Beauty Look | Green Smokey Eyes.

Hello, Loves. I’m here again. You have no idea how excited I am at the moment! This moment of writing a new blogpost after weeks. My summer break started and that equals more blog time. I still have to finish some college work, but It’s not that I can’t handle it together with my blog. Thank God!

I did a makeup look that was in my mind for quite a while. I was in search for a specific shade of green. The B.A.E. Gemstone Eyeshadow palette from Hema, a Dutch store, caught my eye. It has such beautiful warm tone shades. The pigment is for a budget brand good but, not perfect. I felt like I need to be a bit rough to blend it. The next budget brand I used is from Max & More and it works perfect. I love when an eyeliner pen has a pre-formed eyeliner point. When I apply it, it goes smoothly over my eyelid without smudges! Under my eyebrows I used Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette Pink Sands Edition, in shade Santorini. On my inner corners of my eyes, I used the shade Azores. This Huda palette is so perfect; the shades, the pigment, the formula, everything! For my eyelashes I used budget winner Essence Cosmetics Lash Princess mascara. Such a winner and I don’t intent to change it any time soon. Why change a winning team.

For my face I used Bobbi Brown BB Cream in shade Medium. It has a SPF of 35 in it and I love this so much! It protects my face from the sun, it has the perfect coverage and that just for a BB Cream. On my cheeks I used Essence Cosmetics Sun Kissed Bronzer. This blush is definitely my all-time favorite. The bronzer has the right shade for a sun kissed touch. It also gives that glowy look you get during summer. Suits perfect with the Huda highlighter in shade Azores that I used on my cheekbones. Perfect match!

I kept my lips subtle. I used Dior Addict lipgloss in shade #653 Sequins. It comes so close to my natural lip color. It also suits perfectly with all that glow of Huda and the bronzer.

Do you like it Loves?

 

 

 

 

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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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COLLAB | Going Natural With Ziaja – Currently In My Shower!

Loves, I told you in my blogpost about my facial care products that I since I’m getting older, think more about which products I use. It is not like all of a sudden, I go vegan or ecofriendly. However, I do want to explore my options and maybe in the future I go all the way in. They say the older, the wiser, right!

Let me introduce you to mine currently in the shower goodies. I want to start off with the Argan & Tsubaki Oils hair products line from Ziaja. I know the brand for a while now and I love their products! Loves, this is a genuine collaboration as was the first one. Their products are based on natural products which equals to no skin irritations. Unless you are allergic to something, let me put this disclaimer right here! So, back to Argan & Tsubaki oils, sounds exotic right! Argan oil is the liquid gold from Morocco. Tsubaki oil is made from Japanese Camelia and Rise oil. The scent smells so good! Love it! I wish I could make you smell it trough your phones, tablets and desktops! The shampoo cleans not only my hair but my scalp too. It makes my hair feel soft and pliant and it restores my volume. On top of that, it contains no silicone and parabens. The hair mask of the line takes care of the hair without weighing it down. I felt it when I used it for the first time. The hair conditioner smoothing spray can be used on wet hair and dry hair. I like this because I apply it on the ends of my hair for that extra shine!

During showering I use Sukin foaming facial cleanser. It contains no chemicals at all! Their ‘’no list’’ contains no artificial colors, sulphates, parabens, silicones and many more. Without rinsing my face, I use an apricot scrub creme from Dutch drugstore Kruidvat. The apricot pits are grinded and mild to use for exfoliating dead skin cells. Sometimes I use a round facial brush with it, but not all the time. I love this scrub crème, it makes my skin feels soft and not tight, if you know what I mean Loves.

For my body I use Rituals Ritual Of Sakura. I love the smell of cherry blossom, it reminds me of spring and the trees look so beautiful! I like the luxury of their products, they look so chic! You really feel like you’re in a luxurious spa resort. It is also great to hear that they are trying to make their journey to greener practices. It makes me feel a little less guilty!

What kind of products are you currently using in your shower Loves?

 

 

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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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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!

 

What are your favourite items you can’t live without?

 

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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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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 | GUESS Obsessed.

As long as I can remember, is GUESS one of my favourite brands when it comes to accessories. My first designer bag was a small crossbody blue bag. I was obsessed with it! Since then my love for the brand grew. What I love about the brand is that they have different styles in bags, shoes, wallets and more. From edgy to chic to bohemian, every woman or man will find her or his dream item. I never bought something and later regretted it!

When it comes to bags, I prefer shoppers or handbags with a strap. The first thing that I think about when I look for a bag, is the size the perfect size? I have the habit to take more than I need. So, it has to be a perfect! The shopper is called the Isabeau, I have written a blogpost about it. I wanted an edgy bag, a bag I usually don’t chose easily. But, this time I thought why not? The baby blue snakeskin detailed bag caught my eyes instantly, edgy and yet chic!

My second love for accessories is on the wallets from GUESS. The grey wallet suits perfectly with the Isabeau bag. The wine-red small wallet is perfect for when I decide to take a small bag. My latest purchase is the red wallet. It has many card compartments, an important thing, and golden details. I love that combination, it just never goes out of style! Same goes for the wallet, it has to be the right size. I put cards, of course money and my business cards. I also have coupons and pictures in it. I always make my things personal, especially when they are new. Only then I have the feeling that it’s truly mine.

I always have believed that jewellery makes an outfit complete. The watch has been given to me as a gift by my sister. The bangles have quotes engraved in them. The gold one has ‘’believe in yourself’’ in it and the rose plated has ‘’always & forever’’ in it. Such cute quotes! Definitely ones to remember.

 

What is your favourite brand?

