Beauty

Soft skin during the winter

13. 1. 2019


We all know the recipe for soft skin in winter time – I dedicate some time to this issue practically every year. I feel it’s important to use gentle scrubs and rich creams on a regular basis, but we also mustn’t forget drinking enough water! If you’re looking for a new body cream or a scrub, you should definitely check out the Reviving Body Cream Scrub and Rich Siberian White Body Butter by Natura Siberica. I was sent this beautiful set back in December from Lepa z naravo and I’ve been testing both products ever since.

It’s been a while since I stopped using scrubs for my face because they are way to rough. However, I still enjoy using them for the dry skin on my body once a week. There are so many products without microbeads available now (which are really bad for the environment, if we leave all the plastic packaging aside), that at least we don’t have that on our conscience.

Reviving Body Cream Scrub

This is a very pleasant exfoliator that effectively removes dry skin. It contains several wild harvested siberian herbs – Siberian Ginseng revives skin and improves skin’s elasticity, while raspberry stimulates circulation and gives it a sweet scent. I love using body scrubs in general, but I really like this one because of its rougher texture that effectively removes dead skin cells.

Rich Siberian White Body Butter

This cream can be described as a cruelty free Nivea cream. It has a somehow similar scent (still a more neutral one), which I love because I’ve always been a huge fan of the cream in that blue tin case! The cream is also quite thick, but is very light in consistency and surprisingly quickly sinks into the skin.

I really hope this or any similar set will be available through the year as well, it’s a great gift for all beauty lovers out there!

 

Lifestyle

Happy New Year! #2019

2. 1. 2019

And here we are, one year later and a whole lot wiser (or so I hope!). I think this is the first time that I actually made a recap of the entire year in terms of work, relations and time for myself. To think about what I’m proud of and where I can improve in the future and, more importantly, to stop concentrating on the negative too much (this one will step into force after the following paragraph :D). In my case, 2018 was marked with a lot of work that too often kept me away from any free time and, consequently, from taking care of myself and pursuing my favorite hobbies. Don’t get me wrong, I deeply love what I do for a living, but there is a thin line between working just right and working too much. My struggle with time is a never-ending battle. And I hate saying that I don’t have enough time for some things that only two years ago seemed so easy to do, when the real issue lies in setting the priorities. Unfortunately, our days only have 24 hours and as much as we try to stick everything in that time-frame, that just isn’t possible.

To me, the term resolution often implies ambitious goals that people only stick to for a short period of time, or maybe for a few weeks if they’re lucky. I recently stumbled upon this funny New Year wish that deeply resonates with that on the internet:

“The most fun part about making New Year’s resolutions is breaking New Year’s resolutions. Can’t wait to mess up with you.”

I think this quote nicely outlines the issue that so many of us struggle with :) For this reason, I’ll keep resolutions out of the way and set some intentions that I can work on throughout the whole year: to choose my working projects wisely, not feel guilty about taking some time off to pursue my hobbies or just unwind, be more active, really enjoy every single moment of my life and, most importantly, remain true to myself in this hectic (online) world.

Having said all of that, you can probably see that my blog has a new theme! I’ve been working on that for a few months now and this is the end result, it’s much more clear and elegant, I love it. All credit for the new logo goes to Iva from Kutak Sreće, thank you so much for helping me out! There’s still some work to be done on the previous posts, but I’ll get to that – once I find some time, haha! Alen, my beloved boyfriend and blog administrator, has yet to install a new feature – a language button! This means that from now on, my posts will be available in both of my beloved languages <3

This obviously leads to you, dear readers! Thank you for sticking with me on this platform that has been up and running for the past 5 years, I really appreciate the time you spend here. Also huge thanks to all the companies that decide to work with me and send me their products, please know that your support means the world to me.

I’ll be concluding this post with the best nine Instagram photos of 2019 and I promise to you and to myself to dedicate more time to what you and I love most: nature, healthy food, makeup&beauty and an occasional selfie ;)

Out with the old, in with the new: my you be happy the whole year through! Happy 2019, everyone!! ♥

Food

Gluten free Christmas cookies

30. 12. 2018


I asked my boyfriend to help me out and this is what he came up with … :D

Hi, my loves! I hope you had an amazing Christmas week, I had so much fun spending some time with my family <3 And baking cookies is another thing I like doing around Christmas. Luckily I took some pictures along the way and because I really liked the end result, you can find the recipe below. If you don’t know it yet, gluten free cookies almost always taste different than the regular ones – especially if you try to make them healthy in general. Although I love how they turned out, my grandparents made it clear that they prefer the traditional version ;) As you’ll see, the recipe is really simple, so there’s no reason not to try doing them! I also added some golden flax seed flour Special that was sent to me by Lepa z naravo, an online store retailing organic and cruelty-free cosmetics, but also LCHF flours and other dietary products. This is how I made them:

500 g gluten free flour    250 g golden flax seed flour    1/2 tsp salt    2 tbsp gingerbread mixture
ground nutmeg & cinnamon    275 g butter    200 g brown sugar    2 tbsp agave sirup/honey  ♥  1 egg

Add both flours, gingerbread, spices and salt into a bowl and mix. In a separate bowl, mix together butter and sugar on low speed and after 3 minutes, add one egg. When everything comes together, add the agave sirup or honey. Then start adding the flour & spice mixture spoon by spoon. At the end, the dough still looks sticky, but don’t be discouraged! You’ll form three balls, wrap them in plastic foil and put into the freezer (or on the balcony, winter is great for baking!) for 15 minutes. Then preheat oven to 200°C.

When the dough has rested for some time, take one ball, put it on a floured surface and gently press down. Then add some more flour on top, spread it with your fingers and then start rolling until the dough has around 0.5 cm. Then you’re ready to start cutting cookies! I mostly made stars, to be in the spirit of Christmas, but also some animals. However, the moose was too large and it broke down before I managed to decorate it …

Put into the oven for 10 minutes or until they are golden brown. Then put them on a rack and when they cool down, you can decorate them as you wish. I used the Dr.Oetker sugar pen, but I was so disappointed! It was hard to get the paste out, it didn’t attach to the cookies and above all, I just don’t like the taste. If I’m honest, I’ve never had any good experiences with these sorts of tubes. I’ll have to visit a professional baking store, maybe they’ll be able to help me out!