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WINTER WASH & GO ft. MIXED CHICKS & SHEADO

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My updated Wash & Go that I have been using this winter. Even though it is much colder I still like to do a Wash & Go routine, I have been also reaching for the Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner as my preferred styler and sealing in the moisture with only some Liquid Gold HairButter from Sheado. My hair has been reacting very well to this combination. I think my recent hair cut has a lot to do with my curls and products doing well in my hair. My hair was shaped at the SheaDo salon in The Hague. I loved the end result because my hair was in dire need of a trim.

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Meraki

Meraki Cosmetics – Zeus Loose Highlighter Powder Review

New cosmetics brand in the Netherlands created by make-up artist Kim ter Stege. The cosmetics line currently consists of 10 Loose Highlighter Powders. With shades ranging from the fairest to darkest skin tones. The loose highlighter powders are suitable for face, eyes, lips and body.

The first thing that attracted me to the brand is the name! I really wanted to get to know what Meraki meant and the meaning is very meaningful. I believe that Kim has chosen the perfect name for her brand.

Meraki is a word that modern Greeks often use to describe doing something with soul, creativity, or love — when you put “something of yourself” into what you’re doing, whatever it may be.”

Meraki’s Loose Highlighter Powders Include

  • Colour Shifting – 4 Powders (The colour effect changes depending on the angle of viewing)
  • Fair/Medium Skin Tones – 3 Powders
  • Medium/Dark Skin Tones – 3 Powders

Zeus is the one that I purchased, it is described as a highly glowing bronze loose highlighter powder. The packaging is perfect and compact, it holds 4g. of product and can last a long time because a little can go a long way. Starting off it is best to use a light hand seeing that the highlighter is very finely milled.

Meraki Cosmetics is also vegan and cruelty free. It is stated on their website that no animal was harmed in the making of the products.

After using the product the only con that I can find is the packaging because of the holes in the container the product can be easily shaken and become messy. However, I have this same impression of the Sasha Buttercup Setting Powder which has a similar container.

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Overall I would highly recommend purchasing the loose powder highlighter from Meraki Cosmetics because the products are highly pigmented and can be used in multiple ways. Adding the loose powder to the tear duct for a pop, lips for a shiny look or even to the collar bone area for a added highlight in your Christmas dress.

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Meaning of Zeus

Zeus (/ˈzjuːs/; Ancient Greek: Ζεύς) was the sky and thunder god in ancient Greek religion, who ruled as king of the gods of Mount Olympus.
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I purchased my Meraki Cosmetics Loose Highlighter for € 17,99. Currently there is a special code [XMASGLOW] that you can use for 15% off your order.

What are your thoughts on the shades & is there a particular one that you want to get your hands on?

NEW VIDEO* – Our experience as students in the Netherlands

Hi Loves!

Back to my blog after so long! I have been having the worst schedule ever. With work times and then planing to do activities or even just being sick with the flue on my off days has been taking all my time. But last week I filmed a video with a fellow Saban (ex)student, Solange who is also living here in the Netherlands and we shared our experience as students in the Netherlands. Of course us being small island girls who came to this big county to study you can already guess that we have a lot to share. So making it even more interesting and instead of write it all out we had a conversation/discussion and got it all filmed and edited into a video which is more interesting, right?! With out writing more below you can find the link to the YouTube video.

& Don’t forget to like, comment & subscribe if haven’t already! If you have any comments about what we shared we would love to know what you think! Have a great Friday & an even better weekend!

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Staying in the Netherlands?!

Are you staying in the Netherlands after finishing your studies? But you only went there to study! Aren’t you suppose to be giving back to the island? And your family back home in Saba? Why are you investing so much with your new starter home?

I get those remarks very frequently when I tell people that I am staying in the Netherlands after finishing my study this year. After moving here in  2011 I literally found myself! I found out more about things I am interested in and even my VOICE. It could be that it is just natural to find yourself when you are around 20 years old but after moving here and experiencing life I truly am grateful for making the move to the Netherlands. It has taught me a lot about being organised, punctual and just standing strong in your shoes. The culture here is totally different to back home “Caribbean Style“.

