When the weather is as beautiful as it has been the last few days, I love spending time out on the terrace. As newlyweds that had just bought a house, there wasn’t a lot of money left to spend on decorating the terrace. Thank God for IKEA. It doesn’t have to be expensive to look nice and be solid. I’m very happy with the result. A cozy place where we’ve incorporated the feeling of nature. Lots of plants, comfortable chairs, trendy end tables, little lights to light up those cozy evenings and a tent to protect us against cool summer nights. What’s your favorite item from my personal IKEA selection?

Sunny weather demands an equally summery make-up look. These are my tips for my favorite garden party make-up look. 

A refreshing perfume mist 

When it’s hot outside, I’m always worried about unpleasant odors. This perfumed hair and body spray is perfect for a quick refreshment on the go. Plus, it’s scented with the lovely Chanel N°5 L’Eau perfume, and its size makes it very handy to take with you. N°5 L’Eau all-over spray €62,00.

An irresistible accessory

This N°5 L’Eau also comes in another practical, fun and stylish accessory, the N°5 L’Eau hand cream. Its nourishing, hydrating texture is absorbed easily, making your hands soft and wonderfully perfumed. Ready to go on with the garden party. And let’s not forget, when you pull this beauty out of your handbag, you’ll definitely steal the show. Be quick, because this one’s limited edition. N°5 L’Eau on hand cream, €56,00. 

When I attend a garden party, I want a nice, appropriate make-up look. Nothing too flashy, just a fresh, natural look. The Chanel Les Beiges ‘Nude is a Style’ collection for example is a perfect fit.  

I love a beautiful, even base that doesn’t feel sticky, or rather, that you can’t feel at all. The perfect canvas for a beautiful make-up look. The name of this Sheer Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 (€44,00) tells all: not too much coverage, just a nice, even, healthy glow that hydrates the skin and has SPF. That’s really all that we need. Available for all skin tones: light, medium and deep. 

I quickly brush a little bronzing powder over it, Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Multi-Colour Powder (€57,00). Watch out, it’s limited edition. The beautiful color transition instantly gives you a sun-kissed look and will fix your make-up.  

The collection contains a lot of natural shades for the cheeks, eyes and lips that will instantly give you a healthy glow. 

As far as blush is concerned, I love a good cream texture, since it will blend more nicely into the skin, while powder can really form a layer on top of the skin. This blush stick, Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick (€44,00), is quick and easy to apply with your fingertips and provides a natural-looking shine. The more you apply, the more intense the color will look, the more you blend it out, the softer the color will look. In short: perfectly buildable. 

On the lips, Les Beiges Healthy Glow Lip Balm (€37,00). This balm not only gives your lips a nice, natural-looking color, it also protects your lips from dehydration. It moisturizes the lips with its nourishing oil and gives your natural lip color a boost. Your lips will feel soft and comfortable. Available in light, medium and deep shades.  

For eyeshadow Les Beiges Healthy Glow Natural Eyeshadow Palette (€ 58,00). This palette suits all skin tones because of the diversity in its shades: 5 earthy shades (matte, shiny and satiny) that you can easily combine for any kind of occasion. From the most natural-looking look to the most intense one. Apply the lightest shade in the corner of your eye to open up your gaze. Use your fingertips or one of the complimentary brushes. The shades will stay put all day long. Available in a light, medium or deep palette. 

Photographer: Morgane Gielen 

Beauty: Chanel N°5 L’Eau & Chanel Les Beiges ‘Nude is a style’

Interior decorating items: IKEA 

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