Things I've Been Watching #4

Since I've been doing these posts quite regular lately, I don't feel the need to explain it anymore. I've been watching way to much series lately and I'm not ashamed by it. Let's hop into the things I've been watching.

The first thing I've been watching gave me serious throwback feelings. Grease Live! was everything I expected it to be, funny, tear-jerking and amazing. I found out this was coming through Vanessa Hudgens' Instagram. She played rizzo and was amazing. The rest of the cast was also good but she did an excellent job. Everybody obviously knows this story so there is not much to explain about that for me. Watching this made all those songs stuck in my head and overall I just loved watching it.
IMDB rating: 7,8. My rating: 9.

Then we have the first out of the three season of series I watched, The Originals. I'm a fan of the Vampire Diaries and this spin-off series has won over my heart. Last year I watched season 1 and now I gave two a go. I liked it just as much as the first season and just like that one, I was hooked. I watched the whole season in two weeks and I don't regret it at all. I'm a binge watcher and I'm proud of it. The orginals is about the oldest and original vampires and how they struggle with family, witches and werewolves.
IMDB rating: 8.4. My Rating: 8.

New Girl is one of those series I really liked watching but for who knows what reason stopped at a certain point. Somewhere in season 3 I stopped and I decided it was time to start watching it again. I rewatched a lot of the episodes, finished season 3 and I'm going to watch the rest of the seasons as well. Episodes are only 20 minutes long so it makes the perfect breakfast series for me.
IMDB rating: 7.8. My Rating: 8.

Orange is the new black is a series that has been on my to watch list for a very long time and now I finally got around to watch the first season. It's about Piper Chapman who has to go to jail for a crime she committed ten years ago. She has build a whole new life and now she must stop everything and has to go to jail. During the first episode I didn't understand why people called this a comedy but after a few episode I understood. There's so much humor in this series and I think the actors are amazing. I can highly recommend this series and I'm sure I'll watch season 2 very soon.
IMDB rating: 8.3. My Rating: 8.5.

Then I have a movie that I watched on a rainy afternoon after I got home from school. Silver Linings Playbook is a movie I once started watching, didn't like, stopped it and always wanted to finish watching it. This movie is about Pat, a guy that almost killed the guy with whom his wife was having an affair. He ends up in a psychiatry institution and the movie starts when he get out. He moves back with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Then he meets Tiffany and you can already guess what happens so I'm not going to spoil it for you. In the beginning I didn't like this movie but as I got further into the story I really enjoyed it. It's a romantic comedy but not one of those sloppy basic ones that I've seen a million times. I can understand why Jennifer Lawrence won an Oscar for it because she and Bradley Cooper were really good in this movie, they gave it depth and emotion and in the end I really liked this movie and would even watch is again.
IMDB rating: 7.8. My Rating: 8.

There's no 'Things I've Been Watching' post without a something Disney in there. This time I watched Wreck-it Ralph, a movie about arcade games. Several people have told me this movie is great and I have to agree. It's about the bad guy in an arcade game who wants to be good, a simple and cliche story but really well done. The thing I liked a lot is that Disney didn't put one of those annoying sidekicks in there purely for merchandise like they did with Olaf in Frozen. I mean those are cute but completely unnecessary in my opinion. Wreck-It Ralph is a great movie about friendship and making the right choices.
IMDB rating: 7.8. My Rating: 7.

I'm a sucker for Australian series, I love H2O and Dance Academy is also a guilty pleasure of mine. I also love series and movies about dancing so this one fits right into that alley. Growing up I watched a few episodes of Dance Academy but I never watched the whole thing. That happened last week. The episodes are quite short, only 20 minutes, so I watched all three seasons in a week. I told you I was a binge watcher. Dance Academy is mainly about Tara Webster, a country girl who dreams about being a ballerina. The series focuses around her, her friends and the academy they're going to.
IMDB rating: 8.2. My Rating: 7.5

The last thing is post is Deadpool, a movie I went to see in the cinema with  my brother. I only went to this because he asked me to go but I'm so glad I did. This movie is absolutely hilarious, the jokes are quite harsh but I found it really funny. Deadpool is about a guy who gets cancer and is mutated to some weird twisted superhero. Of course there's more to the story but I'm not going to spoil it, just go and watch it because it's hilarious.
IMDB rating: 8.6. My Rating: 8,5.

And that was it for this massive post, I've been postponing way too much things and used series as an excuse. I really should watch less and do more.
Love,
E

Teal Smokey Eyes

I love big dramatic smokey eyes but for some reason I can never make them look right. I think that's because of my eye-shape. My eyes are quite round and I have a lot of space between my brown and my crease, so if I wing my eyeshadow out too much, I tend to look like a super hero (read this post to see what I mean). Lately I've been playing quite a lot with smokey eyes and I found the shape that I think works best for my eyes.

