Nail polish. My favourite shade is dark red for winter and coral pink for summer.
There is definitely a difference in comparison to a couple of years ago. Thanks to web shops as Reina Organics, Pure Beauty Boutique and C. Cosmetics & Care the supply has increased and information has become more accessible. I’m very much aware of what I put on my skin just like I feel the urge to know what it is that I am eating.
In my opinion there certainly is an interest for beauty products. This may not seem so because the average Dutch woman wears little makeup and jumps on her bike with wet hair but there are also many women who spend lots of time, effort and money on their appearance. The popularity of treatments such as gel manicure and blow-dry is growing and many beauty products are sold each day, for example at the newly opened Beauty World in the Bijenkorf Amsterdam. If something is not for sale in the Netherlands I search for an international web shop that ships it (such as Net-a-Porter or Cult Beauty in the case of Sunday Riley).
Compared to a decade ago, fixed teams have become smaller and nowadays the focus is on multimedia not only print publications. My advice: find a great internship, be curious and work hard.
Deep Hydrating Serum by Josh Rosebrook Skin and Hair Care. It’s an amazing oil that I use in combination with the Hydrating Accelerator spray. For my work I get to test all kinds of great products but this one remains my favourite.
A walk on the beach at Zandvoort or Bergen aan Zee followed by dinner at Tijn Akersloot or SB Noord.
Definitely. It’s an important part of my work. That doesn’t mean I personally follow trends. For example, I would not bleach my eyebrows or wear bright blue eyeshadow.
Cape Town is at the top of my bucket list.
Billie Jean by Michael Jackson.
Travelling: plane tickets and hotels.
As a child I flipped through my parents’ magazines and dreamed of a job at one. During my internship at ELLE and ELLEgirl I became fascinated by the beauty editors and all the products they got sent.
Ideally I like to discover as many new places as possible but Mallorca and Ibiza are two favourites that I go to every year.
A good tweezer from Tweezerman.
Every makeup artist I interview will answer: foundation in the wrong hue. It really is difficult to find a match therefore I always ask for help in a shop. My personal mistake is that I want my skin to look as flawless as that of a (Photoshopped) model. I know it’s an illusion but I still long for it.
For hair advice my hairdresser Bert at Meraki, for skin advice my beautician Joelle and for all other guidance: my loved ones.
Inner and outer beauty are equally important to me. No matter what, if I am not happy I look terrible.
What I like most is the variety: writing, interviewing, coming up with creative ideas, travelling and meeting new people. The hardest part is dealing with deadlines.
The beginning: spending New Year’s Eve in Barcelona with my boyfriend.
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