Favorite fall nail polish shades

Favorite fall nail polish shades

Not only my makeup changes with the seasons, but also my preferred nail polish shades. As trends change and as my tastes changes, so do my favorite nail polish shades. Since I last did a fall nail polish favorites 3 years ago, things have definitely changed. Not a single of the polishes that made the cut then, made it now and some have since been decluttered. Here are my 6 fall time favorite nail polish shades.

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Favorite fall nail polish shades

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Favorite Catrice nail polishes

Favorite Catrice nail polishes

If there is one brand that I love for nail polishes it is Catrice. There are a few others of course, but when it comes to affordable brands that are readily available to me, then Catrice would be my pick. It is hands down the brand I have the most polishes from and that is why I also have quite a few favorites. I picked 10 of my all time favorite Catrice polishes. This is them.

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Favorite Catrice nail polishes

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Favorite concealers

Favorite concealers

Time to show you my all time favorite concealers! This is a make up product I love trying out. More so than foundation if you’d believe that. And I especially like drugstore concealers, but just for good measure I threw in a few high end favorites as well. This is a list of favorites that keeps on changing, but I thought I’d try and be tough on myself and pick my 5 absolute favorite concealers.

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My 5 all time favorite concealers: any in here that you favor as well?

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My favorite nail polish brands

My favorite nail polish brands

If you’re a nail polish freak like me, you try out many different nail polish brands. From the cheapest discount budget store brands to indie nail polish to very high end, I have tried anything and everything under the sun. I like trying new nail polish, but there are a few brands that over the years truly stole my heart. And no… they are not only high end brands!

In fact, there are two very budget proof nail polish brands that are part of my favorites: Barry M and Catrice. But most of my favorite brands are true nail polish specific brands. So brands that do not really do any other make up, but focus on making nail polishes. These types of brands tend to be a tad more expensive, or less easily accessible, but I find that they are well worth the hunt and price tag. Below I will explain to you what I like about the brand and show you three of my favorite colors from each brand.

Barry M Gelly Hi-shine Nail Paint in Blue Grape
Barry M Textured Nail Paint in Kingsland Road
Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Espresso

Barry M does some fabulous nail polishes. Especially their Gelly Hi-Shine line is a stunning line of nail polishes that also has a really good color selection. It is also very affordable: around 4 pounds a piece, with plenty of sales on at Boots or Superdrug. I always pick up a few whenever I am in the UK. Why I like them so much? Great colors, good lasting power and a brush that is really easy to use.

Catrice Million Styles Million Dollar Baby
Catrice Coolibri Virgin Forest
Catrice Thrilling Me Softly Discreet

From Catrice, I particularly like their limited edition nail polishes. Ever since they changed the formula and the brush however, I haven’t been too thrilled about the brand. Prices go up, but quality has been sacrificed. I remember these costing no more than 2.50 a pop and so I have hung on to most of my old Catrice collection, as I liked that better. They do have some interesting shades that are part of LEs which is why I tend to favor them. My favorite all time glitter top coat is from the Million Styles Collection and one of my favorite neutrals and toe nail shades are also from older limited editions.

OPI Don’t Bossanova me Around
OPI Mariah Carey The Impossible
OPI Every Month is Octoberfest

My all time favorite nail polish brand? OPI! No doubt about it. I have quite a few of them by now and even though I no longer purchase shades from their regular collection, it is what made me fell in love in the first place. These polishes last the longest on my nails, I love their shade range and innovative collection and overall I have only found 2 polishes that I didn’t like from them. Shown above is one of my favorite neutrals, my favorite ‘innovative’ idea: liquid sand and my favorite vampy red nail polish.

China Glaze Bing Cherry
China Glaze For Audrey
China Glaze Strawberry Fields

It’s a shame that China Glaze isn’t readily available in stores. Apart from OPI polishes, these tend to stay the longest on my nails and I love their brush too. I don’t find their collections as interesting as OPI which is why it isn’t my ultimate favorite, but I think that might be because I can go and check out OPI in stores. My favorite China Glaze polishes are cult favorite For Audrey, one of my favorite straight up reds: Bing Cherry and the prettiest summery pink shade you will ever find in a nail polish.

