Wednesday, 16 August 2017

What's In My Make-Up Travel Bag

After seeing so many what's in my bag posts and videos, I thought I would do one myself since I always find them so interesting. However, I looked in my handbag and it is just full of old receipts of my Tesco meal deals really. So instead I will show you what's in my make-up travel bag! Far more interesting hopefully, unless you were more interested in the meal deals. (in that case, normally the chicken/bacon wraps or pesto pasta salad with the green innocent smoothie, snack varies every time)

I got this gorgeous TED BAKER make up bag in the summer sale just before I went on holiday and I love it so much! It is the perfect size although no matter what size make up bag I take with me, it will always be filled to the top.

I have gone through so many of these bottles, it is such a good value for money foundation and for my summer holidays I used the shade Golden Ivory.

This one I bought because there was a special deal going on for L'oreal at the time but I use it every day now! It sets my foundation well and unlike the Rimmel London powder, which is one of my all-time favourites, this just gives a little bit extra coverage.

I have had this blush stick for a long time now and there is still so much product left, if you want a blush that is value for money then go for one of these because it will last you forever! The rest of the year I always go for powder blushes since I just prefer the texture, but for the summer I love this one. It is in the shade 02 Robust Rhubarb.

One of my favourite concealers along with the Collection one, it is so moisturising and all my dark circles are gone when I use this. It is a bit more expensive than I would usually pay for a concealer but it does last a very long time and the results are so worth it.

The lipstick that has to be in my make up trade bag is MAC in the shade 'honeylove', a light nude colour that is so easy to wear with any make up look. It is so hard not to fill up the whole bag with lipsticks but I think this one is a good choice if you can only take one.

I have to take this with me everywhere and I have not found a better eyebrow product yet so if you have used this and came across an even better product please let me know! I am currently using the shade 'taupe' which is a bit too light for me so I will go for a darker shade next time.

It is always a tough choice to decide which eyeshadow palette to take with you. I love my Too Faced peanut butter and jelly palette but I use that one a lot so i forced myself to give this Maybelline one a try and I actually really enjoyed using it! There are so many different looks to create with this palette.

I never go for the full sized mascaras when it comes to benefit since I love all their mascaras and I like to switch it up and use different ones. I just finished my 'roller lash' mascara so I am currently using 'they're real' and I can't decide which one is my favourite, they both do amazing jobs and the size is perfect for travelling.

Although the benefit 'Hello Flawless' is meant to be a powder to cover up blemishes, I use it as a bronzer in the shade 'hazelnut' which would normally be way too dark for me but it is perfect as a bronzer!

I would love to know what's in your make up travel bag!

Love, Marlinde xo


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Paris For The First Time

Ooh la la, someone fell in love with Paris.
You know those crazy stories about people marrying buildings instead of other people, it doesn't sound that crazy anymore and I would say ''I do'' to Paris anytime. 

My best friend and I just got back from our Paris city trip and it was both our first time of being there! I had been to Disneyland many times but I think I would have been too young then to appreciate the city itself. 

I know Parisians are not the biggest fan of the Eiffel tower but I honestly can't see why, it was such a magical movie moment. I even pretended that my bus was leaving when standing on the Eiffel tower and that there would be a ticket to Monte Carlo showing up any time. (this didn't happen unfortunately, how weird.)

We found an airbnb not far from the city centre, it was about 10 minutes with the underground and our host was so lovely and welcoming. We stayed there for 3 nights since we arrived late on the first day and we did want three full days to spend in the city. It was definitely one of our best decisions to go with an airbnb because we saved so much money which we could spend on dinner every night! (and the €17 macarons that I had to have ofcourse, oh the Paris cliché)

My own very Audrey moment on the Champs-Élysées, the only thing missing was a croissant in my hands but standing there it felt like I was starring in Breakfast at Tiffany's. (oh please you would have done the same!)
Also, is it just me or do all Paris street signs point in different directions?! It felt like we were send a different way each time on purpose!

The view from the Arc de Triomphe was even better than the view from the Eiffel tower! Yes, many many steps each time but both was so worth it! Also, we knew there was an elevator but after all that food we thought the steps would be better... yeah wrong choice. 
Looking out on the Champs-Élysées and seeing Paris from above was so beautiful! It was very cloudy on the days that we were there but even still the view was so worth it.

Finally went to see my girl Mona at the Louvre, SO MUCH SMALLER THAN I EXPECTED. Everyone was gathered around her, I understand that it is one of the world's most famous work of arts but honestly I think all the other paintings in that museum deserve just as much attention. I genuinely felt bad for the other paintings in the same room as her, they must have felt like the ugly friend since everyone is only interested in the Mona Lisa.

Paris has been an absolute amazing experience, I can't wait to go back because honestly i did not want to leave, there were so many more things I wanted to do and so much more I wanted to see, but that will all be saved for the next time. So glad I got to do this with my best friend, onto our next adventure! (probably Paris again)

Love, Marlinde xo

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Casual Summer City Style

This summer has more been like a warm two weeks in June and the start of autumn in August already but I am glad I at least got to wear this outfit once in July! It is very simple and effortless but perfect for a summer day walking around in your favourite city. 

