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Mornings In Germany

This is one of many Mornings In ________ posts in which local ladies tell us about their morning beauty and breakfast routines. And then we all wonder if our mornings would be better if we, too, ate rice congee for breakfast.
Name: Twaambo
Hometown: Lusaka, Zambia but living in Bonn, Germany
Age: old enough to know that you have to use products that work for you!
Occupation: Radio show host, free lance writer and blogger
My alarm is set for: 7:45 am
Most mornings I eat: Muesli with a few slices of banana and yoghurt. It’s pretty filling and keeps me from eating too much at lunch time! Its healthy, tastes good, and I find it refreshing. Sometimes I get something from die bäckerei (the bakery). Bread isn’t just food here, it’s culture! I’ll get brötchen (rolls) that you typically eat with eggs, cheese, butter, or cold meats, however you like it!
My beauty routine consists of: I use Chamomile silky cleansing oil on my face three times a week, In the morning I ‘wash’ my face only with water and then moisturise with Bebe young care day/ night cream – it’s really soft and sinks into my skin pretty well. I also use the Vitamin C daily moisturiser. Vitamin C works wonders on my skin, cleared some acne scars, and smells divine. Sometimes I use any of the great cheap masks from Balea and I use Ducray Icytane moisturising mousse on my body, its amazing for dry skin.
Then, I head to work by: by tram, I get to the Hauptbahnhof (central station) and then I walk ten minutes to work. The walk is through a magnificent avenue of chestnut trees and Clemensruhe Palace is at the end of the alley. My commute is 30 minutes.
Thanks for sharing, Twaambo! Other German readers – what’s your morning routine?P.S. Questionable hairstyles and inside my makeup bag.

Mornings In Zambia

Wondering about beauty routines in Zambia? Or the best Zambia breakfasts? Click through for Zambia beauty tips from two locals!

Hometown: Lusaka, Zambia
Age: 24 and 23
Occupation: Fashion bloggers/consultants, makeup artist and stylist, Economics and Law Students
Our alarms are set for: Kahyi – 5:30am, Key – 6am but snoozed until about 7:30am.
Wondering about beauty routines in Zambia? Or the best Zambia breakfasts? Click through for Zambia beauty tips from two locals!
Wondering about beauty routines in Zambia? Or the best Zambia breakfasts? Click through for Zambia beauty tips from two locals!

Our Zambian breakfasts

Porridge, made from Maize meal (ground maize grains), with a generous amount of powdered groundnuts. We especially love this because it is terribly yummy (!) and filling. We buy the ingredients from the local supermarket for about K30 ($5) for the Maize Meal and less than K5 (less than $1) for the ground peanuts.
We usually cook it ourselves (if we aren’t at our Grandmother’s, she’s the breakfast guru of our family) and it takes roughly 20 minutes to prepare/boil, as the maize meal and the grounded nuts must be a smooth and perfect blend of texture and flavour.
On days when we need to leave the house in a hurry, we typically have Kellogg’s Corn Flakes breakfast cereal, or ‘Bokomo Rainbow Whole Wheat Crunchies’ (with a large helping of milk).
On special occasions, most people will have the maize meal and ground peanut porridge along with the typical English breakfast.
Wondering about beauty routines in Zambia? Or the best Zambia breakfasts? Click through for Zambia beauty tips from two locals!
Wondering about beauty routines in Zambia? Or the best Zambia breakfasts? Click through for Zambia beauty tips from two locals!

Our Zambian beauty routines

We’ve been drawn to Forever Living’s Aloe Deep – Cleansing Exfoliator for exfoliating our skin after a hectic week. In addition to this, before washing off our make-up every (other) evening, we use Cuddlers Baby Wipes, because they don’t contain alcohol and won’t dry out our skin.
For make-up, Key uses her recent favourite foundation, Dermacolor and Kahyi is currently in love with NK’s deep plum lipstick. Like many Zambian ladies, we trust Dark and Lovely’s Olive Oil Moisturiser for our hair.

Our Zambian commute

Public transport on days when we have the luxury of time, or by car when we have to be somewhere quickly as Lusaka traffic can often times be a pain. On average, our commute takes about an hour and costs K4.50 ($0.75).
Thanks so much for sharing, ladies!
photos by christiaan triebert // avid hills

Mornings In Russia

Wondering about Russian beauty routines? What beauty products do women use in Russia? And what's the typical Russian breakfast? Click through for one Russian woman's beauty tips and favorite breakfast!

