COLLAB |Fashion| My Luxury Pieces.

Who doesn’t love luxury? And it can be a high-end beauty product, shoes and even taking a bath with your favorite bath bomb after a long stressful day. Or that last macaron piece you graved since your quick breakfast before work. We all love those heavenly moments!

But this blogpost is dedicated to shameless gasping at fashion accessories I recently purchased, two goodies from my favorite brand Guess. I even dedicated a blogpost about my humbled Guess collection. Adding this bag into it…Oops! The handbag called: ‘’Jacqui.’’ Say it in that fake French accent, I don’t judge. I promise! Has orange straps that I quite love. I can wear it as a crossbody bag too, perfect! The combination of golden details with the camel color of the bag and the logos on it, gives that extra luxury vibe. Like sprinkling shamelessly salt in salt bae style.

Statement pieces, that little bit over the top vibe to give your outfit that last bit of extra. This is what I feel with these Just Cavalli from Labeldeluxe.nl arm candy. First, let me talk about the round package it comes with. Doesn’t it give you the chic feeling of having them stalled on a vanity right next to your other luxury pieces?

As you know me Loves, I like when you add some flair into your outfit. The snake ring gives the illusion of crawling around my finger. The pattern and details, it even got little dots as eyes and a tip at the end of the tail, makes the ring definitely a statement piece. Silver and gold, who said it can’t be a combination? I like that only the snakehead is gold, like it jumps out of the bracelet and holds the strap with his mouth.

Writing about gold, the heart of the bracelet has also a ssssnake pattern with a keyhole in the middle. It is finished with little white stones on top of the heart, I like this little detail. So sophisticated!

Jewelry comes next to bags as luxury pieces you can keep forever. Years will pass by and it always come back in trends sooner or later. So, take care of them and mostly enjoy.

I always said that black and gold is such a classic combination, it just never goes out of style. Summer can be over, but the sunglasses is perfectly useable for the next. I wanted a sunnie from a good quality and UV protection.

Since my favorite brand had sale on their sunglasses the choice was easily made. It is the perfect cat eyed sunnie for my oval face, what more could I wish for?

 

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Disclaimer: only the Just Cavalli jewelry is been gifted.

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Event Report | Glamour Magazine NL X Rabobank.

‘’It’s all about the money, money, money!’’ A subject that concerns us all. Some live paycheck to paycheck, some live like royals and some cannot even come near a price tag. We rule money and money rules us. So, I was happy to get invited by GlamourNL to attend the event hosted by GlamourNL itself and Rabobank, a Dutch bank. My first thought was: perfect! Maybe I’ll hear great tips for saving money. The method I have for saving money is still going strong, but let’s learn more.

As expected, GlamourNL hosted the event in a beautiful venue in Amsterdam at the Vondelpark. Without a doubt I took pictures and shared them on my Instagram. I was excited about, not only I wanted to be informed about the ins and outs of money, but I also went to it with Esra. Going to an event was a first to her. I loved how excited she was, I believe that she learned a lot from it. Definitely an educated fun day!

We have been told by editor in chief Anke de Jong what to expect during the event. It started with a #bossbabe from Rabobank, who spoke about investing, interest, ratios and all money subjects you can think of. I was more interested in advice on how to save money and different ways to earn money. I have heard the usual, don’t smoke, don’t go to coffee to go shops. Save that money in a jar! After the informative part came personal stories from behind the scene #bossbabes from GlamourNL. I loved hearing their personal stories! How they save money, how did they make good investments when they bought their houses. Their experience felt real, because one day in the future I want to think about doing a mortgage, or not. Either way hearing their experiences helped a lot. It was also a pleasure to hear how they earn an extra next to their jobs. Selling online your stuff was one of them, which made me think that I should do it more often, then just once in a while. I’m sure I got plenty of things to sell that I can make someone else happy with!

Entrepreneurs Ron Simpson from The Avocado Show and Noor de Groot of Queen of Jet Lags were also speaking at the event. I loved hearing how their dreams became real by jumping into their ‘’dare it’’ motivation! At the end, its indeed the best motivation to make your dreams come true.

I also loved hearing from Ron that once you get, give back. Help others in the best way you can. A perfect saying to finish the event of….And this blogpost.

 

 

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Lifestyle | ”So, What Do You Study?”

On my Instagram I show you a glimpse of my daily college life. I study in Amsterdam and I go there by train and the subway. I travel for my college almost an hour and if there are no public transport delays, I don’t mind the travel. After years of switching studies and personal setbacks, am I finally in a good place. I am in the middle off my third year of college and still need one year to graduate. Even though I got difficult reports to make and I have to make hard exams, is my motivation still high to make the most of it!

Sometimes I need to remind myself to stay productive. I shared with you how I prepare for my college, it is still the way how I do it. Planning and making to-do lists help me very well. Let us be honest, same old routines take the best of us! Without it I don’t know what to do and with it, I forget to take care of myself because I’m so busy with it. My study does bring me stress, especially these last months I have left. My simple ways to relieve stress comes definitely in handy!

So, I study Pedagogy. Freely translated it means educational theory. The British encyclopedia says about pedagogy  that it is a study of teaching methods, including the aims of education and the ways which such goals may be achieved, the field relies heavily on educational psychology, which encompasses scientific theories of learning, and to some extend on the philosophy of education, which considers the aims and value of education from a philosophical perspective.

The target audience are children and young adults aged from 0 to 23 years. The main focus is to create a safe haven for them, involving the parents or guardians and if relevant, other care providers. The reason why I chose this study is because I’m very curious about the human mind. The second thing is that I’m a very caring individual and would like to help others with their hardships and psychological struggles. I get a lot of satisfaction from a counseling process where I see a client grow and getting back on his or her own two feet.

This is it Loves; this is the reason why I don’t post often on my blog. But don’t worry, college is almost over which means, almost back to my blogging business!

 

 

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Fashion #OOTD | Something Blue, Something French & Pink Hot Chocolate!

If you follow me on my Instagram Loves, you would know I went with my blogging gal EsraElif.com shooting again. We had so much fun! We went to a cute café in Utrecht, the Netherlands, called Frenchie Café. The place is so Instagram worthy! Marble tables, golden cutlery and a long pink sofa, I loved every bit of it! And the food…! Loves, I was in heaven. Pink hot chocolate and American pancakes with fruits and maple syrup. Just yum!

While I was at it, I also took pictures for my photography account on Instagram. I love the architecture of the buildings and the houses in Utrecht. They are so burgundian and picturesque. I felt like I was wandering in another century. I took pictures of the Domtoren and the Pandhof garden. It was so very nice to see! Keep my Instagram on your mind Loves, I will upload those pictures very soon. Pinky promise!

I don’t wear a lot of dresses and when I saw the photos while uploading on my laptop, I thought by myself that I should wear them more often! First, I love the blue color, all shades of blue by the way. Second, the dress feels so soft that it falls like a feather over my body. It is very light weighted that it doesn’t bother me while walking or sitting. Very comfortable! I combined it with a knee long coat. I prefer that length or longer when I wear a long dress.

I can be so happy when it comes to boots. Because of the block heels are the boots made for walking. However, they are new, I wore them for the first time during the shooting. Ouch! What we bloggers do for our blog. I like that it looks like it falls from my legs, it makes the boots edgy and it suit perfectly under a dress or skirt.

It was a very long time since I wore long earrings. For years I wore just stud earrings because it accentuates my jawline. Same goes for wearing dresses, I should wear long earrings more! If you know me Loves, I have a bag addiction. When I saw the bag, I was hooked. I love the suede color and that its big enough to put my laptop in for college. It does not have the same color as my boots, but hey…Not everything needs to be perfect. Especially with an outfit!

 

 

 

Long coat: H&M Dress: H&M Boots: H&M Bag: SuperTrash Earrings: Vintage.

 

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Beauty | My Currently Favorite Makeup Products.

I just love when I buy makeup products that I truly use and not letting collecting dust on my shelves or vanity. I have been looking through my makeup collection and I noticed that I either use one brand the whole time. I even buy a new one if I almost finish it, while I have the same product just in another brand laying right next to it! It is quite a waste of money and we all have to know that some makeup products won’t last forever. When the expiration date is over, we need to accept it’s over! I know, it can be hard. We all have been to that point in our lives and I’m not only talking about makeup, if you know what I mean *kuch…kuch…that denim jeans we fitted before those extra pounds…kuch*, so time to step back, reflect and make better choices!

So, instead of running to Douglas to buy goodies that I already have, I went shopping into my own makeup collection. Since I saw the best Essence Cosmetics mascara budget mascara on Reddit, I’m hooked too! It does what it says, you feel like princess with your long eyelashes. I had my Bobbi Brown BB Cream in shade medium for a long time hiding in my makeup drawers. I did not think about it, until I caught myself buying the same BB Cream I use for ages. Time for a change! I’m so liking the Bobbi Brown BB Cream, it has such a good coverage for a BB Cream. I don’t even have to use a concealer to blemish my impurities. How great is that!

Dior, one of my favorite high-end brands. The quality is so good that you don’t need to use a lot for a perfect look. The lip balm moisturizes my lips very well and it leaves a sweet pinkish glow behind. Just Perfect! If I could let you smell Miss Dior perfume, I would Loves. It has a sweet yet wooden smell. A feminine scent with the good of two worlds, sweet and strong!

