I had the great pleasure of being invited to a mega fun event at the headquarters of UPR Belgium in Antwerp. Before I can talk about anything else however, I would like to thank Phil from Mirror Reality for keeping me company all the way. You guys should check his blog out if you are interested in skincare at all. He writes skincare reviews in a way that puts me to shame!
Let’s see what the brands have to offer shall we?
DKNY is launching three new Sweet Delicious fragrances this season, and they will be available exclusively at ICI PARIS XL on April 16th if you live in Belgium. The green one is Tart Key Lime, the pink one Pink Macaron, and the yellow Creamy Meringue. Like the cupcakes by which they are inspired, they smell creamy and smooth. By the way, the cupcakes were eventually raided by the hungry bloggers and staff!
It’s embarrassing, but I flipped a little when I saw this rack. I had NO idea Lavand is represented by UPR in Belgium! You might remember my Lavand dress from my Valentine’s Day FOTD, and if you don’t, I can tell you at least 80% of the dresses you have seen on me come from this brand (including the one you are going to see in this post). I am obsessed. So obsessed in fact, that I dragged Phil into the biggest store I know that stores Lavand in Belgium (Basta Great Spanish Fashion. Twaalf Maandenstraat 11, 2000 Antwerpen) before making it to the event. We were running out of time, but lucky for us I only saw one dress that I must have. Tried it on, took a look at myself in the mirror, paid for it and left. The whole process took about 5 minutes, and I’m so proud of myself! You will be seeing it when the weather gets warmer 🙂
I’ve been wearing Swatch watches myself since I could remember. Look at the funky colors! The company representative told us that it is the machine that picks the components (which also have different colors), so the chance of you ever seeing someone who has the same watch is slim!
That’s Phil and me in front of the L’Occitane display. It’s one brand that we both adore (we actually had a stroll in the store right before arriving too), and I have featured some of their products on the blog.
This is the new makeup collection from Rituals. I know I have enough coral blushes as it is, but I was still all over that one! The pigmentation was generous!
Rituals is also launching their perfume collection. I had a great time exploring different scents!
A little nail polish, anyone? It’s my first ever nail art attempt with PRONAILS, a salon nail polish brand. Since I’m really pretty clumsy, I chose to try a mint green accent nail and leopard print sticker. To my utter surprise, mint green doesn’t look too bad on me!
That’s me being sneaky with a HUGE illy cup and the coffee can that I just designed (it says good morning world!). I can’t wait to finish my current coffee supply and try this out with my mocha pot!
Let me introduce you to sOxi. This is the second brand Veritas (for those of you who don’t live here, Veritas is a chain store where you can get accessories, socks, and also handicraft supply) has launched, and the range will be available from March 23rd at Veritas. The lady was pretty happy to see me, because I was already wearing mustard yellow tights and she was sure I will become a a sOxi customer! They also have funky socks and regular stockings. The prices are very reasonable, with 2.50 for a pair of socks and 5 for two pairs of black stockings!!!
This is the supply of the MAC artists for our technique class and my work station. The technique class was about smokey eyes, but I was a newbie who went with my makeup done. Since removing everything and starting from scratch would take too much time, I asked to try bold lip colors instead. I first tried See Sheer topped with Smile and loved it. Since I had a bit more time, Elke suggested I try Viva Glam Nicki. I would normally say no to such a crazy idea, but since I had time I thought I might as well. And *drum roll* it didn’t look bad on me at all!
Here is a lip swatch. It clung to the dry bits of my lips, but I was smittened with the color (also, for your information, since it was a demonstration product I applied with a lip brush. I’m sure the color would be more intense shall you wish you apply straight from the tube).
I walked around happily with my flashy pink lips for the rest of the afternoon 🙂
Kiss&Kill 3D sunglasses. I watched the trailer of Despicable Me (love that movie by the way) with them on, and was utterly entertained! It’s SO thrilling to feel I’m going down with the roller coaster or see the drill right in front of my nose. Killer time! Kiss&Kill is exclusively available at Pearle in Belgium.
Kipling, or what I personally nickname the little monkey bag (fine, I know it’s an ape), is one of the many prides of Belgium. The company just celebrated its 25th birthday, and it’s great to see them coming out with great new designs.
We played Bingo to see who could win some of the limited edition camera bags, but unfortunately I didn’t win. I REALLY love the design though. I’m toying with the idea of purchasing first the bag and then a better camera to fit in it lol
We did a little arts & crafts with Swarovski, making two crystal mobile phone straps. The first thing that caught my eye in the new collection is the ladybug design (the wings move too, believe it or not)!
All in all it was an exciting action-packed afternoon. I can’t believe I forgot to take a picture at the Sacha corner. We each had the opportunity to try on a pair of the new spring collection before we sat down on a prop for a photo shoot. They will Photoshop the photos and put us on a super cool jungle background. I will for sure show you the picture when I get it, but for the moment you can drool over the pair of shoes I tried on. It was a miracle that I managed to walk (about 10 steps) to the prop, climb up, sat down, and walked back to take them off without falling on my face, but Jesus the color, the gold trim and strap, and the leopard accent are to-die-for!!!
Thanks for UPR for hosting such a fun event and all the nice bloggers I met!
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx