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Beauty: Top 5 favorite products

Hi Guys!

Welcome to my very first beauty post! Today I’m going to line up a few of my favorite everyday beauty products. I’m going to tell you why they are my favorite, how long I’ve been using them, where you can find them and if they will work for you as well! All the products can be used for both men and women.

Avène eau Thermale Cleanance gel gel-cleanance
Oh my, I would move to Paris in a heartbeat if that would mean that I could get my hands on more of that good stuff Avène has to offer! Even though I’ve always been lucky to have good skin, when puberty  started to catch up with me when I was around the age of 15, my journey for the perfect skin product begun. Easy, not too expensive and effective were my key terms. And I found just all of that in Avène.  I first bought a flacon of the cleanser when I was in Paris in 2009, and I’ve been a fan ever since. I was searching for something that would help me regain my fresh and healthy look. Because you know what they say, your face is like your business card!

For who?
On the site it says that the product is for people with oily or blemished skin, but anybody can use the cleanser actually.  The cleanser  is a soap-free, parabens-free gel that gently cleanses your skin and leaves it feeling refreshed. The natural main ingredient (Cucurbita pepo) minimizes excessive tallow and the Avène Thermal spring water (that is an ingredient in all  Avènes products) is soothing and anti-irritant, and will give your skin an instant feel good feeling. With the handy dosing cup on top, the right amount of gel can be measured for appliance on both face and body. I personally  only apply it on my face & neckline.

Where to buy?
Avène can only be bought at pharmacies, and the price ranges between the 15 to 20 euros. Check the official Avène site to find a sales point nearby!

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I  got myself a flacon of Garnier 7 Days for the first time when it was on clearance at my local drugstore last summer. I hadn’t read anything about it prior tot that. But I just happened to need a new body lotion, and the brand I was using before the Intensive 7 Days of Garnier was nowhere to be found. The description promised me smoother skin in 7 days and although I was a little critical at first, I’ve been hooked ever since.

For who?
There are ‘Intensive 7 Days’ flacons for three skin types: normal, dry and very dry skin. So there is no reason to not try it at least once! I’m using the Intensive 7 Days with Shea butter and L-Bifidus for the very dry skin. I love that the lotion is rich in texture, but not greasy (like most of the lotions for dry skin). The skin absorbs the lotion very quickly and keeps you hydrated all day.

Where to buy?
You can buy Garnier Intensive 7 Days at most of the drugstores, but to be certain where their sales points are you can also check their website. The price ranges from 4 to 5 euros depending on the type of lotion you need.

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For removing my make-up I usually use wipes. It’s quick and easy, but I’ve noticed however that my eyelashes hurt when I’m trying to remove my eye-make with them. Even worse, with the wipes I’m unable to remove all of my  make-up. That’s why I decided to try the Nivea Pure Effect Wash Off gel. Niveas Pure Effect Wash Off is a oil-free gel that doesn’t only cleanse the skin from impurities, oil and make-up, it also helps preventing impurities. The gel is so mild that the skin doesn’t dry out. It doesn’t hurt my eyes/eyelashes, smells good and leaves my facial skin feeling  clean and fresh, I couldn’t be happier!

For who?
For everybody who wears make-up and wants a easy and effective way to clean their faces.

Where to buy?
Niveas Pure Effect Wash Off gel can be bought at most of the local drugstores. The price ranges from 6 to 7 euros.

Blistex Daily Lip Conditioner
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Every year around autumn/winter my lip drama starts all over. Painfully cracked lips due to dryness, and all of that.  I previously used a lip balm of No 7, but  I couldn’t find it in local stores  so I just checked the store shelves to see what I could find. That’s how I found the Blistex Daily Lip balm, I wasn’t familiar with the brand  at first, but the description looked good and now it’s part of my daily routine! The Blistex Daily Lip Conditioner contains vitamin E, aloe vera, olive, grapeseed oil and has SPF 15. The lipbalm is hydrating, nourishing, soothing, resorative and will keep your lips in great condition. 

For who?
For everyone with dry lips! Check the Blistex official site to see which lip balm works best for you. The Daily Lip Conditioner can also be used as a base for lipstick.

Where to buy?
Blistex Daily Lip Conditioner can be bought at most of the local drugstores. The price ranges from 2 to 4 euros.

Palmolive Thermal Mineral Massage
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Last but not least is the Palmolive Thermal Mineral Massage shower gel. I’ve just recently started using it and the results are really amazing. The unique combination of Dead sea extract and aloe vera gently peels of  dead skin cells and leaves your body feeling silky smooth.  Apply a body lotion after using the shower gel to get the maximum effect.

