Photo shoot in NoLita, Manhattan

Hi guys!

Yesterday I went out with the sales team of Only Hearts to do a little lifestyle photo shoot. The model, Renee (@renwiththemane), was gorgeous! She knew exactly what to do and she was so much fun to work with. I also took some pictures myself for the Only Hearts’ Instagram account and they honestly turned out better than I expected! Everything she’s wearing on the pictures, except for the jeans, are pieces from Only Hearts.

We went to several photo-worthy spots in NoLita, Manhattan. This is also where Only Hearts’ flagship store is located (Mott st). I am so in love with this trendy area! It’s full of cute little restaurants, bakeries and boutiques and a must-see when you’re in New York.

I took all pictures below with my iPhone X! (The quality looks bad in this post but it improves when you click on the pictures)

 

P.S. Have you ever been to Little Cupcake Bakeshop? We went there to shoot some pictures and bought a cupcake as a prop. Eventually we split the cupcake and it was so good! I am definitely going back there. They have four locations in New York (Prince St, and 3 stores in Brooklyn). Definitely check it out when you get the chance!

Instagram: @littlecupcakebakeshop

P.P.S. This is not a sponsored post! I genuinely had a fun day shooting for Only Hearts and I am really excited about the bakeshop. Just trying to make sure you guys don’t miss out on anything while visiting NYC!

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Update: First month in NYC

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Hi everyone !

This is my 6th week in New York, which means I’ve been here for longer than a month! I experienced a lot in just a few weeks and I’m having the greatest time so far.

In the past 6 weeks I’ve met a lot of new, amazing people at different occasions and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to be here. It’s truly wonderful. Also, happy Fall! This is one my favorite seasons of the year and I get to experience it in New York which makes it a 100 times better.

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What’s it like to live in “The city that never sleeps”?

The lifestyle in the US, or New York in particular, is very different than what I’m used to. Life goes way faster and everyone always has somewhere to be. But even though everyone has such busy lives, New Yorkers are the kindest people I have ever met. They are incredibly helpful, whether you ask for help or not. If someone catches you looking around in confusion, they’ll walk up to you and offer their help. I’ve seen it happen several times and it keeps amazing me.

I’m working full-time at my internship and I spend my weekends working on school assignments, so it’s really hard to find some time for myself. Luckily, I sometimes get Friday’s off and I spend them wisely. Every Friday off I plan an exploring-day. I visit parks, different neighborhoods, tourist attractions, museums etc. A few weeks ago I visited the Museum of Modern Arts (MoMa) by myself, and I loved it! Even if you’re not really into art, it’s a must-see when you get the opportunity!

 

I also spent one day at the annual Coterie trade show at the Javits Convention Center, which was a great experience. I was representing Only Hearts with the sales team which was very fun and interesting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I’ve got many more exciting things coming up and I can’t wait to tell you guys about it (best friend and my parents visiting me in NYC, weekend-trip to Philadelphia, Thanksgiving, Holiday-season……)!

I’m so sorry for not keeping this blog up to date, but I hope you can imagine how busy I’ve been the past few weeks. Please comment below and let me know how you’re all doing ! I miss catching up with you all :(

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P.S. Feel free to message me if you have any questions (moving to NYC, internship in USA etc…) 

P.P.S.  Are any of my readers from New York or in the city right now? Let me know if you want to go out for coffee sometime. I love meeting new people here! 

 

 

Officially Moving to New York!

Hi everyone!

I hope you’re all doing great, and my apologies for not posting anything for a while. I’ve been really busy in the past few months, and it all worked out:

This Fall I’m going to work as a marketing intern at Only Hearts, in New York. I’ll be moving to New York this August, until the end of January 2019 and I’m so excited!

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Only Hearts is a lingerie and clothing brand, based in New York. Their pieces are worn by Kim and Khloe Kardashian, Kate Moss and Demi Lovato to name a few.  Only Hearts offers a full range of lifestyle lingerie, sleep- and loungewear and it’s all about being sexy yet glamorous. I’m really looking forward to joining their marketing team!

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Check out their Instagram here: @OnlyHearts1978

A must-have bucket list item: doing an internship in New York. Sometimes I don’t realize how blessed I am to get this opportunity and make this dream come true. It will be a period full of new experiences, meeting new people and living in an entirely new environment. Hopefully,  this opportunity will give me the chance to improve myself, not only in knowledge but also mentally.

Obviously, I’m a little nervous about moving to an entirely different and huge city like New York. I’ve always lived in a pretty small and quiet town in the Netherlands, and now I’m about to move to ‘the city that never sleeps’.

If any of you are living (or have lived) in the US, please let me know if you have any tips, or if you want to share any experiences just comment below!

