December 31, 2012

LUSH Haul


Lush... it's a brand you either love or hate. Me? I love it. Though I don't love all products, I do have my fair share of favorites. I adore their masks, their acne treatment products, their Christmas gift sets, and their soaps. Yesterday I went to Lush in the Hague (Den Haag), and got me some goodies. I'm talking about their soaps. They had their annually promotions again, which meant 50% off at a large selections of products.

I got some Christmas gift sets for a few friends, and got myself 3 soap bars. I'm a big citrus lover, thus got myself the citrus scented ones: 'Northern Light' (a freakishly neon yellow 'un), 'Sexy Peel' (gosh it smells so good), and 'Bohemian' (very relaxing). Got one gift set with the soap 'Honey I Washed The Kids', and really regret not picking it up myself. It's on the list of "to buy" things already ;-).

What are your favorite Lush items?

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December 30, 2012

An Unplanned Beauty Haul


These are the beauty bits I've bought in the past week since I've been in the Netherlands. I know I shouldn't be spending this much money on beauty (actually on anything), but I just couldn't not buy them as I got great deals on most of the items.

I know I'm a bit late to the YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat train, but I'm here, and I'm on it. I love the consistency, and the coverage of the foundation. I just don't see the dewiness when it's applied on my skin. As I have combination skin, I do need to powder my nose, chin, and between my brows (yes I do that, and more people should!). If not I look like a shiny, hot mess in a few hours - thank goodness for blotting papers (or soft tissues if you have to). I got it for around €34, as there was a 20% off at Douglas (a Dutch store specialized in beauty products, and fragrances) but a few days later I saw it on sale at feelunique.com, I felt like crying.

The two lippies are the YSL Glossy Stain in #11, and the Dior Addict Extreme in Plaza. Two lippies I already own in other colors, as I loved the formula so, so much. Was intending to get the Dior in Rivièra, as that color is gorgeous, but when I got home and opened the lipstick it said Plaza. Already applied it a few times when I noticed it, bummer. Love the color nonetheless.

On to the more skincare items, La Roche-Posay Effaclar DUO, and Formula 10.0.6 Down To The Pore Blackhead Banishing Pore Strips (jeez, they should make their product name shorter). Haven't tried the pore strips yet, will do that tonight as a pre-NYE pamper, but have been using the LRP moisturizer for the past three days. Because of all the stress, late nights/early mornings, and lots of (un)healthy food I broke out a bit on my chin. After reading tons of reviews, and ravings I thought I should give this 'un a shot, haven't noticed any changes in my skin though. Will keep you posted! Also repurchased the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment, as I finished my Clinique one, don't like the Lierac one I got in Paris, and love me some moisturizing eye cream when it's winter.

What are your latest beauty buys?

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December 29, 2012

7 Things I've Been Loving (December 2012)


It's almost the end of the month, thus time for my monthly favorites. Can't believe it'll be the last one this year already! The bits are a bit of a mix this month, very random. Varying from face to hands, to lips to nails to something totally beauty unrelated.

I absolutely adore all Marc Jacobs fragrances (the man himself is a genius), so this rollerball fragrance is the best thing ever. I'm not the person to lug around full size perfume bottles - never have, but do love smelling lovely. It's great for going out, and to just pop it in my purse/clutch. The staying power is nice, lasts quite a while, and it's a very feminine, yet "young" scent. Not too sweet, not too heavy, just perfect.

I'm pretty sure you've seen this name poppin around some blogs lately. It's a gorgeous plummy color, great for autumn winter! It's MAC's lustre formula, and very moist and glossy. Color wise it'd say it is very close to NARS Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, it's just not matte, and not as drying.

Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover | €9
I won't spend much time talking about this product as I've done an entire post about it. Simply have been using it loads, and will definitely continue using it!

Burt's Bees Lemongrass Cuticle Cream | €7.79 (now €5.84)
Ditto. Have to stretch that I lurrve the lemongrass smell!

Bepanthen | €8
In the winter I suffer from very dry hands, and my skin becomes very sensitive. I've gotten red patches, dry spots, and just irritated skin because of the cold air. I just pop this on the patch, let it sink in, and it's all better. Repeat when it feels itchy again. I also have a few pocket sizes which are in my pencil case, make up bag, and just in the front pocket of the bag I'm carrying at the moment.

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush 'Spicey' | €18.85 (now €15.08) 
I'm pretty sure that I mentioned these before on my blog. I got two of 'em, and definitely will continue getting more colors as these are genius! They really stay on the entire day/night, don't budge, and have the most flattering, natural, and gorgeous colors. Spicey is very subtle, has a very natural shimmer in it, and is a peachy/pink shade. Basically looks like a natural blush, but better.

You've probably noticed me mentioning this website loads lately. That's because I cannot say anything bad about it. Alright maybe I do. But that's only regarding the stock level on some items (gone is gone), and the return policy (no free returns). Besides that, I'm one happy camper.

What have you been loving lately?

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December 27, 2012

Shoes, Shoes, Shoes


Finally the long awaited shoe haul. Two pairs from THEOUTNET sale, and one from the Maison Martin Margiela x H&M designer collaboration. I adore all three pairs, and they all fit like a glove. I'm not one to splurge on shoes that much, especially not getting 3 pairs of designer goodies, but I just felt that I'd regret it forever if I hadn't ordered them.

I know the lighting is a bit off, and the quality isn't too well. My camera died on me, it's charging at the moment, and had to take the pictures with the shabby iPhone 4S camera :-/.

Reed Krakoff - Metal-heeled Calf Hair Mules
DKNYC - Liz Leather Sandals
MMM x HM - Nude Invisible Wedge Pump

What do you think?

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December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Hohoho, Merry Christmas babes! I'd like to take this moment to thank you guys for sticking with me all this while, and hope you'll have a great time during the holidays!

