The Joe Review

Tips, reviews and experiences of a 30 year old freelance journalist and traveller

Black Friday during a nationwide lockdown

As I am sure you are well aware by now, most European countries are living under some form of restrictions placed by their Government due to Covid 19. Here in the UK, Boris Johnson has recently announced that restrictions will be eased from the 2nd December in certain parts of the country. This seems a little too late considering that at the moment, we are only permitted to purchase essential items. So amongst this pandemic, how can we really benefit from the offers which Black Friday brings?

Black Friday – but only for your fruit & veg

Some of you may have seen the hilarious video of the man in Whales who recently walked into a supermarket wearing only his boxers. The reason behind this stunt was because the current rules state that clothes are not considered as ‘essential’. In recent times, the press has issued articles about supermarkets removing ‘non-essential’ items from their shelves. The whole intention behind it is to discourage people from entering the store, unless it is to buy the necessary items such as food, etc.

In spite of the rationale behind this rule, I can’t help but wonder how businesses are going to suffer even further. In years gone by, Black Friday has always been a notoriously huge event. Crowds of people battled with security and other bargain hunters to get their hands on TVs, consoles, and all other kinds of gadgets. Last year, fights even erupted! Everyone wants to get hold of these incredible offers. Especially considering that Christmas is just around the corner. Why wait longer if you know that you can buy the product for half the price on Black Friday?

Friday 27 November – Save the date

The date is looming! Black Friday is approaching…except, houston we have a problem! In the UK, the high street is officially closed. For the first time ever, Black Friday will be held completely online.

Black Friday Online Christmas Offers

 

It’s not all bad news though. To entice customers, businesses have launched deals earlier to entice customers. I have already started to search for the best deals now. For the reason that if I wait, all of the top deals will be gone by the time Cyber Monday arrives. Get the upper hand and make your purchases early! Already, I have seen astounding deals including £200 off the iPhone 11. These deals are unlikely to be reduced further on Black Friday. In 2020, this event no longer consists of just one day.  It’s a whole week of offers, reductions, and opportunities to spend your hard-earned cash.

Speaking of great deals, if you want an absolute steal, remember the exciting Gift Box  I told you about before where you can claim a free gift box of 5 cosmetic products. Honest Kiss has now introduced an amazing Black Friday Gift Box including free Nars, Lancôme, Givenchy & L’Occitane products. If you haven’t already taken advantage of their trial offer since my last post, head over to their website and take a look!

The best Black Friday offers available

As you all well know by now, I am passionate about staying fit and healthy. For those of you like myself, who like to knock spots off your latest step count, Argos has reduced the price of the FitBit Charge 4 from £129.99 to £99.99. A great saving to go into the new year fighting fit.

FitBit Fitness Healthy Lifestyle Walking

Whilst we are still in lockdown, why not try some baking? I love to create new recipes with my stand mixer. This piece pays for itself. As on the Great British Bake Off, you can be just like Mary Berry. Rustling up some delicious cakes this Christmas. BBC GoodFood highlights some of the best mixers available on the market. Stand mixers are infamously expensive. This article highlights which brand to invest your money in, depending on factors such as capacity, versatility, and most importantly, value for money. Check out which ones they recommend, and track down those offering a Black Friday discount.

During my latest trip to Georgia, it became apparent that I needed to invest in some new suitcases. However, being the penny pincher that I am, until the wheels literally fall off the thing, I will not buy another. Having said that, Samsonite’s exclusive Black Friday sale has introduced up to 70% discount off their FLUX collection. With a trusted brand like Samsonite, I can be sure that this will not simply be a purchase but more of an investment. Accompanying me on the many adventures to come. Keep checking my blog to see which destination I head to next!

Georgia: where Europe meets Asia

One of the most interesting places I’ve visited is Georgia. It’s a beautiful country with plenty of things to see and do. Dramatic, picturesque, and eclectic all at the same time! And the food, absolutely incredible. 

It is still relatively undiscovered by tourists so here you’ll really experience the authentic Georgia. I love this aspect! Having the possibility to meet locals and connect with them is so precious.

Tbilisi the heart of Georgia

At first this amazing city can seem a little bit overwhelming and even chaotic but if you look closer you realise that it is actually not at all like that. Many of the neighbourhood still retain a village feel. 

It’s such a beautiful city with a lot of history and you can kind of feel all the things that have happened here. I can only imagine what the walls of the building would say if they could speak. 

It’s a great place to stroll around. The Old Town offers instagrammable corners on every narrow street and there are plenty of bohemian bars and cosy coffee shops to give your feet a rest for a little while. Walking next the beautiful river is also not to be missed.

Tbilisi has the perfect location in a valley between mountains so it really offers a spectacular view from almost every part of the city. 

Georgia, and especially Tbilisi, really is a great place to visit and so is Slovenia

Georgia is a beauiful country split between Europe and Asia. Here you can experince Tbilisi and stroll the streets of the old towna dn try delicious traditional dumplings or visit the wine region and learn more about the wine making process used in Georgia.

The food scene 

The food in Georgia is so comforting and so good. I ate so well during my time there and I don’t think there was not even one thing out of the things I tried that I didn’t like. You can expect quite a hearty diet in Georgia with a lot of meat and potatoes but everything is just so good and tastes homemade. I love that. 

