Vitamin Drink / Shower Gel

VITAMIN DRINK
One of the main unhealthy habits a lot of people have and what is super harmful for your body, is drinking fizzy soda drinks. They’re full of sugar or harmful sweeteners, like aspartame. If you’re one of those people, but you want to live a healthier life, the first thing you should do is cut out that crap. It’s not easy for the people who are really addicted to it though. Your body will ask for it. So why not replace it with another fizzy drink, but then one that has loads of added vitamins? I came across this drink called Alibi. At first I was a bit suspicious about the sweetener, but after looking it up, I learnt it wasn’t one of the bad ones. What doesn’t mean you should go crazy with this drink and drink litres a day though. But I think this is a super good idea, to add vitamins instead of harmful crap. Alibi comes in different flavours (I tried the pomegranate and the blueberry) and I can tell you that they’re very tasty. It’s refreshing with a nice fizz to it, not the one that makes your mouth hurt (really, I don’t understand how people can drink the painful fizz sometimes, but maybe that’s just me..). It’s sweet, but not too sweet and I’m sure it will help you to get rid of your fizzy soda drink cravings. You can buy it at several health shops and the Whole Foods Market. A perfect drink to enjoy this summer!

SHOWER GEL
This is the perfect shower gel. I use this since forever and in a very multi functional way, especially on holiday. I use it as a shower gel (duhh), I wash my hair with it and I use it as a make up remover. So this one product is all you need in the shower, what makes it super handy for when you’re on away. At home I mainly use it to take my make up off. It takes of my waterproof mascara perfectly, without harming my skin. You can get it in different sizes, with a small one under 100ml. This makes it even easier to take with you, if it needs to go in your hand luggage at the airport. At first this product was very liquid and it would have been better to call it shower liquid, but recently they changed that and it’s more like a gel now. This is so so much better! Way to go Lush!

Did you already know these products or are you going to try them after reading this? Please let me know or show me on Instagram by using #PlanetManel. Would you like me to test and review your product(s) or do you have any suggestions? Please send me a message via CONTACT! It can be anything (food, drinks, beauty..) as long as it’s vegan. Thank you!

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Rose jam / Fishless fingers

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I love everything with the smell of roses! The bubble bar Rose Jam is for that reason my absolute favourite bubble bar from Lush! When I was in Bath, last year, I treated myself to one. That was the last time I enjoyed a bath with this magic product and I need to do it again soon. I definitely need a bath in my future house, because I need to treat myself a lot more to this amazing product. First of all.. the smell is intoxicating! It’s smells like my favourite Lush product Ro’s Argan, but then you can take a bath with it. The bath water turns into a perfect pink (I mean.. who’s doesn’t want that?!) and you just don’t want to get out. Second.. it leaves your skin so soft and incredible. This is such a GO & TRY product! You can go to your nearest Lush shop to get one of course, but you can also order it online.

img_6726FISHLESS FINGERS
I don’t know where to start, because I have a very double feeling with these fishless fingers from Quorn. I want to say: they taste too good! Though, then I’m saying that they’re the perfect imitation of a dead fish’s body. I have the same with burgers which taste too good. Then again, I can’t change the fact that I used to be a meat eater and that I loved the taste of it. I also loved fish fingers, it’s something we often ate on a Sunday at home, with mayo and ketchup on a white sandwich. So it gives me good childhood memories too. I think, just img_6983because we love this taste, it’s alright to imitate and enjoy. I definitely think it’s perfect for the people who are having a hard time to make the transition because of taste. These days they can imitate so good and these fishless fingers the big proof of that. They taste exactly the same as I remember. Like 0 difference. It’s like you’re eating fish. So if there are huge fish (finger) lovers here, you have to try these. I ate them with some potato waffles (sorry, I looooveee these) and grilled some huge asparagus with them. Oh and + some yummy mayonnaise of course. It was a perfect meal. The next time I make them, I’m going to put them on a white sandwich and make them they way my dad used to make it. Yay!

