Lifestyle – Saving Tips | Piggy Bank.

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‘’Money doesn’t make you happy’ But it makes life easier, right? Since my goal for 2016 is to save money and don’t spend it on rubbish, I even have a no-buy list. Am I sharing with you Loves how I save money.  I confess, I’m a spender. Not a big one! I can say I don’t shop until my wallet drops. I want to avoid it at all costs and to do that I buy things that my wallet allows me to do. Yes, it’s that simple!

To have the possibility to fall back on something, is it therefore useful to have a piggybank. In order to be flexible, I save my money in three sections. It sounds crazy but trust me, it is easy.

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In section one I save € 50, – and more in my bank. No questions asked.  In section two I save less then € 50, – in a closed piggybank but still reachable for important and unexpected circumstances. What is less then € 50, -? Well, that would be € 0,50 until € 20, -. In the last section I save less then € 0,50. Which is € 0,05 cents until € 0.20 cents. Those annoying small change will add up if you save it and at the end of a year or even a month change it for big money at a bank. ‘’Small money for big dreams.’’ Literally!

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I believe if you save your money in this kind of way, before you know it you have saved a large amount. A year has 365 days, 52 weeks and 12 months. If you couldn’t save something for section one, you can save something for section two and even if that wasn’t possible you always can save something for section three. Even though you saved a small amount you can say to yourself that you saved something and that gives you a good feeling. Because of this flexibility you always can save something in the whole year!

 

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Beauty Review | Pretty Long Glamorous Hair!

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Oh my gosh! I tried for the first time hair flip in extensions. Yes, me! I never thought I would do it because it never crossed my mind. Or rather I should say that the only crazy thing I did to my hair is cutting it short. No, not an extreme pixie cut but from the middle of my back to the end of my neck, like an A-line bob. This was two years ago and since then I’m letting my hair grow back. I only cut the dead-ends and that’s it. So when I got the opportunity to try hair extensions I said yes!

Before.

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In my hair I’m wearing the layered deep dark brown synthetic hair. It is 60 cm long and weighs 160 grams it also has a wavy structure. You have to attach the hairpiece with a wire. It sounds crazy but it is possible! The hair extension has a wire on top of the left until right ends of the hair extension. You flip it on top of your head like a hairband and with a tail comb you flip your hair over the wire. Simple, easy and quick! The wire is thin and transparent, perfect because you can’t see it in your hair. Very glamorous, whoop!

After.

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I chose on purpose a wavy structure the reason behind it is that I never style my hair in all the way straight. I prefer a natural stroke and with these hair extensions my hair naturally blends with the synthetic hair. What I also love is that they are easy maintainable. You can comb, style, curl and wash it. As long you comb it from the bottom to the top, use a heat protector first when you want to style or curl it. Never use a hair tool that is higher than 160 degrees! Let the hair tool no longer than 8 seconds in your hair and last but not least wash it in lukewarm tap water and fabric softener. Yes, the one that you wash your cloths with. Let it soak for five minutes then rinse it off with lukewarm tap water and squeeze out excess water from the hair. When you are done with the ‘’hair bath’’ add a number of drops from a serum or hair oil and pat it dry with a towel before you let it lay or hang to dry naturally.

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From the moment I got in my hair I felt like a mermaid.  My hair had suddenly length and volume! When I opened the package I was a bit sceptical about the hair colour. Even though my hair is dark brown I didn’t know how it would look on synthetic hair. So when I flipped it in my hair my sceptical thought flew away when I saw a smile on my face! I take good care of my hair and surprise myself with a new hairdo once in a while is just amazing!

 

Have you tried hair extensions Loves?

 

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FOOD | Lactose Free Veggie Wraps.

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One of my goals for 2016 is to adjust my diet in Lactose Free. We are just one day from April and I must say that turning your diet upside down takes a lot of time. I have noticed that I have to take this step by step otherwise I turn into my old habits way to fast. Whenever I’m doing groceries I’m trying all the lactose free products that I can find, (which is not a lot) out and since I started I tried a lot that tastes awful! Thinking about it now makes me even cringe. So I’m going to try until I found the ones that taste good.

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I was pleasantly surprised when I saw and tasted this cream cheese from Philadelphia. It has the same creamy taste that I used to taste in non-lactose free cream cheese. I’m definitely a ‘’creamy person.’’ I like creamy food like Greek or Turkish yogurts and feta cheese. So I’m glad I bumped into this one at my grocery store!

Since I’m taking it one step at the time let me share with you Loves this Lactose Free foodie. All you need is tortilla wraps, black seedless olives, cucumber and Lactose Free Cream Cheese. So easy! Heat the wraps in a frying pan for a couple of minutes, I like mine a bit crunchy but not too much like a taco.  Lubricate the cream cheese on the wrap and fill it in with cucumber and black olives and you’re done!

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This foodie is perfect for a healthy snack during your day.  It gives you that energy boost that you need from your hard work or from your studies. Because it is so easy to make you wouldn’t have to grab an unhealthy snack instead. Besides those two minutes of frying the tortilla wrap is a nice way to get up from your chair to stretch your legs. Two birds in one blow, right Loves?

Are you also allergic from a type of food? And would you like to see more Lactose Free Foodies?

Beauty | My Beauty Love.

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Today I’m giving you Loves an update from my previous blogpost about my beauty favourites. While that blogpost was more about my basics that I always have in my beauty stash, am I going to share with you what I daily use. While my beauty routine changes with the season; this beauty love I always keep using. Although the brand and colour changes but otherwise they are here to stay.

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When I can’t wash my face thoroughly due to lack of time, these face wipes come in handy. I use them first before I use water. When I buy these wipes I always search for the ones that is intended for sensitive skin and is PH neutral. The reason behind it is because I want to prevent a rash or a breakout. You never know. My daily make-up routine is quick and easy, I use an BB cream, a highlight pen for the corners of my eyes for an open look. A mascara, lipstick or a lip gloss and a highlighter or a bronzer. I prefer to sleep those ten minutes than to stand in front of a mirror.

My hands are the only body part that requires intensive care every day, especially my nails. Sometimes my nails break easily so I cut them short and when they grow it stays good for a while and then they break of. It is a vicious circle! To give my nails a ‘’hard’’ layer I mostly use a nail polish that has a natural look. These from Cairuo that I bought in Morocco is perfect for it.

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My oils! I just cannot live without them. Yes, it sounds extravagant but I mean it. After a shower I use drops in my hair. Lately I’m using Black Seed Oil instead of Moroccan Gold Argan Oil. Both have miraculous benefits and as a frequent heated tools user I cling to it!

Last but not least. I don’t go out the door without a spray of perfume. Either it is my Calvin Klein or this Guess bottle. Both are floral and wooded scented and radiate femininity. Love it!

What is your beauty love?

Fashion #OOTD | Bright White.

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I don’t wear a lot of sneakers but when I do I prefer them with details on them. Because of it my outfit has a nice addition. I must say that I never thought I would succumb to buy white sneakers because I doubted whether I would wear them or not. When I slowly saw that the streets turned into white sneakers parade I couldn’t resist to follow the crowd, certainly when I saw these bright whities on display in the shoe store. The snake print patch on the heel is fed into the sides of the sneakers which makes it not just too plain and they feel sooo comfy to wear! It feels like I’m walking on little clouds; so soft is the inside of the sneakers.

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As you all know me Loves, I have an eye for details and love to bring it back in my style. So I noticed lately I’m adding faux snake patterns into my wardrobe. I have this black shopper for a while now and never looked at it as something I would like; I mean it’s just a black shoulder bag. But whenever I use it I feel like ‘’huh, it’s a good bag’’ and I’m starting to like it. Sounds crazy but I believe some of you Loves once had this feeling too. I wouldn’t be me if I’m not going to add some flair into it. When I saw this faux fur pompom I knew I wanted to have it! It is such a fun addition on my bag. It’s so fluffy and blue…My favourite colour so the choice was easy made.

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Whenever I want to do something outside without too much fuss I rather put something comfy on then go over the top. This OOTD was a typical day like that. I went with my mum, my sister and her little sweetheart for our typical four musketeer’s getaway. So you could imagine Loves that I wanted to have rather fun then feel uncomfortable. I chose to wear a stretchy skinny and an oversized sweater. Sporty and comfy at the same time!

That day was also clouded and little drops of rain fell from the sky. To prevent my hair to look like a cotton candy I tight it in a low ponytail and I was ready to go!

What it your typical comfy day Loves?

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Coat: Elegance Sweater: Primark Skinny: Primark Sneakers: Graceland Bag: Wibra Faux Pompom: H&M Ring: Lucardi

Fashion – Style Tips | Making A Statement.

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I just love when fashionable pieces keeps coming back in all fashion seasons. The statement necklace is one of them and as a representative of details makes an outfit complete; I’m right up in my alley.

My all-time favourite way to style a power necklace is when it peeps out from a collar that is all buttoned up. To me its gives a mysterious playful look to your outfit. The second way to style an eye candy is wearing it with a high turtleneck sweater. Whenever you put your hair up in a bun or in a ponytail it gives an open look to your whole outfit. Wearing it this way makes your necklace truly an eye catcher.

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How about wearing it with details on details? It sounds as a mouth full but trust me it is beautiful. Do not hesitate to wear it with a detailed top; as long you keep the rest of your OOTD subtle it is not too much and certainly not a problem! Besides in fashion is everything possible.

