Friday, 28 February 2014

Lush haul Antwerp (Belgium)!

It's Fridaaay! I hope you're all ready for the weekend? Mine is going to be filled with studying (I really should start, eurgh).

I promised in my previous post that I would show you the products I bought at LUSH the other week. I was very tempted to take everything with me, but thanks to the list I had made beforehand, I could restrain myself :)

The first soap I really wanted to try was Rock Star. This soap just smells amazing! If you like sweet flavours, then this one is definitely made for you! I've just used this soap only once, and I could still smell it on my skin in the evening (AND on the next morning when I was taking a shower, the hot water seemed to release the last flavours!).

The Godmother smells like cuberdons! I don't know if you know this very sweet sugary candy? They look like purple/burgundy noses or cones (and smell like this soap, haha). Anyway, I bought this soap because of its amazing flavour! Haven't used it yet, but can't wait to try it!

I bought Figs and Leaves because of the fact that it's a good soap for people with sensitive and dry skin like me. The seeds of the figs will scrub your skin and leave it very soft and clean. You can also use this soap on your face because it is very mild. 

Then I also picked up this Tea Tree Water to clean my face and prevent it from spots. It feels very refreshing and pleasant on the skin! 

And then the lovely lady from LUSH also gave me a sample of Enzymion, a cream perfect to use after Tea Tree Water. It smells kinda like citrus fruit. I really like it!

We also got this lovely bag as a gift, because of the opening of the new LUSH shop :) Hurrah!

As you can tell, I really went for the soaps this time, haha! They all smell super delicious and I also love the fact that the soaps you buy are freshly cut for you from the big soap cakes.

Have you bought anything from LUSH lately?


Wednesday, 26 February 2014

My trip to Antwerp (Belgium)

Last Friday, my sister and I went to the opening of a new LUSH store in Antwerp (Belgium). I love LUSH, all their products smell so nice that I wish I could grow them in my garden (now that would be a party!).

Today, I just wanted to share some pictures of Antwerp, a city in Belgium. Antwerp is one of the fashion capitals of Belgium. I always go there (maybe twice a year) to do some serious shopping :) Besides that, Antwerp is also very beautiful with gorgeous buildings, and is also very touristic.

The City hall
Belgian chocolates, Belgian Beers

And then there was the exciting opening of LUSH ...

And of course I bought some gorgeous products in LUSH! How could I ever resist, right. Everything smells so delicious! More about the products I bought in my next post :)

Have you ever been to Antwerp (or Belgium)?


Monday, 24 February 2014

Green smoothie: Spinach, fennel & banana

A new week, a new smoothie!

Bingo, we have a winner! This smoothie is my favourite one so far! It has such a rich flavour while it only contains 4 ingredients. The intent was to make a green smoothie and so spinach would be a very important contributor.

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(6 glasses)

1 fennel
1 green apple
2 big hands of spinach (± 200 g)
2 bananas
200 ml rice drink
water (as much as needed)

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Clean the spinach and peel the bananas. Cut the apple, fennel and banana into pieces. Put all ingredients together in a blender. Blend blend blend. Done!
You might have to add water to make your smoothie a little more fluid!

In this smoothie the flavours of all four ingredients really come into their own. You can identify the anise flavour of the fennel and the taste of the banana and spinach while drinking. At the end you can observe a nice apple aftertaste. Just yummy!

Yes, this smoothie is definitely my best experiment so far! I'm very enthousiastic about the impact of fennel, because it creates a very fresh taste. And I'm also very excited about the beautiful green colours :)

What do you think? Are you going to try this smoothie? I highly recommend you to!


Thursday, 20 February 2014

Opening new Lush store (Belgium) ~ Wishlist!

This Friday (tomorrow!), a new LUSH store will open his doors in Antwerp (Belgium)! Antwerp is about an hour away by bus, but it's going to be the nearest LUSH shop to my house. Whoopee!!

My sister was planning on going to the opening, and since I don't have lectures on Friday (thank goodness), nothing could stop me from going with her. I'm super excited and have been looking all week for products I definitely need to take with me. Otherwise I will end up with nothing, since I'm terrible at making choices, arhg.

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Tea Tree Water - Toner Water
Miranda - Soap
Rock Star - Soap
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Tea Tree Water is antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial and will prevent your skin from nasty spots. Besides Tea Tree (which is calming for your skin) it also contains grapefruit. Now the days are getting warmer (thinking positive here, haha) this toner will help to refresh and boost my skin.

And then I absolutely want some of their gorgeous chunks of soap. Because, who can resist them, right?

