A LIPSTICK LOVE-AFFAIR

Meet Matt(e), the new lover for your lips – Liquid lipsticks have been on trend for a while now. Almost every make-up brand came out with their own version, from Bobbi Brown to the more budget-friendly ones. Warmer months are usually filled with glossy and moisture-rich make-up looks but since matte became the new moisture, it seems like this trend isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

SHOP MISS A

With that being said, let’s continue with my review of the new Kleancolor Mattes & Metallics from Shopmissa.com. Shop Miss A is a Texas- based company that provides cruelty-free beauty and make-up at only $1. These Kleancollr lipsticks are available in various stores and they can be bought as a bundle or seperately on Shop Miss A.

“Miss A is a pet-friendly and animal loving company. We neither condone, nor support the selling of products tested on animals. While we do not manufacture the products we sell, we have confirmed with all of our beauty/cosmetics brands and they insist – they do not test on animals.” 

SWATCHES

I’ve included my own swatches of the new metallic shades as well as the ones from Shopmissa’s snapchat story below. If you’re not into rocking a full metallic lip, you can also use them as a liptopper to make your lips look more plump when you focus the lipstick on the centre of your lips. My favorite trick when I’m on-the-go is blending a little bit of Metal Rose into a lipgloss, especially on humid days or days when I literally have no time to get ready at all and I need to be somewhere in like 5. Let’s face it, we’ve all been there. I just love sitting down to do my make-up, have a drink, watch Netflix and at the end finishing up my make-up look with a lip liner while being happy having a steady hand for once to get that flawless application. On most days, this is not the case at all.

THIS TIME BABY I’LL BE BULLETPROOF

On the next few photos,  I demonstrated how longlasting they really are. I couldn’t get them off by using just water as you can see. I used an old towel and a bar of soap to demonstrate what would happen when trying to wipe the liquid lipsticks off without an effective make-up eraser like Clinique’s Take The Day Off Balm. You can also see I rubbed pretty hard in order for the lipstick to move around a little bit. These ones are long-lasting without a doubt. They do tend to stain the lips but as I said, when using coconut oil or Clinique’s Take The Day Off balm this wasn’t the case.

I’ve inserted some direct info from Kleancolor’s website:

“Each of the 48 gorgeous shades of Madly Matte Lip Gloss provides rich color in a matte finish for all day wear without drying. It goes on as a highly pigmented liquid and dries to a smooth matte finish. Lips are colored in velvety perfection that lasts. So grab one… or 48 and go! You’re off to a smooth start with Madly Matte Lip Gloss from Kleancolor.”

  • Long Lasting
  • Rich color
  • Matte Finish
  • No dry feeling

Madly Matte Metallic Lip Gloss goes on smooth and dries to a lustrous, multidimensional finish with a transfer resistant formula.  Mesmerize in these 24 shades that are loaded with metallic pigments and will add a sexy spark to your pout.”

  • Smooth texture
  • Fast drying
  • Multidimensional finish
  • Transfer resistant

KISS(PROOF)

The scent is identical to coconuts. The overall application does vary by color. Some of the more brighter shades are a bit blotchy but this can be prevented by using a matching lip liner all over the lips before applying, and then applying 2 layers of it. Most of the colors I own are pretty opaque and solid, especially the browns and nudes.

The formula is a combination between liquid and mousse, which I love. It’s not too thin but not too thick either. The formula can be a little drying and they aren’t completely matte, but they are matte enough to where it doesn’t really transfer, in other words,  kiss-proof. They do last quite awhile, even after eating and drinking, licking your lips unknowingly, talking, etc. and the feel of the lipstick isn’t unpleasant at all. Now, let’s talk packaging!

The packaging is solid. It holds a normal amount of product, just like any other brand that makes liquid lipsticks. And it had a doe-foot applicator which I like. The wand doesn’t wiggle or bend, it’s just very stiff, which makes it easier for me to manipulate where I want the product to go.

Conclusion:

Kleancolor did an amazing job with these budgetfriendly liquid lipsticks, the shade range contains around 48 shades and 24 metallics and are a great option for those of you who are just starting out or those who want to experiment with different textures and colors (the have a bright metallic yellow and a hot purple) but don’t want to spend a lot of money.