There are some who feel the need to be on the island/county that they originally came from after studying to give back. To give back I mean like literally doing something to show appreciation to the island. In my situation I feel like I am giving back to the island in my own way by staying away for a while. Sounds harsh?! I don’t think so because I am on my own journey to discovering myself, becoming more positive and just loving ME. & I don’t think that me being on the island will help. For some they might argue that I can also learn more about myself and develop being back home. But personally when I look back at when I was there I felt like did not have a voice, maybe because I was only ‘little Sue-Jeen’. But trust me now no one can tell me what to do or just walk over me and do as they please! In my short life there has been some things that I have went through and I promised myself to never be that way. I am going to continue to love and value myself.

When the time is right I will move back home & I will find a way to physically give back to my lovely little island SABA! But for now the Netherlands will be home and I will continue on my journey of finding and loving me! It hurts to be away from family and friends that I hold dear but for now I think that they also understand it is my life and that I am building upon it.

Really and truly I do not know if this is the place is for me to be for the rest of my life. But for now it is perfect & I feel right at home. 🙂

Did you also have huge life changing decisions to make after finishing your studies abroad? What did you choose to do & why? I would love to hear your story, so leave a comment down below!

Summer Fashion MUST-HAVE

Summer is almost completely loaded in the Netherlands & everyone is searching for that perfect shoe. Living here you get to wear your really cute flip-flops and sandals sometimes but not during the whole of Summer. (Thanks to rain and unpredictable Dutch weather) So having that perfect closed-up and sturdy shoes is a MUST HAVE! My choice goes to the Adidas Superstar!

I have never been a fan of white shoes but the gold on this one made it so irresistible for me. It is not too mush nor not too little & seeing that I have gold as my accessorising colour..how can I go wrong? The white and black in the shoes makes it so versatile and easy to combine with all outfits. Adding to that I love that the white makes they seem so clean & fresh. Until they get dirty and old that is….

What shoe do you have your eyes on for this summer?

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Keukenhof 2016

Keukenhof Visit 2016.

On Monday May 16th, I went to the Keukenhof with my family who is currently visiting me from my home, Saba. Keukenhof is also known as the Garden of Europe which is one of the world’s largest flower gardens. It is amazingly beautiful & has so many different flowers. When you first think about visiting a flower garden you may just think ‘Why would I want to see flowers and visit a flower garden?‘ but trust me it is an experience worth experiencing. 🙂

Below I added some pictures that I took during our visit. To get to the Keukenhof we took a tram, train, bus and then walked around the area. The trip from where I live took about 1 hour and a half. My favourite was the blue orchid however, at every section we kept on saying ‘Oh this is pretty…No this is pretty…Ohh well they are ALL PRETTY’.  At no point could you just choose one favorite because they all had unique traits which made the whole garden exceptionally perfect. During the visit to the garden there was about a 15 minutes shower of rain and we quickly had to seek shelter due to the fact that we weren’t fully prepared. However, after it rained I took even more stunning pictures because the rain drops gave a wet texture to the petals. And in my option these pictures came out BEST!

My lilac bomber is from FashionNova and it is called the Picture Me Rollin’ Jacket – Lilac’. This is the perfect spring time bomber that I found online. I haven’t ran into anyone that has anything like it in the Netherlands. I also got a lot of compliments on my lippie colour which complimented my lilac bomber!

Bomber: FashionNova – Picture Me Rollin’ Jacket – Lilac’

Lippie: Coloured Raine – Matte Lip Paint – SUITE RAINE

Instagram: SJ’s Obsessions

 

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PATCHES, PATCHES….P A T C H E S!

