10.31.2014

Halloween│Tag

10.31.2014

Halloween is here! I came across this Halloween Tag here and thought why not? A fun little post to celebrate one of my favourite holidays of the year.

1. What is your favourite Halloween movie?
My favourite Halloween movie is a tie between Hocus Pocus and the Nightmare Before Christmas. Both obvious choices that I have loved since I was little.

2. If you were in a horror movie how far would you get?
I absolutely dislike horror movies and anything extremely creepy although I do watch a lot of supernatural/fantasy TV series and movies. I think I would be able to not die from stupid mistakes such as not looking above you when a monster is trying to get you, but at the same time would be immensely scared. It's a tough one...would I be able to move at all?

3. What is your favourite memory of Halloween?
Getting everything ready such as decorating the living room or setting up the snacks as we head into a evening of cozily sitting on the sofa and watching some movies. The excitement leading up to the holiday itself is what makes it particularly fun. When we're talking about the holiday itself, I would say the one time I was able to go to a Halloween party by a couple of Americans who were living in the same neighbourhood as a friend of mine. Amazing! They sure know how to throw a party.

4. Your best/worst Halloween costume?
Best, probably one of the vampire ensembles I put together with two separate fangs that would stay on all night. Worst, hmm...not dressing up?

5. How do you get into the Halloween spirit?
As said before, getting excited whilst getting everything ready whether that's baking or decorating. Like Christmas!

6. Favourite Halloween decoration?
Skulls.

7. Name one unusual thing that you're afraid of?
What falls under unusual? Oh, I'm still afraid of that person from the horror movie the Ring and creepy dolls are also not my thing. Just freaks me out. A lot.

8. Vampires or Zombies?
Vampires! I always have had a thing with vampires.

9. Werewolves or ghosts?
Hmm, ghosts.

10. Creepy dolls or creepy clowns?
Creepy clowns! Creepy dolls just give me the creeps.

11. Do you believe in ghosts? 
Not really in ghosts, more in the sense of some spirits wandering or being present now and then.

Like Haley from Delicate Teeth I also tag everyone who feels like participating in this tag. Happy Halloween!

Xx

10.29.2014

DVERS

10.29.2014

A couple of weeks ago I was able to visit the DVERS Muzikantendag - musicians' day - with a friend of mine, Esther, at Volt in Sittard. I was eyeing this event for some time and once there was the opportunity to win tickets for it on Facebook I immediately took part. Luckily, I won a pair and on the 4th of October it was venturing off to Sittard. DVERS is an event that revolves all about local music talent. From being able to let your demo be heard by professionals to Q&A's and attending talks with people in the business, if you are interested in creating music then the musicians' day is a perfect place to get more information. In the evening the day was ended with its festival, showcasing 75 acts at different venues throughout the city. Whilst Esther and I didn't attend the festival in the evening nor play in a band, we did find it interesting to attend a couple of the talks that were given throughout the day.


  • The topic of the first talk was 'Create your own scene,' by delving into two projects: De Muzikantine presented by Bram Jacobs, and Jan Bruschke and his cultural collective. The former is the creation of a platform aimed at bringing the pop community of Horst aan de Maas, a town in North Limburg, together to stimulate the development of local music talent. The latter is the development and creation of the cultural collective In Vallis. Both very different projects. One seemingly focused on the young talent that is yet to find its roots and the other centered on bringing professional artists together to create something new. 
  • Secondly, we attended the talk by music journalist Jasper van Vught about the future of the music album. By a retrospective look on the history of the sound carrier he showed the importance of each major development within this history, pointing out its differences and effects, as well as the fact that a lot of elements are in a loop, recurring in the present although in different forms. 
  • Lastly, we went to 'Signature Sound,' a topic discussed by British record producer John Cornfield. What makes a band or music artist have a signature sound that distinguishes them, he, or she, from the rest? A talk about the very natural process of creating one's own (musical) identity with a man who has produced albums by Muse, Supergrass, the Stone Roses, and Razorlight amongst others. 