Makeup brushes, also a thing that I buy when I see one. It’s crazy how many I have. The only good thing about it, is having it back hand when I need to wash my brushes. Even though I have a lot they work very well. The ones from Primark is such a budget goodie! So why change a winning team, right Loves?

I have been looking for ages for the right peachy blush. It was quite a journey, I wanted the right shade. Whenever I thought I had it, I end up with a too orange pigment! Looking like an Oom-pah Loompa is not my intention to be. Glad I found it with the Coral Spectrum blush palette from Zoeva. It has a good pigment, a soft formula and not a chemical smell. The right things I need in makeup. Also, such a holy grail: Huda Beauty 3D highlight palette. I have the Pink Sands shades, the glow it gives is just amazing! To finish it off Loves, MAC Prep + Prime in Rose scented fix pray is such a good product that does what it needs to do: securing makeup all day long!

It was nice sharing with you my currently favs Loves, I’m curious about yours!

 

 

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Lifestyle | @SaidaChahidPhotography

As I said in my biography Loves, is being creative an intense way to express yourself. I started with blogging because I want to have my own little place where I can write, use my creativity at taking colorful product photos. Because of it my love for taking photos started to grow. Getting compliments of the photos I take for my blog, certainly helped me taking photography to a next level. My second Instagram account is born, SaidaChahidPhotography. I started this pure to try it out, to give you a glimpse through my camera. I’ll see where this new journey takes me!

So, I already have you meet my camera. Since I have it, it is my showpiece of my whole blogging life. Almost five years and still counting! For this feed I want to have a raw unedited portfolio. No filter, no small adjustment and no photoshop! It felt to be honest so good to do it this way. On my main Instagram account, I only make my photos slightly lighter or adjust a photo to have a white haze, so it matches my feed. I also make the contrast a bit darker. I don’t use a special app for this, the settings in Instagram works fine. I don’t need to much fuss, imagine my feeling when I only use a caption and hashtags for my photography account and hit share. Perfect!

My thoughts for my photography are pretty simple. Whatever looks interesting to me, I’ll shoot it. During summer I shot an outfit in this park. The bows were full in bloom, you’ll see red roses everywhere. It was so beautiful! This time I shot this shot during winter and it gave me a cold view.

A while ago I went with family on a small road trip to Belgium. We visited the Atomiun and of course I needed to take photos of it. I shot many angles, but the one where I stand under it impressed me the most. I could see and feel how massive the bulbs were. The reflection of the sun on them, gave it a futuristic vibe. I imagined than how it would be during the night!

 

 

 

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Fashion #OOTD | Different City & Blogger Meeting!

The reason why I like to blog is the interaction you get from different people all over the world. It feels like getting candy for the hard work I put in my blogging game. So, I am definitely open for meeting other bloggers and explore other cities! When it comes to shooting for outfits, I depend on my sister. She is not all the time available that’s why it is a pleasure to meet another blogging gal! Especially when you have a lot in common, the conversations we head felt natural. Like I know her for quite a while! Esra Elif if your reading this, it was a pleasure to meet you! Thank you for spending time with me and bringing me to the cutest café of Amersfoort. Next time it is definitely on me!

For this day I’m wearing a combination of edgy and chic. The army green colored jeans have side pockets on my tights. With it I wore a black sweater and black pointed nose ankle boots. I am without a doubt an ankle boots girl, I am obsessed with them! In my humble shoe collection, you can find different colors ankle boots. Talking about obsession, bags. Yes, bag-o-holic writing this. A black bag is always a good thing and what the fun part of the bag is, it is a square bag. Now I have something different than most bags.

Don’t let the sun fool you! It was a cold sunny day; a day that makes you think you don’t need a coat and when you go outside you instantly feel the cold wind greeting you. My grey shawl was a pleasure to have, even though it got blown away like my hair. The trench coat kept me warm enough. It is a coat that is perfect for autumn days but to cold for winter days. Don’t you just love the diversity in fashion!

 

 

 

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Trench Coat: Elegance Sweater: H&M Jeans: Primark Shoes: Blue Box Shawl: H&M Bag: Pauls Boutique

COLLAB | Packing It With Gaston Luga. 15% Off With SAIDA.

Who isn’t curious about what people take with them in their bags? Just admit Loves, there is something mysterious about it. It is so personal, because of it you will get a person a little bit better. So, get to know me more!

First, I want to tell you about the backpack. It is from Gaston Luga, a Swedish brand that cares about animal wellbeing! The leather they use is made out of polyurethane leather. The material looks and feels like real leather but is lighter and easier maintainable.

I rarely use a backpack but on this one I’m hooked! I love how it is small but has the right size. The golden details and black is a perfect combination and the first thing that I noticed about the bag is that it’s made from good quality! It feels firm and well stitched. On the inside there are three compartments, one for a 11inch or 13inch laptop. Which is a perfect fit for my MacBook air! The other compartments have the same size, I use it for my passport and business cards.

Going further with what’s in my bag Loves, is my makeup bag. I have this cute one from Hunkemöller, the Victoria Secret of Europe also my work place as a sales employee. I love how it stays firm, it doesn’t dent because of the other things I take with me or due to any other pressures. Next thing I take with me is of course my wallet. Yes, I like big ones so I can take all my cards with me. From credit cards to discount cards to business cards from brands or people I meet. I also make my wallet personal, there is a picture of my mother in it at the age of 16, my little niece and little brothers. I wish I could take a whole photo album of my dear family with me!

My phone, a thing I can’t live without. Not only to be attainable, but also to work on my blog, make college appointments and listen to music. Which makes me go to the next thing I have in my bag: earplugs. I feel like I lost something when I forgot to take it with me. Listening to music is a thing I do when I’m on the road to college or during workout. It makes me escape my daily routines and thoughts!

When it comes to writing down appointments or exams dates, am I a fan of paper planners or diary. Same goes for notebooks. I write a lot of notes and other scribbles simple because I tend to forget things to do or I get inspired about something and I need to write it down.

So, I’m happy packed with Gaston Luga! You can too Loves, because you can use my code SAIDA for 15% off! You also get a FREE toiletry bag and gift wrapping at your purchase. Perfect for a valentine’s day gift or just for yourself, because selfcare is important too. Either way, happy shopping Loves!

 

 

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Fashion #OOTD | Comfy & Biker Boots!

I don’t know about you Loves, but I prefer comfy and oversized above everything. Who doesn’t know that comfortable feeling of not worrying about tightness around your legs? It’s like walking in your pajamas all day!

When it comes to wearing comfy, I prefer leggings and oversized sweaters. I love how it is easy to wear, it doesn’t cost you a lot of work and time in the morning. The perfect outfit for running errands and having early morning classes. They say leggings aren’t pants, boy they haven’t worn one that is thick and tight and feels like second skin! The ones that is seamless and not see trough, visualize it with me Loves. Because it is quite hard to find the perfect one. I like black with a color twist combination a lot, especially when the color black is really black. That’s what I love about leggings, no matter how many times I let the washing machine wash it, it stays black. Adding a pop of color adds flair into a whole black outfit so, you never can go wrong with black!

Styling it with good clothing items like a leather jacket makes it complete. Finishing it off with biker boots and you’re ready to go! Is it just me? Or are outfits that you feel comfortable in and style it off with edgy items the perfect outfits?

Velvet, also a thing that I’m getting obsessed with. The shopper is perfect to carry with me for running errands. I like how big it is, I can put anything it. It also feels soft and not stiff like many bags. Black bags, you really got to love them!

 

 

 

 

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Leather jacket: Attentif Paris Sweater: H&M Legging: Rich & Loyal at Zalando Biker Boots: H&M Shopper: H&M  

Lifestyle | 10 Things I Can’t Live Without.

As I’m writing this blogpost, I’m feeling thankful. I do what I love on a laptop that I wanted and needed. Not only do I use it for my blogging, but also for my college. Making reports to writing blogposts and store pictures is just a glimpse of what I do on my laptop.

The next item I can’t live without, just like many Loves, is my phone. I got an iPhone 8+ and it works perfectly. It is just like my laptop, but in a small size. Again, I do everything with it. Post something on my social media to making notes.

Writing about notes, notebooks! You always will find one in my bag. They are perfect for writings and for to-dos. I also write my blog ideas in it, quick college notes and other scribbles. I am a hoarder when it comes to notebooks. When I see cute ones, I can’t resist to take it and put in the shopping basket. I have them in different shapes and sizes, it is truly like an addiction!

Drinking lots of water is such a struggle, I even forget it! Simply because I’m too busy during my day. To remind myself I got myself a water bottle, a sugar pink one that I put in my bag for on the go.

To relax and have me time after a hectic day, I light candles in my room. When I put the lights out and put a movie on or watch a series on Netflix I come to rest. My body goes instantly into the relaxing mode. I can watch good series or a movie for hours! On top of that, it suits my room decor perfectly.

As I’m writing this list, I have ended up with beauty related items. Wipes are definitely something I need in my bag. They come such in need when I just have eaten between my classes or I feel that my hands need a wipe.

I have to use hand cream after using wipes or washing my hands. My hands tend to feel taut and dry. So, I had to add it into my list! I feel so annoyed when I don’t find one in my bag that I let them in my bags for when I take another bag with me.

