19 aug. 2016

Face of 16/08/16: Modern Morticia

I'm coming straight to your computer screen with a new Face of the Day! I keep saying I want to do these more often, but my camera thought it was a brilliant idea to incessantly keep making me look 10x more orange and darker than I actually am. The only thing that seems to keep the contrast right is a dark lip, so here we are!

The beauty of vacation is that you can play endlessly with your makeup and after an hour look into the mirror going "whoops, well that happened". It gives me so much creativity, I love it. You don't have to see anybody all day so you've got plenty of chance to play. Admittedly, this is not the most creative look I've ever done, but I thought it was worth a shot (literally), because why not.

Although the look was not done with a direct theme in mind, this Fyrinnae lip just screams Morticia to me, which is right up my alley. I like to consider Morticia my spirit animal. Unfortunately, we are and look absolutely nothing alike, but that's a minor detail. However, if anybody know where I can get one of her flowy dresses, let me know like yesterday.

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4 aug. 2016

New love: Clean Cauldron Quench Moisturizer & Eyeshadow

... Is this happening? Am I dipping my toes into skincare? I'm afraid it is true and happening, friends. (Doesn't mean that I know anything about it, though).

Today I'm introducing you to the brand Clean Cauldron. Funfact: I just found out what 'cauldron' means in Dutch, after months of using their products, huehue. It means 'ketel'.
I came across this brand through iluvjesse444 on Youtube that mentioned the brand in a favourites video. I was using another moisturizer at the time that just didn't really cut it for dry winter skin, so I branched out into the indie world to find something that would give my cheeks baby-butt status.

Oh boy, how I found exactly that at Clean Cauldron. Review time!

Clean Cauldron review

6 jul. 2016

Kiko - 244 + I'm So, So Sorry

Good lord, have I been an A+ beautyblogger or what?!

I've been silent for what, 1,5 months now? I'm deeply, deeply ashamed. To my very core. The worst part is... I don't really have a good explanation. Fine, I've been away to 'Murca (New York! Haul will be reviewed soon!) for 2 weeks in June, but I came back about 3 weeks ago, so that's no excuse. What can I say, summer happened, then Orange Is The New Black happened, then even more Netflix happened. But again, I could've easily squeezed some bloggin' time in. The truth is that I'm distracted by anything and everything, rather like this dog.

Onto some nailtalk, since we've got a LOT of catching up to do. I've barely painted my nails, but I made some pictures the one time that I did. This dark vampy lady that is flaunting my phallanges is the one and only Kiko 244. It's a pretty one, but to be completely honest, I don't gravitate towards it a lot. It's extremely dark, to the paint where it just seems black 99% of the time, except when seen in sunlight. Then I'm thinking: if I wanted to wear black, I might as well just wear black. Same goes for purple: when I want something purple, I'll just take some damn purple polish. This is just too much in between for me.

It took about 3 coats to get completely opaque, but this brush has the tendency to wipe away polish when you go over a place more than once. You can see it in full action on my ring finger if you look closely, especially near the base of my nail. It's a bummer, but nothing 3 coats can't fix.

Lasting time was shorter than I remember - about 2 days - , but I blame that on the circumstances since Kiko polishes tend to last very long on me normally.

Kiko 244 nail polish swatch

25 mei 2016

Dupes In My Collection #3 (Urban Decay, Too Faced, Indie) + Tiny Update


It's me...

(How many MIA bloggers have used that joke by now? Welp, so much for originality.)

Guys, guys, I'm sorry. These weeks are crazy for me, I barely have time to sleep. Well that's kind of a lie, because I have had some time to watch series (I'm watching Degrassi in Youtube like no tomorrow, no shame), but blogging has not been happening lately. And it will not change in some time, because next Saturday I'll be in New York for two weeks (!!!). Exciting stuff! But blogging won't be my priority until then. I'll try to set some things up so I won't be missed too much, but since exams and papers and all that fun stuff happened I'm not sure when. To be continued.

Part 3 in my dupe series! I thought this was the last bit, but nope. I find more every day, so you betcha there's going to be a part 4.

On to the dupes!

Urban Decay Frisk My Pretty Zombie Pasty Ass Dupe

6 mei 2016

Dupes In My Collection #2 (Makeup Geek, Brija Cosmetics, Fyrinnae)

Part two in my dupe series!

The more I start thinking about dupes, the more I find. Turns out, I have quite some products in my collection that are either similar to Makeup Geek products or just straight on dupes. Brija Cosmetics and Fyrinnae play a big part in this one as well. Off we go!

Makeup Geek Pretentious Fyrinnae Fire Opal Swatch

1 mei 2016

Makeup Geek Porcelain Contour Powders review + Comparisons

Lemme introduce you to my face real quick. I am a legit balloon - if balloons could be square. Yes, my head is a square with right about no dimension in my cheeks. I mean, I probably have some cheekbons anatomically speaking, but my cheeks thought it would be a great idea to go full hamster on me and not show them. Sigh. For that purpose, I need some artifical help and contour powders are my best friend. Although no contour powders in the past were the perfect match.

When Makeup Geek came out with contour powders for different skintones and undertones, I pricked up my ears. Normally companies come out with about 3 contourshades tops, and that's the end of that. Normally those shades tend to be either too dark or muddy looking, so I was curious about the lighter shades. I ended up getting the two shades for porcelain skintone. Worth the hype? Here are my thoughts!

Makeup Geek Porcelain Contour Powder Review Break Up Love Triangle

22 apr. 2016

Dupes In My Collection #1 (MAC, Nars, indie)

Hi friends!

Any beautylover can feel me on this. You shop online, considering every item you buy, thinking you are making a well-thought out choice... only to find out you already have something similar when it shows up at the doorstep. Sigh.

Instead of being angry at myself for wasting the money, I thought I'd better put my failure to use! So here are the dupes in my collection so you may not make the same mistake I made - or to find a dupe for something you like, that's also possible. But I'm trying to be heroic here, okay!

Let's start swatchin'.

Blog technician speaking: I'd recommend you put your screen brightness all the way up, so you can see the difference better!

MAC Lightscapade Silk Naturals Close Up Dupe