10 Travel Essentials for Vietnam

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reetings from Hoi An, Vietnam! How has your summer kicked off? We’ve been enjoying everything Vietnam has to offer, if you’d like to follow along, both my boyfriend and I have been pretty active on Instagram.  I thought it would be nice to share some of the things I have packed for our trip with you! There are some new additions and some things I always take on our trips, so let’s get started.
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Skinsavers

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Skinsavers // My favorite beauty products for acne-prone skin

I’ve always had a troubled relationship with my skin. Ever since I was 12, I’ve had acne. Sometimes it got better, sometimes it got worse. Until a couple of years ago I abandoned all hormonal treatments only to be left with skin that was worse than when I was a 16 year old schoolgirl.

An afternoon at Thermae Boetfort

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his week, the boyfriend and I had two unexpected mini breaks on our agenda. The latest was awhirlwind trip to Barcelona with Vueling, but earlier this week we had a sunny break at Thermae Boetfort. While Barcelona was inspiring and bustling as always, Thermae Boetfort was an excellent place for us to finally really relax. No phones, no e-mails, just a moment of peace and quiet.

No phones, no e-mails, just a moment of peace and quiet.

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Home Renovation: 5 Tips to Style your Vanity Table

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Hi guys! I hope you’ve had a wonderful start of 2015 so far. I took a couple of days off during the holidays which resulted mostly in hosting (dinner) parties and decorating the house further, so it will come as no surprise that the first post of the year is a deco post!

My vanity table made its debut on the blog a long time ago here. It used to belong to my mom back in the seventies and stood in my parent’s guest room for a while until it moved to my room when I was a teenager for the purpose it serves till this day. When we moved into our previous apartment, we took it with us, and now it’s in our new space! For the moment, I’ve kept it as it was but I’m planning to change up the colour once I start painting my dressing room. More on that later.

Here’s how it looks at the moment, all organized and white and lovely to match our currently white bedroom.

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Here are my 5 tips to style your Vanity Table:

1. Make sure you have everything you need close. On my checklist: A mirror, tissues, cotton buds, cotton wool pads, a place to keep brushes, a place to store your current favorites, … Make sure your table is in a good place with loads of natural light during the day and provide good artificial light for the morning/evening.

2. Storage for Current favorites. I keep most of my make-up in the drawers of the vanity table, but I always have favorites I use more often than others. The lovely folks over at Ta’or gifted me a clever organizing solution for make up consisting of a box to store bigger make-up items and a lid that doubles as a handy place to store brushes, mascara, eyeliners etc. I love how it’s useful and aesthetically pleasing, a trait usually neglected when it comes to storage items. The set I have is the Cubi Max Make-up set in white melamine, and it’s available here. I use the set to keep the items I use daily close.

3. Make sure you have a small place to put your jewelry. I like to use a trey (or in this case a marble sample from the architect boyfriend) to organize smaller pots and jewelry I tend to have lying around. It’s a great way for messy folks like me who tend to leave small items everywhere around the house.

4. Keep inspiration close. I think my vanity corner is one of the most personal nooks in our house. I love that it is filled with items that remind me of the people I love. The table from my mom, the frames from my grandmother and friends, the Ikea mirror that made it home from my erasmus in Barcelona,… The fact that it is organized and beautiful makes it a relaxing environment, and I also try to keep a few books and magazines close to inspire me. Current favorites are Alexa Chung’s It (No surprises there, right? (Thank you dear Sarah!)) and Sabine Peeters‘ Make Up (Get it. Now. It’s amazing.)

5. Declutter. You don’t need five mascara’s and twenty brushes. The perfect way to prevent your vanity table from overflowing with clutter is to just get rid of it, or even better, maybe not buy it if you do not need it in the first place. A few favorites go a long way (well, at least for me they do). Plus this opens up room for some fresh flowers. Everything gets better with fresh flowers.

Well, there you have it, my vanity table! Tell me, what are your tricks to organize your make up?

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Interior references: TA’OR make-up organizer // Vintage Chair // Vanity table from my mother’s childhood bedroom // vintage plant pot // Faux sheep skin from Ikea // Mirror from Ikea // Tissue box from Ikea // Brass pot from The Recollection // Rose painting via my grandmother // Vintage print (gift from my dear friend Cara) // Glass frame (gift from my dear friend Nathalie with a flower she picked in Madeira)

Make up references: Estée Lauder Modern Muse perfume // Hema Make-up brushes // Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in 32 Dark Choclate Ink // YSL Touche Eclat // Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy lipstick in 370 Carnal // Estée Lauder Pure Color lipstick in 01 Red Velvet  // Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy eyeshadow palette in 10 Envious Orchid// Chanel Nailpolish in 635 Expression// Clinique Superbalanced Make up foundation // Guerlain Cils d’Enfer mascara in 01 noir

PS/ The room is far from finished, but here’s a before shot. As you can see, the biggest difference is the floor. Bye bye carpet!

