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High end mascaras : my tops & drops

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Ever since I started using make up (when I was around 15 – 16 ) I really quickly decided to go for quality over quantity. I mean, less products in my make up bags, but good quality ones. I’d rather invest in a really good foundation that is going to cost 50€ rather than buying five different ones at 15€ in order to find (maybe) one.

Depuis que j’ai commencé à me maquiller ( c’est à dire vers 15-16 ans) j’ai très vite compris que je voulais privilégier la qualité à la quantité. Je veux dire, moins de produits, mais de bonnes qualités. Je préfère largement investir plus d’argent dans UN seul produit, que la même somme dans 6 produits de moins bonnes qualités et qui me décevront donc plus facilement. 

I’m not saying you can’t find good quality make up in drugstore brands. But from my experience, it’s been more often a disaster than a good surprise. On the other hand, when I buy high end make up, I really look it up before I do, (because of the price obviously) and therefore, I hardly make mistakes while buying them.

Je ne dis pas du tout qu’on ne peut pas trouver de produits pas cher et de bonnes qualité. Mais, selon mon expérience personnelle, les marques “moins chers” appliquent une politique du “le plus de produits différents pour plaire au plus de monde, et la qualité on s’en fou un peu ( beaucoup ) ” alors qu’une “grande” marque a un marketing similaire mais différent sur le fait que leur réputation est bien plus importante. Ils se doivent donc de fournir de la qualité également. Cet investissement je ne le fais pas n’importe comment non plus, acheter un produit cher mais qui ne vous conviendrait pas est tout aussi ridicule. Je fais donc des longues études de marché avant d’investir dans un fond de teint, une poudre ou comme ici, un mascara. 

When it comes to mascara, it was different. I bought L’oreal, maybelline, etc.. for many years. Up to the moment where one of my friend gave me a sample she had of a Chanel Mascara. I tried it and (not even joking) it changed my life (or my make up game, to be less dramatic) hahah ! I kept the sample for MONTHS and it was still great ! It didn’t dry out, it still had product in it and the brush was still so amazing ! So, I made the decision to try a full sized one. ( the same actually as the sample ). At that point I realised that most mascaras from L’oreal (supposed to be “drugstore”) cost almost 20€ each … The Chanel one I bought was around 22€ at the time ( I don’t remember exactly ) So, counting the pros and the cons I didn’t hesitate any longer.

En ce qui concerne les mascaras justement, mon expérience était différente. J’ai très vite investit dans ce que je mettait sur ma peau, moins en mascara. J’achetais du L’oreal ou du Maybelline principalement. Puis, un jour, une amie m’a donné un échantillon du mascara “Le Volume de Chanel” qu’elle avait adoré. Et sans exagération, il a changé ma vie ! ( En tout cas, ma routine make up, et on sait toutes qu’elle est plus ou moins importante pour nous ! ). J’ai donc pris la décision à ce moment là d’essayer la version “non échantillon”. A ce moment la j’ai réalisé que le Chanel était vendu autour des 22-25€ alors que certains L’Oréal sont vendus près de 18€… Pour moi le choix a été très vite fait. 

Let me tell you that now, aged 20, I’ve tried a bunch of high ends mascaras. In fact since that day, I’ve hardly bought any mascara from L’oreal or maybelling again because I saw the difference so drastically :

Laissez moi vous dire que aujourd’hui, âgée de 20 ans, j’en ai testé un bon paquet. Voici les différentes les plus marquantes que j’ai remarqué : 

The Value for Money

Le rapport qualité-prix

  • A “regular” mascara lasts between 1-3 months depending on how you use them. A normal use can hardly get you through 2 months … With a high end mascara I’ve already lasted up to 4 months. Not even exaggerating and even after that, when they turned dry, I’d still use them and the result should still be really good.
  • Un mascara “normal” tient entre 1 et 3 mois ( et encore 3 mois c’est franchement généreux). Mes mascaras de marques tiennent 3 mois minimum. Après ca dépend de comment on en prend soin. Car oui, en faisant attention, on peut allonger leur espérance de vie : éviter de faire rentrer trop d’air dans le tube ( il suffit de sortir la brosse une fois, et enlever le surplus, pas besoin de vas et viens qui font rentrer l’air dans le tube et fait sécher le mascara plus rapidement.) 