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There are many ways to style a statement necklace a round closed neckline belongs also in the list. I like to combine the colours of my outfit with the statement necklace. This way it brings back to colours in your outfit so it doesn’t have to be so ordinary. Just like I like to try things out, same goes for my hairstyle whenever I’m wearing a statement necklace. It is called a statement necklace not for no reason; flaunt it!

Which way do you like Loves?

 

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Fashion #OOTD | Little Black Dress.

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Every woman should have a LBD in her closet. This item can be worn at many different occasions. What I like about a black dress it’s timeless, it just never goes out of style. I’m wearing one with long sleeves and a half up turtleneck. I’m lately into the turtlenecks sweaters, tops you name it Loves!

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I went for the minimal chic look, so I combined the LBD with my long grey coat that I recently bought. I was looking for a while for a long coat but I doubted it would suit me because of my length; I’m quite a shorty with just 1.63 metre. Since I took the step to buy one, I’m wearing it daily! With this #OOTD I wore it with my high heeled ankle boots. As I told you before Loves, I’m into detailed items and these boots are one of them. That’s the beauty of heels, it makes your legs look longer and with a long coat they seem endless. I brought the grey colour back with my crossover bag. I like the snakeskin pattern on it a lot. It gives the bag an edgy yet a chic look.

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Writing about details, I braided my hair in two braids starting on the top of my head until the end of my hair to create the illusion that I have long hair, but in fact it is only a little bit over my shoulder length long. I’m still learning to braid my hair tighter and for the first time it turned out pretty fine. Whenever I put my hair out of my face I wear my ear cuff, it gives a playful look and it is not over the top when you wear it only with small earrings. So I wore it with my DRKS earrings that has been gifted to me in a goodie bag since I attended the event.

The rest of my outfit I left simple, even my makeup. Less is truly more!

What do you think about this OOTD Loves?

Coat: Elegance LBD: H&M Thights: Hema Ankle Boots: H&M Crossover Bag: Primark Ear Cuff: H&M Earrings: DRKS

Event Report | Glamour Fashion-Vintage Live.

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I had the change to go to Glamour Magazine Fashion-Vintage Live event. The Dutch Glamour has a cross-media expansion that’s called Fashion-Vintage and Glamour Concept Store. On both sites you have the possibility to buy and sell your clothes and even at the Concept Store you can pitch your brand to get featured! Amazing right?

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As a subscriber to their magazine I had the opportunity to go snoop in many goodies from Glamour readers, many bloggers, Glamour workers and famous Dutch people. As I was wandering through the stands I saw nice goodies but also many goodies that sellers are selling them for prices that I wouldn’t buy it for. To be honest.

I did like snooping trough the goodies from well-known Dutch stylist By Danie. I was curious what she wears, especially in her free time. Too bad many things of her did not fit me, our shoe sizes don’t match. The faux fur letters on the pink sweater from Glamour Concept Store caught my eye. So fluffy!

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As I was looking my eyes out during the Fashion Walhalla I got a bit thirsty so I was pleased to find a smoothie bar. The juices were made just the right way, not to sour. While I was sipping on my juice I saw these beautiful kimonos. I like to prints on it, what a Summer vibe! Glamour was even so thoughtful for their visitors. You could feel like a princess because there were make-up artists happy to make a perfect look for you.

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Everything comes to an end. When I wandered a last round trough the stands I went with a good feeling about the day home. My ticket was included with goodie bag. And I was glad to find lovely goodies in it! I like the to-go cup and planning to do a review about the Aveda Body Salt.

To be continued Loves!

Beauty Look | Double Up!

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New title and look! From today all blogpost about a make-up look is going to be called new look instead of beauty. I’m going through some blog changes Loves, you will notice it soon.

Anyway, let’s get started!

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I did this look when I went to a Moroccan wedding last year. Today I want to show you how I did it. I started first with my favourite concealer from Essence. As you can see it is time for a new one. I applied it on my impurities and under my eyes as an upside down triangle for a natural look. After concealer I used H&M BB Cream Beauty Balm in Rose Porcelain. I am so glad I found this gem! I finally found a good cream that matched my skin tone. It truly covers very well for a BB cream; it also doesn’t feel heavy on my face like a foundation. Since the new beauty department of H&M Beauty I’m falling more and more in love with H&M.

And now my eyes. I always used an eyeliner pen because it is easy to use. This time I tried a Gel Eyeliner from Max & More. It came with an eyeliner brush and I must say I’m impressed. Not only is Max & More a perfect budget brand and cruelty free, it has good make-up! The Gel Eyeliner is waterproof so it stayed perfect all day. On top of the black eyeliner line I used H&M Liquid Eyeliner in Green. Perfect double up! To finish it off I used Maybelline New York Illegal Definition Mascara on my eyelashes, which I forgot to place with the others for pictures. Sorry Loves!

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On my cheeks I applied MAC Soft & Gentle with the strobing technique. To do this I used a Butterfly Brush by Kruidvat Professional. This brand is from my local drugstore. It is so easy to work with. It feels light in your hand, different then an ordinary brush.

For my lips I used Max & More Lip Liner in Dark Red. I applied all over my lip line. Also this lip pencil came together with the Dark Red Lipstick. Even though it says Dark Red, I expected it would be like the colour Velvet Red but it came out lighter.

What do you think Loves, would you do a double up too?

Lifestyle | Books From Donna.

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A long time ago I devoured books. I loved to imagine myself in the world of the main characters from the book. When I was reading I forgot the time and my surroundings. I miss those days! Today I’m sharing with you Loves that I started to read again.

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One of my goals of 2016 is to read more, so I started again with where I left off. On page 491 of the book The Secret History by Donna Tartt. The author from Mississippi has truly written a master piece. The book revolves around Richard Papen, his decision to leave his boring fictitious hometown; Plano California and to study Greek language and culture at Hampden College. Richard – son of a simple gas station attendant – romanticizes his wealthy and arrogant fellow students. Which is only five: Henry, the twins Charles and Camilla, Francis and Bunny. Their friendship is not a friendship that you are used to. It is a friendship full of secrets and murder. The more you read the eager you get to know why.

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I must say, some parts of the book make me shiver and asking myself; how on earth can you be so evil! The mask they all put on is horrible, friendship shouldn’t be like this. How far can you go in a friendship?

Her writing style intrigued me to continue reading. I can’t wait to read in her other book; The Little Friend. It’s hard to explain but I’m sure Loves that you understand what I mean. Which author gives you this feeling too?

Beauty | What Is In My Make-Up Bag?

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Let’s get nosy today! We are all guilty of taking a bag in a bag, right ladies? Today I’ll let you snoop in my make-up bag. Let’s imagine each other powdering our noses with the goodies from our pouches.

The bag is from Christian Dior. It is my all-time favourite make-up bag, I have it for ages. I fell naturally for the navy blue and silver colour. The pattern on the silver part of the bag are little lady faces. There is also written lady everywhere on it. Very ladylike!

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In my bag you can find my pocket brush. I use it mostly on rainy days to comb all of my hair or only the tail to maintain my wet hair. A make-up bag is nothing without a pocket mirror, that’s why I have two. It comes in handy when I want to use my Essence Oil Control Paper. I have an oily skin and during my day I don’t want to look like a glowing ball. The paper helps me to tone it down. What you also can find is a small jar with gel in it to tame my fly away. This little jar you can find it with the package of refill bottles that you take when you travel. I used a teaspoon to scoop the gel in it. If gel is not going to work I can use my hairclips. Perfect tools for a bad hair day!

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The pocket deodorant is from Odorex. I like the smell Jasmin and cotton oil. It is also alcohol free so it does not dry my skin out. Next to it you can see my hand sanitizer and then my flamingo tweezer to remove unwanted hair. What you also can find is Ibuprofen for when a headache emerges.

Here comes the beauty part; mascara: that is the beauty of having a lot of them; I can always put one in it without looking back. Same goes for my blush and eye pencils. I always use it to have an open look and sun kissed cheeks. Every once in a while I change the lip gloss or lipstick in a different colour but the lip balm remains the same, unless I have to change it because of hygiene. This counts for all the products.

Can I snoop in yours Loves?

Fashion #OOTD | Rose Gold Pink.

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Since I’m having Spring vibes and the days getting longer I attend to change my clothing in cute colours like pink. Not only it brightens my mood, I also feel that pink suits my character. It sounds weird but I feel comfy in pink.

I told you Loves that I’m into loose fit tops; this is the reason why this burgundy coloured sweater became my favourite. I wore it over a pink loose fit tee that I wore last Summer. Who said you cannot wear Summer clothing during Winter? Because of it you can enjoy more from the clothing piece and you can watch your pennies. Two birds with one blow! At the same time, burgundy goes so well with pink!

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I can feel happy when I wear a skinny that suits my body figure. This cigar fit denim jean feels even comfy. It is still made from real denim and not that stretch denim, if you know what I mean? I really don’t like this kind of fabric because during your day it turns saggy.

