As you guys know by now, I really care about taking care of my skin. I use a lot of products, but at the same time I also try out a lot of new products often… It’s just so much fun! I thought I’d make a post about my favorite products at the moment. Maybe we share some favorites? Or maybe you have some products that you can recommend me!
I can never get enough moisture
Something that is really important for my skin, and for me to keep my skin bouncy, is hydration. If my skin is dry, I can just forget about looking good. Because of that, I always have a lot of products on my shelf that focuses on hydration. If you are a newbie when it comes to skincare, read my post about skincare 101 HERE. Something that I love doing is putting a super hydrating mask on me, right before I go to bed. I then sleep with the mask all night and wake up with a super plump face that is sooo hydrated. I love it! It’s just such an easy way to do it.
At the moment my favorite hydrating mask is from Origins. They have an overnight mask with avocado which I simply adore. Really recommendable. If you want to read about why you should sleep with a mask at night from someone else’s perspective, you can do that HERE.
One of the most potent products I have
Another one of my favorite products is the glow toner from PIXI Beauty. It has 5% glycolic acid, which really helps clean my pores. I notice a BIG difference from before I started using this toner, after cleansing my face. I use it morning and night after I’ve cleansed my face. It leaves my skin feeling really good. Another positive thing with this toner is that I feel like my makeup simply is prettier when I apply it after this. I don’t know if it’s because of the natural glow I get from within, or if it’s because the canvas (my face, haha) is so prepped and clean. Probably a mix of both.
Effortless brows with great products
Benefit Cosmetics is a brand I just love when it comes to brow products. After I discovered the brow pencil that they call “precisely, my brow” eyebrow pencil, I’ve been hooked. The pencil has such a thin tip that it lets me fill in my brows with a very natural result. I can actually draw on hairs, on the areas where I lack it. I couldn’t be happier! In addition, which also is one of the reasons for it being one of my favorites… It’s smudge-proof up until 12 hours. That really makes my days easier! Not having to worry about my brows, haha.
Sharing our favorites with each other
I really enjoy the opportunity of sharing my favorite products with you guys. And that you guys actually can respond and give us feedback here on this blog! So much fun! Please let me know, have you guys tried out one or more of my favorites before? What do you think? Do you have any other favorites that you think I should try? I look forward to hearing about them. As you know by now, I just love to try new things, so I’m very open for it!
Is it really worth investing over 10 hours into watching this reality TV show? And the answer is, yes, yes it really is! Oh, the drama! So much happens. Couples break up, fall in love, and even get married! This is a spoiler-free zone, and I won’t use any names or reveal how things ended. So if you haven’t seen the show yet, this is a safe read! With everything that’s been going on in the world, I had some extra hours to kill on the couch. Also, all my friends are hooked on this show. It only took an episode, and I became addicted. Here’s why you should watch and gossip about Love is blind!
What is the concept of Love is blind?
Thirty men and women who all wish to find eternal love gather together. Through the first 10 days, they all date each other. This is happening rapidly and intensely. Like a 24/7 speed date. It’s like they all go from 0 to 100 in a split of a second. While they are dating they are not able to see one another. They are dating in so-called “pods”! Everyone has their own room, with a wall in the middle hiding the other person they are dating.
This is the actual concept of the show. Is love really blind? Can love blossom without knowing how the other person looks physically? For me, this wasn’t that interesting, considering Netflix only chose what you would call attractive people in the first place.
Why should I bother watching Love is blind?
Let’s sum it up with one name, Jessica! Haha, no, I’m just joking. And I promise that was not a spoiler, but something you’ll realize after watching. Trust me. This show is perfect if you just want something easy to watch. Or maybe you’re like me and have a friend group who can’t stop talking about all the people on the show. So you watch it just to join conversations.
The show moves very quickly, so it doesn’t get boring or repetitive. Even though reality shows like this aren’t really a new concept (The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, etc.) it still felt like something new. Like a breath of fresh air. I especially fell in love with one of the couples, they are so cute! Had you seen the show, you’d know who I’m talking about. If you still don’t seem convinced to watch this show, maybe reality isn’t for you? Do you prefer crime, if so I’d recommend you to have a look HERE!
What happens in Love is blind?
