Sunday, July 5, 2015

Review: Boots Beauty Box

Boots is probably one of the best things about living in the UK. Whenever I have friends visiting from Germany, it's at the top of their list of places to visit. But who can blame them, it has anything you'd need from cosmetics to skincare. So when Boots sent me a Boots Beauty Box full of their own carefully developed skincare products, I was more than happy to try them. The name might suggest that Boots is joining the subscription box craze, but it's actually to introduce Boots' extensive skincare range to review. It covers everything from make-up removing, cleansing to moisturising at such an affordable price. Here are some impressions:

One of my favourites is the Boots Simply Sensitive Protecting Day Moisturiser SPF15* (£1.74)! I have oily combination skin, so I always look for light moisturisers, but still makes my skin feel smooth and soft. It's formulated to be kind to the skin, so it has no fragrance and colour, which I prefer. I also liked the Boots Botanics Micellar 3-in-1 Cleansing Solution*(£1.49) quite a bit, as it gets rid of the main part of my make-up easily, before I continue with my cleansing oil. The only thing that bothers me a little is the packaging. You have to be careful, when putting it on a cotton pad, because it's quite easy to spill. I still have problems with the occasional spot, so spot treatments are a necessity in my skincare drawer. I've only used the Boots Skin Clear Ultra Rapid Action Spot Gel*(£3.99) once so far, but it definitely seems to keep its promise of reducing the size of spots within 2 hours. 

I was curious to try out the Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Charcoal Facial Scrub* (£3.21), since tea tree and witch hazel are known for fighting spots. My face definitely felt much smoother after using it, tough the small particles were quite rough and are not really suitable for those with sensitive skin. As for the Boots Essentials Cleansing Wipes Moisturising for Dry Skin* (£1.50), I personally haven't used them for a few years as they leave my skin feeling dry and rough afterwards. So I'll probably just use it to clean my hands off any make-up residues.

I definitely recommend trying out the products in Boots' own brand (view all skincare products here). With all products under £5 (as they are on offer right now), it's definitely worth giving them a go. 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Between Pillars

Faux Leather Pinafore* Bankfashion | T-Shirt New Look | Air Max Thea Print Nike | Duster Coat Forever21
Sunglasses ASOS | Backpack* Reiss | photos taken by Emma (

Nowadays, I try to travel as light as possible. Just packing the essentials and not carrying around a hundred of outfits which I won't even be able to wear. The Duster Coat was easy to thrown on any kind of outfit, adding a bit of extra warmth in the evenings or when it got a bit more chilly. It can be both casual and elegant (not that I went to any place that required me to dress elegantly, but you never know!). The trainers were a no-brainer anyway, my favourite for their comfort and the stylish print. And packing your best t-shirt is a given as well (of course, I packed it for my Scotland trip). You can wear it simply with some jeans or here I styled it with a pinafore dress for that extra bit of "trying-to-look-like-I-put-some-effort".

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Travel Diary Berlin: District Mot

District Mot | Vietnamese Street Food | Rosenthalerplatz – Berlin, Germany |

When it comes to food, I can certainly admit I have a bias for Vietnamese cuisine. But who can blame me? Growing up with the deliciousness of my mum's cooking and visiting the street stalls in Vietnam every few years, how can I not like it? That's the thing I probably miss the most about Berlin: the amount and variety of great Vietnamese restaurants. One of my favourite places is probably District Mot, so once Emma and I dropped off our suitcase, we headed there for lunch. 

What I like about District Mot is that they don't just serve street food from Saigon, they give you the whole experience from plastic chairs to toilet roll tissues. Definitely great when you caught the travel bug but can't make time for a trip to Vietnam. I had the đá sả (lemongrass ice tea) which was super refreshing and aromatic. For the mains we ordered the traditional Bánh tráng bún thịt nướng (DIY rice summer rolls with grilled skewers, rice noodles, salad and fresh herbs) and the Bao Burger to share. The summer rolls were perfect for the summer heat: filling but light and full of flavours. Plus, I love the whole DIY thing, so it's definitely a must-try. Though, the Bao Burger is the reason you have to visit District Mot. It didn't win a couple of burger competitions without a reason: Inside the bao buns, you find a juicy patty, topped with a slice of fresh mango mango, pickled vegetables, coriander, crispy soybean skin and their homemade sauces. The perfect combination of ingredients! Even though, I was really stuffed after those two, I couldn't help but order the dessert, my favourite Tào phớ nước đường (silk tofu with ginger syrup). The texture is probably quite unusual for those who are not too familiar with tofu dishes, but it's a refreshing summer dessert with a slight kick thanks to the ginger.

So I totally recommend District Mot for the whole Saigon street food experience, their Bao Burger and the affordable prices! Well, at least for us Londoners. We paid 22.90€ for two drinks, two mains and one dessert, which is around £16 (what I normally pay for myself in London). Though, for the locals it's probably a bit more on the expensive side (just because everything in Berlin is so incredibly budget-friendly!). The service was average, but Vietnamese are not really known for good service (and I personally don't care too much, as long as I get my food).