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Mornings In: The Canary Islands

Curious about the beauty routines of the Canary Islands or what women eat for breakfast there? Click through for a great round up of Canary Island beauty products and breakfast recipes!

Name: Katharina Sommerkamp
Hometown: Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain)
Age: 31
Occupation: Project & Account manager – though currently on a mini-sabbatical!

My alarm is set for

I always leave my blinds open and wake up naturally with the sunlight some time between 7:00 and 8:00 am. If I have an early appointment, I will also set my Phillips wake up light accordingly. Waking up with light instead of an agonizing sound has literally changed my mornings!

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My Canary Islands breakfast

Most mornings, I eat bread with cheese and drink one or two coffees for breakfast. Bread is an integer part of any meal in Spain, unfortunately I don’t tolerate it all too well, so we usually bake the bread ourselves using coconut and almond flour.

We bake in the evenings so that in the morning all we have to do is shove it into the oven for a couple of minutes to brown the crust. I love having my bread with cold pressed olive oil and topping it with local cheese or jamón Serrano (Spanish ham). The Canary Islands pride themselves for the quality of their cheese (specially goat cheese) – in fact, we’re known to have the highest consumption of cheese in Spain. The cured goat cheese (queso de cabra curado) is one of my absolute favorites.

Another common breakfast is gofio with milk/coffee. Gofio is a type of flour made of roasted grains – It’s very nutritious, gives you energy and keeps you fuller for longer. The flour is added to a glass of milk or coffee, thickening the liquid until it has firmness similar to porridge.

After a long night out, it is tradition to go to a café or street vendor and have churros con chocolate or coffee with your friends and have the adventures of the previous night.

Curious about the beauty routines of the Canary Islands or what women eat for breakfast there? Click through for a great round up of Canary Island beauty products and breakfast recipes!

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My Canary Islands beauty routine

The climate in the Canary Islands is very diverse: some areas are green and humid like in the tropics, while others (sometimes only a short drive away) are hot and dry – resembling a desert.

Most of the products here in the islands are actually big, well-known brands. Local Spanish brands often don’t reach the Canary islands (the cost of sending anything is expensive for companies that don’t have a well-established network). We also have low sales tax which makes big brands more attractive than smaller ones (who would probably have to add the cost of transport to their final price).

Where I live, in the north of Tenerife, the temperatures are mild and the climate is a bit humid. It took me a long time to find the right moisturizer as, ideally, it would need to be light, absorb quickly and have a decent sun protection factor.

At the moment I’m using the Antipodes Rejoice Organic Light Facial Day Cream I bought in London, which is a natural lightweight and non-oily moisturizer that uses sustainably sourced ingredients from New Zealand.

Unfortunately, Antipodes doesn’t export to Spain, so I’m already eying Clarins HydraQuench Lotion SPF 15 to take over the job. I then usually apply Clarins Super Restorative Tinted Cream SPF20 , a concealer, and some natural blush and am ready to go!

When it comes to hydrating my skin, I love to use products containing aloe vera – which grows in tropical and subtropical climates. Because of our privileged location, we have plenty of local producers – Canarias Cosmetics probably being one of the best-known ones. Their Calmaloe gel is natural, soothing and very versatile (I’ve used it, both as an aftersun and hair treatment).

Then, I head to work by

While I’m on my mini-sabbatical, I’m making it my mission to walk almost everywhere. However, for many people in the Canary Islands, home and work aren’t in the same town, meaning they would have to either take a bus/tram or drive. Depending on the connections required, public transport can be quite unreliable, so a lot of people choose to drive instead.

Thanks so much sharing, Katharina! Any other Canarian readers out there? What’s your breakfast + beauty routine?

P.S. My 3-product makeup bag!

photo credits: wikipedia // laverata barata // smithsonian mag // wikipedia // rick ligthelm // tony hisgett

Mornings In: The Czech Republic

Wondering which Czech beauty products women swear by? Whats the best Czech breakfast? Click through for Czech beauty tips from a local!

Name: Jay Bee
Hometown: Prague, Czech Republic
Age: 32
Occupation: government analyst
My alarm is set for: 7.00 a.m.

Wondering which Czech beauty products women swear by? Whats the best Czech breakfast? Click through for Czech beauty tips from a local!

