29 Dec 2017

Social Misfits | Review

Title: Social Misfits 
Author: Kelli Nicole
Pages: 215 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Rating: ★

Review

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Kelli Nicole!

Social Misfits tells the story of C.J. Taylor and her friends. You have Presley, the guy that loves C.J. but is also her best friend, Maxie, her other best friend, Cindy, an awkward and shy girl, and Hamp, an anti-social guy that C.J. can’t get out of her head.

Social Misfits is a book about true friendship and first love. C.J. doesn’t know how to deal with Presley, she doesn’t know how to help Hamp and most of all she doesn’t know what she’s doing wrong. C.J. discovers a lot of herself throughout the book and she grows as a character.

I really liked Social Misfits because it was such a fast-paced, easy read. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. I really liked the story and the characters. You get to know a lot about friendship and I got back to my high school feels. The characters were all so different, yet so relatable. I really liked C.J. because she understands what she did wrong and she does everything to change that. I can also totally relate to Cindy because I’m awkward and shy myself!

Social Misfits is a really good book but there’s one negative point: it was kind of annoying that the author mixed the multiple perspectives in the book without really showing who is thinking what. Most of the time, when an author uses multiple perspectives, they use a perspective per chapter or they clearly put the name above the paragraph. Kelli Nicole didn’t use the naming system so it was often a little hard to figure out who was thinking/talking. That’s the only negative thing I have to say about Social Misfits.

Overall I really enjoyed Social Misfits and I cannot wait to read more written by Kelli Nicole!

27 Dec 2017

Sparkly pink New Year's Eve/New Year make-up look | Tutorial

This is already my last make-up look for December. So weird. It feels like time flew by so fast. It’s not a good thing though, I have exams in January…

Now more about the make-up look. I wanted to do something extra and something sparkly so that’s why I have created this sparkly pink look. I really love this look because I love the pink glitter that I used and I just love the complete look. I hope that you guys love this look as much as I love it!

1. Prime your eyelids and set it with a light eyeshadow (I forgot to put a cute snow flake on the light shade AGAIN, sorry!).

2. Apply a pink eyeshadow in the crease and on your entire eyelid.


3. Use an eyeshadow topper or a metallic eyeshadow on your eyelid.


4. I wanted to make the look a little darker/more purple, so I used a purple eyeshadow in the crease.

5. Use the same pink and purple eyeshadow on the lower lash line. 


6. And then use the same eyeshadow topper or a metallic eyeshadow in the middle of your lash line. 

7. Apply mascara and falsies.

8. Blind everyone with your highlighter. I used a pink one to match the look but you can choose which one you want to use.

9. And the last step is lipstick. I went for a purple/pink lip because it matches the look perfectly.  

I hope you guys love this sparkly pink look! ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŒŸ

25 Dec 2017

Merry Christmas! ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŒŸ

I wanted to write a short blog post because I know that not everyone is able to read a long post when they are celebrating Christmas.

I wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas and I hope that you have an amazing day with your family and you all deserve the most amazing presents in the world!

Lots of love,
Shirley

22 Dec 2017

Top 5 perfect red lipsticks for Christmas

I used to wear a lot of red lipsticks but these days I barely wore red lips. Most of the time it was just dark reds or metallic reds but never the bold red lips like I used to do. Since I made these Christmas/New Year’s make-up looks, I wore my Nyx Velvet Matte Lipstick in Volcano and now I have the red vibe again. I wanted to dedicate a whole blog post to red lips, so here we go!


1. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Unicorn Blood
Unicorn Blood is the perfect red lip if you love dark lipsticks. I couldn’t not put a dark red lip in my Top 5. Unicorn Blood is a little harder to apply because it’s a dark red, but you can manage when you use a lip liner.

2. Nyx Liquid Suede Metallic Matte in Biker Babe
I love love love this lipstick! Biker Babe is the perfect dark red metallic lipstick. It’s not too much but the lipstick is still there. The Nyx Liquid Suede Metallic Matte range are such beautiful lipsticks and they turn completely matt.

3. Nyx Liquid Suede Metallic Matte in Modern Maven
Yes I know, another metallic lipstick BUT Modern Maven is such a beautiful metallic lipstick. If you compare it with Biker Babe, Modern Maven is more a brown red. I love the formula of the  Nyx Liquid Suede Metallic Matte lipsticks and I cannot wait to buy more of them.

