Christmas Cake Healthy Recipe

Christmas Cake Recipe Baking Healthy Fruit

The classic Christmas cake contains many sinful & glutinous ingredients. Black treacle, brown sugar, brandy, rum, etc. In fact, I think the only remotely healthy component is the dried fruit. A classic Christmas tradition loved by all. Although not everyone will approve of me tweaking a traditional recipe, I want to enjoy the Christmas cake in a more healthy way. Here I present my own version, complete with fewer calories but with all the flavor we love.

Christmas Cake Recipe Baking Healthy Happiness

Prepare your ingredients

To begin, I recommend heading to your local fruit & vegetable shop to purchase the most natural ingredients free from any preservatives. You won’t be able to pick up all the ingredients from here, so leave time in your day to visit your local grocery store.

To make things a little easier, I have prepared a list of the ingredients that you will need for the Christmas Cake.

  • Any dried fruit of your choice. Here, the more the merrier. Choose a selection of apricots, dates, currants, cranberries, sultanas, etc. If you have some leftover then you can use them in one of my smoothie bowls which only require 3 ingredients and you’ll have it put together in minutes. If you, like me, like to energize your body with healthy proteins and superfoods, then start your day with this breakfast of champions.
  • 2 Bananas
  • 1 Orange
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Vanilla extract or paste
  • Almond flour
  • Coconut oil
  • Eggs
  • Mixed spice (optional)

Christmas Cake Recipe Baking Healthy Dried Fruits

Let’s begin baking your Christmas Cake

Start by roughly chopping all of your chosen dried fruit into bite-sized chunks. A little tip of mine is to use a pair of scissors – this method is way quicker! Next, place the fruit into an eco-friendly bowl and soak them with hot water for 10-15 minutes. If you have any lying around the house then soak with orange liquor, to add extra flavor.

Whilst your fruit is soaking, preheat your oven to 160℃/320℉. Prepare a 20cm round tin with baking paper, ensuring to fully cover the base and sides of the tin.

Whereas some recipes will tell you to combine your mixture, I recommend using a food processor. This way you attain a much smoother silky batter. Into the processor will go 3 eggs, 3 tablespoons of coconut oil, almond flour (120g), zest & juice of the orange, vanilla extract (1 tsp), bananas, walnuts (75g), almonds (75g), nutmeg (¼ tsp), cinnamon (1 tsp), & finally 2 tablespoons of the mixed spice.

Ensure that your dry fruit is well-drained and add this to the mixture.

Spoon the mixture into the cake tin, ensuring that there are no gaps. Finally, place the tin into your preheated oven. The Christmas cake should bake for around 70-90 minutes. To test if your cake is ready, check it with a skewer. If it comes out dry, leave the cake to bake for a while longer.

Once fully cooked, allow the cake to cool at room temperature for approximately 30 minutes. It’s important to remember that the longer you leave your Christmas cake, the richer the taste will be. For this reason, I recommend baking your cake early and waiting to serve it until Christmas day.

– E

Chocolate muffins – my favorite recipe

Delicious chocolate muffins

I personally love baking, and I’ve been doing that a lot lately. My latest obsession is muffins. So simple, and so tasty. I thought I’d share the recipe with you guys, as it’s something I think a lot of you can appreciate. Maybe you too are on a baking spree? Or maybe you want to try something new. Well, here comes my recipe for delicious chocolate muffins

The ingredients you need to make chocolate muffins

To make the chocolate muffins you need a few ingredients. Most of the ingredients are things I already have in my pantry, so that’s another reason why it’s one of my favorite recipes. I can kinda make it whenever I want. Even though I try to eat healthily on a daily basis I treat myself to some baked goods from time to time. Especially lately, with everything going on. 

Well, here we go…

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

Chocolate chips

How to do it…

The first thing you should do, even before you prep all the ingredients, is to turn on the oven. It should be 200 degrees C. Prep the muffin cups so that they are ready for the batter. After that, you’re ready to start making muffins! Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, ¾ cup chocolate chips, and the cocoa powder in a large bowl. Mix it all together and then in another bowl, you should add the egg, yogurt, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract. Whisked that till smooth, and then you should pour the liquid mix into the chocolate mixture and stir until the batter is blended perfectly. After that, you just need to fill the muffin cups and put the last chocolate chips on top. 

The final stretch

When the oven is ready you just need to pop in the muffins for about 20 minutes. Do the toothpick check (try to stick one in the center of one of the muffins) and when it comes out clean they are ready. The toothpick check is something my mom thought me when I was a child… But it never fails. I recommend that you let the muffins rest for about 15 minutes when you’ve taken them out of the oven. And of course, remember to enjoy them with another person… Either someone in your family, a close friend, or maybe your partner? I will share them with my roomie, and I know she’ll be super happy. 

My favorite chocolate muffins

Make a yummy topping

The last tip I have, that I sometimes do to just make it EXTRA tasty… Is to make a chocolate sauce to top the muffins with. You just need ½ cup of milk, ⅓ cup of butter, ⅜ cup of cream (35% fat), and ¾ cup of chopped, plain dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)… Heat the milk and cream in a pan and bring to a boil. When you have removed it from the heat you should add the chocolate and then stir until the chocolate is melted. The butter should be beaten until soft and then you should gradually add the chocolate mixture into it. Let it cool a bit and then add it on top of the muffins and get ready to enjoy!

