January 31, 2013

7 Things I've Been Loving (January 2013)

This year's first monthly favorites. Gosh, this month has flown by so quickly it's unreal! I returned from Paris at the end of December, and now I'm about to leave home at the end of January. Crazy life, I know! Won't chit-chat about me moving in this post too much, will do that in my next WIBU post :-). Most of you will know that it has been pretty snowy in Europe, so there are some products that have helped me to keep the moisture in my skin. 

CAUDALIE HUILE DIVINE: This oil smells amazing, I'm really addicted to how it smells. Utterlydivine, literally. It's an all-purpose oil, which means you can use if for almost everything. I use it on my arms, legs, hands, ends of my hair, and I tried it on my face. Wouldn't recommend using it during the day, though it is a dry oil. I tried it a few times as a replacement of my evening moisturizer. Though it didn't break me out, I'd prefer my moisturizer over this oil on my face. The packaging is fab, it comes in a glass bottle with a spray, and it has a wooden cap. Looking great on the bedside table!

BALENCIAGA FLORABOTANICA: I got this fragrance from my mum during Christmas, and I love it so much. I'm the worst in describing scents, but it's just so fresh and sophisticated at the same time. I recommend everyone taking a sniff next time you go to a dept. store! It sure is a bit on the pricey side, but you won't need to spritz on a lot, as the scent stays on for a long time, and is very subtle (as in: people won't smell you coming in, in the bad way ;-). And have to say that the bottle is really growing on me.

DIPTYQUE FIGUER CANDLE: One of their best-sellers, and oh boy, I know why. Even for the fig-beginners, just like moi, it's a great candle. It's very calming, homey scent. I got this as a goodbye-gift from my internship at truly yours last summer, and have been sparingly burning this gem. It's so precious to me for many reasons! The scent lingers in the room, and is not overly heavy if that makes sense. My dad hates me burning candles as he hates the scents of all candles... except this one! Guess that says a lot about the scent too.

CLARINS HYDRAQUENCH CREAM-MASK: Have been using this mask for ages, and repurchased it twice. Love, love, love this. Cannot say anything bad about this. I just put this on my skin after cleansing it, and leave it on for sometimes even an hour. I know it is a 15 min mask, but sometimes I just like to put it on for a bit longer. The cream mask is a thick cream, but it feels light on the face. It's so moisturizing, and plumps up my skin immediately. Would be a great one to use on long-haul flights as well, as this dries up almost translucent, so people won't stare at you weirdly (... compared to sheet/clay masks for example ;-).

YVES SAINT LAURENT LE TEINT TOUCHE ECLAT: I cannot believe I haven't picked this one up earlier! It's a very nice light-medium coverage foundation, which does not look cakey on the skin at all. It feels very lightweight on the skin, and does not cling around dry patches if you have them. Combination-oily girls: don't be afraid if you are afraid to look like a grease ball, because you won't! It's not as dewy as I expected when I read all the reviews online. Looks really natural, just like second skin. My mum even thought I didn't wear anything, and she even knows when I'm wearing a tinted moisturizer. Must-have!

NUXE REVE DE MIEL CHAP STICK: This is the most amazing balm I've tried out so far, and believe me, I have an entire lipbalm collection that will blow your mind. I adore the version in the little pot as well, but I only use that when I'm at home. When commuting, or just being out and about, I prefer to use chap sticks because it's more hygienic. The idea of putting my greasy fingers in the tub, and then applying it to my lips - yikes. Maybe I'm a bit OCD about that, but I just don't like the idea of literally putting bacteria on my lips. The formula is lovely, and tick but not heavy if that makes sense. It is very moisturizing, without being over glossy, which makes it a lovely base product.

YVES SAINT LAURENT GLOSSY STAIN: I love this product to pieces, seriously one of the best lip products I've ever used. A stain that is glossy, and stays put for the entire day (or well... a very long part of it). This is my second one, and I've been using #11 all the time. You can apply it thick for a good red lip, but also when you just put a bit on the lip and buff it in real good, it becomes a natural reddish lip color. Simply gorgeous, and if I had the money, I'd buy them all!

What products have you been loving this month?



January 29, 2013

No One Says No To Chanel

Yes you guessed it right, I went shopping again. I know I've been spamming you guys with hauls lately (I figured you guys don't really mind as those are my most popular posts), but it's all an investment. Next week I'll start my new job as an internship in a boutique PR agency in London, so that comes with a nice new wardrobe I'd say. Well, not entirely new - I wish, but I had to get a bit more formal, yet casual clothing. Aside from my comfy, casual, sometimes a bit oversized/slouchy tops.

