My Travel Face

Hey guys!

So since I’m flying to London today I thought, hey, why not share with you guys how I do my make up when I travel. By the time you’re reading this I should’ve already landed in England. I actually have to get up at 4am because our flight leaves at like 7am. Yeah, that’s going to be tough! I am so not a morning person at all. I usually don’t ever really sleep before 2am and now I have to get up at 4. I really hope I can fall asleep early today because I know once we’re in London I won’t get a chance to sleep all day and I don’t want to be up for 24 hours. Anyway… let’s get to the actually point of this post. How I do my make up when I travel.

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What’s most important for me is a flawless fresh looking skin. Normally when I go on really long flights, or car, train or bus rides I either use no make up at all or BB cream because it’s lighter on my skin. Since the flight to London isn’t that long but I won’t be able to really do my make up once we’ve landed I’m using my Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation because it literally lasts all day and makes my skin look good. Of course, you have to use concealer. Traveling can be exhausting and make you look tired so we need some concealer to hide those tired eyes. To set everything I just use some translucent powder.

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Next up are my eyebrows. I don’t know why but I always need to do my eyebrows.  I feel like doing your eyebrows really shapes your face and makes you look a lot more pulled together. You know what I mean? So first I fill in my brows with a brow pencil. I’m currently trying out different ones. It’s really hard for me to find a color because most brands separate their eyebrow colors into colors for blonde, brown and black hair but even though I’m naturally blonde I have pretty dark eyebrows. I think I’m somewhere in between blonde and brown, which is why it’s hard to find a good color. If you have any recommendations please let me know!! After filling in and shaping my eyebrows I use eyebrow gel to keep everything in place.

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When I’m traveling I usually skip eyeshadow and eyeliner and just apply a bit of mascara just to give my eyes some definition. Plus I like my eyelashes to be really dark. Because I’m really pale I apply a bit of blush. One of my oldest and most loved blushes is my Mac blush Well Dressed. It is such a subtle pink it’s perfect for every day. Instead of lipstick I’m just applying some lip balm.

That’s it already! This is how I do my travel face. When I travel I don’t feel like I need a bright lipstick color or fancy eyeliner. I prefer to keep it natural and causal. What does your travel face look like?

Have a wonderful day!

Sophie

My Essentials For A Long Car Ride

 

  Hey guys!

Today I’m sharing my essentials I just need to bring with me when going on a long car ride. Why? Because I’m about to go on a long car ride to my grandparents. Unfortunately I hardly ever get to see them because they live so far away but this weekend we have this family event. It’s my grandma’s brother’s wife’s birthday. Wow, this sounds so complicated but it really isn’t.

Technically I’m not really related to her but she’s the wife of my mom’s uncle. My grandmother and her brother live right next to to each other so obviously I’ve known his wife ever since I was born. I like family events but  have to admit I’m not looking too much forward to this particular event. I hate to say negative things about family. It just makes me feel mean but let’s just say that part of my family is a little hard to deal with. They are the kind of people that always gossip about everyone and they just need to know everything. So you better not tell them anything too personal unless you want the whole town to know cause that’s the kind of people they are. And they always compare their grandchildren to my brother and me, which is so pointless because we are completely different. Anyway… I don’t want to go on with this because you guys probably couldn’t care less. I’ll just somehow have to get through that party tomorrow Yay!  At least I get to see my adorable 3 little great cousins from Denmark and my godfather. There’s light at the end of the tunnel.

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Okay, moving on to my car ride essentials. This is my beloved backpack. It got this one in March for my 19th birthday because I’ve been wanting one for the longest time now. It’s just a regular EASTPAK U.S.A backpack  in the color Savy Squirt, I believe. I really love the color because it’s a mix between blue and green – my faves. As you can tell I’ve been decorating my backpack with a bunch of patches. In general I’m more of a girly girl but I kind of have a geek side to me which explains the Batman and Captain America patches cause they are my absolute favorite superheroes. Other than that I’ve added some patches from places I’ve been to. I really wish I’d started this earlier because I’ve already been to a lot of places but oh well. Now I have an excuse to go back, right? The Britain patch on the right still needs to be sewed on but I’m doing that this weekend. Originally I wanted a London Underground one but when my Best Friend went to London a couple of weeks ago and she spotted this one with the bulldog she though this one was more fitting. What can I say? She knows me well.

