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,

Summer clothes update

Hi lovelies,

I have not written for a while as I mentioned the lastly why… Now it is time to show my recent updates on my closet.

Firstly I have made a bigger decluttering regarding my clothes, shoes- I would say Summer Declutter vol. 1. as I think I have to check it again in August. So have ordered a remixshop bag, to check if I can sell the items, which are unused or barely used – I am fed up with Facebook Market function as it is so hard to get a reliable buyer and takes so long- so the opportunity costs do not pay off if you know what I mean ;). So into the bag I added totally of 10 clothes and a pair of shoes. And also I took 2 big box of clothes to the charity shop, these are the middle condition clothes and one smaller to H&M recycle campaign, I know it is Fast Fashion but, it is better to take the ripped or torned textiles to return them.

So the list will be a bit long, but it was my purchases of June and July, yes I can not afford designer clothes so, it is Fast Fashion…

Shoe: leather sandal by Gino Rossi (Italian brand) ordered it for ca. 28-30 EUR with a -65% discount after a long hunting and that is what I was exactly wanted: beige or brown flat sandal with ankle strappy- I have sent much less than I was expect to be:).ginorossidn694mtwobgbg2512x_gino_rossi-dn694m-two-bgbg-2512-x_ab_0003

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I have placed an order due to the sale at H&M online- I know it is so bad, but things happens- of 5 pieces, but sent back 2 of them due to size (ordered 36 and sent out of a 42) or bad quality. I am keeping these 3:

All of them were 6- 9 EUR, which is pretty good value.

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They are so quick and upto date, so that is why a lot of people love them, but honestly they are a bit pricy compare to the quality… but yes the design… so they do have 2 annual sales, the first prices are usually not so much of discount, 2nd and 3rd are pretty great. I went in to the store by the second and was so suprised nearly nothing left- a lot of crazy tourist bought them all :). So I only find the floating yellow/orange dress for ca. 15-16 EUR (have not find on site, so try to took a picture) and some new collection:

Sorry they do have so ugly models on site so…. It is a black cotton top with a tie (ca. 23 EUR) and the jumpsuit (ca. 45 EUR) – OMG I had to go back 2 times to change: first due to the cassier girl pulled out a thread while she was removing the security thing and next was like a badly tailored one…

Oysho:

I wanted a linen short so bad, so as H&M failed I finally found: so classic (ca. 20 EUR)

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I was a good girl to purchase two bermudas to my hubby:).

Yes there were no beauty haul , but I hope you have enjoyed!

Xoxo,

 

 

Spring is in the air

Hi lovelies,

It is finally April, which is the real Spring month: take the trench coat on and ride your bike! I was really frustrated using the public transportation so far from November to March I just get fed up with people standing in my aura:).

I just have changed a couples of warm clothes into lighter ones in my closet and next week just going to take back to H&M, I think I will use up the coupon for home stuff there. Yes, our flat is improving but we still have not have our built-in wardrobe at the hallway, which is an issue with the Carpenter since January, so I just really hope that he will manage to do it by the end of April. Finally the last pieces to our kitchen: fridge it’s on its way. In March we have sent like a 30 000 HUF (ca. 120 USD) on plants inside- some of my friends told we are two scary doing a botanical garden, but also the balcony project will be on this month!

Into my cruelty free journey: that was my last order from Feelunique: Yes a lots of E.l.f. products, but HD concealer was free in 3 for 2 promo and I also sent more than 18 GBP on the brand so got an HD powder too, which is so great to replace my NYX HD, which dries my skin.

And finally I purchased my Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk lipstick, which I was wanted for ever since (maybe just for ages)… I think it is a nice alternative for Bobbi Brown Sandwashed Pink. The Body Shop stopped selling my beloved Argan oil, so I will try this The Ordinary one out.

Also Spring is the best time to visit Budapest :).

Xoxo,

Better me(?!): Minimalism

Hi lovelies,

2019 is a kind of big changing for myself: I try to send and use less, be more sustainable. Since we have moved in we rarely do but things to our flat, as I do not want to make it overcrowded. I think I have not done our home tour  yet, but it is a soon to be however I feel it is not ready yet.

So I am trying to minimizing my closet, take away all that I am not in love with, but first I want to share some recent purchases.

Faux leather skirt– Promod: I always had a faux leather skirt, but as it was smashed I have taken it to the trash in November, so now I have replaced it with an A-line one. It is a mini length and suede patches on the sides.

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Basic black T-shirt– H&M: I was needed a v-neck 100% cotton basic black T-shirt as I am really hated my previous Zara one, just I am going to giveaway now. I bought a size bigger than me, just to be more casual.

