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Skin protection during summer and all year round!

Protecting my skin is one of my latest obsession. It could be a worst kind of obsession, like a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Dough for instance. But no, it is all about my skin, ’bout my skin, no trouble… heuhm… do not go that way, Sarah! But I am kind of right, no trouble, I do not want trouble with my skin. I do not know why I suddenly started to think so much about my skin, but since I did I see multiple advertisements, videos, etc. about it. 

Let me get it straight to you, I have been mistreating my skin for quite a while, but now that I am more and more into beauty I feel guilty about it. I have been struggling with my skin since I have reached puberty and two years ago I decided to start the Roaccutan treatment. With the advice of my doctor, I took the treatment for three months. My skin looked definitely better, and I was very happy. It did not last very long before my face got some new visitors, namely: pimples. My beautician told me that three months was not long enough, so I went back to my doctor’s and she did not mind to prescribe me for six months. It turns out that I am on this treatment for over 9 months now. 

The problems with Roaccutan are: your skin dries out, you get cracked lips, your skin is itchy, bleeding nose, and your heart can beat faster. (these are my side effects, but the side-effects list is much longer) Basically, your skin becomes very sensitive, needs special lotions and butter that do not give your skin that burned feeling you get when you are allergic to a certain product. Of course, when the sun is shining you need extra protection because Roaccutan does not love the sun! Sunscreen is, therefore, a MUST! (Don’t worry Belgium weather never made me burn, even when I forget to protect my skin)

After some research, I discovered that even when the sun is not shining, you still need some SPF protection, as the UV’s are always shining through. I was flabbergasted! This meant I lived for over 23 years without protecting my skin correctly? I needed to change that! From that day, I pick up all the sunscreen I had put far away in a corner of my bathroom cabinet and started using them. I had gathered an entire collection but never used any of it, as I thought it was not especially necessary in this country, Oh boy was I wrong! 

Here are some of the products I am using and testing for you:

Catrice – BB Allround Foundation SPF 30 // Garnier  -Ambre Solaire Crème SPF 30

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Ombra – Crème Solaire SPF 25 // MISSHA M Perfect Cover BB Cream No.23 SPF42

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Review, anyone? 😉

Until Next Time,

Love | Sarah K.

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Plog 1: Weekend in Calais, France

Hi, Guys! I am in Calais for the weekend, where I stay at my aunt’s house. I needed a break from daily life and I found this to be the perfect opportunity to blow some air! Here are some pictures of this weekend:

Le Tunisien - Plage de Calais 2Hotspot of the city: Le Tunisien, a food truck at the beach of Calais where you can eat the famous Tunisian sandwich (Tuna, Israeli salad type of salad, and lots of harissa (if you can handle it ;-)). This place has been in Calais since 1968 and is famous for its typical Maghrebian donuts called Sfenj (must try!!!). Unfortunately, they only make the donuts from 3 PM on and even though the guy was that friendly to invite us for free donuts, we had no time to wait up to taste them, as it was only 2 PM.

Glaces Carrefour 2When I am in France, one of the first things I do is shopping in a supermarket. I have a shoplog coming up, so you will see what I have bought, but two things that I will not be able to show you, because, let’s be honest, these babies will be K.O. by the time I film the shoplog, is: ICE CREAM! I bought this delicious pint of Daim and a pint of Haägen Dazs: Macadamia Nut Brittle. Other pints of ice cream I found was Ben & Jerry’s Speculoos and Ben & Jerry’s Peanut Butter. I truly wanted them all, but let’s face it, I cannot bring them back home and cannot eat them all in one weekend.

Look & MakeUp Calais The look I had this weekend is unfortunately barely visible on this picture, but I have found some new favorites in my makeup stash: Garnier Ambre Solaire BB Cream, Rimmel Natural Bronzer, Catrice – Papagena Absolute Eye Colour Quattro (Limited Edition), Dark lips (not on this picture). The jewelry I am wearing this weekend and is definitely one of my favorites too are my two evil eye bracelets I got this week, one has no brand and I got it on Aliexpress and the other is from Juicy Couture.