The products I used:
L'Oréal True Match Foundation in N1 Ivory
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in 01 Light
Catrice Eyebrow Set
Essence Lash and Brow Gel Mascara
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in 604 Milk
Fake Lorac Mega Pro Palette
Yves Rocher Sexy Pulp Mascara
Catrice Kohl Kajal in 01 Black
Daniel Sandler Watercolour Fluid Blusher in Cherub
Catrice Transparent Mattifying Powder
H&M Pure Radiance Powder Blusher in Deep Brown
Sleek Face Form Contouring and Blush Palette in 372 Fair, the bronzer
TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
Essence Longlasting Lipstick in 03 Come Naturally

I ordered a fake Lorac palette because I really wanted to try fake makeup, sounds weird but I just wanted to know more about it. I decided to order something that's impossible to order here in the Netherlands. So I ordered a fake version of the Lora Mega Pro palette that was a Christmas limited edition. Some colours in there are horrible and some are quite pretty. I do use a white base underneath is because otherwise the colours barely show up on my lid.

For this teal smokey eye I also started with that white base and then blended Sepia in my crease.Then I deepened that crease with both Espresso and Brown. After I blended that all really well, it was time for the dark smokey part. I applied Deep Teal on my mobile lid and blended that out, first with a clean brush and then with one that had a little bit of Stone on it. Then I intensified the colour by applying that teal shade with a wet makeup brush and also softly sweeped it along my lower lashline. As you can see, the smokey eye I creates is very wearable. Because I kept the colour quite concentrated and blended it out, I prevent that superhero effect. If I'd want so smokey-it-up I would add more to the lower lashline instead of adding more to the lid. That way I can make it more grunge or party-like without looking ridiculous.

Love,
E

My Two Winter Essentials

In today's post I wanted to share my two winter essentials with you, my favourites within those essentials to be exact. My first essential is something everybody needs and uses, lip balm. During winter I cannot live without lip balm, my lips get dry af and no lipsticks looks good when applied over chapped lips. I have four lip balm that I absolutely adore and funny enough, most of my favourites come in little jars. Lip balms in pots are usually more moisturizing then the ones in stick-form in my opinion. The downside is that you have to get your finger in it which is not the most hygienic way. Therefore I usually use these in the afternoon just before I go to bed, when my hands are clean after washing my face. My three favourites are the Nivea Lip Butter in Coconut, The Body Shop Lip Butter in Blueberry and the Lush Honey Trap Lip Balm. These three are incredibly moisturizing and  funny enough they range in price. The Nivea one is really affordable and the Lush one is a little bit more expensive. Taste wise the one Lush Lip Butter is the best, though you would like to know. My favourite lip balm in stick-form is one from Vichy. I've been raving about this one for years and it's still amazing. A very neutral lip balm that works great.
My second essential is hand cream. Unfortunately I don't have my favourite right now because I just finished it. I'm talking about the Soap & Glory Hand Food which is an amazing cream that makes my hands super soft. On the photo you van see the two I'm using right now both I don't love either of them. I can't stand the scent of the one by Weleda and the other one I got in a gift set and stay sticky for a long time. I'm going to pick up the Soap & Glory one at the end of the month (when I have money again haha).

Love,
E

The app I use to keep track of my series

A while ago I was looking for an app on which I could say what episodes I watched and which series I was watching. I'm one of those people who binge watch a season, and then decides that I want to watch something else. A year later I want to watch the rest of that series and then I don't know where to start. That's when I found the app 'SeenIt'.
This app is perfect to keep track of the series I'm watching and want to watch. I can easily see how many episodes I still have to go and what series I added to my watch-list. I also like it because you can see when the new episodes air of the specific series you can see. Overall I think this is a really good app, perfect if you're looking for the same think I did.

Love,
E

Follow The Tutorial: Valentine's Makeup by Karima McKimmie

The last 'Follow The Tutorial'-post I did was back in October (read it here) so I thought it was about time to do a new one. This time on a more natural look, well natural with a big fat winged liner. The tutorial I followed is by Karima McKimmie, an Australian you-tuber who has amazing makeup tutorials. This specific one is for Valentine and I thought it was very appropriate to do it today. Gorgeous isn't is? This look was made for Valentine's day or a date night but I'd wear this to school because I really don't care to be honest. I have a few pinkish eyeshadows but I never really use them because I find it hard to wear pink on my eyelids, it quickly looks like I'm sick. The way Karima applies the pink shadows makes it wearable and pretty.

