NOTD: Stripes and dots

Oh dear, oh dear.. I haven’t posted again in ages! I’ve got tons of deadlines and am very close to finishing my bachelor’s degree! I also already started my masters so I got too much to do and too little time to do it, while still trying to keep my sanity πŸ˜›

Anyway, I’ve got a post coming up on Friday (I already scheduled it!!), and it’s a very cool new project, which involves nails! I hope you’re as excited as I am! ❀

To keep the wait a bit more bearable, I made a nail art for you today πŸ™‚

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I used two coats of Catrice’s ‘Sing: Hey Dirty-Lilac’, then with a striper brush and some old black stamping polish that got waay to thick and some polish remover I made the thick black matte stripes, and with Catrice’s ‘No Snow Petrol’ and a toothpick I made some dots on/between the lines πŸ™‚

 

Let me know what you think, and stay tuned for my new post on Friday!

 

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Another Wedding!

A lack of updates, I know. Busy going to parties, studying, and moving the bf in his new home! I wanted to share this little bit with you, although I didn’t take nearly enough photos.. Another cousin got married, and I was invited to the evening party πŸ™‚

I wore a simple red dress, with a dark blue belt around my waist and a bolero jacket. I wore the shoes I wore at my previous wedding too πŸ™‚

For my nails, I went for a stripey blue/red mani:

I used Catrice’s Be Indiglow! and a polish from Hema (the red). I got my striping tape from BornPrettyStore in a ‘Lucky bag’.

I again didn’t take a picture of my eye/face look (and this time it didn’t get smudged by some tears :P) but I wore a black eye liner with a wing (Essence) and a combination of eyeshadows on my lid. In the corner I wore a shimmery light yellow, then a bright bronze on the entire lid, and Essence Metal Glam in (I think) Steel-ing the SceneΒ in the outer corner and crease. On my lips I wore a bright red matte lipstick from Hema.

I apologise for the lack of posts and pictures, but I hope my words painted a picture for you πŸ™‚

 

Wedding guest outfit

A few weeks ago, my cousin got married to her boyfriend of 5 years! Even though I’m not very much of a girly-girl, weddings always make me very excited! Of course I love the happy people, the beautiful bride and groom, the gorgeous cake (did I mention I love cake? :D), the incredible food, the great atmosphere, seeing family again.. And being able to go all out on a cute outfit, matching nail art and awesome make up! I went shopping with my mom for a summery dress, because most of the wedding would be outside. I originally wanted to go for something in a pastel shade, but the yellow-white striped version of this dress just wasn’t as gorgeous as the one with dark blue stripes!
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We visited quite a lot of shops, but in the Zara they had a billion of adorable dresses! I picked up this beauty for about 28 euros, so I guess this would fit most budgets! I’m also not a very skinny person, but this dress made me look quite fabulous! The body is quite tight, but riiight where my belly starts, the dress flares out πŸ™‚ I haven’t made any pics with the dress on, but this is what it looks like on the hanger:

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Isn’t it pretty?! I’m still in love with it!

Since we were invited for the wedding all day, I didn’t think wearing heels would be a good idea. I did have some bright red Vans, which I initially wanted to wear, or my mom’s pastel yellow ones. Both wouldn’t be a very good match for this dress, so we went into the Van Haren (Dutch budget shoe shop) and these great fake Vans were pretty much screaming at me!

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Just look at how the insoles match the pattern and colours of my dress!! Plus, they were only about 10 euros, and very comfortable, so I just HAD to get them.

On my nails I decided to go with a white to dark blue gradient. Luckily, the dark blue Catrice polish from my recent blog sale haul was the exact right blue shade. Unfortunately, I think I forgot to take proper pictures (if I find them, I’ll add them of course!) so you’ll have to do with this snapshot I took with my phone:

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I used Catrice Sing: Hey Dirty Lilah! as a base coat, since it was the lightest shade of polish I owned at that moment. I then sponged on the LE White and Seek and Be Indiglow!

Unfortunately, I didn’t take ANY pics of my eye/face look, since I was kind of hurried. I especially loved my eye look (which kind of got ruined due to a very emotional moment.. *sigh*). I made a bold black cat eye, with a bright blue eyeliner above that. I lined my lower lash line with two shades of blue eyeliner pencil (just subtly) and added a regular mascara. I also tightlined (like, drew on the upper waterline, if that makes sense) my eye with an intense black. Again, if I find pictures (or recreate the look) I’ll tell you! For the rest of my face I stole my mom’s bb cream and a translucent loose powder, and a rose/glittery lipstick. I don’t remember any of the brands unfortunately xD

And, I have another wedding tomorrow! Not sure what I’m going to wear yet, it’s only the evening party this time, so I’ll probably wear a less summery look. Might even go for heels if I dare!

 

 

 

Catrice Haul pt. 2: The Swatches

As promised before, here’s the second part of my recent blog sale haul!

