Saturday, 27 September 2014

Moving out: My experience

When a friend of mine asked me if I would like to stay in her room during her stay in Canterbury, I immediately said yes. It seemed to me that it was about time I'd move out of the family home and learn to live alone, as I'm a third year student at uni. Being able to get used to living on my own, whilst not having to go through the whole moving process of having to take all your stuff with you, including furniture, sounded like a good idea to me! I finally moved to the room a week ago and have been settling in slowly. I thought it would be a nice idea to share my experience with you!

It was definitely a plus to be able to bring all of my stuff over here with just one car! Everything was in it's place in two hours, especially because my sister was there to help me. It has also been very easy because all the furniture was already there. Of course this will not be the case for most students, as usually people get their own room, but if you're not really sure about moving out, I think it is a good option to try it out first in someone else's room!

The first night was a bit strange, suddenly I was living with strangers and was alone in a room where I was going to live the next couple of months. It didn't feel like a good thing at that point. I didn't feel at home in the room and it was just odd to be there without my friend. It really still felt like her space. I just wanted to go home, to be honest. But of course, I didn't. I just tried to get some sleep and told myself that I would feel better if I woke up the next morning. And I did!
Everyone as to move out of their parents home at one point and for some people this is easier than for others. For me, it was a bit hard in the beginning, but I knew I could go home any time I wanted to. I also tried to shake of the sad feeling I had, because I want to enjoy living in this room! It is scary to live on your own at first, but it also opens a door to a lot of freedom!

What I enjoyed most of all was being able to go to uni by bike! It may sound silly, but after two years of having to take the bus every day, it is really nice to have a bit of fresh air before starting your day. Another thing that I quite like, is that everything is really close by. The room is in the city centre of Nijmegen, so I can get to every store I want in about 5 minutes. Uni and the sportcentre are about 15 minutes away and all my friends from Nijmegen are 5 minutes away as well!

I hope you enjoyed this little post on what's happening in my life at the moment. I'm planning on writing a little post with tips on moving out as well, so you can expect that soon!

ps. I've been away for a bit, but I want to start writing again! I'll try and write a post every week at most.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Sephora Wishlist: July

I've been terrible busy with my last exams for the past month (or two...) so haven't been able to do fun things and enjoy summer. I am going to France in 10 days, though, so I've had enough to look forward to whilst sitting at my desk all day. Because there are plenty of Sephora stores in France, I couldn't help myself and sometimes wandered of to the site to browse for a bit. I came up with a little wishlist for when I finally get to go there, and I thought I'd share it with you!

First of all the Too Faced Natural Eyes palette. Doesn't it look beautiful? After seeing it in so many videos on youtube, I'm really convinced I need this. Of course I really don't, as I already have enough natural eyeshadow palettes, but well, sometimes you just fall in love with a product and need it. What I've fallen for even more is the Nars Illuminator in Copacabana (I always have difficulties with the name). After Hannah Maggs wrote a post about it and used it in her tutorial, I knew I'd have to get it at some point in my life. It is really high priced, and I already know my boyfriend will raise his eyebrows at me when I'm debating whether or not to buy it this summer, but who cares! Same goes for the Bite Agave Lip Mask, crazy expensive but I've heard great things about it. I always struggle with dry lips and even though the Elizabeth Arden cream is my one true love (see my review here), I always like trying new things!
A product I've been on the hunt for, for ages (seriously, it's been 2 years), is the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation. It isn't available in the Netherlands, or at least not in the shops I've been to, so I'll definitely be buying it in France! Then something I'd be applying it with, the Sephora Pro Flawless Airbrush #56. This just really appeals to me, it looks so soft and handy! Another thing that I just really like to try are the Sephora Formula X nail polishes, as they are supposed to last really long. There are so many beautiful shades available, I think there will definitely be one I don't have already! The last product on my wishlist is a liner that has gotten a lot of attention lately, the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. It is supposedly very easy to work with and as I love a good cat flick, this might just be the product that will finally help me make a good one!

I'll probably won't even be buying half of these products, as most are crazy expensive for a student like me. And I don't even know if all of these products are available in France, as I looked at the American site. But it is lovely to look at it and maybe I'll spoil myself a bit for all the hard work I've done this month (so I'll be returning to my books, now...).

What is on your wishlist?

Saturday, 21 June 2014

My favourite nail polishes for this summer

Today I want to show you some of my favourite nail polishes that I'll definitely be using a lot this summer! They're bright, except one, and all very summery to me! These shades always make me happy, so that's a good thing.

Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Polish - Something New
Let's start with this pretty orange shade! This shade is in theme with the World Cup, as it is the national colour of the Netherlands! I really love this nail polish, as it isn't just bright orange, there's also a bit of pink in it, which makes it slightly more on the coral side. The formula of this nail polish is really easy to work with, but it is not very opaque. Even when I've put on 3 coats, the nail still shines through a bit. The good part is that it dries quickly and stays on pretty long. Nail polishes in general don't last very long on my nails, but this one probably stays on the longest out of all of these.

