What’s In My Travel Beauty Bag? (Part 2)




In my last post I shared my travel cosmetic products with you guys, so today it’s time to share my make up items, that I took with me. I’m planning on buying a bunch of make up items over here in Chicago. Hence I tried to pack light because I need some room for more. I usually bring a bunch of make up along with me but this is a study trip after all meaning that I do have to look appropriate.



For a flawless skin I packed my Rimmel London Match Perfection foundation along with my Rimmel London Stay Matte powder. I packed a concealer and my Catrice Cosmetics Primer as well as my Garnier BB Cream.



I have so many eyeshadows and palettes, so this was a tough decision but I eventually ended up with my Catrice Cosmetics Absolute Nude palette because it contains a few light shades for the days as well as darker ones to glam the look up if needed. Besides this one was pretty cheap, so it wouldn’t hurt too much if it got lost or broken during the flight. Mascara wise I chose this long lashes doll eyes mascara by Astor. The actual name of it is way longer. I’ve really been loving this lately and isn’t the packaging just plain adorable? Some looks need eyeliner so I went with a liquid one from Maybelline.


Cheeks & Lips

I decided to only pack one blush and one lipstick. The lipstick I chose is the Micheal Kors in the shade Diva because it’s a shimmery nude that can sparkle up a simple every day look. The blusher I chose is this gorgeous Catrice Cosmetics all in 4 blush, which contains 4 different shades and therefore makes it perfect for traveling because it can function as a highlighter as well.



My brush collection has grown immensely in the last couple of months, which made it extra hard to choose but I packed my Ebelin travel sized Kabuki brush, one brush to apply blush and one for eyeshadow.

I seriously cannot wait for the beauty shopping in the US and I’m pretty sure I’ll probably bring twice as much make up back as I cam with.

– xx Sophie


What’s In My Travel Beauty Bag? (Part 1)


The one part I hate about traveling the most is packing! I always overpack and barely make use of half of the things I pack. Hence this time I wanted it to be different. I’m going to fly to Chicago and might suitcase can only weigh 23kg. One of the heaviest things usually aren’t the clothes you pack but the cosmetic products you bring. Since I want to do a lot of shopping in the US I really wanted to pack lightly, so my solution for not packing to many beauty products was buying minis.


Hair & Body

For my hair I bought Guhl’s Blonde shampoo and for my body I got I love’s… lemonade days shower gel. When picking up those two cuties I also spotted a mini body lotion from I love… I got the Ginger Mornings one and it smells amazing.



Unfortunately I can’t pack all of my skin care products and I won’t be having any time to do my entire routine anyways, so I opted for just brining my Body Shop Tee Tree Toner. I packed a bit of sun screen and a Nivea moisturiser as well.



I got a little mini deodorant spray, some mini toothpaste and a few perfume samples because I don’t want to bring an entire bottle of perfume as it is way to heavy.

So these are all of the essentials I’ll be needing for a 12 day trip to Chicago. (I’m spending 3 days up in the air anyway)

– xx Sophie

High-End Make Up Wish List for Chicago

PicMonkey Collage

My trip to Chicago is only one weekend away. It’s a bit crazy to think about but next Monday I’ll be getting on a plane to fly to the US. My university has made one amazing program for us and we’ll be visiting a bunch of interesting museums and they have several great activities planned for us. Of course we also get a bit of free time to explore the city on our own (not much though), so I’ll sure be spending quite a bit of my free time doing some make up shopping! They just have so much more choice in the US and the products are way cheaper. This is my high-end beauty wish list for the US. I probably won’t end up getting all of it as that would be quite expensive but hey.. a girl can dream

Benefit Cosmetics High Beam

I’ve heard so many great things about this products and now I really want to try it so badly! This is definitely at the very top of my wish list and in the US I can get it for almost half the price.

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

Well.. this one is quite obvious. Every beauty blogger has been raving about this one!

Nars Contour Blush

Nars has some really great products but they are pretty much impossible to get in most parts of Europe. I think you can order it from their website but the regular price plus shipping is crazy.

