Beauty: easy festival makeup with Primark prism collection

Beauty: easy mermaid/festival makeup with Primark prism collection

I recently received a box filled with bright coloured, shimmery glitter products- the Primark Prism collection! And now that summer is in full swing, with its beach parties and festivals that allow you to go all out - what better time to play with glitter? I figured you guys would be interested in seeing whether the collection is worth checking out, so after trying all of it, I put together a review of the products that perform best (according to me).

In general, I'm not a makeup snob. Although I have to admit most of my favourites are high end rather than drugstore, I still have plenty of drugstore cosmetics that I adore (most notably the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets). Especially when it comes to crazy colours and shimmer - looks I don't rock on a regular basis - I like checking out affordable options, because investing in something you might just wear a couple of times seems a bit silly. The Primark Prism collection definitely fills a mermaid-shaped void there, bringing shine and duochromes and bright shades at a very sweet price point.

Not everything in the collection is a hit. The hair crayons are too small to work with, for example, and the mermaid lipglosses just look like clear gloss. However, there's a bunch of really cute stuff that I would like to introduce you to.

First, this four-pack of duochrome lipglosses!

Beauty: easy mermaid/festival makeup with Primark prism collection
Beauty: easy mermaid/festival makeup with Primark prism collection

Clockwise starting from top left: lilac with gold shift, mint with silver pale gold shift, rosegold and clear with blue shift and glitter. These glosses don't smell amazing, but they are really fun and wearable. Great way to try out the whole mermaid/unicorn trend without looking too cray. The minty shade doesn't do much, but the others all look really magical. I think the four togethere were like €5.

Another item I'm raving about is these dirt cheap glitter/sparkle eyeliners!

Beauty: easy mermaid/festival makeup with Primark prism collection
Beauty: easy mermaid/festival makeup with Primark prism collection

I have tried a bunch of bright/glitter liquid eyeliners in my day, and the budget ones almost all had the same problem: they irritated my eye, didn't give an opaque finish, or they crumbled/cracked after drying. These Primark eyeliners do none of that. They stayed bright and comfortable througout the day, and they looked totally fab! At about €1.75, they're a steal. I used the silver in my inner corners, and the blue on the lower lashline.

I also really like these bold glitters, packaged along with a glitter adhesive. You can apply them wherever, obviously, but I wanted to do the less obvious thing and create a grungy glitter lip. Think Kesha.

Beauty: easy mermaid/festival makeup with Primark prism collection
Beauty: easy mermaid/festival makeup with Primark prism collection

Yas I love. The glitter adhesive does its job perfectly, I had a ridiculously hard time getting all the glitter off. These would also look good underneath the eye, on the cheekbone - wherever really! I think this one goes for €4.

Finally, the pièce de resistance of the collection: this glitter eye cream palette. So incredibly pretty. How cute would this be as a gift to a makeup-loving kid? I would have DIED if I had gotten this one as a kid.

Beauty: easy mermaid/festival makeup with Primark prism collection

The creams are not pigmented, they're just pure glitter in a clear creamy base. They don't need adhesive to stay put, which is quite practical. If you use em over eyeshadow, beware though: like most cream/gel type eyeshadows, they will make the bottom layers crease a bit. However, the sparkle is lovely enough to find a way to make these work!

Beauty: easy mermaid/festival makeup with Primark prism collection

I used the orange/green duochrome glitter (second from the left on my arm swatch) dabbed over a look I created with Urban Decay Naked Heat, and I used  the blue/silvery glitter as a lipgloss. Another vibrant yet wearable glitter look, I reckon.

Beauty: easy mermaid/festival makeup with Primark prism collection

The glitter cream palette retails at just €6.

In short, if you're still looking for some fun products to brighten up your summer party looks, or if you want to rock the magical creature vibe: Primark Prism is where it's at!

Outfit: Parisian in stripes and slip on loafers

Outfit: Parisian in stripes and slip on loafers

Outfit: embroidered jeans, pink coat, yellow wall

Outfit: embroidered jeans, pink coat, yellow wall

Wishlist: swoonworthy sunglasses

Wishlist: swoonworthy sunglasses
hat: H&M - crochet top: Forever21 - denim skirt: Pull & Bear - handbag: Kate Spade - sunglasses: c/o Polette Dauphine Ivory S

I have been on a sunglasses-buying-binge lately. I don't know why, but this season there seem to be so many cute pairs of shades out there, and since I wear sunglasses 90% of the time during summer, they are the easiest way to lift an outfit to that next level. Whether it is by adding interest, by making you seem cooler than you are, or by hiding bags under your eyes (my favourite tip to not look undead after 24h of travel) - sunnies do the trick. I've gathered up some of my favourite on-trend options that won't break the bank, but will make you look like an insta-model.