I hope you liked my plog from this weekend. I did not do that much else than eating out all-you-can-eat Chinese and eating Paëlla at my aunt’s home, ice cream and some more ice cream and croissants and baguette, went to the mall (Cité Europe, Calais), and visit my grandmother.

Until Next Time,

Love | Sarah K.

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Summer Update!

Finals over, diet K.O.

Last time I have written a post I was determinated to go healthy all the way. Unfortunately (read the first article) I went all up and then all down. The first week of the exams was good, I ate normal and healthy and went to the gym four times. I woke up every single day at 6 A.M and studied all day long. First exam arrived and the struggle got real! I knew I was going to fail, the motivation got me down and bad food saw the light of my mouth.

It got me thinking about the future of my studies and had to make a huge decision. I will talk about it later when it is finalized (circa. September/October 2015).

Anyway, I have some time to blog now and opened a YouTube account. I have a shopping haul on its way, a foodlog that I have filmed during the exams, etc. Subscribe to my channel, this way you will be updated when I upload a video.

I am reviewing loads of products, I still need to figure out how to make nice pictures to show you, though. 😉

Until Next Time,

Love | Sarah K.

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Tartine, Antwerp

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My girls and I decide to eat lunch together for the last time before the finals. We all wanted to try this place in the city called: Maison Tartine. Their concept is: Breakfast – Brunch – Lunch but mainly ‘des tartines’ (sliced bread in French).

I am generally not a big fan of eating bread ‘solo’, I am more of a warm dishes person, and that is why I took a Tartini Veggie, which is a panini with mozzarella, parmigiano reggiano, pesto, rucola, and pine nuts on two slices of whole wheat cereal bread. Let me tell ya, it was goddamn GOOD, and only €6,00!

All my friends took a ‘Tartine’ and those portions were CRAY CRAY! Two BIG slices of white or whole wheat bread filled with yummie ingredients. I tasted one of my friends ‘Tartine’ and it was extremely good. All ingredients were perfectly balanced. My next order will definitely be the ‘Tartine Maison’. 😉

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After such a meal we could not eat desert anymore so we did not try the cakes they had, which are standard: cheesecake, apple crumble and chocolate cake. But I finished it off with a chaï latte, which was in my opinion not as good as some other places I have tried, but much better than the watery Starbucks one (and cheaper, only €3,50).

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Conclusion: I would not come back for the chaï latte, but definitely for the tartines. 😉

PS: The owners of Tartine will open a new Restaurant across the street named: Gojo Ethiopian Resto-Bar. I am curious! 🙂

Zoë wrote an article as well, go check it out: Facebook, Article, WordPress, Tumblr, Instagram 

Address: Minderbroedersrui 60, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium

Open: 8 AM – 6 PM

Social Media: Facebook, Instagram 

Until Next Time,

Love | Sarah K.

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Culture Coffee & Donuts, Antwerp

Listen, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do! I might want to lose weight, but that does not mean, I do not feel emotional when I see cake and coffee.

A week ago I saw a friend of mine liking a page on Facebook called: Culture Coffee. When I see the word ‘Coffee’ my brain, eyes, and body start to mingle and I do not know what to do anymore, but thinking about COFFEE! I asked her if she had tried this place and she did, and we decided to pay this place a little visit. Because, after visiting their Facebook page and seeing all this yumminess I did not want to wait any longer.

Basically, this place sells donuts, in any flavor you can possibly imagine, with some cakes, muffins and of course COFFEE! Last Tuesday we finally paid a visit to this place in between two classes, and I loved it! It is huge and has a lot of tables and couches, which I like. My friends and I sat down on a huge wooden table and order some drinks, cake, a wrap and a donut.

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I ordered a hazelnut flavored latte and a Red Velvet bar. When I saw a picture of their cheesecake on Facebook I wanted to try that because cheesecake is my favorite, unfortunately, that day the cheesecake was nowhere to be found (#SadFace). So, I took the Red Velvet cake with a cream cheese frosting and it was DELICIOUS! The hazelnut flavored latte was delicious too (not like the Starbucks lattes with an overdose of syrup), just on top!

