December 14, 2015

The Stocking Filler and
Budget Christmas Gift Guide

This post is for everyone who's still last-minute gift shopping or is looking for more things to add onto their wish list. I love me some TLC and there's nothing more satisfying than bargains. OK, so these aren't necessarily budget-buys, but they definitely won't break the bank and would be great stocking fillers. That is if you don't buy them all at once... PS. Yes, I know I may have overdone it on the snow front. Soz.


December 11, 2015

The Luxury Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas is easily my favourite holiday of the year —if you couldn't tell by the fake snow. The Christmas carols, fairy lights, family members getting together, mulled wine and of course... the gift exchange. It just makes me so excited and grateful. Yes, I realise this gift guide is a tad last-minute —a lot of exciting things have happened over the past few weeks (more on this in 2016!). But I had to share some great (luxury) products that would be great gifts to give and a bliss to receive.


December 4, 2015

My Super Cheeky Christmas Wish List

9 out of ten | Luxury Christmas Wish List

Now it's finally December, I feel it's appropriate to start thinking about Christmas and sat down to think what to put on my wish list this year. I'm very grateful for all the things I have and I know I should be content, but as I sat down and thought about the things I need/wanted... The list started growing —my bad.


November 29, 2015

A Luxury Beauty Haul

Net-a-Porter Luxury Beauty Haul

My goodness, yet another haul post. Yes, even I know that I'm hitting the edge of borderline-shopaholic. Whomever came up with online shopping, I love and hate you. Anyways, I felt like I deserved to treat myself as I finished my Masters dissertation and so I did. 


November 25, 2015

The Black Friday Deals You Can't Miss!

Black Friday Deals

In-store fights and street-long queues, no more. Tackle this year's Black Friday from the comfort (and warmth!) of your own home and save yourself from being punched, pulled or pinched in stores. I did the digging and found some great Black Friday beauty and fashion deals and all that's left for you to do is to compile your wish lists, prep your [virtual] baskets and have your card details ready.


November 23, 2015

Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-Talk Review

Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-Talk Review

I'm not the one to fall for cutesy packaging, because I went through the ‘princess phase’ a long time ago. Yes, the Dear My Enamel Lips-Talk may look excessively cute, but don't let its exterior fool you. These lipsticks pack a serious punch of colour and are oh-so comfortable to wear.


November 17, 2015

When you’ve got 3 bottles of the same stuff, it ought to be good

Weleda Aknedoron Purifying Lotion Review

When I moved back home, my skincare routine was all over the place. Whilst I had a mask collection enough to treat a small village, routinely products were running out or simply not working. During a spontaneous trip to H&B, my Mum dragged me to the Weleda shelves to introduce her to the range and as I was busy going through each range one by one, my eye fell on their Dermalotion. Whilst it looked very similar to the Aknedoron Purifying Lotion –yes the one everyone keeps raving about– I wasn't sure. Actually, I'm still not sure whether it is the same, but I do know that this stuff has saved my skin for the better.


November 2, 2015

My Long-Overdue London Haul

OK, I do realise that it's taken ages for me to share my London haul. In the mean time, I've already been to London and been back for a few weeks now. Sorry, somehow writing just didn't happen and I couldn't find the inspiration and motivation. But I think I'm back on track now! Some may think I went a bit overboard with my haul (maybe I did), but you've got to understand that most of these brands/products aren't carried in the Netherlands. Also: I'm a sucker for duty-free.


October 12, 2015

Und Gretel —Natural Makeup Done Well

Natural makeup brands are really starting to take off, mainly because of the very influential green beauty blogging community. Whereas I'm quite comfortable in the green beauty skincare segment, I've not yet found a brand that ticks all the boxes. Foundations are my main struggle and during a random Google search, I stumbled upon Und Gretel —a natural and organic German makeup brand created by MUA Christina Rothand and marketer Stephanie Dettmann. It was born based on the idea to provide great textures, formulations and bold/modern colours without using preservatives and toxins, creating a pure makeup brand without compromises.