Khachapuri is one of my favourite things to eat in Georgia. A cheese stuffed bread with a few varieties that often include eggs. Absolutely delicious and of course very filling as it is bread and cheese! 

My next tip on food that you shouldn’t miss is the traditional dumplings! They are typically stuffed with meat and spices. You can try them either boiled or steamed, they are delicious either way! If you are vegetarian you will find great options for you as well – mushroom and cheese are a couple of examples. 

A visit to the wine country 

I had no idea that Georgia was full of vineyards until I visited the country. So if you have a few extra days I’d definitely recommend you to get out of Tbilisi. A visit to the wine region is the perferct break. 

You’ll be amazed at the breathtaking scenery and if you are into wine you can visit a vineyard. The winemaking tradition dates back to a long time ago. The Georgians use a special technique for making the wine.

A great base for your wine country tour is the town Sighnaghi, a very charming town that is surrounded by a stone wall and has a beautiful watchtower. From here you can easily get around with the help of a tour guide and get a feel for this part of Georgia.

Slovenia: The Fairytale Country You Should Visit

Slovenia is a beautiful fairytale country that is still not on many people’s bucket list – but should be! Slovenia has approximately 500 castles which is insane! Nature is stunning here with the green surroundings and the lakes where many castles are right in the middle of.  Some huge films have been made here, includingThe Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”.

Nature, lakes and beaches in Slovenia

First of all, if you haven’t seen Narnia, get to it already! It’s a beautiful story and I’m not surprised that a part of it was filmed in Slovenia. If you loved the movie and are planning a trip to Slovenia then visit Soca ( Soča ) Valley and the Cathedral Cove.  Cathedral Cove is incredible with its green waters where you can enjoy snorkeling and diving. The coastal walks will probably take your breath away a little, as it did with me!

Slovenia might not be as popular of a destination as Amsterdam for example, but it has just as much charm!

Soca Valley in Slovenia is, according to me, one of the most magical places on Earth. I do love my nature and I wouldn’t mind going back to this place. It’s perfect If you love nature, adventure and even tranquility. We tried zip lining over the canyons with a company called Soca Rafting. 40 km per hour gets your heart beating and the adrenaline pumping pretty fast, trust me!

Water rafting is also really popular here and I highly recommend it. The water’s emerald color is a sight you will remember for life, at least I know I will. At the end of July, there is the Soca Outdoor Festival with a paragliding contest which was so much fun to watch.

There is just so much to do here so if you’re an active person and you like doing a lot of things on your vacation, this is the spot in Europe to be next summer (fingers crossed). Bungee Jumping and skydiving are a rush too if you want to take it one step further!

The Castles and Fortresses

The next time I go to Slovenia I’m going to make it an “all castle trip”.  The plan is to travel from castle to castle and see magical places. I might not choose all 500 of them but at least 50 or so ? You’ll find amazing medieval castles and Renaissance and Baroque architecture.

Here are a few castles I have visited and the ones I have my eye on:

  • The Bled Castle
  • Brdo Castle
  • Zuzemberk Castle
  • Celje Castle
  • Predjama Castle

You can’t Google Slovenia without getting the Bled Castle in the middle of the lake. It’s Slovenia’s landmark, standing on a cliff that is overlooking the lake. Absolutely stunning, especially during the night so try and time it for both a day and a night visit. Lake Bled, where the castle is located, was once a health resort, popular among the aristocrats.

If you decide to visit the Predajma Castle, make sure to include the Postojna Cave. Postojna Cave is one of Slovenia’s largest cave systems and is truly impressive. There are a lot of tours you can book, we arranged one with our hotel and it was great.

So 2021, let the summer adventures and travels begin!

 

 

Coupon Tiger : a monthly gift card for your shopping !

Who doesn’t love shopping ? Who wants to discover a fabulous website with great deals and amazing prices (the odd question would be who does NOT want) ? Read this article ! I share with you my experience on my new favourite website, Coupon Tiger. Whereas you spend a lot on shopping every month or are an occasional buyer, you will be in your element. I believe everyone should know about this website, and we should spread the word so more people can benefit from their awesome offers. Let’s be generous and let all our shopping sisters know !

What does Coupon Tiger have to offer ?

A unique shopping concept available on the web. Subscribe to their club and enter a world of magic and fashion ! Coupon Tiger offers a monthly gift card to spend on their website, unlike other regular gift box offer on the market nowadays. Indeed, with a premade box, the choice is often restricted, and you receive every month the same kind of articles. What I like about the gift card system is that you can buy pretty much everything you want, and make a distinct order every time. Clothes, shoes, jewels, sunglasses… Scroll through their large selection and just pick up your favourites ! Use your monthly gift card and only pay the shipping fees. And that’s it, you only have to wait for your parcel ! Even the delivery is fast and you will receive it at home in a few business day only. Will you be patient enough?

