This is my third and almost last day in the beautiful Barcelona and I am super sad to be flying back to normal life (and ugh, rain plus cold) in Amsterdam tomorrow in the afternoon. My flight is around 1pm, so I will have an hour or two in the morning to do anything I want. Because it has been so so long since I last visited, I could use some recommendations. What would you do if you got to spend one hour of free time here?
Hmm, maybe I should just go and iron my shirt?
Pictures by Cup of Couple.
Being torpadoed straight into summer is even better than (hello, we are still waiting!!) for spring. It only took a 1 hour and 45 minute flight to get me there and by ‘there’ I mean Barcelona. The only downside of it is that it normally takes a whole spring for me to get ready for the sun to fully come out. I mean, I still have to work on my abs – and all kinds of other body parts – a bit before I dare to set foot outside in a bikini. But let us safe all the getting physically ánd mentally ready for summer stuff for another post…maybe.
Anyway, I am spending four days with Mango in the city that has it all to pre-experience summer and this will probably make – more than – up for the spring I believe Amsterdam and a lot of other European cities are missing out on this year.
First picture by Adela Mazankova.
Getting radiant skin is not something that can be achieved by only smudging things on the outside, but it sure helps. I have never had super complicated skin, until I used a tonic cleanser that caused a severe allergic reaction that seriously looked – and felt – like I had burning marks. At first I thought it was my day cream and so I threw out that 80 euro costing jar that I got as a gift and cursed the gifter.
After a few weeks of giving my skin some well deserved rest and using a hormone cream (which you do not want to use unless you really have to, it damages your skin to the max!), I started using a bit of make-up again and got the same allergic reaction. I quickly figured it was my tonic, instead of that day cream.
After going through that whole process twice, I decided I would never randomly put something on my face ever again and so I went back to my old trusted goodie goodies, which I now officially declare my holy grail of skincare.
I first got introduced to Origins about a year ago in New York during Fashion Week, when I went for a quick facial pitstop in between shows. Ever since then I became a huge (read: huge!) fan of their VitaZing™ SPF 15 Energy-Boosting Moisturizer. “Slip it on first thing tomorrow – you’ll look like you eat right, sleep tight & don’t
have a worry in sight”, says the description of the product on their website and that is exactly what it does.
For an extra bit of ‘shine’, I put a tiny little of Guerlain Terracotta Summer in the City Poudre Éclat Metal Attrape Soleil (yes, that is a mouth full) on my nasal bone, in the inner corners of my eyes and right above my upper lip. This might sound super weird, but with the right amount it looks super fresh.
Before I go to bed, I wash everything off with Origins A Perfect World™ Antioxidant Cleanser with White Tea and their Age Defense Treatment Lotion with White Tea. Some Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer, et voilà! My skin never felt or looked as healthy as it does now.