 

 

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Beauty Look | Full Cover #MOTD

I’m back Loves, I missed blogging so much. On my Instagram I told you the reason why and I’m happy to see you wished me a welcome back. I appreciated it a lot! I’m going to focus on my blog because during my ‘’sabbatical’’ I have been inspired to work on upcoming blogposts. First blogpost that popped in my mind is a beauty look. I haven’t done one for a while, it felt good to play with makeup for a full cover look. Especially when I kept my makeup simple during my college days.

Let’s get right into it Loves. After I rinsed my face with lukewarm water I applied Farsáli Rose Gold Elixir 24K infused beauty oil. Such a mouth full, but it works heavenly! It has a sweet peachy smell and it moistures very well. Then I used Essence Anti Redness Colour Correcting liquid concealer. I used it to blemish my impurities, it’s a truly holy grail because it neutralizes redness. The foundation that I used after the green concealer is, KIKO Milano in shade Cool Rose #20. For a sun kissed glow I used Lancaster Infinite Bronzer in #001. Not only it has a 15 SPF, it feels like luxury on my skin. Also, a plus: the smell. I also contoured my face like I did here. Since I’m having the hang of it, I enjoy when I do a good contour. I used Primark PS Contour Shade Crayon paired with Essence Stay All Day Long Lasting concealer to highlight the parts I wanted highlighted. On my cheeks I used Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in shade Medium 2. I used a little bit just to add more volume to the sun kissed glow. On my cheekbones I used KIKO Milano Glow Fusion powder highlighter in #02. Also, a little bit because I don’t want to dominate the glow. I also used ICONIC London Illuminator in shade Original to have that warm glow you always get when you visited the beach.

For my moving eyelids I used first L’Oréal Paris eyeshadow in shade Pop #410. From the middle to the outside ends, I used L’Oréal Paris eyeshadow in shade Smoky #306. I also used it on the inner corners of my eyes for an open look. On top of my eyelids and under my eyebrows I used H&M eyeshadow in shade All White Already to finish the open look. For eyeliner wings I used MAC Modern Twist Kajal liner in shade Cat’s Meow. For my eyelashes I used Primark PS Amplif-Eyed mascara. I love the brush of this mascara, it’s covers all my small lashes perfectly. To tame my eyebrows, I used Tweezerman Transparent Brow Mousse.

Now comes the cherry on top of the pie. I used on my lips Christian Dior Rouge in shade Rose Rose #568. I love this shade because it comes close to my natural lip colour.

Tell me your thoughts about this look Loves. Happy to read them, I missed it a lot!

 

 

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Fashion | Let’s Go To The Beach!

During summer I feel that the sky is the limit. I feel more energetic, confident and my skin glows. The weather is getting hotter, I’m getting active and love is in the air. I wish I could have summer all year around! Summer wouldn’t be summer if you plan at least one trip to the beach to enjoy your leisure. So, dream with me about going to the beach Loves!

I’m going to the beach and I’m taking with me without a doubt a good fitting swimwear. My tankini did his job, I’m in love! Of course, it should be blue it’s my favourite colour and I like the combination of a tank top with a bikini slip a lot. It adds flair onto your beach day outfit when you wrap a scarf around your hips. The tank top fits perfectly on my pear-shaped body and the bikini slip fits just right on my bum. Hunkemöller is such a paradise when it comes to swimwear, with their diversity of it you’ll find your dream piece. Super model Doutzen Kroes launched her swimwear collection and they are stunning. Don’t even let me write about the accessories they have: heaven!

Sun equals fun and sunscreen, it is so important to use a SPF protection. Sunburn is the downside of a beach day. So, don’t let it ruin your day! When the day comes to an end you feel like you don’t want to go home and you’re in need of a quick refreshment, is a water bottle spray a true holy grail. Perfect for those stuffy nights. Beach day equals also less is more, no makeup because of the natural glow you’ll getting, flip flops and sunglasses to enjoy nature (read: checking out sun kissed six packs).

Share with me your perfect beach day Loves!

 

 

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Lifestyle | My Desk & Room Decor Ideas.

Am I the only one who has a habit of alteration when a new season comes up? During spring and summer, I prefer my room all tide up, open, minimal and invariably in the colours white, black, marble and rose gold. A clear house or room means to me a clear mind so, cleaning and decorating my room is for me an energizer to be all boosted up into the new season!

First, I want you Loves to meet my desk. I have a typical white Ikea desk with one drawer and under it a cabinet. I put the drawer the usual desk things like washi tape, post-its, stapler, hole puncher etc. In the cabinet I put study books, syllabuses and other study works. On top of my desk I put my favourite décor piece: my grid. As you can see Loves, I’m hanging on it cards and reminders. I also keep a magazine, notebooks and a portfolio of my fashion sketches. Next, I have my desk lamp, a rose gold geometric décor item from Primark and a Starbucks cup where I put empty batteries in to recycle. To store my memory cards and big clips, I put it in a green glass box. This way I stored it and have it within reach. For my daily task I place the papers in a to-do tray and when I’m done with it, I put in the done tray. In the last tray I put my printouts in it to remind myself of my to-do’s and goals. I also have a desk planner where I write my weekly to-dos, appointments and errands to run. What I don’t like from my desk is my pencils and pen holders, I basically just put them in square vases. I want to change this, but I have no idea how! Share with me your ideas Loves.

My favourite corner of my room is definitely where my bookcases stand. I store not only books and magazines but also my makeup and other beauty products like perfumes and oils for my hair. For I quick touch up I placed a rose gold mirror to look at before I go. I also have my jewellery displayed, not the ones I wear daily but the ones for occasions. To cosy my room a bit up I placed candles on it. Everything I don’t want to see I stored in small boxes or bags.