– E

Why I still have an Honest Kiss Membership

Six months later and my Honest Kiss membership is still active. I have read a lot of negative things about them online, like Honest Kiss being a scam. But I have also read a lot of good things and both me and my friends agree that their membership is pretty awesome!

Why I haven’t left the Honest Kiss membership yet

Like I mentioned in my detailed article about the Honest Kiss membership, there are many reasons why I love being a member. So today, I’m going more into detail about what I’ve purchased and discovered the past few months.

Every month, my gift card makes me as happy as the month before.

This is the biggest reason why I’m staying with the Honest Kiss membership. I mean, who doesn’t want to be happy when being a member of something. And why would anyone want to stay a member if it didn’t make them happy, right?

I feel happy because I know that I can shop from the exclusive section once again. My favorite section is absolutely their bag section. Because I have an Honest Kiss membership, I bought this amazing Calvin Klein bag that I’m so happy about!

Honest Kiss membership Calvin Klein bag

The bag normally costs 210 € but for members, it’s 160 €. So I bought it with my gift card, and voilá – the price landed at 111 €! Yaay! Saving almost 100 € is more than enough to be grateful for ?

There are always updates to the exclusive Honest Kiss & Me section.

Yes, baby! There are always new things coming in. You already know that the bag section is one of my favorites. Other favorites are the makeup and skincare sections, the accessories section and the shoe section.

When I talk about the accessories section for members, I mean the watches! They have such beautiful watches for women! They do have watches for men too but since I’m a gal, it’ the pretty watches for women I’m interested in ?

After browsing through their watch section, going through both Armani, Michael Kors and Calvin Klein watches, I decided on two of them. I know, I know, I’m maybe going a bit crazy here but that’s the fun of getting a new gift card every month!

And these are so classy!

The Calvin Klein watch on the left normally costs 254 € but after using the gift card code, I paid 105 €! That’s a big discount I think! This is one of my favorite accessories that I hold in my possessions right now. It’s just so classy and simple, goes with just about any outfit. I wear the watch with my sporty clothes, my dresses and my casual work outfits.

It doesn’t make sense to me to buy something that I can only use once or twice. I want something that I can wear on several occasions.

The second watch, the one to the right, is so pretty! The dusty pink color is so pretty! I love this color because it’s not too much out there but it’s enough to stand out. It doesn’t go with as many outfits, but honestly, close enough.

The Armani watch I bought thanks to the Honest Kis membership is an item I hold dear to my heart. It’s just so feminine and nice to look at. And of course, the quality is great. I do love my designer things but mainly, I buy things that I simply like.

I can keep shopping for skincare products without having to spend half of my salary on it.

Taking care of my skin is important to me. I also love my makeup! But let’s face it, these things don’t come cheap. I always say how lucky men are that they don’t have to think about buying makeup. Sure they do buy skincare but not nearly as much as we girls do! And it’s no wonder, we use moisturizers for our face, eye creams, night creams – well we have it all, right?

So I want my skincare products to be of high quality and I also want them to last. But to do that I have to spend more money on it of course. Makes sense, right? I don’t want to put just anything onto my skin and I’m sure that neither do you ?The same goes for makeup, I want quality products from well-known brands.

These products are so luxurious. Do you know Honest Kiss even sells a skincare product that costs 826 €?? How crazy is that? And that’s actually with the membership discount! If you don’t have an Honest Kiss membership, you can’t buy it! It’s called Orchidée Impériale Black.

Apparently, it holds a unique technology and there is more than 15 years of research behind developing it. That is super impressive! I haven’t bought it because it is a lot to pay for face cream but I am curious! If it’s like going for treatment then it might actually be worth the money. either way, you can check it out yourself on Honest Kiss’ website.

Honest Kiss customer service is so quick to respond – both on social media and through email

The worst thing I know is when I reach out to customer service for any brand and the response time is sooooo long! No can do! It doesn’t mean that I need a reply right away but at least within a day. And if it’s the same day then that’s even better.

Now, Honest Kiss’ customer service responds sometimes within minutes. Now that’s what I call caring about your customers! I have reached out to them several times, a few times on Instagram actually since I do like my Insta. Sometimes it takes a little longer there but never more than a few hours. But the email support is super fast.

They also have a Facebook page so there is the option to ask questions there.

I don’t feel as guilty about shopping anymore.

Okay, let’s be honest about this. We, women, like using shopping as therapy and we do it waaay too often! Now, I’m guilty of that too and I’m not ashamed to say it. No shame in shopping till you’re dropping (lol).

But it does make me feel so much better when I can shop and save so much money on the things I buy. It can of course go the other way and there is the temptation to buy more things because it’s cheaper.

I’ve done that too, trust me. And I think that’s totally okay. Either way, I can either buy more things that I can use or I buy less and use that money on something else. I don’t know about you but sometimes I can feel guilty when I shop too much.

