(Top 5) Foundation on a budget

Today I wanted to show you the 5 best foundations from the highstreet that I have found so far, as I think that it can be quite hard to make the difference between a good one and the others due to a large offer on the market.

Lets begin withe the Essence Make-Up to Match foundation with I personally have bought in 20 Light Medium. You can get this liquid foundation for under 4€, which makes it the most affortable of the presented ones. It promises to adapt to all skin tones and to give a light coverage, yet make your skin look radiant and flawless, and to be long-lasting. Of course, I can't say if it really adapts to all skin tones, but I do can say that for me this shade was perfect in winter aswell as in summer, which no other foundation has yet achieved. I also find it to make my skin look fresh and radiant, just as it promises, making it for me a very nice everyday foundation (especially, considering the price point).

Secondly, I'd like to talk about the Catrice All Matt plus liquid foundation, available for 6,45€ (at dm). As you can tell by the packaging already, this one was well-loved, especially during the winter, as the shade 015 Vanilla Beige matched perfectly with my paler skin tone. Yet, I wouldn't recommend you this foundation if you're searching for a really matte foundation, as it gives you more of a satin finish than a real matte one (so the name is quite unfitting in my opinion). In my opinion, it has a medium coverage and lasts quite well. Nevertheless, you'll need some powder to fix it.

Thirdly is the Covergirl Nature Luxe liquid foundation which you can get for around 9€. It promises a 'flawless, luxurious coverage with a barely there feel', which I can only approve to. So if you're searching for a medium coverage foundation that doesn't make you look cake-y or feels heavy on your skin, you should definitely look into this one.

Lets jump to an all-time favorite of mine : the Maybelline Dream Wonder Nude Foundation. I got my first bottle in a gift box at the Germany's Next Topmodel Finale a year ago, but have bought (and finished) since then 2 more bottles of it. Not only do I really like the bottle it comes in, but I do actually find it to give me the perfect coverage on an everyday basis, yet without making me feel like I wear any make-up. Goals? Definitely, especially for under 10€!

Last, but definitely not least, is the L'Oréal Infaillible 24h Foundation which promises a fresh-looking, high-coverage and natural looking skin for a whole day. I'll have to admit that I haven't tried to wear it for 24h, but I have already worn it for a whole day and nightout, and it stayed on until I washed it off. I am also really impressed with the fact that it doesn't transfer at all, and look really really skin-like even though it's quite high-coverage. Big thumbs up for this little babe!


zara haul pt.2 - flowers and shoes

The second part of this haul is from Zara only and ( as the title of this post already suggests ) shows my current obsession with flower prints ( and I hope that I'm not the only one who has fallen this hard for this trend ).

ZARA - shoes - 9,95€ (left) / 19,99€ (right) / 19,99€ (bottom)

As we had a little 'head wave' in Luxembourg, I needed open shoes so badly that I immediately bought 3 pairs. The flat, brown and grey sandals ( left ) go with everything, look nice on, are quite comfy and were sooo inexpensive that I simply couldn't resist. The next pair were the silver and black mules that I fell for as soon as I saw them, as they are unlike every other shoes that I own. My absolute favorites nevertheless were the burnt red mules. I love not only the colour of them but also the fit and the small heel. They are really flattering, comfy and give you a huge variety of outfit possibilities.

ZARA - jeans - 39,95€ (each)

Let's do jeans next! I searched for such a long time for a good pair of jeans that doesn't look like your usual jeans, and when I saw the beautiful embroidery on these two, I felt like in heaven. They are both extremely comfortable and fit perfectly. But pay attention to the sizing while purchasing, as it really depends of each pair of jeans!

ZARA - jacket - 29,99€

Can we talk about the perfection of this embroidery? I love how you could wear a simple, plain T-Shirt with some jeans and combine it with this jacket and you'd get a great outfit without even trying. The ruffles are on all the right places and the fact that the embroidery has so many different colours, gives you a huge combination choice.

ZARA - top - 19,99€

So here's much going on : an asymetrical cut, a bow on the shoulder, a checked pattern, ruffles and ( of course ) a flower print. Wow! I've never seen even something similar to this top which I quite like as a consequence. I have already worn it several times with some simple blue jeans, some sandals and  a little bag, and I absolutely loved it.

ZARA - top - 19,99€

Lastly, we have this black, off-the-shoulder blouse with some little sequin flowers across the chest. Somehow this top reminded me of the babydoll dresses that you can find everywhere right now ( Zara has a few of them aswell ). I also find the top to show off the collar bones in a very flattering way due to the big, block straps and the straight cut of the décolté.



zara haul pt.1 - blue and white

As I already announced on my Twitter, I had done a little bit of shopping over these last couple of weeks. While doing so, I found out 2 things about my current shopping behaviour : 
  1. From all the shops I went into, I felt most attracted to Zara's collection.
  2. I have a slight faible for 2 main trends ( that I used as guide line to divide my acquisitions into 2 seperate posts aswell ). 
Here we go with the first part of the haul dedicated to the colours white and blue!