Help from the customer service team

I always appreciate a good customer service. It is really important and tells a lot about the quality and reliability of the company. I am extremely happy with Coupon Tiger‘s customer support team. You can contact them by email from Monday to Friday, they work between 9am and 4pm. They will answer you for sure within 5minutes, it’s incredible how fast they are. You can ask them whatever you want : doubt about the membership, issue while activating the card or with the delivery of your order…  You’ll get all the information you need.  Furthermore, they are very polite and nice, you can feel that the customer’s satisfaction is top priority. Top efficiency, definitely !

What is available on Coupon Tiger

Coupon Tiger

Clothes, cosmetics, accessories… Pretty much everything a girl like me and you needs ! From luxury brands to casual outfits, top to bottoms, make up to handbags… They also have an incredible selection of shoes and perfumes. I also bought watches for my whole family ! As you understood I think, you can find a lot of interesting items.  Jewellery is one of the top collection as well. Bracelets, necklaces, or even earrings. Everything you need for an unforgettable night out for example, or to improve your daily look! Match your accessories with your outfit, you will find everything you need. My favourites ones are without the shadow of a doubt the original Moschino Couture dresses.

Coupon Tiger offer quality product at an unbeatable price. Indeed, you can save up to 70% discount on their luxury items. I was never able to buy Armani or Manila Grace before I discovered the website. Now, I’m proud to say that my wardrobe have never looked better ! All my friends are so surprised and thrilled when I tell them where I get it all from and that they also can benefit from the deals.

If you are a fashion lover like me, you can read my article about 5 facts you probably didn’t know about fashion.  Always good to tell those tips during a casual conversation !

Did I hear “free welcome gift box” ?

Yes, you heard well ! When you subscribe to their club, you have the opportunity to order a gift box as a welcome gift. How exciting ! This offer is available for every member. You can simply subscribe on their website or click on one of the add that pops up in your Facebook feed. They also use a lot Instagram, Twitter and even Pinterest. So feel free to follow them on all the social networks you want. In fact, they often organize contest and draw the winner of a cosmetic box now and then.

So, how to receive your free gift box ? After your subscription, you can choose the gift box you want from a big amount of premade boxes: cosmetics, baby, board games, summer box, unicorn … Or, you can personalize yours ! Select your favourite products or try out new brands. You can choose up to 8 products (depending on the offer). I personally chose a summer box because it was in June, and I received sun creams, tan oils, a beautiful hat and after sun creams. I love them all ! It protected me during the whole summer and I haven’t even used half of it. Indeed, you do not receive just samples, but full size bottles.

The membership

Coupon Tiger look

Like I said before, you will receive every month a gift card of the value of your subscription in your email box. The debit is automatic and occurs at the beginning of the month. This way, you do not forget about it and are sure to have your gift card always with you. If you haven’t received your gift card, do not forget to check in your spam !

The monthly gift card gives you access to the best deals and you can spend it on all the exclusive products of the Club section of the store. There are fashion items with amazing discounts just waiting for you and you only as a member of the club.  The website adds every week new items so if you don’t find your dream dress just know, be patient. Your card does not expire and you can use it even months after.

Other services than fashion

You can also choose to spend your credit on some personal services such as Stylist and Personal Trainer. You will receive tailored advices during a month, and in case of the PT a personalized diet plan and training program. The professional team is here to help you and answer all your questions and doubts. In my opinion both are excellent to feel better in your body and to boost your self-confidence. Nothing is more important than loving yourself and your body !

Brand new: Coupon Tiger‘s monthly card now gives you access to entertainment services. Try out music streaming platforms such as Spotify or Youtube Premium. Discover new movies every day with Amazon Prime Video or HBO. Read the best books of all time with Kindle or Bookmate, or listen to them on Audible… You will never be bored any more ! You can try all of these services for 1 month at a ridiculous price without giving any of your data to them. Everything is done through Coupon Tiger. Then, if you like it, you are free to subscribe, or not ! It is an amazing way to discover new things without being stuck in a contract.

The cancellation of the contract

It is a non-committal registration. It means that everyone is free to unsubscribe at any time ! No obligation of buying anything and when you do cancel, the gift cards you haven’t used yet are still available. If you use them, it will not commit you gain to the membership.

You can cancel your subscription in a few seconds only. There are two options: you can go directly on the website and do it yourself. Enter your personal data and just click unsubscribe. You will receive a confirmation email. I recommend you to save it with a screenshot ! You can also contact their amazing customer service and ask them to do it. Same as before, they will send you a confirmation in only a few minutes.

To sum up, why I recommend Coupon Tiger

  • The welcome gift box: probably my favourite thing about Coupon Tiger. I wasn’t expecting it at all and I find the system incredible. It is such a good gift and a good way to create loyalty from customers.
  • The fact to have a gift card every month and to be able to order what I want ! Once again, I much prefer a gift card and not a similar gift box every month. This way I am able to order sunglasses, then clothes, then books… It’s never the same and it keeps the sparkles on !
  • Non-committal registration. Stop it whenever you want, without any obligation ! No 6 months or 1 year contract, so nothing hidden and just do it when your budget lets you.
  • Large selection available. One of the biggest on a fashion shopping website !

Those are only a few of all the advantages Coupon Tiger has to offer. Even you, will probably find more when you will try it out. Please, do not hesitate to share it with me ! Let me know what you think about it, but I’m pretty sure you will be very pleased. I don’t know any other website with such a good offer on the market, and such good quality products with these prices. It is definitely a bargain, and I will probably stay with them for a very long time !

