My beauty habits

‘Come on, dude, I’m exhausted and Tyra Banks says the most important item in your makeup bag is a good night’s sleep.’ – said Rajesh Koothrappali in an episode of the Big Bang Theory and I couldn’t agree more. I sleep at least 7 hours every day and I always let myself sleep as long as I can on weekends. No alarm clocks allowed those days.

Eating ang drinking
I noticed that when I eat a certain amount of nuts, my skin has little red spots on my face the next day, so I try to avoid them. I also try to eat a lot of fruit and vegetables. Justine Leconte said a French person eats 12 pieces of them a day, I’m far from that but on my way to achieve that goal.
At least 2 liters of water is necessary to drink every single day. In summer, when I sweat a lot, it can go up to 3 liters. Sometimes I put lemon into my water for it to be even more refreshing. I drink 4 deciliters of green tea in the morning and I love making smoothies, because they only contain fruit and water. No soft drinks, fizzy drinks or coffee.

Unfortunately this part hasn’t gone so so well this year, because in the first part of it I had 3 jobs at a time. When 2 of them finally ended, I started learning how to drive a car and it takes up a lot of my time, because I try to finish it as soon as possible. A year before these I went to my favourite training facility where I attended many different classes, zumba, pilates, spinracing and aerobic. I miss spinracing the most… After an hour you feel invincible. Can’t wait to get back on the bike when I’m finished.

Every morning when I wake up, I wash my face with cold water. It may sound harsh, but it wakes me up and it’s very refreshing. After drying my face with a clean towel, I use a cream called Love Nature Gel Cream that contains aloe vera from Oriflame, because it hydrates my skin well. When I take a shower, I always wash my face with a simple soap to clean my pores. After that I put on the same cream I used in the morning. Twice a week I use Garnier’s Pure Active Exfobrusher. For other parts of my body I use Nivea Care Intensive Pflege. I have to take special care of my hands because I have to sterilize it many times a day, so before I fall asleep I put Nivea Creme on my hands. In the summer, I use La Roche-Posay sunscreen that has 50 sun protection factor.

I’m lucky, because I never have to use foundation on my skin. I only use Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara from Maybelline to highlight my eyes a bit more and Labello Original on my lips. I use Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water to remove my mascara every day. I only wear real make-up on special events such as wedding. In these cases I use creditable products. I recently grew to like L’Oreál rouges.

Every year when sandal weather kicks in, I paint my nails red to flash my toes to the world. I never use polish on my nails because it’s forbidden in health care.

I’m very serious about having a signature scent that I use for months or even years. I take great interest in choosing that special perfume for myself and use the bottle until it gets empty, never mixing scents from day to day. I currently use Bright Crystal Absolu from Versace.

I use a special shampoo that contains herbs and does not contain Paraben. It’s a Hungarian brand called Bánfi Sampon and I use the one that stops hair loss.

There are some very bad habits that are not only terrible for your health but they destroy natural beauty at maximum speed. Smoking, alcohol or the regular use of solariums are forbidden.

My phylosophy is that if you feel good inside that will have signs on the outside. Surrounding yourself with great people, having a hobby, and a happy life is the most important to shine bright like a diamond.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story

‘Let me give you some advice. Assume everyone will betray you. And you will never be disappointed.’ /Beckett in Solo/

What is this movie about?
Han (played by Alden Ehrenrecih), a theif at Corellia tries to find his way out of the enslaving power with his love, Qi’ra (played by Emilia Clarke). To achieve that he has to collect coaxium, the ‘superfuel’. When they almost escape, Qi’ra gets caught. Han joins the Imperial Flight Academy but gets expelled so he joins tobias Beckett (played by Woodie Harrelson) and his pack of thieves. His goal all through is to find and rescue Qi’ra.

What did I like about this movie?
It was great to finally see how Han and Chewbacca first met and became best friends, how he won the Millenium Falcon and what was his personality like before he got his macho attitude that we all know so well.
I also liked Paul Bettany, who playes the bad guy in the movie (and Vision in Avengers) and Emilia Clarke (The Mother of Dragons in Game of Thrones), the first love of Han.
So all in all it was a hoot and a half for nerdie people.

To whom would I recommend this movie?
To all the Star Wars fans of course, but even to those, who want to have a fun time watching a sci-fi movie.
I recommend you to watch in 3D, because the scenery is spectacular.

Game of Thrones meets Star Wars
Emilia Clarke (a.k.a. Khaleesi, the Mother of Dragons) plays Qi’ra, Han’s love in the movie. Although she is not the only GoT character who got into this franchise as well! Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) is also Captain Phasma in The Force Awakens. Obara (Keisha Castle-Hudges) and Nymeria Sand (Jessica Henwick) appeared in Revenge of the Sith and The Force Awakens. Even Jojen Reed (Thomes Brodie-Sangster) gets his one minute of fame as a soldier.

Official website

Alice Wonder’s Parisian diaries

How does French people handle bureaucracy?
Is it true that Parisian women are the most stylish?
How Parisian people live their everyday lives?

