Lipstick Do’s and Don’ts

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How’s your week going so far? Yesterday I saw ‘The Imitation Game’ and it was one of the best movies I saw in a long time. I have a love/hate relationship with movies based on true stories because they tend to fascinate me a lot more but also can leave me a bit unhappy if it’s a sad story. But this movie absolutely was one that fascinated me. If you love a good movie then I think you’ll love this one! Okay, on to today’s post. I decided to write down some do’s and don’ts of wearing lipstick. Most of them are quite obvious but sometimes you need a post of this to remind you of the things you should and shouldn’t do when it comes to wearing lipstick.

Do:

  • Use lip liner when you’re wearing a dark lip. Applying dark lipstick can be a huge challenge and using a lip liner to line and fill in your lips before applying lipstick will make it a bit more easier and less frustrating.
  • Hydrate and prep your lips. Nobody likes the look of dry, chapped lips and that’s why you should use a good lip balm and exfoliate your lips every now and then.
  • Adapt the color of your lipstick to season. Darker/matte colors are great for wintertime, light/shimmery colors are super pretty for summer.
  • Apply different colors to create a new color. For example, mix a red color with a nude color to create a more natural red lip.
  • Check your lips during the day. Just carry a small mirror with you and touch up you lipstick whenever your lipstick is fading.

Don’t:

  • Apply a nude color that’s too light for your skin. Just don’t, it makes you look ill and unhealthy. Choose a nude color that’s a few shades darker than you skin tone.
  • Wear lipstick on your teeth. Just pop your finger in your mouth and slide it out, this way you remove the lipstick from your inner lips and your teeth will remain lipstick free.
  • Use matte lipstick on dry lips. If your lips are dry but you do want to wear a lipstick, make sure you wear a moisturizing one. Matte lipstick and dry lips are never a good combination.
  • Overdraw your lips. If you have thin lips, you can make them look a bit fuller with lip liner and some highlighter but don’t go over the top. You want it to look natural.

Do you have any tips on wearing lipstick? Maybe I want to make a small series of these do’s and don’ts posts because they are super fun to write. So let me know what subjects you would be interested in! Thank you for reading!

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Blueberry Rolls Recipe

header-01Yesterday I had a day off and I decided to bake some blueberry rolls. And what a good choice it was. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried them but they are DELICIOUS. If you want to make a nice treat this weekend, keep on reading!

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You need:

  • 180 g + a few tbsp flour
  • 45 g granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5 g yeast
  • 40 g unsalted butter
  • 120 mL water
  • 60 mL milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 250 g frozen blueberries (or any kind of frozen fruit you like).
  • 40 g granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch.

Steps:

  1. Mix the frozen fruit with 40 grams granulated sugar and the cornstarch. Set aside while you’re making the dough.
  2. Mix 180 g flour with 45 grams granulated sugar, salt and yeast.
  3. Melt the butter with the water and milk on a low fire. Remove from the stove as soon as the butter is melted.
  4. Mix the butter/water/milk with the flour and mix well. Add the egg and again mix well.
  5. Add a few tbsp flour until you have an elastic, sticky, soft dough.
  6. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes. Be prepared because this is quite a workout. The reason you have to knead the dough is because otherwise the dough won’t rise as much as it needs.
  7. Set the dough aside for about 10 minutes.
  8. After 10 minutes roll out the dough on a in a rectangle that’s about 0.5 centimeters thick (that’s 0.2 inch).
  9. Spread the blueberries over the dough and roll up tightly.
  10. Cut into pieces that are about 3 centimeters (1.2 inches) thick and place in a dish and cover with aluminum foil.
  11. Let the rolls rise in a warm place for 1 to 2 hours.
  12. Bake for about 25 minutes in preheated oven of 190 degrees Celsius and you’re done!

If you like glazing then you can use any recipe you want. I didn’t make any because half of the rolls were eaten before I had the time to make it (that’s how good they are). So here you go! They can be a bit tricky and quite time-consuming to make but they are absolutely worth it, I promise!