Same goes for lip gloss! I’m hooked on the ones from Dior. They are quite long lasting that I only apply it once or twice during my day. Even the glow fades away, I still feel my lips are well moisturized.

When I make myself ready to go, either to my classes or run errands, I have to use perfume. It turned into a habit for me. After using deodorant, I spray perfume on my neck, wrists and on my clothes and hair. I love how the scent pops up when you move during the day!

Jewellery is the last item on my list. If you know me well Loves, I love to add flair into an outfit. Jewellery adds that flair! I feel quite ‘’naked’’ when I forget to put earrings on or rings around my fingers. I just love how it looks on my hands and wrists!

 

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Beauty |Skin Care Products I Use Daily.

As I’m getting older, am I thinking more about the products that I use. When it comes to my facial care, I think about it even more than about other products like for my body. The first thing that I look at when it comes to buying facial care products is, does it suit my oily-dry combined skin? I have the well-known oily t-zone and dry upper jawline dryness problem. It was difficult for me to find the perfect one. One that doesn’t have a greasy formula and does not leave greasiness behind.

I have learned at the skin care masterclass at Glamour Magazine NL Beauty Festival, that the smell doesn’t say anything about the product. Whether it smells like roses or like chemicals, it is literally the inside that counts. I immediately understood why I like the drugstore cream from the Dutch brand Kruidvat Originals. It is made of tea tree, it works for my skin very purifying. At first, I couldn’t stand the smell, but now I can’t live without it!

I am truly amazed by the Cellular Beauty line from Lidl. I mean, who doesn’t want to try a dupe from La Prairie? Again, I like the formula of this serum. It’s not greasy and it absorbs quickly into my skin. During my day I feel that my skin is well moisturized, it feels soft too! On top of that, it has a lightly citrus scent. Perfect! I use this one when I feel that I need a break from the other one. I thought my facial skin wouldn’t handle the switch, once in a while. I thought wrong!

Break outs, who doesn’t know those annoying intruders. As fast they come, as fast I want them to leave! Clearasil Rapid Action Pads is my saviour! I apply the pads on the break out and rub it out. I feel that it stings and in a couple of minutes I feel that the pimple shrinks, the next day or two it’s gone. Sleeping with no makeup helps to prevent break outs and I always use a towel only for my face. This can be a small one, perfect to store in my room vanity.

I have heard a lot about the products from Paula’s Choice. I got curious and I was happy to see one in the goodie bag of the Glamour Beauty Festival. I like that it has a 50 SPF. Products who has a SPF of 30 or more, are good for preventing signs of ageing. It also defends skin against sun damage. What more do I need?

Once in week I try to use my Swiss Clinic Derma Roller. I love how it goes through my skin, it makes my pores open and it boosts my collagen production. My skin turns a bit red however, it glows afterwards. I love this roller! I feel that it ‘wakes’ my skin up after all those dirty substances from outside.

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COLLAB |Daniel Wellington ~ Use my code SaidaChahid for 15% off!

I am a lover of classic, never out of style items. These watches and bracelet from Daniel Wellington are those items. The many styles are minimalistic and refined, I love how you can change the design just by the interchangeable straps. Because of it, it just never goes out of style because you can wear it at any occasion or even daily. The perfect piece to match your outfit of the day!

I have the Dusty Rose of the classic bracelet. I am lately into rose gold goodies. That’s why I chose the rose gold mash strap watch with the brown leather strap giftset. It looks so good together!

Same goes with the black and silver strap. You never can go wrong with black and in this case, with silver too. I always was a fan of Daniel Wellington watches, even before they approach me. Now they added the classic bracelet into their product range, I like Daniel even more!

With Christmas right around the corner, I don’t celebrate it, but I understand it is a time to share with loved ones, are the giftset perfect to give. It will look so chic under the Christmas tree! Talking about the giving spirit Loves: you can use my code SaidaChahid for 15% off on the whole collection!

Sharing is definitely caring. So, I hope you like it! Even it is a gift for yourself, selfcare is important too!

 

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Event Report | Glamour Beauty Festival.

Last Sunday I went with my sister to the Glamour Magazine NL Beauty Festival. It was so amazing! My sister and me had a wonderful time, not only we spend quality time together but wandered trough a beauty heaven! They also chose the perfect location for it, marble and wooden, gold details everywhere. If you know me, you’ll know that I’m marble obsessed! So, imagine my feeling when I put my first step into the location. The fun part of it is, that I knew the location due to my studies. I paid more attention to the architecture than to the lecture, oops! Just by looking at the pictures I took, you would agree with me.

During the festival you could do many things like paint your nails, get a massage, do your hair and makeup! There were also many workshops, from skincare to food to men talk and brands stalls to inform you about their latest products. My sister and me did a lot, we almost forgot the time for the skincare masterclass. Oh, I’m forgetting fries! With pink mayonnaise! Seriously, pink!

There was a moneybox, where you go inside and have to catch a pink ticket while wind blows in the box. If you catch it, you’ll get a surprise gift. I felt like Charlie in the chocolate factory, my inner child woke up and I went in. I didn’t win, but it was fun to be in it!

My sister and I wandered through the stalls and informed ourselves about their products. I was curious about Moroccan oil, Cluse and Zadig & Voltaire. While I was at it, I got a touch up at the Givenchy stall. The makeup artist did so lovely that I took a selfie!

As I said, I attended a skincare masterclass. The speaker talked about all the ins and outs of skincare and it was good to hear the information. She talked about acne, preventing breakouts, natural products, chemical products and how important it is to use a day creme with SPF. She also answered a lot of questions and said that it is not scientifically proven that you get spots from eating chocolate. Good news right!

The main act was *drum rolls* Nikkie Tutorials with a live Q&A! She and her tutorials are pleasuring to look at. She gave honest answers and was down to earth. We also had a great laugh because during the Q&A she made jokes and references in which you will recognize yourself. Of course, she came all glammed up and it was so lovely. By the way, the rumours are true, she is tall!

It was such a fun day, I hope I can share my experience trough the pictures I took!

 

 

Fashion #OOTD |Trench(coat), Cap & Go!

Loves, I have a new outfit of the day for you! It has been awhile since my latest OOTD, which was during Summer in Morocco. I miss Morocco so much, it’s getting colder and colder in The Netherlands, typical autumn weather. Dark clothes, sweaters and hats are taking it over from colourful clothing, sandals and sun glasses.

A black skinny is my all-time favourite clothing item, I have like two of the same fit in my closet. I want them to stay black, so I wear them alternately. This way they stay black and I was them when needed. Autumn equals oversized, I’ll make sure that I have black sweaters in my wardrobe. You never can go wrong with black! What you also never can go wrong with is a trench coat. I love how it adds flair into a simple outfit, like the one I’m wearing. Beige is the perfect colour, it never goes out of style. I like the details on them, like the black strap on the sleeves and black buttons.

I’m lately obsessed with my captain cap! If you follow me on Snapchat, SaidaSnaps, you have seen me rocking it during the cold weather. I like the woven strap and captain button on it. It gives that edgy, yet chic look. I also hide unabashedly underneath the cap during cycling, one: I can conquer the wind and two: my hair doesn’t turn into a cotton ball. I’m ready for autumn, black clothing is hanging in my closet and black shoes are taking the front row on my shoe shelf. Ankle boots is my go-to shoe at the moment. Wearing it with the black skinny appears my legs look longer. Quite impressive, what shoes can do!

A bag, also a must-have that makes an outfit complete. I finally got a Paul’s Boutique in my collection of high-end bags. The bag is literally square! It doesn’t collapse when you put it down, which is a plus. It also has a strap, I can wear it like a crossbody bag and as a handbag. I like that combination, I don’t have to worry about tired hands or shoulders.

I’m in my midst of my exams and writing a new blogpost feels so good. Setting my mind on something else is the perfect way to go on with learning when I hit that publish button!

How is everything going on with you Loves?

 

 

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Cap: H&M Trench coat: Primark Sweater: Primark Black Skinny: Primark Ankle Boots: H&M Bag: Paul’s Boutique.         

Beauty | Luxurious Lips.

When it comes to beauty products, I can get so excited just by looking at them! Most of the packages and casings have a luxurious appearance that I feel like a kid in a candy store. So much to choose from!

As you can see Loves, I prefer pink-red shades of lipsticks or glosses, because I believe that they match my skin tone. I don’t know if it’s just me, but it gives me a radiant look. They also come close to my natural lip colour especially the lip glosses. Perfect for a daily look!

I added new MAC Lipsticks into my MAC collection. It’s getting bigger and colourful! I even added a brown/wine red shaded one, a colour I normally won’t choose. I’m wearing on this picture MAC Liptensity lipstick in shade Eros. The pigment is so pigmented that I only used a bit, I put my lips together and it was all over my lips. I applied it then on the corners of my lips for a whole look.

Matt lipsticks does not have my preference, I prefer glossy ones. The ones that you can put easily on and remove quickly. I found that perfect one with Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick in shade #340 Envious. It goes so smoothly over my lips and it has the perfect red shade! I get a girly vibe when I apply Chanel Rouge Coco in shade #448 Elise. I have written a blogpost about it and I’m still in love with it. I mean, just looking at the Chanel logo makes me excited. Writing about being excited, I also had that feeling when I bought my first Yves Saint Laurent lipstick. I have chosen a sweet pink shade number 43. This sweet pink comes so close to my own lip colour that I don’t need to apply much.

