Wednesday, 28 December 2016

How To Stress Less

Whether it is about a job, school, money, or just personal and social life, everyone has their stressful moments. I personally have been stressed a lot lately about all of the above because let's face it; combining a job, school and a social life (and a blog) together is hard, very hard. I am more motivated than I have ever been before to succeed which really helps to simply get things done. But it does not mean that I am not constantly stressed out. 

A little stress never hurts as most people work harder under pressure but most of the time  a lot of stress just causes a lack of sleep and a bunch of spots on our chins. 

The last couple of weeks I felt as if all my stress was piling up and sooner or later I was going to explode. Until then, I did not do anything about feeling stressed, I thought it was the only way to feel at that point since I just did not have time to relax because of all the work I needed to do. 

If you are thinking this right now, let me tell you that you need to stop doing this. You have to take some time to yourself to get you back on track. Now, a lot of people think that when they take a bath it means that they have ''relaxed'' and ''solved the problem''. No. Honestly, one bath or even one trip to a tropical island is not going to relief stress. It may do for awhile, but in the long run it will only get worse after that because there is still the same if not even more work to get done. The next couple of steps are what I did to help me stress less, I hope they work for you too.

Start organising

The best thing to do first is to start getting organised. Go out and buy planners, folders, highlighters and everything else you will need and start organising all the work you need to do and all the deadlines you need to meet. This may seem like an obvious step but it is often the one that we simply don't take time for. Once you have written down everything that needs to be done, highlight only the urgent ones. Be critical for this step because although we all like to think 'getting a manicure' is an urgent one, it really is not at this point. Try to forget about all the other tasks on the list and only keep the urgent ones in your head. Hopefully this will help relief a little bit of stress or at least help to get rid of that headache.

Get to work

Onto the next step, watching a movie with friends or family may seem necessary to relief stress, but you know as soon as that movie finishes, you have to get back to all of your responsibilities again. A better option is to just get started on your tasks. By this I don't mean finish everything highlighted on your list within one day because that is impossible. A lot of people, (and I was one of them) think that by writing a to-do list, they will automatically finish the list in one day and won't be stressed anymore. However, when they don't finish their tasks in that period of time, they will blame themselves and will only get more stressed out. It is better to write a relevant and possible to-do list quickly and then just get to work. 

Focus on each task at a time

Thinking about all the other tasks you need to do is not going to make the first one any easier or less work. It is better to focus on each task at a time and try to not think about the work you have left. I know this is the most difficult part but that is exactly where the stress comes from. We mostly spend more time stressing out rather than actually getting to work.

Think about your goals

Finally, think about why you are actually so stressed out. Also, think about if it is worth it. Are you constantly stressing out about your job that you hate than is it worth keeping or is it time to look for something else? For me, I was stressed out about my university application and everything I needed to achieve to apply but I knew it was going to be worth it because that was what I wanted. If you are working hard for something you want to achieve it will always be worth it but don't stress out over unnecessary things.

Love, Marlinde x
(Photo credit to Marlena Pearl Photography.)


Sunday, 11 December 2016

DIY | Marble Laptop Case

Since marble is the new black this year, I decided to share this DIY marble laptop case with you! It is suuuper easy and quick to make and the result is gorgeous! 

What you will need:

- laptop
- clear hard cover case (amazon or eBay)
- self adhesive marble sticker (amazon) I used this one
- scissors
- pencil
- really really sharp knife (careful with that tho)
- card or ruler

The first thing to do is to place your laptop on the marble sticker and draw a line around it. Then cut out the shape of your laptop, take off the back of the sticker and place it carefully on top of your laptop. Now this is probably the hardest part and also the only part that is slightly time-consuming because this sticker is not going to do what you want. In fact, it is going to create all these air bubbles underneath, more and more as you try to push them away. So here is my advice; take a deep breath, and a card, and go over the sticker pushing the air to the sides until the sticker is completely flat. I used a small card but you can use anything such as a ruler, book or any other object that can help you push the air away.

Once you have overcome this step, (it is not actually this dramatic) it is time to cut out the apple logo for those of you using a macbook. You will need the sharpest little knife for this because otherwise it is very difficult to get through the sticker and you might damage your laptop. 

After this there is only one step left which is to place the clear case over your laptop and, voilà! One very tumblr laptop in less than an hour! I spend most of this hour taking pictures so it really does not take up much time. I think it is so worth trying this DIY out, I am so happy with how mine turned out I wish I had done it sooner. The marble sticker ordered from amazon I have used multiple times on different objects as well, there is so much material that you can literally 'marble' anything! You can try this DIY out on your phone, notebook or even dressing table. 

