De Tuinen – Apricot Scrub

There are some things which I really need. One of them is body scrub. I don’t have a certain brand of body scrub that I use the most. This time I decided to try one from De Tuinen, the Apricot scrub from their own brand.

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This is it, a simple tube with apricot coloured decorations. Nothing special, also not too expensive when in sale. (Normal price, 6,99.)

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The ingredients are nothing special, the most interesting things are the real apricot seeds as scrub. Further than that it is interesting that they say that it has no perfume but it contains Rosewood oil and Citus oil. Apparently that does not count as perfume. People with a sensitive skin might skip it because it contains linalool and limonene which are can irritate the skin.

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The scrub seemed a nice, creamy substance with enough scrubbing particles. But in the end, when using it, I discovered I need a lot more than I thought as the particles are far too less. That results in using a lot of scrub every time and I don’t like that. My previous scrub lasted for at least half an year but I feel that I won’t make that with this one.

My conclusions?
It is a nice scrub when you just like the idea of scrubbing slightly. For a rigorous scrub I need to use too much for my taste. I don’t think I will buy this again because it does not fulfil my wishes.

Love,
C

Make-up Confidential TAG

Time for a TAG! I like lists and I like questions, when you put that together you get a TAG. This TAG is about my beauty-stash, and I hope that I can answer all the questions.

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  1. What is the oldest item in your collection?
    That is a hard question, I think it is my Catrice Mineral soft powder rouge in the colour 120 Wild Rouge.
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  2. What is the newest item?
    The newest item in my stash is a chubby stick from P2 which I will review in the next weeks.
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  3. What is the most expensive item?
    No doubt, my Dior palettes. Number 734 Grège and 374 Blue Lagoon. I use them far too less, but they are so pretty!
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  4. What is the cheapest/most affordable item? (that you use a lot!)
    Ai, I use a lot of middle-class drugstore brands and I have to admit, a lot of high end (especially lipsticks). I think the most-used budget thing I have is my Essence gel eyeliner in 01 Midnight in Paris.
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  5. What was the biggest bargain?
    I most often buy my make-up during sales, like 1+1 free, or 50% off. But I think the biggest bargain was the 3 for 15 Euro for Rimmel and Sally Hansen products during the ‘Huishoudbeurs’.
  6. What was the biggest waste of money?
    Numerous foundations which were not my colour, I bought a lot of them but I have thrown them out as I can not use them unless I want to look like a crazy patient.
  7. What product have you brought but forgotten about?
    Generally, eyeliners. I have a lot of them but haven’t been using them for at least half a year.
  8. What product is good quality for money?
    The Essence lipsticks, and the Catrice Ultimate Colour lipsticks. Oh and Sleek Palettes, they are amazing. They really are!
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  9. Three products you’ve been loving at the moment?
    That is a hard one. I think that my most loved products at the moment are my Clarins lipstick in colour 707, a my lips but better colour, perfect for everyday. The Oriflame Wonder lash mascara, it’s no impressive mascara but it separates my lashes perfectly. And last but not least, my Essence all about matt! compact powder, a transparent powder which I use a lot lately.
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That was the Make-up Confidential TAG. I hope you liked it!

All Make-up2Love,
C

Sunday – Funday? (13)

I can’t believe that Easter is already a week ago. And it is already Sunday, time for a new Sunday-funday?! This week it is time for the letter J, and it is a lot easier than the letter I. Let’s see what songs I have for you today!


Juli – Zerrissen
Let’s start with one of my favourite German bands. Juli, I love them. This is one of their power ballads. A really beautiful song and I love to listen to it once in a while.


JoJo – Too Little Too late
JoJo has been forgotten in Europe, and I understand why, she has no special voice and was a teenage star. I only new her from the song ‘Leave (Get Out)‘ and someday I stumbled across this song. It fits perfect for break-ups as that is the theme of the song. Other than that, it is just a ballad.


Jonatha Brooke – I’ll try
I love this song. Somehow it gives me hope though it starts of as a sad song. Also, Jonatha Brooke has a wonderful voice which reminds me of Alanis Morissette. The weird thing about Jonatha is that I never listened to any other songs from her.


Jann Arden – Insensitive
Originally I wanted to post another song of Jann Arden, called At Seventeen, but I could not find a decent version of that song. This song, Insensitive, is another favourite of mine. She has a pleasant voice and it is a calm song. Of course, it is a ballad but I like the lyrics a lot.


Jon McLaughlin – Beautiful Disaster
One of the few male singers which belong to my favourites. Jon McLaughlin has beautiful lyrics and a perfect voice. He is featured in the Disney movie Enchanted and you might know him from there. Other than that, he is barely known in Europe which makes me a bit sad, he is so good! This song, Beautiful Disaster, is about the beauty within every single person. It is about insecurity, it kind of describes me, or at least how I felt during high school. I can still relate to this song, more than I wish.

So, that was it. This week it are exclusively ballads, I really like them as you might have noticed. I hope you liked them as well!

Love,
C

My Beauty Wish-List

Today a list for you, my beauty wish-list. It took a while to gather a list of things I wanted because, honestly, I have almost everything I want. Gosh, that sounds spoiled, but really I have a lot of beauty-stuff. Even more than I will ever use up and I am still buying more. But to be honest, I only buy things I really want to have. Enough of that, time for my list!

