Evening routine – for my face

Bonjour mes amours!

Okay so from my title you probably know what I’m going to talk about this post. Unfortunately I have several routines. Depending on my mood and the day I have had it changes. For that reason I’m going to give you guys the summary of my routine. I’m thinking of adding and changing it soon to try some stuff my friends recommended me, but that will be for when I have finished my current face wash. Do not do anything to your skin without consulting a dermatologist first. I’m not a professional and this is just a small tips that suits my face and my skin.

To start off, let me just say that I’m talking about this from my perspective only. I had bad break outs when I was a teenager. pimples, white head, blackhead I got them all. I’m just thankful there was no acne. Knowing me, my face will be filled with scars by now if I did. What I did have already was not so great. I just tried everything to cover up or squish out what kept popping up all over my face. Boy was I wrong. Number 1 rule in taking care of your face? NEVER ever use your fingers. They are covered in bacteria and spread fungus every time you touch your face or squish anything.
If you have to pop anything (specially that pimple) use a cotton pad, or tissue and quickly wipe the area with some disinfectant rubbing liquid, or some special toner. Bleed whatever blood pours out from the area (because the whitehead or pimple has basically clogged that area and now there’s some extra blood there) and cover with some mask for 5 minutes or so.
This is again just from my experience and some tips I got from my dermatologist. So please don’t repeat or do anything to your skin without consulting a dermatologist or you could be left with some serious scaring. My dermatologist, she helped me figure out what was what, and where I was going wrong with my skin routine. She told me that I was getting scars because of what I was doing to my face, and using the wrong products for my skin type and she recommended me the type of food I should eat more or less of, what I should have in my face routine and even what to do if there is a breakout emergency and I had to take care of it (emergency only guys!). You have no idea how much I appreciate her. I still go to her for check ups every other summer. Just because I’m so scared of not going. So that’s over 10 years with the same person. So her tips must have been good right?

Sow what do I do nowadays for my face routing before I sleep? Pretty simple and easy I think.

  1. I wipe of any and all make up with some micellar water. I don’t wear much make up and I hate not being able to feel the weather on my face so you can pretty much surmise that it’s really light – so a quick wipe like this works just fine.
  2. Some face foam to wash off any and all residual make up and dirt build up through the day.
  3. Face scrub to get down to the pores.
  4. Then some toner after patting my face dry.pexels-photo-318379.jpeg
  5. If it has been a few day I try a pore strip mask. I have very thin and sensitive skin so I try to use this as little as possible or I would have baby red skin for days on end. So its a bleh. However if I don’t use this – lots of blackheads. Thinking on this the need to use this has lessened over the years so there are some permanent good effects.
  6. a. Gently pat some light non oil based moisturiser.
    b. Or Gently layer on a mask. Now I circulate between sheet mask, light clay mask and a hydration mask because I have dry skin and some oily T zone area.

Disclaimer: I don’t know if it would work for you but this works for me. It worked, so take what you will from that.

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Now if you’re anything like me, your face and skin being super sensitive, trying out new routines can be a pain until you find the right brand or product. For me a mixture of french (Yves Rocher) and Korean brand (Face Shop) products work. Unfortunately I live in Europe so Korean products are hard to get by. Luckily for me I bulk buy shit ton of face products whenever I go home so those products will last me a few months. I know I sound high maintenance but when I tried some of the products by the mall here I had the horrible side effect of breaking out in rashes. So I unloaded them on my sister who unlike me does not have such sensitive skin.

Pro tip: when trying out products like moisturisers try them on the inside of your wrists, like foundations. They are one of the most sensitive part of your skin similar to your face. You don’t want to find out you’re allergic to some ingredient after you’ve put the product on your face. No, thank you!

With that I leave you with my somewhat dry and boring evening routine for my face.

kisses and hugs,
Huluukene

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How to start at the beginning …. just a few short tips from me.

Ciao bella!

