New spring makeup from KICKS

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My inner photographer is back! Thanks to the light and sun. Ah, spring. I’m gonna talk about spring even though it was snowing just a second ago and the ground is white. I already packed all my warm mittens and beanies away and I have pink roses on the table. Winter is over. Even though it’s just coming… GOT fans, anyone?

KICKS recently came out with some brand new stuff and I was so excited to try them. I’ve found some great products and brushes from them and I feel like they just keep getting better. It’s also a nice reminder, that makeup doesn’t have to be super expensive. And it can still look like it.

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KICKS makeup review – new spring makeup

I think the most exciting products from this launch are the liquid eyeshadows* (which are so pigmented!) and satin lipsticks*. I’m not a fan of matte lipstick and the consistency in these lipsticks is just to my liking. Not matte, not shiny – something in between. I also loved the new look of the makeup brushes (and their quality) and a gold highlighter. Nothing screams summer like a touch of gold on your cheeks.

 


Swatches of KICKS Liquid Eyeshadows in the shades Mesmerized, Hypnotized & Dazzled.

KICKS Liquid Eyeshadows

The liquid eyeshadows are very metallic and pigmented. They are an easy way to bring a little something to your eye look. The color is intense, but what I also like about these is that you can use them with your fingers and make them subtle. Below I have photos to show you the two ways to wear them. These are water-based, they dry down quite quickly, they last well and they feel comfortable.

Pro tip! If they dry down, you can wet your finger or brush and they can be blended again.

KICKS Liquid Eyeshadows* 12,90€ (now on sale 9,67€)

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Wearing Mesmerized & Hypnotized on my lids. I’m also wearing the gold highlighter in my inner corner, a touch on the lid and on my cheekbones.
I showed you how to do this on my Instagram stories, so go check it out! Super easy to recreate, I promise!


Dazzled liquid eyeshadow on the lids cut-crease style. As you can see – very pigmented and metallic!

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KICKS Satin Lipsticks

Everything is done right in these lipsticks. The packaging is simple and beautiful with an attention to detail – there is a magnetic closure, which to me, adds that bit of luxury to the lipstick. The consistency in the lipsticks is creamy and comfortable. On my lips these last well and I only need to fix it a little after eating. Definitely recommend the lipsticks!

KICKS Satin Lipsticks* 14,90€ (now only 11,17€)

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KICKS Satin Lipstick Cream Please – warm light pink nude

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KICKS Satin Lipstick Just Kissed – cool pink nude

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KICKS Satin Lipstick Brick Lane – a raspberry red


Wearing KICKS highlighter, Fake Freckles Pen and Just Kissed on the lips.

KICKS Gold Highlighter

The gold loose highlighter is quite the basic loose highlighter. It’s very fine, so it can be applied quite subtly on the skin. Then again, you can layer it to get a super intense color. The jar is quite big so it will last a long time! The highlighter can also be used as an eyeshadow or you can mix a little to your body lotion to get a nice glow.

Soon available*.

KICKS makeup brushes

The first brush that caught my attention was the  Smokey eyeshadow brush*. It reminded me so much of my Zoeva 221 brush, which I use almost daily. It’s soft yet sturdy, so it’s perfect for my crease. I also like the face brushes. They are soft and make makeup application easy. I also love how the brushes look!

KICKS makeup brushes*  prices 5-15€, these are now on sale too!

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Wearing Dazzled on my lid and Cream Please on my lips (with a gloss on top).

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For this makeup look I also used my Fake Freckles* pen to create a sun kissed look to my face. That product is one of the most genious products I’ve tried – as I told you, I’ve found some awesome products from the brand.

You can also see in the photos a gold hair pin*, which is pretty handy for when you want your hair up quickly.

 

What do you think of these products?

#metoo

Me too.

 

Then again, who hasn’t? I remember reading brave women’s stories about awful things that have happened to them when the me too movement was at its strongest. I remember thinking that it’s good that they share. Altogether, it’s good to talk about this. About everything, really. We should all be a little bit more open about difficult things in life – maybe that way we would understand each other a little better.

Though I have to say, this is not gonna be one of those posts. I’m ready to say #metoo, but I won’t go into detail, reminisce about things that are in the past and only do me bad. Yes, somehow, I’m trying to turn this into positive.

