Beauty: does dermarolling work?

Beauty: does dermarolling work?

Today I'm going to talk about dermarolling and I will be showing off a before/after of my skin. Does dermarolling work, or is it just another hype? Let's find out!

I'm reviewing Swiss Clinic's 0.2mm skin roller paired with their rejuvenating serum. I had been seriously on the verge of ordering this particular skin roller myself after seeing Vera's glowing review, and then I got an email from Swiss Clinic offering up a product for review: total serendipity! Vera has similar skin issues to mine, with lots of redness in her complexion. After a couple of weeks of dermarolling, her skin had cleared up significantly - did she find the magic cure to rosacea? I had to investigate, obviously.

Beauty: does dermarolling work?

Let me explain dermarolling in some bullet points.
  • dermarolling basically boils down to using a roller with short needles to slightly damage the upper layer of your facial skin to stimulate its renewal process, which supposedly reduces scarring, pore size, discoloration etc
  • in addition, the punctured top layer of the skin allows treatments, serums and moisturizers to absorb more efficiently, increasing their efficacy 
  • in steps, what you do is: cleanse the skin, roll the dermaroller over all areas of the face with slight pressure, in all directions (horizontally, vertically, diagonally), apply treatments and disinfect your dermaroller
  • does dermarolling with the .2mm needles hurt? It does not truly hurt but it can feel uncomfortable, like you're roughing up your skin with, like, your boyfriend's chin stubble.
My experience with dermarolling was mixed. At first the rolling felt more uncomfortable than I had expected it to, because my facial skin is so sensitive. However, every day the discomfort lessened, as my skin got used to the treatment. I like the cooling effect of the rejuvenating serum, and I liked the daily ritual of rolling. However, after about 2 weeks of daily rolling, my skin reacted rather badly by getting very red and staying irritated for about 24h. After that I gave the dermaroller a break - I probably should use it more intermittently. 

But did it have any visible results? Let's take a look.

Beauty: does dermarolling work?

Left: before treatment, right: after about two weeks of treatment. I have to admit that after seeing Vera's results, I had hoped for more noticeable improvement to my redness. Right now I notice some areas that seem to have improved, and others that have remained the same or seem worse. The veins on my nostril for example seem more red, but that's not because of the dermarolling because it's basically impossible to adequately use it on the sides of your nose. Let me zoom in to show the improvements, though.

Beauty: does dermarolling work?
above: before, bottom: after

I think it's pretty clear that there is still plenty of redness in my cheek, but that the tone has evened out and that the red has become less "angry". The patch of redness on the bottom right of the top picture has changed most clearly, I think!

Beauty: does dermarolling work?
above: before, bottom: after

The same goes for the other side of my face: no huge, dramatic changes, but the skin tone on my cheek seems to have evened out a bit. 
I have to admit I only noticed these changes when I studied these pictures, but the results do prompt me to keep at it and see if dermarolling can do something for me over a longer period of use. In addition, I was told that my skin might not show its best results because the weather has become harsher over the period of time I used my dermaroller, which always has detrimental effects on my skin. Anyway, I will keep you posted! Let me know if you have any questions :-)

Outfit: mixing prints and Moon Boots in the first snow

Outfit: mixing prints in the first snow

Travel: a day in Brussels

yellow adidas gazelle, teddy coat, yellow pilot glasses

Hi babes! My guy and I have been trying to do more on the weekends lately instead of just running errands and spacing out in front of the TV. On this particular Sunday, we set out to visit the Musée Magritte in Brussels, but because we are the people we are, we never actually made it there but instead wandered the city for a couple of hours. It felt like we were on a city trip abroad despite being only about an hour away from home, and the weather was absolutely gorgeous (but freezing) so we took some lovely pictures. Brussels often gets a bad rap (and not completely undeservedly so), but the city has plenty of loveliness to enjoy. Also, I wore a pretty crazy (but cool) outfit. Enjoy!

