So to all of you who took the time to read my previous post: I can finally say I made a decision.

Like I said, I’m done trying to become someone I don’t even want to be so I decided to really go for it. Chase my dreams. My real dreams. Not the backup dreams I was talking of. I’m still scared though. Scared it won’t go as planned, scared of the reactions, scared I might look back one day and regret the fact that I didn’t get my teacher’s degree, scared of what the future might bring. But I choose now not to let that hold me back anymore. I can’t let it get in the way of what might be the best thing I will ever do.

I’ve made this decision now because I’ve already gotten a lot of support and because the last time I really wanted something, it took me over 8 years for me to finally decide to go for it. And guess what? It didn’t disappoint. The only thing I regret is not making that decision sooner.

So, I’m saying goodbye to my studies for now and I’m going to focus on what I really want to do. I’ll keep my job (because you know, there’s bills to pay) but the rest of my time will go to chasing my dream and everything that comes with it. I’m going to take it slow (because nothing good ever comes from rushing) and I’ll see where it will lead me to. #chaseyourdreams

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Ok so where do I start..

I have been a burlesque performer for a few years now and I have always dreamt of doing it for a living. I am doing it as a hobby now with the loveliest burlesque troupe one could imagine, but it’s just not enough. Where I live, it’s practically impossible to make a decent amount of money by performing only, but I would love to also teach classes and if necessary do another job on the side. As long as burlesque (whether performing or teaching) would take up most of my time. Only, I’ve been way too scared to start doing it. It’s risky. I can’t just give up my job to do it and I’m always wondering ‘am I even good enough?’, ‘will people actually take my classes?’, ‘where do I start?’, ‘how will people react?’, ‘what should my location be?’, etc. I just keep postponing it because I’m too insecure.


That’s why I started to chase what I’d like to call ‘backup dreams’. I didn’t want to be a waitress/ sales associate/ cleaning lady all my life (no offense to those who are, it’s just not for me). So I started thinking what else I would see myself do. I’ve always liked the idea of being a teacher and I’ve always been good at Dutch and English so I decided to become a high school teacher. I tried studying English literature at University but I soon came to realize that it was way out of my league. I was also combining this with a parttime job in retail so I dropped out pretty soon.

I just kept working and after a while I got bored again and tried getting my teachers degree at college. Guess what. I dropped out again. This time I took the precaution of only taking on a student’s job so that couldn’t get in the way but after 2 years of struggling through college I just couldn’t take it anymore. I was coping with a lot of stress at the time too because I was unhappy with the way my life was going. I was with someone I didn’t actually want to be with so I ended the relationship to start a new one with the guy I really did want to be with (my current boyfriend). This meant I had to quit my student’s job as well because I had to move and pay more for rent, food, etc. All of these things combined led to the point where I decided to drop out of college as well.


I took on a fulltime job at the local supermarket to become financially stable again. I worked there for almost a year but every single day I hated it more and more. Why? I honestly couldn’t tell you. I had a great boss, the work was ok-ish, most of my colleagues were lovely too, so no reason to complain, right? But it just wasn’t what I wanted to do.


Meanwhile, my family kept trying to make me feel bad about quitting my studies so I felt like I had to start studying again. To make everyone happy. Them, but me as well because, as I said, this is a backup dream. It’s something I like doing, it’s just not my main goal in life. I still liked the idea of being a teacher, though I already found out being a high school teacher wasn’t for me. So that’s when I decided to try and become a kindergarten teacher. It would allow me to be more creative and I like kids, so why the hell not? Well, that wasn’t the smartest idea. I’m now a few months in and I already regret it. Don’t get me wrong, I‘ve had fun being in the classroom, getting carried away by the imagination of the little ones, but I recently came to the realization that this is also not what I really want to do. I don’t want to be singing these ridiculous kids songs every single day for the rest of my life. I don’t want to play with the dolls every day and I certainly don’t want to pretend to be happy for the rest of my life. Because you can’t walk into the classroom without a smile on your face or the kids will get unhappy too (and you don’t want that, trust me). And on top of that, it’s taking away a lot of time for me to do what I love: burlesque.