In my last Goodies Look Book I bought these shoes with sale. I truly like things that is not ‘’perfect’’. In fact all goodies that have details or edges. The stripe on the nose of the ankle booth and the belt details caught my eyes when I saw it on the store shelf. The bag I chose for this ootd is a golden oldie. I have this bag for years! Just like my shoes collection. The bag is spacious I can cram everything in it hihi….! Off topic: Please, do let me know if you would like to see my over the years collected bags.

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Writing about details Loves; investing in good pieces like a watch will keep you happy during the years and especially if it has an emotional value. This watch from Guess is a birthday gift from my sister. I’m lately into the necklace with necklace trend. These pink rose goodies is been gifted to me when I attend the press event from Mooi PR. The infinity necklace is from Swarovski and the necklace bar is from TWYN by Mi Moneda. Yet again this necklace bar has a value that is important to me. It is very personal because my name is with my own handwriting engraved on it by TWYN. Love it!

A watch or even a necklace can make your outfit complete. It’s a fun addition that you can style in your own way!

Coat: Bershka Sweather: H&M Top: Primark Jeans: Zara Shoes: Graceland Bag: H&M Necklaces: TWYN & Swarovski Ring: H&M X Swarovski Watch: Guess.

Fashion | Shoe-A-Holic!

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In my previous #ootd I told you Loves I threw a glimpse at my shoes to wear with the outfit I posted. Now I’m giving you a look at my shoe collection! I’m having quite an addiction and collected over the year’s shoes. I have shoes that are more than five years old! Having lots of shoes is an advantage since you can often change with your outfit or even just with your own mood. Shoes come in many colours, shapes and sizes so every woman or man will find their dream pair. Besides clothing sizes changes a lot but feet sizes will always remain the same, right Loves?

Let me start with my black coloured shoes. As you can see, I have many ankle boots. I think it is because I prefer them the most. That’s the beauty of shoes; I have from flat soles to heels and simple to detail. Same goes with my brown coloured shoes. Wearing Uggs can be sometimes a relieve, especially in the winter month!

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Shoes are for all occasions. I can be so happy with just watching them displayed in my closet just because the heels are too high for wearing it all day. I keep this torture for special day’s hihi…

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Speaking about occasions, Summer shoes or Moroccan loafers, do I need to say more? And I even did not show you my whole collection of it. Ballerinas, sandals and slippers are during Summer nice to wear. Imagine wiggling your nail polished toes in them!

Which pair do you like Loves?

Beauty Review | KIKO Milano.

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I’m having Spring vibes with these colourful KIKO eye candy! I fell of course for the nail polish because I have a fling on the colour fuchsia and since I already have blue mascara I wanted to try the colour green, so why not finish it with an emerald green eyeshadow?

This is my first experience with KIKO and I’m hooked! With just one swipe and my nail was covered with the colour. It depends on yourself if you want a thicker layer. I do think that the nail polish bottle has a dull appearance. It is not something special or attractive. You would choose it only because of the colour. If you are into that, go for it! It didn’t stop me either.

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When I swatched the eyeshadow on my pols I’ve noticed that it has a matt pigment. You know me Loves, I do not really like matt make-up but this one looks pretty good. The packaged reminds me a bit of MAC. Black with a transparent opening. I like that the brand name is pressed into the eyeshadow palette. I gives that little extra chic touch.

Green matches brown very well. When I tried the mascara my eye colour stood out. It is very beautiful and different than usual. A Moroccan wedding is therefore a great opportunity to show it off or if you dare to use it during your daily work for that extra sparkle!

What do you think Loves, already in the mood for Spring?

Fashion #OOTD | Black & Grey.

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I can’t get enough of black and grey…Apparently. I think it’s because it is getting colder and darker every day. As you all know me; I don’t like the seasons autumn and winter. Too rainy, too dark too soon and windy! Especially the weather in the Netherlands changes just with a blink of an eye. Winter means also sweater weather! The only thing that I love. Sometimes I feel the need to snuggle all day with a comfy sweater. And whenever you go home you don’t want to change it you just wear your pjays instead of a skinny hihih…

The turtleneck sweater is made from mohair and is comfy oversized. It will keep me warm during these cold days. This time I wore a black waxed skinny. What I like about this skinny is it always stays black no matter how many times you wash it and it feels not to tight on my body like denim.

I roamed through many clothes racks, and still I did not find a black coat that I like. One day my lovely sister left hers at home and I didn’t give it back. If you read this sweetheart…Thank you! Hihi..

 

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When I threw a glimpse at my shoes (read: collection) I didn’t know what to wear or to choose. But I did know that I wanted something to wear that makes this outfit not from comfy to sloppy. Eventually it became one of my favourite black boots. I like the golden stud’s details on it. With the pointy nose and small heels it looks chic yet edgy.

Writing about details; I wore my bohemian necklace that I truly love! Since it’s a comfy look I chose my grey shopper. This bag is typical a throw-anything-you-want-in-it-bag. But the suede faux snakeskin look makes it not look sloppy.

What do you think Loves?

Coat: Zara Turtleneck sweater: H&M Black Waxed Skinny: H&M Boots: H&M Necklace: Primark Earrings: DRKS Shopper: Primark

Beauty Review | MAC Soft & Gentle.

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My first MAC gem is a fact and I’m in love! You know me Loves; shimmery and shiny make-up is my cup of tea. Many bloggers are very enthusiastic about the brand MAC and I’ve read many reviews that have won me over to buy and try it for myself. I don’t regret it!

I roamed the store like I was a kid in a candy store, so many beautiful things that I couldn’t choose! Lipsticks, foundations, blushes caught truly my eye. Eventually it became a highlighter that is well known.

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Soft & Gentle is a luxurious powder with 77-Mineral Complex that adds highlights to the face and body. You can apply it on the parts of your face like your cheeks, cheekbones, and the tip of your nose. Think about the strobing technique. Since you can also apply it on your body, how about a little swoop with your brush on your collarbones?

Although the package looks simple yet chic, it suits MAC. With limited editions and collaborations with artists the package will be adjusted. It makes me only more excited about it!

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What I also like is that it gives a natural glow on your face. I applied it on my face with a strobing technique and although you cannot see it well on the pictures because of natural light it gave my face an open look.

What do you think about this highlighter Loves?

Lifestyle | Inspiration For Motivation.

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My exams are just over and I feel that I’m very tired, having less energy to concentrate on my studies and blog. So I went through my goals to remind myself again.

One of my goals was to enjoy more of the beauty of life. I am definitely an over thinker and waiting on the results of my exams is for me so stressful! To put my focus elsewhere I made some small reminders for myself to remember my goals and I want to share them with you Loves.

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Whenever you have a long day you want to go to a place where you can relieve yourself and get rid of your daily routine thoughts. This place is my room. At such times, I prefer to be at a place where I can feel calm right away. I just make it comfy for a more relaxed feeling. My blanket will keep me warm when I want to write some of my ideas for my blog in my notebook or just simply write a poem. When I don’t want to write I just use my laptop to watch movies or my favourite series online.

Sometimes during hectic days you cannot find a moment to relax. So a motivation board full of motivational words or quotes is an amazing quick reminder for the hard work you do to reach your goals. How about music? I still listen to the playlist I shared on my blog. During the song you can take a moment to rest from your thoughts.

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What also don’t take much time, because you are already busy; is to browse in a magazine. I snoop in it to get fashion and beauty inspiration. Because of it I will know the latest trends and get inspired for outfits!

Everyone has his or her own way to get motivated and inspired. Share with me yours!

Beauty Look | Golden Smokey Eye.

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I tried a new contour look! I must say that I was more confident at the moment to try it again. Because of I want to stick with my way of applying make-up as ‘’natural’’ as possible, I’m glad to say I’m satisfied with the result.

Let me get right into it Loves! First I used my all-time favourite Essence Stay All Day Long Lasting Concealer in #10 Natural Beige. Not only suits this concealer perfectly with my skin tone, it also has light reflecting pigments for a naturally radiant complexion. I’m truly having a ‘’natural’’ look during my day which I prefer. I applied it under my eyes as upside down triangles for a more natural look. After that I applied it on my skin imperfections to tone it down.

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When I was done with the concealer I used Max & More Contour Stick. This stick has a contour part and a highlight part. It is very convenient whenever you want to travel or just for a quick touch up during your day! The other thing that I adore, yes adore. Max & More is cruelty free! Amazing right? Because I have an oval face I contoured the parts of my face where I supposed to do it. I used the highlighter of the stick under my eyebrows for a glowy open look.

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For my eyes I used I Heart Chocolate from I<3Makeup. I used the shade Chocolate Love on the inside of my eyelid until the middle of my eyelid. Then I used the shade More! From the middle until the outside of my eyelid. Then I blend it all for a whole look. On my under eye waterline I used You Need More shade for an overall look. When I finished I used again my all-time favourite Essence Eyeliner Pen for a small wing. For my eyelashes I used Waterproof Intense Black Extreme Volume Mascara also from Max & More. I must say that this mascara is a ‘’meh’’ the brush is a bit big for my eyelashes which makes me feel I do not use it optimally on my eyelashes.

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I mostly use a bronzer on my cheeks but this time I used Max & More Pressed Powder Blush in Peach #031.

Last but not least, on my lips I used Max & More Liquid Lip Colour in Aubergine. Such a great colour!

What do you think about this look Loves?

Beauty Review | From Coral To Last Tango.

