Maybelline Matte Maker Powder Review

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It’s pretty safe to say that powder is an absolute essential in every girl’s make up collection whether is compressed powder, mineral powder or God knows what. Powder is what helps us to hide oily skin, cover imperfections and achieve a flawless and evenly skin. So far my go to powder has been the Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder. I tried it once and stuck with it because I absolutely loved it.

Clumsy me dropped the powder and now it is completely shattered and broken up into a bunch of tiny little pieces and I can no longer use it. Of course I freaked out and immediately went to the nearest drug store to get a new one. Unlucky as I am they were sold out in my usual shade. Oh joy. Now I was a little desperate and started browsing through the shelves for something else. As a beauty blogger I should probably always have a back up but I have to admit when it comes to foundation and powder I tend to always stick with what I like instead of switching things up too much. Hence I’ve only ever really used either my Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Powder or my Rimmel powder. Yes, I have tried other drugstore powders but most of them didn’t work that well for me.

Okay long story but let’s get on. I spotted the Maybelline Matte Maker Powder and figured since it’s supposed to give you a matte finish just like the Rimmel London one I might as well try that. At first I was a bit sceptical because I had tried the Maybelline Pure Powder before and let me tell you I didn’t like it at all.

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Still I thought hey why not give it a shot and I was in for a positive surprise. The powder itself comes in a rather cheap packaging but since the price itself is just 4.95 (!) you can’t really complain. Now on to the actual product. For me it’s really important for a powder to reduce any shine and give my face a matte finish without looking chalky or caky. The Maybelline Matte Powder does exactly this. I applied it in the morning and it kept my skin looking good all day long. I personally don’t suffer too much from oily skin, so I can’t tell you how it works on oily skin but if you have regular skin this is definitely worth checking out.

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I love its texture as it is quite creamy and really easy to apply. It spreads evenly and doesn’t make you look orange or muddy. I got my powder in the shade 20 Nude Beige. It is currently available in 4 shades, which isn’t really much. I’m pretty pale but Nude Beige was a perfect fit for me.

Over all I have to admit I was really surprised by how much I liked this powder. For me it worked really well. In fact it was just as good as the Rimmel one and I think I will repurchase this after I’ve used it up. The Rimmel Powder is with 10€ twice as much as the Maybelline, so why pay more when you can get a cheaper product that is just as good, right?

Have you ever tried this powder? What did you think of it?

– Sophie

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Chicago Travel Diary Part 3 (Days 8-10)

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Day 8  On Monday we took the L to Oak Park where we visited the house of Frank Llyod Wright and took a walking tour through the neighborhood he lived in. Unfortuantely it started pouring down rain after a little while and we got absolutely soaked. After the tour we split up in groups to get lunch and dry of a little. At around 2pm we went to take a tour through Earnest Hemmingways house and after the tour we went to the Earnest Hemmingway museum. After dinner we went on top of the Willis Tower to the 103rd floor, which is also known as the Skydeck. Fromt here you can look across the entire city and you can step into on of those boxes made out of glass. At first I was terrified because I’m terribly scared of heights but then I figured that I would only get this chance once, so I took all my courage and stepped into one of the so called ledges. It was a scary but amazing feeling and I will never ever forget that view.

Day 9 Mexican time! Today we went to the Mexican district of Chicago. At first we met a priest, who has a lot of different programs to help Mexican American kids to get a better education and to escape gang violence. Later on we took another walking tour, went to the Mexican American Museum of Art and had lunch at a Mexican restaurant.

Day 10

On our last full day in Chicago we went to the Art Institute. At first we had a tour and after about an hour we had some free time to explore the museum on our own. I don’t know what it is about art museums but I have a bit of a thing for them. I just like looking at all of the different paintings and pieces of art and interpret them in my own way. There’s just something about those museums that fascinates me. Another great feature about the museum is that it has this bridge that connects it to the Millennium Park and offers you a great view. Later that day we just did a bit more of souvenir shopping and packing.

That’s it for part 3 already. There’s one more part that I’ll be sharing with y’all soon!  Until then check out my Giveaway!