Lip glosses are my ‘’on the road hero’s’’. Perfect for those days when you are in a rush and don’t have time to apply your makeup. Having one in my bag comes so handy! I apply it on my lips to distract it from my tired eyes. Or on my cheekbones for that quick glowy look.

Christian Dior is also a brand I fell in love it. They have such beautiful makeup that I couldn’t chose which beauty product I want. So, when I decided to buy a lipstick, I chose Rouge Dior Baume #568 in shade Rose Rose. It even smells like roses!

What is your perfect shade Loves?

 

 

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Fashion #OOTD | Stripes At Home.

This is my first outfit I posted on my blog…This year. The last couple of months I have been so busy with my studies and my home life, that I forgot about myself. I have been since I can remember an emotional eater. I gain weight when I’m feeling stressed, even at some moments during my days, I don’t realise I have been eating a lot during the day. Eating snacks or sandwiches late at night while I’m watching a good movie or show on Netflix has been rooted in my routine. It was the perfect way to escape my daily routines and thoughts.

Since my semester from college is over I have been hitting the gym three times a week and I feel much better than before. If you follow me on Instagram you will notice my gym journey. I feel more energetic and confident in my own body, especially when I lost a couple of kilos. I am still not where I want to be, but I’m still motivated to work on it. Even during my vacay in Morocco.

My mother took these pictures in our home in Oujda, Morocco. I love how the tiles on the wall adds flair into my ootd. Most of the houses in Morocco look like this, a lot of tiles and 1001 nights Moroccan décor. It is so colourful, it matches perfectly with the green and stripes of my outfit. Flared trousers make you look skinnier and vertical stripes makes your legs appear longer. The perfect combination for a shorty like me!

Looking at these pictures made me realise I literally look like a Moroccan flag! The green top and red ring bag are the perfect shades for it. I am so obsessed with the golden details of the bag, red and gold is such a chic combination. It also has the right size for a crossbody bag. I prefer wearing flared trousers with heels. I chose to wear a black block heel sandals with ankle straps. The heel is the right centimetres, it lifts the ends of my trouser just right off the ground.

It feels like it has been forever since I posted my last ootd. I appreciate your thoughts about it! Share with me if I have to post more outfits on my blog.

 

 

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Top: Primark Flared trousers: Primark Ring bag: Primark Sandals: H&M Watch: Pulsar

Note To Loves | I’m On Vaycay, See You Soon! XO S.

It has been two years since I’ve been on a vacation, that sounds crazy! I missed everything about my roots: the culture, architecture, mosaics and the colourful souks. The natural beauty products and their traditional fashionable clothing. Gosh, I missed my great grandmother and her feminist stories with a touch of humour! Her laughs and her wise life lessons, I missed her a lot. I missed the farm of my grandfather and the sound of his voice when he calls me or my little brothers from far. As a born and raised Moroccan girl in the Netherlands, is the Moroccan vibe we have here not the same as in Morocco. Surely, versatile Morocco.

I’m going to Morocco by car, driven by my hero of a dad. We go through Belgium, France and Spain before we take the ferry to Tangiers. It’s going to be a long trip, but definitely one with joy and a touch of annoyance, because of sleepyheads that drops on your shoulders.

The first thing that I do is settle in our home. I have the habit to go through every room and corner to visually remind myself of memories that I have experienced in our home. Then I visit my room and make it my own and homey as soon as possible! Only then I’m able to rest and enjoy my vacay. Loves, are you excited as I am? Follow my journey during my trip on my Instagram and see a glimpse of Morocco and get inspired!

During my vacay I hope to work on my time management. I really want to learn it, because I’m juggling between my studies, blog work and chores. It’s like that 24 hours isn’t enough! I worked with planners and to do lists, it’s not working for me. If you have any tips Loves, share them with me! I’m happy to try them out.

Back to my vacay: you can read my excitement, yay! Have you been to Morocco or another Islamic country? I’m curious about your experience, if you blogged about it feel free to share your links.

 

 

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Lifestyle | How I Spend My Lazy Summer Days.

Oh, lazy summer days I waited for you with yearn. Since you came I want to spend my summertime with joy and laziness, hello life! You can imagine my feeling when you finish your college semester, or you go to your well-deserved holiday after months of hard work. My pre vacay days (Morocco here I come!) started and I want to share with you Loves how I spend my lazy summer days.

The most important thing I do is adjusting my night’s rest. During my studies I sleep sometimes just for three or four hours for days. Especially the days when I’m busy writing reports and learn for my exams. Those days are horrible, because at the end I’m feeling it in body and mind. I’ll be less energetic and cranky during my day. So, I’m trying to get at least six to eight hours sleep during my pre vacay days. When I wake up I feel so rested that I feel truly flourished and I will enjoy my day.

My semester is over so, I have more time to read other things than my study books. I like to read true crime stories like Judas from Astrid Holleeder or short poems/stories like Milk & Honey from Rupi Kaur. Either I want to wander in a true story, a short one where I can catch some feelings or flip senseless trough magazines.

What I also do is pampering myself. It can be easy as doing my makeup, fixing my hair or take a hot shower and moisture my body with a moisturizing body lotion. These simple things are to me like a quick confident boost, I feel self-confidence and energetic and ready to rock my day.

Obviously, Netflix belongs into my lazy summer days. Watching episodes, a whole season and feeling empty when I’m finished it, is just rooted in my daily work. I confess: Netflix is like a drug. I get easily hooked when I show is so good!

What are your summer lazy day moments Loves?

 

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New In | Ideal Of Sweden Baby Bleu Orchid Phone Case. {Use Code ID20-QJ964 for 20% OFF.}

Loves, I am in love. First; its blue, second; it’s from Ideal of Sweden third; it’s cute and four; it’s for my new phone. Gosh, so many pluses that makes me happy, yay! I saw Ideal of Sweden a lot on my Facebook and it lured me into falling in love. I saw the Baby Blue Orchid case and I thought; I want you!

Since I have you, I’m having Spring vibes everywhere I go. Not to mention that I like orchids a lot. Their latest collection is so sweet and feminine that you want them all! From flowers to marble to mosaic prints you name it, they have it. The cases can be used on Samsung an iPhone smartphones. Ideal of Sweden also collaborated with Hailee Lautenbach and the collection looks so cute.

I wouldn’t be me if I don’t think about you Loves. So, I’m sharing with you my discount code ID20-QJ964 for 20% off on ANYTHING from Ideal of Sweden! Please do tag me whenever you receive your case. You can make your own fashionable flat lays now. Admit it, you admired them just like me!

 

 

 

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Shopping | My Favourite Webshops.

Who gets also euphoric when you shop online? Don’t get me started about the feeling when you buy the item you really want on sale or with a good discount, hello happiness! Since my saving money post, which I still do, am I looking online for web shops who sell good quality items for a good price, especially when I want to buy high end items. When you subscribe to their newsletters you mostly get a discount code right away or when they notice you didn’t shop at the web shop for a while they’ll send you reminders and occasionally a discount code that you can use if the virtual shopping cart includes items more than a specific price. Yes, I am that type of a web shopper who patiently waits for that e-mail or mail. It’s like a present from me to me!

I wouldn’t be me if I don’t share my favourite web shops with you Loves, I wish you that euphoric feeling!

Vente-Exclusive my go-to web shop at the moment. Wait, it’s more than my go-to web shop, I am obsessed with it! I find myself looking at their site occasionally and since I downloaded their app even more. This web shop is clear, easy and has a 70% discount on well-known brands, what more do I need?! It is even possible to set reminders on your reminders app on your phone. Just click on the clock at the brands you want to shop from and you’ll get a reminder when the sale starts. What I also like from Vente-Exclusive is it sells everything, from fashion items to beauty and lifestyle. You will find your dream item!

Next on my list is Zalando. This web shop is such a blessing, the items they sell are from a good quality and I never regretted buying from it. I like it that you can adjust the price from low to high, this way you can search for items with your budget. When you subscribe to their newsletter they keep you updated on sales and more. They also send you a discount code when they miss you, isn’t that sweet!

Move over Ali Express, there is a new low budget shop in web shop town, meet Wish! I prefer Wish over Ali because Wish is much easier to work with. The web shop doesn’t have a great lay-out, but the items are quite good for a low budget shop. I did not receive crap quality items yet, I hope it keeps that way! These kinds of shops are perfect to me when I want to buy items that I know I don’t going to use a lot or spend too much money on it while I can get it cheaper for the same quality. What I don’t like is that you have to wait for two/four weeks before you get that ‘’gift from me to me’’ moment when you find them on your doormat.

Last but not least is web shop Douglas. I buy in this web shop namely high-end beauty products. As a member you always get 25% off on selected brands and you save five points with every one euro you spend. When you saved thousand points you’ll get five euro discount on your next purchase! You also can choose free samples of your choice to add into your shopping chart. When it is a gift for someone they wrap it for you for free, you just have to checkmark it on the check out. If the items you bought online is broken due to sending, you can bring it back to their psychical store. Waiting is no longer necessary!

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Lifestyle |My Simple Ways To Relieve Yourself From Stress.

