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2DaysLook webshop

First of all, I just got back from my Linguistical Varieties oral exam and I dqjbkgJbswkjfhoib passed it! I’m so hyperactive right now, so I decided to use all that upbeat energy and put it into some blogposts!

I was browsing Facebook when I came across to this fanpage, 2DaysLook.com. And won’t you look at that, they’ve got a little contest going on right now! They’re looking for a new favourite blogger, and to enter the contest you have to write a little article about their lovely webshop and send them the link. There’s no ‘Facebook likes’ voting system (thank heavens, I really don’t like bothering my Facebook friends with that stuff), and the winner receives €50 (I’d probably spend it in their shop right away, and I’ll show you why in  a bit) and free clothing samples to review on their blog!

Obviously I’d absolutely looooove to win this! But, as I hope you all know, I’m not the kind of blogger who will write an amazingly positive article about something she doesn’t really know or like. And I have never bought anything from 2DaysLook.com yet, but I’ve been browsing their webshop and I must admit that I’m pretty impressed!

Take a look at my favourite items (click the pictures to go to the webshop!):

Vintage Bracelet 6750, €9,95

Turquoise Top T261 Pumps 3371, €109,95

Mullet Skirt 4175, €14,95

Mustache Cup Mr. Osti 3381, €17,95

Shoppingbag Eban 3678, €34,95

Moustache Ring 3903, €7,95

Mullet Dress 3338, €59,95

Lovely, right? Wish me luck with the contest! I’m off to do the dishes now and clean my room. It’s always a gigantic mess right after exams, haha.

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8 Beauty Uses for Baking Soda

First of all, I would like to thank you guys, my lovely visitors! You might be wondering why? Well, today I passed the impressive milestone of 30.000 visitors! And my blog is only a little over 4 months old, so I can say that I am very proud of that number. The amount of followers keeps on growing by the second as well. Therefore I would like to thank you. Yes, you. I know I haven’t been very active lately, but tomorrow is my last exam (Linguistical Varieties oral exam, very sarcastic “yay”!) and I promise I will write a lot more posts this summer. I actually have a post-it on my desk with over 20 ideas for new posts!

I was browsing a bit on Pinterest, when I stumbled upon a picture of a healthy, glowing Lauren Conrad. She looks so incredibly radiant! Obviously, there’s probably a lot of make-up involved, but the Pinterest post informed me that this was the effect of something called Microdermabrasion, and that it can be done at home with this simple DIY.

I’m very curious to see if it works, so I’m going to try it right after writing this post. I’ll update with the results, as I have quite a sensitive, impure skin (please don’t let it sting).

(Edit: Ok, I tried the DIY Microdermabrasion. I mixed some baking soda in a cup, adding a bit of water at a time, until I got a bit of a half solid mixture. It was bubbling! I so felt like a chemist. I massaged it onto my cleaned skin, and it felt like a scrub. The baking soda contain little particles that don’t absolve in water, so it scrubs your skin, and kinda harsh. After a few seconds it actually did start stinging my skin a bit, so I rinsed it off with warm water. I cannot tell that my skin would look anything like Lauren Conrad’s -it’s actually kind of red right now-, but it feels reaaaaally clean, so I actually might try it again sometime. I’ll keep you guys updated!)

Well, I can hear you thinking: “That is just one use for baking soda, and the title of your post is 8 beauty uses for baking soda?” A little bit of patience, my darlings! I’ve been googling around a bit, and here’s my list of beauty uses with baking soda.

