APRIL FAVORITES

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Hello people!
Seems like we’ve a lot of catching up to do. So let’s get started with my April monthly favourites, shall we?

Zara Coat

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I fell in love with this Chanel-esque frock coat from Zara since it effortlessly elevates any outfits and makes you look so chic. It is not very warm though, so it is perfect for spring season. In the picture I was wearing a warm sweater inside since it’s always cold here in The Hague anyway.
I’ve tried to find the link but they don’t have it anymore in this colour. But you can still check their other coats with similar style now at Zara’s webshop!

Fossil – Emma Satchel Bag

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Anyone who follows my instagram or my friends IRL must have noticed that I’ve been wearing this bag non.stop. This is such an amazing leather bag in quality and size. Yes, THE SIZE! I swear it fits everything… My essentials, makeup pouch, my Canon G7X camera, my fat Senz umbrella, and whatnot. It also looks so classic and a little bit preppy which I like: it tones down the whole look and makes the overall outfit be low-key chic. Fossil is an amazing brand for high quality leather goods in quite an affordable price.

Get the bag HERE.

MEMO – French Leather

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This is everything I want in a perfume. Imagine you sitting in cosy parisian cafe, there is bouquet of roses on a table, you’re in love and you waiting for your lover, you opening your leather purse grabbing red lipstick. This is MEMO French Leather! MEMO is such an amazing niche brand with superior quality fragrance. What I love the most is their formula: you can smell the scents so solidly since the first spray. There is no “alcoholic” smell at all like all other perfumes, meaning that their perfume oil content is that high. I have mentioned about this brand from my Babassu review here. I decided to get the French Leather since it truly represents my personality: full of contradiction. It’s so hard to describe.. but it has those fresh and floral scents from lime, pink pepper, and rose, yet dark and smooth like brown suede and leather. The scent blends in my skin perfectly and it stays all day long!
The price is quite steep for a 75ml eau de perfume, but I should say it is worth every single penny and I would definitely repurchase once I finish with it. Because that’s how much I love it.

Get the perfume HERE or directly on their website HERE.

Cluse – La Vedette Mesh Full in Rose Gold

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I’ve been looking for a perfect small sized watch that is not too flashy but still look dressy. I tried to purchase the one from Bering at de Bijenkorf but it was completely out of stock 😦 Luckily I’ve found a similar one from Cluse for a more affordable price! And it is also less pinkish which I like because it is more neutral and blends so much more naturally on my skin tone.

Get the watch HERE.

LUSH – Celestial moisturiser

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Hands down. This moisturiser does wonders to my sensitive – dry skin. I ran out of my usual I’m From Vitamin Tree Watergel and my skin was really in need for more hydration. So I then tried this moisturiser from Lush, which I was so scared to begin with because Lush skincare for me is a hit-and-miss, since my face is sensitive to perfume and you all know Lush is so much about that fragrant life. I’ve tried the Million Dollar moisturiser in the past but it just stayed on the surface of my skin and the face still got flakey, so I gave it up. But Celestial is a WOW. This calms my skin immensely that the redness on my skin is so much less now, and it keeps my skin supple and dewy all day long! Another big plus, it’s non-fragranced. Now I can not have a day without it.

Get Celestial HERE.

The Ordinary – Niaciamide 10% + Zinc 1%

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This skincare line from Deciem has been taking over the internet recently and I can understand why. They offer this straight forward skincare products – mostly serums -with different active ingredients in very affordable prices (I bought this one for only around 6 euro). And they work. I picked this one with Niaciamide, which is a part of vitamin B group, to help lighten my acne scars. We all know Vitamin C is a very effective ingredient to fight with hyper pigmentation, but unfortunately my sensitive skin can not take it 😦 even a low dosage of L-ascorbic acid (the most common vitamin C derivative) can get my skin red, blotchy, and itchy :(( So I opted for Niaciamide instead and it works well! My skin doesn’t react to it and although the progress is not dramatically fast, I can already see some good improvement on my acne scars.

Get the serum HERE.

Walter Benedict

I also found new favourite place to hang out in The Hague! It is a french bistro Walter Benedict at Denneweg. They offer diverse lunch and dinner menu, a nice list of wine, decent coffee, and soothing lounge French music. The interior is so cozy too! It is like a more grown-up hip place 😉

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then the last but not least….

Lovewave – 그 밤 (The Night)

Open the link only when you want to fall asleep fast. This is one of those songs that you’d want to listen to during those sleepless nights. Everything in this song is extremely soothing. Give it a try!