Body image & being comfortable in my own body

A while back I had a photoshoot with my lovely friend Mia. She took photos of me and I ended up really liking them. I actually opened up about it straight away in my Instagram, but I knew it was a subject I needed to do a proper post about. On my Instagram I said, that I’m not used to tight clothes or showing cleavage, but on that particular day and photoshoot, I felt comfortable enough. Being comfortable in tight clothes or showing a bit of cleavage might not seem like a big deal, but it actually goes deeper than that.

Having to go through a tough time growing up as a woman has had an impact on my body image. I don’t always feel comfortable with my body. I have talked about my history with eating disorders before, but what I didn’t talk about, was how dressing up sometimes makes me feel. Or how it feels to get attention from men (and or women). If I’m wearing something tight or revealing, I feel like my body is more ‘out there’ and I get the feeling of discomfort. I have never wanted to be seen for my body or my looks. Too many times I have walked out the door only to be felt like a walking human (woman) body.

I should have all the rights

And funnily enough: the fancier I dress, the more looks I get. And that is still somewhat uncomfortable. It’s the most awful feeling in the world: putting on some fancy clothes, looking pretty and then thinking and knowing: I can’t wear this. What if I get too many looks? My body is showing too much! And these thoughts are crazy. After all – it is my body! It should have all the rights. I should have all the rights. It’s just me.

I remember being fourteen, wearing a black jumpsuit with heels and walking to the bus stop ready to meet my friends. I felt great. Free and beautiful. A car slowed down and some man whistled at me. Instant remorse. It is unfair, how someone can take away the pride and beauty of me just being me. How someone can make me feel as I was out there for him as an object.

I also remember one day, where I was wearing sneakers, that were like boots in a way that they covered my ankles as well. But they were sneakers (adidas) – flat and casual. Someone gave me dirty looks and whistled and said something about my sexy boots. I remember angrily yelling “these are sneakers!” and thinking to myself: I can’t even wear sneakers and walk home in peace without someone making me feel like I was seeking attention to myself.

It honestly makes me want to cry a little and these examples are not the worst.

Here’s a secret: Dressing up, I think about #metoo

Long story short: Dressing up gives me mixed feelings. I have fears as to how the world is gonna see me in the clothes I choose. I also have fears about the feelings I’m gonna get wearing them.

I prefer a quite conservative style. If I’m wearing a short skirt, I hide my upper body. If I’m wearing a revealing top, I’m balancing it out with baggy pants. I usually don’t show cleavage. I actually don’t usually wear short skirts either – I prefer a knee length.

I’d like to think it’s because I like that style and that feels good to me. But then again, I’m not sure if it’s because of my bad experiences and the body shaming. I’m not sure if it’s because I don’t want to give any ideas – and writing that down is scary, but unfortunately true.

I have had to work a lot on my body confidence and body image. And it’s a work in progress. I have had to slowly learn how to walk head held high and not care what someone is thinking about me. But I do still find myself caring. I don’t take eye contact when I walk in public. I avoid eye contact with most people. I also think I might avoid men a little bit – just as an instinct. I don’t want anyone sitting next to me a little too close (has happened as well).

Photos by Mia / Beauty Highlights

The happy careless feeling

So these photos with tight clothes and a bit of cleavage mean a lot to me. That outfit means a lot to me. The happy careless feeling means the world. Why shouldn’t I sometimes wear tight clothes? Why shouldn’t my cleavage sometimes show a little? After all, my boobs are natural part of me just like my legs and arms. Spoiler alert – I have a body with all the parts that come with it.

I think time, a healthy relationship, therapy and healthy lifestyle are what have helped my body image the most. We always dread aging, but actually growing up has been the best thing for me. I feel like every year I learn more. Every year I get more confidence. And every year I realize more and more, that there is no time to be wasted on insecurities and anything else than that happy careless feeling.

Even though it’s not a long time since my last #metoo moment, I choose not to let it stop me and in the future the joy of dressing up (even to something tight) is something I’m holding onto.

I look forward to the day, where I’m free to be the woman I want to be. Where all the women and men can be whoever they want to be.

Outfit

Red body – Zara (similar here*, here*)
Bag – River island (here*)
Jeans – Cubus
Scrunchie – invisibobble
Boots – Timberland

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