The couples making it through to the next step of the process, are the ones who have proposed and received a yes. They are then immediately taken on a vacation to Mexico! The best part about this is that all the couples are staying at the same hotel.
Some of them got strong emotions for other people they talked to in the “pods”, this will be the first time they get to see each other! While on vacation with their new finance. The last episode is about the wedding day. Who will say yes at the altar?
I really enjoy eating healthy… But even more important, I want what I eat to taste good. Because of that, I’ve started to really make an effort when it comes to breakfast… I love starting my day off with a delicious smoothie bowl! I have curated a really simple recipe that I really enjoy making in the mornings. It’s very easy and very fast. All you need is three ingredients and a blender…
A colorful start of the day
One thing that I really enjoy when it comes to a smoothie bowl, is that it’s very colorful. You can’t go wrong… Or well, at least I haven’t so far, haha! Having a breakfast that really gives me energy and really makes me smile, is a really big plus for me. In addition to that, it truly feels amazing filling my belly up with vitamins and nutrients.
Before I started making smoothie bowls for breakfast, I usually just had some dry bread… So boring, right?! And I really had to force myself to eat it… Haha, because we all know there is no enjoyment in eating a dry piece of bread.
On the other hand, now I cannot wait to make my smoothie bowl and enjoy my breakfast. I’m so happy that I discovered the passion for actually taking a bit of time in the morning. It’s so worth it. After all – breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you wanna try something good for dinner though, you can try my recipe HERE.
Breakfast for champions
When I have the opportunity to actually sit down and eat my breakfast, my day starts so much better. I really enjoy making a smoothie bowl for my friends or if I have someone visiting. Something I love is that it’s so easy to mix up which topping you want. And if there is something you’re not THAT fond of, you don’t have to put it on… Or switch it out with something else.
My favorite right now is different types of berries. I also enjoy combining the berries with some granola on the top. Granola is such a typical thing that screams breakfast to me. That might be why I like it so much.
The simple recipe
You only need…
Frozen berries of your choice
Soy milk with vanilla taste (yum! but feel free to switch this out with another type of milk)
Mix all of this in a blender, and make sure you don’t add too much of the liquid in… Do it slowly so you can easily control the texture. When it’s perfectly blended, you just have to put it in a bowl and add your favorite topping. Easy right? If you want to try even more types than this one, I want to advise you to press HERE. There are so many benefits of eating fruits and veggies for breakfast, so I strongly advise you to at least give it a shot. I cannot imagine that you won’t like it.
One of my favorite things to do with my hair if I just want it out of my face is a messy bun. I love the effortless look it makes. As if I have used no time what so ever. I can make it more polished if I want to, but I actually prefer it to be rather messy.
The bun that needs (almost) no products
When I make my messy bun, I rarely use a lot of products. I wash with a shampoo and conditioner that I got recommended by my hairdresser. They are perfect for my hair, which tends to be a bit dry. I also do a mask once a week.
Except for the products I use in the shower, I don’t use a lot in my hair. Some dry shampoo if necessary, and some saltwater spray if I want a beachy look… That’s more for the summer though. I love that I can mix it up however I feel like it. If you want to read about how to achieve a “no makeup” makeup look, you can press HERE.
Hair that looks like you used no time on it, in a good way
Something that I find great about the bun, is that it looks like I spent very little time on it. Because of that, I always get a lot of compliments on my hair. My friends always say that I’m so blessed with naturally good-looking hair… What they don’t know (until now, haha) is that I actually spend quite some time on it. In addition to the products I’ve mentioned earlier, I try to avoid damaging my hair. I make sure to airdry it…
That’s actually something I recommend for the messy bun. You don’t need perfectly blow-dried hair for that, haha. If you are insecure about how to do it, check out a helpful Youtube video HERE. Another thing I do is that I rarely use heating tools on it. If I want wavy hair I braid my hair when it’s still damp, and sleep with the braids… The following day I have perfect waves. The only thing needed is to drag my fingers through my hair.
Not the best hairdo on all occasions
I must admit that the messy bun is not something to do if you want to look polished or really exquisite… It’s supposed to look like you’ve spent no time. It’s perfect for a day in the park, or a hike. In addition to that, it’s great for a beach day or a movie night. Any time you want to be relaxed.
