Holiday packing 2020

Hi lovelies,

So we were on a 8 days/ 7 nights holiday in Croatia. dispute the car space we have packed lightly but we did had more than everything. We choosed to in hotels, 3 nights with breakfast,4 with half board. We brought 1 mid-size and a cabin suitcase, a parasol and 2 backpacks(+6 boltles of 1,5l mineral water- than we refilled with tap water). Inside I have fitted my cream crossbody bag and a cooler bag to one of our backpacks for the food and drinks. So how did we travel so light?

I love to pack by category, so to the backpacks we did put food for the travel and a lot of snacks and fruits for the beach to do not waist time with shopping until the 4th day when we do had to travel to our second destination. Of course of money, passports,masks, iPad,phones, documents and my little vanity was also in it.

Cabin-size luggage: was so the beach stuffs: 2 bikinis, 2 shorts, 2 swim shoes, a plaid, 2 sets of travel towels, googles, sunscreens and after sun + magazines , flip-flops and my hubby’s small pillow and Teddy.

Main luggage: is ideal that we can share by half so I have used the KonMari methode to flod all the clothes. I am going to write only my side: I have used pretty much everthing, except my rain coat, linnen jogger and my pullover. I have packed a linnen short with 2 tops, demin skirt, 4 dresses and 2 dresses for the beach- I will just show them in a next post-, sport bra and sport, running shoe and underwears.

Vanity and make-up: as we were stayed in hotels, I have decided not to bring sampoo and shower gel as they are always provided. I have put some conditioner to a travel jar and The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil, along with a comb for my haircare. Omorovicza Cleasing Foam I was so amazed by, it is probably the best gentle cleaner I have ever used, so glad that once I have received a 30ml travel size from them, because I just using it since we got home so in total 3 weeks and still have ca. 75% of it. I have also put some micellar water in a travel jar, and my La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra face and eyecream, which I just got from my sister for my birthday and these are also superb.

I rarely wore makeup on holidays, so I have packed my holy grail Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara in travel size, It Cosmetics CC in Light Medium (my tan shade), Hourglass Ambient Lighting edit-Ghost palette, E.l.f. Instant Lift Brow Pencil in Neutral Brown and a Trend It up Waterproof Eyeliner Pen (not worst the money at all) and some tools: eyelash curler, Smashbox Buildable cheek, Bobbi Brown Face Blender and ABH eye brush which comes with her eye palettes. Unfortunately masks are not friends with lipsticks so I only took those which are always in my small vanity: Camex and a nude.

Xoxo,

Holiday packing

Hi lovelies,

The summer nearly ended… but finally we are going to our holiday. Yeah next year should rather go in the middle of the summer as I feel really tired for a couples of weeks, way too much of works.

Even we are going by car to Croatia and then to the Lake Balaton, I tried to be as minimalistic as can be and do not do over packing. Friday I have checked what we have at home and today we will just buy a couple more things- mainly food. We will stay in a hotel and our reservation is with a half board, so we do not need to cook at all. Insurance, money exchange done, so let’s see whatI have packed:

Face and skincare:

I always keep the little samples, which I receive so it is really useful for travelling, so all the for hair conditioner, the Nivea haarmilch sampoo, Omorovicza cleansing foam and the two Sensodyne toothpastes were free. The empty plastics I received at Hard Rock Café a while ago on a PR event, which two willbe filled with my showergel and one which some more shampoo, from home. I am taking my Ouai Wave spray and try to use up the leave-in conditioner. I will take my correctly used face, eye and body cream, the mosquito spray, deodorant, comb and of course the toothbrush. Only bought the 7 to 3 Lush face cleaner and the two sun protection stuffs for this trip newly.

You might wanna ask: the hotel not providing any amenities? I do not know, but I do not think it is etnical and sustainable. (Yes my simples too , but these are either I am using up or take it to the trash, while in the hotel it can stay for the next guests.)

