Monthly Archives: June 2012

New skin care routine – Sampar

With the seasons changing, I find it important to change my skin routine as well. The heavy winter moisturizers are just not a nice combo with sun shine – we don’t want to look like we deep frie burgers as morning exercise!

I switched to a, for me, new brand called Sampar which is available at Sephora (pretty much every beauty need you ever will encounter is available at Sephora..) and is priced between drugstore and high-end in. Sampar makes innovative products for the city gawl and this is what actually attracts me to the brand: they don’t only have the regular cleanser and moisturizer but also really effective peelings and cosmakeup (“blurring the lines between skin care and make up). So after this promise I started testing!

The following products all make use of the Urban Advance Complex, which is claimed to be a powerful alliance of 3 active ingredients (shea butter serum, mint endorphin and probiotic sugar), acts as an anti-oxidant shield, neutralizing any cutaneous imbalances linked to pollution, strengthens the skin’s natural defenses and shocks the skin back to life on a cellular level.


Let’s start with the cleanser: Daily Dose Foaming Cleanser. It actually doesn’t foam as much as the name would suggest but it works perfect together with my Clarisonic (which I will review in another post!). It is a gentil, milky cleanser and it smells like rose garden meets pharmacy, I think it’s a sense you have to get use to it, but I like it – it seems to calm down my skin. The showpiece of the producte, as you can see on their website, are the essential oils (cinnamon, lavender, savory, thyme, oregano, rosemary, cloves and sage) which eliminate toxins and soothe the skin, however when we review the ingredients list on the back of the tube you can see that most the oils are all the way in the back of the list which means that these ingredients are represented the least.

Sampar’s Daily Dose Foaming Cleanser costs 20 euro or 160 DKK for 125 ml.

Next product to review is the Skin Quenching Mist. On their website they advice you to mist the spray directly on your face in the morning and in the evening. However, I like it better to spray 10 pumps onto a cotton pad and than apply it to my face. Because of that, I also don’t prefer a spray packaging, I would have liked a normal bottle better. The mist also has the rose garden/pharmacy smell, they are quite consisted regarding the smell, and is just like the cleanser gentil. This product doesn’t seems to do anything special for me, but I like to use my skin products from the same brand.

Sampar’s Skin Quenching Mist costs 29 euro or 225 DKK for 200 ml.

The last product is the moisturizer, which I absolutely ADORE! The Barely There Moisture Fluid is an absolute winner for the Summer! It is an extremely light moisturizer, which makes the skin hydrated and shine-free all day long.

Sampar’s Barely There Moistre Fluid costs 31 euro or 250 DKK for 50 ml.

PROS
– Extremely gentil skincare
– Cute packaging – we can all use ourselves some pink right
– Aimed for a skin that has to endure city stress

CONS
– Peculiar scent (you either love it or you hate it)
– Toner is packaged inconveniently

With love,
-Janet

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New In: Make-up!

One of my guilty sins are definitely make-up and nailpolish. So when there was a shopping night sale at Sephora last Wednesday (20% discount on everything) I had to take a look! I ended up buying this gorgeous lipstick by YSL (Volupté Sheer Candy nr 5), it looks really dark on the picture but it’s actually quite sheer. So it results in a healthy snow-white berry color on the lips, I love it!

The other two beauties by Essie (Tart Deco and Mint Candy Apple – the names actually quite suit the color!) I got for my birthday (shame on me forgot to take a picture of them). Both are really nice summer colors and with the rainy Danish summer I can definitely use something to brighten up my day!.

With love,
-Janet

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Nam nam – Vesterbrogade 39

When your expectations are too high, you more or less can only be disappointed. I definitely felt like that after I finally visited the Singaporean restaurant nam nam here in Copenhagen. As you could read here, I was more than excited to try this restaurant out, to find a home away from home!

I would like to begin with: I do recommend this restaurant a 100% – Singaporean food is exciting, delicious and just something new. Away from all the standard Asian food available in Copenhagen (we all know by now, how a Thai red curry of a Vietnamese Pho Bo tastes likes). But for me personally, it definitely can not replace my dad’s soulfood (which is pure heaven!) and perhaps that also shouldn’t have been the mind-set to try it out with..