The sunglasses that I have paired with this outfit are from Quay, they do the best sunglasses in all shapes and colours, mine were in the sale when I bought them so they were only £15 now when normally their sunglasses are around £40. I am so happy with this pair, they go with everything and I have worn them almost every day!


These amazing shorts are from Nasty Gal and I have received so many compliments on them! The ties on the sides can be loose or tight depending on what you prefer, (and what underwear you're wearing) so you can make them fit your body perfectly! They are high waisted and so easy to wear! I love wearing these over my swimsuits as well with the ties a bit loose. 

It is all very budget-friendly as well, the shoes were the most expensive and they were only £20! I actually bought these shoes for the autumn time but I could not wait to wear them so I thought why not bring the burgundy colours out already.

Top - ZARA
Shorts - Nasty Gal
Sunglasses - Quay Australia (similar)
Shoes - Schuh

Love, Marlinde x

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Chanel Espadrilles Lookalikes

If you are like me and sobbed over the fact that your favourite summer espadrilles are waaaaay out of your budget, I got you covered. Ever since I saw the beautiful Chanel espadrilles on Amber Fillerup's instagram I have been dreaming about them. Unfortunately, owning anything Chanel will stay a dream for me at the moment so that is why I started my search for the perfect dupes/lookalikes! 

I came across these ones from ASOS and they were only £12! This is just a fraction of the price compared to the Chanel ones and obviously they are not the same in terms of branding and quality but can you really complain for that price? I didn't think so either. 

I ordered them straight away and I must say that you will need to walk them in a few times before they get comfortable. However, I think they are the perfect summer wardrobe addition and I will definitely recommend having a look if you had your eye on the Chanel ones! Even if it is just to try out the style and colours to see if you would wear them often if you were to make the big purchase. 

Love, Marlinde x


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

5 Reasons To Go On A Girls Holiday

I wish I could say ''Glad to be back in England'' but honestly I feel a bit homesick for Magaluf. I never really thought I was the kind of girl who would go on a party holiday but this has been one of the best experiences of my life so far!

We booked 2 rooms for the 8 of us to stay in the Universal Florida hotel for 4 nights. At first I thought 4 nights/5 days would be too short but actually it was the perfect amount since everyone got a bit ill on the last day. Since we went out every single night it was very exhausting (I even missed breakfast two days in a row what?!) so for that reason going for a week would be good so everyone can have some rest as well in between. 

I was so happy with the fact that we had all inclusive, it was just so much easier to not worry about money every time you wanted a drink or some food. Although I did notice that the staff gave priority to the guests who had to pay for everything, they got served first, better drinks, more alcohol etc etc. 
I could talk for ages about going out every night because we did so many different things such as a boat party, bar crawl and really good deals to get in all the clubs but the highlight of the holiday was just being with these amazing girls! (and the food)

I will not go into too much detail because this post would be way too long but I just wanted to share the reasons on why you should go on a girls holiday:

1. Becoming even closer with your friends; it takes some organisation and planning to go on a holiday, especially with a big group and you have no one else to rely on but each other. Also, you get to see different sides of people when you literally spend 24 hours a day with them and everyone will be more themselves than ever. 

2. Spend days talking about anything and everything; it is basically a really long sleepover and who is not up for that?!

3. Challenge yourself; going on holiday with a big group is a challenge, arguments will happen and I think it is a good experience to learn how to work together but also how you can be and react in these situations. 

4. Celebrate! I think this is such a good reason to go on any holiday really, I was personally going through a tough time and spending a week abroad in a hot country with my best friends was exactly what I needed to relax, have a good time and just live in the moment.

5. MEMORIES; I can't believe it is the end of my high school experience here with these girls but this holiday will stay with me forever! It is all about the memories you make and when you look back in years time, you will be glad that you did it! I know I will.

I can't recommend doing this enough, it was honestly the best experience and I hope all my friends want to go again next year!

Marlinde x

p.s thank you for an amazing time girls, onto our next adventure
p.p.s shoutout to the Leeds boys C


Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Prom outfit | 50's style

I always always always pictured my prom in my head, like all girls do I hope, and I wished for the perfect dress and have that special ''woah this is my prom'' moment just like in every single cheesy movie. 
And to be honest, it did actually feel like that! I was so happy with the way my outfit turned out since I planned it months and months ago. 

It is a little bit different than the average prom outfit but I am still obsessing over it! I just think it is so ''audrey'' and I love the 50's style look.
It is actually not a dress but a skirt, and I paired it with a black bodysuit. (great trying to do up a bodysuit in the toilets with a skirt this big)

For my shoes, I chose these cute little black ones which I already had in my wardrobe. They are not too high and the block heel was good for dancing! I think the little ankle strap went so well with my outfit! My clutch bag a very last minute purchase since I could not find one that suited my outfit but luckily I found this black one with a golden chain strap as well so I could wear it cross body if I needed to. Everything I wore was actually so affordable as well which was a huge bonus. I have no idea when I am ever going to wear this skirt again but it's definitely a keeper!

