Thank you for visiting my blog! My name is An (pronounced as ‘aan’) and I’m the owner and creater of TheBeauParlour.com

Who am I? I’m born and raised in The Netherlands, you can call me a banana: white on the inside, yellow on the outside. In 2015 I achieved my Bachelor in Law and currently I’m working in the housing corporation. Not something that fits with my degree but it takes time to achieve the greater things in life!

Creativity is my red line, everything I do or the choices I make in my life are inspired by the things I experienced in life. My mom died at september 2016 of terminal cancer and that inspired me to work harder on my blog and Instagram. She was also the reason why I started blogging in february 2016 because I needed distraction in my daily life and I wanted to share my story with others.

I’ve always been obsessed with beauty, I started very young with purchasing expensive items from Chanel and Dior just because of the pretty packaging. Nowadays I pay more attention to quality instead of cute looking items but I still can’t resist myself. Because of my obsession with beauty I wanted to start at the Fashion academy but I never had the balls to apply.

Now I can share my makeup and skincare collection with the whole world and my thoughts about specific items I tried. I’m Dutch but I write my blogs in English because I want to reach a wider group so everyone can enjoy my blog. Also because I want to expand myself outside of The Netherlands.

My reviews are usually about the items I love to use but sometimes I’m not afraid to criticize a specific product, I want to be honest and open to you! Drugstore brands, niche products or highend brands everything is possible here. I also adore to talk about Dutch brands because it makes me happy to help us Dutchies. My skintype is super oily so please keep in mind when reading my reviews that my skin reacts differently than yours.

What makes me special? I think it is my Instagram account and the way I make my pictures. I have a specific flatlay style with ribbons, flowers and structured compositions. I enjoy making creative shots paired with skincare or makeup items, sometimes even fashion items like a big statement piece. I can spend a whole weekend working on these pictures without getting bored. This is what I love to do and what I like to do in the future! Luckily a lot of brands and company’s acknowledge my hard work and asked me to create content for their website or Instagram account. I receive more offers for making creative flatlays shots than writing reviews for them.

What do you want to achieve with your blog? Some people like to do it because of the free stuff and PR package they get, event invitations and amazing exposure. To receive invitations and PR packages is such an honor but I see it as something extra beside the recognition of my hard work. I honestly wish that one day, I can say that my hobby is my work: photography and creativity. Currently I’m making small steps to achieve this dream by working with brands to create their content. Hopefully after a few years and a lot of experience I can finally say that I enjoy my work!