Essie After School Boy Blazer
Essie Cute as a Button
Essie Coat Azure

Finally there is Essie. Essie is a great brand, but I have only gotten real access to it for a short while. I find that the cheaper, drugstore version of this (which is on sale mostly where I live) has not as great a quality as the salon versions, but it still works a charm. When it comes to neutrals Essie is usually your gal, but I like a few of their more out there colors. After School Boy Blazer is the best blackened blue you will ever find. Cute as a Button is the best coral shade I own and one of my favorite blues is Coat Azure which came in a spring collection set.

What are your favorite nail polish brands?

Tried & true skin-, body- & haircare products

Tried & true skin-, body- & haircare products

I try out many different beauty products. From make up to skincare and from hair products to bodycare: I love trying new things and am always in for trying out new lines. Despite all those trials and loving every minute of it, there are a few products that will always stand out for me. Those are the products I will always come back to no matter what and that I always repurchase or keep back ups off just in case: my tried and true.

Soap & Glory Handfood

We’re starting off this post with my all time favorite hand cream. This smells nice, nourishes my hands and is absorbed quickly. Such as shame I only buy this when I’m in the UK. I wrote a full review on it here.

Decubal foaming face wash

You know a product is a long time favorite when you first mentioned it in a blog post almost three years ago and still use it. This foaming face wash is very gentle but gets the job done. I wrote a full review two years ago.

Lush Jasmine and Henna Fluff-Eaze hair mask

I am not much of a haircare person and from all beauty products I tend to change them up the most. I am not too loyal to any haircare brands in particular and when it comes to my hair anything that does not require heat is fair game. The first ever haircare product that I tried that I felt really made a difference for my hair is this hair mask by Lush. I reviewed it last year.

Nivea cream

A classic beauty product I cannot live without is Nivea cream. Just the plain variety. I pretty much use this for my every day run of the mill skin issues. I love using it as a cuticle cream and any dry patches on my knees and elbows in winter time. Whenever I am traveling I always make sure to take a mini because this cream can double as a hand cream, foot cream, body lotion and what else you might want to use a cream for. I never reviewed this yet but I’m pretty sure you all know what this does and it smells heavenly.

The Body Shop Aloe Vera Calming Toner

My favorite toner in the whole world is this one by The Body Shop. I used this for years on end until I discovered micellar water which I now favor over this. However, I still keep a bottle on hand, just in case the entire micellar water hype is phased out and the products start disappearing from the stores. I reviewed this product along with the facial cleanser.

Lush Flying Fox shower gel

Of course my favorite shower gel should not be left out of a tried and true products post. The smell of this is not for everyone I guess, but I love using this for night time showers. I always sleep like a baby after using this. I reviewed this about a year ago.

Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer

When it comes to skincare I am very picky. I have sensitive skin and thus allergic reactions are always a possibility whenever I try something new. I bought this and after it ran out immediately repurchased it. This is so refreshing on the skin and a great morning moisturizer as it truly wakes you up and gives you that extra morning boost. I have not yet reviewed this as I didn’t have a chance to take any good pictures before and currently I am working on using up other skincare products first. But you can be assured that the minute I open up this new jar, I will be writing that review.

Lush Angels on Bare Skin

One of the very first reviews I ever wrote was on this product. I use this cleanser only a few times a week for a bit of a scrub. I have found this really cleared up my skin and when I use this I get fewer spots and zits. The review for this is by now almost 4 years old. Perhaps I ought to redo it?

Dove Invisible Dry deodorant

Deodorant is a bit of a boring product to talk about, but it took me ages to find one I liked. I used this spray on deodorant by Dove for ages before switching to a different type altogether. However, I still keep this around, but no longer use it on the daily. This now lives in my gym bag and at work, for those quick spruce ups in between.

The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lip Make Up Remover

Finally I would like to show you a cleanser that I am currently trying to find a cheaper alternative for. I used to love the Sephora waterproof make up remover, but then Sephora left The Netherlands and they took my favorite make up remover with them. I found a great alternative in this one by The Body Shop, but at €12 per bottle I find it a bit steeply priced as it is twice as expensive as the Sephora one. I am currently trying out one by Kruidvat which is super cheap and I am about to try one by Garnier.

