My 3 favorite package free Lushproducts

Hi Guys, another 3 favorites is here. Today I wanted to inform you on 3 Lushproducts that I love and that are ecofriendly. They have no package and they are animal friendly. I found it so hard to choose 3 Lushfavorites so I went for the package free options first.
Curious about the package free products that I love and that you need to know about?
Well keep on reading!

My 3 favorite package free Lushproducts

Package free favorite number one Coalface

Coalface is a facial cleanser, packed with charcoal and sandalwood oil! This one is one of my favorites because it slightly exfoliates the skin, depending on how long you keep it on. Plus it also reduces redness and keeps your skin in balance. Be warned, using this one too much it might dry out your face so I always go for once a day. Mostly this is my morning-product because it's so easy to use. Just rinse your face and rub the bar over your skin. I massage it in and rinse again with water. You will fresh right after using this piece. The reason why I actually bought this one? Because it fights black heads like no other product! Once a week I just put it one my nose for more a while. Let's say between 5 and 10 minutes. Ever since cleaning my face with Coalface this way I feel like the amount of blackheads is reduced.
Warning, don't overuse this product because it does dry out your skin. So make sure you moisturize well! I combine it with the Caudalie Vinoperfect serum and my skin has not dried out yet.
Want to know more about Coalface, click here.

Coalface my lushfavorite package free product

Package free favorite number two Montalbano

Actually I just did a review on this number two. Just click here to read the full details. Montalbano has to be my favorite shampoo bar from Lush and I think I tried them all. This one still awakens my senses when I open my tin and I still feel so happy when I start rubbing it on my hair. My scalp feels so clean and my hair has more glow whenever I use Montalbano. Plus I love package free shampoos, these shampoo bars are so easy to take on holidays. No need to be scared about it drooping all over your bag, it is less heavy and you can even cut off a piece if you want. Travelling light is this easy with a shampoo bar!

montalbano, my second package free lushfavorite

Package free favorite number three Layer Cake Soap

This soap, is by far my favorite soap from the entire Lush store. It smells like lemon, oranges and comes in different colors. It feels like you are washing with a rainbow. Especially in the morning this soap wakes me like nothing else. I guess you can say nothing much about how you can use this bar or when and why… the only clear fact is that this soap has the smell I love. Lemons, oranges, fruits, not sweet at all, ideal to feel awake in the shower! Each piece has a unique combination of colors, so it makes it more fun. Mine has no red at all, it's all green and yellow. This one is my and my boyfriends favorite so this one always is packed in our travelbag.

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Fun fact about these 3 package free options, the are all VEGAN! So for all you vegans out there these are great products and I love every single one of them. When you keep in mind that these products are animalfriendly and ecofriendly you feel immediately better. The Lushproducts might be high in price, these products are really budgetkillers. I feel like they last forever. I still did not use half of my coalface over half a year. The soaps go for a long time and you can wash around 80 times with one shampoo bar!

Did you already tried one of these package free products? Share your opinion below!

I long for the mountains: Trentino Italy

Hi Guys, I actually have a real crazy mood today. From happy, sad, lazy, to just numb, I decided to start googling for a holiday. Just because after my 6 weeks notice, yes it’s getting closer, I want to go somewhere to relax. Last year we did not go on summer holidays but this year I just want to go. I already wrote about Italy this week, read it here! But somehow I long for the mountains and my head screams for the Alps. So I found this amazing place called Trentino in the South of Tirol.

Just so you guys know all pictures are from Pinterest!