I guess I’m stuck now. I am done trying to become someone I don’t really want to be and I’m too scared of trying to become the person I do want to be. And if I quit studying now I’m affraid that no one will ever take me seriously again. Because I know what it looks like. It looks like I can’t decide what to do. It looks like I’m impulsive. It looks like I’m not taking myself seriously either. But I promise, I KNOW what I wanna do. I’m just too affraid to go for it. Because if that fails too, it’s the end of the line for me. Then there’s nothing left for me to do but go back to one of those jobs that make me unhappy, knowing it WOULD be for the rest of my life. If I do keep studying though, it might make some other people happy but it will hold me back from becoming who I really want to be and doing what I really want to do. I just can’t figure out what to do at this point.


I know this is a so called ‘first-world problem’ and I should be happy to get whatever job I can get, but I feel like it’s just not worth it if it doesn’t make me happy. After all, we only get one life (probably), so why not try and make the best out of it?

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Time for a new subscription box unboxing/review! I know, I know, I already did one this month but I guess I got a little too excited for autumn that I ordered a new one a little too quick! I don't mind it though since this one was filled with lots of wonderful witchy goodies. We're talking about Witch Casket ofcourse!

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ABOUT WITCH CASKET

Witch Casket is a UK based company run by a mother and daughter and they ship worldwide. Their monthly subscription boxes have a total value of minimum £40 containing items such as jewellery, spells, crystals, incense, books, prints, and altar ware. On top of that, there are 'casket only' exclusives included every month. These are items that are exclusively made for Witch Casket and are only available through them. These items can be anything from jewellery up to spells and rituals (all created by a practicing white witch).

Oh and the best part? Everything is vegan AND cruelty free!


Prices:

- U.K: £27 per month - post free

- Europe: £33 per month - post free

- Rest of the world: £35 per month - post free


Caskets ship out on the 15th of each month. I can't speak for other countries but it arrived in Belgium just three days after the shipping date so that's pretty quick if you ask me.


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WHAT WAS IN THE BOX?

First of all I must say I was very impressed by the amount of items that were in the box. The surprises just kept on coming and if you know me, you also know I LOVE surprises!

As I opened the box, the first things I found were a letter from Deb & Ella (the lovely women behind witch casket), a list of contents and a business card. I made sure not to read the list of contents just yet to keep everything a surprise.

As I went further on the items I found were (in random order):

- A Forest Witch badge

- A Flower Of Life crystal grid + a crystal grid parchment stroll (with an explanation on how to use the crystal grid)

- A 'new beginnings' ritual kit

- A gathering bag (tote bag)

- A wooden 'dream manifesting' pot with info card

- 'happiness' fragrance oil

- 'forest' incense sticks

- chocolate charm rooibos redbush loose leaf tea

- an art print (by Painted Witch Designs)

- green and brown spell candles

- a moss agate tumbled stone + info card

- a ritual spoon

- a wooden skeleton leaf pendant (by Curiology)


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REVIEW

As I have only received this subscription box a few days ago, I haven't been able to try out all of the products yet, but I must say I am really looking forward to trying them and I already love all of the items that were included in the box just because of the way they look (& smell, seriously the incense smells A-MA-ZING!). In fact, I liked it so much that I am not ending my subscription right away (as I did with the previous subscription boxes I tried - Which does not mean I won't order them again btw!). I am really looking forward to next month's box already. (Don't worry, I will keep trying other boxes as well).

As for the price: it's not particularly cheap but I am really happy with what I got for what I paid. The box contained a lot of items and every single item was either really pretty, smelled really great or was very intriguing in some way or another.

I would definitely recommend this box to every witch out there (the caskets do not follow any particular religion) or admirers for that matter. I myself would not refer to myself as a witch but I am very interested in spells, crystals and everything that has to do with magic and I absolutely adore this subscription box!

P.s.: Witch Casket's customer service is lovely as well. You can really tell they care about their subscribers. My package got seriously damaged somewhere in the delivery process and I was really worried there would be some fragile items in the casket that woud be ruined. I posted a picture of the damaged box on my Insta-story and the people behind Witch Casket responded almost right away, asking me to let them know if anything in the box was damaged and comforted me by telling me this month's box didn't contain that many fragile items. That was so sweet of them!

From: Witch Casket UK
Rating: 10/10
Price: €37
($44,5 / £33 ) (free postage)

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It's finally September, so it's time for a new subscription box review! Some of you may know already, by reading my post on The Pip Box, that I'm trying out subscription boxes and I'm doing reviews on them. This basically means that I'm buying 1 subscription box per month, and every month it's a different one. Since I have many interests, the contents (and price) of the boxes will vary each month as well.


