It is time for an update. An update on the Catrice and Essence Fall/ Winter 2019 collection. I tried both of these when they came out over the summer, but that was of course just a first impression. By now I have tried everything a bit more and while full reviews may be pending, I did want to update you on which of these products worked for me and which didn’t. What are the standout products and which should you pass up on? These products will be available for a few more months at least, so it should give you enough of an overview to decide what might be of interest.Read more
…as Sandy Denny would sing.
It’s been a few weeks since I showed you the new producs that Catrice and Essence brought out for spring/ summer 2019. I first showed you the Catrice products in early February as they are always first. A few weeks later, Essence released their update and I posted my video on the new products in early March. So by now, I have given everything a try: time to give you the full low down.Read more
In July & September I tried some new Essence & Catrice products in two different first impression videos. I always do these when these two affordable brands change up their makeup lines for the new season, which happens twice a year. So far I have gotten around to reviewing a few of the items I showed in those videos, but not everything will be making the review cut. That is why I figured I would film a video to give you my thoughts on them.
Catrice & Essence Haul Update
So we are nearing the end of August palette month and I thought we’d go out with a bang. I still have one more review for you tomorrow, but I figured it would be best to make the last video of this month my full eyeshadow palette collection video. I already did posts on my several parts of my eyeshadow palette collection, as there were a few brands that I wanted to spend some more time on and I didn’t want to make this video too long. I hope you enjoy!
Eyeshadow palette collection
I thought it would be fun to shoot a chatty, rambly type video in which I update you on my experiences so far doing the Goodreads Reading Challenge. It’s the first time I’m participating and my goal is to reach 50 books by the end of the year. By now I’m terribly behind (that July reading slump didn’t help), but I thought it would still be fun to tell you about what I love and what are some of the downsides of trying to read 50 books in one year for me.
My experiences with the Goodreads Reading Challenge
It’s been a while since I last updated you on my life. I haven’t written anything since July! I was simply so busy getting back to work and getting my life back on track that I didn’t have much inspiration for a personal update post. I also had quite a few things that I was still trying to sort out and that I needed to finalize before I would write anything about it on here. By now, I’m ready to give you an update on what I’ve been up to and what I will be doing in the next few months.
Overall I had a very chilled and relax summer. After I returned from my trip, I took some time to meet up with friends and family and I went shopping with my mom. The result of which you can see if you scroll down to Friday’s post. Mostly I spent my days at home, sometimes going to a park or beach to read and I took out a ton of time to find new music. I reorganized my bookcases, watched some cool TV series and before I knew it, summer was over and I was ready to head back to work.
As I said, I have been busy getting life back on track. I started work again halfway through August and in case you didn’t know, I switched jobs. I now work in Breda, which means I commute by train for almost 3 hours every day. By now I’m still getting used to the longer days and traveling to and from work, but I know that that is just a matter of time. I already arranged to have as few 8.30 AM starts as possible with the roster maker, because my train doesn’t run until past 7 AM which means either catching a train much much earlier so I can be on time, or showing up 10 minutes late to class. I haven’t been very lucky with the trains so far. Every week there have been major delays that ensured me to get to work 45 mins to an hour later than I should have.
Another area of my life that is slowly but surely getting back into gear are my meals, my work outs and my social life. Not that I hadn’t been working on it, but I needed to tweak things a bit and push myself a little bit more. I have now figured out a way to make sure I have regular, healthy meals again that are wheat free. Over summer I added in weightlifting in my work out and am currently on a schedule of 1 spinning class, 1 body balance class, 1 dance class and one round of weights a week. I hope to add one more aerobics type class by the end of October/ early November which will mean I have picked up my old work out schedule.
My social life is right back on track again as well. I celebrated my birthday for my family, attended my family’s yearly reunion and have had some fun lunch and dinner appointments with several of my friends. To top things off, I have planned to go to several concerts in the next few months to come. I saw Future Islands on Friday and will be seeing London Grammar, Ed Sheeran, Bombay Bicycle Club and Jungle in October, November and December. I haven’t made any plans yet for next year, but I’m pretty sure I will be doing that pretty soon.
The most exciting thing happening in the near future is another trip to London. I had found out about a few exhibitions I would love to see and when I checked for plain tickets and hotels at the end of August, I found some good deals. So I booked! I will be in London at the end of October and am planning to go see a Sherlock Holmes exhibition at the Museum of London and a photography exhibit at the V&A. Other plans for London include to do some shopping and finally take some dance classes at Pineapple dance studios. Who knows, what I’ll do, but I’ll make sure to write a report once I return.
What have you been up to?