Makeup Starter Kit | High End Edition

Makeup Starter Kit | High End Edition

makeup starter kit high end edition

After I posted my drugstore starter kit it was requested I do another one, but this time filled with high end products. So that is what I did. By no means do I think you need to buy high end products to have a good makeup look. But it can make for a very pretty look. If you get started, try some affordable options first and then slowly graduate to more expensive items to amp up your look. In the end you will be able to find what is perfect for you! Let’s go!

Read more
Top 5 recent high end palettes

Top 5 recent high end palettes

Not too long ago, I talked you through my favorite eyeshadow palettes. They were all high end, but I also realized they were all older palettes that have been around for quite some time. I figured it was time to talk you through my favorite high end palettes that were released more recently.

top 5 high end eyeshadow palettes

Top 5 high end eyeshadow palettes

Read more

Top 5 high end concealers

Top 5 high end concealers

In terms of concealer, I swear by my budget and drugstore alternatives, which I will be showing you some other time. But just because I love the cheaper alternatives so much, does not mean that the higher end stuff isn’t great too. I just was a little late to the game trying all these. Because why spent over €20 for a concealer when you have ones that are just as good for under €5? Still, there are a few that I found worth to splurge on and this is them.  top 5 high end concealer tarte shape tape urban decay naked skin too faced born this way kat von d lock it concealer creme nars radiant creamy concealer

Top 5 high end concealers

Read more

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.

favorite concealers

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

Read more

High end dark & neutral colored lipsticks

High end dark & neutral colored lipsticks

My favorite high end make up item to shop? Lipstick. Luxurious packaging, stunning colors and usually much better staying power: high end lipsticks allow you to buy that piece of the unreachable without breaking the bank. Especially when you go to Ici Paris XL when they do their infamous 40% off deals. With high end lipsticks I tend to veer towards brighter lipsticks and reds, but over the years I’ve also gathered a couple of nudes, neutrals and a bit more recently also darker berry shades. And you can find all them below including swatches. Enjoy!

Illamasqua Lipstick Shard (matte)

Let’s kick things off with a bang shall we? One of my favorite fall colors is this matte berry color that I picked up from Selfridge’s on my last trip to London. It is one of my first Illamasqua products and dare I say it has made me want more. This lipstick has a gorgeous color, great lasting power and it is matte. If you care to see what it looks like on, here is a post where I’m wearing it.

MAC Velvet Teddy (matte)

This next lipstick is probably not one you would pick up on first sight. I wouldn’t anyway. But the make up artist recommended this when I went to MAC for the first time. To familiarize myself with their products I decided to book an appointment where they do your make up and you can put the money you pay for the appointment towards your purchases. It is handy when you don’t know where to get started and I bought a few of the things the MUA used on me that day. This lipstick was one of those items. And believe it or not: brown lipstick makes for a great neutral with my complexion. Need proof?

MAC Ravishing (cremesheen)

One of my first purchases at MAC that I did by myself. And still a failproof shade in my collection. Don’t know what to wear? Whack on some of this peachy coral color and you can’t go wrong.

MAC Pink Plaid (matte)

This is one of, if not, my favorite shade in MAC lipstick. First up, it’s matte (big plus right there!). Second, it’s the prettiest pink shade with a purple undertone. Third, it has a cute name. Of course the latter doesn’t exactly make or break a decision for buying something, but it certainly helps. It’s a great neutral shade and I like wearing this when I go for darker eye looks.

MAC Creme D’Nude (cremesheen)

The ‘what-the-beep-what-I-thinking’ shade. A few years ago, I was dead set on getting a concealer type nude color. I’m not sure why, but I just wanted to give it a try. After a long search I went with Creme D’Nude. I’ve only worn it 5 times till this day and by now I can tell you: a true nude look is not a good one for me. This lipstick makes me look as dead as a doornail and is too sheer to cover up my natural lipcolor. The result: a muddy look that is more suitable for Halloween than teaching English classes.

MAC Lovelorn (lustre)

Yes, this shade is almost identical to Pink Plaid. I know. The reason I got this? Because it’s got a different texture. Where Pink Plaid is a full on matte, this is more sheer and has a bit of shine to it. For those days when a matte lip is just not what I want to go with.