Blogging is something I love the do, even though I lack time management. To keep the joy of it, I printed my name which is also my blog link and slogan on aluminium at Fotofabriek.nl. I am so in love with it, it turned out so well! It feels like I have immortalized my blog on a picture. It came at the right time because I wanted to start with a small redo of my room. Wall decoration is something that’s so easy to do and also gives a big change in a room. They have many options for wall decoration, like printing pictures on dibond or canvas. You also can choose from different sizes, mine has the size 30×20 horizontal. I have something in my room that represent my blog and me, my room feels complete now!

 

 

 

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Beauty Review | Sparkles In A Tube.

Highlighters in a tube are to me a great beauty invention! When I’m in a hurry I just grab one and put it in my bag without getting worried it gets broken or it opens in my bag and make a mess. Since it’s fluid I only use the tips of my fingers to apply it on my cheekbones, no brush needed. On top of that they are such eye candies! As you all know me Loves, I’m rose gold and simplicity obsessed.

The first thing I did is smell the product. I definitely buy with my nose and if makeup smells chemical I don’t buy it, no matter which brand it is. With these highlighter creams I am not worried about it. The first tube I swatched is called Pearl. I like this light-yellow highlighter a lot. When you apply it on your cheekbones and blend it with your fingertips you get an instant glow, it’s good pigmented. It even looks like that natural glow! Which is perfect for daily use.

The second highlighter cream is called Oyster Pink. I like this tube because it gives that shy glowy look, it suits perfect with my beauty look Sweetheart. This shade is also perfect for under your eyebrow to create an open look. On top of that, the tube has a perfect size, you can keep it in your bag for those quick touch up days.

Honestly Loves, I am impressed by these highlighter creams from Primark. Both are well pigmented and easy to use.

 

 

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New In | I Got Mail!

Who knows that joyful moment when the mailman brings you packages that you ordered online? Who am I kidding, everyone knows that feeling! Well Loves, imagine my joy when I received these goodies from ToSave because I collaborated with them. Move over Wish and Ali Express, there is a new store in town! I sporadic order at that kind of online stores because mostly the quality is below my expectations but, I’m sincerely surprised with these goodies I got from ToSave.

I chose a mini back pack that you can wear on your back and as an crossbody bag. They have many colours, but green caught my eyes and it matched perfectly with the golden details. What I like about the bag is, even it has a small size it has four compartments. One at the front that closes with a golden detailed magnet, one at the back that closes with a zipper and when you open it you’ll find a small compartment for your cards or keys. The material of the bag is made with PU leather, I am amazed about the quality! On the top of the bag there is a handle which is finished with gold buttons and stitched thread, this also applies to the entire bag. I already know which bag I’m going to take when I go out or run small errands!

Makeup brushes are to me like bags and shoes, you’ll never have enough! I fell in love with the galaxy colours. This brush set contains seven brushes that you can use for your foundation, blush, for blending, your eyes and lips. The first thing that I do when I buy makeup brushes is pulling the hairs of the brush gently to see if hairs fall out, it didn’t happen with these brushes. They are even so soft! The size of the brushes is pocket size, which is great. I can carry them around in my makeup pouch easily.

The last goodies I chose is a 925-sterling silver jewellery set. I am so happy with it! It has a chic look that I truly like about jewellery. I chose this one because I can wear it as a set during a special occasion or individually at a typical college day. The bracelet can you adjust easily just by pressing it together. One earring has slightly a different bend than the other one, it doesn’t bother me much. You can bend it however you like. When I wore the necklace around my neck, it reminded me of a teardrop. The ring looks like two teardrops coming together, simple yet chic!

Tell me Loves, what do you think about these goodies?

 

 

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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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Beauty Review | Chanel #488 Elise.

After my MAC Cosmetics lipstick collection, I got the hang of buying high-end makeup that I caught my eyes on Chanel. Chanel is after Elie Saab my favourite brand. Chanel stands for me, as chic and timeless beauty. I chose for Rouge Coco lippie in shade #448 Elise. I don’t know about you loves, but I automatically speak with a fake France accent when I pronounce Elise. Since it’s an attack on my wallet, can we enjoy it with our noses up? I don’t judge!

The outside package looks like typical Chanel. Black with golden lettered details. I always liked that colour combination. When you open it, you’ll get that tingling feeling that we all know. Like when you open presents during Christmas, or in my case, during Eid. The first thing you see is the usual white Chanel logo on top of the lipstick cap. You also can see the logo in the inside of the cap, which is black. The lipstick is surrounded with a golden sheath. I like how a simple looking thing can have a chic appearance.

I hope that I’m not the only one who says that I also buy with my nose. It is kind of habit to smell makeup before I buy it. Chanel past the odour test! The smell can be the best described as the scent of dried rose petals. The lippie has Chanel stamped on it, I like this detail. I was at first a bit sceptical about the colour. I have a love hate relationship when it comes to colour pink. I hate the colour Barbie pink and pale pink, but I like the shades between them. Does it make sense? Anyway, I like it turned out well! Definitely my favourite lippie at the moment.

It went smoothly over my lips when I applied it. I felt instantly the hydration, it lived right up on my lips. Same goes when I swatched it on my wrist. The pigment is so great and long lasting! The shade also surprised me. It has a small amount of glitter, perfect for that last extra sparkle.

 

 

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Lifestyle | With MAHI On A Holiday.

