Kruidvat launches SS’19

Kruidvat is one of those brands that is able to deliver high-quality products for a low price. I’m absolutely head over heels with their Super Lash Serum but there are tons of good products that they produce and that even often win ‘best buy’ prices. So I’m always pretty excited when they launch new products. I’ll present them to you!

Kruidvat Skin Science Eye Serum

Skin Science

First up is the Skin Science Eye Serum. My hopes were high with this one, bye bye bags under the eyes! Unfortunately I wasn’t that impressed, it felt kind of sticky and too hard and my eyes first turned red a bit (and I don’t have a sensitive skin). I’ve read online that a lot of people are not head over heels with this product. Too bad! But you can always try it out once, some people really love it and the price is affordable.

The Skin Science Cleansing Cream is meant to be used with the cleansing brush. This product has been on the market for some time and I’m a fan. If you want a good cleansing brush but don’t want to pay €100 for it, this is a good alternative!

Kruidvat Pure Micellair Water and Scrub

Pure range

The Pure range is for the young acne-prone skin. My skin isn’t that young anymore but unfortunately I still get ance sometimes and my skin is quite oily. I always use a cleanser so the micellair water is perfect for me, it cleanses my skin from all impurities and leaves it soft and fresh. The scrub is also great, but it can leave my skin a bit dry afterwards. In any case, they do the trick for a low price!

Kruidvat Originals charcoal nose strips and cleansing wipes

Charcoal nosestrips and cleansing wipes

These charcoal nosestrips are so effective! It’s also for the unclear skin and the strips help you get rid of those annoying black points. I am such a fan of these strips. The charcoal ones make it less easy to see the impurities you take off but they do the trick too! The charcoal cleansing wipes are fun and smell nice but it’s a bit the same as with the strips, you don’t really see the dirt you take off (and I’m secretly a sucker for that).

Brow Tattoo

The product I was most excited about was the Brow Tattoo. A sort of semi-permanent coloring of your brows. I tried it out and left the gel on for 30 minutes (they say you need to leave it on 2 hours for the best result). The taking off part wasn’t that easy but I did see a difference. However when you shower, the whole effect is gone, which is a bit weird because it should stay 3-5 days but who doesn’t shower 3-5 days? A bit disappointed in this product after all.

Kruidvat Darjeeling & damascus rose scented candle

Home perfumes

But we’re ending this blogpost on a really positive note because I love love love the home launces from Kruidvat. Their scented candles are big and they spread the perfume through your whole house. It’s crazy that you only pay €4. That’s an amazing price! The same goes for their fragrance sticks. I’m a big fan!

All in all my opinion on the new products is mixed but definitely try them out yourselves, perhaps you’ll love it and you won’t loose a lot of money over it so you can still buy yourself that pretty dress afterwards.

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Kérastase Elixir Ultime Tattoo

Kerastase Elixir ultime tattoo

Ah Kérastase. One of my favorite hair brands on the market. The amazing formulas and the sweet scents make my locks happy every time. And now they also launched a limited edition package of the best-selling Elixir Ultime, the Kérastase Elixir Ultime Tattoo. The iconic leave-in hair oil provides deep nutrition to brittle hair and protects your hair from styling tools up to 230° (please don’t ever put your styling tool on that temprature!). It seals split ends and makes it frizz-free (is that a word?). In short, a miracle product.

The shiny glass bottle is redesigned by the famous Parisian tattoo artist Max LeSquatt. The design is feminine but cool, with a black rose as main drawing.

You can buy the redesigned Elixir Ultime here.

With love,

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Barnängen: Swedish beauty

Barnängen: Swedish beauty

Barnängen is one of my favorite low budget brands for bodycare. And now they launched some new products to get us through the cold winter, hooray!

I already wrote a blogpost about the Swedish beauty brand Barnängen. I love the pretty packaging but most of all I love the amazing scents of the products. Their Sauna Relax bath & shower gel is my absolute favorite.

Barnängen: Swedish beauty handcreams

And this winter they’ve launched some new products, specifically to get us through the colder days. They added two handcreams to their range, Balance and Kärlek. The first is for dry hands and is enriched with corn flower. Kärlek is specifically for sensitive hands and contains blackberry. Both handcreams have 5% protecting cold cream – to keep your hands soft and hydrated all through winter.

Barnängen: Swedish beauty shower gels

The Berry Boost bath & shower gel is an addition to the existing Nordic Rituals line. The Berry Boost is an uplifting product with the scent of forest fruits (super sweet). It’s a real energy boost for the skin!

At last, there’s the new Nordic Pure line. The most pure shower products in their offer. Without parabens, sulfates and pigments. The Pure & Energizing showergel is with mineral salts (love the smell!) and is perfect for all skin types. The Pure & smoothing showergel is with red sea algae and smooths the sensitive skin.

You can buy the whole Barnängen line at Di or Delhaize. The handcreams are €4,99. The shower gels €5,99.

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Intimacy Men: the perfume

Intimacy men perfume

Looking for a (very late ;-)) Chistmas gift or is your boyfriend/father/brother/best friend’s birthday coming up? Search no more, because I have found a perfume for men that smells amazing and is affordable too! I’ll tell you all about it.

