Author: lstruyf

Hair Treats

A few months ago I started dying my hair again. That whole “I’m going to rock my natural hair colour”-thing didn’t exacly do it for me, so I am back to being an blonde and basking in it! My hair is a frizzy mess if I don’t style it, but a dry mess when I take care of that frizz, so with three blow dries a week, I need a few power troopers to keep my tresses soft and silky. Would now be a good time to share my recent hair care favourites with you? Hair treat no 1 is the Phyto Paris Phytomillesime Beauty Concentrate Leave-In Concentrate, a leave-in treatement formulated specifically for coloured hair. The red bottle does not only represent my love for Phyto haircare (That Phyto 7 Hydrating Cream… Oh my!!), it also matches the “Phyto Red Love Apple Technology” which is created to protect you tresses from external aggresors, heat and subsequent damages. It is a leave-in treatment (#myfavouritekind), so I scrunch this into my towel-dried hair before blow-drying it. A few …

Sunday Nutella Cookie Funday

Sundays equal quality time. Quality time with Mr B, quality time with our mini’s, and truth be told, even some me-time (bath + face  mask + silence = heaven). As with most families, our kitchen is the core of the LLS household, and many an hour is spent there, laughing, talking, yelling, working, relaxing and straightout living. A little perusing session a few lunchbreaks ago (oh who I am kidding, I was procrastinating my lunchbreak away) I stumbled across this picture on Tumblr, and it looked just so mouthwatering, so damn delicious! There was no recipe linked, no article to be found, nothing, but just look at those cookies!! Those dollops of (what I believe to be) Nutella, that cookie with it’s crunchy exterior, chewy interior charm, and that finishing touch of a hint of salt to set ofF that indulgent chocolate decadence! Baking has always been a quality moment with our mini’s, a bit of flour here, a splash of sugar there, a stir here and a whisk there, they adore it, and I …

Filorga Oil Absolute

Bonjour mes amours! It is the week of love, and if there is anything I love, love, love in beauty, face oil takes that crown. My adoration of face oils has been well documented here on LeenLovesStyle, especially when my skin’s feeling dry and tight due to a change in seasons, a lack of hydration or after a retinol or AHA binge. I usually have a few of them on rotation, but the one I’m reaching for the most lately is Filorga Oil-Absolute Ultimate Anti-Ageing Serum. Wait, what? Serum? Oil? Can it be both? Filorga markets this as a ‘facial oil with the power of a serum’, promising to improve the look of wrinkles, even out skin tone and boost its radiance. Filorga + face oil? I was ready to dive in, literally and figuratively! The ingredient list is always the perfect place to start, and the one for the Filorga Oil Absolute reads like a who’s who of skincare Tinseltown. Reigning supreme is a blend of several natural oils, with buruti and camellia being the most enticing ones. …

Vichy Liftactiv Vitamin C Brightening Skin Corrector

A 10 day booster treatment of a few drops a day for an improve skin texture and a brighter skin tone? Colour me excited! The press release for this tickled my fancy in a flash, and I could not wait to photograph and test this beaut’ as soon as it dropped into the LLS postbox. First things first, what is it that I rambling about? The Vichy Liftactiv Vitamin C Booster (or the Liftactiv Vitamin C Brightening Skin Corrector, as you will), is a 15% Pure Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Fragmented Hyaluronic Acid and Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water formula. The 15% Vitamine C and Hyaluronic Acid will have already given it away, the goal of this little bottle is a skin that looks radiant and well rested, with a refined texture and less fine lines. Let’s just call it a time machine for your skin. A big claim for a small bottle! It was the perfect time for this Vichy Liftactiv Vitamin C Booster  to pop up in my life, stress at work + working mum’s …

The Banana Bread My Kids Go Bonkers For

Banana bonkers… that’s a way to describe my kids. We are certified banana lovers over here, whatever way, shape or form is adored, but this banana bread really does take the crown. Several loafs are whipped up every month, and the yellow goodies aren’t the only thing that have my mini’s jumping for joy. This recipe is not only quick and easy, it is also perfect to get your kids involved and let them join in. Mine are always happy to help, and I just love spending that quality time with them, together in the kitchen, making something out of nothing. A few leftover bananas transform into a loaf of love that makes a delicious breakfast (on the go, guilty as charged), a lunchbox extra or a sweet tea time snack. A friend of mine passed me this recipe, without the thrills and frills, and I started playing around with it, adapting it and ended up with this version that is a hit in the LLS household. Here we go! Ingredients: 4 smaller, ripe bananas …

