Thursday, April 30, 2015

How to Make Lasagna, Recipe in one Picture







I recently learned that although lasagna seems like a complicated meal to make, actually it is not, at all! 

To assemble the dish:

1) Boil lasagna noodles or sheets, the ones you can get at the supermarket, for about 2 minutes,

2) Spread tomato sauce on the base of a baking pan, 

3) Cover it with the previously boiled lasagna sheets

4) Put the spinach mixture shown in the picture all over the lasagna noodles,

5) Cover with another layer of lasagna sheets,

6) Add chopped mozzarella and ham

7) Cover this with another layer of lasagna sheets,

8) Add the sauce you prefer with your pasta and lots of Parmesan cheese on top,

9) Into the oven it goes until golden.

So, to sum it up even more: Lasagna sheets - spinach filling - lasagna sheets - ham and mozzarella - lasagna sheets again - sauce and Parmesan. Done!

You can always freeze portions or half of what you made ready for later use. 

Have you ever made lasagna? Will you try to make it? Can you tag me on Instagram and show me a picture of your lasagna if you do make it? :) That would be great! Thanks!























P.S. Spinach Tart , How to Ricotta Gnocchi and Flan, with only 5 ingredients


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

La Roche-Posay: 2 Sunscreens, an Eye Concentrate and a Lip Repairing Cream



I know, it's hard to believe my La Roche-Posay posts are not sponsored because I keep featuring them! Truth be told, I really like their products and, so far, they have worked very well on my face without a fail.

Over the years, I've become a fan of La Roche-Posay products. I'd heard about the brand before but never had tried it, just because the price range was a bit higher up than what I was willing to spend on skin care.

A few years passed, and I saw Lisa Eldridge on youtube talking about La Roche-Posay, among other brands, that she recommended in the video. So, coming from her, the expert!, I gave it a try and really liked it. As if that weren't enough, my dermatologist gave them her seal of approval. That is when I decided to increase my budget for the skin care area!

Like I said in my previous post, My YouTube driven purchases # 2, this is a brand that specializes in sensitive skin. You can trust that its components will be good to you, that won't cause break outs, or give any type of bad reactions to the skin, so you can understand why I recommend them too.

Whenever I need a specific cream, or sunscreen, for myself or my family, I first go to my local Pharmacy, and look through La Roche-Posay's line, just because it has given me very good results. Today, for example, I bought a lip cream called Ceralip, lip repair cream by La Roche-Posay, for my boys who usually have dry lips.



I first tested it on me. It's a clear gel, very gentle and it doesn't have any scent. It's hydrating but it absorbs quickly. I am counting on every one of these reasons to get my kids to let me put this cream on their lips. You know how fussy kids can be, especially boys, about creams and lotions! Will report back on how it helps their currently dry lips. Check out my instagram and my more recently acquired account on twitter (be warned) @eclecticalu and follow me for updates! :)





























Their Sunscreen is my favorite for summer. These ones on the picture above are great for combination to oily skin, although if you have dry skin you can use the one on the right, which is not as matte as the other one. First hydrate/nourish, then apply sunscreen.

Anthelios XL Matte extreme fluid is great for combination to oily skin because it is completely matte. I am using my second tube now. It has high protection and it worked perfectly during summer. The only thing that may bother some people (not me!) is that it leaves a white cast on your face. You can always use a BB cream or a tinted moisturizer over it if you are concerned about this. I usually go for Origins Tinted Moisturizer like I said in the School run post. However, if you apply it carefully you can minimize the "pale face" look.

Anthelios XL Tinted fluid is also great for combination skin because is matte but not as much as the other one. This one has a light tint and you can avoid the paler look using this option. I use them both and are great at avoiding possible sun damage.























I finally found a hydrating treatment for my under eye area that is not anti-wrinkle. I was looking, for the longest time, for and eye concentrate like this. Hydraphase Intense Yeux is super hydrating, anti-eye bags, and anti-fatigue. I've been using it for a month now and I am very happy with the results. The skin under the eyes feels stronger and not as fragile and dry as before. It doesn't have any scent, which I prefer, and it keeps the area very hydrated.

