Beauty Haul from Belgium

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No trip of mine is complete without a little shopping spree and also, I can never resist buying a few souvenirs (as you might see, I have a soft spot for mugs and postcards). Before I got to Belgium, I had already researched a little bit, and I know which shops I wanted to tackle: Di Beauty, Etam, ICI Paris XL, Hema, Primark, and so on and so forth. So here is the aftermath!

× Κανένα ταξίδι δεν είναι ολοκληρωμένο χωρίς μια μικρή βόλτα στα μαγαζιά και προσωπικά δεν μπορώ να πω όχι σε μερικά αναμνηστικά (και όπως θα δείτε έχω μια μικρή αδυναμία στις κούπες και τις καρτ ποστάλ). Πριν πάω στο Βέλγιο, είχα ήδη κάνει μια μικρή έρευνα για το ποια μαγαζιά θα επισκευτώ: Di Beauty, Etam, ICI Paris XL, Hema, Primark κλπ. Ορίστε λοιπόν το αποτέλεσμα! 

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I tried not to buy too many makeup products, and stick to the things I “needed” the most. So, I got this eyebrow gel from & Other Stories, to see if it compares to my favorite Aqua Brow.

Primark in Belgium (both the Brussels and the Gent stores) has a full makeup section, but I managed to get out of it with just these the Ps – Lip Liner Pencils and Ps – Velvet Matte Lipstick Crayon.

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In ICI Paris XL, I was obviously after the Urban Decay counter, as I was on the hunt for the Naked Skin concealer (I got the shade Fair Neutral, which is the lightest), and I also grabbed an All Nighter setting spray in a travel size, as it really amazed me after I tried it in store.

× Προσπάθησα να μην αγοράσω πάρα πολλά προϊόντα μακιγιάζ, και να επικεντρωθώ σε αυτά που “χρειάζομαι” περισσότερο. Έτσι, πήρα το gel για τα φρύδια από το  & Other Stories, για να δω αν μοιάζει με το αγαπημένο μου Aqua Brow που μου τελειώνει. 

 

Το Primark στο Βέλγιο (το κατάστημα των Βρυξελλών αλλά και της Γάνδης) έχει ένα πολύ ενημερωμένο beauty τμήμα, αλλά κατάφερα να αντισταθώ και να βγω μόνο με  τα  Ps – Lip Liner Pencils και το Ps – Velvet Matte Lipstick Crayon!

Στο ICI Paris XL, επικεντρώθηκα προφανώς στα ράφια της Urban Decay, γιατί ήθελα πολύ να δοκιμάσω το Naked Skin concealer (το οποίο πήρα στην απόχρωση Fair Neutral που είναι η πιο ανοιχτόχρωμη), και επίσης πήρα και το All Nighter setting spray στο travel μέγεθος, αφότου το δοκίμασα στο μαγαζί και πραγματικά είδα αμέση διαφορά στο μακιγιάζ μου!

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Etam  is a well known lingerie store, that also has a makeup/ body care section. I must admit that the wall of body butters was tough to ignore and I spend way too much time smelling everything, but I managed to pick a shimmering body butter and a hand cream that smells deliciously! Also, because I couldn’t rationalize buying more makeup, I contained myself to a great glitter nail polish!

× Το Etam είναι ένα πολύ γνωστό κατάστημα εσωρούχων που όμως έχει και τα δικά του καλλυντικά και προϊόντα περιποίησης. Πρέπει να παραδεχτώ ότι πέρασα υπερβολικά πολύ χρόνο μπροστά από τον τοίχο με τις κρέμες σώματος μυρίζοντάς τα πάντα, και τελικά πήρα μια ιριδίζουσα κρέμα σώματος και μια κρέμα χεριών που μυρίζει πραγματικά υπέροχα! Επίσης δεν μπορούσα να πω όχι σε ένα ακόμα βερνίκι με γκλίττερ! 

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In Di Beauty, one can find brands like Rimmel, Real Techiniques, Sleek, The Balm, Lollipops Paris, Physicians Formula, and lots more, as well as Belgian drugstore brands. I stumbled upon a 3 for 2 at the Essie booth so I grabbed Licorice, Bahama Mama, and All Access Pass. I also really wanted to try the Wake Me Up and Stay Matte foundations (and couldn’t say no to one more face palette). Lastly, I purchased the Silver Highlighter by the Belgian drugstore brand 2B!

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Στο Di Beauty, μπορεί κάποιος να βρει εταιρείες όπως  Rimmel, Real Techiniques, Sleek, The Balm, Lollipops Paris, Physicians Formula, και πολλές ακόμα, όπως και Βέλγικες εταιρείες. Πέτυχα μια προσφορά 3 for 2 στην Essie κι έτσι πήρα τα  Licorice, Bahama Mama, και All Access Pass. Επίσης ήθελα εδώ και καιρό να δοκιμάσω τα Wake Me Up και Stay Matte foundations (και δεν μπορώ να πω εύκολα όχι σε παλέττες για το πρόσωπο) και επειδή μου αρέσει πολύ περισσότερο να ψωνίζω σε φυσικά καταστήματα από το να παραγγέλνω online, τα άρπαξα! Τέλος,  από την Βέλγικη εταιρεία 2B, πήρα το Silver Highlighter!

 

Author, photography and editing by Jovanna.

 

 

Walking Through Brussels

 

× Brussels Must Sees

Brussels is the capital of Belgium, and also the capital of the EU. It is a city both historic and modern. Here are some of the absolute must sees in Brussels and also our favorite parts of the city!

First of all, Brussels’ magnificent Grand Place is truly unforgettable. It’s almost hidden, and it is in complete baroque style, surrounded by gold features and gilded statues. We both loved looking at it at night, as it’s beautifully illuminated. Not far from it, you must search for the Manneken Pis, which is also almost hidden!

Next, I don’t think I even need to mention that a visit to the Atomium, and the Arcade du  Cinquantenaire is a must. These are unmistakably the biggest symbols of Brussels!

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× Comic Book Route / Belgian Comic Strip Center

I’m sure, anyone walking through Brussels will notice the amazing murals. While they are mostly inside the Pentagon forming the “Brussels’ Comic Book Route”, it seems that graffiti is truly taken seriously in Brussels, and each mural looks like a work of art.

Since  Belgian comics played such a major role in the comics history, visiting the Belgian Comic Strip Center, seemed like a good idea! The building was designed by Victor Horta in Art Nouveau style, and the exhibit’s special focus is probably Tintin and Spirou!

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× Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

I knew I wanted to visit the Magritte museum since day one. The Museum of Fine Arts, is a statuesque building (which is impossible to visit in a single day) that houses the Magritte / Old Masters / Modern / Wiertz / Meunier / Fin-de-Siècle Museums. There are tickets that allow you to combine your visits, so I got to see the Old Masters section as well. It was great strolling through this beautiful museum, and I would also suggest a walk through the Secret Gardens next to the museum!

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×  Japanese Tower / Chinese Pavilion

Among the Art Nouveau architecture, the comic strips and the Old Europe vibe, we got lost into Laken, where north of the royal palace stands the Chinese Pavilion and the Japanese Tower. It was a very interesting and refreshing visit (although is was rainy that day, as usual), it actually felt like we were not in Belgium anymore!

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Photography, Author and Editing: Jovanna