Wondering which Czech beauty products women swear by? Whats the best Czech breakfast? Click through for Czech beauty tips from a local!

My Czech breakfast

Right after I get out of bed, I fix myself a glass of warm lemony water. (It’s a great way to re-up on vitamin C, alkalise the body, and kick-start my metabolism.)

I usually follow up with some fruit or blitz up a smoothie to take with me to the office. When I feel like a treat, I buy a pastry from the nearby bakery. The Czechs have AH-mazing pastries – rich, sweet, and doughy. My favourites are kobliha (a doughnut with jam or chocolate filling instead of the hole), koláč (a yummy leavened flat cake with quark and/or plum jam and/or poppy seed paste), and buchta (a kind of mini-brioche filled with quark/plum jam/poppy seed paste).

Many Czechs would have something sweet for breakfast, often with cocoa, if not tea or coffee. For a savoury option, a simple breakfast of typical Czech (cumin) bread, a spread of some kind (spreads are a BIG deal over here) and ham or cheese.

A typical breakfast that many people remember from their childhood (and which I’ve even seen offered by cafés) consists of a buttered piece (or two) of bread topped with sliced radishes, and sprinkled with chives. On weekends, everyone and their grandmother goes out for brunch, with eggs (done twenty different ways) in the lead role, supported by specialty coffee.

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My Czech beauty routine

The weather in Prague can vary between arctic frost and tropical heat, so I need to make sure that my skin stays protected and healthy year-round! Every morning, I scrub my face with a home-made paste of sugar and olive oil, and then apply a trio of corrector/toning make-up, mascara, and lip gloss/lipstick.

I use the Matt Control corrector stick or the Toning Cream 2 in 1 from Dermacol (a Czech brand recommended by a friend, and the only make-up my skin will tolerate) and the False Lashes mascara from Alverde (a German brand focusing on environmentally and animal friendly skin-care products).

When I’m feeling fancy, I reach for Alverde’s kohl eyeliner (it’s gorgeously rich and sumptuous) or their Color & Care lipstick in Cherry (which I always, always get complimented on). For a more casual look, I opt for Clinique’s Chubby Stick in Mega Melon, which I also dab on my cheeks when I feel I need some colour (usually in early spring).

For the small country that the Czech Republic is (with a mere 10.5 million inhabitants) it has an astounding choice of local skin-care products. In the winter, I swear by nourishing facial creams from Ryor and protective make-up from Dermacol.

In the summertime, I love the fresh and herby scents of Manufaktura and Dr. Botanicus. Only recently, I discovered Havlíkova přírodní apotéka (Havlík’s Natural Apothecary) and fell in love with their shampoos. The latter three aren’t just local, but also organic! Win-win-win!

Then, I head to work by:  Foot! I’m extremely lucky to live within 10 minutes walking distance from my office. However, most urbanite Czechs would use public transport (which is super-affordable, über-clean, and probably more reliable than a Swiss watch, although the routes sometimes change sporadically, which can be adventurous!) to get practically anywhere. That said, quite a few guys at my office arrive to work every morning looking like Tour de France contestants. Czechs take their bikes very seriously!

Thanks so much for sharing, Jay! Czech readers – what’s your beauty + breakfast routine?

P.S. My 3 product makeup bag!

photo credits: moyan brenn // jorg schubert // schnytlik // wikipedia // once upon a chef

Mornings In: Estonia

What's a typical breakfast + beauty routine for an Estonian woman? Also: what's up with 'kurd snacks'? // yesandyes.org

Name: Marilin
Hometown: Tartu, Estonia
Age: 29
Occupation: Scientific Researcher in Tartu Toy Museum (yes, I do play all day long), currently on maternity leave
My alarm is set for: 7:00 or whenever the baby decides

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Most mornings I eat:
Usually, I eat plain old sandwiches with coffee or tea. We only call dark (rye) bread “bread” here (light bread and medium-light bread have their own names), so I just slap some butter and cheese with tomato or cucumber slices on that.

When I’m making porridge for my daughter, I also make some for myself – oatmeal or buckwheat is what we are eating at the moment. Porridge is quite common breakfast in Estonia, it fills you up and keeps you going until lunch.

