*Milk; Ren Guerande Salt Exfoliating Body Balm (review)

Product description: A gently exfoliating body balm which removes dead cells and will leave your skin moisturised, renewed and glowing.

How to use: Massage onto dry skin before bathing or showering. Rinse off.
Summer has fiiiinaly arrived here in Holland so in order to make my pasty white skin ready for the sun I bought this Ren 'Guerande Salt Exfoliating Body Balm'.

The product

I never had much luck with the previous body scrubs that I tried. Both of them were oil based salt or sugar srubs and always left me feeling extremely oily and sticky whereas this one rinses completely clean in the shower. No slippery bathroom floor and no sticky legs! The balm gives the salt granules a bit of slip whilst making the skin soft and supple.

As you can see the balm is really thick but not too greasy. I also enjoy the subtle peppermint scent. I don't like heavily scented body products because you apply it on such a large area so it can easily be a bit too overwhelming.

Unlike most salt scrubs, the Ren 'Guerande Salt Exfoliating Body Balm' has very fine granules. The granules in oil based scrubs usually melt because of the oil, but these don't so you can really get a good exfoliation.

The verdict

The reason why I really adore this scrub is because it has helped to smooth out the bumps on my upper arms and legs without leaving my skin feeling dry or irritated. Although I don't use any self-tanner I can imagine that this would be great to use beforehand because it effectively gets rid of any dead skin and creates a great base for the self-tanner to adhere to.

Rating: 5/5


Life Through Instagram #5

Ella's italian dinner @ Mazzo, Amsterdam Afternoon tea, the Greek way Tiffany's hair donation back in December as a birthday good deed Shameless selca, wearing the Korres lipbalm from this post Tiffany's cute dinner with her cousin (Many dinners with cousins this month, yay!) Tiffany's night out @ Escape, Amsterdam Afternoon tea, the British way Pai Combination Skin Cream Tiffany after being at Holi Festival @ Amsterdam ArenA

We definitely slowed down with putting things up on Instagram, so hence the two old pictures between the new ones. I am not sure whether I should review the Pai moisturizer so I thought mentioning it here in case anyone is interested in one. Let me know if you want a review of it! Ever since I cut off like 23 centimeters of my hair for donation, my hair grew pretty fast. I should definitely do a before and after comparison soon haha. Other than that, the usual eating and I have been going out more often now. I guess that's what having housemates and summer holiday does to me. Really need to watch out with the calories. Anyhow, it was a great month. Hope you had a great one too!


Goodbye Google Reader? Ways to move your subscriptions!

Hey all! Just a quick post to let you guys know that Google Reader/Friend Connect is supposedly going to be shut down on July 1st. From what I understood, Blogspot users (bloggers among us) will still be able to use it; non-users will have to find something else to keep up with the updates. Not too sure if I am right on this one, but I do know some ways to make sure you do not lose your subscriptions!


You might have already noticed the button on the right side, but it is also possible to follow us on Bloglovin'. Now that Google Reader is closing down, they have provided the option to move your subscriptions from Google Reader to Bloglovin' by simply clicking one button.

This is how your feed will look like, quite pretty right? It has a very clear interface that is very simple to understand. If you are looking for new blogs to follow, Bloglovin' has a whole rating system going on that shows you the top blogs and posts from different kind of categories such as beauty, art, photography, etc.

Click here to move your Google Reader subscriptions to Bloglovin'!


And then there is one that is less known in the beauty blogosphere: Feedly! I personally prefer using Feedly for my subscriptions because of its more user-friendly interface. It marks the post as read as you hover through the title, so you do not have to mark it as read by clicking on every single entry. It is a less social reader as it does not really collect much data of the blogs, so you would not be able to find new blogs like you can on Bloglovin' (They seem to have the search feauture though, just not as advanced as the one from Bloglovin').

Quick glance of the interface. A bit boring to be honest, but it definitely does its job well.

Feedly also allows you to move your Google Reader subscriptions with a single click, but sadly enough they do not have a button to easily add a new subscription to your feed. It is still fairly easy to follow new blogs though, all you have to do is click the '+Add Content' button and add the URL of the website. This is also where the search feature is if you want to look for new blogs, but I am honestly not too sure about it yet.

Click here to move your Google Reader subscriptions to Feedly!
Hope this will help you guys a little with finding a substitute for Google Reader so that we can stay in touch!


*Milk; London beauty haul

As promised, today I will share with you some of the things that I bought whilst in London!

Base makeup has always been a weakness of mine and as you can see I could not resist the temptation when I went into Space NK. The first brand that I gravitated towards was 'By Terry'. Two of my favourite British beauty gurus, ViviannaDoesMakeup and Gh0stparties have raved about 'By Terry' products and so I wanted to try a few things out as well. I picked out the 'Cover Expert' foundation and the 'Touch Expert Advanced' concealer and oh man, do I looooove the concealer! Hands down best undereye concealer I have used so far! It covers without looking or feeling heavy and the shade is just perfect for covering dark circles.

Next, I also picked up another bottle of the 'Nars' Sheer Glow Foundation which is my favourite every day foundation and I also asked the sales assistent at Space NK to recommend me a good silicone-free primer and she recommended me the 'Pro-Prime' primer also from Nars. The primer compliments Sheer Glow very well and gives a very natural flawless finish.

The last face product that I got is the 'Kevyn Aucoin' The Creamy Glow cream blush in the shade 'Tansoleil'. I haven't had time to play with it yet, but am very excited! I really wanted to try a cream blush for the summer and read amazing reviews on this one.

I bought the 'Real Techniques' stippling brush to use in conjuction with the 'Kevyn Aucoin' cream blush because it's the perfect size!

Another 'Kevyn Aucoin' product, the expert lip color in the shade 'Blood Roses'. As the name already suggests, it iss the perfect shade of dark, burgundy red.

This 'Giorgio Armani' Flash Lacquer in '521' is also one of my favorite purchases. It doesn't feel tacky at all but still manages to give pretty good color pay-off. The shade selection is also very nice and if I had any money left I would definitely have bought another one!

I already mentioned this one in my London wishlist post and I ended up purchasing the shade 'Lovesick'. I can see why a lot of people love these, but is it me or does it smell a bit like toothpaste?

Another ViviannaDoesMakeup inspired purchase. These two shades are 'Satsuma' and 'Green Berry'.

Finally got my hands on the 'Paul & Joe Nail Enamel in shade '14'. I have been oogling swatch photos of this shade and it looks just as pretty in real life if not prettier. It is a bright raspberry red with ultra-fine mutli-colored shimmer. It compliments fair skin so well.

I had a full-sized tube of this 'Origins' Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask before, but it expired before I finished up using the entire tube so this time I bought the 50ml tube at Harrods. I have been using it almost every other night and fell back in love all over again. Such a great 'lazy girl' mask if you know what I mean.

Last but not least, my first 'Jo Malone' fragrance! I have never been a big fan of perfume because I have a very sensitive sense of smell, but have heard so many people with the same problem say that Jo Malone do fantastic light and unique fragrances that I just had to take a whiff of while I was there. And yes it's true, they all smell amazing and are non-offensive to my nose. The scent I ended up getting is the 'Nectarine Blossom & Honey' one.


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