Barry M Nail Polish - Raspberry
This one has to be my holy grail nail polish (yes, I said it). I always grab this one when I need a quick and beautiful manicure. It makes my hands look so much better and feminine. To me, this is a very classic looking red, but it also suits my skin tone as it is also a plum(ish) colour. I really like the formula of these, they are quick drying nail polishes and this colour goes on opaque in one coat!

Catrice Nail Polish - It's All I Can Blue
First of all, I love the name! Catrice always has these quirky names, they make me smile! Now this shade always gets a lot of attention whenever I'm wearing it. It's a very bright in-your-face blue colour, which I love. The brushes of these nail polishes are great because they are quite big, so very easy to work with. The formula doesn't last very long on my nails, though, but maybe the problem can be solved with a good top coat (I'm still looking for "the one", any recommendations?). This one goes opaque in two coats.

Essie Nail Polish - Mint Candy Apple 
I remember when this shade got a lot of attention a few years back, which is very understandable, because it's the nicest mint shade I've come across so far! I don't wear this a lot, but do really love it, so I really should use it more often! The formula of Essie nail polishes is quite thin, I believe, which can make it a bit difficult to work with. I don't really like how well it lasts on me, so again you need a good top coat with this one.

L'Oreal Paris Nail Polish - Nouvelle Vague
This last nail polish is also the latest addition to my collection. It is a very soft lilac shade, that is really unusual. The colour isn't very bright, it definitely is more white than purple, but still very lovely. This nail polish surprised me, as the formula is really thick and opaque! Very often, these light shades are very hard to work with, but this one is beautiful! Easy to work with, lasts quite long and dries pretty quickly!

These were all of my favourite summer nail polishes! I'm definitely on the hunt for a nice pink one, as I don't really have one yet!

What are your favourite nail polishes for this summer?

Friday, 20 June 2014

Quick little beauty haul

This morning the postman delivered the small package from that I'd been waiting for all week. I was so excited about it, so I thought I share it with you!

Because I got 15% off, I finally caved and bought the Daniel Sandler Watercolour Liquid Blush in Cherub. I'd heard so much about this and really wanted to try it myself! The other thing that I finally purchased was the Tanya Burr Lipgloss, made by the famous beauty youtuber and blogger Tanya herself! I wanted to try this out ever since it came out, but never got round to buying it and I don't know why. I didn't know which one to choose, because I love all of the shades, but finally went for "Picknick in the Park". I'd seen it on Tanya and other youtubers a couple of times and it always looked great!

I'll be giving these product a go in the next couple of days, so you can expect to see a review on them soon! Hope you liked this quick little post!

Have you tried these products already? Do you have any other products I should try?

Smelling like garlic: Lush Cosmetic Warrior

A few years ago, Lush stores came to the Netherlands too. I was very excited about it, especially when I read a tweet that said they were looking to get a store set up near my hometown! However, a year or so later, still not a word about that. Now I've kind of given up the idea of having a Lush store 15 minutes away. That said, I think it's actually better, because it wouldn't be good for my bank account.

Now on to the actual subject of this post; the Cosmetic Warrior Mask! I bought it when I was in Utrecht, after going out for the night with a few friends of mine. The store in Utrecht stocks almost everything Lush has, I think. The only downside to the stores in the Netherlands is that the prices are much higher than in the UK.  So for example, I paid €11,65 for this mask, where as I would have paid around €7,80 (6,25 pounds) in the UK. But of course, it is understandable, as the products have to be shipped from England to the stores in the Netherlands.

Lush says the Cosmetic Warrior mask is "a gentle and balancing fresh face mask with antibacterial tea tree and fresh garlic working together to cleanse. Fresh green grapes clean and cool the skin, whilst free range eggs tighten its texture and antimicrobial honey leaves it soft and moisturised." And I have to say, I completely agree with this! I bought this mask because I suffered from a lot of breakouts, but didn't want the mask to be drying, as I have dry skin already. I had high hopes for this mask, because it has honey in it, which I love and tea tree as well, which has helped my skin before in the past. Luckily, just like Lush promised me, it didn't dry out my skin at all and it cleared my skin after a few uses! I wouldn't say it really moisturized my skin, as I needed to use a moisturizer afterwards, but the honey did make my skin feel very soft! And I have to say, my skin has been looking healthier and a bit more glowy lately, and I think this mask is one of the reasons for it! Of course the downside to the Lush masks is that it only lasts 3 weeks and then you have to throw it out, but I still think it's worth it as a little treat for yourself once in a while! And I always try to use it at least once a week, so I get good use out of it.

