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Monday, 18 July 2016

One year in England

Sooooo... one year already! Time flies when you are having fun they say.
I must say, I did not expect it to go this quick and it certainly wasn't as horrible as I thought it would be. I have actually learned a lot, about change, friends, family and most of all about myself.
Of course there are always people around you to support you in whatever you are going through and whatever you are doing or planning but the one person that actually has to do it is you, or in this case, me. 

When I arrived here a year ago, I had no clue about what it was like to start all over somewhere new and to be honest, I was excited and scared at the same time. That's because I did not know how it was going to be; I did not know anyone at my school, I had no friends here, no work and I did not want to join a new dance team as I loved the one I danced in before. I have always been a very positive person and I could always see the bright side of situations but even I could not really turn off the negative thoughts I had about this change in the beginning. This was mostly during the summer holidays when I had to say goodbye to all the people I was going to miss so much. I know this sounds like I was never going to see them again and I know that I did not move all the way to Australia but still, stopping by for an hour to see someone, cycling to school with your best friend everyday, is all a bit difficult to do when living in another country. 

When school started it September, that was when it really all began. No more hiding in my room, this was the time to finally face the truth of a completely new environment. Luckily, the school was not so bad at all, everyone was really helpful and understandable and I made friends in the first week already. I still could not fully concentrate on school at that time as I still could not really believe that I actually lived in England. It felt so unreal and all I could think about was how I could have my normal life back again.

I have posted a couple of months ago about school and the differences between England and the Netherlands so I won't do that again but here is the link if you want to have a look: 'Life in England so far' 

Every time it was close to a holiday I got so excited, I could finally see everyone again! Although it is hard to visit everyone in a week or two and it will always be difficult to please everyone, I think I did alright and I hope I did not disappoint anyone. However, I do think that keeping in contact with friends and family should come from both sides and in a situation like this it is only a matter of time before you find out who your real friends are. Which, I am actually so grateful for because there is nothing worse than people who turn out to be not your friend after all.

As time passed by, I learned that I was the only one who could change the way I felt about the situation and I tried to take a different view. This was not always easy and there were times when I could not seem to accept the changes. I just did not know what to do about it. There are always choices and options to choose from in your life but at that point I could not see them at all, I could not go back to the Netherlands, I did not want to live here, I did not know what I wanted to do after high school and where I needed to be, but now, I think I managed to figure everything out because I do not feel that way anymore.

I am so happy where I am right know and despite all the negative thoughts I had, this change of moving countries has been good for me. First of all, my English has improved a lot which is really helpful for any future careers and also for writing this blog of course! In addition, I have taken on a different view on school and university and I am working really hard for where I want to be. My grades are better than they have ever been in the Netherlands. I push myself to work hard and stick to deadlines which I always had trouble with before. I am constantly looking at universities and what will be the best option for me. I work hard at my job and I manage to work a lot of hours per week and still do the best I can at school. 

After this summer I have just one more year of high school left (although it feels like it's never-ending) and after that I hope to go to university where I want to study fashion (not designing but the business side of fashion). I want to keep improving my blog and write better posts. I will start saving up for a DSLR camera to make pictures with high quality. There are so much more things I want to do but this post is long enough already.

If you made it all the way to this paragraph, thank you and I hope you are not bored of all my rambling yet because I have just a few more words to say. 
I think it is really important for everyone to step out of your comfort zone because you will learn so much about yourself. I have always been a girl with big dreams and goals for life but it is just so easy to stay where you are and not change anything in your life because it is easier. I loved my life the way it was, living in a small town where I knew literally every small corner, but taking on a challenge is so worth it. There is a whole world out there waiting for you so don't just follow the easy pathway but take on new challenges, go on an adventure, just simply follow those crazy dreams and discover a whole new you. Get rid of any people in your life trying to stop you from being the best you can, you do not need that negativity in your life, surround yourself with positive people who you know are always going to be there for you and also, be that person for others.

Finally, I just wanted to say that I am so thankful for everyone who supports me and stands by my side, it means a lot to me.

