Saturday, January 20, 2018

Highlights of 2017

Dear readers,

I have been absent from blogging for the past few months. I have really missed sitting down and taking pictures for my blog an writing stories. My absent was for a good reason, I have been really working on my resume in the audio-visual sector. Which might be something I want to start doing for a living.

thought it would be fun to make a comeback to blogging by sharing my highlights of 2017. At the end of the post you will read more about the stuff I have been working on in the past few months. 

I started 2017 off by dyeing my hair pink, blue and purple. I absolutely loved it! It made me feel like a unicorn. I thought it would be temporary but in the end the colours stuck a lot longer than I expected, which was fine! (Until I had to go to the hairdresser to get the green out, whoops)

I also went to three amazing fashion shows at Amsterdam Fashion Week. I enjoyed it soo much and I took so many gorgeous pictures.  I also posted an article filled with details, pictures and videos about the shows I saw, click here to go to that article.

In February I went a long weekend to Paris with my dad. I hadn't been in Paris for years and I really wanted to go back to enjoy the food and see the Louvre again. I ended up having a lovely time. We didn't eat as much as planned but we did see everything in the Louvre. We also went to some other museums and on a boat tour by night. I even filmed a lot of footage to make it into a video for YouTube but somehow I completely forgot to finish that project. So maybe in the near future I will still upload it.

I also visited Belgium, Brussel to be precise but I couldn't find any pictures from that trip. I went with a group of friends and we learned to make our own waffles and there was also a lot of beer. You get the picture.

I also visited London twice. The first time, in 2017, was in March to attend the Makeup Revolution birthday party. At which I had a lovely time with Florence and Bobbie. I turned the rest of my stay into a lovely trip and decided to see the Royal Botanic gardens. 
The second time, in 2017, was at the end of October to attend the Makeup Revolution Halloween Party. I also turned this into a lovely trip and ate a lot of food and went to see a lot of museums. 

In June I attend Queens werq the world Tour in the Netherlands. I have been to their shows before and they always blow my mind because the performance is so on point. This time was extra special because as a surprise Alyssa Edwards performance started in the middle of the audience and guess who was just centimetres apart from her? ME! I loved her in All Stars 2 soo much and I couldn't believe I was seeing her in real life and she was standing so close to me. It was amazing!

At the end of June another thing happened that was the biggest highlight of the year. I don't have any pictures of it because I don't know how to capture it in one photo. 
I managed to completely quit with my medication at the end of that month. I used to take a high dose of heavy antidepressants for my anxiety disorder (and depression) for four years. Both the mental illness as the medication were constantly controlling my life. I managed to quit it in two and half month and it wasn't easy but I did it. I have been feeling so much better mentally and physically after I quit. I also haven't had a single panic attack every since I stopped.
A few months after I quit an article come out in the newspaper saying that a lot of people, on the same medication, wanted to quit for years but it was too hard to do it. A friend sent me a link to this article saying: 'Woow I can't believe you did this!' It really marks the year.

Before the summer officially started I also went to visit my sister in Sweden. I got to see Copenhagen first, which was super excited because I have always wanted to visit the city. My favourite auteur, Hans Christian Anderson, comes for Copenhagen which was the main reason I wanted to visit it. The city was lovely and I had a great time. I also had a lovely time with my sister in Lund (Sweden). She took this picture of me with her Diana camera while we were having coffee. 

During the summer I went on a two week road trip with a bunch of friends. We went through Germany, Austria, Slovenia to Croatia. In Croatia we stayed in a villa and we had an amazing time. To sum up this vacation: food and sunshine. I had never been to Croatia or Slovenia but I absolutely loved it, especially the food.
I also took this picture of me in my bikini by the pool. The designer of the bikini top ended up sharing it on her social media. In November I got to meet the designer and she loved my picture so much that she gave me the bra version for free!

On our way back from Croatia we decided to visit Vienna for a few days. From the moment we arrived I knew that this was a place I wanted to revisit, not in the high touristy season though. We got a tour through the state Opera, walked through the city and we walked through the gardens of Schönbrunn. I definitely want to go back to see the palace. So visiting Vienna is one of my goals for 2018 or 2019.

In 2017 I learned to eat and appreciate oysters. I didn't really like them before until I had one that was very good (read: expensive) and from that moment on I absolutely loved them. I eat all kinds of oysters and I can't get enough of them. It's so weird how one moment you think something is gross and the other moment you think it's so delicious that you could eat them 24/7.

In October as part of a university project I and a few of my fellow students started working on a documentary for the city of Rotterdam. The documentary is about the taxi industry in Rotterdam. We had to film a lot and even at crazy hours (read: till six in the morning) on days like the evening before Christmas. Editing this project was a also a lot of work. On Monday, January 15, we had to handover the final product to the city of Rotterdam. They were so pleased with the end result that they're not only going to use it intern but also extern. Which means that somewhere in February it's going to be launched on social media. So the hard work wasn't for nothing and that makes me really happy, especially because my name is very big in the credits at the end of the documentary.
I couldn't share much of the behind the scene photo's or write about it on social media because a lot of the film work we did was under cover. Made I will share the end result on my blog.

