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My Kiehl’s Experience

Hey You ! ♥

One or two months ago, I was invited to a nice afternoon snack by Kiehl’s ! There, I got to learn and discover a bit more about the brand. I had already heard of Khiel’s but I never tried any product and I didn’t actually know their whole story and the products themselves. During this event, I had a personalized skin consultation. An expert from the brand asks you questions about your skin, analyzes your skin type and then advices you the best Skincare Routine to achieve a well balanced, healthy and clear skin. This consultation can be done in stores as well and is free !

She created a craaaaazy long list of products suited for my skin type (for info, I have combination to oily skin mostly on the T zone and occasional acne ya know, when it’s THAT time of the month especially.. :’-( ). Knowing this, you should be careful on the products you use, so that you don’t overdry your skin or use way too oily products !  (DISCLAIMER ; It’s not because you have acne or oily skin that it means that you don’t have to use moisturizer !! )

They offered me a discovery box with a bunch of random products to try ! Lucky for me, 3/5 of the products in the box were on the list the lady created for me. Here’s my opinion on them after I used them during 2 months everyday religiously so that I could write a relevant and real report for you guys !

DISCLAIMER 2 : This post is not sponsored, they didn’t pay me nor asked me to write this article, I just did it by myself because I think feed backs on skincare are useful ! Even more when they’re pricey like Kiehl’s ! Happy reading! ♥

Kiehl’s ?

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If you’re wondering about the brand, here are some details that I thought were interesting when they explained it to me.

Kiehl’s is a rather old cosmetic brand created by a pharmacist from New York in 1851. (You can still visit the first ever boutique in Manhattan today ! 😀 ) because he was a pharmacist, he used both natural ingredients (plants, etc..) and chemistry/science which result in high quality and high results products. That’s why they have a scientific style/look to them as you can see on the following pictures below ↓

Their goal is also to be clear ; the names of the products are not dreamy, they’re simple and explain clearly what the product is ( i.e. : “Ultra Facial Cleanser” ) they also show the list of ingredients in the front, so you don’t have to search, it’s not hidden from you.

The Products I tested

Ultra Facial Cleanser

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→ This is SO GOOD. Honestly. If you never tried anything from Kiehl’s, this should be THE product I would advise you to start with, no matter your skin type ! It won’t change a lot in your skin because it’s “just” a cleanser. But it’s the best one I ever tried !! Before that I had a Nuxe one and one from Weleda. Both were good but this one is on another level. The consistency and texture on the skin are rather funny, it looks, smells and feels like some sort of glue.. (Not in a bad way tho don’t be scared haha) and it basically takes off ALL of your makeup. It’s a bit too tough for the eyes so don’t use it on them. It suits all skin types and is not drying at all which is often the problem with cleansers ! I love to use mine with a wash cloth I found a The Body Shop for around 5€.

Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner

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→ This is one of the products she advised me so I was really happy it was in the box. I use it after the cleansing process. It’s alcohol-free which is amazing. Alcohol is often found in skin products for oily skin, but it’s quite drying and just not very good ! There are calendula petals floating in the bottle which I found funny for some reasons haha (see on next picture) . And also, I’m always super astonished how dirty my cotton pad looks like when I’m done using it ! She told me to pass it on my T-zone and acne prone areas. What I love is that it’s really confortable unlike all these usual acne/oily skin toners.

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Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate

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→ OH my GOD. THIS. It’s one of their freshly new products. It’s a everyday home micro peel solution. A few drops on your fingers and you run them on your face. It works more or less like an exfoliator. The first times I used it, I could feel the death skins coming off. (Don’t be scared, it didn’t peel my skin off haha just a few tiny bits that were dead anyway) If you’re unfamiliar with exfoliation, it’s really important as it takes away the death skin cells and allows the new young ones to “grow”. (super scientific, I know). This products is supposed to make your skin more radiant, fresher looking, even your skin tone, etc… When you apply it, you definitely feel like it’s powerful. It’s really strange. And then after only 2 times using it, I thought I already saw a difference. And I thought to myself “you can’t be seeing a difference already, it’s impossible” but in fact it was already results ! If you’re looking for a fast, effective, life changing product, you have the one right there. This one and the one that follows form for me a wonderful duo that I will most certainly repurchase.

Midnight Recovery Concentrate

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→ This is probably one of their best sellers. And I now know why.. As I said, this combined with the micro peel are a killer duo ! I definitely saw a huge difference in my skin texture and overall look. It looks a lot fresher/younger and more radiant. This is an oil sort of formulas, a few drops in the palm of your hands, and then you dab them on your skin, neck, hands even if you want. So after the exfoliation, this works as a regeneration for the skin cells. Your skin regenerate itself during the night, that’s why it’s important to clean your face, take off your makeup and apply moisturizer, etc at night. Don’t be put off by the ‘oil’ texture. It’s a dry formula, and it won’t break you out !

