Devil Madness

Every four years the Fifa World Cup takes place and this year it’s all happening in Brasil. I’m from this tiny country called Belgium and we have actually made it to the quarter finals. Yesterday we won the match against the USA so you can imagine how people are going crazy around here. First of all, the match itself was breathtaking and over the top exciting. I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat, that’s how nerve wrecking it was.

Now let me tell you that it’s Devil Madness around here (our team is called the Red Devils by the way). There are flags everywhere, parties everywhere and big screens everywhere. I’m serious, it’s crazy. It’s really beautiful how an entire country can bond over one thing. Everyone is talking about soccer, everyone is cheering for our team and it’s just magnificent.

We even have a Worldcup Babe, she’s a pretty seventeen-year-old girl from Belgium who was spotted in Brasil during a not so exciting game against Russia. The photographers had nothing else to do but to look for hotties and there she was, our own Worldcup Babe Axelle. I have to admit she’s a real beauty and nobody expected that her picture would be tweeted and shared so much, but it did. So that’s another fun fact about this World Cup.

If people haven’t felt the Devil Madness yet, they definitely will in the next couple of days because the quarter finals is a huge deal. We will be playing against Argentina this Saturday so it’s going to be out of this world crazy. Unfortunately I won’t be seeing that game because I’m going to a wedding, I have to set my priorities, you know. As I was saying, the Devil Madness had gone out of control. There are flags everywhere. There is not a single street flag free, in every city and pretty much every village there are big screens where people gather to see the match and to celebrate the victory together. I just love the atmosphere right now in Belgium, everyone is feeling so close and I feel like people are more open and fun. So please Fifa, give me a World Cup every year!

Big Belgian Red Devil Kisses!

xo Febe

 

It’s Good To Be Back

Hi y’all!

The exams are over and I’m back, alive and kicking! They ended a few days ago but I was too tired to write anything then. I don’t know any results yet and I have to wait at least another week to find out but I’m not even that curious. I’m not expecting too much because I did last term and I ended up being really disappointed.

Enough about that. It’s summer! I’m just going to enjoy the few weeks that I have and do exactly all the things I want. You read it right, weeks. I’m going to work four weeks in a supermarket to earn some extra money and after that I have to retake some exams so I’m going to be busy this summer.

I’ve also decided to study for my driver’s license. I just have to do the theoretical part and then my dad can start teaching me how to drive a car. I know, I know, I’m almost 19 years old and I still haven’t got my driver’s license. I’ve just been postponing it over and over again.

Besides the working and studying and taking some time for myself, I’m not really doing anything exciting this summer. I might go to a festival with some friends but we haven’t figured that out yet and I might go on a city trip in September but that is not certain at all so I’ll just go with the flow and see what crosses my path this summer. I’m not worrying too much, I just want to relax and figure out what I want to do with my life because I’m absolutely clueless.

I will be blogging this summer and I can’t wait to post again!

Enjoy your summer!

xo Febe

Oh My Hair!

Hi guys!

I know I told you that I wouldn’t be posting for a while due to exams but I just couldn’t stand it anymore. I really miss it. I still have two more weeks to study and I absolutely hate it. I’ll stop complaining from this point on because I have some other things I want to talk about.

Yesterday evening I went for dinner with my family and while we were waiting for our order a twenty-something year old girl walked in. It was so obvious that she was wearing hair extensions and it just looked horrific. One thing you don’t see very often in Belgium is girls wearing hair extensions and when they do it looks terrible. It’s just not really done around here. We tend to keep our hair as natural as possible. A few highlights here and there is okay, some girls dye their hair a few shades lighter or darker but we don’t really do extreme things with it. You barely see girls with pink or blue hair, most of the girls my age just have long natural-looking hair.

Back to the girl with the horrendous hair extensions. Her extensions weren’t even in the same colour as her real hair and it looked very unhealthy as well. I just think it’s sad that she doesn’t take care of her hair because with a lot less makeup and healthy hair  she would actually look really pretty.

I don’t get why people would want to wear hair extensions. I never understood why. If you want longer hair, just keep it healthy and let it grow. If you want more volume, choose a haircut that gives more volume or use a spray, mousse or other product to create that volume.

I’m not completely against hair extensions, don’t get me wrong. I just think it’s not necessary. I get that some people wear extensions to hide a bald spot. I actually know someone who has a bald spot because her sister pulled out her hair (so crazy) and she wears a few hair extensions to cover that up. So I completely get that. But I’m not so sure about wearing hair extensions on a daily basis or to go out because it really destroys your natural hair.