I have been the last few months so busy and stressed out that I forgot how to enjoy life, to enjoy the simple things. I felt time is rushing me by and every day I woke up tired than the day before. I had to get a grip and remind myself to stop before I get a burn out! On top of that I’m not feeling comfortable with my own body, mind and skin. I stopped working out and junk food took over my diet. Knowing this, I need to take back control and to do that I have to lower my stress thermometer.

There is no better way to lower it by pampering myself. First, I start with lighting up tea lights and candles to create a relaxing atmosphere. After that I’m making myself lay comfortably to put a facial sheet mask on. The 30 minutes applying time comes truly handy to lay on my bed with my feet crossed and my fingers woven together. To not to be easily distracted I concentrate on my breathing, breath in breath out. As a result, the tension of my body disappears, and I can go through my day more relaxer. After the mask I take a hot shower to relax my muscles. When I’m done and put cloths on, I smear myself in with a delicious body oil or lotion and I immediately feel more confident and comfy. When my time is limited and need a mini break, I paint my nails. I can do this every time and anywhere! When I’m sitting by my desk, on my bed or even in the train going to college.

If I don’t have a lot of time due to work or my studies, I plan trips to the kitchen or coffee break room to make myself a hot cup of tea. While I wait for the water to get boiled, I take the time to look out a window and enjoy the view. I mostly drink green tea with no sugar or forest fruit also without sugar for an energy boost. While I’m at it, I browse through a magazine to get inspiration. If I’m not in the mood to do that I just sit there with my eyes closed for a couple of minutes. When my break is over I feel rested to go back to my work or studies!

What also helps for me is to read a book. Reading is the perfect way to wander with my thoughts into one of the book characters. Especially when it is a good book! I can easily forget time when the story is beautiful, it makes me almost write my own book. Speaking about writing, writing my thoughts about what I’m going through on paper is also a good way to relieve me from stress. A dairy is just like a best friend who listens and does not judge. Perfect!

What are your ways to relieve yourself from stress?

 

 

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Ps. if you suffer from prolonged stress contact your doctor for help or discuss it with a loved one! Trust me, it helps.

New In | Balmain X L’Oréal.

I was so in love with the Balmain X H&M collaboration that this match made in heaven with L’Oréal got me shook! I even pre-ordered it. When I got it, I was so curious about it that I opened it immediately! But, my first impression about it was: it looks good. Yes, just good. Even though from the outside it looks chic and edgy, just like all things from Balmain and I truly like that vibe. I suddenly felt a ‘’oh’’ feeling. The lipstick package felt fragile like, if I dropped it on the floor it would break. It even came with a small damage onto the cap so my hyped feeling slightly changed. But I learned don’t judge a book by its cover

When I opened it the first thing that you will notice is the smell. I loved it! As I told in my first impressions blogpost, I buy when it comes to makeup with my nose. Since I bought the lipstick online was the smell a pleasant surprise! The smell reminds me of autumn, a wood scent with a twist of a scent from lilies. It even sounds like a fairy-tale.

The lipstick comes with different shades and I couldn’t choose. The shades are so daring and so fierce! The opposite of me. I watched Balmain’s promo videos about it online, more than once and I still couldn’t decide. At one moment, I thought let me choose a shade that I wouldn’t chose easily. So, I chose Confession. It comes almost close to a nude shade and as you know me Loves, have I a love and hate relationship with nude colours. I am glad to find out, when I swatched it on my wrist that the shade has a peachy colour as a sub tone.

When I applied on my lips, the creamy lipstick went smoothly over them. The lipstick gives a matt effect which makes it long-lasting. I am happy to say that the lipstick has a place between my MAC Collection and high end favourite Chanel lippie!

 

Which shade from the collection would you chose Loves?

 

 

 

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Lifestyle | My Social Media Habits.

I am without a doubt addicted to my phone. Even as a blogger, am I addicted more than ever. I mostly use my phone for blog related work than for personal use. Whenever you find me on my phone, nine out of ten times I check behind the scenes of my blog. That will be looking at my statistics, comments, answering them, like pictures, read other blogs, follow them and comment on their post. And this is only the usual small tasks that I do. When I’m done with the small tasks, I look online to get inspired for upcoming blogposts. I get this inspired itch mostly from other blogs that share them or online fashion and beauty magazines. I write my thoughts about it on the notes app that iPhone has.

The main habit that I have when it comes to my social media, is that I use punctuation marks with every sentence I write. I’m not a grammar freak, but it looks better. The second habit I have is that if I made a typo, I remove the whole post. This happens more on my Twitter. Yes, I know my lovely followers still understand what I’m saying, my perfectionism speaks louder at that moment.  I also have a neat tic when it comes to using emojis. Blog related post are marked with the black mark emoji and a row of black emoji squares comes in front of my hashtags. On the end of the hashtags I placed the black heart emoji. This is my go to manner on my Instagram. My other go to for my feed, is that the pictures I post mostly have a white background if not, like an outfit post, I give my pictures a white glow just to have an ordered feed. In the beginning of my blogging career I just placed pictures randomly. Since I use my Instagram as a portfolio am I more concerned about the layout. I don’t want it to look too perfect, we already have too many of those feeds. So, I wanted to have a messy-white background-matched feed and I like it!

On my Facebook page, I share automatically new blogposts and some statements and that’s about it. I think this is because I don’t really have the hang of it yet. I just don’t use it as much as Instagram. Same goes for my Bloglovin’ account. I probably should interact on them more. Snapchat (SaidaSnaps) and Twitter are my most used social apps when it comes to sharing personal things. First, the Snapchat filters are so fun to use! Second, Twitter is the perfect place to share my thoughts about college, working out and another chit chat. I also like to retweet other fashion, beauty and lifestyle tweets.

Everybody has an own way on how to use social media, sometimes it scares me because of all the things you can see. The good, the bad and the ugly but, we cannot ‘’live’’ without it. I certainly am.

 

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Note To Loves | MAC Lipstick Three-Versary Giveaway! ENDED.

I reached a new milestone: three years of blogging! Writing this sentence makes me feel so excited and most of all blessed. As a blogger, I felt many emotions during my blogging path. I struggled with writer’s block, months I couldn’t write! My fingers wanted to type but my mind was holding me back from what I love to do. Those months I felt insecure about my blog and asked myself many times: should I pull the plug? I struggled with lack of inspiration and motivation, how many outfits I should post? How many beauty looks? Does my readers like what I’m doing? So many questions holding me back from getting inspired to be motivated to write for my blog again.

However, when I do hit publish I get such a satisfying feeling. A feeling of perfectionism that is accomplished because there comes more to look than just hitting the publish button. English is not my native language. So, I must translate some words that I don’t know how to spell or I know the word in Dutch and Moroccan Arabic but not in English. I run through the spellcheck three times or even more! And on top of that I read my blogpost out loud to hear whether the sentence structure is good. So far, I did my very best and sometimes even when I hit publish I make small changes. When I do this, I sometimes blame myself by saying how couldn’t I have notice this spelling mistake? This cloud of perfectionism hangs on top of my head. Thank god after rain comes sunshine!

Speaking about perfection: making the perfect picture. I love taking pictures for my blog. I come in such ease when I combine colours and range the products. Using the right décor to add some flair into the pictures makes to me the perfect picture.

I am glad to say, with a smile on my face that I wouldn’t change anything about my blogging love. I appreciate my struggles. It makes me who I am: a girl that loves to blog.

I want to celebrate my milestone with you Loves. Without you I’m doing it for nothing! I appreciate every comment, like and follow. I consider them as my rewards for my hard work. I want to show my gratitude by hosting a giveaway! Yay!

My gift to you Loves: a MAC Cosmetics lipstick of YOUR CHOICE! Are you already excited? I know I am! The rules that apply are very simple:

  • Open internationally
  • Ends at 24th of July
  • Follow my blog
  • Follow me on Instagram
  • Comment below that you are entering

This is it Loves. Good luck!

 

 

Disclaimer.

  • By participating you agree with the rules. It will be checked!
  • The participants who unfollow will be removed from the giveaway list.
  • This giveaway is self-hosted.
  • I ship the lipstick of your choice by mail.
  • Every participant name will be noted and chosen randomly by a tool.
  • The winner will be notified by myself on my social media.
  • The winner must agree with sharing their name and address. Data is guaranteed.

 

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Note To Loves | Why I Started Blogging.

Sometimes I need to remind myself why I started blogging. Especially at moments when I don’t have inspiration or the motivation to work on my blog, quite sad because I love to do it. Lack of time plays also a huge part on why I didn’t blog for a while. I am currently busy with my studies. I go to college from the morning until late afternoon for a week. Basically, a whole work week of almost 40 hours! Then comes doing homework, reading college books and doing assignments. In the weekend, I maintain a part time job and I need to rest from everything. Due to all this I left my blog behind.

I remember like it was yesterday why I wanted to start a blog. At first I wanted to follow vocational training about fashion but here in the Netherlands you need to ‘’audition’’ first before you get into a school of fashion or an art school. They always said to me that I have the basics and an eye for details but it isn’t enough. So, I had to do something else to follow my dreams which is working for a fashion magazine. It bugged me why I didn’t get in but I realised why wait for approval on something you love to do?

