Coconut Lane haul + review

22 May 2017

Good morning my lovebirds,

I don't know what has gotten into me this month - let's pretend it's a one time thing - I did a lot of shopping. One could say I have a - not so - serious affliction. I guess, there are worst things to be addicted to than online shopping... At least, this time around, I managed to only order two things.

My order came very quickly. I live in France and it only took 5 days for my parcel to be sent and received. Consider me impress!

― Rose Gold Marble Macbook Case
I was amazed by the finish and the quality of this product. It's very well made. It fits perfectly my macbook pro. I have never owned a macbook case that nice. The only downside I could think of is its weight. The high quality of the material makes it a little heavy. Nonetheless, it's soft, matte and sturdy. It is everything I could have dreamt of!

― Marble Blush Iphone Case
Back when my old computer was alive, I purchased a macbook skin case in that exact same shade. I was so crushed when my computer died and I had to give it up... Well, until I realized I could purchase the matching Iphone case. Although, it looks a bit different, I like it. It's whiter than my macbook skin but it looks cute as hell. Besides, it goes well with my rose gold Iphone!

Don't forget to use the discount code serenbird20 to get 20% off your next order. :)

What about you, is there anything you like? Let me know in the comments.
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The reconciliation { review }

15 May 2017

Hello lovebirds! I hope you'll have an awesome week.

For the past few months I've not being wearing any eyeshadows. I couldn't be bothered. Any eyeshadow I tried would vanish poorly throughout the day. It didn't matter what brand it was or if I was using a primer or not. Each time, it will not stay put. This is the reason why I stopped wearing eyeshadows. I left behind all of my beautiful makeup palettes. I skipped this step of my makeup routine... I was ready to give up on wearing eyeshadows.

Well, it was until I came across the Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Eyeshadows. It is a dream. It lasts all day, doesn't budge and looks perfect without even any effort. It is just perfect until I remove it. It is also very easy to apply. I couldn't recommend it enough! Especially as the warmer days are upon us... I can sense that I'll get even more uses out of those eyeshadows!

I went for two pink eyeshadow. One has a gold tone and the other one is more neutral. Creme de rose is quite silmilar to my skintone. It allows me to have a flawless base whereas Pink Gold is a lovely pink which I have enjoyed wearing. It's less common. It's a good way to put some spring colours into any makeup routine!

What about you, do you often wear eye shadows? Let us know in the comments.
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The skincare update { review }

10 May 2017

Hello dearies, I hope you're having a better spring season than we are. Spring was my favourite season. I love knowing that summer is just around the corner. I love sunny and not too warm days. I don't feel like Spring has kicked in yet. I think it got lost somewhere... But hey, Spring, if you can read me, come quick, we have been waiting for you!

As a matter of fact, every season, I like to switch things up in my skincare routine. Even if, I'll admit, there is something that I always keep in my skincare routine *winks at CT magic cream*

― Oskia,renaissance cleansing gel
I've already mentioned this product before... I have gotten used to the smell but I think I prefer Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser. I need to repurchase that one soon. On overall, I've still been enjoying using it. I find the formula of the product difficult to manage. I'm sorry to say that I don't get what all the fuss is about... It didn't radically change my life... It's a good product but it's not the best for me.

― Charlotte Tilbury, magic cream
I cannot stop raving about this face cream. I don't think my skin will ever get bored of this wonderful formula. It's my go-to day cream. I have now been using it for a whole year and my skin has improved considerably. I have found my perfect day cream. Let's hope it lasts.

― Origins, GinZing™ Refreshing Eye
This is my second time purchasing this item. I seem to always go back to this eye cream. Its formula isn't too rich. It's hydrating. It helps reducing the dark circles under my eyes. What else, could I ask for ? Glitters' tears ?

― Florame, moisturizing face cream
I have recently added this product onto my skincare regimen. At first, I used it with the serum from the same range and my skin had a bit of an allergic reaction. - well, keep in mind that my skin is hot-headed. However, it seems like when I used only this cream has a night cream, I wake up with a well-rested skin. So not too bad for a face cream made with 98% natural ingredients, right?

― Caudalie, micellar water
This is my favourite micellar water. I've tried numerous micellar waters over the year and I always find my way back to this one. It removes my makeup so well. It leaves my face feeling clean and fresh. It's all I need.

