Archive for April 2011

My Queensday Nails this year

So this year I did something different. I hadn't cleaned my mani yet, when I made the pics though. I wanted to make sure all the glue was dry before I did that.

 I used Rimmel Black Out as a base for most fingers, with Some Golden Rose no 15 (flakies) on top.

 This Golden Rose polish, mostly has blue and orange flecks, which makes it a bit Queensday-like for me.

On the ringfinger I applied some Essence WHOOM! BOOOOMM!!  Andy, You're a Star, polish.

Then I used the Rhinestones from Born Pretty Store, and their glue, to make a little Dutch Flag on it.

And there you have it, my simple Queensday nails :)

Hope you all have a wonderfull time today, I probably won't....more on that later...

REVIEW: Annmarie Gianni Skin Care Anti-Aging Serum

Goal: To find an all natural or organic Facial Serum.
Brand: Annmarie Gianni Skin Care
Product: Anti-Aging Serum
Description: This serum will increase skin moisture by inhibiting hyalurondase, which isdestructive to skin’s natural moisturizer – hyaluronic acid. It boosts Collagen III, a type of collagen abundant in young skin that diminishes with age. It helps soothe irritated skin. Great for more mature skin to help: Protect from UV damage, Regenerate skin-cells, Highly moisturize, Leave you looking younger and younger.
Ingredients: Love, Organic Rose Distillate; Organic Aloe Vera Gel; Organic Rose Distillate & Vegetable Glycerin Herb Extract of Gotu kola lvs, Gingko lvs, Rosemary lvs, Calendula flowers, Comfrey root, Fennel seed; Rhodiola root; Life Everlasting flowers, Milk thistle seed; Plantain lvs; Roobibos, Shavegrass, Nettle leaves, Amla berries, Seabuckthorn berries; Olive-derived Sodium hyaluronate; Organic Edelweiss Extract; Organic Buddleja Davidii Extract; Organic Flax Seed Extract; Organic Sunflower Seed Extract; Organic Red Raspberry Seed Extract; Organic Chia Seed Oil; Organic Carrot Seed Oil; Organic Tamanu Oil; Organic Rose Hip Seed Oil Extract; Vitamin E Tocopherols (non GMO); Aspen Bark Extract; Essential Oils of Rose Absolute, Frankincense, Sweet Myrrh, Vetiver, Jasmine sambac; Organic Rosemary Leaf Extract; Xanthan gum.
  • Price: $49.95
  • Size: 15 ml.
  • Texture: Silky and opaque.
  • Scent: Luscious, warm apples & berries!
  • Visual Attractiveness: I like the pump bottle.
  • How Much I Needed: Just a few drops.
  • How Long I've Used It: About 2 months.
  • Where to Find: Annmarie Gianni Skin Care
  • Sample Sizes: No, but I wish they did! They do sell Travel Kits but by special order only. Contact evelyne(at)annmariegianni(dot)com to order these & tell her The GG sent you!
  • Acquired: Sent to me to be reviewed with my honest opinion.
  • Customer Service: I really heart the philosophy behind this company! Annmarie, Evelyne & Lisa have been awesome! You can tell that they all really LOVE what they do!! Lisa responded ASAP, was so sweet and soooo helpful! :) FAB customer service all around.
  • Loved: That it's anti-inflammatory, deals with anti-aging and acne-prone skin issues at the same time, how soft my skin felt, and the aromatherapy experience! 
  • Hated: The price! 
  • The GG's Final Thoughts: This is the total package for me... it takes care of early signs of aging and acne all at the same time! It's a perfectly balanced and a very rare occurrence to see these two issues addressed in the same product, period. Huge bonus- the smell is absolutely out of this world! A few years back I noticed  some crow's feet beginning to creep up on me, but more than that... the dryness around my eyes bothered me. I also have acne-prone combination skin- so I never knew which way to go when it came to skin care since you usually have to choose either one or the other. It provides intensive care where I need it and is also extremely beneficial for acne-prone skin due to it's anti-inflammatory properties. (When it comes to avoiding cancer.... anti-inflammatory anything is the way to go! So gold stars for that too)! It also has sort of a mattifying effect which is nice for under makeup, shrinks pores, naturally firms and tightens fine lines, and helps to even out skin tone. The best part is that I only use the slightest amount! This is one of the most luxurious facial products I've ever used. So although it says that this product is for mature skin, I love the way it makes my not-so-mature skin feel. I really LOVE and USE both the Anti-aging Facial Oil & the Facial Serum... but if I had to choose- I'd probably splurge on this... but it honestly depends on my needs at that particular moment. Heart YOU Annmarie! xo    
COUPON CODE: To receive 10% OFF of your purchase of Annmarie Gianni Skin Care enter "Goddess" @ checkout when you shop your little ♥ out at Annmarie Gianni Skin Care! Valid April 20th, 2011- May 18th, 2011. Hurry!

