Yes of course! How predictable! As a Chinese, I love teas to death! :-D Almost all kinds of teas (with the very exception of black tea), especially Chinese tea. But the teas I drink are not the ones in tea-bag form, I rarely drink it cause I don't think they're real teas. I still tend to make tea in the traditional way. So this time when I saw teas in Galeria I was so excited! My favourite Rooibos Teas! And in so many varieties...!!! I was in heaven...!!! :-DDD

They have about 10 varieties for Rooibos Tea, I chose Vanille and Lemon, each 100g, on the expensive side though, €2,49 per bag, but I spend the money on them willingly even if they're much more expensive, cause I drink tea everyday, as people drink water, I actually do not drink water, which is partly the local water quality to blame.

It was love at first sight, cause they're packaged in strong paper bag, not plastic bag or metal tin (I've got enough metal tins at home), so it's environment-friendly. I also like the colour of the paper bag (it's light beige) and the design. Simply the whole thing!

Rotbusch Tee Vanille:

Upon opening the bag, I cried out with joy...! It's such a feast both for my eyes and my nose! Dark reddish brown Rooibos infused with dried rose pedals and on the first sniff I could already tell the scent of forest-after-rain and strong vanilla...! So delicate, fresh and fragile.







I really love the colour and the dried rose pedals.





Typically Rooibos Tea colour: mid-dark reddish brown. The taste is naturally sweet and slightly nutty and dreamingly woody, and it's also highly nutritional with its high level of antioxidants and lack of caffeine. The vanilla scent feels and tastes very warm, perfect for autumn and winter.



Rotbuschtee Lemon:

Yet another great tea to be added to my favourite...! One of its ingredients is lemon grass so it's meant to have a fresh taste, and the "Kornblumenblüten" only makes the tea look more romantic, it's in dried flower pedal form and is mysteriously beautiful being mid-tone blue. The taste is very different from that of Rooibos Vanilla tea, it's not woody or nutty, it tastes totally fresh and is perfect for ice tea. I'll drink it everyday in hot summer.



Both excellent teas! I'll be buying them for as long as the manufacturer produces them and highly recommend them to anyone who loves tea, especially to those who are health-conscious...!

Woohoo! New lipsticks for Fanneke! :-D She's getting addicted to lippies! :-D

Awhile ago I was approached by a lovely MUAer who wanted to swap for my Illamasqua Rich Foundation and since I saw that she offered anything from the line IsaDora which I had never heard of, I thought maybe I should give it a try, God am I glad that I did...!

I did a careful and complete research, from foundation to eyeshadow (although I'm not really an eyeshadow user, but well, you get the picture, I just wanted to see what they have) and changed my choices several times and the poor lady had to go to a bigger drugstore which had more colour selections especially for me and I felt so guilty... -_-

For those of you who don't know IsaDora yet, it's a Sweden-based cosmetic company which offers a wide range of products at a decent price. I learnt it's popular in Sweden (ok, check out the Youtube videos and most of the ladies who use IsaDora products are from Sweden).

They retail for 105 SEK (equivalent to €10,84 ) each in Sweden.

The packaging is classic, a safe gamble for the company. :-P I wish it came with a round tube instead of a square one, but it's no big deal. I'm being too demanding. I like to hear that "Klick!" when I close it. :-) (By the way, the new Catrice Absolute Moisture lipsticks have that sound too! I'm going to buy a few...! ^_^)

The colours I have now are #33 Tender Rose and #142 Poppy Coral. They of course look different on the official swatches but in real life very similar, only #142 is slight redder and #33 looks actually more coral to me.







#33 Tender Rose



#142 Poppy Coral



I used lipbalm (Labello Med Protection) prior applying these lipsticks, as always. :-)

Upon opening the lid, I sense a strong coconut smell, I'm not very fond of coconut so I was a bit sad that they smell like that. :-(

The texture on the other hand is really nice, it glides on like butter and doesn't settle into the fine lines of my lips. One stroke covers perfectly all uneven tones on your lips and it's indeed moisturizing, that being said, it doesn't dry your lips, and I don't feel the need of touch-up either. It feels very light and soft as if I didn't apply lipstick at all. And the colours are true to the core on my lips. I won't hesitate to recommend them to everyone and I'm eager to try other colours...! :-)

What It Is: IsaDora Perfect Moisture Lipstick in #33 Tender Rose and #142 Poppy Coral     each 4.5g

Price: 105 SEK in Sweden.