In this scintillating edition of my blog I will focus on getting ‘started’. This short post isn’t about fashion, travelling, or even recipes but rather just a short blurb on one of my running thoughts. A break from my usual blog posts if you will. Beginning

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Now I don’t know about you but for me getting started is the hardest part. Once I get going, I can continue on with no problem, I guess I look at it like giving up or quitting if I stop half way, so for me getting started is the breaking point. Preparing everything is fun. Setting the mood is great, but just getting started gives me trouble. Wether that’s putting pen to paper, or starting a new routine or even waking up and getting out of bed with the first alarm – getting started is the hardest part of anything I do.

So to help myself along. I try to start small. Baby steps. Literally. Ok, I love drawing or getting to do any type of arts. Unfortunately, like anything else, getting motivated start sketching is hard. I put too much pressure on the finished piece or the end result and just get crushed before I even start. So what I would do when I feel like just leaving it for another few minutes is simple. Just start small. I try doodling at a small corner. Then if I feel like it, doodle another and another until I feel like I can go on. Once I start the ball rolling it’s all uphill. Same with exercise. Just start small. Go for a walk, or a short 5 minute yoga and then see if you want to continue on.

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No pressure.

No stress.

Easier beginning.

With that little tip for you lovelies.

Kisses and hugs,
Huluukene

End of January is near.. I think I might just start reevaluating my goals.. maybe?

Okay now that the New year is starting, let me just say that I needed a new boost now that February is coming on. After all I don’t want to lose my momentum so early on in the year, right?

So for those of us with ‘being more healthy’ as part of the New Years Resolution. Here are 5 snack/drink ideas for those cravings that hits you from nowhere – whether it’s before you sleep or a right before lunch.

Without further ado, here are 5 alternative healthy snack that won’t break your health boost.

1. Okay, you know how there are Super Foods that are really healthy and you go out and buy a big pack so that you can use it up? Well I bought a big bag of Chia Seeds because of all the health benefits (it keeps you full for longer, Omega 3 & 6, calcium & iron etc.) and I now need to put it in as many dishes as possible without getting sick of it.

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So I found a recipes for chia seed pudding and even drinks with chia seed that has chia seed as the main ingredient, or sprinkled chia seed in your breakfast/lunch bowls sprinkled on your yoghurt pot or morning cereal.Now don’t just just stop at Chia seeds, try other seeds and spices. Turmeric? amazing for you, seeds and nuts in general are full of vitamins and minerals that are just amazing.

2. Now I know that it is mentioned a lot so 8 glasses of water a day. A glass is measure as 250 ml in my tracking app, so that’s half a bottle of water. I keep it on my desk so when I finish my tea and reach for more drink I have a bottle ready. Also for those of you that hate the taste of water (it does have a taste it felt like it was quite strong when I was a kid) try adding some fruit in it. Fresh berries, lemon slices and going back to the above point a tablespoon of chia seed?

3. Try fermented stuff. Kombucha, kimchi, miso, fermented cabbages, fermented lemonade, or even the humble yoghurt.. anything fermented is good for your gut. They have been part of the staple diet in many countries such as Korea, Africa, Japan and now they are gaining popularity everywhere and for a good reason. From providing ‘good bacteria’ or probiotic bacteria in our digestive system to helping us digest more nutrients and vitamins in our body the benefits are endless. Since it helps strengthen our guts it also helps make our immune system more robust. Did I also mention that there are links to your good mood and your gut? So eat a bit more fermented food and fell the good mood coming.
How about trying more international cuisine. It’s better than the boring salad only diet and you get more taste and flavour per meal. Definitely keeps my mood up, looking forward to all the delicious meals.

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4. Okay, the health boost thing is taken care of on one side. Now about that going to the gym 3 times a week thing. Now lets be honest, about a month or two in going to a gym becomes either a chore or a part of your routine. Either way it’s nothing to be excited about. Here is the deal. Doing that muscle training, yoga or sprint classes is all good and everything but it gets a bit bland. Have you tried going to classes instead? Not the hits but rather karate, tennis, boulder climbing, boxercise classes and for those that likes the glam a bit more salsa, hip hop or even ballroom dancing? Add a little spice. Try out those classes as well. Why not? It will still count as exercise and even better the minutes should pass you by easily. I found a wall climbing gym near my workplace and I can’t wait to try it out. (Can keep you posted if you want?)