My summer holiday from college officially started, until September am I a free elf! This summer am I going to work on myself, my blog and my studies. These are my top priority on my to do list during my summer. However, summer wouldn’t be summer if you don’t put your to do list aside. My yearly visitation to my roots in Morocco is off the table, this little setback doesn’t hold me to enjoy this year my second roots country: the Netherlands. I’m going to be a tourist in my own country by taking small holidays to see what the Netherlands should offer me besides my backyard. How better to do this together with a MAHI?

I was instantly obsessed with it as soon I put it on my wish list. Since I got it, I mostly use it for college but it is also perfect useable as a hand luggage. Since minimal and simple belongs to my sense of style, I chose this The Classic Tote bag and I love it! Leather is well known for its long shelf life and that’s what I love about leather bags. For a personal touch, you can get it embroidered, I chose my first name and last name first initials in the colour black. To me it gives that bit extra.

At this moment, I’m planning for a little getaway, I think it’s going to be somewhere in Europe. It is not official yet, but I’m already thinking what I’m going to put in my MAHI. Naturally I’m taking my notebook with me to write down my thoughts and blog related work. I will also take with me a travel size fashion magazine just for a bit of beauty related inspiration for my blog. And most of all the travel size is perfect for a holiday so I don’t have to carry a normal size fashion magazine with me. I also take with me my favourite sunny at the moment, Ray Ban sunglasses in my floral glasses case. When I’m on a holiday I don’t think a lot about my makeup. My currently lovie Chanel lippie is more than enough. However, my hair is quite important to me. So, I’m taking my hairbrush with me and of course it is travel size. Perfume is a must take for me, deodorant is also perfect but I feel that the scent doesn’t stay longer like perfume. So, for a quick fresh up I take a perfume with me that has a woody citrus scent like GUESS Seductive.

The last two items that I wouldn’t miss to take is my phone and camera. My phone for accessibility and my digital camera because of the size, my other camera would only be in the way of shooting memories!

Since it is quite a big bag, I will take clean underwear with me and other toiletry. The rest of the space is reserved for goodies I couldn’t resist to buy under the guise of ‘’cultural references’’!

 

 

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Beauty | My MAC Collection.

Today I’ll be showing you Loves my MAC collection: so far. I remember when I bought my first MAC. I felt like a kid in a candy store, I couldn’t choose! I wanted them all. I fell in love with the sweet pink highlight. It suits my skin tone very well, it gives me that healthy glow. The pigment is so good that you don’t need much. A strobe or two and you are good to go.

After the Soft & Gentle highlighter came my first MAC lipstick. I was wandering across the MAC counter and I saw so many lipstick colours! Yet again I couldn’t choose so I looked at the names. Many caught my eyes, but this one the most. Fresh Moroccan! Of course, I felt that cheesy connection as a Moroccan. It was also autumn when I bought it, the deep brown/red-ish colour is such an autumn colour. It reminded me visiting Morocco during winter. When I was walking around like a tourist in my own hometown. So, bohemian! This Frost lipstick has a bit of a matt finish. It also has a bit of shimmer, but when I applied it on my lips it gave that chic feminine touch instead of that ‘’glitter girl’’ vibe. I like it so much!

Since I had the hang of it, my choice of getting more MAC items was easy made. Oh, Darling golden highlighter was the third beauty I bought. It truly has that extra dimension skin finish! Yet again the pigment is so great, it gives me that golden glowy look. Like I’m in love! When you apply it on the right places of your face, it accentuates the strong parts of your face that you love. Perfect with a contour.

The third lipstick I bought was Lady Bug. Not only is it a cute name, this Lustre lipstick goes so smooth over my lips whenever I apply it. I also wanted a red shade colour, but not too red. Lady Bug is perfect. Since it was sale on the MAC Cosmetics at that moment, I also put Captive in my shopping cart. Shamelessly. I wanted a shade that I can use daily and I found it in this Satin lipstick.

What I like about MAC is that is has a good quality for the price you pay for it. I also like that even though the packages are simply black, it has a classic look. The forming of the lipsticks reminds me of bullets. Certainly, they are killer items!

Which brand is your favourite Loves?

 

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New In | GUESS Isabeau.

I gave into my addiction: bags. I get so easily persuade just only by looking at them. The joy that I find in them are that they come in different styles and sizes. The most of all, no matter which style you wear: you will find a bag to match with. Just perfect!

I like the light grey colour of the bag. It gives it a chic look. You can adjust the belt handles at your choice, which is nice. You can wear it on your shoulders and take it with you by hand. What I also like is that the bag is a shopper size and since I take items with me that I basically don’t need, is the size great for me. It also has four small inner pockets. One with a zipper where I put my id in. Two small ones, one for my business cards and one for my favourite lipstick and of course the usual small pocket for my phone. This is so ideal because I can get sometimes frustrated if I can’t put the small things neat in my bag that I frequently need. How about you Loves?

I am lately into the minimal style. I’m still wearing black, white and grey lately. I am even turning my room decor slowly in these colours. So, this bag is a new addition for my change to minimal style. I probably will do a room tour on my blog when I finish it. Back to my bag: I am a bit in love with it because it was a while since I bought something for myself that came with a price.  Under the guise of good grades, I gave myself a go.

GUESS is well known for their brand logo at the front of their bags and chains. I like that they are in golden. I like the combination of light grey and gold. It also makes it a true GUESS bag.

What do you think Loves?

 

 

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Beauty Look | My Daily Look.

It has been a while since my latest beauty look for you Loves. I have been lately so caught up with my studies that I don’t find the time to work on the love of my life: my blog. Yes, you hear this every time when I don’t post for a while but believe me when I write, this is the only reason why. Thinking about it now, I probably dedicate a blogpost about my studies. This said Loves, let’s get right into my daily look!

