Make up confidential tag

Make up confidential tag


*Raises hand* I hereby confess that I am a make up addict. But if you’ve been following this space, this shouldn’t come as a surprise to you. I buy, use and enjoy make up more than the average person. This has led to an extensive, yet evergrowing collection. I like to try new things, be it high end or budgetproof, easily accessible or a niche brand: I love make up high and low. On this journey, I have met products left and right. Some were great, some mediocre and some just plain bad. And this is my confession.

Bourjois Pearl Eyeshadow Vert Pétillant no. 48

1. What is the oldest item in your collection?

The oldest item I have, I no longer use. It’s too old to be a viable product. I’ve had this eyeshadow for almost 15 years. I bought this as a teenager, when I first started using make up during my clubbing days. It was so expensive to me at the time, but I loved using this. The lid has broken off since and it is no longer usable but I keep this as a memory to my first forays into makeup.

The Body Shop eyeshadow no. 13

2. What is the newest item?

I’m lying if I’d say this is my newest item, that would be all of this beautiful stuff which I picked up in London last week. But I pre-planned this blog post and at the time of picture taking and blog planning, this eyeshadow was my newest item. It is my favorite brow bone highlight. It is by The Body Shop and by now discontinued. They had these in a little basket at my local store for a few euros and I picked up a back up because the one I have has hit pan and will run out sooner or later.

Dior DiorSkin Transat highlighter in Nude Tan

3. What is the most expensive item?

A high en blush and/ or highlighter was still on my wishlist and this spring I found both of them at the same time in the Dior Transat 2014 Spring collection. I have more high end blushes by now, but this highlighter takes the cake. It cost nearly 60 euros and is the most beautiful thing ever. I daresay that I barely use it simply because it is so stunning and I don’t want to ruin the print. You can find a full review here.

MUA single eyeshadow Matte no 16 & Pearl no. 9

4. What is the cheapest/most affordable item? (that you use a lot!)

Since I have quite a bit of make up, no products get used a lot to be quite honest. But I do really like these MUA eyeshadows. They only cost 1 pound in the UK and 2.50 euros in the Netherlands. The flesh colored high light gets the most use out of these two. It’s a toss between this and the TBS highlight if I don’t know what to go for.

The Balm Nude Tude eyeshadow palette

5. What was the biggest bargain?

Hands down, the biggest bargain I ever found make up wise. This palette retails around 40 euros online. I found this at & Other Stories in Kopenhagen, Denmark this summer for 15 KR. That’s 2 euros. 2 euros! They weren’t allowed to sell it anymore the girl told me so they had to get rid of their stock and were now selling all The Balm items for 2 euros each. I picked up the much raved about MaryLou-minizer as well, because for that type of money, which make up junkie could resist? I am using it in this Get Ready With Me video.

Sephora & Pantone blush in Tangerine Tango

6. What was the biggest waste of money?

I bought this blush thinking I’d get tons of wear out of it. I think I’ve used it twice since I bought it more than two years ago at a Sephora in New York. The only reason why I still have it, is because it reminds me of that trip. The problem isn’t so much the product. It is very pigmented, and so I easily look like a clown if I’m not careful, but that’s not it. It’s the packaging. I love this type of packaging on my Inglot palettes, but for this blush? Just no. The pans are too big and I keep thinking I nick the product. It’s also pretty powdery and the white and see through plastic get messy quite easily.

Sleek Matte Me Lip cream in Brink Pink

7. What product have you brought but forgotten about?

This just doesn’t just go for this product, but for liquid lipsticks in general. I love them on. They have great lasting power, and have come out in some stunning colors. But liquid lipsticks are such a nightmare to apply. Maybe it’s just me, but regular lipsticks are just so much easier. With these on is on and I find it difficult to make alterations once applied. Note to self: use more liquid lipsticks (it’s not as if I don’t have any…).