Firstly, the Miranda soap sounds really interesting. It's said to be a skin-brightening and mood-lightening summery soap. So perfect for dull, moody days. They use fresh kiwi fruit and essential oils to make this soap. Hmmm, can't wait to give it a sniff :)

Figs and Leaves is a soap that should be perfect for my super duper dry skin. It's very soft, rich and creamy and perfect for very sensitive skin, like mine. Also, the scrubby seeds of the figs will exfoliate your skin, leaving it very soft and clean. It's also said to be a very mild soap that can even be used on the face. Hurrah!

Rock Star just because ... ehm ... for happy days :) A creamy, sweet smelling pink soap. It contains vanilla (yum!) and they say the scent of this soap stays on your skin hours after you use it. I like that!

The last soap I really want to try is The Godmother because it looks gorgeous and smells hea-ven-ly!!

Uh oh, I think I'm going to need a lot of soap dishes!

What do you think? Are there any other LUSH products you would recommend me to try? Please let me know!


Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Going red: Pomegranate & blood orange smoothie

Aah, finally, the first smoothie pictures I could take outside!

It was such a lovely sunny day last Sunday. So after a great walk in nature (and after spotting the first crocuses) it was time for a refreshing smoothie.

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(4 glasses)

1 pomegranate
2 blood oranges

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Peel the blood oranges. Take all the seeds from the pomegranate. Put all together in a blender. Blend blend blend. Done! Super simple!

Concerning the pomegranate, here's a little bit of advice from me to you:
We only want the juice from the edible red-diamond-like flesh, but these also contain white hard seeds inside of them. So maybe it's better that you first blend the pomegranate seperately and subsequently strain the juice through a fine strainer. I didn't do that and so my smoothie contained many small hard white pieces. That wasn't so pleasant.

The taste of this smoothie was very delicious nonetheless! I really like pomegranate, it's such a gorgeous fruit and it tastes divine! As for blood oranges, they taste a little sweeter than regular oranges. Oh so yummy!

Do you like pomegranate? Have you ever tried it in a smoothie?


Friday, 14 February 2014

Easy winter oven dish ~ Feta & roasted fennel

Maybe you've seen this dish appear on my Twitter last week (yes, I'm really getting into the tweeting-thing, ha!). It is super easy to make! You just pop everything into the oven - don't forget to stir every now and then - and that's about it. Even my mum can do that (sorry mum!).

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(3 servings)

2 sweet potatoes
1 broccoli
1 fennel
200 g feta cheese
Salt and pepper
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Step 1:
Preheat the oven to 200°.

Good to know:
- Sweet potatoes need 40 minutes at 200°
- Fennel needs 30 minutes at 200°
- Broccoli needs 20 minutes at 200°

Step 2:
Peel the sweet potatoes first and cut them into chunks. Put some coconut (or olive) oil in a large ovenproof dish and add the sweet potato chunks. Drizzle some oil on top and give it a stir. Season with salt and pepper and pop into the oven.

Step 3:
Clean and cut the fennel into chunks.
When the sweet potato has roasted for about 10 minutes, add the fennel and give it a stir.

Step 4:
Clean and cut the broccoli.
Again, after 10 minutes, add the broccoli pieces to the sweet potato and fennel. Add some coconut oil, salt and pepper if needed and give it a stir. Let this all together roast for another 20 minutes until tender.
Don't forget to stir every now and then while roasting (or your broccoli will be black instead of green - and that doesn't look very nice, does it).

Step 5:
When your veggies are roasted and ready, take them out of the oven. Add the feta cheese, mix well and serve right away (after taking a picture first ... deh!)

Pretty easy, don't you think?! And it's very delicious as well. I know that feta cheese - or any kind of cheese really - is always a winner at home. Especially me and my mum are die hard fans :)

Lately, I've been really into roasting my vegetables. It's so simple and it retains the flavour much better. Win-win!

What do you think? Do you like roasted vegetables too?


Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Natural hair mask ~ Coconut oil, honey & egg

Hello You!

I have a very interesting DIY for you today! Even though I can't really be seen as a role model when it comes to beauty blogging (I only recently discovered the purpose of a cleanser, ha!), I do like to pamper myself every now and then :) And speaking of pampering, my hair is definitely the first thing that needs to be taken care of! Yep, definitely.

So after doing a little research, I managed to find some good healthy hair food:

- Coconut oil: repairs dry damaged hair, increases strength, improves shine
- Honey: moisturizes, softens and smoothes
- Eggs: moisturizes, repairs damaged hair, prevents breakage, improves shine

All mixed together ... sounds like perfection!

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What do you need:

1 egg
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1/2 tablespoon of honey
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If you are blessed with longer and thicker hair than me, you might need a little bit more (although I only needed less than half of the mixture I'd prepared).

Step 1:
Melt the coconut oil and honey together in a cup. You can do this either in the microwave, or like me, by placing the cup in some hot water (bain marie). 