For who?
Anybody can use the shower gel, but I highly recommend it to people with dry skin. The improvements in softness of your skin will start in just a few days.

Where to buy?
Palmolive Thermal Mineral Massage shower gel is part of the Thermal collection by Palmolive. Check the official website to compare the different shower gels. The price ranges from 2 to 3 euros for the 250 ml flacon.

These were my top 5 of favorite everyday beauty products! I’ve only used information from the official websites (see the links above) and  my personal experiences with the products.

If  you have products that you highly recommend, let me know by commenting below!

See you at Highlight

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Update!

Hi Guys!

Zoals beloofd hier een update van wat jullie de komende tijd op Highlight Update kunnen gaan verwachten.

A little bit of old, a little bit of new
8712048269272Nieuw jaar nieuwe concepten zullen jullie vast denken! En jazeker, ik ben weer eens begonnen met het uitdenken van wat ideeën. Maar geen nood! De Highlight Classics zoals de ‘Highlight Comedy Night’,  ‘Upcoming Youtube Talent’ en de ‘Author Talks’ zul je met regelmaat terug blijven zien. Because you shouldn’t try to fix something that ain’t broken.
Verder zullen ook de wat nieuwere concepten zoals de ‘Survivalen in de Rimboe’, ‘Mens’, ‘Trendreport’ en ‘Relaties & Daten’ posts  voorbij blijven komen. En ohja, vergeet niet mijn signature special posts, zoals de ‘Highlight Tribute’ en de ‘International Posts’.

Nieuw dit jaar zijn de volgende concepten:
Highlight Talent Interview
Het talent op de wereld is op zijn minst overweldigend te noemen. Na een tijdje de ‘Upcoming Youtube Talent’ posts geschreven te hebben wilde ik me daarom ook graag gaan toeleggen op talent in eigen land. Hoewel het idee voor dit concept  vorig jaar al bestond, ga ik er nu pas echt werk van maken. So stay tuned voor de fantastische talenten die je nog voorbij gaat zien komen!

Health
Ik betrap mezelf er steeds vaker op dat ik zit googlen op gezondheid. Als de nerd die ik ben kan er dan ook een eeuwigheid over door blijven lezen, dus waarom niet al die kennis lekker doorgeven? Denk bij health aan de nieuwste fitness trends, hippe sportwear, superfoods en lichaamsoefeningen voor thuis.

Technology posts
De 21e eeuw brengt  veel innovatie met zich mee op het gebied van technologie. Omdat ik het zelf altijd wel interessant om meer over grappige en vernieuwende gadgets te weten te komen heb ik besloten hier vaker over te schrijven. Ook om meer een allround blog te worden en jullie beter te voorzien.

Beauty
Een hele tijd heb ik erover nagedacht. To do, or not to do. Maar ik heb besloten dat ik het eigenlijk ook wel heel leuk vind om eens in de zoveel tijd een beauty update te doen. En nee mannen, jullie worden niet vergeten!

Tot slot
Mijn streven is om 1x per week te gaan posten, maar bij voorkeur zelfs 2x: Een lange en een korte post. Dankjewel voor alle support!

See you at Highlight

Author Talk: Body Image

real beauty ellen degeneresMeestal zal ik niet de persoon zijn om kritieken uit te delen, omdat ik altijd in de hoop verkeer dat er vast genoeg mensen rondlopen op de aardbol die niet verblind zijn door onzekerheid. Maar na de zoveelste meme gezien te hebben waarin (vaak van nature) tengere dames onder de bus gegooid worden heb ik besloten er toch iets van te zeggen.

Distorted Body Image
Vrouwen zijn vaak onzeker over vanalles, en veel van die onzekerheden zijn te wijten aan hun eigen appearence. Of beter gezegd die van een ander. Want de hate comments die ik vaak genoeg voorbij zie komen worden vreemd genoeg nooit  aan mensen van het eigen postuur gericht, maar juist aan mensen die een ‘tengere’ bouw hebben. Als men de beredenering,”Ik haal een ander naar beneden om me zélf beter te voelen,” aanhoudt als een logische, dan vermoed ik dat dit door persoonlijke issues komt.  Het is echter onnodige haat die voortkomt uit zwakte en waar verder niemand wat aan heeft.shes-beautiful Women shouldn’t stab women in the back. We zijn allemaal mooi op onze eigen manier en niemand is beter dan een ander.
Dus ben je big & fabulous? Wees trots maar erken dat iedere vrouw uniek is en op haar eigen manier sexy kan zijn. Voor de mensen die slim & fabulous zijn, exact hetzelfde.

