The wedding planner blog series: I need your input!

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For today’s blog post I originally wanted to show you a series of wedding dresses that I like and ask you for your opinion. But then I thought to myself: ‘Do people even care?’ It’s my wedding and I’m the one planning it, so of course it’s exciting for me. But is it exciting for other people as well or do most people don’t really give a crap. I mean, it’s perfectly possible that most of you give exactly zero point zero fucks about this upcoming wedding of mine and don’t want to hear about what dress I want to wear, what flowers I’m thinking about picking or what song I want for our opening dance. Kiss & Make-up is a beauty blog after all, so I assume that most of you come here to read about beauty.

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So before I bombard you with a series of wedding-related posts, I’d like to ask for some input. Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment, taking the poll anonymously or doing both.

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Thanks for your help! Now if you’ll excuse, I’m going to browse the interwebz for some more wedding ideas ;-)

NOTD | Gold & pewter nails with Revlon and Bourjois

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Often when I’m looking for new ideas for a make-up look or nail of the day I scan my surroundings and let whatever catches my eye first serve as inspiration. For today’s NOTD I got inspiration from the chess board that I bought for my fiancé last month when I was in Greece.

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I went looking for two nail lacquers in the same gorgeous gold and pewter shades and ended up finding them with Revlon and Bourjois.

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Revlon Rich

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Bourjois Oh My Gold

Rich is a nail color from Revlon’s Evening Opulence collection from last fall and winter and is a one-of-a-kind smokey pewter shade with golden and olive green tinges and a metallic finish. Very unique. On my accent nail I used Oh My Gold, a white gold textured glitter nail polish from the Bourjois 1 Seconde range. The result:

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Rich and Oh My Gold look pretty similar to the colors from the chess board, don’t you think?

What do you think of the two colors that I used for this NOTD? What are you wearing on your nails today?

Review | Rituals Daily Rose Refreshing Deodorant Spray

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Louis is my homeboy. He’s been by my side for years and he’s my most loyal sidekick. Even in the most stressful situations and when things get heated I know I can count on Louis. That’s why Louis Widmer has been my go-to brand for deodorant for years now. The Louis Widmer Deo Cream may not look like much, but don’t let its understated appearance fool you. This antiperspirant not only hides the smell of sweat, but even stops me from sweating altogether. No wonder Louis and I are best buds. But occasionally, very occasionally, Louis has to take a backseat to another deodorant. And this deodorant is pretty much the complete opposite of Louis. Bright pink and wrapped in a hypnotizing cloud of Indian rose and sweet almond, she’s a real diva. I’m talking about the Rituals Daily Rose Refreshing Deodorant Spray.

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I got the Rituals Daily Rose Refreshing Deodorant Spray from my mom and I’ve been in love with it ever since. The happy pink can looks super cute and I just love how refreshing the spray feels on my skin. It doesn’t diminish or stop my sweating though, but that’s not why I use this deodorant anyway. I use it mainly for the cooling sensation it offers and because of its divine smell. The blend of Indian rose and sweet almond truly smells amazing and can easily compete with the perfumes and eau de toilettes that I own. And the scent is quite powerful too: five minutes after I use the Rituals Daily Rose Refreshing Deodorant Spray I can literally smell it all over the house. Deeeee-lish! Also, the deodorant doesn’t contain aluminum and that’s a nice plus of course.

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The only downside? Rituals discontinued the Daily Rose Refreshing Deodorant Spray last year. That’s right, this almost impossibly deliciously scented deodorant is no longer available. Seriously Rituals, what were you thinking?! :-( Lucky for me, my mom still had a can and decided to give it to me. So thanks, mommy, I will enjoy it to the last spray!

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Poor Louis is a bit jealous…

Have you tried the Rituals Daily Rose Refreshing Deodorant Spray yet? Do you have a favorite deodorant?

Breaking news: a no foundation make-up look!

