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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BOB

This will be a quick post, a tribute to the man who has always been hiding behind the scene.

This is Bob, my husband, the talented man behind many of my pictures.

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So one afternoon when we were just walking around in The Hague, I took over his hefty camera, and started taking pictures of him along the way. Isn’t he so beautiful? 🙂

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But the most important thing is, that he is the man with the purest and gentlest heart I’ve ever met (second after my dad, ofc).

He always makes sure that I am safe and happy.

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He’s got a very tall figure, just like mostly Dutch people, with the height of 192 cm! Making a huge contrast with me who is short… But i guess that’s what high heels for, right?

So now you know who he is.

Because behind every girls’ pretty photos on Instagram, there are always those unrecognised boyfriends/husbands/friends who patiently do the efforts 😉

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His coat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  KIOMI
His backpack . . . . . . . . . . .  FOSSIL

Until next post,

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WHERE TO GO: HUG THE TEA DEN HAAG

Are you an avid green tea lover like I am? There is a perfect tea bar that you need to check out when you are in Den Haag (or The Hague in English). Located in a perfect little corner of Oude Molstraat and Nobelstraat, this tea bar has taken its specialty in serving only organic, premium quality matcha (powdered green tea leaves) products, directly from the Japanese tea farmers.

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Claire & Lisa, the ‘Blending Tea Sisters’ created HUG THE TEA in 2015. You know, I really admire when  young people like them create something and chase after their passion, it makes me feel so inspired and motivated! 😀

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Claire does her matcha mixing routine with a smile 🙂

I went there twice, first time I was there I met Lisa, and the second time Claire was there. They warmly welcomed my friend and me, we also had a nice little chat, and of course, the matcha latte was perfect!

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They also serve some matcha-made sweets, such as cake, biscuits, chocolate, and macaroons! They make a perfect match for the slightly bitter taste of matcha. Do you know that Japanese green tea is not only delightful, but do also have many different health benefits? Drinking green tea everyday helps to keep a healthy body and mind, since it is rich in antioxidants, catechins (EGCg), thein, theanine and vitamin C. It makes a perfect substitute for coffee, since it helps to make you feel that mind alertness but in more stable way ( you know what I mean, when the effect of the coffee starts to “wear off”…)

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Despite a small space it has, you can always find a seat around the windows. I find it so nice, to drink your green tea while looking outside 🙂

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The price is fair, you pay for the quality. A cup of matcha latte + a snack would cost you around 5-7 euros. You can also buy various types of organic premium green tea leaves here. They have a lot of exciting options!

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And different kinds of tea accessories. They are so nicely displayed and I felt like I want to buy everything! :))) (Especially those adorable tea cans….)

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They also hold Matcha Tea Tasting event every the end of the month. You can sign up on its Facebook event to participate and fulfil your passion for green tea! 😀

I personally am so happy to discover this place, since matcha is still very little known in European society. I’ve been craving for it for such a long time and now I know where to go. So thank you Claire and Lisa for creating such a beautiful place! Hope to come again soon and taste another green tea next time. There is still so much to discover 🙂

Hope you enjoy this post, I will start posting more about hidden gems in Den Haag since i love this city so much. Stay tune lovelies and see you soon :*
xxHegia

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.

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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

PENHALIGON’S ELLENISIA

I’ve recently got my hands on this beautiful perfume from Penhaligon’s, which makes it my first perfume from a niche luxury brand category. I should admit, the first thing that got into me was the uber cute packaging! And then the more I looked the brand up, the more interested I became. There is something special with wearing a niche perfume, it feels more secretive, more special. I’ve always been a Chanel no.5 girl but I think now I’m going to turn my back away from the mainstream!

About Penhaligon’s

Founded in 1870 by William Penhaligon, Penhaligon’s are true masters of British perfumery. Going to a Penhaligon’s boutique is an experience in itself. The scents lure passers-by into a magnificent setting that combines a mix of traditional, modern, classic and the unusual—perfectly encapsulating the British quirkiness that Britain is most famous for. The boutiques, located in only the finest places in London, are never the same—each is filled with different nick-nacks and antiques, creating different, eclectic personalities.

Penhaligon’s is exceedingly proud of its British heritage, staying truly old-fashioned from the bottles to their packaging; the spirit of Penhaligon’s founder is still alive in the house today. Moving to London in the 1860’s, William Penhaligon started off as a hairdresser at the famous Piccadilly Turkish Baths on Jermyn Street. With a keen eye for business, he opened a salon nearby and started to create lotions and potions that would attract the finest of clientele—including the royal family. Penhaligon has had a strong connection with the British Royal family, going way back over a century. 

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I’ve ordered some samples before, and I was a bit torn between choosing Artemisia or Ellenisia. But at the end I chose Ellenisia because it makes me feel like I’m wearing a flower bouquet on me! 😀

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As I said, the glass bottle is so pretty and it has “Penhaligon’s” embossed at the back. I got myself in the size 100 ml.

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According to the its website, it has:

Head notes:
Mandarin Zest and Violet Leaf
Heart notes:
Gardenia, Rose, Tuberose And Jasmine
Base Notes:
Nectar And Vanilla

For me, the scent is like a burst of florals, I smell mainly the tuberose. It makes me feel like I am laying on a flower field, with a floral bouquet in my hands. And I love wearing floral perfume, but not a very sweet one since I’d like to feel feminine but not child-like, more of a grown-up feminine but not yet a very mature one. That’s why I don’t like when a perfume is intoxicating. Who wants to feel sexy but nauseous at the same time? :))

BUT, regardless how much I love the scent, there are a couple of things I’m not really in favour with.

  • Although it is an Eau de Parfum, the smell of the alcohol at the beginning is pretty intense. It needs a little bit of time until it is completely gone and unravel the truly beautiful scent of the perfume.
  • It is not that long lasting. Unfortunately 😦 Maybe it has something to do with the point number one, that it has quite a generous amount of alcohol even though it is labeled as an Eau de Parfum. On my skin it lasted for 3-4 hours and then need some reapplication, which is not that handy most of the time. I have tried some other eau de parfum(s) that even lasted on my clothes for 2 days!

Regardless the cons, Ellenisia is still a perfume I’d love to enjoy for a long time, especially at this time of the year when spring is approaching (YAS!!)
So if you are a floral girl like me, it is worth to try and make it as a part of your collection. Penhaligon’s is a beautiful brand and so are other niche luxury brands out there! This is just a start 😉

Get Ellenisia here: https://www.penhaligons.com/us/ellenisia-eau-de-parfum/

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Stay pretty,

xxHegia

PS: all the photos here are created and owned by me. Please do not take any of my photos without any permission. They were made with my hard work and tons of love ❤

WINTER BLUES

This weekend finally snow came down in Holland! And luckily we live nearby the woods that was completely covered in white, it was so magical.

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Here I wore a caped coat I got from a random street shop in Istanbul. And the scarf is of Russian that I got in Moscow. I love the traditional design so much that I bought in four different colours! They are made of combination of silk and wool, making them feel so warm and silky.

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Actually I just realised, that I look like our matryoshka doll in this outfit :))

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You are welcome.

 

Thank you so much for stopping by, see you again on next post!

xxHegia