Mac Lipsticks

I love love love Mac lipsticks and in the US they are only 16$, which is like 12€ so I can save about 6 € on each lipstick. I just have to get a few and expand my collection. I’m not entirely sure which shades I want though as there are so many and it’s impossible to choose.

Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Another product, which I’ve heard so many great things about and now desperate to try. Over here it’s about 30€, which is crazy for a mascara which will probably dry out just as fast as one half its price. In the US I can get it for just 23$, which is about 15 or 17€ . That’s like half the price, so I want to take the opportunity to finally give this one a try.

YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush

I’m a pretty big fan of the YSL lip products, so when I heard about the new release of their glosses which function as a blush as well I really wanted to try them. All of the shades look gorgeous but I think I’d go for a pink one.

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit

I absolutely hate my eyebrows. They are really dark, which is so weird because my hair is naturally blonde and usually the color of your brow is somewhat similar to your hair color but in my case it just isn’t. So I’m hoping that with this brow kit I can finally get mine under control.

Bobbi Brown Amnesia Rose Palette

I spotted this beauty of a palette on the Sephora website and immediately fell for the colors. It’s quite pricey but it’s just so gorgeous.

That’s it already. This is my beauty wish list for when I’m in the US. What’s on your current beauty wish list?

Happy Friday!

– xx Sophie

My Sick Day Essentials

Lately I haven’t been feeling all too well and when I woke up Monday morning I felt so ill I decided to stay home. I hate having to miss out on lectures and seminars because it just means more work in the end because I have to make up a bunch of things, so here are my sick day essentials, that make me feel better quickly.

1. Lots of sleep
While you’re sleeping your body recovers from all the stuff you put it through throughout the day, which is why a good night’s sleep is so important.  Whenever I have a headache or don’t feel well I snuggle up in bed and try to get some sleep, so that my body can rest and get better.

2. Tea and Water
Drink lots of water! Water is so good for you and your body needs it to stay hydrated. I tend to drink not enough water during the day, which sometimes leads to headaches for me.  If you like drinking something warm go for green tea. I’m not much of a tea person but I love green tea. It is so healthy and really good for you.

3. Turn off phone
I’m the kind of person if someone texts me I always try to text back asap because I don’t want to keep them waiting.  This can be really stressful especially when a lot of people are expecting answers and you’re really busy with something else. If I have my phone around me I can never really rest, so if you’re anything like me just turn it off. You will survive it and so will your friends if you are unavailable for a few hours.

4. Comfy Clothes
Nothing is more comforting than your favorite most comfortable clothes.

5. Fruits and Veggies
When I’m sick I’m usually not very hungry, so I like to eat fruits and veggies to get vitamins and energy from them.

This are my five essentials for a sick day, that will usually get me back on track quite fast.

What do you do when you’re not feeling well?
– xx Sophie

Shopping The Stash – My Most Neglected Products That Shouldn’t Be Neglected


I’ve seen quite a few of these shopping the stash posts lately and they have inspired me to go through my own make up and though I found a bunch of gems in there, that I haven’t used in a while, these products are probably the most neglected ones even though they deserve a lot more attention. So whoever is unfamiliar with shopping the stash – it basically means you go through your make up and search for products that you actually love but never really use.


First up are the Maybelline 24 HR  Color Tattoos in the colors 35 – On and On Bronze and 40 – Permanent Taupe. For my everyday make up I love using brown and taupe colors as they make my blues eyes stand out really well. After buying my first of these Color Tattoos I loved them so much I quickly added  a few more and I probably own them in 7 different colors now but as much as I love them they have one down-side to me: They are quite heavy. Especially if you take several of them. Since I’ve been doing a bit of traveling between University in the Netherlands and my parents house every few weeks I never took them with me because they took up too much space in my make up bag, so they ended up at the very bottom of my make up drawer. Now that I took them out of their I’m going to try to incorporate them more whenever I’m at Uni.


Next up are 2 gorgeous blushers. One is by Mac in the color Well Dress and one is the L’Oréal Nuance Rouge Blush in the color 110 Pêche. The Mac one is a really pretty light pink shade, which is perfect for every day use and the L’Oréal one is a light brown color, which contains some glitter particles and gives your face a bit of a sun kissed look when applied.