The Effect

L’effet

  • The overall quality, really, is better. There’s just no comparison possible… It really makes your lashes amazing and does what it actually says it does. Which hardly happened when I bought drugstore ones.
  • La qualité en général, est vraiment meilleur. Pour moi il n’y a pas photo. Quand vous l’utilisez, vous voyez et sentez la différence. Les effets promis ont été, pour moi, en majorité atteint.

My favourites :

Mes préférés :

 

  • Chanel Le Volume – THE BEST. Hands down. From all the ones I ever tried. Gives so much volume, without making clumps, SO good !
  • Chanel Le Volume – LE MEILLEUR. Sans hésitation. Comme je l’ai dit, une révélation. Il donne beaucoup de volume, sans paquet ! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Lancôme Grandiose extrême – Probably my second favourite. From the first application I was shocked by how great this was !! It really makes long and feathery lashes really noticeable change !
  • Lancôme Grandiôse Extrême – Probablement le deuxième sur la liste. Depuis la toute première application j’ai été choquée de sa qualité !! Il fait vraiment de longs et volumineux cils et on voit une vraie différence entre le avant/après.

 

 

 

 

  • Maybelline Lash Sensational – A great drugstore option ! Whenever I don’t have the budget for a high end one, I go for the good old lash sensational ! It’s really not a mystery why it’s everyone’s favourite !
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational – Et oui ! J’ai aussi essayé et aimé des mascaras de “supermarché”  ! Il n’y a pas de mystère que ce mascara soit adoré de toutes les beauty gurus possibles et imaginables ! Pour son prix il est vraiment bien ! Il y a aussi des déclinaison spécial yeux bruns ou yeux claires qui sont pas mal ! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Maybelline Cat Eye – Another one I love from Maybelline !  Whenever I don’t really have the budget for a high end one, I always buy one of these two !
  • Maybelline Cat Eye – Un deuxième de Maybelline que je trouve top ! Dès que j’ai pas le budget pour un de marque, j’alterne avec un de ces deux la ! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Feline Black – Really pigmented and great result + great hold throughout the day !
  • Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Feline Black – Très pigmenté et très bon résultat aussi ainsi qu’une très bonne tenue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Givenchy Couture – This one, oh my. I only tried a sample of this one ( the full sized one cost 30-something € *cough* *cough* ) but it sure is at the top of the list. In terms of results, and that tiny sample lasted for MONTHS ! Incredible. I need to try the full sized one once!
  • Givenchy Couture – Celui la, oh mon dieu. Je n’ai testé que le testeur car la version en taille normale est à 30€… mais il est DINGUE de chez DINGUE. Un jour je craquerai mouhahah.

 

 

 

  • Clinique lengthening mascara – This is great if you already have good volume, but want longer lashes. It makes your lashes SO long  ! Unbelievable.
  • Clinique Mascara Allongeant – Celui la est top si vous êtes satisfaites de votre volume naturel mais que vous recherchez vraiment de la longueur. 

 

 

 

 

  • Benefit They’re Real – Another classic. I liked it a lot, even my Mom did ( and she hardly ever likes a mascara that much haha ! ) only problem is that it’s hard to take off and quite expensive !
  • Benefit They’re Real – Est-ce vraiment une surprise qu’il soit dans ma liste ? Il est aussi un grand préféré des beauty guru ! Il est juste génial ! Seul bémol selon moi ; Il est dur a retirer :/

 

 

 

 

The not-so-good :

  • Chanel Infaillible – It was just not near as good as the Le Volume. Those are the only two ones I’ve tried from Chanel by the way.
  • Chanel Infaillible – Recommandé par une vendeuse, je l’ai trouvé plus que banale. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Lancôme Monsieur Big – I had such high expectations from this one ! And it was disappointing 🙁 It’s not bad !! But it’s just not as good as some I’ve tried before.
  • Lancôme Monsieur Big – Le petit nouveau de Lancôme. Après avoir essayé et adoré le Grandiôse, j’avais de grandes attentes et malheureusement j’ai été assez déçue… Il est bien, mais c’est loin d’être le meilleur de chez Lancôme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Clinique Chubby Lash – Probably the worst I’ve had. Made my lashes clumpy, the product was so hard to apply, and was so heavy it made my lash drop all the time… NO THANKS.
  • Clinique Chubby Lash – Le Pire que j’ai essayé. Bon Clinique est beaucoup moins cher que les autres marques mentionnées ici mais celui la était vraiment catastrophique. Hyper dur a appliquer, il faisait des énormes paquets, etc.. Une déception ! 