Anyhow, today's haul isn't about clothing, nope it's about beauty. I went to The Hague (Den Haag for Dutchies) yesterday with my mum to do some shopping, and as I still had a gift card with some credit left from de Bijenkorf (big department store), I figured I should swing by. Before walking in, I already had my mind determined on the product I wanted to walk out with: Chanel Perfection Lumière Foundation. I received a sample in this month's ELLE UK, and have been loving the foundation so much. Didn't think I'd love it actually, but it's amazing. Have squeezed every drip of the sample, and I just knew I had to get this before I'd leave for London. So I did. 

Went there, got my shade (B30), paid, and got samples. The most generous SA from Chanel I've ever met. Those ladies are always so prickly! She gave me a sample of Vitalumière Aqua (have that one full-size already; not so exciting), a mini mascara, and gave my mum two miniature moisturizers. As I said, loveliest person I've ever met. Will try it for a bit longer, and then it's obviously review time ;-).

Have you ever tried Chanel Perfection Lumière? 



January 28, 2013

XEN-TAN Dark Tanning Lotion

XEN-TAN Dark Tanning Lotion: €27.45/£20.95

Most snow is starting to smelt away, and we are nearing the time where the spring collections are starting to roll out. That only means two things: an empty bank account, and trying on things where we need to show some leg. I only started using fake tan again since last year, and have been really liking the XEN-TAN Dark Tanning LotionI apply it with the mitt that they offer, and with that the application is really hassle-free, and streak free. Don't think it would matter if you use any other tanning mitt - they sell bright orange ones at Primark for just a buck if you're interested!

I don't really prep before I apply it, the only thing I do is to make sure my legs are hair-free before applying the fake tan. Never had any oompa-loompa incidents, nor streaky and patchy legs/arms. The tan stays for a good 5-6 days, and fades naturally when you moisturize daily. Do keep in mind if you don't moisturize well, the parts where you applied the tan on will end up looking patchy the last few days - something you want to avoid. 

The smell is actually quite nice, really like it. It definitely doesn't have any strange, or heavy chemical scent most of the fake tans do have. The packaging is a real plus, as it comes in a handy bottle with a pump. So no hassle with squeezy tubes or dripping caps! 

I always wait around 20 minutes before I dress, as recommended, and never had any problems. I do follow all the instructions on the bottle/box, and never had any unpleasant surprises. I do apply this on my face as well, and has never led to any nasty break outs at all. The down point for me is that I find this tan not dark enough, which makes it a very subtle tan. It does layer up really nicely, but as lazy as I am, I'd like to have a fake tan which I just need to apply once for the perfect tan. Hence I'll be looking for a different tan once I run out of this one. Do keep in mind that it takes a minute or 10 for the real color to show through. You see the color on your skin, which makes it easy to get the streak-less application, but don't go over the top with layering too soon, too much - I'm talking with experience ;-).

Have you ever tried XEN-TAN Dark Lotion before, what are your thoughts on it?



January 26, 2013

An Unplanned Haul #2

Yesterday morning I had to run some errands, and had to go to the city centre. I went to buy some boring, but daily necessities, and hopped into H&M to get a pack of bobby pins. When I was there, I strolled around the left-overs from the sale section, and stumbled upon a big floppy hat. Fell in love immediately. Absolutely adore it, spot me rocking this hat here where you can also spot my new hairdo. Please do follow me on Instagram and twitter to not miss these amazing updates, ha!

Then went into the bookstore where I still had some credit, when I saw Italian Vogue with the stunning Fei Fei on it I had to take it. Also bought myself a pack of Neon Stabilo Highlighters. I absolutely love these. They are definitely my favorite, and have been using these ever since I started high school. Was actually looking for a good cook book with quick, and simple recipes, but couldn't find one unfortunately. Let me know if you know a nice one, which really is not too complicated.

I'm most excited by my Jil Sander SUN Sorbet purchase. It's an eau de toilette, which means it's a rather fresh scent. Compared to many others, the smell lingers a long time, which I love. I got the 100ml one for a great deal. I was already stressing myself out which fragrance to bring to London with me, as I can't bring all my bottles with. So glad I found this one, as it's a great every day scent. The bottle is a chunky, square-ish one. And girls... it's pink!

Have you been doing some unplanned shopping trips? 



