Outfit: mixing prints and Moon Boots in the first snow

Outfit: mixing prints in the first snow
Outfit: mixing prints and Moon Boots in the first snow
Outfit: mixing prints  in the first snow
Outfit: mixing prints and Moon Boots in the first snow
Outfit: mixing prints and Moon Boots in the first snow
Outfit: mixing prints in the first snow
Outfit: mixing prints and Moon Boots in the first snow
 dress, cardigan: New Look - coat: c/o Primark - handbag: c/o Colette - snow boots: c/o Moon Boots

Sadly, I have become one of those bloggers who preface every blogpost with an "omg you guys so sorry I've been gone for so long but life is soooo busy" but really, life is crazy busy! I'm SWAMPED at work, and the weekends don't give me much respite either: Saturday we had early dinner and an amazing Great Gatsby dance party to celebrate Sabina's and Naomi's bday party, and Sunday we had a babyshower to attend. Today was spent mostly stuck in traffic because Belgium got a deluge of snow, and here we are! Finally curled up underneath my perfectly kitschy white Christmas tree and some extra time to put together a blogpost, so here I am with an outfit! 

Quite a few prints, I give you that, but the color scheme is fairly harmonious so I feel like it all works pretty well together. My cardigan is so old it is practically vintage by now, but it's just the perfect fairisle/Christmas cardi and I'm always excited to pull it out when December rolls around. See me wearing it in earlier blogposts here, here, here, here and here. Do you have a favourite? I probably like it best with the white dress and braided crown, still a very cute look albeit maybe a bit too cutesy for me now. 

Hope you're somewhere warm and dry right now! I would not be able to enjoy the snow at all if I weren't rocking my Moon Boot Pulse babies right now. I have always been a lover of that 70s vibe Moonboots seem to exude, but since the regular ones aren't exactly elegant I never ended up buying any - not enough occasions to wear them. This Pulse model is totally appropriate to wear to work though, and I'm over the moon (pun intended) with them! Warm, chic and the soles are basically as bouncy as my Nike Roshe Runs. Flawless!

Travel: a day in Brussels

yellow adidas gazelle, teddy coat, yellow pilot glasses

Hi babes! My guy and I have been trying to do more on the weekends lately instead of just running errands and spacing out in front of the TV. On this particular Sunday, we set out to visit the Musée Magritte in Brussels, but because we are the people we are, we never actually made it there but instead wandered the city for a couple of hours. It felt like we were on a city trip abroad despite being only about an hour away from home, and the weather was absolutely gorgeous (but freezing) so we took some lovely pictures. Brussels often gets a bad rap (and not completely undeservedly so), but the city has plenty of loveliness to enjoy. Also, I wore a pretty crazy (but cool) outfit. Enjoy!

Travel: a day in Brussels
teddy coat, dungarees, vintage blazer, yellow pilot glasses
Travel: a day in Brussels
Travel: a day in Brussels
vintage printed blazer, dungarees, beret, yellow pilot glasses

I thrifted this vintage blazer at Think Twice for just €4 before visiting the Monki Antwerp opening, and I couldn't believe my luck: crazy print, fits like it was tailored to my frame, and there was actually a matching scarf hidden in its pocket. This is why thrifting is so rewarding! Also, loving all the holiday decorations in Brussels' historical center. Those big red bows in the windows - very Nutcracker chic.

After the center we made our way to the Parc de Bruxelles just around golden hour. The light was actually this gorgeous rose-gold, pinkish tint, that kind of colour you only get during a couple of special autumn days.

Travel: a day in Brussels
pink kate spade bag, teddy coat, beret, yellow pilot glasses
Travel: a day in Brussels
yellow adidas gazelle sneakers, teddy coat, kate spade ny bag, yellow pilot glasses
teddy coat: Primark - dungarees: Esprit - turtleneck: Uniqlo - sneakers: Adidas Gazelle - beret: old - handbag: Kate Spade NY - blazer: Think Twice - yellow pilot sunglasses: H&M

Travel: a day in Brussels

The Parc de Bruxelles is just outside the gates of the royal palace, so that's where we strolled next!
 
