The Dark Lips

Lately I’ve been obsessed with lipsticks. I just can’t help it. I always want that extra touch of glam when I do my make-up and for me, a nice lip does the trick. Because I have very dark brown eyes, it’s really hard to work with eyeshadows. The moment I use an eyeshadow that is too dark, my eyes instantly look smaller. I really like the color of my eyes but I also want them to pop. That’s why I keep my eyes as natural as possible.

On my eyes I usually wear a nude eyeshadow and quite a lot of mascara. Recently I bought a paint pot from M.A.C in the color ‘Painterly’ and I love to wear it under my eyeshadow. I also always curl my lashes before applying mascara to make my eyes look bigger.

Because I keep my eyes really natural, I like to put on some lipstick. I started off with just a pinky/peachy color because it still looks very natural and adds a bit of color to my face. However, a few weeks ago I saw a picture on the internet of a girl with really dark lips and I loved it. Winter is coming so it’s acceptable to wear something darker on your lips.

I googled a lot of different lipsticks from different brands because I wanted the color to be perfect. I hate lipsticks with a brown or purple undertone so I really had a specific kind of color in mind. Unfortunately I didn’t find the perfect color online so I decided to go to the local M.A.C store and ask for some advice. Well, five minutes later I walked out of the shop with the perfect color. At first I wasn’t convinced because it had a little bit of a purple undertone, but all the other lipstick were just not dark enough. I tried it on, and I was sold! I got very lucky because it was the last one. It’s a matte lipstick called ‘Living Legend’ and it’s absolutely fabulous.

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It’s not easy applying a perfect dark lip. First of all, you need to use a lipliner. You can either use a nude lipliner, a lipliner in the same color of your lipstick or a red one. It depends on the undertone you want your lips to have. But it is of the utmost importance that you use a lipliner. You have to outline your lips perfectly otherwise your lipstick will smudge and that is something we don’t want. If I wear lipstick I always use a lipliner. Your lipstick will stay on longer, the color will be brighter and your lipstick will not smudge.

You can also always wear a bit of gloss on top of your lipstick. Because it is a matte one, it could be nice to have a bit of extra oomph.

Not everyone will be a fan of the dark lip, but I learned to not care what other people think. If you feel comfortable wearing it, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

xo Febe

The Road To…

Yesterday evening I posted a picture of two friends of mine on Instagram and I felt like doing a blogpost about it as well. I just finished my basic course in make-up and I’m anxiously waiting for my certificate to arrive and I feel so good about it. I’ve realized that this is really something I’m passionate about and I really want to grow as a person and eventually become a make-up artist.

I just love that my friends are really supportive and excited for me. Not once have they expressed doubts or negativity and I feel so grateful to have friends like them. It’s really important that I have this support otherwise I would constantly doubt myself. They really make me feel confident and they even let me practice on them. They are just as excited as I am.

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I can’t’ wait to start the next course, but unfortunately that course only starts in January so I have to wait a while. So in the meantime I have to keep practicing and gain some more knowledge on different products. I bought a whole package of make-up in the student shop of the Beauty School and it contains so much make-up. I think I have enough make-up right now to last a lifetime. So I can start experimenting!

I’m also thinking to take another course while I’m waiting for the next one in make-up to start. I was thinking maybe hairstyling or nails would be fun. If I do hairstyling I can eventually work as a make-up artist and hairstylist and that’s a great combination. If I go for a course in doing nails I can do that besides working as a make-up artist and there’s a huge market for nails these days. So I still haven’t figured out yet what I’m going to be doing next, but I’ll get there eventually.

I’ll keep you updated!

xo Febe

Skincare

I am obsessed with skincare. I’ve been cleansing my skin for years now and I have to say that I never had a lot of acne (which is also because of good genetics) and my skin feels super soft. My mom taught me how to cleanse my face when I was 11 years old. (Thank you mom!) Ever since I’ve been doing the same skincare routine.

Every evening before I go to bed I remove my make-up with an oil-based make-up remover and I wash my face with water and cleansing milk. After that I cleanse my face for a second time with a toner. I’m not going to rave about the products I use, because everyone’s skin is different and I think that you should try and find products that work best for your skin. I just use a lot of products from Rituals, but that has not always been the case.

So that’s my routine for the evenings. Now for the mornings I just wash my face with water and I put some moisturizer on before applying my make-up. I know that a lot of people hate skincare routines because they take some time and sometimes it’s just easier to go to bed without doing it (when you went out partying for example) but I rarely go to bed with make-up on. And I always regret those rare occasions when I don’t cleanse my face before going to bed because my skin seriously suffers from it. I’ve been doing this routine for years now so it has become a habit and I don’t feel like it takes a lot of time.

Once or twice a week I use a soft scrub on my face to remove all dead skin cells and I always do it before my morning routine. I wash my face with water, use a scrub, then apply some toner and then I moisturize. I love the way my skin feels after a nice little scrub. I also think it’s a necessity to scrub at least every week because by removing the dead skin, you also clear your pores and the dirt that’s in them. It’s like putting on a new layer of skin and it feels great.

I cannot emphasize the importance of skincare enough. I hope it’ll do wonders for my skin when I’m older and getting wrinkly. And I cannot thank my mother enough for teaching me how to take care of my skin.