So, last month I tried a vegan beauty box (almost all of the boxes and products I buy/use are vegan and cruelty free by the way) and I liked it very much. I've used nearly all of the products at least once already and they're definitely worth the money. This month however, I decided to try something else completely to keep things interesting. I didn't want something that was very expensive either so I browsed Instagram and True Tea Club came up. This immediately piqued my interest since I love tea and especially the loose leaf kind!


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ABOUT TRUE TEA CLUB &

THEIR SUBSCRIPTION BOXES

True Tea Club is a UK based company. They have a webshop (trueteaclub.co.uk) on which they sell a wide variety of loose leaf tees. And with a wide variety, I mean a very, very wide variety! They have white tea, green tea, black tea, oolong tea, rooibos tea, herbal tea, fruit infused tea etc. in lots of different flavors. They sell gift boxes as well, and what I was the most excited about: monthly subscription boxes.


Their monthly subscription boxes contain four different blends for which you pay £10.00 to £20.00 per month (depending on the size you choose) + free shipping if you live in the UK or £3.50 if you live outside the UK, which is very cheap. 💸

When you decide to subscribe, you get some options to choose from. First you have to choose the size. The options are standard (around 40 cups of tea), premium (around 60 cups) and deluxe (around 80 cups). I decided to take the smallest option, since I wanted to try it out first. Next, they ask you about the requirements. This is where you can tell them about allergies or other things you'd like them to know before ordering. The options you can choose from:
vegan friendly (my choice obviously)
dairy free
decaffeinated
no nuts
You can only pick one of these options but if you want more options I'm sure you can just email them about it, they'll probably help you out a much as they can. Their service is excellent! I emailed them while ordering to ask them if I could cancel my subscription right away since I'm trying out different boxes and I don't want to be subscribed to 10 different boxes at the same time (unfortunately, I wouldn't be able to afford that) and they were very understanding about it. They answered my email within half an hour, even though it was already 8pm. They cancelled my subscription right away and were not at all trying to push me to stay subscribed (which is something many companies would sadly try to do by offering you discounts, gifts etc.).
The last thing you can choose is the dispatch date. You can either choose to have them ship your box within 24 hours or (if you want to receive your box on the same day each month), on the 20th of each month. Obviously I chose to have it shipped within 24 hours. I could not wait to receive it!

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WHAT WAS IN THE BOX?

When I opened the box, there were four different blends in it (as promised).
My box contained:

berries & cream (fruit infusion)
(very sweet, no sugar needed)
vanilla cupcake (rooibos tea)
(Despite what the name implies, this one was a lot less sweet than expected. Very yummy though.)
cinnamon & rose petals (black tea)
(my absolute favourite, made me think of Christmas)
darjeeling earl grey (black tea)
(not sweet, with a herbal flavour)

What I found really great is that there were disposable tea bags included in the box (I own some tea strainers but I hate doing dishes, haha) and that each package had it's own instructions printed individually on the bag. On the packages it says clearly how much tea you need for one cup (measured in teaspoons), how long you have to let it brew and where it comes from, since the teas are from all around the world. 🌎✌️


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MY OPINION

This subscription box is definitely worth it's price (or maybe even more). The teas inside were all very good and I loved the packaging of them equally as much. I already know I will be ordering from them again in the future. If not a subscription box, I will definitely order some loose packages, however I might subscribe to them as well. Even if I would eventually choose another box to stay subscribed to, this box is inexpensive and definitely good enough to subscribe to as well.

I would definitely reccomend this box to all tea lovers out there!


From: True Tea Club
Rating: 10/10
Price: €11 to
22 ($13 to $26 / £10 to £20 ) (depends on the size you choose)

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A little while ago I found out that there's such a thing as monthly subscription boxes. It might seem silly that I had never heard of it before but it just never popped up in my head. I was immediately intrigued though when I did read about them. Then I learned that there are actually a lot of companies who are making such boxes and with lots of different contents. They can contain books, make-up, beauty products, crystals, food, tea.. whatever your heart may desire basically.

I decided to give it a try. But first I had to choose which box I wanted exactly.
After browsing the web for a little while I was left with so many options that I had no idea where to even start. The only things I did know were that I wanted to go for a beauty/makeup box first and that it had to be vegan or at least cruelty free. I was not interested in paying import costs so the company had to be based in Europe or the UK (since I'm from Belgium). I was still left with a few options so I decided to go for one of the cheaper ones to start with. That's when I discovered: The Pip Box.