IT Entrepreneur Michael Ginnerskov Jensen claims online shopping is about to change

Online shopping is something I think that most of us have done one or more times during the last year. Maybe not EVERYONE, but at least us from the younger generations. When I heard that Michael Ginnerskov Jensen claims that online shopping is about to change, I had to take a closer look. Can it really be possible that my beloved online shopping is about to change?

How can something we all do change drastically?

The main thing that made me so interested in the opinion of Michael Ginnerskov Jensen was that I thought the way we online shop already worked just fine. But looking into how he claims it will change made me open my eyes a bit. He claims that shopping with gift cards is the new thing. In Michael Ginnerskov Jensen’s online store, that is how you do it. You become a member of the club, and you receive gift cards every month. You can then use the gift card in the online store of Michael Ginnerskov Jensen, and purchase whatever you want from the exclusive member section. They have a lot of different fashion and beauty products. 

Shopping

Why will this be the next new thing?

My first thought was that it just sounds so easy. Getting a gift card every month, paid for by myself. And then I can purchase whatever I want in good conscience. I love that the online store has everything from makeup to skincare. And not to mention all the different fashion brands. I was quite impressed that a man, Michael Ginnerskov Jensen, had this idea. And the whole thing of being charged and then get a gift card of the same amount I don’t mind. When I like the specific online store, I honestly am just happy to have a gift card there. And as all gift cards, if you don’t want anything that specific month… You just save it for later. It is very easy!

Recycling

Michael Ginnerskov Jensen wants to make donation a part of the shopping process

In the online store of Michael Ginnerskov Jensen, he has a donation program. I think this is something that is really great. Donating is something I personally think that everyone should do. When I saw that the online store has its own donation program I was very happy. Thinking about the planet is important, and the world just gets more and more conscious of that every day. Being able to benefit from a donation program and donating the clothes you purchase is great. The online store has a club and as a member, you will get a gift card if you donate clothing you purchased from the online store. The only rule is that you’ve had to own the fashion items at least 6 months. I really like this concept and I will definitely try it. I’m always open to trying something new. In addition, when I know that I can get ahold of great brands at amazing prices, I’m happy.       

CouponPilots and its incredible fashion offers

I recently discovered the incredible offers CouponPilots put up for sale to its exclusive members. And of course, I want to share it with you ! You know me well by now and you know my taste for fashion and beauty. CouponPilots meets all the criteria of a good shopping website. With its unique concept, you are sure to fall in love ! I explain you in this article all the advantage and bonus points. You can then make your own opinion, but believe me, you will love it too in a minute! 

What is CouponPilots ?

CouponPilots is a shopping website, unique of its kind. First, you can find a multitude of fashion items for men, women, kids: everything from top to bottom, underwear and jackets included. But they also sell accessories such as sunglasses, watches or even jewels. And they have the best collection of shoes in the market ! It is easy to find your favourite perfume, and cosmetics. I think you understood by now: on CouponPilots, you can find any article related to fashion and cosmetics, with loads of beauty products of quality.

What I love about it is that there are as many luxury brands such as Dior, Chanel, Gucci, but also more accessible ones such as Levis, Adidas and one of my favourite: Desigual. All of them benefits from incredible discounts, the kind you won’t see anywhere else. Up to 70% ! It is incredible and this is the only place where I’ve bought an Emporio Armani handbag !

An easy and intuitive concept

The concept is new, and we have to congratulate the genius who had the idea. Indeed, there are already a lot of monthly box offers on the market. You pay every month a certain amount and receive a box at home. It can be cosmetics, food, clothes, candles… The problem is that they get quite redundant  and always contain the same thing, so it can be a bit boring. The difference here is that CouponPilots doesn’t sell a monthly box but a monthly gift card. You can then buy whatever you want from the big selection they offer. I really like it because I never need make up or underwear every month. I can just make my own choice and this is what makes the difference.

How to become a member ?

Nothing is easier. Just go to their website and click on their subscription link. It’s a very simple process, they ask you a few personal information but it all goes really quickly.  You can also do it from Facebook. Indeed, they use this social network a lot to promote their advertisement. You will probably see one pop up on your feed and you just have to click on it.

The welcome gift box

Coupon Pilots

The first big surprise comes straight after your subscription. Hear me well: when you become a new member, you have the opportunity to receive a free gift box ! Only the shipping fees are yours to pay, which is kind of fair, isn’t it ? The process can be a bit long for non-technology people, but still very simple. If you have a doubt, you can contact their customer service team, and they will help you a lot. They always answer very quickly.

So, back to our sheep. You first select the box you want. You can select one already made or even completely personalize it yourself. From clothes to board games to barbecue sets, there is for every taste and every age. When it’s done and confirmed,  you will receive a text message (SMS) within 24h with a link and your gift code. You have to click on this link and so begins the activation process of the gift card. Just follow the indications ! When everything is done and you have downloaded all the documents they need, they will activate your gift card. You will receive an email of confirmation and you just have to finally order the gift box on their website, and pay the shipping fees.