Availability: A few days ago I've just found out that it's actually available in Belgium by IMMO, the high end department store which I can only do window-shopping, but they don't have the full range of stock and the price of some items is literally doubled. -_-

INGREDIENTS: Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Octyldodecanol, Pentaerythrityl Tetracaprylate/Tetracaprate, Ozokerite, PentaerythritylTetraisostearate, Cera Microcristallina/Microcrystalline Wax, Candelilla Cera/Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Synthetic Wax, Cetyl Alcohol,Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butyl Methyoxydibenzoylmethane, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, BHT [may contain: Mica, CI77891/Titanium Dioxide, CI77491/Iron Oxides, CI77492/Iron Oxides, CI77499/Iron Oxides, CI15850:1/Red 7, CI19140:1/Yellow 5, CI15985:1/Yellow 6, CI15850/Red 6, CI45410:1/Red 27, CI42090:2/Blue 1, CI75470/Carmine, CI17200/Red 33].

PROs: Beautiful colours. Covers flawlessly. Easy to apply. Long lasting.

CONs: I don't like the smell.

Verdict: 9.5 out of 10! Love them!

(Tina, if you ever read this, please accept my thanks once more!)

And by the way, thanks to this lovely MUAer that I bought the P2 LE baked blushers that I'm so fond of... ^_^

Tina, does the Illamasqua Rich Foundation work for you? I sincerely wish so, let me know... And thank you for wishing me a happy birthday! Absolutely one of my highlights on that day! ^_^

This time I bought Alverde's Reinigungsmilch Wildrose, Aqua Mattierende Tagescreme 3 in 1 Perle, Aqua Peeling Perle, Clear Gesichtstonic Heilerde and Puder Camouflage.

First, Reinigungsmilch Wildrose. I got a travel size from Izar and I loved it as a cleansing milk back then for winter (and I also foresaw that cleansing power might not be enough in summer for my oily skin and I was partly right).

I asked Izar if I could use it as a makeup remover and she said yes, but when I tried it as a makeup remover in winter with the travel size, it didn't remove my makeup very well, lots traces to be seen and I felt small bumps on my face. Needless to say, I was disappointed cause I thought it would replace my NIVEA makeup remover (I bought makeup remover from Corine de Farme and works wonderfully!). But when I finally bought a full size and use it again this time, my point of view changed, it's actually a very good makeup remover, only last time I didn't use it properly, and now I use a cotton pad to remove the cream and the melt makeup instead of rinsing it off with water and the result is dramatic! It gently removes all makeup traces (you have to massage it into your skin for a considerable time) and doesn't irritate skin, followed by toner and moisturizer (I still yet have to use Paula's Choice 2% BHA Liquid and Bio Oil), your routine is completed. :-)







What It Is: Alverde Reinigungsmilch Wildrose  150ml

Price: €2,25

Availability: Exclusively by DM

PROs: Decent makeup remover. Doesn't irritate skin. Smells nice.

CONs: Not enough cleansing power in summer and/or for oily girls.

Verdict: 9 out of 10

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And second, Aqua Mattierende Tagescreme 3 in 1 Perle. I only found out while writing this review and checking the package that I bought the wrong one: I wanted to buy Alverde Aqua Tagesfluid Perle but in a hurry I grabbed Aqua Mattierende Tagescreme 3 in 1 Perle cause the packagings are exactly the same. And I'm glad I bought it.

It is better than Alverde Aqua Tagesfluid Perle, much better, cause it's easier to blend and the texture is "softer". I use it together with Bio Oil: I first squeeze a pea sized cream on my hand and then 2 drops of Bio Oil on it, rub with my hands and then apply on my face. It's so much better than applying them separately. And it doesn't leave residue. No weird smell either.







What It Is: Alverde Aqua Mattierende Tagescreme 3 in 1 Perle   50ml

Price: €3,25

Availability: Exclusively by DM

PROs: Easy to blend. Easy to be absorbed. No residue.

CONs: Not that I know of.

Verdict: 10 out of 10

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The third product is Aqua Peeling Perle, I have mixed feeling for it.

Upon opening the cap, I got the first negative surprise: it smells like a combination of alcohol (by the way, alcohol is the second on INCIS) and bathroom cleanser...!!! It's so overwhelming that I was reluctant to put it on my face...!

And the second negative surprise is the huge blue beams. They're harsh on my skin. They're even hard to smash with fingers. I much prefer NIVEA face scrub.