One thing I’m definitely not using enough is the Bobbi Brown Party to Go Pallette. This tiny little palette is, as the name already says, perfect for a night out. It includes one mini lip gloss in the color Midnight Violet. Two lip colors in in the colors Pretty Pink and Plum and three eyeshadows in the colors Rockstar, Eggplant and Charcoal. This palette includes the perfect colors for a smokey eye and some seductive lips and it is so tiny it fits into every purse. Somehow it got out of my sight and I haven’t used it in ages. Next time I’m going out this thing will definitely come along.


It’s such a shame but I barely ever use these two gorgeous Estee Lauder lipsticks. I got both of them together in a deal at Macy’s years ago. When I first had them I was constantly using them but the more my lipstick collection grew the less attention I paid to these beauties. I recently remembered how much I used to love them as they are very pigmented and shiny. 188 Rubellite is a very pretty dark pink and 118 Boise De Rose is a rather brown lipstick with some pink undertones. Both are amazing and definitely need more attention.


Last but not least is this beautiful Mac Dazzleglass in the color Roman Holiday. It’s actually quite a shame but I totally forgot I ever owned this. Maybe it’s because I hardly ever wear lip gloss and I’m much more of a lipstick person but this gloss is too pretty to ignore. It’s more of a peachy color, that isn’t too pigmented. It only adds a bit of color to your lips but it makes them look more voluminous and adds a nice shimmer.

Are you guilty of neglecting some really good products?

– xx Sophie

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The Body Shop Strawberry Body Polish



For my 19th birthday my brother got me a bunch of products from the  Body Shop inlcuding this strawberry scented body polish. It’s pretty safe to say that this is my favorite out of the products he got me. It was included in this gift set box which included a bunch of other strawberry scented products and then my brother also got this body polish outisde of the gift set because the packaging looks a bit different and let’s face it my brother is a guy so he probably didn’t read the label. But the good thing is that even though I’ve already finished my first bottle half-way I still have another full bottle now.


The body polish itself looks and smells just like strawberry jam. How cool is that? Pretty cool, I know.
Instead of body scrub, which you should only use once a week you can actually use this daily. This body polish is supposed to gently exfoliate and cleanse your skin, which is exactly what it does. I just love love love the this product. It makes your skin so incredibly soft and it smells so incredibly good. The best part is that the smell really does linger on your skin for a while, especially if you use other produtcs from strawberry range along with the body polish.
The scrubbing particles it contains aren’t harsh on the skin at all and remove all dead skin. My skin is pretty sensitive, so I’m always a little worried before trying polishes or scrubs but this product didn’t irritate my skin at all, so it’s definitely suitable for sensitive.

I can only recommend this because it cleanses your skin so well and makes it so soft. And I seriously can’t get enough of its smell!

Have a great Thursday
– Sophie

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Recipe


I’ve always had a secret passion for baking. When I was little being allowed to help my grandma bake was like the biggest thing for me. We still have a bunch of pictures of mini me baking or more like me making a mess. I don’t know what it is about baking. Maybe it’s the way you can put a smile on peoples faces just by mixing together a bunch of ingredients to create a delicious baked goodie. Maybe it’s how even though most of my relatives live pretty far away baking Christmas cookies in December would always reunite everyone when I was still a kid. We’d meet up with my grandparents and my great cousins and just spent an entire day baking. Those were the best times.

Nowadays I still love to bake but unfortunately I don’t have much time and whenever I’m at Uni I don’t really have much ingredients either. Therefore I love to use the chance of being able to bake whenever I’m home. One of my favorite things to bake is Banana Chocolate Chip Bread. I love bananas and I love chocolate. Simple as that.

After trying a piece  of banana bread at some garden party I’ve googled a bunch oo recipes ad tried them out. Each time I made banana bread I’ve changed up the recipe and added some of my own ingredients. Now I’ve finally created a recipe, which I’m sticking to because I like my banana bread best this way.