Beauty: Giorgio Armani To Go cushion foundation review

Beauty: Giorgio Armani To Go cushion foundation review

Hi babes! As you may know, foundation is my number one can't live without beauty product. I have a lot of redness in my face and having a good foundation makes ALL the difference for my look and my confidence. I have tried a lot of foundations through the years (read the rest of my reviews here), and one thing I can say for certain is that you do not want to count pennies on your foundation if quality coverage is a priority for you. Not saying that all high end foundations are amazing, but I've honestly never gotten ALL the things I want out of a budget foundation. What do I want? Let me sum up:

- a good colour match for my fair, neutral skintone
- medium to full coverage that doesn't look too heavy
- a satin or matte finish
- and a long lasting product that does not start getting greasy or shifting around on my face after a couple of hours

Giorgio Armani foundation is known for its superior quality, but I haven't had the pleasure of trying any of them yet. That is about to change as I will be reviewing GA's To Go cushion foundation today. Will the foundation live up to my standards? Let'stake a look!

Outfit: beaded boots and beret, featuring Christmas lights


Beauty: ABH Prism palette review + 5 looks

Beauty: ABH Prism palette review + 5 looks

Hi babes! Today I will be sharing my thoughts on the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism palette. I've been sitting on this review for a couple of weeks now, but I guess it's for the better: after having used this palette over a longer period of time, my opinion is more well-developed than if I had reviewed it straight away. As you may know I own three ABH palettes: Modern Renaissance, Subculture and now also Prism, which puts me in a good position to assess the qualities of each of these palettes.

Prism came out quite soon after Subculture, and it has some similar shades which had people wondering whether Prism was brought out to compensate for the backlash that Subculture got. This seems very unlikely to me, since new releases are generally prepared months and months in advance. Still, the shades are in the same colour families, and the two palettes seem complementary, which made me doubt whether I needed Prism in my collection to begin with - are the two palettes different enough? In the end, I still ordered the palette because I felt like treating myself, and because I prefer my ABH eyeshadows above all of my other palettes.

Let me tell you about how Prism compares to its two sisters!

Beauty: ABH Prism palette review + 5 looks
Beauty: ABH Prism palette review + 5 looks

Prism comes in the same magnet closure, velvet and cardboard packaging as the other two palettes. The packaging is quite lightweight but sturdy, which I like. A negative is that the palettes get quite grimy/dirty from use, but idgaf about that.

Beauty: ABH Prism palette review + 5 looks

If you look at the three ABH palettes side by side, there are definitely some similar tones, but each of the three has its own distinctive look. MR (bottom left) is mostly neutrals in pink and rusty tones, Subculture (bottom right) is muted, grungy and very fall-inspired, and Prism (on top) has more jewel tones and shimmers, along with a couple of complementary, warm toned mattes. Both Subculture and Prism have a colour arrangement that takes some getting used to: while the individual colours are beautiful, the layout of the shades is more "eclectic" than harmonious, which can feel a bit intimidating at first. Modern Renaissance has a more logical layout, which makes it easier to envision makeup looks at first glance.

Still, my experience with Subculture has taught me that the more random layout and colour combo is very stimulating to me, challenging me to create a different type of look. Honestly, I even prefer Subculture over Modern Renaissance now, which is saying a lot since MR was my ultimate fav before buying Subculture.

Let's look at Prism in more detail.

Beauty: ABH Prism palette review + 5 looks

What drew me most to this palette was those beautiful lavender-leaning shades, Dimension and Lure. I probably would have passed on this palette if those shades weren't in there. Can you tell that my biggest wish is to get a cool toned ABH eyeshadow palette? PLEASE ABH make this happen. Every makeup lover I know wants this to become a reality. I also love Throne, Eternal and Eden. Those were the standout shades to me at first glance.

Beauty: ABH Prism palette review + 5 looks

When swatched, the palette is a bit of a mixed bag. Most shades perform quite well, like we're used of ABH, but Eden, Osiris, Pyramid and Eternal are less pigmented or opaque than I generally expect from the brand. I may be spoiled after pigmentation overload Subculture, but still. Lucid also seems less pigmented in this pic, but when the swatch catches the light you get a gorgeous gold-yellow duochrome effect. On the positive side, Dimension and Lure are as gorgeous as I hoped they would be, and all of the mattes except Eden are creamy and saturated.

There have also been some complaints about Prism being to repetitive, so I swatched a couple of similar shades. 