Warning, lots of photos πŸ˜€
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There’s the whole family again πŸ™‚

All swatches below are two coats (I believe), and all polishes contain this little metal ball that helps shake the polish well! Always gives me that luxurious feel πŸ™‚

First: the greys/whites
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I kind of messed up the order of the polishes, but from left to right these are:

  • Sing: Hey, Dirty Lilah!; the name suggest there’s a hint of lilac in this polish (I think), but it’s more of a light grey to almost white to me. Has a really soft white glitter in it, andΒ is very easy to apply due to its thin consistency.
  • London’s Weather Forecast: Best name ever. Dark grey polish, as grey as rainy clouds πŸ˜‰ Also contains a really fine multicolour glitter. Same formula as before, I love it!
  • ASHley: Seems to be the only non-shimmery polish in this set. Looks similar to the previous polish, but is a bit lighter.
  • Limited edition White and Seek: a sheer pearly white. I’ve worn this over Hey, Dirty Lilah! for a good coverage (since I don’t own a good white, haha). This polish has the wide brush I really like πŸ™‚

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  • Essence Snow Jam Life is a Freeride: This one fit in with the other colours in this range well so I added it too πŸ˜‰ It’s a bright blue with a fine multicolour shimmer. Also has the large brush!
  • No Snow Petrol: Quite similar to the Essence one, but has a slightly greener tone with almost a duochrome blue shimmer. One of my favourites! Again, large brush ^^
  • Sold Out For Ever: A pastel-ish green- I think this is the most unique colour in the set! Has bright green/blue microglitters which make it even more gorgeous
  • ACid/DC: The absolute brightest colour in this set, it’s amazing ❀ A punky lime-green colour (almost yellow) with green-ish microglitter.

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And to finish it off: the darkest colours of this set:

  • Limited Edition Be Indiglow!: At first I thought it was nearly black, but in the right light a gorgeous deep, shimmery blue is seen! Very special, and matches well with the other LE (the pearly white; I got a post coming up with a mani with these two!). This polish also sports the wide brush.
  • Squeeze Me: A muted dark green/blue with golden/olive microglitter. Very hard to describe but gorgeous! With large brush.
  • Genius In The Bottle: I can barely describe this. A copper/blue/green multichrome, which looks mostly brown on my nails but like an oil spill in the bottle. Haven’t tested it in daylight yet, but I’ll try this soon! Has a slightly larger brush than others, but not super wide.
  • Petrolpolitan: another of my faves. I guess this would be ‘petrol’-coloured, a blue/green with slightly larger (but still tiny) glitters in blue and green. I also used this in my matte top coat DIY! Also with large brush.

So, that’s it for now! I did take pictures of the swatches in my little book, but haven’t processed the photo’s yet.. I’ll add them as soon as I finish them!

 

 

 

 

 

Catrice Haul pt. 1

Since I thought my nail polish stash was seriously lacking in size and variety, and my budget is still very limited, I decided to find some nice blog sales to expand my collection! After a while I found a blog by Dana, called mylittlepaperplane, and she had (still has!) a huge blog sale with tons of Catrice polishes! If you’re in the Netherlands, check it out! For just an euro each, I couldn’t really hold back and got 10 of them. Dana threw in 4 other polishes (which I all love) and some samples πŸ™‚ She even included a cute handwritten note! With shipping, I spent €16,75, and I gave some beautiful polishes a second home πŸ˜‰

Packed in bubble wrap (whoooop!) and with some extras πŸ™‚

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So, here’s the list of polishes I got:

  • 34 Squeeze Me
  • 35 Petrolpolitan
  • 240 SoldΒ Out For Ever
  • 280 London’s Weather Forecast (hilarious. It’s a grey polish :P)
  • 610 ASHley
  • 630 Sing: Hey, Dirty-Lilah
  • 810 ACid/DC
  • 840 Genius In The Bottle
  • 880 No Snow Petrol
  • C01 White and Seek
  • C04 Be Indiglow!

And from other brands:

  • Essence Snow Jam: Life is a Freeride (03)
  • Maybelline Color glitter top coat (855)
  • Kleancolor Grand Finale (169)

I’ll add swatches (on nails as well as in my little book!) and a bit of a review in part two! Stay tuned πŸ˜‰

 

Catrice mono eyeshadow – Don’t touch my Mosserati!

Since I started blogging and reading blogs on make up, fashion and nail polish, I can’t help but get as many stuff from the shops as my budget allows for (and more..). When I was at the drug store, I could fortunately limit myself to some face wash from Essence (which I will review if I’ve tested it a bit longer!), and this beautiful mono eye shadow from Catrice

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It’s a gorgeous dark, mossy green (hence the name: Don’t touch my Mosserati) with a ton of sparkles! I usually tend to go for brighter shades, but a colour like this was seriously missing in my eye shadow collection.

Enough words, here are some more pictures of the swatch on my hand

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And on my eyes (because who else but beauty bloggers puts eyeshadow on their hands..)

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I find it kinda hard taking good (and flattering) pics of my eyes, but I hope this shows the eye shadow well. I used a bright green on the center and inside part of my eye, and the Catrice eye shadow on the outer edge and in the crease. I used my Essence superfine eyeliner pen in deep black,Β and a drug store mascara (Etos X-tra black volume mascara waterproof) for the rest of the eye look.

Catrice’s mono eye shadow Don’t touch my Mosserati (#640) costed me €2.99 and is available at various drug stores (Netherlands: Kruidvat and Trekpleister)

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This is what happens when I go shopping lately..

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This is what happens when I went to the drug store today.. I just start swatching every pretty polish I see! Most are Essence, Catrice and Etos.. I ended up not buying any of these because they were either too pink instead of red, similar to a polish I already have, or too sheer. I might go back to buying the glitter/feathery polish on my ring finger. It also had large diamond-shaped glitters, but mine fell off. Definitely needs a top coat! I also kind of liked the yellow/green on my middle finger, but it’s quite sheer on its own.

What do you think? Should I buy any of these polishes, or got any recommendations in general?