5. Now that we are getting somewhere with those goals, let’s try creating a habit, after all these resolutions are not short term. Theses goals are not short term but rather lifestyle changes you’re going for (at least I am). Give yourself a break. You will miss a class or indulge in one too many drinks, cake, or a pizza. If you fall off the wagon don’t beat yourself too much and just try again. What I do is keep a ‘swear jar’ for falling off the wagon. So now any time you fall off the wagon pop 5 bucks into it. Once you get in the rhythm of good habits at the 3/6/9 month mark treat yourself to a spa or a massage. Going to a massage increases blood circulation and will help you feel just that bit better about trying again and again.

How are you guys on your New Years Resolution? I for one am getting addicted to the chia seed taste and even the meditating bit of my goals this year! So yay! So with those tips I bid you guys adieu!

kisses and hugs,
Huluukene

!My New Year Resolution!

Bonjour mes amours! So with my promise intact.

Here is my 1st official scheduled post of January!

Now for the big exciting New Years Resolutions..late, but better late than never right? So with that in mind and knowing the whole shebang about counting on others to keep myself on track with goals, here is my goal for the year of 2018!

    1. I will join the gym and go at least 3 times with minimum 30 minutes each time, doing at least 1 circuit.The reason is simple. I have a job where I sit down for the majority of the day. This can have bad side affects that include life shortening effects and stress inducing to bad postures etc. So to help my over all health I will actively use the gym.
    2. There is a giant stigma on mental health in some parts of the world, and then there is the huge growing demand on taking care of your mental health. You can have whatever opininion you want. I for one think it is one of the most important part of yourself to take care of in our modern day world. AutWe’re so busy doing this or that that we don’t notice the small things passing by in our lives. This is not one of those lifestyle quotes but just what the reality is sadly, so I want to start meditating for at least 5 minutes every day. I’m definitely not underestimating the ability to think clearly and quietly for 5 minutes. Iknow I’m impatient. My goal is that by the end of 2018, I will be able to meditate effectively for at least 30 minutes in one sitting.
    3. I would have saved up for at least 6 months of emergency funds. I need to learn to save, plan and even manage my money correctly. Money is something we all need to learn about and have a healthy relationship with, after all money doesn’t make the world go around, and it definitely is not worth a person’s health but having a healthy financial plan for your life (eternity lasts only a second, and a second can last an eternity after all) is needed so you can grow to who you need to be and will become. There will always be some kind of unexpected event that will need your rainy day savings.Something pretty to look at.
    4. Expand my mind. Wether it’s picking up the newspaper, that New Yorker magazine, or even an Elle or Natural Geographic magazine, I wan’t to know what happening out there. Let’s listen to podcasts, read new blogs, discover new music! The world is eons old, rich with such history, diverse with billions of people there is so much out there – smell, taste and ear your way around the world. Nature will take your breath away and architecture will bring you to tears; so explore, you will never run out of things to see and do. For the short time I’m here let’s hear what others have to say, see what they’ve seen and say our piece and leave our own marks for the future. Am I right?

So with that long rant on my Top 4 Goals of my 2018, I leave you. I know my writing is not that great. What can I say? I need to get back on that horse.

Have you anything cool on your list? Have you already started on your resolutions? Do we have something similar (I bet it’s the gym) and do you have something different? Is it something I would want to add to mine?

Share with me, please?

xoxox

Huluukene

Update on the blog

Update on this blog

Bonjour mes amours!

Okay. I’m writing after what has been almost a half a year…but before anything hear me out! My living situation has changed a lot in the last month and before anytime life got away with me and I just couldn’t dig in for the motivation to write never mind blog.

 

The good news is I have been up to a lot in the last six months – I moved, I have a new job, went to one of the most amazing concerts and even got that 2 week holiday squeezed in. So with that I have lots more material and inspiration, from bullet journals and new fashion trends to interviews with some of my close friends and family to a new room DIY’s, moving tips, and even how to deal with that pesky wobbly legs. Not only have I picked up some interior design tips, but also some small surprises! So you can look forward to that. *wink wink*

So with that keep an eye out for some good scheduled (I promise) blogs are coming back!

xoxo
Huluukene from my hibernation nest..

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Eat Pray Love – working for inspiration?

Inspirational Looks

Inspirational Choices

Inspirational Ideas.