Hi There,

Patches, Patches, PATCHES! They are currently trending and is a fashion MUST-HAVE. Whether they be on your jacket, shirt, pants, jumper or bag?! This small cross-body bag was too cute to pass. I believe about two weeks before ZARA got this bag online and in-stores, I posted the ‘NO BAD VIBES’ picture on my Instagram page. & then one day while browsing ZARA’s shopping app I saw that same quote was on a bag! (GREAT) So I had to have it. But it sold out so quickly I did not even get the chance to purchase one ( 🙁 ) , but one lucky day I was at the cash point and there was a client bring two of the bags back! Of course I took it!

I love styling my small cross-body bag with my flat black shoes from Primark. I don’t remember the price but they were very affordable and are comfortable to walk in! What do you think about this look? & Don’t forget to like and comment on this post.

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ZARA: Patch Cross-Body Bag (ref.4523/104/040).

Primark: Flat Black Shoes.

Photo’s taken by Anthony Donker founder of Pop”Arts Design.

Instagram: SJ’s Obsessions

 

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Dream.

& I am back!

So I am back to blogger & vlogging! I took a break from the social ‘online‘ world for a while (but not Snapchat). This break happened right at the time where I really needed to keep focused and dedicated to writing and completing my thesis. Even thou I took this break and it is now over I just noticed that I should not have taken such a long break and limited myself. I had/have so many ideas of content I want to create and share with all my followers because I LOVE CREATING CONTENT! I was really not being myself and doing things I enjoyed because I was so “BUSY” and needed to focus.

Writing a thesis can be very time consuming, frustrating when you get stuck and an energy guzzler. Adding to my school/thesis schedule I also have a part-time job at ZARA to keep up with. But I made it! I handed in my thesis & recently found out I FAILED 🙁 This was not such a huge let down as I thought it would be because my biggest worry was not being able to graduate this school year, BUT I WILL! & I am learning myself to find the P O S I T I V E  in every let down and life-events. This is not a easy process but I am on the journey.

Anyway I will be making blog post on life-events and lessons I have learned along the way but for now back to my first Street Fashion shoot. I do have a <3 for fashion so I wanna start to share some looks I put together, essential for the different seasons and current trends in the fashion industry.

My first blog post is all about this eye-catching patches and pins bomber jacket that I purchased from ZARA. When I first saw this come in on deliver day I fell in LOVE. It is so Urban, Fashionable & Unique, so I had to have it! But within no time it sold out all over the Netherlands and I was not able to get my hands on it. But one day I came into work having a bad day and a colleague said she saved me one! (This made my day!)  & I decided to take some picture with Anthony Donker of Pop”Arts Design, he is a talented photography who is also from the islands! Bombers are a spring/summer must have so I paired this with my favourite type of jeans Girlfriend Jeans.

What do you think about my outfit & about me sharing my outfits?

 

ZARA: Bomber.

Breshka: Girlfriend Jeans.

Photo’s taken by Anthony Donker founder of Pop”Arts Design.

Instagram: SJ’s Obsessions

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New Brush Set | Boozy Cosmetics

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Hi Loves,

Recently I purchased a new brush set from an online cosmetics web-shop called Boozyshop. This online webs-shop has so much wonderful brands and different types of cosmetic products that we will all just love! Adding to the fact that they are located here in the Netherlands, if you place your order before 16:00 you get it the next day!

Boozyshop has recently came out with a new line of brushes. The quality of the brushes are Excellent! The handles of the brushes fit snug in my hands and feel heavy. For me this heavy feeling gives me the perception of the brushed being quality. The bristles are also very soft however, they will allow for maximum coverage and also smooth blending.

Are you looking for a new make-up brush set?! I would recommend you having a look at and get your hands on the one from Boozy Cosmetics. Don’t forget they are also affordable, a set of 14 pieces only cost €39,95.

What I really like about them is that they also take the time out and write a little notes for you. Here is mine 🙂

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“Boozy Cosmetics – Classic Line 14pc Brush Set”

Here are some pictures of the brushes.

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Have any questions? Just let me know below.

 

Love always,

Sue-Jeen