Beauty: ABH Prism palette review + 5 looks

Prism definitely boasts a number of mattes that only differ slightly from mattes of the MR and Subculture palettes. This doesn't bother me that much, but I have to admit I would like more variety here.

Let's see how Prism's eyeshadows work in eye looks! I created five makeup looks showing of most of the shadows.

Beauty: ABH Prism palette review + 5 looks

For the first look, I used Dimension (my faaaav), Lure in the crease, and Obsidian in the outer corner. Obsidian is another favourite of mine: the colour blends out SO perfectly, which isn't that easy to get in a black eyeshadow, making this the perfect shadow to smoke out any type of eye look. Dimension looks stunning with hazel eyes. I paired this look with Urban Decay Backtalk lipstick.

Beauty: ABH Prism palette review + 5 looks

In this second look, I used Eden in the crease, Throne all over the lid, and Lucid in the inner corner. Throne is a total star, the eyeshadow doesn't even need a primer underneath to be deep, sparkly and pigmented. Eden is not a fav of mine: while most ABH mattes "grab" the lid quite well, Eden goes on too sheer and is easily over-blended to the point where you barely see the shade. Lucid is a stunning inner corner highlight, and I absolutely love using it again and again. I'm also wearing UD Backtalk in this look.

Beauty: ABH Prism palette review + 5 looks

In my third look, I used Pyramid, Eternal and Parallel to create a warm toned Christmassy gold look. These eyeshadows are fine, Parallel is even great, but the two shimmers don't excite me as much as I thought they would. Subculture's Adorn had a better, creamier formula which gave off a more sparkly end result. Eternal almost looks like a matte with some microglitter, and the shadow is pressed too hard. Still, the end result looks quite lovely. On the lips, I'm wearing Kylie Cosmetics' Okurrr.

Beauty: ABH Prism palette review + 5 looks

The fourth look was where I challenged myself to use that tennisball yellow Sphere. In this look I applied Eden and Saturn in the crease, Parallel and Obsidian in the outer V, and Sphere from the inner corner to the middle of the lid. I didn't expect to love this look, but I think the colours blended beautifully and the end result is surprisingly wearable and flattering. If you want Sphere to really "pop" like a neon, you'll need to put it over a white primer base, though. Wearing Kat Von D's Double Dare on the lips.

Beauty: ABH Prism palette review + 5 looks

Finally, a moody, fall themed halo- eye using Lure and Parallel on the edges, and Eternal in the middle of the eyelid. Eternal looks beter here paired with mattes, giving it a smouldering finish rather than the slightly underwhelming performance it seemed to have next to other metallics. I'm also wearing Double Dare by Kat Von D here.

So, let me sum up. Do I LOVE Prism? No. Modern Renaissance and Subculture are my true loves, and Prism is merely a very fine, very lovely palette. I have to admit I miss Subculture's divisive overload of pigment, and the fact that Prism has a couple of shadows that require building up lets me down a bit. I know that many people prefer to build up colour though, so I definitely wouldn't say that the shadows are bad or mediocre quality.

The shade selection is pretty, but there are some repetitions from the earlier palettes. I do "get" the shade selection, though: this is definitely a holiday palette perfect for party makeup. I just wish ABH would provide us with a cool toned palette.

Would I recommend this palette? Yes, because ABH's palettes are consistently amazing. But I do prefer MR and Subculture to Prism. However, if you're a shimmer lover, Prism might win out for you.

Outfit: star print wrap dress and thigh highs

Outfit: star print wrap dress and thigh highs

Outfit: merry-go-round and embroidery

rust coloured teddy coat, embroidered skirt, buckle boots

Personal: My bestie's wedding


Back in September, I was lucky enough to be part of my bestie's wedding. Sabina got married to Jef, the love of her life, and she asked me to be a maid of honor! I was probably almost as excited as she was, and I know I can speak for all of our friend group when I say that we felt honored to be part of this girl's day. Of course I took about a million pictures throughout the entire event, and since this blog is like my online diary I couldn't skip this dream of a day! Especially considering the fact that Sabina and I wouldn't have met if it weren't for this blog - we met at this event 6 years ago. It was meant to be!

