Personal | About getting married, going on honeymoon and taking a major blog break

When this blog post goes live my man and I will already be on the road heading for Belgium. And this time we’re not going there to see family and friends or to stock up on chocolate and beer. This time we’re going back home to get married! That’s right, in two days I will finally be Mrs. Saenen! I’m so proud! And so excited! And so nervous!

Almost married!

Not that there’s anything to be nervous about of course – what could possibly go wrong – but it’s just that I want everything to be perfect. It really is a lot of stress work planning a wedding, especially if you’re going big. I swear, whoever said wedding planning is fun has clearly never planned a wedding before. Luckily we’ll have plenty of time to relax and recharge our batteries after the big day, because after the wedding we’ll be spending three weeks in Hawaii for our honeymoon. 21 days of island hopping, baby, aw yeah!

So proud to be getting married to such an amazing guy!

My man and I made a deal that computers and phones will be off-limits during our honeymoon, which brings me to my next point: taking a major blog break. My man always says that the internet goes everywhere with us because of the blog and it’s true. Usually he doesn’t really mind and understands that blogging is a 24/7 thing, but this time it’s going to be just him and me. It has to be. You only get married once after all. And you only go on honeymoon once. I can’t let blogging get in the way of that experience. I’ll probably still be posting honeymoon snaps on Instagram, so feel free to follow me there or on Twitter or Facebook if you’re interested in tagging along for a virtual tour of Hawaii, but the blog itself? Out of bounds. I’m not going to lie, it will be weird being away from the blog for four whole weeks. I’ve never been away that long before. I’m already worried about people losing interest and my baby dying a slow painful death. And yet at the same time I also think it will be liberating for me to get away from it all. Sometimes I feel almost like a slave of my blog. A slave of the internet. And for that reason I think taking a month-long break might actually be good for me. It might force/help me to become a little less anal about things. And little more relaxed. Yeah. This will be good for me. It will be good. It’s all good.

Alright, I’m sure you’re getting a bit fed up with my little existential crisis by now, so I’m going to wrap things up here and say my goodbyes. I’ll see you all in four weeks! Be good, guys, I’m going to miss you!

XoXo
Melissa

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Make-up look | Wedding make-up (finally!) (Also: only two more days, eek!)

When this post goes live there will be exactly 52 hours left before our city hall wedding on Friday, eeeeek! And then 24 hours later we’ll be having our actual wedding ceremony and wedding celebration at Kasteel Van Nieuwland. Again: eeek! I can’t believe the big day is finally here! I’m so overcome by all these different emotions. Excitement. Nervousness. Euphoria. Exhilaration. Sometimes even fear. It’s just so overwhelming! Even now, with just two days to go, I still feel so lost and clueless about the whole thing. As you know I didn’t know until last week what I was going to do with my hair and it wasn’t until this morning that I finally figured out what make-up look I want to wear for my big day. I must be the most unprepared bride ever… But I think I’ve finally made up my mind. I think I’m going to go with a sparkly romantic look featuring shimmery gold eyeshadow and coral pink cheeks and lips. Take a look!

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Eyes

– MAC Fluidline gel eyeliner in Blacktrack
– MAC Honeylust (lid) + MAC Embark (outer corner of the eye) from the MAC Burgundy Times Nine eyeshadow palette
– MAC Red Brick eyeshadow (crease)
Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara
– MAC Fluidline Brow Gelcreme in Deep Dark Brunette

Skin

– MAC Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35 in Medium
MAC Pedro Lourenço Corol Powder Blush
NYX HD Finishing Powder

Lips

MAC Cremesheen Pearl Lipstick in Pretty Boy

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What do you think of the look? Could this make-up look be the one?

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Review | Esqido Little Black Lash, BFF + Lashlorette false eyelashes

Last month I finally got back into the falsie game with a pair of Esqido false eyelashes and well, what can I say, I’m hooked*. You know how it goes with these things: once you go there there is just no going back. The second I saw myself with my gorgeous fluttery Unforgettable lashes I just knew I wanted to wear them for my wedding day. The only problem? My fiancé doesn’t like them. He thinks they’re way too dramatic and way too long. Obviously I am free to do and wear whatever I want, but having my man look at me kinda funny on our wedding day just isn’t an option. So that is why I decided to try three more sets of Esqido lashes in the hopes of finding a pair that’s 100% future husband-approved. Take a look!
* for more information on the quality and application of Esqido lashes you can check my first review.