Trentino Italy a city in the mountains

This area in Italy is situated in the North, close to the alps and close to Lichtenstein is actually the regio known as South-Tirol. This area is well known in winter, which means that most hotels in this area are cheap in summer and have a wellness! This last one is really a thing I like because I want to go on a biking holiday, but I also want to relax. I was thinking about Cinque terre first, but I got scared of the amount of tourist. Next Trentino is only 1000 km from my home so we can easily go by car.
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Amazing views in Trentino

This area in Italy is known for Wine and the mountains. It’s the place where you visit the Alps and the Dolomites. Plus it offers a lot of lakes (Lake Prags, Lagio Di Molveno,..) so you can actually have a relaxing and active holiday at this place! Exactly what I was looking for. If you are looking for castles you can always visit Castel Thun, Tyrol or Beseno. And Trentino is also blessed with waterfalls. Yep this place is pretty amazing!
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Trentino the ideal mountain-area for us

After being all exited I started to inform my boyfriend about Trentino. I told him, we have to go here and actually it did not take long before he was convinced. All I need to know now is the village we will choose for our stay! All villages seem to have a mix between that typical mountain-style yet with a touch of Italian. I absolutely feel like I already fell in love.
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The verdict

Trentino is the place to be if you like nature, mountains and cute little villages! Yet this place is blessed with good weather in the summer. Do you want an active holiday with the possibility to discover historic buildings, yes again Trentino is an option.

Lush, something pink “Pink peppermint”

Hi Guys, today I wanted to share some new products that I have tested this month from Lush. First I both the new Montalbano shampoo bar and my second purchase was the Pink Peppermint. This last one is a foot lotion, so needed on these hot summer days.
Do you want to know if these products are worth the purchase? Keep on reading. Today I will tell you everything about the Pink Peppermint footlotion.

Something Pink

Last month the temperatures already hit 30°C and my feet starting to show the first signs of well needed care. Blisters, warm running shoes, sweaty conditions they do not assist in the goal of having fresh feet. I absolutely hate sweaty feet! After a long day I can really enjoy fresh water and soap to clean my feet. But I noticed they needed some “cool down” assistance. My feet were swollen from the heat, bits of loose skin and they did not had the best look.

In Amsterdam I decided to buy this Pink Peppermin Footlotion from Lush. This lotion is packed with cocoa butter, peppermint and spearmint. Your foot will cool down immediately. I have been using it for a month now and I have no more loose skin. I use it before going to bed and it smells so refreshing. You really don’t need much for your feet so this jar will last a long time.

Would you buy it again

In my opinion this foot lotion is a great purchase. I guess it really does a great job. I read online that it even is more refreshing when you store it in the fridge. Next I also found out that you can use it to moisturize scars. After surgery or an accident you just apply this lotion and the scar will be less present after a few months.  Another reason why I love this is that I often use the lotion to massage in on my calves after a workout

The color is also so amazing, it is a real pink, girly girl, color. Please note that it might give stains in your white sheets when you do not massage it in good enough. Tie dye for free. If you want a real moisturizing moment, just wear your socks at night after applying the lotion.

Plus: cools down, great moisturizer, can be used as a bodylotion
Min: the price (rather high), one jar cost around €17,50.

Heatwave – wear

Hi Guys, since a few days the weather hits over 30 degrees, sounds like real fun yes? Well actually it also means sleepless nights, mosquitoes and not feeling comfortable in anything you wear. Well I can not cure a sleepless night but I wanted to give you some details in how to be fashionable during the heatwave. In today’s post you will discover the best heatwave-wear.

Heatwave-wear for everyday

As a fan of shirt and maxi dresses you can immediately imagine what you will see pop up. I am a huge fan of both because they are so easy to wear. Maxi dresses are chique and you will just look more glamorous without trying. Combine the dress with flats. They are so much more pleasant to wear in hot weather. One of my favorite shirt dresses has to be this one from French Connection. They are really a brand that has a lot of awesome shirt dresses. And if in doubt, I always go for this one.

How I wear it

I combined it with a classic slip on. Ideal to go on a citytrip, or to a bar. I would even say this dress is office-proof.

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Then you have the maxi dress. I have 2 a more casual one and a more chique one. The casual one is a striped dress from Co Couture. The more chique one is again from French Connection.  When you do think a maxi dress is too much, ignore that feeling. If you go for a neutral color or stripes it is never overdressed. A maxi dress is ideal to hide your legs. Yes this is the reason I love them so. Think you are too short? Skip that feeling immediately. I am only 162cm and I rock them each summer.