Catrice All Matt Plus powder & Liquid Metal eyeshadows

8. What product is good quality for money?

Again, not a product but an entire line. Despite the fact that it is getting more and more expensive as we speak, Catrice still offers great value for money. I’ve tried plenty of products from their range. From nail polish to face products, eyeshadows, to lipsticks and blush: Catrice has it all and nails it almost every time. Oh and they do some pretty cool limited editions too!

Urban Decay Naked Basics eyeshadow palette
MAC Impassioned lipstick
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pink Gold

9. Three products you’ve been loving at the moment?

How about my entire stash? Nah just kidding. Apart from these three products, I find myself reaching for my Estee Lauder lipstick in Impulsive and Benefit’s Coralista box powder almost every day.

I tag everyone who would like to take this on!

What would your answers be?

Happy 4th blog anniversary!

Happy 4th blog anniversary!

Today is the day! September 4th 2010 was the first day my blog went live. I knew nothing about blogging, had never done it before and had no idea what to do. Here we are 4 years later and still going strong. And what a ride it’s been.

Earlier this year I finally decided what I wanted to do with my blog. For most of my 4 year blog career I was in limbo and didn’t take it too seriously. It was just a hobby, something fun to do on the side while I focus on other things. But now that I have been able to give this a good thought, I came up with a blog schedule and some ideas of what to do next. And those ideas are coming to fruitition. In the past 4 years this blog went from getting 0 visitors to 250 – 300 visitors a day. I hit a bit of a rough patch last year which caused my blog to go on the backburner a few times and of course it translated to dropping visitor numbers. By now, numbers are back at the level it was at before I had to have a blog hiatus for a few weeks and switch to every other day blog posts.

In the next few days you’ll find one of the biggest changes for me. Today, or some time this week, I will sign up for an actual domain name. To me, that shows that I am committed to this place and to keep it going for however long I enjoy chucking things online. Since I started my blog with no idea what to do, I never really invested in it either. You need a plan and know what you’re doing before you can fully commit to something and that’s what I do now, so I’m ready to take the plunge and make this an official website.

As of next week I will also make some changes to my blog schedule. I am currently blogging about beauty on Mon-Wed-Sat, lifestyle on Tue & Sun, music on Thur and fashion on Fri. That schedule will still hold, but as of Tuesday, I will have a weekly blog post on food. Be it recipes or any other food related topic: that will go online on Tuesday’s. The rest of the schedule remains the same, but on Thursday, in addition to the music post, I will add a post on nails in the afternoon. So Thursday’s will not only see one blog post, but two. I enjoy doing my nails and it is one topic that my blog touched upon a lot when I first started. It’s something that got pushed to the sidelines, not because I didn’t like it anymore, but because I found no space to put it anywhere. But now that I know what I want to do, I’ve decided to add a weekly nail post. To sum things up, my blog schedule will look as follows (starting this coming Monday):

  • Monday, Wednesday, Saturday: beauty = product reviews on make up, skin-,body-, and haircare; a look into my stash; favorite products; looks; 30 day make up challenge, etc.
  • Tuesday: food = recipes, what I eat, information about my diet, mabye even some health and exercise related topics, etc.
  • Thursday 1: music = songs, albums reviews, indie music, etc.
  • Thursday 2: nails = NOTD, my stash, favorites, etc.
  • Friday: fashion = outfits, styling, trends and shoplogs, etc.
  • Sunday: lifestyle = personal updates, tags, book reviews, etc.

A wish I had for this blog is to start making videos. And surprise, surprise: tomorrow the first one will go up! I don’t have a regular schedule in mind yet. I have a few videos recorded and ready to go so I will first see how those are received. Then I will see what I’ll do next. For now, I have a new youtube channel set up specifically for the blog and you can look forward to a shoe collection video for tomorrow’s post.

If you want to stay up to date with the blog, you can follow me on Twitter or Instagram: @indiequeen84. That’s where I mostly update on the daily workings of the blog.

For now, I would like to thank YOU, my visitors, for the past 4 years. Here’s to another!
And to include you in these celebrations, you need to check back today at 3 PM CET.
I’ll have a small surprise online for you then.