If you are in Antwerp, live in Antwerp and want to try a new coffee bar with a great variety in donuts, cakes, and sandwiches, you should definitely try Culture Coffee & Donuts.

Address: Sint-Katelijnevest 52, 2000 Antwerp

Open: 8 AM – 6 PM

Love | Sarah K.

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The benefits of water during the exams (and all times!)

I have been reading a lot of articles these last couple of days, about how I should improve my entire exam period, health wise. I came across an article in a Belgian newspaper about the effects of water on our body/health. As it is in Dutch, some of you will not understand a single word of it, and that is why I am going to recapitulate the entire article for you, because first of all water is quite important in your life AND during the exams, second of all I like to analyse things and try them out for you, for me, for everybody. 
 
Basically, our body consist of 60 to 70% of water and we sweat, breath and urinate moisture, which we need to compensate with enough of our fluid intake. The amount of water we should drink depends on a couple of factors: how active we are; our health; where we live, and what we drink in a day. 
 
A study has shown that in a normal situation, the adult human being needs to drink around 2,5 liters of water per day to keep the water balance in place. This includes our food intake. But, in our Western European climate we only need 1,5 liters of water per day.
 
When I say water, I mean any liquid but when you drink a glass of water versus a glass of Coke, coffee, tea, etc. it will not have the same effect on you. Coffee and tea are slightly diuretic, which results in the need to compensate much more while water is pure hydration/fuel for your body. Alcohol is the most diuretic of them all, so you will need even more water to compensate that. 
 
 
Anyways, I think you get it. A well-hydrated body is healthy and has a better connection to your brain because water fuels the body AND the brain. It helps you function much better because when you are dehydrated you are energyless which results little concentration on whatever you do. Furthermore, as I want to lose weight during my finals, what the article mentioned as well is the more you drink, the more it gives your body the opportunity to burn fat, and is this not what we all want? The other option is to drink two glasses of water before any meal. This creates the illusion of being full and results in eating less, and re-results in losing weight = WIN-WIN! 
 
One last and important point is that the brain shrinks when we work out for at least 90 minutes without hydrating ourselves. This is not what we want, right? We need our brain during the exams, so ladies and gentlemen, drink water whenever you can! 
 
After knowing this all, we will be able to hydrate ourselves well during the entire period of finals. Now, what am I going to do? I am going to try the two glasses of water before any meal; drink as much water during my workout, and watch my “anything-else-but-water” consumption and compensate it with an extra water intake. 
 
I decided to vlog the entire period during finals. Hopefully, you will like it, as much as I am excited to film everything. You will be able to follow me on my water intake this way. I am the kind of person who could forget to drink water once in a while because I am next to never thirsty. So, don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel and get my videos from the moment they are up. 😉 
 
Until Next Time, 
 
Love | Sarah K.
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Healthy during exams


Last time I wrote a blog post I was determined to go healthy ALL THE WAY. Unfortunately, I have not tried to be healthy at all. The food that has passed through my mouth is unbelievable! I have not felt this miserable since a long time and I really need to change that, because my exams will start soon and we all know it is not a good idea to feel miserable during that period, and junk food will not fuel my brain, keep me motivated, etc. 

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I made a schedule for my exams: waking up early, study at least 10h a day, take breaks regularly, go to the gym 3 to 4 times a week, etc. The only thing I did not do is a food schedule, which I desperately need. Lots of fruits, veggies, complex carbohydrates, lots of water, tea and coffee. Just before writing this I was watching the news and a nutritionist was talking about complex carbs, that they pass through the digestive system, they are broken down into glucose and they are your brain and body’s primary fuel. Vitamins, fiber, and minerals are what I need to pass through exams. 
This morning I ate something with simple carbs and a café au lait (with skimmed milk), it is okay, as long as I do not exaggerate. I finished half the stuff I had to do for today, which I am happy about. At lunch, I had two slices of spelt bread with shrimps and a little touch of cream (I know it is not good!), but overall everything so far so good. 


