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Sharing The Swarovski Love Ahead Of Valentine’s Day

After a less than pleasant crap awful hellish experience with a certain cheap jewelry shop I decided I wanted to give some attention to a brand that can be trusted, does have morals and – most importantly – has some rrreally nice arm/neck/finger/[insertbodypartofyourchoice] candy: Swarovski. Chances are you already saw the Crystaldust cuff that I posted about in Wednesday’s Valentine’s Day feature:

… and the infinity necklace that I got a couple years ago and wear in many of my blog pics and videos:

Swarovski Exist infinity pendant necklace Swarovski spring summer 2016 collection

But there’s more! Time to have a look at the Swarovski pieces in my collection that you haven’t seen yet:

✿ Swarovski rose gold pendant necklace ✿

✿ Swarovski rose gold pendant necklace ✿

✿ Swarovski rose gold earrings ✿

✿ Swarovski rose gold earrings ✿

✿ Swarovski rose gold link bracelet ✿

✿ Swarovski rose gold link bracelet ✿

✿ Swarovski rose gold cuff bracelet ✿

✿ Swarovski rose gold cuff bracelet ✿

Good stuff, eh? Can you tell I luh-luh-looooove rose gold jewelry? My favorite piece is probably the cuff bracelet. I think the dark crystals make it look a little less traditional and bit more edy, I like that.

Feeling inspired after seeing all this bling? It’s not too late yet for some last-minute V-day shopping! You might not be able to find these specific pieces – with the exception of the pink bangle they’re all from older collections – but if you’re still looking for a nice Valentine’s Day treat you should check out the new Swarovski Crystal Wishes collection. Karlie Kloss, one of my favorite models, fronts the campaign and everything look super pretty!

Do you own any Swarovski jewelry? Which of these pieces is your favorite?


Video | Make-Up + Jewelry Storage

I’m not gonna lie, I probably never would have shot today’s video if it wasn’t for my new GoPro Hero 5 Black. When the memory card for my new GoPro finally arrived I wanted to shoot some footage right away and since we probably won’t go skiing for another couple weeks I figured I might as well record a video for the blog with it. The only problem was that I didn’t have any inspiration. I already had my face on, so I couldn’t do a Get Ready With Me video. And since I’m an impatient little girl with zero restraint I obviously wasn’t going to wait until the next morning to try my camera. So in the end I decided to do a video on how I store my make-up and jewelry. I’ve been seriously downsizing my make-up and jewelry collection lately – freebies for all! – and in doing so I’ve come up with some rather creative storage options. Take a look!

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

✿ My new baby: the GoPro Hero 5 Black (thank you to my AWESOME friend!) ✿ 

What do you say, should I shoot more blog videos with my new GoPro? How do you store your make-up and jewelry?


Make-Up Look | New Year’s Eve

If there’s one occasion to go all out with make-up it’s New Year’s Eve. Glitter! Sparkle! Falsies! The bigger the better! But not for me. At least not this year. After spending a week in Belgium for Christmas the hubby and I were all partied out and desperate for some alone time, so we decided to stay in and welcome the new year at our place with a home-cooked meal, (lots of) champagne and a festive dessert. And it was perfect!

✿ New Year’s Eve (Instagram @kissandmakeupsbeautyblog) ✿

Since we weren’t going out I had no reason to go all party crazy with my make-up, so I kept it predictable subtle with a matte smokey eye and nude lips.

On my eyes I’m wearing four shades from the Sleek Makeup Ultra Mattes V2 I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette: Maple on the eyelid, Paper Bag in the outer eye corners and crease, Pillow Talk in the inner eye corners and Villan against the lash line. I completed the look with black eye pencil (MAC Kohl Power Eye Pencil in Feline Black), black mascara (Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Smokey Eyes Mascara) and a very thin winged liner (Sephora Fingertip Eyeliner).

review Make-Up Ultra Mattes V2 i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette swatches

✿ Sleek Maple (bottom row 2nd shade), Paper Bag (bottom row, 4th shade), Pillow Talk (top row last shade) & Villan (bottom row 5th shade) ✿

Review Smashbox L.A. Lights Blush Highlight Palette swatches

✿ Smashbox Rich Berry (left) ✿

review Victoria Beckham Estée Lauder Brazilian Nude Lipstick swatch

✿ Estée Lauder Brazilian Nude ✿

On my skin I’m wearing my beloved combination of the Kiss Me Sunkiller Super Lasting Base and the Morphe Banana Powder, and for blush I went with Rich Berry from the Smashbox L.A. Lights Blush & Highlight Palette. And for lips I decided to go with the Victoria Beckham Estée Lauder Lipstick in Brazilian Nude.

Silver Geometric Choker Necklace cheap choker necklaces

And, since we’re doing the full breakdown anyway, let’s also have a look at accessories. I’m wearing my favorite choker necklace from Born Pretty** – awesome find, if I do say so myself – together with a brand new pair of silver star earrings, also from Born Pretty**.

What make-up did you wear for New Year’s Eve? How did you ring in the new year?


I Am A Honey Bee

Back in September the amazingly talented Jessica did this portrait of me:


Pretty cool, right? Just imagine my reaction when I visited her website one day and found this awesome portrait of me on there! I think she did an absolutely amazing job with it and she totally nailed me (in an artistic painterly kind of way, not a girl-on-girl action kinda way). And don’t you just love those big bee earrings she gave me? My name is Melissa which comes from the Greek word μέλισσα and means honey bee, so I thought the bee earrings were a really nice touch. Needless to say when I spotted a pair of smaller yet otherwise very similar honey bee earrings in the Born Pretty online store** for just 2.50 USD I simply HAD to have them. Because they’re cute. And because of the relation to my name. And also a little bit because I wanted a reason to feature Jessica’s awesome painting on the blog and give her a little shout-out. So Jessica, this one’s for you!



What do you think of the painting? Do you like my new bee earrings?


New in | Triangle Earrings, Kitty Bracelet And Spiked Ring

Time for another Born Pretty jewelry haul! I decided to adopt a ‘one of each’ approach and got myself a trendy new pair of earrings, a puuuurretty new bracelet and a bad-ass ring. Take a look!

Bronze Double Triangle Earrings



Availability: 1.41 USD in the Born Pretty online store**.

Silver Cat Ears & Paws Bracelet




Availability: 5.05 USD in the Born Pretty online store**.

Silver Spiked Ring



Availability: 0.99 USD in the Born Pretty online store**.

Which of these three items do you like best? Do you shop at Born Pretty?


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