Love, Marlinde x

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Lancôme Grandiôse Eyeliner




Finally I purchased an eyeliner that I am genuinely happy and satisfied with! I recently bought the new Lancôme Grandiôse eyeliner which has just come out. The Grandiôse mascara was already a success and now they have added the eyeliner to the range. I am in love with the concept of this liner which is basically a top that can bend to the side as you can see in the picture. It is not a flexible top but it clicks to the side so it does not move when applying. It is so easy to get into the inner corner of the eye! I am definitely not the best when it comes to creating the perfect winged eyeliner but I have seen so much improvement these last days since I used this! The tip of the applicator is really thin which I absolutely love because it is so precise and you can decide whether to go for a settle or bold look!
I do recommend to shake before use because I did not do this and I freaked out when I used it the second time and the tip was all dried out. (but I think that is just me)
This eyeliner is a little bit on the pricy side as it is £23,00. However, the quality is really amazing and if you use eyeliner everyday I think it is worth investing in a good one. Also, the packaging is just gorgeous. The little black rose inside the applicator and the whole glass to black ombre effect is beautiful. 
I do not know how long this eyeliner lasts as it also depends on how often and how much product you use. I now use this Lancôme Grandiôse Eyeliner every single day but I am hoping it will still last a long time! If not then I will replace it immediately I think. 
My eyeliner will never be as precise and sharp as Adele's but I think I am getting closer now!
Let me know what is your must-have eyeliner and if you have tried this one yet!

Love, Marlinde x



Sunday, 3 July 2016

Blue buttoned skirt | Summer outfit without summer





These photos were taken on one of the few sunny days here in the UK and I have not worn this outfit ever since but because it is the beginning of July now, I have got my hopes up high for some summer weather! 

Let's start with the light blue skirt from Forever 21. This is from Forever 21's 'contemporary' range and it was a bit more expensive than most of their products but the quality is also better than normal. I absolutely love these buttoned skirts and I would love to have a whole collection of different colours one day! I thought that this baby blue was perfect for summer. They also sold it in pink but because I always tend to go for pink when there is a choice, I decided to go for blue this time, just for a change. The length of the skirt is perfect because it is not too long and it is not too short either. I think skirts are allowed to be a bit short sometimes but it still has to be appropriate. The skirt is made of a sort suede material (definitely fake), it feels a lot stronger than most Forever 21 items. I have bought a lot of dresses from there in the past and they just seem to get shorter and shorter every time they come out of the washing machine. I think this skirt is a great piece in my wardrobe and maybe I will go back and buy the pink one as well. (and the black one, and the brown one...)

Moving onto the top that I am wearing, this is a cream coloured bodysuit from Boohoo. I had been looking for a bodysuit like this one for awhile now and I am so glad I finally found it! I love that it is really oversized and I think it creates a perfect combination with my skirt. I also love wearing this top with my high waisted black Joni jeans from Topshop. 

For my shoes, I am just wearing my plain white all stars because I just think they go with literally every single outfit and I was not planning on wearing heels with this outfit. I bought mine from Tower London because they were a lot cheaper with my student discount. Just like the rest of my family, I am so surprised by how white these shoes still are even though they belong to the clumsiest girl in the world. 

As you can read in my 'why statement necklaces are a must', I think a pretty necklace can really spice up any outfit which was exactly what it did with this one. The necklace I am wearing here is from Primark and it was only £4 but it just gives so much more detail to this outfit. I love how the colours go so well with the skirt. I recommend not spending too much money on statement necklaces as it is not an 'everyday item' and it is just good to  have different ones for different outfits. 

I will definitely pack this outfit when I visit Italy this summer! SO excited! 

Love, Marlinde 

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Contour away with this collection duo




This Collection contour kit in the photos has not been used yet but I have actually been using my little sister's one for quite awhile now and I thought it was better if I finally bought one myself!  
So, this is the Collection highlight and sculpt contour kit and it is honestly amazing. The quality is so good, especially from a cheap drugstore brand. I find it so hard to find contouring products that actually work for me and my skin, the colours are always a bit too dark. I think contouring is great but some products just make your face look so unnatural. I do not know if this Collection contour kit works with every skin colour as they only brought out one variation but it works perfect for me. My skin colour is extremely fair and this brown contour colour looks very natural on my skin as it is a very light brown but still pigmented enough. The highlight does not look very shiny at all in the package but once it is applied on your face it gives a gorgeous glowy effect whilst still looking natural. 
There is not a lot to say about the packaging, it is very basic and simple but that is probably why it is only £4.19. After all, it is all about the quality of the product!
I find it very easy to use, even without any contour skills and I only need a tiny bit of product everyday so this will last me a long time.
So if you are just starting out with contouring or if you do not have the money for a Kat von D contour palette or if you have very fair skin like me or if I do not even have to tell you a reason to buy this product.. (running out of breath), I highly recommend this! 
I already love the collection concealer a lot but they surprised me even more with this contour kit!

