Small fashion and beauty haul

In the past few weeks, I bought a few fashion and beauty things. Some of them were sales. Other items were new collection.

For fashion items I got a golden ring from Swarovski at Maasmechelen village (75% discount). I also got a pair of jeans from Liu Jo when I went to Ghent (30% discount). A few weeks ago I also bought a more sportive pair of shoes. They are by the brand Bluehaven (20% discount), for these I got inspired by Keds, but because I couldn’t find those, I wanted to buy something a bit similar. I like that they are so colorful.

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I also got a few items that weren’t in sale. I got 2 dresses at Forever21. I just went in there not searching for anything particular and I found 2 nice dresses. The first dress is a high-low one. It’s a black one with a flower print. The second one I got is a black and white one with a cutout at the back. I tried both of them on and I realy liked them, and the best part, they are so inexpensive. The last thing I got were sandals. Normaly I’m not the biggest fan, but I saw them and I liked them and couldn’t leave them because they were only 15€. Not really a valid excuse to buy them, but hey, who doesn’t buy stuff just because you liked it. It are white sandels with some beads on them. I got those at a local shop during the ‘Gentse Feesten’.

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I also got a few beauty items. Well not really a few, just 2 things. I got two of the Rimmel Apocalips lip lacquers. Mine are in the colors Stellar and Apocaliptic. The color Stellar is more of a bright pink one, while Apocaliptic tends more to the fuchsia side. They are one of the best lip lacquers I tried so far. They stay on for quite a while even when you eat or drink they tend to stay on. And the color payoff is phenomenal. A small amount goes a long way with these. I got mine at Kruidvat for 12€ for 2 (normally they sell for 11€ per piece).

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If you are looking for drugstore brands, be sure to check out Kruidvat. They have some very interesting discounts at times.

Xoxo N.

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Mini haul – fashion / beauty

Hi Everyone!

I wanted to update you on what little things I’ve been buying in the last two weeks or so. I got a few fashion items and a few beaty items.

Let’s start with the fashion items. I got a black top from Forever21. I realy needed another black top/shirt because my other one is a bit to tight. And I think that everyone should have at least one decent black shirt, so I got myself a new one. The second fashion item I got is a top from Brandy Melville. It’s a racerback top with vintage cameras at the front. I have to admit I never heard of Brandy Melville until last December via Youtube. We didn’t have a Brandy Melville in Belgium, so that’s why I didn’t know it. But I few weeks ago I was walking in Antwerp and there it was… A Brandy Melville in the Huidevetterstraat. So I went in and saw a few fun things, but I realy liked the top with the cameras because I saw someone on Youtube wear it as well. I like the style of the clothes although some things are not realy my cup of tea, they will be seeing more of me in the future.

Next I also got a few beauty items. I got 3 lip-products, 1 nail polish and 2 body products.

I’ll start with the nail polish. It’s one of Koh, and it’s in the shade 252 Play Daily! It’s a dark green shimmery color. It’s perfect for the fall and winter times. The reason I got it now is because it was on sale for 5€ at Ici Paris XL. Normally they sell for 19-20€. And I didn’t have a colour like that, so it was a win-win.

The next thing I got were some lip-products. One is a lipgloss from Dior and it’s the Dior Addict Gloss in the shade 856 Iconic Red. It’s a nice bright, yet a little bit transparant red lipgloss. It gives a lot of colour for a lipgloss, but it still is a bit transparant. If you want longer wear and even more colour payoff I recommend using a red lipstick or some kind. You can find Dior Lipglosses at local beauty specialists.
Because I wanted it to last longer, I got a lipstick to put under it. I didn’t want to spend to much money on it because my main product is the lipgloss. So I went to Kruidvat and looked for a lipstick. At the time, there was a promotion from Catrice (2 lip-products for 5€). So I got myself 2 lipsticks. The one for under the lipgloss is a red lipstick in the colour 260 It’s A Matt Word from the Ultimate Colour range. The second one is in the colour 240 Hey Nude from the Ulitmate Colour range. The nude one does look a bit more brownish in the tube, but it is more a nude colour. I have to say I didn’t know what to expect from these lipsticks but I like them. They have a good colour payoff and they stay on quite long. If you do want to wear them all day, you do have to reapply them during the day.

Last thing I got were 2 body products. One is from Ici Paris XL home brand ONLY YOU. It’s a moisturizing shower cream in the scent Pomegranate Passion. It has a nice fruity scent and I cant wait to try it out. I bought the small version because I wanted to try it out first, to see if I like it. And the last product is the 3 minutes face mask from Yves Rocher, also with a pomegranate scent. I had a coupon to try it out for free, so I wanted to try it out. It says you can use it 2-3 times a week and you just have to put it on, and leave it for 3 minutes and then rince it off with water. It is supposed to give you a clean and soft skin, but I only used it once, so I can’t really say if it works.

So that were all my shopping items. Have a nice day!

Xoxo N.

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NY beauty haul

While I was in New York, I shopped a “little”. And off course, beauty products were not excluded! I bought some products I already knew and had tried, but I wanted to try out some new stuff I heard about on Youtube.