What It Is: Alverde Aqua Peeling Perle  50ml

Price: €1,95

Availability: Exclusively by DM

PROs: Good face  scrub for the price, so once I finish it, I won't buy it again.

CONs: The smell...! The blue beams seem a bit too harsh.

Verdict: 6 out of 10

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The next product is Clear Gesichtstonic Heilerde

I'm really not demanding on toner, I've used Oshadhi Highland Lavender toner and Liz Earle toner ( they're both very very good toners and I love them a lot. Only Liz Earle is expensive and Oshadhi is not available here) as well as NIVEA ones, the difference is not really that big. Now this one claims to be good for blemished skin, so far (1 week of use) I didn't notice any change, but it's a very decent toner and keeps my face hydrated and is a good "joint" product for my cream, so I should at least give it 8.5 out of 10.



What It Is: Alverde Clear Gesichtstonic Heilerde

Price: €2,25

Availability: Exclusively by DM

PROs: ?

CONs: ?

Verdict: 8.5 out of 10

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The last product is Puder Camouflage

This is the one that I like the least out of all my Alverde items, to say the least. Or, not at all.

I discovered it on Aussen und Innen's blog and it seemed that the powder can refine large pores. That was the reason why I bought it.

It smells very weird, I can't even describe it. And although the manufacturer is thoughtful enough to enclose a sponge, it does nothing in practical. The powder, oh now that the powder, it's so cakey and the texture is all wrong. I just can't do anything right with it, it doesn't refine my pores and has no coverage and doesn't even out my skintone. Guess it's the biggest disappointment in the purchase.







What It Is: Alverde Puder Camouflage

Price: €3,85

Availability: Exclusively by DM

PROs: Lovely box with mirror and sponge

CONs: Smell. Creates white cast. Looks cakey.

Verdict: 2 out of 10. Won't buy again.

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Last but not least, I saw a cat on our terras! Isn't she cute!?







I guess it might be the best way to celebrate my birthday: shopping + nature.

Not long ago I was excited to learn that the famous British drugstore Boots have branch shops in the Nederlands and I was eager to know what they offer. I was especially interested in A'kin or Trilogy Rosehip Oil (Boots in the UK do carry it, so why not in the Nederlands?), so I didn't go to Germany on my birthday but instead went to Holland especially for Boots.

As you know the neighbourhood where I live is not very nice, so it's an eye-candy to see beautiful towns like Heide full of fairytale-like villas and green field and tidy bicycle path, and in Holland, it's beautiful and tidy everywhere, even in the train station! And everywhere was quiet! No screaming youth, no crying babies. It had a certain serenity that I'm dying to have in my neighbourhood, and it also brought back some childhood memories.

Holland should also be an ideal place for shopping next to my number first destination Germany, cause it has a larger selection cosmetics-wise and has a lower VAT, plus it's not far from Belgium, in 25 minutes I'm already in Holland...! :-D

The town we went is Barendrecht, a tiny weeny cozy lovely gem in the southern Holland. I can't believe, while Boots is only available in few cities in Holland, Barendrecht is one of them. :-)

Ponds and rivers are everywhere and ducks are also to be seen. The sun shone upon the crystal clear water and made the whole town quite dreamy, and flowers are also not to be missing either. I doubted if it was paradise.

Thanks to Joeri's perfect orientation we found the shopping street in 10 minutes (it would take lifetime for me, I lost my way hundred times in Antwerpen already...!!!).

Boots in Barendrecht was actually quite disappointing and boring, they had a very small assortment, more like a normal drugstore, there you could only find their own brands such as No.7 etc. They didn't have what I wanted, they didn't even heard of it (but they were very helpful), so I went away empty handed. I only spent less than 3 minutes in the shop, I didn't even bother to have a look around. But never mind, Joeri will go to China anyway and I'll ask him to buy my precious oil. :-D

For those of you who are interested in the products, search A'kin (unlisted brand) Rosehip Oil or Trilogy Rosehip Oil and you'll understand why I'm so crazy about them. :-)

And then we had a short walk in the shopping street, I had a look in almost all the shops. :-P

Living in Barendrecht is truly an enjoyment...! I haven't seen a town quite as cozy as this one yet. I'm sure I'll come here again. :-)

On the way back, we got off at Heide, I love nature and would love to have a walk in the forest there. The fresh air and the woody scent did me good.



