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Goodbye 2013!

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I know, this post probably should have been posted on the 31st of December, shame on me! Even though we are a good week into the new year, I still would like to look back together with you on 2013.

If I was to sum up 2013, it would probably with the word weird. It really has been a weird and emotional year, where I have felt every emotion from crying-my-eyes-out-sad to life-cant-get-any-better-happy. I have been unemployed for a couple of months (which definitely attributed to the crying-my-eyes-out-sad, found my dream job (happy-happy-joy-joy), somehow found the resources to travel to Stockholm, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Madrid, Zagreb, Malmo, Aarhus, Odense, Samsø and Hamburg, and made some new amazing friends!

Goals 2013

Last year I made some goals for 2013 and to be honest, I kinda forgot about them. Reading them again 1 year later made me realise both how short and long 1 year can be! Even though it felt like it was over in a blink, I can see now that I achieved a lot more than I felt I did.

  • Find the perfect and cheap (!) take-away place: I definitely have some favorite take-away places (such as: Quattro Fontane Due ApS), but I still haven’t found thát place. Something that is affordable and makes you really happy on a Friday night.
  • Be fluent in Danish: this definitely is my biggest achievement in 2013. I finalised all Danish education (level C1 from the European Framework) and I’m really happy I finally feel that I can participate in Danish society *how cheesy that might sound*.
  • Finnish half a marathon: at the beginning of the year I ran the half marathon CPC loop in the Hague and while I said afterwards I would NEVER do that again, I signed myself up again for another half marathon in March 2014. 
  • Read all the Harry Potter books: while I did started with the books see proof, I unfortunately can’t say I have finished them. So I will take this goal with me to 2014, but nothing bad about that, since I really enjoyed the first 2 books!
  • Send mail by post: my parents where the main receiver for this, I’m not sure if I failed or succeeded in this goal. But I feel like, in general, I could have more correspondence with my friends (those perhaps who don’t read this blog). 
  • Find my dream job: it still feels weird to write this down, but working for the company where I  already wanted to work when I was in high-school, feels amazing! Besides learning Danish, this is definitely a big success too!
  • Double the LP collection: I’m not sure if it doubled in size, but it sure doesn’t fits in the rack we’re having now anymore. 
  • At least one trip outside of Europe and heaps of city trips (Stockholm – so I can bump into Kenza, London – Superdrug, Paris – Laduree): The trip outside of Europe didn’t happend, but I’m completely fine with that. 2013 was a financially draining year (being unemployed and all) and I know 2014 will have some bounty islands in prospect! But there was enough money and time for city trips incl. (!) Stockholm and Paris. 
  • Get this blog to the next level: I still find it hard to update on a regular basis, but I did doubled my amount of readers. Failed or succeeded? I don’t know, as long as I think it’s fun to blog, I will.
  • Find Danish friends: being fluent in Danish, didn’t actually helped in finding the Danish friends. But I sure have more of them now, then at the beginning of 2013.

You know what?! 2013 was amazing, with ALL of its ups and downs!

With love,

-Janet

Nars One Night Stand Palette

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I honestly hate doing my Christmas shopping in December, I always get so irritated when the shops are loaded with people and when you have to queue up to pay. So I try to buy everything around November or online (even better!). But somehow I still ended up buying some stuff this month and while doing that I also ended up buying something for myself (oopsie daisy).

When I saw that Nars released a palette with their most popular blushes I couldn’t resist (especially because Sephora had a 20% offer). The palette includes:

Devotee Highlighting Blush (New Shade, Alabaster Glow)
Mistinguette Blush (New Shade, Bright Pink)
Orgasm Blush (Peachy Pink with Golden Shimmer)
Laguna Bronzer (Brown Powder with Golden Shimmer)
Deep Throat Blush (Sheer Peach)
Goulue Blush (New Shade, Fleshy Pink)

And while I already had the Orgasm blush (great for going out) and the Laguna bronzer (great to contour with), I really wanted to try the Deep Throat Blush and this one already costs around 200 dkk (26 euro) for a single blush and the entire palette costed “only” 350 kr (46 euro). So I would have been a fool to not buy it (don’t you also love how girls justify their buys) and on top of it, it’s a lot easier to transport when travelling (all these excuses..). But look at it, you have to agree with me, I could not not-buy this, right?!

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With love,
-Janet

Girl Crush: Jeanette Lai Thomas

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Howdy cowboys,

I’m writing a long blog to update you guys about my current life (since the blog has been on a sleeping month for the past weeks). But for now I wanted to share you my latest girl crush!

Pretty much everything about this girl is awesome!! First of all, it’s all in the name. Second of all, from what I could find about her online she was born in Singapore and raised in Hong Kong. I feel an immediate connection with her, since my roots are in those two countries. She lived across the globe to follow her husband around (who works at Nike) and she lived in Amsterdam (!) for a while where she found that her true passion is jewelry. So she started her own jewelry company Moratorium Studios. Her style is quite similar to mine, a bit of tomboy, jeans, t-shirt and a good pair of high heels or boots when she rides her motor. She doesn’t go for hypes, but makes jewelry that is more timeless and symmetric. I’d almost like to say, that she is the cooler version of me 😉

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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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New in: Essie Lilacism & Essie Sand Tropez

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Nailpolish might be my one and only guilty pleasure. Even though my nails disagree (read: they are dry and damaged), but a bit of color pops up every outfit and they kinda help my 12-year old hands to look like they are actually attached to an adult.

I’ve always been an O.P.I. kind of girl, since as soon as the first spring sunbeam hits the city I love to pop some bright and happy (preferably neon) color on my nails. However, lately I actually find that pastel colors match better with a tanned skin and after reading Annemerel raving about Essie’s Lilacism I biked to the nearest department store. I never gave Essie too much attention (besides “Mademoiselle” which is my all time favorite pink/nude color) because their colors where so safe and humble. But I fell in love with the nude Sand Tropez and bought this together with Lilacism.

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On my ring-finger you see Essie’s Apple Mint Candy. I love the purple color and it really compliments my tanned skin tone. Essie’s nail polish, in combination with Orly’s rubberized basecoat and my favorite topcoat by Out the Door, easily stay on my nails without any chips for about a week.

With love,
-Janet

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