Monday, December 26, 2011

Forever Kissing

Good morning!

Here's a new post of my 'Best of' series and it concerns lip balm. Next up will be Tinted Lip Balm.

Winter time isn't particularly nice for our lips. Some people suffer from severely chapped lips. I myself can't live without a good lip balm. I'm always on the look out for the perfect formula that feels great, tastes and smells good.

Yesterday I split my lip for the very first time. I was too rough with rubbing my foundation off with a dry tissue. Luckily I have found the best lip balm for me. It is a lip balm from 'Forever Living', called Aloe Lips. Here is the link to the Dutch version; Forever Living Dutch

It was a present from Elise and I am forever grateful to her. The formula is just perfect, the scent is not to strong. It leaves my lips smooth, soft and shiny and even boyfriends/girlfriends will love this. You'll be forever kissable when you use this product. My split lip healed in no time, thanks to the healing power of Aloe.

Aloe Kisses,
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Saturday, December 24, 2011

I wish you an Epic Christmas

Good morning!

Smoonie Claus is coming to town!

Christmas is finally here and I'm really excited! I get to see my whole family again, sit at the fire place and give away presents. Cozy times!

I hope that all of you are going to have a great time and that we will see each other again in 2012.

I will post some more from now on. The last couple of months where very hectic and left not much time for blogging. Our 5th CD 'Requiem for the Indifferent' is finally finished and will hit the stores on March 9th.

Until then we will have two shows in the Netherlands on the 12th and 13th of January, where we will play one new song. I've put together a video message from Epica for all of you; EpiChristmas

Stay healthy and happy!

Love,
Smoon Claus
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Monday, December 12, 2011

Amsterdam

Hello BB's,

Last Thursday Epica had a secret acoustic show at the Backstage hotel in Amsterdam. We were there to celebrate their unique Jagermeister room (202) which was designed by Mardien Vink. She is the very first fan to get my autograph tattooed. We played three Epica songs, drank some Jagermeister, ate bitter ballen and went to bed.

On the next day Oliver and me did some sightseeing and shopping in Amsterdam. I had to get my haring from Frens (always go there) and had a tea at one of the beautiful cafe's.

Clothing break down;
  • Jacket from Zara
  • Scarf from New Yorker
  • Bag from Modalu London

Love,
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

a Cranberry Christmas

Hello Blog Babes,

Here is another look with one of my favorite MAC eyeshadows; Cranberry. A shade which is unique and a must have if you are a fan of bold colors. My Cranberry is part of a limited edition palette, but rest assured, it is part of the regular collection.

The Look Products;
  • MAC studio fix foundation in NW20
  • Essence eyebrow pencil 03 Light Brown
  • MAC Blurr, Gleam, Cranberry eyeshadow and a simple black eyeshadow for smoked eye liner effect from Sleek.
  • Bobbi Brown Black Inc gel eyeliner for tight lining the eyes
  • Burts Bees tinted lip balm in Tiger Lilly
  • The Balm Big Mama blush 
  • MAC Soft and Gentle MSF
  • Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara

Hope you like it!

Love,
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Design Your Epica

Hi guys,

I've arrived home safe, after an 11-hour -flight back to Germany. I didn't have an entertainment center, unfortunately. I was afraid that it would be a really long, tedious flight. Then I started to talk to my neighbor and she turned out to be really lovely. We chatted for over 6 hours!

We've all had a great time in Latin America and received so many presents and cool artwork from you guys! Thanks for your creativity! Here is a piece which we all loved. Mark couldn't tell me who it was, so if you recognize your art, please let me know and you will be named.

Love,
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Smile

I saw this beautiful painting in a restaurant in Costa Rica. It made me smile instantly. I had to take a picture of it. Hope you like it.

Love from Buenos Aires,
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Autumnal Mood

Hi guys,

In between my recording sessions in the studio I went home to recharge my battery and get some fresh air.

These photographs were taken close to my home town. I live really close to nature and enjoy the fresh air every day. I love cities, for shopping and sight seeing, but could never live in a city center.