January 25, 2013

What I've Used Up #1

I've been planning a post like this for a long time now, actually even before I left for Paris. Then I moved to Paris, and obviously didn't bring all the empty packaging with me. Then I came back, and I found out that most of the empty products were thrown away by my dearest mum. The sweetheart cleaned my desk that was full of junk. Anyhow, I think doing an "empties" post every once in a while is quite good, as I can do some mini reviews all in one go :-). Excuse me for the blurry image (taken by my iPhone), as mentioned in a previous post, I accidentally erased my entire SD card memory, and already had thrown away the empty products.

Dove Go Fresh Cucumber deodorant: Well not much to say about deodorant I think. It's one of my favourites, I actually love all Dove go fresh deodorants. I think I have repurchased this cucumber scent for 5 times already, kinda is a staple for me. Recently I got a new scent, which is the pomegranate one. I think that is starting to become my second favorite! The product does what it claims, it doesn't leave white marks on clothing, and just smells great.

klorane oatmeal dry shampoo: I got this one in a set (2 for 1) when I was in Paris. It said on the shelves that it was two for €8 something, so I thought I'd just grab it to try it out, as I still needed a new dry shampoo at that moment. Little did I know I had to pay €15 at the counter, only realizing this a few days later when cleaning up the receipts. Don't recommend this product, as I don't think it does what it should do. I don't like the smell to start with that, and you need a lot of product to cover up the "grease" in the hair. Also during the day it somehow vanishes, leaving you with greasy hair all over again.

mac brush cleanser: My staple brush cleanser. I've been using this for years now, and still am swearing by this product. I use face brushes very frequently to apply my base, and blusher/bronzer - as an acne-prone gal, I'm very careful with what I put on my face. The idea of using the brush I used the day before with old make up on it makes me cringe. Basically smearing bacteria all over my face. This product makes it possible to clean the product before using, as it dries in seconds. I still do a monthly cleanse of my brushes with soap etc, but I like to have clean brushes every day.

taaj miscellar make up remover: This one is similar to the Bioderma Créaline H2O, but still different in many ways. For starters, it's scented. I can't really describe the scent, but somehow it makes me think of green tea. It does remove make up without irritating my skin. I do feel that I have to use a bit more of the product compared to Bioderma, and that I have to rub a bit harder on my skin. Don't hate it, but don't love it to pieces either. Still have a full-size bottle, which I'll most definitely use up.

laneige strawberry-yoghurt mask: One of my favorite moisturizing masks, and so sad I ran out of this! You can't actually get this in stores, but there are some online retailers where you can get this. I'll go to Asia in the summer, so I'll just use up my other masks in the meantime, and get it when I'm there (much cheaper ;-). It smells yummy, literally like strawberry yoghurt. Everytime I scoop some out I have to resist not eating it haha! Really is moisturizing, and plumps up my skin full with moisture. There are some small red beads in, and I just massage the mask for a few minutes into my skin, and then let it do its magic. I leave it on for about 30-45 minutes.

lush mask of magnaminty: I don't really know what to say about this mask. I love all of LUSH's fresh masks, though they are a pain in the ass (stupid expire date), they really do what they claim. I mainly used this mask for my back as I am one of those that, unfortunately, suffer from bacne. It's horrible, and has really given me a complex. It smells really minty, which I like, but that's about it. It didn't do anything good for my skin, it actually just worsened my skin. Also it's not really gentle thus it's really easy to aggravate the skin. Tried it on my face too: worst idea ever. Definitely not going to repurchase this!

urban decay all nighter: This is a product I always use when I put on make up. I just spritz it on once I have my make up all set, and then I'm good to go. It obviously doesn't seal your make up, but it does make it last longer - well, it certainly does for me. Err... can't say much more about this anymore.

laura mercier foundation primer: I was so sad when I ran out of this product. It's a travel-size I got in a set, and I love it to pieces. You won't need a lot of this product, and that is what justifies the price tag. Because it's water based, it's very lightweight, which I love. I hate the feeling of having make up on, that just makes me want to wash my face, and start all over again. Will definitely repurchase this, though I want to try their Radiance Primer first!

bioderma créaline h2o: My favorite miscellar make up remover so far. Haven't tried that many, but this one definitely lives up to its reputation. It doesn't contain perfume, and is non-irritating at all. Does what it says, and I use it to remove my face make up - I use two cotton pads. I prefer eye make up removers for my eye area, as they are oil based, thus it's more gentle as it removes mascara easier. After removing the make up I always follow up with Gamila Secret Cleansing Bar to cleanse my face. I find that make up removers shouldn't be replacing cleansers, because they just do what they say: removing make up.