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The first thing I need is my MacBook. Don’t judge! I just need it to write blog posts, write in general, edit pictures or watch a movie or my fave tv shows. My little Mac and I are inseparable. I know it’s sad but whatever. Deal with it, people! As a total contrast to technology I always bring my notebook to write down blog post ideas or to make lists of things I still need to do or stuff I want/need to buy.

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Next up is my medicine and my make up bag. Medicine bag sounds so serious but it’s really just some painkiller, something against stomach cramps, stuff for my contacts, bandaids and things like that.

Of course I always have to keep my make up bag close. The is a really small one and all I have in there is my Mabelline Matt Maker powder along with a travel sized kabuki brush, an essence mascara, some EOS lips balms, Fit Me concealer, Lush lip scrub, solid perfume and another lip product. Really it’s not that much. One thing I also like to bring with my is this mini sized body lotion in Ginger Morning. I know it’s body lotion but I use it for my hands because it smells so refreshing.

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One thing I also take with me is gum. I feel like most people do that. I don’t even chew that much gum but I always have a pack with me. In the case I might loose my contacts for whatever reason or have to take them out because they are irritating my eyes I ALWAYS bring my glasses with me. Since it’s summer and the sun’s actually out I’m taking my sunglasses with me.

I hate having my big wallet with me when I’m traveling, so I usually just take the important stuff out and put my wallet in my suitcase. My wallet’s just filled with receipts and so many customer cards to all these stores, it’s just so heavy. Hence I like to carry my cash in this tiny little wallet. For my driver’s licence, debit cards and my ID I have this cool little Vera Bradley wallet/phone case thingy. Basically you can out your license in the clear from pocket and then you can open the case and it has room for credit/debit cards, your ID and some cash. It also fits your phone. It’s pretty awesome when you’re going grocery shopping or to a friends house because it fits all you need and you don’t have to bring a purse.

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For the entertainment part I bring some good ol’ books. I’m currently reading Vanish by Tess Gerritsen, which is a thriller and it’s pretty darn good. Since I’m currently learning Dutch I’m also taking the first Harry Potter book in Dutch with me. I love music, so I NEED my iPod, so I can listen to all of my fave songs. Wuhu.

Sure thing, I always have my phone with me. Like, who does’t? It’s just nice to be able to chat with your friends over WhatsApp and Snapchat and it’s great to be able to check my Pinterest, Twitter, FaceBook and Instagram. Geeeez, I’m a member of way to many social platforms. It’s terrible, isn’t it?

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Lastly these are some more basic essentials. I think a brush, deodorant and some Anti bacteria hand gel is pretty self-explanatory. Okay, I love knitted oversized sweaters and I get cold super easily. Today it’s one of the hottest days of this summer but I’m sure it can get cold over night so I need my favorite oversized sweater. It’s the most comfy piece of clothing I own. It’s just freaking huge and it’s a dark green, which is one of my favorite colors. Another essential is fuzzy socks. Who doesn’t love fuzzy socks? They are so so so soft and comfy. They’re an absolute travel essential for me.

Alrighty guys. This is what I need when I go on a car ride for several hours. What about you?

Love,

Sophie :)

Chicago Travel Diary Part 2 (Days 4-7)

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Day 4

On Thursday we had one event that lasted the entire day. We had to be ready at 10.30 and got picked up at our hostel by a bus, which took us to Bronzeville: the African American neighbourhood of Chicago. We had a great tour guide, who has been living in Chicago for ages and has been and still does fight for the African American culture and heritage. He took us around the neighbourhood and showed us many different and very interesting things. We also went to a Blues house and several African American history and art museums. The tour lasted until about 5pm but it was I felt like I learned a lot about the cultural diversity of Chicago.

Day 5

Friday was our University day. We started of again at Roosevelt university where we were given a lecture about the history of Chicago, especially how it rose to become such a big and influential city in the US despite the Chicago fire. After the lecture we took a bus to the University of Chicago, were we had a little tour and visited the bookstore. For dinner we were invited to the house of a professor of the University of Chicago. He first gave us a little walking tour through the neighbourhood he lived in, regarding architecture and historical things, before serving us dinner. After dinner we had a big group discussion about relations between Europe and the US.

Day 6

We had been invited by the organisation Cair Chicago, which is a non-profit islamic organisation that fights against discrimination against muslims and islamophobia. A woman, who was raised as a catholic but became an atheist before converting to the Islam, gave us a little talk about what their organisation does and Islam as a religion in general. I though this was quite interesting but we had to sit in a pretty small room for almost 4 hours, which was a little lengthy. Nonetheless I think it’s great that organisations such as Cair Chicago exist, who go to schools and colleges and try to make people see that there is no reason to discriminate or be afraid of the islamic religion. The lady finally dismissed us at 2pm and we had the entire day off. So we went to Millennium Park to check out the Bean and do some shopping.