Did you already know these products or are you going to try them after reading this? Please let me know or show me on Instagram by using #PlanetManel. Would you like me to test and review your product(s) or do you have any suggestions? Please send me a message via CONTACT! It can be anything (food, drinks, beauty..) as long as it’s vegan. Thank you! X

Have a Lush Xmas!

img_3280Did you do all your Christmas shopping yet? I just finished last week. What means that there is one thing to stress less about, haha! I love getting presents for everybody though, it just takes quite a lot of time before you found something the person really likes and when you have to get presents for 15 people (like me), it’s wise to start early. I luckily did. I started in October, yes really! Whenever I get presents it’s quite obvious that there are some Lush products involved. This year it’s no different, because, getting something from Lush is always a pleasure, am I right? Lush has so many nice things and when it comes to Christmas they even have more things to choose from. In case you’re not finished your Christmas shopping yet and you need some inspiration I made a list of Lush it’s most wonderful Christmas products! You can add a bath bomb to anything you already bought.. or when you’re getting something for the bigger Lush fanatics, there are great looking Christmas hampers with lots of goodies, in any price range. You still have some time to head to one of the amazing smelling Lush stores to get your things, but if you’re too busy or you live somewhere without a Lush nearby, you can always order their products of their website!

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JOLLY HOLLYDAYS – 200 gr ‘Fizzbanger’ bath bomb / 100 gr ‘Bubbly’ shower gel / 100 gr ‘The Christmas Penguin’ bubble bar / 100 gr ‘Lord of Misrule‘ shower cream / 190 gr ‘Satsuma’ bath bomb / 120 gr ‘Fireside’ soap – £29,95

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LITTLE SNOW FAIRY – 100 gr ‘Snow Fairy’ shower gel / 100 gr ‘Snow Fairy’ fun – £9,95

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MERRY CHRISTMAS – 200 gr ‘Golden Wonder’ bath bomb / 100 gr ‘Snow Angel’ bath melt / 200 gr ‘Shoot for the Stars’ bath bomb / 200 gr ‘So White’ bath bomb – £ 19,95

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RUDY – 90 gr ‘Butterbal’ bath bomb / 200 gr ‘Shoot for the Stars’ bath bomb – £11,95

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NOEL – 100 gr ‘Lord of Misrule’ shower cream / 180 gr ‘Papa Noël’ face wash jelly / 55 gr ‘Smuggler’s Soul’ shampoo bar / 120 gr ‘Fireside’ soap – £28,95

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JOY TO THE WORLD – 45 gr ‘Dream Cream’ body lotion / 120 gr ‘Santa’s Postbox’ soap – £9,95

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CHRISTMAS BATHTIME FAVOURITES – 200 gr ‘Golden Wonder’ bath bomb / 90 gr ‘Star Dust’ bath bomb / 200 gr ‘Shoot for the Stars’ bath bomb / 180 gr ‘Northern Lights’ bath bomb / 200 gr ‘Mistletoe’ bath bomb / 200 gr ‘Luxury Lush Pod’ bath bomb / 75 gr ‘Butterbear’ bath bomb / 200 gr ‘Father Christmas’ bath bomb / 190 gr ‘Satsuma‘ bath bomb – £39,95

img_3278Of course you don’t need to give everything away.. because you obviously need some things yourself to get Christmas-ready. The day before Christmas.. take a nice hot bath with ‘Golden Wonder’, a ‘Rosy Cheeks’ facial mask in the meantime and cover yourself with ‘Ro’s Argan’ after. Use your favourite shampoo bar to make your hair look amazing and get your red nail polish ready. You’ll feel so festive and I’m sure you can handle anything Christmas throws at you.. like roasted veggies, stuffed sweet potato and cinnamon rolls! (..recipes which will come soon!)

Are you a big Lush fan, like me? What are you getting for Christmas? Please let me know your Lush-plan in the comments below or show me on Instagram using #PlanetManel. Thank you! X

Beauty Routine

13453479_1169448609765907_594111696_oMy routine is very  important to me. It keeps me going and I feel good doing it. I almost never skip anything. The only time that happens is when I accidentally fall asleep or when I oversleep, but that basically never happens to me. But if it happens I don’t feel so comfortable. Maybe it’s because I’m quite a control freak, but also because I just don’t feel clean and that is not a nice feeling.
I have tried a lot of things and a lot of different products over the years, but at this moment I think I have the perfect routine. Because I know a lot of people are struggling to find a good routine or good products, I thought it’s a good idea to tell you mine. Maybe it’ll not work for you, maybe it will and maybe it only inspires you to create your own routine. I’ll tell you what I do in the morning and the evening and I’ll also tell you something about each product and how I use it. I hope you will enjoy reading this.

In the morning I always brush my teeth. I use the tooth tabs, ‘Miles of Smiles’, from Lush for this. This is my favourite as it has a nice fresh and minty taste. I only use half of one tab, because that is more than enough. I use the other half in the evening. You use it by chewing on it and then brush your teeth with a wet toothbrush. I love it! It’s also so handy for holidays, especially when you fly as you don’t have to put it in a plastic bag at the security. Another benefit is that you use everything. With toothpaste it can be quite tricky to finish it all, but with the tabs that is never a worry.

