3.30.2015

Monthly Music

3.30.2015
Hi there! Eleven new songs that made up my playlist during the month of March. Have a listen and let me know what you listened to the most in the last couple of weeks that I just have to check out!


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3.29.2015

Foodies' Fun

3.29.2015

















Oh yes, this months Foodies' Fun includes more photos than you or I am used to. For some reason I had a lot more opportunities to photograph the food I enjoyed this month, and I guess this is thanks to more hours of light during the day. Yay!

  • First up: Breakfast - toast with creme fraiche and salmon. Delicious!
  • Dinner: Only partly shown here, but the fruit salad was so good.
  • Treat: Something new to try out - Kiwi berries. Strange to try at first as I was confused by this phenomenon of fruit, but very sweet. 
  • Dinner: Tapas for dinner with the entire family whilst watching 'The Imitation Game'.
  • Breakfast: I am always up for croissants!
  • Treat: A late night snack kindly given to me by my sister - Quarter Pounder
  • Lunch: Baguette with melted goat cheese, honey, and walnuts. Always an amazing combination. This time at de Preuverij.
  • Dinner: Simple dinner made by me - schnitzel, potatoes, and peas.
  • Treat: Baked goods! A lovely treat my parents got for the entire family and one I was happily to indulge in when I got home from work. 
  • Lunch: In town with my mom and my sister we opted for lunch at Brasserie Mijn Streek. I went for a basic grilled cheese sandwich, but also shared a wrap with salmon with my sister.
  • Treat: Biological veggie crisps. Something my mom came across whilst we were grocery shopping. Weird shapes, but it tasted very nice. 
  • Breakfast/Lunch: Baguette with chive cream cheese from HEMA.
  • Dinner: My late night dinner after coming home from the St. Joep market. Wraps filled with avocado paste, creme fraiche, and cucumber; filled peppadews, dried sausage, and a salad with pumpkin seeds and raisins. 
  • Lunch/Dinner: Broodje knakworst time! The Dutch version of a wiener roll and oh so good.
  • Treat: Filled pastries made by mom. Yum!
  • Treat: Finally found a soft pretzel - something I have been wanting to try out for quite a while. 
  • Breakfast: Beginning and ending this post with one version of my breakfast in the month of March. This time toast with butter, avocado, and scrambled eggs. We don't always have avocados at home so when we do I always make sure to make this classic combo for breakfast. 
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3.22.2015

St. Joep│Mini-Haul

3.22.2015

On Thursday my mom, sister and I went to the annual St. Joep market at Sittard. Last year included filled dougnuts and stumbling upon a makeup stall with Revlon products. This year, was not as successful as last year, but I still managed to get some bits. First up, Schwarzkopf hairdye in dark violet - three hair dye boxes for €10,- is an absolute bargain and since I have recently dyed my hair in a dark violet shade I wanted to stick with it. Thus, two boxes for me and one box of black hair dye for my mom. In deciding to keep my hair a purplish, eggplanty, dark violet shade (still cannot seem to decide what shade it is) I of course also needed the right hair products for it to keep the colour alive as long as possible, resulting in a quick trip to the hair salon shop Florale to get a violet conditioner. With the conditioner I received a cute shower gel with golden stars in it. Unfortunately, the fragrance was too heavy for me once I tried it, but it is the thought that counts. Next up, two postcards that I picked up at Mooi, a homeware and gift shop. I have a cardcurtain that is designed to put photos in, but since I never seem to get around to printing or ordering some of my photos I opted for more and more cards to fill it up. These two are nice and cute editions to my cardcurtain if I do say so myself. Last but not least, the row of giant fudge pieces in the top right corner. As stated, last year the market had a dougnut stall, and this year no dougnuts but my sister, mom, and I did come across this fudge stall or as I described it a friend of mine, Lizzy, a fudge bar. Six pieces of all different flavours such as blueberries, chocolate-mint, peanut-butter, oreo-cookie, and so on. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to try and taste them even though I was looking forward to it. The day after I put the paper bag containing the fudge chunks in the living room they were all gone but one - chocolate mint. I guess that means they were good, right?