The DVERS musicians' day was an interesting and fun event to attend. Unfortunately I didn't see any of the performances in the evening, but let's see what next year has in store!

Xx

10.26.2014

Foodies' Fun

10.26.2014





  • Breakfast: Pancakes with speculoos and yoghurt with apple and cinnamon
  • Beverages: Found these smoothies the other day at IKEA - convenient in use, tasty, and healthy
  • Lunch: Panini with goat cheese, bacon, and honey
  • Snack: Trying a different mix this time - salted peanuts, almonds, and pumpkin seeds
  • Dinner: Again I am having a bit of trouble translating all the components of this delicious dinner. To put it simply it is white rice with a spicy egg, tuna, braised potatoes and vegetables.
Xx

10.22.2014

Three Looks, One Palette

10.22.2014
In last weeks post I talked about my first ever purchases from the make up brand Sleek and I am sure there will be more including the i-Divine in Ultra Mattes V2 Darks Palette. This palette consists of twelve matt colours ranging from bright colours such as green and blue but also more neutral colours. As it is definitely a palette to play around with and also out of my comfort zone of the overall brown or neutral colours I usually wear for eye make up, I thought it would be nice to show you some of the combinations I have been trying out. Pinterest and YouTube have been great platforms to find some eye make up looks to recreate and in this blog post I will show you three.


Top from left to right: Orbit, Ink, Highness, Noir, Dune, Pillow Talk
Bottom from left to right: Thunder, Maple, Flesh, Paper Bag, Villan, Fern 

Base:
As these are complete make up looks I have been walking around with the last couple of days, these are the products I have been using for the rest of my face.

  • Garnier BB cream for combination to oily skin in Medium
  • GOSH click-it concealer in shade 3
  • Manhattan High Cover Concealer in 22 Sand
  • Essence All About Matt! Fixing Compact Powder
  • Catrice Sun Glow Matt Bronzing Powder for Darker Skin in 020 Deep Bronze
  • Catrice Defining Blush in 060 Rosewood Forest
  • HEMA Illuminating Cream in Gold
  • Catrice Prime and Fine Eyeshadow Base
  • Catrice Made to Stay Highlighter Pen in 010 Eye Like! as inner corner/tear duct highlighter and under the brow highlighter
  • Essence Longlasting eye pencil in 01 black fever to tightline/waterline
  • Catrice Glamour Doll Volume Mascara Waterproof


Look 1:
As Autumn was slowly arriving, although it certainly has now, I was a bit inspired by the falling leaves and their warm colour changes. I started this look by applying the shade Flesh all over the lid as the base colour for this look. Applying a base colour also helps with blending all other colours for one seamless eye make up look. Next, I placed Maple in the outer third of the eye lid and into the crease. Make sure to blend and apply Maple in the crease and outer third of the eye until satisfied with the colour payoff. Once Flesh and Maple are nicely blended, apply Paper Bag mixed with Noir in the outer-v of the eyelid. Noir is the black shade of the palette so make sure to only mix it a little and apply and mix the two colours bit by bit until you have the satisfied darkness and smokiness. How dark or light you want to go with this look is all personal preference. If you find you have applied one colour too much, just keep on blending and if necessary apply one of the lighter colours to help with blending. This can be applied to either Noir by adding a bit of Paper Bag or Maple, or Maple, by adding Flesh. Just make sure to use a shade that is lighter but still fits the overall colour scheme. To make the eye look complete, apply a mix of Paper Bag and Noir on the outer third of the bottom lash line. Next to these eyeshadows and the products mentioned for the rest of my face, I am wearing MUA's lipstick in shade 11 on my lips.


Look 2:
I sometimes enjoy a darker more smoked out looked and thought I would try it with this palette as well. To start the eye make up look off, I applied Paper Bag all over the eye lid. Next up, I applied a mix of Thunder and Noir in the outer-v of the eye lid and made sure to blend these two colours with Paper Bag to really define that smokey look. In order to not have that harsh line between the smokey colours and the rest of the eyes, I applied a mix of Dune and Flesh - depending on your skin tone - as blending and crease colour. Thunder and Noir where then also applied to the outer third of the bottom lash line and blended out to complete that smokey look. On the lips I am wearing the Instant Colour & Shine Lasting Shiny Lip Colour in 002 Plum Twist by Miss Sporty.