I really love this mask, and I'll definitely buy it again when I get the change! If you have dry skin, like me, I can really recommend this for when your skin needs a bit of a "pick me up"!

What are your favourite Lush masks? Or do you have another favourite mask that's not from Lush?

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

A must-have for your workouts: Nike Pro Sports Bra

About a year ago, I decided I had to come off the couch and start working out. I've never really loved working out and never hated it either, but since I stopped playing soccer a few months before that (I was in a soccer team for over 5 years), I hadn't replaced it with anything else. Because I missed the exercise, I signed up at the gym at my Uni. With a friend, I started doing classes, like Zumba or Body workout, which I really enjoyed. What bothered me, though, was wearing a bra during those exercises. It feels horrible to wear when you have to jump around.

I decided I needed a good sports bra. At the time, I didn't know anything about them at all (I still don't, to be honest), and had no idea what would be a good one for me. What I did find out soon enough is that when it comes to sports bras, you shouldn't go for the cheapest option. When you are going to invest in something like that, you'd better buy something that lasts and actually works. The cheapest ones don't support at all, so why wear it? However, I didn't have the money to buy the supposedly best bras they sell here in the Netherlands, so had to go for something in the middle. Then I came across this lovely, bright pink sports bra, that I wanted to have instantly; the Nike Pro Sport bra(€30). After trying it on, comparing it with cheaper and more expensive alternatives and having a little chat with the lady from the store, I decided that this was the bra I wanted. I bought a size M, while I usually buy things size L. It fits nicely, but quite tight, which I like because then I know it will keep everything in place! The lady told me it has to fit this way, because you don't want it to move. So if you were to try a new sports bra, definitely compare different sizes to see which fits best. A size down might fit even better then your normal size, even though that already seems to fit well.

After using it regularly for a year, I can say I definitely love this! As you can see, I've even bought a second one a couple of weeks ago! It's stayed in the same shape it had when I bought it and I've put it in the drying machine loads of times. The material is quite thick and supports enough, but doesn't feel too hot or suffocating at all (if you know what I mean by that). It also doesn't get wet (hence the "dry fit" on the side) and doesn't feel like you're sweating loads when you have it on. I did have to get used to the feeling of wearing a sports bra, because it is tight and feels very different from a normal bra, as it pushes your boobs into your chest instead of pushing them up. After I got used to it, I didn't have any issues with it at all. All in all, I can really recommend this sports bra and if you're on the hunt for one, definitely try this one out! They also got them with cute prints and in other bright colours!

Do you wear a sports bra when you workout? What kind?

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

The do-it-all cream: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

The Elizabeth Eight Hour Cream is a well-known product in the beauty world. It can be seen as a classic and a must-have, which isn't strange as it is really a multitask product. I've been using the Eight Hour Cream for two years, and thought it would be a great product to write about for my first ever (real) blogpost!

The first time I used this, I was blown away by the effect it had. At the time, I had the driest, most painful lips I had ever had and this solved the problem almost immediately. It instantly felt soothing and I knew it would do a lot of good. I know this sounds like I'm romanticizing the moment, but this really is the truth. After I used it a few times, the dry patches on my lips (sounds gross, I know, sorry) had disappeared and my lips felt soft again.

The cream is great for your lips, but it also amazing for many other things. In the past, I've used this for my elbows, scratches on my hand, my cuticles and other dry areas on my body. It's also great as a highlighter on top of makeup, or so I've read, because I've yet to try that out! It seems a bit scary to put a very creamy product on top of your foundation, but today I saw great pictures in a magazine were the Eight Hour Cream was used as a highlighter. I have to say, it looked stunning. It gave the most gorgeous dewy and fresh look! So I know what I'll be doing the next time I'm putting makeup on my face!  

The two products I have from the Eight Hour Cream products are the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant (which I can't find online) and the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant. I only use it on my lips before I go to sleep, because I don't want them to get used to it too much and I don't want to use it up too quickly as this is quite an expensive cream. But if you ask me if it's worth its price, then I would definitely say yes! It has so many purposes and is so effective, that I couldn't live without it. I wouldn't now what to do if I didn't have this on hand on a cold winter's day. I think my lips wouldn't survive that...

The only downside to this product, yes, there is one, is the packaging of the Lip Protectant. When the tin is opened and closed many times, it becomes stiff and is hard to close and open. My first tin got stuck, and wouldn't open, no matter how hard I tried. In the end, I became so desperate that I used a screwdriver to get it to open again... But it must be said that when you handle the tin with care, and don't go smashing the lid on every time you use it, it will be fine and your tin should last.

Have you tried the Eight Hour Cream already? What did you think of it? Or do you have any other recommendations that are less expensive or maybe better (I would be suprised!)?