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So finally this post has to come to an end, and I’m so happy to have shared with you, you lovely people! And if you enjoy my content here, you can also check my Instagram page (@heyhegia) because I post pictures daily there, and let’s be friends! 🙂
Hope to see you again soon,

xx

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MARCH FAVOURITES

Hello all!
The month of March has just passed, and it means the time for another monthly favourites! Some products that are mentioned here actually are my re-discoveries, meaning that I have owned them for quite a long time but I just happened to love using them so much (again) lately.

So, without further a do, let’s start with..

MOLTON BROWN – PINK PEPPERPOD BODY WASH

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I got this in 30ml sample size and I love how it smells and how it makes my skin feel! I recently just treated myself a new (again!) perfume from MEMO which has pink pepper essence, so I think it would be nice to have similar scents in the body products I use.
Here in Holland you can find Molton Brown at De Bijenkorf or Babassu.

CHARLOTTE TILBURY – LIP CHEAT “PILLOW TALK”

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This is basically the perfect lip liner for me. It is waterproof, so it doesn’t smear everywhere which is a BIG plus. The colour is sooooo pretty and natural. I can wear it alone or before my lipstick. Here in Holland you can find Charlotte Tilbury makeup at De Bijenkorf.

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TOM FORD – LIPS AND BOYS LIPSTICK “COLLIN”

Okay, so the first thing that attract me the most is from Tom Ford’s Lips and Boys line is the size. It is so cute, so small, yet sophisticated. The lipstick itself glides super smooth like butter on my lips. And the colour “Collin” is something that I reach out every day, keep it in my beauty pouch everywhere I go. It’s that nude pink which is not too warm not too cool, just very very versatile. It’s just like my lips but better.
Here in Holland you can find Tom Ford makeup at De Bijenkorf (again).

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LAURA MERCIER – MATTE RADIANCE BAKED POWDER HIGHLIGHT -01

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This is the first highlight that I ever purchased. I had been very rarely use them because again, I’m an advocate for naturally glowing skin. BUT, there are times when I also want that extra glow-from-within, since I want it to still looking natural. And this one from Laura Mercier is the right choice, since it shows more like a sheen to the skin rather than those super reflective, glittery, metallic finish that I see too much happening on Instagram girls. Again, you can get Laura Mercier makeup at De Bijenkorf.

On the picture below I’ll show you the places i apply the highlighter on, and I applied them using my fingers. I generally use my fingers rather than using brushes or sponges. It gives me more control over it and also gives off a more natural finish to the skin.

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WEEKDAYS JEANS

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To be honest, I always stayed away from wearing jeans since it was always difficult to find the perfect pair for my unique body type. I also find jeans pants very stiff and uncomfortable to wear. But finally I’ve found my perfect pair, it felt like they are indeed meant to be mine.. I found them at WEEKDAYS, in their smallest size: w26 L28. Everything about these jeans just sit right on me, the length is a liiiitle bit long but not quite a problem, and the waistline is perfect! Normally I always find a “gap” between my lower back and the pants but not with this one as you can see in the pictures. And they are super flexible and comfortable too! I’ve been rocking these pants non-stop since then.

I also want to show you 2 Korean thriller series that I had been enjoying so much in the month of March! These series have already ended by this time so you can do a series marathon after this (but only if you want to…)

VOICE

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I am an avid fan of serial killer series/movies. Like, REALLY. I’ve watched almost every Korean serial killer series and movies. And this is one of them. The story is about Moo Jin-Hyuk, a detective whose wife was brutally murdered by a serial killer, and Kang Kwon-Joo, a voice-profiler whose father was also murdered by the same killer. Together they tried to solve some cases that would finally lead them to catch the killer that is responsible for the deaths of their family members.

DEFENDANT

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This series is about  Park Jung-Woo, a prosecutor, who got falsely accused for murdering his family, and sentenced to death. One day, he wakes up and finds himself in locked up at the police station. He has temporary amnesia. He must struggle to prove his innocence and find the truth behind what happened to his family that night. This series started a bit slow at the first episodes but it really got better and better. It is more “polished” than Voice, but it will still make you at the edge of your seat.

Now since the two series were finished, my life feels empty again… But thankfully there is this new drama replacing Voice which is also pretty darn good!! It’s called “Tunnel”. So I still have something interesting to watch in my free time (which is almost non-existent..)

Okay, it’s a wrap! It’s a bit lengthy but I hope you enjoy it. Feel free to drop any comments down below to share your March favourites too!