I know it may sounds silly but I always wanted the perfect prom and I still love all those movies btw, no shame. 

♡ Skirt - ASOS
♡ Top - ASOS
♡ Shoes - New Look
♡ Clutch - New Look
♡ Earrings - Topshop

I'd love to see your prom outfits!

Marlinde x


Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Stripes and Sandals | Summer Outfit

There is nothing that can cheer me up more than shopping in Zara! This is by far my favourite store and I had to buy these amazing trousers as soon as I saw them! I had been looking for a pair of these for awhile now and I saw the perfect ones in Zara before, however they were not in my size so I was so happy when I saw these navy/white striped ones a few weeks later! They are so comfortable and easy to style, I am wearing it with this cute and simple white top from ASOS which I just checked is £3 in the sale at the moment! I really want to wear these trousers with a nice sweater as well I think that would look so good but it was definitely too warm for that. I love how this simple crop top makes the outfit look and I really like the extra straps at the front.

The shoes I chose to wear with this outfit are some navy sandals from Deichmann with a gold/bronze detailing, they were very affordable and I have worn them so much already! I think this outfit is very easy to style and change, some heels instead for example would make it look more classy but it was a very casual hot summer day which is why I went for these cute sandals. 

♡ Trousers - Zara (they are out of stock online but you might find them still in store!)
♡ Top - ASOS
Shoes - Deichmann 

Marlinde x


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Why you should switch to sulphate free shampoo

A while ago, I have changed my hair routine completely and I started to actually read the labels of the hair products I bought. I always just used whatever my mum bought from the drugstore and what was already in the shower but since I have been buying my own products, I have noticed the difference in my hair! Now let's talk about these sulphates.

Firstly in case you didn't know this already, the order in which ingredients are listed on the labels of your shampoo is the amount that has been used of that ingredient. So for example, 'Aqua' is always listed first because most of the product contains water. (if this is not the case please throw your shampoo out right now) In most drugstore shampoos, 'Sodium Lauryl Sulphate' comes second and this is exactly the ingredient I am trying to avoid right now. I have always used any shampoo and every single one of them contains SLS. It comes in different forms sometimes such as 'Laureate Sodium Sulfate' but you will recognise what to avoid when you see it. 

Now you must be thinking, 'If this is not good for your hair then why is it in every shampoo?' and I thought exactly the same. SLS is a very good cleaner so when used on the scalp, it will quickly get rid of all the grease and oils. It is used in toothpaste as well for the same reason. However, since SLS is such a harsh chemical, it will get rid of ALL oils in your hair which is not good at all since your scalp needs its amount of natural oils to stay healthy.

All the shampoos containing this ingredient are the most foamy products as well which means you only need a little amount and it will save you money on buying a new bottle every time. SLS is actually very cheap to use which is the number one reason that all the companies use it, there are many other less harsh ingredients they can use but they are more expensive. 

Now you know a bit more about sulphates, here are some of my personal reasons on why you should avoid them and what improvements I have noticed since I switched to sulphate free shampoo. 

- hair is less dry
- more healthier scalp (due to better oil-balance)
- better for dyed hair, helps hair stay in its healthy condition 
- less harsh chemicals on your body
- hair is much stronger 
- better hair growth
- less breakage

Everything has of course its disadvantages but honestly the only disadvantage to switching to sulphate free shampoo is the foam, there is literally none. It is more of a cream and takes a little while to get used to but I do not have a problem with this at all anymore. Especially once you start noticing the difference it is totally worth it!

I am only showing the L'oreal low shampoo but there are many more good ones available in your local drugstore. Some examples are: Liz Earle Botanical shine, the Bodyshop rainforest, L'oreal everpure and some of the Moroccan argan oil shampoos.  

Let me know your favourite SLS-free shampoo, I always want to try out different products! Also if you have any questions please ask in the comments below!

Love, Marlinde x

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Little Black Dress

The back of this jacket is definitely my favourite part, I wasn't sure if this jacket was the one for me until I saw the word 'Dreamer' on the back and I was convinced that I had to have it! I actually bought it the last time I went back to the Netherlands in a store called 'Only'. I think denim jackets with writing on the back are just a little more special. Similar jacket here.

These shoes are so simple but sooo cute! I have been wearing them non-stop and will definitely look for similar pairs like these! They are extremely comfortable as well and I have worn these with pretty much every outfit you can think of.

The past few months I have been focusing on buying more staple pieces and it has helped me to pick out outfits so much quicker! I am always stuck in a situation where I find the perfect outfit to wear but not the right jacket or shoes, or when I want to wear specific shoes but I don't have a basic outfit to go with it. I love how simple but still put together this outfit is, little black dresses like the one I am wearing are such a must-have since they are so easy to dress up and down.

Dress - Nasty Gal 
♡ Jacket - Only (similar one)
♡ Sunglasses - Primark
♡ Choker necklace - Primark
♡ Shoes - ZARA

Love, Marlinde xo

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