Leopard shirt- H&M: this is trendy piece, but I do not wanted to spend a lot on it, as it is diffenetely not an investment and also finally I have found one, which is not polyester!

Stripped shirt– H&M: for a long time I wanted to have a blue-white striped shirt and also loved the shirts with a tie at the stomach, so it is a 2in1, I thought it is a pretty basic piece.

Now I am going to take 4 clothes to an exchange event: cut-out red dress, a blue dress (wore years ago), a black skirt (hate its shape) and a brown body (hate the material) – all of these are in perfect conditions, but not using them at all. A  skirt and a dress was so used so  just took to the trash.


Stila- Color Balm Lipstick

unthought it is not belongs to minimalism, but to my cruelty free journey… I have exchanged my MAC blush into this Stila Color Balm lipstick shade elle. Usually I do not like to change my products which I want to sell, but now I have done it as this balm was looked sheer on the reviews online so I was in the deal, but no…. just look at my swatch.  Afterwards I have checked the freshness by its batch code: 2013… It is a kind of fail…

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And finally I want to do a minimal makeup challenge in February. I have already selected the 15 products which I am going to use in the entire month, okay it is also great to use up my products before opening a new one or buy a new one. Yes not all of them are cruelty free, but these are a way too expensive, so I wanted use them up:

  1. MAC- Strobe cream: Hydratant lumineux
  2. MAC- Prep+ Prime Lip
  3. MAC- Prep+Prime Fix+
  4. Trend It Up- Insta Ready Foundation
  5. Tarte- Shape Tape Concealer
  6. Clinique- Superpowder
  7. Bobbi Brown- Bronzing Powder
  8. Bobbi Brown- Pink Glow Highlighter
  9. Bobbi Brown- Pot Rouge in Pale Pink
  10. Bobbi Brown- Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil in Blonde
  11. NYX- Epic Ink Liner in Black
  12. Too Faced- Better Than Sex Mascara
  13. MAC- Paint Pot in Painterly
  14. Bobbi Brown- Lip Color in Sandwash Pink
  15. Estee Lauder- Pure Color Love in Rose Xcess

+1 MAC- lipstick in Ruby Woo

I try to do a full face of make up of these products, if some of them will be empty during the month just going to replace them with a CF version. Will be updated at the end.

P.S.: I will try to avoid shopping:)

Xoxo,

 

 

10 things, which I regret to buy

Hi lovelies,

As you might know I have just started to do a kind of minimalism in my life, which contains a healthier and more experience focused life. In my January post I have promised to share my “Regrets to buys”, so here we go:

  1. Pre-prepared spices and food: these are really unhealthy, expensive and you can do it on your own, why to waste money on them? If I do not have time to cook I rather eat out or order or just eat some fruits or veggies… only one exception: if we are ona ski holiday.
  2. Clothes that does not meets my criteria: if you have read some of my previous posts I did changed my mind like a year ago, so I rather have less and buy quality instead of quantity. I still have to declutter, but my wardrobe nearly reached the perfect status.
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  3. Tons of cleaning products: as our flat is relatively small, we do not store up a lot of chemicals, now we only have: toilet cleaner, universal cleaner and a glass cleaner. All of them are ecological!
  4. Wipes: on a daily basis I do not use cleansing, makeup remover or toilette wipes, these are useful for travel but no need at home.wipe
  5. Non-Cruelty free beauty products: I think I do not need to explain, here are my posts in this subject:   MAC alternativesskin careBobbi Brown alternativesGetting cruelty freecaring-consumer
  6. Useless home decor: the nice little things, which do not fit or do not add any value to my home, like: hmgoepprod
  7. An extra one of something: we do only have 2 sets of bed-clothes, one bathroom rug set, 4 kitchen clothes ect. these are enough, do not need more sets of changing.
  8. Washer dryer: I really love the smell of the freshly washed clothes and our flat is so dry so I love to hang them for the night and press them afterwards. Of course it is more environment friendly too.
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  9. Pens and notebooks: since I am not at school I do not need tons of it and colorfulness- I admit some of them looks so good-, there are always some for free or giveaway with some magazines or get it as a gift.
  10. Takeaway coffee in use-once-only mug: I do not really go for takeaway, but if so I have a really nice Starbucks travel mug, which I usually carry with me.

I know I still have a lot to do in this topic, we ought to act soon as the human living is getting unsustainable and there will nothing left for theupcoming generations… so what are your regrets to buy?