I just got a big nasty pimple 2 days before my birthday and it's still on my face as of now...! Very heartbroken...!



Embrace my 27th year...

Nick welcome back...! We've been waiting for too long since your last album and we all think you've drifted away too far from your roots but yesterday I've just heard your "Barefoot" which is rumored to be in your new album "Giants" and I was so positively surprised...! Simply Euphoric! Praise God that it's Ibiza Era again...! Praise God that your whole new album will be the old school style and it'll be a bliss to all your loyal fans...!


Chicane - Barefoot

Oh well, I initially wanted to buy the Alverde baked blushers after having seen Innen und Aussen's pictures and swatches. I thought it was an LE or something and I was rather excited. This was my motivation why I went to Germany last Monday, and I also needed to send a package to Sweden - I arranged a deal with someone on MUA, she asked for some P2 LE goodies and how dramatic it was that I gave up my own choice but bought for myself what she wanted...!

En ja, my dream blushers, the Alverde baked ones turned out to be way smaller in reality than what I had imagined them to be...! No blush brush could successfully get powder off the surface, it's really that small, diametre 3 cm maybe? And the colours were not that great either. As I went to the P2 counter, having seen their LE blushers for the first time, I thought I was in love, so I bought both of them instead of the Alverde ones. No regrets.

The ones I bought are #10 Summer Flirt and #20 Summer Love.

#010 Summer Flirt: A beautiful peach/coral colour with pale golden veins. The colour is very eye-catchy and the blush has a vague olive oil smell, it smells exactly like my HEMA Wet And Dry Blush, even the packaging is highly similar too. It performs well on my face, giving a subtle glow and doesn't enlarge my pores. It has all that advantages one requires a blush to be, except for the staying power,



#020 Summer Love: Cold pinkish berry with pale golden veins. I have a love-hate relationship for this one: the colour looks absolutely unique in the pan but it turns to red on my cheeks. -_-





What It Is: P2 LE Summer Love Blush #01 Summer Flirt and #02 Summer Love  7g

Price: €3,25

Availability: (as far as I know) DM

PROs: Cheap. Subtle. Beautiful colours.

CONs: Not long lasting.

Verdict: 9 out of 10 for #010; 8.5 out of 10 for #020. Overall good blushes, worth the money.

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FOTD:

Foundation: Silk Naturals in Medium Coverage

Blush: P2 LE Blush #010 Summer Flirt

Lip product: Manhattan High Shine Lipgloss 52W

Eyeshadow: Catrice High Pearl Loose Eyeshadow #50 Sophisticated Brown

I think Catrice is in general a very good brand cause their price is incredibly low meanwhile the quality is quite amazing.

I've bought this compact powder before in the lightest shade #110 Light Beige but it was still a bit too dark for me (and my skin is not that fair). It sure looks very pale in the compact but once applied, it significantly darkens on my face. Well I have this problem with any mineral foundation so maybe I really should stick to Silk Naturals' wonderful Custom Blend system. I guess it's the only mineral foundation that I've tried so far which is almost perfect (9.8 out of 10 maybe?), although my first impression of it was not that positive.

Back to this one, what happened to my previous Catrice Mineral Compact Powder? I found it too dark therefore ground it into fine powder and mixed it with other foundation.

So why did I buy it again? Because now that summer is near, I'll be a bit tanned, so I thought maybe the shade would suit my current skintone. But well, the shade is still a bit too dark, but it's no problem. I don't mind the difference cause apart from that, it's a very good powder.

The coverage is light to medium, on the light side though (far from covering up my pimples), maybe that's why it looks so natural on the skin (but you should know how to apply it correctly), which is exactly the reason why I go for it. :-).





What It Is: Catrice Mineral Compact Powder in #110 Light Beige   10g

Price: €3,49

Availability: (in Germany) Galeria, DM, Müller, Ihr Platz; (in Belgium) Kruidvat.

PROs: Looks naturals. Cheap. Natural ingredients. Doesn't break me out. Long lasting.

CONs: Shade a bit too dark. Not enough coverage.

Verdict: 9 out of 10! I wish they had it in lighter shade.

FOTD:

Foundation: Catrice Mineral Compact Powder in #110 Light Beige (no concealer)

Blush: P2 LE Summer Love blush #01 Summer Flirt

Lipgloss: Manhattan High Shine Lipgloss in 52W

Eyeshadow: Catrice High Pearl Loose Eyeshadow in #050 Sophisticated Brown (discontinued)



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