Travel: a day in Brussels
Kate Spade NY bag, teddy coat, yellow pilot glasses

Wish our home had these pimpin' gold gates, man. I feel like this is exactly what is missing in my life. 

Finally, we made our to the Place Royal which was looking gorgeous under the lilac twilight skies.

Travel: a day in Brussels
Travel: a day in Brussels

Would you look at that, it's the Musée Magritte in the background! So yeah, we ended up there but we never visited it. Go figure. We'll be back soon though, there's still plenty to see in Brussels and ever since we finished the amazing lemon meringue pie we brought homefrom Wittamer, we've been dying to get another one.

 See you soon, Brussels!

Beauty: Giorgio Armani To Go cushion foundation review

Beauty: Giorgio Armani To Go cushion foundation review

Hi babes! As you may know, foundation is my number one can't live without beauty product. I have a lot of redness in my face and having a good foundation makes ALL the difference for my look and my confidence. I have tried a lot of foundations through the years (read the rest of my reviews here), and one thing I can say for certain is that you do not want to count pennies on your foundation if quality coverage is a priority for you. Not saying that all high end foundations are amazing, but I've honestly never gotten ALL the things I want out of a budget foundation. What do I want? Let me sum up:

- a good colour match for my fair, neutral skintone
- medium to full coverage that doesn't look too heavy
- a satin or matte finish
- and a long lasting product that does not start getting greasy or shifting around on my face after a couple of hours

Giorgio Armani foundation is known for its superior quality, but I haven't had the pleasure of trying any of them yet. That is about to change as I will be reviewing GA's To Go cushion foundation today. Will the foundation live up to my standards? Let'stake a look!

Beauty: Giorgio Armani To Go cushion foundation review

I didn't list a gorgeous packaging in my list of requirements, but I have to say that the Giorgio Armani To Go cushion foundation looks absolutely scrumtious. That bright Christmassy, candy apple red, that slanted case, the GA logo and the little sponge/puff with the ribbon: it all looks super luxe. One of the main reasons to buy a cushion foundation is that these are very practical to pull out on the go, and can't you just imagine grabbing this little treasure from your purse to brighten up your daily commute? Swoonworthy. And the closure is super secure so don't worry about spilling anything in your beloved handbag.

Beauty: Giorgio Armani To Go cushion foundation review

I received this product in shade #2, the lightest available shade, and as you can see it is absolutely perfect for pale skintones - to the point where it even is slightly too pale for me right now! I have some lingering suntan in my complexion, but this one will probably match me perfectly in January. I think the shade is similar, lightness-wise, to Revlon Colorstay 110 Ivory.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating, though, so let's see how it performs on my face!


As you can probably tell, left is the before and right is the after. You can see that I have a lot of redness and unevenness in my skintone if I don't wear any foundation. My red cheeks have always been a frustration of mine, but at least they make it very easy to demonstrate the pigmentation in foundations. These before/after collages always look so satisfying to me. I used the little sponge pad that comes with the To Go foundation to apply the product lightly all over my face, slightly building up the foundation in the places where I have the most redness. 

I only needed to use a tiny bit of product to get nice coverage, and the end result looks absolutely gorgeous: there's still the natural glow of my skin peeking through, but the finish is still satin-matte instead of dewy. The product feels incredibly lightweight on my skin, very comfortable. I also quite like the applicator! The shape makes it easy to get into the corners of your face, and the sponge doesn't lift up previously applied product when you go in for a second layer.

Beauty: Giorgio Armani To Go cushion foundation review

While the foundation is slightly too pale for my face right now, it matches my neck perfectly in undertone and shade. I only applied the foundation to my jawline and there is no demarcation line to be seen (that I can tell).

Beauty: Giorgio Armani To Go cushion foundation review

Wearability-wise, this one performed as well as my favourite long-wearing foundations, meaning that if I set it with powder I can get it to look good to great all day until I take my makeup off at night. Of course, it's winter now, which means that my skin is a bit drier and not as prone to getting oily during the day. But when my skin is dry and I wear the wrong type of foundation, my skin can tend to "eat up" the product to the point where I get a patchy finish after a couple of hours, and that does not happen with Giorgio Armani To Go.

