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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Lovely lace

How much I would sacrifice just to take good blog pictures is insane, it was freeeezing outside but here you go, some pictures in this lovely lace dress! (which is not warm at all but still pretty)

I bought this mini dress from Zara as I found the lace sleeves just so gorgeous. It is on the 'can I wear it can I not wear it' line but I'd say it is definitely acceptable with some black tights underneath which are a must anyway this season.
The dress has a high neck with some ruffled lace at the top and I just think this is a little black dress with so much detail. I would wear this for everyday-style with the knee-high boots I am wearing here or to go out with some high heels and that is what I love about this dress, it is perfect for every occasion!

Onto these beautiful boots from Kurt Geiger, they are so comfortable to wear even though they have heels which is such an advantage, I could wear these everyday but I do not want to ruin them with all this rain that has been going on in the UK. 
Kurt Geiger can be a bit on the more expensive side sometimes but it is just a matter of searching for the right deals at the right time because these boots only cost me £50 on offer. For a pair of high winter boots with such a good quality I'd say that is a pretty good deal. I was lucky to find my size which is the only problem with waiting for sales but it is definitely worth the risk and the wait.

I love the combination of the short dress with high boots and I will be wearing this a lot together! Especially with a dark red lipstick it is the perfect autumn/winter outfit!

Love, Marlinde x

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Insanely cheap make up brushes

A make up brush set for less than 5 pound?!
I purchased these rose golden beauties on eBay about a month ago and they just arrived. It takes awhile for shipping but I really liked the ''unexpected expected'' package just because I almost forgot that I ordered something so long ago. Of course brushes insanely cheap like these are not comparable to brands like Sigma, MAC or Zoeva but for this price it was worth the risk of quality. Honestly I just wanted to see how a brush that is less than 50p is when it comes to material and quality, I was very curious if they would actually work even it was just a little bit. I tested them whilst doing my everyday make up routine for the past week to see if it would turn out a lot different than normally. So, some brushes are absolutely useless but there are a few that are actually not that bad and that I will keep using. I really like the blush brush as it uses all the product and it does not stay on the brush itself. I also think the blending eyeshadow brushes are pretty good! (again, I am not comparing to the MAC 217 but for this price, pretty good.) Along with the powder brush for setting my under-eye concealer, these are my favourites out of this set. Even if they are not all very good, only for 4 or 5 of the brushes it is already worth this money. 
They are a bit on the smaller size so I would recommend these for travelling, or just for in your handbag if you keep a small make up bag in there.

I still cannot believe that this 8 piece brush set only costs £3.79, you can find them here.
Personally I think they are already cute enough to buy just for room decoration!

Love, Marlinde x


Wednesday, 9 November 2016

NYX Lingerie liquid lipstick | push up

After seeing all the pictures on Pinterest of these beautiful liquid lipsticks, I finally got one! I decided to go for the colour 'push up' as I thought that would suit me the best. Now, I already fell in love with NYX' soft matte lip creams, especially because they do not dry out my lips or feel uncomfortable whilst still being matte. The lingerie lipsticks however, are a lot longer lasting than the soft matte lip creams, dry even more matte and are VERY pigmented but they dry my lips out and are not comfortable to wear at all. It is okay when I put a thick layer of lip balm underneath but still, I wished they had find out a way to make them less drying but still this matte. 
This liquid lipstick is a bit hard to touch up as it will look a bit of a mess and it is easier to take it off first, and then add a new layer. However, since it is so long lasting that kind of balances it for me. 
To be honest, the result when using this lingerie liquid lipstick is gorgeous but you have to be willing to sacrifice getting some dry lips. I really wished that the formula was different but I want to be completely honest on this blog! My hands still keep reaching for this liquid lipstick A LOT because I love it when I put it on, I just kind of regret it after awhile because my lips already start to feel a bit more dry during this time of the year when it gets cold outside, I should not actually make that worse. (but I can't help it, it's just so pretty!)
I know there is a bit of a mixed feeling going on here but I hope I am not the only one who experienced this with the NYX lingerie lipsticks. Also, I would love to know what your favourite liquid lipstick is!

Love, Marlinde x

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Getaway break to Fuerteventura

As school and work and just life in general can be very stressful at times, I absolutely loved the idea of a little getaway break from everything. My family and I went to one of the beautiful Canary Islands; Fuerteventura. We stayed for a week at the Magic Life hotel whilst we enjoyed the beach and swimming pool every single day. Normally, our family is much more adventurous and we would see as much as we can of places we visited. However this holiday was specifically meant for relaxing! And by that I mean doing nothing all day apart from reading, sunbathing, swimming and enjoying the buffet 24/7.