ZARA - Romper - 49,95€

This long, wide-legged, striped romper caught my eye instantly. I love the little ruffle details around the chest area, the large straps and the golden button detail in the front. Even though I have to get the straps taken in a little, I find it to fit beautifully in the chest, waist and butt-area, so I can't complain.

ZARA - Off-the-shoulder Top - 39,95€

May I present : my first off-the-shoulder top! Even though I really like this trend and always watched others looking gorgeous in it, I always went straight past the off-the-shoulder rayon, simply because I  had never found a comfortable top to wear. This has changed when I saw this blue and white striped blouse at Zara the other day. I instantly had fallen for the sleeves and the fit of it so much that I even was willing to ignore the fact that it's off-the-shoulder.

ZARA - Basic 'Ecru' T-Shirt - 5,99€
ZARA - White T-Shirt - 7,99€

These 2 are self-explanatory, I guess. I needed T-Shirts, these were on Sale and looked cute. I hope for each and everyone of you that you'll still be able to find one of these because honestly, I've forgotten how life was before I got these. They go with everything in my wardrobe, are really comfortable, yet look somehow a little more special than a simple, uni-coloured T-Shirt. Big love!

ZARA - Coat - 39,99€

And yes, I got a coat in the summer. No regrets! Of course I haven't worn it out until now as it's way too hot for it, but as it was on Sale, I simply couldn't resist and I'm pretty sure that I'll get a whole lot of wear out of it as soon as the temperatures fall again. Regardless the fact that I'm addicted to coats, I was intrigued by the beautiful ruffle detail that goes all around the waist aswell as by the strange seam around the collar, the front of the coat and the arms. So here you go, I bought a coat in the summer.

Elisabetta Franchi - Body - 205€
Elisabetta Franchi - Jeans Skirt - 215€

Last but not least, I got these 2 beauties from Elisabetta Franchi. The body has quite a deep cleavage, which it balances out with long arms and quite a simple cut for the rest of the piece. The bow detail on the back of the mini-skirt perfectly matches with the body. A pair of sandals, a hat and a picnic bag, and you're good to go!


dragon's eye

I am pretty sure that everybody knows and loves the brand Urban Decay and has tried at least one of their Naked palettes that we all rave about so much. Of course, I'm no exception to the Urban Decay hype, yet I have to say that I'm more and more getting into the Urban Decay Vice 3 Eyeshadow Palette that I use on a more regular base right now.

I love the mix of mattes and shimmer-y shades. You get 20 eyeshadows with which you can create simple, decent day-time aswell as more out-there night-time looks. Even though I usually don't go crazy on my eyelids, I loved the idea of having the possibility to try out something new. And that's kind of what I did for this look. So let's break the whole look down step by step!

1 - Apply a primer all over your face to make sure that your makeup stays on all day/night long.
what I used ... SMASHBOX Photo Finish Foundation Primer

2 - After letting the primer sink in for at least 10 - 15 minutes, go in with the foundation of your choice ( pssst... and don't forget to blend it in with your neck! )
what I used ... MANHATTAN 3 in 1 Easy Match Makeup ( in 34 Soft Beige )

3 - Let's get into concealing all the little spots, dark circles, etc. etc. etc. Long story short : everything you don't want to be visible!
what I used ... MAC Pro Longwear Concealer ( in NW25 )

4 - This step is absolutely optional but I personally went in with a slightly lighter concealer to brighten my undereye area aswell as my forehead, the bridge of my nose, the area around my mouth and the chin a little.
what I used ... MAYBELLINE Fit Me Concealer ( in 10 )

5 - Now's the moment to go in with a contour stick ( or a foundation stick in a darker shade than your skin colour ) and lightly contour your face ( around your forehead, your cheekbones, your jawbone and your nose for example ).
what I used ... MAYBELLINE Fit Me Anti-Shine Stick ( in 315 Soft Beige )

6 - Set all of your makeup base with a powder. I used a translucent powder to bake my undereyes and make sure that everything's set. I also went in with a little bit of powder on my forehead and around my nose as those are the places I tend to get most oily during the day. Lastly, I set my cream contour with a powder to intensify it even more.
what I used ... KAT VON D Translucent Powder / BENEFIT Hoola Bronzer

7 - As I want to look a little more taned, I lightly went in with a bronzer on all the places that the sun would naturally hit me ( forehead, nose, cheeks ).
what I used ... MAYBELLINE Terra Sun ( in 01 )

8 - Put some highlighter stick on the high points of your face ( such as the cheekbones, the bridge of your nose and your upper lip ). If you want to make your highlight 'pop' even more, you can put some powder highlighter on top, as I did for this look.
what I used ... SMASHBOX L.A. Lights Highlighter ( stick ) / INGLOT AMC Highlighting Powder ( in 83 )

9 - To set everything, use a fixing spray or a mist of your choice.
what I used ... MAKE UP FOR EVER Mist&Fix Setting Spray

10 - Let's get into the more fun part : eyeshadows!