For more info, go to: https://www.kleancolor.com/

BUCKINGHAM & BUSINESS

MIND THE GAP

When I was writing this, the words ‘next stop Euston Station’ echoed throughout the carriage. It’s 8:40AM already and I have a meeting at Euston Tower at 9. We’ve only just arrived last night. I walk as quickly as I can along the platform and pay no attention to my surroundings apart from that one guy who’s busking and singing with particulary high standard vocals while quickly checking my notebook to see which floor I’m suppossed to be on, as Euston Tower is a 34-storey office building designed by Sidney Kay and was originally planned as one of three identical buildings.

BUSINESS OR PLEASURE?

After my meeting at Euston, I headed over to Defected Records to talk about recent artist releases, the world of A&R, I got the privilege to listen to some new songs by recently signed artists at this label and how they were discovered. We also discussed trends and how the industry is evolving. After some sight-seeing, me and a couple of friends headed out for dinner and drinks at Bella Italia, an Italian restaurant that serves fresh pasta, crispy hand-stretched pizzas, Italian grills and classics yet tempting desserts. After too many wines and our busy schedules in mind, we decided to call it a night around 12.

PITCH & PASTA

The next day we sat down for homemade pasta and tea with Chris Fowler who’s a PR specialist and founder of Mint PR, a small agency based in London founded in 2003. He’s clearly a storyteller and I’m very intrigued on his take in the wonderful world of communications. He delivers savvy media campaigns and embraces both new and traditional media. He definitely excels at working across all media platforms as he discusses his latest campaign.

After our afternoon tea, we took a taxi back to Picadilly Circus. We explored the city of London by foot. We went to Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and took way too many selfies on the Tower bridge. We did some serious shopping damage over at Urban Decay, Benefit Cosmetics, Charlotte Tilbury, Boots and ZARA.

The next day we slept in and headed over to Portobello Road Market, Shoreditch Market and Camden Town in the afternoon. After dinner, we went out and explored nightlife in the Soho area. I really wanted to see what the LGBTQ community was like here. To be honest, I don’t remember the namens of the places we went to for drinks but I do remember a conversation with a dapper, short-haired brunette and a glass of whiskey.

On day four, we headed over to the PRCA headquarters around 10am and had an early lunch before heading to Buckingham Palace to see the change of guards. We spend our last hours in Londen around the Covent Garden area and Regent Street. We saw several street theater performances and overheared some amazing buskers play the most insane medleys while roaming the streets. We showed them some love by handing out pocket change. We actually ended up talking to a young man on the tube who spends his time busking after school.We headed back to our hotel and did some shopping at Boots which was near Russel Sq Station where we’d been staying for the past few days. With that being said, our business trip slowly came to an end.

CLOCHARD DE LUXE

Photo credit: @helloconfettis

After what seemed to be an impossible scenario (making sure that we could fit all of our stuff back into our suitcases since we basically cleaned out the entire ZARA store and then some), we took a taxi back to St Pancras Station. 

We felt so bougie and ‘jetlagged’ with our suitcased piled up in the isle on the Thalys in our ‘clochard de luxe’ outfits meaning we looked like the cast from Sex And The City after Big left Carrie at the alter and they had a small sit-in at Charlotte’s . Epic trip.

A LIPSTICK LOVE-AFFAIR

Meet Matt(e), the new lover for your lips – Liquid lipsticks have been on trend for a while now. Almost every make-up brand came out with their own version, from Bobbi Brown to the more budget-friendly ones. Warmer months are usually filled with glossy and moisture-rich make-up looks but since matte became the new moisture, it seems like this trend isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

SHOP MISS A

With that being said, let’s continue with my review of the new Kleancolor Mattes & Metallics from Shopmissa.com. Shop Miss A is a Texas- based company that provides cruelty-free beauty and make-up at only $1. These Kleancollr lipsticks are available in various stores and they can be bought as a bundle or seperately on Shop Miss A.

“Miss A is a pet-friendly and animal loving company. We neither condone, nor support the selling of products tested on animals. While we do not manufacture the products we sell, we have confirmed with all of our beauty/cosmetics brands and they insist – they do not test on animals.” 