One specific local food I eat almost every morning (and sometimes lunch and dinner and snack time) is kohuke, or curd snack. The basic kohuke is made of curd and covered in chocolate. There are several types, with or without filling, with crackers and different glazes. It’s high in protein and sugar and saturated fat, and by no means healthy, but I’m just weak like that.

A healthier breakfast I eat once a week, usually on weekend mornings, is hard-boiled quail eggs. There are several small quail farms nearby and fresh quail eggs with mayonnaise are a treat that’s also rich in vitamins and minerals (more so than chicken eggs). I also love carrots and apples, so I eat a couple of those almost daily with my breakfast as well, definitely when they are in season.

What's a typical breakfast + beauty routine for an Estonian woman? Also: what's up with 'kurd snacks'? // yesandyes.org

estonian-beauty-productsMy beauty routine consists of:
I usually don’t shower in the morning but before bedtime, because I don’t like blow-dryers and then my hair can air-dry. This is important during the winters, because it would be impossible to head out to work with wet hair in -20 C (-4 F). I’ve got long hair, so sometimes I braid my hair when moist and sleep like that, so I have fun waves in the morning. 🙂

I don’t use makeup at all (because I’m lazy) and I moisturize my face every couple of days with Dr. Hauschka Melissa Day Cream. I use coconut oil for sun protection and as a general lotion, and I make my own lip balm with oil and beeswax.

An up and rising popular Estonian cosmetics brand is JOIK, which is (mostly) organic and used by many of my more beauty-conscious friends.

Then, I head to work by:
Tartu is a small-ish university town and I live near the center, so it takes a 20-minute walk for me to get to work. The public transport is city bus and it’s quite widely used, but really you can walk almost everywhere in Tartu.

Of course, it’s different in the winter when it’s freezing and there’s snow everywhere – every winter it seems people forget about the snow, and when it finally comes, chaos ensues. But nowadays, I head out early in the afternoon with my daughter in the stroller and we take a walk to one of the parks.

Thanks so much for sharing, Marilin! Are there any other Estonian readers who can chime in?

P.S. My three-item makeup bag. Yes, really!

photos credits: sara // haylee // lech karol pawlaszek // denna jones // anu wintschalek

Mornings In Denmark

This is one of many Mornings In _______ posts in which gorgeous women from all over the world let us peek at their breakfast and beauty routines. Fun, right?
Hometown: Jyderup
Age: 25
Occupation: Student at a Folk High School which is a traditional Danish school based on the concept of learning solely for the joy of learning.
My alarm is set for:
8 am. Sometimes my roommate set her alarm for 7 am to go running and we both wake up and then go straight back to sleep.
Most mornings I eat:
Oatmeal porridge, it’s such a good winter food, sometimes I put apple sauce on top, I summer I mostly eat shredded oats with milk and diced apple. The cook at my school makes all the food I eat.
My beauty routine consists of:
Most days I only wear mascara, I use Power Volume Mascara from Nilens Jord. I use cold pressed coconut oil from Urtekram as an all round moisturizer. It smells like candy and makes my skin feel nice and soft even in winter, it’s also quite tasty!My hair is completely straight, silky and not that thick, I try to combat all of those qualities by using a salt water spray I get from a store called Matas. They carry products from many brands and also have their own range of things, many of which are perfume-free. Allergy prevention and awareness has become a big thing here in resent years.
Then, I head to work by:
I’m living at my school at the moment so I just put on my slippers and skip up two flights of stairs. I’ve been enjoying that tremendously, but at the same time I look forward to going back to Copenhagen and riding my bike everywhere. Biking is very popular in Copenhagen year round, even though it sometimes in winter resemble ice skating a bit much.
Thanks for sharing, Anne-Kristine! Any other Danish readers out there? What’s your breakfast and beauty routine? 

Mornings In: Brazil

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Hometown: Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, but live in São Paulo, SP
Age: 29
Occupation: Travel and Digital Marketing Entrepreneur
My alarm is set for: 7:00 AM
Curious about the beauty products Brazilian women use? Or the best Brazilian breakfast? Click through for Brazilian beauty tips from a local!
Curious about the beauty products Brazilian women use? Or the best Brazilian breakfast? Click through for Brazilian beauty tips from a local!