How I wear it

This Co Couture dress is ideal for a family visit, restaurant visit, day in the city. Easy to combine with slip ons, sneakers or a sandal. Oh yes you could go for heels, but you know that’s not my thing.

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The next one has to be the best piece in my dressing it’s the French Connection dress. It was a more expensive purchase but the best one ever. I do wear it for weddings, dinners, just strolling around. When my body-image needs a boost…. this one saves the day.

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What about jumpsuits?

I actually own one. I wear it sometimes, but it’s not my favorite thing. It’s not easy to wear. Honestly when it’s hot and you have to go to the bathroom you have to undress completely. You know what it’s ideal for, bikeriding. Or when you have to go somewhere you know you will not pee. Ok, point taken.  The short version? Always difficult, it’s about how confident you are in your skin. I am not a fan of shorts, I do believe they only look good on Gigi or Moss. Just my point of view guys! Don’t take it too hard :).

Heatwave-wear office proof

For this part I had to go search on “pinterest” for pictures. I always go for loose pants whenever the weather is over 25°C. Skinny jeans is not your friend on hot days. If you wan to go for a dress make sure your not overdoing it. It’s work, not a restaurant visit or a day in the city.  A dress too short might not be appreciated.

A loose pants combined with a tucked in shirt is ideal. It really looks amazing. Look at these pictures. Go for light colors like white, grey, beige. Or pastels, now is the moment to wear them.

You really have to search for the best fabrics that breath. Think cotton, tencel blend, linen and light wool. Go for a loose fit, ideal is that you even have room underneath your arms.  I have a few linen shirts from Zoe Karssen and they are a blessing on days like this. I am still looking for the perfect heatwave proof pants.

If the office has an airco, wear a scarf or cardigan that you can take off when you leave. Drink a hot beverage as it will cool down your body after. Wash your wrists with cold water on the toilets.

And what do you think of these heatwave-wear options? Like them? Have fun searching for your perfect wear guys!

A place for my head

Relax. Breathing in. Let go off the stress. Breath out. Stoked.

My mounth wants to start screaming… but I can’t. The words are going around in my head like crazy. The bad words. Dark moments.
I manage to keep calm on the outside. Try not to curse. Try to maintain a serious face. My inside is screaming.

5 minutes.

A break please. Just leave me alone for 5 more minutes. Do not call. Do not disturb. Let me be.

All I want is to take a break. A place for my head. Relax a little.
My boyfriend started building an outdoor place were I can relax. Old pallets, pillows and loads of lavender are the ideal ingredient to relax.

My head can relax. I can breath. The mind is clear, the words find place. All my needs are taken care off. You do not need to be rich. Sometimes all you need is old wood, flowers and pillows. The more I lay in my place the more I relax.

Summerevenings are more beautiful when I lay here watching bees, hear birds and pet my cats.

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Can I lay here for a couple of days to find my old self again? Just until the bad days are over. Apologize for the darkness, but it is a part of me.
Close to nature I feel at my best. Far from the busy routines of life.

I am even thinking to do some yoga here tomorrow. I mean nothing can be more perfect. Unless… more flowers! 💖

Do you have a place for yourself? What do you do to relax? Have you ever feel like work is killing you and you are absolutely dead after the day. I feel like that all the time, so this place is ideal.

Working from this place would be ideal. Offer me a homejob please… 🙊💖

Culinaire toppers 1

Budgetvriendelijk en gastronomisch, deze week stel ik jullie 2 van mijn persoonlijke topadresjes voor. Welkom in mijn nieuwe rubriek culinaire toppers. Wie mij kent weet dat ik naast mode ook een voorliefde heb voor heerlijk eten. Mijn leukste ervaringen deel ik graag met jullie.

Budgetvriendelijke burgers.
Onlangs is mijn thuisstadje Geel een heerlijk restaurant rijker. Eskobar in de stationstraat doet je watertanden wanneer je de kaart bekijkt. Hamburgers, anders dan gewoon, in combinatie met verse frietjes, een ovenaardappel of koolsla! Ook vegetariers kunnen hier hun hart ophalen. De halumi-burger is mijn favoriet. Wat er trouwens ook mag zijn is de dessertkaart.