Blogging was the first thing that came into my mind when it comes to reaching my goals of writing, taking pictures or better said the whole package when it comes to fashion, beauty and lifestyle subjects. Just like a magazine where I can be the editor, the creative director and photographer. There was a very old friend who I shared my thoughts with, he said to me that I should do it. He pushed my last insecurities away and SaidaChahid.com was born.

Till this day, I appreciate that last push. With many ups and downs that I embrace am I blogging for three years now! Thinking about it makes me so excited and glowy inside. I truly hope I can continue doing it for a long time.

So, Loves bear with me because I promise you, there is more to come from me!

 

Lifestyle | Hi, Meet My Camera.

I promised myself in 2016 to give myself a good camera as a gift. My main reason is to improve my product pictures for my blog and ootd shoots but also a SLR camera looks bad ass around my neck! My saving tips came truly in handy when I set my mind on getting a camera. After a long search, I fell in love with the Canon EOS 1200D.

I don’t have major photograph skills, I don’t know all the buttons and meanings yet so every time when I use this beauty it is a surprise to me. I do know the basis but I still have the feeling I should get to know my camera more. I wanted to have a camera that has the specs that comes in great use for my blog and I found it in this Canon.

Let me start with the basic first Loves, since I know that. This beauty has 18 megapixel CMOS and a iSO value of 6400/12800. I love how it adjust automatically with light, darkness and on backgrounds. It has a 7,5 cm (3-inch) LCD display, I can see through the lens which is a 18-55 MM 1:3.5 5-5.6 IS STM lens and through the display. I love this! Perfect for whenever I have my glasses on. I see the world through different eyes whenever I use this camera. It records videos in 1080p such a pleasure for my eyes.

Quite a lot of numbers! Trust me, I had the same feeling. But whenever you have the hang of it you would love it.

Blogging costs time and I prefer to make things good right from the start to prevent do overs. This also goes for shooting flat lays, outfits, beauty looks and product photos. Since I have this camera only with one shot and I am satisfied with the results! The colour pixels turn so smooth that I only must use Photoshop to make my pictures look brighter and glowy like in a magazine.

 

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Beauty | Winter Love.

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Winter comes almost to his end and I’m not complaining. The weather in the Netherlands is quite crazy, just a week ago, there was snow and now it is vanished like a ghost. Winter doesn’t do good to my body and skin. Sometimes I feel like a hamster with sandpaper hands and knees that prepares itself for hibernation. To make it easier for me I used these lovely goodies, they were such a great help during this winter!

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I want to start with my UGG Australia boots and gloves, you either hate or love this brand. To me they are the perfect fashion items to wear during the cold, so warm and cosy! During the cold I, really don’t care if I would look like an Eskimo, they look good to me! Whenever I use Ziaja Coconut Hand Cream they stay extra moisturized when I put my hands in the gloves. I really like the smell and texture of their creams. Since my collaboration with Ziaja I use their Manuka Tree Cream daily. It smooths my facial skin just perfect!

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My skin tens to dryness during winter. Especially on my elbows, knees, heels and ankles. It feels so annoying! I’m glad I found my holy grail with Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Body Oil. The shea butter and warm vanilla makes my skin moisturized for a while, it nourishes perfectly right after a shower. What I love about this one is it is non-greasy and it feels light on my skin. Same goes for The Raspberry Kiss from Treacle Moon. I use it on places on my body that needs extra moisturizing. I love the cute little texts on the package and the smell. It smells like forest fruit ice cream, instant summer feeling!

Chap sticks! Oh my, can’t live without them. I have them everywhere! From two in my bag to three on my desk and on my nightstand. I always use them before I go to sleep or I must run for small errands. They are useful but then again I always get them lost. Who is familiar with this too Loves?

Since the sun only comes when it wants too, am I glad that we can get the sun in a ‘’package.’’ I apply it only on sun kissed places like my cheekbones, the sides of my forehead like a contour, the tip of my nose and chin. All for all, I’m glad that spring is right around the corner!

 

 

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Beauty | Bad Impressions. #1

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I normally don’t get many bad impressions when it comes to buying new makeup. I mostly use the same products, when I need new ones I stick mostly with the products I am familiar with but I wouldn’t be a beauty addict if I didn’t try out other brands. That’s why I loved receiving the Style Tone Boxes. In the future I, will try other beauty boxes out!

Before I start Loves, I have a little disclaimer about the products that I don’t like. It doesn’t mean it is a bad brand, I can be in love with other products from the same brand I just got a product I didn’t like due to scent, pigment etc.

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Let me start first with Aveda Stress Fix Soaking Salts. I got it from a goodie bag at the Glamour Magazine Fashion – Vintage Live Event. At first I liked it. It has a lavender scent and lavender is well known as a stress relieving aroma. It got my attention, everybody has their own moments of stress and taking a tub can be indeed relieving but when I used it, I didn’t like the scent anymore! It turned into a lavender chemical ‘’smelly bomb’’ it hit me literally out of the blue and on top of it my skin stayed oily. When I rinsed it of the salts left oily residue behind. I like lavender but I don’t want the be a walking sticky lavender plant!

I love the beauty products from Max Factor, too bad I stumbled on a bad one. The package looks simple yet chic, I like the colour combination black and gold! When I first used it, the first thing I noticed is the scent. It was so harsh and too chemical! It smelled bad. Even so, I thought let me give it a try. It was too pink for my skin tone and the pigment made my facial skin look dry while it wasn’t.

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When I have breakouts, I want immediately them gone. To me the most effective way is to dry them out and after that moisturizing it. I thought I found with Garnier Pure Active my holy grail but no it wasn’t. The smell was too chemical. Not ideal if you smear it on your face. It doesn’t work at all and it made my facial skin not moisturized like it supposed to be.

I use my favourite concealer daily and I wanted to give it a rest and try another one out. I shouldn’t have done it! The concealer from H&M was too pale for my skin tone, even If I wanted to fix it by applying a sun kissed bronzer or compact powder it didn’t help. This was a typical ‘’stick with what you know moment.’’ Never again!

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I am not a frequent nail polish user but I was a bit hyped about the OPI nail polishes. Just a week later from when I purchased it I saw it dried out. Shaking it and pouring a bit of nail polish remover in it didn’t even work. I threw it away and it felt like I threw money into the garbage can…Literally!

I found in some budget products truly loveable products that they deserve more than the price you purchased it for and then some products I can understand why they are budget. The lipstick from Cien was just a bad colour, it didn’t suit me. In my opinion. Max&More has many good products but their lip glosses are bad. Not good pigmented at all and the scent smells like it is too old for usage. The brown bronzer was too dark for my skin tone. Whenever I used it to contour my face it stayed like dark spots, more like shadows on my face even though I blend the hell out of it! The anti-redness concealer was also to pale for my skin tone. The only thing good about it is it reduces indeed my redness but it changed me into a minty ghost. Too pale!

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I think that in the future I don’t purchase these products again but it doesn’t mean I’m not purchasing nothing from the brand at all. That is the beauty of cosmetics, every beauty brands have its wide range of beauty assortment and I as a beauty addict will always get my shot!

 

 

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Lifestyle – Tips | How I Prepare For College.

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College; the place I spend most of my time and I must admit, it can be challenging. I don’t know about you Loves but I have a hate/love relationship with my studies especially when I’m not prepared or I have a workplace that is a mess and I mean this not only on my desk but also my home. So, my first tip: create a good working place. It can be your room, at the library or the study places at your college and university. Pick a place where you not get easily distracted. When you’re living home, like me. I let them know that I don’t want to be disturbed and that I’m only available in case of a fire. Its sounds pernickety but because of this you can focus on your studies.

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Having good stationary is half the work and this is the part I love to put afford in! I’m quite obsessed with cute pastel coloured pens and marble printed notebooks, well with everything that is marble printed. I vow for making things your own and personal so don’t feel embarrassed if you want matching stationary or even a themed one. Feel free! Let’s admit it; it feels good to have those frills.

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Whenever I have home work to do or some reading, I place it into my to-do organizer. These organizers come in very good use when you place it on your desk or close to your view to remind yourself that a task is waiting to be done and when you finished it, place it in your done organizer before you store it permanent or you want to take it with you to hand it in. I find this systematic organizing very helpful during my studies and personal tasks.

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I find binders also helpful during my studies. Using tabs to separate paper for different subjects, it is just a good way to use one binder for many subjects. I use this mostly to write summaries for my exams. To give myself small reminders and if I want to emphasize important words or tasks I use post its. I stuck them on the inside of my binder, now I have it always close to my sight.

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To stay motivated and having an overview of all my homework, daily tasks and to-do’s I use printouts. I found online perfect ones! I got mine calendar from Scattered Squirrel and other printouts from The Organize Student. Definitely credits to the owners! I use them daily, they are easy to use and perfect for an organized freak like me.

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Fashion #OOTD | In The City.

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My first #OOTD of 2017 is a fact and I started it with pink and comfy! I was photographed last Sunday and it was a typical lazy easy going day. The Sundays we all know, I even did not think about this outfit a lot and sometimes it feels amazing.

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When it comes to comfy my mind says; oversized clothing straight away! The bigger the better but I don’t want to look like a hobo so adding statement accessories gives your outfit that extra flair. I chose one of my favourite bags, which is of course a black one. I love the golden details and the fringe strings. Because of the two bag handles, one for taking (read: dragging it with you everywhere you go) it by hand and one by your shoulders makes it handy to switch whenever your hands or shoulders get tired. Handy, right Loves?