What are your tried and true beauty products?

Week in outfits #1

Week in outfits #1

What clothes do I really wear on a day to day basis? I don’t show that many outfits on this space, but as of today I’ve decided to change that around. Last week I took a picture of 5 different outfits that I actually wore out. Excuse the pictures quality as I took all of them last minute as I had to head out the door to be on time for appointments, birthday parties and concerts. You’ll find that last week was a very casual week for me and I went with jeans & t-shirt combos for most days.

Sunday 13th of April 2014

The occasion: friend’s b-day party.

The outfit:

  • grey t-shirt: H&M
  • baseball jacket: H&M
  • dark blue/ indigo jeans: Topshop Joni jeans
  • leopard print sneakers: H&M

Monday 14th of April 2014

The occasion: meeting with my boss

The outfit:

  • leopard print button down shirt: H&M
  • dark blue/ indigo jeans: Topshop Joni jeans
  • black wedges: H&M

Tuesday 15th of April 2014

The occasion: meeting with my coach

The outfit:

  • nude biker jacket: H&M
  • cream colored lace top: H&M
  • black biker skirt: Only
  • black tights: Primark
  • cut out boots: New Look

Wednesday 16th of April 2014

No occasion to go to, hence no picture as I wore PJ pants all day. 😉

Thursday 17th of April 2014

The occasion: meeting my doctor

The outfit:

  • seafoam colored blouse: Bershka
  • light blue treggings: H&M
  • mint green creepers: Underground via Urban Outfitters website

Friday 18th of April 2014

The occasion: Justin Timberlake concert

The outfit:

  • lace bomber jacket: Mango
  • grey t-shirt: H&M
  • light blue treggings: H&M
  • black converse: random shoe shop in Soho, New York City

Saturday 19th of April 2014

The occasion: my dad’s birthday

The outfit: I forgot to take a picture of the entire outfit, but I wore…

I hope you enjoyed having a look at what I actually wore on a day to day basis. Since I had to rush at times to get out the door, these are all mirror shots, which I know aren’t the best. But I still wanted to share. As you can see I wear a LOT of H&M. Seriously, I think more than half my wardrobe stems from that place. Or at least many of the clothes that I like to wear often. I also had a bit of a ‘pants wearing week’ which isn’t my normal thing. Especially when I’m at work, I like to dress up a bit more and wear dresses and heels. However, since this was no such week, none of that is featured here.

What does your typical outfit look like?

 

My favorite Christmas movies

My favorite Christmas movies

It’s almost Christmas which means it’s time to cuddle up, get cozy, eat food and watch movies. I’ve been having myself a downright Christmas movie marathon this past weekend and there’s a few favorites that I simply have to watch. Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without it.

1.) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

This is a family favorite. I remember watching this at home with my brother and my parents when I still lived at home and if it’s on around or on Christmas Day we will simply make way to watch it again. It’s incredibly cheesy and the fashion choices are interesting to say the least (it was released in 1989!). If you like seeing every Christmas cliché come by, but then all go wrong in good old Griswold style, then you are going to like this.

2.) A Muppet Christmas Carol

The original story of Mr. Scrooge as first told by Dickens in A Christmas Carol, but with a Muppet twist. Michael Caine is the only actor in this movie (apart from all the muppets of course) and he’s absolutely brilliant. I used to watch this with all the kids when I worked secondary school during the last few lessons before Christmas break and they always loved it, no matter how old they were. I like it so much that I even had my parents tape it onto DVD for me when it came on TV a few years ago.

3.) Home Alone 1 & 2

Then on to a childhood favorite: Home Alone. I never went beyond 1 and 2, but I still love the original two movies. I was about as old as the boy in these movies when I first saw them and that definitely helped in the love for these movies. And on a more current note: Macaulay Culkin (Kevin in the movie) just started a Velvet Underground cover band called The Pizza Underground…

4.) Gremlins 1 & 2

I hadn’t seen these in a while and had quite forgotten all about them, but Gremlins are a great movie as well. Both the original AND the sequel. And to think that this was done pre-CGI as well… Not that Christmassy perhaps, but the movies are set around Christmas time and that makes it valid for me.

What are your favorite Christmas movies?