As you know me: simplicity is a bliss. First, I start with my daily skincare routine then I apply H&M BB Cream Beauty Balm in colour Rose Porcelain. It is quite hard to find a blemish balm or even a foundation in my skin tone because sometimes I’m pale like Casper the friendly ghost than sometimes redness shows up like an intruder. Basically, hallelujah for makeup!

My daily look contains less work than when I go to a Moroccan wedding. So, after the BB Cream I start with my eyes by using Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Angel mascara that I received from Loreal to try it out. The brush is a truly holy grail for your under eyelashes! No more messiness. Because of the small brush my eyelashes separates very well while applying. However, you need many layers for a falsie look.

On the apples of my cheeks I used Essence Silky Touch Blush in #30 Secret It-Girl. I use this peachy shade for a healthy blush look. On my cheekbones, I used budget topper Fashion Professional Mosaic Blush in #02. I use this blush more as a highlighter because it is perfect shimmery pigmented.

I have a love/hate relationship when it comes to liquid matte lipsticks, but with DOSE of Colors in shade Truffle I have an obsession! As soon as you apply it, it turns quickly in the well know matte pigment. I usually don’t have the guts to use a brown or nude colour on my lips but this shade got me surprised. It even tastes like chocolate!

This is my daily look. Well, for now. Sometimes I change my blush or lipstick colour but other than that, this is my go too.

What do you think Loves?

 

 

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Shopping Guide | Wishing You Were Here.

I don’t know about you Loves, but I’m a ‘’list person.’’ From making plans for college to running small errands I write lists. Even when I go shopping you will find a list in my wallet with items that I need. If I stick to it? That is another story. I feel sometimes even lost when I don’t have a list with me. Thank god for technology! I can visit my blog on my phone now for a quick reminder. So, let me share with you my shopping guide about items I’m wishing about and maybe you will find your dream item too.

Jo Malone is well known for their beautiful candles. I sometimes forget they have a wide assortment of colognes, bath and body products.  The bottles and packages are already keepers, imagine the smell and when you use it. Such luxury!

Lip glosses you can’t get enough of them, I’m speaking for myself now. Just look at the tube! This lip gloss from Dior is such a classic, it is available in many colours but I have set my eyes on the girly pink. Talking about pink, how cute is this feather skirt from SuperTrash? Since we are in the middle of the wedding season: combining this cute skirt with a pastel coloured top and edgy heels and you are good to go! Staying with SuperTrash: not only their clothes are dreamy to wear but their accessories are pretty to look at too. I’m a sucker for notebooks and their black ones are so chic. Perfect for college

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Bags! My guilty pleasure. I found these beauties at MAHI and both are made from soft leather which means they are built to last. This is what I’m looking for in a college bag! I carry my laptop and books with other stuff that I basically don’t need everywhere I go. I love bags that are fashionable and functional. Who hasn’t had his bag strap broken just because of the heaviness? And do you remember those ugly bags that you are forced to use because otherwise you cannot bring all your books with you to study at home. Don’t forget carrying two bags! Kudos to MAHI. By the way Loves, you can personalize your bag with embroidery that they stitch onto the bag or accessories of your choice. Also, good to know: MAHI donates $1.50 from every purchased bag to clean water causes. Hello, win-win situation!

As you know me Loves: I like edgy details. I fell head over anchor about this black bracelet from Lavastoney. The combination of black and silver is so classic! I like timeless items, they stay fashionable for a long time. Because of this you think more about the quality when you buy it because you can enjoy longer from it! Also, a classic: Chanel. I’m having lately an obsession on this brand. Chanel is to me the black dress for fashion and the contour for beauty. The cap of the brush is going to protect the hairs of the brush which is perfect for when you need a quick touch up on the go!

Which item are you wishing about Loves?

Fashion | Head Over (Heels) Shoes!

‘’I have enough shoes’’ said no woman ever! It’s a fact that we ladies always say to ourselves ‘’I don’t have this one yet’’ or ‘’it is on sale’’ while we have many from different styles and colours. Don’t forget the many pairs we have from the same style but in different colours! Shoes are like black little dresses, for every occasion we need/have one. Every season needs a new wardrobe well, the same goes for shoes. Right Loves? Spring equals no-more-fuzzy-socks-in-boots attitude, time to wiggle our toes!

As much I enjoy living in the Netherlands I wish I could change the weather with a blink of an eye. During spring the sun comes behind the clouds with the wind chasing after him. We sometime have a beautiful sunny morning that turns into rain and thunder and makes our hair like cotton candy. Even the weather app can fool you. It would be such a bummer when you are wearing open shoes and the rain pours out of the sky right on top of your freshly nail polished toes. Thank god for Oxford shoes! I fell in love with the pink and the black lacquer one. This is what I meant with same style, different colour. I even walk so comfortable with them. What more can I say!

Now, it is obviously that I am a shoe-a-holic. I am having lately a crush on suede/velvet shoes. I wanted a good black loafer and a cute block heels shoes. Making the decision to put the loafer and sandals into the virtual shopping basket was easy made. You can wear the loaders as slippers just by letting the heel parts down. It reminded me of the fluffy slippers from Gucci. I mostly walk on flat shoes because of college and whenever I run for small errands. Sometimes I feel bad for not wearing heels, quite a waste because I have them collecting dust in my closet. With these I am trying to change that. Now I must wait until summer to wiggle my toes in them.

 

 

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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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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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Beauty Look | Look Book Of 2016.

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I must say; 2016 was a beauty year. I loved experimenting with makeup for beauty looks. Contouring and highlighting was my main goal to get the hang of it and to me, it turned out pretty lovely!