I've been back in the Netherlands for two days now, and have to say I like it, but obviously miss Paris!

When I got home I still had my theoutnet order, and my MMM x HM nude pumps to unpack. So exiting, and can't say that this wasn't one of the best buys I've made this year. Best thing about it: everything fit like a glove and didn't had to be returned. Expect a post soon! Also, since I've been home (well... in these two days) I did some unplanned shopping, and splurged a bit on the beauty side. Oops. Got great buys though ;-).

Have loads of mullet wine, and have a great time with your beloved ones dolls!

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December 21, 2012

Marvis Toothpaste - Worth the Splurge?

Marvis toothpaste retails approximately for €9, depending on where you buy it

I've used this for the past two months now, and as the tube is almost empty I thought it'd only be fair to do a review about it. I purchased the whitening version. I'll be very blunt, the product doesn't really make me all rambly about it. After the first two days I saw dramatic results, and my teeth were really (italic) whiter. After that I didn't see any result or difference anymore.

Don't get me wrong, it's a great toothpaste that makes me feel clean, and that has a great mint taste to it (I need a toothpaste with a heavy mint taste, so I feel clean ;-). Also the packaging is amazing. I mean: look at it. A vintage-ish looking tube, also available in different colors (which stand for the different ingredients/tastes).

But as only the taste, and packaging are the positive factors for me, I wouldn't repurchase this. It's simply not worth the extra pennies spend on the toothpaste in my opinion.

Have you ever tried Marvis toothpaste or are you planning to try it?

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December 20, 2012

Bye-bye Cuticles


We all know it, the embarrassment when someone compliments you on your beautiful nail color, and then you feel their eyes burning on your dry, and not-so-attractive cuticles. Yep. Used to happen to me very frequently, until I bumped up into this amazing duo.

I'm talking about Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover and Burt's Bees Cuticle Cream, they literally changed my life. Before this, the only thing I'd do to "take care" of my cuticles was applying the Herome miracle pen once in a while (with that I mean once a month or so).

Now I apply the Sally Hansen cuticle remover once, or sometimes twice a week to get rid of the cuticle part that's there all dried up and being ugly. It's very easy to use. You just apply a generous amount of the product on your cuticles. I just finish the rest of my fingers, and then then gently push back the cuticles. Rinse it off with lukewarm "soapy" water, and done. I wait a minute or so, and then rub the Burt's Bees cuticle cream over the cuticles. It's a very nourishing cream that isn't sticky and I love the smell. I'm a great citrus fragrant lover, thus this citronella/lemongrass scent is a great plus in my opinion.

I often just rub the cuticle cream in whenever I are that my cuticles are getting a bit dry, or just when I'm watching a series, then I just rub it in and do nothing ;-).

This little combination basically is my once or twice a week home-mani now. Doesn't take more than 5-10 minutes. Easy, breezy, beautiful. Yep I just felt the need to quote Covergirl. No comment.

What products do you use to take care of your nails/cuticles?

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December 19, 2012

Review: Chanel Joues Contraste Blush



I've featured this blush in my November favorites already, and blogged about it in my haul post, and I figured it's time to do a proper review. I won't say how much I love it, as I think my favorite post already covers that part ;-). The blush I'm talking about is 27 Rose Initiale. When Lisa Eldridge told me (well... us) that she used it on Keira Knigthley, and I saw how stunning that looked, I had to get it too.

The color is gorgeous, it's a very natural pink, which is perfect if you want to look like you don't have any make up on. There is a slight, very slight shimmer in the pan, but you barely notice it on the cheeks. It's not very pigmented, which makes it very blendable. It has a slight rosy scent to it. If you know how the Lancôme Dolls Eyes mascara smells like, the fragrance is similar. It comes in a velvet pouch, which I think is pure luxury. The packaging is their signature black plastic casing, which is very chic - if there are no fingerprints on. Inside there is a great mirror, which I use to put blusher on, as it's more focused on the face whereas the big mirror is just... well, big. I don't use the brush that comes with it, as I don't think it applies the blush nicely. I like to use my mini kabuki brush of Ecotools.

The staying powder good, it's still on my face after an entire day of university. I think it holds for about 8 hours, though I have to be honest, I didn't time it ;-). I made some pictures of me wearing the blush, but somehow my MacBook won't recognize the SD card or my camera, boo! Will try to see if I can get it uploaded soon, and post it as a FOTD.

All in all, I love it loads, and though it is very expensive, I'm definitely going to save up, and get another color. These are just great, and worth saving up for!

Have you ever tried a Chanel blush, and which color do you love the most?

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December 16, 2012

Exams, Moving, and Internship Rambles

image courtesy of rynneshak.com

Yesterday was my last class this semester, this school year actually. Can't believe that this semester went by so fast in Paris, it's kinda scaring me. Tomorrow I'll start with my exams, I have 5 in total, which is squeezed into 4 days. I've been working on 3 different projects for the past few weeks, and had to pull some all-nighters this week to finalize everything, and make it perfect. Handed everything in yesterday, so now I can focus on studying. I probably won't have much time to write any blogposts next week, but I'll do my best to at least pop one, or two posts!

As my semester ends next week Thursday, it means that I'll move back to the Netherlands that same weekend. Really will miss Paris, but glad to go home for Christmas, and New Years to spend time with my family and friends. Won't have much time to relax, or stay home, because I'll move to my next destination where my internship is!

Initially I wanted to go to NYC, I mean... who doesn't? But things didn't all work out, and it just took too long to get things confirmed, so I decided to open up, and apply to companies in London, UK as well. At this point my placement in London is almost confirmed by my uni, which means I'll be spending the rest of the year in England! So motivated, and enthusiastic about my coming 6 months there, can't wait to explore the British lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and just everything that comes with the life there. Though I don't think I can appreciate bacon and eggs at 8 o clock in the mornings...

