Thursday, June 25, 2015

Makeup haul - in Italy!

Ciao tutti! When on holidays....just buy more makeup, right ? Haha. I just couldn't help myself when I was in Italy as I discovered the brand Pupa in a drugstore. As the days when by, I kept on buying more and more stuff. Two lipsticks...then a highlighter...oh look at the eyebrow palette...and the huge bronzing powder! It just went on and on....and on! 

Pupa is a brand I had barely heard of before so I was really excited to finally try it! Isn't that what traveling is all about? Discovering new brands of makeup?  The lipsticks I got are SO good, I could easily compare them to mac but more in a more affordable range of price. Super creamy, long lasting and overly pigmented!

Can we just take a minute to appreciate to beauty of my new blush/highlighter? Look at all of these coral shades. Perfect for summer! 

I also treated myself  at the duty free with the Clarins HydraQuench Serum - after months of dreaming about it - and it is so far the best thing that has ever happened in my skincare routine. 
My skin has been super dry from all the sun and the sea water so I needed a little help to get my moisture back. I apply it twice a day right before my Embryolisse Lait crème concentré. 


Ciao Italia!

Hi girls! I'm back from a two weeks holiday in Sardinia - Italia! It was AMAZING. I've had such a good time there, eating tons of pasta and pizza while enjoying the most gorgeous beaches.  It was so relaxing to finally to get away from the grey-ness of my country and spice things up a notch! My italian was really lame so I had to speak spanish most of my our trip. The boyfriend and I really had such a fun time! I am now feeling super ready for summer. I'm leaving one more week to the UK then I'll be starting a very new exciting project in July! I can not wait. 2015 is really looking good so far - and I like it! 

I hope you all had a good start of the summer as well!


Friday, June 5, 2015

Get ready for your vacays!

Hi girls! What's up? Is the heat wave doing you well? Over here, I'm loving every minute of it. The light was on point in my room so I thought what a perfect time to shot some pictures for the blog before heading of vacations. Yes, vacations are just around the corner and I'm more excited than ever. 

I truly need some time away, sleeping all day on the beach and eating good things. This year was quite rough and I need a serious time off from all the stress and the pressure haha! 

I currently in the 'vacays prep' mode. You know all those things you need to do before leaving. Check list, buying more bikinis and SPF 50 - yes my skin is very sun sensitive - picking all of your outfits, making sure your luggage is not overweight but also getting your skin ready. After 6 months of horrible weather and a little bit of lacking in the pampering sessions due to pure laziness, now I need my pins to be looking their best, my teeth whither than ever and my hair looking healthy. 

Ok so the shaving part. Usually I don't shave all year round, I try to throw a little epilation  session or two in the mix to avoid the 'yeti legs' syndrome at the end of the winter but this year I was just so over the weather and pretty much shaved all the time. Shaving is good, I'm all for it but I believe that it's good to alternate with an epilation to slow the growing process. Now that I'm going on vacays, I don't want to shave every day so I need to be brave and go for that epilation sesh! I've received the new Braun Silk Epil 7, right in time for my torture session haha. Ok it's not THAT bad, I have had many bad memories with electric epilator in the past but this one is the best I have every used by far. The torture process was super quick, I was really shocked at how fast I was done with it. It does hurt but less than the others I have used in the past. 

Of course, I'll still take my mini Venus Snap razor with me, you never know what can happen haha!

To get your skin ready before vacations, you need a lot of scrubbing and a LOT of moisturizing.
My skin has suffered from all of those cold months. I have been using the Kruidvat Spa Secrets Jelly Body Scrub with my massage glove to make sure I get rid of all the dead skin so my tan is going to last much much longer. Then I moisturize with this new Kruidvat Spa Secrets Coconut Water & Frangipani body butter aka the bomb dot com. It's SO good I am obsessed with it. It smells like monoï, it's absolutely divine. 

