Author: lstruyf

Grown Alchemist Deep Cleansing Facial Mask – Detox à la LeenLovesStyle

Grown Alchemist has earned a spot in my skincare routines, there’s no doubt about it. The Antioxidant+ Facial Oil is my go-to morning facial oil ever since I discovered it (bottle nr 3 and counting), the Tinted Hydra-Repair Day Cream is turning out to be the perfect summer base, both in terms of hydration levels and coverage, and the Grown Alchemist Deep Cleansing Facial Mask joined my, ahem, rather extensive mask collection earlier this year. The Australians sure know the power of nature, and wheatgerm, white clay, gingko and cranberry formula of this mask is the proof in that proverbial pudding. Cleansing masks usually have me running for the hills, especially the pink clay ones, as they’ve created horror scenes on my skin more than once. Think Hellraiser, but more blotched… Fancy! Imagine my surprise (and relief) when I felt (quite literally) that the super fine white clay in this mask surprisingly makes for an extraordinarily gentle — yet effective — treatment. The white clay functions like a hoover on blemishes, clogged pores and all kinds of gunk hiding …

Sweet potato casserole

This dish is something of a true champion in Casa LeenLovesStyle. Tried and tested, it works winter and summer, as a simple meat & veg dinner or as side dish when you’re hosting a dinner party. The sweetness of the potatoes and dates is countered perfectly by the slight piney and earthy aroma of the rosemary and that gentle nudge of salt of the lardons (don’t you just love that word? Sounds so much fancier than plain bacon, doens’t it). Oh, and did I mention that the prep is super easy, and that everyone is guaranteed to love it? Without further ado, let’s dig in… Ingredients:  1 kg of sweet potatoes 5 large medjool dates 1 tbsp olive oil 1 heaped tbsp fresh rosemary (about three or four sprigs) 150 gr cured lardons Cooking time: 20 min prep time + +/- 40 min in the oven Let’s get cooking: Preheat the oven to 200 °C. Peel and cut the sweet potatoes in cubes of about 2 x 2 cm.  Place them in an oven resistant …

An Abundance Of Oils

What better universe to divulge yourself in than that delightful, aromatic, silky soft and golden hued one of body and face oils? My devotion to oil is no secret here on LeenLovesStyle, and with a love so devout an intense, why stick to only one product? These 4 have been on rotation lately, and here’s a little breakdown of each of them: The Avène Body Oil has long been a darling of mine, and is the epitome of minimalism. No frills or thrills, but boy does this oil deliver! Thanks to avocado and calendula oil, it breathes life back into parched skin, takes it from croco to soft & supple. Plus, the Avène Thermal Spring Water in it has this heavenly soothing effect on my itching and dry limbs. Sheer hydrating heaven! Another golden oldie in my collection is the Caudalie Huile Divine / Divine Oil, and quite frankly, the clue is in the title. Divine by name, divine by nature, this oil raised the bar when it first launched several years ago. Not only …

La Roche Posay Eau Micellaire Ultra

Sometimes, bigger really is better! Just have a look at this beauty… Or beast, depending on how you look at it. 400 ml of translucent goodness, designed to soothe even the most reactive and sensitive of skins, the La Roche-Posay Eau Micellaire Ultra* takes micellar waters to the next level. But is it the right level? Tried and tested, my skin never reacted of acted up after using this, nor did it feel itchy or tight. The description says that the Eau Micellaire Ultra can be used for cleansing, taking of your make up and soothing your skin. I can vouch for the soothing your skin part and for the cleansing bit (as in the 2nd part of a double cleanse), but the taking my make up off and cleanse in 1 go was a bridge too far for me, so I did what I always do with micellar waters, and I treated as a toner. In that perspective, it really did pass the test with flying colours. No stripping the skin of the softness …

5 Lush Recipes I’ll Be Trying This Summer

Every year around this time, when the first weeks of summer have passed, and we’ve had several days of excessive heat, I reach that very same crossroad of having no desire to cook anything warm or elaborate and having completely run out of inspiration of what to cook. Well, not this year! I am utterly bored of that umptieth Caesar salad or a bowl of lettuce, tomato, cucumber, avocado and shrimps hustled together, so I went on a little inspiration hunt and found a few recipes that I’ll be trying these next few weeks. Here’s to upping my salad-game (in a none too labour intensive way)! Healthy, filling and totally Instagram worthy.. Soba noodle & vegetable salad – in pursuit of more For those days when I feel like a wannabe Gwyneth Palthrow 5 ingredient pasta salad – gimme some oven She had me at 5 ingredients…. Spring salmon salad with Dijon mustard – Nutritionist meets chef Salmon and Dijno mustard? Need I say more… Thai zucchini noodle and quinoa salad – foodiecrush I can …