Just wanted to share this exciting news with you lovelies! I've been apartment hunting these past few days, but if you happen to be a Londoner: please do advise me on which areas are the best to live in. My internship will be in Chelsea, so I'd rather live close to that area :-). Tips are always welcome!

Have a lovely Sunday!

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December 14, 2012

NOTD #4 | Feeling Spotty Today...


I'm a gal that likes to change up her nail polish every other day, though I'm aware it's not really good for the nails. However, I've been rocking this look for over 4 days already, so proud of myself. And, the polish is not even chipping!

What have you been wearing on your nails lately? 

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December 12, 2012

THE OUTNET Clearance

It's that time of the year again, the huge clearance of THE OUTNET. Hooray! As a fashion addict, and shopaholic myself, I have to admit that this post might be very dangerous - if you know what I mean ;-). The sale lasts for 6 days, and started yesterday, so 5 more days to shop. But be quick, just like all the items on there, when it's sold out, it's gone... for ever. 

There are some great pieces, and a whole lot of 'em are reasonably priced, or ridiculously discounted. I've seen a whole lot of nice things, but unfortunately had to "remove" them again from my shopping basket.

You must be wondering whether I got something. Err, yes I did. Not clothing, not accessories, not bags. Nope. I got shoes! I'm not going to tell you which shoes, yet, as that'll spoil the surprise when I receive them. I sent them to my parental home, so it'll take a bit longer when I can show them to you guys. Expect a shoe post, as I also have to share my MMM x HM purchase with you dolls!

The only thing that I'll say about my purchase at THE OUTNET is that I had an amazing deal. Checking out for once was a pleasure, and made me feel less guilty about the money spent ;-)!

What will you get from THE OUTNET clearance?

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December 11, 2012

Sephora Haul


I though I actually posted this, but apparently I didn't. Sunday, 2 weeks ago, I went to the new mall that's just 10 minutes by foot from my place and did some shopping. Oh boy, it's such a nice mall, and so pretty! It's been there for almost 2 months now, and has some very nice shops in there.

Of course I stopped by Sephora, and couldn't resist walking out without the red-string bag. I only got two small nail products that have been on my list for decades now, the Sally Hansen Insta-Dry top coat, and Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover.

I've only tried both products once, but am very impressed! Will test them out a bit more, and might pop a mini review of both of 'em on the blog.

Have you ever tried Sally Hansen products?

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December 9, 2012

Bag Crush #2 | Kate Spade Little Nadine

image courtesy of Kate Spade NY

I know that lately I've not been crushing on bags that much (okay... if you don't count my Christmas wish list...). Anyho'. Yesterday I went to ebay, and started to randomly browse, and then the Kate Spade limited sale event caught my eye. I saw a lot of bags that I liked, but not necessarily adored, until I saw little nadine. Gosh she's so pretty!

It's the perfect size, color, and shape for me. I found my daily it-bag I think. I love the pop of pink, my only colorful bag is my mini M.A.C. (Minkoff) in teal. As I got the mini, it's way to small for everyday - great for going out though. So this little nadine totally fits perfectly in my needs. I can hang it across my shoulders, or hand hold it when I feel like it. It has a turn lock closure, and gold detailing.

Perfect, perfect, perfect! The best part? It's at 57% off on ebay right now, sold by Kate Spade themselves, making this beauty cost only $169 (original retail price: $398). Bargain! I'd order one immediately, it's just that they don't ship outside the States, and Canada. Bummer...

For my American, and Canadian readers, do check out the sale, there are some really cool items there. The sale ends December 11th, so hurry ;-).

Have you found a Kate Spade bag you fancy?

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December 8, 2012

Review: Chanel Correcteur Perfection Concealer


I featured this product in a previous haul, and favorite post a while ago, and have worn it every day - literally.

It's a very lightweight, rather matte (but non-drying) concealer. I have combination/oily skin, and it stays on me perfectly the entire day. It's a great overall concealer, I love it for the redness on my chin, around the nose, slight hyperpigmentation on the cheeks, and the odd pimple. As it is non-drying it doesn't flake around the pimple (if it happens to be a bit dry), and is long-lasting even without powdering it.

I tried it as under-eye concealer, but I prefer my Laura Mercier Undercover pot over this one. Though it does a good job concealing the area(medium coverage), I have the lightest one of the yellow undertones (20), so it doesn't work as good as a pinked toned concealer. It's the usual story: pink combats the dark purple color we have under the eye, etc. etc. ;-).

The packaging is nothing special, or extraordinary. Just the usual 'lipgloss' concealer packaging, with the sponge tip applicator. It's plastic, and the body is matte, showing the color of the product. The color of this concealer matches my skintone perfectly. Though it might look scary on the swatch, it's very blendable, and do keep in mind that it's swatched at the part of my arm which is lighter than my face.

It may sound weird, but when applied, the concealer gives a soft look. Almost velvety if that makes sense. The result is very natural, and you barely can spot that you have concealer on at all! The product is available in 6 colors in the States, and UK, and 3 colors in the rest of Europe. The colors range from really pink to dark orange-ish, and retails for approximately $40, £26, €33 respectively.


Have you tried this concealer before, and what are your thoughts on it?

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December 7, 2012

100th Post Giveaway Winner

Thank you all so much for entering this giveaway, it really makes me warm inside. I noticed that there were some technical errors at Rafflecopter, regarding following on twitter. As clicking on the "follow" button, didn't work strangely enough. If you'd love to follow me on twitter for my daily rambles, and updates on my stay in Paris, please do :-)!

I truly appreciate everyone who has entered, but as there is only one prize, there is, unfortunately, only one winner. Without further ado. The winner of the NUXE travel set is... Mel B.! Congratulations, I hope you'll enjoy the gift loads. Please get back to me as soon as possible, so I can send the set to you ;-).