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Holiday gift guide: Beauty

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giftguidebeauty1. Clinique Pink with a Purpose lipstick, €23,80 via Clinique

2. Ioma lip lift, 57,74 via Ici Paris XL

 3. Estée Lauder Modern Muse perfume, €51,72 for 30ml via Estée Lauder 

4. Tocca Cleopatra Bagno Profumato, €24 via Lily and the Lady

5. Rituals Rice Milk & Cherry Blossom Bath Oil, €13,50 via Rituals

6. Hand soaps, £16 via Anthropologie

7. YSL Orange Afrique nail polish, €22,95 via Ici Paris XL

8. Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow, $22 via Bobbi Brown

Eye of the Tigress

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Ah, the odd beauty post. I’m not one to test a million products, but when I do find products I really like, I do love to spread the word. Here are some current favorites I use on my eyes.

1. Eyeko skinny liner

I have to admit it, I’m a sucker for anything Alexa Chung related (what gave it away?). So when she became a brand ambassador and developed her own line for Eyeko I couldn’t help but test this liquid liner (even though it’s not from her range). I must say I’m very pleased with this product: long lasting, easy to work with and not sticky at all. Some liquid liners I had in the past were hard to work with and a bit shifty. But not this one! A keeper.

Eyeko skinny liquid eyeliner – €13

2. Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara

This mascara is great if you’re going for a natural effect. I have dark and pretty long eyelashes already and on a daily basis I really don’t want an over the top look, which is why this mascara is perfect for me. It’s not clumpy and easily removable with warm water, which is great for me because I never use eye make-up remover anyway.

Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara – €22,55

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3. Kiehl’s Abyssine Eye cream

I’ve read some pretty mixed reviews about this one, but together with Clinique, Kiehl’s has been a longtime beauty favorite of mine and I’m definitely sticking to my guns. I have pretty oily skin so this is a perfect first eyecream for me. Light, and it works well with all my make up, just the thing I needed.

Kiehl’s Abyssine Eye cream – €36

4. Bobbi Brown Long-wear gel eyeliner

When I first discovered this product I was over the moon. Whenever I use regular kohl pencils, my eye make-up smudges in all the wrong ways. I have this product in Dark Chocolate Ink (a perfect everyday shade, but sadly, if I’m not mistaken a limited edition color) and Ivy Shimmer Ink. I love using an angled brush, which makes it easy to “stencil” the eyeliner on.

Bobbi Brown Long-wear gel eyeliner – $24

Apart from the items pictured, I’m using the Clinique eyeshadow I mentioned here a lot, perfect whenever I want to take a break from the heavy liner.

Messy Bob Inspiration

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MESSY BOB INSPIRATION

In september, I chopped off my long hair after a couple ombre treatments left my ends vulnerable and dry. After “saving” my hair for five years, I was a bit anxious to take the plunge, but now I couldn’t be happier. Shorter hair means more volume and less split ends, and feels more current and playful. One of the better beauty-related decisions of the year.

Messy blunt bob inspiration // Lilly Colins

Messy Blunt Bob Inspiration // Alexa Chung

Messy Blunt Bob Inspiration // Liu Wen

Messy Blunt Bob Inspiration // Gwyneth Paltrow

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Messy Blunt Bob Inspiration // Keira Knightley

Messy Blunt Bob Inspiration // Marion Cotillard

Messy Blunt Bob Inspiration

Messy Blunt Bob Inspiration // Nicole Richie

Messy Blunt Bob Inspiration // Alexa Chung

Messy Blunt Bob Inspiration // Karlie Kloss

Messy Blunt Bob Inspiration

Messy Blunt Bob Inspiration

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Messy Blunt Bob Inspiration // Katherine McPhee

Messy Blunt Bob Inspiration // Zanita

Messy Blunt Bob Inspiration // Keira Knightley

Messy Blunt Bob Inspiration

I am not Lindsey Lohan // Lilly Colins via Harper’s Bazaar // Alexa Chung via The Vandallist // Liu Wen via Google Gwyneth Paltrow via Ravepad // Box No 216 // Fuck yeah Keira Knightley// Marion Cotillard via Pretty designs//  Daria Daria // Nicole Richie via Google// I love nice things // Karlie Kloss via Pretty designs// We the people // Wet paint //Hello It’s Valentine// Katherine McPhee via Pretty designs// Zanita // Keira Knightley via Pretty designs//My own chop via Instagram

Holiday Gift Guide: Beauty

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Holiday Gift Guide - Beauty

 

1. All about shadow quads, On Safari, €39,30 via Clinique

2. Royal Apothic Hand cream, £18 via Anthropologie

3. Tocca Stella Soap bar, £12 via Space NK

4. Acqua Di Parma Iris Nobile bath salts, £58 via Space NK

5. Tom Ford Black Orchid Hydrating emulsion, $45 via Sephora

6. YSL Rouge Pur Couture lipstick, via $34 Sephora

7. Fleur d’Or & Acacia Eau de Toilette, € 55 via l’Occitane