Monday blues

It was with uncertainty that I bought this shirt dress, but it is definitely convinced that I write this blogpost! One thing I was sure about however, was the colour, which I still looooove. I also love the fit, it’s casual and loose but  I love that I can roll up my sleeves and that the waist ribbon makes it quite fitted. I thoroughly enjoyed pairing this shirt with some white accessories; these Nief Collectief earrings and casual (really grubby) Converse were a perfect match. Those Monday blues have never felt so great! :-)

Dress – Arket
Shoes – Converse
Earrings – Nief Collectief 

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Dressed to impress

When I stumbled upon this high neck midi dress at Zara a couple of weeks ago, it immediately “spoke” to me. There was something about the cut that intrigued and the combination of the turtle neck and short sleeves intrigued me. I bought it anyways, because it felt really comfortable and it’s one of those buys that was a bit of a gamble but turns out to be a winner! I have fallen head over heals: the length is perfect, with a bit of a side split to make it playful, the colours are my cup of tea because they go really well with a dark red lipstick and the stripes are flattering to my figure because they are vertical and make me look taller. Despite the short sleeves, it’s also surprisingly warm! In case you’re interested, you can shop the dress here.

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Gigi Hadid x Maybelline

As I was browsing the make-up section in store, I stumbled upon the Gigi Hadid make up line in corporation with Maybelline and wanted to give it a try. First of all, I really like the packaging – so simple but feminine! I picked up a lip liner and the mascara. Not 100% about the lip liner – I couldn’t get the accuracy I wanted, but really happy with the mascara. Below is a full break-down of the make-up.

Primer/serum – Kiko Arctic Holiday Strobing Face Serum

Foundation – L’Oreal Accord Parfait

Concealer – NARS creamy concealer

Eyebrows – Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade

Eyeshadow – Urban Decay Naked 2 palette

Blush – L’Oreal Le Blush

Mascara – Maybelline x Gigi Hadid

Lip liner – Maybelline x Gigi Hadid in Taura

 

My 5 favourite lipsticks

If there’s one thing I like about make-up, it’s lipsticks. I always find an excuse to buy another, because I believe there’s so much variety in the consistency, how long they last, shades, etcetera. The options are endless. I truly believe that a lipstick can complete or change an entire look. Here’s a bit of a breakdown of my favourites.

  1. Volupté Tint-in-oil by Yves Saint Laurent

This one is perfect for days when you don’t really feel like wearing something visible. It’s very sheer but quite moisturising because of the oily formula. I choose this one when I like a little something-something and just reapply it throughout the day. Also, the packaging! Isn’t it gorgeous?

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2. Everlasting liquid lipstick by Kat Von D

This one’s great for when you want some colour but don’t want to be thinking about smudging or lipstick on other places of your face other than your lips. It’s the longest lasting lipstick I have ever tried and the shade range that’s available right now is a-mazing.

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3. Kate Moss for Rimmel lipstick in the shade 105

This lipstick is my favourite go-to lipstick on days when I don’t feel like putting on a lot of make-up but my face needs a little colour. It’s the my lip shade but better kind of lipstick, which I love because it’s so effortless.

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4. MAC matte lipstick in the shade “Lady Danger”

If I had to choose one red lipstick, it’d be this one. This one requires a little more attention ( aka the use of a lipliner, retouching and careful application), but because of its orange-y undertone, it suits me perfectly with my blonde hair.

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5. Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector Lip Gloss 

Last but certainly not least, is this cute lip gloss from Clarins. I especially like this shade because it’s quite peachy and therefore my favourite summer lip gloss. It doesn’t taste bad and leaves a beautiful goldeny gloss.

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Top 7 Best Foundations

This one, the 123 Perfect CC Cream by Bourjois,  is pretty cheap but it seriously one of my favourites for summer. It suits my skin colour perfectly, makes the redness in my face go away and feels very lightweight. Love it.

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Before I put on any make-up I almost always use the Erborian Pink Perfect Creme. I can’t describe it any other way than that it makes my skin look just that little bit healthier. It works well as a morning moisturising, a base for make-up or on make-up free days.

