Favourite things in February

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Most days seem annoyingly grey and wet this month (so grey and wet, actually, that I’m currently planning an Italian holiday in a few weeks from now – February is just too much!). No wonder I’ve concentrated on my home during the past weeks: I’ve finally gotten the new chairs for our dining room that I have mentioned and I’ve given my home office a little update with a photography that spreads some L.A. vibes.

1. HOME OFFICE DETAILS

When I saw this print by Kaitlin Rebesco on Minted.com, I knew I had to get it for my home. Yes, it’s cliché but I love California palm trees and the photo makes me smile whenever I see it. I also added this rainbow tray by Hay to my desk – the golden scissors were a Christmas gift.

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2. HAY J77 CHAIRS

Hay seems to be the brand of the month, in terms of interior, … I’ve had my eyes on Hay’s black J77 chairs for a while and finally ordered them via Einrichten-Design. (They have an amazing selection of furniture – I’d also love to order Vitra’s Wire Chair for my dining table). Two other things that make meals at home even nicer: a chequered lily and “Baies”, one of my favourite candles by Diptyque.

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3. FAVOURITE FACE MASKS

I’ve tried out a lot of amazing face masks lately and I just have to recommend these to you! First, there are two superb clay masks by the Berlin based organic brand Lovely Day Botanicals: you start with the charcoal cleansing mask, which is certainly one of the best charcoal masks I’ve tried so far. It cleanses your skin very well, but – other than many other charcoal masks – it doesn’t dry your skin out. Follow with the Hyaluron pink clay mask to moisturize your skin. A brilliant combo!

I’m also a big fan of sheet masks for a quick and easy home spa moment. Dr. Jart’s masks (which are available via Douglas) are certainly a favourite. I actually love all of them – from clearing to firming to eye lift. When I feel like my skin is out of balance, I like to use Artemis’ clarifying mask. It leaves my skin feeling very clear and soft.
And whenever I look a little older than I should and feel like I need a fresh-up, I  put on Rodial’s Dragon’s Blood eye masks (which are available via Niche-Beauty). Last month, I recommend the hyaluronic face mask, and these eye patches are equally great!

When you don’t have the time to apply a face mask but still want to deep-clean your skin, try out Dr. Jart’s Dermaclear micro foam. You just leave it on for a few minutes and then wash it off to remove make-up and impurities. I like to use glov with it.

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4. SHEER LIP STICKS

They’ve got a hint of colour, they moisturize your lips and you can easily apply them without a mirror (and still look good): I never leave the house without a sheer lipstick in my bag. My favourites are: Rouge D’Armani Sheer “305” by Giorgio Armani Beauty (a beautiful light rose), “Pretty Me Up” by MAC (a light peach) as well as “Teddy Pink” by MAC (a sheer pink). I also love YSL’s Volupté Tint-in-balm, a mix between lip balm and lip stick, in “Dream Me Nude” and “Call Me Rose”.

The necklace in the photo is the “Anna” necklace by Vibe Harsloef.

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 5. OUAI HAIR CARE & EYE MAGIC

Possibly my favourite hair care brand of the moment: OUAI, which was founded in L.A. by Jen Atkin. Ever since I tried OUAI’s hair oil, I was dying to try other products as well. (I like to massage it into my hair’s ends before blow drying to give them moisture and texture. I think it has a light jasmine scent). Talking of scent and texture: OUAI’s wave spray is even better: the scent is addictive and it’s great to make your hair a bit beach-wavy. I also love the volume shampoo – it’s actually worth its price. Give it a try!

I’ve also been using two new eye creams: Alpha-H “Absolute Eye Complex”, a fresh, light eye gel that helps to smooth fine lines. And Charlotte Tilbury’s “Magic Eye Rescue”, a rich anti-aging eye cream that feels very nice. Even though the textures are very different, I like both of them. I suppose it depends what you prefer.

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