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Is it just me or does lipsticks give you a good feeling whenever you use it on your lips or see it collecting dust on your vanity? Which woman doesn’t have at least one or thousand lipsticks from all the colours in the world? Or who doesn’t buy every single time the colour that suits perfectly on you and want to try another shade but you end up with the first one? Believe me when I say you are not alone. I salute you!

I have this with the colour fuchsia and only with the dark pink ‘’red-ish’’ shade. Whenever I use this lipstick colour on my lips I feel instantly more feminine, like fierce.

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So I wandered in the make-up isle of my local drugstore and took these candies into the shopping basket. I love the cute and chic look from Essence lipsticks! You would think that a budget brand will not do his work like a high end product but oh boy you would think twice if you try Essence. I have nothing but good experiences with the brand.

Same goes with the make-up from H&M and I’m even not writing about my thoughts on the packaging. Love it!

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Talking about lipstick colours, I have mixed feelings about the colour nude. It is always attractive for me to buy one. It reminds me of Kylie Jenner because it looks so good on her! Secretly I want it to look good on me too but always end up with a fuchsia one.

Which fav colour do you have Loves?

Lifestyle | Hi, Meet My Blog!

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Because I know Loves that having a blog and maintaining it is a hard knock life but at the end always worth it so show me your hard work!

As I was writing about my goals of 2016 which two of them is collaborate with others and lift up my social media is this blogpost a good chance to accomplish and continue on with it.

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Being recognized of your work is the best feeling in the world and this feeling I would never deny my fellow bloggers simple because it is just not in my nature. We all started from the bottom and are where we want to be or still going strong to reach it. I want to read more blogs then the ones I got my blog spotlight on and mostly I want to meet you.

Enough of the mushy talk! Spam in the comments who you are, about what you write and your blog link. Easy right?

Fashion #OOTD | Faux Fur In January.

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My first OOTD of 2016! It took me a while because I’m having troubles with my camera. I’m not happy how it turns out whenever I put them in my laptop. Too dark! Too blurry! I really want a new one!

Black skinny jeans; I never can get enough of them. This versatile garment you will always find it in my closet and I believe I’m not the only one. What I like about this skinny jean is the fabric. It contains cotton but also elastane so I can move freely during my day.

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With the cold in the Netherlands I’m glad I found my holy grail in turtle necks sweaters and that for someone who used to hate them! I’m kind of enjoying the grey colour. This shade of grey in particularly. This time I chose for a half up turtle neck to wear because one; for a change and two I like wearing sweaters in this season!

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To stay warm I wore my faux fur gilet too. I love how edgy it looks. To keep my outfit monochrome I wore my black ankle boots with it and a black crossover bag. As you all know me Loves I like good accessories. My Daniel Wellington watch is a classic because of the black wrist belt it matches perfectly with my silver bracelets. Even though the details on my crossover bag are golden I kept my jewellery black and silver because why not? Nobody is perfect and certainly not me when it comes to outfits.

What do you think Loves?

 

Turtle neck sweater: Primark Skinny Jean: Primark Faux Fur Gilet: Forever21 Boots: H&M Crossover Bag: Forever21 Watch: Daniel Wellington Bracelets: Morocco Earrings: Bijou Brigitte

Beauty Review | I Heart Chocolate.

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You want to take a bite, don’t you?! Hihi…It does look edible! I had the same thoughts when I saw it in my local drugstore. And I wanted to buy it even more when I knew it is a dupe of Too Faced Chocolate bar.

The 16 eyeshadow palette is literally an eye candy but the thing with beauty is that what’s inside that counts and to be honest I was more impressed about the package then the eyeshadow colours. A lot of colours looked similar and I rather had that the name colours was written inside the palette not loose on a foil paper.

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For a dupe it is not that bad though. The pigment compensates the small flaws. When you smell it…Yes, it sounds weird but I always smell my make-up it’s a habit but also I’m not going to buy make-up that doesn’t make me feel comfortable wearing it; it does smell like chocolate! Hihi…Crazy right! If I could share the scent with you Loves you would agree with me!

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I swatched the colours so that you can judge for yourself Loves. From the top down: You Need Love, Piece Me Together, One More Piece, Love Torn, Stolen Chocolate, Thank Friday, More! And Pleasure Girl.

The first eight colours looked great then I started with the second eight colours and I lost a bit of my enthusiasm because some colours looks like the same or the same colour has a shimmery glow. This palette contains 16 colours and by the looks of it while I bought it I did not realize that the colors are a bit similar.

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Again from the top down: Meet Chocolate, Unforgiveable, Love Divine, Smooth Criminal, Chocolate Love, You Need More, What A Way To GO and Endorphins Ready!

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Despite this small flaw this palette is still a great eyeshadow to use for new looks! What do you think Loves?

Lifestyle | Hello From The Other Side.

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‘’Hello from the other side I must have called a thousand times to tell you I’m sorry for everything that I’ve done, but when I call you never seem to be home, Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I’ve tried.’’

Yes, I’m guilty of listening to Adele’s songs too. But this is not what this blogpost is about. It’s about my rose gold beauty. Hello! I want to share with you Loves an update from my other blogpost about Fashion Goodies Right In Your Pocket.

It was time for a change. I enjoyed all of them and I still enjoy the app All Womenstalk. This app gives you a tour through a woman’s world. From tips; tricks; mindfulness; relationships to recipes you can find it all. Again, I still enjoy the H&M app. I’m even an H&M Club member! Every euro you spend on purchases you collect points for discount vouchers, special offers and exclusive events! Amazing right? Because of it I was invited to the H&M beauty department launch. And you can do it too! Just download the app and subscribe to the H&M Club. Your welcome gift will be 50 points and a 10% discount!

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Style.com and Fashion Network made place for Vogue Runway. I love this app! I can watch all the fashion shows from all over the world with just a slide away. Sitting front row with just my pyjamas on and a messy bun oh so lovely!

I have a subscription on the Glamour Magazine since 2012 and with the app I can take the magazine everywhere. Perfect for when I’m on the road. This app has nothing to do with fashion but sure hell with life. Clue the app to register your cycle. It calculates your period, your moods, your fertile window and even answers questions like what is PMS? Is my cycle normal? I really recommend this app to Loves who are trying to regulate their periods and trying to get pregnant. As for me it is a great calendar!

I also add Flipagram & Pomelo. Flipagram to make video’s from pictures. I asked you Loves in mine previous blogpost what your thoughts are about me starting a YouTube channel. I am still thinking about it but using Flipagram for my Instagram for sharing my make-up looks is a good start. Speaking about Instagram. I’m even thinking to start using a filter on it to make my Instagram account more professional. Pomelo is a great app to work with.

Further then this all I use standard apps for blogging. Like WordPress and Facebook page. When it comes to social media apps I use Google+ Bloglovin’ Twitter Snapchat (SaidaSnaps) and Instagram like most of you.

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This is it Loves! If you know any apps that are great to use don’t hesitate to let me know.

Lifestyle | My Goals For 2016.

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Goals: wishes that everyone wants to become true, you just have to work hard for it.

To be honest Loves, making goals gives me a feeling of pressure. I question myself if I could make it and if I don’t I’ll feel that I have failed. This is the reason why I rather live by the day. As I’m getting older I have learned that if you want something you have to work hard for it so I have to bite the bullet.

When you want to set goals for yourself you have to aim for what is possible for you to handle otherwise you will fail. This is something that I have to keep in the back of my mind; be realistic.

Let me start first with my blog goals.

1) Write more on saidachahid.com.

It has to be said. I have to make time for my blog to enjoy more of it. Sometimes I feel that I get sloppy. This is crazy because I love to write! I’m going to work forward on my blogposts to publish them more on my blog.

2) Collaborate with others and companies.

2015 was a good year when it comes to collaborations! I loved every bit of it and in 2016 I want to lay my focus more on it. It is an amazing feeling when you get to know new people and brands all over the whole world. Let’s keep this feeling!

3) Go to events.

Interaction is important for bloggers and going to events is a perfect way to build a network. As a blogger I get invited once in a while for events and this is to me the cherries of a pie. So, ‘’let’s get fat!’’

4) Lift up my social media.

I’m very happy with the support I get from my Loves! To give something back I want to interact more on it then I already do. Because why not? It is free!

5) Buy a new camera.

I want to take my blog to a higher level and the same goes with my pictures. The camera I use is perfect for product pictures but lets me quite down when it comes to making pictures for outfits. This has to change so I better start with saving!

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Here comes my personal goals and let me warn you Loves; it’s quite cliché.

1) Focus more on my faith and believes.

I’m a Muslim. A proud one. I want to live more by the rules of the holy Quran. 2014 and 2015 was very intense years for me a lot happened and I have to close chapters to forgive. Having resentments makes you feel so sad! It is just not worth my energy. I was mad at people for a long time and now it is time to let it go and move on!

2) My education!

This goal deserves an exclamation mark! I have to work hard for my diploma. Years before my current education I didn’t know what to do nor did I know what I want. It frustrated me so much and because of it lost many opportunities to get a diploma. This has to change; like ASAP! As a wallflower I finally found the education that suits me perfectly! Namely: Media, Information & Communication (MIC). You’ll get trained to be an all-round media professional and as a blogger this is right up my alley!

3) Read more.

When I was younger I devoured books! From romans to biographies to true stories. I used to love to imagine myself in the world of the book characters. Such a great feeling!

