Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Christmas Tag

I’ve seen this tag floating around various blogs and all over YouTube for the past few weeks and Danette from No Bottle Left Behind tagged me.  So naturally I was more than happy to take part and pass it along.

Which holiday do you celebrate?  We celebrate Christmas in my family.

What are you doing for the holidays this year?  This year Capt. Canada, Gemma, Shocker (a.k.a. The Incredibly Bullie Duo) and I are on our own as we have been the past few years that we’ve lived in Germany since our families are in the U.S. and Canada. So we tend to spend the holidays holed up in the house playing board games like The Settlers of Catan & Carcassone, watching movies, and catching up on tv shows.

What’s your favorite holiday drink?  I don’t really have one but I suppose cinnamon hot chocolate would do just fine.

Candy cane or gingerbread men?  Gingerbread men!  I’m not a traditional peppermint candy cane fan although I do like the rainbow one’s and the Orange Crush flavored candy canes.

What’s your favorite holiday / Christmas song?  I am not really a fan of Christmas music to be honest so I would have to say Oi to the World by the Vandals, but the No Doubt cover is good as well.   Also I feel that Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer deserves an honorable mention because it is hilarious.

What’s the weirdest gift you’ve ever received?  I can’t recall ever having received anything really weird.  I will say this though, don’t buy kids socks or underwear, it’s cruel.

Have you ever made a snowman?  I grew up in the mitten, what do you think?

What is your favorite winter fragrance?  I feel as though this is probably referring to perfume specifically but I rarely wear it and if I do, I stick with LUSH’s solid fragrance in Love year round since discovering it.  I’m a generally a sucker for vanilla and cinnamon scents though but especially during the winter months.

What is at the top of your Christmas list?  Since I was given my new camera early I would say it’s a toss up between board games, an American Apparel Flex Fleece Hoodie and a Yankee Candle since I finished the very last one I had recently.

What is most important to you about the holidays?  Spending time with the Captain and our wee little bullie one’s of course.    Oh, and not being ill as we seem to be most years for Christmas.

I tag Product Hoochie, The Silver Nail, Painted Nails & Baking Scales, Glitter She Wrote and A Year Without Excess.

 

 

 

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Vegans & Leaping Bunnies

You may have noticed that in a few recent product reviews that I’ve included whether products are “cruelty free” and or “vegan.”  First of all, I’m not trying to hop up on a soap box and preach to you about how you be vegetarian to some degree or that you should be a card carrying member of PETA.  Quite frankly, that is not my place and for the record, I am none of those things myself.  However, quite a few people in my life are vegan or vegetarian so I know that whether a product is cruelty free or vegan friendly is a strong determining factor when making purchases.  Therefore I thought it was important to do my best to include that information for them as well as all the rest of my readers.

I make no proclamations as to being an expert on the so I have been obtaining my information from sites like PETA, Leaping Bunny and even directly from the companies themselves on occasion if they can be bothered to answer my e-mails or give a straight answer on the matter.  Through trying to educate myself and researching the subject, a journey that is admittedly still in its early days so bare with me, I have found out one particularly significant thing that I was previously unaware of and that is that just because a product claims to cruelty free, that does NOT in turn mean that it is also vegan friendly.  Then there is another whole category of products and companies that simply do not test on animals but don’t belong to either of the other categories.

If this is something that concerns you then the sites I mentioned above are great resources for information.  Also, quite a few products even have the Leaping Bunny logo printed on them, which I am sure everyone must have encountered at some point by now, making it super easy to identify them as being cruelty free.  So I hope that this has been at least a little bit helpful and I will continue to do my best in the future to provide this information in my reviews.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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Bioderma Sensibio H2O Solution Micellaire – Sensitive Skin

Rating System:  Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand:  Bioderma

Cruelty Free:  No

Vegan:  No

Effective:  Excellent

Gentle:  Excellent

Overall Rating:  Excellent

Size / Amount:  250 ml

Price:  $12.99 – $26.95 USD, $22.00 – $ CA, €11,00 – €13,95 DE, £ 11.60 – £15.95 UK

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Availability:  Sadly this is not the most easily accessible in North America.  You can purchase this from Amazon.  If you live in the UK or Europe it’s a bit easier to come as Bioderma is a French brand and you can even get a the double pack for under €20 through various pharmacy sites.  While you can purchase Bioderma Micellar Water through Amazon sites.  There is also Baroness, a Swiss based company and Drugstore Cocooncenter which is a French company, both of which will ship internationally for an additional fee.  Before getting excited and placing your order anywhere, be sure to look into the shipping fees because that is where they will get you even if the price of the product seems great.  Also, there are various different micellar water formulas available from Bioderma, so do some research to find the one that will work best for  your skin type.   I’ve provided some links below where I found Bioderma Sensibio H2O.