October 8, 2015


I know overnight masks are no new thing and I'll be honest —I've tried my fair share over the years. However, as my skin is rather sensitive, and taking into account I'm very acne-prone, after a few mishaps I was avoiding these ‘overnight treatments’, like a goldfish avoids the toilet bowl. For the sake of the blog, you and mankind – OK and my own curiosity – I gave overnight treatments another go, just to see whether formulas have improved. After a few mehs, I found three keepers, which are now staples in my routine. As a skin disclaimer: I've got acne-prone, combination-oily skin with hyper pigmentation probz. #lifestruggles


October 2, 2015

What I've Been Loving (August & September 2015)

I realised a bit late that I forgot about my August faves, but because I was stuck inside the library all day 'err day, life wasn't too fruitful anyways. September on the other hand was very exciting and hectic. In a span of 4 weeks, I've handed in my dissertation, officially gone from student to unemployed, been frequenting the airport way too often and am so confused about my current status and near future. This all has been reflecting on my skin, which is confused, angry and just stressed to the core. I've got highs and lows, but I noticed that keeping my skincare to the bare minimum and supplementing it with soothing + hydrating treatments was the way to go. (I know it sounds simple, yet it took me many years to get to this solution).


September 28, 2015

H&M are Stepping Up Their Beauty Game —
H&M Beauty Launch 2015

When I think H&M, the last thing I think of would be beauty. Their previous attempts to enter the beauty lovers’ heart was lousy, where it mainly contained low-quality products that weren't really worthy of investing in. Maybe it was the success of their sister brand & Other Stories beauty range, or the fact that beauty lovers are ruling the world (not really, but kinda): H&M have finally stepped up their beauty game with an amazing range of hair, makeup and body care.


September 23, 2015

The Empties Edit #6

And we're back. As you know, I've been ridiculously busy the past month. Having migrated from the Uni library to my parental nest, I'm currently in the midst of the postgrad madness, not knowing where to go or what to do. As if life wasn't hectic and stressful enough. Sigh. I didn't see the point of packing products that were nearly empty, so I put in some extra effort to finish a load before the big move. And you know what? It was surprisingly easy, as I genuinely enjoyed every one of 'em.


September 18, 2015

Live Life the Colourful Way

... is something I don't say or do. My wardrobe is very monochrome and minimalistic, with a few rare pops of colour. And whilst I do love a good bold lip, I don't experiment with makeup ever. (OK, I had my phase when I was 12/13 and wore different coloured eye kohl every day, but let's not talk about that moment right now). However, with my first – rather positive – encounter with Etude House's PLAY 101 pencils, I decided it was time to gain some courage and start exploring. And you know what? Whilst you definitely won't see me with rainbow coloured lids any time soon, I'm kinda loving electric blue on me...


September 15, 2015

What I'm Packing For My 4-Day Trip To London

The answer: a lot. As you're reading this, I'm currently either 1) on my way to the airport, 2) arrived, passed security and ordering a double-shot black Americano to wake me up or 3) been trekking around duty free to find MAC's Waterweight Foundation (impossible to get hands on in NL). Before you start oh-ing and ah-ing, this trip is not all going to be pleasure. I'm here for Social Media Week, a 4 day conference about social media for social media specialists. That being said, I've left Friday empty, so I'll have time to venture into the shops. Hence, I tried packing with the mindset of bringing more back with me, as I'm not quite sure when I'll be back in London again. I've tried my best putting together a mini emergency skincare kit, as it's going to be a hectic few days, and some makeup essentials that should stay on my face for at least 10 hours. May the force be with me...


September 13, 2015

Amsterdam Is Always A Good Idea

Sometimes you just need to relax, take 5 (days?) and be happy. Whilst money can't bring happiness, it does allow me to buy goods that bring me that much closer to being happy. I know I've been pulling the post-dissertation card rather often, but when I was offered to preview H&M's Studio A/W 2015 collection and buy it before the masses, I grasped that opportunity. And hey, any reason to visit Amsterdam is a good reason in my books.


September 9, 2015

A Collagen-Boosting Skincare Range

After Hyaluronic Acid, I think collagen is one of the most sought after skincare ingredient. I mean, who doesn't want plump and smooth skin? Well, I most certainly do. Whereas collagen is often found in skincare for mature skin, I'm a big advocate of the saying, ‘prevention is cure’. Balance Me's Collagen Boost range is great for all ages in my opinion —whether you're in your early twenties or early fifties. I mean... My Mum has basically been using it more often than I do, and she loves it. (And a second order has already been placed)...


