First impressions: Lush Bunty Pink gift

on Friday, April 17, 2015
I have always been curious about the wrapped Lush gifts and what fun it would be to unwrap one, so I bought the Lush Bunty Pink gift during last year's Easter. I was just pulled in by the cute yellow-pink polkadot print wrapping paper and the yellow ribbon with a flower shaped label.

Lush Bunty Pink gift pink yellow polkadot wrapping paper and yellow ribbon with flower shaped ribbon

I don't think I ever received a gift this beautifully wrapped (color coordinated and all!) and with a cute gift label. As change starts with yourself, I should look into the cute and affordable HEMA gift wrapping and give wonderfully wrapped gifts to friends and family first, before I can receive any back.

The Lush wrapping paper is made from 100% recycled paper and they encourage you to re-use the wrapping paper (so don't be a savage, while unwrapping it). I was able to get the wrapping paper out in one piece, so it is possible if you are extra careful.

What I bought at the Flying Tiger store in Rotterdam

on Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Flying Tiger is a Danish design chain store that now has stores in 14 cities in the Netherlands: Arnhem, Nijmegen, Utrecht, Almere, Haarlem, Leiden, Eindhoven, Den Haag, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Breda, Den Bosch, Groningen, and Enschede. They sell simple and colorful products of their own brand. I had a look at the Flying Tiger Rotterdam store, which is a bit smaller than the Amsterdam store that I had visited before. I didn't buy anything in the Amsterdam store, as I didn't want to go back home by train with lots of heavy bags. But at the Rotterdam store, I was able to buy to my heart's content.

Flying Tiger prullenbak klein bloemen turquoise en koraalroze | garbage bin small flowers turquoise and coral pink

Flying Tiger garbage bin small flowers turquoise and coral pink
in Dutch: prullenbak klein bloemen turquoise en koraalroze 
€2 each (flowers not included)


L' Occitane hand and foot cream sample review

on Tuesday, April 14, 2015
From the sample products in the L'Occitane Summer Essentials bag, I was the most curious about the tubes of hand and foot creams. So, I tried those out the first.  

L' Occitane 20% shea butter hand cream


The L'Occitane 20% shea butter hand cream has a light baby powder scent, which is not my favorite. It makes my hands feel a bit sticky and you can lightly feel that you have something on your skin. It takes about ten minutes before it is fully absorbed, so don't apply it, when you are in a hurry and need to touch a lot of things with your hands. I like to apply this hand cream in the evening, so that I don't transfer the stickiness to everything I touch.

After a couple of days (4-5 applications in total), the hand cream finally started to work and my hands felt noticeably softer. The amount of hand cream that I used per application was about the length of my pinky finger. I could apply about 7 times with this tiny sample tube of 10 ml.