What skincare products are you currently using? Let us know in the comments.
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Spring makeup & skincare wishlist

7 May 2017

Hello lovebirds,
I hope all is well and you're enjoying your weekend thus far. I had so much work to do and I was sooo tired... It went by way too fast. Can we please start over? I was not ready...
Anyhow, I want to include new things into my makeup stash. Here are a few things I've been lusting after...

What's on your wishlist? Do not hesitate to share it with us in the comments.
Thank you for reading and I'll see you soon ♥ x

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TV shows to binge watch this weekend

3 May 2017

Good morning my birds,

With yet another long weekend coming up, I thought I would come up with a few tv shows suggestions. One could enjoy spending a few hours in front of a good tv show. What are weekends for if not procrastinating?

We all know I'm a big fan of Sophia Amoruso. I have read her book, watch many interviews and couldn't wait for this Netflix show to come out. I wasn't sure of Britt Robertson's interpretation of her character but god, it was pretty darn good.

I'm not sure why this show isn't more famous. It has strong and badass female lead characters. It's funny and playful. The ladies are always well dressed. They all kickass for a living.

I recently discovered this tv show. We watched 3 episodes in one go. It's so quirky and funny. I didn't think I would like it but I really do. Well done, Adam F. Goldberg!

I looove this family. It's such a good representation of all those American clichés and society in general. You got to keep up with the Joneses, right? It's funny and sarcastic. It embodies everything a tv show should be.

What about you, what have you been watching lately? Do you have any plans for this weekend?
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5 Good things

1 May 2017

Hello my loves,

I hope you're all doing well. I'll share 5 good things with you. Is there a better way to start off this new month? I don't see it then ahaha - Nothing better than starting anything on a positive note.

1. Kind souls. I'm lucky enough to be surrounded by lovely people. I'm getting so much love and support, it feels so unreal. I guess, it's only when you're in deep shit that you get to find out who/what's real and who/what's not. My tiny lovely circle is all I need.

2. My Instagram feed. I know, it's silly but I love every moment and photos out there. It's like my best memories are saved up in one special place...

3. My wall. It's coming along. I'm still decorating my flat. One month at a time. I'm currently trying to make my white walls better. I decided to start putting up polaroids of my favourite people and special moments of my life.

4. My new leather Jacket. I've waited two years. Two fucking long years and I got it. I got my perfect leather jacket. The mother of all leather jackets. The god send leather jacket is mine. Yes, if I could marry this jacket I would.

5. Knitting. I'm terrible at knitting. I'm not going to lie, it has been a rocky road but I feel like by not giving up, I'm doing myself a favour. Whenever I have a minute I try to knit. Most of the time I mess up but I keep going... 'Cause in life and in knitting, you gotta keep going, haven't you?
The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
What about you, what's good with you? What did I miss?
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The Ultimate Activated Charcoal Beauty Guide *guest post*

28 April 2017

Heyyy my lovelies! I'm here today with something special. This post is brought to you by Zara. You can find her on highstylelife :) Without further due, I'll let you read her insightful article! I will see you soon and I hope you'll like this guest post and reading her overview on charcoal ♥

Although charcoal has been around for longer than we can all remember, the craze for it in the beauty world has only recently reached its peak. In search of the Holy Grail beauty products, especially those natural ones, we often forget to stop and do the research before jumping on the popular bandwagon of the day. This is why it is important to do some digging and see whether every trend, charcoal included, is worth pursuing and if the supposed benefits live up to the hype.

A Path to Pure and Glowing Skin
It seems as though a large number of cosmetics companies have taken note of the positive effects of using activated charcoal in skincare. However, if you have been paying closer attention to Youtube, you have seen how painful it is to actually peel the mask of your face, and people are left wondering whether they have any skin left. Still, as many skin experts agree that charcoal really does wonders to absorb excess oil and purify skin this beauty tool should not be dismissed yet. So, instead of turning to the now infamous peel-off, you can make your own mask with the addition of only water and make a mud mask that purifies and your skin safely. Another great solution is to leave your face in the hands of professionals and book a charcoal-based facial with someone who knows what they are doing. With all said, when it comes to your precious face, the verdict is: yes, this ingredient can do wonders, but make sure you use it properly.