It’s not a nice feeling and I’m mostly a happy person. But when I do go overboard, it doesn’t always feel that good. So if someone helps me save money and ease my shopping conscience, I stick with you, ha!

Last but not least, I still have the Honest Kiss membership because they speak to a large audience and encourage women.

It’s nice when people care about others, I think. The Honest Kiss concept is more than just selling quality brand products at a lower price. Their whole idea is also about encouraging women to be themselves and being unique. I really like that they have different styles and they are pro-women being themselves.

I have a mixed style and I always want to own my style. It makes it easier when someone else is also encouraging you to do that.

Honest Kiss membership encourages women

That’s why I have bought several different kinds of products with different styles. Their adidas sweatshirts are real classics. I have the one in black and you actually don’t have to be a member to buy that one for a better price!

Then I have something completely different that I bought which is a Tommy Hilfiger maxi skirt. It’s a white skirt with colorful patterns. It might not be useful for winter but where it’s summer, it’s perfect!

A cute top to go with that and I feel girly and pretty – and really happy! So yes, thank you Honest Kiss for honoring the uniqueness in us women!

Final words on why I’m sticking to Honest Kiss membership

In the end, to me, it’s all about feeling good. If you’ve been following the blog and read the posts, you know we’re all about positivity here. It’s important to me and my girls that we do things that make us feel good. We’re not big fans of negativity or wasting time on things that don’t feel good. We always say that life is too short.

It doesn’t mean that we never have our bad days, everyone does! But we sure don’t want to waste our time on negative shopping experiences. There are too many good brands out there that actually care about their customers. So why choose the ones that are too expensive and don’t deliver on quality? Or those who don’t really care about the people?

That just doesn’t make sense to me or to my girls.

I hope you enjoyed this post about Honest Kiss!

– B

Curry with cauliflower and fish – great for your health

Curry.

I love to try new recipes and when I find one that I absolutely love I of course want to share it with you. I tried a new curry recipe the other day that is super easy to make but is packed with flavours! You just have to try it! 

I love the combination of cauliflower and fish and if it’s in a curry it’s even better. This recipe is so  easy to make and you’ll have a tasty dish ready in just 30 minutes. Whoever said cooking curry is a difficult task was very wrong. 

Good for your health

The spice is actually filled with a lot of good things for you! And in this dish it’s combined with other spices such as turmeric which is also known for its health benefits. 

Therefore consuming a lot of curry dishes can have a very good impact on your overall health and wellbeing. So it’s not at all a bad idea to go for a curry on a weekday evening. 

Of course you can get great benefits from ordering your curry from a restaurant but it is always much better to cook your own as you can decide completely what you add to it. Also, curry bought at restaurants tends to be a bit more greasy than when you make them at home. 

If you want to try another recipe with salmon instead of this curry, have a look here

Curry is great for your healt and makes a perfect midweek meal that is ready in under 30 minutes. Many different spices but they are easily found in the supermarket. And when you have them at home you can experiment and try new dishes.

Tasty curry for a weekday meal

Yes, you need a few different spices that you might not have in your cupboard unless you are used to making curry. But don’t be alarmed, they are easily found in every supermarket and once you have them it’ll be so much easier to experiment and try new dishes. 

This recipe serves 4 people, if you want to make more you can easily double it without any problem. 

Ingredients for the curry:

1 tsp mustard seeds

1 cinnamon quill

2 crushed cardamom pods

1 tbsp madras curry paste

1 dried red chilli

2 tbsp ghee

1 curry leaf sprig, leaves picked

1 tsp ground turmeric

½ cauliflower in small florets

400 ml coconut milk

Zest and juice from 1 lemon

600g monkfish or other firm white fish cut into pieces

Steamed basmati rice 

Poppadoms

How you cook it: 

Heat the ghee in a thick bottomed pan on medium heat. Add the mustard seeds, cinnamon, chilli, cardamom, curry leaves and cook for about 2 minutes until fragrant. Stir continuously. 

Add the curry paste and turmeric and cook for another minute. 

Now it’s time for the cauliflower to go in. Make sure you coat all of thm florets in the spice mix. After that you add the coconut milk and lemons zest and stir until combined.

Bring it to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes. Add the fish by gently putting the pieces in the sauce so they are completely covered. Cover the pan with a lid and let cook for about 5 minutes or until the fish is completely cooked through. 

Squeeze in the lemon juice and your meal is ready to be served with steamed basmati rice and poppadoms. 

I’d really recommend you to try this recipe. I think you’re going to love it! Healty and tasty at the same time! 

– M

We traveled to Marbella and it was amazing!

Marbella is so much more than just Puerto Banus and more beautiful than we ever had imagined! This trip was filled with adventure, girls’ nights out, shopping and cozy strolls in the historical center. 

Marbella surprised us right away.

Before we arrived to Marbella, we had expectations and most of them were parties and luxury. While yes, you find those things in Marbella too, there is so much more to the city. Immediately after the taxi driver had dropped us off at the hotel, we were surprised. We had decided to stay in the historical part of the city and we still talk about what a good decision that was.