September 5, 2015

Weekend Wish List #13

'Ya know, I haven't done one of these in a long time. Heck. I haven't been blogging for a long time. Apologies for being so M.I.A. in the past few months, but I come bearing good news: I finally finished my Masters degree! Wooohoo! After 5 years of University (a BA is 4 years in the Netherlands), I'm finally done with education —at least for another 3-5 years. Going back to why I'm writing this post is: I've never really stopped online shopping (don't judge) and reaching this 'milestone' has triggered a switch in my brain that keeps telling me I deserve a treat. So instead of going crazy and splurging on impulse treats buys, I'm being good by sticking with the online equivalent of window shopping —but not for long...


August 20, 2015

The ‘When I Was on Holiday’ Haul

This summer has been absolutely madness, and I can't believe it's almost coming to an end. Actually, this whole year has been crazy, and I just can't believe I'm 10 days away from sending off my dissertation to the printers and... graduate. Amidst the dissertation madness, I flew back home for a week and managed to have a short trip to Ghent, Bruges and Lille and I thought it was about time what I brought back. OK, OK. The lot of cheese, vin rouge and crates of Belgian (dark!) beer went back with us as well. The advantages of driving there, eh?


August 9, 2015

Where to Buy Korean Beauty Products?

I've always been a lover of Korean cosmetics and with it finally being ‘acknowledged’ by the masses, it makes it so much easier to get a hold of cult and must-try products. It's still hit and miss sometimes, though over the years, I think I've found a great selection of retailers that I trust. Yes, eBay does sort you out most of the time, but I'm always a bit weary of fake products and scam-artists... So, I've accumulated a list of shops and sellers that I've used, and whom I know sell authentic products.


August 2, 2015

What I've Been Loving (July 2015)

I'm a bit late with last month's favourites, but August is finally(?!) here and the countdown to freedom/hell/stress/my dissertation deadline has officially started. To everyone who's been or is going on a trip: I hate/envy you. To everyone who's on the same boat: we can do this and we'll bloody ace it. Stress is slowly starting to kick in  —I mean, how can it not with less than 4 weeks left! It's definitely taking a toll on my skin: hormonal stress + bad diet + late nights = blemishes, dull and uneven skin. Yikes. However, with my recent trip to Boots – and some other products in my stash – I managed to mix some bits and bobs that made it possible to pull myself together and make me look presentable.


July 27, 2015

In Boots We Trust

In the past year I've walked out of Boots with a white carrier bag, way, way, way too often. For reference, my friends and housemates would just snort when they'd spot me smuggling my Boots bag past them, yet again. So after a careful look at the rather daunting amount of products I have in my stash and the fact that I need to fit all my luggage in just 2 suitcases, I decided it was time to call it quits and just take a break from Boots. After a good few weeks (or months?) of going cold turkey, I popped in last week. There were so many good deals, new launches and just things I had to try —for the blog of courszeee. The things I do for you guys...


July 16, 2015

Currently Reading

Due to my assignments I haven't been reading as much as I'd like to, though somehow that didn't stop me from purchasing more books on Amazon. I love my Kindle, but I'm a sucker for good covers, so I just had to get them in paperback. As I officially had my last lecture (ever?), handed in my assignments and will be writing my dissertation over the past two months, I've given myself more time to read to take a break from academic journals. I try to read as much as I can, wherever I am, e.g., while I'm waiting, during my commute and pre-bed time. And aside from having covers that make me smile, they're such well written books that'll definitely make your Summer reading list.


July 10, 2015

FOREO Luna - The Cleansing Device You Must Try + Exclusive Discount Code!

There are so many facial cleansing devices on the market at the moment, and it's just gotten very overwhelming. For me at least. Worst thing is that most of the time they all look the same or do more harm than good. I've been using FOREO's Luna for sensitive/normal skin for the past two months and I honestly don't know why there's not more buzz about this than, let's say... the Clarisonic MIA. I've used and got both, so be prepared for a lil' smack down. OK, not really, but something like that.