My goal is to lose 7 kilos by July 1st, 2015, 1 kilo per week is doable. It should not be difficult to be healthy during the exams, and I want to prove it. Should I blog about it, vlog about? Let me know if you read this. 
 

Until then, 

Love | Sarah K.

PS: I added a picture of brain foods I need during the exams. 🙂 Enjoy! 

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Why is it so hard to lose weight?

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I have been on a diet my entire life! Yes, it is true, I have been on a diet since I was a little chubby girl. According to my mother, I have been chubby since I was 18 months old. And since I can remember, I have visited dietitians since I was 6 or 7 years old.
 
When I turn 12 and puberty started to show, being on a diet finally payed off. I lost some weight and looked (what I thought was) skinny. I actually was not, according to medicine. I was 1m68 and 67 kg for the age of 12/13. But I looked good, my face was even too boney to my taste, but I was wearing EU size 38 in pants and it felt GREAT!
 
Since I was 12 I had gained, lost, gained again, lost again en gained AGAIN! I have never been more than a year without fully NOT complaining about my weight. At the age of 18, I had reached the point where I was at my heaviest. I was depressed, decided to switch schools, had a new job, and my sister had just subscribed to a gym and this was my chance because daddy wanted to pay for the subscription fee.
 
I enrolled, got some personal training for free with my subscription and was determined to lose the weight at any cost. At first it was hard. I was never the sporty type, and suddenly I had to visit the gym 5 times a week. After a couple of weeks, it became my DRUG! 5 to 6 times a week, I was a regular at my gym! Made friends, knew every single person who worked there, I was even closing the gym (almost) every single night. After 4 months of heavy fitness training, clean eating, I had lost 13 kg and a depression. My self-esteem got a boost and I was ready to flirt with the dating scene.
 
I started dating and suddenly did not care about my eating habits anymore. Why is that? Why do girls always lose interest in health once they are off the hook? I regretted. By beginning of 2015, 4 years after I had lost 13 kilograms, I had gained the 13 kilos + 5 extra kilos. I felt like the biggest loser in the world! I, again, decided it was time to change that.
 
My mother swears by a book she bought 20 to 30 years ago, who made her loose weight when she needed to. This book promises you to loose 8 kilograms by eating clean for 21 days and having a break for a week. To encourage me, my mother joined me and we ate clean for 19 days. I had lost 5 kilograms, I was bloody happy, did not need any sweets anymore, I felt great! Till the day I decided I could handle a little treat. Started from that day, it all went wrong. Long story short, I discovered the Military Diet, did lose weight, gained it mostly back after eating “normal” again. Did it 2 to 3 times to speed up the process of “looking good for Pal Mundo Festival”, the event I had planned during Spring Break a month ago. 
 
We are a month later and I have eaten sh*t the entire time! Why is it so hard to lose weight, and keep track? the only thing I have kept is the gym, I have been going to the gym 4 to 5 times a week religiously. Now, I am writing this blog post, while eating chips (yes ma’am, it is the truth!), because I have decided, once more that it is enough! In the first place, I wanted to lose some weight these last months because I had that Festival I had to go to during Spring Break and I wanted to look good in my dress. I had lost these 5 kilograms by the time of the Festival (Pal Mundo in Ahoy Rotterdam, by the way), and I did look good in my dress. By that time I had no restrictions for myself anymore and I kept eating unhealthy things. Now, I don’t have any particular events coming up, I will not go on vacation this year, I have plenty of work and sh*t to finish for school that I will be dragging till at least August 2015. Results? I want to lose weight for MYSELF, take the time to lose it because I want to look good for myself FOREVER, not for a particular event that is coming up. 
 
While I finish up my bag of chips, read my words: from tomorrow May 4th 2015 I will be eating healthy, keep a “diet” of 1300 kcal per day, I will keep track on MyFitnessPal as I did before, I will drink at least 2 liters of water per day and go to the gym between 3 to 5 times a week.
 
Until Next Time,
Love | Sarah K.
 
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