Don’t be defined by the size of your clothes, I know you are better than that.

Stay fabulous, Cindy

XXL International post: Valentine special

Hi Guys!

Today I’m finally doing a international post again because love is universal and Valentines day is the perfect moment to spread a lot of it.
What’s different about this post is that it’s Extra Extra Large, this means that I will be adding all the aspects of different types of Highlight posts into one really big one. For the unregular readers this means comedy, beauty, fashion, a few interesting facts and of course a whole lot of love!  So if you are unsure what to do or who to spend your Valentine with: No worries, happy single or happily bound, Highlight is going to give you some tools from the first hand to make your Valentines Day the most memorable you ever had!
Happy happy Valentines Day in advance everyone!

Don’t hope your Valentine turns out as In-Grids relationship, but I’m happy hers turned out that way though, I’ve been loving this song since it came out! Enjoy!

Three things you should know about Valentines Day
So what do we really know about Valentines Day? Most people know
that you can exchange cards, giveaway a rose or a bouquet, or bribe someone to love you by giving them too much chocolate… Let’s see how strong your Valentines knowledge is!

  1. Did you know that in the Middle Ages, men and women drew names from a cup to see who their Valentine would be? They would wear those names for a week on their sleeves for everyone to see. In the English language you can find the traces of this old habit in the phrase- “to wear your heart on your sleeve”.
  2. wear-your-heart-on-your-sleeve1An old superstition says that the type of bird that you see on Valentines Day predicts the personality of your future husband.
    Starling: a poor man
    Goldfinch: a millionaire
    Blackbird: a priest or spiritual man
    Crossbill: an argumentative man
    Robin: a man who fights crime
    Owl: no man, you’ll be an old spinster
    Seeing pigeons on Valentine says nothing about the kind of man you’ll marry, but it is a prelude to a long and happy marriage.
  3. The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were tortured. There is one legend that says hat Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he forbade marriage for young men. Valentine, realized the injustice of this decision, and secretly continued to perform marriages for young lovers. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he should be put to death.

Valentine Comedy
Sit back, relax, have a great laugh and get into the loving mood because Highlight is just getting started!

Making Valentine memorable
A bit nervous because it’s your first Valentines Day actually being bound to someone? How exciting! Congrats! So now you must be thinking, “Great great, thanks a lot, but give me some proper advice on what I could do to make it a memorable day Highlight“, you could have guessed that was exactly what I was thinking too! I’m a romantic at heart, so I did some work for you guys because I hope your Valentine turns out wonderful.

Playing the Game
How you choose to celebrate your Valentines Day depends on your character and your lovers character of course. I decided to do give you tips on three types of dates, the Classic date, the Adventurous date and the Romantic date. Surely there are many other types of dates, but I’m focussing on these three because I think almost anyone would enjoy at least one of the three.

Classic Date
I’m started off with the Classic date because it’s safe and hard to mess up. There are two ways of doing it: Going out for dinner or Cooking dinner at your home.

  • Going out for dinner
    Guys please, bring your A-game and look sharp. Make sure your hair is cut, your facial hair is trimmed, you have your cologne on, and your clothes are appropriate. Pick your girl or boy up in time, if there is one day we do NOT want to be waiting it’s Valentines Day. Reserve at an intimate restaurant, and make sure it fits your budget but especially your personal taste. Plan a fun surprise for during the dinner, like a little firework or a song you’ve written yourself to play. I’m just brainstorming with you, it’s up to you to make it memorable.
  • Cooking dinner at home
    You first have to decide how you are going to do it. Are going to do a surprise dinner? Or are you going to cook together and then enjoy the meal, either way should be fun. Make sure the setting is romantic by switching off most lights and lighting the whole room with candles. Add a nice little musical undertone, and I think you can’t go wrong, enjoy!

Adventurous Date
I guess you guys like some action and want to be original for a change, you’re not just doing a dinner.. NO, you are going all the way.
If you got the money to spend you could do a trip with a air balloon and make a nice picnic  basket with some home made treats, don’t forget to bring some roses too!
You could also decide to spend your date with other couples you are befriended with and go for example for a paintball fight! It’s fun, interactive and very adventurous, I know I wouldn’t turn that offer down! So go get yourself a little dirty and enjoy a good meal afterwards, that’s one Valentines Day he or she will never forget!

