In love with French skincare? Europa-Apotheek may help

If you have been around for a while in the blogosphere, you might remember the hype that was Bioderma Micellar Water. It was long before Micellar Water was available in every drugstore, and only a few months after I had started reading beauty blogs. Ah, back in the days.

No big deal, I thought, and quickly put it on the shopping list for my next visit to France. And no big deal it was. A quick stop at a French pharmacy and two big bottles were mine.

 

Bioderma Micellar Water for sensitive skin

 

It was only then when I realized that if I had lived in the States, it would, in fact, have been a big deal. The only way you could get your hands on it in the US was through Amazons marketplace, and even if you put all trust issues aside (which you definitely shouldn´t), you still were charged about three times the price you paid in a pharmacy.

And boy, I do love my Bioderma, but it is not worth 60 bucks. Read more


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Fabletics by Kate Hudson – These days in between

I know the time „in-between“, the days after Christmas and before the New Year, are meant to be filled with party and glam.

 

Fabletics workout gear

 

But to be completely honest, my life couldn’t be less glam than it is at the moment. With me working and daycare closed, there is barely any time for going out and meeting friends, so I try to do my second favorite thing for the time between Christmas and New Years:

Staying in and getting cozy. And maybe get a light workout in to combat the crazy amount of cookies and chocolate I have been consuming.

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Looking for a loophole with Banggood.com

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This post is not about New Years resolutions.

It is about common sense.

And how hard it is to stick to the things that are actually obvious when you are at home, bored out of your mind and have access to the internet.

And Banggood approaches you to write a post about there shop.

In which case you have to check it out.

It would have been rude not to!

Something for the home perhaps?
Something for the home perhaps?

 

You see, there is absolutely no point in shopping for clothes when you are 32 weeks pregnant. Not even for the time after delivery, because, quite frankly, you will not know when you are going to be able to wear them. It always takes longer to get back to your former dress size than you hope.

Trust me, I have been there.

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Updating my wardrobe with the help of FashionID

If you have followed „Linda, Libra, Loca“ for a while now, you may have noticed I rarely talk about fashion, let alone share what I have been wearing.
Now there are many reasons, but the main one is I usually grab a jeans and a top and run out.
I wouldn’t go as far as saying I have absolutely no sense of fashion, but… it isn’t my strongest feature.

My uniform. Not a lot of variety here…

18 month of either being pregnant or trying to get back in shape haven’t put me in the mood to update my wardrobe, but I figured that it was time to get back on track and get a little more fashionable.

So as a first step I cleared out my wardrobe and turned to Pinterest and magazines to get some inspiration.
Now this may again just be me, but I have a hard time to actually transfer the look I see on the runway into an actual outfit.

I´ll read about a trend, decide I want to incorporate it, head out to the stores and…
am absolutely clueless what to buy.

Let me give you an example:
„Heavy knits“.
There is no secret to buying a woolen cardigan.
But the struggle is to decide which one is right for my body shape.
You know, the stuff that takes „I was freezing and now look like I am going to an arctic expedition“ to the „Lets light a fire and look longingly into each others eyes while my cardi slips off my shoulder in a subtle yet sexy way“.

Bloggers Looks Inspiration (Image Source: Fashion ID)

Of course, these days the Internet offers help.
That may be buying from an Instagram picture or have online stylists send you ready made outfits to consider, links where to buy included.

Or, my latest obsession, the „FashionID“ Online-Shop.
Not only do they have quite a selection of brands (Armani till yaya, along with more affordable ones thrown in the mix), but they have some awesome features like „Shop the trend“ or telling you whether the clothes run true to size, large or small.

An example again:
I am sitting on my couch, cold drink in hand, browsing the „Inspiration“ site for summer outfits, be they „Streetstyle“, „Editors Picks“ or, my favorite, „Bloggers Look of the Day“.
Something grabs my attention (See original site here):

Orange Flavor, (Image Source: FashionID)

Instead of running out to the shops, looking for similar stuff and discovering back home that the colors don’t work together at all, I just click „Shop the look“ and everything is listed neatly, ready for me to buy.
All it takes now is choose the right size (made easy by recommendations based on my measurements) and hit „Buy“.

What you need to create the look (Image Source Fashion ID)

I personally wouldn’t get the clutch or the pumps and pair everything with black (maybe less fashionable, but way more practical when you have a toddler running around)

Of course they offer free shipping, free returns (much needed when it comes to Online Shopping, at least in my case) and 60 days return time.
But as these things seem pretty standard in high-class online shops, it is the other features that keep me coming back.