On my face I have been loving the new Olaz Pro Vital and Sensitive day creams. They both have a very subtle scent - which I love - and also SPF 15. The Anti-wrinkle label is not my thing, I'm more of a pro wrinkle kinda person and I don't feel like a cream is going to get rid of my wrinkles. If one day I don't want them anymore I'll just get botox haha! 

I'll bring this shampoo with me on vacays as it's apparently strengthening & soothing = everything I love/need during vacations at the day.

Teeth wise, I get them bleached with my favorite Crest product and I'm going to try using this new Oral B toothpaste to up keep the whiteness! 

What are your must haves before going away?


Event ⎜Kruidvat Spa Secrets

Hello girls :) The other day I went to a really exciting event with two of my favorite belgian bloggers Lindsay (blog) and Cynthia (blog). We went to Antwerp for the evening as Kruidvat - one of the biggest drugstore in Belgium - was launching its new SpaSecrets range. 

If you already shop in Kruidvat, you know that we love going there for really affordable products like Catrice/Essence or even cotton pads! I never tried any of the Kruidvat brand before as I have to admit the packaging tends to be quite cheap. Kruidvat really wanted to get that idea out of people's mind with this new range of spa at home products. 

The packaging is really gorgeous and you don't get any 'kruidvat' mention in your face - which is great if you want to offer the range as a present. The price on the side is still what you are used shopping in Kruidvat : really affordable. From 2,99 to 4,99 for the whole range! wow! 

The range has three different scents from all over the world:

Miracles of Bali: my favorite for vacations! Smells like Monoï. The body butter is SUPER intense. Absolutely perfect for my very dry -all year round- skin. I'll bring this little gem with me on vacays for sure! 

Treasures of Morocco: a super sweet, in very oriental way scent. The scrub is out of this world and the shower gel is really interesting texture wise. It's one of those products you use for your 30 minutes long shower.

Traditions of Japan: is the more neutral-scent oriented range. It's suitable for both you and your boyfriend. It's the kind of scent you get for a relax moment in your shower. It's a zen scent haha! The shower gel-scrub is really good. Not too harsh yet it really is good for an every day scrub.

These three ranges are now available in your nearest Kruidvat drugstore, go get'emmmm! :)

I hope you're all doing good!

Thank you Kruidvat for having us!


Monday, May 18, 2015

A few summer basics

New basics

Hello girls! Summer is just around the corner and here's a few things I have order lately. I have been feeling like wanting to spruce things up in my closet lately. Out with the old stuff, in with the new! I even did a closet sale on saturday and it actually wasn't that bad to get rid of some of my 'old' - last year - favorite items!

 I needed a lot of new basics, so here's what I got so far:

 Ripped jeans - these ones are the Lucas from Topshop, I got them today and they fit so well! They're  a straight leg jeans and they look super laid back. Add a little pair of mules and a lousy top for a perfect evening summer look.

Grey tee - I got this top in white, black & grey. The perfect everyday long sleeve ribbed top.

White blazer - Nothing screams more summer than a white long line blazer. This one is so perfect as it has a bit of a masculine vibe to it but it's still super chic. Perfect to dress up or for a more casual day look. 

Espadrilles - the perfect white pair from Asos. Espadrilles + a good pair of ripped jeans = the perfect summer combo!

 Leather black bag - I needed a new shoulder everyday black bag and I have found this one on the tiptop website. I love the leather material and the two zips on the sides, it gives that extra edgy look. 

Highlighter - You need highlighter all year round but even more during summer. That extra glow is always welcome! One of my favorite lately has been the 'Glow' in Gleam by Topshop. Look at that rose gold packaging! 

Mules - If you haven't need to get yourself a pair of mules! They're my new favorite heels for summer. So easy to walk with and really comfy. It also adds an extra edge to any of your outfit. Love!

Denim shorts - The ultimate summer look. To be paired with a white shirt and some espadrilles. 