Outfit: embroidered sweater and pearl beret

Outfit: embroidered sweater and pearl beret

Outfits: checkered suit, stars and moon boots

Outfits: checkered suit, stars and moon boots

Outfit: polkadot tights, red and green

green coat, floral skirt, polkadot tights and pink kate spade bag

Outfit: embracing fall and knee highs

vintage fall outfit in ruffled blouse, knife pleated skirt and overknee socks

Outfit: bronze skirt and embellished collar

Outfit: bronze skirt and embellished collar

Wishlist: rainbow stripes and lace up skirts

Hi babes! I had a lovely weekend - a Halloween party with my babes, cooking up some yummy food, taking a Sunday afternoon nap and putting up some twinkle lights for an early Xmas vibe. Better yet, the upcoming work week is broken up by a holiday (All Hallows), which makes the idea of Monday being imminent a little less daunting.

Anyway, I'm sitting on the couch with our ginger cat, a blanket and Australian Masterchef on TV, and I'm doing some window shopping. I put together four cute, colourful outfits I wouldn't mind adding to my wardrobe for November. Ruffles, rainbow stripes, 70s inspired skirts, relaxed trousers and statement shoes: my aesthetic in a nutshell.


From left to right: 

Look 2 is the type of outfit I always go back to when I don't know what to wear, because it's such a tried and true combination, but I'm probably most into look 4 here. Relaxed and super comfortable, but very elegant and eccentric at the same time. Those velvet trousers are such a statement piece, I can't get em off my mind! Imagine how gorgeous they'd look with everything from a simple tee to a silk blouse. So good.

Hope you're ready for Monday! ;-)

Beauty: Wunderbrow 1-step brow gel in black/brown review

Beauty: Wunderbrow 1-step brow gel in black/brown review

Hi guys! I have some really cool news to share with you: the blogger hype product, Wunderbrow, is finally available in Belgium, sold exclusively at Di. Not sure what the hype is about? Let me sum it up for you. Wunderbrow is a waterproof, transfer-proof, long lasting brow product - perfect to beef up your brows in summer without any danger of sweat or swimming messing them up. 

In wintertime, the product is just as relevant because it saves you time when rushing to get ready in the morning. I mean, I love myself a full face of makeup, but I love sleep more. And Wunderbrow promises you a done brow look that lasts up to three days if you don't use any oil based makeup removers on your brows.

Does it live up to its hype? Let's find out!

Outfit: playful office outfit in double leopard print and wink sweater

Outfit: playful office outfit in double leopard print and wink sweater

Outfit: fall walk in buckle boots

Outfit: fall walk in star print dress, checkered blazer and wide brim hat

Outfit: box pleats and lilac leather

pink leather jacket, kate spade NY bag, box pleated skirt

Outfit: pink corduroy pinafore

Outfit: pink corduroy pinafore layered over turtleneck

Outfit: autumnal in ruffles, dungarees and wide brim hat

Outfit: autumnal in ruffles, dungarees and wide brim hat

Outfit: Anonyme dress layered over mesh top

Outfit: Anonyme dress layered over mesh top

Outfit: pink ruffle blouse and leopard mary janes

Outfit: pink ruffle blouse, green coat and leopard mary janes

Outfit: oldskool Vans and frilly socks

Fiddler cap, leather jacket, victorian style blouse, raw hem levi's, frilly socks and oldskool vans

Levi's Wedgie fit: a review (and a love affair)

Levi's Wedgie fit: a review (and a love affair)

According to my estimates, about a bajillion articles have been published about how to find the perfect pair of jeans for your body shape. Now, I am a pretty big opponent of the whole ridiculous idea that one should dress a certain way because of their body type. It's just clothes, man, and you don't owe it to anyone to look your "best", whatever that may be (your skinniest? your sexiest? your least offensive?). 

Still, the right garment can absolutely make you feel like a million bucks, and there is one pair of denim trousers that completely changed my core wardrobe. I have always felt best in skirts and dresses, with trousers playing second fiddle. However, when I first slipped on Levi's Wedgie fit jeans, I knew I had found my perfect fit (pun intended), which immediately upgraded them to the status of can't-live-without wardrobe piece. Over the past year, my style has absolutely changed  because of my discovery of the Wedgie fit Levi's, and that's a big enough deal to warrant a blogpost I reckon!

