Monthly Archives: July 2013

Antwerp

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Antwerp has always been my favorite go-to when you’re fed up with your own city. As a kid I used to go there with my dad, to wonder around the city (me shopping, him waiting) and have some mussels cooked in white wine. So on my last trip back to the Netherlands, I also decided to grant Antwerp a visit and I can tell you it was more than amazing, because of…

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THIS. While I’m really impressed by all the new shops in Antwerp (Forever 21 and especially Brandy Melville) and their sale, I didn’t buy anything at all. But I surely compensated for drinks. On the “Groenplaats” square (close to American Apparel) we stumbled upon a food market, how can you not love life when you get surprised by amazing wine, oysters, chacuterie and food? We started our walk with two glasses of rosé champagne.

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To continue to some oysters, they were the best I’ve had during our entire trip! They were so good that I actually ordered a second plate… And only common sense retained me from ordering a third.

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And as dinner I had some rice with mushrooms in tomato sauce and the boyfriend had potatoes in cream and cheese. It was beyond delicious.

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Obviously after all that food, I wanted some more food. So we finished the day with some beers and charcuterie. Honestly, a day couldn’t be better than this day! Food and wine, really? What more can you wish for?

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Well all of that amazing food and wine in sunshine!

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When we walked back to the car we bumped into a skate night. Can somebody fly me to Antwerp tomorrow please?

With love,
-Janet

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Holiday Beauty Buyings

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Hello world,

The last month the blog has been a bit of neglected, sorry for that. I am highly impressed by all the bloggers out there, who manage to find the time and primarily the energy to blog from vacay. Since my last blog I have been visiting Samsø (a cute little island in Denmark), home in the Hague (with day trips to a.o. Amsterdam and Rotterdam), Antwerp (Belgium) and Paris (France).

We have been home for a week now and I definitely have some troubles getting back into my daily routine and my blog routine. However, I have soooooo much to share with you guys (primarily pictures of food), so I’ll just start with all the beauty products I bought on my little trip!

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It took me about 10 years, but I have finally found my holy grail in skin care: Paula’s Choice (in combination with my Clarisonic). I love their cleanser with my whole heart: it gets rid of all the dirt that accumulates on your face during the day, without that squeaky clean feeling (I can’t even believe that for many years I actually thought the feeling of a dry, tight skin meant that my cleanser was doing its job). I got a refill of their toner and day cream (which comes with SPF 30, FTW) and decided to add the serum with it too. So far, these products with the Clarisonic really calmed down my skin. It never has been cray-cray bad, but irritating enough to be self-conscious about it: in thát period of the month, I’d guaranteed have a nice big friend on my cheek or chin, which would take about 2 weeks to heal, to start all over again. Luckily with these products that’s all past tense!

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I also bought some refills of my make-up holy grails, since these are cheaper in euro and there was some nice promotions on top of it too.

Christian Eyebrow is my favorite eyebrow product, I’ve tried it all pencil, Anastacia, liquid but I’ll always go back to this product in Irid Brown. It stays on all day without melting (something I experienced with the Anastacia powders, not nice to walk with half an eyebrow for the rest of the day) and is really easy to apply. I use one pan for about 1.5/2 years and I really think that it frames your entire face.

Besides framing my face with eyebrow powder, I also strongly believe in a bit of blush to put some life on your face. I have been using Sensai by Kanebo’s blush for about five years and I have never found a better one. I tried it a couple of times, because Kanebo’s blush isn’t the cheapest, but I always regretted it the first day after trying it at home (goedkoop is duurkoop). I never seem to be able to swatch a blush in correct light and I also don’t really like to dirty brushes from the make-up artist on my cheeks. So after 5 years I’m still really happy with Sensai’s blush in color CH05, which is a pink/coral blush with the perfect amount of pigment. One brush is just about enough and it never looks like I wanted to enroll to the circus academy.

In beauty heaven (Sephora Champs Elysees) I also picked up Nars’ Nars’ Albatros blush. To be honest I haven’t really tried it as a highlighter yet, but it seems to have a nice warm golden pigment.

Make Up For Ever’s All Matt primer in combination with bareMinerals have been my favorite “foundation” since my last time in Paris (which was in 2007 and I bought my first tin of bareMinerals). I don’t really like too much coverage, especially not in the summer. I finally got the right summer shade (golden tan) even though it meant having those dirty brushes of the make up artist on my face.

I really try to downgrade with my mascara, because I don’t want to pay 25+ euro anymore for it, but I somehow always end up with Lancome, so that kind of failed. I got them luckily with 40% discounts, which obviously meant I had to buy 2 of them…

I also bought the L’Oréal Super Liner Perfect Slim, but unfortunately I haven’t tried it yet (I also think that eyeliner is too much in this weather). However, I read some pretty amazing review about it and to be honest the only thing I ask from an eyeliner is to be a stift and don’t dry out in a week. I’ll keep you posted if it is anything good.

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These lonely rangers are the handcare soldiers. I got the handwash by Aesop in their cute little store at St. Honoré in Paris and every time I wash my hands I directly go back to our amazing weekend in the city of love. I also bought my all time favorite topcoats by Out the Door, this topcoat dries my nails in about 15 minutes so I can continue with my life again.

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And this little fellow might be thé buy of my holiday (and I’m oh-so regretting not buying a bigger bottle or two), it is the Créaline by Bioderma. Many beautybloggers have been raging about it and since it is so easily available in France (every pharmacy carries it) I gave it a try and you know what? Those beautybloggers were right. I think this product is especially nice in these warm, humid days to “take the day of your face” (you know what I mean, you’ve been sweating and running around all day and just want to get rid of that sticky feeling) and it also easily takes of your mascara. But best thing is: after cleaning your face you could actually just go to bed: it doesn’t leaves a sticky residue and also don’t leaves your skin dry and tight behind. But normally I do wash my face a bit more with the Paula’s choice cleaners to finish with some moisturizer, but it’s nice to know that at least on one of those days you could just hop into bed.

Well that was about it for my beauty post, I’ll share a lot more with you the coming days. I missed ya!

With love,
-Janet

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Tip for Dutch Foodies

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For all the (Dutch) foodies out there: there’s a great issue this month of the Dutch version of Jamie magazine with a special city guide of Copenhagen. I actually like most of the restaurants mentioned in it and some of them I didn’t even knew yet! On top of all that, the pictures are amazing!

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With love,
-Janet

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Holiday: Any Paris Recommendations?

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Hello world,

For the last couple of days I have been enjoying the AMAZING weather in the Netherlands and during days like this I don’t really understand why I migrated at all (oh I actually do and he’s blond). All I have been doing is eating, listening to amazing music at Pitch Festival and sun tanning at the beach (Zwarte Pad). Friday we will drive to Paris, where we will stay at Mama Shelter for 2 nights and I’m planning our trip. Obviously I need YOUR help with this, do you have any cool restaurants/bars/cafes I MUST visit? And any other hotspots/shops that are worthy?

Please hit the comment box, your input will be greatly appreciated!

With love,
-Janet

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