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Outfit: thigh high boots and military jacket

Outfit: thigh high boots and military jacket
Outfit: thigh high boots and military jacket
Outfit: thigh high boots and military jacket
Outfit: thigh high boots and military jacket
Outfit: thigh high boots and military jacket
Outfit: thigh high boots and military jacket
 military coat: Zara - turtleneck: Uniqlo - floral skirt: Forever21 - knit hat: c/o Ellepaca - -cross body bag: Mango

We've just gotten rid of our Christmas tree, and I totally miss it. I mean, winter basically has zero redeeming factors for me if you leave out Christmas decorations, and our tree was a damn fine tree. Shorter than the ones we usually get, but branch placement, symmetry and fullness were very much on fleek. We'll miss you, tree!


The tree on the Henri Conscience square in Antwerp is still standing though, and I hope they keep it a bit longer. It's a bit rough around the edges without any decorations, but it still brings the Christmas vibe that provides a much needed pick-me-up on these days when temperatures barely rise above zero.

Now, onto the outfit: I keep on being pleasantly surprised by how often I wear these thigh highs. They were an investment piece, but I'm glad I did invest! Comfortable, warm, stylish and flattering, these babies are pretty much the perfect way to add some flair to a simple outfit like the one I'm wearing today. Hope you like the look!

Beauty: I Heart Makeup Chocolate palette and Unicorn Hearts higlighter review

I heart makeup chocolate palette review

When I visited Amsterdam with Kruidvat in December, I was spoiled with a huge Sinterklaas bag filled with Kruidvat goodies. Since Kruidvat had just picked up a range of I Heart Makeup products to sell as a special, temporary offer, I was lucky enough to receive the Chocolate Palette, €9,99, and the Unicorn Hearts rainbow highlighter, €5.99. These are two very popular, very affordable products that have become collector's items because of their aesthetic value. Since these are so sought-after, and because Belgian beauty lovers are still pretty much unable to buy this anywhere offline, I figured you guys could use a review. Let's dig in!

First up, the Chocolate palette.

I heart makeup chocolate palette review

This is a really cute, chocolate bar shaped palette containing 16 shimmery eyeshadows in mostly warm, neutral tones, and a few golds thrown in for good measure. The I Heart Makeup chocolate palettes were clearly inspired by the Too Faced chocolate bar palettes, but this is inspiration done right: similar concept, different execution. Honestly, I think the I Heart Makeup packaging is cuter. Sorry, Too Faced!

I heart makeup chocolate palette review
I heart makeup chocolate palette review

For these swatches, I applied one finger swipe to my forearm. I was honestly very pleasantly surprised by the pigmentation of this palette, seeing that it's just 10 bucks. Not every shade performs as well, but on average this is very decent performance for the price point. Golden is the clear standout shade, pretty much the most gorgeous, molten gold foil eyeshadow I have ever swatched. These shadows work best with a heavy duty primer underneath, which will help the colours last throughout the day. I feel like quality-wise, this palette performs better than my Makeup Revolution palettes.
I do feel like a lot of the shades are just TOO similar, which is a pet peeve for me: I'd take a smaller, more efficient palette containing 8 clearly different shades over a repetitive 16 shade palette anyday. Also, literally all of the shades in this palette are shimmery. A 100% shimmery palette simply offers little variation in use. If this palette would contain a couple of mattes for blending and creating depth, this would be a homerun for me. Still, I actually really like this palette and have been using it regularly. Who would have thought!

I heart makeup chocolate palette review
I heart makeup chocolate palette review

I used Ribbon, Edible, Cocoa and Limited in this look. Despite the overload of shimmery shades, this is still a very nice look that illustrates how nicely the shadows blend. All in all, great value for money.

Let's look at that Unicorn Hearts highlighter!

I heart makeup Unicorn Hearts higlighter review

The Unicorn Hearts highlighter looks a bit more "budget", with the cardboard packaging. Still, the rainbow heart is absolutely whimsical. It looks like a prop from a My Little Ponies movie - doesn't get much better than that. As far as using it as an actual rainbow highlighter, the shape is not ideal; the cardboard edges come up quite high, making it hard to swipe all the colours in one go with your finger. In addition, the highlight is quite wide, wider than the average person's cheekbones. If you wanted to use this highlighter with all the colours next to each other on your cheek, you'd have to layer the shades one after the other with a thin brush. Kind of a lot of hassle, if you ask me.

I heart makeup Unicorn Hearts higlighter review

The colours sort of kind of show up if you underexpose the pic, but in real life, they all look pretty much the same: like a cool, frosty, super shimmery (but no glitter!) highlighter. I feel like this highlighter does emphasize the skin's texture more than some other highlighters I own, but that might be because the shine is SO out of this world. I mean, if you love that mega in your face frosty highlight, this is an amazing budget option!

I heart makeup Unicorn Hearts higlighter review
I heart makeup Unicorn Hearts higlighter review

Yep, this highlighter does not mess around! I would't wear this on a regular day, but I did pull it out for New Year's eve and used it both as a highlight as well as an eyeshadow. You only need a tiny amount with this because it is quite pigmented, and the highlighter lasts well on my skin. In sum: not a "real" rainbow highlighter in regular use, but still a very lovely, frosty highlighter.

Outfit: cropped tweed trousers, embroidered coat

Outfit: cropped tweed trousers, embroidered coat

Beauty: winter 16/17 & Other Stories beauty products

Beauty: winter 16/17 & Other Stories beauty products

In the weeks before Christmas, I received a package containing some new additions to & Other Stories' makeup line. Everyone knows I can't walk out of an & Other Stories shop without buying something (or a lot of things), so I like to stay up to date with their collection. Today I will be reviewing their complete face palette in Anadem Mosaic- €15, their lip pencil in Noeud Cassis - €9, their chubby lip pencil in Bouillonné Truffle - €15 and their perfume oil in Sardonyx fire - €15.

Swatches!

Outfit: printmixing flowers and stars

Outfit: printmixing flowers and stars