Love, Marlinde x


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


Monday, 3 October 2016

Smart and Stylish

As I said in my 'formal but fashionable' post, I had two outfits ready for my formal days at school which I still find very stylish at the same time. This second one is definitely my favourite out of the two, all because of this dress. I recently saw this dress in Zara and with some pieces of clothing there is just that moment when you see it and you know there is no going back. That happens to me a little bit too often, I had it with this dress as well. I tried it on, asked my mum what she thought and it only took one nod and a smile from her for me to decide. I am so glad that I came across such a pretty red dress, as I am always too picky when it comes to dresses like this. It is very comfortable as well and even after washing it a few times, the colour is still as bright as it was in the first place. This should actually always be the case but I am known for having bad luck with my clothes in the washing machine unfortunately. (oops)
A lot of people might see this dress and think it is more for an evening out, but I personally think it can be worn as a formal dress as well. If I would wear this for a night out I would probably pair it with some high heels and an outstanding necklace, but because this was for a formal day at school, I kept my jewerly to a minimum of a small thin silver necklace and two thin silver bracelets.
For my shoes, I chose to wear my black ankle boots from Deichmann, these are so comfortable to walk around in all day long! They have a fringe detail at the side and the material changes half way. I think this gives a really lovely effect to the boots.
With this outfit I really wanted to show that to look smart and formal, it does not always have to be black, white or grey. Neutral colours are overall seen as more formal but there is nothing wrong with a plain red, purple or blue dress for example. I would say to not go for crazy patterns and to keep it appropriate, so not too see-through or too short but there is more out there than the standard little black dress or white blouse.

Love, Marlinde x

P.s Happy October 3rd everybody, may you always wear pink on Wednesdays ♡


Sunday, 25 September 2016

Nanshy Make-up Brush Set

Personally I had never heard of Nanshy before so I was excited to try these brushes out. This brand is all about being good to animals which is why these brushes are 100% vegan and cruelty free. The luxury travel brush set includes 13 brushes such as foundation, eyeshadow, powder, blush, brow, liner and it comes with a cute little bag to carry them around easily. 
The set costs £36,95 which I find a reasonable price for the amount of brushes you get. The quality is actually very good, a bit similar to Real techniques brushes. I love the way they are designed, they are really good to hold when applying make up because of the shape. I had never used brushes before with this shape so it took some time to get used to but I prefer it to other ones now!
I am personally not a fan of the foundation brush in this set, it does work but I prefer a lot of other brushes so I will never use this one. The brow brush is not sharp enough in my opinion and a bit too thick. I am also missing a brush to apply highlight and maybe a contour one instead of so many eyeshadow brushes. However, I do think it is good to have more eyeshadow brushes. I have one favourite eyeshadow brush (not in this set) and I always reach for that one even though that means I have to clean it first. So I love that there is a variety of eyeshadow brushes in this set and that I have some more choice now! At the beginning some brushes such as the foundation brush feel a bit stiff, but that is more because they have never been used or washed before, and I don't notice it when applying make up either. Overall, I think it is a really good set, especially as a starter set. My favourite brushes so far are the powder brush and the eyeshadow crease brushes.
I hope this gives you an idea about Nanshy brushes and this set in particular. 

Love, Marlinde x


Monday, 19 September 2016

Formal but Fashionable

Since my school decided to make every Friday a "formal wear day'' this year, I had a perfect excuse to purchase new clothes. (if not I would have found an excuse anyway)
Not that I couldn't find anything appropriate in my closet for these days but I wanted something stylish yet still smart. I have put together two of my favourite outfits that I have worn on Fridays so far and I thought it would be a good idea to share them! Maybe this will give you some inspiration whether it is for work, school or job interviews. It is always good to have something ready when you go somewhere where converse and ripped jeans are out of the picture. I have decided to share these outfits in two different posts, starting off with this one.

ASOS is my go-to website at the moment, I must have hundreds of products in my 'saved items'. I bought both my dress and my shoes from ASOS but they are from two different brands. The dress is from Warehouse and I think it is the perfect dress for a formal day. First of all, you can never go wrong with stripes and second, this dress is really well made which I love, it fits nicely around the waist, the stripes match from front to back (this is almost NEVER the case with 'affordable' clothing) and the length is perfect; not too long but not too short either. The colour looked a bit grey on the website but it is actually a light denim blue colour and looks beautiful with the small white detailed stripes in between. It has two pockets on each side which gives the dress that little bit extra. I think it will look cute with a small belt as well but I liked it just the way it was for this outfit.