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THE PIP BOX

The Pip Box is a box offered by a company that goes under the same name based in the UK . They ship to Europe and the UK and their boxes sell for £14,99 plus p&p (you can also opt for a 3 month bundle which works out a bit cheaper). There's no minimum commitment and you can cancel your subscription anytime by logging in to your account or simply sending them an e-mail.
They offer both cruelty free and vegan friendly + cruelty free beauty boxes (the non-vegan ones sometimes contain products with things such as beeswax, which explains why they are not entirely vegan friendly).

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The boxes contain 5 beauty products (a mix of full sized and travel sized products, but never tiny samples) that can be hair products, beauty products, make-up or skincare. The average value for each box is around £35,00 so it's actually a great deal! You get some awesome beauty products for about half their actual prices!

Fun facts:
  • 50p from every box they sell is donated to animal friendly charities!
  • Every month you can win a free Pip Box (that includes free postage) by simply sharing your experience on social media and tagging them in it.
  • You can buy this box as a gift for your best friend, mother or sister by clicking the 'gift' option at the checkout. This way you will only be charged once and you won't be subscribed (I clicked this option because I wanted to try it out first, before committing to a monthly subscription). You can even let them put a little note inside for the one who will receive the gift.
  • The Pip Box is named after the founder's dog Pippa! 🐶

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SHIPPING & DELIVERY

I decided to order this box a few weeks ago. I knew I would have to wait to receive it for a little while 'cause they ship all of their boxes on the same day, around the 20th of each month. In the FAQ on their website, it says that most subscribers receive their boxes before the 26th but that the shipping can take a lot longer when you live in Europe. So when they announced that the beauty boxes were on their way on the 19th of August, I was not expecting mine to arrive for a few weeks or so. To my surprise, it was here only two days after they had shipped it!! 💖

Fun fact:

  • On the box (right next to your address) there's a little note that says 'Dear Postie, I'm special! Please handle me carefully.' To make sure the mailmen handle your package with care.

Of course, I couldn't wait to see what was in it, so I opened it immediately and after unwrapping the beautifully bright pink paper I discovered some amazing beauty products along with some discount codes (for when I decide to buy the full sized version of these products).

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SO WHAT EXACTLY WAS IN THE BOX?

I ordered the vegan friendly + cruelty free box so I'm not entirely sure what's in the regular one, but here's what mine contains and where to purchase the items on their own (just click the brand name).
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WHAT ABOUT NEXT MONTH?

I am definitely loving what The Pip Box has to offer, but I want to continue trying out some more boxes before making the commitment of actually subscribing to a monthly box. This way, not only me but also you (by reading about my experiences on this blog) can discover the lovely world of subscription boxes and what they have in store.

There are so many more boxes to try out (I will not only be testing beauty boxes btw)!

Curious what the next box will be?
Stay tuned! 💋


From: The Pip Box
Rating: 10/10
Price: €16,35 ($19,30 / £14,99) (cheaper when you opt for the 3 month bundle)

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Teami Detox Pack
(round 1)

"Yay, you have received your yummy 30 day detox pack!".

I have been eager to order the Teami Detox Pack since my good friend and burlesque sister Ripley Brown recommended it to me. (Click on her name to go to her blog). So obviously I couldn't wait for it to arrive in the mail so I could get started. And finally, after a small week, the delivery guy handed it over to me.

I can't tell you if it works (yet) or how it tastes since I'm gonna start tomorrow but I will keep you updated on the progress I've made throughout the weeks. So stay tuned if you wanna see the results!

The detox pack consists of 1 pack of teami skinny tea (that you have to drink every single morning), one pack of teami colon tea (15 bags, you have to drink this every other night, an infuser and a tumbler (of which you can choose the colour). The teami team also added a handy calendar and a small booklet with some handy detox recipes and a discount code for my next order.

I will be posting some updates about this so you guys can follow my progress. Stay tuned ✌.

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Day One

Today was detox day 1!
Ofcourse there are no results yet but I can tell you something about the taste already.

