KonMari Method Part III – Decluttering Beauty Products

// A b o u t T h e V i d e o //

Hi, guys! Welcome to my KonMari Method video, part III! Today I am going to clean all the beauty stuff I have! Hope you enjoy the video! Please give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel!

Until Next Time,

Love | Sarah K.

 

 

Knock Off: Urban Decay – Naked

 

Naked 1 - Front

Hi, lovelies! Not so long ago I have been shopping like crazy! One of the things I have discovered were the Naked palettes on Aliexpress.com. Obviously, I know they aren’t real, but I was curious to know how well they were made.

First of all, I bought the 3 Naked palettes for about €15,00. Aliexpress is one of my favorite online shops and I was curious to discover how the Naked palettes were, as I have never had any real Naked palette. As you can see on the picture, the form of the palette looks exactly like the real deal, although I have heard the knock offs are a little lighter in color than the original one.

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The shades look exactly (or almost, barely visible with the naked eye ;)) like the original; the only difference I see is that these are very crumbly, and when you swatch them, the intensity is not very good. But, once you apply it on your eyelids (with an eye shadow base) it looks beautiful. The packaging looks terrible to me, the chances are high that the shadows will come off anytime soon; the letters are fading too.

The last thing that differs from the original Naked palette is the back. If you look and read closely, you will see that what is written, is pure b*llshit. Words are missing, letters are forgotten, and it says that with this palette you get an eye pencil while I got an eyeshadow brush.

Naked I - Back

Conclusion, if you aren’t planning on having the real deal because let’s face it, it is expensive, then, go ahead and buy this palette. The eyeshadows itself are great, the packaging is not. But on the other hand, €5,00 for a palette is inexpensive and worth the try. I still want the real deal, though,  now that I have tried a knock off.

Are you curious to see what else I got? Stay tuned for my next shoplog and if you are interested in knowing if the Naked 2, Naked 3 and Naked Flushed are as bad or good as the Naked 1 palette? Stay tuned, and I will gladly make an article for each palette.

Until Next Time,

Love | Sarah K.

KonMari Method Part II – Decluttering the Boxes on my Shelving Unit

// A b o u t T h e V i d e o // Hi, guys! Welcome to my video! Today I am showing you how I clean, declutter and organize the boxes on my shelving unit the KonMari way! This shelving unit is from Ikea and is called Kallax. If you do not know what KonMari is, basically, it is a method invented my a Japanese woman called Marie Kondo, who wrote The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, the method consist of throwing out everything you do not need any more, everything you do not feel happy about, etc. Hope you enjoy the video! Please give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel! Until Next Time, Love | Sarah K. [youtube=http://youtu.be/wesG4jePfTs]

Skin protection during summer and all year round!

Protecting my skin is one of my latest obsession. It could be a worst kind of obsession, like a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Dough for instance. But no, it is all about my skin, ’bout my skin, no trouble… heuhm… do not go that way, Sarah! But I am kind of right, no trouble, I do not want trouble with my skin. I do not know why I suddenly started to think so much about my skin, but since I did I see multiple advertisements, videos, etc. about it. 

Let me get it straight to you, I have been mistreating my skin for quite a while, but now that I am more and more into beauty I feel guilty about it. I have been struggling with my skin since I have reached puberty and two years ago I decided to start the Roaccutan treatment. With the advice of my doctor, I took the treatment for three months. My skin looked definitely better, and I was very happy. It did not last very long before my face got some new visitors, namely: pimples. My beautician told me that three months was not long enough, so I went back to my doctor’s and she did not mind to prescribe me for six months. It turns out that I am on this treatment for over 9 months now. 

The problems with Roaccutan are: your skin dries out, you get cracked lips, your skin is itchy, bleeding nose, and your heart can beat faster. (these are my side effects, but the side-effects list is much longer) Basically, your skin becomes very sensitive, needs special lotions and butter that do not give your skin that burned feeling you get when you are allergic to a certain product. Of course, when the sun is shining you need extra protection because Roaccutan does not love the sun! Sunscreen is, therefore, a MUST! (Don’t worry Belgium weather never made me burn, even when I forget to protect my skin)

After some research, I discovered that even when the sun is not shining, you still need some SPF protection, as the UV’s are always shining through. I was flabbergasted! This meant I lived for over 23 years without protecting my skin correctly? I needed to change that! From that day, I pick up all the sunscreen I had put far away in a corner of my bathroom cabinet and started using them. I had gathered an entire collection but never used any of it, as I thought it was not especially necessary in this country, Oh boy was I wrong! 

