Monday, June 19, 2017

NARS Blush/Bronzer Duo

When I'm on holiday I always have to do a little bit of shopping. There are so many new stores to discover and who doesn't like spending money on things they probably don't need? Well, when I entered the Emporia Shopping Centre in Malmö and saw Sephora I actually -gracefully- jumped up and down and screamed in excitement. We don't have a Sephora in the Netherlands, so whenever I spot one I get all psyched. After spending about an hour in there swatching and testing I decided to buy one little thing. Honestly, I wanted everything in that shop, but my bank account simply does not allow it. In the end I went for the NARS Blush/Bronzer Duo, because I have always wanted to try the Laguna bronzer and the Orgasm blush and this way I get them both! 

NARS has a special place in my make-up loving heart. As a teen it was out of my reach to buy something from NARS. Of course, it’s an expensive brand, but it was nowhere to be sold. When I went to London a couple of years ago I made it my mission to buy a product at the NARS counter in Selfridges. I went for the Deep Throat blush and funnily enough I do not use it as much. I tend to go for my Estée Lauder blush in Tease on a daily basis, but the NARS blush is still really pretty. Especially the packaging.
The blush/bronzer duo has the exact same classic matte packaging that I love so much. It's a small and petite compact with two shades of the most popular NARS products: the Laguna bronzer and Orgasm blush. Bots products are very pigmented and pretty on the cheeks. And even though I thought Laguna could be a bit too warm for me, it definitely works now that the sun is out and I have a bit of a tan. The blush is a pretty coral colour with gold glitters, and in my opinion a shade that works for everyone. You sweep both products across the cheeks and you are totally ready for these warm summer months.
Now the sweeping part is the only thing that I'm not a fan of. Because this product has a bit of both, you don't get a lot. With a blush it doesn't matter that much, but with a bronzer I like to swirl my big, fluffy brush in the product and apply it on my cheeks. The swirling is very non-existent with this, or I should mix the blush and bronzer together. Then it's no problem at all, but I like to do my bronzer and blush in two separate stages.

I think I will purchase the NARS Laguna bronzer at one point in my life. I like the pay-off and it's definitely worth the hype. The Orgasm bronzer will last me a life time since I don't use it every day, but I totally get why you would. Who doesn't like a coral flush for the rest of their life? 

What is your favourite NARS product?

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Amsterdam Food Hotspot: Gallery 3

Amsterdam is the kind of city where you will discover new little cafes every week. You'll be on a tram or cycling to your next destination and that's when you spot all these new treasures. I was actually on my way to Ted's (the place with the Nutella pancakes and banana French toast) when I spotted this hidden gem called Gallery 3. It didn't take me long before I tried it out and I have to say, it's my new favourite place in the city.

You can find Gallery 3 on the Bilderdijkstraat 175h, near the Foodhallen, SNCKBR and Mook Pancakes. The interior is all white with a gorgeous art print on the wall and the cute flowers on the tables give it a homely feel. One of the things I also like about the place is that there is always a seat. I hate to fight over a table at the popular cafes, but the lucky thing about Gallery 3 is, that it’s new and not that well known (yet) so whenever you are in a hangry mood you can immediately sit down and order everything on the menu.

Now the menu consists of every brunch item I like. Avocado toast, three kinds of pancakes and French toast topped with lots of fruit and syrup. Ooh and also a few other things like salads and sandwiches but why bother when you can choose PANCAKES. I tried out the buttermilk pancakes with fresh fruit and the French toast. Both with a ginger tea and a freshly pressed juice. You know to balance it out a bit. 
Both meals were amazing. The pancakes were big and fluffy, the French toast was delicious and the fresh fruit just made it all better.

It's definitely my new go-to place for chatty lunches with friends. The owner is very friendly, the food is even more amazing and it's not too pricey. I kinda want all of you to go there, but then you will like it as much as I do and the place will be crowded in no time. But still if you ever need a brunch spot in Amsterdam this is the one!

What is your favourite brunch dish?

Monday, June 12, 2017


There is nothing a little black dress can't fix. Especially with the recent temperatures I find myself in difficult situations because what do you wear that is breathable and still looks cute? My answer: a dress!
Floral prints are the usual thing, but since I have a love for the colour black, most of my dresses are, indeed, black. Today I want to show you two different styles of two dresses that I have worn a ton the last couple of weeks.

The first is a simple boyfriend tee with a deep cut-out v. I found it in Topshop for, believe it or not, 20 euros. How amazing is that? They also have one without the v which is a bit cheaper, but I loved this little detail and the fact that I don't have to cut it myself. Clumsy me will probably mess that up haha. I am quite tall too and this dress is not the longest but it works, even for me. I just have to make sure that I bend down gracefully without flashing anyone. 

Speaking of flashing, this dress from Jutka & Riska has a shortness problem. I mean it works, but the dress underneath comes up to my butt. The upper layer covers everything perfectly though and I love the off shoulder, embroidery detail too much to not buy it. I just have to make sure that whenever the wind comes I grab the dress tight to avoid awkward situations, especially on the London Underground. -yup that has happened-
When I laid eyes on this dress I knew that I had to try it on. I loved everything about it. The fact that it's from a more independent brand, so it's almost one of a kind, the gorgeous embroidery detail at the front and back and the on trend off shoulder look made me like it a lot. Ooh and it was half price too, so I ended up paying 40 euros. Lucky me!

As you can see these dresses are almost the opposite of each other but are very special and unique in their own way. Perfect for those days where you have no idea what to wear.

What is your favourite dress for the summer?

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