LOOKFANTASTIC BEAUTY BOX – JULY 2018

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I had really good intentions to discuss the July Lookfantastic Beauty Box before the month is almost over, but my plan fell through. As I said in my previous beauty box post in June, I decided to go for a 12-month subscription this time. I feel this is the only way to try the products I would probably never buy. You never know whether the item will be suitable for your skin, so this is the perfect way to experiment with skincare. The goal of the July edition was to embody our bronze goddesses, what a claim! Now let’s go through all six products, some of them I already love, while the others are quite disappointing.

I was most interested in the Freematic Highlighter Mono in shade Sparked Ray. I’m always into new highlighters and if they create a wonderful sheen, I’m sold! I really like the champagney shade of this one, great for different skin tones. It creates a nice glow and I’ve been reaching for it all the time since I got it. It’s also versatile enough to be used on other parts of your face, collar bones or shoulders as well! Next is the Reflection Bain Chromatique Shampoo by Kerastase. I was really looking forward to this shampoo, but I have to say it doesn’t do anything in particular. It has a nice scent, but I don’t think it’s worth € 25 … I prefer investing in good hair masks or oils that will actually leave the hair really soft (I currently LOVE the Kérastase Elixir Ultime)! Another product that is interesting to try is the Filorga UV Bronze After Sun, some kind of a tan intensifier. This is supposed to be applied after tanning to intensify your tan, but I haven’t had the right opportunity to try it out. I applied it once, it has small glitter that looks so cute on the skin! It will be great for the warm evenings on my second vacation :)

And then there were three facial products. Although I’m not a huge fan of face oils, I must admit that applying the Lancer Omega Hydrating Oil after my evening skincare is rather nice. However, I do need to be careful, one drop is really enough for the entire face. The two things I’m not really keen on are the Sebiaclear Gel Moussant Cleanser and Pure Skin Face Cleanser. I don’t know why they think we’d need two cleansers, especially because there were several cleansers in previous boxes. These two will go with me on vacation as well, I really don’t need any more cleansers in my bathroom!

All in all, there are some products that I really like, but otherwise I’m not that excited about most of them. Nevertheless, I truly hope that the August one will be more breathtaking! I do have to find a silver lining, I just purchased a 12-month subscription after all :D

BEET AND RASPBERRY SMOOTHIE

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The one thing I like the most about the summer is the abundance of fresh, home-grown fruits and veggies. And there’s no better way to start your day than with a delicious smoothie, right? ;) These days I’m obsessed with this red smoothie, packed with vitamins and minerals. As usual, the recipe for this healthy beet and raspberry smoothie is so simple it hurts, but is very nutritious and will fill you up for hours! For two people I used:

two small ripe bananas    a bunch of greens, such as beet leaves (great for salads, too!), kale, and parsley  ♥ 
one beet    a handful of raspberries    1 heaping tablespoon vegan protein powder   1 teaspoon maca powder

Peel the bananas and the beet and put them in the blender along with washed greens. I also love adding one big tablespoon of vegan protein powder, I currently have this one, and one teaspoon of maca powder that is great for hormones – both of them are by Nutrisslim (I got them at Interspar). Then just add one cup of water and start blending! If you prefer sweeter smoothies, add a date or two, but you can obviously add some peanut or almond butter. Voilà! Then just top these off with some chia seeds and raspberries. If this isn’t the most perfect breakfast ever, I don’t know what it is! :)

PINK BAG

img_2233img_2260img_2284img_2271img_2249img_2296Hi, lovelies! I hope you’re doing great, I’m having a super chill Sunday morning and just had my green smoothie and coffee. I have to share a new addition to my wardrobe with you today: my new pastel pink bag by Ted Baker with rose gold details! I was browsing thorough discounts on Asos last week and my hart completely stopped when I saw this cutie 50 % off. It’s so beautifully designed and crafted and the length of handles can be adjusted as you wish. A small envelope bag that can be taken out as well comes inside, which is perfect because I was looking for such a bag, too. And because I’m fed up with huge purses that don’t fit in small bags or clutches, I went for their green/beige card holder. I’ll probably post a styling on my Instagram as soon as I’m somewhere pretty with someone, it’s hard to take any photos when you’re rushing to work every morning alone! :)

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