The delivery of the box

I received mine not even 1 week after I ordered it. It all went so fast, and I really appreciated it. The box was well closed and came to my house. I was expecting to receive only samples of the beauty products I chose, from the famous La Roche Pausay. But no, they were full size (an average of 500mL for each one of them).  Wow !  Everything was perfect and I’m really happy with this gift box. I still have some left and I use it every day.  They are of such a good quality, I love this brand. I never had the chance to buy it before but when I saw the offer I could finally try it !

Your membership

The debits take place every month on the 6th day. I like the fact that it is automatic, so you don’t forget it. The same day, you receive an email with your monthly gift card which is immediately available. Make sure to check your spam because the first time this is where I found mine. You will need the code. One amazing detail to know: your gift card code does not expire ! Indeed, you can use it ANYTIME. No obligation to order every month if you’re not keen ! Even when you stop your membership, your codes are still active. Your family or friends can use them as well. Will you spend them monthly or save them up ?

It is really easy to unsubscribe from the website. You can do it emailing the customer service team or directly on the website, at anytime. It just takes one second and you will not have any further debits. Just write your personal data and click unsubscribe.

What can you buy on CouponPilots?

Like I said before, you can find almost anything a fashion lover dream about on their website. The membership and the gift card give you access to their best deals: indeed, their exclusive discounts can be purchased only with a gift code. This is why it is so interesting ! Among them, the best luxury brands and items. Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Versace … At an incredible price. You will love their selection and will be so pleased shopping those amazing articles at such a small price. It’s a real bargain.

Personal Services

Coupon Pilots

You don’t feel like shopping this month ? You already have enough clothes and beauty products (is this ever possible ? Even shoes ?) ? No problem. CouponPilots gives you the opportunity to transform your body ! I mean, literally ! Hire their fabulous team of personal trailer to get fit, lose some extras pounds or just feel better in your body. They will send you a tailored diet plan and training program for a month. They are very professional and all is very detailed and made so you don’t hurt yourself. Commit yourself to the plan and you’ll eventually see the best improvements ! It is much easier to follow in my opinion than tutorials on youtube for example, like I tried during the lockdown. I prefer something more personal.

If you like working out, check out my articles about my at home routine here !

Feeling blue about your job ? What is better than a complete change of your wardrobe ! Their personal stylist will help you. You need first to fill up a questionary with your size and tastes, and also explaining what you want to achieve (looking fab for a wedding? Business meeting ? Or you need help  to find your everyday look ?). Their advices are very precise and top fashion. You can tell them how much you want to spend, and they will carefully take it in consideration.

Entertainment

On exclusivity on CouponPilots: spend your monthly gift card on the best entertainment services ! Download your favourites songs, movies and books on Spotify, Netflix or Kindle. And more ! It’s perfect when you are travelling for example. And you can stop it whenever you want ! Try them out and find your favourite platform, discover new artists and listen to interesting podcasts.

My general feelings about CouponPilots

I think you got my point: try it and try it again ! My experience is so positive and I can not recommend it enough for all fashion lovers and make up fans. I emphasize on the fact that you can unsubscribe whenever you want to so no worry ! You can buy all your favourites items, discover new brands and products, different every month. The concept is great,  and there’s no obligation to buy anything. Only advantages for you. Share it with your friends and family so everyone can benefits form their gift box.

Coupon Smash – My latest discovery on the web

Do you know Coupon Smash? Their ad recently popped up on my Facebook feed with a very interesting and intriguing offer. One that you can not miss! Coupon Smash is for all the fashion and beauty lovers, for people like me who always want to look good. Here is why this website blew my mind and all its advantages: trust me, it worth it and you won’t be disappointed. Read my article and give it a go!

An innovative concept on the market

Coupon Smash has a very simple and intuitive concept to offer. Come into their magical world! You will find the best offers in terms of fashion, beauty, and cosmetics. All you have to do is to become a member of their exclusive club. You can subscribe easily through their ad or directly on their website.

And here comes the first big surprise: as a welcome gift, you will receive a text message your first gift card. With this gift card, you have access to their welcome gift box! The offer is free (you only have to pay the shipping fees, fair enough). It is amazing!

You then receive an email with your monthly gift card on the 6th day of every month. Keep the gift code safely: you’ll need it to do your shopping! You have to use it on their website. It is full of renowned brand articles and luxury items, as well as casual outfits. You will as well find beauty products, accessories, books, personal service.

All the prices are very attractive and a great discount. Furthermore, you can stop the membership at any time, free of charge. But trust me: you will not want to lose this opportunity and to resign your membership! Just do your normal shopping and when you check out, you will find a case for the gift code, just before processing the payment.

No expiration date!

In addition, you can use the monthly gift cards whenever you want because they do not expire. You can for example save them all (will you be able to?) and use them exclusively for your Christmas shopping? Or for a present for Mother’s Day? I for example ordered a cute little outfit for my niece’s birth.

In my opinion, the best advantage of this kind of membership is the discovery of new brands. You can try new products every month. Of course, you can order from famous brands, which by the way would be too expensive without the discount they offer. But it is also great to try out less famous brands, for example, organic and vegan? They deserve it as much!

