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I’m Taking A Break. A Big One.

The title says it all, really: Kiss & Make-up is taking a break. A big one. I could write an essay on the how and why behind it, but what it comes down to is that after four years of living in Switzerland my husband and I are moving back home to Belgium. And it’s definitely a bit of a bittersweet thing. We’re of course stoked to be closer to our friends and family again – after a while the distance rrreally starts to weigh on you – and we’re thrilled to be spending more quality time again with the people we love and miss so much. But on the other hand we’re also very sad to say goodbye to Switzerland. This place has been our home for the past four years after all, and in that time we’ve met some amazing people and made some great new friends that we’re going to miss very much. And the mountains…. Oh how I’m going to miss the mountains! I’m pretty sure I’m going to bawl my frickin’ eyes out when I see the last peaks disappear in our rear view mirror the day we leave. Ugh.

travel Montreux Switzerland Lake Geneva autumn

✿ Lake Geneva, Montreux (click to enlarge) ✿

So when’s the big move, you ask? Tomorrow… *gulp*. If you think moving to another town or city is a hassle, try moving to another country. It’s pure chaos. No, scratch that, it’s hell.

Matterhorn Zermatt Switzerland

✿ Matterhorn, Zermatt (click to enlarge) ✿

So when will I be back then, you ask? If the move was all I had to worry about I’d probably be back in a week or two. But unfortunately it isn’t. Over the past few weeks and months you may have picked up that I’ve been dealing with an eye problem – the lens implant in my right eye has shifted – and once we get back to Belgium it is my priority to have it fixed, before anything else. Sure, I’m still functioning. But having fucked up vision all the time and not being able to do a damn thing about it is pretty debilitating. My vision is blurry and distorted all the time, even with glasses. It’s like being tipsy 24/7. And the headaches. Oh, the damn headaches… So yeah, I need to have this problem fixed, ASAP. Thing is, the first surgeon I visited back in February told me she didn’t want to operate on me. Too risky. I’m seeing another surgeon in March, but I don’t know what he’s going to say of course. Will he be willing/able to operate? And if so, what exactly will need to be done? Worst case scenario is that I’ll need to have an initial surgery to get the implant taken out, spend a month recovering (that’s how long the recovery took when I first got the lenses implanted), and then have another surgery to have a new implant put in aaaand spend another month recovering from that. And obviously I won’t be able to use any make-up during that time, which is pretty bad if you’re a beauty blogger. So yes, chances are that this is going to be a loooong-ass break… Or not. It’s just impossible to tell at this point. But I’m guessing I’ll be out until May at least. And who knows, maybe by that time everyone will have moved on and no one will be there anymore for when I return. We all know how fleeting things are on the internet. Once you disappear for a while you’re just forgotten. So we’ll see how it goes. It’s scary for sure. This blog has been my baby for almost five years now and in that time I’ve been posting here every single day, talking and interacting with you guys. And now it’s all about to come to a halt. Yup. Scary.

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I’ll stay active on Instagram and Twitter, so feel free to follow me there if you want to keep up with things. I’d love to stay in touch. My personal interaction with you guys is one of the things that I love most about beauty blogging and I’d hate to lose that. In the meantime I want to thank you all for everything you’ve given me. You guys are the reason blogging is more than just a hobby for me. Your presence and loyalty have turned this into a true passion for me and your visits, comments and friendship mean the world to me. So thank you for that. I love you all.



Make-Up Look | Warm Smokey Eyes, Peach Blush And Nude Lips

For today’s make-up look I went with one my favorite make-up combinations again: soft smokey eyes in warm fleshy tones, paired with peach blush and a subtle nude lip. Take a look!

On my eyes I’m wearing all Makeup Geek. Using Cosmopolitan (eyelid), Frappa (outer eye corner + crease), Artemis (inner eye corner) and Aphrodite from the Makeup Geek Manny MUA Eyeshadow Palette I created a subtle smokey eye in warm peachy tones.

review Makeup Geek Manny MUA Eyeshadow Palette swatches

✿ Artemis (top left), Cosmopolitan (2nd horizontal row, 1st shade), Frappe (2nd horizontal row, 3rd shade) & Aphrodite (bottom right) ✿

review Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eye Liner Pencil Plumeria swatch

✿Plumeria ✿

On my lower waterline I applied the Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eye Liner Pencil in Plumeria, a stunning plum red color. Next I applied a few licks of black mascara and some veeeeeery subtle liquid liner in my outer eye corner, and that was it for eyes.

Review Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush Indecent swatch

✿ Indecent ✿

On my skin I’m wearing the Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer which I set with my NYX HD Finishing Powder. And on my cheeks is my favorite blush of all time: Urban Decay Indecent.

review Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick Sheer Liar Sheer Streak Sheer F-Bomb swatch

✿ Sheer Liar (left) ✿

And for lips finally I went with my beloved Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick in Sheer Liar, a creamy rosy brown nude.

What do you think of the look? Is this a color combination you’d wear?


Video | Ask Me Anything

Last week I asked you all to submit questions for my upcoming Q&A video and holy smokes, you guys rrrrrreally went for it! In today’s video I’m sharing all my answers and will reveal the winner of the Jo Malone Oud & Bergamot Body Crème. Take a look!

Watch the video on YouTube for the best quality & remember to put the settings at 1080p HD

Personal questions: 00:35″
Blogging: 06:35″
Make-up, beauty & hair: 07:10″

✿ Thank you to everyone who submitted a question! ✿

Which of these questions was your favorite? Did you learn anything new about me?


Currently Loving | A Little Bit Of Everything

Since I already posted a beauty related Currently Loving video this month I decided to things a little differently for this next one and talk to you about five things that I’m currently loving that have nothing to do with beauty. Because believe it or not, I’m interested in more than just eyeshadow, lipstick and face masks. Take a look!

Watch the video on YouTube for the best quality & remember to put the settings at 1080p HD

Activities: skiing (00:30”)
Music: Breaking Benjamin + Stitched Up Heart (01:58”)
Food: New chocolate flavors (02:58”)
Clothes: Lovers Are Lunatics (04:03”)
Gaming: World of Warcraft (06:03”)

What are some non-beauty things that you’ve been loving lately? Do you like any of the things that I named in my video?


Make-Up Look | Pink Framboise

In today’s make-up look I want to show off my new Clinique Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub + Lip Balm in Pink Framboise. If you’re a regular here on the blog you’ll know that I’m absolutely crazy about the Clinique Sweet Pots, so I figured I’d give this latest color in my collection a little extra love. Take a look!

Since Pink Framboise is so subtle – as are all Clinique Sweet Pots – I decided to keep the rest of my make-up subtle and neutral as well so nothing would overpower the lip color.

On my eyes I’m wearing the Smashbox Photo Op Eyeshadow in Cinnamon (eyelid), Nude (outer eye corner + crease) and Vintage (upper lash line) which I paired with plain black eyeliner and mascara.

review Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Nude Cinnamon Vintage swatch

✿ Nude (left), Cinnamon (top) & Vintage (bottom) ✿

Review Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Multi Palette swatches

On my skin I’m wearing just my Kiss Me Sunkiller Super Lasting Base with my Morphe Banana Powder on top, and on my cheeks I used the bronzing powder from my Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Multi Palette.

And here’s Pink Framboise again. Pretty, huh?

Are you a fan of the Clinique Sweet Pots and tinted lip balms? What do you think of Pink Framboise?


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