13460759_1169448286432606_740673601_oThen my make up. I only use a bit of foundation and mascara, which are both from ‘Barry M’. I started to use this quite recently and I’m very happy with it. The foundation has a good coverage, though I would be even happier if the colour was slightly lighter. As long as you don’t touch your face too much it’ll last as good as the whole day. Now the mascara is just amazing! The mascara I used before always smudged a bit under my eyes, even though it was waterproof, and I was always aware of this. It made me feel uncomfortable at times and I was always trying to make it go away, even if I wasn’t sure it was smudged. The mascara from ‘Barry M’ gets quite hard, but it doesn’t smudge at all and it gives a lovely length. I’m very happy with it. The only trouble maybe is that, because it’s stays on so well, it’s a bit tricky to get it off. But I got something for that, more about this later.

For my hair I only use a bit of coconut oil. It doesn’t really matter what brand, but I do make sure it’s organic and virgin. I do have to say that I really like the brand I’m using at the moment, called ‘Nutiva’. It has a very strong and not so obvious smell. I’d recommend it. So I just melt a bit in my hands and divide it over my hair. You have to be careful not to use too much, because then it looks like you didn’t wash your hair in weeks. Not a sexy look! I love the way my hair smells after it and it feels light, soft and there are zero knots.

13410344_1169450739765694_1733858665_oNow in the evening.. I always try to take a shower straight when I get home. Just so I’ll not be too tired before bedtime. The big star under the shower is definitely ‘Olive Branch’ from Lush. I do everything with it. I use is as a shower gel, for shaving, for scrubbing, for my hair and.. to remove my make up! To remove my mascara I first make my face wet and wait for about 5 minutes so the water can make the mascara a bit softer. Then I put only a tiny bit of ‘Olive Branch’ on my finger tips and gently massage is on my closed(!) eyes. Then I also wash the rest of my face with it. Rinse it off with water and it’s gone. To make sure everything is off my face and to calm it down, I use ‘Herbalism’ from Lush. I use this since the beginning and I love this product. Once you have a little bit of product in your hand, you add a few drops of water with it and rub it in your hands to wash your face. It smells nice, gives a very mild scrub and is gentle on your skin.

I scrub my body about once a week and I use ground coffee for this. Yes! If you like to try this too, this is how I do it: Apply the ‘Olive Branch’ over your skin and dip your hand in the coffee and then simply scrub scrub scrub.. I also use it for my face, but you have to be careful with this when you have a sensitive skin and always make sure you make soft movements and not for too long. You don’t want to break your skin.

13461312_1169448319765936_975829400_oMy favourite Lush product in terms of smell is ‘Ro’s Argan’. It’s a body conditioner, but I use it more as a lotion and I sometimes even use it as some sort of perfume before I go somewhere. The idea is to put it on your skin, leave it for a bit and then rinse it off, just like a conditioner for your hair. I use it after taking a shower and it makes me smell define. It’s a shame it’s so expensive, but I love it so much that I do buy it. A real treat!

As a nightcream, after the shower, I also use simply coconut oil. It’s a perfect natural moisturiser and your skin smells amazing. Coconut oil is anti bacterial, has vitamin-E and has anti-aging properties. And when I have a bit more time, as it takes a bit longer for coconut oil to be absorbed by your skin, I sometimes also use it as a body lotion. This is when I’m not using ‘Ro’s Argan’ of course.

Last but not least and very important. Deodorant! I tried so many brands and techniques, but now I found my ultimate favourite. And it’s the most simple and definitely the cheapest one. I use ‘Salt of the Earth’. It’s actually just salt what you rib on your armpits. You have to make your armpits a bit wet before applying it, but the handiest way is to just use it after the shower. It’s unscented, but it works for hours. I bought my one over a year ago and I’m sure it’ll last me at least until the end of this year. It’s amazing!

To easily find my favourite beauty products in the shop yourself, here is a handy list:
*Tooth tabs ‘Miles of Smiles’ – LUSH – £5,95
*Face cleanser ‘Herbalism’ – LUSH – £6,95
*Shower gel ‘Olive Branch’ – LUSH – £9,75
*Body conditioner ‘Ro’s Argan’ – LUSH – £16,50
*Coconut oil ‘Nutiva’ – Health shops – £9,50 (on sale)
*Deodorant ‘Salt of the Earth’ – Health shops – £4,99
*Foundation ‘Barry M’ – Superdrug/Boots – £5,99
*Mascara ‘Barry M’ – Superdrug/Boots – £6,49

*These are the prices I paid for it. The prices may vary of course.