The very appreciated eco-friendly aspect of Coupon Smash

Coupon Smash donation

You already know me for a while. And you know how important the protection of the environment is for me. This is something everybody should be concerned about. The fashion industry has unfortunately a lot to do and change in the fight for a better world. The chemicals they use, the conditions of the employees in some countries…Every little step should be encouraged.

This is why I like Coupon Smash so much and their brand-new concept. You have the opportunity to give to the charity of your choice the clothes you bought on their website. You just need to be a member for at least six months and keep the clothes for six months as well. It is an amazing way to reduce your ecological print and prevent the too famous system of the fast fashion industry.

And the best is yet to come: for each donation, you receive a new gift card! You just need to provide the website with proof and the price of the items you give. They will send you a new gift card of the same value! You heard it well. For me the idea is incredible and if all the shops would do the same, the planet would feel so much better.

All the services you can benefit from with your gift card

Coupon Smash gift card

I can understand that you don’t want to spend all your gift card on fashion and beauty products (or can I ?). But on Coupon Smash, you can also benefit from different services. You can spend your gift card on music, streaming, podcasts. As well as magazines and the most famous international newspapers such as The Times, The Guardian, Le Monde… Streaming services such as Netflix, Disney+, or HBO are also available.

You know how much I love Netflix and with Coupon Smash you can subscribe for one month, to see if you like it or not. And you do not have to pay a monthly subscription if it turns out that you don’t like it. Also, I can’t travel without my music and can download my favorites artists from Spotify! This is a thriving idea.

Apart from entertainment, you can spend your gift card on a healthy option. Indeed, you can hire a personal trainer for a month! He will give you a tailored training program and diet. Whereas you’re looking for a lean body, to lose a few pounds or just keep fit, this is the best plan. Do not hesitate to contact those professionals!

Or maybe you’re more focused on changing your wardrobe or need some help with styling? You can use your gift card for a consultation with a personal stylist! Who doesn’t need some advice and tips on styling or upgrading your wardrobe? 

Or maybe you prefer to look glamorous for your next romantic date or a smart look for your important professional meeting next week? Hire the Personal Stylist of Coupon Smash, and she will give you the best advice, and find the best prices on all their selection of articles.

What about the welcome gift box?

As I told you before, when you subscribe to the club, you get the chance to receive a free gift box as a welcome gift. And I was not disappointed at all! You can choose from a large selection of gift boxes already made or even personalized yours from scratch.  It can be cosmetics, but also baby products, board games, accessories for the beach…

There’s no limit to their imagination, just choose your favorites and what you need the most at the moment! Also, the products you receive are not just samples but full-sized. The box was well organized and pretty. It was very appreciated! I received it in a few business days only.

As you might already know,  I am a VERY impatient girl, so I was in heaven the day I received it. I was not expecting it before at least two weeks!

What can you buy on Coupon Smash? 

Coupon Smash style

The selection of products available on Coupon Smash is very large. Indeed, you can find typical clothes for men and women. But also jewelry, perfumes, and accessories such as sunglasses and watches. I love their selection of shoes! I bought from them trainers, heels and even flip-flops… They are the shoes I am using every day.

And still a very interesting price! Lately, they also have added a selection of books on topics such as healthy recipes, or fashion. There are a lot of biographies available about fashion icons. So interesting!

The customer support service

Let’all agree on this: good customer service is essential. I have contacted theirs, more for curiosity than necessity (everything is well explained everywhere on their website). Surprisingly, they answered me within 5 minutes every single time. They gave me all the information.

The explanations were very clear, and the woman I was talking to was very nice and polite. They are although only available on their email address. I think that this way, they have immediate access to all your data. It did not bother me at all and all went smooth and nice!

My general review about Coupon Smash

To sum up, Coupon Smash has conquered my heart. This is without the shadow of a doubt one of the most interesting websites right now in the market with this kind of offer. There are more, actually a lot nowadays, but in my opinion, Coupon Smash is much better for all the reasons above. All the little things make a huge difference compared to the concurrence.

My experience was as you would expect very positive. I recommend it to everyone who is keen on spending this amount on a membership. In the end, you really save a lot of money and who doesn’t want a few extra quid to grab a drink with friends! You can read all their conditions when you subscribe, everything is clear and nothing is hidden.

I’m planning on using my clothes for a little while longer, before giving them to a charity I like. The quality is still perfect, and I am sure it can last at least ten more years! Once again, the customer support team was amazing and accompanies you every step of your order.

So are you going to check it out? Tell me more about your own experience! 

Amsterdam, my first impressions

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and, in my opinion, one of its most beautiful cities. Its canals, its particular structure, its museums and monuments will make us fall in love. It would be difficult in an article that will tell everything that can be seen in this city. However, I will tell you the main details and places that have impressed me on my first visit.

Amsterdam and its canals

It is one of the most particular things in this city, they remind us of Venice and the reflection of light in the water at night is simply beautiful. If you are lucky enough to get a boat, you can navigate them, although I recommend walking them or using a bicycle to get around them all.

Amsterdam's canals

They go around the city in an almost circular way, making our walks around Amsterdam a continuous up and down of the bridges that cross it.

Amsterdam’s famous bicycles

As I said, you can take a bicycle to visit the city. What’s more, it is even an obligation, since bicycles are all over Amsterdam and it is the best means of transport. It is not difficult to rent a bicycle and you can park anywhere.

