March Low Buy Haul

Hi lovelies,

March here, which means that it is my third #lowbuy check and haul of 2020.

If you remember I have over spend a bit in February, but I do not mind I had to happend to be able to draw my attention and focus on my goals more. In this month I made an investment: I am going on a course to become an official TOUR GUIDE, so I have paid in once the fee of this license course, which will end in August/September. I know this business situation is not the best now, but I am positive and hoping the best as soon as possible.

This month , as we had to sent at home most of our time, I was deeply into my declutter and tide up serie, so I rather focused on items that I have already have and items that I can sell and of course I have listed a long (and expensive) home wishlist, which I will introduce you soon too.

So what about my budgeting?

Needs (50%) – as Covid-19 appeared in Hungary, most of the people went to shopping, which I wanted to be smart, but I am also stocking up a bit, so I send 17% more than I was budgeted as I had to cook a way much more than previously to avoid my husband going to stores and restaurants while he is working. Even if I am those lucky ones still having a job, we have losen most of our benefits which a hotel can offer…

Savings (20%) – so again my saving was lower, only 35% than what it should be as I had to make an investment in myself as it is above mentioned.

Wants (30%) – as the above mentioned things had happened I only sent 15% of my planned budget, just thrifted a jeans at Promod in the beginning of the  month: it is a mom jeans style in a light blue wash, called Marcel. Did purchased some macrame yarn to be able to make some plant holders. We have bought an air moisturizer too. (Halfly from gift card).

 

 

 

 

Why we can not be zero waste?

Hi lovelies,

Plastics free July is such a nice initiative, however let me write the truth why you can not succeed-> YES the whole world is againts you. So we tried to reduce the platic: so did not buy any soft drinks, plastic bags nor anything with single use plastic packaging. But let me tell you why we failed:

I really like the conception of zero waste(read and watch videos too), specially the 5R, which I try to keep is the next time, but firstly it is my list which I just can not do. I really appricate the people, who live a zero waste lifestyle! 5-rs-of-zero-waste-refuse-reduce-reuse-recycle-rot

  • Travel: I love to travel and can not live without it, I think it is a bit unsightly when zero waste gurus travels a lot (specially by plane or car) to give speech regarding their lifestyle.
  • Washing: instead of using single use products, zero waste usually required to wash, specially hygenic items, to disinfect you do need to use a higher temperature, which increase electricity usage and also waste a lot of (in Hungary: drinking) water!
  • Detergents: eco free detergents also packed in plastic… and costs a lot more than normal ones and usually not that effective. I have tried DM Nature, which is a prettygood eco products for us, but I have read a lots of reviews that is useless for stubborn spots- but we do not have a kid yet so… And also the fabric conditions alternatives are pretty low choices. Yes, you might say these washing nuts- but there are coming for India, form the other side of the World…
  • Hygiene: I can not replace toilet papers or kleenex. From the kleenex it is better to take the paper box ones, but there are having smaller and lower quality. Diva cup is not something that I can imagine to use.
  • Secondhand clothes: I used to shop second hand, but as most of the second hand are extremly over priced, also sells fast fashion and most of the clothes are coming from the UK, so I only go into real, local vintage store. So all those Hada or Cream English second hands sells H&M, Zara, Primark ect. so imagine: these clothes are produced in Asia or Morocco, than they shipped to UK, which they might sold (yes sometimes the stores took the unsold items into the bins) and used once or twice by a women, than they left it into a bin,which they select and sold the best ones (which are the rare used) for the price of 10-15 EUR/items in the Eastern European part. Other problem they cause, that you can not sell your used and locally purchased clothes at all or maybe by facebook market place, which takes a lot of time and energy. The zero waste way would be to shop local designer clothes, which is very expensive or sew it yourself- that is still not the cheapest and also need time and skills.
  • Lack of selective bins!
  • Lack of returnable packaging: milk, beer, wine ect. bottles used to be widely returnable a few years ago.
  • Online shopping: I love to do my shopping online as you can buy much more things then in the shops, it is easier and do save some time. Yes it is comes in a lot of extra packaging, which is mainly plastic.
  • Make-up: I am a make up lover, yes I have not rethink that part of my life;).