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Thank you all, again, for entering. Please be tuned in for a new giveaway soon! 

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December 5, 2012

Ooh La La!

Have you seen the newest Louis Vuitton campaign yet? Louis Vuitton collaborated with street style bloggers Miroslava Duma, Hanneli Mustaparta, and Elin Kling to showcase their newest mini bag range. J'adore! It's such a fun, and cutesy video, the 'Ooh La La', and the background music totally helps creating the mood for the campaign.

I usually am a big bag kinda girl, but oh boy, these mini bags have converted me. If I had the money I'd get one of each! They all have a strap, which is great for when you're on-the-go all the time, and still want to look fashionable whilst not having to struggle carrying a fashionable bag. If I had to pick my favorite... err, no I just can't ;-).



What do you think of their "Small is Beautiful" campaign, 
and which bag is your favorite? 
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December 3, 2012

Oh Santa...



When my mum asked me what I wanted for Christmas today, I couldn't answer her question. Because honestly I haven't been thinking much about the things I wanted. Unlike last year, where the Clarisonic MIA was on top of my wishlist (which I in the end got - sweetest parents of the world). Now, I really had to think for a moment, and still didn't really know what to ask for.

So I figured it was time to make a wish list, and thought I'd share it with you. Maybe it'll be a source of inspiration for those that are undecided about what to put on their wish list, or if you want to gather some inspiration for gifts for others. I did all my Christmas shopping already, and just need to grab my dad a good old wine from Lavinia, and then I'm all set :-).

I kept the list very small, and reasonable. I mean... I don't want to make my parents bankrupt, do I ;-)? Let me know if you'd like me to write a Christmas Gift post!


What would you like for Christmas?

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December 2, 2012

Review: Avène Eau Thermale


I've been really enjoying this product, even though this wasn't featured in my November favorites post. I made a rule to only list 7 things, and I have to keep my word, otherwise the list is never ending ;-). So to show you what an amazing product this is, a short review about the product.

Some of you might remember me reviewing the Evian Facial Water Spray, that was such a raved up product back in the day, and to me it didn't do anything. Though this is also a similar product, I actually can feel the difference when sprayed on.

I really like the way the mist is sprayed over the skin, I can't really describe it, but the spray itself is different than the Evian one, or any other spray product. It allows the product to be distributed well over the skin, and doesn't tighten up the skin. Though this certainly isn't something that should replace your moisturizer, ever, it's great for a pick me up after a day of hard work. Sometimes when I have had make up on all day, I just blot with either a tissue, or my blotting papers, and then spray this on. My make up looks better, and I just get an instant boost, just like the Caudalie Beauty Elixir.

There is no scent to this, and suitable for all skin types. Is this a staple in everyones skincare routine? No. Do I recommend you getting this? Hell to the yes. It's not a product that you absolutely need to have (unlike primer, moisturizers, toners, etc. etc.), but if you have the money for it, just try it out. It's not expensive, and has 3 different sizes. I got the 150 ml for around €5.

Have you ever tried Avène Eau Thermale, and what did you think of it?

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December 1, 2012

7 Things I've Been Loving (November 2012)


November has passed, so it's time for my favorites from the month already. Cannot believe how fast this month has gone, and cannot believe it's December first today! It means that I only have 3 weeks left, or to be precise 21 days in Paris. Though I'm having a blast here, I'm ready for my next step in my life, which is where ever my internship will take me ;-).

This month I've totally integrated my new French pharmacy buys in my skincare routine, and have to say my skin has been looking better than ever! Even got compliments from my mum, and aunt... while Skyping. So yes, these bits have been amazing to me, and cannot say anything bad about them.

Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector (not in shot) | €75 - €130
It's a serum that claims to reduce the appearance of fine lines, pores, and imperfections (uneven skintone). It's been on the market for a while now, and has received many raves on the blogging/Youtube world. Though I have put off trying this serum out ever since it's been out, I gave the serum a shot at the beginning of the month. I still had a deluxe sample laying at home, and decided to try it for a while, and see what I thought about it. But wow, I can really say it does work, and I don't say that very fast for anti-pigmentation serums. I've tried a fair share of "brightening" serums etc, and I've only found this one, and the Kiehl's Color Correcting Serum to work for me. Little goes a long, long way, and I've tried this exactly a month now. Some pigmentation have gotten lighter, and some even almost disappeared! I'm not very sure whether my pores have been minimized, but I'll keep you posted on that.

This has been on my "to try" list for a while (with while, I mean years), and have never gotten to try it. As it's almost impossible to find in the Netherlands, and always sold out in the pharmacy. And I can get why. I was lucky that last time I was able to snap up a bottle (unfortunately, when I got there today it was sold out again...)! As I said in the beginning, my skin has been so clear, and well this month, and I'm sure it's also because of this. It's organic rosewater, and smells like roses - duh. I definitely will repurchase this, and am saying sayonara to my Caudalie Beauty Elixer as toner. It is a staple for my on-the-go make up bag for refreshing purposes, but I just feel that rosewater is doing many good things for my skin at the moment.

Chanel Joues Contraste '72 Rose Initiale' | €37.50
When I saw Lisa Eldrige's make up look for Keira Knightley, I absolutely adored the blusher used on her, and was dedicated to get it in duty-free.  It is very buidable, and gives the healthiest rosy glow to my face. It's not the most pigmented, but that is alright, as you can build it up slowly, and doesn't give you a heavy make up look. It also has a slight rose scent to it, which disappears once applied on the skin. It's a rosy blush mixed with some peach, and flattering for most skintones. There is a slight shimmer in the blush, which is great for sporting the no-make up look.

I've used this mask 4 times now, and can say I really like it. Though I don't see major improvements, once removed my skin does look brighter, and smoother in a way. It doesn't irritate my skin, nor breaks me out, which is always the factor I'm most scared of.