I just wanted to say that I am so grateful for this little space here where I can share my thoughts and feelings with others in the hope that someone is listening. I love it when I discover an amazing beauty product or if I have a new outfit and I am able to share it on my blog. Thank you ♡

Saturday, 18 June 2016

How to get cheap Nars make up




YES! You read that title right! 
Nars is a brand loved among many of us, but can just be a little bit too expensive sometimes. So if you are on a budget like me but you love Nars' products, this tip might help you out!
In the UK, the store TKmaxx sells loads of products from different brands and since this is mostly from an old collection, they can somehow sell it for a cheaper price.
Every time I go in there to check out new make up they have in, it is always extremely messy; open and destroyed packages, products that have already been tested in the store by other people etc. Also, every store has got different products and once they are gone, they are gone. 
What I recently discovered is that they sometimes have Nars products available on their website. I have only once seen this eyeshadow in store and it was half broken so I do not recommend going there to search for it but definitely go onto the TKmaxx website and search for Nars make up! There is mostly only one product available and low in stock as well so I recommend checking regularly. When you order it online it will arrive perfect with no damaging! (as it should be)
It is most of the time a new eyeshadow duo but I have seen lipsticks as well.
Normally the eyeshadow duo's from Nars are £25 and I only paid £9.99! Even though it is not the newest collection, it saves you a lot of money.
I have the duo 'Demon Lover' which are two beautiful colours that can be worn together or apart. The left colour is a beautiful blue with a shiny finish. The right one is a dark purple and is more of a matte colour and is perfect for using in the crease!
The quality of these eyeshadows is excellent, especially for the price I paid. I love how the colours of all the Nars duo's are so well selected that they look gorgeous together!
I know that TKmaxx currently sells a Nars lip gloss set and an eyeshadow palette for those of you who are interested! 

Love,
Marlinde 




Saturday, 28 May 2016

Mini Lush Haul






Last week I went to Bluewater (an amazing shopping centre in the UK) and I picked up a few products from Lush as it is extremely hard to walk past that store without having a little look, the smell already leads you straight into the store. I did not buy a lot but I thought I'd share the products I picked up anyway.
First of all, the Frozen bath bomb! I am absolutely obsessed with the Disney movie 'Frozen' so I hope this bath bomb is just as good, I haven't tried it yet because it looks so pretty and I want to keep it instead of throwing it in the bath. You know when you see a birthday cake that looks too good to eat? I have got that same feeling over the bath bombs from Lush. (I don't think I am alone on this one)
Apparently this frozen bath bomb is all filled up with silver glitter and sparkle which sounds incredible to me but maybe not for people who don't like their bath to be covered in glitter afterwards. The grapefruit oil in this bath bomb should feel very refreshing and uplifting. 

I picked up three of the bath oils which are each only £2. They are small so therefore the price is cheaper than other products but they are so cute and since they are oils, the size is perfect. I picked up 'floating island', 'you've been mangoed' and 'melting marshmallow moment'. Floating island has got a tiny piece of vanilla planted on top which I really like. It has got different oils inside such as lemon oil, almond oil and coconut oil and also some shea butter which helps to moisturise the skin and leaves it feeling soft and smooth. You've been mangoed has got mango (obviously) and avocado butter in it which I have never really heard a lot about so I find it very interesting and I can't wait to try this one out, I think it will leave my bath totally green for a change! Melting marshmallow moment is yellow and pink with a lot of glitter on top. It feels more oily than the other two when you hold it and is very dangerous to put on anything white. (Exactly what I did when making these photos)
What's very interesting is that this bath oil has marshmallow powder as an ingredient! This must be a really sweet scent. It also has coconut oil and shea butter again and I am excited for the melting marshmallow moment!

Another bath bomb I picked up is 'Tisty Tosty' which is based on a love potion. It looks absolutely gorgeous and even though it is not something that stands out in the bath bomb section such as Frozen or The Experimenter, the roses make it look like a very stunning and romantic bath bomb that everyone needs! It has got a lot of flower ingredients such as rose oil, geranium oil, jasmine absolute and rosebuds. I think this is a very relaxing and calming bath bomb with a lovely scent to it. I'll use this one on a night when I can use some time to relax and read a good book in bath surrounded by some yankee candles of course. 

Finally, I have wanted a massage bar from lush for a long time now and I chose to try the one called 'Wiccy magic muscles'. The reason I chose this is because it said that it helped with aches and pains and I wanted to see if it worked! I have actually already tried this one and I love it so much! I would recommend this to anyone who gets achy muscles easily because the warmth of this massage bar helps to loosen up muscles. The smell is peppermint and cinnamon which may sound like a strange combination but it actually smells really good and refreshing. It does not only help with pains but it is also extremely moisturising which is what I think a massage bar should do. I am so impressed by this product from Lush that I picked up and I hope the other ones are just as good!

Love,
Marlinde



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