Catrice Nude Illusion Foundation

IMG_4507IMG_4510IMG_4511IMG_4512IMG_4513IMG_4514There hasn’t been much sun during autumn and winter in the Netherlands and the tan I got during summer has been gone for months now. I picked up a new foundation for winter a while ago but even though it matched my skin tone, it still looked a bit odd. Because I’m really picky when it comes to foundation (I really hate it when foundation is visible on my skin) I decided to buy a new one. When I saw the Catrice Nude Illusion Foundation I decided to give it a go because it looked quite good and it matched my skin tone perfectly.

I bought the lightest shade available (010 Nude Ivory). This foundation should be a ‘light, melting foundation with soft focus effect and just the right amount of mattifying coverage’. I really like the finish of this foundation, it does look quite natural but I disagree on the ‘light’ part. It’s quite a heavy foundation and I feel like the coverage can be bit too high for daytime. To solve this problem I mix it with a BB cream or a primer (or both, because why not?) before I apply it. This way it feels a lot lighter on my skin and it even looks more natural. I also really like that it’s super long-lasting.

So overall I’m quite pleased with this foundation. It looks natural, especially when I mix it with a BB cream and when I wear it you can’t see a line where I stopped applying it (which is very important girls!). Plus it only costs about 7 Euros, which is absolutely a bargain! Have you tried this foundation?




Top 3 Drugstore Blushes

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I love a pretty blush, I really do. I always feel like it makes you look a lot more healthy. So today I wanted to share my top 3 drugstore blushes with you. Because what’s better than a pretty blush? Right, a pretty blush that’s super inexpensive! So here we go!

Beauty UK Blusher – No.3 Pink

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I never really used this blush until recently. I have no idea why I didn’t use it because this blush is super pretty. It contains five different shades so you can choose if you want to go for a highlighted, a pink or a more bronze look. Or you can just use them all at once (which I usually do because I’m always in a hurry). You absolutely don’t have to wear a highlighter on top because this blush is shimmery and also contains a highlighter (the lightest shade). The colors again look very natural and make me look very healthy.

Essence Silky Touch Blush – 70 Kissable

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I bought this blush when I was on a hunt for a darker blush that would be appropriate for the cold winter months. When I saw this gorgeous red blush I instantly popped it in my basket. It has a golden glow over it that makes it look a lot more expensive than it actually is. This blush is super pigmented so make sure you apply it very carefully. You want to look like you just went for a healthy walk in the cold, not like you’ve got a fever.

Catrice Defining Bluhs – 070 Pinkerbell

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My all time favorite blush is the Catrice Defining Blush in the shade Pinkerbell. I saw it for the first time on Pinterest as a dupe for a Mac blush I can’t remember the name of. I know the packaging has seen better days but it’s the inside that counts, right? This is a bright pink blush with a matte finish so you might want to wear a highlighter on top. I just apply it with a light hand and this way it leaves a super natural flush of color on my cheeks.

So here are my favorite drugstore blushes. Do you have any drugstore blushes you would recommend?

Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

IMG_4357IMG_4355I would be lying if I said I’m a very healthy eater (don’t worry, it’s not like I’m some kind of garbage bin) but with the summer approaching pretty fast I decided it’s time to be more aware of what I eat. So when I wanted to bake some cookies yesterday I decided to try and make healthy cookies. So after a little scroll through Pinterest (well, little is not the good word here, I once again got completely lost in this magical place) I saw a lot of recipes for oatmeal cookies that contain only ingredients that have many health benefits so I decided to make some of these. I was a bit worried that they wouldn’t taste like anything but I was absolutely wrong. They tasted so good! So if you want to make some guilt free, super easy and delicious cookies keep on reading!

You need:

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  • 2 mashed bananas.
  • 75 grams peanut butter.
  • 150 grams unsweetened applesauce.
  • Some spices of your choice (I used ½ tsp cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg and salt and about ½ tsp vanilla extract).
  • 130 grams oats.
  • 40 grams dark chocolate chips (buy the darkest chocolate chips you can find).
  • 25 grams shredded coconut (unsweetened).
  • Optional: raisins, nuts, cranberries or whatever you like.