REVIEW: Annmarie Gianni Skin Care Anti-Aging Facial Oil

Goal: To find a natural / organic facial moisturizing oil.
Brand: Annmarie Gianni Skin Care
Product: Anti-Aging Facial Oil
Description: My Anti-Aging Facial Oil is pure nutrition for timeless beauty. Nature has passed down the secrets of the forever young in this blend of healing herbs, antioxidants and moisturizing oils. Restore your youthful glow, diminish fine lines and rediscover your passion. The special blend of red raspberry, blueberry, broccoli, and pomegranate give your skin a powerful antioxidant boost. The other herbs and oils add to the synergy of perfect nutrition for your skin. Plantain is an herb that stimulates collagen. It also has high antioxidant properties and is anti-inflammatory.
Ingredients: Love, organic jojoba oil infused with wild-crafted & organic herbs: milk thistle seed, rosemary leaves, green tea leaves, roobibos, life everlasting flowers, licorice root, gingko leaves, ginseng leaves, gotu kola leaves, calendula flowers, lavender flowers, hibiscus flowers, echinacea purpurea, plantain leaves, shavegrass, chamomile flowers, malva flowers; organic oleic sunflower oil; hempseed oil; organic rosehip seed oil; organic red raspberry seed oil; organic cranberry seed oil; organic blueberry seed oil; chia seed oil; organic carrot seed oil; organic broccoli seed oil; organic pumpkin seed oil; organic pomegranate seed oil; organic black cumin seed oil; organic acai berry oil; wild-crafted buriti fruit oil; organic seabuckthornberry oil, vitamin E tocopherols (non-GMO) essential oils of sandalwood, jasmine sambac, vetiver, rose absolute, sweet fennel, frankincense.
  • Price: $49.95
  • Size: 15 ml
  • Texture: Oil.
  • Scent: Comforting, warm berries.
  • Visual Attractiveness: Hooray for a pump-cap!
  • How Much I Needed: Just a few drops.
  • How Long I've Used It: About 2 months.
  • Where to Find: Annmarie Gianni Skin Care
  • Sample Sizes: No, but I wish they did! They do sell Travel Kits but by special order only. Contact evelyne(at)annmariegianni(dot)com to order these & tell her The GG sent you!
  • Acquired: Sent to me to be reviewed with my honest opinion.
  • Customer Service: I really heart the philosophy behind this company! Annmarie, Evelyne & Lisa have been awesome! You can tell that they all really LOVE what they do!! Lisa responded ASAP, was so sweet and soooo helpful! :) FAB customer service all around.
  • Loved: The fact that there's broccoli in it (Lol), the incredibly sweet smell of berries, how well it seals in moisture! 
  • Hated: The price.
  • The GG's Final Thoughts: This lovely little moisturizing oil really packs a punch! Red raspberry, blueberry, pomegranate and broccoli, and broccoli, and broccoli ... AND BROCCOLI... wah??? Broccoli in my facial care? I am not going to argue and I'm not even going to question it... I will get it any way that I can, Lol. Wow... that's a first for me! Not complaining though :) I was lucky enough to sample all three of Annmarie's Facial Oils.. and they all seemed to have the same moisturizing properties for me. I openly admit that I probably chose this one simply because I LOVED the scent the most! I only use it at night, after a facial or if I'm not wearing any makeup that day. I found them to each to absorb pretty quickly, but don't like this under my makeup at all! It's not greasy by itself if you use less than you think- but it has a tendency to cause my makeup slide right off! Yuck!! Just like the Anti-aging Facial Serum... it smells soooo incredibly comforting. Oh, how I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE berries! Also think it's totally FAB that you won't go through it like it's going out of style- you can go lightly because that's all you really need, not just because it's expensive! This will last FOREVER... only a few drops cover your entire face. Always a plus in my book. Less is more. I'm still hung up on the whole broccoli thing haha! Who knew?... Apparently Annmarie did! Smooches and THANKS for another great product! xo.
COUPON CODE: To receive 10% OFF of your purchase of Annmarie Gianni Skin Care enter "Goddess" @ checkout when you shop your little ♥ out at Annmarie Gianni Skin Care! Valid April 20th, 2011- May 18th, 2011. Hurry!