Cycle paths

If you go to Amsterdam, you will see that the bike lanes are more common than the roads and the traffic in the city center is not a nuisance. They run throughout the city as if they were a subway line. Pay attention to respect the rules of the road! Traffic is heavy!

The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam

One of the biggest attractions in Amsterdam is the Anne Frank house. This is the Annex, the one we read in her famous diary, and it is perfectly preserved. It is very difficult to enter that house without feeling chills knowing what has happened. However, you have to plan the visit well in advance, as it is much better to make a reservation than to have to queue. For example, I had to wait more than two hours until I could enter because I had no reservation.

The journal

In the museum that is inside the Anne Frank house, we can find the original of the newspaper in which she began to write in 1942. A red and white notebook that is well protected to the delight of all visitors.

Other interesting places in Amsterdam

Parks

Amsterdam is surrounded by parks on the outskirts of the center that will delight young and old. The one I most recommend visiting is, without a doubt, the Vondelpark. The perfect place to make a break during a summer day. 

Museums

It is known to all that Amsterdam is full of museums. However, the one that everyone says to visit without fail is the Rijksmuseum. A very large building where you can see great artistic works.

Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum

Amsterdam’s pubs & bars

Finally, we cannot be in Amsterdam without stopping at one of its particular bars. We all know what is special about these bars, I only advise you not to take the bicycle after going inside one of them. It is not recommended.

Honest Kiss review: new world of Fashion & Beauty

Honest Kiss – Review: New World of Fashion & Beauty

One day when I was mindlessly scrolling, Honest Kiss appeared, and I was immediately intrigued by their magical world. I can now say, I am completely stuck! If you, like me, love fashion and beauty, keep reading! I’ll explain the concept, how to take advantage of unbeatable prices, and my thoughts on Honest Kiss.

A winning concept for all beauty & fashion enthusiasts

Honest Kiss offers a new magical world in fashion and beauty and their concept is very simple. You become a member of their club and get a gift card to use on a gift box which is completely free (excluding shipping costs). After that, you receive a new gift card every month in the form of a gift code.

It can be used on the website, where you’ll find well-known brands at incredibly low prices. The membership comes at a great price and there’s no lock-in contract so you can end the service whenever you want. I can almost guarantee that you’ll want to stay once you’ve looked at through the site and seen all the great products!

In addition, the gift cards don’t have an expiration date, so you can save them and use them when it suits you! Great if, for example, you’re not feeling too keen on shopping for one month (but when does that really happen…?).

One of the best aspects of a subscription like this is that you get a unique opportunity to discover new products from your favorite brands but also other well-known brands that you might not have tried otherwise, maybe they’re too expensive normally. 

By the way, if you are as interested in fashion as I am, then besides reading more about Honest Kiss here below, you can also read the articles I wrote about 5 fashion fact you probably did not know!

Donate your clothes, get money back and help the environment

honest kiss donation

What I like most about Honest Kiss is their brand new concept. In which, you as a member get the opportunity to donate clothes you’ve bought from their shop to a charity of your choice. Once you feel you don’t need them any longer that is (at least six months from the time you bought them).

This way, you can do a good deed and also help reduce fast fashion, which has become very big in today’s “wear and tear” society.

But it doesn’t end there! You also get money back in the form of a gift card, with the same value as the products you bought the garment for from Honest Kiss. This way you can continue to buy fashion and beauty at very low prices! What could possibly be better than that?

For me, this is what distinguishes them and makes their concept innovative and so right! Despite the fact that there is  a lot of talking today about sustainability and caring for our environment and resources, this concept is very new and not something I have seen other websites offer.

Other Gift Card Services

If you’re not keen on spending your money on beauty products or fashion, you can use your gift cards on other services such as streaming, music and podcasts, magazines or e-books. Among others, you can try Netflix, HBO, Disney+, or Storytell. I tried the last one last month as I love reading and it was very easy!

A big advantage was that I could test the service for a month without having to think about getting stuck with recurring service. My next choice will be Netflix. I’m probably one of the last people who’s not already a member… It feels very safe to do it this way since I don’t have to give them any of my account info.

If you want to use the gift card to improve your health, Honest Kiss gives you the chance to hire a personal trainer! An excellent idea in my opinion! You get a tailored exercise and diet plan made to fit your needs and you’re guaranteed results!

Or maybe you’re more focused on changing your wardrobe or need some help with styling? You can use your gift card for a consultation with a personal stylist! Who doesn’t need some advice and tips on styling or upgrading your wardrobe? 

The exciting Gift Box

honest kiss giftbox

When I peeked through the website and decided to join the club, I also got to choose a free gift box with 5 products. There’s so many to choose from and the products are truly top-notch! I chose a box with products from Hawaiian Tropic when summer was right around the corner. And what a great choice! The products I received were full size and now I can protect my skin all summer.

But there are many other options for the gift boxes. Everything from boxes for pregnant women to products for picnics and grilling. The opportunity to create your own gift box is also available, which could be an interesting alternative! The instructions on how to order it were very clear and the delivery went so smoothly! I could enjoy my products shortly after I ordered the box and that’s something I value.