If I have plans where I need to look more polished, I prefer to have my hair all-natural. Another possibility is to make the bun super tight and not messy at all. Then you can also use a lot of product to make it sit, and give it kind of a wet-look finish as well.
Tell me about your favorite thing to do with your hair!
Two years ago, I was so lucky to visit Berlin in Germany together with my family. I have always loved big cities, and this is no exception. The only bad thing about the vacation was that it was too short. We found there was so much to see and do in Berlin, and unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to experience it all. But hey, there’s always a next time! Luckily, we did get a chance to see the tourist attractions and places we originally wanted to. It was only after arriving we realized how much more there was. These are my tips for any first-time traveler to Berlin.
Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin
Do you want to feel like a prince or a princess for a day? Then this is the location for you! What’s the rent on this place? Have a peaceful walk around the Palace and take in the beauty of the famous surrounding gardens. I honestly felt like I and my entire family had traveled back in time. Pretend you’re from the rococo period and feel like royalty in the biggest palace in Berlin. For over 300 years it has been standing there with all of its beauty, only 20 minutes away from the center of Berlin. If you want, you can book a tour HERE.
One of the most famous landmarks in all of Germany. You can not leave Berlin before paying this place a visit. The city gate has been standing for over 250 years. Brandenburg Gate once represented the division that was during the Cold War, but now has been transformed into a symbol for unity and peace. On this historical location in 1987, Ronald Reagan uttered the now-famous sentence: “Mr. Gorbachov – tear down this wall!”. Thinking about how much this place has meant for history and the world, this is definitely a place you have to visit and experience for yourself.
Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin
One of the most known and famous symbols in Berlin from the Cold War. Checkpoint Charlie used to be the border crossing between West and East Berlin. Now one of the biggest tourist attractions in Germany. We took so many pictures from here, that we could fill up an entire photo album. It was so amazing having more than a week in such an interesting city. But I still have so many more things on my list over places I want to see in Germany.
So much to experience!
Besides having just the most fascinating historical sites and attractions, there are a lot of other things to do in Berlin. The food is absolutely amazing and I must have gained quite a lot of weight just during this week. No to mention all the beer! Gotta love a nation that cherishes their beer as much as Germany does! Have you been to Germany? What are other must-see places in your opinion? Do you want to read more of my travel tips? Click HEREif you’d like to read about my favorite neighborhood in London!
I have tried doing a 3-day juice cleanse, and I thought I’d share my experience with you guys. It’s completely up to you if you want to do it or not… The only thing I want to mention is that this is MY experience with the juice cleanse, and it might be that you’ll have a completely different one. The most important thing is to listen to your body no matter what, and do what feels right for you.
Resetting my body after an unhealthy period
The reason why I wanted to try a juice cleanse was that I wanted to reset my body. I had been eating kind of unhealthy for a period of time. Too much sugar and fatty foods… My body did not feel good. I had heard about the kick your body could get, and that it could help my skin as well. I had experienced a few breakouts, but honestly, in retrospect, I should have just been better at following my skincare routine.
Read about skincare 101 HERE.I decided to do a 3-day juice cleanse. I had no experience with it but I thought that 3 days should be good. Not too much, not too little. Read about how to do a juice cleanse HERE.
Reactions from the body that I did not expect
I honestly would not recommend doing a 3-day juice cleanse to anyone. It was too much and I did not feel good… I will tell you about why. When I started with my juice cleanse I thought I was mentally prepared, but it turned out that I wasn’t. I was not ready for all the reactions my body sent out.
I am used to being full of energy but felt that I was lacking ALL energy except directly after drinking a juice. It was not many juices per day either… 5 juices might sound like much, but when it’s only liquid, it’s not.
It felt like my body said no to the juice cleanse
In addition to lacking energy, my belly acted up. I got diarrhea and had it the whole juice cleanse. I did NOT know about that side effect! If I’d had known I for sure would not have chosen a 3-day juice to cleanse. I could of course have stopped, but I did not want to give up either…
The energy that I was lacking did feel like a signal. It was telling me to eat and I should have done it. I think I will be a bit more skeptical to try different diets in the future.
