Monday, December 28, 2015

Red Hair and Red Lips

One of the most gorgeous voices also happens to be a beautiful person inside and out. I am talking about Anneke van Giersbergen.

I've known Anneke for such a long time. The first time we met in person was when Epica played at Noorderslag in 2006. Such a sweet and down to earth woman with a huge talent. I love her personality and above all her voice. 'Strange Machines' is an all time favorite song of mine. I even performed this song live at that 2009 edition of the Christmas Metal Symphony: Strange Machines

After our first meeting we have met a couple of times and exchanged the backstage stories that we have gathered over the years. I recently went to see her play with the Gentle Storm in Heerlen (my old home town). It was a lovely show and it was a pleasure to see her on stage. She isn't very tall (neither am I for Dutch standards), but she has a huge presence and charisma. She simply is unique. Love her!

She came to see us at EMF and we made some pictures with Tim for you guys!

Here are the first ones for you!



Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Rocket - Maybelline

Mascara is a make up item that all women who wear make up should own. Finding the one that fits your lashes and desires can be a bit frustrating. But when you've found the one that does the job, you stick to it!

I have an old time favorite mascara that I have been using faithfully for the last 5 years, if I am not mistaken. It is the Rocket Volum' Express from Maybelline New York in Waterproof. Sometimes I get curious to try out new mascaras, but have always gone back to the Rocket.

Maybelline is having its 100th anniversary. To celebrate, they are offering a €2 coupon (Germany only) with a minimum purchase of €5. The coupon is valid until the 31st of December 2015. I have used mine for the Rocket, of course. ;)

What is your favorite mascara?

I love the bristles. They get in-between all the lashes.
A good eyelash curler is vital in the mascara process. It opens up the eyes even more.
I always have a back up close at hand.
Before and after. What a difference!

💋 Simone

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Give Me Some Lip - Sephora Favorites

Sephora has the best value sets. This one in particular just screams my name. 'Give Me Some Lip' contains four lip products that I was really anxious to try. As you might know already, I am not the biggest fan of lip gloss. I am a lipstick junkie.

What's inside? Four mini and one full-size lip products:

  • Sephora Collection Rouge Infusion in Peony
  • Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Coral Blossom (full-size)
  • Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment
  • Marc Jacobs Lip Creme in Je T'Aime
  • Make Up Forever Artist Plexi Gloss 202
  • Kat von D Everlasting Liquid Lip in Lolita
All miniature packaging is great quality and quite sturdy accept for the Tarte lipstick bullet that is made out of card board. It has the advantage that is lightweight, but also very vulnerable to break.

Sephora Collection Rouge Infusion in Peony

Creates a beautiful, natural stain on the lips. Lip swatch included.

Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Coral Blossom

A typical spring lip color that is very comfortable on the lips. Not a fan of the packaging. It looks cute, but won't survive long in my hand bag.

Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment

Such a pretty, natural color for the lips. Very moisturizing.

Marc Jacobs Lip Creme in Je T'Aime

My favorite out of the 5. I have worn this so many times and am astounded by the lasting power and pigmentation. The color is also so lovely. The shape of the lipstick is just like my cupids bow. I applies perfectly. Lip swatch included.

Make Up Forever Artist Plexi Gloss 202

I'll be honest. I don't think that I will use this. I will give it away to a lip gloss lover.

Kat von D Everlasting Liquid Lip in Lolita

A super hyped color, that doesn't look good with my coloring. It clashes with the warm undertones in my skin. I do love her Everlasting Liquid Lips, though.

Unfortunately, this set is sold out at the moment. All these lip products are available in the permanent lines. From all these I can recommend you Tarte and Marc Jacobs. The MJ lipstick are divine! When I have used up Je T'aime, I will definitely get the big size!

Peony, Coral Blossom, Rose, Je T'Aime, 202, and Lolita
Je T'Aime

💋 Simone

Monday, December 7, 2015

Sweet Potato Brownie - Rens Kroes

Time for something yummy!

Now that I own both of Rens Kroes' Powerfood books, I can try out even more healthy and super tasty recipes.

I admit that I heard about the sweet potato brownies before and that I also made them two times. The idea of putting sweet potato in baked goods sounded a bit weird, but also made me want to try it. Vincent loves sweets and if I can make it in a healthier version, I'm in!

This brownie is so good! My whole family loves it and it is not even that hard to make. This is a brownie without eggs, butter and sugar. What?!

I divided the measurements by half, because I didn't have the right amount of sweet potato. When you are with a small crowd, or just want to make this for yourself, using half of all ingredients is great!

You can find the recipe here:

Happy healthy baking!

💋 Simone

Friday, December 4, 2015

Chit Chat #9 EPIC METAL FEST 2015

Our first edition of Epic Metal Fest has been a huge success! What an honor it has been to share the stage with great bands for whom we all have huge respect.

It was a beautiful, but also kind of strange feeling to be walking around on our own festival. I had some time to spare to watch Delain and Moonspell rock. I loved seeing 'Full Moon Madness' again. One of my all time favorite songs. I used to listen to that particular song on repeat for a long time.

It's great that we will be sharing the stages during our North American Tour in January. More opportunities for me to see them live and hang out with them. They are such nice people!

The day was packed with meetings and I also had to retreat for a bit to keep my energy for our 2 hour show. Besides that I had a horrible throat infection. Two days before the show I had no voice and was working on the demo tracks in the Sandlane Studio together with Mark, Sascha, and Joost. They had to sing for me because I wanted to give my voice a rest and didn't want to risk not being able to sing on EMF.

I can say that I am already looking forward to our second edition which will be announced soon – I hope, I believe. ;)

I enjoyed hanging out backstage with Charlotte, Derrick, Burton, and Fernando. I didn't get to talk to everybody unfortunately.

Thanks to all the awesome bands that rocked with us! Thanks to all the fans that joined us for the first edition of EMF!

Here are some awesome live pictures from the Epica show, shot by Tim Tronckoe.

💋 Simone