31 dec. 2016

My 2016 New Year's resolutions - did I keep them?

Hi folks!

Sending you best wishes for 2017 and a new blogpost today. I made this post last year and I thought it would be fun to reflect back on that, seeing the fact that I'm absolutely awful at New Years resolution and pretty much everything else that involves long-term dedication - sticking to the topic, spoiler alert: my project pan is going bad, but oh well.

Ah, January 1st. If we only knew how shitty the year would turn out.

Ready? Here we go.

1. Learn a new English word everyday!

Did I succeedNah.

It sounded great in theory. I would subscribe to Word of the Day and get a new English word in my inbox every day. The first couple of days I was hardcore about remembering them, but after a couple of months I would look at the word, thought "uh-uh", and deleted the email. Some months ago I unsubscribed because I couldn't be bothered anymore.

2. Start a Youtube channel.

Did I succeed? Nope.

I really wanted to do this during the summer. In fact, I even sat down in front of the camera and talked without recording, but never pressed the button. After a while I lost interest and now I'm not even sure if I want to do it anymore. It seems fun at times, but I think I'm just not going to keep up. I haven't wrote a blogpost in months, why would I think keeping a video schedule would work? Sure, all it takes it dedication and motivation, but I just don't really see the point anymore.

2.5 Less anxious in general

Did I succeed? I guess so!

I still chickened out of a Youtube channel, but overall I think I'm less anxious. Don't get me wrong, I'm still an anxious mess, but I did reach certain milestones. For example, I joined a theatre club despite my sometimes crippling anxiety about social events and meeting new people. I'm less hesitant to go to the bathroom at public places. I'm still not where I want to be, but I'm planning to keep steady as I go.

3. Learn something new every month

Did I succeed? Hahahaha. No.

I'm pretty sure I completely forgot this resolution on January 2nd.

4. Not to live in the past

Did I succeed? Yes!

Now I'm not sure if this is because I didn't have all that many incredibly exciting things happen to me this year, but I don't reminisce all the time, I'm much more living in the now.

5. Kill 'em with kindness!

Did I succeed? Yes?

I'm not sure about this one. I definitely did become more apathetic towards people that I consider rude. When I see a person get racist and sexist (not talking about the US president here) instead of getting all worked up, I just let it slide. I don't mean I don't speak up when I have to - absolutely! But when something doesn't concern me - like, let's say, a dumb, passing-by comment on reddit - I don't see the point in making myself angry.

6. Try to step up my makeup-game

Did I succeed? I guess?

The changes I made with makeup weren't big, but I'm slightly better at eyeshadow now!

7. At least try to work out now and then

Did I succeed? Yep.

I'm still not working out on the daily, but I have worked out quite a bit this year! Whoo, go me, I guess.

What were your New Year's Resolutions? Did you keep them? Did you forget about them? Let me know! 

Happy New Year's everyone, make sure to eat a ton and don't drink and drive!

11 nov. 2016

Bite Beauty lipstick in 'Squid Ink' - Yep, it's blue

Hi friends!

Having experienced the horror of yesterday (writing this on Thursday), I felt like it was time for some Distraction Action and write a blog post. And what better subject to pick than a blue lipstick, y'all! The colour of the Democrats. Hillary's battle will be mourned.

Also, I bought this lipstick in the ever so holy place that is Sephora, in New York City earlier this year. If you've never been in an American Sephora, oh boy, are you missing out! And American readers of my blog: you don't know how lucky you are.

This particular lipstick is by Bite Beauty in the shade Squid Ink. Me, being unsuspectingly, tried this seemingly black lipstick on my face, and in the mirror the perfect navy lipstick - that I've been looking for for years - stared back at me. It was love at first sight.

I also bought this blue handmade(!) glass in a shop in NYC. HOW PRETTY?!

This was my first time encountering a Bite Beauty product. I've heard many people rave about their products on Youtube for quite some time now, so I'm thrilled to have tried the brand out myself. The brand is know for their foodgrade ingredients (hence 'Bite'), but it does mean that the shelf life is shorter. But hey, if you're in for a snack and can't find any chocolate, this might me the perfect (and most expensive) munchie.

The packaging is gorgeous and classy. A black matte bullet with an odd part missing from the tip - a bite?! Anyhow, gorgeous.

On application, a pleasant citrus-type of scent flatters your nostrils. I'm not the biggest citrus person, but it's not at all sharp and sweet enough for me to like it. Oh, and it also tastes delicious too. Making the biting-part extra hard to resist.