Onto my shoes, I have had my eyes on these for SO long. These beauties from Kurt Geiger were in the sale so I couldn't help myself. (again with the excuses)
I have never really been into loafers but lately I have learned to actually really like them and I am still looking out for a black pair. I am just extremely picky with these types of shoes because it is so hard to find a pair that I 100 percent love and that do not make me feel like a 70 year old yet.
Luckily I found this pair in a beautiful nude light pink colour with gold detail and two cute little tassels on each shoe. I must say that even whilst my feet were bleeding inside these shoes, I still looked at them and thought they were absolutely gorgeous. If that doesn't say  enough then I don't know what will.

Love, Marlinde x

P.S I always buy all of my tights from Primark, they are incredibly cheap but last me longer than some other brands!


Thursday, 8 September 2016

DIY | Make your own bath salts

With autumn and all the cold rainy days just around the corner, nothing is more satisfying than a warm relaxing bath at night. I thought I would share this DIY that I have been working on and cannot stop making. These bath salts are SO easy to make and will not take up much of your time at all!

I wanted these bath salts to not only look really cute but also to smell good. I decided to create the following scents: lavender, rose, vanilla and cinnamon-orange. I think lavender is my favourite at the moment but they all smell sooo good!

For this DIY you will need the following:

♡  Epsom Salt
♡  Food colouring
♡  Essential/Fragrance oils 
♡  Mason Jars (Mine were 490 g)
♡  Mixing bowl + Spoons 
♡  Ribbons

First of all, you want to pour 400 g of Epsom salt into your mixing bowl, (or into the mason jar first if yours are smaller/larger to see how much you will need). Then take 1/4 teaspoon of the essential oil and mix it in with the salts. This was strong enough for me but you can always add more if you prefer it a bit stronger. After that take 4 tiny drops of food colouring and mix it in with the salts as well. I chose to use purple for lavender and a light pink for rose but you can choose any colour of course, or even a rainbow if you put the salts in different bowls and then put them all together in the mason jar!

The reason I used Epsom salt instead of sea salt is because it has so many extra benefits; it helps against aching muscles, is really good for stress relief, colds, helps to relax and it improves sleep and concentration. So, there is every reason to take a bath with these salts! You can buy Epsom salt online very easily but also in stores such as Boots, some supermarkets and pharmacies. I bought 1kg for £4,99 and I filled two whole Mason Jars with it so I think it is definitely worth it! 

Finally, the best part of this DIY is decorating! Grab all the ribbons and little cards/stickers you can find and I promise it will make the Mason Jars instantly look 10 times better! I even put a small cinnamon stick in one of my jars. It was so easy to make this but I love how they turned out. These bath salts will also be a great gift idea for friends and family, everyone loves a good bath!

Love, Marlinde x


Sunday, 28 August 2016

Kiko Milano Haul

So since I was in Italy this summer and KIKO is an Italian cosmetics brand, there were more shops there than there are in the UK and I may have taken some advantage of that...
I absolutely adore KIKO as a brand because they offer really good quality products for the normal 'highstreet/drugstore' prices and who doesn't want that?! Also, their stores already look like you are going to spend all your money when in reality everything turns out to be much cheaper than expected! 

A couple of weeks ago I saw they had a sale going on and I went to have a look to see if there was anything left from the 'Rebel Romantic' collection, which there was! I picked up two blushes (03 and 04) from the beautiful collection. When I first opened them the texture looked a bit powdery but once I used them they turn out to be really creamy which I personally prefer during summer. I am loving the shade 03 at the moment as it is a lighter pink and 04 is more of a wine colour which will be perfect in autumn.

I also bought a variety of different eyeshadows, the square eyeshadow is a beautiful coral colour and it is their wet and dry eyeshadow (219). I already find it very pigmented when using it dry but the pattern is so cute that I don't want to ruin it! I actually regret that I didn't buy more of these because I think it is so pretty, the packaging as well. The less pretty packaging eyeshadows are the little round ones with just a plastic lid. The colours are really pigmented as well although I am not sure if the gold one (102) really suits me. I have been using the other one (139) everyday on its own to have something on my eyelids but still a natural make up look.

So onto another type of eyeshadow that I bought (which is totally okay) is two of the eye tech look eyeshadow pens. I picked up the colours (117) which is a kind of champagne colour and the colour (104) which is a brown colour. They both have a shiny metallic finish to them and since they come in a pen form they are super easy to use and there are no brushes needed!

Finally I also purchased a nail polish in a vintage pink colour as it just looked really good with the dress that I was wearing at that moment. You always need to find an excuse to buy something, right? 
All of these products were actually on sale and everything together was only 25 euros! 
I have noticed that KIKO prices are slightly going up which is probably because they bring out a lot of new limited editions. However, it is still a really affordable brand that offers high quality products which is basically what everyone wants to see!

Love, Marlinde x

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