Benefit Candy Store

On to one of my oldest lipsticks. Candy Store by Benefit has long been discontinued and I don’t wear it very often anymore either. I bought this on a trip to New York with my best friend and I guess that’s the only reason why I still have this. It reminds me of my visit to the Big Apple and standing in Sephora trying to decide what to buy. It is a very sheer shiny color that is great is you just want your lips to appear a tad fuller.

Benefit Rocket Pop

For the longest time this was my ‘my-lips-but-better’ shade. Unfortunately the creamy texture means it doesn’t last very long and when I bought other lipsticks this one ended up in the forgotten pile of my lipstick stash. However, I bought this at the same time as I bought Candy Store featured above, so I have the same memory attached to it and so I just can’t part with it just yet.

NARS Shrinagar (sheer)

One of my very first NARS products was this lipstick. In the tube this color looks like a blackened purple shade. Ooh scary. But in fact it’s a very sheer lipstick. I tend to wear this after I apply some Lip Erase and then it gives off a great purple-ish hue to my lips. Great to pair with dark green and dark blue looks or a heavy smokey eye.

YSL Rouge Volupté Shine no. 18 Prune in Fire

We started with a bang, we end with a bang. Lipstick no. 10 is this bright plum shade by YSL. It was love at first swatch when I found this. It’s a tad more rad than the Illamasqua one, and it has a very creamy texture. It’s also my first YSL lipstick in this gorgeous, gorgeous packaging. Unfortunately this wears kind of ugly on my lips: after a few hours I’m left with color just on the outside rim of my lips. Not so sexy, but hey for a product this gorgeous I’ll happily take the time to reapply properly.

What is your favorite high end nude?


This post was the 6th one in a series I embarked on in January to show you my lipstick collection. If you care to (re)read, here are the other blogs:

Red lipsticks (high end)

Red lipsticks (drugstore)

Bright lipsticks (high end)

Bright lipsticks (drugstore)

Neutral lipsticks (drugstore)

High end nail polish stash

High end nail polish stash

A little over a week ago I showed you the first part of my ever extending nail polish collection. Where last week I showed you the first part of my drugstore nail polish colors, I now proudly present my high end nail polish collection. By high end nail polish I mean brands that are specialized nail polish brands and often come at a higher price tag. I don’t own any super high end nail polish anymore though, (think: Chanel, Dior, YSL etc). The reason? I never really like the color selections they do and paying 20 euros or more for a single nail polish is a bit much to be honest. But if you enjoy a bit of OPI, China Glaze, Ciaté, Essie, Sally Hansen and Koh! then grab a cuppa and scroll down.

China Glaze

1. China Glaze Lemon Fizz
2. China Glaze Solar Power
3. China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
4. China Glaze Refresh Mint
5. China Glaze For Audrey
6. China Glaze Turned Up Turqoise
7. China Glaze Holly-Day
8. China Glaze Emerald Fitzgeral
9. China Glaze It’s a Trap-Eze!
10. China Glaze Sunset Sail11. China Glaze Classic Camel
12. China Glaze Peachykeen
13. China Glaze Life Preserver
14. China Glaze Surreal Appeal
15. China Glaze Strawberry Fields
16. China Glaze Bing Cherry
17. China Glaze Sugar Plums
18. China Glaze Midnight Kisses

One of my favorite nail polish brands is China Glaze. One of the only reasons why I don’t have that many of these despite my love for these polishes, is the fact that I can only buy these online. It makes it harder to judge the colors and whether I like them. I used to have some more yellows and other shades by China Glaze, but those are long gone as they didn’t live up to my expectations. My favorite China Glaze nail polish? For Audrey, Life Preserver, Bing Cherry (one of my favorite red nail polishes of all time!) and Strawberry Fields.


1. Essie Topless & Barefoot
2. Essie French Affair
3. Essie Nice is Nice
4. Essie Coat Azure
5. Essie In Stitches
6. Essie Cute as a Button
7. Essie Clambake
8. Essie After School Boy Blazer
9. Essie Dive Bar
10. Essie On a Silver Platter
11. Essie Stroke of Brilliance

My love for Essie has been evergrowing since it was introduced in Dutch drugstores. My first Essie polishes were the mini set and In Stitches. The only Essie polish that was rather disappointing to me was Clambake as it is a jelly type polish and shows my tips whenever I apply it. However, I’ve found it works wonders on my toes in summer. After School Boy Blazer and Cute as a Button are my favorites here.