That said, I would love to know your opinions on hair extensions.

xo Febe

 

The Big Surprise

Hello lovelies!

Remember that surprise I was talking about in my last My Week On Instagram? Well, I’m about to reveal it to you. Some of you might already have seen some picture on my Instagram or Twitter but I’m officially telling you in this post.

I’ve always wanted my own vanity ever since I was little but my room was never big enough and to be honest, I didn’t have money. I’m only 18 years old, you know. Me and my family moved to another house three years ago and my room is huge. I love the space that I have. However, I do think I don’t have enough space in the bathroom and it was getting on my nerves. I didn’t have the space to store all my make-up and brushes so I got the idea of actually buying my own vanity. 

I have been searching all over the internet to get some inspiration of how I wanted it to look and I immediately liked a white simple design with a drawer and a glass surface. I absolutely wanted the glass surface because it just looks so sophisticated and clean. I looked on every site possible as to where I could buy one and the answer was very straightforward: “Ikea!”. You can buy anything and everything in Ikea so I wasn’t surprised that they have vanities as well. It just so happened that they had the one I really wanted.

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Today, me and my dad went to Ikea and I bought a nice stool to go with my vanity, a few vases, a mirror and a little orchid. I just like the look of a flower on my vanity. It just looks so pretty and girly. When I came home I immediately started setting up my vanity, with the help of my brother of course. I was very disappointed that my vases were actually a bit too deep for my brushes so I started thinking of ways to solve that problem. I hopped on the bus on my way to Ghent and went to this shop where they sell al lot of decoration and tinkering stuff. I found some cute fluffy mini pompoms and I thought that was great for in the vases. They don’t damage my brushes and it just looks so amazing.

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I just love my vanity and I will be using it so much. Also a bonus, I spend less than 200 euros which is pretty amazing for the things I bought. The only thing I already had is the big mirror. Now I have more space to store my make-up I will be tempted to buy and try new products. It’s so exciting. 

What do you guys think? Have you always wanted a vanity?

xo Febe

 

My Week On Instagram

Hello lovelies!

I’m sorry this post is a bit late but this weekend has been very hectic. I don’t even have time to study and my exams start next week so everything’s a bit crazy right now. I also want to tell you in advance that I won’t be doing a weekly post anymore for the next month because I really have to focus on my exams. It’s the responsible thing to do. Luckily, I have one more post for you.

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This week I have been meeting up with Eva a couple of times because she just came back from Barcelona. She’s taking a gap year and has already travelled to Paris and Barcelona. She was in Belgium for only a week so we made the best of it and I enjoyed every minute I spent with her. Today she will be leaving for Dublin and she will be staying there for six weeks. So when I’m finished with my exams she will be back and then I get to spend more time with her. 

I was in shock when I saw her for the first time. She just got back from the hairdresser’s and she cut her hair short and dyed it blonde. I love it! She truly has the balls to do something crazy and she can get away with it. I think it looks great on her!

We had lunch together and after that we went to the Or, which is an espresso bar in Ghent. We’re both not that into coffee so she had tea and I had home-made lime-lemon lemonade, which was delicious by the way.

When I got back home I was really excited because my orders arrived. You can read about that in my previous post.

http://livelonglaughhardlovemuch.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/just-cant-get-enough/ 

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Two days later Eva and I met up again and the weather was absolutely amazing. I even got a little bit sunburned. We walked around, sat down for a while, talked and went to Julie’s House to buy ourselves a slice of cake. Eva bought the brownie one and I went for the white chocolate and ginger cookie one. I just love Julie’s House, they have the best cake and cupcakes in Ghent.

Eva had to leave quite early in the afternoon so I went to see another friend of mine, Chiara. She was at the hairdresser’s at the moment so I went there and we talked while her hair was getting done. She wanted to go a shade lighter so the hairdresser put a few different shades in her hair. I have to say it looks really nice, a lighter hair colour suits her well.

On Friday it was the honouring of my brother’s competition, which I told you about in my previous My Week On Instagram post.

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He was one of the fifteen laureates and I’m very proud to say that he ended seventh. I guessed he would end between fifth and twelfth so I was really happy for him. This competition is a great reference for future employers and it’s a great motivation for young wood workers. He won a collection of very nice chisels and a gift voucher worth 100 euros to spend at Santens hardware. 

Yesterday, I did my first makeup job. I did the makeup of a friend of my mother’s for her bachelor party because I’m doing her makeup on her wedding day as well and I wanted to practice on her first. It worked out really well, and she was happy with it. Unfortunately I have no photo of her makeup. 