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I focused also on my eyes. I wanted to get more confident in making smokey eyes, because of my small eyes. I don’t want to look like a panda. Till this day, I am saluting all makeup lovers who uses their whole eyes, from under the eyebrow until the whole moving eyelid as their perfect canvas! Because if I do it, I will look like a clown. I just don’t like the whole eye look on me. On my moving eyelid, I will use any colour but on top of it I limit it only to light colours. I guess you could say that I’m a bit insecure about it, but then again; for everything is a first!

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When it comes to lips I use mostly red to fuchsia to pink shades. Those are my favourites lip colours, I don’t like nude’s colours or Barbie pink.  I have carefully tried to use dark colours such as dark red and I was surprised! I never thought it will suit me.

As I look at my makeup stash I see that I use products that are low budget to high end. From all the variety, I have I stick always with one or two budget toppers from Essence Cosmetics. Their orange packaged mascara and concealer are truly my beauty budget must-haves!

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I think that for my upcoming beauty looks I will be more openminded towards making new looks then before however I don’t want to follow trends that are just a waste of good beauty products. Like, #100 layers’ foundations? Or silicone bra makeup sponge? No thank you!

Which beauty look do you like Loves?

 

 

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Fashion – Tips | Sunnies All Season.

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It is all about the details, this is my well-known motto. When I have this kind of moment I get all tingly inside because I have that thought that nothing is perfect unless you look closer to details and then style it on your own.

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You would understand my thought just by looking at these Solo-Solis sunnies. I fell in love with the cat eyed frame, it reminded me of the popular sunglasses from Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Since I’m writing about details, the golden parts of the sunnie got me hooked! Black with gold never goes out of style and the combination together is just perfect.

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The beauty of sunnies is that you can use them daily, to me they are just like wearing your favourite lipstick. It is always good and it doesn’t even matter what you wear or what your style is. Solo-Solis means in Latin ‘’Only Sun’’ but that does not stop me to wear it all seasons I mean, how could I? They have many sophisticated frames that even I couldn’t pick just one!

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What I truly love about this Sunnie is it is light weighted, perfect when you put it on your chest when you wear a shirt or on top of your head to give your whole look that extra flair. They are very thoughtful when it comes to their eyewear, they have a UV400 protection. You can cheerfully enjoy your view during sunny days and how can I forget what we all secretly do; staring at that hottie who crossed your path. Right Loves?

 

 

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New In | Unboxing Love #3

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Style Tone box from month November popped out of my mail box and it is also my last box to review for you Loves. The theme of this month is Power Woman, instead of wearing fluffy pj’s and fuzzy socks to hide in your cocoon of comfort this season are these products for pampering to pop out of it! As my last box was a bit of ‘’mwah’’ am I pleased to see that this box turned out lovely.

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Let me start first with the Lord & Berry ultimate lipliner in the colour Nude. The formula of the pencil is enriched with macadamia oil and waterlily extracts. It is waterproof and blends so well! I have an Essence lipstick (Cute Nude) that suits perfect with it. Or I can use it with the Tini Beauty lipstick in the colour Pink Champagne. When I opened it to try it on I’ve noticed golden glitter sparkles on it! It is so subtle that you cannot see it but when you apply it; hello beautiful lips! I totally see what Style Tone did there; perfect match!

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They were very thoughtful about this Power Woman box. The Cailyn Cosmetics Mummy Whipping Bubble Cleansing Mask is a perfect 3 minutes’ mask for an energy boost! I must say that the package looks a bit scary, it does make you curious what is it all about. This sheet mask uses an advanced technology of oxygenated cleansing bubbles imbued within unique mold-inducing microfiber to create a soothing and softening formula that deeply cleanses, exfoliates and hydrates the skin. This is such a mouth full! My curiosity is sparked.

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In this season our hands need pampering more than ever, this Coconut Hand Cream from Ziaja comes then in handy. Get it? Handy! Hihi…The smell of coconut is not overwhelming, the familiar coconut smell around you will not occur. Perfect for a tropical feel when it’s cold outside! While we are at it; the nail polish from Meeki Beauty Lab will look like a fresh manicure with this hand cream! In the box, I found the colour Sophie. I don’t wear black coloured nail polishes but I’m going to give this one a try!

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As I told you Loves, this is my last Style Tone Box. I had a three-month subscription which I choose to meet new beauty brands. It is also nice to see that the cosmetic brands develop items that are animal cruelty free and vegan.

Which item caught your eye Loves?

 

 

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Fashion #OOTD | Knee boots & Pink.

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These boots are made for walking! I truly like this high boots trend because you can wear them with many different clothing pieces. Comfy with a legging and oversized sweater, girly with a skirt and blouse or just like how I wore it; casual with a denim skinny jean and an oversized pink sweater.

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There is one clothing item that belongs into your wardrobe year in, year out and that’s a leather jacket. To me it is like a little black dress; you can style it in many ways and it even doesn’t matter which style you have. From chic to sporty, the leather jacket is truly an item that is ‘’fashion fit-all’’. What I also can appreciate is layering. I believe as a shorty the different heights of wearing clothes makes you look longer. It’s like the perfect illusion!

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I always try to combine the right colours when it comes to my clothes, this time too. I kept it simple with my chequered scarf and long necklace pink gemstone necklace. The blue of my denim jean and the pink of my sweater suits perfect with the colours of my scarf and because of it, it gives my outfit an overall look.

