Jan 202015

At the end of October I posted my review of Prime Deception by Carys Jones. Today I can reveal to all of you the Cover of her new book Dare To Dream.


The world was going to end. Of that, Maggie Trafford was certain.

Fourteen-year-old Maggie Trafford leads a normal life. Well, as normal as being crammed in a three-bedroom house with four siblings and a single parent can be, anyway. But despite being somewhat ignored at home, Maggie excels, earning top grades, a best friend who would do anything for her, and stolen looks from a boy in Maths.

It’s not until the dreams start that Maggie realizes “normal” is the least of her problems. Every night, she lives the same nightmare—red lightning, shattered glass, destruction. But nightmares are just that, right? No one believes her when she says it’s an omen. At least, not until the already mysterious pillars of Stonehenge start falling.

No longer alone in her fear, Maggie and the world watch with bated breath as one after another, the historic stones tumble, like a clock counting down. But only Maggie knows what it means: when the last stone falls, destruction will reign. And when the world ends, there’s only one option left—survive.

Horrifying and raw, Dare to Dream is equal parts tragedy and hope, detailing the aftermath of apocalyptic catastrophe, the quest for survival, and the importance of belief.

Dare To Dream is coming out soon but you can already pre-order it HERE. I for one can’t wait to read this book, which will be a totally different read than Prime Deception.

You can find more about Carys Jones on her website, her facebook or her  twitter.

Have you ever read any of Carys Jones her books?

Jan 192015

A little while ago I finally got my hands on the Catrice Absolute Matt Palette. I’ve wanted to get it for a while now, but I couldn’t find it in any of the local stores that sell Catrice Cosmetics. Whilst Lush shopping for my niece we also happend to pop into the drugstore and guess what, they had the new Catrice Display which did have the Matt Palette. So I had to get it!


This palette includes, like all the other palettes, 6 colours. All of them are, of course matt and they are all nude. There are 3 lighter colours and 3 darker colours. Just what you would expect from a Catrice palette.


010 Eyes Wide Matt
Six silky-matt, must-have colours in just one palette. The colours offer a soft texture with a high colour-dispersion. The set presents a broad range of colours – from soft pink to intensive brown – and comes with a practical duo-applicator. For absolutely gorgeous Smokey Eyes or a subtle daytime look.*

These are the 3 lighter colours: The first one is white, the second one has a peachy undertone and the third is a light shade of brown.


These are the 3 darker colours: The first one is just a darker version of the darkest light colour. The second one is a nice dark brown and the last colour has a greyish undertone which makes it more of a brow/blackish colour.


This palette is great to use on it’s own, but it also works perfectly with the Nude palette. All the colours just go perfectly together. You can mix and match both palettes perfectly to create your favourite look.

If you’re looking for a inexpensive and good nude matt palette I really recommend buying this one. It’s not heavily pigmented but it works perfect and goes on smooth and it lasts all day. I even feel like it looks better after an hour because the colours will have settled more (if that’s even possible)

I bought this palette for € 4,99. But check your local drugstore for the right prize. You can check http://www.catrice.eu/ for a store in your neighbourhood. Or keep an eye out in your local drugstore.

What is your favourite make-up from Catrice Cosmetics? Or have you never tried it?

Jan 152015

A while ago I had to start looking for a new way to keep track of when which episode of my favourite TV show airs because making a list with pen and paper wasn’t cutting it.

After doing some google searches I found a website that worked and I liked. It gave me a nice calendar and I could mark episodes watched or not. Only downside. I could only add 20 shows and at the moment I am actively watching 25 TV shows. (Thankfully they don’t air all at the same time) So I had to start looking for a similar website and I found one!

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The website I found is http://www.tvshowtime.com/ and I love it. I can keep track of airdates but I can also keep track of which episodes I’ve seen. For Shows I watch on Netflix it doesn’t really matter. But when I use DVDs or what so ever it’s a nice thing to have.

TV Show Time is more than just a website to keep track of your shows. There is an entire community behind it. You can leave comments, vote for your favourite characters, rate the episode, and write reviews. I haven’t really left any comments yet, but I did vote for my favourite characters and rated episodes. Just to try it out. But I’m just overal very happy I’ve found this website just to keep track of airdates. I know there are probably a lot of websites like this but I like this one and it’s not cluttered and you can easily keep track of the shows you watch. You don’t have to look at a big list with a lot of TV shows in which you can highlight just the ones you watch. Instead this website gives you a clear list of which shows have episodes airing, and when. You can also easily go to a certain date in the little side calendar.

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Besides all that this website might also bring you some more TV addictions because on every tv show page is a section that gives shows that are similar. You can even add them to the list.  And if you’re a music lover there is a section on ever episode page where people can tell which music was used in the episode. I just tried it out, I added a song to the 1st episode of Agent Carter and it even gives you a 30 second preview of the song on the page when it’s added.