Because all the women were at her hen party, the men decided to throw a BBQ. You have to know that they all have children so I was busy all night entertaining them. I’m exhausted, I now know that I could never be a kindergarten teacher. I love children but it was a bit too much for me. 

I hope you enjoyed you week/weekend, you won’t be hearing from me for a while but I’ll be back!

xo Febe

Just can’t get enough

Hola mis amigos!

I’ve been buying so many new products, tools and makeup lately, it’s getting a bit out of control. I just love the feeling of opening a new package and looking at how beautiful it looks. However, I’ve decided to stop spending money on things I really don’t need. I’m going to stop my little addiction for a while, until I have enough money again to invest in things I really need. I’ve actually started saving for something but I’m not going to tell you guys yet what it is. It’s something I’ve wanted since I was little and I can’t wait to tell and show you.

Back to my little but expensive addiction. Over the past few weeks I’ve bought quite a lot of face candy and I’m loving them. (that’s right, I call it face candy) I’ve bought a new bronzing powder from Rimmel, and it’s in the shade ‘sun kissed’. I really like this one because it’s really easy to blend and it doesn’t contain any glitter which is really great because I hate a glittery face. I already did a post on my products from Rituals but I can add that it really does wonders for my skin. My skin is flawless at the moment, I don’t have any breakouts or blemishes and my skin feels super soft.

(http://livelonglaughhardlovemuch.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/rituals-facial-products/)

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Besides make-up products I’m also in love with the Real Techniques brushes, I really can’t get enough of them. I already had the Core Collection and the Starter Set and I just loved the brushes so much that I started to expand my collection. I bought a Powder Brush, a Blush Brush, a Setting Brush and a Shading Brush. The last two brushes arrived this Monday and I love them. The setting brush is perfect to apply concealer and the shading brush is perfect for the eyes.

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I’m really excited because today my new watercolour blushers from Daniel Sandler arrived! I bought the new colours Acid and Trip which look very neon in the bottle but they have such a beautiful finish. I tried the immediately on my little sister because I was already wearing make-up. They’re blushers on a water base and they are waterproof which is also amazing because they will last all day. I can’t wait to wear one tomorrow!

I also ordered eyeshadow palettes from Sleek which also arrived today and I’m really happy with how the shades look. I bought the Au Naturel palette which is a palette with nude colours and it’s perfect to use for your every day make-up. I also ordered the Oh So Special palette which contains a lot of nude colours as well but a few pink ones and shimmery ones. Both palettes could actually work as one palette to be honest. All of the colours can be combined very nicely.

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I know that in the picture above the colours of the two palette seem very much alike but they are not. The only two shades that are the same are the black ones. I actually like the fact that there is a black one in each palette because that’s a colour that is used a lot. And you can’t see the pink shades at all in the picture, sorry for that.

I think that’s about it, these were the things I bought over the past two-three weeks. Right now, I’m saving a lot for that thing I want and I’ll let you know in time what it is.

xo Febe

 

My Week On Instagram

Hello lovely readers, 

I didn’t really do a lot this week apart from going to Uni and preparing for my upcoming exams so this post won’t be so long. I’m already warning you, the next six weeks will be extremely boring and you won’t be hearing a lot from me. So I apologize in advance. 

Last weekend was quite calm. My family and I went to have dinner at my neighbours’ and the weather was quite good that weekend so I had my first Somersby of the year. Its an apple cider and I love to drink it when it’s sunny and warm, it’s really refreshing and super yum. 

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It has been raining this week and it is still raining actually, so I feel a bit down because of it. I really need the sun! Only on Monday the weather was good so my friends from Uni and I bought some sangria and we chilled in the sun. I was really nice because it had been a while since we did something like that. 

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I’ve also been sleeping so much lately, I don’t know why but I just feel tired all the time. Most of my classes are in the afternoon so I can sleep much longer and I still feel tired. Because of the sleeping longer I always have a late breakfast, so this week I just ate yoghurt with strawberries or mango. It was delicious and light.

This week my brother received some good news and we’re all very excited for him. My brother studies woodwork in secondary school and every year there’s this wood test that every woodwork student in Flanders has to make. So basically everyone makes the same thing at the same time and their work is then collected and evaluated. A few days ago a letter arrived which said that my brother is one of the fifteen laureates of our province. This means that next week there will be revealed who ended first, second and so one and the winner of those fifteen laureates is then one of the seven final laureates whose work will be again evaluated and who could be the winner of the Flemish Wood Test 2014. We’re all very supportive of my brother and I’m hoping that he wins. The prizes are very nice as well for a future wood worker, because he can win various machines and equipment.

Enjoy your week!

xo Febe