Have you ever tried any of these products?



January 23, 2013

Dior Nude BB Cream

Today I'll be reviewing the newest BB cream to the Dior family, Dior Nude BB Cream. Last summer Dior brought out their first BB cream in their Hydra Life line, which I totally adore. The only down point was that it was only suitable for me in summer, as the color was too dark. Quite stoked that they brought out a newer one, with a few shades on top of that, a total of 3! 001 for the pink/rosy undertones, 002 for the yellow undertones, and 003 for the darker complexions (yellow/orange toned).

I got shade 002, which is a teeny tiny bit too dark for me in winter, but I think I can pull it off in early spring. It has light to medium coverage. The color doesn't oxidize as much as other (Korean) BB creams do, and the finish is quite lovely. It gives you a matte finish, but still gives a luminous look to the skin - without looking like a grease ball.

The packaging is great, I love the squeezy tube with the pump! Very hygienic, travel-friendly, and you won't waste product by squeezing out too much. The tube is rosy with silver lettering, which I adore. It screams girly, and luxury to me. No complains concerning the packaging ;-).

I'm a combination/oily type of gal, so had to blot a few times. No touch ups though. The BB cream does hold up quite long. I think I had it on for about 8/9 hours, and still looked fine (after a few times of blotting through the day). Have tried it together with powder, which was a tad better - still had to blot. They did launch a fixing powder together with this BB cream, which was specially designed to use on top of the BB cream. Haven't tried it yet, so no idea whether it'd look better (or worse) than any other powder. What I'm not really fond of is the consistency of the BB cream. The consistency of their Hydra Life BB cream is runny, but has great coverage, and is very light-weight on the skin. Their Nude BB cream is a bit thicker, thus a bit harder to work into the skin. That's about it honestly. It's a good BB cream, one of the better ones I've tried, however I'm still on the hunt for my "HG" (i.e. Holy Grail) product.

Have you tried this BB cream yet, if not would you like to try it?



January 22, 2013

What I've Been Up To #1 - Hi, Bob!

I haven't been feeling well lately, hence the lack of posts lately. I'm just a bit stressed out, and just really tired. My skin hasn't been the best because of my horrible lifestyle the past two weeks (late nights, early mornings, loads of processed food, dehydrated skin because of the radiator)... Also feel like I'm getting a cold, just headaches, and bloody tired.

I'm a bit better now, feeling well enough to start blogging - hope you didn't miss me too much haha ;-). I thought it'd be fun, and interesting to have a bi-weekly post on what I've been doing. Especially since I'll be moving to London soon, thought that'd be cool to share that experience with you guys; concerning my life there, and my internship.

My twitter followers will know; I've been to the hairdresser's last Thursday. As you all know, I've been dying to do something different with my hair. Now my hair is rather damaged from Paris, so coloring it is not the best thing to do. I finally got the courage to chop my hair off, and now I'm part of the Bob club, if you accept me obviously. Changed my long locks for a long Bob, which I actually quite like on me. Still have to get the hang of it on how to style it the best, but doing alright. It's definitely a sight I have to get used to (and my friends/family too), as I haven't had short hair like this since I was 7! Really respect all the people with short hair, so much more high maintenance ha!

I was planning to show a picture of my new 'do, but smart me accidentally erased my entire memory of my SD card. Still feeling (and looking) a bit sickish, so will try to see when I'm lookin' better for the camera. Soon babes, soon! 

What have you been up to lately?



January 17, 2013

Primark S/S '13 Favorite Picks

A few weeks back I saw some pictures of Primark's Spring/Summer collection, which looked very promising. Now the full collection is out on the Net, and I though I'd share my favorite picks with you. The dresses are very cutesy, and have lots of prints, which I really fancy actually. I know that it's not really appropriate to start looking at spring, and summer clothing yet, especially since it's been very cold, and it has even been snowing in some parts of Europe. Anyhow, we need to start shopping for spring/summer clothing anyways, and what better to set up a game plan first right? :-)

I don't know why but I'm really diggin' the items in blue hues, and the items with prints. As with most Primark items, I have to try them on and see them in real life first before I'll buy them. But hey, I'll be moving to London in a bit, and then I can't wait to visit the massive Primark on Oxford St. to get me some spring clothing!