My absolute favorites from Honest Kiss

As I mentioned, there is a plethora of both beauty and fashion products to buy, but also accessories like sunglasses and jewelry. So it’s not easy to choose my favorites products among all those available. Since I was young I’ve been particularly interested in beauty and over the years I’ve found my top 3: Lancôme, Clarins, and Estée Lauder. I was so happy when I saw all my favorites brands at a lower price!

My three favorite products so far are:

  1. Lancome Matte Shaker – gives a lovely color to the lips and brightens even the grayest day.
  2. Estée Lauder Double Wear Fluid Foundation – my daily base, great for summer and winter. It’s available in so many different skin tones. It also lasts really well!
  3. Clarins Eyebrow Pencil – another product I use daily. It’s easy to use and perfect for everyday make-up. 

In addition to these three products, there’s of course many, many, more that I love.

The longer I’m a member, the more products I’ll discover. I’m sure I’ll have hundreds of favorites in the end!  

Honest Kiss inspires to discover new products

Not only do they have products under every category but also tips on products for different occasions. You will find categories such as Sweet and Honest or Hidden Beauty. I really think it’s a smart idea! Thanks to this, I’ve found new products that will now be part of my daily collection. Like the eyebrow stencils from Artdeco, they’ve really helped me make absolutely perfect eyebrows!

Another absolutely lovely discovery for me is the Dolce & Gabbana perfume Dolce Garden. I loved their second fragrance, Dolce so it was really fun to find a new favorite.

Of course, there’s also a large selection of products for men in the same categories as for women. If you’re looking for a birthday present for a friend, boyfriend, dad, brother or maybe cousin, you’ll definitely find something for them. And sometimes it can be just as fun, if not more, to get something nice to someone else, right?

Why I like Honest Kiss

honest kiss kids

So to sum it all up, I had a very positive experience with Honest Kiss and will without a doubt continue my subscription. Through this new world, I’ve gotten to know new brands and found new favorites. Which are just some of the many reasons why I think this is a winning concept. I even look forward to donating my used clothes to a new owner.

But for now, I want to use the clothes I got a little longer, so that will have to wait! But I love to have the possibility to do something good and I know I’m not the only one who thinks that!

I’d definitely recommend Honest Kiss to anyone who wants to shop well-known brands at amazing prices. There’s something for everyone! A subscription like this is an excellent idea that they’ve perfected with ease and without strange, fine print conditions! In short, it’s well worth a visit. I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s as good of an idea as I think!

 

 

The Hummingbird Bakery – a must visit

If you have a sweet tooth just like me and are always on the lookout for new places to try I can highly recommend The Hummingbird Bakery in Notting Hill! It’s without a doubt one of my favourite spots in all of London for a coffee and a piece of cake! Don’t miss it next time you travel there. 

Where it all began

In 2004 the first Hummingbird Bakery opened on Portobello Road in Notting Hill. The idea was to bake cupcakes and other sweet treats according to American tradition. Something which could not be found in London at that point. The founder, Tarek, was very keen on providing cake and cupcakes that tasted homemade and that is still the key today!

That is why every bakery has its own kitchen where the magic happens! 

The Hummingbird Bakery a story of success

Oh boy have they succeeded! The cupcakes at The Hummingbird Bakery are out of this world and so are the rest of their cakes. Today they have five other branches around London and one in Surrey. And they are so successful that they have now also opened two branches in Dubai. I’m pretty sure they will be taking over the whole world soon! 

What not to miss 

I have probably tried most (if not all) of the cupcakes and other cakes at The Hummingbird Bakery. And my absolute favorite is their Red Velvet Cupcake. This is a classic American flavor and their recipe is just perfect. The subtle hint of chocolate in the sponge cake and the fluffy cream cheese frosting makes it unbeatable! You should not miss this if you stop by any of their shops when you are visiting London. 

My other favorite is the Black Bottom Cupcake. It has a rich chocolate sponge as a base filled with cream cheese and cream cheese frosting to top it off. The perfect way to really indulge. 

If you’re feeling a bit peckish but you don’t want something quite as filling as a cupcake I’d recommend that you go for a brownie. They might actually be equally as filling as a cupcake but give them a try, they are delicious!

The Hummingbird bakery - a must visit. Don't miss this when you are in London. Delicious cakes and cupcakes for the sweet tooth.

Bake your own cupcakes with The Hummingbird Bakery

If you are not able to travel to London at the moment to try the delicacies at The Hummingbird Bakery, don’t despair! You can make the cakes at home instead! The bakery has created various cookbooks that you can easily order online and has delivered to your door! How great is that?!

If you are interested in baking your own cupcakes from The Hummingbird Bakery, you can order the book here

They don’t only offer the cookbooks in their shop, you can also get a lot of fun utensils to make you a pro baker in no time! If you’re getting one of the cookbooks you should also get the cupcake starter kit, that really goes without saying. 

All in all, a place you really should try when visiting London if you have a sweet tooth. It will not disappoint! And be sure to get a copy of their cookbook because you will be craving the cupcakes even when you get back home!

When you have been indulging in a few cakes or cupcakes you might feel like you want to move a bit, check out my article on my home-workout and healthy food for inspiration!

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