I had prepared my finest dresses, cute summer outfits and casual wear. It turns out that I had packed well ? We visited last summer and I would say it is the perfect season. Marbella is probably beautiful all-year-round but it is more of a tourist place so in the summer is when the action happens.

The historical town in Marbella

Historical town in marbella

The streets in Marbella are pretty narrow and you won’t find any huge spaces which is exactly what makes it so cozy! The historical part is just stepping away from the beach and you have everything you need with shopping and food. That’s one thing that surprised me a lot, the food in Marbella is amazing. We ate everything from Paella to sandwiches and seafood and it was all incredible.

You’ll find some restaurants that are a fancier and a few that are more traditional in there style. I found it to be a perfect mix of places and didn’t have a single bad food experience. Of course, that was our experience. The girls had great food too and were more than happy.

The beach in the center

The beach in the center is only a few minutes away from the historical town. The short walk there is nice because there are sculptures along the way that are pretty impressive. Along the beach, there are bars and restaurants, some are even on the beach. If you have ever traveled to Malaga then you know their famous chiringuitos. We found some really nice ones and you can’t travel to Marbella without visiting a chhiringuito.

A chiringuito is a restaurant that specializes in fish and seafood. It is where you will get some of the best fish since it is fresh and they prepare it right there. You have to try the typical sardines too called espetos which is sardines on a stick and grilled above a grill fire.

In the summer, there a lot of events happening in Marbella, such as the Starlite Festival. We bought tickets and went to see different artists and one of them was John Legend! There are a lot of Spanish and Latin singers too, like Don Omar, Luis Fonzi and so many more. The festival lasts for more than a month and we are so planning on going back one day!

Finally, we did visit Puerto Banus of course and yes, it was pretty awesome. The parties are crazy and last until sunrise with champagne, music and an intense atmosphere. But I didn’t really want to talk about the typical here so I chose to mention the other things instead.

-A

 

Raging Stars shopping spree

Shopping!

When we go from summer to autumn, I always feel the need for a shopping spree. Both clothes and products need to be switched out, or at least some of them. I went shopping at Raging Stars because I heard from a friend that they had great prices. They really did, so it’s safe to say that I went kind of crazy for a minute. I will tell you guys all about my shopping spree, and which products I ordered. Hopefully, you’ll like both my post and the products that I ordered from Raging Stars

Not even leaving the couch to shop at Raging Stars

Since Raging Stars is an online store, I did not even have to leave the couch to start shopping. I can sometimes be a bit lazy and not the biggest fan of walking from store to store, so online shopping is perfect for me. Another thing that is a big plus for me is that you can find both beauty and fashion products at Raging Stars, instead of having to go to different online stores. It makes everything so much easier. At least according to me, haha. I had to look around quite a bit to make sure I did not miss anything. They have a lot of categories, and I wanted to take a look at everything. In the end, I think I found some goodies. I will share which ones I got with you today. Please feel free to give me feedback and tell me what you think. 

Shopping at Raging Stars from my couch

Trying to up my skincare game

As you guys might have read already, A posted about her must-have skincare products at the moment. I got quite inspired and decided it’s time to up my own skincare game. Products are something that I have always used, but I have not been the best at following a set routine. I was talking with A about it and she has given me some tips and advice. The products that I purchased at Raging Stars I have used for a bit over a week now, and I am very happy so far. I was told I should wait at least a month before judging a product since the skin uses about a month to get used to a product. So I will give it a month and later decide if I am 100 % happy or not. But so far I only have good things to say. We will see how it evolves, but I’m optimistic. 

Giving my skin the hydration it needs

In general, I try to avoid my skin aging. A simple step to avoid this is by giving it moisture. Every autumn my skin gets pretty dry, so because of that, I got recommended to add a hyaluronic acid serum to my skincare routine. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that is naturally present in our bodies, but it decays as we get older. Because of that, it’s a great idea to supply that to your skin from your mid-twenties, to avoid early signs of aging. I have been using the Babaria Hyaluronic Acid Serum for a week now, and I notice a big difference in my skin actually. It feels like it’s much more bouncy and the dry spots I had earlier have now disappeared. I had never tried Babaria earlier, but after seeing it at Raging Stars I decided to give it a shot. 

The skincare products I purchased at Raging Stars

Switching out the night cream with a face mask

During the day I use the moisturizer from L’Oréal called “Age Perfect Golden Age”. It has SPF 20, and because of that, it’s perfect for everyday use. It’s important to not forget that we still get UV-rays on our skin even though there’s less sun than in the summer. That is one of the reasons why I always try to make sure my day cream has SPF in it. During the night I’ve actually switched out my night cream with a hydrating mask. I put on a thin layer before going to bed and sleep with it all night. The next day I just use my cleanser to wash off in case there’s anything left on my skin. I really like being able to boost my skin like that during the night, and I feel like it helps my skin heal and builds itself up again. Thanks, Raging Stars! 