I hope you enjoyed this post!

xo Febe

Recent Developments

I never thought it would be so hard to find a decent job. The new academic year starts in a week so all my friends are starting university again and I’m at home, looking for a job. I know that I don’t have a lot of options to choose from but I had the illusion that people would die to hire me. I’m not too picky, I just want to work in a shop or boutique where I have social contact and where I can sell nice stuff to nice people. Is that too much to ask for?

I know I would be good at it and that I would enjoy it but there are just not a lot of vacancies. I hope that I find a job soon because I’m tired of being at home, cooking and cleaning the house and waiting for my family to come home from work or school.

And I really need the money because I’m finally enrolled in Beauty School and I need to buy the required make-up and tools. I’m really excited to start my first course. My goal is to grow into it and take different evening courses so I can do more than just make-up alone. I was thinking of taking a course in hairstyling or manicure. The more I can do the easier it is to find a job in the beauty branch. I feel really passionate about this, I really hope the reality lives up to my expectations because I really don’t need another disappointment in my life right now.

That said, I’m going to work on my resume and hopefully ‘impress’ some people.

xo Febe

Big Changes

Hi everyone!

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted something. To be honest I had no inspiration at all and I was a bit stuck academically. As you probably know, I’ve had some difficulties in my first year at University. I wanted to stop studying Applied Linguistics and do something more creative. I thought Journalism would be perfect for me, but my parents had a different perspective on that subject so I was stuck again. 

It was a hard decision for me to make, but I know that choosing something that’s not a hundred per cent my thing would end up in a disaster. So I’ve decided to go working for a year to figure out what I want to do with my life. I will be taking evening courses in make-up because that’s something you can’t do in higher education and I really feel passionate about make-up. It’s a possibility that I won’t be returning to University if becoming a make-up artist works out for me. But I know that I have a second shot at obtaining a university degree if I want to.

I feel really grateful towards my parents because they are supporting me with my decision. The only thing I’m not allowed to do is staying at home doing nothing for a year, which I completely understand. That’s why I’m going to work. I haven’t found a job yet, but it’ll probably be in a shop or something similar since I only have a certificate of secondary school. 

Next week I will be looking for a job and enroll in Beauty School so I’m really excited. I think this ‘sabbatical’ will do me good to get some things sorted out. I was also really surprised that my friends are really supportive of this, I thought they would think this is a bad idea but they are really excited for me as well. I’m so lucky to have such great people around me.

I hope you enjoyed your summer and you’ll be hearing from me soon!

xo Febe

Black and White

Hi everyone!

Today’s post is about clothing. When it comes to clothes, I’m all about combining black and white. It’s really basic but I just love wearing black and white, especially black. Some friends tell me to wear more colour but I just feel more comfortable in black.

I go trough phases though. Last winter I was really into tartan prints and the winter before I was obsessed with hats, especially faux fur ones. And I feel like this winter is going to be all about black and white. I can tell because my closet is slowly turning colourless. My saved items list on Asos is also a good sign on what’s to come this winter.

Personally, I think that you can do nothing wrong with black and white clothes. It’s so basic but still so extremely sophisticated and classy, I just love it. I really want to change my look a bit because I don’t really have a specific style. I don’t want to go trough phases anymore, I really want to find myself and what I like.

And that concerns my personal life as well. I really need to find myself and figure out what I want and like. It’s time to grow up and stop being the person that everyone wants me to be and become the person I really am.

Here are a few of my favorite looks on Asos at the moment.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this post!!

xo Febe

Decisions, decisions..

Hello everyone!

I know it’s been a month of silence so I do apologize but I have been working for four weeks now in a supermarket to earn some extra money. Tomorrow is my last day of work and then I have to start studying (again). I have to retake quite a few exams and I absolutely hate it. I’ve come to realize that Applied Linguistics isn’t really my thing and I have no clue what to do next. I don’t want to disappoint anyone but I have to make some big choices this summer. I’m only 18 years old and I have no idea what my talents are, what I like and what I want to do with my life so it’s really frustrating because everyone is constantly asking me what I’m going to study or do in September.

I’m really at war with myself, one part of me wants to continue going to university and obtain a degree but the other part of me has had enough of studying and wants to take risks and do something fun. I guess you can imagine the stress and doubts I am having right now.

I feel like in secondary school we never had the chance to develop our skills and discover our talents so I find it extremely difficult to make any decisions about my future because I don’t know what I’m good at.

My parents are giving me two choices; go working or continue studying. I don’t blame them but it’s really difficult to find something I like in two months.

I’m really getting into the idea of doing an evening course in make-up so I can go work as a make-up artist, but this is a huge risk because I don’t know if I can earn a living out of this and it’s an evening course so that means I will be sitting at home all day doing basically nothing. And I don’t want to become even lazier then I already am. On top of that, I don’t even know if I’m good enough. Sure, I like doing my make-up or someone else’s but doesn’t everyone?

The more days pass by, the more insecure I become and that is so frustrating. I really hope I can find a solution by the end of the summer.

I don’t know if you guys have ever felt this way or don’t know what to do with your life either, but it’s not fun at all. I don’t wish anyone to feel this way.

I hope you are enjoying your summer more than I am!
xo Febe