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3.15.2015

P.S. Love...Foundation Stick│Primark

3.15.2015

A month or two ago I purchased a couple of beauty related items including the NYX Matte Lipsticks that I showed in my last post. Of course, I cannot give an opinion or review a product without thoroughly testing it. After weeks of trying these new items out, I can happily show you in this post what I think of one of these products: the foundation sticks belonging to the P.S. Love... line by Primark.

Who doesn't love a good shop at Primark? I sure know I do, and this time instead of going for the clothing items I ended up with quite a lot of products from their skin and beauty range. These foundation sticks caught my immediate attention when I saw that they were available in a light, medium, and dark shade and silly me I purchased them with the thought of them being concealer sticks - only to find out when I got home that it actually were foundation sticks. I mean how on earth could I not see it when I was in the store - it was stated on the packaging. I guess that shopping within a limited time frame will do that to a girl.

With my medium skin tone and a small budget I am always on the quest of finding affordable base products. However, I am not a fan of foundation and more of a BB cream/concealer kind of girl, but since I had already got them I might as well try them out as a form of concealer/all over base product. And guess what? Of the newly purchased items this has been my most reached for product in the last couple of weeks.



Since Primark didn't have any testers available, I took both the medium and dark shade home with me. As stated in the product's name, it is a foundation in a stick form that you can twist up. Upon swatching I found out that the dark shade was too dark for me, but I might use this as a cream contour. The product is a thickish pigmented cream and for the price of €2,50 amazingly affordable. The packaging makes it easy to apply the product straight to the face or to load up the product on your makeup tool and because of the stick form also very convenient for travelling. For those sensitive to fragranced makeup products, it has a slight vanilla scent but nothing too overwhelming.


It might not be the most sanitary way of applying it, but because of its convenience I apply the product directly to the centre of my face. After this I buff the product in with my buffing makeup and concealer brush by Ebelin until it is nicely blended in. It amazed me the first time at how easy it was to seamlessly blend this product into the skin. The end result? My skin looked more radiant and even-toned; pores were a whole lot less visible (almost to a soft focus effect); redness was reduced and even my dark circles were a lot less noticeable. My camera might not make the best photos for this, but even in the photos above you can see a major difference between the one on the left where I have only curled my lashes and applied mascara and the one on the right where I've blended the foundation in.

As said before, I do test and have tested this product for a while now and with the days passing by, weather often changes and effects the skin. I have combination skin that is both slightly sensitive and mostly oily, but dehydrated. In the last week and a half or so, my skin has been very dry due to the wind and so on, and I have noticed that the blendability of the product faltered with dry skin. With the same routine on my then dry skin, I definitely could see the layer of product on top of my skin as opposed to blending seamlessy with my "normal" oily skin. So if you have dry skin, this product wouldn't work as great on you. Then again, if you have oily skin like me and are looking for a great cream foundation or concealer with medium coverage then make sure to give this a chance the next time you go to Primark. Great value for a very affordable price and a product I was amazingly surprised with and is now part of my everyday makeup routine.

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3.08.2015

NYX Matte Lipsticks

3.08.2015
Some time ago my mom, brother, and I had a quick trip to Utrecht. When I say a quick trip I truly mean a quick trip, with only two hours to look around and get something to eat before all the shops were closing and it was time to head back home. I ended up visiting Flying Tiger, a store I enjoy walking around in and wished they had one closer to where I live, and got home with two NYX lipsticks from the local Douglas. I have always wanted to try items from NYX and I have one regular lipstick that was an impulse buy once in Amsterdam that resulted in coming home with a colour that was a little brighter than I usually wear and therefore hardly use, but the ones that I am reviewing and showing you today are shades I regularly reach out for and in that respect can truly review for you.