All in all, this is a splendid foundation. Only issue I can think of is that the shade range isn't that extensive, and that cushion foundations are always relatively expensive because you only get a little product in the packaging. You shouldn't simply approach this as a regular day to day foundation however, this is a perfect touch-up product during a long day at the office, or before going out. This product is available at Planet Parfum, retailing at about €65.

If you have any questions: shoot!

Outfit: beaded boots and beret, featuring Christmas lights


Beauty: ABH Prism palette review + 5 looks

Beauty: ABH Prism palette review + 5 looks

Hi babes! Today I will be sharing my thoughts on the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism palette. I've been sitting on this review for a couple of weeks now, but I guess it's for the better: after having used this palette over a longer period of time, my opinion is more well-developed than if I had reviewed it straight away. As you may know I own three ABH palettes: Modern Renaissance, Subculture and now also Prism, which puts me in a good position to assess the qualities of each of these palettes.

Prism came out quite soon after Subculture, and it has some similar shades which had people wondering whether Prism was brought out to compensate for the backlash that Subculture got. This seems very unlikely to me, since new releases are generally prepared months and months in advance. Still, the shades are in the same colour families, and the two palettes seem complementary, which made me doubt whether I needed Prism in my collection to begin with - are the two palettes different enough? In the end, I still ordered the palette because I felt like treating myself, and because I prefer my ABH eyeshadows above all of my other palettes.

Let me tell you about how Prism compares to its two sisters!

Beauty: ABH Prism palette review + 5 looks
Beauty: ABH Prism palette review + 5 looks

Prism comes in the same magnet closure, velvet and cardboard packaging as the other two palettes. The packaging is quite lightweight but sturdy, which I like. A negative is that the palettes get quite grimy/dirty from use, but idgaf about that.

Beauty: ABH Prism palette review + 5 looks

If you look at the three ABH palettes side by side, there are definitely some similar tones, but each of the three has its own distinctive look. MR (bottom left) is mostly neutrals in pink and rusty tones, Subculture (bottom right) is muted, grungy and very fall-inspired, and Prism (on top) has more jewel tones and shimmers, along with a couple of complementary, warm toned mattes. Both Subculture and Prism have a colour arrangement that takes some getting used to: while the individual colours are beautiful, the layout of the shades is more "eclectic" than harmonious, which can feel a bit intimidating at first. Modern Renaissance has a more logical layout, which makes it easier to envision makeup looks at first glance.

Still, my experience with Subculture has taught me that the more random layout and colour combo is very stimulating to me, challenging me to create a different type of look. Honestly, I even prefer Subculture over Modern Renaissance now, which is saying a lot since MR was my ultimate fav before buying Subculture.

Let's look at Prism in more detail.

Beauty: ABH Prism palette review + 5 looks

What drew me most to this palette was those beautiful lavender-leaning shades, Dimension and Lure. I probably would have passed on this palette if those shades weren't in there. Can you tell that my biggest wish is to get a cool toned ABH eyeshadow palette? PLEASE ABH make this happen. Every makeup lover I know wants this to become a reality. I also love Throne, Eternal and Eden. Those were the standout shades to me at first glance.

Beauty: ABH Prism palette review + 5 looks

When swatched, the palette is a bit of a mixed bag. Most shades perform quite well, like we're used of ABH, but Eden, Osiris, Pyramid and Eternal are less pigmented or opaque than I generally expect from the brand. I may be spoiled after pigmentation overload Subculture, but still. Lucid also seems less pigmented in this pic, but when the swatch catches the light you get a gorgeous gold-yellow duochrome effect. On the positive side, Dimension and Lure are as gorgeous as I hoped they would be, and all of the mattes except Eden are creamy and saturated.

There have also been some complaints about Prism being to repetitive, so I swatched a couple of similar shades. 

Beauty: ABH Prism palette review + 5 looks

Prism definitely boasts a number of mattes that only differ slightly from mattes of the MR and Subculture palettes. This doesn't bother me that much, but I have to admit I would like more variety here.

Let's see how Prism's eyeshadows work in eye looks! I created five makeup looks showing of most of the shadows.