Ultra Facial cream

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→ This is an everyday Hydrating Cream. I don’t use moisturizer during the day because it’s way too oily for me. So this products doesn’t suit my skin at all. I was even thinking about giving it to one of my friends who’s got very dry skin and ask for her opinion. BUT, during June, I had 2-3 fashion shows where I had a lot of bad make up on me. For some reason it made my skin really dry and uncomfortable and I decided to apply the cream. This saved me like crazy. It’s not too thick, actually it has a very fresh, liquidy formula. You will not need a lot of product for your entire face. And in one night, my skin was back to normal. I now keep it and use it on my hands and neck.

My General Opinion

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My general feeling about all the products and the brand I discovered is really positive. I really felt a difference when I started to use them. It felt like something working and not those Nivea bullshit that are just full of paraben. Some of the products have become my new besties and I will DEFINITELY repurchase them. I also have my eyes on some other products I want to try, like the avocado eye cream which is also a best seller !

I really do hope you found out more about Kiehl’s in a useful way ! Don’t hesitate asking me more questions ! 🙂

 

Kisses,

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How to style the Superstars

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You might have seen on my Instagram already that I have finally gone for the infamous Adidas Superstar sneakers! So here is a summer look inspo on how to wear them ! 🙂

Usually, I’m not that much of  a sneaker type of girl but I must admit in summer, they’re just the best shoes ; comfy, easy to wear, easy to pair with pretty much everything, and so on..

When I had to choose which ones to get, I definitely didn’t want a too sportive pair.. Like Nikes or something. I’m not a fan of too sporty looking ones. So I was eyeing the Superstar for a long time because I think they’re super versatile and very flattering. Their shape makes your feet look smaller for some reason. And with a 41 eu size I couldn’t be happier! haha

⇒ For this look, the main key is “Less is more” : 

A high waisted black leather skirt paired with a tied grey tee and the sneakers + a pop of red on the lips,  And that’s all.

EASY PEASY LEMON SQUEEZY !

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Tee Shirt – H&M old co (similar here)

Skirt – H&M old co (Similar here)

Shoes – Take-Off Sneakerstore

Lipstick – Urban Decay (Rock Steady)

→ ALSO ; If you’re in Belgium. The shop I got my pair from ( Take-Off Sneakerstore ) offered me to give you a discount of 10% on your next sneakers in store if you mention the code “The Tall Blonde” at checkout ! 🙂 HOW COOL ? I’m so excited to be able to offer that to some of you ! And I hope you’re happy about it  too ! Of course, it works on all sneakers, not only on the Superstars ! 😉 and it works in all Take Off Sneakers Store all around Belgium!

Here are some of them ;

  • Louvain-La-Neuve
  • Waterloo
  • Gent
  • Antwerpen
  • Bruxelles/Brussels

 

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100 shades of Vice

Hey You 

Last week, I was invited to the Urban Decay launch party for their new lipstick range ;

The Vice Lipsticks.

So here I am reporting to you everything you need to know about it ! 🙂

What is it ?

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The new Vice Lipstick is a collection of a 100 new shades and 6 different finishes. All of that for only 19,50€ a bullet. (As I said on Snapchat when I showed you all of that, I was actually positively surprised by this price, I thought it was going to be a lot more ! ) They created 100 different new shades going from beige nudes to crazy colours such as black, purple, bright mettalized pink etc.. In 6 different finishes : mega matte, comfort matte, cream, sheer, sheer shimmer and metallized.

It’s literally impossible not to find at least one that you’ll be obsessed with !

Swatches and Try ons

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Before the party I received one by mail which is “Big Bang” , a bright metallized pink. I must be honest I hate it, the color doesn’t suit me at all and the finish doesn’t look good on me either.. So I was really looking forward to seeing all the other shades and try them at the party. I’m a huge fan of matte finishes and this collection has actually 2 different matte finishes ; The “Extra” matte called Mega Matte and the Comfort Matte which is less dry but still matte looking ! A very interesting formula which I adored !

I’m also not so comfortable with crazy colors like blue, purple and all of that but if you are, keep reading I have some interesting ones to show you below ! 😉 I usually go for pink nudes, blue based matte reds and I also have an obsession lately with wine reds ( Like Diva from Mac).

I used my Mom as Lips model because she has bigger lips than me (yes I know, some of them are really badly applied haha #ImNoMakeUpArtist ) I hope it still helps ! 😉

In the goody bag I received those ones in full lipsticks size ;

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( Those followed by () are my favorites )

  • Big Bang – Metallized

× Big Bang is a bright pink with a metallic finish. It’s quite matte feeling too. It also looks really different on my mom and I for some reason. I Personally hate hate hate it haha #Whoops

On my Mom :

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On me :

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  • Disturbed – Comfort Matte ()

× Disturbed is one of my fav. I love this deep wine red. I think it’s really classy and sophisticated.

On my Mom ;

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On me :

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  • Pandemonium – Mega Matte

× This is the craziest lipstick color I have ever seen. haha But somehow, I like it on me, It’s just REALLY special and I’m definitely not the kinda girl who dares to go out in the street wearing such a crazy color ! But it’s definitely pretty, very pigmented.

On my Mom ;

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  • Firebird – Cream

× The cream texture is SO comfy !! It glides super easy on the lips. The Firebird shade is a lovely hot pink/fushia color. Again, too crazy for me, but I think it looks lush on my mom !