Besides working on the documentary I also worked on three after movies. One for this party held in a very famous event location in The Hague called 'Het paard'. The other two were for a small festival and a gala. I also worked on one big after movie of three weeks of activities and that one will premiere in an actual theatre on Monday 22 of January.

2017 was the year in which I turned 25. (Which apparently doesn't mean I'm smart enough to know which way the 5 goes.) My dad told me: 'You're at 1/4 of your life'. I don't feel 25 yet but I love my birthday!

The last highlight of 2017 was that I discovered a delicious and fancy looking alcohol-free cocktail. I'm not allowed to drink alcohol because of a medical condition. It's pretty hard when a lot of people are enjoying their beers and wines around you and you have to sip cola. But thanks to this cocktail I got through the holidays! It's Ginger Ale with ice cubs, a slice of orange, cloves, a cinnamon stick & star anise. I highly recommend this cocktail!

I of course also celebrated Christmas and New years eve and like always it's was a lot of fun with a lot of delicious food.

What are your highlights from 2017?
x Julia

Monday, December 4, 2017

H&M black Friday and cyber Monday haul

Dear readers,

I have been a bit absent because of my crazy film schedule for university and some other projects. However I did find the time to shop online so I also felt that it was necessary to share my purchases. All of these items but one I bought either in a black Friday sale or a cyber Monday sale.

The blue lace dress I got with 10% discount and I decided to get it because it looks a lot like a dress I LOVE to wear but in a different colour with a different print. I got it for €22.50.

The faux fur vest I got for half prices off and it ended up being €11.99. I absolutely love the vest because it's so fancy yet comfortable.

I also got a pile top which I'm loving with this weather, it's soo soft and warm. I got it with a 50% discount and on top of this discount I got 10% off. So it ended up costing me €12.59.

Then I saw the loose fit pants with bow and I got soooo happy because I wanted this one soo bad but I didn't have the chance yet to buy it. Now I got it for half price with a 10% discount on top of it. I ended up getting it for €18.90.

The knitted cardigan I got with €5 discount for €13.99. In person it's a bit shorter than it looked on the website so I'm not sure when I'm going to wear this yet but I love the colour.

The knitted sweater looked more a like a regular top on the website and since I needed one of those and it was only €6.99 I decided to go for it.

And the last thing I got in this crazy sale is the jumper with lace detail. I had been looking at this jumper for weeks in the store but I found it full price to expensive. So when I saw it 50% off I immediately bought it. I ended up getting it for €14.99.

I also got another clothing item but it wasn't on sale. I still wanted to share it because a ton of people have given me compliments on it.

It's this gorgeous black jumpsuit with a bow on the front. It's absolutely gorgeous and makes my waist look so small. I got it for €39.99.

x Julia

Monday, November 13, 2017

Review: Makeup Revolution Liquid highlighter in Unicorn Eleixir

Dear readers,

today I'm going to review the Makeup Revolution Liquid highlighter in the shade 'Unicorn Elixir'.

I got this highlighter when I visited London, it was one of the things I knew I was going to get. I had to have it after I saw the first preview photos of this highlighter on Instagram. Are you curious about this gorgeous product? Than keep on reading!

Makeup Revolution about this highlighter:
' A magical and beautiful reflective iridescent lilac liquid highlighter drops with a variety of uses! Our concentrated highly pigmented highlighter is a must have for all lovers of glow! Can be used alone as a liquid highlighter, Simply apply to the high points of the face and blend with a synthetic brush or sponge for dimension and glow. 
Mix into your favourite foundation for a more dewey and illuminous finish. Mix into your body lotion and creams for a gorgeous all over glow, or use alone with your everyday skincare for a natural glow from within on even bare skin days.'

I absolutely love the few liquid highlighters I already own from this brand, so knew this one wouldn't disappoint me.
When I first swatch the highlighter I was a bit confused because it has a lot of glitter particles in it. I was afraid that when applied on top of foundation it would scrub away the makeup underneath. I do have to say I was at the same time very impressed by the pigmentation and the shine.

For the first time using the highlighter I decided to apply it with my finger in a tapping motion. This worked really well, it didn't ruin the makeup that was already there and it looked amazing. The highlighter blends really well even on top of powder foundation. (Side note: A lot of liquid makeup products don't work that well on top of powder, the combinations gives a cracking appearance. )

As you can tell from the picture below the highlighter looks amazing and soooo BRIGHT. I also posted an another photo on Instagram in which my highlighter looks perfection.

The highlighter stays in place all day and night, it doesn't fade away or loses his brightness and shine.