 

 

 

  • A bunch of Maybelline & L’oreal ones I tried and don’t remember..
  • Quelques L’Oréal et Maybelline dont je ne me souviens plus…

 

I hope this post was helpful ! What is your favourite mascara ? I’m always curious about new mascaras to try out !

J’espère que cette article vous aura un peu aidé ! Quel est votre mascara préféré ? Je suis toujours curieuse d’en essayer de nouveau ! 

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Boho Blouse

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J’ai décidé de maintenant écrire mes articles en Anglais ET en Français ! Tout simplement parce qu’après un an de blogging, j’ai remarqué que ma communauté est principalement Belge ! Mais mon envie de base de créer une plateforme accessible à tout le monde persiste et c’est pourquoi je garderai quand même l’anglais ! Don’t Worry !

Je suis totalement amoureuse de cette blouse !! La tendance épaule dénudée, je ne vous la présente même plus tellement qu’on en voit partout et de toutes les couleurs mais c’est un détail que j’ai toujours adoré ! Je trouve les épaules féminins vraiment très beaux donc c’est un super moyen de montrer un peu de peau sans en montrer “trop”.

Bon ok c’est pas hyper crédible d’écrire ça alors que j’ai associé cette blouse à un mini short en jeans mais bon… Justement, parlons en de lui. C’est dingue comme je me sens mal à l’aise en short à Bruxelles. Je trouve ca vraiment triste qu’en 2017, avant de sortir, je me demande toujours “est-ce que je peux porter ça ?” étant une féministe de plus en plus engagée ( non non c’est pas un gros mot 😉 ) je me force à ne pas me poser la question mais la réalité me rattrape souvent.  Il faut avouer qu’elle est plus que violente. Est ce que je suis prête à risquer le plus grave (viol et autre, ….. ) seulement pour suivre mes convictions ? C’est un très long et difficile débat je m’en rend bien compte donc je ne vais pas l’ouvrir aujourd’hui mais ce que nous devons toutes supporter au quotidien ( même en jeans-pull , HÉ OUI ) est déjà bien assez lourd.

SINON, sur une note plus légère, je vous présente mes nouvelles BEAUTÉES de chaussures !! Des River Island que j’ai déniché sur ASOS. Je cherchais vraiment un modèle comme celui ci pour cet été ; sandales à talons pas trop hauts, avec un petit détail qui fait “plus original” aka, les studs dorés ! Je vous conseille par contre des les acheter sur Zalando si elles vous plaisent parce qu’elles y sont 10€ moins cher…… #NoComment

Bon et puis ce sac non plus, je ne le présente plus. C’est vraiment un des meilleurs achats coup de tête que j’ai fait. J’adore son style original, sa couleur qui apporte vraiment un plus dans énormément de tenues, bizarrement je sais le porter et l’associer avec énormément de choses !! La taille parait un peu petite mais au final, elle est parfaite pour moi, j’y glisse mon téléphone, un petit portefeuille et un rouge a lèvre ou autre et c’est tout ! Si par contre vous aimez balader votre maison avec vous ca risque de poser problème …

 

J’espère que ce look vous plaira et que mes nouveaux textes en Français aussi haha !

N’hésitez pas à me laisser un petit commentaire 🙂

 


Hey You !

I have now decided to start writing also in French on my blog. Just because, after one year of blogging, I’ve realised that my audience is majorly Belgian ! However, I still love English too much for letting it go so Don’t worry ! I’ll keep writing in English also !

I’ve fallen deeply in love with this blouse ! I won’t even talk about the “off the shoulder” trend, because it’s already been EVERYWHERE and in every single shape and form, colours etc… I love this trend so much ! I find the women’s collarbone area SO beautiful, it’s such a classy yet sexy part of the body to show ! It’s great if you want to show just a little skin, but still make it an impact !