  • A perfect foundation: very high on my list, a perfect foundation. Medium coverage, very light colour, not too expensive, and, the most important thing not irritating for my skin.
  • Nars products: I want to have a Nars blush, and maybe a highlighter though Albatross is not like my taste but Nars has a lot so I don’t doubt about finding something suitable.
  • Dior nailpolish: Dior has renewed its nailpolish and the new formula is looking very good. I don’t have a high end nailpolish yet but I will.
  • The Sleek Vintage Romance palette: this one is doable, I will buy this one in a few weeks, I think.
  • Sleek Rose Gold blush: I have one already, but it is broken, I dropped it on the floor. Twice. And it did not thank me for it. But it is so beautiful that I want a new one.
  • Brushes: especially eyeshadow-brushes, I want more. And few more face-brushes, like a blush brush, or a brush for highlighter.
  • Zoeva Brush Belt Set: this one. This also would complete my previous point.
  • Another YSL Rouge Volupté lipstick. Those are amazing. I own one but I want another one someday.
  • A perfect bronzer. I do have a bronzer, but I never use it. I might need more guide on how to use it.
  • A MAC-lipstick: also something I don’t own yet. But they seem to be great so I just want to try one sometime.

I think that is all I need right now. Or all I want for now. I don’t know whether I will extend my list, but this is quite complete.

What is on your beauty wish-list?

Love,
C

The day everyone goes crazy..

Monarchs do have birthdays, like normal people do. And for the Dutch people that is a reason to have a party. Well, party is maybe even an understatement, Dutch people go crazy that particular day.

The last half century at least it was called Queensday and celebrated on the 30th of April. But last year the Queen gave her throne to her son and the date got changed to his actual birthday: 27th of April. Also it is now called Kingsday, but that change is logically.

It’s the day that everything turns orange, houses, people, streets, anything. And they go out in masses, party everywhere. And I hate it. I really do.
I don’t like the colour orange, unless with flowers.
I don’t like masses of people.
I don’t like loud music.
I don’t like big parties.
And the worst part? It all starts Friday night with Kings’ Night.

Whenever I have the chance, I leave the country for a day. And I return when the worst is over. After that, I have peace for a year.
Let’s get this over with!

Love,
C

The game a girl can play..

My boyfriend loves games, and than especially role playing games with fighting and shooting like World of Warcraft, Guildwars 2, Runescape and Diablo 3.
As a good girlfriend I tried playing those games as well but I was not as successful as he was.

World of Warcraft is a quite easy game but the rotating camera just made me sick. I prefer games with a fixed camera or a camera I can operate manually.
Guildwars 2 I did not really play but it didn’t seem that interesting to me.
Runescape is the most budget-like game as its graphics really suck. The game itself is quite easy but it is made more fun by adding a lot of crafting skills. Think that I liked those crafting things the most.


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The last and only game I am still playing now and then is Diablo 3. Again a game which is quite easy (at least when you are a little bit overpowered by using the best gear you can get). Also it is playable without a lot of knowledge of the skills and gear as the game is really helping with determining whether a new found gear is better or not. Also the game is still in development and therefore there are still updates which keeps the game quality quite even.


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Diablo 3 is a game that even a girl like me can play. I grew up playing Rollercoaster Tycoon, Zoo Tycoon, the Sims and other simple clicking games. Diablo is a bit more difficult than the Sims but it is still doable. Next to that, it is a game with a story line and that makes it even more fun.


Diablo 3, game screenshot, sorry for the zombies (source)

In short, when you are a girl like me and you want to try a different game, then I think that Diablo 3 might be suitable for you.
The only negative thing about Diablo 3 is the price, but that might get less over the years but it costs around 30 or 40 euro’s at the moment.

Love,
C

 

Nonique

A long time ago, I read a review on Miss Lipgloss about Nonique. A brand she is selling in her shop which uses a lot of organic ingredients. My skin is, as I told you in a personal update, quite sensitive and I have noticed that I react best to plant-based lotions and to very mild formulas.
I was ordering some things from her shop anyway and I decided to try the Nonique bodylotion. After a bit of research I decided to take the anti-aging formula because the ingredients of that lotion seemed the most appealing to me.

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This is it, a simple white plastic tube with the brand name and pink details because the anti-ageing line is pink-colored. Also nice about Nonique is that they are 100% vegan, don’t test on animals, don’t use synthetic perfume or colouring agents. Furthermore they don’t use silicons and parabens and so called PEG-groups (they improve skin penetration). They also don’t use palm oil which has a huge negative environmental influence.

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But what do they use? This is a list of ingredients:

AQUA, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BOTER*, COCOS NUCIFERA OLIE*, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, GLYCERIN, GLYCERYL STEARATE, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS ZAAD OLIE*, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, CETEARYL GLUCOSIDE, OENOTHERA BIENNIS OLIE*, PUNICA GRANATUM ZAAD OLIE*, ALCOHOL, PERFUME**, XANTHANE GUM, LACTIC ACID, POTASSIUM SORBATE***, SODIUM BENZOATE***, SQUALANE, TOCOFEROL, EUTERPE OLERACEA FRUIT EXTRACT*, MORINDA CITRIFOLIA FRUIT EXTRACT*, LINALOOL**, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE POWDER*, GERANIOL**, LIMONEEN**, BENZYL BENZOATE**.
*biologically cultivated
**from natural essential oils
***preservatives

Looks quite good, though I did not really like the perfume even though it is made from a natural source. But other than that, the ingredients look really good.

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This is how the body lotion looks, it is a creamy white substance but not as thick as a body butter. Smeared out it just leaves a smooth hydrated spot of skin, at least on my hand. Before this I used the Dermolin body butter (review will be coming in a month or so) and that kept my skin hydrated for days. The Nonique body lotion does not do that. I need to apply it every single day and even then I find it not hydrating enough for the dry spots.

My conclusion?
It is a very appealing body lotion. I really like the ingredients except for the perfume. But it does not work for me. It is not hydrating enough for my dry skin. I think that it is a great body lotion for a normal to slightly dry skin.