Makeup:

Waterproof mascara and the liner is a must at the beach, my belowed Tarte Flirt palette is anumber one for travel, now for the summer my new NYX Ultimate palette is nice compliment of it. I try to use up my Essence brow gel, TB concealer, Mac strobe cream, BB Bronzer and of course the Cover FX powder and the Natasha Denona Blush and also the little samples are ideal for travel. The It Cosmetics CC has SPF 50, the BB rouge is red so it is a statement and the Glow spritz I just one to try out a bit more. As for the brushes I am taking a Real Techniques sponge, BB Face -blender, RT setting, MAC 217 and a Zoeva Pencil brush. (not pictured as they are dirty)

Shoes, bags and accessories:

Sandal is a must- brown, pair of sneakers (running of if it is too cold), black -Birkenstock and the swimming shoes for the rocky hills. My new Bag from my Hubby, which is cream, gymbag for the beach (as we bring only sport towels) and a black crossbody for the darker clothes. Necklance for the beach, some hair pins and rubbers and the crop earring.

Clothes:

Probably the most hardest to pack, because women would love to take everything. 8 painties, 3 pairs of socks, 2 bikini tops, 3 bottoms, demin jacket, sport bra and short are easy, but the rest…

Okay convinced: I will travel in my red jumpsuit, black jumpsuit is good for a dating night, this orange dress for an other dressy day, yellow short dress for the beach, linen short and a jeansskirt with 4 more tops.

So only my hubby’s stuffs, manicur and some medical things left, but it is time to shop some snacks…

Xoxo,

 

August haul

Hi lovelies,

This is again a monthly hauls like usually, but August is my Birthday so most of the things will be gifted for me and also I try to be using less, so for myself I only bought things which I need.

Lets start with my husband’s gift: is a handmade leather bag, which is so georgous in this light cream shade and I prefer to have a crossbody strappy which this bag has. It is not so huge, but big enough for my iPad mini or to keep my takeaway bottle in it.

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From my parents I received a few products which I was really into. Okay to begin the story with: they were asking what I wish, want I want for my Birthday and I was saying oh nothing, I have everything ect. Then my sister give my Feelunique login to them because she knows that I have a wishlist on it and they ordered a Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow, an Urban Decay Primer Portion and my fav mascara the Perversion. The pack in not arrived yet, but it is due today to my work place.

I got the NYX Ultimate palette from my bff. Honestly I have never ever thought buying this, but I have thinking to buy a Pupa blue single shadow or a ABH- Riviera Palette, but now everything in it and evenmore colors, which I can use with my natural ones…

From my sister I’ve got The Body Shop Japanese Matcha Tea food mask, which I tried once in the single use version and it was even better than the Himalyan one. From my brother and his girlfriend a vegan sampoo – conditioner and a cute hair ring (yellow on the picture).

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And yes the things that I bought: this cute, cheap necklance from H&M I think it will be super cute for the beach, The Body Shop Camomille Butter I have repurchased and Coconut mist was a just for fun thing. Lush 7 to 3 cleansing pad and the sunblocker for our upcoming holiday.

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Happy Birthday to Hungary too!

 

Being SUSTAINABLE 1

Hi lovelies,

This is a continue of my previous post regarding the zero waste, so our goal is rather to reach a sustainable lifestyle. Firstly let me list you what we have already doing:

  • Transportation: In the city I use my bike when I can, so it is mostly form April to November and in all the other months I do use the public transportation, while my husband goes by car as we is working so far from home, but we usually takes his 2 fellow colleagues to work too. Going to the countryside I do use train, if we go by car we do use the car share. Note: also on holiday to Italy or Coatia we did and will share our car with 2 more people. Also about the car we do have an Opel Astra with 1.4 gasoline engine, as it is 12 years old now we want to change it into a plug-in hybrid with gasoline in ca. the same, mid-size maybe next year.
  • Recycle: since ever my parents rot and recycle at home, so it was so hard to find no recycle bin upon moving to Budapest, but thankfully we do have them now in the house, so we do have seperate bins for platic/metal and paper up in our flat too. So often I just leave the magazines, which I have bought to the neighbors. Yes this is one part, which we do want to improve! Also we do giveaway our clothes to a charity shop or take them to recycle.
  • Useless: If you have read my blog we try to shop only what we need that is why we constantly declutter and check our items at home. There are items, which are already on a regret to buy list. And trying to be a bit more minimal in terms of my clothes.
  • Drinking tap water: why should we drink mineral waters in a platic bottle if we have one of the best quality water in the world? I am always stare our guests how stupid is to take all the bottled waters up to their room or demand for complimentary bottles of water while drinking the free lemonade at the welcome desk, which made of tap water:). Yes we do buy syrup, which brand’s glass bottle is returnable.
  • More vegetables: as I can not be totally vegan nor vegetarian, so I decided to have one day in each week: so Tuesdays are my veggie days. It is mostly comes from my parents garden or the vegetable grocery next door.
  • Textile bag: I always carry one textile bag with me, however we have to update it more in the future.
  • Dairy: as I am having skincare issue due to milk, we try to reduce to consume these as low as possible, sometimes I do eat some cheese or a yoghurt, but a way much less then before.
  • Thermos: At work I already have a bottle for water and a tiny thermos mug for my coffee, so I am not wasting paper or pastic mugs everytime, like most of my colleagues do.