I picked this up at duty-free as well, and cannot be more happy with this impulse buy! I've gotten many compliments from my female friends about how gorgeous it looks on me, and how natural it is. Basically it's a very easy wearable "nude" tone. I first wanted to get 'Incognito', but that was too brown toned, so I looked very sick. 'Chérie Bow' has a slight pink hue to it, which makes it so easily wearable.

Chanel Correcteur Perfection Concealer '20' | €32
Eh... I kind of feel awkward to say, but yes. Yet again another duty-free purchase, this one from CDG in Paris though! Have been using this one literally everyday. I tried using this as undereye concealer, but though it's alright, I love using my Laura Mercier Undercoverpot for this matter more. I think it depends on what shade you get, as I got the one that matches my skintone more (yellow) it's not as useful for the undereye area. I guess the pink one would do a great job neutralizing the grey/blue tones. It's great for blemishes, redness, or minor imperfections. I would say the finish is rather matte/velvety if that makes sense. Great when opting for a natural look, as the concealer doesn't cake.

MUJI Blotting Papers | €4 (approx.)
I have these for a while now, and have only really used them a lot this month, as I finished my old pack of blotting papers. I didn't expect anything of these, but they have impressed me quite well. It takes the shine away without dragging or removing my make up. 

What products have you been loving lately?

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November 30, 2012

Stylight - A New Fashion Community


Recently I stumbled upon a new 'so called' fashion community, Stylight. Not knowing what kind of company they were, and what exactly they were providing, I started doing my research. What I found out?

Stylight is a German fashion community from origin, and now they are slowly taking over Europe with their platform, as they are saying themselves. It accumulates a wide range of fashion items of webshops on their platform, and it gives you the possibility to share your wishlists, and items you love (or heart in their language). You can also compare the prices of the webshops of that one item you've been loving, and shows you the best deal you can get on the Net. Sounds amazing right?

To me it reminds me of the fashiolista platform, but then different. Here you can also "find" things, and "heart" it. Their point of difference that jumps out is that they redirect you to the seller, and it shows the price. For me that's a huge plus, as it just makes my life so much easier. I don't have to spit through blogs, and webpages to find that one item that, that person "loved". Now it's just there, and with a few clicks you are where you want to be. Just as simple as that ;-).

I have spend some time on Stylight, and have to say it's quite addicting. Just killing time looking on other peoples' lists, and it's also a way to find great items you might've never found by yourself. Interested? The platform is available in a few European countries such as the Netherlands, Swiss, France, Germany, and a few more - apologies for my non-European readers! Joining them is just as easy as the rest, either through Facebook, or a simple mail address account. If you're interested in following me, and to see what bits I'm liking, you can do so here.

What do you think about Stylight?

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November 29, 2012

Topshop Lipstick 'Brighton Rock'


Recently I discovered that Colette was carrying a few bits from the Topshop make up range, and of course I had to snap up at least one thing. I was most interested in their lipsticks, and their creamblushes. Just decided to stick with one lipstick first, to see how I liked it. But now I'm sure I'll  definitely go back, and snap up some more Topshop make up goodies!

The lipstick 'Brighton Rock' is a bright pink. For me it's not a color I'd wear on a daily basis, especially now in the winter. Though I've been enjoying this when going out, as it really brightens up my face, and I love a good pop of color. I do like to put it on rather thick, let it be for a minute, and then softly wipe it off my lips with a tissue. The color that is stained on my lips is gorgeous, and really subtle. Perfect for uni, groceries, or something else that doesn't require an obvious face of make up;-)

The formula is smooth, and quite moisturizing. I'd say the color stays put on the lips for quite a long time, though you'll see your lipstick stain on your cup, or food. Though it's not really surprising with lipsticks (that's why I love lip stains more!).


Have you ever tried any Topshop lipsticks, and which one should I get next?

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November 28, 2012

Florence and The Machine Concert

Florence and The Machine are doing their European tour at the moment, and yesterday their conceert was in Paris. As I'm a huge fan, I had. to. go. And I did. I bought my tickets I think in September already, and I'm so glad I did. I heard from friends, who realized too late they wanted to go, that tickets were retailing more than double the amount I paid for it!

Anyways, I had an absolute blast, and everything was amazing! Florence is such a great performer, and oh gosh the dress she was wearing was amazing! Unfortunately my iPhone camera couldn't really take nice pictures, the ones where I zoomed in were so blurry that I just deleted them. I'm telling you: she's even better live, believe me. Not only a fashion muse, but also a musical legend!


Do you like Florence and The Machine, 
and are you planning to visit a concert of theirs?

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November 25, 2012

Colette | Blue Friday Haul

Topshop lipstick 'Brighton Rock' €12 | Bumble and Bumble Surfspray €15

I have been drowning in my assignments for school, seriously haven't been doing anything else this week than school, school, school. If you're an Instagram or twitter follower, you might've caught up that I had my first ever (American) Thanksgiving diner this week. It was so much fun, and the food was honestly really good. Though it didn't look so well;-) After Thanksgiving, there is the much more loved event: Black Friday. Unfortunately, here in Europe there aren't many companies that join the Black Friday. Though Apple does have worldwide promotions (my parents snapped up an amazing gift for my sister, so jealous!), and Colette - the very infamous concept store in Paris. Though they call it Blue Friday.

After class I went there with a friend, and we were really looking forward to some goodies, as their website looked so good. 50% off on so many items oh yeah, it was calling my name. When we arrived there there were no Blue Friday deals to be found, I figured that it was only on the webshop. But we had a lovely time there, and I picked up some beauty bits from Colette. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw a mini Topshop make up section! As I never had used Topshop make up before, I first wanted to try a product out, before I bought a bunch. I got the lipstick in Brighton Rock, which is a gorgeous bright pink. Have used it a few times now, and I cannot say anything bad about the Topshop lippies! Okay, maybe I'm not so fond of how the packaging feels, but other than that, it's amazing. I also picked up a mini size Surf Spray from Bumble and Bumble to see what all the shizz is about. ;-)

What did you buy on Black (or Blue) Friday? 

