Long time no see!Things have been so crazy lately. Epica is in full promo mode and little Vinnie is taking up all of my time. I can't believe he is already 5 months old. At this moment he has 6 teeth and loves to bite me. Even though I repeatedly tell him that mommy is no food, he disagrees.The Quantum Enigma release is coming closer. Today we rehearsed some acoustic tracks and tomorrow Mark and I will fly to London for two days of promo. Really love London and hope that I can also do some shopping and eat my Ginger Chicken Udon at Wagamama.Are there any beauty must haves that I have to get while being in London? I already have my list. Curious about the Charlotte Tillbury line. Let's see if I even have time to quickly sneak out.Beauty posts are coming your way. Maybe you'd like to see a UK haul?
Picture by Tim Tronckoe, edited by Mama Simons :)
For a while now, I have been really strict with lathering on the body lotion, oils and now soufflés. It used to be a step which I always skipped after the bathing, but now I must say that I can't go without moisturizing my whole body, and not just my face.Besides Balea, I am a big Nivea fan. I managed to empty the 400 ml bodylotion version of this soufflé (soft lotion). It will be featured in another Beauty Bin.This soufflé (300 ml) has a lighter texture and is slightly more oily than the lotion and I must say that I prefer this one. It is also nicer to take with on travel. It has a more luxurious feeling when applying this to the skin. It doesn't leave the skin feeling sticky, nor does it put a weird film on your skin.My must have for glowy skin!What are your favorite body lotions/oils/soufflé?
One of my most used kitchen tools is my blender. I make soups, smoothies and sauces with it on a daily basis. Couldn't live without it! Even when we are on tour I make sure that we have a blender on the bus. The boys love it too!Here is a recipe for a quick, creamy and healthy green smoothie! This is so refreshing and saturating. It is not too sweet super creamy.Lekker lekker!!For one person you need:
Tomorrow I will try avocado, banana, soy yoghurt and a shot of vanilla mmm!Blend and slurp away!
- 1 kiwi
- Half a cucumber
- Half an avocado
- Cup of water
- 2 slices of lemon (one in the smoothie and one for decoration)
Who doesn't love food? Here's a simple, quick recipe for a tomato quiche which I posted on Instagram.What you need:
- A roll of puff pastry
- 300 gram Gruyere cheese
- Dijon mustard
- 4 big tomatoes (not too juicy)
- Black olives
- Olive oil
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 red onion
- Fresh black pepper
- Fresh thyme
- Baking/cooking spray
Warning! Do not eat this before you go on a first date :) Extreme garlic alarm...Eet smakelijk!
- Preheat the oven (upper and lower heat) to 200 degrees Celsius.
- Spray the cake pan with the cooking spray and place the puff pastry. Bake it for about 10 minutes.
- Cut the tomatoes and let them leak a bit.
- Smear a thin layer of Dijon mustard on the bottom.
- The cheesy goodness comes next.
- Place the tomatoes on top of the mustard.
- Add the olives, onion rings and thyme.
- The last part is the two spoons of olive oil mixed with the pressed garlic and some freshly grounded black pepper.
- Put this heavenly (anti-vampire) dish in the oven for about 30 minutes and enjoy!
About to be baked.
Before my drawer is about to pop, I'll post another Beauty Bin for you!It feels somehow weird to collect garbage, but it's all for the BB posts.Andrelon Oil and Care ConditionerThe best conditioner in the Dutch drugstores. I have emptied quite a lot of them, but I won't feature them over and over. You'll be seeing a lot of the same stuff then.Andrelon Oil and Care 1 minute hair maskAlso the third tube that I finished. This range is really amazing and does wonders for my hair. The one minute is of course very appealing for mommies. Saving minutes wherever I can.The Body Shop Banana ConditionerAn old friend of mine and keeps coming back to my bathroom closet and shower. Don't always like the scent, but again a great conditioner for slightly dry, frizzy hair.Bebe More Melt away cleaning mouseI collected about 3 of these, but only put one in this post. My skin is very sensitive and I am very hesitant to try out new stuff in order to prevent an allergic reaction. This whole new range from Bebe totally appealed to me and my skin approved of it. I wouldn't call it a mouse, it's more of thicker peeling gel. The peeling beads are very tiny and gentle on the skin.Balea Ultra Sensitive Cleansing MilkNo need to tell you more about this, it's my best friend :)Maybelline Waterproof Make Up RemoverBesides the one from Balea, I use this the most. It sweeps my Maybelline Rocket waterproof mascara away and is still affordable. No need to spend a lot of money on it because you'll need a lot of it.Balea shower creme in mango pineappleLove me some Balea, but these bottles are extremely hard to get anything out. I've tried all scents from this range and like this one the most. Too bad you need to squeeze until you look like a tomato.Maybe DM can change the packaging. The product itself is great.Balea soft oil body lotionMy skin always thanks me when this little friend has landed in my shopping basket. I've got all my friends and family using these. Couldn't live without. I like to try out different ones from time to time, but always have a back up from this one at hand. It is great all year round. In winter and summer. It gives your skin a super beautiful glow. I also used this for shows on my arms. Good smelly, moisturized and glowy during the whole show. A little disclaimer; I am not sponsored by Balea. It is just an amazing brand and I pay for it myself, will keep on doing so ;)Bebe Brighten Up day cremeThe second one already and still loving it. It makes my skin look super healthy, even in these dry air heating times where the skin is sometimes rebelling. My skin is soft like a baby's bottom.Bioderma Sensibio/CrealineStill loving these and will get me some back ups when I am in Paris next month.L'Occitane Almond body milkHere's a fancy product from my favorite skin care line of L'occitane. Too bad they discontinued my moisturizer from this range. I love almonds, to eat thema and anything almond scented. The lotion is divine. It is not for traveling, though, so I kept it in my bath room closet and lathered it on after each shower.
