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BEAUTY TALK: let’s be sensitive

By now, most of you probably already know that I have super sensitive and dry skin due to my eczema. What you probably don’t know, however, is all the “smart advice” I’ve had to listen to over the years. If you ask me, there is no cure for eczema. I am no doctor, but I’ve lived with it for all of my life and I’ve learned a lot about my skin, especially now that I am older. To me, eczema is a genetic skin condition that you can either grow out of (mine has gotten SO much better over the years) or you can learn to live with and try to make to circumstances the best possible. When I was little (we’re talking kindergarden age here), doctors advised my mom to put me on a diet in order to avoid certain foods. It would go on for months at the time and my skin wouldn’t get better. Of course, the dry, irritated skin can be caused by certain external factors, but for the most part, I believe that it is connected with our psyche. If we’re happy, we tend to glow, if we’re stressed, tired or sad, it shows (meaning: if you’re a 5-year old, skipping certain foods is not pure happiness). Sounds easy enough, right? Well, as much as our mind plays into things, I’ve also found that the right care is essential for my skin in order to keep things under control and to prevent a real episode. Which is why I am super picky about the products I use. During Winter, I sometimes have to resort back to special creams and oil-based shower gels from the pharmacy, but for the most part, I’ve found certain things that simply work for me. I already wrote about my facial skin care routine HERE and today I wanted to share my experience with the new “Mandel Sensitiv” skincare line by Weleda with you guys. I am always super happy to discover new products that work for me, so hopefully some of you will also love these!

Weleda "Mandel Sensitive" Pflegeserie | Bikinis & Passports

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OUTFIT: Spring in the City

Summer in Vienna is by far my favorite time of the year. It gets super warm, there are so many fun outdoor cafés and places to hang out at, and the city is simply beautiful! Today is one of the first really warm days and it feels amazing to step outside without a jacket on. Lately, I’ve been thinking about getting a bike for those warmer months. As much as I love my little car, sometimes I feel like it would be way more convenient to drive around town on a pretty bike. I am already dreaming about picking up fresh flowers from the Naschmarkt in a bike-basket and showing up to meetings on a pastel colored bike! The only thing missing: The bike!

Luckily, however, HALLHUBER is currently hosting an Instagram contest with 10 bikes up for grabs! All you have to do is post a picture of yourself and your bike, or a picture of you and the branded bike at one of the HALLHUBER stores on Instagram and tag it with #HALLHUBERBIKE. Find out more HERE.

outfit: #HALLHUBERBIKE Gewinnspiel | Bikinis & Passports

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This Year Will Be Different

I can’t help but get excited whenever the post man rings the bell. While I usually know exactly what is arriving, today I had a super special surprise! But let’s rewind a little: Last Fall, Monika Kanokova asked if I had time for an interview for her upcoming book. Of course I had time – but why me? Monika quickly explained that she wanted to create the ultimate freelance guide to help young women thinking about taking the step towards self-employment. We all have big dreams, but sometimes that is just what they will forever be: dreams… We find an excuse why those dreams have to wait, why it would never work, or why we are happy just they way things are. But guess what? This Year Will Be Different! That year was 2014 for me, when Kathi and I decided to take the plunge and spend all our time and energy on something we truly believe in. It worked for us, and it can work for you just the same!

This Year Will Be Different by Monika Kanokova - the insightful guide to becoming a freelancer | Bikinis & Passports

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Advent Calendar Day 24: Chloe

♫ “Oh, yes it’s Christmas, My favorite time of year, All of the joy you dreamed, Love in the atmosphere” 

I can’t really believe how fast these past 24 days have gone by, and how many amazing things I’ve gotten to give away during the month of December. For today’s final advent calendar giveaway, you guys can win the stunning “Roses de Chloé” perfume. In our family, perfumes are always a must under the Christmas tree. I feel as though a bottle of your favorite perfume is such a luxurious treat and I usually don’t treat myself to my favorite scent during the year. So every year, my grandma usually makes us kids smell good with our favorite perfumes. I guess this year I am taking on the roll of my grandma for one lucky winner with the beautiful scent by Chloé – which, by the way, is seriously so pretty, I kind of want it as decor for my coffee table, next to my favorite scented candles!

Roses De Chloé is an invitation to tenderness. The rose immediately exudes incredible freshness. A sensation derived from the bergamot, which is gradually joined by a heart of damascena rose essence, modernised with a magnolia accord. Then, on the skin, the trail of white musk and amber, signature of the Chloé house.”

Be sure to also head on over to Franzi’s blog for a chance to win an amazing 200€ gift card for s.Oliver today. How’s that for some last minute Christmas presents? Merry Christmas, you guys! Hope you all have a wonderful and blessed day with your loved ones.

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