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November 24, 2012

Book Wish List

Yep people, I read. Actually, I'm a bookworm. I love reading books, and then I mean the actual paper books. I don't own a kindle, or any other e-book reader device. And I'm proud of my bookshelf at home. Would it be strange to say that I feel really good when I look at it? Though I have to say, I'm a chicklit/roman/fashion/skincare/beauty/sometimesthrillers book reader, so don't expect any deep literature. Though I have some, which I like, but my true passion lays elsewhere ;-).

Now I've put these books for a long time in my little e-basket at Amazon now. Why? Because I put beauty purchases before any book purchases. As you might've noticed, I kinda spend a lot of bucks on that part. Oops. Though I really am itching to click on that 'Order now' button, oh I am. Anyways, I thought of sharing the 4 books I've been eyeing at for a long time, to you dolls.

Grace: A Memoir
We all know the infamous Grace Coddington, basically the brains behind the scenes at Vogue US. People who weren't in the fashion business all knew her because of the documentary 'the September Issue'. It's a great movie to show you how it's going on at Vogue US, I loved every minute of it. This book will be launched the 22nd of November, and is available for pre-ordering at Amazon.

So what's the book about? I quote: "Grace will introduce readers to the colorful designers, hairstylists, makeup artists, photographers, models, and celebrities with whom Grace has created her signature images. Grace reveals her private world with equal candor—the car accident that almost derailed her modeling career, her two marriages, the untimely death of her sister, Rosemary, her friendship with Harper’s Bazaar editor-in-chief Liz Tilberis, and her thirty-year romance with Didier Malige. Finally, Grace describes her abiding relationship with Anna Wintour, and the evolving mastery by which she has come to define the height of fashion."

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
I guess this one of the books almost everyone has read, or has heard about. I've only heard about it a lot of times, and still haven't read it yet. Why do I want to read it? Because everyone tells me how good it actually is, and that I'm crazy that I haven't read it yet. Long story short it's about the disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden... and about her octogenarian uncle, determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder. Pretty vague, unfortunately... can't tell you much more about it either ;-).

Wear This Now: Your Style Solution for Every Season and Any Occasion
The title sold me already, and of course its cover. Another thing that I really liked was the design of the layout inside, and that it was published this year. Why? Well, that means that it's rather up-to-date, that the writing style is modern, and that it just has a fresh view to everything I guess.

How to Look Expensive: 
A Beauty Editor's Secrets to Getting Gorgeous without Breaking the Bank
So that's a mouth full. I, again, got attracted to this book because of its title. I'm not sure where but this, and the other fashion book, I saw recommended in a fashion magazine, either ELLE or Marie Claire or Harper's, or on their webpage. Anyhow. I want to look fancy. I would love to become a beauty editor in the future - if I get lucky. And yes, who would not like to be pretty without spending over budget on something. Right, eeevuryone.

So yes, this is my book round up. Let me know what books you've been loving lately, and whether you've read these books or not. I'm also a big thriller literature fan, love the Nicci French writer couple! Je vous aime! 


Do you have some book recommendations?

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November 22, 2012

100th Post Giveaway! [CLOSED]


I know, I know. This isn't my 100th post, in fact I've already passed it for a while now, but that doesn't mean I can't hold a giveaway to celebrate that fact right :-)? Like I mentioned in my previous post, I just wanted to show you how much I appreciate the fact that people are reading my blog. Honestly, this is just my outlet of my rambles, and raves - which you might've noticed along the way ;-).

So to celebrate this milestone, a little giveaway, to give something back to you guys. As I've received much from you already. It's, like you can see, a NUXE travel set. As I'm located in Paris, and as my most read post is about French pharmacy brands, I thought I might as well gift you something from that area.

This little set contains:

  • Miscellar Cleansing Water
  • Rêve de Miel Ultra Comfortable Face Cream
  • Huile Prodigieuse
  • Rêve de Miel Hand and Nail cream
  • Rêve de Miel Ultra Rich Cleansing Gel Face & Body

I haven't opened the set at all, only removed the outer foil to make a picture of it, and then put it right back in. Also it's bought with my own money, and not sponsored in any way. It's open worldwide by the way, as I don't see a reason why not :-).

You like it? There are only 3 things you have to do in order to be able to win this set. Just be my follower on GFC, Bloglovin', and to leave a comment. Pretty easy, and doesn't require any effort I'd say. Though you may follow me on twitter, and/or tweet about the giveaway in order to get more points. You guessed it: more points, is more chance of winning. I really hope you will participate in this little giveaway, and let me know what you think of the gift.

I'll talk you later dolls! 

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November 21, 2012

French Pharmacy Haul #2


As promised a haul again, from my French pharmacy shopping spree. Gosh, I love it there. I always go to the one Lisa Eldrige raves about. For those interested in going it's the City Pharma, located at Rue du Four, metro stop: Saint-Germain des Prés. If you've read my previous post, then you might've seen the little teaser picture I've posted there. You might wonder why there is less photographed now. That is because I've taken away the products I had to get for my mum (both Caudalie Grape Toner, and Embriolysse Lait-Crème Concentré in bulk).

This time I went there with a goal to first get the products I really wanted to buy, as I liked them from before. And also, to look for new products to try out for you guys - I also bought my giveaway prize here, but this of course isn't shown in the picture ;-).

So you can see I kinda went a bit crazy... again. Though it doesn't look like that much, it really does adds up! The three products that might stand out the most are the 3 sets I got. They are great as gifts for birthdays or Christmas, and also if you want to try the product out. I got a great deal with these kits, and am still doubting whether I will just keep them myself, or give them as Christmas gifts :-).