Here are some of the products I am using and testing for you:

Catrice – BB Allround Foundation SPF 30 // Garnier  -Ambre Solaire Crème SPF 30

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Ombra – Crème Solaire SPF 25 // MISSHA M Perfect Cover BB Cream No.23 SPF42

Ombra - Crème Solaire Missha - BB Cream

Review, anyone? 😉

Until Next Time,

Love | Sarah K.

Plog 1: Weekend in Calais, France

Hi, Guys! I am in Calais for the weekend, where I stay at my aunt’s house. I needed a break from daily life and I found this to be the perfect opportunity to blow some air! Here are some pictures of this weekend:

Le Tunisien - Plage de Calais 2Hotspot of the city: Le Tunisien, a food truck at the beach of Calais where you can eat the famous Tunisian sandwich (Tuna, Israeli salad type of salad, and lots of harissa (if you can handle it ;-)). This place has been in Calais since 1968 and is famous for its typical Maghrebian donuts called Sfenj (must try!!!). Unfortunately, they only make the donuts from 3 PM on and even though the guy was that friendly to invite us for free donuts, we had no time to wait up to taste them, as it was only 2 PM.

Glaces Carrefour 2When I am in France, one of the first things I do is shopping in a supermarket. I have a shoplog coming up, so you will see what I have bought, but two things that I will not be able to show you, because, let’s be honest, these babies will be K.O. by the time I film the shoplog, is: ICE CREAM! I bought this delicious pint of Daim and a pint of Haägen Dazs: Macadamia Nut Brittle. Other pints of ice cream I found was Ben & Jerry’s Speculoos and Ben & Jerry’s Peanut Butter. I truly wanted them all, but let’s face it, I cannot bring them back home and cannot eat them all in one weekend.

Look & MakeUp Calais The look I had this weekend is unfortunately barely visible on this picture, but I have found some new favorites in my makeup stash: Garnier Ambre Solaire BB Cream, Rimmel Natural Bronzer, Catrice – Papagena Absolute Eye Colour Quattro (Limited Edition), Dark lips (not on this picture). The jewelry I am wearing this weekend and is definitely one of my favorites too are my two evil eye bracelets I got this week, one has no brand and I got it on Aliexpress and the other is from Juicy Couture.

I hope you liked my plog from this weekend. I did not do that much else than eating out all-you-can-eat Chinese and eating Paëlla at my aunt’s home, ice cream and some more ice cream and croissants and baguette, went to the mall (Cité Europe, Calais), and visit my grandmother.

Until Next Time,

Love | Sarah K.

Summer Update!

Finals over, diet K.O.

Last time I have written a post I was determinated to go healthy all the way. Unfortunately (read the first article) I went all up and then all down. The first week of the exams was good, I ate normal and healthy and went to the gym four times. I woke up every single day at 6 A.M and studied all day long. First exam arrived and the struggle got real! I knew I was going to fail, the motivation got me down and bad food saw the light of my mouth.

It got me thinking about the future of my studies and had to make a huge decision. I will talk about it later when it is finalized (circa. September/October 2015).

Anyway, I have some time to blog now and opened a YouTube account. I have a shopping haul on its way, a foodlog that I have filmed during the exams, etc. Subscribe to my channel, this way you will be updated when I upload a video.

I am reviewing loads of products, I still need to figure out how to make nice pictures to show you, though. 😉

Until Next Time,

Love | Sarah K.

Tartine, Antwerp

Collage Tartine - Effect

My girls and I decide to eat lunch together for the last time before the finals. We all wanted to try this place in the city called: Maison Tartine. Their concept is: Breakfast – Brunch – Lunch but mainly ‘des tartines’ (sliced bread in French).

I am generally not a big fan of eating bread ‘solo’, I am more of a warm dishes person, and that is why I took a Tartini Veggie, which is a panini with mozzarella, parmigiano reggiano, pesto, rucola, and pine nuts on two slices of whole wheat cereal bread. Let me tell ya, it was goddamn GOOD, and only €6,00!

All my friends took a ‘Tartine’ and those portions were CRAY CRAY! Two BIG slices of white or whole wheat bread filled with yummie ingredients. I tasted one of my friends ‘Tartine’ and it was extremely good. All ingredients were perfectly balanced. My next order will definitely be the ‘Tartine Maison’. 😉

Tartini Veggie - Tartine

After such a meal we could not eat desert anymore so we did not try the cakes they had, which are standard: cheesecake, apple crumble and chocolate cake. But I finished it off with a chaï latte, which was in my opinion not as good as some other places I have tried, but much better than the watery Starbucks one (and cheaper, only €3,50).