July 5, 2015

Rekindled Love

It ain't a secret I've got a not so secret love affair going on with REN. We started our relationship about... 5-6 years ago – it was their ClearCalm 3 Purifying Mask – and we've never left each others side since. To celebrate their 15th anniversary, they've repackaged their all-time bestseller, the Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask, in a bigger, prettier bottle (75ml instead of 50ml), retailing for the same price. If that isn't a bargain...


June 30, 2015

What I've Been Loving (June 2015)

June was a bit of a weird month for me. My classes officially ended and whereas I don't know if I can say these will be the last lectures I'll attend in life (I'll report back in a year of... five?), I'm definitely done for now. My focus has been on my dissertation and blog at the moment. Not having to go to Uni every day makes it really easy for me to plan my day and write blog posts when I'm tired of reading academic journals all day. So far I'm doing great on both ends and by the time this post goes live, I'll be busy packing as I'm moving house tomorrow. Nothing too exciting, as it'll be much smaller than I'm living right now, but I'll survive. ;-)


June 27, 2015

Etude House Knows What's Up

As of recently, I'm lucky enough to call myself a proud member of Etude House's Pink Bird clan, which is their global ‘club’ of selected Korean beauty loving members. A big perk is being introduced to some of their most popular and best-selling items. I'm pretty sure I've already voiced my interest and bias regarding Korean beauty products and Etude makes it so much easier to fall in love with their products. They're affordable, products do what they promise and the packaging is just too cute. I guess I don't need much convincing, eh?


June 24, 2015

Christopher Kane x NARS Blush in Silent Nude

I doubt there'll be a day NARS will not excite me with their collections, especially when it's a collaboration or limited edition range. Together with fashion designer Christopher Kane, NARS has launched a capsule collection consisting of a selection of lip products, eyeshadows, a multiple and two blushes. Whereas I'd love to try all of them, I settled with the Blush in Silent Nude, as it's the type of shade I don't own and have always wanted to. So hey presto, why not?


June 21, 2015

The Deal About Double-Lettered Cushions

Just as we thought the Koreans couldn't get any more gimmicky with beauty product inventions, they shut us up by shoving an army of cushiony products right in our face. I'll be honest, I'm very a tad biased when it comes to anything Korean, as I'm just obsessed with their culture and country in general. Beauty-wise, they're just on top of their game. Whereas I wasn't quite sure about the BB/CC cushions out there in the market, in a moment of weakness I bit the bullet and a few weeks later Missha's M Magic Cushion Moisture landed on my doorstep.


June 18, 2015

Blame It On The Sun

I don't know about you guys, but when the sun's out, I just feel like I have to get out and be outside. So about two (sunny) Sundays ago, I decided it was too good of a day to be reading journals all day in the house and ventured into town. A lil’ fact you may or may not know about me: each time I step out of the door, I spend money. Be it a lot or a little, it happens. And with the deadlines behind me, the warm sun rays brightening the city and the inner-urge to just buy something, it happened. Big time.


June 15, 2015

The Postgrad Life So Far & I May Need Your Help!

During the past few months so much has happened, and I just wanted to take this moment to say hello to my new and old followers. Hello! I'm currently still living the [West] Yorkshire life (did you realise we've got the same initials? Oh the weird things I pay attention to...) and have decided to stay here over the summer to write my dissertation. But before I get there, I thought it'd be nice to write a short post on deciding to follow a Masters and how I've been liking it so far. And my next chapter you ask? I'll come to that in a sec, this is going to be a long one guys.


June 13, 2015

The Sun's Here (For Now)

O.M.G. I can't remember the last time when it was nice and sunny out for longer than 2 hours in England. It probably doesn't help that I'm up north, but there are plans in the works to move back to London after graduation, which is soon! Anyways, going back to topic: I think summer's finally come! When I think summer; I think beach, tan and shades. As there's zero chance of me visiting a beach this summer (damn you, dissertation!), a slightly higher chance of me developing a natural tan, I've just put all my focus on finding the perfect pair of new shades. I'm not too picky, yet it is so difficult to find a pair that suits my face and doesn't look ridiculous on. Though I think Oliver Peoples may have hit the mark about just right this time.