What are your favorite picks of Primark's SS '13 collection?



January 15, 2013

TAG: You're It

I've been tagged by the lovely Mel, and decided to tag-along ;-). Most of the time I'm way too lazy, or uninspired to think of questions to ask you, and it's way to difficult to decide on who to tag. But as I rather liked the questions Mel asked, I decided to give it a go. The rules of this tag are that you have to answer the 11 question the tagger askes, set 11 questions for those that you're tagging, and mention the blogger who tagged you.

1. What  are your morning and evening skincare routines?
In the morning I wash my face with cold water, spritz on some Melvita Rose Water Toner. Put on my Kiehl's Creamy Eye Cream, Estée Lauder Idealist serum, and then my daytime moisturizer, which varies a bit. Either Embriolysse, Kenzoki, or La Roche-Posay.

In the evenings it's not much different. I wet my face with cold water, wash it with Gamila's Secret Cleansing Bar (Original), spritz on some Melvita Rose Water Toner, apply Kiehl's Creamy Eye Cream, apply either Estée Lauder Idealist serum or the Advanced Night Repair. For moisturizers I take either the same ones mentioned in my morning routine, or I apply an oil instead.

2. What's your favourite skincare product and why?
That is such a hard, and impossible question to ask a beauty-junkie. 

3. Name three products you just couldn't live without.
Concealer, lip/cheek stain, and eyebrow fix. My skin is getting better, and better so I've been putting on a base which is less heavy. A good concealer helps a lot already. The lip/cheek stains are the best products ever, I love multitask products, and they just stay on for a long time! My current favorite is Benefit's Benetint. And as for the eyebrow fix, I just have major struggles with my eyebrow shape, so adding a bit of eyebrow fix (e.g. Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel) creates a much more refined look.

4. What do you enjoy doing besides blogging?
Eh... obviously shopping! And I'm a peoples person, so I love to hang out with friends, family. And not to forget that I love to watch series (be it life wasting reality shows, or good series), and read a good book!

5. What are your ambitions in life?
To become happy, and successful. Hopefully I'll be able to continue working in the beauty industry for ever. My biggest dream is to work in the communication/PR department for a great beauty maison, or beauty/fashion magazine. 

6. What do you hope 2013 will bring?
Lots of joy, happiness, new friends, and just a great time!

7. What's on your wish list at the moment?
A lot honestly... On top of my beauty wish list at the moment are the Real Techniques brushes, and the Dr. Jart + BB cream. As for fashion, if I have to pick one item... it'll be the Balenciaga City bag. It's immensely pricey, but the quality of the bag is amazing, the shape is great. It's very versatile, has a shoulder strap, and would be big enough to carry my daily essentials. 

8. What is your favourite high-street shop?
Most definitely ZARA, though lately I've found some lovely items at MANGO too.

10. What nail polish are you wearing at present?
Herôme Natural Nail Whitener

11. What do you do for a living?
I'm a student at the moment, so nothing special. I will be doing an internship soon (in London), which is in a boutique PR agency, specialized in beauty/fashion/lifestyle. My perfect fit!

My questions for you:
1. How long have you been blogging, and why?
2. What is your biggest fashion no-no?
3. What is on top of your wish list at the moment?
4. If you could only pick 3 make up products you could use for the rest of your life, what would those be?
5. Who is your biggest icon (regarding in fashion/beauty), and why?
6. What is your must-have hair care product (if you have one - if not: why don't you have one?!)
7. What is your biggest dream? 
8. Who do you look up to?
9. What is your favorite snack?
10. What achievement are you most proud of?
11. What is something you've regretted not doing?

I tag you: Dascha, Anouk & Zoë, Ellis, April, Zanka, Indira, Viktoriya, Heidi... and everyone else who reads this :-). 

Tag-along dolls, tag-along! 



January 14, 2013

Hair Obsession

Lately I've been struggling a lot with my hair, actually ever since I moved to Paris my hair has became a big issue. For some odd, unknown, and scary reason I'm having immense hair loss. Immense in a way that my hair has literally lost half of well... its hair. My hair got very thin, and very flat compared to my thick, healthy, and voluminous hair.

I'm planning a trip to the hairdressers soon, before I fly the country, and have been thinking what to do with it. My hair has been similar over the past 3/4 years. Long hair with some long layers, dead simple. Now I'm really feeling like doing something different, and maybe even drastic. Dying my hair is not an option as it's really weak, and I don't want to damage it further (it's gotten to the point that I'm washing my hair with baby shampoo only). So I was thinking about cutting my hair in a long-bob.