These are kind of items you can wear over and over again during summer time, for a comfy day out or just add a pair of mules and you're good to go for drinks at night with your girls. 
You may have noticed that I added a little extra on my wishlist, the Balenciaga wallet. This wallet is the ultimate basic. It's pricey but it's also timeless. To get or not to get? 

1. Wallet: Balenciaga (here) // 2. Grey tee: Topshop (here) // 3. Earrings: Zara (here
 4. Denim shorts: Zara (here) // 5. Mules: Nelly (here) // 6. Jeans: Topshop (here
 7. White blazer: Topshop (here) // 8. Leather tote bag: Topshop (here
 9. White espadrilles: Asos (here) // 10. Beauty stuff: Topshop (here) and (here)


The white blazer

Hi girls! The other day I had a wonderful date night and it was the perfect time to finally wear my white blazer. I know this blazer has been quite all over the Insta-world everybody seem to have gotten it. I just fell in love with it, look at this little gem. How chic is it?  Okay now I have to face the reality that  having a white blazer is a lot of work. It's already all stained from just one night of wearing it, but it's's worth it!  Let's mention how delicious was the food at the restaurant we went at, very simple yet delicious!  That's my idea of the perfect date night. Lots of food and some booze haha!

You can follow me on snapchat too, my username is Mypreciousnp (what a surprise!!!!)

Blazer: Zara (here) // Ripped jeans: Topshop (here) // Sandals: Zara // Bag- Nelly


What's up my precious ?

Hello girls! Yes I'm still well and alive. After a long three months - maybe even more - without blogging consistently due to very very intense work schedule, I'm here sitting in front of my computer wondering why my love for blogging has gone away for a while?  Strange question as I'm still the same, I still am obsessed with make up and candles, I still love taking  pictures on white font and I still love interacting with others that are as passionate as I am about those things. So what happened really? Why is my beautiful camera sitting in my shelves? I don't even know myself to be quite honest. I just lost the blogging mojo. Too tired from job long journey home, too lazy on a day off to actually take the time to take decent picture and write, not feeling too good about myself or is it the approaching 30 - Ah ah I'm 26 but hey it's coming! - Anyway, I just wanted to let you know what has been up with me lately.

1. Although I may not be active on my blog, I am on Instagram! No I don't get tired of Instagram as it is perfect for lazy bloggers. You take a picture, edit it quickly and boom it's posted!  You can follow me @myprecious

2. Second news is that I'm back to being a brunette! Yes -The B is BACK.  Being blonde was too hard to keep up with and everybody was telling how "it was not my color". I didn't have time to blog so imagine having time to go a hairdresser every month to maintain the color... It was too much!  
I went back to brunette myself with the help of a pro that told me about Matrix hair dye that you could do at home. It was super easy but I did struggle with the "green hair" syndrome - changing from blonde to brunette you must use "a red tone" color otherwise your hair will turn green - hopefully now the green undertone is gone and I am happy with my color. 

3. I still have two major passion in life : watching The Real Housewives and tanning! 
Not but really, if you aren't watching The Real Housewives you are missing out on rich women of a certain age arguing then going on trips and throwing shade at each other . It's good stuff!!

4. Now that I'm back to brunette I have rediscovered my love for some lipsticks that just weren't doing it for me when I was blonde. For instance, pink lips were just a big no no. Blonde with pink lips? Okay. That's not a good look on me, let me tell you! Now I just embrace the bright colors back into my life. 

5. And finally, I would say that I have been on a huge shopping spree for the last three months. I have been shopping online like crazy. I do feel like a deserve lots of treat for working so hard. Doesn't I ? 
Also, I hated everything I had in my wardrobe for spring/summer so it was time for a little closet revamp. 

Until next time! 