Have you ever tried these products? What do you think ?



P.S. A Mother's Day Gift Suggestion




Friday, April 24, 2015

YouTube Driven Purchases # 2

























I recently wrote a post about YouTube, and its effect on us, listeners / watchers / subscribers. Since it was quite popular, here on my blog, I decided to continue down the same road today.

These women can have an impact on: what products and tools we get, what make-up to try, what skin care brands to use, or even what books to read. You tube, if used well, has become a source of information, so relevant, that can shape our buying decisions.

Anyways, here are a few of my, above mentioned, repercussions of YouTube on my decisions when buying things!





First up, tools: nail clippers, nail polishes, brushes, buffers, and the list goes on.





























Lisa Eldridge has been a great influence on my purchases, not only the ones showed above. Her channel also gives all sorts of useful tips. For instance, I was introduced, by her videos, to the concept of diy face massaging and its benefits, there's an excellent video she made about it. Or even, an extensive guide on things you can do for your skin during a long flight, and many other equally valuable tips and tricks..

La Roche Posay is a great quality brand. These products do exactly what they promise on the bottles and are very good for my skin. I decided to give it a try, a few years ago, because both, Lisa Eldridge, and Ruth Crilly at A Model Recommends said that it was worth the try. My question is: would I be writing about La Roche Posay today if it weren't for youtube? I doubt it.































Miss Glamorazzi, in spite of being so young, she has been around for a while now. Ingrid, is in her early twenties, and she has evolved, and grown so much so, as to make a living from producing videos about make-up, fashion, food and recipes, and other topics, as well. Her New York videos are my favorite to watch and I recommend them, very well done Ingrid! She has talked about many products but every time I think of brands like Victoria's Secret, Covergirl or Maybelline her name comes to my mind. Pretty powerful.

The same happens with Anna Saconne, or Saconne-Joly. Her husband has a very popular YouTube channel called the Saconnejolys, where you get a daily front row seat of their lives. They are such a sweet, fun and down to earth family. Friendliest friend here! (That's how they call their subscribers). Ana is a fan of Estee Lauder. And since watching her, using products by this a brand, I got a few that I really like. Again, YouTube in my purchases! And it's all right, because these are all great recommendations.

Caroline Hirons is the skin care expert on the YouTube world. Her channel and blog are a great resource for learning about brands and products worth buying. She also explains skin care in the simplest way possible, so I learned a lot through her.

Organized like Jen, Jennifer Ross, is the reason why I have a much more organized home now, and why I make spinach squares! However, the main purchase I did after watching one of her videos was a book by Oh Joy! called Blog Inc. 




After reading this book, I decided to write my own blog. So, I have a lot to thank them, and you wouldn't be reading this, if it weren't for Jennifer Ross and Oh Joy! Aha, there! See how cool YouTube can be? That is, if you like my blog. Which, by the way, if you do, please enter your email on the right to follow it! Thank you very much.

I am curious to know if you have bought things or done things because of YouTube, and also, what are your thoughts about all this? 



P.S. A spring & summer fragrance in the best spray bottle and My YouTube driven purchases # 1

Thursday, April 23, 2015

28 Roles of Mothers



So many times I've heard my mom saying that mothers have lots of roles. Well, since becoming a mother of two boys, I've come to learn exactly what she meant by that. 

Mother's Day is coming soon in the U.S. so I thought that may be it's a good moment for appreciating their hard work and the importance mums, moms, mummies, or mamas have in our upbringing. 

Besides being sensitive, compassionate, caring, and our unconditional emotional support, mothers have many more practical roles. Here are a few of them. Some of them are funny, some are pretty serious, others are obvious, but they are all important. Do you think that I forgot one? Please, let me know in the comments. Of course, this very much applies to some fathers and anyone that is in charge of nurturing the daily lives of little ones.  

Medium: (aha! I surprised you?) Mothers know best, so, don't ask me why, or how. They just do.