Until next post,
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FEBRUARY FAVORITES

I’m back with monthly favourites! A little bit delayed, but I hope you don’t mind 😀 let’s start now with:

 

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Becca x Jacclyn Hill Face Palette
You know how tons of women out there have been loving Champagne Pop highlighter, a Becca collaboration with Jaclyn Hill. Now it has come even better, in a full face palette! I got myself this gorgeous palette in Sephora in Paris last December. It is such a good value for money since you get five gorgeous shades in one palette, including the Champagne Pop highlighter! Honestly, I only wear highlighter for special occasion or photoshoots, since I am an advocate for naturally glowing skin. Hence for daily use, I find myself reaching for the shade Amaretto most of the time and I use it as an eyeshadow. It is the most flattering shade for my skin tone and eye color! But honestly, you can use all the shades here as blushers, highlighter, or eye shadows. Very very versatile. That’s why I like it so so much. The pigmentation is amazing and the formula is soft and easy to blend.

Get the palette here.

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Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Serum
In February my skin got super super dry and tight, I could always manage it by using my usual skincare routine. But I then remembered that I hadn’t always been using this Klairs serum, so I tried to incorporate this serum regularly every day and it has made such a HUGE difference to my skin! My skin loves hyaluronic acid, it is an amazing component that will deeply hydrate, secure moisture inside your skin, making it so plump and glowing. Thanks to its unique ability to hold in moisture (1000 ml of water per gram of hyaluronic acid). I can’t recommend this serum enough. I love my glowing skin. It is also suitable for all skin types, taking into account that it works even on my sensitive skin.

You can get this serum from Wishtrend. Use code 0813925911 when creating a wishtrend.com account and receive $5 to spend on anything at WISHTREND!
*Click the link to create your account: https://secure.wishtrend.com/?s=0813925911

 


Swarovski Energic Pierced Earrings
I received this beautiful pair of earrings from my husband on Valentine’s day 🙂 Therefore they mean a lot for me, and I’ve been loving wearing them. They are gold plated, warm toned, and the crystals reflect the light beautifully.

 

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I’ve been obsessed with rose products lately, including this absolutely delicious Rose tea from Yogi Tea. Tasted so good, luxurious, and calming at the same time!
If you live in Holland you can always find Yogi tea at any supermarkets. But you can also get the tea here.

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Lush shower gel
I love my Lush shower gel/cream collection. But this one is my absolute favourite (and my husband’s too!). We almost run through it, that shows how much we’ve been loving it. It is hard to describe its smell…it’s a rich combination of floral, exotic fruit, and sandalwood! My way to express it is, it smells “warm and sensual”. It almost feels like I am being hugged. Okay, sorry if it doesn’t make any sense but try it yourself, you’ll know what I mean.
Get the shower gel here.

And lastly….

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For the month of February I’ve been loving this Japanese dorama “Rakuen” (means: Paradise). As you know, my favourite genre is thriller, mystery, suspense, and crime. This dorama includes them all. It only consists of 6 episodes, so it’s short and will never get you bored. The start will be a little bit confusing and all over the place, but trust me, they will all be connected and you will be so curious about what will be happening next.

Here is the synopsis of Rakuen:

An incident is talked about all over Japan. The case involves the Doisaki couple that killed their 15-year-old daughter and hid her body under their house for 16 years. One day, housewife Toshiko Hagiya visits Shigeko Maehata (Yukie Nakama) who works for a small editing company. Toshiko tells Shigeko that her 12-year-old son Hitoshi might have a special ability to see other people’s memories. She pulls out a picture drawn by Hitoshi. The picture has a girl with a grey colored face lying in a house that has a bat shaped weather vane on its roof. The picture seems to depict the incident involving the Doizaki couple. Shigeko decides to do some research, but Hitoshi dies in a car accident. Meanwhile, the attorney for the Doisaki couple tells their second daughter Seiko that the couple has cut off all ties with her. Around that time, a female high student is confined.

Okay, is it enough to get you curious? 😀 watch it yourself, and after you finish watching it, the title “Paradise” will eventually make sense.

That’s it for February favourites! Thank you for reading my blog and hope it is useful and informative 😀 See you again soon,

xxHegia

JANUARY FAVORITES

Hello!

I’d like to announce that starting now I will have this Monthly Favorites segment, showing things I have been into or loving so much in that month. It can be anything from beauty items to lifestyle, product reviews and recommendations!  I love watching this type of segment so much by my favourite Youtubers out there, and I think why not doing the same thing here on my blog? 😀 So, without further ado, let’s GO!