Happy birthday to… ME!

Happy birthday to… ME!

Today just a short and quick note as today is my birthday! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!

I was born on 6 July 1984, which makes me a whooping 30 years old. Yikes, I’m getting old! Or like a good friend of mine decided to put it when she turned 30: I’m 29.95 including shipping & handling. Luckily for me, most people think I’m a lot younger so I can still get away with doing silly things. Because when push comes to shove, I’m still young at heart.

And to celebrate the fact that I’ve been on this planet for 30 years, here’s 30 random fact about me. One for each year of my life. Enjoy your day!

  1. I spent the first year of my life bald and unable to walk. I was late with almost everything haha. I did move house when I was 9 months old, but obviously I don’t remember that.
  2. My brother was born!
  3. Earliest memory: believing I could run, jump into the air and fly. Kids have such wild imagination.
  4. First song I remember liking was Jackie Wilson’s Reet Petite. Oh and I was afraid of the Young Ones.
  5. Nothing too specific pops up, apart from the fact that my mom cut my hair short just before my 5th birthday.
  6. My love for dresses started at an early age. I wore a tulip printed dress on my 6th birthday. My mom made it for me and I remember loving every minute of it, as long as I got to twirl around in circles.
  7. I spent my childhood summers going mostly on day trips with my family. One summer entailed going to the zoo, an amusement part and a visit to the beach. Best memories ever.
  8. The year I became a ‘dansmarieke’ (type of cheerleader) for the local Carnaval society.
  9. When I was 9, my parents bought a house on the other side of town. I changed schools and still remember painting parts of the house and picking out what wallpaper would go onto my wall.
  10. The first time I attended a wedding which I actually remember. Oh and I had a major performance with my dance school where everyone was taught the same Rock N Roll themed routine.
  11. Thinking I was super hip and cool while sporting black shorts, a black gilet with a colored shirt and wearing my hair in pony tails off the side of my head. Fashion has always been a thing.
  12. Start of high school and my love for all things Backstreet Boys. I also distinctly remember going to see Michael Jackson with my mom and liking to paint my nails in all colors of the rainbow.
  13. Because I changed schools when I was 9, I also ended up changing dance schools when I went to high school. It was part of the gymnastics club and they had a yearly summer camp. I went for years on a row and have especially fond memories of the times I went in my early teens.
  14. Getting braces. I was born with a huge overbite due to a small, narrow jaw. I ended up needing surgery 2x and 5 different braces to fix my teeth. And I cut my hair short.
  15. Seeing Backstreet Boys live for the second time in the Amsterdam Arena. 50,000 screaming girls and I was one of them. Nuff said.
  16. Meeting my best friend in Biology class.
  17. The start of my clubbing days and my first forays into make up. I still have a Bourjois eyeshadow from those days. Ah the memories.
  18. Moving to Leiden, 2 hours away from everything and everyone I had ever known to start university. The first couple of days were rough, but I quickly met some people, joined a student society and had the time of my life.
  19. Going on vacation for the first time by myself. I went to London with my mom the year before, but I found another lull in my student schedule, saved up and got on a plane to New York in January 2004.
  20. A year later I would spend one semester at College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia as an exchange student. I lived my life in US college dorms, ate at cafeterias, made tons of new friends and visited Chicago, Monticello (Thomas Jefferson’s house), Norfolk, Washington DC, other places closer to where I stayed and ended up going to New York again.
  21. I got my first teaching job teaching NT2 at Direct Dutch in The Hague and wrote articles for the university paper. By now I’ve been a teacher for 8.5 years.
  22. Having made tons of friends through the online Backstreet Boys community, I spent some time visiting Paris, Munich and other random places to see them. Plenty of people also came over to stay at my place.
  23. I took courses in journalism, did an internship at a Dutch TV station, graduated for my Master’s degree in English language & culture, started my teaching degree and took on a teaching job at a secondary school.
  24. Graduated for my teaching degree, fell in and out of love, went on a round trip of the US and had my first burn out. Started immunotherapy to help with my allergies.
  25. Landed a job in higher education and took my time reading books and taking it easy. Enjoying my working life.
  26. Got bored and so I started a Research Master’s degree in Communication & Information sciences. Started this blog!
  27. Focused on combining my studies with my job while still maintaining a social life. I became more serious about working out and sticking to a healthy diet.
  28. I got let go at my job and found a job as a teacher trainer education in Amsterdam. Found out I’m wheat intolerant.
  29. Graduated for the Communication & Information sciences degree. Enter burn out no. 2.
  30. I’m starting my 30th year of living with an uncertain job situation (my contract is not being renewed and I may have something lined up yet when my contract ends later this month, but nothing is set in stone yet.), but with a tremendously rich experience in my pocket (as we speak I’m on a 3 week solo train trip across Europe).
Updated make up collection & storage