The two lipsticks I purchased are Merlot and Alabama from the NYX Matte Lipsticks range. For €7,49 a piece at Douglas these lipsticks have a matte finish and are simply amazing. Alabama is a red-brown shade and Merlot a muted berry red. 

L: Merlot & R: Alabama

L: Merlot & R: Alabama


You guys know that I love matte lip products and these can be added to my faves. The ultimate test? A pretty much all-day foodfest at a friend's house who was throwing a birthday party by having a high tea. So much delicious treats and I had a lot of tea. A lot. Even though the lipstick was picked up on my tea mug for instance, it still remained on my lips with the same intensity as when I had just put it on. So not smoochproof or transferproof, because I does transfer even if it is a little, but definitely longlasting. I had the shade Merlot on that day and it was still there when I got home and made myself ready for bed - that's 12+ hours later after applying it in the morning! Moreover, I found that it doesn't cling on to dry patches and doesn't make your lips feel extremely dry. With 33 shades available on the NYX website there is a shade for everyone. Definitely worth a try!

*As I was looking up the link for the NYX lipsticks at the Douglas website I suddenly saw that they finally added the soft matte lipcreams which I have been wanting to try out for a long time. Hopefully I can get my hands on some of these soon!

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3.02.2015

Monthly Music

3.02.2015
A very short post, because I have to admit, I have not been listening to a lot of music in the last couple of weeks. Still, here are ten songs that I have listened to the most in the month of February. My latest additions has been the deluxe album of Hozier, which I am enjoying incredibly. Let's hope I can find the time to listen to more music in March.

Hozier - From Eden
30 Seconds to Mars - Edge of the Earth
Arctic Monkeys - Fireside
Barcelona - Get Up
Young Guns - Weight of the World
Silversun Pickups - Growing Old is Getting Old
Paolo Nutini ft. Janelle Monae - Fashion
Troye Sivan - Fun
Band of Horses - Laredo
Kodaline - The One

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3.01.2015

Foodies' Fun

3.01.2015












  • Cheating a bit with this month's Foodies' Fun by including a photo I quickly took from the high tea birthday party my friend Aranka threw on the last day of January. This day filled with food was also the perfect test for the NYX Matte Lipstick I was trying out, and if you're interested in how it performed then keep your eyes on this blog as I am writing up a post about it as we speak. That aside, the high tea all-you-can-eat-all-day-long party was a blast! So much goodness. 
  • Up next is a photo of the leftover banana bread my friend Bonnie took with her when she, Esther, and I had another get-together.
  • This bowl of yogurt was something I enjoyed quite a lot in the month of February. A bit of yogurt, cinnamon, and whatever muesli we had at home and I was all set for breakfast or lunch. 
  • Yes, as always I craved some sweets and treats including a packet of Sour Patch Watermelon, oven baked crisps with Mediterranean herbs by Lays, and mini chocolate coated soft marshmallows which is a mouthful to say and type
  • Giving another goat cheese pizza a try, this time with bell peppers by HEMA. 
  • First time ever having lunch at a cute place called TAART ("pie") in Maastricht. I walked passed this little place numerous times when I was still studying at the university there, but never went in and tried a slice of their various pies, that is until this month. On the photo you can see the delicious pear and caramel slice my mom and I shared.
  • In the next couple of days I was feeling a bit under the weather during the Carnival days. Not that this deprived me of seeing a parade or two, but a nice and hot pea soup and two toasted bread slices with some steak tartare, salt, and pepper were greatly welcomed.
  • At home we hadn't had spareribs in a while and my mom and brother were craving it, so spareribs it was for dinner one day in February. 
  • Something we haven't had for dinner for an even longer while was fondue with an extra chocolate fondue as a special treat. 
  • Lastly, a treat to myself to add to my lunch break that usually consists of water or a cup of tea and a couple of sandwiches: a caramel cappuccino and alleged American cookie -  a white chocolate cranberry cookie. 
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