft met het terug groeien van mijn wimpers, namelijk Vaseline.

Ik gebruikte Vaseline iedere avond voor ik ging slapen. Even opwarmen tussen de vingers en dan op de wimpers smeren. Het kleeft een beetje maar het geeft jouw wimpers de voeding die ze nodig hebben. Na één maand waren mijn wimpers al een stukje gegroeid *yay*.  Vandaag, nu zo’n 5 maanden verder, hebben mijn wimpers al terug de lengte die ze hadden (en heb ik er al terug aan zitten knippen). Ik gebruik nog steeds 1 keer per week Vaseline gewoon om mijn wimpers te voeden. Een absolute must voor mooie wimpers!

Gebruik jij Vaseline voor jouw wimpers?

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August 2013: I had the wonderful idea to cut my pretty, long lashes. I was so sick of them. I know: not my best idea ever! :O I regretted it instantly but there was nothing I could do about it, the damage was done. I’m truly convinced that one product helped to grow back my lashes: Vaseline.

I used Vaseline every evening before I went to bed. I warmed it up between my fingers and applied it to my lashes. It’s a bit sticky but it gives your lashes the moisture they need. After only one month my lashes grew a bit longer *yay*. Today, +- 5 months later, my lashes are the same length as they were before (and I even cut them again a bit). Now I use Vaseline once a week just to condition my lashes. It’s an absolute must for beautiful eyelashes.

Do you use Vaseline for your lashes?

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