Updated make up collection & storage

A collection update. It was about time. The last time I showed this was almost 2 years ago and lots has changed since then. I purged quite a few sections mainly, but on the other hand, not so much has changed. I still store my make up collection in the same way and I honestly don’t want it to go anywhere anywhere else. Meaning: I’m not willing to buy other storage for it any time soon and so, if things don’t fit anymore, it means I simply have to throw things out or give them away. And yes, I know, it’s still a lot of make up, but I enjoy it and I like playing around with new looks and new products. Do I need all of this? No. Do I use it? Yes. Is it a hobby? Yes. Am I crazy? Yes, yes, yes, yes. So, now we got that out of the way, let’s get to it.

My make up storage space and what’s on top.

Ta-dah! I present to you: my make up station. Nothing has changed here. I am still using the IKEA Aneboda 3-drawer set to store my make up and the Anordna drawer inlays to organize it. It even includes the same desk organizer I also got from IKEA (but I forgot the name) and the Q-tip holder is from HEMA. Also: excuse the dirty brushes.

On top of my storage unit, you will find some daily essentials: a cloth to wipe brushes, tissues, Q-tips, brushes and some bigger eyeshadow palettes. The black container is for putting in lipsticks when I’m on the go. It has a mirror and some Q-tips so I’m prepared wherever I am.

Palette wise this is where I store the Urban Decay Vice and 15th anniversary palettes, my MAC palette, my Z-palettes filled with NYX, Sephora, Catrice and Essence singles, my Sephora + Pantone palette from the US and a 120 palette for when I want to do something crazy. My brushes are from all over the place: Sigma, HEMA, The Body Shop and Real Techniques are the main brands though. My kabuki brush is by ELF.

Drawer 1: Lips, every day stuff and eyeliner

Now this has changed a lot! In the back there is a spot for back up products. I only keep back ups of mascaras though, so that’s not too interesting. Then there’s lip gloss and lipstick on the left. I used to have twice the amount of lip gloss and many of the lipsticks you see here are now gone: I purged my lipsticks after taking these pictures, but as you may have noticed replaced them very quickly. Another thing I purged since the last time you saw my collection are my lip balms. Since lip balms take ages to get through, I decided to throw out a bunch and also stop buying them. My goal is to one day finish all of these and I figured I have more than enough to last me a life time.

The two sections on the right hold my every day products and lip and eye liners. In the small section to the left I keep my sharpener, MAC lip erase, my favorite eyeshadow for highlighting, brow powder, mascara, eyeshadow base, etc. I also keep my Benefit High Beam and Mac paint pot in Painterly here as I tend to reach for these products most often. On the right you see my lip- and eyeliner section. Again something I purged majorly. Most of my NYX eyeshadow pencils have found a new home and I’ve only kept Milk, Slate and Black Beans as those were the ones I really used. Other than that you see pencil liners, liquid eyeliner, gel eyeliner and some glitter liners by Sleek.

Drawer 2: Eyeshadow

As you may remember: I’m an eyeshadow junkie and if you thought that what was on top of this drawer set, was it, you’re wrong. I still have a load of eyeshadow and it’s the only part I didn’t purge much.