– xx Sophie

 

High End Chicago Make Up Haul

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Being a beauty blogger from Europe doing make up shopping in the US is like heaven on earth. They just have so many more brands and choices and everything is cheaper. I swear I really had to contain myself to not buy out the entire Sephora (obviously I wouldn’t have had the money for that anyway but a girl can dream, right?). Still I did buy a few things I’ve been wanting for a while now.

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Urban  Decay Naked 3 Palette

Apart from the UK and the few lucky countries that have a Sephora Urban Decay is really hard to get and since I’m currently studying abroad in the Netherlands I haven’t had a chance to buy this beauty and now I finally own it. I’ve been using it every day since I got back and I couldn’t be happier with it.

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Nars Contour Blush

OMG! My very first Nars product. Nars is another brand that you can only order online in most European countries and it is quite expensive, especially if you add the high shipping cost. If I do splurge on make up I like to swatch it first and have a look at it in real life. At a Sephora I was finally able to check out their blushes and as much as I wanted all of them I did end up getting the contour blush in Olympia as I’ve had my eye on it before.

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Mac Lipsticks

My first high end make up product ever was a Mac product. I still remember when my grandma took me to a Mac store and I just fell in love with the brand. I actually kind of consider Mac to be my first love make up wise. So since the lipsticks are much cheaper and I saved 7€ on each lipstick I bought I ended up getting 3. I planned on expanding my Mac lipstick collection because I do love their lipsticks and lipsticks in general are one of my favorite make up items. The choice was tough but I ended up with Diva, Rebel and Relentlessly Red (a friend of mine that came along with me picked this one after swatching tons of lipsticks). I’m in love with all 3 of them.

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Benefit Sugarlicious Set

When I spotted this Benefit set I knew I had to have it because it contains 3 things I’ve been dying to try: the High Beam Highlighter, a Benetint and the Sugarbomb blush. It also contains a little lipgloss. I’m more of a lipstick person but you can never go wrong with having a good lipgloss, right?

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Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Everyone’s been raving about this mascara, so naturally I’ve been wanting to try it but it’s quite expensive over here. But I took the chance a good a mini version of this at Sephora to try it out. Now the bad thing is that I really like it and I now want the full version.

 

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get everything of my wish list as that would have been much to high a cost but I did end up getting the pieces I’ve been wanting the most, so I’m definitely happy.

– Sophie :)

Chicago Travel Diary Part 2 (Days 4-7)

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Day 4

On Thursday we had one event that lasted the entire day. We had to be ready at 10.30 and got picked up at our hostel by a bus, which took us to Bronzeville: the African American neighbourhood of Chicago. We had a great tour guide, who has been living in Chicago for ages and has been and still does fight for the African American culture and heritage. He took us around the neighbourhood and showed us many different and very interesting things. We also went to a Blues house and several African American history and art museums. The tour lasted until about 5pm but it was I felt like I learned a lot about the cultural diversity of Chicago.

Day 5

Friday was our University day. We started of again at Roosevelt university where we were given a lecture about the history of Chicago, especially how it rose to become such a big and influential city in the US despite the Chicago fire. After the lecture we took a bus to the University of Chicago, were we had a little tour and visited the bookstore. For dinner we were invited to the house of a professor of the University of Chicago. He first gave us a little walking tour through the neighbourhood he lived in, regarding architecture and historical things, before serving us dinner. After dinner we had a big group discussion about relations between Europe and the US.

Day 6

We had been invited by the organisation Cair Chicago, which is a non-profit islamic organisation that fights against discrimination against muslims and islamophobia. A woman, who was raised as a catholic but became an atheist before converting to the Islam, gave us a little talk about what their organisation does and Islam as a religion in general. I though this was quite interesting but we had to sit in a pretty small room for almost 4 hours, which was a little lengthy. Nonetheless I think it’s great that organisations such as Cair Chicago exist, who go to schools and colleges and try to make people see that there is no reason to discriminate or be afraid of the islamic religion. The lady finally dismissed us at 2pm and we had the entire day off. So we went to Millennium Park to check out the Bean and do some shopping.