Teacher: We teach things that we know about, and for the rest, we have our best friend called google.

D.I.Y. Expert: Even if, like me, you have absolutely no skills at D.I.Y related tasks.

Tailor: One that works, mainly sewing buttons, when everybody is asleep.

Clown:  Especially when they are babies and toddlers.  

Cheerleader: Always present at every ball game or concert or school play. 

Hero: Only until they are 4, maybe with luck, 5 years old. After that you will be judged, take my words for it.

Disciplinarian: Some times we need to be the bad guy.

Best friend

Confidant

Psychologist

Nutritionist: What a huge responsibility it is  to be in charge of a balanced meal. No wonder we are always looking for healthy meals, preferably quick ones, keep in mind all the roles we have! By the way, check out my , kids approved spinach tart.

Cook: Of course, unbeatable, simply the best around (especially when there is literally no body around who cooks :)

Professional photographer: We specialize in school plays, anything school related and birthdays. Also, first time children do things like walking, riding bikes and so on.

Party planner

Waitress

Hairdresser

Dresser/stylist 

Homework assistant

Homework enabler

Homework police, really

Housekeeper

House-cleaner

Washer and Dryer: Especially after all the D.I.Y, homework, and nutritionist roles, above mentioned, have been executed.

Taxi: To and from school, friends houses, and anywhere our kids have to go.

Luggage carrier: Primarily backpacks.

Nurse: We are the best at putting bandages in place, essentially when they are used solely to make them feel better, and even if they don't need them. We also administer whatever the doctor ordered: antibiotics, diets, etc.

Doctor: Telling the doctor what we think our children need and describing symptoms to a tee, only to find out it's not exactly what we thought. This is because sometimes we are wrong, but that's what real doctors are for!

24 hours, 7 days a week support of any kind

Did I miss a role? What do you think? Let me know in the comments!



P.S. Parents, relax. Give your kids a chance to be bored and School run, rise early and shine.




Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Spring & Summer Fragrance in the Best Purse Spray Bottle




Have you tried Elie Saab, Le Parfum? If you are looking for a happy, floral, and delicate scent, this one may be it. I use it mainly during spring and summer. It's floral, fresh, feminine and just elegant. The description of the scent reads "sparkling facets of mandarin tree blossom, gardenia and vetiver that blend harmoniously with warm honey rose." The golden, purse spray comes with two refills of 0.67 oz each.



Besides the fragrance being cool and different the bottle in which this version comes, is so ingenious, and may be, my favorite thing about this perfume. I like that you have to twist for it to open and close. It's such a beautiful and convenient way to carry perfume in my bag! 

The bottle has a very sleek and modern design that is reminiscent of a top technology device, so my kids joke about it. They hum the Mission Impossible movie song, while taking the spray out of my purse, pretending to open it in a top-secret-gadget kind of way. Sort of a secret weapon from 007. As you can see, to me, it's even fun to use. 





































Do you have a favorite perfume for the spring and summer months? Which one is it? 


P.S.  My YouTube driven purchases, and My Tried and Trusted (aka favorites)

*Not sponsored.


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Friday, April 17, 2015

A Spinach Tart Recipe That Kids Love







In the post "A Trick to Get your Kids to Eat Veggies"  I say that I make a spinach tart or pie that my kids love. Well, this is my secret weapon in regards to veggies. I may or may not have added different vegetables in the past, without them noticing, but definitely did.  

It is workable that way. You can add grated carrots or any new vegetable that you want to introduce to them (broccoli or eggplant) in the mixture and it will not be visibly obvious! The important thing is that they taste it, realize that they like it, and only then you tell them what vegetables they are eating and most importantly, liking. OK enough conspiracy, for now.

You can use your imagination and add whatever you wish. I make one with eggs, ham and cheese, and another one with onions and fish which is very good also. Just be creative, it'll turn out well, once you get the hang of making tarts you'll be coming up with new ones very often.

Ingredients 
Disclaimer: there's a lot of eyeballing in this recipe, to me, it's as easy as making rice or boiled eggs.

