Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Pretty in pink

 Veredict on eyeshadow: In my opinion, the shade I picked out (84) is too light, but number 85 was way too dark, so my criticism would be that Chanel should make sure they have a wider range of tones in their colour pallet. I still really like the effect it gives, specially when mixed with other tones of eye shadow in order to create a very long-lasting smoky eye. I have to say, everytime I go out, as I start dancing and zipping drinks my make-up tends to fall off pretty easily, but this time I did not have this problem. So YES, chanel Ilusion d'ombre by Chanel is definitely a good investment that people should consider.
This is what I wore on my last night out before moving to university. I am not crazy about this look, there's something I don't like about it and still can't decide what it is...I don't know if it's the make up or the outfit or the hair...However I'm still uploading this photo to show how without spending too much money one can create a classy look.
Earrings-Mom's closet (I believe they're from Primark too)
Jeans-Primark (...I know I do own a lot of stuff from Primark, but that's because I tend to always look out for good, combinable products-I must admit sometimes it's really hard to find decent items there, but if you really keep your eyes open, you're very lickely to find even a small, cute accessorie)
Shoes-Forever 21
One thing about buying in Primark is that as I mentioned before, it's hard to find decent products..but also everyone has the same things. My trick was wearing Primark clothes/accessories where I used to live, where Primark didn't exist...that way I was always sure that I'd never see anyone walking around wearing my same outfit. Also, the important thing is to mix and match products that are maybe not part of the latest trends, and some that are very current. That way you'll make sure you have your own style and you won't look like you're wearing a uniform.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

“The best thing is to look natural, but it takes makeup to look natural.”

 Illusion d'ombre by Chanel
 Lash Queen Mascara Feline Blacks Waterproof by Helena Rubistein

Today I managed to buy these two beauties for €43 euros. At Ici Paris XL they had a a promotion where if you bought 2 products, you could get a 30% off both of them. Therefore, I obtained the mascara for €23 and the eye shadow for €20. I lovvvvee the feline mascara, I've discovered it about a year ago and have been using it since then. Before I used to have the Maybelline Falsies Mascara, which is very good specially considering it's affordable price. However, I think that it's worth spending a few extra euros and invest in this mascara (Waterproof ideally-it lasts way longer and gives your eyelashes more definition) because I think it's a key product that should be in every girls' make up bag. This mascara gives your lashes volume and definition without leaving any clumps.
On the other hand, I haven't yet tried the Chanel eye shadow but a friend of mine reccomended it to me. It's meant to be long lasting and allows you to create a glittery, glamourous look. I will be giving more feedback once I try it-which will probably be tonight, since I'm going out with my friends. It's my last night here before I leave for university.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Fiesta Latina

Last Friday I went to the Fiesta Latina in Brussels, a festival organized yearly where you can "discover the traditions, rhytms, colours and flavours of Latin America". The event includes concerts, live DJ's, beach-acclimated terraces and mercadillos where people can buy typical latin american food and drinks.
The atmosphere was great and the weather also helped, it felt like I was in Southamerica for a couple of hours.
Here are some photos I took of people dressed in their typical costumes...

 Photos of the Brazilian "comparsa" and some Equatorians wearing his typical costumes after dancing their traditional "carnaval".

I love the colours and the very particular outfits, they definitely reflect the joy and happiness of South America.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Saturday night fever

Last night, it was probably my last night in Brussels...so I was very excited to go out but also nostalgic. It feels weird that after two years of going to the same places and seeing the same faces, it's going to all change very very soon.
Yesterday was probably the last hot night we are gonna have this summer in Belgium, so I thought that it might have been the last night where I could actually wear this white Zara dress. I like how it's very simple but makes my curves stand out without it being too tight. It's a very confortable dress, apart from the fact that dancing too much (like I did last night) with a one-shoulder cut can be a bad idea...I had to be pulling up the strapless side the whole night. I teamed up this dress with some pearly earrings, a bow cream/pink belt and my new matching cream high heels (which are unbelievably confy and I'm in love with). It felt nice to wear pastel colours for a change-which looked even better after having sunbathed all afternoon.
I curled my hair and left it down and in terms of make up-I immitated a Bronzy Smoky Eye make up (perfect for summer) from a youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yogcyPwoSM

Friday, September 2, 2011

Shopping is my new way of procrastinating..

If I stay home I have to work, I have to pack. Packing is frustrating..I have so many things that I need to take to uni with me, it's so hard to make them fit into my suitcases...and if I keep buying stuff, that probably won't help either. This outfit was pretty much a bargain..Primark jeans, Forever 21 patent cream shoes (NEW!), New Look shirt that I found for 5 euros..I'm pretty proud of myself!
This look is perfect for grabbing some lunch with friends, shopping (not for too long-otherwise the heels might kill you) or even for the evening. The outfit says "I'm refusing to say goodbye to summer, but also being realistic-it's not that warm anymore".
 I don't think one needs to buy clothes from the most expensive brands in order to look good-of course buying a good pair of designer boots or a classic designer handbag is justifiable..they're items that can be worn every season (they never go out of fashion) and can be combined with pretty much every outfit.However, I think there are plenty of, perhaps not so famous shops out there where nice items might be hidding and are sold are at very affordable prices. That way you can make the most out of your money, and actually look different from other people. I think it's so sad when you see everyone wearing the SAME clothes. I know my style might be casual and perhaps very plain...but I like the fact that it's unique.