SWATCHES

I’ve included my own swatches of the new metallic shades as well as the ones from Shopmissa’s snapchat story below. If you’re not into rocking a full metallic lip, you can also use them as a liptopper to make your lips look more plump when you focus the lipstick on the centre of your lips. My favorite trick when I’m on-the-go is blending a little bit of Metal Rose into a lipgloss, especially on humid days or days when I literally have no time to get ready at all and I need to be somewhere in like 5. Let’s face it, we’ve all been there. I just love sitting down to do my make-up, have a drink, watch Netflix and at the end finishing up my make-up look with a lip liner while being happy having a steady hand for once to get that flawless application. On most days, this is not the case at all.

THIS TIME BABY I’LL BE BULLETPROOF

On the next few photos,  I demonstrated how longlasting they really are. I couldn’t get them off by using just water as you can see. I used an old towel and a bar of soap to demonstrate what would happen when trying to wipe the liquid lipsticks off without an effective make-up eraser like Clinique’s Take The Day Off Balm. You can also see I rubbed pretty hard in order for the lipstick to move around a little bit. These ones are long-lasting without a doubt. They do tend to stain the lips but as I said, when using coconut oil or Clinique’s Take The Day Off balm this wasn’t the case.

I’ve inserted some direct info from Kleancolor’s website:

“Each of the 48 gorgeous shades of Madly Matte Lip Gloss provides rich color in a matte finish for all day wear without drying. It goes on as a highly pigmented liquid and dries to a smooth matte finish. Lips are colored in velvety perfection that lasts. So grab one… or 48 and go! You’re off to a smooth start with Madly Matte Lip Gloss from Kleancolor.”

  • Long Lasting
  • Rich color
  • Matte Finish
  • No dry feeling

Madly Matte Metallic Lip Gloss goes on smooth and dries to a lustrous, multidimensional finish with a transfer resistant formula.  Mesmerize in these 24 shades that are loaded with metallic pigments and will add a sexy spark to your pout.”

  • Smooth texture
  • Fast drying
  • Multidimensional finish
  • Transfer resistant

KISS(PROOF)

The scent is identical to coconuts. The overall application does vary by color. Some of the more brighter shades are a bit blotchy but this can be prevented by using a matching lip liner all over the lips before applying, and then applying 2 layers of it. Most of the colors I own are pretty opaque and solid, especially the browns and nudes.

The formula is a combination between liquid and mousse, which I love. It’s not too thin but not too thick either. The formula can be a little drying and they aren’t completely matte, but they are matte enough to where it doesn’t really transfer, in other words,  kiss-proof. They do last quite awhile, even after eating and drinking, licking your lips unknowingly, talking, etc. and the feel of the lipstick isn’t unpleasant at all. Now, let’s talk packaging!

The packaging is solid. It holds a normal amount of product, just like any other brand that makes liquid lipsticks. And it had a doe-foot applicator which I like. The wand doesn’t wiggle or bend, it’s just very stiff, which makes it easier for me to manipulate where I want the product to go.

Conclusion:

Kleancolor did an amazing job with these budgetfriendly liquid lipsticks, the shade range contains around 48 shades and 24 metallics and are a great option for those of you who are just starting out or those who want to experiment with different textures and colors (the have a bright metallic yellow and a hot purple) but don’t want to spend a lot of money.

For more info, go to: https://www.kleancolor.com/

NOIR IS THE NEW BLACK

SHOP NOIR

As the title might suggest; yes (!) Orange Is The New Black just premiered on Netflix and no, I haven’t been able to binge-watch the new episodes yet. The title refers to Shop Noir, a  fashionstore for ladies in the heart of Maastricht and offers an affordable mix of French, Dutch and Scandinavian brands. For an even bigger selection of statement bags and jewelry there’s another gem right across the street, Noir Shoes & Bags – with its a vintage gymnasial floor, decorated with rings, a turntable and wooden details.

WYCK, MAASTRICHT

Here you can find a broad and curated collection of beautiful backpacks, handbags and shoes from their slightly alternative collection. Noir, that already has two business in Wyck, now gets a third location in the center of Maastricht (The Netherlands).

Three and a half years ago, the Noir imperium was founded by Renée Reinders, an entrepreneur and savvy businesswoman. She runs her business with her partner in crime, Liesbeth Bertens. Renée started Noir as an intimate boutique in Wyck with a webshop. Then Noir Shoes & Bags was added tot the Noir family. Quickly after, there was Soldes Boutique , the outlet-version of Noir.