Onions: 2 or 3 big ones.
Spinach: 1 or 2 bags depending on how thick/tall you want your tart to be. I used 1.
Eggs: 2 raw and 3 boiled
Parmesan cheese: a bit less than a cup, more cheese is good, less is fine too.
Ricotta cheese or liquid cream : again a bit less than a cup.

How to make it

First, steam the spinach. Squeeze all the water from it. Sautè the finely chopped onions with olive oil and a bit of butter. Once the onions are cooked, put them in a bowl with the spinach. Add the parmesan and ricotta cheeses, the 2 raw eggs and stir all the ingredients together with salt, pepper and any spices you like. I like nut meg, especially with spinach.

Place the bottom layer of the dough in a tart pan and spread the filling. Cut up the 3 boiled eggs and situate them over the spinach mixture. Cover everything with the other dough disc. Stick the edges of the dough by pressing them together one over the other.




Bake it until brown or for 20-30 minutes in a medium to high preheated oven.

In case you make the dough
Second disclaimer: I now become the queen of eyeballing, be warned.

Flour: about 2 cups. 
Salt: 1 teaspoon.
Milk or water: add as much as the dough needs but start with...1/2 cup. 
Olive oil: approximately 1/2 cup, sometimes more, depending on how much flour you use.

Start by whisking together salt and flour. With your fingers, or a spoon, make a hole in the middle and pour olive oil and milk. Stir in and knead until a ball forms. Separate the dough into two balls and roll them out into discs. Done!

Do you like vegetarian tarts? Do you usually make them? What ingredients do you use? Let me know in the comments.



P.S. If you are interested: How to make Argentine Empanadas and Dulce de Leche.



Thursday, April 16, 2015

Parents, Relax! Give Your Kids a Chance to be Bored Once in a While




Have you ever read articles with titles such as "32 ways to entertain your child when it's raining"  or  "How to entertain your kids during the holiday season"? I must admit, I used to be the first to read these type of articles, and take notes!

However, somewhere along the way, I realized that letting them be bored once in a while is actually good for them. How? Well, if I'm honest, my husband reminding me that I am not supposed to be their full-time entertainer, did the trick!

We are so concerned with stimulating their brains and taking every opportunity to teach them new things that we loose sight of one important thing: creativity. Giving them the opportunity to be on their own, learning about themselves through dealing with being bored, is the perfect way for kids to come up with unexpected ways to have fun. Boredom gives way to creativity, and after a few minutes of long bored faces, you'll see them having the best of laughs. It's the perfect set up for generating new ideas and for a developing brain to actually develop!

As for us parents, it is crucial to  resist the temptation of helping them build a fort or even facilitating 100 ideas for DIY projects from time to time. Being a parent does not mean that you have to fulfill every request your child has. Actually, not fulfilling absolutely all of them is what a parent must do in order for kids to grow up.

So, next time they demand entertainment, let's trust that they will come up with something to do, and give them a good 15 minutes, or more, of bored faces before giving a hint of an idea. Whenever they realize that you won't put on your clown costume their creativity will start sparking.

If you are one of those "concerned" parents, like me, next time your kids ask "Mom, what can I do?, I'm bored" we should all tell them that being bored is actually good for them and that we trust that their imagination will come to the rescue. Be warned they can end up doing things like this...




What do you think? Let me know!



P.S. Patient parents, patient kids and School run, rise early and shine!




Tuesday, April 14, 2015

French Pharmacy, The Best for Babies with Sensitive Skin.



I'd like to share this with moms that are on the look for a good shampoo for hair and body that won't irritate baby's scalp or skin. This post is not sponsored! I just thought that if I knew this before my son needed it, it would have been great for him.

A year ago I noticed that my youngest boy had an itchy scalp. I switched his shampoo a couple of times to two different ones that seemed more "natural", and "gentle on babies hair" but didn't work, at all.

So, I did what concerned moms usually do, and took him to his pediatrician. He told me to get a specific shampoo for babies by Klorane and to "please stay away from anything Johnson & Johnson or any of those shampoos branded for babies that you can get at the supermarket."  So I did.