REVIEW: Annmarie Gianni Skin Care Coconut Honey Mask

Goal: To find a natural / organic moisturizing facial mask.
Brand: Annmarie Gianni Skin Care
Product: Coconut Honey Mask
Description: This product is so natural it’s good enough to eat! The live enzymes will nourish your inner and outer beauty. My Organic Coconut Honey mask is the perfect moisturizing mask for those who want an even skin tone and want to smooth out fines lines and wrinkles. Use this moisturizing mask to: Rehydrate dry skin, Smooth fine lines and wrinkles, Even out your skin tone. Using this product regularly will leave you feeling radiant and alive!
Ingredients: Love, raw mountain wildflower honey, organic extra virgin coconut oil, beeswax, organic vanilla powder.
  • Price: $29.95
  • Size: 50 ml
  • Texture: Smooth & creamy.
  • Scent: Like coconut & honey... two of my favorite things! Yum!
  • Visual Attractiveness: LOVE the Miron Violet Glass Jar & that each product has a different colored label!
  • How Much I Needed: Just a little. Probably a lot less if I would stop eating it :)
  • How Long I've Used It: About two months.
  • Where to Find: Annmarie Gianni Skin Care
  • Sample Sizes: No, but I wish they did! They do sell Travel Kits but by special order only. Contact evelyne(at)annmariegianni(dot)com to order these & tell her The GG sent you!
  • Acquired: Sent to me to be reviewed with my honest opinion.
  • Customer Service: I really heart the philosophy behind this company! Annmarie, Evelyne & Lisa have been awesome! You can tell that they all really LOVE what they do!! Lisa responded ASAP, was so sweet and soooo helpful! :) FAB customer service all around.
  • Loved: Woo-hoo... live enzymes! The taste (shhhhh!), the smell and the unbelievable moisture!
  • Hated: The price... I can't figure out what makes this product so expensive!
  • The GG's Final Thoughts: Nourished is the best way I can describe how this made my skin look and feel, which is fabulous after the winter we've had here in Dirty Jersey!!! In the past, I've tried honey and I've tried coconut oil... but neither worked as well separately as they do together in this product. So for me, this is the perfect combo! You know those icky winter dry patches that sneak up on you that are sooooo much more visable with mineral makeup? Well fuhgeddaboudit... this has been my skin's life-saver! The fact that it heals acne-scars and has anti-microbial properties to prevent future breakouts is amazing! LOVE! And can we just discuss how infatuated I am with how flawlessly my makeup goes on after using this??? I routinely use this by applying it close to my eyes (as close as I can get) and even on my lips... which I lick the entire time ;) YUM! But somehow it still works! It glides on smoothly, doesn't feel sticky like you'd think when applying- but it does get a bit tacky when it's seeping into your skin... which doesn't bother in the least. I slather it on before I hop into the shower, leave it on for 15-20 min. and use a warm wash cloth to take it off. Dunzo. Definitely one of my Annmarie Gianni must-haves and it's one of those things you have to try to believe! Honey bunches of coconut kisses Annmarie!! xo.
COUPON CODE: To receive 10% OFF of your purchase of Annmarie Gianni Skin Care enter "Goddess" @ checkout when you shop your little ♥ out at Annmarie Gianni Skin Care! Valid April 20th, 2011- May 18th, 2011. Hurry!

Tomorrow It's Queensday Again!

Since I'm doing my queensday nails right now, I can;t post them yet. Maybe tomorrow.
But I can give you some old Queensday nails and EOTD.

You can find a tutorial on these nails HERE.

You can find the blog I wrote for this EOTD, HERE.