The Picture-Perfect Smile
By now, you are probably all too well familiar with the alternative method of teeth whitening using activated charcoal. However, more often than not this alternative method is not just ineffective, but according to Dr. Peter Auster it can even be potentially harmful. While absorbing some of the stains, it might also strip your teeth off the good bacteria, causing more long-term harm than good. Australians are known for their love of natural and alternative methods, but they are also one of the top nations when it comes to dental health. They still largely rely on safe and effective conventional methods, such as the internal bleaching procedure. This is a well-known method of whitening the teeth, done by professionals in a controlled environment. If you are considering this procedure, the first step would be to turn to experts, such as Australian Dental Specialists, for advice. You shouldn't turn to using activated charcoal on your own, at least not without careful professional supervision from your dentist.

Scrub That Bod
If it can do wonders in purifying your face, why not indulge in a full and deep whole-body cleanse using charcoal as one of the ingredients. Since the texture of charcoal is slightly grainy, you can safely mix it with honey, essential oils, or a body wash of your choice and exfoliate that bod. And since there are no suggestions or evidence to the negative side effect, the verdict is yes, charcoal makes for a mean body scrub, so happy and safe scrubbing gals!

The Care for Healthy Hair
If you have the type of hair that gets greasy quickly at the root, but at the same time you are combating dry ends, using an activated charcoal hair mask could be a good solution for your problems, as it is powerful in absorbing oil. It is also beneficial for those fighting dandruff, and flat, lifeless hair. There is however, a catch. If you have a sensitive scalp, this routine might do more harm than good as it may strip your hair of good oils that naturally moisturize and nourish your hair. The best advice here is to give it a test run by adding a teaspoon of activated charcoal to your shampoo and use it as you normally would and compare the pre and post results. If you only see positive effects, then you are safe to commit to a charcoal based shampoo or mask.

Beauty From Within
The final craze under examination in this guide is the usage of activated charcoal for health purposes – putting your tummy at ease and collecting and absorbing any toxins related to food or alcohol poisoning. First off, when it comes to a poisoning of any kind, charcoal should be prescribed and administered by a medical professional. Doctors know exactly what dosage is required and allowed, and how often it should be taken, so leave it to them. As for regular detoxes and reduction of bloating, the only risk is that of an overdose, which can result in severe cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea, so before you buy this supplement consult your physician on the dosage and frequency of usage for the sake of benefits, but also safety.

Final Words
With everything said, it is safe to conclude that one element is not always the solution to all your problems. Charcoal can be highly beneficial as long as you are well-informed on how and in which forms to use it.

- Blogpost written by Zara Lewis.
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Friendly reunion 2.0 ♣

26 April 2017 Lille, France

Hello my lovely birds! I hope you're having a good week thus far. I spent Easter weekend in the cute city of Lille. I was lucky enough to spend my weekend with one of my bestfriends. She showed me around. We did a bit of strolling down the beautiful streets of Lille. We had a good catching up session. Oh boy, how much we had to catch up on! We ate a lot of good - not so healthy- food . We talked for hours, we laughed, walked around, ate a lot, went to cute coffee shops and did some shopping. The weather was great. It was absolutely lovely! I got to spend the weekend with one of my bestfriends and discover Lille. For what more can a girl ask for?

As for the city itself, I was so surprised. I didn't picture Lille to be this way at all. It's a mix between England & Netherlands. The people there are so friendly and polite. I could see myself living there. Maybe, if my life allows me I'll go back there for a week. I definitely want to see more of you, Lille! So until next time, Lille!

Let me know what you've been up to in the comments below! Thank you for reading and I'll see you soon ♥ x

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Tiny Kiko haul + { review }

23 April 2017

Hello lovebirds, It has been quite some time since I've purchased any makeup or even anything from Kiko. You & I both know this girl has expensive tastes. - Unfortunately. She loves pretty and expensive things. However, I'm never one against drugstore makeup. Some things I like to splurge on and some others things I prefer to save up on. Let's face it, I've tried so many makeup products now that I kinda know my shit. Basically, I know what to shop and where. I know what products I can purchase and not be disappointed.