I got Klorane Baby Gentle Foaming Gel, for body and hair.  This gentle, foaming gel which is for babies' hair and body was God sent. As soon as I used it on him, his hair stopped itching, and it worked very well with his dry skin too. It smells divine! The scent is fresh, relaxing and sweet. I guess it smells like a recently bathed baby with clean clothes and all! You know, that sweet yummy scent. Plus, it leaves the hair shiny and clean.


Its main ingredient is calendula which is known for its "protective, soothing and repairing properties". This preservative, soap, and paraben free foaming gel is what I kept buying ever since. It comes in a 16.9 fl. oz. (500 ml) and lasts a bit less than a year.




For his dry skin the dermatologist recommended A-Derma Exomega Emollient Lotion 400 ml.  It worked excellently. I highly recommend it. The Rhealba Oat Plantlets extract and other natural ingredients are perfect for calming irritations on atopic and dry skin.

This lotioin leaves the baby's skin like baby skin! Very soft and nourished. If your baby or kid suffers from dry, irritated skin this lotion will repair it instantly. The scent is almost non existent and it isn't greasy at all. It absorbs very quickly and serves as the perfect hand cream for moms!














A-Derma has a super, extra gentle shampoo called A-Derma Exomega Shampooing mousse. I would use this foaming shampoo for very irritated scalps or for smaller babies. It is such a gentle shampoo that it simply wasn't enough for an 8 year old boy's dirty hair. If your baby is in need of the mildest of the mildest this is it.

I hope this was useful for moms out there with sensitive skin kids! You can leave a comment telling me your favorite brands for your little ones and you can also follow eclecticalu by email. Thank you!  :)















Friday, April 10, 2015

My YouTube Driven Purchases


Do you buy things because of YouTubers' recommendations? I do! And almost always these are good products that don't disappoint me at all. 

Don't you find it interesting, how YouTube has become so important to our decisions when buying things? I like to think of this as a shift in how publicity, brands and people are communicating. A change for the better. 

You see, to me You tubers are the perfect blend between publicity, entertainment and honesty. Yes, honesty. I know this may come across as being too naive. However, I believe that traditional publicity can be deceiving, whereas many YouTubers prefer to be honest about brands and products in order to keep their subscribers and followers' trust. 

So, while I was doing all this thinking, ( I could continue chatting about this very interesting phenomenon, but I'll spare you the details) I decided to show you some of the products I bought thanks to different YouTuber's recommendations. 


I'd like to start with Essie Button. She is a Canadian, living in London. Fun, down to earth, fun and fun. Did I say fun? I just enjoy watching her videos and vlogs with her boyfriend Aslan and dog Reggie. The products you see in the picture were all recommendations by her. And every single one is good! 

I heard about her from Chelsea Wears who, is a unique YouTuber. She has very interesting and particular appreciations of products and things. Chelsea also runs a retail business called Anomie  and she is extremely real, brutally honest about products and very cool.























MissJennFabulous is the first one I found when I discovered YouTube a few years back. I was searching a specific nail polish and found it. I also found many others, as you can see in the picture! Essie's Mint Candy Apple, and Turquoise and Caicos are my favorites for spring now. OPI's Mrs. O'Leary's Barbecue is one of her favorites, so I gave it a try and liked it. It is a great quality polish that I use mostly during fall and winter.

She specializes in nail art and really knows her nail polish! Everything I bought with her seal of approval worked. Ignoring the fact that she makes nail polish look good because she has the most gorgeous hands, I liked every one I got.























Rachhloves, also Canadian, makes fun videos, with beautiful editing, and very useful information about products and reviews. In one of her happy videos, all of hers are, she reviewed Sally Hansen's miracle gel nail polish, and the top coat you see in the picture. Can you tell I like blue nails?


