Outfit: scooter, rainbow stripes and mules

Outfit: scooter, rainbow stripes and mules

Beauty: Juvia's The Magic Palette review

Beauty: Juvia's The Magic Palette review

I had been lusting over the Juvia's Place Magic Palette for months basically, ever since Stephanie Nicole gave the brand an endorsement. Finally, BeautyBay started stocking Juvia's Place, but the Magic Palette was consistently selling out in the blink of an eye. I finally managed to order one recently, as a little treat from me to me for finishing my PhD. 

Wishlist: fall feelings

Since a couple of days ago, fall has officially swooped in with crisp mornings, golden foliage and casseroles all day errrday. I'm a summer girl at heart and I'd be happy if I could live in sundresses and sandals forever, but let's be honest: fall fashion is generally the most exciting, and autumn is the best time to get creative. Obviously I have my eye on a bunch of stuff (rainbow striped sweaters! puffer coats! corduroy trousers!), and I always love rounding up some cute and affordable Shein options for a little wardrobe refreshment, so here are some outfit collages I made this weekend. Does anyone remember polyvore? That shit used to be all the rage, man.

fall wishlist
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Some obvious slight Halloween/witchy/goth/Wednesday Addams vibes here. I'm seeing these ruffle sleeve striped sweaters/shirts everywhere, and I think it's such a cute look. I'm seriously contemplating ordering that star printed mesh top, imagine how cute it would look under a sleeveless dress or a pinafore! And obviously, lace up thigh highs are epic in every possible way.

fall wishlist
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This collage is a little more retro/60s/boho inspired, which is my favourite look year-round. I'm super into all the pearl detailed shoes everywhere inspired by Gucci (wish I could afford the real thing). I've been eyeing this Los Angeles 1960 sweater for over a month now, it's just a matter of time before I click it home. And I don't know if I'd be brave enough to wear this fringe jacket, but I SO admire anyone who is boss enough to rock it.

You see anything you like? :-)

Outfit: polkadot dress, socks and loafers

Outfit: polkadot dress, socks and loafers

Travel: California Diaries - San Francisco pt. 2

Travel: California Diaries - San Francisco pt. 2 Mission District

I'm back with my second post on our time in San Francisco earlier this year! I had so many shots to share that I decided to break up the content in three blogposts, so enjoy ;-)

This post will cover our time exploring Mission District and the Castro area. I took a billion pictures obviously, but since I didn't feel like lugging my heavy camera around all these shots are phone pics, sorry!

We started our second full day in San Francisco determined to cover most of the city's remaining tourist attractions, after visiting Bernal Heights park, the Golden Gate bridge, Chinatown and the Financial District the day before. We set out on foot after grabbing some food at the local supermarket, no time for full breakfast!

Outfit: denim culottes and pink glitter sandals

Outfit: denim culottes and pink glitter sandals
Outfit: denim culottes and pink glitter sandals
off shoulder crop top, retro round sunglasses
basket bag, round sunglasses, high waisted denim
Outfit: denim culottes and pink glitter sandals
 pink glitter sandals
Outfit: denim culottes and pink glitter sandals
 off shoulder crop top: Forever21 - high waisted denim culottes: Uniqlo - basket: Dille en Kamille - sunglasses: c/o Shein - pink glitter heel sandals: c/o Sacha shoes

I still had this outfit sitting in my folders, and it's way too cute to not post it just because Belgium has decided to get an early start on fall. Let's just dream of a gorgeous Indian Summer that would allow us to wear sandals and crop tops a little while longer, right?

This crop top was a favourite of mine past summer. I had been looking for something exactly like this for months before I finally found this one, ultra cheap at Forever21. I mean, F21 gets flack for being a little tacky and "young" at times, but I always love how the store manages to offer just what you're looking for. A wide range of easy, cute, trendy stuff: how can you not dig that?

The shoes are the focal point here, though. I never knew how much I needed pink glitter sandals in my life until I spotted these babies at Sacha. OK I did obviously, pink + glitter is everything I love. I also really love a mid height block heel because you know I have zero tolerance for super high heels. These sandals are still available in silver and black, and the pink has been going in and out of stock for a while so I'm pretty sure they'll pop up again if you keep an eye out.

Here's to shoes that make your heart skip a beat!