Elf Fantasy Fair, Outfit and makeup

I always want to look for more pics online, but that takes some time, and some people(you know who you are) were nagging me to post some pics. I haven't made a lot this year, but there should be a lot online, since I was photographed a lot. I re-used my first peacock costume, because it was too beautifull to let it hang in the closet and I didn't have time to make a new one. I am however, thinking about a medusa costume. At first I was thinking about a phoenix one, so I'm not sure yet which one will be made first. Might be done for this years Castlefest :)

 Ofcourse there were all kinds of food, even lots of healthy ones. Here's Sid with a Salmon quiche with veggies in it.
 I didn't have a lot of apppetite, due to the warm weather, but I ate some cupcakes like this one a humonous chocolate muffin.
 My parents went to the EFF this year aswell, here's me and my mom figuring out where to pose for the pic:
 Unfortunately not all of them are very sharp, oh well..
 I love this one:
 Look mom! *points* it's a little dog in a sling, on that womans chest!

Me and my parents, a cute pic:

For those of you who don't know my peacock costume, this is what the back looks like:

Some closeups of the makeup. You can find more on it HERE, it's quite similar to the tryout makeup I did. On my nails I wore China Glaze DV8.

 It's done mosylt with Sugarpill (Darling, Hysteric and Absinthe) and Mac Green Brown.

I usually don't make any pics of the other people's costumes, because you fin find loads of those online. But when I find a very gorgeous and/or unique one, I tend to make one anyway.

So awesome!!!! (thnx for posing!)

(do you see what she is????)

EOTD & OOTD: Greens with Sugarpill

This is an outfit I wore a while ago, when the weather was finally getting better. It was somehwere in the beginning of April. I love greens, and I wanted an EOTD to match my hairflower and my top.

 This EOTD was done with Sugarpills Absinthe and Junebug. I used some other greens aswell, but I'm not totally sure wich ones. Oops! I think it might have been Sleek Idust Eden.

In the crease I applied a little bit of Sugarpill's Stella, to give it some more depth and glitter.
It's a faily simple green look that totally lifted my mood :)

How to Get the Most from Your Expensive New Fragrance

Perhaps you met by chance and sniffed it on a friend, in the pages of a magazine, or wafting through the air at Nordstrom. Or maybe you designed it yourself after researching fragrance notes, perfume houses, and bottle designs. No matter how you found it, you finally took the plunge and purchased yourself a pricey new scent. Now you have an expensive bottle of fluid on your vanity, and it’ll be worth less than the box it came in if you don’t handle it with the care.

1. Storage

High heat and sunlight have it in for your fancy new fragrance. They breaks apart the bonds between fragrance molecules, weakening the potency and overall shelf life of your perfume, and eventually leading to a watery, lusterless liquid with little to no staying power. Even more destructive, though, are frequent fluctuations in temperature that can spoil a fragrance fast.

So, what’s the best way to store fragrances to preserve their gentle power? While it’s not always practical, one way is to stick them straight in your fridge. Temps at the higher end of the spectrum tend to degrade fragrances, but lower temps can actually protect them. And because many scents contain a veritable amount of alcohol to accelerate drying time after application, you need never worry about them accidentally freezing and expanding. Should your refrigerator be stuffed to the seams (especially in this post-holiday month), never fear. Simply keep your scents out of your bathroom (where the steam from your shower could prove harmful) and out of direct sunlight (UV rays are another common instigator of scent spoilage). When in doubt, ask yourself this: “Would I store an expensive vintage wine here?” If “no” even crosses your mind, cross this spot out as a potential display area for your cologne collection.

2. Application

One frequent misstep many people make is in applying fragrances to incorrect areas. However hard it is to believe, scents really do mix with your body’s chemistry. It’s why some fragrances smell wonderful on the tester strips but just kind of “eh” when you get them home. By applying your perfume to certain points on your body, you can get it to play perfectly with your pH and body heat to create a lasting and balanced aromatic experience.