Have you tried „Fashion ID“ before?
And do you think I actually ended up buying the Orange Flavor Look?
Let me know in the comments below!

This post was kindly supported by Fashion ID.


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How about Emerald Jewelry from Angara for a Jewelry Makeover – Ad

Disclosure:
Todays post wasn’t written by me, but instead written by a member of Angara jewelry. 
I received compensation for publishing it on my blog.
Of course I checked out the shop and found plenty of jewelry I would have loved, especially some pretty ruby ones, but the styles are high quality and accordingly pricey, so I´ll stick to dreaming for now.
The company kindly agreed to offer a special discount code for any of you in need of some new jewelry.

How
About Emerald Jewelry from Angara for a Jewelry Makeover
Diamonds are every girl’s first choice.
They are, in fact, essential for a jewelry collection. However, for any woman,
it is difficult to restrict to diamond jewelry. I am not an exception. I like
diamonds and I have some brilliant options in my collection. That is not enough
for me. I want diamond alternatives that are equally stunning and everlasting.
Probably this is the case with most women.
I have tried pearls, which makes a
sophisticated choice. Pearl necklace or a pendant with studs – what’s more?
They don’t work with every outfit and not suitable for all events as well.
So here is my new finding that makes a
perfect diamond alternate for every look you desire – Emerald Jewelry. Whether
you are blessed with a porcelain skin like Fan Bing Bing or have a
bronze-goddess face like Beyonce  or you
fall in a third category with a light skin and warm undertone like me, emerald
is a fabulous choice.

This lovely grass green
gemstone has a mystical charm to instantly glam up any look. Moreover, it is
one of the prominent red carpet choices in recent award season. I loved those
extravagant and antique emerald earrings of Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer
Hudson from Oscars, and thought that emeralds look best in antique style.
However, to my surprise emeralds are insanely gorgeous in a modern setting as
well. You can check those ultra-chic beauties of Taylor Swift and million
dollar sparkles of Beyonce from 2015 Grammys.After seeing those
immaculate celebrity stunners, I am convinced that emeralds are best to balance
the radiance of diamonds. Symbolizing spring, emerald jewelry is perfect to
enjoy a youthful look anytime, every time.

As I am convinced with
the star power of emerald jewelry, I have decided to try it. I have picked
these emerald
and diamond leverback earrings from Angara.com
as first green addition to
my collection. The earrings have a modern appeal with an everlasting style. The
simple, clean and refreshing look of emeralds is beautifully complemented by
the brilliance of diamonds – a composition that is perfect to make any
ensemble.Moreover, the leverback
is long enough to dangle, making them versatile and unique. My earrings are
handcrafted in 14k white gold and weigh 0.77 carats. However, you can choose
yellow gold with different weight to suit your face and personal taste.

Why Earrings?

If you are trying emerald
jewelry for the first time, earrings are a safe choice. Most earring styles
such as studs and drops go with all face types, they easily blend with every
fashion and could cost you much lesser than a ring or a bracelet. Even if you
have already tried emerald jewelry, having a couple of earrings in different
designs is not at all bad.

What’s Angara?

It is a three generation
old jewelry company that deals in fine diamond and gemstone jewelry. Their
entire jewelry is handcrafted in the US and the gemstones come directly from
sources. Thus, they help customers save a lot by cutting the middlemen profit.
I have to know about this online store from a friend and planning to try it for
a long. I must say their emerald collection is beautiful and practical.
Classic, antique, retro, modern, you name a design and they have it. I also
liked these emerald and diamond halo earrings.

More Options to Try

You can expand your
limits and try other emerald styles like these:

An
emerald and diamond halo ring

A
emotional yet stunning emerald knot pendant

A
classic tennis bracelet exuding spring glamour

It is hard to wait for my new bling. I have
already planned when and where to flaunt it first time.
What is your favorite emerald option? Have
you tried the gorgeous May birthstone jewelry ever before?
Shop now to enjoy an additional
15% Off on your purchase. Apply coupon code ‘GIFTS’ at checkout
and receive the best jewelry deal ever. One super-exciting advantage of
shopping from Angara is that the store offers you a free jewelry gift
with your buy and other benefits of free shipping and 30-day returns
.

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