I haven't had my hair up to shoulder length since I was 4 years old, so that's definitely drastic for me. Lately I've been google-ing around, and checking some celebs' hair cut for inspiration. Unfortunately I don't think the Alexa Chung bob would suit my face shape, nor am I as courageous to chop off that much, so I kept looking. Then a picture of Olivia Palermo drew my attention. The gal gorgeous, flawless, classic, and so sophisticated. Obviously I won't every look as stunning as her, but a girl can dream right? I adored every picture of her with a long-bob/shoulder length hair, and am thinking of cutting my hair in a similar style, and maybe leave it a bit longer. I saved up some of my favorite looks of her, and made a little collage of it. Need to get the courage to call the hairdresser soon! ;-)

What do you think of this haircut, and would it suit me?



January 12, 2013

FOTD #3 | Laid-Back Saturday

I've been feeling so lazy these days, and don't feel like doing much besides sitting comfy behind my MacBook, read blogs, doing some blogging, browsing the online shops with mum, and just watch silly series. Had to run some errands today, so slapped on effortless make up look, and had my hair in a quick bun. I wore a simple sweater, which I "glammed" up with a statement necklace.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer 'Nude' | Laura Mercier Undercover Pot-2 | Chanel Joues Contraste '72 Rose Initiale'
Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel 'Espresso' | Benefit Benetint | Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Lip Protectant (tub version)

New Look - Sweater with leather on the elbows | MEXX - Statement necklace (very old)

How does your Saturday look like?



January 9, 2013

Ways To Fight Acne #1 | Diet

Some of you might remember the post a long while back about my acne story. In there I promised to also share my story concerning how exactly I "got rid" of it. I actually wanted to do one full post, and give you tips and tricks on how and what I did. However, the more I was planning to write the post, the more things came into my mind. I just figured it'd be impossible to put all that info in one post. Or well, that'd be a hell of a big one!

I am very sensitive to acne, so even right now when my skin has improved so much, I'm still very careful with everything. I basically got acne from everything, but the main problems were diet, lifestyle, and skincare, and there of course are other facts. I'll separate the posts per topic, and the first post is about diet changes. Now I want to put a disclaimer out first: I'm in no way a skincare/acne expert. All this is based on my own experiences, trial and errors, and research. Something that might work for me, or affects me, might not affect you at all.

I know that there are many "scientific reports" claiming that food won't affect acne, and that fried food, and chocolate are not the reason for acne. Wrong. It so is, for me, that is. So when you know that you feel a spot coming up after that chocolate bar, you know that you can't eat it, or eat it every once in a while. It's important to know what causes your acne, and a way to know that is through face mapping. I wrote a blog post about that, and it would really help getting to the core of the problem. After you located what, and where the source is of your acne problem, Google can be your best friend. You have to know what can "fix" or well... better said, improve your skin - we're talking only food right now. A rule I take real seriously, and live by is beauty has to start from the inside. This means inner beauty, and removing all the toxic from your body to let your beautiful skin shine through.

It's also proven that dairy can affect your skin in a bad way. I'm allergic to dairy (milk, yoghurt, and that kind of jazz) so I stopped drinking it until I was 15. So I can't say if it works or not. I do know many people who cut dairy out of their diet saw improvements in their skin, and saw less or no blemishes after a while. A thing that is proven to improve your skin when done, is drinking water. It is so important that you drink a lot of water, every day. When you drink water, you give your body the chance of cleansing you, but from the inside. I can see the difference when I drink a lot of water a day, and on a day where I haven't drank as much water. Also, dry skin can result in early wrinkles!

My list of favourite fruits/veggies (in random order) to eat for skin detox/cleansing/improvement, or just as healthy snacks are:

LemonS: Don't get me wrong, I don't really eat these. I have a stack in my fridge, and when I wake up, I just go to the kitchen, cut the lemon, and squeeze some lemon juice in my cup of water (lukewarm is the best to drink every morning, 2 cups if possible!). If you're a bit too lazy for that, you can buy drink-ready lemon juice (the pure juice) in the supermarket. The fresher the better though!

Berries: The best, most famous, and most-yummy antioxidant rich fruits. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, goji berries, and açai berries are all berries that are full of antioxidants. What does it do? It defences our body from harmful free radicals, and oxidative stress. Oh and also, it helps with rebuilding the cells of the body, and keep your cells functioning and healthy longer. Other fruits that do the same, but didn't fit in the berries list: black cherries, purple plums, and pomegranate get the job done too ;-).