On my Mom ;

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On me ;

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  • Conspiracy – Metallized

× This Brown Metallized shade is very 90S isn’t it ?? I like brown colors on darker skin tones more, not that much for me !

On my Mom ;

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On me ;

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And those ones in samples (which contained more colors that I personally liked ) ;

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  • Backtalk ()

× Here comes my FAV !! This amazing pinky matte nude is everything I want ! I don’t have much to say, I’ve been wearing it everyday since I got it, and I’m seriously planning on buying the full bullet ! 

On my Mom ;

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On me ;

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× GUURLS. This is the perfectest red ever ! It’s bright, red, matte, what more do you want ??

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On me ;

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  • Rock Steady ()

× This one is also gorgeous, isn’t it ?? It’s a deeper red, but still bright, and also, has blue undertones which makes the teeth look whiter ! WIN WIN.

On my Mom ;

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On me ;

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My opinion ?

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This whole new release is all very exciting !! I’m a huge fan of lipsticks and I assume the majority of us girls are.. The big and huge good point of these ones is that they honestly please everyone’s tastes thanks to the extra large color palette they offer.

If you are daring and want to go for crazy colors ; there’s Pandemonium, Big Bang and all but if you’re more into classics and nudes ; the choice is also huge.

I’m really seduced by the lipsticks and I’m thinking about getting myself one or two nudes I tried at the party ; Backtalk and Naked which are super natural and flattering (and matte !! haha )

My general opinion about them is really positive ; each colour is really pigmented, even the more nude or sheer ones. The different finishes are also really interesting and comfortable especially the “comfort matte” one.

You must have understood, I can’t recommend you enough to have a look in your nearest Urban Decay Retailers ! 😀

Your opinion !

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If you want to try the lipsticks and have a look at all the colors, I highly recommend the app.

They created an app similar to the one L’oreal made but the UD one is better in my opinion haha. Basically, you can either have a scroll through the colors, the finishes or have a sort of “Tinder” game but in a lipstick version haha which allows you to swipe right or left depending if you like the shade or not !

The app is only available in the apple store for the moment ( here ) !

→ Concerning the launch you can get yours already at Sephora, and in Belgium soon via Ici Paris XL 

I hope all of this was somehow helpful for you !

Kisses,

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Jumpsuits : my summer’s best friends

Hey You ! 

I hope you’re all good ?? Personally, I’m SO EXCITED to finally be back on here after those long weeks of revisions and exams !! :'( (I hope yours went well by the way ! )

Summer can finally start !!

(If the belgian weather is willing to follow along that’d be great uhh uhh … )

So here we go for the first summer outfit of this season ; And starting off with colors as you can see ! Maybe have you noticed that I’m such in a pinky mood lately ? (so much pink on my Instagram feed for instance haha) so naturally I felt the need to add some PINK tones to my looks!

  • Aren’t jumpsuits so cool ? I think they give such a classy yet casual vibe at the same time ! And they also are so easy to wear, just add shoes and a bag and maybe a jacket and you’re good to go ! 😉
  • This one , I paired with High heels in matching colors because I just love heels but for an even more casual and sporty look you can easily wear it with sneakers for example I will wear this look again with my new Adidas Superstar ! (which I’m obsessed with, they’re so easy to wear and versatile ! )
  • Also, couldn’t restrain myself from adding a tiny Rock touch !  haha And what else than a black leather jacket to make the whole look even cooler ?? Also great for Belgium’s summer weather which goes from heat wave to -10°C in a heart beat… And for transitioning from day to night as well ! 😉

 

I hope you love this look as much as I loved creating it for you ! Feels so good to be back 😀 ! So see you very soon for more fashion :-*

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Similar Jumpsuits :

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Shoes – Mango (old co)

Jacket – Promod (old co) Similar here

 

So what do you think ? Are you a fan of Jumpsuits as well ? Let me know ! 🙂

Kisses,

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Pastel Coloured

Hey You !

Aaaaaand here’s another spring outfit ! This one is probably my favourite one out of all the outfits I have planned for you for spring !

I crushed hard for this lace top from ZARA from the very first second I laid eyes on it  And those jeans were on my wishlist for MONTHS. They’re mom jeans, which is THE jeans style in trend at the moment. I adore the 90s vibe they add to any outfit. The lightweight powder pink trench is also from zara, but I honestly think it’s overpriced af (around 80€…) but the combo jeans+lace/crop top+trench is really cool I think ! This cute little coral bag is from a French brand named ‘Parfois’ which I never heard of before going to Lisbon ! They have really cool bags/shoes/accessories for reasonable prices 🙂

A little life update ;

May is around the corner, which means exams and revisions are coming at me like a train  I’ll be free around the 14th of June ! ( SUMMER IS COMING BITCHES ) ( + It’s april the 25th and it’s 9 degrees !!! I had no idea I lived in North Pole ??!!!! Aaarrgg I can’t cope with that weather…  )

Anyways, see you soon for more exciting stuff ,

I hope you like this look !

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Lace top – ZARA

Trench – ZARA

Jeans – Monki

Bag – Parfois (unavailable online)

Shoes – Mango (old co)

Kisses,

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