4) Enjoy the beauty of life.

I’m an over thinker and sometimes for no reason at all. I have to remind myself to take a moment to breathe and enjoy the simple things of life like a sunset or a wind blow through my hair.

5) Give negativity no chance.

Negative things or people can control my mood. It shouldn’t be. Sometimes it’s better for me to have a ‘’frozen moment’’ and scream LET IT GOOOOO! LET IT GO! It already feels good hihi…Try it!

6) Get healthy.

I have primary lactose intolerance. It is caused by insufficient production of the enzyme lactase. Basically I cannot tolerate products that contain milk/milk sugars. I have to chance my diet which I’m glad it is perfect maintainable! Not only I want work on my nutrition but I want to work out more. Indeed!

7) Get my driver license.

26 years old and I still don’t have it. It is just a shame. No comments.

8) Don’t spend money on rubbish.

Believe it or not I even have a ‘’No buy list”! Crazy right? Do I even need to say more…?

9) Save money.

Read goal five.

10) Make my 2016 goals count.

No words needed.

Beauty Review | French Look Rose.

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I am surprised! My local grocery store sells make-up. The place where I thought they sell only groceries has a small beauty display. At first they only sold a small amount of beauty products like perfume, cotton swabs and pads, deodorant and bath/shower products. I used them once and I felt that these products are too harsh for my skin and hair. But I’m truly impressed by their make-up!

These products are very low budget but worth your money. I tried this French manicure nail polish from the brand Cien the brand from Lidl. When I tried the first try of painting my nails; the first thing that came on my mind is: this is not so bad at all!

The first try is perfectly fine if you want that natural French manicure look. I let it dry for a bit and put a second layer on my nails because I wanted a full coverage instead of see a through look, if you know what I mean?

I’m happy with the results! Do you? I’m going to keep Cien in my mind for probably a low budget look VS high-end look which is written on my beauty list.

To be continued Loves!

Fashion Review | TWYN By Mi Moneda & Swarovski.

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I went to my first press event I was very excited and still am about it. If you follow me on Instagram and Snapchat (SaidaSnaps) you could get a glimpse of that day, which I believe that you would love. Otherwise let me give you a quick reminder of which brands I got introduced at.

OPI.

The perfect nail polish to every woman. They focus on beautiful coloured fingernails and taking care of them. Using a base coat and a top coat after you use the colour of your choice is very important. O.P.I. is a professional nail care industry that is committed to give their users safety and innovation. The brand is also well known of their exceptional formula, fashionable colours and iconic names!

Silhouette.

Authentic eyewear since 1964, Austrian made. The eyewear is based on beauty and harmony. The designs are sleek and timeless. What impressed me the most is the frame of the glasses. It is weightless! Whenever you put it on you feel that you have no glasses on at all. And with the many designs there is something for everyone.

Omoda.

Omoda is an online shoe web shop for fashionable women, men and children. Something for everyone! It is a truly shoe Walhalla for online shoe shoppers. From different brands to colour and sizes you’ll find your own dream pair!

Swarovski.

The brand I truly got impressed by! Their well-known crystals shine like little stars. You can imagine why I’m very happy with the gift that is been given to me on the press day. Whoop! The rose gold colour is very hip and trending and I like it!

Take What You Need by Mi Moneda.

As I told you in my event report; Mi Moneda has a new sister! Take What You Need to be exact! The changeable bar necklace is born. Designer Michelle got inspired by women all over the world. Talking about women empowering! The story behind it is mainly to make you feel comfortable in your own life. To give you a small reminder that everything is going to be alright because we all worry about the little things in life. This bar necklace is very stylish and fashionable! The design is minimalistic and can be chosen in three colours. Silver, gold and rose gold. The colours of this autumn! The changeable bar can be changed for a bar already designed by Take What You Need or you can personalize your own bar. Isn’t that amazing?

It is! I got MY OWN necklace bar! Personalized and signed, sealed and delivered to me! I wanted my own name on my bar. It is very personal because my name is handwritten. I just love it!

 

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Beauty Look | Purple Rain.

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I did a new make-up look for you Loves. Finally! The look I made is perfect for the upcoming holidays. It is not too heavy, which is nice during your day when you spend time with friends and family celebrating!

First I used Etos Mattifying Primer. This primer mattifies the skin lengthy and absorbs sebum, perfectly suited for oily skin. The primer fades imperfections and provides a levelling effect. What I love about this primer is it is free of preservatives and perfumes and it has vitamin E in it. Whoop! After the primer I used Essence Stay All Day Concealer #10 Natural Beige. This concealer is truly my all-time favourite. It matches my skin tone perfectly! I applied it under my eyes as an upside down triangle to blemish my dark circles. Applying it as an upside down triangle gives more a natural look. Then I started with the last part of my face make-up. I used Max Factor Xperience Weightless Foundation in Beige Linen #50 such a mouth full! It does feel weightless and it is oil free. Again, perfect for my skin type! On the apple of my cheeks I used Primark Shimmer Blush. The pen broke so I poured it in a clean Nivea facial cream jar. Handy right?

On my eyes I used H&M 4 Eyeshadow Palette in particularly the purple and light beige colours. I like shimmery make-up more than matt ones. It sparkles beautifully in the light! I like the effect that it gives. Back to my eye make-up; first I applied the beige eyeshadow colour on the inside of my moving eyelid until the middle of my eyelid then I applied the purple eyeshadow colour on the middle of my eyelid until the outside of my eye. Then I applied Essence Superfine Eyeliner Pen for a wing. On my eyelashes I used Essence Maximum Definition Volume Mascara. Yet again my all-time favourite! On the corner of my eyes I used Douglas Jumbo Shadow Pen for a highlight.

Last but not least I used Calvin Klein Lipstick in the colour Desire. I forgot to put it with my flat lay but click here for the swatch!

While I was shooting for this look I had to work asap! The weather changes so fast in the Netherlands and I use natural light for my pictures when I finished the rain started to poor and dark clouds filled up the sky. The lipstick colour that I used reminded me of Purple Rain from Prince. What an imagination!

What do you think of this look Loves?

Lifestyle Collab | Be Healthy Be Forever.

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As I’m getting older I have noticed that I’m taking more care of myself. Taking care of my health plays a big part of it. To me it is such a big part because I’m still going in and out to hospitals to check my health. I’m suffering from distended abdomen. Only drinking of water and my belly swells. It is very annoying especially when you know in your mind you did not eat anything and you feel already full. But you cannot live only on water. This common scene, I’m gladly that I still have especially sometimes I feel very bloated because of my stomach. I’m happier about the fact that I can say the reason of my swollenness of my stomach is caused because I’m lactose intolerant. So I have to change my diet drastically. And to be honest it is hard because I can’t eat the most of the food that I’ve been eating my whole life.

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Drinking Aloe Vera helps me to reduce the bloating feeling. This magical drink helps truly during my day! It even helps to regulate my bowel movements. This is perfect understandable because Aloe Vera has many benefits! It catered for proper digestion, it gives a good balance in your intestines, and it stimulates cell growth, is rich in minerals and is a good source of vitamins! Amazing right?

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I certainly believe that good health start in the inside. Whenever you feel good in your own skin you’ll show it on the outside. Be Healthy Be Forever helps me to stay steadfastly in my diet. Their personal advice to me is such a great help and since I drink it I feel more energetic and comfortable in my own body!

Fashion #OOTD | Trench Coat & Emerald Green.

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With the latest collections in every store you can see that 50 shades of green are hip and happening right now and I must say; such a beautiful colour! I can find myself in the green colour fashion trend. Especially in emerald green.

It is all about the details and I love the cut out with lace on my top. It gives that bohemian look and I like the bohemian style! Chic and bohemian is a perfect combination when you want to style an outfit. So I like my trench coat. Every lady should have one in her closet. It just never goes out of style! I searched a lot to find the one I truly like; imagine how happy I was when I finally found it!

When it comes to college I need a big bag to carry my books and laptop with me. This shopper is perfect for it. It is very spacious, everything fits in it. Literally; phone and laptop chargers, make-up bag, notebook and agenda. Amazing right?

My pointy nose shoe I just can’t get enough of it. The striking heels are just lovely to watch.

What do you think Loves?

Trench Coat: Primark Top: Casual Clothing Denim Jean: Bershka Shoes: H&M Bag: C&A Double Dots Earrings: Action

Lifestyle | Blog Spotlight On!

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Blogging is to me a way to express your creativity. To let your thoughts loose on the things that you truly like. The bloggers lives is well known as hard work, making plans and interact with many people all over the world and with companies from your own blog content. Yes, it’s a hard knock bloggers life! But it doesn’t have to be. The most important thing of blogging is to enjoy it. To find peace with your own work.

Why not appreciate the work of other fellow bloggers? We all have something in common: our blogs, we all started from the bottom and are on the place where we want to be.

So Loves, I want to introduce you to my favourite’s blogs. I visit these blogs often to admire their beautiful pictures and learn more about fashion, beauty and lifestyle. You would love them too!

I Am A Fashioneer.
Nadia Aboulhosn.
Wendy van Soest.
Sincerly Jules.

Did I impress you? Told you so!

Beauty Review | Pink Nudes.

