1.7.16

Beauty: Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Review - Disturbed and Pandemonium

Urban Decay Vice lipstick review

Although my two weeks in Japan were amazing and I wouldn't trade them for anything (except three weeks in Japan), I did miss one awesome thing while I was away: the Urban Decay Vice lipstick launch. Urban Decay added a whopping 120 new lipstick shades in varying finishes to their permanent collection (some of which will only be available on line). Ex-Girlfriend, the most popular shade from the Gwen Stefani lipstick collab, has also been added to the permanent range, yay!! I didn't get to attend the party but I sent my equally UD obsessed sister, and she brought two lipsticks home for me which I will be reviewing for you today: meet Disturbed and Pandemonium.

Urban Decay Vice lipstick review

First of all, check out those gorgeous UD Vice tubes! Like a muted rosey steel with the typical hammered metal type of look of the UD lipstick tubes, so pretty.

Urban Decay Vice Disturbed and Pandemonium lipstick review
Urban Decay Vice Disturbed and Pandemonium lipstick review

Disturbed and Pandemonium are both statement colours, shades I wouldn't reach for every day, but they are stunning additions to my lippie collection nonetheless. Disturbed is a rosey burgundy/dark brick red, Pandemonium is a neon purple that can read pink or even blue depending on the light. I like that these are two different matte formulas, and you definitely notice a difference: while Comfort Matte Disturbed applies smoothly and creamy, opaque in one go, Mega Matte Pandemonium requires a bit more work and pulls on the lips more if you apply it. Let's see how these do on the lips.

Urban Decay Vice Disturbed lipstick review

Disturbed is gorgeous, with a velvety lustre, but I feel like it does need a lipliner to look neat because it's a bit more creamy and more prone to settling into the lines along your lips. The wear is decent, but with a statement colour like this you still want to reapply and clean up your lip after a drink or a meal. This shade is very similar to MAC Diva, WetnWild Cherry Bomb and  L'Oreal collection exclusive Laetitia's Pure Red, but a tiny bit darker than all three.

Urban Decay Vice Pandemonium lipstick review

Pandemonium applies much neater, this one can look perfect with just a lip brush or a steady hand. Again, this sort of look needs to be immaculate so I'd still touch up after having a snack, but you definitely notice the mega matte clinging to your lips more, being more smudge-resistant. Truly amazing shade, I definitely want to find more occasions to wear it out.

Urban Decay Vice lipstick review

The Urban Decay Vice lipsticks are sold at Ici Paris XL UD counters and online, setting you back €19,50. UD also offers 50 matching lipliners to make your lip colour crisp and long lasting, and those are about the same price at €20,40. Do you have your eye on any of the Vice shades?

27.6.16

Travel: getting to know Fukuoka

Travel: getting to know Fukuoka

Babes! I've finally gotten around to making a first selection of photographs to share for my very first real Japan recap. It's incredibly hard to choose which images to use and which to leave sitting in my desktop folders, but that's life as a blogger, man. So hard. To set the scene: we visited Japan from June 8th-21nd, and we spent our first week in Fukuoka for an academic conference I was attending, after which we traveled to Okinawa for another five days, and then we spent two days in Tokyo before flying home. Today's post will be about some of the things we did, saw and ate while in Fukuoka. Our Fukuoka time was much more enjoyable than we had anticipated so I've decided to split up my Fukuoka recap in two posts to do the lovely city justice.

Apparently, Fukuoka is one of the most popular travel destination for tourists to visit while in Japan, however, almost no one I talk to seems to have ever heard of it. That may be because Fukuoka is more well-known among travelers from Asia than among Europeans. There is more than enough to love in Fukuoka: it's a beautiful, modern city with plenty of local flavor. There's a wide variety of mouthwatering, affordable restaurants, great shopping, loads of convenient public transportation, and like every place we've visited in Japan: people are ridiculously approachable and friendly. To seal the deal, staying in Fukuoka can be quite cheap if you use Airbnb, even if you're looking for more space than you usually get in Japan. Last time I checked, the median price point for a double bedroom appartment with airco in Hakata, the most popular area of Fukuoka, was about 46€ a night. My boyfriend loved Fukuoka so much that we're pretty much set on returning there some day.

Let me convince you of Fukuoka's awesomeness.

24.6.16

Beauty: surviving Werchter with four days of good hair

Festival hair: four days, four styles

You guys! In about a week, I'll be attending Werchter for the first time in agesssss and I'm super psyched. Werchter was the first festival I ever attended back in 2004 when I was 17, and I have many fond memories of going there with friends, dancing and moshpitting, freezing in our rain drenched clothes in the train station waiting for the first train in the early morning to take us home, singing songs and feeling so very grown up. I'm only going Sunday, which has an awesome line up (Florence and the Machine, The Last Shadow Puppets, Macklemore, Iggy Pop and SX), but loads of people I know are going all four days. I figured I'd help a sister (or a long haired brother) out by suggesting some hairstyles to get you through the festival looking hot AF even if your hair is a sweaty, greasy mess.
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