My Christmas wishlist and Black Friday

Hi lovelies,

Christmas is just on the doorstep, so let’s see my Christmas wish list! Yes, it is better to give then to get so do not forget about the charity boxes! As you might know we are  in a middle of moving to our first own FLAT so there will be some homedecor on my list.

Lancome- Midnight Rose perfume: my ever favourite parfume, so I really would love to get a new one, because I just miss it from my life.lancome

Letterboard- write messages or moods to our kitchen wall and it is so nicely decorative.letterboard

A nice minimal ear-ring, like these:

Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick or powder : this band is so adorable: luxurious, quality, nice package and CF. What else a girl can ask for?

Velvet sky armchair would be my dream, but it is a bit expensive mid-century design, but would be ideal for my dressing table.

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How I feel about the BLACK FRIDAY? I hate overconsumption, when people do not think and just running to buy something, while companies advertise their products with a price tag,which seems like a sale( higher up the base like it never been). So I am considering myself as a heedful shopper: only purchased those things, which I wanted to buy as a gift and where they give the sales from the original price, like Oysho or Calzedonia. So I have made only a teeny tiny shopping only and rather cleaning our flat-to-be today.

Xoxo,

October mini haul

Hi lovelies,

This is a mini haul of the end of October, yes I already had Glamour days haul  and these were mainly ordered by that time, just the only arrived now.

Firstly, Tarte had their 18th Birthday and had some offer like free shipping without limitation on one day so I have ordered their Shape Tape Concealer in the shade Light Natural and I was so lucky winning their Birthday set, which was coming with my order (even thought they have written ca. 3 days later).

Birthday set came in a sequined cluth and the inside:

  • Tartelette Flirt palette: cardboard palette with 6 mini shades, perfect for travel :4 of those are matte and 2 shimmery, color touch is just the dupe of MAC Expensive pink
  • Lifted Mascara: Brown sporty line waterproof ( I just think so mascara),
  • Lip sculptor: intoxicating limited edition shade with lipstick and lip gloss on the other side,
  • Tartist: Totes lipliner- hot pink color liner.

The Body Shop: I have repurchased my favourite clay mask: Himalayan Charcoal (update soon regarding my skincare) and they have launched a Micellar water in their Camomile line, so badly want to try.

Bonami has written after a week of Glamour that they can not sent the velvet puff, which I have ordered and paid, so they will send me back my money… pff ever the worst costumer service communication which I have heard, no excuse or sorry they are advertising something that they can not send to the costumers and they do not write one day after your purchase (AKA I have lost the opportunity to order with 20% off from somewhere else) and they do not offer any compensation, when I have written back and what would be my compensation, they wrote back 2 000 HUF (cupon) -which is less than 10% of my order- ca. 8 USD- are you kidding? How you have ever considered that I will order from you anything else? They should come to a Hotel cross training of handling complaints. NEVER EVER AGAIN… On Saturday they have send an email, it is on it way, how comes? So the whole we can not fullfill your request was just a lie. Monday the Courier company started to deliver it, of course they called me when I was busy at work, tried to call them back 20 minutes later(and 5 times more) and just have tracked on their site that they took it back to the sender… WHY? How I can call them back if they do not pick up the phone at all? They should try 3 times to deliver before send it back, what did I do wrong OMG? So for 2 days now, I am just calling the customer service and try to get my baby back… so horrible.

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My shopping rules (financial)

Hi lovelies,

Recently I have posted a couple of hauls, so you might think that I am really a shoppoholic. Honestly, I am not considering myself as a big shopper and I am really try to skip impulse shopping. Here is my general rules:

  • I am always check my household, wardrobe ect. before going to shopping,
  • Never go shopping before meals or empty stomach,
  • Always give a time limit, so if I see it is too long row at cashier, simply do not get in at all,
  • I am using my bike in the city, so do not get into the shopping mall by the metrostation,
  • Buying clothes: always check the quality and waiting before purchasing a few days ( I have not bought any clothes since July- bikini exapt the underwear this month)-think about it,
  • Always know where they have sales, but do not go there are buy just in care if I have something waiting for a while,
  • I do give away/recycle or through away at least the same number of items if I purchase something,
  • Create and following my rules: like do only purchase CF cosmetics, or only buying a clothes if I would love it by the next day or the 3rd day as well,
  • try to buy from local designers,
  • I am writing done my incomes and purchases into a notebook daily, put it into an Excel weekly.

One thing is really important, that I only send 15% of my fixed income freely!