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As I said in my Touch Of Gold make-up look I’ve been wandering through my make-up stash. Since I started blogging I feel I purchase a lot of new beauty goodies to use for reviews and new looks. I have to put a hold on myself and my wallet and use the goodies I already have. I don’t want to throw the half away just because it is expired. That would be a waste right Loves?

I am already impressed by the new beauty department of H&M and over the clothing even more. The pigment of this eyeshadow palette is just perfect. Even the white one can you see very well. The light soft pink surprised me too. I thought you would not see the difference between white but the glow of the light soft pink is quite good to see. Imagine when you combine it with the other colours for a beautiful look.

Pink, I’m thinking i’m growing a new obsession on that colour…

What do you think about this eyeshadow palette Loves?

Event Report | New Collections & Brands. MooiPR.

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I was invited to MooiPr Happy Day where I got introduced to new collections and brands. If you follow me on Instagram and Snapchat (SaidaSnaps) you would see a glimpse of the beautiful new collections of Swarovski, Omoda, Silhouette, OPI & Mi Moneda. I was truly impressed by Swarovski from the moment I walked in! The sparkles of the crystal made me feel like a kid in a candy store. So many colours! I love it!

Swarovski.

Not only is Swarovski well known for their crystals but also till today a family company run by 5th generation family members! Such a beautiful loyalty. Their new collection is inspired by the many coral reefs. You would see different colours than you used to see from Swarovski. The colours like sea blue, golden brown and sweet rose pearls are eye candy’s.

Atelier Swarovski is known of their high fashion collections. They collaborated with Miranda Kerr and H&M and having new collaborations with Jean Paul Gaultier and Frederikson Stallard. I know Jean Paul Gaultier as a designer who focusses on the beauty of imperfections. You can see this too in the collection with Swarovski. The golden brown necklaces have imperfect crystals that I truly like. It shows me that imperfections are beautiful too! Frederikson Stallard wanted to show with their Swarovski collection that you should protect the things you truly love. It is shown at their design. The crystals are saved in a ‘’cage’’. What a beautiful thought.

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Mi Moneda.

Mi Moneda “My Coin” in Spanish is a luxurious brand inspired by vintage coins that creates a spiritual sense. You can change the coin to your own feeling and thoughts! Your own personalized necklace, who doesn’t what like that? Now they introduced the changeable bar necklace “Take What You Need’’. Designer Michelle got inspired by women all over the world. Talking about women empowering! The story behind it is mainly to make you feel comfortable in your own life. To give you a small reminder that everything is going to be alright because we all worry about the little things in life. This bar necklace is very stylish and fashionable! The design is minimalistic and can be chosen in three colours. Silver, gold and rose gold. The colours of this autumn! The changeable bar can be changed for a bar already designed by Take What You Need or you can personalize your own bar. Isn’t that amazing?

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Silhouette.

Authentic eyewear since 1964, Austrian made. The eyewear is based on beauty and harmony. The most demanding requirements in terms of design are to let the individuality of the wearer shine. The designs are sleek and timeless. What impressed me the most is the frame of the glasses. It is weightless! Whenever you put it on you feel that you have no glasses on at all. And with the many designs there is something for everyone.

O.P.I.

The perfect nail polish to every woman. They focus on beautiful coloured fingernails and taking care of them. Using a base coat and a top coat after you use the colour of your choice is very important. O.P.I. is a professional nail care industry that is committed to give their users safety and innovation. The brand is also well known of their exceptional formula, fashionable colours and iconic names! Did you see the light of their Starlight Collection? Beautiful!

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Omoda.

Shoes! Shoes! Shoes! My guilty pleasure. Omoda gave me the chills! What more do I have to say?

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Which collection do you love Loves?

 

Fashion #OOTD | Sweet Pink.

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Who likes pink? I do! I feel very comfortable when I wear something in the colour pink. I think it’s because I see the colour pink as something sweet, cute and elegant. It probably sounds crazy in your ears but it is just beautiful colour! Even all the shades of pink are beautiful. Not only in clothing but also in décor; like candles, vases etc. And how about nail polish? Lingerie? Perfume? I think it is just the woman in me…Hihi.

When I was younger I hated turtleneck sweaters! I would not wear them; I even cannot look at them! It looked so hideous on others and on me. You know what they say; old fashion always comes back so I took the opportunity and bought one. What was I thinking!? They are so pretty! I love them now. It gives you warmth, it looks elegant especially when you put your hair up and it comes with many colours and of course in different versions. What more could I wish for?

What also is happening in fashion is sleeveless gilets, (trench) coats and blazers. You either love or hate it. The woolen gilet I’m wearing, I have it quite a while now and to be honest I don’t wear it a lot because I would not wear something like that daily. Once in a while will do just fine for me.

Pink shoes! Who would ever think that I’m going to wear one? I love that it looks chic and boyish at the same time. Weird can be sometimes good too. That is what I thought when I saw this bag on the shelf at the Guess store. A mix match of the same colour looks so edgy, a unique item in your own closet.

What do you think about turtleneck sweaters and sleeveless items Loves?

Woolen Gilet: H&M Turtleneck Sweather: Casual Clothing Denim Jean: Zara Bag: Guess Shoes: H&M Arm Candy: H&M Rings: Lucardi

Beauty Look | A Touch Of Gold.

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I think I have eaten an ‘’beauty inspiration’’ cookie. I’m having a beauty mood, I went through my vanity and paid a visit to my make-up stash and noticed that I have a lot unused lovely goodies. That has to change! So I put the ones I used a lot out of my sight and brought the unused ones in sight. While I was at it, let me do a new make-up look!

I have a routine when it comes to putting my make-up on, namely when I do a make-up look for my blog. First I used the Primer from Etos to smoothen my skin from impurities. Then I used Essence Stay All Day Concealer under my eyes. I apply it as an upside down triangle for that natural look. After that I blemished my natural redness with it. I let it just like that for a minute to let it dry on my face. When the minute was over I used Max Factor Experience Beige Linen 50 Weightless Foundation. It covers just enough. What I like about this foundation is its oil free so it won’t clog pores. Yay! And it has SPF 10 which is always good.

When I let it again dry for a minute I used Essence All About Matt Fixing Compact Powder to prevent oily skin during my day. Then I started with my eyes. I only used the two colours under on the palette from La Femme #01. I have this golden oldie for a while now and blamed myself why I didn’t use it before! It is so beautiful. It has a good pigmentation and I love the sparkles in it! I used the golden colour first. I started on the inside of my eyelid to the middle of my eyelid. Then I blended the brown/golden colour from the middle until the outside of my eye. To finish my eyes I used Volume Mascara from Hema.

Last but not least I used on my lips the lipstick from Calvin Klein Venus. I love my Calvin’s!

What do you think Loves?

Beauty Review | Perfume Fragrances.

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Perfume bottles, an eye candy on every vanity or dresser. The essence of smell, it brings you to memorable moments. I just get an ‘’hmm…ahh’’ moment every time I spray it on myself.

Yes, I love perfume! Not going to lie or even deny…Nope! Smelling good is very important to me. Not only with perfume but also with good hygiene.

I want to show you Loves my three favourites. I enjoy all three of them so a top three is irrelevant. Éclat d´Arpège from Lanvin has a fresh intense wooden smell. It is perfect if you don’t like that heavy wooden smell, like I do. Dolce & Gabbana Rose The One is a perfume that surprised me! I thought it would smell too sweet, like girly-girly cotton candy. If you know what I mean. It has more that feminine smell, a typical business woman smell. It sounds crazy but I want you to imagine the smell. The name already said it; it has a rose smell combined with citrus and florals like lily of the valley and peony. A perfect combination! What I like about Wish Pink Diamond Chopard is not only the shape of the bottle, a diamond! But also you can use it daily. It is not heavy or not sweet at all. More like floral and fruity. This is not a crazy because it has a fusion of apricots, mandarin, sandalwood and amber.

Let me share with you Loves some tips to enjoy more of your perfume. To keep the smell longer whenever you spray it. Place the eye candy’s far away from the sun. Keep them in a room that has a room-temperature. The heat ‘’absorbs’’ the smell and changes the colour. It would be a shame if that happened! Especially because you paid quite a dime for it. Spray it on your hairbrush. Every time you comb your hair, your hair will smell like your favourite perfume! Plus its way better then spraying it directly on your hair because most perfume has the ingredient alcohol in it and you don’t want to have dry hair because of it. Put a tip of Vaseline on the places you want to spray it on, think about your wrists, behind your ears, on your chest. Spray it into the air and walk right under it with your clothes on to enjoy more of the smell during your day!

Which is your favourite perfume Loves? Maybe I could add it to my collection. Sharing is caring!

New In | Rose Gold Beauty.

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Since the day before yesterday I’m a proud owner of the iPhone 6s Rose Gold! It feels soooo new, so fresh, and so clean! The colour Rose Gold looks so cute like a little puppy! Truly an apple of my eye! Ha…Get it? Apple…Hihi.

As you can read I’m a bit obsessed about it. Then again who wouldn’t? It runs so fast and comes with great features like 3D Touch and Live Photo’s. As a blogger the megapixel of a camera is quite important. What we all do for that Instagrammin’ Tweetin’ Snapchatin’ Facebookin’ perfect picture! So, I’m a major fan of their improved camera.