Here’s what you need:

2 cups/ 250g flour
1 teaspoon backing soda
1/2 cup/ 115g butter
3/4 cup/ 110g brown sugar
2 eggs
2 bananas
2 tablespoons of yoghurt
Chocolate chunks

1. Preheat oven to 350 degreez Fahrenheit or 175 degress Celsius
2. Start of by mixingthe flour, baking soda, butter and a pinchof salt.
3. Add sugar, eggs, yoghurt and a tiny bit of milk. You don’t have to add yoghurt but I do because it makes the bread so much lighter and fluffier if you know what I mean.
4. Mash up bananas and add the choclate chip chunks.
5.This step you can skip if you like but I love to add some spices to my banana bread to well spice it uo a little. So what I do is I add a pinch of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. I’ve been experimenting with on this part but I decided that these spices go best with th rest of the recipe. I just told you my secret ingredients so shhhh
6. Bake for about 40min.




Idgie wants a piece as well!

This is an easy and quick recipe, so if you have a thing for bananas and choclate you need to make this!
Happy Monday!

Sunday Spa Day: Aloe Protective Restoring Mask

As we all should know skin care is one very important thing. If you think about it we put our skin through a lot on a daily basis, so we should take better care of it. At least I know I put my skin through a lot by applying my make up daily and sometimes skipping parts of my skin care routine whenever I’m in a rush. Therefore I try to pick one day of the week where I give my hair and skin a break and pay some special attention to them. This day tends to be Sunday as it is the day of the week where I don’t really make plans and just try to relax a little and give myself a break.


I don’t think I’ve mentioned it much but for my current skin routine I’m using a lot of products from the Body Shop Tea Tree range. They don’t smell that great but they work really well on my skin. I’d say I have pretty normal skin. It’s not oily and only sometimes gets a bit dry in the winter. Anyway on Sundays I do my regular morning routine and after doing my night time routine I love to use the Aloe Protective Restoring Mask. Although my skin is not too problematic it is really sensitive and I can feel it being stressed after a long day. When I went shopping for my regular skin products a while back I looked through the different shelves and somehow got stuck with the Aloe Protective Restoring Mask. It is especially made for sensitive skin, so it ended up being one of my purchases.



I definitely have not regretted it though. You are supposed to use it once a week for ideal results. Every Sunday night after my regular routine I apply a bit of this on my skin and leave it for up to twenty minutes before wiping it off. The mask itself looks and feels like a very thick cream moisturiser.


I love the way it feels on my skin. I can immediately feel my skin being repaired when using it. No kidding! I just let it sink into my skin and let it do its magic. After about 20 minutes I just rinse my skin with warm water. After that my skin feels so relaxed and soft it’s pretty incredible. This face mask is slowly becoming one of my essential skin care products and if you have really dry skin I can only recommend this for you. It should work amazing! My skin seriously has never felt more moisturised or healthy then after using this face mask!

Happy Sunday!

– Sophie

April Favorites


April really flew by like it never even happened and it’s already May! Can you guys believe it? I still can’t quite wrap my head around this. It’s like 2014 is flying by so qickly. Anyway this is my first monthly favorites post ever! A lot of bloggers do this and I think these kinds of posts are not only fun to read but also very informative because if someone likes to use a product all the time through an entire month it has to be kind of good,right? So without further a do let’s get to my favorite things I’ve loved all throughout the month of April.


These pair of biker boots have been worn by me so much this month.  In fact I’ve come to love them so much I don’t know why I didn’t give them a go earlier as I’ve owned these for over a year now. I guess that’s because I used to not be much of a fan of biker boots or leather boots in general. Apart from my cowboy boots, which I got into when living in Louisiana, I’ve never been much of a boots person. I’m the kind of girl, who loves to wear pretty shoes.Unfortunately most pretty shoes aren’t very practical. Especially not when you’re cycling a lot. So ever since I moved to the Netherlands, I’ve been basically living on my bike as I’ve told you guys multiple times now. My bike just takes me everywhere I need to go. From university to the grocery store or God knows where. These shoes are absolutely perfect for my life right now. They are so comfortable and go with a lot of different outfits. It doesn’t matter too much if they get dirty or worn out a bit. To be honest, I actually think biker boots are the type of shoes, that only look better when you can see that they are being worn a lot.