The skin around the eyes is precious

The eye area has very thin skin. It’s important to take extra good care of the skin in that area, and because of that, I use an eye cream from L’Occitane. It also includes hyaluronic acid, as I mentioned to you guys earlier, and really helps to improve both the look and feel of the eye area. I sometimes struggle with puffy eyes and dark circles, and this cream is working to avoid that, which makes me very happy. Let us hope that I have the same feeling in a month when I’ve tried it a bit more. I am very happy to see that Raging Stars has a lot of great brands and products for the skin. I have heard so many great things about this eye cream so I cannot wait to use it even more. My eyes are loving it so far. 

My eye

Don’t forget about your body

The typical thing after a long summer is to forget about the skin on the body. I for one apply sunscreen and aftersun almost every day but forget about my dry legs when autumn is here. Because of that, I purchased the Dr. Hauschka Hydrating Body Milk and will be using that to keep my skin smooth all autumn and winter. It’s kind of strange that I just forget about it in autumn when my skin gets soooo dry and actually in a way needs it more. In addition to using body milk, I use a nice body scrub on my whole body once a week. It really helps me keep my skin moisturized and avoid dry spots. 

Making sure my makeup stays flawless these colder days

I usually update my makeup bag as the weather changes and get colder. It’s because as I mentioned before I struggle a bit with dry spots and this tends to mess up my makeup as well unless I make sure to apply more moisture to my face in my makeup routine as well. I try to avoid too many powdered products and keep on using my liquid products, as they tend to keep my skin nicer. The one I’ve been using a lot is the Max Factor Miracle Touch Foundation, which also includes hyaluronic acid. I dab it on with a sponge and the result is great. If I feel the need for concealer, I use the Max Factor Mastertouch Concealer just in the necessary areas. I don’t do it every day, but depending on what my plans are, I put it on. For example, now that Christmas is creeping on closer each day… There are dinners, parties, and a lot of fun happenings that make it even more important to have flawless makeup. 

I am ready for Christmas parties

A couple of new pieces of clothing in my closet

I had to purchase some clothing while I was at it. Raging Stars has a lot of amazing brands, so I got tempted. I got a new pair of jeans and a jacket that is perfect for fall. I also purchased two different dresses and look forward to using them at Christmas dinners and also on different occasions before that. Hopefully, I’ll have an event or two before December, haha. Me and the girls usually do a Christmas dinner every year and we do the Secret Santa game. So much fun. This year it’s actually my year hosting it, and I really look forward to it. It’s so great spending time with my best friends, at a special event of the year – not just everyday life. I really enjoy it, and my countdown has started already. 

I am so happy with the goodies I got from Raging Stars

All in all, I am very happy with the products I purchased at Raging Stars, and how the whole process was super easy. I loved that I could do it all in one process, as it was possible to find both my skincare, makeup, and fashion items at their online store. It made the process so much faster since I found everything in one place. I look forward to trying the products even more than what I’ve done already. Maybe I’ll try ordering some other products next time around, depending on how happy I am with the result from these ones in the long run. I want to know if you guys have tried any of these products before, and in that case what you think about the products? Tell me what you guys think about my shopping spree at Raging Stars! 

– M

I got a WildXBeauty gift box filled with beauty products

Looking at my WildXBeauty gift box

Browsing online I noticed a great offer that I just had to take part in. I could get a WildXBeauty gift box with several beauty products for free, by becoming a member of their club. I absolutely wanted the nice gift box from WildXBeauty, so I was very tempted to say yes… And in the end, I did. I will tell you guys all about my experience and what I think about the WildXBeauty gift box. In addition, I have made a mini-review of the products I got in the box. 

It started with a Facebook AD…

I noticed the WildXBeauty gift box while I was looking through my Facebook feed. It was the Max Factor gift box that dragged me in and made me tempted. The products from Max Factor are just great in general. The quality is very good, and I’ve always been happy with the products that I’ve tried before. Max Factor is a brand that I’ve known of since forever… The quality is common knowledge, and I’ve really noticed it myself. Because of that, I was tempted by the Max Factor gift box. I have previously purchased things via Facebook ads and I haven’t had any problems with it. So it felt good to get this welcome offer from WildXBeauty, which they offer to all new members of their club. I read through what it meant to be a member and decided to go for it. 

Max Factor gift box

A lot of gift boxes to choose from

Before deciding on the Max Factor gift box, I wanted to take a look at my options. It turns out that if you’re eligible for a WildXBeauty gift box you can choose from more than 50 different ones. That’s amazing! After looking at the different gift boxes I am sure that WildXBeauty has a gift box for everyone. My top 3 gift boxes that they have is the Garnier gift box, the Sunny gift box, and the Max Factor gift box. In the end, what I ended up with was the Max Factor gift box. I really want to try all of the products in that gift box, and when I can get it for free, I’m not gonna say no to that. I will share all about my thoughts and opinions about the products in the gift box, and the concept of getting a free gift box in general.

