My May Beauty Favorites

It’s time for another beauty favorites. First up is the Three Part Harmony soft cream by Origins. I discovered Origins last year and what I like about them is that they use a lot of natural ingredients. This lightweight cream helps produce natural collagen to help repair the skin. I’ve been using it morning and night for a couple of weeks already and my skin feels more toned and moisturized. I also love the slight citrus smell that it has.

I also tried Origins Flower Fusion Sheet Masks. It was my first time trying on a sheet mask and I liked the results. They left my skin feeling very soft. Pieter was just not a big fan of how I looked while wearing it 🙂 and my cats were also quite curious of how I looked.

I’ve added some new Smashbox items to my makeup routine. I tried the Photo Finish Primer Oil and loved it. I just apply two drops on my face and it is quickly absorbed. It leaves you with a dewy skin and of course it allows your makeup to stay put. It has lavender oil which makes it smell amazing. In combination with the primer oil, I’ve also been using Smashbox Studio Skin 15 hour wear hydrating foundation. It glides on easily and gives you a nice medium coverage, but you can always build it up a bit more. I liked that it didn’t clog my pores and it does last the whole day.

Another favorite is the Smashbox Full exposure Eye Shadow Palette. I tend to always go for neutral colors when it comes to eye shadows and that’s why I love this palette. I especially love the golden colors. They have high pigmentation so you don’t need a lot.

Last but not least is Glamglow’s ThirstyMud hydrating mask. It has a sort of caramel smell. I leave it on my face overnight and I wake up with ultra-soft and hydrated skin.

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Food Photography Background Tutorial + First Vlog

A long time ago, I used to have a tutorial here on how to make a food photography background but I decided to erase it since the quality of the video wasn’t very good. I’ve been wanting to make a proper one since then. So I decided to include it on my first vlog. I thought of  showing you guys a bit more of my daily life, from events to restaurants, to some cooking and traveling. On this one we went zip lining in the Hague, tried some new restaurants and visited the blue forest in Belgium.

So if you would like to see/know anything in particular, do let me know.

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My March Beauty Favorites

This is a new section where I will be sharing my current beauty/skincare favorites. I’ve been obsessed with makeup since I was a teenager. I love experimenting with it. When I still lived with my parents, I would do my mom’s makeup when she would go out. But it is only since last year that I actually have a skincare routine. I wish I would have started in my early 20s but better late than never.

First up is Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil. I’ve been following Negin Mirsalehi on Instagram for a few years now and I’ve always loved her hair. So when she created her own hair-care line I was very curious. Honey is known for having a lot of health benefits so why not try it in a hair product? What I usually do is apply the serum on my wet hair, let it air dry and then apply a little bit again after styling it. It leaves my hair soft without weighting it down. And after styling, it helps with flyaways. I just use a few drops which I warm up in between my hands. It doesn’t leave my hands (or hair) feeling greasy and it smells incredible!

Another one of my favorites happens to also have honey. Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream is made with red ginseng root and Manuka honey. This type of honey from New Zealand is known for having high antibacterial properties. This cream is very thick so a little bit goes a long way. It is absorbed quickly and it leaves my skin feeling very soft and moisturized.

A new favorite also from Kiehl’s is the Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil. This lavender scented oil does the trick for removing all my makeup. I have combination skin and this hasn’t made me break out.

Smashbox is one of my favorite makeup brands. I’ve been using their photo finish primer for years. Even when I used to work in a professional kitchen, it would keep my makeup put in all that heat. I use this Primer Water as a setting spray when I have long days and I don’t have time to retouch my makeup. It absorbs very quickly and also keeps my skin hydrated.

Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain by Benefit is an oldie but goodie. I used to use it a lot and I don’t even remember why I forgot to buy it again. I’ve started using it again and I love it. It has the right amount of color to brighten up my face, especially on days where I’m too lazy to put on lipstick.

Poutmud Fizzy Lip Exfoliating Treatment by GlamGlow is a lip scrub that fizzes once it gets in contact with water. It smells amazing and helps me keep my lips soft.

Ka-Brow from Benefit is a cream-gel for your eyebrows. I love it because I have very thin eyebrows. It’s great at filling them in and making them look thicker.

And last but not least is the Yves Saint Lauren Vernis À Lèvres Vinyl Cream. I have the 401 color which is a beautiful red. It is very easy to apply and has high pigmentation. It stays put without drying my lips and since this one is a cool red, it makes my teeth look whiter.

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Picking your own bouquet of flowers

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It’s the simple things in life that make me happy. I love going to the market and getting flowers every week. My flower lady knows to give me some time, no rush while I browse through all the different kinds she has to offer. Two weeks ago we grabbed our bikes, hopped into a train and went to Hillegom. It is a town not far from Amsterdam, known for its tulip fields. We love going there in spring when the flower fields are in full bloom and the scent surrounding the area is deliciously intoxicating.

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But what I recently found out is that there are also fields where you can go and pick your own bouquet yourself. We arrived at Annemieke’s Pluktuin, we were given a bucket and scissors, and we were off to the fields. Such a simple yet fun experience. I felt like Charlie at the chocolate factory.

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When we got to the dahlia garden, I was going nuts at the different varieties and the size of some of them. They were the size of a small watermelon. The weather could have also not been better. Sunny and warm, it was perfect to spend some time outside. When you are done, you just go to the register and pay depending on how big your bouquet is. We definitely want to return again!

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Sense Beauty & Lifestyle Store

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My hubby and I went to Barcelona for a long weekend. The day before, I started prepping for the trip and that meant also getting a mani & pedi. Especially since it was going to be very hot there (sandals) and I was going to use my hands for food pictures. I was looking online for some nail salons and Sense Beauty & Lifestyle caught my eye. Located right in the center of Amsterdam, very close to the Dam, it is one of those hidden in plain sight kind of gems. The store is beautiful and clean, and the staff is very friendly. The perfect place for some me-time. I went there for the royal manicure & pedicure. If you are in a rush, you can have them done simultaneously.

I had a paraffin wax bath which increases the circulation of the skin and opens the pores. This leaves your skin feeling very soft. I left very satisfied with the service. They also offer other treatments like facials, massages and waxing.

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