Sigh. Look at it, friends. It's perfect. It's the most fantastic dark navy blue with the tiniest bit of a teal undertone. It's pretty dark, and may seem black in some lighting. It's surprising how flattering blue lipstick can be. If you haven't tried it, I highly suggest you do!

Equally as great as the colour is the formula. You guys. I've sworn I'd only ever wear matte finishes but this satin finish lipstick has stolen my heart. Dare I say, this is the most comfortable lipstick I've ever worn. I remember the first time I applied it - my lips were dry and chapped, but after I put this on, my lips were so soft and so moisturized. Yet, it's not shiny at all and still can be blotted down easily.

It's not transfer-proof, but it lasts a really long time. I even survived some tacos. But in case reapplication is needed, it is a pleasant experience. It doesn't cake up like matte lipsticks can do, but it just adds more moisture (I do personally use a lip liner with it - just a blue eyepencil).

Can you hear angels sing? Because I sure as hell can.

Face swatch

Full face (all nice and dark hehe, but the colour is true to nature)

In case you can't tell, I'm completely head over heels with this lipstick. Bite Beauty has blown me away with their quality. The colour is gorgeous, the formula is out of this world, it's incredibly comfortable... The only downside is the fact that its shelf life isn't as long as regular lipsticks, which can be a problem, especially with 'out there' lipsticks. But to me, it's only a bigger motivation to use it more.

I can highly recommend Bite's lipsticks. It ain't cheap ($26) but I definitely think they are worth it, especially if you want to invest in a staple piece.

Available at an American Sephora store or

What's your favourite 'weird' lipstick shade?

12 okt. 2016

Sashay away - My first empties post!

My first empties post is a go! I've never done one of these. Mostly because I don't ever use products up for the life of me - a travel size shower gel literally took me 6 months to use up. How other people use 2 in a month? I have no sensibleanswer.

Also, I left out products like lotions, makeup removers, toothpaste, cotton pads and jazz like that. Why? Well, my blatant opinion is that personally I find them quite boring to read, especially when it's about products there's not much to say about (like toothpaste and cotton pads). I also leave out mascara because my lashes suck so every mascara kind of looks the same on them, which makes reviewing them pointless. 
Other than that, I just don't use any products aside from bar soap, facial cleanser and absolute necessities like that (which again, take me several decades to use up). I dunno man, I just don't have the time and mostly dediction to use lotion every day. People who do: I salute you.

So I wanted to narrow it down to stuff I actually was able to use up and... makeup! Finishing a makeup product is a milestone in life that should be shared. Also, it shows what products are the bees knees, as it takes so long to use up and thus must be good.

Here are my picks.

7 okt. 2016

Lipsync For Your Life - Product I want to use up: an Introduction #1

Can you tell I've been watching RuPaul's Drag Race? Because I have been. A lot. So I decided I wanted to name a new series on my blog after the show. If you've seen my latest post, you probably know that I want to buy less products and use my stash (I suggest you give it a read as it shows the direction my blog is going). There are 1) things that I want to keep no matter what ("Shante you stay"), 2) things that I will destash because I can not see myself using them ("Sashay away") and 3) products that are not my favourite but have so little product left that I will just use them up, after which I decide if I will repurchase them or not ("Lipsync for your life").

I wanted to name this series something else than "project pan" because real talk, these jars don't have a pan, haha! They have either stuff inside of them or not, no way around it, so I came up with different names! I hope it's not too confusing. I found it appropriate since drag queens go through makeup like water.

If you have no idea what the names of the categories mean, I highly suggest you watch RuPaul's Drag Race - also amongst other reasons because it's amazing.

This category is about the third group. They are pretty so I won't have issues using them up, so I won't destash them (hence the "you stay"). After I've used them up I will decide if I will repurchase them or not, hence the "lipsync for your life": this is their last chance to impress me.

"So good luck, and don't fuck it up."

26 sep. 2016

And now for something completely different. (Longwinded rambling incoming)

Hi folks!

This is a complete, random blogpost that I didn't even plan to write. It just bubbled up inside me 1 minute ago, but it's about a topic that I've been thinking about for weeks now. It's something that directly effects my blog so it would be better to discuss it here and maybe spread the word.

No no, don't worry, I'm not quitting blogging, far from it. Blogging is one of the only places I can be endlessly creative and I wouldn't want to miss it. However, the topics I write about might change a bit in the near future. Let's just say, Kylie was right when she said 2016 is the year of realising things. I did some realising of my own.

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