Book Review: Japanese Women Don’t Get Old Or Fat: Secrets Of My Mother’s Tokyo Kitchen

I have been on a bit of a healthy eating kick these past few weeks, and have even joined a gym. There have been some ups and downs, and when I say ups and downs, I mean gorging on junk, but all in all, progress has been made.

I also have a bit of an obsession with food. I like to go to restaurants, to try to cook new meals, read food blogs and anything else you can think of in between. I also love Asian cuisine. So, when I saw the book ‘Japanese Women Don’t Get Old Or Fat: Secrets Of My Mother’s Tokyo Kitchen’ by Naomi Moriyama and William Doyle , it sent out a shining beacon to me.


When I think back, I see that it was not quite clear to me what exactly I was expecting from this book. Most likely it was some tips I could incorporate to further improve my health and well-being. Instead, what I found was suggestions which I already knew deep down inside. Continue reading

Review: Essence ‘Hello Autumn’ Colour Adapting Powder Blush

I have been looking into expanding my blusher collection for some time now. Admittedly, I have been using the same Clinique one for the last 5 years now, only adding a coral Essence blusher to my stash in the last 2 months. I have also been working on expanding my product scope and trying not to purchase solely from Clinique and Essence, which I often do. However, when I spotted the Essence ‘Hello Autumn’ colour adapting powder blush in my local DM, I just couldn’t resist.

I purchased number one, the beauti-Fall red tone. What it basically is meant to do is react to the individual ph-value of your skin and turn into a pink shade which is most suitable for you. This is what I considered a wild promise. Combined with a price tag of under €3, I really thought that Essence were having me on.


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Book Review: Evening Class

You may remember a while back that I published a review of Maeve Binchy’s ‘Nights of Rain and Stars’. While I found it a pleasant read, I didn’t have that sucked in experience I like to get from books. When this happens, I will tend to avoid an author for a while rather than rush out to buy every single thing they have on offer. At the point of writing my last Binchy review, that is exactly what I had intended to do. However, when I was at home in August, I found ‘Evening Class’ lying around and after having had a quick glance at the back cover, I decided to throw it into my case to accompany me back to Berlin.


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Haul: Primark/Penneys, Urban Outfitters, New Look, DM, Rossmann and Kiko

This last week or so has been all about shopping for me. I had been anticipating a splurge for a while so had kept some money aside to make sure I was not one bit guilty after my purse has been emptied. As many of these items are either new in store or have been recently put on sale, I thought I would share my treasures with you. Enjoy! Continue reading

The Mall of Berlin

Last Saturday, I popped by to see ‘The Mall of Berlin’ which had opened just a few days earlier on Leipziger Platz. With over 100,000 square meters and 270 stores, it was a shopaholic’s dream and I just had to get my self down there.

I went with the intentions of having a quick look and spending money if necessary (i.e. if there was some clothing and/or make-up items I just had to have). While some of you may be anticipating a haul in this posts, I am sad to say that I was actually quite disappointed with the place. Continue reading

My Top Tip For Dry Skin

I can already predict when writing the first sentence of this post that I am going to ramble on, but I really wanted to publish this ‘tip’ it as a follow-up to my recommendations for red, sensitive skin. As said previously, these products have really helped my skin care regime, and I highly recommend them to fellow sufferers if they haven’t found their ‘holy grail’ product(s) yet.

Before I considered redness and sensitivity as my main enemies, I had another even more irritating nemeses – dryness. My skin was unbelievably dry to that point that sometimes it even started to bleed from the lightest touch. This was a problem for my face as dryness on my body was never really an issue. What bothered me the most, because apparently I am that vain, was that make up would never stay on my face. Instead, it would just cake on and flake away, getting progressively worse as the day wore on. Of course, I immediately blamed the foundation I was using because don’t we always immediately resort to buying a new product as a solution? Of course this did not work as the problem was much more deeply rooted than my outside façade. Continue reading

Recommended Skin Care Products For Red, Sensitive Skin

I rant about it a lot so it will most likely not be news to you that I have quiet red, sensitive skin. This can make it hard to find products which do not irritate my skin. Make-up is not so bad but cleansers, toners and moisturizers can be very hit and miss. I have had so many breakouts from skin care products which were much too harsh in the past that now I am very vigilant when choosing what to buy. However, after many years and who know how much money, I have built up a little stash of products that I can always rely on. Continue reading

I Joined A Gym – Say What?!

I took a big step in my personal self-improvement journey a couple of weeks ago by joining a gym. Anybody who knows me and is reading this is  now probably trying to stifle a snigger. I wouldn’t blame you as I was one of the most unhealthy and unfit people there is. I say was because all that is about to change.

In fact, I can say it already has begun changing because for the last 9 months to one year I have been trying my best to eat as healthily as possible. There have certainly been some slip ups over the months but I am improving. I am learning what foods are good for me, the best way to cook them and some tasty alternatives to the fried foods I love so much. I am also learning to cook from scratch as much as possible as I believe it is an important skill to have when trying to live a healthier lifestyle.


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A Collection of Inspirational Quotes

I used to publish a lot of posts on Joyful Antidotes based around my favourite quotes. They were actually some of my most popular posts, probably because everybody needs some words of encouragement from time to time. I stopped writing these posts altogether at the start of the year because I wanted to focus on my own personal writing. Over the weekend, however, I decided that it was time to include a post filled with inspirational words for you guys. Maybe you will immediately click off this post when you realise what it is, or maybe you will stick around and the words of some very wise people will put a smile on your face. I know some of these quotes have motivated me over the past weeks. Let me know in the comments below if they have struck a chord with you too. Continue reading

Börek / Spanakopita Recipe

I am back with a new recipe. It is not the most attractive of dishes, but it sure is tasty. My pictures certainly don’t do it any justice and I probably have killed the traditional recipe with my take on it. Right, I think that is all the disclaimers I need to state before setting this mouth-watering dish upon you.

Some people call it ‘börek’ while others call it ‘spanakopita’. I guess it depends on what country you are from or where you first sampled it. For the sake of political correctness, I call it ‘the delicious spinach and pastry dish’. First things first if you want to prepare the ‘the delicious spinach and pastry dish’, you have got to get to the supermarket and get yourself some ingredients. Continue reading