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When I want full-coverage and a real foundation (which is not often), but I don’t want to look like a baked cake, I use the Nars Sheer Glow foundation. As the name suggests, it leaves your skin glowy in just the right way.

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This is my go to BB cream on hot, sunny days. I use it like a sun cream, because of it’s SPF 50. It protects, makes my skin look better and lets my freckles peek through.

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I feel this is my summer alternative to the Nars Sheer Glow foundation. This Chanel Vitalumière Aqua is the foundation I go for when I need to look put together for a whole day but still want something kind of sheer.

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This Estee Lauder Double Wear Light foundation is basically my I don’t care and don’t want to think about my foundation today product. You can barely feel it’s there.

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Do you have any other recommendations for me?

Love,

Silke

Skincare – my routine

Anyone that knows me well enough knows that I love skin care (more than I love make-up). There’s nothing I love more when it comes to beauty than a night pampering myself with all the luxurious skin care products in my bathroom cupboard. Because this blog is a place to share anything I’m passionate about, I thought I would share some of my all-time favourites. Here goes.

The first rule I try to live by is to never (ever, even when it’s 4am) go to bed without cleansing my face. A fresh face makes for a fresh start of the day.

When my face is feeling rather dry at night or when I feel that it needs a bit of nourishment, I always go for the REN Rosa Centifolia cleansing balm. You take a small amount, rub it between your hands until it becomes a bit oily and rub it on your face. It takes off all make-up, including eye make-up and leaves your skin feeling nourished. Definitely a go-to in winter time.

On nights when I feel like my skin needs a bit more of a deeper cleanse, I use the Erborian Double Mousse Aux 7 Herbes cleansing foam. This Korean/Parisian brand is one of my favourites and it’s making me feel a bit impatient to try more of their products. I usually take one pump and wipe it across my face (avoiding eyes, remove your eye make-up separately), so that it becomes even foamier. I let it sit for half a minute and rinse it off with luke warm water and a face cloth. Squeaky clean!

After cleansing comes moisturising. I used to think that because I have an oily t-zone I should just skip putting more moisturiser on my face. Wrong! I’ve noticed a huge difference in my skin’s balance since using moisturiser daily. I don’t it matters as much what moisturiser you put on, what matters is that you do it, daily. However, I like using natural, organic moisturisers. My current favourite is the Khiels Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream. It is made out of Honey and Red Ginseng. Because of the honey the texture is very soft and nourishing and on top of that it smells great!

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In the mornings I like to wake myself up with a cooling and hydrating facial spray or mist. I really like the Caudalie Eau de Beauté and the Eau de Raisin, but my current favourite is the Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist. Shake it up and spray, that’s all.

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When I remember, because really this is the first step I skip when I don’t have much time, I try to put on eye cream. It usually helps de-puff my eyes after a long day at work or in front of the computer. I use a tiny bit and make circular motions from my cheek bone up to my brow bone. A little really goes a long way with the Origins GinZing eye cream.

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Last but not least are the Khiels Mighnight Recovery and Daily Reviving Concentrates. I use three drops and softly press the oil into my skin. Sometimes I use them on their own, when I don’t have much time, but when my skin is really thirsty I use them on top of moisturiser. It works for me!

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Sometimes, when I feel like I’ve deserved a long hot bath, I like to use a face mask. Beside the face mask sheets that I ADORE, there’s two types of face masks that I like to make the effort for. The first one is to purify and exfoliate and works with enzymes, the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask. It feels pretty intense but it works wonders and it smells like Pumpkin pie (but don’t eat it, no matter how great the smell). The second mask I like using is the Origins  Original Skin Retexturing Mask with Rose Clay. I use this mask when I want something to calm my skin down. It cleanses, but in a more gentle way.

That’s it folks! Let me know if you have any questions or if you’d like to see more posts like this. I’m curious to know. I’ll be sure to keep you posted when I have new products to share that I like.

Love,

Silke