Whenever I got a new phone, due to extend phone subscription I want to personalize it asap. The first thing I do is order the apps Apple already has on it. Then I download my favourite apps and wander through google images for that perfect wallpaper. Mine is a sketch from Elie Saab.

I must say that I don’t like the 16GB I have on it. It should not be a choice to choose from 64GB, 128GB. Nowadays you just use a lot of storage. To me it is not a major problem, I just have to adjust but I understand for others it could.

Tell me Loves, any ideas for phone covers?

Ps. I reached a new milestone on Twitter, 1K followers! Yay! Do you follow me on it?

Fashion #OOTD | Colourful Autumn.

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The only thing I like about autumn is the warmth that it brings. Candles flicker romantic, fuzzy socks and pumpkin spiced sweets. I don’t know about you Loves but I automatically change my wardrobe and outfits into autumn proof.

I like the dark red colour of my blazer and the details on the sleeve. It makes me feel retro! I wore it with my peplum top I had hidden for a while in my closet. It didn’t fit me back then. If you follow me on Instagram you would know I’m taking more care of my body. I started to hit the gym and eat healthier, I lost already 4 kilos! I’m happy and determined to lose more weight. Thumbs up for me!

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Back into my OOTD. The denim jean I wore is a cigar fit. I like the way how it fits on my body. It is slightly different from skinny jeans because of the leg opening. I just feel more comfy in it. Very feminine with my peplum top! The buttons on the back and the long part of the top is just a surprise whenever you see the back.

Shoes-bag-top match! I love my shoes, the details on it is edgy, perfect when I combined it with my chic bucket bag. I toned down with jewellery. I wore only my pearl dots and an ear cuff. Chic X Edgy!

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Tel me Loves! Do you like the warmth of autumn too?

 
Blazer: Primark Top: H&M Denim Jean: Zara: Shoes: H&M Bucket Bag: Mango Earrings: Primark Ear Cuff: H&M

Fashion Collab | Leren Connor Goes Festival Wear.

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Leren Connor, she surprised me again! Her artistic expression I can see again in her festival collection. Her originality and attention to detail proves to be her trademark which I truly appreciate. When I see this collection the first thing that comes to my mind is happiness. The typical festival mood laid back and relaxed. Skirts from strips of fabric, tulle and crop tops anything goes!

”Over the last few months, Leren Connor and the team have taken a dramatic turn on the route to achieving their goals through the fashion industry and now the Festival scene.

This year LerenHQ Has spent a lot of time getting to know the Comic Convention industry which has also enticed the start of costume design through both Leren Connor and GYGO (get your geek on) the sister brand. Taking a step back from usual routine and embarking on a new path this small independent label has been making some big steps in all the right places.

So much has changed and due to this the team is thoroughly excited about the next year to come. Back in 2012 Leren attended her 1st Festival “Wilderness” as a trader, from this the team has been eager to get stuck in with the festival scene, this year it happened. At the end of August this label travelled down south to attend Into the Wild Festival, with the designs selling like hot cakes Leren is even more determined to get the Festival wear out there. Festivals are a great way to express costume design as well which is why it will also be a great marketing place for GYGO the sister brand which specializes in geek wear and costume design.

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80% of what this label does is recycled and upcycled, the free fabric skirts and headbands you see are made from all the scraps collected in the Leren Connor studio.”

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(Pictures originally from Leren Connor.)

Her hold on environmentally friendly design also applies to this collection and that makes it yet again unique. You can see that she loves what she makes and it also radiates from her collections.

The growth she is experiencing is noticed. Hard work really pays off. Her devotion will bring her to high places that she deserves. We will hear from her again!

Do you love this collection as much as I do?

Fashion #OOTD | Summer X Autumn.

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Autumn. The season I’d rather not have. Especially in the Netherlands, the weather is a mess! The sun was shining, fifteen minutes later it rained. Quite daunting if you want to shoot for outfits!

I have to make the best of it, so I wore my pink sweater with the blue blouse I wore for this summer OOTD. Combining summer clothing with cardigans or sweaters works perfectly fine. Because the weather changes a lot I wore my black sailor blazer with it. The buttons has anchors on it and I love this detail!

This autumn you will see a lot of knee boots, I bought mine last autumn so I’m happy I already had them. I wore it with a denim jean, warm and comfy! Perfect for those college days to look feminine and fashionable. This style I truly love!

Statement necklaces are an item that is still coming back. They don’t call them statement necklaces for a reason, so many of them to choose from! I kept mine simple because I just like simple and elegant.

I added a new bag into my collection. Just like shoes it’s a habit I have.

What do think about this OOTD Loves?

Blazer: H&M Blouse: Primark Sweater: H&M Denim Jean: Bershka Knee Boots: H&M Necklace: Primark Rings: Morocco & Lucardi Clutch: Yves Saint Laurent.

Beauty | My Beauty Favourites.

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Having good beauty products is half the work of what comes looking with beauty. Not only the right tools but also what should not be missing in your vanity. The basic is truly what matters. Leastwise, it is a good start for making my work easy.

Let me show you Loves what my favourites are.

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Good mascara and eyeliners I cannot live without. These two are truly the ones I just buy every month even though I don’t need them. I have a bit of a ‘’bad habit’’ when it comes too mascara. I’m always trying and searching for the right brush. And I must say the small brushes of mascara works perfect for my small eyelashes.

A brown blush, in particularly a shimmer one for that Summer glowy look. I cannot get enough of it either. Who doesn’t want Summer all year?

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I think that perfume is every woman’s guilty pleasure. Just the bottles are candy’s to look at. I’m a major fan of sweet and woody scented perfume. Same goes with nail polishes. Every woman should have a red one, the one for that classic look. And me…Well blue and silver. Needless to say.

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Heat protected spray and BB cream are beauty products that you cannot miss. I use BB cream daily. It is a perfect alternative of foundation. I go for a BB cream for that natural look. I wrote about my hair secrets. You would know I style my hair a lot and a heat protected spray is counted in my hair routine.

As you have noticed my flat lays are not only with beauty products but also accessories. The reason behind it is décor and that accessories are just like beauty products a detail that makes a look complete.

What are your beauty favourites?

Travel | Versatile Morocco.

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I’m not a travel blogger Loves, but these vacay pictures I really want to share with you. Delusion with me through cultural, historical, beautiful Morocco.

Oujda.

Oujda is my city that I go every Summer too. This city is a city in north-eastern Morocco, the eighth largest city in the country. The city is located about fifteen kilometres west of the Algerian border and about sixty kilometres south of the Mediterranean coast.
I truly find my peace when I go home. This city has not only beautiful architecture but the nature has clean air to breathe. The parks are full of flowers and greens that make you happy just by watching them. Most of all my lovely family are around me.
Whenever you go to Morocco, I recommend not staying in only one place. Make your own adventure!

Rabat.

Rabat is the capitol of Morocco.

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Al Hoceima.

The beautiful port of Morocco.

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There are many places I’ve been too in Morocco. Tangier, Asilah, Tetouan, Chefchaouan, Al Hoceima, Nador and more. It would be a travel book and not a fashion blog!

For someone who lives in two cultures (Dutch & Moroccan), lives with both worlds. As much I enjoy visiting my country I have a life in the Netherlands simply because I’m born and raised here. Morocco will always be a place to my heart.

Which city would you like to visit in Morocco?

Beauty Review | My Hair Secrets.

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I’ve been taking more care of my hair. I swear by Argan oil. This is truly my golden elixir! I use it daily, when I finish with showering and I apply it after I style my hair.

I did a blogpost before about Argan oil. It has many benefits that will help to protect your hair, to make it healthier and give that natural shine back. It should be in your daily routine to see the difference.

Moroccan women are well known for using natural beauty goodies. Remember my blogpost about rosewater? I use it for my facial routine. Same goes for rosewater, it has many benefits!

Why not mix these goodies together? I used this mix when I went to the beach in Morocco. I wanted to protect my hair from the salty water and the sun. I was so positive about it that I decided to use it more often. As you all know, water and oil does not mix. In this case it doesn’t matter because even though it didn’t truly mix together, the Argan oil was not so oily anymore which makes it perfect for daily use for the ones who don’t prefer oil at all in their hair. Besides a small drop of Argan oil only does not make your hair look like too oily! I use this mix mainly on the ends of my hair to keep it moisturized.

I see and feel that my hair is getting healthier. That I never dyed my hair has to do something with it too. I do style my hair a lot so I’m going to keep using these goodies!

What are your hair secrets?

Fashion #OOTD | Ocean Blue & Sparkling Silver.

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Going to a Moroccan wedding is a perfect moment to take the time to dress and make-up. You can take your beautiful dress out of the closet and feel like Cinderella for a night. Everything is possible, except let the pumpkin carriage to the bride and the groom. You don’t want to exaggerate. After all, it is their moment.

Like any wedding it is a family and friends gathering. Music plays, people on the dancefloor and food in abundance. If you follow me on Instagram and snapchat (SaidaSnaps) you would catch a glimpse of the wedding day. You’ll love it!

As you all know me Loves, blue and silver! The decision was easy to make so I said yes to the dress.

Moroccan dresses are well known for their rich clothing fabrics. The ocean blue fabric is a sari and has hand-sewn rhinestones on it with sequins. The belt is handwoven.