Xoxo,

 

Cruelty free dupes of my Bobbi Brown favourites

Hi lovelies,

Now I am on focus of my favourite Bobbi Brownproducts’ dupes, which are cruelty free. Bobbi Brown is one of my favorite makeup brand, I love her way of thinking about natural beauty, however I hate that they do tests on animals due to their Chinese market. In generally I had only 2 times a product that just not worked on me: Foundation stick is my love-hate product, but might because it would be better for dry skin (in some winter days I loved it) and the concealer which was too thick for me. I have their makeup remover oil, eye and the yellow face cream, they are good, but there are some others with are as good as with a better price tag. Since I am decided to become cruelty free I am stopped buying them. I will be honest, yes this is going to be the brand’s products are which I will use out and not going to repurchase them till they are not CF.

The famous gel liner was not my favourite, however I only had Union Jack limited edition color, which is a perfect blue, but it was too hard to work with.

Not TOP, but I gonna miss:

Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick: The packaging is really great. I have Pink Sparkle, which is a nice frosty shimmery pink. It isreally close to Zoeva’s Graphic eyes might purchase one or more in different shades… which is an exact dupe: Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow #34 Pearly Quartz Rose… might be it is time to check Kiko’s website again, as they have affordable and amazing products.

Smokey eye mascara: one of the best mascara I have ever used, but I am in love with Too Faced Better Than Sex now.

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Highlighting Powder Pink Glow: is a beautiful frosty rose highlighter, which is my favourite for my winter makeup, yes, mine holder was broken so I will definitely need to replace with Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lightning Powder in the shade Incandescent. Thankfully they have a travel size, as I know I will never ever use of 9g highlighter in 24 months.

 

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Bronzing Powder- Stonestreet: this is the perfect bronzer: no shimmer, matte but not chalky, really long-lasting, no orange, green or mud undertone, no fragrance, blends nicely and highly pigmented. I am just hoping that Marc Jacobs O!mega bronzer is something similar…

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Potrouge- PalePink: this is my go to favourite pink cream blush and also a light pink lipstick, I am just into a more expensive one: Tata Harper’s Volumising Lip and Cheek Tint in very charming.

 

Lip ColorSandwashed Pink: is my favourite nude lipstick, I have to find something very similar, might be so of the Nyx or Charlotte Tilbury Pillow talk or Kiss Kiss will be the one.

Lux Lip Color- Parisian Red and Sunset Orange: I love these vibrant colors, which are creamy, nearly matte but with a nice finish. The Parisian Red is a warm rich red, with some blue undertone, might be Urban Decay Vice Cream Lipstick in F-Bomb or No-Tell Motel gonna be the dupe for this. Sunset Orange is the one, which I have not seen any CF dupes for yet, so keep searching.

Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil is a dupe of Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Brow definer, so as it will finish it will time to buy its original in blonde.

 

I hope you have enjoyed the list, if you have any suggestions just comment below.

Xoxo,

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here you can see why I did not like the foundation stick and the Union Jack liner…

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Glamour days haul

Hi lovelies,

I am going to share a small haul again. Coupon days were last weekend, here is my purchases.

Honestly I have tried to minimize my spending due to our flat, to be able to purchase some nice stuff there, which I do not want to share now.

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Wednesday we have been at the two most common drugstores here at Rossmann and DM. Okay the dishwasher tabs are not on the picture, but these were all we have bought, so all the necessary ones. Yes I know not all of them are cruelty free, as I do not know any period toiletries company cruelty free here and my husband items- he is not in care of this cause… Nature Box is a big grey for me, because I still have not find the answer in their site, only that they are vegan.

Yes, I have not purchased any makeup, just have received a cherry colored lipglass (I have given it away already to my brother’s girlfriend) and a foundation from Tred it up, which is a German brand at DM and they are cruelty free. I have used to see the color of this Insta Ready Oil Free Makeup yet, which seem to be all right. It should be a light cover, slightly matte (silk matte) finish and it would cost only 3,4 EUR.img_5156-1

At Nyx I have bought Epic Ink Liner as a replacement of my L’Oréal one, I hope it will work. HD Finishing Powder in Translucent is a big cult, so as my MAC and Essence white ones over, it is time to try it, and it is seemed so good in a whole day work. I have also purchased a true red blush to replace my MAC Frankly Scarlett: Crimson, honestly at the store the tester was looked matt for me, but open it up it is seems like there are some shimmers- all right I will mainly use as an eyeshadow…

At Douglas I have found a new perfume Rochas- Mademoiselle, which was a love at first smell. So fresh and light which I love- fruity, rose and a bit of citrus like my everyday ones.img_5157-1

I have not purchased any clothes, only underwear, which were just before Glamour as Intimissimi has a recycle campaign, I rather take back 10 items and get 20% off on my all blacks.

Xoxo,

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