Do you also have a routine? Are you always using the same products, or maybe even one of the products I use too? Please let me know or show me by using #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X

Orange Orange Orange

13090606_1139272872783481_1929926087_oAs you (all?) know, I’m Dutch. And in Holland we celebrate ‘King’s Day’! For years and years (and years) that was ‘Queen’s Day’, but since the 30th of April 2013 we have a King. King Willem Alexander! ‘Queen’s Day’ used to be on the 30th of April, but Willem Alexander changed that to the 27th of April, because that is his birthday. That day, everything in Holland is orange. It’s a big celebration. There are a lot of activities planned(games, festivals) and it almost looks like Holland changed in one big market. Really lovely! Children and adults selling their old stuff on the streets of the cities(or villages). It’s a nice atmosphere and everybody is excited.

When it was still ‘Queen’s Day’ the whole royal family visited a few cities or villages that day. That city or village prepared a whole route for them and there were (dance, theatre etc.)performances and little games. It was nice because it was so interactive. The queen herself and all the other royal family members were playing games or were asked to do things and they always did. Very unique for a royal family to interact with the people like this. But unfortunately since Willem Alexander is king it’s not like this anymore. He changed some things. Now all the schools are doing ‘Koningspelen’. What means that on the last day before the May-holiday all the primary schools are playing games. This is to promote exercise and health. Which I think is a good initiative, but I do think it’s a shame that the tradition of them visiting places in Holland is gone.

Anyway, I thought for ‘King’s Day’ it’ll be nice to do something orange. So I went to Lush and looked for orange. Because after a long day of looking for cool vintage stuff on the markets and dancing on festivals, I think it’s time for a nice hot bath and relax! And why not take a bath in King’s style?!

13090624_1139197852790983_496354265_o  ORANGE BLOSSOM – luxury bath oil – £2

13090799_1139197836124318_835377227_o  THE ROUGH WITH THE SMOOTH – scrub – £5,95

13062729_1139197889457646_770505164_o  YOGA BOMB – bath bomb – £3,95

13090859_1139197866124315_385392291_o  HAPPY THOUGHTS – luxury bath oil – £2

13062606_1139197842790984_1801946372_o  ORANGE FUN – bath play dough – £5

Enough to choose from! My personal favourite out of these products is definitely the Yoga Bomb. It has a subtle, but lovely smell and makes beautiful colours in the bath. The luxury bath oils make your skin super soft, just as the amazing scrub. I think the last one is very nice for kids. Play and wash.. so much fun!

So quickly rush to a Lush store to get some orangeeeeee.. or choose for a next day delivery via the website!

Are you going to celebrate ‘King’s Day’? What are you doing to celebrate? Are you going to try these products or do you have an orange favourite? Please let me know or show me by using #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X

a LUSH Easter

Yeah it’s almost Easter! There are lots of ways to celebrate, but I think whatever Easter means to you, it should definitely mean long lazy mornings, brunch and some you-time. Why not have a little pamper time? Lock yourself up in the bathroom and don’t come out until you feel define. Thanks to the Lush easter products this isn’t that hard! They don’t only make you smile looking at their creative shapes and colours, but they are all vegan. (Oh wait, that just makes you smile even more!)

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What do you think of these colourful reusable bubble bar carrots? ‘Bunch of Carrots’ (£6,25)

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Or you rather have this bigggg ‘Carrot'(£19,95)?

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‘Which came first?’ (£6,95) Who cares.. slide in and let all your worldly worries go with this huge pink bath bomb!

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Ok, some look a bit like they have been run over by a big truck(which I agree on isn’t very vegan), but not to worry.. ‘Tweet’ (£3,45) is a deliciously smelling bubble bar!

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The only egg you can use this easter(or ever) is this special ‘Golden Egg’ (£3,95) which will turn you into a sparkly easter egg yourself! What more do you want..

You can order all these products online(delivery is normally within 3-5 working days or you can choose for next day delivery) on the LUSH website, or what is maybe even more exciting as going to Lush is always a treat on its own, you can go and get it yourself!

Did you use some lovely Lush Easter products? Please let me know or show me via Instagram by using #PlanetManel !