Well ok, look at me talking about showing “a little skin” and pairing the top with tiny denim shorts…. Actualy, let’s talk about them. It’s crazy how, before leaving my house fro Brussels, I’ve found myself thinking a lot things like “Should I really wear this ? Is it reasonable ?” It really does sadden me to realise I think about things like that in 2017… Being a Feminist who’s more and more engaged ( yes, not afraid to say it ! ) I try to force myself into not thinking about that but reality, has my back. The reality of this situtation is actually very violent. And I often also find myself thinking “are my actions worth my convictions? Am I really ready to risk the worst (aka Rape, and such) ?” It’s hard and long topic, I know, So I won’t open it completely today but I would love to hear your thoughts about it ! How is it in your country ?

ANYWAY, on a lighter note, look at those new SHOES ! I found those babies on ASOS. They’re River Island. I really wanted to find a pair like these for this summer ; heeled sandals ( but not too high), with straps and a little details here the golden studs. If you like them, I’d advise you to get them from Zalando, as they were around 10€ cheaper there ….. #NoComment

Hope you like this look !

Blouse – Stradivarius

Shorts – Levi’s Vintage

Belt – Stradivarius Sold Out – similar –

Shoes – River Island

Bag – Furla (old co) – similar

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Tamiim chez Ode – Gastronomic dinner and beauty tips

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One or two weeks ago, I had the chance to be invited to a gatstronomic dinner made by Ode which also included a beauty tip  session from her friend Tamiim Beauty. Here’s everything you need to know ! 🙂

THE DINNER

This was my very first gastronomic dinner so I was really excited ! Also ; pardon my very basic descriptions I’m no food blogger ! haha

The location was absolutely beautiful ! A hidden paradise in a very dirty neibourhood which was really surprising and awesome to discover !

The dinner in general was excellent ! Very fresh, not too much flavour information.

Zucchini gaspacho

Extremely airy in texture and very tasteful !

Asparagus on a cloud of muslin and espelette pepper

This was probably my favourite ! The sauce was delicious, very tasteful and the asparagus were also very nice, quite crunchy and the espelette pepper brought some kick in it !

Cockroach with mustard sweet potato and turnip ginger

This cockroach was excellent as well ! Extremely tender with a note of mustard, crusty skin and the vegetables were perfect cooked !

Pineapple surprise

Ending the dinner with the freshness of a pineapple cream was the right choice on a warm summer night !

THE BEAUTY TIPS SESSION

The beautiful and super talented Tamil from Tamil beauty came by to give us her best make up tips ! To be honest, I thought I had enough common knowledge when it comes to the make up do’s and don’ts BUT she proved me total wrong !

Here are a few things I learned :

  • Apparently the YSL touche éclat foundation is really good if you’re looking for a fresh, natural foundation and very luminous !

  • Setting sprays aren’t actually “hairspray for your face” as many people think ! It’s actually a face moisturising spray ! By spraying it on your face, you just hydrate it so it looks better ! But it doesn’t really make your make up last longer, it just makes it look fresher ! She doesn’t recommend it for oily skin !

  •  You should apply your blush from the outside of your face to the inside ! So that more quantity of product will be at the top of your cheeks and the apples of you cheeks will have less product and will look more natural.

  • Apply a dark brown eye pencil as close to your upper lashes as you can : she said the human eyes like it when things are seperated, when it can see the start and end of element. Defining your eyes like this ill help.

  • She also said that make up brushes are more important than make up itself. Good brushes and bad make up can still work ! But good make up can be ruined if you use bad brushes !

Thanks again to Ode for having me, it was a really lovely evening and a delicious dinner ! And thanks to Géraldine, (the girl that Tamiim made up ! ) She is a fellow Belgian Blogger and came with me to the dinner ! ♥

Chez Ôde 

TAMIIM beauty 

Géraldine / A La Mode Liégeoise

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Campus Vibe

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Before the sweet period of exams and revisions started, I took a bunch of pics of this outfit I wore once and I thought I would share them with you !