I think the title gives it away – Inspiration is what you look for in fashion, what you put into fashion and what you want to project in your style and wardrobe. In today’s world where people are finding inspiration in travel, nature, lights, and even from the graffiti around the corner shop.

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Inspirational Shelf

So when you are creating your new image what do you look for when you are looking for an inspiration? How do you start? From where you are to where you want to be, who you look up to? What kind of image do you want to present at certain time (at work? with your social friends, at a festival?). With all this how do you even start?

Well the thing is you have to have to pick an image, idea, felling etc. in your head and start shopping. Stick to the one image and stick to it like glue. Your image is what you present to the world. Have a minute to pick your inspiration and go shop your wardrobe. It should incorporate who you are – what your hobbies are, how active you are, where you go to and how often.

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Inspirational woman of fashion

Clean and suave? Boho chic? Rocker hard? Go hard, loud, and proud of your style. This is who you are, what describes you; at the end of the day what you picked is your choice.

 

 

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Cocktail Mix – in styling up?

Mixing brands? Mixing patterns? Mixing basic with couture?

Can it be done? ‘Should’ it be done?

When I was looking for inspiration for an outfit to go out with my friends – I remember a conversation with my friends from way back – in Secondary school (High school for those of you not using the same system as me – Ireland).

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Do Not Enter

She told me that her basic style is where the basics are brought up in value, in style and price, by mixing it up with a brand and  my other friend mixes her Louis Vuitton man’s

coat with pretty much every dress when she goes out for drinks and dinner.

I must say that this looks beautiful and I have thought that this was the way to dress since – I am forever traumatised by matching pink tracksuits from my own history – pink phrase. However since then I have met many more people and I’m proud to say that I know at least one person that dresses in one brand only. She dresses pretty much only in Adidas when she wears Adidas – the whole shebang – shoes, tracksuit, socks as one outfit. She looks bang good too.

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Mix and match?

So now my question is is the whole “brand synergy” – by mixing you get better outfit – a passing fad or is strict “one brand one outfit” the one that is passing? Would you say that you follow brand synergy or one brand and one outfit? Which one would you say is wrong or right? Which way of dressing makes you look and feel good? Or are you guys like me where you mix and match depending on the day? As in there is no hard right or wrong?

 

 

Worth the splurge!

Ok let me say that I am a girl who likes her luxury. Wether it is travel, that bag with the beautiful design or that one pair of shoes that is comfortable and exactly in your style is what I consider to be worth the splurge. Of course these are a splurge – that is worth it. Guilt free and something that is worth the money it costs – which usually end up on the high end of the scale.

The high cost might give you a pause and a lot of hesitation however these items are usually not ones that provide instant gratification but rather give back on your investment over long periods of time.

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Bags

Starting a new work? You need to buy the proper professional wardrobe with quality in mind – that can cost you a full paycheck if not more. Your image is the first thing that anyone sees and you need to look like you’re confident in your abilities so that your boss can give you responsibilities that you look like you can handle it. So those shoes, suits and blouse that fit but costs a bit more? Buy it, buy them with confidence- they are your best friend.

Can I say traveling? Now when I say travel I don’t mean you splurging on a 5 star hotel, buying tickets and packages at their full price but rather for the experience- are you in Thailand? But the elephant ride is a bit costly? Check online and think about if you will regret it. Will you be back anytime soon? No? Then do it despite the cost because come on a ride on an elephant… amazing memory right here.

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Wardrobe

Ok, now onto shopping for real. That bag and those shoes? If it is the style you want with the quality you are looking for. Buy it, buy it now because finding those are rare, and you will look back and regret it. The bag is multi purpose, one you will use for a long time and has a great value? Worth the splurge. You get all your investment back two fold. You can bring it everywhere- again quality vs quantity here. Same with shoes too. There is an item that you use everyday- you need to be comfortable, look good –  in your professional and personal life.

did I answer the question here? Or did I just babble on… please tell me to stop if you don’t think it’s good in comments and if you did like it say so…. I’m super friendly… introvert.

Cheers,

Artdramaeco

 

Cheesecake – pure indulgence recipe!