In the back, on the left, are some pigments and older eyeshadows that I used to love but don’t reach for all that often anymore. In front of that are some single eyeshadows: mostly baked and mineral eyeshadows and some L’Oreal Infallible ones. All the way up front is my larger Dior palette which I bought on a boat once, my Sleek palettes, TBS shimmer cubes, and my Wet N Wild palette.

On the right hand side you can see some smaller eyeshadow palettes such as Urban Decay Naked 1 and 2, a Too Faced Naked Eye palette and my Inglot palettes. In front you can find even smaller eyeshadow palettes by NYX, Dior and Make Up Designory. Last but not least, I have a section where I keep my cream eyeshadows such as MAC paint pots, Benefit creaseless cream shadows and Maybelline Color Tattoos.

Drawer 3: Face products

Another section that was purged quite a bit: face products, with special attention paid to blush, which is now consolidated to the left side of this drawer. There are the Benefit box powders in their own little section, then ‘other’ blushes, such as cream blush and some colors which I don’t use as often next to that. The section in the front is where I keep blusher which I use most often. This includes: NARS Orgasm, MAC Margin & Solar Ray, NYC Color Wheel and my favorite peach blush by Shisheido.

The other half of this drawer is devoted to foundation, concealer and face powders. I don’t really do foundation and so I only have one real foundation (the Fit Me one I gifted to a friend because it didn’t work for me, so that has disappeared already) and then I have some BB creams, one of which is almost gone, and one which is a tad too dark for now. Then there’s a small concealer section and there’s a lone primer in there as well. In the front there are bronzers on the left, highlighers on the right and my MAC Naturalized Skin Finish Natural and MAC Prep + Prime transparent powder.

And that’s it! Kind of short and sweet and not including some of my more recent purchases, but you get the idea. Hope you enjoyed and have a good Sunday 🙂

Current obsessions (March 2013)

Current obsessions (March 2013)

Two months have passed which means I’ve had plenty of time to become obsessed with a few new things again. Some haven’t changed yet from last time: I’m still obsessed with cheese and dresses, but since I don’t like repeating myself here’s a new batch of 5 things I’ve become obsessed with in the past few months. Enjoy!

1.) Mint green creepers

Creepers. You love em or you hate em. I’ve been slowly seeing them popping up more and more when I go to work, but all I had ever seen were the standard black ones. To me those were simply, well, too black and I didn’t like them much. Until, after watching Jenn from clothesencounters styling her pair in a video that I though: mm I might be able to make this work. After some googling I found that creepers come in different shapes, colors and forms and when I searched the UK Urban Outfitters website I found these ones. How cool are they? I mean they are pastel, mint and have white which instantly makes them girlier and suitable for spring and summer. I cannot wait to add these babies to my ever growing shoe collection!

2.) Dried fruits

I’ve really been digging dried fruits as well lately. In my search for easy snacks that are high in carbs but do not contain any wheat I quickly concluded that dried fruits would be the way to go. So I have been snacking on raisins, currents, plums, apricots and the like for a few weeks now and I really like it. I do go with the non-sugared versions of all as I find the sugared version simply too sweet.

3.) Tara Stiles/ Yoga

My goal for 2013 was to buy myself a yoga mat and do more yoga at home to add a few more work outs into my routine if I can’t make it to the gym or just to stretch out the tension in my back after a long day of work. I have been following Tara Stiles for years via her Twitter and Youtube channel and I devoured her book in one go some time in February. I became so inspired that I started looking up her old videos again and am now finding myself doing her bed time yoga routine a few times a week. I even managed to finally find a yoga mat I like and now my next step is to buy her DVD set later this month so I won’t be stuck trying to find different youtube videos all the time.

4.) Bright lipsticks

Well you may have already guessed this one after yesterday’s post, but it’s simply true. I am totally digging bright lipsticks lately. I’ve been wearing it so often to work that both colleagues and students have gotten used to it by now and don’t even look twice when I come in with another bold concoction on my lips. It does turn a few heads though when I’m walking through the station in the morning.