My final choice, and getting it in the mail

Like I told you guys already, I ended up choosing the WildXBeauty gift box with the Max Factor products. It was very easy, and thanks to the gift card code that I got from WildXBeauty, I could get the gift box for free. The only thing I had to pay was the delivery costs. In my opinion, that’s a great offer, as I know the price of these products is much higher than the delivery that I had to pay. All in all, something I really feel like is worth it. It did not take long to get it home, and in less than a week I had my WildXBeauty gift box filled with lovely products. I decided that it would be fun to do a mini-review so that I could tell all of you guys about it. So here you have it – my honest opinions and thoughts about the products that I got in the WildXBeauty gift box

The items in my gift box

The Dark Magic Mascara from the WildXBeauty gift box gave me lashes for days

I had never tried the Dark Magic Mascara from Max Factor, but I’ve tried other mascaras from the brand earlier. I knew that I’ve been happy with the result on my lashes in general after trying different ones, so I was eager to try this one. Well, as I already mentioned, I got lashes for days. It’s my new favorite mascara. It gave a great volume effect and the brush was very easy to work with. The result is pitch black, and stunning only after one application. There’s a big problem if the mascara smudge during the day, and luckily it was not the case with this one. I actually went to work out in the afternoon while wearing it, and still – no smudging. I have been using it for a week now and I am super happy. I’ve still not had a smudging incident! 

Lipfinity Lipstick for long-lasting color

When I saw that the Lipfinity Lipstick can last up to 24 hours I was intrigued. The question was… Does it last up to 24 hours if you don’t drink or eat anything at all? I had to test my theory. I drink at least one cup of coffee during the day, as well as a lot of water. Normally my lipstick will NOT last through my cup of coffee, so this was my test. And guess what? It was good even after my cup of coffee. I applied the moisturizing coat after just because I felt like it, but the color was still perfect. If you don’t already know, the Lipfinity Lipstick has two different parts to it. You apply the color first, with a lip gloss applicator. Very easy. After that, you put on the moisturizing coat to lock in the color. It works great! 

Lipfinity Lipstick Coffee test

The Miracle Glow Duo makes my skin pop

Trying out the Miracle Glow Duo from the WildXBeauty gift box, I had no expectations what so ever. I have not tried a duo like that before, but it was super easy to use. I have rarely used a creamy highlighter, but I have to say that I like it. It was easy to blend it nicely into my foundation, and the result was really great. I found out that if I wanted an even stronger highlight effect I can just take a powdered highlighter on top to accentuate it even more. Perfect if I’m going to a party for example. The matte illuminator is really nice under the eyes and between the eyebrows. On the other hand, the one with shimmer is great on the cheekbones for example. Also, I love to put it on my collarbones as well, if I’m wearing an off-shoulder top. 

The blush in the WildXBeauty gift box gave me the perfect touch of pink

I am always looking for the perfect blush. Mainly this is because I feel like if you wear a blush in pink you get a different look if you wear a peachy blush. Because of that, I love to try different ones and check out which ones can make me look the best in this or that outfit, etc. The blush I got in my WildXBeauty gift box was in the color Berries. As you probably can imagine, it’s in a beautiful pink color. I’ve learned not to use too much blush, and it can give a really nice touch of color to your makeup look. The whole contouring of the face can make it a bit “pale” since you only try to hide and accentuate different parts, so the blush can give the face some life. I like it. 

My makeup table

Honey Laquer Lip Gloss is the gloss of my dreams with many great features

In my WildXBeauty gift box, I got a Honey Laquer Lip Gloss. I must say that it’s one of the best glosses that I’ve ever used. It has the color of a lipstick, but the shine of a lip gloss. In addition to that, it leaves your lips as smooth as a lip balm, which is perfect for colder days. I really like the result it gives me. It’s the gloss that I’ll always have in my purse, as it can take my outfit from casual to glam after applying it. I love to have the option of just putting on some makeup and change up my look. In general, my outfits consist of basic colors, and thanks to that it’s perfect to add on some color on my lips. 

My final thoughts about the WildXBeauty gift box

After receiving the WildXBeauty gift box and testing all the products a few times, I must say that I am very happy with it. The products have high quality and I loved that I could choose not only this gift box but also different ones if I would have wanted that. The welcome offer is great, and the whole process was very easy. I knew after reading through the terms and conditions that by ordering this gift box I became a member of the WildXBeauty club. I don’t mind, and I will try being a member for a period of time, and see how it is. They have stated that I can leave the club at any time, so I don’t feel any stress in regard to it. I will let you guys know later how it is being a member. But at least the WildXBeauty gift box was great.

– B

MadFeelings review – my experience

Online shopping at MadFeelings

I have tested the services of MadFeelings and wanted to make my own MadFeelings review to share my experience with all of you. Shopping, fashion, and beauty are things that I love. Exactly because of that, this page was intriguing to me. I always try to share my experiences with others, and try to make sure to share all sides of the experience. So welcome to my MadFeelings review.

Discovering MadFeelings through a Facebook AD

The way that I discovered MadFeelings was through an ad on Facebook. I have had good experiences with companies I have found through Facebook ads before, so I was happy to take a look. They were offering a free gift box for all new members, and I was intrigued. I always make sure to read through the terms and conditions before I sign up for anything. We all know we don’t want to go in any trap. As a member of the club, you will get gift cards each month, which sounds very cool to me.