When I’m wearing a Moroccan dress I prefer simple accessories with it. The dress is already an eye catcher so I don’t want to over dress. Same goes for my hair. I did a low bun, to keep it chic. Even though it is simple, it suits perfectly with a Moroccan dress. If you would like to know how I did my make-up that day, let me know and I will redo the make-up look!

I had such a great time! I really love to attend one. Imagine when I’m going to get married….

Would you wear a Moroccan dress?

Event Report | The Beauty Department From H&M.

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I was invited to the exclusive H&M beauty event. Such a beautiful experience to attend too! Let me introduce you to the new beauty department of H&M, I promise you, you’ll love it!

H&M is well known from their varied collections, they have applied it to their beauty department too. From skincare to make-up brushes you’ll find it all!

Many colours dominate the shelves, a truly colour Walhalla. What I like about the beauty goodies is they are well pigmented and it stays long when you apply it. Perfect for my up-coming autumn make-up looks! Besides they are make-up candy’s to your eyes. The chic packaging will stand beautiful on your vanity.

I wandered around and took the opportunity to look for an eyebrow kit. The Espresso brow kit caught my eye. I’m going to use it for new looks this autumn. Since I already wanted to try contouring, these blend brushes came in handy. They feel so soft and look professional on my stand. The quality is good too, they don’t lose any hair.

Do you know the new department of H&M too?

Note To Loves | These Are My Confessions.

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We all have those days that you look at yourself in the mirror to self-reflect. To think about the choices you have made it the past and going to make in the future. There will be a time that you’ll say to yourself ‘’enough is enough, you need to change.’’ Or you would say ‘’I am proud at where I am, I need to continue.’’

Everything happens for a reason, as well as with my blog. I don’t want to make excuses because it would not bring back the lost time. This is me, explaining why it was quiet for a while. As you all know I went on a holiday to Morocco, my country. I was full of energy about it and believe me when I say I enjoyed every bit of it. There were slightly troubles with having an internet connection whereby I could not blog for couple of days. When the problem was fixed I blogged and felt very happy about it because I had a lot of inspiration! Then the problem came back and it could not get fixed! I was so upset about it! Eventually I’ve accepted because I must.

The silence gave me time to think about myself. To self-reflect. I don’t know about you Loves but vacay to me is relaxing and detoxing! Not only on health but also mentally and spiritually. And I have noticed that blogging wasn’t my first priority. I had mixed feelings about it and quit blogging crossed my mind. I felt so sad….

I also noticed that I’m a bad planner. Believe me when I say: I have many planners that I write on but yet it always seems that something comes between my plans and it is so frustrating that I feel that nothing comes to an end or I’m wasting my time!

Bear with me Loves; I’m changing myself to be better at planning and blogging. I hope you’ll have the patience because I’m coming back!

Beauty Review | Cairuo.

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If you have read my previous posts you would know I prefer lightly make-up or no make-up at all. I’m still in my summer vibe; minty OOTD and a strobing make-up look. A nude colour on my nails belongs also in this summer essentials list.

I bought this goodie in Morocco; I’m not familiar with this brand. I searched Cairuo online but it didn’t help me much. That’s too bad because it is a good nail polish!

It covers my nails pretty well. I used it on my hand nails and toe nails and I must say; it doesn’t chip easily, which is good! You will shower a lot in Morocco because of the heat and removing your nail polish everyday should not be an activity to do during your vacay, right?

Event tough I’m not familiar with Cairuo, there is always first and getting to know a brand is not so bad at all when they deliver pretty goodies!

I like this nude nail polish! I even did a nude make-up look. I’m only looking for the perfect nude high heels! Then is my list complete.

Do you like the nude look too?

DRINKS | Moroccan Tea.

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“You are not Moroccan if you don’t know how to make Moroccan tea.’’

Well, that is a strong opinion; then I have to confess: I can make Moroccan tea but there was a time I did not drink it! What you hear about Moroccan tea: too sweet! It’s true. That was the reason I did not drink it. I know what you think: don’t drink it sweet? Believe me when I say I do now but drinking Moroccan tea happens mostly during family gatherings and has a special way to make it. And it is kind of rude to ask only for you tea without sugar. But let me say; if they knew it before they will make it to your wishes.

So, the ones you see everywhere: a cup of mint tea with still the mint leaves in it is just a quick way to make it.

Ingredients:

  • Mint Leaves.
  • Dried Green Tea.
  • Sugar (or not).
  • Water.

Directions:

Boil water until you get bubbles. Pour one tablespoon of dried green tea in the pot. A Moroccan pot is perfect for it. It’s cultural, curvy and beautiful! If you don’t have one, don’t worry a normal teapot works fine. Pour a little bit of the boiled water in the pot swish or swirl it around and pour the water in a cup. Do not throw this away! We are going to use this later. Pour again a little bit of boiled water in the pot, swirl around pour it again in a cup. This time throw the cup away. We do this because the first cup still contains the core of the flavour the second cup is brighter as you can see whenever you make it and is basically not useful. So you are not wasting anything.

Add mint leaves in the pot; use a large amount of the leaves for that extra delicious mint flavour. Then add sugar, as much as you like. Pour the cup you left behind back in the pot and add more boiling water into the pot. Place the pot on the stove and boil it again until you see small foam bubbles. We do this to caramelize the sugar and this gives the Moroccan tea that special flavour!

Before serving pour the tea in a cup pour it back in the tea pot to mix all the ingredients. Pour then the tea high above the cup to get that special foam.

So many steps for that perfect Moroccan tea, enjoy it until the last drop!

Fashion #OOTD | Colourful Oujda.

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I’m in my hometown! In fact these pictures are taken in front of my home. I live in Oujda (pronounce: wousda). The place to be every Summer!

I must say I felt a little bit uncomfortable while shooting for this OOTD. Not only was the lens of the camera focused on me but also a lot of eyes. And because of it I had many uncomfortable looking pictures and a lot of tripping; but hea, all for the perfect shot!

I’m wearing a loose fit pants. It’s such a dream come true wearing one during Summer, especially in Morocco. When I wore them I felt like princess Jasmine from Aladdin. Ok, I’m exaggerating but you know what I mean hihi…

I’m lately combining colours with other colours. I’ve noticed that I’m crawling out of my shell; normally you won’t see me in colourful pieces. To still keep the tone down I wore a navy blue top to accentuate the pink. To me it would be a mix match of colours if I combine bright colours with bright colours.

The ones who know me, knows that I pledge for good accessories. When I saw these cobalt blue plateau shoes I had to have it! The colour is just beautiful and because of the plateau soles they walk terrific!

I finished it off with arm candy and a clutch. What can I say about them? Except they make my OOTD complete!

What do you think Loves?

P.s. did you follow me on Snapchat? @SaidaSnaps

Top: Primark Loose Fit Pants: Vero Moda Shoes: Primark Clutch: Primark Beads Bracelet: Primark Pink Bracelet: H&M

Beauty Look | Summer Look.

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I’m back in the blogging game! You have no idea what I’ve been through to get online on my laptop. Let me spare you Loves the details but it involves a sacrifice of a dead body, a diamond and a walk to Timbuktu!

For this make-up look I used the strobing technique. For the ones who don’t know what it is, it’s basically the same as contouring but without accentuating the highlights with a dark foundation. You only use an illuminating highlighter for the contour. Strobing make-up gives you a dewy glowy look, perfect for summer!

Most Loves use foundation as a base. I did not use foundation because it is so hot in Morocco. No need for it, I will look as a melting vanilla cookie. Instead I used Etos Mattifying Primer #501. After the primer I used Essence Stay All Day 16H Long Lasting Concealer in the colour #10 Natural Beige. I applied upside down triangles under my eyes for a natural look. For my eyes I used W7 Naked Nudes Eyeshadow Palette. In particularly the two colours on the left. I applied it as a smokey eye. In details: the first colour on the left I applied it on my waterline and the colour next to it on my eyelid. I did not use mascara.

To highlight my cheekbones, my nose and my cupid arrows (the little hills of your upper lip) I used Maybelline New York Blush #77 Rose. No need to be careful with the strobing technique. So I applied a lot for a summer highlight!

During summer I have sometimes dry lips so I used New York Color Applelicious Glossy Lip Balm #351 Caramel Apple to still have the benefits of a balm and the colour of a lip gloss/stick.

What do you think about this look?

Note To Loves | #SaidaHoliday

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I’m on holiday! Yay! Whenever you read this I’m probably already on the road; destination: Morocco!

I’m very excited and nervous at the same time. Even though I visit my country every year, it is always a responsibility. During my trip I go through Belgium, France and Spain. This means a long trip! But this equals enjoying my views and picnicking during my stops.

As much I like visiting my country, I have to let you down. Without Wi-Fi I cannot post until I’m in a hotel. So I have to be patient! Like last year I’ll keep you informed. There will be ootd’s shooting, new make-up looks and hotel reviews. My holiday is going to be very inspirational! I already feel it! I have so many ideas to share with you Loves.

Can’t wait like I do? Feel free to use #SaidaHoliday to see what I’m doing. Follow me on Twitter/Instagram @SaidaChahid for more updates and snap me your holiday pictures on SaidaSnaps. Would be amazing if we can keep this trending!

For the ones who are on the road too, I wish you a safe trip! And the Loves who are already lying on the beach enjoy!

I see you on my social media!