From left to right (sort of):

  • Avène - Eau Thermale
  • Bioderma - Créaline H2O travel size
  • Caudalie - Vinoperfect Enzymatic Peel Mask
  • Burt's Bees - Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream
  • AHAVA - Starter Kit
  • Klorane - Dry Shampoo (2)
  • TAAJ - Eau Micellaire
  • Caudalie - Huile Divine Gift Set
  • NUXE - Gift Set
  • Klorane - Shampoo with Papyrus Milk
  • Melvita - Rose Water Spray
For those cracking their brains because I've featured the TAAJ Eau Micellaire before, you're totally right. I got it last time as well, and the reason why I've repurchased it is because I have given away mine to a friend, and hadn't tried it out myself. As I finished my Bioderma, I thought I might as well give this one a shot ;-).

Have tried the TAAJ Eau Micellaire (the scent is great!), Melvita Rose Water Spray, Avène Eau Thermale, Klorane Dry Shampoo, Caudalie Mask, and the Burt's Bees Cuticle Cream - can already say that I'm really glad I some of these! Reviews will be up as soon as I have tried these for a while.

Have you tried any of these products before?

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November 19, 2012

What's Coming Up

Maybe you've noticed that I haven't posted as many posts as before, this is because of uni. All of a sudden they started giving so many assignments, I had to give many presentations, and write case-studies. Very tiring I'm telling you. Now I trying to structure, and organize my day a bit better in order to have time for blogging besides my student duties ;-).

I wanted to give you guys a little heads up for the coming few posts, and what's been going on, on Raves 'nd Ramblings with three little announcements. I had uni from 8 - 12 today, and afterwards went immediately to the pharmacy Lisa Eldrige raves about. Have been there before, emptied my piggybank there last time, and of course blogged about it. It actually is one of my most read blog posts, so I thought I'd blog about it... again! Have spend less time here than before, as I knew where all the brands were located, and had a list of the things I had to get. Also had to buy a bunch of things my mum wanted. Only got half of it, as I couldn't carry that much by myself, and also because it's not next to the door. Anyhow, be sure to check back as I'll post about that soon. To give you a little teaser on what to expect ;-):

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MAVALA Nail Color - Burgundy


I've been wearing this nail polish pretty much every day since I've bought it at the airport, which is about two weeks ago. It's no secret to you guys that I'm a bit obsessed with the color burgundy, but can you blame me? Obviously it's an amazing color that suits pretty much everyone, and it's the a/w trend color of this year. Done deal. I've been on the hunt for a good burgundy nail polish, and this is the only one that I've found that really suits my demands. It's wine-red, almost even brown, but just the right balance. Can't describe it better - sorry guys. It didn't chip till at least the 5th day, and that is really impressive to me. I don't use any fancy top coat, which I should really change - I know, and it still survived my week of washing the dishes, my hair, and other daily activities that might risk a chip in my polish.

This little gem was a definite steal at the airport, I believe I pad €3.90 for it. But I'm pretty sure that it retails at Douglas (in the Netherlands) for €5, and if you have the Douglas card, you even get 10% off! For my international readers, I don't know any online retailer that I've shopped from before, but feel unique does sell their nail colors, but only in sets of 3 or per collection.

What do you think of this polish?

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November 16, 2012

Chanel Little Black Jacket


Today, after uni, I went with some friends to the Little Black Jacket exhibition of Chanel. It is in Paris for another week, until the 25th this month if I'm correct, so if you're in the neighbourhood - do check it out. It's for free, and I get why. It's very small, but at the same time there is a lot to see.

All pictures have been taken by sir Karl Lagerfeld, and all models have been styled by Carine Roitfeld. The people on the pictures vary from Alexa Chung to Kirsten Dunst to Alexander Wang to Clemence Poésy (which was my favorite picture!). To give you a better idea of what to expect from the exhibition, I'll share some pictures I've taken with you. Won't post all the pictures I've taken, as that'd take away all the oh's and ah's when you see it yourself;-) Did I say that I even got a poster? I got the one with Kirsten Dunst on it, was the nicest one out of the bunch, in my opinion of course.

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November 13, 2012

Mini Review Series - Klorane Shampoo


When I was in Rouen for a few days, I went to a pharmacy there to see if there were any bits we didn't have in Paris, and to see whether it was much cheaper or not - too bad the prices were basically the same. I did pick up 3 travel-size Klorane shampoos! I've been meaning to try their shampoos for a long, long while now (even before I went to Paris), and I just didn't purchase any, as my hair is very sensitive, and gets oily very fast. So you can imagine that these travel-size goodies were shouting my name;-)

I doubt that you guys are waiting for a full review per shampoo, so I figured to just put a mini review of all three shampoos in one post.

Shampoo with Citrus Pulp
So this is my least favorite one. Why? My hair/scalp just didn't react well to this. It said "purity and vitality" on the tube, and said for normal to oily hair, so I thought this would be a great fit for me. In fact, my hair was oily the next afternoon already (I was my hair in the evenings)! Didn't really break my heart that it didn't fit my hair, as I hated how it smelled. Not fresh, and citrusy at all. Cannot even describe the scent, I just know I didn't like it.

Shampoo with Papyrus Milk
This one is actually my fave, and I'm planning to pick this up next time I'm going to the pharmacy (which will be soon, as my mum gave me a never ending list of stuff to get her). As it mentioned that it is "nourishing and smoothing", I wasn't sure if it was my cup of tea. Especially as it said it was for dry and unruly hair. Stubborn me just took it with me as I thought the color was pretty, and it was just a travel-size, so it wouldn't break my heart if it didn't work out. I am so glad I did. It smells very, very nice, and I can really feel that it is nourishing. My hair feels very soft, and smooth after washing my hair, and it just keeps my hair clean! I try to wash my hair every other day, and with this shampoo it's actually possible - it's a miracle.