4. Nyx Velvet Matte Lipstick in Volcano
I fell in love again with this lipstick because I used it in 3/4 Christmas/New Year’s make-up looks. I really like the feel of these Nyx Velvet Matte Lipsticks because you barely feel them on your lips and they are so beautiful.

5. Wycon Cosmetics Sugar Skull lipstick in Bloody Heart
I’m so sorry that this lipstick is from the 2016 Halloween collection, but I really love this lipstick. It’s a dark red but not too dark like the Jeffree Star Cosmetics one. This lipstick is so easy to work with and I love the pigmentation.

Let me know if there are other beautiful red lipsticks and I hope you liked this blog post! ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŒŸ

20 Dec 2017

Black & gold liner Christmas/New Year's make-up look | Tutorial

My third look is a black & gold liner which is perfect for Christmas or NY if you’re more advanced in winged liner. It’s maybe a little difficult, but still manageable if you have patience. Another tip is to practise before Christmas or NY or you’re in trouble. I have these days that my winged liner doesn’t want to cooperate and then it’s almost time and I still have to eat and all, so practice so you get the hang of it! 
I wanted to use a gold liner and not just a black liner because it gives something extra. Again, I used red lipstick but it’s a typical Christmas/NY lipstick so I couldn’t not use it!

And for some reason, I don’t look as pale as usual on this picture lol!

1. Prime Prime Prime. And set it with a light eyeshadow (I forgot to put a cute snow flake on the light shade, sorry!).

2. I first want to say that I forgot to take 2 separate pictures, so here’s one. I used a light brown shade in the crease and then a gold shimmer on my lid.

3. The first thing that I did was draw the gold liner and then go over it with a black liner. If you mess up with the black liner, just let it dry and then use the gold liner to correct your mistakes.

4. Mascara to give your lashes some colour.

5. And false lashes to give your lashes more volume.

6. Use a gold highlighter to match the eyes.

7. And use a red lipstick because it matches beautifully with gold.

I hope you guys will try this black & gold liner! ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŒŸ

18 Dec 2017

Christmas tag

I came across a nice Christmas tag on YouTube so I decided to give this tag a try! You can find this tag here. ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŒŸ

1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie?
To be honest, I don’t really have a favourite Christmas movie. I’ve watched Home Alone and it’s such a funny movie but I wouldn’t say that it’s my favourite movie.

2. Do you have a favourite Christmas song?
Just like I mentioned above, I don’t really have a favourite Christmas song. Don’t get me wrong, I still love Christmas and all, but I don’t have a favourite movie or a favourite song. But you can always let me know what your favourite is!

3. When do you put up your Christmas tree?
In Belgium and in the Netherlands, we have ‘Sinterklaas’. In the Netherlands he ‘visits’ everyone on the 5th of December and in Belgium he visits us on the 6th. So for me and my family, it’s a tradition that we put up our Christmas tree after ‘Sinterklaas’.

4. Do you peak at gifts or do you like a surprise?
I love surprises, but I still want to know what I’m going to get. I’m a bit stuck between both options haha.

5
. Who would you like to kiss under the mistletoe?
I would kiss my boyfriend, duhh! But in Belgium, we don’t really have the mistletoe tradition.

6
. Do you have any Christmas traditions?
We don’t really have Christmas traditions. We celebrate Christmas Eve with my boyfriend’s father of mother, then Christmas itself we celebrate with my family and we celebrate another day of Christmas on the 26th with my boyfriend’s father or mother. It depends on whether his father or mother wants to celebrate on the 24th or the 26th.

7
. What will you be wearing on Christmas day?

Probably a dress or a skirt. I haven’t chosen anything yet, but definitely something black. I think I’m going to do something extra with my make-up though. I think I’m going to do some glitter and bold lips!

8
. What does Christmas day look like for you?
Like I mentioned in the ‘Christmas traditions’ question, I celebrate Christmas for 3 days. Most of the time we only open presents on the 25th. But overall we just eat food and hang around with the family.

9
. Have you ever had any Christmas day disasters?
I can’t think of any disaster, sorry!

10. What would you like for Christmas? 
I have a Christmas wish list on my blog, so make sure to check it out!

14. What has been your highlight of 2017?
That I finally talked to a psychologist, that I was finally brave enough to open up to a professional. I know this might be a little selfish to say as my ’highlight of 2017’, but I think that this is an important step.

15. Will you be making any resolutions for 2018?
Probably not. I’ve never made NY’s resolutions because I know that I do not stick to them.