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Beauty Store That Only Sells Instagram-Famous Products

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“If you don’t know what’s hot, you’re not paying attention.”

Have you ever heard of Richard Parrott? Me neither. Until I read this interesting article about him, it turns out that he owns a beauty shop in Soho. And he doesn’t sell casual beauty products you can buy at any drugstore, no. Richard Parrott only sells products that became famous through Instagram. Honestly, I think that’s a pretty cool idea. + The products aren’t even as expensive as you thought!

Richard Parrott is a 42 years old dad who happens to be really good at Instagram stalking. His shop is called Ricky’s NYC.

So how does Richard actually finds the most-famous products on Instagram? I don’t think it’s that easy, right?

“I open Instagram in the morning and fall down the rabbit hole. Say I’m following NYX Cosmetics, and they post a picture of a girl wearing incredible lipstick. If the caption says, “Thanks to so-and-so …,” I’ll click on that person. Then I start looking through their posts and find a picture of a lipstick that’s even better than the one they posted of NYX. I click on that one and see who liked it and just keep going. You click through ten different people and 20 different comments until you’re like, What is this brand? I’ve never even heard of them! That’s when we reach out.”

I’m convinced that this guy should write a book called: “The official guide for Instagram stalking” because that’s damn good. I think any girl could use this to stalk their exes, and his exes and his ex’s hot brother and go on…

Can we say that you’ll be carrying many Kardashian-endorsed products? 

Yeah. One example is this self-tanner called Cocoa Brown ($14) out of Ireland. I was already carrying it in Ricky’s before Kylie Jenner posted about it, and I vaguely remember the owner telling me she had some sort of connection to the Kardashians’ PR. Maybe that person gave the tanner to Kylie, who then used it and liked it. She posted a really realistic picture of herself in a bikini with Cocoa Brown off to the side with a caption like, “This is my favorite self-tanner.” They definitely didn’t give her a million dollars to do that, and people respond differently when it’s real. After that picture, I sold out of everything I had.

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Too bad I did not know about Ricky’s NYC when I was in New York, damn. I think it would be a great success if he’d open more shops, for example…Europe? The Netherlands maybe..? Oh, just suggesting.

The best thing of Richard’s shop might be that he does not only sell makeup but also little accessories like phone cases, notebooks and those cute little must-have things, because let’s be honest, those are quite Insta-famous too.

While you’re being all excited about this shop, might as well check out Richard’s Tumblr page!

I think I’m about to buy a plane ticket straight to New York because I. Must. Go. To. Ricky’s NYC. Now.

Review: MNY Dream Pure BB cream (8-in-1)

 Which product am I going to review today?

The Maybelline New York Dream Pure BB cream (8-in-1). I’ve been using this BB cream a lot lately, it works like a foundation for me. I’ve got the medium tone with SPF 15, for an oily skin. The BB cream also has 2% Salicylic Acid which dries out acne.

 

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How much did it cost me?

I bought this BB cream for €10 in a drugstore and I’m using it for quite some months now. I think it’s worth the price because it’s only a BB cream and does what it says.

Coverage

Since it’s a BB cream, you won’t get much coverage but if you’ve got an unequal skin tone (light or dark spots on your face) , the BB cream can make it look a little more equal and smooth. It also covers up any imperfections or flaws. You can use the  cream with or without a moisturizer.

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  1. Conceals imperfections
  2. Helps protect against the appearance of blemishes
  3. Oil-free, non-greasy
  4. Minimises the appearance of pores
  5. Clarifies the skin’s look
  6. Conceals redness
  7. Hydrates and smoothes
  8. Complements skin tone

Package + feeling

The package of the Dream Pure BB cream looks quite cute, actually. The flacon is small and has a bit of a triangle shape. The cream is very light-weight and you can easily apply it, you won’t even feel that you’re actually wearing anything on your face. 

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What does it look like?

When I’m wearing the Dream Pure BB cream, my face does not look cakey at all. I can barely see my pores, that’s all covered up. I can go 6 – 7 hours without noticing my oily skin, which makes me feel really comfortable. But I’d always apply some matte powder or finishing spray on top of your make-up to make sure everything stays in place.

Conclusion:

The Dream Pure BB Cream does exactly what it’s supposed to do, it works really well and also looks great. It doesn’t feel too heavy on your face and it even has SPF 15, which is a ‘must’ for a lot of girls.

Facts:

  • There are five shades available of the MNY Dream Pure BB Cream
  • The BB cream has a lightweight feeling
  • Finish your look with the Baby Skin Instant pore eraser, the Dream Lumi touch highlighting concealer, Dream Wonder powder and the Face Studio Master Glaze.
  • It might be a little shiny, even if you have a dry skin so I’d recommend using pressed or loose powder on top.

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