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Today’s blog post is pretty special, because for the first time ever I’m showing a make-up look without foundation. That’s right! No foundation! For most women it’s normal to go out without foundation on a regular basis, but for me it isn’t. I’ve always been very insecure about my impure skin and applying foundation has always been an important and essential step in my make-up routine. But a few weeks ago that suddenly started to change. I’m sure I’ll always hate my enlarged pores and I’ll probably never have perfect smooth skin, but lately I do have a lot less impurities, zits and bumps and my skin just looks a lot more even toned. The only thing that still really bothers me are my pores and my shiny T-zone. For today’s look I decided to skip the foundation and just wear a layer of my Dior Pore Minimizer primer to smoothen and mattify my skin a bit. And I felt pretty good about the results. Good enough even to share them with the world! Well, or with you guys at least :-)

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- Make Up For Ever Graphic Liner
- Smashbox Limitless Eye Liner in Onyx
- Revlon ColorStay Shadow Link eyeshadow in Khaki and Plum
- Marionnaud Silky Eye Shadow in Sand Beige
- Revlon Lash Potion Mascara


- Dior Pore Minimizer Skin Refining Matte Primer
- Marionnaud Blush Petal in Dahlia Coral


- Clinique Chubby Stick in Jumbo Jasmine

What do you think of the result? Are you confident enough to go without foundation?

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Review | Sisley Amber Phyto-Ombre Glow

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Last year Sisley launched the Phyto-Ombre Glow collection, a mini collection consisting of four metallic eyeshadow colors. One of those colors, Amber, is being reintroduced now in Sisley’s 2014 fall look, together with two brand new lipstick colors. And I couldn’t be more excited about that, because Amber really is a beauty. Product recycling doesn’t happen very often and the fact that Amber gets to return in Sisley’s Arty Paris look this fall is quite exceptional and definitely means something. Now let’s have a closer look together!

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The Sisley Phyto-Ombre Glow is, like I said in the intro, a metallic eyeshadow. Amber is a beautiful amber gold shade with a soft and flattering metallic sheen. Simply stunning. I completely fell in love with it the first moment I saw it. Just look at what a gem of an eyeshadow this is! The chic matte black packaging, the striped pattern with the Sisley ‘S’ logo, that gorgeous amber color… How could you not fall head over heels in love with it?

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And the quality of the Sisley Amber Phyto-Ombre Glow is fantastic as well. The texture of the eyeshadow is very soft and fine and feels almost like silk, the pigmentation is fab and there’s no fall-out whatsoever. And the longevity is really great too. With my Too Faced primer underneath, the Sisley Amber Phyto-Ombre Glow looks picture perfect all day long.

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Amber is also a bit of a color chameleon by the way, because depending on the light the color goes from bronze-like brown – like in my picture – to amber gold. But whatever color identity Amber takes on, the color always looks stunning. No wonder this eyeshadow became a stash favorite of mine in no time.

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Amber with just a hint of MAC Embark in the crease and outer corner of the eye for depth

The Sisley Amber Phyto-Ombre Glow retails for approximately 45 CHF.

Do you have a Sisley Phyto-Ombre Glow eyeshadow in your collection yet? What do you think of Amber?

Sunshine Blogger Award: 7 random facts about me

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In the past few weeks I’ve been tagged several times for the Sunshine Blogger Award – thank you to all the awesome ladies who nominated me – and I finally found some time to do the tag. The rules? Share seven facts about yourself and then tag 15 fellow bloggers.

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The facts

1. I pretty much cried my way through the movie Hachiko, the true story about a dog that stays loyal to its owner long after he has died. So whenever I need a good cry, I just watch Hachiko.

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Statue of Hachiko, Tokyo (didn’t cry when I took this pic)

2. I sleep with ear plugs every night. I’m a terrible sleeper and even the tiniest noise will wake me up. I can’t even fall asleep anymore without ear plugs.

3. When we first arrived in Switzerland and I couldn’t immediately find a job, I was signed with a hostess agency for a while. But I quit after just one event. All that smiling and playing a living statue? Not for me. Also: look at my outfit…

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Yeah… frumpy outfit much? (photo credit Kai Zen)

4. I’m a total disaster when it comes to baking. And yet The Great British Bake Off is one of my favorite shows of the moment.

5. I didn’t meet my grandmother on my dad’s side of the family until 2013. Before that we didn’t have any contact with that side of the family and I knew very little about her.

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Meeting my grandmother for the first time

6. I’m convinced that I’d make a great billionaire.

7. I have a thing for vampires. I wouldn’t mind being bitten by a vampire and living on forever as one. My maker of choice is – of course – Damon, but for this photoshoot it was model Kelly who had the pleasure of turning me.

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Vampire Kelly taking a bite from me (photo credit Dimitri Heylen)

The nominees

I think that pretty much everyone and their cat has been tagged for this Award by now, so I’ll just leave it up to you. Feel like doing the tag? Go ahead! You have my blessing! :-)

tag you're it cat dog meme

Have you done the Sunshine Blogger Award tag yet? Were you surprised by some of my facts?