The interior, which I unfortunately haven’t made a picture of because the odour coming out of the kitchen reminded me soo much of home that I just got a bit too unfocused to make pictures of lamps and chairs, is a mixture between a Singaporean hawker center (street kitchen) and the minimalistic Danish design. It reminded me a bit of the madklubben concept, where the tables are located rather close to each other. Perhaps even too close? Our neighbors requested to be changed because they had a bad acoustic – I am pretty sure it was because I ordered a chilly crab and all you can do with that is just suck the meat out and yes I can totally admit that is not the nicest sound to listen to…

But now, the most important thing: the food. We ordered a Pohpia, Laksa, Chilly crab and free range porc bbq. The pohpia (Singaporean version of the raw, but warm, spring roll) was actually the dish I looked most forward to and unfortunately this one was sold out (story of my life). But in the end 2 small dishes and one larger dish was fine for two!

NYONYA LAKSA: Shellfish based spicy, aromatic soup finished off with coconut milk. The soup has its name from the scented laksa leaves that is added before serving with crispy bean sprouts, finely chopped vegetables, noodles and freshly peeled raw coldwater shrimps

I shall start with one of my favorite Singaporean dishes: Laksa. It is a spicy, coco creamy noodle soup which could be seen as Singaporean comfort food. At nam nam this was the dish that actually disappointed me the most (although the less biased boyfriend loved it, so taste is on the tongue of the beholder). I found it too lemony and not enough creamy, the noodles were all broken (this definitely is a picky comment, I am completely aware of that), and there were a lot of traditional things missing such as fish cake, cockles and tofu. But it is still one of my favorite dishes and even though I am extremely critical it was an okay dish to try.

SINGAPORE CHILI CRABS: Stir-fried crab with plenty of chili, garlic, ginger, tomato, egg and huge amounts of fresh herbs

This dish isn’t as chili as the name would suggest, so it is perfect for the average Dane to try. It is a nice, almost softshell crab and especially the smell is delicious! It might be a bit unsexy trying to devour the crab meat, but it will be rewarding.

CHAR SIU FREE RANGE PORC BBQ: Slowly marinated breast of free range pork with an abundance of aromatic chinese spices, spring onions, honey and barley malt syrup, Acar pickles and steamed bread. Served with a side dish of your choice

Since moving to Denmark, I quadrupled my intake of pork meat. And the Char Siu was no exception. The meat was was perfectly prepared and seasoned, the meat was tasty and for anybody who doesn’t discriminates against any kind of meat it is worth ordering.

I am definitely planning to go back to Nam nam, just because I HAVE TO try out their Pohpia and to be honest I just want to try everything out on their menu! They have a shared menu, which costs 650 kroner p/p (less than 100 euro), and they will feed you 10 to 12 dishes. So yes, that’s a must try!

With love,
-Janet

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Happy fathersday!!!

Dear Daddy,

Every time when learning this new language and it gets too hard, when nobody understands what I am saying – I think about you. How you were 21 and moved to the Netherlands, learned to be fluent in Dutch on your own without going to school for it. How you worked 10 hours a day, just to come home and sit for another 2-3 hours with your studybooks. How you always emphasized that we should be fluent in Dutch to be part of society and of course you make your occasional grammar error, but I am proud to be your daughter!!

I miss you and I love you

With love,
-Janet

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Sneaker Banquet







Yesterday the weather was unexpected nice! So after I saw on facebook that the Sneaker Banquet was actually yesterday, I decided to meet up with the boyfriend in Kødbyen and see what they were offering..

There were about 5 stands, most of them of shops (Rezet, Streetmachine, Wood Wood to name some) and their owners private collection. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed with the sneakers. A lot was used stuff and there were no small sizes at all.. I still have to get used to that Copenhagen is really trend sensitive and most of the guys and girls here only wear Nike Free and New Balance (and I absolutely have nothing with New Balance..) and that also reflected with what was available. However, the boyfriend found a nice new pair of Nike SB Stefan Janoski with almost 70% discount!

After strolling around we decided to just enjoy the good music (loads of old school hip hop), cheap beers (they only costed 10 kroner = 1.30 eur) and the sunshine on some bench in the middle of the event. All in all, I had a crazy good afternoon. Because of unexpected days like this I really fall in love with Copenhagen more and more!!

With love,
-Janet

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