Thursday, July 30, 2015

My London Haul

My one-day trip to London maybe wasn't perfect, but I made most of it by buying A LOT of stuff. Primark, Boots, Topshop, no shop was safe for me and my shopping craze. I hope you enjoy watching all the things I bought in London!


Monday, July 27, 2015

Zoella Beauty Tutti Fruity

When I heard about the new Zoella Beauty Tutti Fruity range and the fact that the body mist was, again, part of the collection, I was very happy. Last year, I purchased some of the Zoella Beauty products when the line came out (read that post here) and the body mist was my fave out of the entire line. Not that I tried all of the products, but anyways..
Because of the shipping fee, I decided to also order the lip balm. I'd rather pay for the lip balm than for the shipping fee, so in the end they were both shipped to me for free! While I was at work my mum Whats Apped me saying that a package had arrived and I knew that it had to be my Feel Unique order, so when I came home I grabbed my scissors, opened it up and gave the perfume a good sniff.

The problem with ordering online is that you don't know how it smells. What if you absolutely HATE it? Then you can't really send it back, but since the body mist wasn't that expensive I'd took a risk and ordered it anyway. I also thought that I would really like it, since I am in love with the scent of the first Zoella Beauty range, and it turns out I was right.

I can't really put it into words, but the fruity scent reminds me of something I used to have when I was a little girl. Little Mar was obsessed with beauty and I used to buy cheap perfumes, mascaras and sparkly lip glosses with the sweetest strawberry scent, so it could be possible that I might picked up a perfume that had a similar scent. I try to remember it, but it doesn't ring a bell.

I picked up two items: the Lets Spritz fragranced body mist and the Kissy Missy lip balm. Let's just say that I LOVE the packaging of the body mist. The colours are so pretty and I love the little dots! I love the scent and since I was in desperate need of a summer scent this came in very handy! It's so fruity, sweet and summery and it totally brings me back to my childhood. Don't expect the scent to last a whole day. It's a body mist and not a perfume, but I love how light it is. Definitely perfect for the spring and summer time!

The Kissy Missy lip balm has a different, more vanilla-like scent and a hint of pink on the lips. It's a little jar, which I am personally not the biggest fan off. I find it not the most hygienic thing in the world, but oh well.
It's very moisturizing and really stays on for a long time. I actually had it on my lips when I went to sleep (I needed a lip balm and this was the first thing I could find) and I woke up with pink lips. I think it's a great lip balm, but I am personally not a fan of the colour. I'd rather have something a bit more coral/peachy colored than this bright pink, so for that reason I probably won't wear it as much.

Overall I am really happy with my purchase. I love the fragranced body mist A LOT and I think it's perfect for the summer time. The lip balm is good, but the colour is just not my thing.

Have you bought anything from the Zoella Beauty Tutti Fruity range?

Saturday, July 11, 2015

The London Instagram Round-Up

As you know from my Instagram round-up post: I LOVE Instagram, so when I went to London I planned to take lots of photos. It didn't go quite as planned, as you would have read here, but while I was running around, shopping and taking naps on the plane, I did take some photos.
I always like to see these kind of lifestyle posts, so here is my day in London! I also did this the last time I went to London, which you can see here!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Trying British Chocolate

When you are at an airport you usually have a lot of time to spare. I love to wonder around the shops and do a bit of duty free damage. This airport wasn't that big, so I ended up at the food section (I always do tbh). There were lots of familiar faces, but also sweets that I've never seen before. 
After watching a lot of ''Trying (insert country here) Candy'' videos on YouTube and the fact that I love chocolate (I mean who doesn't?), I decided to do something similar and I picked up quite some chocolate bars. See here my first impressions!

Kit Kat Chunky Peanut Butter
OMG! I LOVE THIS STUFF! Two years ago at Heathrow airport I also picked this up. I had a Reese's Peanut Butter Cups obsession and the sound of chocolate and peanut butter is heaven to me. I remember liking it a lot and now that I've taken a big bite out of this chocolate bar I am in heaven again. It's just sooo good!

It’s milk chocolate with a golden honeycombed centre. I don't really know if I like this. It's very, very crunchy and I think the texture is a bit weird. It reminds me of some other chocolate I have tried, but I don't really know what. Toblerone maybe? It's okay, but I probably won’t buy it again.    
Double Decker 
Milk chocolate with a soft, chewy nougat top and crunchy cereal bottom. I’m not the biggest nougat fan and there is quite a lot of nougat in there, but I really like the taste of this. The crunchiness is very nice and all together it’s a good chocolate bar!

Cadbury Dairy Milk Caramel 
I was soooo looking forward to this! I love caramel and I love chocolate, so the combination of them together is a recipe to success. And I must say it’s amazing! It comes very close to Milka caramel chocolate, which is something we have in The Netherlands and I love that!