Romantic Date
I guess the Romanic date and the Classic date are similar, but the Romantic one is for the people who really want to stand out. By that I mean, be original, show him or her that you really tried to make some effort. Take a boat ride or dine on a floating ship and let them play his or her favorite song whiles you hand out your present, or blindfold your partner and take them to a surprise place where you have like written a message with rose leaves (just brainstorming). Cancel all your appointments and sweep her/him of their feet and take them away for a long weekend… Just popping some ideas here, and I hope you will continue my brainstorm. I’m sure you’ll make it the most romantic Valentines Day ever!

Does all the above not apply to you? So what! There are so many other things you can do on Valentines Day, don’t forget Valentines Day is also a moment to be thankful for your friends and family. Write them a card, give them a box with chocolates or just be a good friend and go for a visit. Maybe you can cook dinner together and watch a corny Valentine Movie on TV, and who knows who you’ll be with next year this time. You are single and fabulous, never forget!

Highlight’s Upcoming Youtube Talents
All the regular Updaters know that I love to promote talented singers from all around the globe with my Upcoming Youtube Talent posts. I’ve chosen three covers for you to listen to, for a change I’m not showing multiple covers of the same song, but multiple songs and just one cover of each. I hope you enjoy!

Get the Valentine Look
One of the things that can make or break your Valentine Date is the way you look. You can call it superficial or something, but let’s be honest it’s flattering if someone really tries his/her best to look gorge for you. Because we all know how awkward it is to come underdressed I’m going to help you get the party started!

Gents
Hi lovely guys, struggling with a great outfit? Take it from me, there’s a right outfit for every event and I’m going to help you style your look!
First of all, where are you going? Cooking diner at home or dining in a restaurant? It’s very important that you make the right impression and the right look could help. Make sure you know what attire is appropriate for your event. Click below to see some pictures to get your ideas going.

I’ve realized that there are a whole lot of beauty tutorials out there and I started to question myself: Isn’t there something like that for men? Well, there is! I did a little research and a found a mens-style guru, who’s tips I’m happy to share with you. You needn’t take everything he says literally, but I think he says some really sensible things overall. I hope this will help you chose an outfit that will enhance your features and complement your build.

Haha this is how not to prepare yourselves guys!

Ladies
Hi beautiful ladies! As you all know you can only make a jaw dropping entrance once, so when you do it, do it well . I’ve looked up a few cute looks that can get your idea flow started, but whatever you do: Keep it classy!

Here are two make-up tutorials, the first one is by a aspiring beauty-looks tutorial maker: And this is her very first video! Give her some support and check out her channel.
I’ve actually chosen these two because all the make-up is low budget, you can look great at any price, always keep that in mind!

Thanks for visiting Highlight!
I’m very happy you all tuned in for my Valentines Day XXL post, and I hope to see you around some more! Comment below in the comment box if you enjoyed the post and would like to see XXL posts more often or if you have some great topics I could post about for a next time. Have an amazing time lovelies!

Bisous de moi!

One of my favorite tunes, enjoy!

Partnering up with Argento

Hi Guys!

Ik ben nog steeds een beetje lyrisch, sinds 22 november ben ik dus officieel partners geworden met het Britse merk Argento. Dat houdt in dat ik hun merk promoot in de vorm van reviews en ook hun banner op mijn pagina heb staan. Uiteraard hoop ik op een succesvolle samenwerking en een mooi begin daarvoor vond ik een welkomspost!

The name is Argento
Argento is in Groot-Brittanië en Ierland een toonaangevende eigentijdse juwelier die vaak met grote kortingen en lage prijzen producten beschikbaar stelt voor haar klanten. Argento heeft meer dan 15 jaar ervaring in het ontwikkelen en op de markt brengen van sieraden met een hoge kwaliteit en cutting edge sieraden-ontwerpen voor een divers publiek.
Argento is een van de grootste leveranciers in top designer merken zoals Pandora, Thomas Sabo, Nomination en Pilgrim. Maar zelf zit Argento ook nooit stil, met haar eigen huisontwerpers zijn ze almaar bezig met het ontwikkelen van nieuwe producten.

Argento gelooft dat de sieradendoos van iedere vrouw gevuld is met herinneringen uit haar leven; ieder stuk zorgvuldig gekozen sieraad vertelt een verhaal van geluk, vriendschap en liefde.

Dat is waarom sieraden over de jaren onze ware ik zal blijven weerspiegelen.

Klik op een van de Argento banners aan de rechterzijde op de homepage om Argento verder te ontdekken!

Much love