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?



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?


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?


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? 



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?



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?



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 ;-):


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?



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.


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?



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?



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? 



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 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?



November 3, 2012

Review: Ojon Damage Reverse Shampoo

I got this travel-size shampoo a while ago, and also mentioned in a haul post. So I've tried it for a few weeks now and I can say that I like the product, and the brand. Would I repurchase this one, or get the entire set? No. Let me elaborate on that.

The Ojon damage reverse collection is for very dry, damaged hair. Of course I know that I don't have very dry hair, but I did get very damaged hair since I've been in Paris. I honestly don't know why - I wish I knew - but it's been very dry at the ends (more than ever), and also my hair is getting very thin. I used to have very thick hair, but I can say after 2,5 months of living here I lost about 50% of my hair. No kidding.

But going back to the shampoo, it contains Ojon Oil, which I suppose is something very nourishing for the hair. I love how it lathers up, and smells. It makes my hair feel super soft, and very voluminous, but only the first day. The next day when I wake up, I wash my hair in the evening or noon by the way, you can already spot the oil in my roots from a meter away. Drama, and double yikes! So yes, it's a great shampoo, and I honestly believe that it did something for the ends of my hair, as it is very nourishing. I'd definitely recommend trying out the line when you have normal to dry hair. If you have roots that tend to get oily fast, do keep away from this. ;-)

Have you ever tried anything from Ojon before?



November 1, 2012

Oh My Wardrobe!

So lately I have been really focusing on writing cover letters (oh well... in email format), looking for internships, and applying for internships. It is so much fun looking for an internship honestly, but it is also very hard work, and quite energy absorbing. I have found quite some nice companies where I'd like to intern at. I'm mainly focusing on companies in either the States or London, England.

I actually received a very positive reply from a big, worldwide woman's beauty/fashion/lifestyle magazine based in NYC, and they offered a placement for Spring 2013 to me... if I was an US citizen. Booo. It sucks, because it was the first internship I applied for, and actually one of the places I was most excited about. But I'm not letting this setback stopping me from achieving my dream job. Or well, dream placement.

You must be wondering why I keep talking about my internship, when you expect something about clothing. Well, I'm getting there hun;-) As I want to work in the fashion, beauty or lifestyle industry, an appropriate wardrobe needs to come with it. While applying, and searching for internships I really started to panic because of my own wardrobe. I mean, I know I don't look like a slob. But honestly, I feel my outfits are way to casual for office wear. Though I don't want to wear black blazers all day long (nothing wrong with that though), I'm just looking for something that is classy, sophisticated, mature, trendy, and yet casual at the same time. I know I don't ask much.

Lately I've been stalking the ZARA web shop, and I have found so many nice things there. It's getting real bad. Why? I think if I'd add all the things I'd like to have in that nifty online basket, and check out, I'd max out my credit card. No really, I do need a wardrobe update, and have been really trying to find nice pieces that fit into my criteria, which are not too expensive. I also convinced my mum that we really need to change, and add some items to my clothing collection, to make it more office appropriate.

Will keep you dolls updated on my internship hunt, and if I have more news, 
you guys will be one of the first to know! 


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