Milk chocolate, caramel and biscuit in one bar. I thought it would taste very similar to Twix, but it doesn't come close to that at all. I think there is a lot of nougat in there too, but I am probably wrong about this. I find the texture very weird and it’s not something I've tasted before. Definitely not my fave, but it’s not gross.

If you read this and think: 'Huh when did you go to England?', read my not so fun experience here!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Where have I been?

For some people a week without posting a blogpost doesn't seem that long, but since I was really on a roll with posting the last couple of months I wanted to write this little post. The past eight days have been very adventurous for me, so let's start at the beginning.

My laptop sort of died. It's getting repaired at the moment, but I don't know in what condition it will be when I get it back. I don't have any access to my documents, photos and editing software, so posting on YouTube and my blog is quite difficult. I haven't posted a video on my YT channel in weeks and I really do apologize for that.
I was also very busy with finishing portfolios for uni, which abruptly stopped because my laptop died. I had to let it go and accept that it was out of my control and I couldn't hand in any portfolios.

On Monday I also started with my new internship. I am the new online intern for Fashionista magazine. It's a Dutch magazine that's all about fashion, beauty, lifestyle etc. I just finished my first week and I really enjoyed it a lot. I will be here for six months, which is quite a long time, but this is really what I hope to do in the future, so I can't wait to experience it all!

Since I don't go on holiday I did manage to squeeze in a trip to London. It was a one-day trip with the bus and my friend and I have been looking forward to it for months. We knew that we wouldn't get much sleep and traveling by bus sucks, but we knew that once we were there everything was alright, but we never thought that our trip would be as bad as it was.

I won't tell everything in detail because it's quite a long story, but if you've been following the news you know that it's quite a mess in Calais, France. We were traveling by bus from Amsterdam to Calais, went through the Eurotunnel and then traveled to London. 
We had a three hour delay in Calais, because there were some things going on with the migrants that are staying there. When we were finally in London, traffic was crazy, which caused more delay, so in the end we were five hours late. Our morning of 'going for breakfast, chilling a bit and being on time at the Oxford Street Primark' went to grabbing something to eat at Prêt A Manger, running to the Underground, getting a tube to Marble Arch and going to Primark as fast as we could. 
Then we went from shop to shop. I bought some amazing things at Primark, Boots, Topshop and many more places. We went for lunch at The Breakfast Club in Soho, which was supposed to be our breakfast spot in the morning, but oh well berry pancakes in the afternoon sounds pretty good to me. At that time we already heard some things about employees going on a strike in Calais, but we had no idea if this was true. 
After shopping some more we had a quick break. We were both tired and I was sipping on my pink lemonade in EAT while we were trying to find a Wi-Fi connection. Then we heard the worst news ever. My friend’s dad Whats Apped us saying that he called the company in Amsterdam and they said nothing is going to Calais. No train, no boat, nothing. We immediately rushed to Victoria Coach station to find out more information and a woman, who was not very helpful, said that nothing was going to Amsterdam until July 2th. We had no idea what to do and we couldn't stay in London. I HAD to be back on July 2th for my internship and my friend also just really wanted to leave.
At an Ed's Easy Diner we talked about it and we both decided that booking a plane ticket was the best option. Her dad booked two tickets from London South End to Amsterdam for us and after a really quick and rushed dinner we went back to Primark to buy a suitcase, before we went to Liverpool Street Station to take the train to South End.
After a one-hour train journey we arrived there and we were happy that we were finally able to sort of sleep, but then we heard that the airport closes from 11pm to 4am. We basically waited 3,5 hours on a bench outside the airport, made ourselves look a bit more presentable in the airport toilets, applied lots of concealer to hide the ‘‘designer’’ bags under our eyes, checked in, ate something, almost fell asleep at the airport and then we flew back to Amsterdam. I can't remember much of this flight. I woke up twice thinking 'oooh this is a good Instagram opportunity', took some photos and then fell back to sleep.
Back home, I fell asleep like an angel. I had been awake for 33 hours, so I basically slept non-stop for 18 hours. Then my alarm went off at 06:30AM saying that it was time for me to go to my internship.

It was really THE WORST TRIP EVER, but I did manage to buy some amazing things. Now that I look back on it I only remember the nice bits like: finally being in London, hearing the typical 'mind the gap' sentence in the Underground, walking on Oxford Street and eating yummy pancakes at The Breakfast Club. I just don't really feel like I was there. 3/4 of the trip was just being stressed, sleep-deprived and sweaty, because it was soooo hot that day. I do plan to go back later this year. Not for one day, but for a long weekend or something.

When I get my laptop back I will get back on track with things. I am planning on filming a London Haul and there are a few London posts on its way. Just stay tuned! :)

X Marjolein

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