The points are known as pulse points, and they’re exactly what they sound like they should be: places where it’s easy to read your pulse. Now, I would never recommend applying your scent to each and every one of them (unless, of course, you’re trying to knock someone unconscious), but here they are from the ground up: behind the knees, the inner thighs, about an inch below the belly button, the inner wrists, the crease of the inner elbow, the frontward facing area of the underarm, the base of the neck, behind each ear, and the temples. Which ones you choose to use are up to you, but I recommend choosing one place to spritz for a Perfume Extract, two for an Eau de Parfum, and three for an Eau de Toilette (in these cases, a “paired point”—such as the wrists—counts as one if you only spritz once and distribute it between both areas, or twice if you use one spritz on each). Of course, this is just a general guideline, and how many spritzes you use will vary greatly depending on the product. For example, my Dior Fahrenheit, an Eau de Toilette, really only needs one spritz to last me throughout the day.

3. General Tips

Layer two different fragrances to come up with a unique signature scent, and help prolong the staying power of both. Spray about an inch to two away from the pulse point for a more focussed, concentrated application (and to waste less product). If you only wear one fragrance year round, spritz a plain piece of cotton cloth with it, and leave it in your drawers; the scent will slowly and subtlely penetrate your clothing to help promote the general aura and projection of your fragrance all day. Also, apply fragrance right after taking a hot shower while your pores are still dilated and eager to absorb.


Review & LOTD: Catrice Ultimate Shine lipstick, Play the Plum

As most of you will know, Catrice has changed a lot of their products. I really liked the previous lipsticks, so I wanted to try out a new one as well, to see if they were just as nice.

 The packaging is quite stylish, glossy silver, with Catrice printed on it in white. The bottom is made of see through plastic and has a sticker with the name and colour on it.

The lipstick has the new shape a lot of lipsticks tend to have right now. It should fit better to your lips and follow the contours. Well, I really don't like all. It doesn't fit to my lips correctly, and it's really annoyingly diifcult to get a nice tight line on the outside. But hey, that might just be me with my freakysih lips ;)

The lipstick has the Catrice logo printed in it, just like Chanel lipsticks, very classy! I love the way the lipsticks shows a lot of glitter, it make it look like an expensive colour.

A swatch on my lips. For some reason the lipstick shows up sheer on the picture, but in real life the colour is more dense. It is quite an in your face pink, but I do think it's a great pink for this summer.
This lipstick feels smooth on application, but on my lips, it didn't last very long. Now I tend to have lips that don't like lipstick, so they tend to dissapear very quickly. This one may stay put longer on someone elses lips.
I think this one was 3,99 euros at Kruidvat, or somwhere around that amount.
I have to say that I did not see any colours that really interested me, the ones that did (purple and black) are colours I already own from different brands. The purple one looked a lot like Amethyst by Gosh, but I don't know if that's the same on the lips.
I'm not sure of I like these beter than the previous one, which I really loved. I might have to try another one to make that decision. But for now, I liked the previous ones better.

NOTD: Heart of Africa

This is the beautifull red polish Out of Africa by China Glaze.

 The red is a bit brighter on the pics, but I can't seem to do anything about that.

Don't mind my cuticles, they got torn up when I broke my nails ;)
This polish applies easily enough, but it didn't stay on my nails very long. I might have to try again without a topcoat. Some brand just come off in one big chip if you use a topcoat on them.

It is a beautifull red though, and it's a good addition to my stash. I love reds, and I didn't have anything like this one yet.

Review: 7piece makeup brush set by Born Pretty Store

This is the last product that was send to me by Born Pretty Store to review.

 It's a 7 piece set of makeupbrushes, which are all put into a small brushroll.
 It's a very nice kit to put into your bag to take with you, or for people who haven't used brushes before.

 The brushes all come with a little plastic wrapped around them, which I have removed here. I only left the one for the big brush, because it was hard plastic and easy to put on the brush again.
The brushroll has a flap of plastic attached on it, so you won't leave makeup stains in your bag, if you take it with you.

 There's a brush for your brows, a sponge applicator, a lipstick(?) brush, an eyeshadow brush, an eyeliner/eyebrow brush, an eyeliner/lipliner brush, and a big brush for blush or foundation.

 All brushes are easily washed with some mild babyshampoo, and came out still perfect. Only the big brush bled a lot of red, which is probably just a dyed colour. It was pretty soft, just like the rest of the brushes.

The brushroll is made of a golden silk with butterflies on it. I saw a new one on the site in silver now aswell.

