Giveaway | Win makeup

Giveaway | Win makeup

It has been ages since I last did a giveaway. I don’t do them too often, but I think it is time to give back. And for two reasons! On 4 September 2018, this blog, this little nook on the WWW came up on its 8th anniversary. 8 years! As if things could not get any better, I hit 1000 subscribers on Youtube last Saturday. So I felt it was time to organize a little giveaway to give back to all of you who have embarked on this journey with me and who are commenting regularly on my posts and videos.  giveaway win makeup

Giveaway | Win some makeup
Celebrating 8 year blog anniversary & 1000 subscribers on Youtube

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Happy 4th blog anniversary!

Happy 4th blog anniversary!

Today is the day! September 4th 2010 was the first day my blog went live. I knew nothing about blogging, had never done it before and had no idea what to do. Here we are 4 years later and still going strong. And what a ride it’s been.

Earlier this year I finally decided what I wanted to do with my blog. For most of my 4 year blog career I was in limbo and didn’t take it too seriously. It was just a hobby, something fun to do on the side while I focus on other things. But now that I have been able to give this a good thought, I came up with a blog schedule and some ideas of what to do next. And those ideas are coming to fruitition. In the past 4 years this blog went from getting 0 visitors to 250 – 300 visitors a day. I hit a bit of a rough patch last year which caused my blog to go on the backburner a few times and of course it translated to dropping visitor numbers. By now, numbers are back at the level it was at before I had to have a blog hiatus for a few weeks and switch to every other day blog posts.

In the next few days you’ll find one of the biggest changes for me. Today, or some time this week, I will sign up for an actual domain name. To me, that shows that I am committed to this place and to keep it going for however long I enjoy chucking things online. Since I started my blog with no idea what to do, I never really invested in it either. You need a plan and know what you’re doing before you can fully commit to something and that’s what I do now, so I’m ready to take the plunge and make this an official website.

As of next week I will also make some changes to my blog schedule. I am currently blogging about beauty on Mon-Wed-Sat, lifestyle on Tue & Sun, music on Thur and fashion on Fri. That schedule will still hold, but as of Tuesday, I will have a weekly blog post on food. Be it recipes or any other food related topic: that will go online on Tuesday’s. The rest of the schedule remains the same, but on Thursday, in addition to the music post, I will add a post on nails in the afternoon. So Thursday’s will not only see one blog post, but two. I enjoy doing my nails and it is one topic that my blog touched upon a lot when I first started. It’s something that got pushed to the sidelines, not because I didn’t like it anymore, but because I found no space to put it anywhere. But now that I know what I want to do, I’ve decided to add a weekly nail post. To sum things up, my blog schedule will look as follows (starting this coming Monday):

  • Monday, Wednesday, Saturday: beauty = product reviews on make up, skin-,body-, and haircare; a look into my stash; favorite products; looks; 30 day make up challenge, etc.
  • Tuesday: food = recipes, what I eat, information about my diet, mabye even some health and exercise related topics, etc.
  • Thursday 1: music = songs, albums reviews, indie music, etc.
  • Thursday 2: nails = NOTD, my stash, favorites, etc.
  • Friday: fashion = outfits, styling, trends and shoplogs, etc.
  • Sunday: lifestyle = personal updates, tags, book reviews, etc.

A wish I had for this blog is to start making videos. And surprise, surprise: tomorrow the first one will go up! I don’t have a regular schedule in mind yet. I have a few videos recorded and ready to go so I will first see how those are received. Then I will see what I’ll do next. For now, I have a new youtube channel set up specifically for the blog and you can look forward to a shoe collection video for tomorrow’s post.

If you want to stay up to date with the blog, you can follow me on Twitter or Instagram: @indiequeen84. That’s where I mostly update on the daily workings of the blog.

For now, I would like to thank YOU, my visitors, for the past 4 years. Here’s to another!
And to include you in these celebrations, you need to check back today at 3 PM CET.
I’ll have a small surprise online for you then.

Happy 3rd blog anniversary to me!

Happy 3rd blog anniversary to me!

Whoops I completely forgot, but thankfully WordPress reminded me. Three years ago, it was a cold, dreary September evening. It was Friday and I was bored. So I decided to do what any bored person would do: I started a blog. Springing from my desire to write, I had no direction, no idea, nor did I have any clue what to write about, how to blog or how long I could keep this going. Yet here we are, three years later and we’re still going strong.