I heard of Amelia Liana through Essie Button. At the time, she was wearing Maybelline nail polish and she was saying how good they were. So, I bought one and tested it. Excellent quality at a good price! You see? Good recommendations! Not one disappointment. This is valuable information, YouTube! :) 





















Jenn G aka ellandemmco is very stylish and sweet. She designs beautiful jewelry and has a great taste for home decor, clothes, and of course, nail polish. She first mentioned OPI's Lincoln Park After Dark in a video. Later on I saw Lisalisad1 wearing it. That's how I knew it was going to be a good purchase. Lisa has a very soothing voice, plus she has a southern accent, so the combo results in relaxing videos in my book.





















TiffanyD has made me spend some money through the years, as you can see. But I liked every single one of the products. Hand Food by Soap and Glory is a lovely hand cream that I buy whenever I travel. The same happens with The Healthy Deodorant by Lavanila.  Again, great recommendations. Oh, and one more blue nail polish: OPI's Dating a Royal.



























Leighannsays swears by Wet and Wild nail polishes and Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains. Tried them, liked them. Also, she likes anything holographic, which is why I added holographic looking nail polish in this picture. I trust her opinion on products, so her videos are reminiscent of a friend letting you know about great finds, plus she answers most of the comments!

These are all reliable YouTubers who, more often than not, can give good recommendations and save you time and money. I will mention a few more in upcoming posts, if you are interested.

Do you consult with others before buying products? Which YouTubers' opinions do you trust the most? Leave a comment and let me know.







Thursday, April 9, 2015

How to Ricotta Gnocchi: Only 5 Ingredients



Home made gnocchi with shrimps and herbs. Have you ever tried the kind of soft light pasta that almost melts in your mouth without even chewing? This is it!  It's definitely tastier than getting dry pasta at the supermarket. And is very easy to make! 

These are the ingredients. Only 6! (5 if you count salt and pepper as one :)




Put the flour, salt and pepper, and 2 cups of ricotta cheese in a bowl. Add the egg. Mix until you see that you have a nice and even dough.



Sprinkle a bit of flour on your counter top and cut pieces of dough. Like this.







































































How I cooked the shrimp.

While you wait for the salted water to boil, finely chop a garlic glove and some fresh herbs. I used the ones I have which are rosemary and ciboulette. If you follow me on instagram you will see how I finally kept them away from my bunny! Then, saute them in olive oil and a bit of butter. Add shrimp and cook for a while until you see they are done. You know when they look done, right?



































































Now, carefully put the gnocchi in the boiling water and wait until they look like this (gnocchis on top and foam included)...

























I prefer to drain gnocchi with a skimmer because if you use a colander they might brake. Anyways, gnocchis are delicious no matter the shape.



And that is how you make them. It is pretty easy, isn't it? Have you ever made them? Do you like pasta dishes? Let me know! To keep up to date with what I am working on for the blog you can follow me on instagram and twitter @eclecticalu. 



You might like: flan with dulce de leche and empanadas




Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Patient Parents, Patient Kids: 3 tips








Are you patient with your kids? I thought I was...but it turns out I have to work at it everyday! I wrote a blog post about patience in general if you are interested, and how it is a skill that helps us navigate through life.

May I just say, that I've been practicing patience a lot ever since I became a mother. I feel like I've been receiving a crash course through my kids. They are the most beautiful, sweet, smart creatures on earth but they can sometimes be demanding! Although we teach them about the world and guide them as parents, we can learn a lot about ourselves while raising them.

For one, I tend to be the kind of mother that SHOULD refrain from doing things for them. I constantly struggle with waiting and giving them time and space to let them make mistakes if I ever want them to learn from simple life experiences. Also, sometimes, I am busy doing things and they come to me with requests that I can't fulfill at that specific moment, but I know they come with the best intentions without knowing how my train of thought goes. Which is: " if I don't make dinner now you will go to bed late, and then tomorrow you will have a hard time getting up early for school"...  I'm sure there are lots of similar moments like this during your day too. Here are three very easy concepts to steer us in the right direction and stop the above mentioned train of thought. :)

1) Seeing the innocence in their behavior is key, for us parents, to realize how our kids come to us because they love us. Richard Carlson explains this very well in his book Don't Sweat the Small Stuff. He says that there is no room for patience if you let your thinking follow the snow ball effect path where you end up stressed and anxious. He advises to see the innocence in our kids' requests for attention in order to be able to relax and truly exercise our patience. If you follow my blog, you'll know how much I liked this book. It was full of inspiring information!