XOXO, Marilou 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Wishlist ⎟ Floral for spring? Groundbreaking

Black white & denim

This is my blogging walk of shame, yes.... I haven't blog in a month and a half. This is a new record!! I'm going to spare you the usual 'Life has taking over....winter is never-ending' and just let you know that I'm back to blogging more regularly. I have been online shopping A LOT lately and most of the things you can see on this wishlist are already on their way to me, haha! I have been buying every single pair of jeans Topshop has to offer and stocking up in spring sandals and white t-shirts. 
This year I don't feel in the mood to buy pastel or floral skirts - and I usually am a sucker for anything floral. No...this year my heart belongs to anything black, white & denim. I just love to wear a good pair of ribbed jeans with sandals and a white tee. The monochrome look is so effortless and let's be honest very safe as you can't go wrong. No prints, no colors, no risks taken haha!

First thing first...I have a new love affair with the
Hayden jeans from Topshop, I'm telling you!  After buying basically every pair of Jamie jeans available, now that spring in here, I just want to wear boyfriend jeans. The Hayden from Topshop is THE perfect boyfriend jeans shape. I'm obsessed!  

After looking for ages for the perfect cream blazer, this
white blazer from Zara has been on my mind since I read this post from Monikh (here), I adore it but I'm not sure how I'll be wearing it. I just know I need to get it before it gets out of stock. I feel this might become one of Zara's "must have" item and everybody will try to find it on Ebay by this summer. Go get it while it's still available, haha!

On the shoe department, yes I actually want to wear mules! I find them so feminine, chic and edgy. I'm still not over the fact that I didn't get the gorgeous pair Zara did last summer but I have my eyes on two pairs: one from on the chunkier side from Topshop and the other one, much more delicate from Asos. 

Last on the list, is this biker leather jacket from Zara. My oh my.... I'm considering splurging 200€ on this little gem, yes I AM! - Can we mention how Zara is going crazy with their price range lately too?   -I have tried it on last week and it fits me like a really gorgeous glove. I have been thinking about it since then and I know I will regret it forever If I don't get it before it's gone! 

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter break, this weekend has been so full of naps and food I now feel ready for the week to come. I promise I'll post something else than wishlist and instagram recap very soon, haha! 

1. Dress: HM (here) / Mules: Asos (here) // 2. Biker jacket: Zara (here)
Jeans: Topshop (here) / Sandals: Zara (here) // 3. Top: Topshop (here)
Jeans: Topshop (here) / Mules: Topshop (here) //4. Sandals: HM (here) // 5. Ballerinas: HM (here)
6. Cream eyeshadow: Topshop (here) // 7. Cream blazer: Zara (here)


Friday, February 27, 2015

Instalife #34

Coffee. Work. Eat. Instagram. Watch tv show. Eat again.  Shop online. Sleep. Repeat.
This is what my life has become so far in 2015. Shopping online has become such an addiction after a long - very very long - day at work. I don't even have time to go have a look in actual shops and my day off pretty much consists of not wanting to do anything besides chilling in my bed and try at all my beautiful new clothes, ready for spring, hanging in my closet. Haha. 

Yes, this is what I call the end of hibernation. I am so over winter now, I don't want to get out as I can't stand the cold breeze. I am dreaming of wearing sandals, a leather jacket with a skirt and so on. 
I feel like I need to renew myself - like every year at the end of winter - as I don't like my hair color/cut anymore, I want to throw all of my 2014 clothes away, lose 10 pounds, eat healthy and re-design my blog. Pretty much, my life needs a little upgrade! 

I'm going to take pictures for the blog today as - MIRACLE - the sun is shining so I get decent lighting in my room :) 


Sunday, February 15, 2015

On my playlist ⎜Style

I think I'm now officially obsessed with every single songs from Taylor Swift.
If I were still a teenager, I would have been pinning poster of her everywhere in my room for sure.
I have been listening to 'Out of the woods' and 'Shake it off' non stop. Not to mention the song 'Blank Space' which is my new anthem. Haha!

I hope you all had a wonderful V day :)