Name: Varvara Lyalyagina
Hometown: born in St.Petersburg, currently live in Nizhny Novgorod
Age: 31
Occupation: Human Resources manager

My alarm is set for

7.00 am. I use the smart alarm which is supposed to wake me up gently depending on my sleeping cycle (usually starting from 6.30 am). It doesn’t help – I am totally not an early bird. So, I hardly pull myself out of bed at 7.15 am and I have just 30 minutes to get ready before I leave.

My Russian breakfast

I don’t usually have time to have breakfast at home, so I pour tea into my tumbler mug and sometimes grab the bottle of drinking yogurt, so I can drink it on the way to work. When I have time (or during the weekends when I am not in a rush) I spoil myself and have porridge with fruits and berries or fried eggs with sausage.
Wondering about Russian beauty routines? What beauty products do women use in Russia? And what's the typical Russian breakfast? Click through for one Russian woman's beauty tips and favorite breakfast!

My Russian beauty routine

My makeup routine is usually pretty quick. I exfoliate with Natura Siberica (the label says it contains pips of arctic raspberries. Who knows? I like how it takes care of my skin). I put the Estee Lauder Idealist as a base, then Kiehl’s BB cream.
Lastly I take care of my eyes. First with Estee Lauder Eye Cooling under my eyes, then I curl my lashes (I can’t live without it!) and I put the Trish McEvoy mascara (it’s just AMAZING but I have to confess I bought it in London as it’s not sold in Russia).
Who am I kidding? I don’t always have time for make-up, so I take it all to work and do it quickly there (I am lucky to have the mirror in my office). My passion is my hair. I wash it every second day (and my fringe every day) and I straighten it with my pink hair iron.
Wondering about Russian beauty routines? What beauty products do women use in Russia? And what's the typical Russian breakfast? Click through for one Russian woman's beauty tips and favorite breakfast!Wondering about Russian beauty routines? What beauty products do women use in Russia? And what's the typical Russian breakfast? Click through for one Russian woman's beauty tips and favorite breakfast!

My Russian commute

Right now, I work in a factory in the industrial zone outside the city, so I have to take the bus. Fortunately, the company has the bus is waiting for me outside the front door each morning. The drive takes 45-60 min depending on the traffic and makes me fondly recall when I worked in Moscow and my commute was an eight minute walk.

Thanks for sharing, Varvara! Any other Russian readers? What’s your morning routine? 

P.S. My 3-product makeup bag!

photos by haylee // anton novoselov // indi samarajiva // jeffreyw // denna jones

Mornings In Mexico

Wondering about Mexican beauty routines? What's the best Mexican breakfast? Click through for Mexican beauty tips from a local!

Name: Bere Parra
Hometown: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Age: 33
Occupation: Music blogger & freelance WordPress designer
My alarm is set for: 8 am

Wondering about Mexican beauty routines? What's the best Mexican breakfast? Click through for Mexican beauty tips from a local!

My Mexican breakfast

For the last couple of months, I’ve been having a non-dairy smoothie for breakfast, packed with lots of different super healthy ingredients that I blend myself, at home. I take advantage of the local and/or organic products that are available in San Miguel de Allende.

The traditional Mexican breakfasts include two or more of the following items: eggs, beans (refried or ‘de la olla‘ – which translates as ‘straight from the pot), coffee (flavored with cinnamon), some ‘pan dulce’ (Mexican pastries: conchas and churros are big favourites) and perhaps orange juice.

Some people like to buy tamales to from street vendors on their way to work; with their respective cup of atole (a drink made of corn dough and milk or water, which can also include sugar and other ingredients to give it a flavor: guava, chocolate, strawberries, etc). If we feel a bit ‘fancier’ and have time to spare we may have chilaquiles, in green sauce or red sauce, with or without shredded chicken. 🙂

Wondering about Mexican beauty routines? What's the best Mexican breakfast? Click through for Mexican beauty tips from a local!

Wondering about Mexican beauty routines? What's the best Mexican breakfast? Click through for Mexican beauty tips from a local!

My Mexican beauty routine

Showering and covering myself in coconut oil (except for my face: I use a separate cleanser for that). Natural organic beauty products, such as coconut oil, are very popular here in San Miguel.
Before putting my makeup on, I dab some rose water on my face with a cotton ball. Rose water is available in most drugstores all over Mexico. As for makeup, most cities in Mexico have access to makeup brands that are also widely available in the states.
However there’s this brand, Jordana, that makes great lipstick shades and they’re super cheap. I alternate those with other brands that are more ‘high-end’. I also use Argan oil on my hair.

My Mexican commute

I get to work by bus. My commute is usually 20-25 minutes long, but it can sometimes be shorter, depending on how fast the bus driver goes!

Thanks so much for sharing, Bere!  Other Mexican readers, what does your breakfast + beauty routine consist of?