Look 3:
Of course I could not get this palette and not use the vibrant colours of the palette that make it stand out so much. With Autumn, Winter, and especially Christmas in mind I tried this eye make up look. What I have learned upon venturing onto YouTube and Pinterest, is that when you use a vibrant colour that you want to stand out but at the same time want to be more wearable is to make sure you have a base where it blends in nicely without being too over the top. For this, I used the warm and somewhat opposite colours Villan and Maple as crease colour. After this, it is time to apply that vibrant green, applying Fern all over the eye lid. Make sure to get an even colour pay off and as always start with a little and apply little layers until you are satisfied with the colour payoff. On the outer third of the eye lid I applied a mix of both the crease colours to continue as blending shade as well as Paper Bag and Thunder to smoke it out and let the blending process continue. Blending is key. If you find that the crease colour comes off too harsh or is too dark then blend Dune and/or Flesh near that crease colour up to your brow bone. For under the eye, I applied Noir and Paper Bag underneath the bottom lash line. Since the look can be very vibrant and dark, I applied a mix of Pillow Talk and Dune in the inner corner of the eye to open up the eye. A look like this can often be found very heavy but by blending and using the right amount and right colours combination can result in an amazing eye make up look.

The V2 palette is a palette with a wide variation of colours leading to a lot of combinations to try out. The last look for instance can be done in the same manner for each of the vibrant colours in the palette and even the gradual shades of the first look can be intensified or switched up to a different colour scheme. The eye shadows are very easy to apply and extremely blendable, so much that you sometimes can blend them away completely when you are focusing on a different colour on the eye lid. This can also be just my lack of skill, but after a first try and upon searching for looks I wanted to try out, I learned I blended way too harsh for this palette. On the plus side, once you have the eye make up done it lasts a long time without budging, creasing and all the other bits we don't want to happen after having put the effort in. The creasing process only started when it was late at night as I was sitting and yawning in the living room at two or three o'clock in the morning. I look forward to creating more looks with this palette and will surely try out different palettes by Sleek. I hope you liked this sort of post and if you know any more looks or a palette I should try out then let me know!

Xx

10.19.2014

Foodies' Fun

10.19.2014





  • Dinner: A delicious pasta dish! There seem to be a lot of repition in these last few weeks where my Foodies' Fun have at least one pasta dish.
  • Treat: Curly Wurly given to me by my lovely sister when I was under the weather.
  • Dinner: Or at least one pizza featured. It is safe to say this household loves an Italian dish. 
  • Snack: Found these Berry & Nuts when I was shopping in Heerlen and went into one of those discount stores. There were two versions and this one contained almonds, raisins, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, Goji berries, and pistachio. 
  • Dinner: Fries, salad, and spare ribs...messy but delicious.
Xx

10.15.2014

First Sleek Products

10.15.2014
A few weeks back it was announced on many of the renowned Dutch beauty blogs that the make up brands Sleek, Isadora, and NYX would be installed into a number of V&D shops - a Dutch department store. After seeing that a local V&D was on the list I got pretty excited. I always wanted to have some products of Sleek and NYX after hearing and reading people rave about it time and time again. A week or so after the announcement both Sleek and Isadora could be found at the V&D in Heerlen. Unfortunately no sign of NYX. If it will be placed in the future, you will definitely see me blog about it *fingers crossed*. Isadora is a brand I had not heard of before and whilst it is on the pricier side of the three, I found out it has great products with incredible colour pay off as I was swatching away on the back of my hand. In the end, I ended up going home with two products from Sleek.