Keeping healthy after the juice cleanse
After the three days had passed, I could finally eat again. Wow, it felt good! I tried to eat healthily, and I must admit that my first meal after the juice cleanses, was not bad… The only thing is that it is very hard to stick with eating only healthy, especially when you crave all kinds of food after being on a 3-day cleanse.
In summary, I would not advise anyone to do a 3-day juice cleanse and I would not do it again. If you want to try it, I think 1 day is more than enough. But that is just my opinion…
I’m not one of those girls that like to use tons of makeup. My favorite look has a natural result, even though I love to apply different products. I will tell you how I achieve my “no makeup” makeup look. I am very happy with this look.
Making sure the products match your skin tone
The most important thing if you want to achieve a natural result when it comes to makeup, is to make sure the color of the product actually matches your skin tone. This can sometimes be hard, but if you need help I would advise you to just ask the (hopefully) lovely lady in the shop to try some colors on you.
When you find your perfect match, the result will be so much better. My favorite makeup product to achieve this look is a bb cream. It melts into your skin and gives you a healthy glow. There are types with SPF as well, who I strongly advise you to wear especially during the summer. If you are interested in learning how you can get a really nice glow, you can read about that HERE.
Trying and failing – and learning
When I first started playing around with this type of makeup look, I made several mistakes. But now I finally have achieved something I’m happy with. If you want some more tips you can read those HERE. I have mentioned to you already that the bb cream is my favorite when it comes to getting a natural result… But I love using a mattifying powder in my t-zone as well.
I tend to get a bit oily in my skin during the day, but this powder helps me keep that in check. Remember to not use too much, and only where you need it. In my eyes, I normally just use some simple mascara. I love those mascaras that just really elongates your lashes. My final trick is to take a bit of blush in my cheeks, to give my face a bit of life. Also, remember to brush your brows with a bit of clear brow gel. And that is my recipe for the perfect “no makeup” makeup look.
Makeup should be fun
The number one rule when it comes to makeup is that there are no rules. That is something that I truly love about playing around with makeup. It’s never wrong. Do you want a super natural look, a “no makeup” makeup look… One that I normally prefer? Or do you want to go for a crazy eyeshadow and colorful lips? Strong contouring? That’s amazing as well!
I love that it allows us to show our personalities, and accent our moods. At the same time, I just want to mention that there is no shame in wearing no makeup at all, as well. Those who prefer that are as beautiful as those who want to wear some or a lot. No matter what you choose, you are beautiful. And the only limit to what you can do is your fantasy!
I think that sometimes our technical devices take over our lives. Because of that, I try to disconnect from time to time. I decided to arrange a classic, old-school game night with some friends. In my opinion, it was a huge success!
Not just a boring game of Monopoly
In my case, we chose Monopoly as our game of choice. If you’re not sure which game you want to play, you can take a look right HERE. We chose Monopoly because it’s fun and also you can play it the whole night. In some cases, that’s not what you want, and that’s completely fine… But in our case, we wanted to pull an all-nighter. Haha!
We made sure we had some good drinks available and had pizza that we made during the game night. It was so cozy! If you don’t feel like buying everything yourself, you can ask your friends to bring the drink they want for the night. Another thing that’s possible is to ask all the guests to bring something for the food, and then make a big buffet with everything.
Time to catch up on the latest in life
When you arrange a game night, I would advise you to make sure that nobody has their phone on the table. It’s such a huge distraction. I can promise you that at the end of the night, no one will complain that you asked them to put their phone in their purse or something like that…
When I arranged my game night, we actually got to talk about so much that we maybe would have missed out on, if we were busy checking Instagram or talking about the latest gossip. It felt really good being able to actually talk about what’s up in life. To share a deeper conversation with my closest ones, and get their advice. Sounds like I have a lot of drama going on, but honestly I don’t. But just talking about life, in general, feels good.
Switch it up if you want to
Something that can make a game night a lot of fun, is if you either play different games during the night and maybe collect points during the night. At the end of the night, you’ll have one winner of the game night. I promise it’s a lot of fun. Another thing you can do is to take a classic game and make some extra rules to make it harder, or more fun. Let’s take a Monopoly like we did.
If you want to turn it into a drinking game, you can for example say that each person has to take a sip, if they have to pay up for landing on something… Or if they have to go to jail they have to take a shot. Whatever fits your group, haha! At least with my friends, this is something that would be a lot of fun.
