Tuesday, September 2, 2014

4 Years of SMOONSTYLE

SmoonStyle has its fourth birthday today! Hurray!

Exactly four years ago I typed my first blog post. A simple post with a picture of a gorgeous sky in Warsaw, Poland.

I wanted to share my love for all the things that interest me. SmoonStyle still is a blog that I love to update, but unfortunately my priorities lie somewhere else at the moment. Hence the low amount of blog posts. Don't worry, I will still continue to be present here.

A huge thanks goes to Rebecca Brayman for sticking with me. She has poured a lot of genius creativity into my blog and later on to the EPICA website. Thank you!

Last but not least, another huge thanks goes to all the readers! How I enjoy your support and when fans tell me in person that they like to read my blog. Even some husbands have confessed they read my blog to then show their wives.

SmoonStyle is close to hitting 6,000,000 views and has 3,474 followers. To celebrate this birthday, I will give away 4 beauty bags with my favorite KRYOLAN products.

ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS:
  •  Follow me on the Blog (Friend Connect widget below), Instagram, Twitter and Facebook
  • #smoonstyle4years your artwork of SmoonStyle or EPICA-related content on Twitter and Instagram

I will pick four winners by the 2nd of October. Contest is worldwide! Good luck!

♡ SIMONE

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Luxe Lips - ZOEVA -

ZOEVA recently came out with new lipsticks, and as a lipstick lover, I was very interested in them. I received three lipsticks to show to you guys!

The 'Luxe Cream Lipsticks' are described as a long wearing creamy lipstick that is very hydrating, full of pigmentation. Some of the ingredients are ivy, mellow and elderflower. They are VEGAN. Always a great plus! There are 6 colors in total, all of them have a cream finish. They very from a beige nude to a beautiful cool red. They contain 3,8 grams and retail for €8,50.

Let me talk about the packaging. It is super sleek metal and has a magnetic lock. The packing surely does have that luxurious feeling to it!

My three picks:
  • 03 Melting Kisses a warm mellow pink
  • 04 Venus Phase an orangy coral
  • 05 Floral Crown a bright pink

I applied them with a MAC cosmetics 231 small shader brush. It is my all time favorite lip brush. I can basically throw away all the other official lip brushes and just marry this one!

The formula is very slippery and super buttery. They need to be handled with care. I can imagine that in summer, these could easily break when applied directly from the bullet. Keeping them in the fridge might be a good idea.

The pigmentation is really opaque. With one layer you are set to go. As far as color goes, I find them a bit on the chalky side. They kind of remind me of the pastel neon trend that has been going on lately.


♡ SIMONE
03 Melting Kisses - 04 Venus Phase - 05 Floral Crown
03 Melting Kisses - 04 Venus Phase - 05 Floral Crown
03 Melting Kisses - 04 Venus Phase - 05 Floral Crown
03 Melting Kisses - 04 Venus Phase - 05 Floral Crown
03 Melting Kisses - 04 Venus Phase - 05 Floral Crown
ZOEVA
03 Melting Kisses up close
04 Venus Phase
05 Floral Crown
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pomegranate Showers

'Oops, I did it again. Went to a DM...' (Britney Spears singing)

I just can't go to a DM drugstore without taking a shower gel with me. They renew their products like a chicken lays eggs. The prices are super affordable and the majority of their products are really good quality.

The newest Balea shower sensation is their Pomegranate Oil pearls shower gel. It smells divine! I love pomegranate. The fruit itself is so yummy, but peeling it takes forever. At least I can smell like one without taking too much time.

€0,95 is a bargain! Grab one if you dare. :)

♡ SIMONE

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sephora Online Haul - Hourglass

Ever since Sephora (damn you Sephora!) offered shipping to Germany for only €10, I have been drooling over Hourglass. Their ambient lighting powders and ambient lighting blushes are a true hype in the beauty sphere and I can confirm that with this blog post.

There were three items that landed in my basket: Dim Light (neutral peach beige) and Dim Infusion (a subdued coral) and a mini version of the mineral veil primer.

Dim Light ($45) is a powder that is supposed to blur any imperfections, has a perfect balance of warm and cool tones. It contains 0.35 oz. The packaging is super sleek, chique and totally my thing! It comes with a mirror too.

Dim Infusion ($35) is the blush version of Dim Light. It contains 0.15 oz. It is such a beautiful peachy coral and blends like a dream. I love my peaches and corals! When applied on the face, it looks really natural and the sheen doesn't emphasize imperfections.

Mineral Veil Primer Mini ($18) I got the mini version to try it out before spending a lot of money on a primer that doesn't suit my needs. This primer has a SPF of 15, is water resistant, it absorbs oil and makes fine lines and pores appear less visible. It doesn't contain my shiny nose. Nothing seems to keep that under control.

If you are curious how it swatches on my face, have a look at the pictures of my L'Oreal Glam Matte post, you can see me wear the blush and the powder.