Behold, the i-Divine Ultra Mattes Darks V2 Palette and the Matte Me liquid lipstick in Birthday Suit. I love matt eyeshadows...to be honest I love matt make up products in general now I think about it. It makes it a lot more wearable and with an oily face like mine I always tend to get longlasting matt products for my face or the base of the make up and apparently have continued this interest with all make up items.


The liquid lipstick in Birthday Suit is a nude lipstick that ensures needing only one coat. It comes in a tube that you see with lip glosses and has a doe foot applicator. Upon opening it the first time I did notice the applicator is packed with a lot or product so make sure to get rid of the excess before applying it on the lips. A little goes a long way, and you can always apply more if necessary.




Honestly, it wasn't until I took photos for my blog of my lips that I noticed how uneven my upper lip is. Whilst it is very odd to look at these photos personally, it does provide you with some actual lip swatches. The first photo are my lips without any product; the second one shows how the lip product looks when it is applied with a very thin coat; and on the last photo I added another layer which normally would thus be one regular layer in total. My lips are quite pinky on itself, resulting in a muted lip colour once I applied the two thin layers. Something to get used to as it drains some of the colour from my entire face, but a great nude to pair with more dramatic eye make up. The lip product is matt - hence the name Matte Me - and results in a very dry texture to the lips once applied. If you have dry lips like me make sure to moisturize beforehand and definitely do not forget to exfoliate your lips on a regular basis because this matt lip product will accentuate dry patches.



On to the V2 palette as I will call it from now on. The packaging is a matt black case with the Sleek logo on top and although I know it will look very messy once I will use is frequently, I cherish the moment of how great it looks now. In case you have not noticed yet, I love black. The palette includes a range of twelve different matt colours, from neutrals to brighter colours such as purple, blue, and green, as well as a mirror that can stand on  its own bonus points! and one of the regular brushes that more or less always comes with an eye shadow palette. I like the fact that the loose plastic cover that protects the packaging and the eye shadows includes the names of the different shades that are part of the palette.



The top row (from left to right): Orbit, Ink, Highness, Noir, Dune, and Pillow Talk

The bottom row: Thunder, Maple, Flesh, Paper Bag, Villan, and Fern



My swatches. Twelve colours do take up a lot of arm space. Most of the colours have unbelievable great pigmentation, especially the brighter and more vibrant colours of the palette. There were however also a couple of colours that did not have that strong amount of colour pay-off as was the case with Thunder and Highness, the grey and purple colour of the palette. Overall, I am very happy with this palette and will enjoy trying out different looks with it. The colours are a lot more daring than what I usually would wear, but that makes it all the more fun. Stay tuned for next week to see what combinations I have been trying out!

Xx

10.08.2014

A trip to the Bakery: Het Duitse Bakkertje

10.08.2014







On a recent trip to Heerlen with my mom to get ingredients for making goulash we stopped on our way back to a recently established bakery called 'Het Duitse Bakkertje', The German Bakery. Mom had told me about this bakery some time ago, but I never got around to actually go in after that and see what they had to offer. Already on the hunt for food that mom deliciously prepared later that day we hopped in and bought a few of the delicious treats they had to offer. I will definitely go back some time soon to try out some of the other treats they have to enjoy with a nice warm cup of tea. 

Xx

10.05.2014

Foodies' Fun

10.05.2014






  • Dinner: Our take on  a high tea for dinner made up of a vast array of small/bite-sized items such as scones, wraps, pancakes, brownies, chicken, fruits, pizza slices, and an assortment of different buns, sandwhiches and croissants. 
  • Dinner: I am still on the search to find a pizza that matches the one I had in Berlin resulting in trying out this pizza I came across in the freezer section of the supermarket made up of different cheeses and spinach. Sadly, I have to mention it didn't even come close and I much rather prefer the pizza's I normally get from this section. 
  • Dinner: A classic that my mom usually gets when we're eating at a restaurant - round steak with herb butter and mushrooms, fries, and a salad.
  • Drink: My favourite Arizona drink.
  • Dinner: Found this gem that we usually only have at Christmas - chicken roulade. 
Xx