Wishlist: swoonworthy sunglasses

My number one fav this season is the coloured lense aviator. This pair is just $7.99 and available in yellow, blue and pink. I have a pink pair as well as a yellow pair - one pair short of an obsession. But you can call it an infatuation. If aviators don't suit your face (I don't look good in most types of aviators either), here are two other options for that retro tinted lense look. These red cat eye shape tinted shades are super cute, only $9, and also available in 5 other colours. The red is my fav though. Would look hella cute with red lipstick. 

The other option is of course the round John Lennon type frames! Pink always has my heart, but if you want to keep things more mysterious, go for the brown lenses - both just $6. Best option to hide tired eyes (or a resting bitchface). Finally, the $8 round, white frames with black lenses. Very retro, very on trend, and surprisingly hard to pull off. I ordered a pair off Forever21 and looked like a bug eyed alien, but I'm determined to keep looking until I find a shape that works for me. Maybe slightly elongated into a cat-eye like shape. If you have any tips, send em my way!

Are you still lusting after a particular type of sunglasses?

Wishlist: swoonworthy sunglasses

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Beauty: shiny locks with Redken Diamond Oil Glowdry

Beauty: shiny locks with Redken Diamond Oil Glowdry

Let me just come out and say it: bleaching your hair does not make it shinier, healthier or easier to style. And yet, most of us go through with it at some point in our lives, whether it is to try a bright colour, to hide our grays or to go blonde. I'm currently going through a blonde period and I'm absolutely loving most parts of it. I love how I look better in warm based colours now (give me all the rose gold jewelry), and the beachy vibe is perfect for summer. 

However, while I used to be able to let my hair airdry and have it look, well, pretty good, this is not the case anymore. My locks look the best by far if I either blowdry for a sleek look, or if I want a more casual look: if I let my ends dry naturally while my hair is up in a bun (great way to get those pretty, beachy waves). I particularly need to baby my ends. Even though they have benefited greatly from the Smartbond treatment I got during my third round of highlights - my hair actually feels and looks healthier than it did before those highlights - I still try to limit heat damage to a minimum by using the right protecting and smoothing products. Hair oil has become my best bud.

I was recently sent the new Redken Diamond Oil Glowdry range to test, and when I saw the results I knew I had to tell you guys about it. Let's take a look!

Outfit: Gingham off shoulder dress, Moschino belt

Outfit: Gingham off shoulder dress, Moschino belt

Outfit: pineapple socks in sandals

Outfit: pineapple socks in sandals, denim culottes

Travel: California diaries - roadtrip Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo

Travel: California diaries - roadtrip Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo

Today I will share another part of our trip to California with you, more specifically the first leg of our roadtrip, between Oceanside and San Luis Obispo, with stops in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara! I have very fond memories of this particular jampacked day, and I'm happy to revisit those beautiful moments.

Outfit: chili pepper tee, gingham ruffle skirt

Outfit: chili pepper tee, gingham ruffle skirt

Beauty: Urban Decay Naked Heat review

Beauty: Urban Decay Naked Heat review

Exciting post today, guys! I know I'm not the only one who let out a squeal when I saw the first images of the new Urban Decay Naked Heat release - warm toned eyeshadow has been having a moment lately, and basically everyone loves the Urban Decay Naked palettes. There's something magical about how the UD Nakeds succeed at throwing together a bunch of shades that just work together perfectly, making your everyday makeup routine more convenient, more inspired and a whole lot easier. I own all the Naked palettes (3 and 1 being my favs hands down), and while I'm not much of a collector, I couldn't resist jumping at the opportunity when Sephora.fr put up a batch of these available for sale online before the actual Europe release. So exciting!! Mine arrived in the mail yesterday, and I didn't waste any time putting together a review. Enjoy!

Outfit: yellow dress, La La Land moment

Outfit: vintage yellow dress, La La Land moment

Outfit: yellow pilot glasses

Outfit: yellow pilot glasses, flower embroidered denim, vintage floral dress

Beauty: Grey hair with L'Oréal #colorfulhair


This week was allll about change for me - I JUST sent out the final version of my PhD to my doctoral jury (omg finally I'm so ready to be done honestly), I signed the contract for my new job (so excited!), and I got myself a shiny new (temporary) hair colour! I was invited to try the l'Oréal in-salon colour process, featuring their new Smartbond and Colorful Hair products. I can already tell you that I am very happy with my unique new colour, so let me tell you allllll about my experience.