The brands you can find at Noir are Vanessa Wu, Dr. Denim, MbyM, Just Female, Selected Femme, Pop Cph, O My Bag, Cowboysbag, Herschel, Another Project, Clarck, Royal Republiq, Maison Shoeshibar, Nike, Shoe to Bear, Vagabond & Bronx. And almost every item that is sold in stores is available online.

SHOP ‘TILL YOU DROP

The NOIR-team  always makes sure that your items arrive safely and secure via your local postcarrier/mail. In my case, it’s always Post NL. The items are being delivered in their trademark black packaging and wrapping paper and with a cool gadget (tote bag) that says ‘Noir is the new black’.

My first ever pair that I bought were these black two-toned brogues with pink toe detailling on the front by Vanessa Wu.

Fun fact: after buying so many Vanessa Wu shoes and spamming my Instagram with pictures of my #ootd, I got asked to be a brand ambassador for a year! This was back in 2016. Still to this day, I am grateful for being given this opportunity. I will dedicate an entire blogpost about Vanessa Wu soon!

“SOMETIMES I WANT A QUIET LIFE. OTHER TIMES I WANT TO GO A LITTLE BIT FUCKING GATSBY”. – ATTICUS

I went a little bit Gatsby on my second purchase and immediately bought two pairs of Bronx brogues. These ones were on sale and I fell in love with them! Based not only on their appearance but on their fit! I’ve always loved this English boarding school kinda preppy style of shoe and I’ve noticed most shoes tend to hurt your feet or cause blisters, even after long-wear. Up until this very day, I haven’t gotten any issues with these ones. Brogues, in general, are so versitile, you can wear them with almost every outfit, from casual to “caviar and champagne, please”.

“SHOP NOIR IS CONTEMPORARY AND TRENDY, WITH A FINE VINTAGE FEELING.” – BRONX

Bronx, a brand that’s being sold at Noir dedicated a entire blogpost on their website about this growing business. You read it here.

I highly recommend visiting their webshop and going to the Noir stores in Maastricht not only for personal advice or an update on the latest trends but for an overall experience. If you ‘re still on the hunt for unique shoes or jewelry, a killer dress for an upcoming wedding party or any other formal event – if you are in need of a head-to-toe last-minute outfit or just a single statement piece, Noir is the placet to be.

NOIR MAASTRICHT

Achter het vleeshuis 9

6211GR Maastricht

TEL 043-311 4742

NOIR SHOES & BAGS

Wyckerbrugstraat 38A

6221ED Maastricht

TEL 043-737 0113

NOIR WYCK

Wyckerbrugstraat 45

6221EB Maastricht

TEL 043-311 6437

info@shopnoir.nl
Openinghours

Mondays: 1pm-6pm

Tuesday/Saturday: 10h30am-6pm

Thursdays ‘til 21.00 uur

Sundays: 12pm-5pm

 

 

 

BUCKINGHAM & BUSINESS

MIND THE GAP

When I was writing this, the words ‘next stop Euston Station’ echoed throughout the carriage. It’s 8:40AM already and I have a meeting at Euston Tower at 9. We’ve only just arrived last night. I walk as quickly as I can along the platform and pay no attention to my surroundings apart from that one guy who’s busking and singing with particulary high standard vocals while quickly checking my notebook to see which floor I’m suppossed to be on, as Euston Tower is a 34-storey office building designed by Sidney Kay and was originally planned as one of three identical buildings.

BUSINESS OR PLEASURE?

After my meeting at Euston, I headed over to Defected Records to talk about recent artist releases, the world of A&R, I got the privilege to listen to some new songs by recently signed artists at this label and how they were discovered. We also discussed trends and how the industry is evolving. After some sight-seeing, me and a couple of friends headed out for dinner and drinks at Bella Italia, an Italian restaurant that serves fresh pasta, crispy hand-stretched pizzas, Italian grills and classics yet tempting desserts. After too many wines and our busy schedules in mind, we decided to call it a night around 12.

PITCH & PASTA

The next day we sat down for homemade pasta and tea with Chris Fowler who’s a PR specialist and founder of Mint PR, a small agency based in London founded in 2003. He’s clearly a storyteller and I’m very intrigued on his take in the wonderful world of communications. He delivers savvy media campaigns and embraces both new and traditional media. He definitely excels at working across all media platforms as he discusses his latest campaign.