Beauty posts/videos about make up storage and collections are some of my favorites.I'd like to show you my everyday make up and how I store it in my writing desk/beauty desk. The one I have was the last one in the shop and is not for sale anymore. It has some defects, but I didn't care about that. Sam Chapman (Pixiwoo) posted once a picture of her beauty desk and it was similar to mine. I really liked the design and find if practical for every day use.To organize my make up, I used lids from boxes and taped them to the desk so that they wouldn't move around. I was quite happy with this system, but wanted something else. A lot of shop offer draw dividers and baskets at this moment. You can find them everywhere. What caught my attention were the draw dividers from 'Hema'. For €10 you get one pack of 6 dividers. I got myself two packs and started puzzling to see how they would fit in my drawer.How do you organize your make up?
The recordings from our sixth studio album 'TQE' are done! The mixing and mastering has begun. Some of you that follow me on Twitter know that I am super stoked about the songs and the mix. It is brutal! I can't wait for you all to hear the final result.Last week we've had two more photo shoots to serve you all a wide variety of pictures, and there is still more to come!We had a lot of fun and know that getting our asses on fire was definitely worth it. The pictures are looking hot, in every sense of the word.Have a great week everybody!
Picture taken by Isaac, edit by moi.
At my latest visit to the grocery shop, I stopped at the candy isle. You know me.Normally I am not the person that likes fancy chocolates, but with pistachio you can always get me. I am a huge pistachio fan. Cover that in dark chocolate and chocolate mouse and I am in heaven!Have a taste when you like what I do ;)
Thank you all for your sweet birthday wishes! I had a great day with family and friends.My birthday outfit is a dress from Asos that I got some time back > Sunny SideThe lipstick that I wore was 'Lady Danger' from MAC Cosmetics. It's been lying in my collection for quite a while, but I somehow didn't get around to wear it. I love it!Have a lovely Sunday everybody!
My Birthday Donut
Today I was going through my perfume collection. I was in the mood for something more season appropriate and decided to go for Hermes 'Eau des merveilles' eau de toilette.
The story behind why I got this perfume some years ago.
I was on a flight from Sao Paulo back to Amsterdam after the Mayan tour. The stewardess which was on that flight always left this very mysterious perfume trail behind when she passed by. I asked her what it was and she said Hermes 'Eau des Merveilles'. I knew I had to have it.Top notes – Cedar, Veviter and OakMiddle notes – AmbergrisBase notes – Lemon, Orange, Elemi and Pink PepperThe 'Eau des Merveilles' eau de toilette is quite strong and might not be everybody's cup of tea. I like to wear it during autumn and winter, but I spray it on my clothes or scarf. This scent develops different on my skin and I prefer how it smells on my clothes.Do any of you spray perfume on your clothes instead of on the skin? I'm curious!
A super quick 'Face of the Day' for you guys. It is a lovely, neutral look with some of my current favorite drugstore products.
- Catrice 450 Oh, It's Toffeeful!
- Manhattan Endless Stay Make- Up in Porcelain
- Manhattan Kohl Eyeliner 96W
- NYX Nude Pearl Pigment
- NYX 819 Soft Brown Lipliner
- Maybelline Babylips in Peach
- Maybelline Rocket waterproof mascara (my 5th tube)
Here is something yummy for your tummy, that is, if you like bananas.Watching 'It's Judy's Life' makes me drool most of the time. Food is a key ingredient to their videos and I totally love the fact that they are passionate about healthy food. I have tried some of their recipes and this time I was really craving banana bread.I used this recipe: Banana BreadThe only extra ingredient that I added were the almonds, simply because they were waiting to be used.So delicious!My advice: eat it while it's hot!