June Favourites

6 months have come and gone, 2017 is halfway, and it’s time for something new on this blog! I’ve been blogging for over 4 years, and in all those years, I’ve never done of the great classics of beauty blogging, the ‘Favourites’ post. Never one to let something go by untried, I realised this was the perfect moment to line up my favourites as I discovered some exciting products! The DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, I must admit, has been a favourite of mine for a long time (check this article!), and after a litle time apart, I fell in love with this golden beauty all over again. Nothing takes away my make up like this one, and not a dry skin-moment in sight. I’m on my 4th bottle, and nr 5 is already waiting it’s turn. All the next bits really are brand spankin’ new ones, pinky swear! It wouldn’t be the LeenLovesStyle favourites if it weren’t filled to the brim with skincare, and my skin has been particularly loving the Uriage Eau Thermale Water …

Carven Coup De Coeur

The titel says it all…. A blue Monday, late 2014. I saundered into a beauty hall near my then office building, crossed over to the ‘Niche perfumes’ section, and a soft, green bottle caught my eye. Soft yet invigorating like a field covered in fresh morning dew, the gentle green curves of Carven L’Eau de Toilette beckoned me over. I raised the bottle, lifted the top, got a whiff of the scent and that was it, I was hooked. Almost three years later, this perfume made it’s way back to me… 60 years after the heydays of their legendary fragrances ‘Ma Griffe’ and ‘Vétiver’, Carven wrote a new chapter with the 2013 launch of Carven Le Parfum. As with all success-stories, it wasn’t before long that the house launched a “younger sister” of the scent, and in 2014, Carven L’Eau de Toilette saw the light, ready to take over. Another composition  created by Francis Kurkdjian, it was described “like a lightweight piece of clothing…as easy to wear as Le Parfum but made of a different fabric, probably …

The SPF Diaries – Lierac Sunissime

Heads up: writing about sunscreen on what feels like the hottest day of the century has this weird, semi-torturous form of serendipity to it. Talk about coming full circle. This sweltering heat does not combine well with my fair-to-normal skin, and my irrational & manic fear of getting a treacherous sunburn has me reaching for the SPF every other hour or so to top up my armor of SPF (as Mr B loves to call it). It’s widely known that over-zealous UV exposure is a single-way ticket to premature ageing of the skin, so a superfluous relationship with your favourite SPF is a kick-ass first step in your anti-ageing routine! Lierac took that SPF – anti-ageing – skin protection relationship one step further and created their Lierac Sunissime Line. Taking it’s inspiration from light therapy, this new line aims to not only protect from UVA and UVB rays, but also from infrared light. In laymen terms this means that the range aims to go above and beyond the standard focus on protection from hyperpigmentation, loss …

Sisley Double Tenseur

It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a Sisley product, as I do not want this blog to become the posterchild for the Sisley Fanclub, but sometimes I just cannot help myself… Why do they have to be so darn good, every.single.time?! This month the LeenLovesStyle Sisley Fanclub presents: The Sisley Paris Double Tenseur Moisturizing Gel*! Double what? Double in use, double in effect? The Double Tenseur is being promoted as a skinare and make-up 2-in-1 product, acting both as a primer and as lifting agent (double in use), as a part of you morning routine and for little touch ups (double nr 2) and with a short term and long term effect (double nr 3). Keeping in line with Sisley’s traditions, the formula is packed with botanical and plant-based active ingredients. Oat seeds, Tiger Nut and Cottonseed extracts strengthen the dermal structure and create a 3D mesh effect that not only mimicks your skin to look it’s best, but also lifts, tones and plumps your epidermal, making you look refreshed and well rested in …

Pickled Watermelon Salad

Aka going out on a limp and experiment in the kitchen (and on this blog!)! Yes, I am venturing into food! Remember this article? I am slowly but surely pushing myself to overcome that lack of self confidence and food photography skills, and put myself and my food out there! A fresh take on a summer side dish, my interest in this recipe was first tickled, or should I say pickled (#puninteded), when I saw it on a cooking show on tv. I adapted the recipe to my family’s taste, gave it a go, and there we had it: instant hit! If you’re having a family BBQ on a hot summer’s eve these next few months, add this to your table, next to the potato salad & corn on the cob and enjoy! Oh, and please do read to the end for delicious second spin on this recipe! (#2forthepriceofone) Ingredients:  1 watermelon (preferably 1 – 1.5 kg) 275ml apple cider vinegar 500ml water 1 cup white sugar 2 tbsp salt zest and juice of 1 …