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Practical yet stylish those two words is to me common for a comfy look. I swear by ankle boots with a good ‘’walking heel.’’ Perfect when you must run some errands in the city. Since I’m writing you loves about accessories, I kept the rest simple. I wore my daily silver rings and kept my makeup subtle.

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Don’t let the brightness of the day fool you, it was so cold that I took my thickest scarf that I had and wrapped it around my neck to keep me warm. No questions asked! The weather changes so quickly here in the Netherlands that every day is a surprise. Even some weather apps aren’t a great way to found out not to be surprised. I always have an umbrella and gloves with me during the winter season because without them, you’ll get a cold that gets you straight to bed.

 

 

 

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Coat: Bershka Top: H&M Skinny Jean: Primark Bag: H&M Shoes: H&M Rings: Lucardi Scarf: Pieces

Beauty Review | Ziaja.

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As am I getting older I’m getting more and more idle. I think it is because you feel your body is changing, like it is upgrading towards adulthood. Your body, your mind and skin changes into a ‘’shape’’ that is called ‘’you’’’. You will get to know yourself better and you will anticipate to it. Whether you like it or not! It is just something that you cannot change because it is called life.

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During my life, my facial skin became important to me, I suffered from acne my whole teenage years and they still pop up every now and then. We all are familiar with those annoying intruders on our faces that are caused by stress, diet and even cosmetic products. Because of this, am I always pleased to get to know new brands. Especially when you discover them spontaneously. I met Ziaja through my latest unboxing blogpost and I fell in love with it ever since.

The beauty of Ziaja is that it is based on natural active ingredients and their pharmaceutical experiences, it has a refined and pleasant fragrance and light texture. All their products are carefully dermatologically and allergy tested in their own labs, never on animals! I have been using it for a while now and I am very pleased with it. The moment I opened it for the first time, the smell was such a pleasure to smell! Not chemical at all. The preservatives are reduced to the essential minimum making it enjoyable to use.

The assortment of Ziaja is tremendous; from woman to men to children. Something for everyone! Their focus is on skin, so you will find a range of facial care, body care and even hair care. Because Ziaja has a wide range of beauty products they have thought of all skin types and this shows that they are thoughtful towards their customers.

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Lately wat also has been important to me is where I get my beauty products from and if it truly works. I enjoy it every time when I use it. Whenever I’m done with showering I use Moisturising Body Lotion with Silk Proteins. It absorbs quickly and my skin feels soft right away! Because it is moisturising and it reduces skin roughness I use it also on my elbows and knees for that extra soft touch. During my day, I use the Manuka Tree Purifying Normalising Day Cream. It has an SPF 10 factor and it is for an oily/combination skin type which matches perfectly with my own skin type. My facial skin goes from oily, especially on my T-Zone (forehead, nose, chin and the apples of my cheeks.) to dry at my jaw line. The smell of the Manuka Tree is refreshing on my skin and what I mostly love it doesn’t make my face oily at all!

When I want to pamper myself after a long day I remove my makeup with the Cucumber Cleansing Milk, yet again for an oily/combination skin type. The smell of cucumber makes me feel like I’m in a spa resort relaxing with a towel on my head and two slices of cucumber on my eyes. Perfect!

Are you already imagining it Loves?

 

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Fashion #OOTD | Look Book Of 2016.

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At the beginning of the new year I reflect more than usual. I do that sometimes consciously and unconsciously, I guess you can say ‘’new year, new me’’ is kind off the truth. This also applies to my blog work. I look back at my writing, at my pictures and my outfits when it comes to fashion posts.

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I have noticed that 2016 was a year of basic colours which I understand because having basic items in your wardrobe creates a whole outfit, adding details makes an outfit complete. As I look back at my style I see that it is neutral and monochrome. Namely black and grey dominates my wardrobe and I like it!

I went also for simplicity. That is what I love, that you can add your own details or that you find that perfect fashion item that you’ll keep for ages. See it as your first designer bag that you deserved because of your hard work. How can you even blame yourself for wanting it?

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Looking back means also to know what I want to see differently. Let me be honest with you Loves, I like my style. It suits my personality; however, I would love to add more designer items into my wardrobe, I limited it to bags and jewellery. I guess it is because I don’t want to use an expensive item too much daily. Or the real question: ‘’do I really need it?’’

As I told you in my previous blogpost, 2017 is for me a new year to grow and learn more. Maybe I will change my style in a way that I think I wouldn’t suit me at all or even better I never thought I would wear it! That is the beauty of fashion.

 

 

 

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Note To Loves | #2017 Goals!

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1/365, the first page of 2017 are you living right now. It sounds to me quite crazy! As I told you Loves in my goals of 2016 I am not someone who is focused on new year resolutions, I am more of a person who looks back at moments and events that has occurred to me. I analyse them to feel how it made me feel at that moment. If I like something and it is good to me I go on and if not, I let it go. Even when it is hard.

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I think this is what I learned in 2016, it was my personal goal so I stripe this from my list and guess what? It feels good! Before I start with writing you loves what I have in mind for 2017 let me highlight my blog goals from last year.

  • Write more on SaidaChahid.com -> I accomplished this in a halve way. I wish I could have a strict blog planning. I mostly got my pictures already ready and have written a blog title to indicate what I want to write but then something comes in between and I find myself doing something else. I feel quilt about this, it is nagging me! But I cannot beat the hands of time.
  • Collaborate -> 2016 was also a good year for collabs! It feels so good to say this. I am thankful for these opportunities. Head out to my Collaborations Page to read what I have done. I promise you would enjoy it as much as I did!
  • Go to events -> The ratio for me visiting events stayed the same. The last event I visited was at the Dutch Glamour Magazine Fashion-Vintage Live. I loved every bit of it!
  • Increase my social media followers -> Goal achieved! Yay! I reach more of my Loves every day and I appreciate all of you. On my Instagram I have 3k Loves, on Twitter almost 2k, on my Facebook Page I have 700 likes and on my blog a total of almost 4k. Thank you! I feel proud. Whoop!
  • Buy a new camera -> I did!

I am happy when it comes to my blog goals. To me I am on the right path and I hope to continue walking on it.

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Oh gosh, now comes my personal goals from last year, I am taking literally a small breath…

  • Focus more on my faith and believes -> I am learning day by day and I feel that I always can learn more, it is never enough. But I do see a progress in my lifestyle; I search for information, I pray 5 times a day, I love to discuss and talk with people around me and listen to their thoughts. I am educating myself in any way that is possible and it feels so good!
  • Read more -> I finished all the books I had piled up. But I feel that I am missing something, I haven’t read the right book. You know the feeling that when you start with a book you cannot lift your head from it? I didn’t find this feeling yet…
  • Enjoy the beauty in life -> I have learned to appreciate life, with the ups and downs. I have concluded that you cannot change a situation that is not changeable. No matter how hard you try, if it is written its written. Namely with the downs in life I realised you are better off by thinking and analysing about it until you accept it that it happened. As soon you reached that point you can heal yourself by working on it to be better or to let it go and move on with your life. There is so much more in the world you just need to open your eyes and most important of all, to be open minded.
  •  Give negativity no chance -> I have learned the beauty of life.

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  • Get healthy -> I still work on it! As I have written you before Love is have primary lactose intolerance. I cannot eat or drink products that contains milk/milk sugars. And I changed my diet! I consume soy products or products that are lactose free and I feel so much better than before! But I must confess: I am on a diet. That is also why you haven’t seen new ootd blog posts. I didn’t eat for almost a month no refined sugars and I lost 3kg! I am not there yet but I am happy I cut buttons.
  • Get my driver’s license -> I can drive, sometimes I do. But I don’t have the permit…There I said it! This is the only goal I am not so proud of only because I really want it. I cannot make it more than; I cannot beat the hands of time.

Save money/don’t spend it on rubbish -> I can be proud again, I have been saving money and I am going to continue with it all my life. Yes, all my life! As you can see I have the hang of it. I did a blogpost about how to save money and I am doing it since.

These were my goals from last year and I must say that I feel blessed every day that I am learning to be better for myself and the ones around me. You can never stop learning and I think because of this realisation that I have, I don’t feel to have other goals in 2017 than to continue learning and growing. I know that in 2017 I am going to have ups and downs but I truly don’t want it to get the most of me. I will cherish the good and accept the bad because at the end you have one life to live, every moment is precious.

Lifestyle | My Phone Case.

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Do you know the feeling when you get something new you want to personalize it? I had this feeling when I got my iPhone. Do you remember when I told you Loves now I need a cute phone case? I finally got one!

I am lately into marble prints and the colour pink. When I found out you can create phone cases on Case Company I fell yet again in love with the prints! The variations they have on their printed cases are very trending; from Kim Kardashians famous cry face to Drakes hotline bling quotes to cactuses.

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If that is not enough, you can customize a case with your own pictures on any case you want. They have many case models like flip case, wooden, hard, soft with matt finish and fine finish.  They also have a Magic Magnet, a strong magnet for one of your air vents of your car. It is very easy to use; you just place between your phone and the case a small metal plate and hold it on the Magic Magnet and you are ready to cruise to many places! Not to speak about their laptop sleeves and ipad cases.