Another nice feature of this website is the Mobile app, not quite sure if there’s an app for android. But you can find the TVshow Time app in the apple app store!
The app is easy to use and has a nice layout, you can do everything what you can do on the website in this app. Bonus feature: you can get notifications for when your shows air.



Is this something you might like to use? Or do you have alternatives that are worth checking out?


Just Dutch Tag

 Posted by on January 13, 2015  Life, Miscellaneous
Jan 132015

I was looking around on the internet searching for a tag for Dutch people. Because I’ve seen the British and the American Tag things. And I just wanted to do a Dutch one. I had to search a while, but I’ve found one! (thanks gewoonmarieke.com for creating this tag.) The questions where in Dutch but after a short Youtube search I found a link to the blog of Stephanie Eva and she saved me the trouble of translating the questions!



1. One or more cookies with your tea?
Depending on the type of cookie. But mostly 2, except in restaurants/bars when you order a coffee or a tea you normally just get 1.

2. What is your favourite stamppot (mash pot)?
First things first let me explain what it is: it’s dish made of a combination of mashed potatoes with one or several other vegetables mashed in it.
I’m not a big fan of most Stamppot dishes. I just don’t like potatoes that much I’m more a rice and pasta kind of woman. Anyways, the Stamppot I like most is called Hutspot, which has carrot and onion mashed into the potatoes.  I like this best served with speklappen (bacon I think is the closest thing to them) and some Rookworst (which is a Dutch smoked sausage) and off course some gravy.

3. Which Dutch Holiday do you like the most?
Sinterklaas, because I still enjoy watching him arrive every year. Also my nieces still believe and that makes it more fun.

4. What is your favourite place in Holland?
Either Amsterdam or the forest I used to live in. Amsterdam because I love big cities and walking around or just sitting somewhere watching people. The forest because it’s nice and green and I know it so well I can even walk around in there when it’s dark and not get lost.

5. What is your favourite accent?
I really don’t know, there are just some I like the mimic when I hear them those are: Tilburgs, Rotterdams and Amsterdams. Those are like the accents you hear in those cities.

6. Which word for you is typical Dutch?
Gezellig. Because there’s just not a proper translation for the word. And it can also have different meanings depending on the situation you use the word.

7. Which typical Dutch tradition do you like the most?
Eating Oliebollen at new years eve. I bloody love me some Oliebollen, we also buy them at a stand when there’s a Kermis (Fair). If I’m really honest I can eat oliebollen every day of the year, they taste so good and the smell is just amazing. I think Oliebollen are probably more known as Dutch Doughnuts outside the Netherlands. Oliebollen are best enjoyed warm and with powdered sugar on top.

8. Which Dutch saying is your favourite?
I’m not really into the sayings and I can’t really think of many. But the other day I saw a post on tumblr with some literal translations of Dutch sayings. and I just picked one of those because I thought it was hilarious.
“Het is pikdonker buiten” which translates as: “It’s dick black outside”
It means that it’s just really really dark outside.

9. Wat is your favourite Dutch store?
Hands down: Hema. I love that store you can buy almost anything there and it’s not super expensive.

10. Which media-known Dutch person do you like the most?
This is a question I really have to think about. I’m just not that into Dutch celebs. You know what I’m going with Anouk, she participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013 for our country and I just think she makes awesome music and I enjoy watching her on tv when she does interviews and things.

11. Which Dutch song do you like the most?
I’m going with Armen Open by Guus Meeuwis. Mostly because there’s a Banjo in this song and he’s the only Dutch singer I really enjoy listening to.



12. Herring? Yes or No?
Yes, I love me some raw herring with onions

Are there any questions in this tag you have an answer to? What Dutch things do you enjoy?



Jan 102015

Often when you hear about people going on a vacation or a trip they complain about the fact that they have to pack their bags. I on the other hand love packing my bags because: 1) It means something fun is about to happen. 2) For some reason I love to make lists before I go. 3) everything looks so nice and neatly packed in a suitcase. (Not so much in a bag but it fits nicely) 4) I love my suitcase, it’s the best.


What I do hate about packing is the unpacking. I always leave my suitcase in my room with all the stuff in it open for ages. Grab all the things out of it I need and just leave the suitcase around for ages. I think the last time I didn’t even take it out of the room for like 4 months. I just couldn’t be bothered to clear it up.

The same thing happens to me whenever I do the laundry. The basket with clean clothes stays in a corner of my room until I really need to get my clothes in the closet because I need the basket for my dirty laundry.

Anyways, I was talking about unpacking, I think the reason I hate it so much is probably because I don’t want my trip to be over. Although sometimes I wish I wouldn’t mind unpacking my suitcase as much as I do. It would save a lot of space on my floor.

What about you? Do you hate packing or unpacking?