Day 7

Sunday was probably one of my favorite days. It was incredibly hot but we rented bikes for a few hours and got to cycle around Chicago. Did you guys know that Chicago has biking trails all around Lake Michigan? Me neither! It was so much fun though! I loved the contrast of having the city and the huge skyscrapers in the one side and then Lake Michigan and beautiful nature on the other side. After a fun bike ride with an incredible view and went to check out Navy Pier. This day was definitely one of the prettiest and most fun days. If you ever go to Chicago I can only recommend renting a bike and exploring the city with it.

If you want to read more about my trip to Chicago make sure to check back in soon. Also remember I’m hosting my very first giveaway and I’d love for you to participate. ENTER HERE

– Sophie

 

Chicago Travel Diary (Day 1-3)

Hey there lovelies!

I’m back on European grounds. Apart from being incredible tired and jet lagged I’m quite sad to be back already. I had an incredible time in Chicago. It’s been one of my biggest dreams to go there ever since I was 11 and I still can’t believe I’ve actually been there now. The city definitely met up with all of my expectations and I miss it already. I got to see a lot of great things and made some new friends. Those of you who have been following me for a while now know that I’m an international student at a Dutch university and am still trying to learn the language. Therefore I was a bit nervous at first because I was the only not Dutch student on the trip and I was only friends with one other person there. Luckily I was nervous for no reason because everyone tried to help me with the language barrier and always made sure I was included. I made some really great new friends and got to bond with some people I already knew a little. So I hope you enjoy reading part one of my Chicago travel diary.

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Day 1

After a very long and exhausting 8 hour flight and a 40 minute subway ride we finally made it to the hostel we stayed in. Almost everyone was there already because most people of our group flew from Amsterdam but I flew from Dusseldorf with a much smaller group ( we couldn’t all fit into one plane). My roommates (we shared a room with 8 people) were already waiting for me and after I had freshened up a little we went out for our first dinner. I had an amazing chicken sandwich. After dinner we walked around Chicago for a little bit but went to bed pretty soon after that because we were all jet lagged and super tired.

 

Day 2

On our second day we had to get up pretty early and after enjoying a cream cheese bagel for breakfast we went to Roosevelt University were we had a lecture about Chicago architecture. After the lecture the professor, who gave the lecturer, gave us a tour of the Chicago loop area. After lunch we had an architectural boat tour along the Chicago river, which was probably one of my favorite things. I’m pretty interested in a architecture and Chicago sure has some amazing architecture. The lady that gave the tour talked non-stop for 90 minutes, which was incredibly long but also very interesting. We ended off the day with a baseball game. It was the Chicago White Sox against the Indian Clevelands. Chicago won. Yay!

 

Day 3

Today we got to sleep in a little and catch up on some sleep. After a yummy breakfast bagel we took the ‘L’ (also known as elevated trains: Chicago’s subway/tube system) to old town. Old Town is a neighborhood of Chicago, which is pretty historical and has a lot of cool buildings. We took a tour through the neighborhood and later went to see a comedy show at the “Second City” theater. The Second City has trained a lot of comedians such as Tina Fey and Steve Carell. Usually comedians don’t really make me laugh too much but the show we went to was pretty funny and I definitely enjoyed it.

If you want to read more about my trip to Chicago make sure to keep checking back as I will be posting part 2 soon :)

xx Sophie

Essence – The Lash Curler

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The other day I was in need of a new rather cheap mascara but the one I originally wanted to get was sold out, so I found myself browsing through the shelves and I discovered the Essence The Lash Curler. I loved the packaging and it sounded interesting, so I got it. Besides Essence usually has some really great mascaras.

I’ve used it for a while now and I have to say I’m a little bit disappointed. The one thing that differs this mascara from any other mascara is that it kind of has this plastic cap over the end of the wand, which you can twist. This mascara basically lets you rotate it manually which is supposed to create a lash curling effect. Maybe it’s just me but this whole twisting and rotating thing didn’t work for me at all.

The mascara itself is pretty average. It darkens my lashes and does make them longer and more defined but I have had other mascaras that got me a better finish for the same price. It lasts pretty long and doesn’t smudge. Still I probably won’t be repurchasing this mascara.

Here are some before & after pictures:

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Have you tried this one yet? What did you think?

– xx Sophie