United States:  Sears

Canada:  Murale

Germany:  Easy Apotheke & Amazon.de

United Kingdom:  Amazon.co.uk & Doc Simon

Use:  You can use this as to cleanse skin, especially on those occasional nights where you just can’t be bothered to cleanse and tone as you normally would, not that I recommend using this as a substitute for normal cleanser and water.  My favorite way to use Bioderma is to remove makeup before washing my face before bed.

What I liked:  How effective and gentle it is.

What I didn’t like:  The price.

My two cents:  If I could I would sing this products praises from the roof tops.  After the short time I’ve been using it, about a month, I feel confident enough to say that this is not only hands down the best makeup remove I’ve used, but that it is also holy grail worthy.  It is incredibly gentle, in fact this is the only makeup remover that has not irritated my sensitive eyes.  Do not be fooled by how gentle it is though because this stuff is super effective at removing all makeup, even pesky water proof mascara, long wearing lip products.  So with that said, even with the hefty price tag, I would definitely repurchase this because it really is that good.

Tips:  Start with a smaller amount on your cotton pad and for waterproof products just hold the cotton pad on the area for a few seconds to allow it to work it’s magic.

I had been debating giving it a try for a few months but considering that everything else I tried had really irritated my eyes in particular, I wasn’t ready to commit and make the investment.  However, once Heather from How to be Fancy confirmed how gentle and non-irritating it was, it gave me that last little push I needed.  So thanks big bunches to her!  By the way if you’ve not checked out her site or YouTube channel then be sure to do so the first chance you get.

In other news, I finally got a new camera!  It was an early Christmas gift from Capt. Canada and after a bit of research I decided on the Canon IXUS 125 HS, which is the equivalent of the Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS in North America.  I’ve only had it for two weeks but I’m loving it so far and I plan to do a full review once I get a better feel for it.  At the very least, the quality of my photos have definitely improved as evident above.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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Coburg Christmas Market

I just wanted to do a quick post to share some pictures from our local Christmas market.  For those of you who do not know, the Germans kick off the Christmas season with the beginning of the Advent which also marks the opening of the various Christmas Markets that take place in cities, towns and villages country-wide.  While there are definitely bigger markets to be seen, I honestly just don’t think they’re as charming as the one in Coburg.  Each year the temporary buildings are set up in the town square along with the giant tree and beautiful fiber optic lit canopy that encircles the statue of Prince Albert that stands at the heart of the square.  Some of the booths sell things like ornaments, lighted stars, small ceramic ware and knitted woolen items. While other booths sell food items such as currywurst, fries, waffles, crepes, flammkuchen, christollen, cinnamon sugared almonds and various other nuts and sweets.  However, the big draw would be the glühwein which translates to “glow wine” for you non Deutsch speakers.  Glühwein is a hot drink made of red wine, sugar, cinnamon, star aniseed, cloves and sometimes vanilla.  You can even order your glühwein with a little extra kick courtesy of a shot of rum or some other alcohol if you like.

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I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into the German Christmas traditions.  Captain Canada and I have certainly appreciated being able to partake in some of these traditions ourselves.  Since moving to Germany we’ve intertwined our own traditions with some we’ve discovered here and I think the result has been a happy marriage of the what each of us has brought to the proverbial table along with traditions we have started together with a sprinkling of German cheer.  Whatever holiday  you and your family maybe celebrating this month, whether it be Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Christmas, I would like to wish you and yours all the best during this holiday season.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

Versatile Blogger Award

First of all, I would like to give a big thanks to the lovely Product Hoochie for the nomination!  Now here’s the deal, I will also nominate fifteen other bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award as well as share seven things about myself with you.

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Now onto the nominee’s…

Seven things you may not have known about the Girl In The Glasses:

  1. My favorite color is green.
  2. I’m a bit of television junkie.  I like to watch documentaries, soap operas, cartoons, reality shows, game/quiz shows, sitcoms of all kinds, pretty well anything and everything.
  3. I love to read and can’t go to sleep until I have at least read a few pages or a chapter or two before bed each night.
  4. I would rather go to a museum over an amusement park any day.  I even worked at Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village (it’s now called “The Henry Ford”) throughout college.  So moving to Germany has definitely afforded me the opportunity to even further indulge my love of history and museums.
  5. I am convinced that my dogs are actually  little children in bulldog costumes.  I constantly look for the zipper but just can’t seem to find it.
  6. I really do not like people dressed in mascot-esque costumes or masks.  I will avoid them at all costs.  Captain Canada’s Lego Man head from Halloween even creeped me out and I forbade him to look directly at me in it.
  7. I hate beer, sauerkraut, well actually cabbage in general, and all pork products aside from ham and bacon.  I clearly moved to wrong the country.

By the way, you should definitely give Product Hoochie a look as well as the blogs I nominated, if you’ve not come across them already.  They’re all really wonderful.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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