One of the things I bought are nail polishes. 2 are from OPI and 3 from Essie. The main reason I bought nail polish is because it is much cheaper in the US! And off course, you can’t have enough nail polishes 😉
The first one from OPI is called ‘Yoga-ta get this blue’, this is a metallic blue color. And the second one is called ‘A butterfly moment’ (mariah carey collection) this is a shimmery dusty rose kind of color. From Essie I bought a bright pink color called ‘Off the shoulder’, a blue/teal color called ‘Where’s my chauffeur?’ and a peach/orange color called ‘Haute as hello’. (Prices vary from 6-9$ in the US, and 14-15€ in Belgium. Essie is also sold in Kruidvat for 11€)

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Over to Mascara. I bought 2 mascaras, one from Dior, which I always buy. It’s the Diorshow Iconic in the color 090 Black. It’ supposed to give length and volume to your lashes and it has a bristle to give you a lash-by-lash separation. Personally I love using this mascara, it’s a bit more expensive (around 28.5$ in the US, and around 30€ in Belgium), but I think it’s worth it. The second one I bought is the Maybelline The Rocket mascara. I wanted to try this one because I heard a lot of beauty gurus on Youtube talking about it. I used it for a good 3 weeks now, and I love it! It also has a special bristle, which makes it easy to separate your lashes. It gives volume to your lashes. And what’s interesting with the summer in sight, is that they also have it in a waterproof version. I think it does what it promises, and that for a very good price! (7-9$ in the US, and around 14€ in Belgium).

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Next I wanted to try some lip products. One of them is the EOS (smooth sphere) lip balm. Mine is in summer fruit. The packaging of it is so cute. It is easy to put on, and it smells great. It’s not to greasy, like some other lip balms are. And another interesting aspect is it stays on for quite some time. You do need to re-apply it after a few hours, but thats the case with most lip balms in my opinion. I’m not sure if you can find this product in Belgium. (Around 3-4$ in the US, ? Belgium).
Some other lip products I got were the Revlon colorburst lip butters. Also another product Youtubers were talking about, so I wanted to try these. I got ‘090 sweet tart’ and ‘025 peach parfait’. The first one is a brighter pink/rose one, the second is more of a darker peach color. I have to say that the pink one gives more color on my lips, the peach one gives not much color on me. The lip butters are a combination of lipstick and a lip gloss. Some of them are really pigmented and give a lot of color like lipsticks do. On the other hand they also moisturize a bit and some of them look more glossy. (Prices are around 7-8$ in the US, in Belgium they are around 12-13€ and they can be found at some Inno Gallerias, Planet Perfum).

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Next are some eye shadows. I got a Wet n wild trio and an Inglot freedom palette. Both brands are not for sale in Belgium, so I was very curious to try them, because again, I heard about it on Youtube. I like to keep my make-up quite neutral, therefor I chose more neutral colors. The Wet n wild trio is in the shade ‘380B Walking on Eggshells’. I have to say that these shadows are quite pigmented and are very good quality for the low price (around 3$ in the US). The palette is devided into 3 parts and each says where the color should go, so one is a highlight for the browbone, the second one is a darker color for the crease, and the third one is a color for the eyelid.
Another palette I got is the one from Inglot. I used their freedom system to make my own palette. You can choose from different sizes of palettes, and you can fill them up with the colors you like. The palette works with magnets, so your pans don’t fall out. I got the one where you can put 5 square colors in (11$ in the US). These eye shadows are very pigmented, so they last a long time. It’s a bit more expensive the first time you buy it, because you also need to buy the palette. But once you get that, the colors are only 6$ a pan (in the US), with the advantage you can choose your own colors.
(Inglot does have a website in the Netherlands: http://www.inglotcosmetics.nl/

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The next three products I also saw on Youtube, surprise… surprise.
The first one is the Covergirl & Olay Simply ageless eye concealer. It’s like the name says, an eye concealer to cover up the dark circles under your eyes. Mine is in the color 210 light. I like the consistency of it because it’s a concealer, but it also has some moisturizer in it, so it doesn’t dry out your skin. (Around 12-13$ in the US, brand not sold in Belgium).
The second one is the Benefit boxed powder in Coralista. It’s a coral blush powder. The packaging of this one is really pretty and also the coral color is. It comes in a box with an integrated mirror on the inside and a brush. (28$ in the US, in Belgium it’s 32€ and it’s being sold in Inno Galeria Antwerp).
The third product is the Rimmel Stay matte long lasting pressed powder. This is a powder to set your make-up after you have put on your foundation. And it helps to keep the shine away for people who have a more oily skin. Mine is in 001 transparent. This is because I wanted it to look natural. (Around 5-6$ in the US, around 10€ in Belgium).

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The last thing I bought is the 217 blending brush from Mac. Mac brushes are kind of expensive (23$ in the US, 22€ in Belgium), but they are really good quality brushes.

So, that are the beauty products I bought on my trip to NY.

Stay tuned for more of my NY trip updates and a fashion haul!

Xoxo N.

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