The Body Shop Honey Bronzer
I only got this bronzer towards the end of April but I’ve pretty much worn it every day since then. I really love this because it’s so easy to apply evenly and I’ve finally found a color, that doesn’t make my face look all muddy or orange. I’m more on the pale side when it comes to skin color, so I’ve always had trouble finding a good bronzer for me but it looks like this one might be the one. I got it in the lightest shade by the way.

Bobbi Brown Nude Glow Shimmer Brick
This was given to me as a gift and it’s probably one of the best make up gifts I’ve gotten so far. I am just so in love with this. The packaging is so luxurious and beautiful and the 4 colors it contains are just drop dead gorgeous. You can use this as a blush to glam up a natural look or if you want to achieve that sun kissed look, this is just perfect.  Of course you can also use these colors as eye shadows. They will make your eyes shine for sure.

Mac Girl About Town Lipstick
This baby is one of my absolute favorite lipsticks. I really love bright pink shades and this is the bright pink shade of my dreams. I’ve written a full review of this, so if you’d like to read that just click right here.


The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner
Skin care is incredibly important and so is finding the right products for you.  I’ve tried out a mini version of this toner and I liked it so much I went and got the full version after using up the mini one. Though I’m not too keen on the smell of this it really helped my skin and what I love about this as well is that you don’t need too much of this product so even if you use it twice a day it will last you for a long time.

The Body Shop Indiane Night Jasmine Fragrance Mist
This is one of my favorites scents for every day use especially in spring and summer because it smells like flowers and sunshine and summer to me. I’ve tried to review it before but please be aware I’m not good at describing perfumes. I’ve tried it anyway, so you can read that here. I wear this a lot in general but this month I’ve been wearing it more than ever.

L’Oréal Paris Elnette de Luxe
The L’Oréal hairspray has been my go to hairspray for months now but  I used to use the one in the gold and pink packaging. I’ve always loved it except for the quite strong scent of it. This month I discovered that they also offer one that has no scent at all, so I switched to the one in the gold and light blue packaging. They don’t really have different names. They just show the different kinds with different colors, so I don’t know how else to describe it. This works just as good as the pink one but it doesn’t have a smell, so I guess I’ll be using this from now on.

That’s it already. These have been all of the products I’ve loved and used the most this month.
Happy May!
– Sophie

Liebster Awards


Hey there my lovely readers,

over the past couple of weeks I’ve been nominated for 3 more Liebster Awards by 3 other lovely bloggers! Charlene from The Adventures Of Charbar, Joanna from JoannaTales and Vicky from Kiss of Make Up ! I’d really like to thank them. This really means a lot to me because it shows, that there are actually people out there, who seem to like what I write and this is really cool to me. I started blogging because it sounded like a fun idea but I never thought people would actually read it and come back to my blog to read more, so this just makes me so happy.Oh and by the way  you guys really need to go check out their blogs because if you don’t  you are seriously missing out!

I’ve already passed on a Liebster Award and the Shine On award not too long ago. There are a ton of awesome bloggers out there, who deserve a bunch of awards but I’ve passed on awards to a pretty high number of bloggers already just a while ago, so this time I’m just going to be answering the questions because I always love reading tags and I thought this way you guys could maybe get to know me a little better. So if you do want to get to know me a little better just continue reading:

Questions from Charlene.

1.  Are you a morning person or night time person? Definitiely a night time person. I have the hardest time getting up in the morning because it’s hard for me to fall asleep at night. I hardly ever sleep before 2am but at night it’s when my creativity starts flowing. I swear I get the best ideas the later it gets, so I’m a night time person. 100%

2. What is your favourite blog post you have ever written and why? I think I’ve written about a little more than 100 posts now and I honestly don’t know which one I like best. I don’t really want to judge my posts. Each time I proof read them I’m like ‘Oh what are you writing. It all sounds so crappy’ and I’m never really happy completely happy with them but I’ll eventually just post them anyway.

3. If you could travel back in time to any memory, where would you go? That’s a tough one. There are so many great memories. I can’t pick.