After our afternoon tea, we took a taxi back to Picadilly Circus. We explored the city of London by foot. We went to Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and took way too many selfies on the Tower bridge. We did some serious shopping damage over at Urban Decay, Benefit Cosmetics, Charlotte Tilbury, Boots and ZARA.

The next day we slept in and headed over to Portobello Road Market, Shoreditch Market and Camden Town in the afternoon. After dinner, we went out and explored nightlife in the Soho area. I really wanted to see what the LGBTQ community was like here. To be honest, I don’t remember the namens of the places we went to for drinks but I do remember a conversation with a dapper, short-haired brunette and a glass of whiskey.

On day four, we headed over to the PRCA headquarters around 10am and had an early lunch before heading to Buckingham Palace to see the change of guards. We spend our last hours in Londen around the Covent Garden area and Regent Street. We saw several street theater performances and overheared some amazing buskers play the most insane medleys while roaming the streets. We showed them some love by handing out pocket change. We actually ended up talking to a young man on the tube who spends his time busking after school.We headed back to our hotel and did some shopping at Boots which was near Russel Sq Station where we’d been staying for the past few days. With that being said, our business trip slowly came to an end.

CLOCHARD DE LUXE

Photo credit: @helloconfettis

After what seemed to be an impossible scenario (making sure that we could fit all of our stuff back into our suitcases since we basically cleaned out the entire ZARA store and then some), we took a taxi back to St Pancras Station. 

We felt so bougie and ‘jetlagged’ with our suitcased piled up in the isle on the Thalys in our ‘clochard de luxe’ outfits meaning we looked like the cast from Sex And The City after Big left Carrie at the alter and they had a small sit-in at Charlotte’s . Epic trip.

FIT FOOD

 

AND THAT’S THE WAY THE COOKIE CRUMBLES…

I got send this tasteful care package this morning. If you’re looking for Belgian speculoos with a mighty fine taste made from organic wheat, farmer’s butter and selected spices, with far less sugar and an honest crisp @laconfiancebiscuits and @cevalhealthfood’s new VitaBran-cookies with 4 new flavours chocolatechip, cranberry, grean tea and apple-raisin-cinnamon containing the best of bio, fiber-rich with <100kcal and palmfree.

The cookies are tasteful and easy to take with you for work or school. There was only one of them that I didn’t like which was the green tea/ginger flavored one, it definitely had a special flavour that you need to get used to at first.

For anyone who’s still looking for that extra bite during their breaks but wants to stay healthy, currently available at @bioplanet.be or your local supermarket. Don’t forget to show both companies your daily lunch break meals by using the hashtag #thetasteyoucantrust #laconfiance #ceval #vitabran in order to get a chance to be featured on their Instagram!

 

FASHION KILLA

HAUTE-A-PORTER

I’m such a tourist. Literally been walking around here for about two and a half hours, admiring all of the amazing pieces of artwork by designers and fashion houses such as Dior, Chanel, Burberry, Lanvin, Vivienne Westwood, Givenchy, Galliano, Prada, Miu Miu, Dries Van Noten, Louboutin, Alexander MC Queen, Gucci, A.F. Vandevorst, Maison Martin Margiela, Christian Lacroix, Balmain and many more.

Along with the exhibition, a book was published by Lannoo, with interviews and contribitions from Vivienne Westwood to Viktor & Rolf completed with visuals by more than thirty photographers and artists. My favorite way of cheating on fashion with furniture is buying coffee table books in memory of an exhibition I went to, places I’ve visited in general or just aesthetically pleasing ones.

 

ACROSS JAPAN

“The fascinating innovations introduced by the Japanse avant-garde designers and their younger peers in combination with newer Western interpretations of the Japanese aesthetics make up the core of the Across Japan expo. At the same time, the show seeks to illustrate that Japan in the West is nothing new and has a long tradition leading back to the seventeenth century.”

Designers and fashion houses represented here are Balenciaga, Maison Martin Margiela, Ann Demeulenmeester, Issey Miyake and many more. The exhibition is part of the Yokoso Festival celebrating the 25th anniversy of the Japanse Garden in Hasselt. http://www.yosokofestival.be 

If I would have to choose between Haute-A-Porter and Across Japan, I wouldn’t be able to pick one. They both showcase beautiful statement pieces by even more amazing designers and such rich history.