Monday, 10 December 2012

Urban Decay Naked Basics

Urban Decay's latest product, the Naked Basics palette, had caused a lot of uproar in the online beauty community. The new palette consists of six matte eyeshadow shades. There's a champagne colour, a beige, a sandy, a light brown, a dark brown and a black colour.

The one thing every beauty addict is wondering with this palette, is: Is it comparable to the other two Naked palettes? Do I need it if I have the others? The shadows are supposed to compliment the first two palettes, but are actually quite similar to the matte colours that come in the previous Naked palettes.

The Naked Basics palette is very small and so easy to take with you when travelling. But do we want all very toned down eyelooks? What if we want to go to a party? Then we'd miss the sparkles from the first two Naked palettes.

If you're a real make-up junkie, this palette might be perfect for you. The Urban Decay palettes are undoubtedly some of the best on the market. But if you have the first two palettes, this might be a bit too much of repetition for you. 

The Urban Decay Naked Basics palette retails for 27 dollars, 20 euros or 17 pounds.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Alexander Wang for Balenciaga

Finally the rumors have been confirmed, fashion designer Alexander Wang will become the creative director for Balenciaga, the brand confirmed. Wang will have to fill Nicolas Ghesquières shoes, who stepped aside the 30th of November. We're excited to see what Wang will do for Balenciaga!

Alexander Wang on the left, Nicolas Ghesquières on the right

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Ladurée in Antwerp

The last weeks there have been rumors that the royal house of macaroons, Ladurée is coming to Antwerp. This rumor has been confirmed by banners that were hanging behind a window in a shop at the Schuttershofstraat. The banner says that Ladurée is looking for new shop assistants. Uuuh, I'd like to apply for the job!

Ladurée is known for its sweet, delicate and colorful macaroons. The little cookies were invented in the 1930's by Pierre Desfontaines, the grandson of Louis-Ernest Ladurée. Since then, the delicious cookies have gained a certain luxury status in our contemporary society, thanks to 'Gossip Girl' and the movie 'Marie Antoinette'.

The boxes that the macaroons come in, are already a collector's item on their own. Some top notch designers such as Alber Elbaz and Matthew Williamson have already cooperated with Ladurée in the past. The high-end macaroon brand already had shops in Paris, Tokio, Genève and London, and now it has one in Antwerp as well. I can't even tell how excited I am to buy my first box of Ladurée macaroons!