Beauty: ABH Prism palette review + 5 looks

For the first look, I used Dimension (my faaaav), Lure in the crease, and Obsidian in the outer corner. Obsidian is another favourite of mine: the colour blends out SO perfectly, which isn't that easy to get in a black eyeshadow, making this the perfect shadow to smoke out any type of eye look. Dimension looks stunning with hazel eyes. I paired this look with Urban Decay Backtalk lipstick.

Beauty: ABH Prism palette review + 5 looks

In this second look, I used Eden in the crease, Throne all over the lid, and Lucid in the inner corner. Throne is a total star, the eyeshadow doesn't even need a primer underneath to be deep, sparkly and pigmented. Eden is not a fav of mine: while most ABH mattes "grab" the lid quite well, Eden goes on too sheer and is easily over-blended to the point where you barely see the shade. Lucid is a stunning inner corner highlight, and I absolutely love using it again and again. I'm also wearing UD Backtalk in this look.

Beauty: ABH Prism palette review + 5 looks

In my third look, I used Pyramid, Eternal and Parallel to create a warm toned Christmassy gold look. These eyeshadows are fine, Parallel is even great, but the two shimmers don't excite me as much as I thought they would. Subculture's Adorn had a better, creamier formula which gave off a more sparkly end result. Eternal almost looks like a matte with some microglitter, and the shadow is pressed too hard. Still, the end result looks quite lovely. On the lips, I'm wearing Kylie Cosmetics' Okurrr.

Beauty: ABH Prism palette review + 5 looks

The fourth look was where I challenged myself to use that tennisball yellow Sphere. In this look I applied Eden and Saturn in the crease, Parallel and Obsidian in the outer V, and Sphere from the inner corner to the middle of the lid. I didn't expect to love this look, but I think the colours blended beautifully and the end result is surprisingly wearable and flattering. If you want Sphere to really "pop" like a neon, you'll need to put it over a white primer base, though. Wearing Kat Von D's Double Dare on the lips.

Beauty: ABH Prism palette review + 5 looks

Finally, a moody, fall themed halo- eye using Lure and Parallel on the edges, and Eternal in the middle of the eyelid. Eternal looks beter here paired with mattes, giving it a smouldering finish rather than the slightly underwhelming performance it seemed to have next to other metallics. I'm also wearing Double Dare by Kat Von D here.

So, let me sum up. Do I LOVE Prism? No. Modern Renaissance and Subculture are my true loves, and Prism is merely a very fine, very lovely palette. I have to admit I miss Subculture's divisive overload of pigment, and the fact that Prism has a couple of shadows that require building up lets me down a bit. I know that many people prefer to build up colour though, so I definitely wouldn't say that the shadows are bad or mediocre quality.

The shade selection is pretty, but there are some repetitions from the earlier palettes. I do "get" the shade selection, though: this is definitely a holiday palette perfect for party makeup. I just wish ABH would provide us with a cool toned palette.

Would I recommend this palette? Yes, because ABH's palettes are consistently amazing. But I do prefer MR and Subculture to Prism. However, if you're a shimmer lover, Prism might win out for you.

Outfit: star print wrap dress and thigh highs

Outfit: star print wrap dress and thigh highs

Outfit: merry-go-round and embroidery

rust coloured teddy coat, embroidered skirt, buckle boots

Personal: My bestie's wedding


Back in September, I was lucky enough to be part of my bestie's wedding. Sabina got married to Jef, the love of her life, and she asked me to be a maid of honor! I was probably almost as excited as she was, and I know I can speak for all of our friend group when I say that we felt honored to be part of this girl's day. Of course I took about a million pictures throughout the entire event, and since this blog is like my online diary I couldn't skip this dream of a day! Especially considering the fact that Sabina and I wouldn't have met if it weren't for this blog - we met at this event 6 years ago. It was meant to be!

Outfit: embroidered sweater and pearl beret

Outfit: embroidered sweater and pearl beret

Outfits: checkered suit, stars and moon boots

Outfits: checkered suit, stars and moon boots

Outfit: polkadot tights, red and green

green coat, floral skirt, polkadot tights and pink kate spade bag

Outfit: embracing fall and knee highs

vintage fall outfit in ruffled blouse, knife pleated skirt and overknee socks

Outfit: bronze skirt and embellished collar

Outfit: bronze skirt and embellished collar