  1. This one already came forward in my Five uses for strawberries post. Baking soda has a whitening effect on your teeth. All you have to do is wet your toothbrush, dip it in baking soda and brush your teeth with it. As it tastes quite salty, I recommend brushing your teeth with normal toothpaste afterwards. I’ve been trying this method for a few weeks now, and I’m actually starting to see results. It’s not much, but it’s certainly something! I do have to mention that the first time I tried brushing my teeth with it, my gums felt kind of tingly afterwards, but after the second and third try I didn’t have any side effects.
  2. Use it as a deodorant. Sounds weird, I admit that, but perhaps you’re allergic to the chemicals in deodorant (I personally don’t always respond that well to the extremely perfumed Fa deodorants) and you need something less chemical and more natural? You can either apply baking soda directly to your skin using a big powder brush, or you mix four tablespoons of baking soda with about ten drops of your favourite essential oil, and apply this mixture to the skin
  3.  Take a bath with it! I am allergic to a loooot of bath products. They make my skin very itchy and dry. The white crystals in baking soda are often used in commercial bath salts, so using them in their pure form will let you benefit even more from them. Baking soda cleanses your skin naturally, while leaving you feeling silky smooth all over.
  4. Hairspray, hairgels, hairwax, dust, dirt, etc. It can all build up on your hair, and using an aggressive shampoo too often can be bad for your locks, because it strips your hair from its natural oils. Just add one tablespoon of baking soda to a cup of lukewarm water and massage it into your wet hair. Rinse very well -perfectly clean and smooth!
  5. And if you don’t have the time to wash and dry your hair, you can even use baking soda as a dry shampoo! Sprinkle some of it on your hair, comb through and sprinkle a little bit on top again. Wait for five minutes to let the baking soda absorb most of the excess oils and comb your hair thoroughly to remove the baking soda.
  6. You can even relieve sunburnt skin with it! Mix 3/4 of baking soda with 1/4 of water to a thick paste, and apply it to your damaged skin. This should soothen the pain and get the heat out of your skin in no time.
  7. Use baking soda to relieve bee stings,  insect bites, etc. Just use the same paste as you would for sunburnt skin, it will immediately relieve any itching or stinging.

Their are hundreds of other uses for baking soda, but I just listed a few very helpful and beauty related ones in this post. For instance, did you know you could keep flowers fresh longer if you add a tablespoon of baking soda to the water in the vase?

Quite awesome, innit? Anyway, I got the idea from this, this and this website, so be sure to visit them if you’d like to find out more!

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Photopost: Tribal trend

I’m currently taking a break from my American Realism syllabus to munch on some rice waffles with white chocolate and to  entertain you darlings with another photopost!

I figured since I’ve been sitting in front of my desk all day, I could use some bright colours and patterns to cheer me up. And won’t you look at that, bright colours and patterns are totes amazing this summer! I’m obviously talking about the tribal trend. If you don’t know what I mean, shame on you, and quick, check out the pictures below:

(I should probably stop eating rice waffles right now, I’m trying to diet … Oh look is that yet another rice waffle between my lips? Oops.)

 

 

As usual, all pictures were found on Tumblr and Pinterest.

Aaaaaaaand one more rice waffle before I go back to my American Realism.

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DIY: Temporary dip dye hair (this time with eyeshadow!)

Ok, so I know I already wrote a post on how to temporary dip dye your hair (riiiiiiight here), but I just found yet another way to do it! I was reading some things on the Dutch ELLE website, watching a few videos, when I found a video about a hair guru, Jeffrey, who  shows how you can dip dye your hair with eyeshadow!

Obviously, you will need a lot of eyeshadow, so I recommend using one that you don’t really like or use anymore.

I will give the link to the video below, but it is in Dutch, so for my foreign readers, I will type out how you can achieve this look.

The first part of the video just shows how the model’s hair is cut. The look was inspired by current Forever 21 model Charlotte Free. When the model’s hair is cut, dried and styled, they explain how you can add pink tips.

You start off with mixing hair gel and eyeshadow in a bowl. Don’t worry if it looks like a verrrrry dark mixture -check the video, the mixture they use is very dark red as well and it still turns out to be a soft pink. Next, apply the coloured gel to your hair like you would with normal hair dye. In the video they use a special brush for it, but I think using a tooth brush will work fine as well. Start on the frontside of your hair, and go around your head painting the bottom half of your hair.

