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A December to Remember

Saturday December 21 2013

I’m just not that much of a Christmassy person. I’m not against it or anything, but I’m just not into all those decorations, the social obligations, the over-eating, or the ‘historical’ or Christian idea behind it. I do like it when others decorate their home or the lights hanging over the streets, but you would find any xmas stuff at my place. I do like the coziness though, candles, hot choco, fluffy blankets on the couch, a lots of free time to spend with friends, enjoying Winter Welvaart in my hometown, trying out new recipes, watching too many tv series (especially the Scandinavian ones are great for this season) or old, scary movies, reading multiple books at once, just a whole lotta dolce far niente. So this year, like every other year, let’s try to make it a december to remember…

Do you have anything special planned?


Stromae’s Racine Carree

Friday December 6 2013

For me, without any doubt, Stromae‘s latest Racine Carree (which translates to “Square Root”) is the absolute best album of 2013. I’ve been listening to it for weeks now, and still it doesn’t bore me… This 28-year Belgian singer-songwriter, a.k.a. Paul Van Haver, knows how to mix hiphop with electro and Verlan (French slang) lyrics. What’s your favorite??


You gotta love Eve Lom

Monday November 25 2013

Vogue called one of her products “probably the best cleanser in the world” and Eve Lom herself -a researcher from Czechoslovakia, now working from London, UK-  is described as “one of the most respected and sought-after beauty professionals alive today” . I don’t know whether any of these claims are true or not, but I do know that two of her products are on my all time wish list as of now!

I was in desperate need of a really good eye cream that would keep the under-the-eye skin hydrated throughout the day and would a little bit of radiance on those days following a short night. My favorite beautician recommended Eve Lom’s Eye Cream (how’s that for an easy name).

This triple-action formula helps to lock in moisture, diminish dark circles and reduce puffiness to the delicate eye area. Providing long-lasting hydration, this luxurious cream contains shea butter to lock in moisture and a special blend of potent actives to rejuvenate and repair, leaving your skin with a soft, supple texture.

Love at first touch! Combined with a good night sleep, this cream absolutely does the trick! She also gave me a sample of TLC Radiance Cream to pamper the rest of my face with. It’s a great smelling, thick creme, intensively hydrating: perfect for a cold and dry indoor winter climate. I’ve used the sample sachet for four days now, mixing it up with my Chanel foundation for just the right amount of coverage. So wow, I’ll definitely be putting this cream on my “SinterKerstEnNieuw-verjaardagsverlanglijstje” (which translates to something like Sinterklaas-Xmas-New Years-Birthday wish list).

In The Netherlands you can get the products by Eve Lom at Skins Cosmetics. Product reviews can be found on Beautyscene (Dutch), The Unprofessional Beauty Blog, The Beauty Junkie and BFF Beauty Blog.


My sincere apologies

Friday November 1 2013

As you’ve probably noticed by now, I’ve taken a small -let’s be honest- huge leave of absence from my blog. I was dealing with some bloggers-block for a couple of weeks, but now I’m back, full of inspiration. So much inspiration as a matter of fact, that I’ve taken on a very exciting new project, which I will be launching January 2014. Until then, I promise you I will be blogging here more regularly than I’ve done the last couple of months…

To share some inspiration, here are some of the best DIY projects I’ve found on the internet while I was gone, as I couldn’t haven’t stopped pinning for a sec ;-)





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Specialty Bottle

Tuesday October 1 2013

Remember my trends-post on brown glass?! I’m still loving this kind of packaging, but the brands that use brown glass (like Aesop and Voluspa) often sell their products at high prices. Imagine how excited I got by  this super easy and cheap DIY project by Almost Makes Perfect: DIY pretty shampoo bottles.

Molly used some Amber PET Boston Round Glass Bottles, which she bought at Specialty Bottle. If you ever need an empty bottle, whether plastic, tin, aluminum or glass (I would choose Amber Glass Bottles), this is your go-to online shop! Not only do they sell every kind of model, size and color, there’s also no minimum on your order and the prices are very low (starting at $0.56).  International orders cannot be placed online though, you’ll have to send an email if you’re not a US resident. I guess I’ll have to try this and share my experiences with you later on.

Nice to know they also sell shrink bands to make your products safe and acceptable for retail distribution and perforated for consumer-friendly opening. And all you’ll need to use these bands is a hair dryer.

Molly’s result:


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