This brushroll with 7 pieces costs only 4,74 dollar at Born Pretty Store, you can find it HERE.
 I gave this one to my mom, since she doesn't have any brushes yet and she totally loves butterflies. :)

The brushes are all pretty soft and I liked using them. For this amount of money, I think the brushes are a great addition to anyones stash. Just to put into your bag for touch ups, or one a weekend getaway if you don't want to bring expensive brushes. But also for people like my mom, who haven't used brushes before and want to try it out for the first time. I also think it would look great in a giftbag or would be a perfect little present for people who love makeup.

Elf Fantasy Fair Haul

Last sunday, we went to the Elf Fantasy Fair again. Even though we had a lot of fun, I have to say this years fair was my least favourite. It was WAY too crowded, and all the food and drinks were in one place, which made all the roads to that place crowded, and it wasn't fun if you became thirsty and was all the way on the other side of the fair. Also, a lot of our favourite stands weren't there, like Pygmalion, Valkyrie(dutch fantasy artists) and such. We did see a lot more and diverse books, but nothing really special. Well, if you're used to fantasy fairs that is.
That being said, we always have fun, so we had a good time. My parents were there aswell, so it was great to see them again and see the fair through their eyes.

I'm not posting pics yet, because I haven't made a lot and I'm still looking online for some of the pics that have been made of me. I've been photographed a LOT so I at least should be able to find some...hopefully.

So this post is about the stuff we bought. If you're not interested in that kind of stuff, you should stop reading right about now. :)

Something you might not expect at a fantasy fair, but we bought cheese:

 Not just any cheese though. These were special cheeses made by a farmer. Because they were 'handmade' they didn't have a lot of lactose in them anymore either, which is why Sid can eat these. (cheese has lactose in it, which turns into sugar, which isnt good for diabetics). The left one is with yoghurt and somethign lese I've forgotten(I'm more into plain and old cheese) and the right one is with basil and other herbs.

When I recently saw the first behind the scenes clip of The Hobbit by Peter Jackson, I remembered that I don't own the book anymore. So I bought an old edition ( , awesome shop!), because I love old and used books. I like those better then new version with special covers and extras. I really liked this edition, I think it's from the 70's. I also found another one from the 60's but I liked this one best.

 A series Sid had owned before, but didn't have anymore. He really wanted to have it again, and they weren't that expensive.

 I grew up with this cartoon, and as a kid I used to replay it with my friends on the playground. I always was the one with the invisibility cloak, because I was the only one who had a coat with a hood. This is a box with the complete series. At first I thought it was cool, but didn't get it, but when we were going home and saw there was just one left, we decided we wanted to have it anyway. It's always fun to have things from your childhood.

 A dvd sid really wanted. It's a box, with lots of extras.

 A dvd for my Studio Ghibli collection, I love those movies!

 Amon Amarth cd we didn't own yet. I know it's not the most complicated of music, but I like this band, it always makes me feel energetic, and I love watching them live. It's always one big party.

 third book of a series I once got in a swap. It's a victorian steampunk novel, with werewolves and vampires. It's an easy read and the main charactre is a bit different than most girls.

 4 new tarot decks for Sids collection. I picked the Art nouveau, because I loved the artwork, and the white cats, because I love cats and it's easy to take with you.

 My new Alchemy necklace. I was intrigued with it, from the first time I saw it online. When I saw it in real life, I was in love. It had gorgeous bluegreen and green stones in it. I think I might build a medusa costume around this one....

 My new Alchemy ring. I love green stones!

 A cameo in a style and colours I don't already own. Something different for a change. I might do a look with this one for the blog. One of the girls of this stand even lived in the town that's next to my birthtown, but we didn't know the same people. We did have some laughs and she made a picture of me with the necklace. Which by the way looked great with my EFF outfit.
If you like different and cute jewelry, you should really check out their site!

An Alchemy necklace Sid literally went back for 3 times, hahaha. He couldn't decide if it was too girly for him, in the end he bought it anyway.

Skullring for Sid, he wanted a pretty basic skullring, and after tryong on many many many rings...we found this one. Sid had really big fingers and we couldn't find any ring that fit, and then we found this one, which fitted -and- was exactly what Sid was searching for.

Ofcourse we also bought food and drinks, but not as much as usual. It was pretty warm, and I didn't feel like eating much.
All in all a pretty good haul!