GRAPEs: Grapes are great antioxidants, but it does so much more than just that. Grapes are effective for constipation, and gives relief in piles. It prevents skin dryness, and it purifies the blood. You can also squash some grapes, and make a DIY face pack - is proven that it may reduce hyper pigmentation too!  

raw nuts: It provides your body with the essential fatty acids. I'm obviously not talking about the salted nuts, stray away from those darling! All kinds of nuts have different kinds of great results for your skin. Just grab a handful everyday as a snack, and try to have a handful in the morning too.

Sweet potatoes: Great for digestion, increases antioxidants in your body, which increases the ability to absorb free radicals, which results in better looking skin. Also is a great veggie for digestion, and just yummy to have as a snack during the day (just boil it in a pan of water for a while, prick in it to see if it's soft inside, and you're ready to eat).

KIWIS: A great source of vitamin C, K, potassium, and phrosphorus. One kiwi contains about 71 percent of the recommended daily intake for adults. It can enhance your immune system, helping your body ward off bacterial and viral infections (inflammation on spots people?). It also helps your body produce serotonin, and norepinephrine, which basically are chemicals that relieve stress, and depression, all thanks to good 'ol vitamin C!

GrapefruitS: It's just like the kiwi, a great source of vitamin C. Also is good for your digestion, and when you're on a diet. Don't eat/drink it too much, as that may do more harm than good for your body.

(Dried) figS: It's high in fibers, which means it's good for your digestion, and good for your skin/body. Also, it may reduce the risk of heart disease.

dried apricotS: A rich source of iron, and beta carotene. Eat a handful everyday as a snack for more radiant looking skin.

AVOCADOS: It contains healthy fats, can even replace the butter on your sandwich. It's a very good source of fibers, and contains lots of great vitamins. I guess we all know that avocados are great for the hair too. 

PapayaS: Is not only a delicious fruit itself, just like all the other foods on the list (I'm a food lover you know ;-), but also is an enzyme that aids digestion. When you have bad digestion, it may result in spots - refer to my face mapping post for more detail. Plus, papaya cleanses the body completely, it delays ageing of the skin, and aids in maintaining the health of the skin because of its high level of vitamin A. Did I already mention that when applied raw juice externally, it may help to cure pimples, and also reduce wrinkles?

Remember that what you eat does reflect on your skin. Results won't come in a day or two, so be patient. If you do it right, you'll see improvements after the first week already. Continue, and you'll see the result you've been wishing for - trial and error baby. And most importantly: keep that water comin'!

Do you still struggle with acne?



January 7, 2013

London Update, Mini Haul

I'm back from London again. The trip was very successful as I've (finally) found myself a room - yay! Gosh it was worth spending a week on Spareroom, and stalking the site 12/7. Feels like I haven't blogged in ages, but here I am, back on track baby! 

As my main focus, and goal was to find a proper room in my trip, I didn't have that much time left for shopping the sales. Did try to go to Oxford Street, and pop into a few stores I met along the way. Only made it through half the street, didn't have the time to walk it through *sob, sob*.  My hotel was in Kensington (Olympia), really close to Shepherd's Bush where there was an amazing mall, Westfields. Did visit it, and couldn't really go through the entire centre, but did have my lunch there (twice), and made use of the free wifi service ;-).

Didn't get a lot of exciting new things, because one) I just didn't have the time to spend hours on shopping, and believe me: you need the hours to sort through everything. And two) the exchange rate from euros to pounds are no kidding. The euro is so freakishly low that it breaks my heart every time I get something. 20 pounds doesn't sound much, but when converting the money back to euros, it quickly adds up to a whoppin' 29 euro. Despite the crappy currency rate, I couldn't refrain myself from going into Selfridge's for a little while (seriously only spend 15 minutes in there, was afraid I'd walk away with spending a fortune there), and of course walked out with a little yellow bag, carrying a travel-size Origins Modern Friction.

I also popped into WH Smith to look at some books, seriously it's so much cheaper than in the Netherlands. I came out with the first three books of the Donnovan Creed series from John Locke - Lethal People, Lethal Experiment, and Saving Rachel (they were reduced by half the price each, would be crazy if I didn't get them all three right?). Started with the first part, and am hooked! I also got the British ELLE. A store not to skip is obviously Primark. I didn't get many items, as I just quickly skimmed through the sales racks. I can get the regular priced items anytime I want right ;-). So walked out with a stack of 6 rings, a statement necklace of angel wings, and a blouse with bird print on it.