This time, I picked up a few things. The brush cleanser is something I've always wanted to try. I want to compare it to the one from Sephora. The second item is Intensive Hand&Foot Scrub. I was seduced by the idea of a hand and feet scrub. I mean, who wouldn't ? It seems like such an awesome idea! The lipstick is a new edition of an old time favourite. It's Kiko's Unlimited Double Touch 122 lipstickin the shade : "burgundy". We all know this shade has my name written all over it... How was I supposed to resist? Last but not least, Coloured Balm 06 is a basic thing. The kind of things you lazily put on your lips on your way to work or in the bathroom of a small coffee shop. A splash of colour that hydrates your lips.

― Unlimited Double Touch 122.
I've now worn this lipstick for at least 4 times. I have found that this new formula is quite different from the old one. It's more liquid and less opaque. It doesn't dry as much as the old one. It lasts less. To be honest, I could wear the old version all day and not have to reapply it but this one I have to reapply if I drink too much teas. I definitely need a lipstick that don't vanish after a few drinks... If you have met any, please, send them my way...

― Brush Cleanser.
I was quite disappointed with this product. I don't feel like it works at all. At least, on the first try, it didn't clean my dirty brushes. They were only "wet". When swipped on a tissue, there are residue of makeup but that's all. It didn't really do the trick... It's a bit harsh as well. I wouldn't recommend this at all.

― Coloured Balm 06.
I don't have much to say on this product. It's a pretty basic thing. Nothing awesome to report. It doesn't add any colour to my lips. It's quite thick and sticky. It stays on my lips for quite some time. I'm not a big fan of that shinny/glossy/sticky effect but it feels like my lips are more nourished. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I didn't notice anything life changing. Nevertheless, it smells freaking amazing. It is sooo addictive!

― Intensive Hand&Foot Scrub.
I've tried this on my hands - Bare in mind that I've very dry hands. - and didn't have much hopes but still, I ended up being disappointed. I didn't notice much difference at first so I decided to keep using it. I'm thinking maybe it's more about how often you use it. Maybe if I use it often I will notice a difference?! I don't know... I will keep you updated. I guess, this review is TO BE CONTINUED!

Have you tried any of those products? Do you have any ideas on what I should try next?

Thank you for reading and I'll see you soon ♥ x

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13 April 2017

Hello my lovebirds,

I hope you're doing well. The last few weeks have been very hectic. I didn't get much sleep or time to myself but mostly, my biggest excuse for my lack of blogging is : the writer's block.

It seems like my mind has gone blank. I cannot figure out what I want to write about or what I want to do with this blog...

Did it ever happen to you? This feeling. Your mind is suddenly blank. It's like your brain is switched off. There is nothing. Nothing that can motivate you or nothing you could think of. It is all pointless. Why even bother?

I feel like I'm blogging poorly. My content isn't as good as I wanted it to be. I have lost my way.

I guess it has a lot to do with how I've been feeling lately but I'm not drowning yet. I refuse to sink. I'll not let life drag me down with her. I've gone too far. I've fought too hard to give up now. Blogging has always been my little escape.

So, I'm not giving up. I'm not giving up on you, my lovebirds.

I'll not surrender to the waves.

To cheer us up, here are 5 good things of these past few weeks :

1. I've reconnected with an old friend. I'm so so grateful for that. It's such a lovely feeling to reconnect with someone from your past.
2. I'm spending the weekend with one of my bestmates. She is my other half. We have not seen each other in years. I CANNOT WAIT!
3. After a week without hot water, I managed to take a bath. Everyone knows how much I love my baths. There is no trouble that cannot be cured by a hot bath.
4. I've made new awesome friends and met interesting people along the way. It has reminded me of how much I want and need to travel again. I need to find my home, discover new countries, new people and new ways of life ♥
5. Thank you for all the sleepless nights, the laughs, the drinks, the bagels, the dancing and the friendships.

What are your 5 good things? Do not hesitate to share it with us in the comments.
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31 March 2017

Good morning, my loves!