I love autumn when the leaves are still displaying different moods. When the sun is shining you can encounter gorgeous sceneries.

Sunny kisses,
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Saturday, November 5, 2011

a Scary Smoon

Hi everyone,

On the 31st of October, me and my friends were celebrating 'Dia de los Muertos' in the Rohre in Stuttgart.

I have never worn this much make up all at once. We spend about 4 hours getting ready. I've surfed the internet for tutorials and images. It was very difficult to choose a design, so I kind of did my own except for the eyes. They are inspired by:

Made by Heilemania.de

This was my first try at creating a 'Sugar Skull'. I didn't have any practice before and also didn't glue my eyebrows because I forgot to buy a 'Pritt Stick'. I do would like to erase my eyebrows one day. That I will save for next year.

Make Up used;
  • BH Cosmetics 120 palette (lots of green)
  • MAC Chili lipstick 
  • MAC Blackground (underneath the green e/s)
  • MAC Black Black chromagraphic eye liner
  • White face paint by unidentified make up brand
  • Dress by Asos.com
  • Fake bird from Mulberry

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Friday, October 21, 2011

A Good Cause

Hello to all loyal Epica fans,

October is the month of Breast Cancer Awareness. I wanted to make my contribution, because it is important to keep on fighting cancer and keep those wonderful female assets intact. 

I hereby want to auction off this kind of iconic top that I wore during the early days of Epica. The money will be donated to Pink Ribbon.

When you place your bid please keep in mind that they money goes to a good cause. I thank you for all your loyalty and support throughout the years and hope that you are willing to help me raise a lot of money.

Here is the link to the beautiful butterfly top which is waiting for you on Ebay: Simone's Style.

Picture by Heilemania.

Simone
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Amarillo

Jacket from Zara and bag from Fiorelli.
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Shooting At Home

Here is a little, tiny- whiny preview of my make up from the second photo shoot that I had with Heile.

He came to my house since we live pretty close to each other now. Like always, we had a good time and came up with some great images. I can't wait to see the end result!

Black kisses,
The camera focused on Heile since he is definitely the more beautiful person in the room ;)
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

New York Blisters

Hello lovelies,

During my stay in the States with Kamelot, I spend one day with Elise in New York.

We took the bus from Secaucus into NY which was only 6 dollars for a round trip! 30 Minutes later we were in the center and ready to walk for hours to come.

Stupid me wore ballerina shoes, which are not the best for lots of walking.

I had to go to the Sephora on Times Square and Elise had to find some shoes. Sephora and me spend 3 hours together. My wallet asked for a divorce. I ended up buying only one item and that was a eyeshadow palette from Stila. I didn't make too many pictures because I only had my Nikkor 50 mm lense. Another mistake and bad preparation for New York. My bad. It is an amazing lens, though.

Enjoy the larger pictures! 


Taken with a Nikon 50 mm lens. Hard to make duo portraits when holding the camera yourself ;)
Can you find us?



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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

World Animal Day

Captain Schwarzkopf enjoying our balcony.

Love,
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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Circadian Rhythms

Hi guys,

Circa what?

Since one week today I've returned home from the Kamelot tour through the USA and Canada. In my career I've experienced very little jet lags, but this time I got it bad. We arrived in Germany at 9 am, which was 3 am for us in America. Time to go to bed and not to start a new day. I slept 3 hours in the plane and felt somewhat refreshed.

Unfortunately it took me a long time to get back in to European time. Waking up at 3 am in the morning, even though I went to sleep at 22.00 is quite unpleasant. Imagine that 3 nights in a row and add up two sleepless nights before that. I was once again Smoon Zombie. I've tried to fall asleep again and waited many hours, counted millions of sea horses ( I prefer those to sheep), but I was wide awake and deeply frustrated, which also doesn't help you to fall back asleep again.

The weather is amazing, but also confusing. The leaves are turning red and falling down, but the temperature feels more like we're in the middle of summer. The only thing autumn like is my mind which is still foggy from the jet lag.

Speaking about sleeping, it is time for me to go to bed!

Sleep well,
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