Source: weheartit.com

I would like to say: here’s to another 3 years, but who knows what happens? I’m thinking of putting together a little something something to celebrate and send to one of you, but I don’t have much time to do so as teaching has started back up. So whether there will be any sort of giveaway yet, I don’t know. For now, let’s just dance the night away and drink some bubbles, at least that’s what you’ll be doing. I’m about to go to bed as I am absolutely knackered from this first week of teaching.

Thank you for reading my blog!

Urban Decay 15 Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Collection (incl. swatches)

Urban Decay 15 Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Collection (incl. swatches)

The other day I had a few minutes to spare at Utrecht Central Station and decided to pop into Sephora which is located in the adjacent shopping mall. Lo and behold, I found the prettiest of pretty things: the Urban Decay 15 Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Collection palette! I had already read about this on US blogs/ vlogs, but I didn’t think this would be released over here. How wrong I was about that one. So when I saw this I just had to have it.

The palette features 15 unique colors which were released especially for UD’s 15 anniversary. You will not find these shades anywhere else but this palette! Scroll down and have a look at the prettiness.

This starts with the packaging. Sorry about the smudges on it, but doesn’t that look pretty? It’s actually pretty heavy too. Some of the case is metal so that must be why.

The purple velvet box the palette comes in doubles as a jewelry case or w/e you need to store some trinkets. I think I will just use it as an extra layer of protection for my palette.

Detailing on the side of the case. You can’t see it that well, because of the reflection of my camera.

The jeweled initials embossed on the case. I say purday!

The eyeshadows. The box comes with 15 eyeshadows (one for each year). The first column includes 5 neutral shades: midnight rodeo, midnight 15, vanilla, flow and chase (from top to bottom). The middle column features brights: tainted, junkshow, omen, evidence, deep end. And lastly you get 5 darker shades: deeper, M.I.A., ace, blackout and half truth.

All these colors are super pretty and have that infamous velvety Urban Decay structure. The only let down in the palette for me is Blackout as it isn’t very pigmented. You will see what I mean when you view the swatches below*:

Lights/ neutrals:

midnight rodeo, midnight 15, vanilla, flow and chase (from left to right)

I love neutral shades the best, as they are so wearable and I love how this palette has 3 very pretty highlight colors (the ones in the middle) and two neutral overall lid colors that could make any eyelook work. My favorites have got to be flow and chase: great pay off and very nice texture. Midnight rodeo is a bit chunky as you can see, but still very well pigmented. Midnight 15 is also pretty but a bit on the sheer side if you ask me and vanilla isn’t that special to me, but still a pretty color.

Brights:

tainted, junkshow, omen, evidence, deep end (from left to right)

One reason why I love Urban Decay is because they do the best bright eyeshadows. My faves in this row have got to be junkshow (wow, when you want that true POP of color), omen (I love that blueish hue) and deep end (can you say perfect teal/ ocean blue color?)? Tainted is much lighter and a bit more sheer, whereas Evidence does have a very deep royal blue tone to it which I like. However I find it hard to work with blue eyeshadows as I find it makes me look tacky, but I see that shade as a challenge.

Darks:

deeper, M.I.A., ace, blackout and half truth (from left to right)

Can you say wow again? I’m loving the dirty gold toned Deeper. Look at how rich that color is! This is definitely one of my favorite shadows in this palette. M.I.A. is also a very rich dark chocolate brown that will make a great smokey eye. As you can see, Black Out is the only true matte in the palette and a bit of a let down, as you don’t get the color pay off as with the other shades. However, it does smudge very nicely and as you can see at the top of the swatch, it is buildable, which, for such an unsubtle color as black, can come in handy. I was surprised by half truth which is more of a purple with a blue undertone. When I looked at this in the palette I definitely didn’t expect that.

As far as I’m concerned, the only thing missing from this palette, is a good green. Even though, these shades are all easy to combine and can take you a long way. I can recommend this palette to anyone who wants to buy some high end eye shadows, but doesn’t know where to start, because this is a very good and complete shade selection.

A downside could be the retail price. This palette retails for €48, but at Sephora you do get a standard discount of 15 %, making it just over €40. Still I can understand that some people will think that’s expensive, but keep in mind that you do get 14 very good eye shadows and one mediocre one for that price.

*All swatches are one swipe with no base in artificial lighting, except for black out.

If you’d like I can make a look of the day with this some time this or next week. Let me know in the comments below which colors you’d like to see in action!