On the first day you're only supposed to drink the teami skinny tea. I was really excited to try it so that's what I did first thing in the morning (it is recommended that you do this as early as possible).
I was happily surprised! Normally I like my tea sweet. This tea wasn't (it had more of a herb-y kind of taste) but I really liked it anyway. Teami suggests to add some lemon to it if you want a sweeter taste and I might do that on some days just to change things up a bit but not because it's necessary. This tea is yummy!

It was a lot of fun to watch the tea 'grow' as well. Literally. The leaves grow as you pour hot water on them!

The packaging says that you can reuse the leaves 2-3 times throughout the day. I've used it twice but they had already lost some of their taste the second time. 3 times would be a bit too much I guess.

So, I think it's safe to say that the first day was a success! Let's see what next week brings! I'll keep you posted.

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Week one

A little over a week has gone by since I received my Teami Detox Pack. I have drunk my Teami like I was supposed to. One cup (or tumbler) of Skinny Tea every morning and one cup of Colon Tea every other night.

Like I told you earlier, I really like the taste of the Skinny Tea but the Teami Colon is not really my cup of tea (pun intended). I did get used to it a little bit already but I'm still not liking it very much.

As for the results.. After one week I do feel a little less bloated but I can't say I have lost any weight yet. I must admit however, that I haven't been eating very healthy and I didn't gain weight because of it either. So it might have already worked!

I'm gonna continue this detox plan until the end of the month and hopefully I might still get some more results out of it.

A new update will be posted soon - stay tuned!


From: Teami Blends
Rating: 8/10 so far
Price: €49,99 ($59 / £45,79) (they often have discount codes)


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I recently threw out a lot of my beauty products because they were filled with bad ingredients or weren't cruelty free. This meant that I had to go shopping for new products and I ended up buying some products at The Body Shop. I already owned some of their products, but most of them were bath products.

I bought some of the products with tea tree oil in them because I read a lot of good things about it already and the women who work at the local store told me these products are perfect for people who have acne, or imperfect skin since tea tree is known for its purifying qualities.

I'm impressed!


I decided to give it a try and I must say I'm very impressed! I bought the Facial Wash, Toner and the BB cream (all from the 'tea tree line') and I tried them all at once. My skin instantly looked better and the BB cream is truly amazing. I only needed one drop to cover my whole face and it matched my skin tone perfectly (I used the lightest one available).

The saleswomen were kind enough to give me some samples from the other products in the same line so I'm definitely gonna try them out as well!



From: The Body shop
Rating: 9/10
Price: €9 ($10,60 / £8,13)

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The girl who loves a million different things.

My name is Raven Romance. And as the title says: I love a million different things. Literally.

Never in my life have I been able to quickly make decisions. I often rely on other people to decide for me or I just go for both of the things I can't choose between. The downside to this is that I do spend a lot of money on things that I don't necessarily need. I also used to think this made me weird but just recently I came to realize that it doesn't make me weird at all. In fact, it makes my life so much more interesting.
It means that I get to enjoy more of what life has to offer and that I am often surrounded by a lot of things that make me happy.

Although this blog will mostly be about ( vegan & cruelty free) beauty & skincare, I will also let you take a look into my daily life. And since I'm indecisive, there's a lot going on in that life of mine , haha. If you want to know what those things are, make sure to read the 10 facts about me below!

Enjoy! 💋

10 facts about me

1. I am a Burlesque performer & producer in a Burlesque Troupe called Ne Touche Pas Burlesque👯

2. I have 3 furbabies: 2 kitties and a Siberian Husky dog.

3. I am studying to become a kindergarten teacher. (And while doing so, I am also working as a domestic helper to stay financially stable.)

4. I love going to Disneyland Paris! I used to have an annual passport but it got a little too expensive. Maybe someday I'll renew it.

5. I have been a vegetarian since age 12. 🌼

6. I love to collect things (Funko pops, books, make-up, Disney pins & other Disney stuff, ...)

7. I have some tattoos and wish to get a lot more of them in the future.

8. I almost never drink alcohol, only on special occasions and even then I will stop after one or 2 glasses. I just don't like drunk people at all (and yes, I have been drunk a few times in my life and I hated it).

9. I LOVE glitter! I know, I know, I'm supposed to love glitter since I'm a Burlesque performer. But even in my daily life I absolutely adore glitter, whether it's in my clothes, make-up, bath bombs or accessories... ✨

10. I may not look like it (or do I?) but I could be considered a geek. I LOVE Star Wars, I play Magic the gathering and I love boardgames. And yes, I'm proud of it!  
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