Montag, 8. Februar 2016

That Time I Spent a Rediculous Amount of Money on Hair Products

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Around Christmas time I placed a huge online order on expensive hair products. Some of them I had heard of before, others I just randomly wanted to test out. I've used them for a few weeks now and have two absolut favorites. 

Balmain Paris Dry Shampoo: I had only heard of Balmain as a designer clothing brand, but when I saw that they made hair products as well, I really wanted to test them out. I use dry shampoo whenever I don't have time to wash my hair and it is starting to look a bit flat or greasy. Most dry shampoos I've tested out were very effective, but so far they have all had a terrible scent. Not this one, though. It smells like an amazing, high-end perfume while at the same time working wonders to give me volume. The only down side of this product is that it leaves a white residue, as most dry shampoos do. I would only recommend it for light, ashy toned hair color like mine, or you'll spend ages trying to brush the white film out. 

Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil: The second product I love is from Aveda. Another rediculously expensive brand. Because I bleach my hair, I need to use a lot products to moisturize it. The Aveda Dry Remedy line is so good that it almost leaves my hair too greasy. I use this oil after I wash my hair and before I blow-dry it or straighten it. If you've ever been to an Aveda salon, you'll recognize the elegant spa scent of these products. I love it.
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Montag, 25. Januar 2016

Drink Your Vitamins

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_MG_3538 It's the new year and I am starting it off with a boost of energy. I've been loving my freshly squeezed blood orange juice in the mornings. I got this genious little fruit squeezer for Christmas: A device that has probably been around for decades, but it has revolutionized my morning routine. In just a few minutes I can make myself an orange juice and enjoy my daily dose vitamins.

Montag, 21. Dezember 2015

Chocolate Factory

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I while back I complained about having bought rediculously overpriced Mast Brothers Chocolate because I love their packaging, but that ended up tasting less than mediocre. For this Christmas I decided to give my loved ones beautiful Christmas chocolate and because I couldn't find it anywhere in stores, I decided to make all of it myself. I got Chocolate from an incredible, small Swiss factory, Max Felchlin, melted it down and mixed in some other flavors like nuts, raisins and an orange chocolate bar. Then I bought nice Christmas packaging and wrote the labels. This is the finished product of my little Christmas chocolate factory!

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Montag, 7. Dezember 2015

Wrap it up!



Soon it's time to wrap up all the Christmas presents again. My wrapping ideas are endless because I tend to pin Christmas inspiration all throughout the year :) There are three options that I always go back to: The simple brown packaging paper that looks great when decorated with some twigs or a nice photo; a linen cloth is a great idea because unlike most wrapping paper, this won't be put straight into the bin but can actually be used as a napkin. Finally, white paper is always a safe bet. You can make it christmassy by drawing a design on it or you can keep it simple and sleek and just add a nice gift tag. For more Christmas inspiration, visit my Pinterest page: https://www.pinterest.com/mondaynightblog/christmas/

Montag, 30. November 2015

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Here's a delicious Christmas Cocktail recipe for you to try out:

1 shot of Cinnamon Smirnoff or Wild Flame Cinnamon (or Cinnamon syrup for non-alcoholic cocktails)
Juice from 1/2 lemon
Fill up the rest of the glass with apple cider
Add an apple slice and a cinnamon stick for garnish

Easy and delicious, the perfect recipe for a Christmas Party!


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Montag, 23. November 2015

Emergency Dessert

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As I am finishing off my last courses at University and find myself super busy and stressed about writing my thesis, I often "urgently" need some sugar to lift up my spirit after a long day of work. This is a recipe that only involves ingredients I usually keep at the house anyways. Plus, it's an easy and quick seasonal option to bring to a dinner with friends.

Ingredients:

4 apples, thinly sliced (peeling optional)
1 lemon
sugar (optional)
maple syrup to taste
cinnamon to taste
nutmeg to taste
vanilla sugar to taste
Oats
Butter

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Thinly slice the apples and put them in an oven proof dish. Add a bit of lemon juice on top and sprinkle a bit of sugar (optional), cinnamon and nutmeg on them. In a separate bowl, mix the oats with two tablespoons of maple syrup (or as much as you see fit :)), add some cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla sugar. Add 1 tablespoon of butter (the more butter you add, the better it gets but also quite unhealthy :)).

Add the oat mixture on top of the apples to create a layer of crumble. Bake in the oven for 30-45 minutes.

As always, I am very vague about exact measurements. I just eyeball it and it has always turned out delicious!


Montag, 16. November 2015

Drawings



A current fav: These cute drawings. I've started hoarding them on Pinterest and use them as phone backgrounds, or sometimes even print them out and use them as cards or if they are big enough even as wrapping paper.