Biggest Regret: Update

Back in April I wrote a post about cutting my hair, which you can read here. And now, after nine months I wanted to do an update. Growing back my hair has been on my mind for two years now and I must say it’s been a difficult road. I’m not there yet, but I’m starting to feel more and more confident about my hair. When I first started growing back my hair, I didn’t really know what I was doing. I just thought it would grow back really fast and I didn’t made an extra effort to take care of my hair. When I realized my hair wasn’t going to grow unless I took great care of it, I started taking measures. First of all, I agreed with my hairdresser that I would go every three months to cut my ends. She really loves long hair and I trust her when she says it is the best way to grow back thick and healthy hair. So I’ve been doing what I’m told. Besides that, I’ve been taking brewer’s yeast pills. It boosts hair growth and the growth of nails. A friend told me that she takes one pill every day and her hair grows crazy fast. So out of curiosity I bought some and I’m really happy with the results so far because my hair has grown a lot faster since I’ve been taking this treatment. I also don’t use any heat on my hair because it’s already so fragile that I don’t want to risk it breaking. I just wash my hair and use a conditioner and let it airdry. The last thing I do to avoid splitting ends and to make my hair healthy and shiny, is using almond oil. Once a week I treat my hair by spreading a little amount of almond oil all over my hair. I then braid my hair and go to bed. So I let the almond oil really work into the hair overnight and I just shampoo it out in the morning. 2014-11-20 14.51.24 All these thing really have been working for me and I will be continuing to do it to make my hair grow even faster and longer. xo Febe

Selfie Mode: ON

I’ve been loving taking selfies too much lately. Seriously, it’s getting out of hand. I just love to take a picture after I’ve done my make-up or if I’m wearing something new. I just can’t help it. Is it vanity? Self-love? Or is it just an addiction like any other?

The past few years we have been surrounded by selfies. What once started as just a trend has become a worldwide phenomenon. Every living breathing human being with a smartphone takes selfies. Uploading them onto Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and other social media is just the following step. But what is it that makes taking a selfie so irresistible?

Sociologists say that the popularity of taking selfies is due to the reason that the person who is taking the photo is in complete control on how the photo will look, what angle it is in and most importantly, how that person will look. Selfies are photos taken of oneself, by oneself. And we all want to look our best, don’t we?

Fun fact: Did you know that over a million selfies are taken each day? (And at least 5 of them are mine?) Oops!

I love taking a selfie. Who doesn’t?

xo Febe

Working Girl

I know it’s been a long, long while since you’ve heard from me, but I’m back! The past month I haven’t had a lot of inspiration and I’ve been busy so I kept on postponing writing a new post.

Well, right now I have something to write about. I dropped out of university this year to figure out what I wanted to do with my life (you can read about all that here). As you all know by now, I’m very passionate about make-up so I took evening courses in make-up. I’ve already completed one make-up course and passed for the exam (hooray!) and received my certificate that makes me officially a make-up artist.

In the meantime, I was looking for a job but that didn’t go as I thought it would go. I had this crazy thought that people would want to hire me immediately so it took me a little longer than expected to find something.

But a few weeks ago I got a call from Zara Home, the interior design shop, that they were looking for someone temporarily. I was asked to go for an interview and they hired me. It’s only a temporary job, two months to be precise, but I’m really enjoying it. I think Zara Home is a beautiful shop and the people who work there are so nice. It would be great if they would let me work there a little longer but I’m happy anyway. I’m still applying for other jobs of course because I would like to have a new job a soon as possible. I’m just happy that I can earn some money right now.

Right now, I’m still waiting for my next course in make-up to begin, but it only starts in May so I was a bit gutted when I found out I have to wait that long, but at least I can focus on my job right now.

It feels really weird to be working when all of my friends are at university, but I feel like I’ve made the right decision to get some real-life experience and to figure out what exactly I’m good at and what I want to do. I can always go back to university but right now I just need some time. The timing of my new job is actually really great because while I’m busy working, my friends are busy studying for their exams. I won’t miss them that much when I’m working. Imagine how it would suck if I would be stuck at home, unemployed, while they don’t have time to meet up and do things. So the timing is really good. Now we all have no time. I miss my friends of course, but it’s just easier this way. After their exams are over, we can all be one happy bunch again and have some fun.

Xo Working Girl

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