This jacket. Well. Varsity Jackets have been one of my obsessions ever since I was young and I started to watch very cheesy american movies that included popular cheerleaders and hot football players (You knoooow like Mean Girls, High School Musical, A Cinderella Story, etc etc etc ) I’ve always wanted one and never found it in store.. And then one day I went in this thrift shop in Brussels named “Episode” and they had sooooo many varsity jackets in every colours !! They were around 30€ which is GREAT ! (I even bought one to my little brother for his birthday)

SO ;  Needless to say That I’ve been in love with mine ever since. I don’t wear it much because it’s quite heavy and warm but I just love how unique it is ! I never see anyone with a jacket like this.

Also, I wanted to quickly talk to you about this new phone case I received from Case Company ( this post is NOT sponsored !! haha ) I accepted to receive it because, as you will see in the pictures, I loved the new concept ! It’s called city marble and basically you can customise your own case with the city of your dreams / choice ! I OBVIOUSLY picked London ! <3 But it can be any city in the world ! See more here !

 

Jacket – Episode Vintage store similar / similar 

T shirt – Zara 

Jeans – Levi’s super skinny 

Boots – Zara old co similar / similar

 

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Hey Sailor ! + My trip in Bretagne

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I hope you’re all doing gooooood !  If you follow me on Instagram, you must have noticed ( hence the spam of striped top pictures #oops ) that I have been on a weekend getaway in Saint-Malo, a nice little city in Bretagne, France !

I had only been to Bretagne once before, and at that time ( I was 10..) , the only thing I remembered were the CRÊPES ! hahah So it was nice to be back and actually remember what I would be doing!

For all students reading this, YES I’m also on revision and exams weeks which sucked because I legit lost 3 days of studying but my mom had that genius idea of booking the trip at that period ! ( That strange moment when you complain about holidays *mhm mhm* ) Still, I tried to study there a little bit and now I’m on legit BEAST MODE :'( Anyway, wishing all of you the best of luck !

Concerning this outfit (the whole point of the post, DUH) I packed every single striped tops I owned, and OBVIOUSLY, my little sailor cap which I’m a little obsessed with as you must have noticed from my last instagram posts….

So here I go, with  my 5€ stripe top from H&M and a little peplum skirt from Zara, my Baby Furla (ONCE AGAIIIIN ) and low boots. It could not be more French-Bretton cliché to be honest but I LOVED it to death !

I’m going to end this post with the best adresses and things I’ve seen/done/eaten while I was there ! (I only stayed for 3 days so I don’t have loads but they were good ones )

EAT :

  • Must Try the pastry named ” Kouign Amaan” it’s REALLY sugary and fat but really good as well haha ! ( Try to find it in a local Boulangerie )
  • Crêpes ( sugary ) and Galette (salty crêpes ) are the two main local dishes in Bretagne. The best I had were at a tiny teeny restaurant named “Grain Noir”. Not only were the crepes AMAZING but also, made from organic and local ingredients, from a group of really nice and motivated young people!
  • The best supermarket crepes/galettes are from the brand called “Saint-Michel”

VISIT :

  • Even if it’s technically in “Normandie” , le Mont-Saint-Michel is a must see !  It’s free to enter but you can pay for the nearby parking. NB : the food and drinks there are really expensive and not so good so I don’t recommend you to eat there. It’s also VERY crowded and touristy so the earlier you go, the better !
  • Cancale. It’s a tiny village next to Saint Malo, it’s very charming and has cute restaurants.

STAY :

  • We stayed at “Le Domaine des Ormes” it’s a giant complex that includes : camping, tree houses, huts, tiny houses that you can rent, swimming pools, a tiny lake with activities, golf, horses, etc.. It’s honestly HUGE ! It’s a super nice place to stay because it’s well located, not too expensive and proposes a lot of different activities ( for children but also adults )

That’s it folks ! Hope it’s helpful and wishing you all the best for whatever you have to face (exams, school, work, ..) !

Top – H&M sales – similar – similar

Skirt – ZARA old co similarsimilarsimilarsimilar

Shoes – ZARA old co similarsimilar

Bag – Furla old co – similar

Cap – Vintage – Similar

 

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