2) Practice makes perfect. Apparently, it's all about being determined to be patient. At first, for 5 minutes, then 10 and before you know it you will be patient for a whole day, and so on.

3) Setting the example. Practicing patience regularly will give the best example to our little ones, who more often than not, mimic our behaviors. In turn, we will end up raising patient little people, who can take whatever life brings to them.

I say, let's all give this a try! What situations call for practicing patience in your daily life with your children? Do you have any ideas? Thoughts? Let me know in the comments!






Sunday, April 5, 2015

My Tried and Trusted (aka favorites)


Some old, some new, these products are a safe bet. Some more expensive than others but all worth the purchase. 

Let's start with Estee Lauder´s Automatic Eye Pencil Duo, in jet black. This is my eyeliner of choice. If you are looking for an eyeliner that works perfectly well and that is easy to use, your search may be over. I've been using it for years and years. You can buy the refill cartridge once you run out of color, I'm using my fourth one and counting. It's so creamy and soft it glides on like butter. This eye pencil comes with a smudger on one side and you never have to sharpen the tip, I don't know exactly why, but I just never need to sharpen it. To me it's the perfect eyeliner.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo Cleanser. The fluid milk texture works very well with my normal to oily skin. Since it's free of preservatives and fragrance it is especially good for sensitive skin.  
Please note that I am not at all knowledgeable of skin care so, for that, I recommend following the queen of skin care... Caroline Hirons ' blog and her You Tube channel for expert advice, or your dermatologist. I only know this has worked very well with my type of skin. I have really been enjoying washing my face with this cleanser in the mornings and in the evenings. 

Whenever I wear make up, I use La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution . I do a double cleanse. First, the micellar water, which is great for the eyes also, then the fluid milk cleanser. This mild cleansing water is beautiful to use. It's hydrating and you don't have to rinse it. I usually do so, and then apply my moisturizer. It's paraben free, soap free, colorant free and alcohol free. It is, again, for sensitive skin. You will be surprised at how well it takes all the dirt and make up. It is that good! Plus,it has a very, very! mild floral/clean lovely scent.  

I'm sure you've heard about the great, the one and only... Hand and Nail Cream by CaudalieIt absorbs in less than a minute. It leaves no residue, yet your hands feel nourished and silky soft after use. This hand cream is hard to top. It's made of very good quality ingredients, 98% natural, and it smells fresh and sophisticated at the same time. I cannot recommend this one enough.  In fact, I can't get it where I live so every time I travel, I make a point of bringing a new tube home with me.  


This favorite/empty, Lancome Hydra Zen Nuit has been such a treat to wear every night before bed. It is quite expensive, so I am still trying to find one to replace it. I haven't had any luck so far...will report back if I do. There is something about the scent. It smells... flowery and calming. It is also very moisturizing. The next morning your skin looks different, in a very good way, very nourished. 

My very good friend that works in the cosmetic industry recommended me a local brand. So, I purchased a hand scrub from them. It's called Smily Hands :) Hand Repair Scrub by VZbathandbody, I use it mostly when my hands need  extra care or when I do a full manicure at home. It's hydrating and leaves my hands extra soft and smily :)

Now, onto nail polish. These next three Essie polishes are great for spring and summer or whenever you please, actually. Mint Candy Apple is a fresh, understated, pastel, polish color. 

Splash of Grenadine is just a fun, beautiful, fuchsia pink very much inspired by essiebutton. I wore it on my manicure blog post, if you are interested.

Ballet Slippers is simply elegant.

These three nail polishes are all I wore during this past month.

What are some of your favorite colors to wear on your nails during spring? Do you like darker colors or just pastels during this time of the year? 
What are some of your favorite products? I'm curious to know!



*Not a sponsored post. All product were bought by me. Links are not affiliate.