Have you ever been shopping in London, and how'd you like it?



January 3, 2013

Weekend Trip To London!

Sorry that I haven't been blogging these days, I've been really busy planning, and scheduling some apartment viewings in London. My twitter followers might've caught on to that as I posted some tweets about that (follow me for daily rambles, tweets, and instagram posts! :-). Everything is booked, and confirmed now: I'll be going this Saturday - Sunday to London to view some potential rooms. So excited!

Unfortunately I'll be going on my own, but really stoked nonetheless. I thought it'd be fun to show what I already packed a bit. I'm flying with Easyjet, and won't check-in any bags, just to be time efficient, and for 2 days/1 night, I won't need that much. The bad side of carry-on bags is the regulation that you can't bring over 100ml products on the plane, so I had to go shopping today for some travel size mini's. I also had a good look in my sample/travelsize/mini drawers to find some skincare bits I could take with, and this is what I came up with. It's packed in a small sized mesh-bag from MUJI, which I picked up before leaving Paris. I threw in a Batiste Dry Shampoo, Aquafresh toothpaste, Dove gofresh deodorant, Philosophy Purity Made Simple, Marc Jacobs Lola Rollerball, balance Me. Wonder Eye Cream, Clarins HydraQuench Cream, and some cotton pads/q-tips (all products are travel sizes). Very minimal skincare packed as you can see. Have never tried the eye cream, so giving it a trial run (got it in the December Glossybox). I initially wanted to take the mini Bioderma, but it didn't fit in the mini mesh-bag, and didn't want to lug the big one with, so had to settle with the Philosophy one - which is really good too!

As for bits I'll be taking in my handbag: L'Occitane Shea Butter hand cream, Dior Addict Extreme 'Cherie Bow', NUXE chapstick, YSL Glossy Stain #11, Travalo with Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, Labello Fruity Shine 'Cherry', Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream, and hand cream. A girl gotta have her choices right? ;-) I definitely will be bringing my camera (Nikon Coolpix someting...) with me if I happen to have time to snap some pictures of beautiful London, and my Firmoo glasses with wooden frame - freakin' amazing! Will do a full review on my Firmoo glasses soon!

So this is it... Haven't thought about make up, and clothing yet, will do that tomorrow. Today I'll put out a little wishlist of products I want to buy, and stores I have to check out. So lucky that I'm going in discount season! Going to Selfridges, Topshop, Office, and Boots/Superdrug are on my priority list, looking at you Real Techniques Brushes, and Collection 2000 Concealer! Also have to figure out how the London metro/train things work exactly - lots of homework to do ;-).

Do you have any recommendations of stores to visit, and products that I should get?



New Blog Layout

You probably have noticed, I changed the blog layout, err... again. I quite like it, do have to sort out how I want my sidebar to look, but will finish that soon. I simplified the look of the blog, and added some features to it too. And signing off for now ;-).

What do you think of the new layout?



January 1, 2013

New Year's Resolutions

Happy new year dolls, I hope you had a wonderful NYE, and may you all have a wonderful new year with loads of fun, and good beauty buys ;-). Thank you all for still sticking with me this long. I'm having my blog for a good 7 months as I type, and gosh that's long! Time flies.

So this 2013's first post, a cliché on top of that, but a good 'un to sort my thoughts out, and well... give myself some proper goals for this year. I'm not a person to really set NY resolutions, I never have actually. But this year I feel like I have to, and really want to. Here we go!
  1. Start the '30 Day Shred', and do it for well... at least 30 days
  2. Find a yoga class in London, and follow it
  3. Visit (a lot of) cities in England while I'm there
  4. Cut out the junk food from my diet (a piece of chocolate once in a while is alright)
  5. Detox, detox, detox (inside and out)
  6. Limit impulse buys regarding fashion/beauty/miscellaneous items ;-)
  7. Set a monthly budget for beauty purchases
  8. Put the new blog design up ASAP
  9. Write blog posts on a consistent base (I know I slacked a lot in September when I just moved to Paris, promise I won't do that ever again!)
*all points are noted in a random order of importance

Yep, these are mine so far. Haven't thought of any more at the moment, but I guess it's a long list to keep already ;-).

What are your new year's resolutions?


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