I hope you're having a lovely week. You know my love for lipsticks. I mean, it's no surprise now. I don't think I ever leave my house without wearing lipstick. Whenever I'm not wearing lipstick anyone can tell something is terribly wrong with me ahahahahah. To this point, I don't think anyone could recognize me if I'm not wearing lipstick. Lately, I've been loving me some nudes. It's always about the nude, isn't it? I swear, I need to remember to be a little classy. I make too many puns. Anyway, I wanted to share with you my favourite nude lipsticks but most importantly I want to hear what are YOUR favourite nudes lips. So please let me know in the comments below what are your favourite lipsticks.

― Meet Matt(e) Hughes, The Balm: trustworthy & Daring.
I love the colours of those lipsticks. It suits me so fucking well. It's like my face is more luminous when I'm wearing it. Weirdest thing! The only thing is it's messy. So fucking messy. Whenever I apply it, it slips on my face, make its way onto my teeths... It has a life of its own... It's cray-cray. It's contagious. It leaves me with very dry lips. It needs to be reapplied quite frequently. You need to watch what you eat. I guess, it's just like any other liquid lipstick...

― Everlasting lipstick, Kat Von D: Lolita.
I don't know what it is about this colour but damn, girl. It always looks different when I do 'the paper tissue thing'. It's lovely. It lasts quite well on the lips. It doesn't look patchy after a few hours. It doesn't dry out my lips. For a liquid lipstick, it's pretty good.

― Soft matte lipcream, NYX: Rome.
The perfect ally to the 'no makeup makeup look' is none other than this NYX lipstick. It's the kind of lipstick you can put on under 1 minute and it'll still look good. It's your lips but better. The only downside is that it will vanish quicker than a chocolate tablet.

― clear message, Zoeva: .
This lipstick isn't my usual kind of lipsticks. By that I mean that it's out of my comfort zone. It's a pale colour. It's nude and pale. I'm more into dark lips. I can rock a dark purple any day but pale lips are another story... However, with a smokey eye, it looks wonderful. You cannot have dark lips paired with smokey eyes so you have to find an alternative, can't you? This lipstick is my alternative to bold lips. The light colour only works this way since my skin is quite pale.

As you can see, I'm all about the matte. I guess, I'm just that kind of girl.

Thank you for reading and I'll see you soon ♥ x

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Products mentioned in this blogpost:
the balm - Kat von D - NYX - zoeva.

Coconut lane wishlist

29 March 2017

Good morning, my pretty birds! I've not done a wishlist in sooooo long. It's long overdue. As you might remember, Coconut lane is offering 20% off every order when you use my discount code : serenbird20. I've been lurking around their new items and new website... I'm still waiting on some items to go back in stock but here are my picks :

What's on your wishlist? Do not hesitate to share it with us in the comments.
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NYX cosmetics *first impressions*

27 March 2017

Hello lovebirds. I hope all is well. I'm doing a mini review/first impressions today. My big sister (Magda ♥) lend me some of her NYX makeup so I could do a review for you. Do you remember that article I wrote about the brands I wanted to try ? I'm glad to report that I managed to try most of these brands.

I still have mixed feeling when it comes to NYX. This time I found three products that I thought would be worth mentioning. I want your takes on everything. NYX products seem to be a bit of a hit and miss.

I really love this product. I think I might purchase it the next time I'm near a NYX shop. It looks pigmented and not some kind of disco ball highlighter. I was very surprised. I'm all in for this golden sheer! I would totally recommend having a look into those highlighter!

― NYX, HS42 Strike a pose.
This was a disappointment. I love the color but it's not pigmented enough for me. I feel like the color and the formula aren't what I look for in an eyshadow. The color is simply not as bright as I would have thought it to be but the packaging is hella cute. However, if you're on the market for a light brown, natural looking eyeshadow, give it a go! For the price tag, it's pretty good...

― NYX, HD studio photogenic.
The formula isn't too watery or too creamy. However, my dry under-eyes were not very keen of this product. Nonetheless, the coverage is fairly good. It would probably work very well on anyone who doesn't have a dry skin.

Swatch of NYX illuminating powder in Ritualistic.

Do you have any NYX products to recommend? Do not hesitate to share it with us in the comments. Thank you for reading and I'll see you soon ♥ x

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Products mentioned in this blogpost:
Illuminator IBB04 RITUALISTIC - HD studio photogenic - HS 42 strike a pose, hot singles eyeshadow.

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