Verwacht je aan een no-nonsens zaak, producten uit de lokale omgeving en een zachte prijs. Ideaal voor die dagen dat je zelf niet wil koken en toch voor “het betere fastfood” wil kiezen.

De burger was binnen voor ik kon fotograferen. Het dessertje heb ik wel voor jullie. Naast burgers heb je hier ook fish&chips, thaise curry of chilli!

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Heerlijke groenten
Als vegetariër stond het volgende restaurant al lang op mijn verlanglijstje. Graanmarkt 13 met chefkok Seppe Nobels is gekend voor zijn groentencreaties. Dit gezellige pand in het hart van Antwerpen is een mustvisit voor elke foodlover. Verwacht je aan de lekkerste groentengerechtjes, heerlijke wijn en topbediening.

Graanmarkt 13 brengt je een culinair pallet voor 43€. Ga op ontdekking door de wereld van vergeten groenten in dit leuke restaurant.

Hier kan je niet à la carte eten, maar krijg je een hele menu. Deze wisselt wekelijks. Boven het restaurant is trouwens een prachtige kledingwinkel!

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Culinaire toppers

Waarom deze 2 restaurants bezoeken? Simpel, beide hebben een topbediening, losse sfeer en super eten. Daarnaast is prijs/kwaliteit hier echt van hoog niveau! Lokale producten, verrassende combinaties en dat voor een aangename prijs, wat wil je nog meer.

Wil je zeker zijn van een tafeltje? In beide zaken kan je best reserveren.
Hierbij nog even de websites:
eskobar
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Kan het iets minder?

Stress, druk,gedoe, drama. 4 woorden die mijn huidige job beschrijven. Tot op heden heb ik die meestal graag gedaan, de laatste weken echter niet meer. Ik sleep mij naar het werk. Ik stel me de vraag vaak “Kan het iets minder?”.

 

Opgebrand.
Opgebrand. Ik? De doorzetter, de vechter, diegene die in alles gelooft, diegene die droomt van een mooie toekomst. Het voelt zo donker. Mijn hoofd zat vol roze wolken. Ze maken echter plaats voor donder. Uren lig ik na te denken. “Positivo die 14 kilometer kan lopen,verliest haar mojo”, het klinkt surreëel. Opstaan, vechten en verliezen.
Opgebrand. Nu al!

Mijn klok tikt af op 30. De meeste zitten op het hoogte punt van hun carrière, ik ken enkel laagtes. Nee niet zo negatief, ik ken enkele topjes. Geen Mont Blanc, hoogstens een Baraque Friture. Opgebrand. Voor ik aan de beklimming kon beginnen.
Leegtes onder mij en wolken boven mij.
Mijn toekomst lijkt weg geveegd te worden.

Ik ben 30, moe, gestresseerd en te negatief blijkbaar. Te negatief om door te gaan. Happy pills worden als oplossing aangereikt. Om terug mee te kunnen. Nog eens 5 jaar. En dan terug dit? Nee bedankt. Ik wil niet opbranden.

Ik wil vechten.
Ik geef niet op.
Ik kom van zooooooo ver.
Doe iets, schreeuwt mijn innerlijke stem… maar ik weet niet wat. Voor het eerst in mijn leven staat mijn spraakwaterval droog. Wat moet ik vechten, ik ben niet goed genoeg. Althans, dat wordt me vertelt. Maar ik wil niet op de zetel liggen kniezen. Ik wil weg. Je weet wel die wanderlust zit in mij. En die beknopte vrijheid maakt me kapot! Ik wil… ik weet wat ik wil. Ik weet enkel niet hoe ik er moet geraken! Verdorie! Waarom?

Waarom? Waarom? Waarom kan ik niet gewoon wat andere kunnen. Waarom moet ik anders zijn! Een fysieke beperking is erg, maar mentaal is ook zwaar. Niemand ziet het tot je crasht.

Opgebrand en gebroken. Ik dank jullie voor de bijdrage. Sorry maatschappij ik kan jou niet aan. Hoe graag ik ook zou willen.

Groetjes.