High end random: Ciaté, Sally Hansen, Koh!

1. Ciaté Cookies and Cream
2. Ciaté Sugared Almonds
3. Ciaté Apple and Custard
4. Ciaté Sherbet Fizz
5. Ciaté Holiday Blues
6. Ciaté Skinny Jeans
7. Ciaté Strictly Legal
8. Ciaté Velvet Tuxedo
9. Ciaté Twilight
10. Sally Hansen Insta Dry Lightening
11. Sally Hansen Insta Dry Jumpin’ Jade
12. Koh Metallic Gree
13. Koh Neon Green
14. Koh Rain Forest
15. Koh Seaweed

On to the miscellaneous brands in my high end collection. I have a few Ciaté polishes which I all really like. The brush is great, the packaging cute, but they do start to shift quite quickly. There isn’t a color in here that I don’t like. Sally Hansen and Koh are two brands I don’t have a whole lot of different polishes from, but the ones I have, I like. Lightening by Sally Hansen is the best full on creamy yellow in my collection and as you can see I like Koh! for green nail polish.

Last but not least is OPI. And yes, I have a lot of OPI. I just love love love OPI nail polish. The colors are great, the texture is great (most of the time) and the textures are innovative and fun. I’m a big fan of their Liquid Sand finish, but their creams and glitters are also worth a mention. I’ve only ever had two nail polishes by OPI that I never really wore: Guy meets Galveston (from the Texas collection), a coral jelly that took hours to dry; and Lemonade Stand By Your Man, a yellow which wasn’t doing it for me. All other polishes I just love. My favorites? Mermaid’s Tears, The World is Not Enough, De-signer De Better, and all of the Liquid Sands!


1. OPI My Private Jet
2. OPI Tease-y Does It (Burlesque Collection)
3. OPI Midnight in Moscow
4. OPI Every Month is October Fest (Germany Collection)
5. OPI Lincoln Park at Midnight
6. OPI Diva of Geneva (Switzerland Collection)
7. OPI Sleigh Ride for Two (Mariah Carey Holiday Collection)
8. OPI Meet me on the Star Ferry
9. OPI I’m Not Really a Waitress
10. OPI The Show Must Go On (Burlesque Collection)
11. OPI Let Me Entertain You (Burlesque Collection)
12. OPI Yoga-Ta Get this Blue
13. OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui
14. OPI A Grape Fit!
15. OPI Green-wich Village
16. OPI Mermaid’s Tears (Pirates of the Caribbean Collection)
17. OPI That’s Berry Daring
18. OPI Hot & Spicy
19. OPI Melon of Troy
20. OPI Royal Flush Blush


1. OPI Don’t Bossanova me around (Brazil Collection)
2. OPI Tickle My France-y
3. OPI San Tan-tonio (Texas Collection)
4. OPI Over the Taupe
5. OPI Cozu-Melted in the Sun
6. OPI Rising Star (Burlesque Collection)
7. OPI Warm & Fozzie (Muppets Collection)
8. OPI All Sparkly & Gold (Mariah Carey Holiday Collection)
9. OPI Wonderous Star (Mariah Carey Holiday Collection)
10. OPI Designer… De Better (LE Muppet Collection)
11. OPI Number One Nemesis (Spider Man Collection)
12. OPI The World is Not Enough (James Bond Collection)
13. OPI Silver Shatter Topcoat
14. OPI Liquid Sands Jinx (Bond Girl Collection)
15. OPI Liquid Sands The Impossible (Mariah Carey Collection)
16. OPI Liquid Sand Vesper (Bond Girl Collection)
17. OPI Silent Stars go by (Mariah Carey Liquid Sand mini)
18. OPI Baby Please Come Home (Mariah Carey Liquid Sand mini)
19. OPI Make Him Mine (Mariah Carey Liquid Sand mini)
20. OPI Teenage Dream (Mini Katy Perry Collection)


1. OPI The One That Got Away (Mini Katy Perry Collection)
2.OPI Last Friday Night (Mini Katy Perry Collection)
3. OPI Not Like the Movies (Mini Katy Perry Collection)

As you can see the Teenage Dream mini has barely a swatch, but that’s because it’s completely dried out and I’m still trying to find a replacement for it. No luck yet, so if you know of a good dupe or maybe have a spare Teenage Dream you can miss, then feel free to let me know!

What’s your favorite high end nail polish brand?