You can find the aswers to all these question in Alice Wonder’s travelling novels. She is actually a Hungarian writer who uses a stage name for publishing. Her novels start when she was 31-years-old, fell  in love with a man and decided to move to the City of Love, Paris. After 9 years in Paris she and her husband decided to move to another country because of work issues. They chose Italy and a whole new chapter in their life started.

Alice Wonder’s novels:
1. Champs-Él…izé (Champs Élysées)
2. Párizsi napló (Parisian diary)
3. Párizs, c’est la vie! (Paris, c’est la vie!)
4. Ciao Itália! (Ciao, Italy!)
(Unfortunatelly the books only exist so far in Hungarian.)

What did I like about these books?
I really liked the writer’s funny style, the way she writes about how she stayed calm even in challenging situations.
I recommend the books to people who are moving to Paris and want to find out more about expat life. Or just like me have a platonic love for the French capital.

Alice Wonder’s official website

Thai ice cream

Although thai ice cream existed since 2009 it only became known worldwide in 2015 when videos about the preparation process hit millions of views on Instagram. It is also called stir-fried ice cream or ice cream rolls and is handmade by using a big ice grill. First of all milk is poured on the grill with the chosen ingredients, then the maker start mixing the whole thing together. He has to be fast, because the milk starts to freeze. At the end he smears the whole cream and makes small rolls from it.

I tried thai ice cream for the very first time last week, when I went to Fluffy in Szeged with great excitement. When you enter the place, you have a lot of options to choose from. First of all, the base milk can be normal, lactose-free, fat-reduced or cocoa. After that you have to choose maximum 3 tastes to your ice cream. The variety is wide: fruit, everything chocolate or cookie related and cottage cheese. I myself chose the diabetes menu: Oreos, Kinder Bueno and Nutella. On top I chose caramel sauce.
All together I found thai ice cream very tasty and a perfect treat on summer days.

Fluffy Szeged (Instagram)
Fluffy Szeged (Facebook)

Click on the video to see how thai ice cream is made:

Szeged slippers

We can state that the slippers of Szeged are one of the most important Hungaricums. They are used since the Turks invaded the country and legend says they sometimes became friendly to fight the Turks. Before the slippers women mainly wore boots.
The special features that make Szeged slippers unique are:
1. They have a small (3-4 cm) heel.
2. The head part of the slippers go all the way to the heels and does not end at the peg.
3. They come at many colours but there is always embroidery on the front.
4.  They can also be decorated with pearls or a pom-pom.
The slippers became so popular that every region developed its own version of it, such as ‘Matyó’ or Serbian slippers. Although they had their golden age in the 19th century, when the industry was blooming, there days there are only 2 traditional shoemakers left.

Today I went to the Móra Ferenc Museum In Szeged to see an exhibition that is dedicated only to the famous slippers and I absolutely loved it! It tells the history, the preparation process in a very interactive way with pictures of women wearing the slippers . The highlight is a pink design of a current artist.
Click here to find out more about this exhibition!

Click here if you want to see how the slippers are made:

Official website of Szeged slippers

Fashion history I.: Medieval noble dresses

As I was walking around in the Castle of Siklós, I couldn’t help but notice the amazing dresses that were displayed on wax statues everywhere. Those big skirts made me think how lazily we are dressing ourselves these days compared to that.

What did I learn from the exhibition?
Velvet, baize, linen, silk, lace and brocade were the most common materials for noble clothes.
There was no difference in the colour palette of men’s and women’s clothing. Green, yellow and red were the most populatar colours.
All of women’s dresses had a massive puckered skirt and the sleeves of the upper gament were getting wider from the elbow to the wrist.
The decorating elements on women’s clothing in general were lace, embroidery and pearls.
Decorated headpieces made the outfit complete. Only maidens could walk in the town with uncovered hair.
Jewelry were made of gold, silver and gemstones.
Men wore tight trousers with shirt and a coat on top of that.
The coat’s margin was covered with some kind of fur (such as marten, sable or ermine).
The accesories of men were the decorated buttons on their jacket.

Castle of Siklós

8 Vajda János Square
Opening hours: Closed on Mondays! Tuesday-Sunday 9:30-17:00
Tickets: 600-1800 HUF
Click here for more information!

Siklós is situated at the Southern border of Hungary. It’s neighbour towns are: Harkány (which is famous for its spas), Villány (‘the city of wine’) and Máriagyűd (which serves as a shrine for pilgrims).

The Castle of Siklós was built before 1294 (because the first written document mentions it that year). It used to belong to several noble families and served as the guard of the Southern border. Its architecture has some Gothic and Renaissance features as well because of the many centuries it has been under reconstruction. Today it is open to public as a museum and many events such as Children’s Day, concerts, jousts and festivals are still organized which makes the castle a main attraction of the region.

What kind of attractions the castle has?
Wine Museum
Castle Chapel
Renaissance furniture exhibition
Medieval military exhibition
History of the Castle exhibition
World War I and II exhibition
Croatian and Serbian minority exhibition
The dungeons
Prison and torture chambers

What I liked the most about the Castle of Siklós?
I personally liked the medieval dresses that were exhibited on the wax figures everywhere in the castle. I liked them so much I’m considering a whole blog post only for those dresses. I also liked the fact that the castle has many signs and instructions to get to know more about Hungarian history.