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For that extra personal touch, I choose to use my blog name, which is my name. It didn’t fell complete so I added Fashion-Beauty & Lifestyle Blogger for the whole package. I choose the font Sacramento but you can choose from many other fonts that are well-known and popular. This is not all; you can use any colour that you want and you are free to bold it or make it italic. You can even centre it! While you are busy making your own art work, you can rotate and resize text and emoji’s. This is impossible to forget!

Because of the ability to create a case of your own style, every time when you use your phone it feels like it is just brand new!

 

I am very curious, how you would personalize your case?

 

 

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Lifestyle | Hi, Meet My Blog 2.0

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When I first started with blogging I had no plan and no idea what I put myself into. I threw myself into the deep and I was quite insecure about my writing skills. However, I was very determined to start a blog about fashion, beauty and lifestyle.

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When I made the decision to do it nobody helped me or reached a hand to help me how to start. When I looked for tips online some forums helped me but when I wanted to reach other bloggers I always felt a competition vibe, it was a bit unwelcoming. It made me realise I never want to make someone feel like that because I’m all about self-empowering yourself and others so I was very pleased to see that my first Hi, Meet My Blog turned out to be a success!

It is a pleasure to see, read and follow other blogs. I see the likes and comments as a reward of my hard work. Most of all I appreciate that my Loves take the time to read my blogposts and motivate me to go on with my blog. Because of this I’m reaching my blogging goals step by step and every step on the way I feel more and more confident about my writing skills. So way not share this feeling with others? I had the same feeling when I wrote about a blogpost on how I make products pictures for my blog and so was Picture Perfect born!

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I believe when you give a positive vibe to others the rest comes by itself. Companies and brands wanted to work with me and once in a while I get invited or go to events that perfectly matches with what I do for my blog. It is such a great opportunity and feeling to be able to do this!

Sharing is truly caring Loves. When you start with it believe me when I say, you can’t get enough of it! Share your blog with a sentence or two about your blog and why you started.

 

Let’s make this round a success too!

 

 

Lifestyle | Spirit It Up!

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Do you know those days when you are so busy with your daily routines that you lack time to do the things that you love? You cannot even enjoy the little things like eating your favourite sandwich just because you are in a hurry. I had those moments the last two months and it is breaking me apart. I truly hate that I cannot do the thing that I love the most namely my blog. The more days that went by that I didn’t blog made me more and more petulantly.

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I also must be honest with you loves, I need to get my priorities straight! I am so guilty of postponing things and it is not because out of laziness but more of not having the motivation to do it. So I am trying to take a step back and pause my daily routines. While I did it I remembered why I love to blog even more, is just read my blogpost about inspiration for motivation and it helped me back on track. In this blog post I will go more in depth, I want to empower all the ladies who are familiar with these feelings so let’s start with a cliché. Yes, clichés are clichés for a reason. They are mostly true.

‘’Every woman deserves to be noticed.’’ The words of this quote are so simple but yet so hard to believe in. We all have our own insecurities and it can ‘’control’’ us sometimes. Let’s break this pattern and put ourselves on a pedestal!

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For instance, Loves when I see these pictures the first thing that comes into my mind is: I can lose some pounds and my mood decreases instantly. To shut that annoying voice in my head I look at the pictures better and see all the beautiful things that are so obvious to see! The ground I am standing on, all that nature and the most important: my health. Without it I cannot do what I love to do. I don’t know about you Loves but sometime I forget this realisation.

While writing this I noticed that more than this I cannot tell, it is truly the simple things that counts!

Lifestyle | Pillow Talk.

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Let’s keep those thoughts for your booboo honey, ha! But I’m glad I have caught your attention because what I’m about to write is important too. The love of our lives: SLEEP! That enjoyable moment when you rest your head on a pillow is familiar to all of us.

What also familiar is to all of us are sleepless nights and waking up tired the next morning because of it. So annoying! When I have those sleepless nights the most thing that truly gets to me is being cranky during my day because of lack of sleep, there goes a spoiled day. I’m a person that values a goodnight sleep because I truly feel that sleep is the only way to charge ‘’your battery’’ that gets sucked empty because of daily routines, stress and other influences.

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Because you all are my Loves and I want the best for you, am I going to share with you what I do to prevent sleepless nights and what I do when I have one.

First, your bed. When you walk into your bedroom the first thing that you see is your bed. When it is a mess, read: to many pillows, clothes and other things that shouldn’t be there, is the first thing that you feel is that annoying pinch of ‘’even throwing it on the floor cost me to much energy!’’ Prevent it by already having your bed hop-in free. Clearing your bed is literally clearing your mind. If you prefer to still have pillows on your bed, do not exaggerate. No need to make a fort out of them!

When you are laying in your hop-in free bed and still have a hard time to fall asleep don’t toss and turn about it, accept it. Make that time useful by analysing what is keeping your up. Write it down in a journal or just a notebook. Write your worry scenarios and the solutions of it and you already going to feel better, trust me! You probably even think that you are worried for no reason at all or it can wait until the next day to fix it. Sometimes I sprinkle a bit of Rosewater on my pillow because I like the smell, the rose extract literally ‘’distract’’ me of worrying.

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Many professionals say: don’t use your phone before going to sleep, it makes your sleep rhythm confused and decreases your melatonin and I agree with them. I also know, easier said than done. So I was glad that Apple has a night shift button, I use it every night! I do have noticed that it helps me and I know it isn’t a miracle worker but every little bit helps. That’s why I also recommend to use your phone not too often during your sleepy time. If you like to listen music at night, make a playlist with songs that has a long playing time so you don’t have to look at your phone a lot. You even can make playlists that depends on your mood, for instance make a list that has songs of soothing classical music to fall asleep quickly or with sounds from mother earth like the sea and seagulls or how about the rain to clear your mind. Last but not least but definitely cliché: turn your phone into airplane mode to block influences from outside. No more checking emails! No more replying on tweets! And no more haters to listen too.

These tips make me sleep like a boss, now you do too!

Sweet dreams Loves.

Fashion – Style Tips | Basic Love!

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Fashion is important, your own style defines who you are. I always say and think that fashion is like falling in love at the first sight that grows into loving the inside. At the very beginning you search what your style is. At some moments in your life you go with the flow and it can turn out ugly or straight up beautiful. When that stage is over you are going to feel comfortable in your own skin that results into maintaining in your own style creation.

It doesn’t matter what kind of style you have, from bohemian, to modern or to preppy. We all need the basics to start with. If you have a style like mine that is minimal and less is more, am I going to tell you Loves what my style tips are.

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The perfect denim jeans, we cannot live without them. Yes, literally! We all own one or two pairs that we wear daily. The one that uplifts our butt, our confidence and even let us think about our memories: the jean that you wore on your first date or the one that you wore on your break up. Our beloved jean: we wash you, throw you on the floor and even tear you apart but we adore you!

The second clothing piece has also a place in our hearts and wardrobes. The black blazer. Perfect with the jean, dress and skirt! A versatile garment that everyone should have. The endless combinations that you can make with it is just amazing. One of the combinations is wearing it with a blouse. It can be a beautiful white one, chic black or a stripped one just for that extra flair!

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Not only with clothing you need the basics, accessories play a big part too. Not only they make an outfit complete it gives also that last boost up! I bet on it that every lady has at least one black handbag or clutch. The same as the black blazer Loves, you can use and take it with you and it doesn’t even matter which style you have.

Pumps! The heeled shoes that never goes out of style and to be honest, any black heeled shoe. From round noses and yes, even flats. They are perfect for any style and it belongs into the list of many other dream pairs like the sneakers and ankle boots.

To put the last finishing touches, I recommend every fashionista to invest in a good watch that has the basic colours as black and silver. To stay in your style, you always can add it up with a print or edgy details like leopard spots. Don’t forget the silver rings, yet again with an edgy touch like a black gemstone or adding a pendant on a simple necklace.

 

What are your basics?

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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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

Beauty Review | Calvin Klein IN2U.

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Maybe it is just me, but when the seasons are changing I automatically change not only my wardrobe, my make-up routine but also my perfume. During winter I mostly use heavy scented perfumes and gradually changing it to citrus and flowers to summer sweet smelling eye candies. I am now in the ‘’citrus-floral stage’’ and I found in CK IN2U Her what I wanted.

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The bottle reminds me of a champagne bottle, although I do not drink alcohol but a fancy bottle on my dressing table I truly can appreciate. The minimal design is simple yet attractive. The fresh floral with a woody oriental base scent starts first with a fresh pink grapefruit and bergamot with a note of red currant leaves scent. The citrus smell of grapefruit gives you throughout your day a surprise gust whenever you move. Just when you thought the smell is gone it surprises you when you just simply get up from your chair behind your desk to freshen yourself up or to get a hot cup of cappuccino.

You would think that the scent is odd and elderly people would like it a lot but the perfume is launched in 2007 as a duo perfume instead of their well know unisex fragrances. This duo Her & Him is intended for the young generation, that Calvin Klein christened as the expressing freedom and possibilities of young people to explore the world. With these thoughts Calvin Klein wanted the world to know that he knows what the younger generation wants and that they can expect it at CK.

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I have the bottle for a while now and I must say that I’m very pleased by it. I can safely spray just the right amount because of the 150ml bottle and like I said Loves, I change my perfume seasonally. So, I probably will use it next year!

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

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?

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 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?