15 Dec 2017

How I decorate my room for Christmas & New Year

Like I mentioned in my Halloween room decorations post, I love decorating my room. For Christmas I like to decorate my room with a small Christmas tree, different kinds of tinsel, baubles, and some little snow flakes.


When you enter my room, you can directly see my little Christmas tree. I decorated it with silver, pink and black baubles, a silver tinsel and a snow flake on top. Underneath the Christmas tree there are some little snow flakes.


I like to decorate my book shelves with tinsel. I also decorate my star string lights with a small tinsel just to give it something extra.


And the last thing that I do is decorate the rest of my room with all the other baubles I have left. I have 1 big Harry Potter bauble so that one is situated with my Harry Potter books and movies. Then I have some small silver baubles that are everywhere!


I hope you guys like this short post on how I decorate my room! ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŒŸ

13 Dec 2017

Silver Christmas/New Year's make-up look | Tutorial

This is already my second look and I’m so excited for Christmas and NY! This silver make-up look is such an easy but also classy make-up look. The only tricky part of this look is the winged liner. If you’re not a pro in winged eyeliner, you can always skip that step and do the rest of the look.
I wanted to create a silver look because it’s not too much but also really beautiful for Christmas or NY. I paired it with a red lip because that’s something common for Christmas or NY and I thought it looked nice with the look. 

1. First things first: prime you eyelids! And set it with a light eyeshadow (I forgot to put a cute snow flake on the light shade, sorry!).

2. Use a light-brown/greyish eyeshadow in the crease.

3. Use a silver glitter shade. I went for the Nyx Prismatic Shadows in Smoke & Mirror, but you can go for a lighter shade.

4. Use a liquid liner to create a winged liner – yes I bought a new one ๐Ÿ˜‰

5. Use a silver liner in your waterline to brighten your eyes and to give it something extra.

6. Use mascara – preferably waterproof because you’ll be crying and laughing the entire time! 

7. Put on some  false lashes. 

8. Highlight your entire face – I used the Essence winter collection one.

9. And put on some red lipstick to make the look complete! 

I hope you guys love this look and will recreate it! ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŒŸ

12 Dec 2017

Kathaai | Recensie

Titel: Kathaai 
Schrijver: Hilde Van Malderen
Pagina's: 189 pagina's
Versie: Paperback
Uitgeverij: Manteau
Score: ★★★★

Recensie

Dit boek werd opgestuurd door de uitgeverij in ruil voor een eerlijke recensie. Bedankt WPG Uitgevers Belgiรซ!

Kathaai vertelt het verhaal Marie Margolis. Marie zit in een dieptepunt aangezien Lio het heeft uitgemaakt. Marie weet niet goed meer wat ze moet doen en dan ineens komt haar baas af met het idee om samen naar Amsterdam te gaan. Zonder er bij na te denken zegt Marie ja en al gauw draait heel deze situatie uit op een driehoeksverhouding...

Kathaai is een zeer interessant en ook speciaal verhaal. Ik ben niet zeker of 'speciaal' het juiste woord is, maar toch moet ik het erbij zetten. Kathaai begon al heel interessant en het is ook niet heel dik, waardoor dit echt een 'fast read' is. 

Ik wist niet goed in welke categorie ik dit boek moest plaatsen, maar al gauw had ik door dat dit boek meer voor een ouder publiek (18+) bestemd is. In Kathaai laat de schrijfster ook echt zien hoe het er tegenwoordig aan toe gaat en hoe het voelt voor iemand die seksueel misbruikt is geweest. De beschrijving van deze emoties waren ook heel goed.

Ik vind Kathaai echt een goed boek en ik kan niet wachten op een ander boek geschreven door Hilde Van Malderen!

11 Dec 2017

Christmas wish list

I wanted to share some itmes on my Christmas wish list with you guys. Let me know what you want for Christmas! ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŒŸ

Books
Title: Consequences
Series: Lux #3-#4
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Info: Goodreads
&
Title: Opposition
Series: Lux #5
Author:  Jennifer L. Armentrout
Info: Goodreads

T-Shirt
Style: Alien Women's Cotton T-Shirt
Colour: Black
Website: AliExpress

Make-up
What: Eyeshadow Pack
Colour: Metallics 2
Brand: Freedom #ProArtist
&
What: Dreamy Matte Lipstick
Colour: Kernel
Brand: Nabla

Tote bag
Fandom: A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas
Website: Redbubble

Funko Pop
Fandom: Beauty & the Beast
Number: 242
Website: Funko