Steps:

  1. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius.
  2. Mix the mashed bananas, peanut butter and applesauce together.
  3. Add the spices and oats and mix well.
  4. Add the chocolate chips, coconut (and the raisins/nuts etc.) and again mix well.
  5. With a spoon put small amounts of cookie dough on a lined baking sheet (you can make the cookies as big or small as you want).
  6. Bake the cookies for about 20 minutes (or until the edges are brown).

They are super easy to make and it’s nice that they are healthy and delicious at the same time. So if you want to eat healthier but still want a sweet snack every now and then or you just like cookies, go out and try making these!

Catrice Ultimate Lash Multimizer Volume Mascara

IMG_4331Untitled-1I have been quite absent lately on this blog but I somehow lack the motivation and inspiration to write posts. Do you know that feeling that you feel like you have to write a post and you immediately feel unmotivated. Well that’s what I’m dealing with now. I think I suffer from a bloggersblock. I still try to post at least two times a week but I don’t want to put quantity over quality. I hope that my bloggersblock won’t last much longer and I’m really sorry if I don’t post as frequent as I usually do. But enough with the moaning and on to a makeup review!

A while ago I ran out of my favorite Max Factor Clump Defy mascara. Because I didn’t want to spent another 15 euros on a mascara I decided to try out the Catrice Ultimate Lash Multimizer Volume Mascara. My sister bought this mascara but she didn’t like it at all, she rarely wears makeup and when she wore this mascara she immediately felt like it was way too much. Because I’m a big makeup lover (and I’m not really the less is more kind of girl when it comes to makeup) she gave it to me. I thought the wand looked super good so I was very excited to try it out. It was a bit of a disappointment to be honest.

If I apply one layer of this mascara it looks quite nice but when I apply more layers, oh man, my lashes immediately clump together. I love mascara but I absolutely prefer mascaras that separate my lashes and I think that most of you are with me (unless you want to go for a 60s look, than I didn’t say anything). If I use this mascara I only apply one layer and tightline my eyes to make my lashes look fuller. One big plus of this mascara is that it stays on very well even though it’s not waterproof.

If you aren’t really picky on mascara’s that this one does the job but otherwise you might want to look a bit further. I always say that the only makeup item you shouldn’t save money on is your favorite mascara and I once again discovered that that’s very true.

Philips Cityscape Strada Headphones

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Today I want to do a non beauty related review. Since a couple months I sometimes make posters and flyers for a woman I met at my volunteering job. Last week she texted me that I could choose a late Christmas gift from a specific website. I thought that was super sweet of her and even though I really like making posters and I absolutely don’t need anything for it in return I decided to choose a gift anyway because she already payed for it. I have been on a hunt for a nice pair of headphones so when I saw these Philips Cityscape Strada headphones I immediately knew what to choose.

First of all the design. I really like the way it looks. They aren’t very big and that makes them very appropriate to wear in public. I do like bigger headphones too and I own a pair of bigger headphones but I rarely wear them in public because I always feel like they’re a bit too much. These are just matte black but the blue cord adds a nice touch to it. The headband is covered in a woven material which is also super pretty. All in all I absolutely love the way they look.

I’m also quite surprised by the sound that comes out of these headphones. It gives a very clean sound and I was surprised by how nice the bass sounded. I somehow didn’t expect the bass to sound that good. I also really like the way the drums sound, again super clean. I can hear each instrument in most songs which I find quite important when I listen to music. They also block noise better than I thought even though these headphones don’t cover my entire ear. Last but not least they are super lightweight and are very comfortable. The only thing I’m a bit worried about is that they will break if I’m carrying them in my bag so I have to be a bit more care full than usual.

If you are looking for a pretty, not very expensive pair, good pair of headphones than you might consider getting one of these. I hope you liked this slightly different review. It might be a bit boring if you aren’t really into music but I couldn’t find many reviews on these headphones so I decided to write it anyway. Thank you for reading!