I realise that I have not posted in April so to make up for it cake! Cake for everyone! Sweets are the bandaid to our soul…(づ。◕‿‿◕。)づ

So this is a simple  delicious cheesecake – that is no bake, simple and the easiest! Just make sure to do it the day before, so you can leave it to set over night in the fridge. Now back to business.

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My cheesecake is in squares. Hurray! for squares \(^ω^\)

Ingredients:


For the base of the cheesecake:
150gm of digestive/shortbread biscuits
42.6gm of butter (melted)
43.75gm of sugar

Cheesecake part:
Now here is where you can play around:
200gm of cream cheese
62.5gm of caster sugar
1/2 lemon juice
120 ml of double cream (whipped)
Depending on how indulgent you want you can add another 200gm of cream cheese and mix it with – passion fruit/melted chocolate/Nutella! etc

Steps now:


  1. Crush and mix the base part. i.e: Biscuits, butter & sugar, into fine crumbs. Press the mixture into the bottom of the tin and leave it in the fridge to set.
    TIP1! Try and use a loose bottom cake tin, if this is not something you have at hand – use your normal cake tin, just line it with baking paper. After setting it you should be able to easily slide it out from underneath the cheesecake (biscuits base?…)
  2. Now onto the cheesecake part! Mix the sugar, cream cheese and lemon juice (vanilla extract if you don’t want to use lemon juice) in a clean bowl and beat until smooth. Seriously, until you cant feel the sugar grains (if you don’t want to touch test – until you can’t see it anymore)
  3. Now you have to whip the cream until it doubles in size in another bowl. Take one third and gently fold into the cream cheese mixture from earlier – the air come from the whipped cream so please remember – be gentle. Take another third and fold  in and the final third and fold it in. (if you want to add passion fruit/chocolate/Nutella this is the part you mix it in – just make sure it is do!)
  4. Now you pour the mixture over the biscuit base and gently tap the tin to fill in any air bubble.
  5. Leave it in the fridge over night and Voila! Creamy, indulgent cheesecake! Yum..

Eat, Share and Love it with you friends, family and guests…bring some over to work to share, or bring it over to a birthday party! \( ̄▽ ̄)/ Share the love..

I would just brink it into my room and eat it over a nice cup of fruit tea with honey…

(ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

ArtDramaEco..
xOxOxO

Love and Long walks by the river side…cheesecake, anyone?

We are welcoming another month of the year 2017 today, May!

Spring is mid season and I have already started my plans for the summer – ok, let’s be real just some tentative plans at this point. I’ve checked my savings, started listing my expenses and can now plan a week or two of vacation. Somewhere I can hike, drink and eat till I explode while immersing in a new culture. Can’t wait! 🙂 Maybe if I’m feeling like it find someone to fall in love – after all Spring is the season to fall in love. Am I right? If I can’t I will take a passion fruit cheesecake with some lemon honey tea. Just as well. It’s the same.

Now, maybe it’s just me, but for me the new year starts and the old one ends in the Summer. A little quick to jump into the new season, but I will always look ahead with glee.. the schools are out, IMG_0602the sun is shining, and the whole world feels like it’s waking up!

<<Perhaps, that’s why I’m starting this blog post by welcoming the new month…when I haven’t done that before. Maybe I should start every month like so? Welcome to the new month!>> o.O

Longs walks by the riverside, sitting under the weeping willows by the docks, and biting into my spicy and flavour full lunch while laughing with my friends. Can I write anything more idyllic? I can’t help but think that summer is just that. The idyllic months of the year – where you can wear that dress, without feeling like the winds will freeze you, the sun is out for the longest time and the day never ends and the night is spent in the heat gazing into the light – wether it’s the stars, or the stage lights who can say?

I would love to take out that maxi skirt, and style a bohemian outfit for my day on Monday. Wear printed shorts, a simple shirt and blazers for Tuesday, pick up short skirts and long shirts for Wednesday and I can go on – it is the best! Even just to go out without a coat is good at this point 😉 I’m ready to get out from my hibernation and just enjoy the sunshine again!

My plans for the coming months? Quick weekends away, long hikes, and some serious music festival while couch surfing along the way….Who’s with me?

 

ArtDramaEco,
My goals – become a sloth in my next life.
(づ。 ◕‿‿◕。) づ