4th Day in Istanbul – Wandering through Sea and Sky

Our 4th and last day before taking a plane to Kapadokya was one to decompress. A boat tour going up the Bosphorus was going to keep us occupied for 6 hours. We started very early that day because we were catching the boat at 10:30 (if I’m getting up before 10:00 am on vacation, it’s very early).

Very important tip: don’t purchase the 20+ euro tickets you see everywhere for a boat ride on the Bosphorus. That’s a giant tourist trap. If you go to the very discreet Şehir Hatları ticket booths, Istanbul’s official ferry company, near the docks, you can purchase a ticket for a 6 hour tour for 25 Turkish lira (little under 4 euros). That’s what we did.

Continue reading “4th Day in Istanbul – Wandering through Sea and Sky”

Khaki, Classy & Quirky: Styling Statement Shoes

You can’t be a shoe enthusiast like me without having a few unconventional pairs on your wardrobe. Or more than a few. Spanning different decades and styles. Hey, it’s shoes, the more the merrier. We shan’t be shoe-shamed.

Anyway, funky shoes, specially if multi-coloured, can be hard to style. Particularly if you want to incorporate them in an office appropriate outfit, which I certainly do. I’ll be damned if I only get to wear these boots during the weekends. There’s always the all-black outfit option, that’s great to have and will always look chic, but I don’t want to keep defaulting to that. So this is my take on a classic yet unorthodox outfit, that I can actually be taken serious in.

Continue reading “Khaki, Classy & Quirky: Styling Statement Shoes”

No one talks about… Illamasqua Beyond Powder in OMG Burst – review, swatches

After I posted a review on the Marc Jacobs Jet Girl Luminizer, where I pointed out that no one was talking about that product – and I’m still dumbfounded about that – I got a lot of views on that post. Well – “a lot” at the scale of this blog, which isn’t very big, but still, it’s my most viewed post, by a long shot. That made me realise that I’m not the only one scouting the Internet for reviews of unpopular products, and I certainly have a fair share of makeup that I “blindly” bought because there was no one else’s opinion to help me in my decision. So I decided to start a series here on the blog…

Continue reading “No one talks about… Illamasqua Beyond Powder in OMG Burst – review, swatches”

The Past Year in Makeup Tag

In my 19 Makeup Products of 2019 post there was so much left to say, that I decided to make a dedicated one with the rest of my random thoughts and reflections on the past year, makeup wise. Turns out my thoughts could be expressed in bullet points, and I ended up with what looks like a makeup tag. So I decided to turn it into a makeup tag.

Continue reading “The Past Year in Makeup Tag”

Little Black Dress & a Coat to Impress

It seemed appropriate to post a little black dress outfit in anticipation of the upcoming Valentine’s Day, so here it is.

We were at the garden of the Monserrate Palace, in Sintra. A very romantic place. I wanted to wear something feminine, but it is still winter so I had to prevent the granted hypothermia I would have suffered with just a plain black dress, hence the big fur coat – and I’m wearing skin-coloured tights, by the way. It may not look like it in the photos, but I am. Bare-legged in January is, ironically, a version of Hell for me.

Continue reading “Little Black Dress & a Coat to Impress”

The 19 Makeup Products of 2019

I didn’t do it on purpose, but of all the makeup products that came out in 2019, I got 19. No more, no less. I couldn’t hit that number if I tried. My whole life is a pun.

To be clear, I got 19 makeup products that came out in 2019. I got other products as well, but those have been out of the closet for several years – it’s just that they came into my closet this year.

Continue reading “The 19 Makeup Products of 2019”

Shop & Tell: Sales & Steals

I love post-Christmas sales. ‘Tis the perfect time for retail therapy. The makeup sets that are already a good value to begin with get even more discounted and it’s my goddamn kryptonite – and I was rushing to get this post out because these products are still all available and all on sale.

Continue reading “Shop & Tell: Sales & Steals”