Intimacy is the perfume brand of Ici Paris XL themselves. This results in exclusive perfumes with a lower price tag than normally but with the same quality! They already launched four perfumes for women (with the noir edition being my favorite) but now it’s time for the men to be spoiled! Meet Intimacy Men, a mysterious but oh so masculine perfume.

An ode to the modern man

The Intimacy men perfume is a powerful, mysterious and fresh perfume. It invites men to go on their ultimate trip of freedom to find new adventures. The perfume is for all the modern, adventurous men out there.

The perfume

The myserious and powerful scent is a mix of bergamot, pink pepper, cedar and nutmeg (yep, the spice you use in your mashed potatoes ;-)). In the heart of the perfume you’ll find cardamom and star anise, combined with basil and violet. The base consists of of leather and patchouli. For me this is a unique combination of scents, but I love the end result. It’s one of those perfumes that makes your head turn and makes you wonder, what’s that amazing smell? It’s masculine and sexy, and that’s what we love in all men, right?

The price

The price is way more affordable than the regular perfumes, mainly because the marketing budget that is spent is less high (even though this campaign has a super cool campaign video!). For 75 ml (that’s a lot!) you only pay €49,95 (and there’s often a discount), for 125 ml you pay €70. In comparision, this is normally around €120.

With love,

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Babyliss Smooth & Wave

Are you one of those girls that loves to experiment with her hair? One day straight, the other day a ponytail and the next day curls? Then this Babyliss Smooth & Wave is your match made in heaven!

Curls or straight, you choose!

The Smooth & Wave is a device that you can use for both sleek hair and for wavy curls. Babyliss already has a bunch of straighteners (with this one being my favorite) and curling irons (with the Curl Secret being the most famous) but now they launched a curl iron and straightener in one – for those girls who can’t choose!

How to use?

The device is easy to use, you can first select if you want curls or straight hair. When you decide to go for a wavy look, you can choose the direction of your curls. Either left, right or random. At last, you can decide the temperature based on your hair. If you straighten your hair you have to run the device over your hair. It first gets sucked in and then you have to move it down. When you make curls your hair also gets ‘sucked in’, you have to wait 8 beeps until the signal says your curl is ready. Take it out carefully and let it rest.

A lot of people say that this technology gets your hair stuck in the device. I have tested both the Curl Secret and the Smooth & Wave and never had such an issue. When I take too much hair the device just gives an error signal and stops working.

The verdict?

I straighten my hair on a daily basis, but I don’t think I will use the Smooth & Wave for this job. It’s difficult to straighten the small hairs or the curls close to my head. When you just want to smooth your hair a bit and not take out all your curls I think it works well, but for a real curlyhead like me the straightener is a bit too difficult to use. I love the curler however, it works really well, even on shoulder-length hair. It’s so difficult to make curls but the Smooth & Wave makes easy and pretty curls. I think it takes around 10 minutes to do my whole hair.

So as a conclusion, if you want a good curling iron and sometimes need a straightener for some small touch ups, then this is the perfect device for you. If you straighten your hair daily I would advice to just buy the Curl Secret.

You can buy the Smooth & Wave device here.

Big kiss,

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Counting down to Christmas pt.5: Lâncome AW ’18

This winter Lancôme is all about the perfect natural skin. They have launched a couple of products that will give you that smooth and silky face you’ve always dreamt of without adding a bunch of foundation. For me, this is the perfect look for the holidays. A natural looking skin and some va-va-voom lips and I’m ready to party!

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Counting down to Christmas pt.4: Steampod Red Obsessed

Steampod Red Obsessed

The L’Oréal Professionel Steampod is already a given in a lot of bathrooms in Belgium. For me, this Steampod is a match made in heaven. It protects my hair against breakage and gives it a sleek and soft finish. This winter a new limited edition Steampod is launched, Red Obsessed, which is completely in the jingle bells spirit. No gift for yourself yet? Search no more!

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Counting down to Christmas pt.3: The Ritual of Yalda

Rituals launched a new limited winter edition and it’s one of my favorites so far! The Ritual of Yalda is a collection that is inspired by an ancient Persian festival where warmth and light is honored during the dark & cold days. Watermelon and pomegranate are the two main ingredients, a unique combination with a surprising but cosy fragrance as a result! Curious?

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Advent calendar week: L’Occitane

L'Occitane Advent Calendar 2018

I know, I know, the advent calendar countdown has already begun, but I just couldn’t skip this last one. The L’occitane calendar is always a real treat to find under my tree. And I just know some of you guys are always super last minute too, no? 😉 Go on, I know you’re curious!

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Advent calendar week: Planet parfum Beauty calendar

Planet Parfum Beauty advent calendar 2018

An advent calendar full of make up products – every girl’s dream, no? Well, it’s a dream come true with the new beauty advent calendar of Planet Parfum. You’ll find 24 items inside to give you the prettiest holiday look ever. And the price? Only €34,90! Don’t have a calendar yet even though it’s the 1st? Then this is your musthave!

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