Don’t worry if it looks quite dark and hard, we’re still going to change that. Once you’re finished applying the gel, use a comb to even out the gel a bit. Last but not least, blow dry your hair. All done!

Alright, so I just found out that I cannot include the video in this post, so I’m just going to give you the link.
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Looks and sounds easy enough, doesn’t it? I personally  don’t think you can use your straightener or curler afterwards on the coloured hair btw, but hey, yolo right? (Note: I actually never say yolo. I’m just pretending to be cool, haha)

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Maison Martin Margiela for H&M!

Ladies, prepare for fall, because Swedish clothing chain H&M confirmed a collaboration with the designer team of Belgian brand Maison Martin Margiela!

In a statement on H&M’s website MMM said: “We are very happy to present Maison Martin Margiela pieces with H&M, offering a new interpretation of our vision. The democracy of our fashion has always been at the centre of our creativity, and the collaboration with H&M allows us to push this instinct further. We will bring together the contrasting universes of the two houses in ways that will surprise all.”

H&M released two videos on their Youtube channel of garments being sketched, one for women, one for men.

Maison Martin Margiela with H&M – Women, Autumn/Winter 2012:

Maison Martin Margiela with H&M – Men, Autumn/Winter 2012:

The collection launches in selected stores worldwide on November 15. My body is ready, how about yours?

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Poll: Which header do you like best?

The ones who are following me from when I started this blog a few months ago, will probably be familiar with the cosmos header on top of my blog. I’ve been thinking for a while now about finding a new header, and today during my study break, I  quickly managed to create a few.

  1. First of all, obviously, we’ve got the header my blog has had for the past months. It’s pale pink tribal letters on a cosmos background.

  2. For the second header I found inspiration in summer. Imagine a pink and orange sunset on a beach, you’ve been surfing all day and now you and your friends are gathering around a campfire.
  3. Header number three is based on the pastel colours that are currently trending. Imagine a promising day in the spring. You just woke up, made yourself a cup of tea and you’re sitting on a bench in your flower garden, surrounded by white and pale pink blossoms.
  4. Last but not least, the fourth header. This one is the most basic one I made. It has no background colours -the only ‘colour’ are the letters, they consist of a jute pattern.
I know that they aren’t of great quality -I created them during my study break, remember?- but I really think Studded Dreams needs a bit of a new look, don’t you?
Feel free to vote on which header you like best, or if you don’t like any of them, give me a nice suggestion for an other header to make?

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Quick update – E.L.F. Cosmetics order

I guess you guys may have noticed by my long absence, that I’m currently right in the middle of my exams. But there’s more: Today, June 10th, is my twentieth birthday! I’m finally officially no longer a teenager, though I still feel very childlike.

Anyway, upon checking my inbox, I found an e-mail from E.L.F. Cosmetics, giving me free shipping with a purchase of at least €10, as a birthday gift! I never really ordered something from them, but I read a lot of great reviews on how their products are very cheap and yet of great quality.

So you might be curious to find out what I ordered?

The first thing I really wanted to try was their eyeshadow palette. I went for the Limited Edition 32 Colours Palette in Everyday Brights, because all other palettes just had a bunch of brown shades, and I know I won’t use more than 5 of them. The Everyday Brights palette has a few green and blue colours that look really great for summer, they remind me of the sea.

 

Next on my wish list was a coral lipstick. I watched a lot of Youtube reviews on the E.L.F. lipsticks, and I really loved two of their colours: Captivating (left) and Nostalgic (right). Captivating is a bright coral, whereas Nostalgic is rather old, dusty pink.

 

Last but not least, I also really wanted to try their highlighters. Again, I picked two colours: Golden Peach (left), which I think gives more of a warm, summerlook, and Lilac Petal (right), a very light pink. I’ve never tried a highlighter before, so I just picked two colours which seemed best for me after reading some reviews.

 

In the beginning of July, when I’ve finished my exams and my package has arrived, I will write a big review on these products. I also have a few other products I would like to review for you once I have enough time, so stay tuned!

All pictures by E.L.F. Cosmetics.

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