10 bright high end lipsticks

10 bright high end lipsticks

Apart from red, I love me some brights on the lips. Especially for spring and summer, I love to amp up a simple look with a bright pink or a fiery coral. In this post I’ve lumped those two together. These lipsticks are probably some of my favorites and most coveted ones in my collection. Some of these were limited edition, or simply such great colors that I would recommend to have almost all of these in your collection. Needless to say, these high end lipsticks also come with a higher price tag, which makes them all the more special. I remember purchasing each one of them and why!

The collection: can you spot the mistake?

Chanel Rouge Coco no. 54 Le Baiser

The very first lipstick is also one of my favorites. This is a very wearable, yet bright pink. The Rouge Coco texture is pleasant, not too dry and slightly moisturizing. Doesn’t last too long on the lips tough, but does wear off nicely.

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in no. 42 L’éclatante

If you want the ultimate luxury treat, buying yourself a Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet definitely falls into that category. This texture is much more longwearing, and the color a muted hot pink. It’s brighter and a tad more in your face than the one above. Perfect spring color.

YSL Rouge pur Couture in no. 49 Tropical Pink

On to one of the more daring colors in the collection: a blue-toned neon pink. This YSL lipstick was one of my first high end lipstick buys and I still don’t regret it. It’s very much in your face and definitely not for the faint of heart, but I don’t mind getting stared at when I wear this out and about. You’ll be able to see me wear this lipstick in a look very soon.

Dior Diorific longwearing lipstick in 024 Corail Hip Hop/ Coral hip hop

My first Dior lipstick is a reddish toned coral. I don’t really wear it that often, but now that I have swatched it again it has reminded me that I should. This is from Dior’s longlasting lipstick line, which comes in not too many interesting colors, but a few of them are well worth it.

Clinique Colour Surge Butter Shine lipstick in 414 Fresh Watermelon

The most moisturizing lipstick I think I have is this one by Clinique. I’ve had it for quite some time and used to wear it all the time. Because of the moisturizing effect, this only lasts about 1 – 2 hours on your lips thought, which is why I don’t reach for it that much anymore. But I love the name and I have happy memories attached to this as I bought it in NYC on one of my trips.

Sensai lasting treatment rouge in LT12 Sakura Kasane

I bought this because I didn’t own a soft pink lipstick yet and wanted one to layer underneath sheerer colors, for a more opaque effect. This is again a very creamy lipstick. It lasts a tad longer than the Clinique one, but not much longer. I do really love this sweet rosy pink color that still has a bit of brightness to it. It may look like a nude or neutral lipstick on this swatch, but when I put it with my other neutral lipsticks, this simply is too bright to go into category.

MAC Amplified in Watch Me Simmer

There are two lipsticks which I take out every spring/ summer season since I’ve had them and it’s my two MAC Amplified lipsticks (you can find the other one below). The finish is semi-matte, the colors are boom in your face and the lasting power is great. Watch Me Simmer is a great pinky coral with a hint of neon in the mix. I believe this was limited edition.

MAC Amplified in Impassioned

My other Amplified lipstick is Impassioned. This is a bright blue toned pink with a hint of raspberry in it. When I first tried this on in the store, the make up artist who was helping me was amazed at how good this looked on. I took a mirror to have a look at it outside and knew that this lipstick was made for me. It’s one of my favorite lipsticks in my entire collection.

Lancome Rouge in Love long lasting lipstick in 381 B Violette Coquette

As scary as this looks in the tube, that’s how wearable this baby actually is. The color is definitely not for everyone: it’s a purple toned pink with a subtle blue sheen. Since my lips are well pigmented on their own, my natural lip color throws in a hue that mixes very well with this. The color becomes a bit warmer on my lips and it makes for a great summer/ fall transition color.

Lancome Color Fever lasting radiance sensual lip colour in 102 Electro Flash Orange

The last lipstick I have to show you is this pink toned orange, or neon coral color by Lancome. I fell in love with this lipstick when I bought it and was surprised at how nice it looked on. This was my very first bright lipstick ever, which is why it’s so special to me. I don’t wear it as much anymore, because despite it being fairly long-lasting, it doesn’t wear very nicely. I always end up with a bright colored rim, while the center of my lips are wiped clean. It makes for messy touch ups and is too much of a hassle most of the time.

What is your favorite bright lipstick?