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I can say without a doubt that I have a bag and shoes addiction. When I see them in stores I get persuaded easily just because of the size, colour or detail. It is quite crazy because I have almost no space for them in my bedroom. Some I have for years and I still can’t get enough of them! I think every lady is familiar with this feeling so please don’t judge me! Maybe it’s because I’m lately in the ‘’everything needs to be pink mood’’. The colour is just so sweet a feminine and it makes me feel like that too.

 

 

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Beauty Review | Cheeky Highlights!

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Since I’m having the hang of it, from contouring and highlighting I’m getting more confident in it and that includes buying makeup. I notice that when I’m going to shop or go for some errands I always end up in a makeup aisle to look for that eye-catching item that I honestly don’t need. We all have been there right!

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I had that moment when I was looking for a highlighter that is budget and good pigmented to use daily instead of my MAC Soft & Gently highlighter. I end up with budget brand goodies; Essence Strobing Highlighter in shade #10 Let It Glow and Catrice High Glow Mineral Highlighting Powder in shade #010 Light Infusion. Both packages are what you are used from the brands: ordinary and minimal. Essence has a more pinkish colour that comes close to my MAC but the pigment doesn’t come close to MAC. You don’t even see it when I swatched it on my wrist and that is okay because I don’t need to look too glowy for a daily look. The pigment from the Catrice highlighter is a bit better then Essence. This shade is perfect for daily use. The shade is pearly and that gives a more natural look, just like that summer glow we all know and want.

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When I don’t want to use my MAC highlighter for a more covered look, like for Moroccan wedding or other parties as in for the upcoming holidays I can use another beauty! The Sleek Makeup Precious Metals in shade #029 is just heaven on your cheeks! The pigment is so great and it stays long! Even with the swatch I made on my wrist it was not easy to wipe it off. This palette has four shades: Platinum for your browbone, Antique Bronze for your cheekbones, Royal Gold for the bridge of your nose and finally Renaissance Gold for cupid’s arrow which is the little small hills on your upper lip. Heck, you can even use it on your body! Think about a slightly touch of the highlighter on your collarbones. Beautiful!

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I am very excited about all three of them. Because of the number of highlighters, I have now I can experiment safely with a peace of mind!

Which one do you like Loves?

 

 

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New In | Unboxing Love #2

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I’m just like a kid in a candy store when it comes to receiving packages by mail. It doesn’t matter if it’s a gift or I bought it myself. I could kiss the mailman at that moment! Especially when you are waiting for that dream item you paid a lot for it or got it with a major discount. Don’t let me speak about when it is a gift! It’s like Christmas in July, August and October!

I told you Loves that I have a three-month subscription at Style Tone. I received my second box and I must be honest with you; I was ‘’mwah’’ about it. The only product I’m excited about is the Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel. I want to cut down with plucking my eyebrows, I want them to be bushy a la Cara Delevingne. I don’t pluck much because I already like them the way they are but I do want to keep them in check and this brow gel comes in handy!

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There is one product I give the benefit of the doubt; Hikari Blush called Cameo. I swatch it on my hand and the pigment is good but I’m not so sure about the colour. It’s quite light pink and I don’t know if the shade will make my skin look paler then it already is. This is definitely something to find out in a beauty look. The box also contained a Lip Crayon from Starlooks. I had it in the shade Majesty and oh lord it’s so dark purple! Yet again I don’t know if it suits my skin tone. I also got a wooden pencil called Jelly Pong Pong. This pencil can be used on your lips as a highlighter; on your eyes and nose. On your brow bone for an open look, same goes for your waterline. The pigments of this pencil and lip crayon are good though! The last item from the box is a Brush Cleaner. What can I say about this one…It’s a handy tool that helps to clean your makeup brushes, it works good because I already had one. That’s a bummer!

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As I’m getting older I have noticed that my skin is changing. In times of stress I get more acne break outs and my skin tone gets more grizzled. I was at my pharmacy and saw this try out package from Vichy Laboratories. These products are based on mineralizing water. The pouch contains an Ideal Body Serum Milk; it says it intensely nourishes the skin smoother and firmer. This sounds appealing so why not try it out?! It also has a Mineralising Water Spray; it efficacy to fortify the skin. Sounds fancy! The third item I’m writing about is the 3in1 Cleanser. Not only it rids of impurities, pollutants it also radiates your skin. In times of stress this comes in handy. Last but not least and probably the product I’m excited about the most; the Aqualia Thermal Light Cream. As I said before these products are based out of water. When you have acne its proven to use crèmes that contains water. I hope that this one is going to be my hero with my break outs!

 

 

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Beauty Review | Brush or Sponge?

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Brush or sponge? The new phenomenon in the beauty world and I tried it out to share it with you Loves. When I first saw it the first thing that came into my mind is ‘’well, that’s interesting.’’ The second thing that came into my mind is: ‘’quite expensive!’’ I just wanted to try one out so I began my search. I stumbled on the online store called Wish, you probably heard about it. It takes a while before you receive it but then again I paid only two euros for it. So, if I don’t get it in the end I won’t make a fuss about it.

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I did receive it and I was curious from the moment I opened it! I truly thought while seeing YouTube videos about it that it is a sponge because of the coverage. It turned out that the hairs of the make-up brush are so close together that it looks like a sponge. The brush has a small difference than other brushes you are familiar with; the hairs are thicker. The brush also comes in different sizes and I chose the small one.

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When I applied it on my face I felt a soft feeling that you mostly feel when you use a normal foundation brush. Even though I used a little dot of foundation it covered my face just the way I like it, a bit natural. Since I have it, it is easy maintainable. I removed the excess foundation with a face wipe and it cleaned easily. Imagine when you use a make-up brushes cleaner!