5.) Justin Timberlake

I can’t wait until the 20/20 Experience is released later this week. I’ve been loving the fact that Mr. JT is finally releasing new music. I am looking up videos on youtube, watching all of his live performances (I am in love with the SNL performance of Mirrors right now, see video) and I even busted out my DVD from the Future Sex Love Sounds tour a few weeks ago. Oh yes, I love me some JT and if the albums is as good at the two songs I’ve heard so far I know that it will soon become a regular in my playlist.

What are your current favorites?

Update on me (March 2013)

Update on me (March 2013)

I thought it would be time to write a more personal post again. The last time I wrote an update was in January when things weren’t going too well. I’m happy to announce that things are definitely better again. I’m sure you can tell by the amount and type of blogs that I’m posting. I’m finding it easier to blog again, am enjoying myself again and life is simply good right now.


I am suddenly finding myself with this new joust of energy. I notice it in everything: I read more, I feel more energetic and I am much more willing to go out and DO things. What things? Doesn’t matter. Right now I’m in for trying new things, meeting new people and well just going out there and doing something other than sitting at my desk writing blogs or watching youtube videos. I’m sure it’s because spring is finally on the brink of arrival here and days have slowly started to lengthen. I swear: winter is not my time of year!

Spring however has its downsides as well. We’ve literally had 2 days of sunshine when I’m writing this and already my hayfever symptoms have spiked. Luckily for me I’m seeing my allergy doctor soon so I’m sure I’ll be able to get some more meds to help me cope. So that will sort itself out. My March track record for hayfever syptoms isn’t the greatest but I’m sure I can toughen it out and hope for the best.

As for life in general: like I said, it’s great. Work is going great. I have unofficial word that my contract will be extended and I simply feel like this job is THE one for me right now. It’s odd. I really liked my previous job, but however hard I tried I never really got things done. My wishes weren’t heard, English was simply a thing students ‘had to do’ and I never reached my full potential. And I’m only just now starting to realize that. In the 7 months I’ve been at my current job I’ve achieved more than I did in 3 years at the other one. It’s like a glove that fits. I like my colleagues. I like my students. I like the courses I’m teaching. And what’s more: they seem to like me too. The only downside to my current job is the organization: communication and organization wise it isn’t the best, but I’ll happily deal with things the best way I can as all the other aspects of my job are so much more rewarding.

Uni wise everything is fine as well. I finally managed to hand in my final assignment, so now all I have to do is finish my thesis and I will be done. It did take me most of my spring break to do it, but hey, it’s all for a good cause. My thesis is also coming along nicely. I’m right on track planning wise and I hope to stay on that track for the time to come. I’m still in my data gathering phase, but since I’ve already read so much about my topic, that’s all that’s left to do before I can start writing it all down. I pretty much already have my theoretical framework ready to go. It just needs some alterations and an additional source or two, but then it’s just a matter of analyzing data and putting my thoughts onto paper. As much as I enjoy being in uni again, the strain of doing it next to job has gotten to me this final year so I can also tell you that I’m going to be glad when it’s over.

On a more personal note life is simply busy and a lot of fun. These next few weeks I’m going from dinners to birthdays, from meetings to museum visits and everything in between. And let’s not forget about gym and dance class, because that is also fun and social. No if anything I will definitely not be getting bored any time soon. This upcoming week I’m traveling to uni to discuss my thesis with my supervisor, am going to see my parents for my mom’s birthday and I’m sure something else will pop up in between (drinks with students, dinners with colleagues, you name it). And the weeks after this are going to be as crazy busy as well with Easter coming up, several other birthdays and a study trip from work in April I won’t be able to slow down on the social front any time soon :-). But that’s the way I like it.

I hope you liked that throw back to some old school Backstreet 😉 (My first BSB show was from this tour, gah the memories!). Take care and leave comment below with your plans for the upcoming few weeks.