Australian vibes

Aussie has everything I want in a good quality hair care brand: effective treatments, exotic scents and a beautiful packaging. I came across their hair care products around two years ago and I immediately fell in love with their 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor. A few weeks ago I went for the whole bottle of this intense hair mask and, well well, I also got myself the lightweight oil treatment from the same Reconstructor line for damaged hair. As I am a huge fan of hair oils, this was an obvious choice.

The 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor is an intense mask that has an insanely satisfying scent to it, I can only describe it as a tropical bubble gum! It includes Australian Balm Mint which is supposed to treat dry hair and smooth them out. It also gives them lots of shine compared to when I’m not using any conditioner. On the other hand, the 3 Miracle Oil Reconstructor gives your hair additional shine and silky feeling. Its non-greasy formula with three types of oils, the Australian macadamia nut, jojoba-seed and avocado oil, treats your hair and you can never use too much as it can happen with regular oils – it just sinks into the hair, leaving a wonderful tropical scent!

I have only positive experience with these two products, so I would highly recommend them to those who have very dry hair that could use some deep treatment and some fabulous shine!

Sun Di Gioia by Giorgio Armani

I’ve had a soft spot for good quality fragrances for a few years now and my fragrance preferences have changed a lot since I was a teenager. I hated sweet scents, but now it is hard to imagine that I would buy a very fresh eau de toilette and actually enjoy using it. When I got the Sun di Gioia by Giorgio Armani as a gift a few months ago, I was nothing but ecstatic to see how it would wear on my skin. I tried it a couple of times at the drugstore, but then I finally got the opportunity to test it out and make a proper review!

This eau de parfum is characterised by very warm notes of vanilla and amber. White flowers and powdery notes also contribute to its feminine touch. The creators of Sun di Gioia wanted to capture the warmth of the Mediterranean sun and when I close my eyes, I can actually see myself lying on the beach savouring every sun ray that touches my skin …

When I spray Sun di Gioia on my skin, vanilla and amber are the notes that predominate at the beginning. However, the focus slowly shifts to floral notes of frangipani, ylang-ylang, bergamot, freesia and jasmine. After a couple of hours, warm notes of vanilla again come to the forefront and stay there until the evening. In my opinion, this is a perfect fragrance for spring and early summer!

Sour cherry pie & chocolate frosting

I’m a huge pie lover and since we’ve had an amazing weather in the last couple of weeks (this week excluded), I felt an extreme urge to bake. Pies, that is. ANY pies with a fruit filling! They are so easy to prepare, you just throw everything for the crust together and experiment with different sorts of toppings. So the first pie I made two weeks ago was a vegan and gluten-free sour cherry pie with coconut-chocolate frosting. I wasn’t particularly happy with the rice flour crust as it was too dry, but the rest of it was amazing.

For the sour cherry filling I used 450 g defrosted sour cherries, 2 tablespoons of agar agar flakes and 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar. I simmered them for about 10 minutes to let the agar agar flakes dissolve completely. Then I poured a slightly cooled filling onto the pre-baked crust. As for the chocolate frosting, I melted 100 g of a good quality dark chocolate and two teaspoons of coconut milk, I like this combo so much! I poured that on top and tried to cover the whole pie with the chocolate using a spatula. I put it into the freezer overnight and served it the next day. I love the combination of sour cherries and chocolate, it’s so refreshing and I love the fact that there is no additional sugar. Yummm!


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