Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Brush Cleansing Palette by Real Techniques

Cleaning make up brushes is not my favorite thing to do. It is necessary to clean them regularly, for your and your clients hygiene. You can spot clean them with a spray or deep clean them with water and soap of your choice.

To make the job easier there are many different tools and gadgets on the market. I've watched some videos to come to the conclusion that the cleaning machines don't work that well and cost more of your time than washing them by hand. 

Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette caught my eye when I first saw it.
The color is a bright fuchsia pink. Not my favorite, but not important as long as it does the job. The palette is made out of silicon. There are three different dots and crosses to clean brushes at vary from large to small. 

I've tried to wash my brushes whilst holding it in my left hand. I found out that it is better to lie it down in the sink, because I need both of my hands to grab the brushes and put a fresh dollop of liquid soap in the palette after I've cleaned a really dirty brush. 

My final verdict: It makes cleaning the brushes more fun. You waste less water and soap. Depending on the amount of brushes that you clean, you can also let the brushes dry on the side of the palette.
Overall I found the price too high for what it does (€20). There are cheaper alternatives out there.

I must say that I am curious to try the Sigma cleaning glove. I can imagine that you can still use the hand that is wearing it unlike the cleansing palette. 

How do you wash your make up brushes? Let me know in the comments!




Friday, September 9, 2016

The Bodensee

Our summer holiday this year was a 5 day trip to on of our favorite places in Germany, the Bodensee. The weather was really nice, so it is the perfect place to be for us. We don't need to book flights. Our little car needs some gas and off we go. When you are traveling with small children, flying can be a hassle. It was something that we wanted to avoid. Especially since we already fly so much. 
When you have your car with you, you are also very flexible and can make day trips. That is what we did.
We booked two different hotels. One at Überlingen and the other at the island Reichenau. We were lucky that they still had rooms available since we booked kind of last minute. 

The first hotel was a 'family' hotel, which meant that they had a play ground and also a small apple farm with a tractor. It was located in Überlingen about 15 minutes drive away from the water.

We went to the Affenberg Salem, swam in the Bodensee many times, enjoyed a very adventurous ride on an old tractor at the Lockmuehle in Eigeltingen. 

The second hotel we had was at the island Reichenau. A lot of of our vegetables and fruit come from there. We took the train to Konstanz to then take the boat to Meersburg. 
We met a charming old lady at the water that was offering silhouette portraits. Oliver insisted of having our portraits taken. Vincent watched me getting my portrait taken first. After I was done (took only 60 seconds!), he sat down and knew exactly what to do. 
The lady was very fond of him. 
We visited the beach, dipped our feet in the water. Almost slipped a couple of times hehe!
At the beach in Reichenau there was an italian restaurant that we wanted to try out. Their pizza was delicious.

At the end of our stay we went to visit the museum of Reichenau. To quench our thirst, we went to a tea house called Zen. We kind of regretted that we didn't go there earlier, because they had just the right food for us. The tea house was connected to a shop. We had an amazing ice tea and orange ginger ice cream. Next time, we know where to go to when we are at Reichenau!

Have any of you been at the Bodensee? 


We both love sunglasses 
The city center of Uhldingen is really worth seeing.

Insel Mainau is also highly recommended by yours truly

Seen from the Insel Mainau
We got the perfect spot for lunch in Meersburg

This happens when you give the camera to a little one. Not bad. He inherited Oliver's style.

The setting sun, reflected on the water.

Alone at the Bodensee

Gorgeous flower

Dikke Dik  also joined us on our holiday

Affenberg, Salem

Lochmühle, Eigeltingen

Getting my portrait 'cut'

The end result. She asked if she could add a flower.
Bye bye, Meersburg.


Saturday, September 3, 2016

Cake Poppin

Sometimes I just get in to this obsessive baking mode. I just need to bake. That sweet tooth in me will never die. Vincent is going to enter kindergarten after the summer holidays and I had to bake him something special. The first batch of muffins were a fail due to the wrong baking powder, which made them taste nasty. Sometimes when you try new recipes, they fail. You don't want to come close to me when that happens ;)

On the search for a recipe for the Starbucks Birthday Cake Pop, I found a great recipe by Cook with April. She used a buttermilk pound cake as the base for the cake pops. 

All credits go to her, because this pound cake is life! I've baked it a second time, just to enjoy it on it's own and I've received a lot of compliments.

Here is the video to make the pound cake: Buttermilk Pound Cake
I decorated the cake pops with what I had on hand. The ones you see on the picture here are the left overs. The treats for day care left without me taking a picture of them. They looked cute and colorful and the kids loved them too!

Do any of you love cake pops? The Starbucks Birthday Cake Pops are the best. Too bad you can only get them in the US. 

Next time, I know how to make them.