Step 2:
Add the raw egg and mix well together.

Step 3:
First make sure you are wearing a bad shirt. Things might get a little sticky :)
Comb your hair through and apply the mask to dry hair. First, section your hair off and apply generously to the ends where most damage occurs. Wrap your hair in a bun and cover with a shower cap to help hold in the heat. I let the mask soak in for almost 4 hours! But if you do this more regularly, 30 to 40 minutes will do the job!
Wash the mask out in the shower using your regular shampoo and conditioner routine. I actually washed my hair twice, just to make sure I wouldn't be mistaken for a walking coconut (I'm so funny).

The result:
I definitely felt a difference! Before using the mask, my hair was very dry and dull. After rinsing out the mask, I immediately noticed a softer and smoother feeling. Also, my mum immediately told me my hair looked a lot shinier than before.
Another thing that struck me is that my hair seems to be lighter, blonder. At first I thought it was just due to the light. But also the day after, in miserable dark weather, my hair looked a little lighter than usual. Google told me that honey also acts as a natural lightener. Aaah, problem solved. Thanks google.

One thing that I didn't like about this mask was the stickiness of the honey, which has helped me with losing some precious hair. To avoid that, it's best to gently knead the mask into your hair instead of rubbing it on the ends (like I did, obviously).

After taking lots of selfies, this is the best one I could come up with, hm ... But you can at least see that my hair looks quite shiny :)

Have you ever tried this, or another natural hair mask? Please let me know!


Monday, 10 February 2014

Bittersweet smoothie: Lemon, banana & orange

A new week, a new smoothie!

For this week's smoothie I was thinking on adding something less obvious. I quite like a bitter taste and so I thought, why not try a lemon? My mum's reaction: "Eeeeeeek!" But that's okay, this means more smoothie for me, hehe.

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(2 glasses)

1 banana
1 lemon
1 orange

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Peel the banana, orange and lemon (I didn't only use the juice - that rhymes). Put all together in a blender. Blend blend blend. Done!

Like I said, due to the lemon, this smoothie has a slightly bitter taste. Not overwhelming, but it's present. The banana compensates for this bitter taste and adds a little sweetness in there as well. So no worries :)

I've topped my smoothie with some homemade granola (my big jar is almost empty, sniff). And if you're a real daredevil, you can also sprinkle some lemon zest over it!

What do you think: is lemon a go-go are a no-go?


Thursday, 6 February 2014

Homemade granola with dried figs!

Oh my goodness! There's nothing I like more than nuts, dried fruits and cereals. Although, fresh fruits and vegetables come pretty close. Everyone who knows me knows that I'm nuts about nuts! Yep, it's official. No need for me to say that this granola to me is heaven.

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250 g rolled oats
100 g almonds, roughly chopped
40 g pumpkin seeds
25 g sunflower seeds
200 g dried figs, diced
4 tbsp flax seed
60 g coconut oil
4 tbsp honey
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Of course you could also use other nuts, seeds and dried fruits like cashews, hazelnuts, walnuts, raisins, dried cranberries, dates, shredded coconut ... The choices are endless!

Step 1:
Preheat the oven to 180°.

Step 2:
Take a large bowl and add the rolled oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. Mix it all together.
Place the coconut oil and honey in a small saucepan on a low heat and gently melt them together. When melted, pour over the oats and nuts and stir ensuring all dry ingredients are coated.

Step 3:
Pour this mixture onto a baking tray and pop this in the oven (180°) for about 25 minutes until golden brown. Make sure that you stir the mixture every now and then to get a nice, even, and golden brown colour. Mmm ...

Step 4:
When your granola has become golden brown, remove from the oven and leave it to cool. Don't transfer your granola to jars yet as the condensation on the cooling granola might make it go soggy.

Step 5:
When it's cool, add the flax seeds and your dried figs.
And then you're done!

Pour your granola into an airtight container. This way you can keep it at room temperature for up to two months!

And here is another cheesy picture of me and my granola. This certainly is TRUE LOVE :)

Do you love granola? Are you going to try this at home(Please do!)


Monday, 3 February 2014

Blueberries, banana & kiwi smoothie

A new week, a new smoothie!

The sun has been shining non stop today. The perfect weather to go for a run and make this gorgeous, delicious and super sweet smoothie!

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(1-2 glasses)

1 banana
1 kiwi
1 handful of frozen blueberries
100 ml of almond milk

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Peel the banana and kiwi and cut them into pieces. Put all together in a blender. Blend blend blend. Done! Easy peasy!

This smoothie was sooo delicious! Seriously. The banana makes it very creamy and the blueberries give it a beautiful pink-purple colour. Just yummy!

Are you going to try this smoothie?

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