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I must say that it is a perfect tool to apply foundation with but I do want to add that it is not different then a normal foundation brush, the hairs are only thicker and that’s it. If you want to try one out I recommend a cheap one first just because they do the same work as a normal one. You would think that the oval form of the brush will make it easier to contour your face or go smoothly over your face because of our natural face structure but, trust me it doesn’t change a lot.

I can say now that I tried one out though!

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Beauty Review | Pretty Long Glamorous Hair!

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

Before.

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

After.

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

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

 

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Fashion – Style Tips | Making A Statement.

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

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

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

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

Which way do you like Loves?

 

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Event Report | Glamour Fashion-Vintage Live.

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

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

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

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

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

To be continued Loves!

Beauty Look | Double Up!

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

Anyway, let’s get started!

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

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

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

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

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

Lifestyle | Books From Donna.

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

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

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

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

Fashion #OOTD | Black & Grey.

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

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

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

 

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

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

What do you think Loves?

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

Beauty Review | 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?

Beauty Review | I Heart Chocolate.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lifestyle Collab | Be Healthy Be Forever.

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

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

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

Beauty Review | Pink Nudes.

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

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

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

What do you think about this eyeshadow palette Loves?

Fashion Collab | Leren Connor Goes Festival Wear.

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

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

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

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

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

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(Pictures originally from Leren Connor.)

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

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

Do you love this collection as much as I do?

Event Report | The Beauty Department From H&M.

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

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

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

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

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

Beauty Look | Summer Look.

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

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

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

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

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

What do you think about this look?

Beauty Review | My Calvin’s!

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Ever since I did a review about Essence Lipstick (Cuteness Overload!) my obsession on lipstick started to grow. I have quite a stash now and I’m happy to add Calvin Klein to my collection!

It has a great pigment and the colour stays quite long on your lips. The lipstick itself has a chic look, it looks great on your vanity table!

In the beginning I was searching for the colours that suits mine skin tone and I must say it was quite a journey! Maybe it is me but I’m not waiting on a colour that makes me look sick because it does not do my skin tone right neither I want to make my teeth look yellow, who wants that?

I’ve noticed that any red, darker shades of pink lipstick colours suits perfect with my skin tone! My favourite Calvin is in fact the shade Venus.

I probably will add more Calvin’s to my collection and I recommend it to any lipstick lover, so move over MAC! Calvin is entering many vanity tables! Or you can take them both…Hihi

Which shade do you like Loves?

Fashion #OOTD | Just Simply Light.

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Do you know the feeling; whenever the sun starts to shine and the temperature starts raising all you want to do is sit down and lay back? Only wearing on your body jeans a top and sneakers? That day was today.

Since I wrote Beached Waved Hair & Sneakers, I’m starting to like wearing sneakers! I’m glad they come in many various forms and colours. These simple ones, I have them for a long time, so long that I forgot I had them (oops…). They are still good to go, I remembered why I had them in the first place, they are so comfy!

I combined the jeans before. This time I wore it with a loose fit top. Whenever you walk it moves with you. You’ll get that feeling when you spin around in your favourite jaunty dress or skirt. I know I exaggerate, but you know what I mean hihi…

A white bag is indispensable in your wardrobe! It’s like a black blazer; you can wear, or in this case take it wherever you go! The combining possibilities are perfect too. What I like about the bag is the little holes details on it. To make it more fabulous I added a pearl necklace piece. It was broken and I did not want to throw it away.

On a simple outfit belongs simple jewellery. I fell in love with this Jade Stone necklace from Lana’s Sieraden. Same goes with silver jewellery, it just never goes out of style!

Head To Toe: H&M Necklace: Lana’s Sieraden Rings: Lucardi

Beauty Look | Monroe.

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”I’m selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I’m out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”-Marilyn Monroe

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For this make-up look I got inspired by Marilyn Monroe signature look. The red lips and winged eyeliner. What I like about this look, it is a classic one! It just never goes wrong.

First I used the Etos Skin Smoothing Primer. This transparent primer is a gift from heaven! This miracle wonder is a good basic before putting your concealer and foundation on. This was my next step. The concealer I used is Essence Stay Natural Concealer. I applied it under my eyes as an upside down triangle for a more natural look. When I finished with the concealer I used Delia Cosmetics Mineral Velvet Skin Long Lasting Matt Foundation. I like Matt foundations! It gives you more a natural look. To avoid that ‘’make-up face’’ I recommend a matt one. When I finish with my face, I let it be for a minute before I begin with my eyes.

For my eyes I used Essence Superfine Eyeliner. What I like about this eyeliner is that you just need to have a steady hand. You just draw the line and you already have the winged part. And that’s because of the shape of the liner. How amazing is that? For my lashes I used Essence Plump! No Clumps Volume Mascara. It really does not give you clumps! On my waterline I used Douglas Jumbo Shadow Pen. I must say that I’m a bit disappointed about this one. I had to apply it many times before I even could see the colour. Maybe it’s because it should be used on your eyelid instead of your waterline. Even tough, for the prize and Douglas is a well know store, is to me a disadvantage.

On my lips I used Essence Lip liner #14 Femme Fatale. This is the first time I use a lip liner. I did not want lips like Kylie Jenner (finally she admits she used lip fillers! As we didn’t know hihi) so I applied it on the arches of my upper lip and on my under lip I applied it at the end of my mount up to a centimetre toward the centre of my lips. Then I used H&M Lip Pen Million Dollar Lips to finish it off.

On my cheeks bones I applied Etos High Lighting Illuminizer to highlight my cheekbones, it gives you an open look! To finish it off I used Chanel Blush #44 Narcisse, just a bit for that blushing look!