Of course I had to take a picture of one of the most beautiful and meaningful art pieces I had seen on the beach. (whoever made this credits to you, I love it)

When I saw this it immediately took me back to teen wolf season 1, I hope I'm not the only one. I looked around but no sign of a werewolf there, how unfortunate.

The hotel we stayed at won my heart when I saw that they had a special place for the cats there. Offering them food, water and a whole lot of attention.

As you can probably tell by this picture of our breakfast, it was not the most healthy holiday. Yes, we did have this breakfast every day and I should feel no shame for choosing fresh warm waffles over fat free yogurt. (and neither should you!) I must say that I am trying to get back to my normal habits now that do not include five different desserts a day but I do miss all of the choices! Since it was an all-inclusive holiday, we could grab as much food as we could possibly eat and try out so many different things which I loved! I was shocked by the amount of food they prepared and were offering, there was something for everyone. Just cheese was not enough for this restaurant, no they had to have 14 different kinds of cheese to please every guest. And it worked! I really cannot complain about the place we stayed, every employee worked incredibly hard and they all made us feel so welcome and valued. If you are planning on visiting Fuerteventura and you have no idea where to stay, please check out TUI Magic Life because I can guarantee they will take good care of you. I do have to say that other surrounding hotels and resorts looked incredible as well but I can only give my opinion on this one as I did not stay in any of the others. (yet...)

Even though we planned on doing nothing this holiday, my sister and I did go snorkelling one afternoon which I posted a picture about on my Instagram: xmarlindeee. I had never been snorkelling but it was something that I have wanted to do for a really long time. It was honestly so amazing to see so many fish and just the whole ''under the sea'' world with beautiful coral and little plants, the water is so clear which makes the whole experience so much better! I definitely want to go diving one day and feel even more ''part of that world''. 

I miss sitting outside at night in just a dress and wearing my beloved sandals everywhere, it is so hard to get used to this British weather again! I know I got all into the autumn spirit before I left but I think it is going to take me awhile now to get used to wearing a coat and socks again! 

Love, Marlinde x

Sunday, 16 October 2016

An Autumn wishlist

To start of with a little secret, my wish list is way bigger than this. I mean, I can start talking about how grateful I am with everything I have and that I don't actually need a new candle, but how interesting is that going to be? I love making wish lists. They are just a little reminder of why I have to work late evenings when I actually want to sleep and why I need to save up my money instead of spending it on another frappuccino. 

1. Zara jacket - This gorgeous jacket from Zara is still a 'should I buy it or should I wait' item for me as I have walked past it sooo many times and still haven't bought it. I thought it might be worth waiting for the sale but then, when will it be in sale?! and what if it is already freezing by then? I really like that it is in khaki and I think it is the perfect colour for autumn. The zips and the belt at the bottom are the right amount of detail for this jacket and I think it would suit so many different outfits!

2. Pandora tiara ring - To be honest, I have never been into the Pandora bracelets with the different beads but their rings and earrings are stunning! I adore this rose gold collection with all my heart (no, this is not an exaggeration) but their is one ring that stands out for me and that is the Tiara one, it just has that 'princess diaries' effect and the fact that it is in rose gold is even better! I don't wear rings that often and I really want to find some beautiful ones that I can start wearing, this one is definitely at the top of that list! I also find Etsy a really good shop for unique pieces of jewellery and a bit less pricier. 

3. Lush sparkly pumpkin - Can anyone even make an autumn wish list without this sparkly pumpkin from Lush? I think no. As you could have read in my '10 reasons to love autumn' post last week, warm baths are one of the main reasons that I love autumn and I think a Lush product is definitely essential for a good bath. Tip: this pumpkin is only meant for those who don't mind having tons of glitter in their bath!

4. Yankee candle - A new Yankee candle! I still have my snowflake cookie candle from last year as I don't want it to finish (does anyone else have this problem?) but I really want some new ones, especially since it is getting dark earlier around this time of the year and candles with some fairy lights give a much cosier effect than the bright ceiling light I have in my room!

5. Hourglass powder - Ever since the beautiful Zoella mentioned the Hourglass ambient lighting powder in her video, it has been on my wish list. The reason I have put in in my autumn wish list, when even I wanted this product months ago, is that my skin already looks glower, and healthier in summer. I feel as if as soon as autumn and winter starts and the colder months are coming up, the appearance of my skin is not like that as much anymore which is exactly why I think this powder would be a really good purchase for autumn!

6. Origins face mask - I am a big fan of face masks in general, I think it is good to treat your skin with a bit extra than your daily moisturisers. This origins face mask in particular is described to be really good for clearing pores and reducing acne. Now, I will have to test this out before I can say it works but it sounds very good to me, I have also heard and read a lot of positive reviews about this face mask.