Day 7

Sunday was probably one of my favorite days. It was incredibly hot but we rented bikes for a few hours and got to cycle around Chicago. Did you guys know that Chicago has biking trails all around Lake Michigan? Me neither! It was so much fun though! I loved the contrast of having the city and the huge skyscrapers in the one side and then Lake Michigan and beautiful nature on the other side. After a fun bike ride with an incredible view and went to check out Navy Pier. This day was definitely one of the prettiest and most fun days. If you ever go to Chicago I can only recommend renting a bike and exploring the city with it.

If you want to read more about my trip to Chicago make sure to check back in soon. Also remember I’m hosting my very first giveaway and I’d love for you to participate. ENTER HERE

– Sophie

 

Chicago Travel Diary (Day 1-3)

Hey there lovelies!

I’m back on European grounds. Apart from being incredible tired and jet lagged I’m quite sad to be back already. I had an incredible time in Chicago. It’s been one of my biggest dreams to go there ever since I was 11 and I still can’t believe I’ve actually been there now. The city definitely met up with all of my expectations and I miss it already. I got to see a lot of great things and made some new friends. Those of you who have been following me for a while now know that I’m an international student at a Dutch university and am still trying to learn the language. Therefore I was a bit nervous at first because I was the only not Dutch student on the trip and I was only friends with one other person there. Luckily I was nervous for no reason because everyone tried to help me with the language barrier and always made sure I was included. I made some really great new friends and got to bond with some people I already knew a little. So I hope you enjoy reading part one of my Chicago travel diary.

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Day 1

After a very long and exhausting 8 hour flight and a 40 minute subway ride we finally made it to the hostel we stayed in. Almost everyone was there already because most people of our group flew from Amsterdam but I flew from Dusseldorf with a much smaller group ( we couldn’t all fit into one plane). My roommates (we shared a room with 8 people) were already waiting for me and after I had freshened up a little we went out for our first dinner. I had an amazing chicken sandwich. After dinner we walked around Chicago for a little bit but went to bed pretty soon after that because we were all jet lagged and super tired.

 

Day 2

On our second day we had to get up pretty early and after enjoying a cream cheese bagel for breakfast we went to Roosevelt University were we had a lecture about Chicago architecture. After the lecture the professor, who gave the lecturer, gave us a tour of the Chicago loop area. After lunch we had an architectural boat tour along the Chicago river, which was probably one of my favorite things. I’m pretty interested in a architecture and Chicago sure has some amazing architecture. The lady that gave the tour talked non-stop for 90 minutes, which was incredibly long but also very interesting. We ended off the day with a baseball game. It was the Chicago White Sox against the Indian Clevelands. Chicago won. Yay!

 

Day 3

Today we got to sleep in a little and catch up on some sleep. After a yummy breakfast bagel we took the ‘L’ (also known as elevated trains: Chicago’s subway/tube system) to old town. Old Town is a neighborhood of Chicago, which is pretty historical and has a lot of cool buildings. We took a tour through the neighborhood and later went to see a comedy show at the “Second City” theater. The Second City has trained a lot of comedians such as Tina Fey and Steve Carell. Usually comedians don’t really make me laugh too much but the show we went to was pretty funny and I definitely enjoyed it.

If you want to read more about my trip to Chicago make sure to keep checking back as I will be posting part 2 soon :)

xx Sophie

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

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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.

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Face

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.

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Eyes

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.

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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.

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Brushes

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)

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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.

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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.

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Face

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.

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Others

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

A Day In Amsterdam

With exams finally being over this weekend was my first free weekend in about a month. At first I was planning on just doing nothing and chilling out to recover from exams but then I figured that’d be kinda boring. So I was thinking of what to do and then it came to me. I’ve been living in the Netherlands since last September now but I haven’t actually seen that much of the country except for the city I’m living in, which I really adore but I just wanted to see more. Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is about an hour and a half by train from here, so I decided to pack up a few things, go to the train station, buy a ticket and hop on the next train to Amsterdam.

I’m so glad I came up with this idea and that I went through with it. I just felt a little adventurous and I love traveling and checking out new places, so I just went for it. I usually don’t travel alone and I was a bit nervous that I’d catch the wrong train and end up God knows where but everything went fine and I had an amazing day exploring the city.