Make-up look | ‘Does blue eyeshadow go with brown eyes?’ she asked…

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Love for beauty is contagious and more than once have I infected someone with my passion for make-up. An example? My mother. Over the years she has become a pretty big make-up lover because of me – you should see her make-up drawer, makes me so proud! – and make-up is a subject that we love to talk about. Just recently we were talking about what eyeshadow colors look best on us. We agreed that greens and warm purples are ‘our’ colors. ‘But not blue,’ my mother continued, ‘blue eyeshadow doesn’t go with our brown eyes.’ Excuse me por favor madre? Blue doesn’t go with our brown eyes? With brown eyes you can wear any color eyeshadow you want! Including blue. And I’ll prove it, too!

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- Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner in Deep Black
- Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liner in Neptune
- MAC Playland Hi-Def Cyan Pigment
- MAC eyeshadow Deep Truth
- e.l.f. Shimmer Palette
- Revlon Lash Potion Mascara


- Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick
- Sisley L’Orchidée Rose Highlighter Blush


- Smashbox Megatint Longwear Lipcolor in Whirl

Told you blue eyeshadow goes with brown eyes. Sorry mommy, sometimes it’s daughter who knows best ;-)

What is your favorite eyeshadow color? Do you often wear blue?

New in | Belgium make-up and skin care haul

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When I arrived in Belgium on Tuesday, I had a bunch of make-up and skin care products waiting for me there. I had given my mom and dad a nice little shopping list and in the weeks before we left I also did some online beauty shopping myself from Switzerland. Some products are just impossible to get my hands on in Switzerland and sometimes it’s just easier to have orders shipped to Belgium to avoid import taxes. Now let’s have a look at my haul!

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  1. Paula’s Choice Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution, 24.90 euro from Paula’s Choice
  2. Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum, 31 euro from Paula’s Choice
  3. SkinCeuticals Maximum Strength Refining Night Cream with 1% pure retinol, approximately 77 euro including shipping from**
  4. Philosophy Turbo Booster C Powder, 28.40 euro from Ici Paris (already reviewed this one here)
  5. Catrice Prime and Fine translucent loose powder, 5.49 euro from Kruidvat (sadly this powder will be discontinued soon, so I told my parents to get whatever they could find)
  6. e.l.f. liquid eyeliner + e.l.f. Eyebrow Kit, 1 euro and 4 euro from e.l.f.** (I just placed my order, so let’s hope it arrives soon!

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Have you tried any of these products? Do you often shop for cosmetics online?

Beauty meets fashion | My latest Zalando haul

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I’m weak. Just ask my fiancé. ‘I’m NEVER eating this much chocolate in one go ever again!’ I shouted at him in frustration last week after I had munched away a jumbo-sized Toblerone bar all by myself. But just a few days later I was already digging through our candy stash again. And when I tell myself I’ll just drink water or coke at a party, my good intentions usually go right down the drain as soon as someone pops a bottle of cava. The same thing also happens when I go window shopping. I always end up buying something. It happened again a few weeks ago when I was sniffing around in the Zalando online store**. Just looking around, you know. To see what was new. But fifteen minutes later I had two ONLY tops in my shopping basket and a few days later I was in front of the mirror prancing around in them. Did I need those tops? No. Do they both look super cute and was I too weak to not keep them? Absolutely!

Pink semi-transparent ONLY top with embellished neckline – 29 CHF – Zalando**

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Mint-colored semi-transparent ONLY top – 25 CHF – Zalando**

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What do you think of my latest Zalando purchases?

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NOTD | The perfect coral red manicure

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I wear pretty much everything on my nails, from neutrals and nudes to bright colors and gloomy dark shades. But if there are two things that I really have a soft spot for it’s corals and sparkles. Today I’m combining the two together in a simple coral red manicure. Have a look!

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Revlon One Perfect Coral (left) & ANNY Sexy Nails (right)

The lead role in my NOTD goes to One Perfect Coral, a lovely coral red from Revlon’s Pacific Coast summer collection from last year. And on top of One Perfect Coral I applied a coat of Sexy Nails, a transparent glitter top coat from ANNY’s Yachting Holidays collection from this summer. This is the result:

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Simple but cute, right? And I don’t know what you think, but Sexy Nails totally reminds me of snowflakes!

Do you like coral red nail polish and glitter top coats? What are you wearing on your nails today?