For me, it was a huge success, and I will do it again soon. Maybe with a different came next time. Will you try arranging a game night or maybe a barbecue is more for you? If that is the case, read about how to arrange one HERE.
I really love to spend time with my friends, and really make something extra out of it. I was arranging a barbecue with some friends the past weekend, and I thought I’d tell you about it. Maybe you’ll get some tips to arrange a barbecue on your own.
Quality time with friends
There is little that is as great as spending time with your best friends. As you know I am a foodie, so I always try to arrange something that can include food. Haha, I’m just like that! But a barbecue, I don’t know anyone that would say no to. It’s perfect both if you eat meat and if you don’t… Also, it’s very easy to make something in the case of other dietary restrictions, like allergies.
Everything can go on the grill. As you probably can tell, I looove a good barbecue. If you want some tips on things you can make for your barbecue, you can check that out HERE.
The variety of a barbecue is endless
What I absolutely love about having a barbecue, is the variety of it. You can literally make a completely different meal each time if you want to. Depending on which kind of ingredients you choose, your meal will be completely changed up. One of my favorite things to make is skewers.
Skewers can be with literally anything! Do you want a veggie skewer? Yum! Put on some mushroom, bell pepper and onion for example… So tasty! Another thing that is fantastic is corn! My friend actually puts canned corn with butter in it, directly on the grill. It’s sooo delicious.
Mix it up and find your favorites
Like I mentioned, skewers are my favorite. They are because I can make them different each time, depending on what I feel like. I’m not a vegetarian, but a lot of times I make veggie skewers. On the other hand, I love mixing and having skewers with chicken or meat as well. My secret trick is to make a homemade barbecue marinade. I always put the meat and mushrooms in it. It honestly makes a huge difference. And it’s no joke, I always get compliments for my food when I arrange a barbecue.
Make an event of it
When my friends or family come over to do a barbecue or any other meal… I love making an event of it. I always make sure my place is filled with music, fitting to the occasion. In addition, I love just putting up some string lights for example. Especially if we are meeting at night. It sets the mood right away!
If you’re not a fan of a good old barbecue (crazy!), or you just want to cook something else… You can check out another recipe HERE. I will for sure arrange more barbecues as long as the weather permits it. Hope you liked my tips and can use them to arrange something on your own.
With my membership in the online webshop Honest Kiss, I save up points every month, which I can then use for new purchases on the site in their membership section. Read here about the latest products I have received and how much I have saved compared to the original price.
What is Honest Kiss and how does a membership work?
Honest Kiss is an online webshop that specializes in top brand quality products to extremely low prices. The website has a huge section of both fashion items, makeup, accessories and whatever else you could almost imagine. And when I say top brand I really mean it, since the website has everything from Dolce & Gabbana, Guess, Versace and so on and so on, to just a fraction of the normal price.
All the normal products on the website are free for everyone to buy whether you have a membership and not. If you are not interested in becoming a member you can still really find some good deals by just checking in once in a while.
However, Honest Kiss also has a membership section, that you can – of course – only use as a member. As a member you pay a fixed amount every month, that gets converted into a gift card with the same amount. This gift card can be used in the membership section. In this section, they give you the possibility to buy extra exclusive fashion items and other products. In addition to all the exclusive fashion items, you can find a wide selection of other really cool features.
The different exciting features for members
For now, the features include the possibility to get fashion advice from a personal stylist or personal trainer. In addition, you can try out various trial subscriptions such as streaming services, e-books, podcasts, and even different beauty boxes. As I understand it, the whole idea about the subscription services is that you should be able to try out different services without the risk of getting caught in an expensive subscription afterward. I still haven’t tried out any of these offers, but I definitely think that I will the next time I receive my new gift card.
Oh and then another super cool thing is their new donation program which actually allows you to donate fashion items that you have bought on their website. You can donate to any charity organization you choose, and hereafter get a refund of the full purchase price. You get the refund as a gift card to the Honest Kiss webshop! Then you can use it to buy new cool items of your choosing from the website. Basically what this means is that you can do something good for our society by donating your used items AND also change your wardrobe ever so often without paying extra. That is pretty awesome, right?