When I left it was actually quite chilly and cloudy outside but the second I arrived at Amsterdam Central Station the sun came out. So here are some pictures of this absolutely beautiful city.

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I think Amsterdam just became one of my favorite cities in Europe. It is such a beautiful place. They have the cutest little houses and there’s all these canals. Unfortunately I didn’t have enough time to do one of those canal tours but I sure am doing one next time. Amsterdam is such a lovely and charming city I can’t get over it.

I’ve been to Amsterdam before but only once when I was a bout three years old. We still have a picture of me running around in tiny little rubber boots chasing doves. This time I obviously didn’t run around chasing doves and luckily I didn’t need rubber boots because the weather was gorgeous. After walking around the harbour and looking over the canals I walked to the city centre and did a little bit of shopping. They have the coolest stores there. Thank God the University of Amsterdam doesn’t offer my study program because if I was living there I’d probably totally broke and instead of studying I’d be sitting near the water just watching the ships go by.

Okay, I think I’ve fallen a bit in love with Amsterdam and before I continue to bore you with my ramblings I’m just going to stop now. But yeah you’ve probably noticed by now that I’ve had an amazing day and I can’t wait to go back again.

Any of you ever been to Amsterdam?

Happy Sunday!

The Perfect Blush For Traveling

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For those of you, who might not know it, I’m currently studying abroad in the Netherlands and since brands differ from country to country it’s really interesting to discover new brands. Hence I recently paid one of the most popular drugstore brands over here a visit and between many familiar brands ( Maybelline, Rimmel London, Loreal etc) I’ve spotted this brand called Catrice Cosmetics. They had a wide variety of all kinds of products for a very very cheap price. Since I was in need of a new blush I picked up one to give it a try. The one I bought is number 060 Strawberry Frappucino.

I cannot tell you how glad I am, I gave this brand a try. I’m in love with this blush. It includes four different colors starting with a very dark brown reddish color up to a very light pink almost creamy color. You can either use them separately or swirl them all together to create a nice pink color.

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The pigmentation is just right. Not too strong and not light and it lasts all day. It comes in a little packaging that is very handy because it fits just into the palm of your hand.

The reason why this is so great to take with you when you’re on the go is because of the dark color and the light one you can leave the rest of your conturing products at home and just use this one. The very light shade functions perfectly as a highlighter.  For 2.99 this is an absolute bargain.

I’ve done a little research on Catrice Cosmetics and their products are currently available in Germany, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Austria, Switzerland and a few others. If you happen to live in one of these countries you should definitely give this brand a try if you haven’t already.

I’m going to try out more of their products for sure.

Have a great Monday! XX

I Love London

First of all HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

I just got back from London today and apart from being incredibly tired I’m kind of depressed I’m already back. London was absolutely amazing. I love how the subway, or tube system (how they call it), takes you everywhere so fast and the city itself just has this British charm, that I totally adore. Besides that there is so much to see.Unfortunately I did not get to see everything but I saw a lot and it was so so so amazing.

Originally I went to London with my best friend to celebrate New Years Eve there. My last New Years Eves all kind of sucked so I finally broke the spell! This year totally rocked! I know I’m repeating myself but it was just so cool I can’t really find the right words to describe it. But apart from celebrating into the New Year we got to do so much more.

My best friend’s been to London so many times she already knows her way around there so I had my own personal tour guide in a way.

The first day we arrived pretty late so we did some late night sightseeing.

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The next day the weather was pretty British. Rain and wind but I guess when you go to the UK you just have to be prepared for that. Of course we wouldn’t let the rain ruin our day so we checked out Piccadilly Circus and did some shopping. London was full of sales and I love how in big cities you can find so many different kinds of clothes.

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After that we looked at the Tower of London and went up the Tower Bridge. Lucky for us the rain stopped so we could enjoy this amazing view.

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The next day we went to see the Buckingham Palace.

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On the 31st we went to Madame Tussaud’s and after waiting in line (or queuing as the British would say) we finally got in and I met one of my favourite superheroes… Captain America.

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Later that day we went back to the Hotel, changed and went back to the River Thames to wait for midnight and watch the fireworks. When the clock finally turned twelve we had an amazing view over the Thames and the fireworks. It was absolutely amazing and probably the best fireworks I’ve seen so far.

I hope all of you guys had an amazing New Years Eve as well and may all your wishes for 2014 come true!

XX