June 10, 2015

An Amazing(y) Haul

This haul is by far the most overdue haul posted on this blog. I've been using these products for nearly a month now and I have been absolutely obsessed. All purchases obviously enabled by my dearest green beauty blogging friends, and I salute y'all for that —you know who you are! This was not an impulse decision, but after months of having inflamed and stressed skin I decided it was time for some skincare changes and finally checked out my Amazingy basket.. That and the fact that my top shelf was running rather low in comparison to my last showcase.


May 30, 2015

What I've Been Loving (May 2015)

Boy oh boy, May was one heck of a month. It's the month that I had the most academic deadlines piled up in a mere few weeks, and the month with the most social responsibilities. OK, ok. Maybe you can call it chilling' with ma friendsz... (Festivals, birthdays, going to the movies, lunch/dinner dates, Hozier, cake parties and a HP screening in a rundown abbey(!) —you know the gist). Despite this jam-packed schedule, I managed to discover one of my current favourite reads, and quite some beauty bits. Thank you, whomever who invented credit cards and online shopping.


May 27, 2015

Topshop 5th Anniversary Collection

When it comes to lipsticks, I'm the worst. I've got about a bajilion and yet I can't seem to stop myself from buying more —despite the fact my drawers are exploding. What can I say... I just like to widen my horizon and, well, pretty packaging always wins me over. And Topshop's 5th Anniversary Collection was no exception. I mean... Look at that rose gold detail! *insert heart-eye emojis*


May 18, 2015

All Powered Up – Body Power Expo 2015

You know that I'm always on the look out for new products, and with my current interest in fitness and wellbeing, Body Power Expo just seemed like the right place to be. My super sporty friends actually suggested it to me, and whereas I'm nowhere as fit as they are, I won't decline a chance to widen my horizon in an area I'm not completely familiar with. Life's all about breaking boundaries after all, init?


May 13, 2015

Shine Bright Like a Diamond

It's taken me a long while before I warmed up against the idea of using highlighters. A product that'd make my complexion even shinier? Eh... No thanks. Being blessed with combination skin that will start looking shiny in just an hour of applying my base, I had enough 'natural glow' —read: grease. That being said, as my skin has gotten a bit drier, I've seen the benefits and now highlighters a staple in my everyday routine. I haven't tried everything that's out there, but these are the keepers...


May 10, 2015


I'm sure we all know Into The Gloss's infamous #ITGTopShelfie series, and whereas my photography skills are far from Tom Newton's level, I still gave it a shot (pun not intended). I've actually been putting off writing this post for a long time now, as I kept running out of things that made my ‘top shelf’ incomplete. Sadly, it's a vicious and never-ending cycle, which I only realised recently —especially with my lacking student budget. So here it is, an unedited version of my beauty cupboard. What you see is what you get...


May 4, 2015

What I've Been Loving (April 2015)

The past month has been crazy. I feel like I always say that, but April made me realise how fast time has past. I've been in Leeds for 8 months now, I'm 22 and 9outoften is officially 3 this month! The good about blogging is that I give myself a reason to splurge on items, all in the name of research for (better) content – at least that's what I keep telling myself. This month I've re-discovered an old fave I've kinda forgotten about and discovered tons of new products that I wish I'd tried earlier.


April 29, 2015

22+3 = #GettingOlder = Making (Hard) Decisions

A little over a week ago was my 22nd birthday. Boy, time flies when you're having fun. Whilst I'm years out of the teen-zone already, I'm still regarded as 'the baby' in my circle of friends. I'm sure they're just jealous. HA! (Please don't tell my friends I said this). Aside from me becoming one year older, May marks the birthday of 9outoften as well! I can't believe my little corner on the Internet is 3 this year! Crazy, I'm telling you. I never thought people would actually enjoy reading what I've got to say, and have to say that through blogging and meeting you lot, I've grown as a person and met the greatest and loveliest bunch. Yes, I'm talking about YOU. Honestly, I didn't think anyone would like to listen to what I had to say. And to see how my journey's been, I'm grateful for every single reader and follower. I couldn't do it without you. No, seriously.