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I purchased this agenda from Sissy-boy, how i can be more Dutch than this? :))) But I indeed really need an agenda that has monthly overview and daily columns as well. It has made my life so much easier and organised. There are also blank pages for every week and it allows me to write down my other necessities like shopping lists and blog plans. The size of this agenda is also perfect, not too small that I can barely write anything or too big that can not fit in my handbag.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
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Finding the perfect foundation has been quite a journey for me. I want my foundation to still look like skin: natural finish that still allows my skin to breathe but still covers some of my imperfections if needed. I’m always so careful to try new brands since I have an acne-prone skin. Last year I had used my Hello Flawless! from Benefit up but even though I loved how it makes my skin super glowy, it oxidised so much and broke down easily during the day. I then switched to Klairs BB cream, which i liked a lot, but the shade (sadly they only came up with one shade!) did not seem quite right. So after doing my research, I ended up with this foundation from Giorgio Armani and YASS… now I understand why it has become a cult favourite. It feels so light on my skin, and it glides on soooo… smoothly like a dream. The finishing is silky and luminous (like its name) with a medium coverage that is buildable and non-cakey, perfect for my dry skin. The staying power is also quite impressive. I wear it all day to work and still looks good at the end of the day, no colour breakdown like Benefit’s one does. It also came out in plenty of shades so there is always something for everyone. I myself use shade number 4, and purchased it from de Bijenkorf.

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I can not stress more the importance of skin exfoliation! Unfortunately my sensitive skin can not handle grainy types of exfoliator quite well (and truth is, that abrasive method is not so good for your skin!). So as I explained on my skincare routine post before, I use low concentration AHA and BHA exfoliants instead. But in some days my skin gets extra dry and flaky, which makes my makeup application so difficult to be smooth. And somehow it happened a lot in January as the weather has gotten super cold here. So I rubbed this peeling gel on my face and then rinse it off with water just before I apply my makeup on and the dead skin flakes went away like no one’s business! After that I can smear my foundation so smoothly. It is so gentle on my skin and no irritation whatsoever. It contains lemon, aloe vera and witch hazel extract, and some different vegetable extracts. I actually bought this last year when I was in Indonesia and re-discovered its magic just recently 😀

By Terry Baume de Rose Nutri-Coleur baume

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First thing to say, I never in my life bought a lip balm as expensive as this one from By Terry. BUT, there is price and there is quality. I’ve read a lot of good reviews about Baume de Rose online, and had a high hope about it when I decided to give it a try. I am that person that always put lip balm on before bed, before makeup, and any time in between, since my lips are naturally so dry and chapped (even in humid environment). I have tried many brands I could find under the sun, but always end up with Vaseline. That’s until i tried Baume de Rose. Seriously, it is that amazing. Even better than Vaseline. It’s not like those lip balms that feels just like butter sitting on your lips doing nothing, or oil that sinks and then gone. I will try to explain how it feels even though it might sound a bit weird: Baume de Rose works like a “glue” that keep the skin of your lips intact, elastic, and solid. Not like Vaseline that I always need to slather it on in a thick layer every time, you’d only need a tiny bit of Baume de Rose and it’s enough. The tint – I have in Bloom Berry – is also more pigmented than I thought it would be. I will definitely repurchase it again! If you are living in Holland, you can order it online at Babassu (ps: they have a huge collection of niche-luxury beauty brands! You’ve been warned ;))

Lush Fresh Face Mask – Love Lettucelush1

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You know how much I love Lush fresh face mask. For this January I’ve been in love with Love Lettuce one. It contains lavender to help balance my skin out, clay for deep cleansing, and chlorophyl with all its goodness. After leaving it for 20 minutes and rinse if off with water, my skin feels so soft and buttery. I find this effect very common in Lush mask products. Sometimes I like it, sometimes I don’t. BUT, since my skin gets very dry this month I find this effect very lovely and it doesn’t break me out. There are some almond grains in the mask that you can massage and exfoliate your skin with, but since I am not a big fan of scrubs, I skip the exfoliating massage thing 😀 I would recommend this mask for people with all skin types since it is so versatile and leaves your face as soft as baby skin!

and then….the last favourite of the month is……

GOBLIN!!! (The Lonely and Great God)

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I’m a big fan of Asian drama series, although I tend to watch a not-so mainstream one. I watch mostly thriller, mystery, and crime dramas. But sometimes I like to watch the popular ones, like this Goblin. The storyline is okay, but the cinematography is seriously pleasing, the acting of all the actors are convincing, and of course, the bromance comedy here and there makes this drama so entertaining to watch.

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I have a feeling that the director should have directed many music videos before since all the shots and sets were so aesthetic. But all of those still can not be complete without the beauty of Gong Yoo ❤ He’s like a Greek god statue but in Asian form :))) The drama has just ended recently and we are all left so happy with everything that happened!

 

So that wraps the post of things I’ve been loving in January. Hope you find this useful in some way. How about you? What was your favourite thing in January?

xxHegia