Do any of you own any Hourglass products? I know they are pricy, but these products and packaging are perfect for me.

♡ SIMONE
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Friday, August 8, 2014

Favorites #1 Lipsticks and Eyeshadows

This is one or my first 'Favorites' post. Let me know in the comments if you like them and which type of products you want me to do a 'Favorites' on.

For this first post I wanted to do eyeshadows and lipsticks. These are the products that I almost always carry in my make up bag when I am on the road. I went all out and even made (funny looking) swatches for you. Still learning that, though. ;)

Eyeshadows
The eyeshadows are mainly neutrals, golds and light pinks. These are the colors I wear day time. 'Starting at nine o' clock'

  • MAC 'Tete a Teint' (matte 2) One of my first MAC eyeshadows. Use it in my socket.
  • Catrice 'Artfully Lustrous' (LE) My absolute favorite multipurpose eye shadow. Also got a back up.
  • MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow 'Making it Easy' (LE) Perfect eyeshadow trio for me.
  • Catrice 'Papaya Don't Preach' I also use this as a blush, works great plus it is a nice little travel companion. It doesn't take up too much space.
  • Catrice 'Fancy a Coppa Tea?'
  • MAC 'Bamboo' (matte) Perfect blending shade
  • Artdeco Glam Couture Eyeshadow '50' I apply this with my fingers for a perfect result.
  • Nars duo 'Alhambra' The only Nars duo I own and can recommend for all neutral lovers.

MAC 'Tete a Teint', Catrice 'Artfully Lustrous', MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow 'Making it Easy', Catrice 'Papaya Don't Preach', Catrice 'Fancy a Coppa Tea?', MAC 'Bamboo', Artdeco Glam Couture Eyeshadow '50', Nars duo 'Alhambra'.

Lipsticks
  • Kryolan Lipstain 'Rock' This is the red I've been wearing on stage since April. So many of you asked about this particular red that I've been rocking.
  • Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream 'Unscented' The best lip reviver out there.
  • MAC Lip Pencil 'Brick' A classic for all red lovers.
  • NYX Color Lip Balm 'Sukriya' Super affordable with a nice fruity scent.
  • Manhattan Colour Splash Liquid Lip Tint 'Red Tulip' This will stay on for a week!
  • NYX Lip Liner '824 Orange' (as good as MAC lip liners) Love all NYX lip liners. Orange had to be one in my list of course.
  • YSL Sheer Candy '10' Soon ready for a back up, 'cause this one is about to have its last lip moments.
  • Laura Mercier Lip Balm 'Apricote' Also almost a Beauty Bin item. Love this. My favorite peachy nude lip balm.
  • MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil 'Throw Me a Line' (LE) Perfect bright pin up matte look.
  • Manhattan Colour Splash Liquid Lip Tint 'My Manderine' My lips but a bit more peachy.
  • Catrice Pure Shine Colour Lip Balm '020 Rusty in Peace' Wearing this almost all week.
  • MAC Cremesheen 'Shanghai Spice'
  • Laura Gellar Waterproof Lipliner 'Buff' It is water and rub proof. Can't get it off! Great for the stage. It won't smear on my mic.

Catrice '020 Rusty in Peace', MAC 'Shanghai Spice', Laura Gellar Waterproof Lipliner 'Buff', Kryolan Lipstain 'Rock', MAC Lipliner 'Brick', NYX 'Sukriya', Manhattan Lip Tint 'Red Tulip', NYX Liner '824 Orange', YSL Sheer Candy '10', Laura Mercier Lip Balm 'Apricote', MAC Pro Longwear Liner 'Throw Me a Line' (LE), Manhattan Lip Tint 'My Manderine'

♡ SIMONE
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Epica in Lebanon

On the 2nd of August, Epica performed for the first time in Lebanon at the Byblos Festival.

We were all excited to finally arrive and enjoy our stay in Byblos. The traffic was so hectic that it took really long to get from the airport to the hotel. Some of us longed for a nice cold beer, I however needed a big meal! Luckily that wish came true. We were invited at the famous PePe restaurant and enjoyed delicious food. You could see the stage from the restaurant because it was very close.

After we were finished we took a picture with the owner. He was such a sweet heart! Time to sleep and dream about the show the next day.

We had time to do some sight seeing and hang out at the beach. We rented a boat and some of us swam in the sea. Such a perfect day!

The show was amazing. We had a two hour set and made a lot of people smile. The best was when our special chorus in 'The Phantom Agony' came by. The moment to go crazy disco metal!

Thanks for having us Byblos Festival! We had a great time! Our bellies too. ;)

Enjoy the pics!

♡ SIMONE

Sunset.
Hello!
Having a good time!
Water Horizon.
Ariel out on a boat.
I almost fell over board and my camera got pressed against my sun screened legs. Greasy pics as a result.
We passed by the stage. How amazing is the view we have!
Soundcheck.
Arie.
Epica and our fans.
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