  1. Set your whole lid with a light beige shade /// UNDONE
  2. To prepare your crease for the whole look, use some light brown shade all over your crease /// DOWNFALL
  3. Begin to go in with some bright green eyeshadow on the outter half of your eyelid /// DRAGON
  4. Choose a dark bronze shade on the inner half of your eyelid aswell as in your inner eye corners /// LUCKY
  5. Use a chocolate brown shade in the outter half of your crease to smoke the whole look out /// REIGN
  6. And now the most important part : blend blend blend, so that you don't get any harsh lines.
  7. For your bottom lashes, repeat the whole colour scheme from above by using your dark brown shade on the outter part, continuing with the green shadow in the center and finishing up with the bronze-y shadow from your inner corner onto the middle of the bottom lashline.

11 - To finish off the eyes, use an eyelash curler and your favorite mascara. If you want your lashes to stay nicely curled for longer, try to heat your eyelash curler with a blowdryer before using it on your lashes.
what I used ... CLINIQUE High Impact Mascara ( in 01 Black )

12 - Use a clear eyebrow gel/mascara to set your eyebrows in place.
what I used ... ESSENCE Lash&Brow Gel Mascara

13 - Last but not least : lips! I went for a lipstick in a chocolate brown shade right after lining my lips.  To top it off, I used a creamy lipgloss in a similar shade as the lipstick.
what I used ... P2 Perfect Lips Color Stop Lip Definer / MAC Matte Lipstick ( in Persistence ) / L'OREAL Cream ( in 110 I Got the Power )

Et voilà : that's it already! Have a lovely day everybody!


(a little train of thought) 10 tips to my 15-year-old self

I think that everybody has this little rebellious episode in their life that they look back to and only think ' What on earth...? '. That little episode began for me by the time I turned 15.
Looking back at this time 5 years afterwards, I did a list some time ago of things I would've done differently or situations that have had a bigger impact on me. From there on, I put together 10 tips that I wish somebody would've given me back then.
  1. Don't trust everybody - Not everybody is only wishing you all the best and does what is best for you. Be realistic and try to see people how they really are instead of idealizing them.
  2. Rely on yourself - because at the end of the day, all you've got for sure, is yourself and you better get along with the person you're becoming. Listen to your gut ; honestly, it won't disappoint you.
  3. Pay attention who you're surrounding yourself with - You don't have to have hundreds of 'friends'. It's better to have a few honest persons that you can trust and that will have your back instead of surrounding yourself with a bunch of people who don't actually appreciate you for who you really are.
  4. Don't listen to them, you're fine just the way you are - Wear what you like, speak up and do what feels right for you. There will always be people who won't like you, but that doesn't mean that you have to listen to them and adjust your life to their opinion of you.
  5. Spend quality time with your family and close friends - You never know what will come next ; don't make yourself regret not having said how you really feel about a person or not having spend enough time with them ( even though you would've liked to ). Life can change in a second's time, and you never know, maybe someday it will be too late to speak up or act the way you would've wanted to.
  6. Your parents only want your best - Cliché, I know. But a good one! Trust them, they will always have your back, if you only let them. 
  7. Act like a 15-year-old - You'll have enough time to be an adult, but for now, why don't you simply act the way a 15-year-old should act?
  8. Everything will turn out to be perfectly fine - Don't stress, it'll be okay, I promise. Somehow, everything always falls into place. So even if it now seems to be the end of the world, it'll get better some day.
  9. You're stronger than you think - and don't let anybody tell you the contrary. 
  10. Never stop pursuing your dreams - Work for what you want. Do good things, and good things will always come back! Don't loose hope, it'll work out.
I can't say of myself that I'm a full-on adult right now. Like, I'm a 20-year-old that sometimes behaves like 10 and tries to get her life together. And you know what? That's perfectly fine. Yet, I'm pretty sure that I have learned alot about myself and my surrounding in those last few years, and that's kind of what triggered this whole post of. No further explanation, just a train of thought, a quick idea.

What are some tips that you would've given your 15-year-old self?
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