My Honest Kiss membership
I have now been a member of Honest Kiss for a while and that means that I have also saved up a good amount of gift card points. I decided to use these points recently as I thought it was time for a little self-pampering. Therefore I started by looking through Honest Kiss‘ many options on the website, in order to choose the right products for this round. I was determined to find the best deals that Honest Kiss could give me. The hunt was set in, I sat down comfortably in front of the screen, and started browsing through Honest Kiss‘s many products. Below you can read the result of my efforts.
How have my Hones Kiss products been selected?
As mentioned above, the membership area has a section called “Exclusive Deals”, where you can only use your gift card to buy these products. I had previously looked through the pages and therefore already knew that this section has some pretty amazing products and offers.
I wanted to find some amazing products where I at the same time could get a huge discount, so first, I simply just browsed through the various pages and put my absolute favorite products in the basket. Just like a normal purchase at Honest Kiss or any other place, because of course I also do not want to just buy something solely for the sake of saving.
However, I had already decided that there were quite a few things I was missing in several areas. After a short time, I had the shopping cart pretty well filled up. Oh well, I thought, you have to treat yourself once in a while, and with my plan to select the best offers, it could not go completely wrong.
After selecting the best products, the turn then came to the hard selection process. I looked through all the products individually and decided on some pieces where the price had been put extra low. I do not know about you, but I always feel really happy when I find a great deal, so it was absolutely amazing to sit and count how much I actually saved. By the way, you can see that calculation at the end, but I can promise that it is not a small saving. Here you can see which products I ended up with:
Postquam Personal Care Set Moisturizer
This set contains both a moisturizing body lotion and a hand cream. That is something I have been missing for so long. On top of that, it comes with an electric file to help remove hard and dead skin on your heels. I haven’t really been looking for one of those per se… But as soon as I saw the set, I knew that I would love to give my feet a good round of care.
The full price for the set was just 78,50€, which I think is a really good price for all of these items. The normal price for the set is 118,50€, so I quickly had the first 40€ saved here… I knew that this was only the beginning of my shopping experience at Honest Kiss.
Calvin Klein Eau de Parfum Women Secret Obsession
The next item that got to stay in my basket was this gorgeous perfume from Calvin Klein. I have been a huge fan of Calvin Klein for years. Right now I am in love with this scent that has a mystical and floral fragrance while at the same time being light and fresh. Perfect for everyday use! It’s also great for more elegant occasions. I bought the perfume in a 100 ml version for 61€ instead of 89,50€. That gave me a total saving of 28,50€.
With this beautiful pair of sunglasses from Balmain, you will not go wrong
I really love practically all sunglasses from Balmain… This pair is no exception. These sunglasses have an amazing bright color! I already know that they will be my favorite pair over the summer. When I saw that the sunglasses here had been reduced from 119,50€ to only 73,50€… I had no doubt that now would be the perfect time to buy them. So down in the basket, they went!
A small bag from Emporio Armani provides space for everything in style
The last product that I put in my shopping cart was this beautiful black Emporio Armani shoulder bag. It closes with fantastic golden detail! It is just the right size for me as it is small enough to be elegant and comfortable. At the same time, it still has room for a lot of stuff. Just what I had been looking for, for such a long time. The price was 193,50€ reduced from 353€. I felt incredibly satisfied with my discount. You can by the way see the gorgeous bag at Honest Kiss if you are curious.
So how much have I saved when it all comes down to it?
I was really excited to see how much I had saved in total! It turned out to be quite a lot, I would say. If I count it all together, then the original price for all the products I have bought is a total of 680,50€. However, I have only paid 406,5€, which means that my membership with Honest Kiss has given me a total saving of 274€ compared to what I should have paid elsewhere. And I mean, we are talking about top brand items here. That’s pretty wild, isn’t it?
When you see it this way, I, therefore, think it’s quite clear to see why the idea of an Honest Kiss membership makes a lot of sense. I pay about 49€ a month for the membership. That amount, I can of course use to buy these cool products at these very low prices. And as mentioned before they have, on top of that, all of the other new features… I will be looking forward to trying out those next time.
Furthermore, when you add to the concept that you can actually donate your used items and get the price refunded in order to buy new clothes. Because of this, it is literally a no-brainer for me to continue my membership for a long time.