I think that is all what we do at the moment, but might missed out something, so coment your suggestions and I am going to continue with our steps to be sustainable.

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,

Travel size beauty

Hi lovelies,

It is time to write about travel size beauties, are they worst the money or not? Comment below what you think!

Recently I am in love with travelsizes, these are so great to try to experiment an expensive product. They are cuties, little and cost less. Of course people can say the value size and the original sizes more worst the price… it is true in certain cases, if you can use all the products up before its expire?

So what do I mean under the expiry of beauty stuffs? On the cans you can see the periode-after-opening symbol, which means for the opening for how long time you can use the products, like usually:

  • Liquid face products: (Foundations/ concealers, blush):12-18 months
  • Liquid eyes products (liner, mascara): 3-6 months
  • Lipsticks, lip gloss: 12-24 months
  • Powders (bronzer, blush, eyeshadow ect.): 18 -36 months

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So yeah, you might change your whole collections in every 3 years, because keeping old products can expose us to harmful toxins and cause serious health problems (specially the eyes). So you really have to protect and take care of them.

Shelf life is also important, usually the cosmetics can be stored for 3 years. So I would really suggest to check out all your cosmetics using the batch code, which is normal on the side or button of your products. Also it is great to check them at store (if you can).

So for me using up a full size of powder like blush or highlighter is nearly impossible, that is why I would rather buy their travel or mini size powder, might be more expensive per unit, but what is expensive means- if I can not use it up that is totally not worst the money. Like my heartbreaking by the very expensive Chanel powder is a one which I will never ever use up (30g) due to its size and being non CF is on sale now. Or products which you do not use that often, like blue eye liner mini size is enough. + they are also easier to travel with:).

While the skincare and cleanser products are totally the oposite, normal size like 250 – 400 ml are the best, for a face cream is the 50 ml (enough for a half year).

Just some of my recommendations on Travel Size products:

  • Hourglass: Ambient Lightning Blush, Bronzer and Powder; Veil PowderKéptalálat a következőre: „hourglass mini”
  • Urban Decay: Primer Portion
  • Tarte: Blushes
  • Becca: Highlighter
  • Too Faced: Better Than Sex Mascara Waterproof
  • Natasha Denona: Mini Eyeshadow palettesKéptalálat a következőre: „natasha denona mini”
  • Drunk Elephant: Minis
  • Képtalálat a következőre: „drunk elephant mini”

Xoxo,

How to book hotel room like a hotelier

A lot of people has been asked me how I am booking hotel rooms as a hotelier… Honestly I hate Airbnb due to the inflexibility of hosts, no treatment and of course the knowledge of the hosts are much more weak than a 4-5 starts hotel concierge.

What you have to know first usually we go for our hotel chain’s employee rate, because it is much more cheaper (ex. in Asia), it is a with breakfast rate, we do have other benefit and of course colleagues are colleagues…

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Here is my tips and tricks about hotel booking:

  • Consider Hotel room photos like beauty bloggers’ photos on Intagram: light, makeup, Photoshop and best cameras
  • always check the photos at room type also,not just at the top of the page
  • check out the description of the room!!!
  • if you not an early check-out, always book with breakfast – breakfast is much cheaper in package likewise at the front desk we charge 20% more if you book it upon check-in, while in breakfast room we charge 50% more
  • so if you forget your breakfast to book with the room but you loved to have it book it at front desk instead of he restaurant (usually it is a bit cheaper)
  • scroll down for details: what card accepted or usually no more than 1 extra bed can bed fitted in a standard room, but most of OTA like Expedia or Booking can not handle of it
  • comment your preferences: king size/twin beds or child with you, but not all the wishes are upon availability but we tend to fulfill it if we see it in advanced
  • if you are having an anniversary or celebration with it too, you might get some amenities in room
  • read Tripadvisor but do not think it is a Bible most of the satisfied guests do not share their thoughts! Always think whether the writer own opinion is the same as yours…
  • always think about your trip style and try to fit the hotel to it- if you will not spend your time at the hotel room, you do not need a big view
  • make a use of loyalty programmes (hotel or airline)
  • Read terms and conditions: advanced purchase might be a great deal, but only book these rates if you are 100% that you will go (for example: you already have a flight ticket)

I hope my list help you and have a nice travel:)

xoxo

PS.: do not forget to have a travel insurance 🙂

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What we bought in Thailand

Hi everyone!

Thailand is a shopping paradise, but also a culinary heaven, so we did most for our gourmet taste and less for shopping and also spent most of our pocket-money on travel:).

So markets and street foods are relatively cheap there, international brands are rather expensive. That is the cause I did not purchased anything at Sephora there, it was 30-40% more expensive than in Europe and also so dirty and lack of selection, so  My Sephora wishlist still on due but might will order them from brand websites…

Clothes at markets are really cheap, specially if you bargain. You can spend a whole day doing that, but the clothes are the same what you can order from asian websites  like aliexpress or shein. So did not wasted our time and travel weight on it. Only bought and elephant trousers which is rather touristic item, but linen and 3 scarves as gifts.

We did bought some local products like coconut oil, teas and tiger balm. Some postcards, beer fridge or holder (or I do not know what it is just they do serve beer in it), magnets (15)as for souvenirs. Dry durians! we did not try it on spot, because it was prohibited due to its smell at hotels, transportation and at Bangkok Chinatown we felt its smell uff… so we left it for the last day and did not find it in Kata, Phuket.

And a lots of products from 7eleven, most of them just unknown for us, but they do like chocolates with green tea, alga snack, sweets, sauces and instant soups ect.

At duty-free Phuket the following sweets:

Duty free Doha:

  • cigarettes my husband smokes unfortunately and it was a way cheaper than at home – he does not know that he will have a quitting therapy soon:)  
  • Clinique BB cream (really like it and my Bobbi Brown one will over soon)
  • perfumes: Chanel: Gabrielle (got from my hubby) and a men’s Paco Rabbane

If you are interested in my packing list please read my previous post and stay turned!

xoxo

My ultimate packing list for Thailand

Hi everyone!

We have just arrived from our honeymoon, we sent 2 weeks in Thailand. Honestly, my packing was simply perfect: not over packed (18kg only from 30), had items for every occasions, so no extra purchase due to weather conditions or religious regulations. Read my packing list and hacks/tips by categories below:

Skin and hair care

This is my number 1 tip to keep the samples and make a use of them during your travel! Even thought hotels do provide toiletries, but the quality might not meets your expectations. Samples I brought: Mac lipscrub, Clinique: Prep start (15ml!) moisturizer, conditioners from Palette hair dye(from my sis), mini perfumes and shower gel (75ml!) which I have received from previous purchases at Douglas (like Sephora), small body lotion(60ml) from Body Shop box, Bobbi Brown oily make-up remover.

Full products:

  • shampoo by Yves Rocher
  • eye cream by Yves Rocher
  • 2 suncreams from Sundance (spf 30 and 25)
  • Aloe vera aftersun by Sundance
  • Nivea micellar wipes (25)
  • Zewa wet toilet paper (42)
  • box of Tampax
  • Tissue mask by Balea
  • Body Shop’s Wild Argan oil
  • toothpaste and toothbrush

Make-up:

At tropical weather you do not need so much of make-ups but a bit of course. For everyday I only used my Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Waterproof version in travel size as my lashes are blondes… for day trips I was made a use of Bobbi Brown’s BB (fair shade) as it has spf 35, my Blonde BB brow pencil and L’Oreál  Perfect Slim liner, BB Sandwash Pink Lipcolor and used blocking film  paper instead of powder.