4. You’re hungry. You open the fridge. What do you take out?  yoghurt.

5. Tea or Coffee? Coffee all the way!

6. If you could say anything to your 13 year old self, what would you say? Always stay true to yourself and don’t let others change you. It doesn’t matter what they think about you as long as you are happy with yourself. People love to label others but you’ve got to try to be above those things.

7. 3 things you would bring with you if you were stranded on a desert island. Don’t know. I wouldn’t like to be stranded on a desert island but if I had to chose probably a knife, a blanket and my phone, so I could call for help.

8. What never fails to make you smile? My dog and my little brother (he makes the most awful jokes)

9. Do you have a favourite quote? I have several. One of my favourites is this one:


I’ve moved and travled a lot so I couldn’t agree more with this because moving and traveling has taught me a lot about general things in live. Always gotta try to broaden your horizon.

10.  Where do you want to be in 5 years time? I hope to have finished my bachelors and master degree and will hopefully be in the midst of a PHD program.

11. How much would could a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood? :) Serious question: What is a wood chuck? I thought it was this cute little animal.



Joanna’s questions:

1. What are the top 3 places you would like to visit?

1. Chicago (I’m actually going there next month. Eeek!)

2. Buenos Aires

3. Japan

 2. What is your favourite make up brand / shop?

There are a lot of good ones but my absolute fave would have to be Mac.

 3. Who is your inspiration?

My dad.

4. Best purchase so far this year?

My new camera. I can finally take better quality pictures for my blog now. Yay

5. What are your top 5 favourite apps?

I don’t use too many apps so probably like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook. Pretty boring, huh?

 6. What makes you smile?

The little things.

7. Why did you start blogging?

I’ve always loved to write and fashion and beauty is a big passion of mine so I thought why not start writing about that and throw a random lifestyle post in every once in a while.

8. Who is your celebrity crush? That tends to change a lot.

9. If you had one wish, what would it be? A happy and healthy future for my family, friends and me. Does that count as one wish?


And last but not least Vicky’s questions:

Q1. If a loved one surprised you with a secret holiday but told you, you could only take three makeup items what would they be and why? BB cream for a hopefully flawless skin, mascara for long lashes and red lipstick because I love a good red lipstick.

Q2. for some strange Reason there’s a shortage on food and you can only chose one meal to eat for a full year what would you pick and why? Cereal. I’m a really picky eater so I’m pretty much living on cereal already anyway. Haha

Q3. savoury or sweet? I’m gonna have to go with sweet.

Q4. what is your favourite season and why? I can’t pick one. Each season has its good and its bad sides. I love spring because everything starts to blossom, summer is awesome because it’s warm and you can be outside all day, fall is so pretty when the leaves start to change and winter.. well there’s Christmas, which is my favorite time of the year. I just love them all.

Q5. What is you favourite high street and  high-end makeup product and why? I have so many products it’s hard to chose. My favorite high end make up product is probably one of my Mac or YSL lipsticks and my favorite high street is without a doubt the falsies mascara by Maybelline.

Q6. would you rather go with out wearing makeup or eating chocolate for a full year? I’d definitely give up the chocloate. I love my make up way too much.

Q7. What is your favourite makeup era and why? I don’t really have one.

Q8. you have just been offered £1000 if you either strip naked in public or do a skydive, would you do it and which would you chose? I guess I’d do neither. I wouldn’t want to get naked in public. That sounds like a nightmare and I could never go skydiving because I’m terribly afraid of heights and the feeling of falling.

Q9. Nights out or Nights in and why? Just really depends on my mood. I love to go out but sometimes I just need to chill and stay in with a good movie or book.

Q10. If you could make a wish for someone to come true, who and what would you chose and why? Tough question. I’d save it for someone really special and if I knew they had a really really big dream and were in need of a wish I’d give it to them.

Q11. Someone you know is getting married in 5 days and you have just seen their partner up close and personal with someone else… what do you do and why???? I’d tell them for sure. I’d want to know if I were about to marry a cheater, so I’d definitely tell them.

This was quite the lengthy post, so high five if you actually read it all the way through and didn’t get bored halfway. Again I really appreciate these awards and I can’t believe people are actually reading what I’m writing. It really means a lot!

I hope you kind of liked this post.

Much love,