Monday, July 16, 2018

Benefit The Porefessional Matte Rescue

If you are an oily skin gal like me, you probably clicked faster on this post than on the 'yes' button when Netflix asks if you are still watching -and yes after six hours I am still watching-. Because something with matte in the name must be tried out if you have a shiny face and that's exactly what I thought when I visited Sephora. I popped it in my basket, went to the till and left with a lot less money in my bank account.

The Benefit The Porefessional Matte Rescue (50ml/ €30,60) is a water-based gel primer with a matte finish that keeps oil at bay. It minimizes the appearance of pores, absorbs excess oil for a natural matte finish and contains diamond powder to give it a soft-focus pore-blurring effect.
When I read that in Sephora I had high hopes. I remember watching a YouTube video back in the day where a girl also used a mattifying gel (I think it was from MAC) and since then I have always wanted to try it out.
My T-zone gets the shiniest and I also have larger pores there so that's where I apply the gel. It's a very handy tube and I use around a pea size amount to apply on my forehead, nose and chin. The gel feels fresh on the skin and the scent reminds me of a skincare product I used when I was a teen -can't remember what it was though-.  Because of the gel texture it blends nicely and soaks into the skin.
I do see a difference in shine, but I would not say my pores magically disappeared. Even after my foundation they are still there. I use this product to keep the shine away and if they minimize a few pores along the way then that's always welcome.
Normally the shine gets through after two to three hours and the Matte Rescue primer definitely keeps my skin matte for a longer period of time. Of course after six hours I still look shiny, but there is nothing a bit of loose powder can't fix. Am I right?

If you are looking for a product that keeps the skin more matte the Benefit The Porefessional Matte Rescue is the babe for you. If you are looking for a product that magically makes your pores disappear I would not bother. But I know Benefit Cosmetics have a few other primers for that!

Have you tried the Benefit The Porefessional Matte Rescue?

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Floral Dress

Summer for me means, days on the beach, getting a tan, being happy whilst looking at the blue sunny sky and wearing gorgeous floral dresses. One of the newest additions to my wardrobe is this maxi ensemble from Oysho, a Spanish brand where I also picked up this spotty number.

Maxi dresses are the perfect example of being lazy and still looking fabulous whilst doing it. You just throw on this one piece. Add slippers or chunky boots and you are done. When it gets chilly a denim or leather jacket is perfect to just throw on and you don't have to worry about anything else.

Oysho is a brand that normally sells lingerie, sleepwear and sportswear. But during the spring/summer they splash out with swim- and beachwear. I really liked their collection -hence the three dresses I bought- and the prices are really affordable too -it's even cheaper in Spain, so the perfect excuse to book a trip to the Mediterranean Sea-.

This dress is nude and has these gorgeous purple flowers printed all over it. They blend in perfectly with the tulips and I couldn't be happier to wear this dress with a typical Dutch scenery in the background. 
The only thing I'm not too happy with is the fact that the fabric is a bit sheer. I get that it's meant to be a beach dress and it doesn't matter when your bikini bottoms shine through, but a thicker fabric would have been highly appreciated. 

Let's celebrate these sunny days by rocking our best summery and floral outfits -I know I will- and enjoy the sun while it lasts, because in Europe you will never know when it will be your last day of sunshine.

What is your favourite summer dress?

Monday, July 2, 2018

The London Food Hotspot: Saint Aymes

Every week a new café pops up in London and I always make sure I have a look. Now this café has been around for a couple of months, but since I wasn't in London I could not pay a visit. Luckily I went to London a couple of weeks ago and I could finally tick it off my list. It's insta famous for their lovely flowers, pastel coloured drinks and yummy baked goods. I could only be talking about Saint Aymes.

Saint Aymes is located in St. George's Fields (close to Marble Arch tube station) and you easily spot it in the street. The purple flowers and black & white tiles make it stand out amongst the other cafés on the block.
It was surprisingly quiet when we arrived so we took a table outside, ordered our things and started snapping some pics. We ordered a blue unicorn latte, a Marie Antoinette pink hot chocolate, a unicorn cookie and two macarons. Not going to lie: it was expensive, but since the drinks come with 24ct gold it's justified, I guess? 
The hot drinks and sweets arrived fast and with the gold cutlery and unicorn glamour it instantly makes your photo look amazing. The service was really good too and I think the guy who helped us already placed the items in an 'Instagram worthy picture way' on the table.  The drinks were very pretty and the macarons were so tasty. It's definitely one of those hidden gems that you would not know about if you hadn't seen it on the gram.

Besides coffee and sweets they also serve pancakes, bagels, salads and other yummy foods. I would highly recommend having a look at Saint Aymes if you love Instagram worthy cafés. And even if you don't, it's worth the visit.

Have you already been to Saint Aymes?

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