My Brazilian breakfast

Once I get up, I stumble to my kitchen to make myself a “green juice,” to wake myself up. I’ll throw collard green cubes (i freeze my greens!), cucumber, ginger, mint leaves, and coconut water in a blender.
After I walk my dog and shower, I eat! I’ll have a small loaf of whole wheat pão francês (in most homes, it’s a loaf of White bread) from the corner bakery. This is the staple food for Brazilian breakfasts, and is accompanied by butter, ham and cheese, or in my case, requeijão, a sort of cream cheese. I’ll wash it down with coffee, and a banana or papaya.
On days when I’m short on time, I’ll have an açaí juice and a granola bar.
Curious about the beauty products Brazilian women use? Or the best Brazilian breakfast? Click through for Brazilian beauty tips from a local!
Curious about the beauty products Brazilian women use? Or the best Brazilian breakfast? Click through for Brazilian beauty tips from a local!

My Brazilian beauty routine

Shower: It’s common to buy shampoos that are “salt free” in Brazil because it doesn’t dry your hair out as much. I like Granado Sálvia + Confrey (sage and comfrey) shampoo and conditioner. La Roche Posay gel on my face, and regular Dove bar soap.
Post Shower: I use Natura’s cotton scented body lotion, Tododia Algodão, and run a dollop of Flores e Vegetais leave in conditioner through my ends, and let my hair dry out naturally.
Face: La Roc Minesol Oil Control, SPF 70 every morning! I don’t wear much makeup, but when I do, my go tos are: Natura’s long lasting black eyeliner, Sephora mascara, Body shop powder, and pink contém 1g lip stick (with SPF!).

My Brazilian commute

My commute lasts about 2.6 seconds. One of the reasons I have such a complex and long morning routine is that I’m fortunate enough to work from home.
That also means I need to have decent routine so I can produce and not Wake up and work from bed all day. I’ll work from my desk or hammock (!) in my room, or with the news on in the background in the living room or my balcony to keep things interesting.
Thanks so much for sharing, Poly! Any other Brazilian readers care to share their routine?
photos Christian Haugen // Renata Diem // THOR

Mornings In: England

What does a British beauty routine look like? A typical British breakfast? This is what mornings look like for one British woman.
Name: Catherine
Hometown: York, England
Age: 24
Occupation: Account Handler for Wholesale Tour Operator
My alarm is set for: 6:55! I normally hit snooze ’til at least 7:15, but either way it’s far too early for me!
What does a British beauty routine look like? A typical British breakfast? This is what mornings look like for one British woman.
What does a British beauty routine look like? A typical British breakfast? This is what mornings look like for one British woman.

My British Breakfast

On a weekday it’s normally just a bowl of cereal with milk, but it’s on the weekends that we like to get a bit more creative. I have a very sweet tooth and love making chocolate filled pancakes or French toast rolls-ups smothered in strawberry jams.
Of course, there’s no escaping the traditional Full English breakfast either; the sausages, bacon, eggs, baked beans and toast are essential, but everyone knows it’s better with mushrooms, tomatoes and hash browns thrown on there too. There’s no better cure for a hangover than a Full English breakfast!
What does a British beauty routine look like? A typical British breakfast? This is what mornings look like for one British woman.

My British beauty routine

I love the skincare products the have in The Body Shop; I personally can’t get enough of the Tea Tree range and use the cleanser, toner and moisturizer everyday. When it comes to make-up I seem to be using everything Maybelline at the moment and particularly love their Dream Matte Mousse Foundation.

Most of the beauty products in the UK are international brands, but it might surprise some people to know that quite a few of the companies originated in the UK, including The Body Shop, Boots, Lush, Rimmel and Soap & Glory.

My British commute

Bus. It’s just a five minute walk to the bus stop and a fifteen minute journey into town, then the bus drops me off right outside the office door! It’s a simple journey most of the time; the only problem is when the bus doesn’t show up!

I know we have heaps of British readers – what’s your morning breakfast + beauty routine? 
Photos by  Melissa Walker Horn  // Eduard Militaru on Unsplash // Jack Holloway // Swaminathan // weheartit // Laura D’Alessandro // Neil Conway