MadFeelings review after seeing AD on Facebook

Choosing my gift box

The next step except signing up was to choose my gift box. They had a big selection of gift boxes, so it was actually a bit hard to choose. The products that I’d get for free are actually really great… Because of that, I wanted to make sure I chose the best gift box possible. I ended up with the Maybelline gift box since that is a brand I’m thrilled with. I recognized some products that I’m already fond of, as well as a couple of new ones. That is a big plus when it comes to my MadFeelings review.

The Maybelline Gift Box

The favorites that I use on an everyday basis

Lash Sensational Mascara is one of my all-time favorite mascaras. The way my lashes turn out after using this is fantastic. They give volume without feeling heavy on the lashes, and without smudging. The worst thing I know is wearing mascara and after an hour or two, look like some kind of animal… That’s luckily not the case with this one. I’ve been using it for over a year now, so I’m not gonna say no to get it for free. In addition, the Master Holographic Highlighter is fantastic. Use a fan brush and the result is amazing. It’s also very beautiful to use it highlighting the collarbones if you wear an off-shoulder top. The result can either be SUPER glowy, or more natural. 

The eyeshadow palette that has it all takes my MadFeelings review to the next level

Maybelline has created the perfect palette with eyeshadows. The Blushed Nudes Palette is the one I need in my life. Seeing that MadFeelings has this palette, I was really impressed. It’s clear to me that MadFeelings has really reviewed the brands they work with, and chosen the best products. The combination of products in this gift box will take both my everyday makeup and my party looks to the next level. I am so happy that I chose it. I don’t know about you guys, but Maybelline is a brand that I feel has been existing forever. The fact that MadFeelings has them as one of the brands they are working with is a plus for my review. With this eyeshadow palette, I can create perfect daytime looks. The other great thing is that it has darker colors that make it excellent for a party-look as well.

Smokey eyes

Perfect complexion combining two new products

When it comes to skin, I always love to have a perfect complexion. We all have days where that’s just not possible, but I try as much as I can. I’ve heard great things about the Dream Satin Liquid Foundation from Maybelline, so to see that MadFeelings has that in the gift box, is amazing. I love to apply foundation with a sponge, as that gives the best result in my opinion. One way to get a very natural glowy look is to apply a liquid highlighter that blends perfectly with the foundation. I have another sponge for that, and I make sure to not apply too much. The Master Strobing Liquid gives a very natural look. If I want to accentuate it more, I use the powdered highlighter on top of it. That’s a really great tip if you want that highlight to pop!

Getting an overview to make my MadFeelings review

I wanted to make a MadFeelings review that can give all of you a feel of the whole store. Because of that, I made sure to take a look at the whole store, to see what this was all about. As I mentioned earlier, you become a member of the club when you sign up for the welcome offer. Because of that, it was relevant to me to check out what I could get as a member.

Not every day you see an online store offer entertainment services

Something that made me very excited was that MadFeelings offers entertainment services, without you having to sign up for a subscription with the different entertainment channels. Realizing that I can get one month of free subscription to some of the most popular magazines that I really love, made me extremely happy. The whole concept of filling up on inspiration from different magazines is something I really enjoy. I often do this during vacation days, but I want to spend more time doing that during the rest of the year.

MadFeelings has a great selection of magazines

Music and podcasts to fill up my busy days

One thing that I loved to see was that some of the entertainment services that MadFeelings offers for you to try and review if it’s something you wish to continue with, opened my door to a lot of different music and podcast options. Castro Plus is a genius service that allows you to listen to several podcasts whenever you want. Lately, I have been hooked on podcasts, because you can listen to so many different themes. I love it! So I will absolutely try some of the music and podcast options that they have. Maybe I should have done that before making my MadFeelings review, but I was too eager to share it with you. I can give you guys a follow up when I’ve tested some of the entertainment services. I’ll share my favorites with you.

Checking out several categories before my MadFeelings review

This whole MadFeelings review started with me ordering the Maybelline gift box. As I earlier mentioned I saw in the terms and conditions that I became a member if I chose their welcome offer which was the free gift box. Since you can cancel at any time I felt like I might as well try out being a member. If it turns out that I don’t want to be it anymore, I’ll just cancel my membership, easy as pie. I took a look at their perfumes and fashion items, to complete my review.

My favorite parfume

My favorite perfumes at an extremely affordable price

Recognizing some of my favorite brands when I am thinking about perfumes, made me very happy. I loved to see that they have perfumes from Burberry, Chanel, Loewe, Marc Jacobs, and Prada. What surprised me was the prices. I know from previous experience that the prices of these brands can be something a tad unaffordable sometimes. But seeing that MadFeelings has my favorite scents at almost half price made me so so happy. 

The best fashion brands and the best quality

When I shop I try to make sure that I choose brands that are environmentally friendly and of high quality. I’d rather purchase a fashion item that is a bit more expensive but knowing that the quality is great. When it comes to chill everyday wear I love Adidas. I love the sporty look that I can wear just to hang out, or if I actually will do sports, haha. Guess has a lot of beautiful pieces that I really want. I love that they have such timeless pieces! Not to mention Levi’s! Their jeans are to die for. All of you that have tried a pair of jeans from Levi’s will agree.