As for night outs was a bit more:

Eyes: MAC quarto of Brule, Naked Lunch, Girlie and Haux and BB Long-Wear Cream Shadow stick in Pink Sparkle

Face: MAC: Prep+Prime Transparent Finish Powder, Nars: Orgasm Blush, BB: Pale Pink cream blush, The Balm: Mary-Lou Manizer, BB: Bronzing Powder-Stonestreet, Maybelline:The Eraser Eye Concealer and BB: Foundation Stick (Beige)

Lips: MAC: Ruby Woo(Red) and Estee Lauder:Uninhibited (Pink)

Tools: I tried to use my hands, but eyelash curler, powder puff, my BB face blending and MAC 217 brush was on my help. (Of course comb, cotton buds and cotton pads)

Hacks: used ca. 5-6 beauty cases for makeup, skinhair, medical and electronic items like chargers.

If you are interest in make up check my previous post of LipsticksMy favMy hates

Shoes: flip-flops for the beach, swimshoe, my beloved Steve Madden Irine Black heeled sandal (for nights), my go to Vans Athentic and running shoe (for travel and training)- as you see these all blacks ex. my Nike just to be easier to get dressed.

Bags: Longchamp Le Pliage Shooping Bag in Navy (What I got for Christmas)and a Black leather Petrity crossbody

Clothes:

It was really strange checking my summer clothes in the middle of winter, so most of the clothes was already existed in my wardrobe. As for bikinis and swimsuits I tried to bring those which perfectly mixed together and finally I did not used my swimsuit…

I tried to bring clothes from natural fabrics like linen or cotton. I try to list and post some photos of them:

  • 2 dress for the beach
  • 3 shorts
  • 2 skirts
  • red evening dress for Lebua
  • yellow linen summer dress
  • 3 long Shirts
  • long linen trousers
  • black linen long dress
  • black jeans for travel
  • 2 pulovers for travel
  • jeans jacket
  • 2 T-Shirts and 3 tops and a body
  • nighties with dressingcrown
  • 8 pants
  • 5 pair of socks
  • 2 bras
  • sport bra, top and short

Hacks: as we had 3 hotels, so I tried to pack to be no need to unpack all the time, so folding the clothes 4 times to be able to see them and used IKEA ISTAD bags to save space in our bags.

More from my clothes: Asos haulMy minimalist wardrobe / alapruhatáram

My Sephora wishlist

Hi everyone!

People says that the best way to save your money from Sephora is to live in a country without Sephora. Well, it somehow it is true, but in the other hand I am always going to Sephora when I am abroad with my saved money (or asking some friends) and spend it. Like last time:

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To tell the truth, here in Hungary we do have a lot of other possibilities to buy skin care and makeup products at parfumeries like Marrionnaud, Mueller or Douglas, pharmarcy, drogerie or Brand stores like Mac, Bobbi Brown or Estee Lauder.

Skincare is not so interesting at Sephora for me as we have Glamglow, Clinique or Khiehl’s here, so I gonna focus on make up wishes.

RE-PURCHASE

Laura Mercier- Foundation Primer-oily free: my absolute My fav beauty product of 2017

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Too Faced- Better Than Sex Mascara

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THINGS  THAT WANNA TRY FOR AGES

Laura Mercier- Translucent Loose Setting Powder

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Kat Von D-Tatoo Liner

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Anastasia Beverly Hills- Dipbrow Pomade

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I do not have so many eyeshadow palettes, so might be it is time to buy one, here my top list too be owned, let me to know which is your favourite! Read: My bridal make up

Anastasia Beverly Hills- Modern Renaissance

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Urban Decay- Naked Palettes

Any of Tarte or Too Faced

MINI SIZE

People do say to do not purchase these mini travel sizes, but I think it is really nice to try something for the half of the original size (hopefully will not be a part of my My most hated beauty products.). I think that is the category, which I will just decide on spot based on my budget…

Benefit Cosmetics- Hoola Bonzer Mini

Nars- Radiant Creamy Concealer

Hourglass-Ambient series

Becca- Wake up call kit

Kat Von D- Mother of All Mini lipstick duo

Fenty Beauty- Bomb Baby Mini lip and face set

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Let me know which are your favourites! Of course I will not purchase them all…