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Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Road Trip To Amsterdam.

May 4, 2013

I’m still beaming from the road trip I just came back from!

Driving around in a car feels like absolute freedom. If you can’t remember the last time you went on a road trip, then it’s been much too long and you should go on one!

Our driving route took us out of Paris, through the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France, into Bruges in Belgium, and into Amsterdam for three days.

Then, we drove back down through Gent, with a stay in a little deserted beach town in Belgium called De Panne. We laughingly joked that the town should have been called En Panne (meaning, busted/out of order).

Everything about Amsterdam seemed so new and different for me. Honestly, I went there having no idea of what to expect. Which is sometimes the best way to travel.

Of course, Queen’s Day in Amsterdam was stark raving mad!! It may perhaps have been the biggest party I’ve ever seen.

I did set up my goods on the street. I think people were more interested in buying beers than cosmetics. But nevertheless, it was a great experience! And I’m sure with more experience, I’ll get better about my sales pitch 😉

I saw bikes, bikes, bikes! Everywhere bikes! And beautiful canals and boats. And great sunlight.

The vibe in Amsterdam is just so chill. During Queen’s Day, there were lots of people selling their old things. Like clothes!

I felt like I was in garage sale heaven. A girl ended up just giving me an orange Zara coat, and I bought a hardly used Miu Miu bag and a round knitted hat.

Oh the things that I saw!

But sometimes, it’s better to let photos speak for themselves 🙂


Selling In Amsterdam

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Ziba & Cat In The Suitcase

I’m A Hustler, Baby!

April 28, 2013

Happy Sunday, my readers!

As I already mentioned, I’m going on a roadtrip to Amsterdam this week. And I’m really excited about this. But not for any reasons that you might suspect! 😉

I haven’t mentioned this, but… there’s something really cool happening this week in Amsterdam.

On Tuesday, the Dutch are celebrating Queen’s Day!

Yeah, I didn’t know they had a Queen either. But it’s not just any ordinary Queen’s Day. They’re actually getting a new King! This is going to be a festive event of epic proportions. Think of it as their equivalent to Mardi Gras. So as you can imagine, it’s going to be crayzay.

But… that’s not why I’m excited to go. Actually, I’m excited for this day because it is also going to be Free Market Day! It’s an occasion where everyone is free to trade and sell their goods. And I thought this day would be a fun occasion to bring a suitcase full of goods from my shop!

Somehow, the thought of hustling in the streets of Amsterdam is the most delightful aspect of my trip.

But hey, it’s all just for fun. Even if I end up selling jack squat, it doesn’t matter.

What matters is having a blast and meeting lots of fun, cool people!

By the way, I love how right now Ziba’s entire inventory fits in one little tiny white suitcase…

Ziba's Suitcase Shop

Ziba & Cat By The Suitcase

Ziba & Cat In The Suitcase

Paperself Lashes For Sale

So stay tuned this week for stories and photos from my adventures in Amsterdam!

When I get home, I’ll jump right back into writing holistic beauty tips and drawing up product reviews. And, oh yeah, I still need to do Part 2 of Touristy Things To Do In Paris.

Also…

One quick important announcement!!  

I’m extending the Caudalie Product Giveaway. Which means, I’m allowing one extra week for people to sign up. So if you like your friends and family, please pass the word along!

Alright, my loves. I have to run now! But we’ll chat again soon. mwah xoxo

My Haircare Routine

I’m Currently Digging These 3 Haircare Products

April 26, 2013

Hello my loves! So I’ve got a closet that overfloweth with beauty products and I know that I’m really behind on writing my reviews on them.

And since I’ve got a lot on my plate this weekend and with an upcoming road trip next week to Amsterdaaaam!!! (oh yeah!!) I’m going to have to keep this one as short as possible! (I can hear some of you cheering to that…)

But I really do wish I could give each one an in-depth review because they’re all so wonderful!

So today, we are going to have a quick look at…

My Haircare Routine

1) Aroma Zone’s Base Lavante
2) Beliflore’s Restructurizing Hair Mask
3) Phyto’s Secret de Nuit

Aroma Zone Base Lavante

AROMA ZONE BASE LAVANTE

The literal translation of Base Lavante is Basic Washing. This is a ph neutral, stripped down cleansing formula.

You can use this to wash your hair, your face and your body. This formula is so basic that you could use it as a base to create your own shampoo or bodywash formulas.

I alternate between this base lavante and my regular shampoo. Because this is such a basic and gentle cleanser, using this as a substitute for regular shampoo helps reduce product build-up in my hair.

There’s nothing in here to moisturize, strengthen or repair hair. It just gently and effectively cleanses. Which is sometimes all I want out of a shampoo.

I discovered the Aroma Zone Base Lavante through the recommendation of a french haircare blogger Edelweiss Haircare.

It’s composed from organically sourced plant ingredients. I bought a 250ml bottle for 4.5€. And you can buy up to 2.5 liters (that’s A LOT) of this stuff for less than 30€. Not too bad, I’d say.

Beliflor Restructurizing Hair Mask

BELIFLOR RESTRUCTURIZING HAIR MASK

This is an incredibly moisturizing hair mask for dry, brittle hair.

It’s made with bamboo extract and ceramide, though it lists a lot of other ingredients before you even get to the bamboo part. I wish I had time to delve into each ingredient. But…

For now, I’ll just say that this mask smells wonderful and does a great job of moisturizing and keeping my hair soft and shiny.

I use this mask twice a week. The only annoying part is that you have to leave it in for at least 10 minutes. So in between the shampoo and the final rinse, I find myself sitting around wearing a shower cap and waiting for the mask to set in while my dry skin becomes uncomfortably dry.

I bought this mask from my hairdresser, who used it on my hair the last time I went to get my hair cut. He sold it to me very persuasively at 17€ for the jar. And then later of course, I found it in a natural foods store for 12€.

*Slaps forehead* Never buy products from your hairdresser!

Phyto Secret de Nuit

PHYTO SECRET DE NUIT

This is the star haircare product in my cabinet.

Phyto’s “Secret of the Night” received Votre Beauté magazine’s 2013 Gold Medal Award (alongside the Kiehl’s Magic Elixir which I still use and love)!

This is a leave-in treatment that works to hydrate and regenerate your hair at night while you sleep.

I’m not sure why sleep is a prerequisite for this to work… hmm, methinks that’s just another marketing ploy. But nevertheless!

I do prefer to use this at night and wake up in the morning with really soft and well-bodied locks. 

Actually will someone please explain to me what people are talking about when they say hair has a lot of “body” ? Because in this context, when I say that this product gives my hair a lot of “body,” I mean that it helps define and shape the natural waves of my hair. But I could be wrong, maybe that’s not what people mean when they say hair has a lot of “body.”

Anyway, I use this product twice a week. You can find it in many french pharmacies. Although Phyto isn’t an organic brand, their products have a high content of plant-derived ingredients.

Also, I need to mention that this is a really pricey product! One 75ml bottle costs me 27€. So you have to be efficient at using this. The best way to apply this is to use a wide-toothed plastic comb to distribute the cream throughout your hair.

CLOSING THOUGHTS

So these are some of the hair care products that I’ve currently been helping myself to.

I’m curious to know from my readers if you’ve found a basic cleansing formula that’s the equivalent of the Base Lavante. I think this one deserves to be a staple in my haircare routine.

As for the Beliflore mask and the Phyto treatment, they both work very well at moisturizing my hair and keeping it soft. And I love them for it.

But I’m going to be on the lookout for alternatives. Hopefully ones that are a little easier on my budget.

What about you? What are your haircare staples and magical hair treatments?