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If you follow me on social media you probably remember that I spent a few days in Ioannina in November. Ioannina, in the region of Epirus in northern Greece, lies at Pamvotida Lake. Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans shaped its history, but even after Greece’s independence, the city kept its unique Ottoman character.
Facial oils are becoming increasingly popular, but many people are still insecure about whether or not to use oil as part of their skincare and, if so, which one. There are many articles detailing which oil is most beneficial for which skin type, but I wanted to give a general overview of some of the oils I have personally used and easy ways to use oils on the face.
A lot of non-vegans claim that veganism is for a rich elite in Western countries that can afford to shop at fancy health food stores, but the reality is quite the opposite: Meat consumption, in particular, is a sign of wealth (which may be why so many people are unwilling to give up meat).
I recently wrote about my makeup favorites and posted a more general review of vegan and cruelty-free beauty products. In the interest of transparency, I think it's also worth talking about products I absolutely dislike. Not because whether or not I love or hate a product says anything about the actual quality of the product, but because I think that if I explain why I don't like a certain product it might save other people a bit of time and money.
In August, I traveled to Sofia for a long weekend to explore the Bulgarian capital. The best way to do this was by joining not only one but three free walking tours around the city. Free tours are a great way to discover a city because you will have someone knowledgeable tell you all you need to know about a sight to decide if you want to go back later and spend money on it. As these tours are free they’re the ultimate way to save money when you travel, although it’s a nice gesture to leave a small donation at the end as all the guides are volunteers. Since Sofia is not a particularly large city, especially not the areas that are of interest to tourists, it practically lends itself to walking tours which is why it was so easy to do three walking tours over a weekend without getting tired. All the tours were held in English and are worth joining for different reasons as you will find out in this review of three very contrasting free walking tours in Sofia, Bulgaria.
When it comes to clothes, people tend to own far more than they actually wear. Stylists say the average woman wears about 20% of the clothes she owns on a regular basis. And yet, people, especially women, often get ready in the morning feeling like they have nothing to wear. At the end of the day, most people go back to the same clothes they wear most of the time, despite going shopping on a regular basis to get good deals.
Last week I posted about my favorite vegan, cruelty-free, and non-toxic makeup products by German brand lavera, but I wanted to write about more vegan and cruelty-free beauty products, including ones that I haven't been as satisfied with because I believe honest opinions are really important in blogging. That's why today I'm going to be giving you my opinion on several vegan and cruelty-free beauty products.
In my November favorites and December favorites, I mentioned some of my current favorites in makeup, such as the Black Pine concealer by Korres and the lavera loose powder. As I said in my December favorites post, I bought quite a few lavera products when I went to Hamburg last month, and, after using them all regularly, I wanted to post about my favorites.
I like lavera because all their products are organic, non-toxic, and cruelty-free. They have a lot of vegan products, but you should check the labels because there are several products that contain animal-derived ingredients.
2017 was the year of some very short weekend breaks, and this all started in March when we flew to Brussels for less than 24 hours. I had never actually been to Belgium before (other than driving through it), and I wanted to finally see the “capital of the EU.”
I’m not a big fan of December despite the fact that it’s the month I was born. It marks the beginning of the winter, and I don’t care much for the cold. The only highlights of December are my birthday and New Year’s Eve. I did, however, manage to do some things and try some products that I really liked in December so here are my December favorites.
Half Bulgarian Turk, half German living life as an expat in Greece.