April 24, 2015

Green Tea Galore

By now we all know how great Green Tea is. It's chock-full of antioxidants, it fights free radicals, detoxes the body and burns fat. It's no surprise that Green Tea may be one of my favourite drinks, and if you haven't had Green Tea flavoured ice cream before, girl you haven't lived. So when The Body Shop launched their Fuji Green Tea range, you can imagine I was in my elements.


April 22, 2015

MANSUR GAVRIEL aka) The Bag That's Sold Out Every Time It's Back In Stock

Oh, Mansur Gavriel... I love you. I love your clean designs and subtle pop of colour. I love the fact your products are made from real leather in Italy and I love that – compared to other designer brands – you're in the more affordable spectrum. What I hate on the other hand, is that after getting my hands on the Bucket Bag I could never get my hands on the Large Tote. Until four weeks ago and I just know we're going to have so much fun and explore the world. End of love letter.


April 10, 2015

The New-ish Kids In Town

As a foundation junkie, I get excited when a new release comes out. I love trying out new things and I'm always on the hunt for something... better. I see it as widening my horizon and market research. So when word got out that NARS had not one, but two new foundations in the planning, I couldn't be more excited. And I'll tell you this, NARS's All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation and Soft Velvet Loose Powder are not one to disappoint either.


April 8, 2015


Over the years I've had to fly quite a few times, either because of a trip or special occasions that required me to fly back home, as I lived in Paris, London and now Leeds. Aside from having built quite an OK miles balance, I've created a tradition of buying (at least) one lipstick in duty free. Strangely they all tend to be CHANEL purchases, but what can I say... Me and CHANEL, we're just going to be best buds for life. Although their bags and shoes would be my first pick if I had the money, what better way to commemorate an occasion through a lipstick that I can wear whenever I am. (And that won't leave me bankrupt and in debt after one purchase).


April 3, 2015

The Empties Edit #5

You wouldn't guess from the amount of haul posts I've published recently, but I swear I was trying to be good and finish up a load of products first. And I did. I'm really bad with collecting empties, as I try to keep my bathroom as un-cluttered as possible, so I always tend to either 1) accidentally throw them away, or 2) stash them and then have a large pile to cover. As you can see, today is the latter. I'll promise to keep it [as] short and simple [as I can].


April 1, 2015

The Skincare Booster

If you're a bit into green beauty, you may have caught a whiff of the brand Odacité and their 'Boosters'. With an overwhelmingly big range that targets pretty much any skin concern, it was rather difficult to make up my mind and decide which one I wanted (or needed) to try the first. After prepping myself with a ton of reviews and consulting with my green beauty blogging friends, I had settled for Odacité's Papaya and Geranium (Pa+G) Booster.


March 30, 2015

What I've Been Loving (February & March 2015)

Oh February, I've got mixed feelings about you. It being the shortest month of the year means that we're closer to spring, but also closer to me having to write my dissertation and graduate, again. The month passed by so quickly it's the end of March already and for the first time in my life I honestly do not know what to do next. Thank goodness beauty products give me the stability I need in life, ha!


March 27, 2015

When At Mum and Dad's

You wouldn't guess from the fact I write a beauty blog and am a self proclaimed beauty junkie, but I can be quite low maintenance in terms of beauty. I've flown back home during spring break, simply to play the substitute Mum, as she's in China for 2 weeks, travelling and living life. As I nearly ran out of my skincare products, I decided it'd be good to not bring any skincare and go for the bare minimum in terms of make up, so I could give my products at home some love as well. Luckily for me, I was greeted by my good 'ol stash at Mum and Dad's, which - for the record - was much bigger than I thought it was. And way too big for a person with just one face to slap it on...


March 25, 2015

Have Your Veggies Another Way

Aside from #BreakingTheInternet and bae, kale must be one of the words I've seen the most on the Net. Personally, I'm not too bothered by the vegetable. I sometimes have it steamed with some mashed [sweet] potatoes or when I'm feeling really fancy – and have lots of time – I'll make some kale chips to fake healthy snacking. But skincare? I never really thought it was a thing, but I mean, if we've got kale infused nail polish, why the hell not slap it on our face and body?

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