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The choses ones! (click to enlarge)

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The brand new Esqido Companion Eyelash Glue (click to enlarge)

Contestant n°1: Little Black Lash

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Described by Esqido as an essential staple and the lightest of the entire collection, the strands on these false eyelashes are perfectly spaced out across the band for an amazingly natural and heavenly look. Adorable and versatile, this is a must-have in every girl’s collection, says Esqido. But what did my man say?

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Contestant n°2: BFF

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According to Esqido the BFF false eyelashes are designed for ladies with natural medium to long lashes and are so unbelievably natural looking that you’ll take them with you everywhere you go. And who knows, maybe ‘everywhere’ will even include my wedding…

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Contestant n°3: Lashlorette

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Esqido says that thanks to its unique combination of criss-cross and straight strands, these gorgeous mink lashes offer a balanced yet ultra-sexy look. The name of this set sure is wedding-appropriate, but what did my fiancé think?

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So which of these three sets of falsies will I be wearing on August 22? That’s for me to know and for you guys to find out after the wedding! I can already tell you this though: my fiancé put his seal of approval on two of the three sets and expressed a clear preference for one particular set. As soon as we get back from our honeymoon you can expect a full recap of the wedding with lots of pictures, so don’t forget to check back in next month to find out which pair of Esqido lashes I ended up wearing!

Do you wear false eyelashes? Which of these Esqido falsies do you think I’ll be wearing on my wedding day?

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Review | Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF 40

Remember that Bobbi Brown make-up smoothie that I mixed together a while ago? And remember how I put in a mysterious secret ingredient? Well, today it’s time for the big reveal! Girls, let me introduce you to the Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF40!

Review Bobbi Brown Intensive Serum Foundation SPF40 Natural swatch

And the secret ingredient is…

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… the Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF40!

The Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF40 is officially hitting the shelves on September 4 here in Switzerland, but after attending a fantastically fantastical* Bobbi Brown press event back in June yours truly got the chance to try the product in preview.
* I may or may not have stolen hat line from a certain music video

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The Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF40 is described by the brand as a ‘super silky weightless hybrid foundation that beautifies the skin from the inside out with three powerful skin enhancing ingredients: cordyceps mushroom, bamboo grass and lychee extracts’. So how do those three ingredients enhance the skin exactly, you ask? Cordyceps mushroom apparently has the power to restore and energize skin cells, keeping them healthy and making them look and act younger, bamboo grass is said to treat fatigued skin and bring back radiance and lychee extract has been shown to boost hydration and keep the skin’s moisturize barrier up.

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The Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF40 comes in a sturdy 30 ml glass bottle with a dropper applicator and has a light runny texture that feels almost weightless on the skin and practically blends itself. Lovely. And what’s even lovelier is that the shade that I was given, Natural, is a perfect match for my skin. That’s right, I FINALLY have a foundation that’s yellow enough for my skin tone and doesn’t turn all piggy pink on me, woohoo! Major win, you guys, major win.

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Natural, blended

The coverage of the Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF40 can be built from light to medium and the finish is beautifully dewy and natural-looking. It not only looks but also feels like second skin, it’s great. And the broadspectrum SPF 40 and the mix of skin-beneficial ingredients in the formula only add to that greatness.

Bobbi Brown makeup look golden glitter eyeshadow peach blush red orange lips

Bottom line? Bobbi Brown did a fantastically fantastical job with the new Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF40 and unless something even more impressive comes along I think it will be my go-to foundation for a very long time.

The Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF40 will be in stores on September 4 and will retail for 74 CHF.

How do you feel about hybrid formulas that combine foundation and skin care? What is your first impression of the Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF40?

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Help me put together my USA beauty wish list!

As some of you may already know* soon my man and I will be spending three weeks in Hawaii for our honeymoon. And we all know what that means. Uh huh, thaaaaat’s right! It means finally getting my paws on all those sexy American beauty brands that I can otherwise only fantasize about, woooo! Plus, everything there will be so CHEAP compared to here in stoopid overprized Switzerland!
* I’ve only mentioned it 6000 times or so

Buy all the things meme Hawaii

I already have a couple of brands and products in mind, but I still need some help putting together my final wish list. And that’s where you guys come in. Or at least that’s what I’m hoping. So, tell me, what should I absolutely put on my USA beauty wish list? Help me out, you guys, I MUST BUY ALL THE THINGS!

Mahalo!

P.S.: For those of you who have their sights set on this amazing new Bioderma SPF mist, let me know! I’ll be in Belgium and then the USA soon, and I can easily ship bottles from there. It seems that after my review it ended up on many of you guys’ wish lists :-)

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