Treading Into Glossier Waters

Glossier…. Aka the Holy Grail of skincare according to many. I’m sure this is not the first article you’ve read on the brand, God knows how many articles I’ve read on it, but still, I’d like to add in my 2 cents as well. I couldn’t resist temptation any longer, and asked (no, pleaded) sweet Katia to bring me back some Glossier goodies when she hopped across the Atlantic to discover New York, and thanks to her being the amazing friend that she is, I finally got my mittens on some products. All in the name of blogging of course! For those not aware who or what Glossier is (where have you been?), it’s a beauty and skincare brand created by a super savvy woman (Emily Weiss) super savvy women who know what they want: Enhance what you’ve got and flaunt it, instead of hiding it. No frills, no faffing about, but luxury products that work for a price that doesn’t break the bank. Add in smart packaging, formulas that work and a loyal millennial …

Bourjois Rouge Velvet The Lipstick

It’s Friday, I’m in love! What better way to start the weekend than a kick-ass lipstick and an overflow of shades to choose from? A girl has to have options, right? Bourjois understands that like no other, and launched their Rouge Velvet The Lipstick Collection late last year. A mouth-watering series of 12 matte lipsticks promising to be intensely pigmented and long-wearing, a touch of French glamour and va va voom. Oh la la…. The Rouge Velvet The Lipstick is not the first lipstick collection I’ve tried from Bourjois, and they’ve  proven themselves to be a premium drugstore brand with their previous lippie launches. Their attention to detail sets them aside from their competitors, with the lipstick bullet shaped for precision application and the casing of the lipstick matching the shade inside. Now all that could just be unnecessary extra’s if the lipsticks themselves turn out to be a dud, so I put the 6 shades that I have at home through the ringer over the holidays, and to be honest, I was suitably impressed! The …

Goldfield & Banks Pacific Rock Moss

Raving about the most summer-y looking, sounding and evoking fragrance in the freezing dead of winter, quite the contradiction, right? And no, I see no issue whatsoever with that… I’ve never been the type to match my perfumes to the season and do that switch up twice a year, I just go with my mood each morning, and see my fragrance as the extension of my day ahead. Goldfield & Banks and I met by chance, a late night Instagram inspiration session (‘cause all modern-day couples meet like that nowadays…), a splash of blue, a ray of sunlight, an image that stoopped my heart, and I was sold in an instant! Never having held the bottle, never having experienced the scent, and still, the atmosphere and story of that image was so beguiling that I wanted to know more, smell more, experience more! Dimitri Weber was one of Belgium’s perfume PR exec’s par excellence. After a thriving career that saw him represent the best of the olifactory best, create the signature fragrance for an interior …

A Succulent Snickers Milkshake Showdown

You see what I did there? The perfect marriage of two of my biggest loves, food and word wizardry! I know we’re only just recovering from the annual food coma fortnight, but hear me out. One of my main goals for 2018 is a healthier lifestyle, body, mind and soul, but with an 80/20 perspective, with a sense of kindness for my body. That kindness goes both ways, with both a healthy nourishment and a little less severity and strictness. A little treat goes a long way, and what could be a better off-day treat than this Snickers Milkshake? Just look at that gorgeous creaminess, that delectable, smooth shake whispering “Come hither”! Sure, below version is quite a big cheat-treat, but give it your own twist! Make it as succulent and scrumptious as you want or need. Have fun with it! Whip it up in a minute (#easiestrecipeever) whenever you feel like spoiling yourself or your loved ones.  The one you see below is the full-on version adored by my kids, but keep on reading …

Merry Christmas

That crisp, freezing chill in the air these last few mornings bore promise that the most wonderful time of the year really has arrrived, and that there really is nowhere else to be than inside with your loved ones!  Today is Santa’s Day, so there is no content creating, beauty blogging or plain old babbling happening over here! I am hosting my family for a Christmas dinner today, and am beyond excited (and stressed!) However, I still wanted to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas, whoever and wherever you are! The end of year is always a reflective, nostalgic time, and while I could spend hours dwelling on 2017, I look towards 2018 with a sense of purpose, determination, love and utter gratefulness for all that I have in my life!  May you have a splendid Christmas filled with lights, love and laughter! A Merry Everything and a Happy Always from my family to yours!