The product replacements I used:
L'Oréal Base Magique Smoothing Primer // I didn't use a primer
Tom Ford Illuminating Primer // I didn't use a primer
Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation in 213 // Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 52 Vanilla
MAC 24 Hour Extended Eye Base  // Catrice Prime&Fine Eyeshadow Base
Anastasia Eyeshadow in Birkin // Catrice Velvet Matt Eyeshadow in 070 Princess Mattleine
Anastasia Eyeshadow in Fawn  // H&M High Impact Eye Colour in Candied Almond
Anastasia Eyeshadow in Rich Brown // Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Cover + Primal
Anastasia Eyeshadow in Peach Sorbet // H&M High Impact Eye Colour in Baco Di Dama
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk // I own this so I used the same product
Natasha Denona Eyeshadow in Golden Rose // Catrice Liquid Metal Eyeshadow in 020 Gold N' Roses + Kiko Watereyeshadow in 219 Flamingo Pink
Rimmel Gel Eyeliner in Black // HEMA Soft Eyeliner
House of Lashes Tigress Lash // I didn't use false lashes
By Terry Touche Veloutee Concealer in 2 // Etos Brightening Concealer in Light
Burberry Face Contour Pen in Medium // Sleek Face Form Contouring and Blush Palette in 372 Fair (bronzer)
Anastasia Cream Contour Kit in Fair // H&M Pure Radiance Powder Blusher in Deep Brown
Maybelline Master Glaze Stick in 10 // Catrice Gradation Blush in Waterloo Sunrise 
Rouge Bunny Rouge Diaphanous Powder // Catrice Transparent Mattifying Powder
Becca Highlight in Champagne Pop // TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
Marc Jacobs Feather Noir Mascara // Yves Rocher Sexy Pulp Mascara in Noir
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Polyester Bride // TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
Kryolan Faceliner in 36 // Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in 063 Eastend Snob
L'STAJ Liquid Lipstick in Lady Lavish // Essence Longlasting Lipstick in 13 Love Me + Catrice Beautifying Lip Smoother in 040 Coffee To Go
Et voilà, this is how I recreated the look. I think I did quite a good job, I love my eyeshadow and although my liner is a little bit too thick, the overall look is really nice. I don't have a pink lipstick in the shade that Karima used so my lips are totally different but for the rest I'm very happy with the result. Wearable pink eyes that don't make me look like I'm sick.

Love,
E

Five of My Favourite Drugstore Products

In today's post I wanted to share some of my favourite drugstore products. Not my five favourites since I have a lot of products that I love, just five products that I adore. I provided links to several reviews I wrote so you can see swatches and more in depth product reviews. The first product I wanted to talk about are the High Impact Eye Colours by H&M Beauty. These are the best budget mono eyeshadows that I know off and own. Gorgeous colours in with great pigmentation and overall just great quality. These are just not the best budget mono option, they easily compare to Mac eyeshadows in my opinion. The only difference would be the texture, Mac eyeshadows are a little bit more buttery but overall, I love these and I'm sure I'll add more to my collection.
Review 1 | Review 2 | Review 3 | Review 4  
The next product is a mascara that has had a lot of love on my blog for the last couple of years. This is the drugstore mascara that I keep returning to. Every time I go to the drugstore to pick up a mascara, this is the one I eventually buy. I does a great job at separating my lashes and it elongates them beautifully. The only thing I'd wish this mascara gave me more off was volume. It does volumizes a bit but not as much as other mascaras I've tried. For the rest this one is great.
Review   Then we have lipsticks. I have a lot of drugstore lipsticks that I love but at the top of my list are these Ultimate Stay Lipsticks by Catrice. There are a lot of other great lipsticks out there but because these last a long time, these are my favourite. These have a matte formula and the shades I own are great. I do wish there was more variety in the shades, most of them red or pink and quite basic. Still I own some great shades that I reach for a lot. Great products and more importantly, not pricey at all.
Review 1  | Review 2  | Review 3Then I have a drugstore contour powder for you. This is a Pure Radiance Powder Blusher by H&M beauty in a brown shade called 'Deep Brown'. This blush really changed my contour game. I used to contour with my good old Sleek bronzer but using a less orange powder like this one really makes a difference. I looks much more natural and just works better in my opinion.
Review   Then a drugstore eyeshadow palette. One of the best I've tried so far, the I Heart Makeup Naked Chocolate Palette. I believe this was only 8 euros and it's obviously inspired by the Too Faced chocolate palettes. This one isn't a dupe shade-wise but the other I Heart Makeup palettes are dupes for the two Too Faced chocolate palettes. The shades in this palette are mostly warm and very well pigmented. This is one of my favourite eyeshadow palettes and I reach a lot for it.

And that was it, five of my favourite drugstore products. I adore these and I use them almost daily. They are all under 10 euros and they're worth every cent.

Love,
E