The last words of my MadFeelings review

I hope that all of you have enjoyed my review of MadFeelings. I tried to comment on different aspects of the online store, and I hope that my opinions can be of help. Since it is a new store I look forward to seeing it develop and also testing how it is benefiting from the membership with them. Like I mentioned earlier I would love to get back to you guys at a later point with a review on certain aspects of the online store, when I have tried it out a bit more. All in all I have been very happy with my experience so far, and I think the whole process was pretty easy. So that concludes my MadFeelings review, and I give it a 10/10 so far!  

– A

Michael Ginnerskov Jensen wishes to change the shopping experience and behavior online

Shopping

Shopping is something we all know and love. We have all browsed the internet for the next thing on our wishlist. The great thing about the big old internet is that it makes everything much more accessible than before when it was not possible to order online. When I noticed the way Michael Ginnerskov Jensen wants to change the shopping experience I was immediately intrigued. I had to look deeper into him and what he will do.

A new experience with memberships

I don’t know about the other girls, but I have never experienced an online store where I could become a member and get even better offers than originally. The prices on Michael Ginnerskov Jensen’s online store are already great! The plus here is that as a member of the online store club, you get access to even more exclusive products at better prices. I haven’t told the other girls about this yet, but I will… I found several favorites at the online store already. Or well, I guess they will read it here as well! Come to think of it, I think B tried something similar, if not the same. I will have to go back to the blog and read about it later. 

Makeup favorites at Michael Ginnerskov Jensen online store

Allowing myself to shop without feeling bad

We all spend money on a lot of unnecessary things during a month. And sometimes the money I spent buying a sandwich since I did not bring lunch to the office, is something I’d rather spend on a skincare product or a new fashion item. If I do both, I catch myself feeling bad sometimes. Thanks to the club membership on the online store of Michael Ginnerskov Jensen, I get automatically charged money each month. After being charged I get a gift card sent on email, and I can use it on the exclusive section of the store. They have makeup, clothing, shoes, purses… It’s just perfect for me! And I don’t have to feel bad.

Michael Ginnerskov Jensen is the first man I’ve heard doing this

I’m not an expert at all, but I must admit that I’ve never heard about this concept before. The concept of being in a club and receiving gift cards to shop for. I like it a lot. As far as I understand it’s not necessary to stay a member for a certain amount of time. This is a big plus for me, in case I don’t want to anymore. Or maybe I need a break for a month or two. Because of that, I really like that it’s up to me. I think it’s great that Michael Ginnerskov Jensen lets the customers decide for themselves.

Me shopping

Something that’s genius during Christmas time

Knowing that Christmas is getting closer or closer per day, makes this club so genius. I will be able to get great gifts for all of my family members without breaking the bank. Giving gifts that are appreciated is very important to me. I want them to see that I have thought it through. The online store and concept of Michael Ginnerskov Jensen will definitely help me through this years Christmas shopping. I will advise my girls to do the same.

– E

How to get plump and bigger lips in a natural way!

Get plump and bigger lips!

Have you ever wished for bigger lips? Without having to contact a surgeon or getting injections. I honestly will have to admit that I have. That is why I have tried different trips and tricks throughout my years. These are the ones that actually work, and are worth doing. It’s not hard and only takes a couple of minutes. Okay, fine, I won’t end up with a Kim Kardashian pout, but i’ll still see a difference, and that’s good enough for me! And, it’s free! The only things you actually need are your favorite lipstick, a lip gloss, a lip liner and simple contouring skills! Let’s make magic! 

One of the most important things to remember is to moisturize

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! I can’t say it enough! If you want your makeup to look flawless you can’t have dry and chapped lips. If they are really dry I would advise you to use a light scrub. You can do this in a really simple way! Just use a wet cloth and rub this softly over your lips.

Tips for bigger lips

You should also use a good and moisturizing lip balm in your daily life. This will keep your lips from drying out or becoming chapped. At the moment I’m completely hooked on this one, smells so good and does wonders for my lips! If your dry lips are really bad, place a good amount of this lip balm on your lips before bedtime and let it work its magic overnight. Usually, I have to do this during the winter months. The cold and crisp air is not good for the sensitive skin on your lips, luckily there are good procuts like this out there to help. 

Lip liner is essential for bigger and more plump lips! 

It’s important to be precise when choosing a lip liner. You should never choose one that is too dark in comparison to your lips. Just a tad darker than the lipstick you’re going to be using. Apply the lip liner around the outlines of your lips, never above. I know how tempting this could be, and how easy it is to think this will make my lips look bigger. Don’t fall for the trap! Just apply it on the outlines of your upper and lower lip, avoiding the corners. 

Your lipstick should be a shade lighter than your lipliner. 

This will help add volume. Finish it off by adding some lip gloss. This will give you a bit of shine, making your mouth more reflective. This gives the illusion of bigger lips. And who doesn’t want that? If you prefer a more natural look, THIS might be the perfect read for you! 

Get bigger lips

As a last touch, contour yourself to bigger lips! 

To give yourself a professional finish, add some highlighter. You can apply the highlighter above your upper lip. If you don’t have a highlighter, a good tip is to use a white or bright eye shadow. Hope you liked my tips! Voilà! It’s that easy!

 

– M