Chaï Latte - Tartine

Conclusion: I would not come back for the chaï latte, but definitely for the tartines. 😉

PS: The owners of Tartine will open a new Restaurant across the street named: Gojo Ethiopian Resto-Bar. I am curious! 🙂

Zoë wrote an article as well, go check it out: Facebook, Article, WordPress, Tumblr, Instagram 

Address: Minderbroedersrui 60, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium

Open: 8 AM – 6 PM

Social Media: Facebook, Instagram 

Until Next Time,

Love | Sarah K.

Culture Coffee & Donuts, Antwerp

Listen, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do! I might want to lose weight, but that does not mean, I do not feel emotional when I see cake and coffee.

A week ago I saw a friend of mine liking a page on Facebook called: Culture Coffee. When I see the word ‘Coffee’ my brain, eyes, and body start to mingle and I do not know what to do anymore, but thinking about COFFEE! I asked her if she had tried this place and she did, and we decided to pay this place a little visit. Because, after visiting their Facebook page and seeing all this yumminess I did not want to wait any longer.

Basically, this place sells donuts, in any flavor you can possibly imagine, with some cakes, muffins and of course COFFEE! Last Tuesday we finally paid a visit to this place in between two classes, and I loved it! It is huge and has a lot of tables and couches, which I like. My friends and I sat down on a huge wooden table and order some drinks, cake, a wrap and a donut.

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I ordered a hazelnut flavored latte and a Red Velvet bar. When I saw a picture of their cheesecake on Facebook I wanted to try that because cheesecake is my favorite, unfortunately, that day the cheesecake was nowhere to be found (#SadFace). So, I took the Red Velvet cake with a cream cheese frosting and it was DELICIOUS! The hazelnut flavored latte was delicious too (not like the Starbucks lattes with an overdose of syrup), just on top!

If you are in Antwerp, live in Antwerp and want to try a new coffee bar with a great variety in donuts, cakes, and sandwiches, you should definitely try Culture Coffee & Donuts.

Address: Sint-Katelijnevest 52, 2000 Antwerp

Open: 8 AM – 6 PM

Love | Sarah K.

The benefits of water during the exams (and all times!)

I have been reading a lot of articles these last couple of days, about how I should improve my entire exam period, health wise. I came across an article in a Belgian newspaper about the effects of water on our body/health. As it is in Dutch, some of you will not understand a single word of it, and that is why I am going to recapitulate the entire article for you, because first of all water is quite important in your life AND during the exams, second of all I like to analyse things and try them out for you, for me, for everybody. 
 
Basically, our body consist of 60 to 70% of water and we sweat, breath and urinate moisture, which we need to compensate with enough of our fluid intake. The amount of water we should drink depends on a couple of factors: how active we are; our health; where we live, and what we drink in a day. 
 
A study has shown that in a normal situation, the adult human being needs to drink around 2,5 liters of water per day to keep the water balance in place. This includes our food intake. But, in our Western European climate we only need 1,5 liters of water per day.
 
When I say water, I mean any liquid but when you drink a glass of water versus a glass of Coke, coffee, tea, etc. it will not have the same effect on you. Coffee and tea are slightly diuretic, which results in the need to compensate much more while water is pure hydration/fuel for your body. Alcohol is the most diuretic of them all, so you will need even more water to compensate that. 
 
 
Anyways, I think you get it. A well-hydrated body is healthy and has a better connection to your brain because water fuels the body AND the brain. It helps you function much better because when you are dehydrated you are energyless which results little concentration on whatever you do. Furthermore, as I want to lose weight during my finals, what the article mentioned as well is the more you drink, the more it gives your body the opportunity to burn fat, and is this not what we all want? The other option is to drink two glasses of water before any meal. This creates the illusion of being full and results in eating less, and re-results in losing weight = WIN-WIN! 
 
One last and important point is that the brain shrinks when we work out for at least 90 minutes without hydrating ourselves. This is not what we want, right? We need our brain during the exams, so ladies and gentlemen, drink water whenever you can! 
 
After knowing this all, we will be able to hydrate ourselves well during the entire period of finals. Now, what am I going to do? I am going to try the two glasses of water before any meal; drink as much water during my workout, and watch my “anything-else-but-water” consumption and compensate it with an extra water intake. 
 
I decided to vlog the entire period during finals. Hopefully, you will like it, as much as I am excited to film everything. You will be able to follow me on my water intake this way. I am the kind of person who could forget to drink water once in a while because I am next to never thirsty. So, don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel and get my videos from the moment they are up. 😉 
 
Until Next Time, 
 
Love | Sarah K.