I hope you have enjoyed this little post, I am going to update on my steps for a sustainable lifestlye in a few days!

XOXO,

Hungarian beauty products

Hi everyone!

Let’s back to beauty, today I would like to introduce some local, Hungarian brands. It is also nice to check them out and buy them as a souvenir when you come to visit our country, but some of them can be purchase online as well.

Hungary have more than 1200 thermal springs, so people addicted to wellness and spas here. Most of Women in mid and upper class has their own beautician, who they visit regularly. You might know, that Estee Lauder’s parents were emigrated from Hungary or Erno Laszlo was grow up and studied in Budapest, but now I would like to introduce you some new comes

Helia D

Gabor Zsazsa’s favourite skin care brand goes back to the 1980s, when they used sunflower oil as a base of their creams. D in the name is Debrecen, which is the 2nd biggest town i the country, located at the Great Plain. They still a natural plant-based and owns 9 patent. In 2004, due to a huge investment they appeared at drugstores’, they are cruelty free. They have Rejuvi brand for the USA market as a premium target.

  • Helia D Age Control
  • Helia D Botanic Concept: Tokaj Aszú based
  • Classic line includes: nice micellar water, rich cream and make-up remover swipes

US online

Amazon

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Zador

Fine Bar- premium soaps based on shea butter and the Heviz thermal water with natural oil and essences. The manufacture located on the northern coast of Lake Balaton, but you can purchase them at many on the Christmas or Spring fairs. They do have 10 different soaps like paprika, fig-pear,cocoa, red grape or winter spirit, but they do have nice packages, which is ideal for souvenir ect. Attention, so of them will not work for dry skin, or just use a moisturizing cream after bath. Cruelty and vegan free.

Official or Amazon

zador

Geek&Gorgeous:

Brand belongs to Helia-D in a collaboration of a Hungarian blogger, they made clinical-clean exfoliating products. I use the CALM DOWN version, which is for normal/combination for glowing skin, it is 4% PHA + BHA Liquid. It is even better than Paula’s Choice 2% BHA liquid (have  not tried The Ordinary yet), it is so gentle, but refine and calm the skin and the packaging is so handy and Gorgeous. Further more with every purchase they take  1 EUR to improve Hospital equipments with watsi.org. Cruelty free.

Website

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Omorovicza

The most expensive out on my list: “What do you get when you take 2000 years of Hungarian skin care wisdom and inject some hi-tech innovation in a Nobel Prize-winning laboratory? Omorovicza skin care: a luxurious range which harnesses the mineral-rich waters of Hungary with potent antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and an exceptional delivery system to grant both quick and cumulative age-defying benefits.” If you wish to have a nice treatment during your holiday, highly recommend their salon (just tested). Cruelty free.

  • Queen of Hungary Mist
  • Mud mask from Heviz

CultBeauty or Amazon

omorovicza

Ilcsi

This is the brand which my beautician use for ages, this is a real cult for professional use in Hungary.  I do not have them at home, but might buy it for the peak season of beauty salon. “Founded by ‘Aunt Ilcsi’ more than half a century ago, the Ilcsi name is synonymous with the finest, Hungarian super-natural skin care. This range is so fresh that it’s made to order for Cult Beauty – to guarantee the potency of the potent botanical active (the bulk of which are hand-harvested on Ilcsi’s own, ‘Certified Organic’ farm)! The Sour Cherry Gel Mask has accrued legions of devoted fans – astonishing customers with its unparalleled de-puffing prowess – and now it includes the addition of firming and nourishing Blackthorn. Discover the Hungarian go-to skin care brand, and witness your complexion flourish.”

  • Seven Herb Treatment
  • Sour Cherry and Blacktorn line

CultBeauty

ilcsi-skincare

xoxo,