What's your favourite liquid highlighter at the moment?
xxx Julia

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Review: Kat von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette

Dear readers,

during my stay in London I bought myself this gorgeous Kat von D Shade + light Glimmer eye palette. I was so obsessed with her other palette that I decided that I needed this palette as well.

The holographic effect on the packaging itself is already something to be obsessed about but the eyeshadows inside make it complete. It's the perfect palette for the Holidays.

This palette is a glimmer version of her first shade + light eye palette, which I absolutely love. Both palettes are highly pigmented and long lasting. This palette has some eyeshadows that are easier to blend than other shadows. I already have created some looks with this palette and shared the photo's on my Instagram; click here and here to see the looks. This palette has quickly become one of my favourite. 

I swatched all the eyeshadows but to make it easier I also included the names in the photo above. I didn't use an eyeshadow base with this swatches because I wanted to show the pigmentation of the eyeshadows by themselves.

From left to right: Porcelain, Copper, Bronze & Sterling.

From left to right: Dush, Cinder, Onyx & Glacier.

From left to right: Dune, Rust, Jasper & Quartz.

Overall I would definitely recommend this palette to all the beauty lovers out there. Besides the fact that it's gorgeous and has a lot of glitter it also has a lot of pigment and it's perfect for every skin tone. Like I said before it's a must have for the Holidays.

What's your must makeup product for the Holidays?

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Makeup Revolution Halloween party 2017

Dear readers,

today it's 31st of October better known as Halloween and I felt that an article covering the Makeup Revolution Halloween party from last week would be an excellent way to celebrate this holiday.

Last week I flew to London to attend this event, which was on Thursday and I had a blast.

The theme for the party was 'frighteningly glamourous'. I went as a crystal queen/modern witch and I got a lot of compliments on my crown and makeup. To be honest I felt a little underdressed because so many people went all the way with their costumes and looked absolutely amazing. I decided to keep it simple because I had to bring my outfit on a plane and not a lot of people were in costume last year.

The location of the party was A-MA-ZING! It was this church-like building in the middle of London, it was at Marylebone one to be precise. The inside looked like a modern church and they dressed it up with lots of roses. The tables were coffins and the photo booth was a confession stand.  The bar was in the middle of all of this with one giant lipstick in the centre. Upstairs there was a haunted house kind of thing. It looked so good and the actors never went out of character. Sadly I don't have photos of the haunted house because I was either too scared or too busy with filming for my Instagram story. The drinks they served at the event were amazing as well because they actually served red cocktails with fake blood dripping from the glass.

The only thing I didn't like was the food they served. They didn't serve a wide range of different foods like they used to and most of it was with meat in it. They served things like hamburgers and fries and it didn't really fit in with the theme of the party. (I do have to mention that I ate a hamburger at a pub before I came to the party so I wanted something different to eat than my dinner from that night.)

 Another thing I love is that they display all the new makeup at the entrance. I love seeing the things they recently released. I'm not going to lie, I want them all!

Halfway through the night Makeup Revolution founder, Adam, held his speech. He always inspire me and I love to hear how the brand is growing. He also told us that this is the church in which he got married to his wife. I think it's special that he takes us to one of the most important places in his life to celebrate. I did have a moment to talk to Adam after his speech but I can't tell you about what until I know more. I know what a tease. 
After the speech a few dancers came on stage to start the party. To be honest I didn't know what was happening until later because it was too crowded to see them. 

At this point a lot of people left the party for some reason. Which totally changed the vibe of the party. The people left were either people who were dancing like there was not tomorrow and people who were on constantly on their phones. At the same time something strange was happening at the bar. It looked like they had run out of drinks but everyone wanted one at that moment so there was a huge queue. After half an hour this was fixed and they still had enough cocktails for the night so I don't know what went wrong but it certainly didn't help the party vibe.

After this I decided to go home as well. The people I met at the party were already gone and I felt really uncomfortable after a while. I wasn't in total dance or party mode and I didn't feel like staring at my phone all them. I also decided that I had a great night so far so it was time to go back to my hotel.

Above is the picture in the photo booth with Conor and Vanisha who I met at the party.

At the beginning of the party everyone got a ticket for a goodie box, not a goodie bag but a box. The whole box idea fitted perfectly with the whole theme of the night. Of course I was excited to see what was in the goodie box.

 They put a lot of nice products in the box. I got a pair of Superdrug false lashes. Two eyeshadows; one from Freedom in the shade 'Shimmer 10' & one from Makeup Obsession in 'Denim'. Three lipsticks from Makeup Revolution in 'Reckless', '100% vamp' & 'Life on the dance floor'. They also gave me one of their strobe highlighters in 'Flash'. A Makeup Revolution eyeshadow palette in 'Redemption palette romantic smoked'. The famous liquid latex and fake blood from Freedom. And last but not least a Makeup Revolution Dual eyeliner felt & kohl. 

I'm really excited and looking forwards in creating looks with these gorgeous products!

Happy Halloween!