7. YSL Touche Éclat - Finally, the YSL Touche Éclat concealer and highlighter in one! I mean, does that not sound like the perfect beauty product?! I think this would be perfect for under my eyes, especially when I don't have enough sleep, to give a fresh and awake look! Also, the packaging is sooo pretty, I always have such high expectations from products with gorgeous packaging so I hope I get to try this one out some time. It is just a lot more expensive than my current collection concealer. I do think the collection concealer is the cheapest concealer (that works) ever so I might just need to save up for YSL if I want to try that one out.

Love, Marlinde x

Saturday, 8 October 2016

10 Reasons to love autumn

Oh autumn, I have been waiting for you.
It is finally here! The time of the year where everything is pumpkin spice. And what's not to like? This is the favourite season of most people and I cannot disagree. The change of colour by nature is so beautiful, that it would already be enough reason for this to be the best season but I made a list of 10 more reasons to love autumn (or fall) for people who are not looking forward to it because of rainy days and early evenings.

1. Fuzzy socks
Time to get cozy! no more sandals but time to look for those fuzzy socks! If I had to choose one item of clothing I could not live without it would be fuzzy socks, I have got a whole draw full of them in all different colours and patterns. They are so cheap to buy and keeps you warm when you walk around the house. I even wear them in my boots sometimes. The end of the year is the most cosiest time and these are definitely a part of that!
2. Hot drinks
Also part of the cozy time, hot drinks! Time to swap those mojito's for hot chocolate and tea. (and maybe even a pumpkin spice latte, or is that too much? I think no) A perfect night in autumn is not complete without a good cup of tea. It helps to relax as well, just like all of these reasons do.
3. Books
Although the summer holiday is a perfect time to read books, there is just something about reading in autumn when it is dark outside that makes in extra special. I have a long list of books I want to read this autumn/winter and I just feel like I take more time to read in these last months of the year than I do normally. My number one book I would recommend to anyone is 'Let it snow' by some of the top writers out there, it is a combination of stories that form the perfect book to read on cold rainy (or snowy) days.
4. More blog posts
I don't know what it is but all bloggers seem to be the most active around autumn. I personally am more inspired to blog during autumn and winter than I am in spring and summer. This is mainly because in summer there are so many things to do and all involves being outside in the sun and enjoying the hot weather. Don't get me wrong, I love blogging all year round but when it is 25 degrees you will find me on the beach instead of online. People tend to stay in a lot more during autumn and winter which means it is the perfect time to grab a laptop, some coffee and to write tons of blog posts. 
5. Closer to Christmas
YES. If this is not enough reason to love autumn than I don't know what is. Now I moved to England, I already see stores decorating for Christmas and adverts for Christmas meals at every restaurant I visit. I love that the whole Christmas spirit starts so early here! In Holland it starts around the beginning of December, just after 'Sinterklaas' which is for some people early enough but not for me!
6. Baths
Lush is already stocked up with their sparkly pumpkin bubble bars to provide everyone the bath they have been waiting for. I love taking baths however in summer it is always too warm and a shower is therefore a lot easier, which is another reason to love autumn; more baths! Nothing can compare to a good warm bath whilst watching Gossip Girl. (even after seeing all the seasons for the fourth time, there is nothing wrong with the fifth)
7. Layers
Shopping for a bikini is nice but shopping for cardigans, knee-high boots, scarves, hats, jackets, gets a lot more interesting. I love layering clothes and trying to find the perfect outfit. Finally the season where you can almost wear all of your clothes at once! My favourite autumnal colour is burgundy, I just think that colour sums it all up and everything looks good in burgundy, from jumpers to lipsticks. 
8. Candles
To all of those lucky people who are able to buy bath and body works candles, this should be enough reason to absolutely love autumn. Luckily, yankee candle do some pretty good autumnal candles as well such as spiced orange, salted caramel, pain au raisin and more and of course any candle is perfect for this time of year. (I just love those special smelling ones). To light candles whilst taking a bath and reading a book and a having cup of tea is basically all you need to do to understand this whole post. It is so relaxing and really helps you to relief some stress. 
9. More time to get things done
This might be more personal but I just think that it is easier to concentrate once autumn is starting. I can't concentrate in summer and spring is pretty hard too as it is almost summer then. But now, since I have been back at school for a couple of weeks I can finally start to concentrate on school, work and my blog again. I also think that people get more motivated around this time because they start to realise that it will be Christmas soon which means that the year is ending and they haven't done as much as they wanted. These last months often mean the chance to still achieve goals that were set at the beginning of the year.
10. Halloween
Last but not least, Halloween. I don't think I have to say much about this one, it is just a reminder. 

Love, Marlinde x

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