Shampoo with Mango Butter
I haven't tried this shampoo as long as the other two, but I can say that I quite like it. The smell is nice, you really can smell that it's mango. So if you hate mangos, don't use this shampoo;-) It is described as a "nourishing and hydrating" shampoo, for dry hair - not really in my alley like I said before. Though I don't like it as much as I like the one with Papyrus Milk, I am considering getting this one as well, just to alternate the shampoos. Gives not a greasy feel after a day, and makes my hair not heavy, which I'm most afraid for. As I have quite thick hair (kinda, after 2 months of Paris the thickness is reducing), I don't need my hair products to weigh my hair down. 

These travel-sizes are good for 3 to 4 times shampooing for those with long/thick hair, I guess for those with thinner, or short hair you could even double the usage, as you don't need much. 

Have you ever tried Klorane shampoos, or are you interested in trying them?

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November 11, 2012

Duty-Free Haul


So, writing this post from my little room in Paris again. Going home for a week was lovely. But at the end I felt too comfy, and had to shed a tear when I had to say good-bye to my parents, and sister at the airport. Arrived home fine, unfortunately couldn't bring all I wanted to bring (I'm thinking about you shoes!) so that's a bummer.

Had a lovely lunch with my parents, and sister before they left, and then I went into the duty-free area. Did some minor shopping, really minor, as they didn't have some things I wanted to pick up. But the things I did pick up were the Dior Addict Extreme in Cherie Bow, Clarins HydraQuench Cream-Mask,  Mavala Nail polish in Burgundy, and the Chanel Joues Contraste in Rose Initiale.

Absolutely adore all the products I got, and I know for sure that I'll get a lot of use out of all products. And that's it for today! I'm very tired, as I went to bed at 2am yesterday, due to some packing issues, and have class at 8am tomorrow. So yes, look forward to the reviews of these products - will be up in the coming weeks!

Oh, I almost forgot! I got invited by Grazia to preview the MMM x H&M collection this Thursday at Champs-Elysées. So excited for that, and already know what I'm getting;-)

Which product are you most looking forward to read about?

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November 7, 2012

"Who The Hell Is Joelle?!?"

Some of you might know that I'm a huge tech-junkie (beside my full-time job being a shopaholic, and beauty freak;-). Today I'll be introducing an up and coming illustrator, and designer from the Netherlands named Joelle Boers.

Joelle describes herself as a real fashion addict, who has an edgy and hippie chic style. She shares a love for illustrating and photography, and is a graduate from the Academy of Fine Arts Maastricht. Since she's graduated, she's been working hard to put out her own label out as textile designer. She started to work at different companies, got her products sold at certain concept stores in the Netherlands, and got more well-known with each step she took.

Her design philosophy is to make designs that represent her, and she's mostly inspired by nature, insects, native patterns from wolves to dead birds. This we can clearly see in her newest line "I See Covers", which I'll be introducing to you guys today. It's a smartphone cover line she created because she couldn't find one to her taste to suit her iPhone 5.

Guys I have to say, these covers look amazeballs! You can really see the inspiration by nature, and her graphic design background. All covers are limited edition designs, and available for the iPhone 4(S), iPhone 5, and Galaxy S3. I just have three words to say: I. Need. These. Interested? These babies are possible to order here. Though I'm not sure if they ship outside of the Netherlands (sorry foreign readers!), do take a look at her Facebook page where she's holding a giveaway. And yes, you guessed it - you can win one of the cases there. The only thing you need to do is like the page;-)


What do you think about Joelle's "I See Covers" line? 

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November 5, 2012

Miscellaneous Haul


As many of you probably know (or maybe don't), I arrived home last Saturday. With home I mean my parental house, back in good 'ol Holland. It's been a bit colder here than in Paris, so thats a bit of a down point, but despite that, I'm glad I'm home. Though it does feel different, because of some reconstruction in the bathroom, attic, rooftop, hallway, it does feel like home.

I flew back home via Charles de Gaulle, the biggest airport in France. I was so anticipating for the tax-free shopping part, that I even left my apartment earlier to have some extra spare time to stroll down the shops. Because I know last time when I just had 45 minutes at Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam), I didn't have enough time. Coming there I was already delayed because first they were afraid that there was a bomb because some idiot left a bag unattended. Then I accidentally packed 7kg too much in my suitcase (the max was 23kg), so I had to take the luggage out, and carry it myself. That was horrible. Still feeling the muscles in my arms ache as I type. Despite all that, I was still determined, and stoked to start shopping. Until I saw the actual beauty store. Jeez, it's the most disappointing airport shopping terminal I've ever been to, and I've been to quite a few. To keep a rant short, couldn't find anything I was looking for, or it wasn't in my shade, or they didn't even carry the brand.

When I was just browsing, and killing time (arrived too early remember) I swatched a Chanel concealer on my hand, and applied it to the slowly appearing redness on my chin. My reaction: shocked. Great matte, but not too matte, finish. Had to get that. Stayed on for a good few 6 hours. Will try it for a bit longer, and definitely review this baby!

A little while ago, I ordered a cute little bracelet from nelly.com a while ago when I received a €10 coupon because they caused some delay on my previous order. When I saw this I was sold. I'm loving rose gold, and have been looking for a cutesy string bracelet for a while now. Didn't have to blink twice when I ordered this, and I immediately could use up my coupon. Isn't the cat face cute?

So yes, as my arms are really killing me, I'll keep the post like this. Expect a good, decent beauty haul from me coming when I arrive back in Paris. I know what to expect from Schiphol's duty-free section, so yes... Ready to plunge my bank account ha ha!

Have you been buying beauty products/accessories lately?

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