P.S. My 3 product makeup bag!

photos: bdebaca // mysza831

Mornings In Malta

Wondering about Maltese beauty routines or breakfasts? What beauty products do the women of Malta swear by? Click through for tips from a local!
Name: Claire
Hometown: Ħ’Attard, Malta (tiny Mediterranean island country in Europe)
Age: 24
Occupation: law student + trainee notary + proofreader

My alarm is set for

Any time between 6.30AM and 9.30AM. Depends on whether I have early lectures (6.30AM), work (7.45AM), or nothing planned for the morning (as late as 9.30AM if I had been up late working the previous night).

My Maltese breakfast

I usually eat very Mediterranean food. Fresh orange juice, a piece of toast with Parma ham, and (sometimes) an espresso made with an Italian brand of coffee (like Lavazza). My lovely Mum squeezes some large oranges for me as soon as I wake up, and this burst of fresh Mediterranean citrus and Vitamin C is always a great way to start the day.
I usually buy the coffee for around €1 from a little café (there are tonnes of them dotted around Valletta – the capital city).
On special occasions (or when waking up with a hangover), a lot of Maltese people opt for a full English breakfast (Malta was a British colony until 1964, and there’s still a strong link with the UK, even breakfast-wise) or else the classic Maltese junk food treat: pastizzi (flaky pastry pockets full of a ricotta cheese or pea mixture) and either a Kinnie (the national soft drink) or tea with milk served in a clear glass. Absolutely heavenly.
Wondering about Maltese beauty routines or breakfasts? What beauty products do the women of Malta swear by? Click through for tips from a local!

My Maltese beauty routine

It starts with applying moisturiser on my face (usually by a British or French brand – currently the Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè), then applying an oil or serum to my hair to calm frizz (a must due to the extreme humidity).

Last, I apply some make-up (my favourite product right now is the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – cheap and highly effective).

Wondering about Maltese beauty routines or breakfasts? What beauty products do the women of Malta swear by? Click through for tips from a local!
Wondering about Maltese beauty routines or breakfasts? What beauty products do the women of Malta swear by? Click through for tips from a local!

Then, I head to work by

I commute by car. Even though Malta is a tiny country, the public transport system can be a bit of a headache sometimes, so for sure-fire independence, a car is necessary. It’s usually wise to leave time to find a parking space; if I’m going into Valletta, I usually park in a parking complex for €2.50 every day. My commute usually lasts around 15-25 minutes, but can stretch to 45 minutes during rush hour.
Thanks so much for sharing, Claire!  Maltese readers, what does your beauty + breakfast routine look like?

P.S. My 3 product makeup bag!

photo credits: foxpar4 // ben124 // wanderlust for food // oakley originals // londonnet

Mornings In Malaysia

Wondering what Malaysian beauty products women swear by? What's the best breakfast in Malaysia? Click through for Malaysian beauty tips from a local!

Name: Stephanie Sharon Koh
Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Age: 32
Occupation: Beauty Editor
My alarm is set for: 7:30 am every morning but I officially get up at 8 am as I only need to get to work by 9 am.

Wondering what Malaysian beauty products women swear by? What's the best breakfast in Malaysia? Click through for Malaysian beauty tips from a local!
Wondering what Malaysian beauty products women swear by? What's the best breakfast in Malaysia? Click through for Malaysian beauty tips from a local!

My Malaysian breakfast

A variety of things actually so it’s never a routine! (Note: Malaysians in general are all about food so it’s pretty normal for us to eat different things for breakfast.)
Mine could be pancakes or porridge one day, nasi lemak (coconut rice, anchovies, hard boiled egg and sambal) the next and dim sum or fried vermicelli noodles the following morning. As you can tell, it never gets boring at a Malaysian’s breakfast table.
Wondering what Malaysian beauty products women swear by? What's the best breakfast in Malaysia? Click through for Malaysian beauty tips from a local!Wondering what Malaysian beauty products women swear by? What's the best breakfast in Malaysia? Click through for Malaysian beauty tips from a local!

My Malaysian beauty routine

Cleanser, toner, serum, moisturiser, eye cream and sunscreen (during the day). Bliss, Biotherm, L’Occitane, Kiehl’s…No local brands here am afraid. However I do know of some Malaysian women who use local brands such as Fair & Lovely, Nutox, Syahira, Ginvera, Bio-Essence and Ronasutra just to name a few.

Then, I head to work by: Car. It takes approx. 30 mins to get to work.

Thanks so much for sharing, Steph!  Any Malaysian readers out there want to share their breakfast + beauty routines with us?

P.S. The five beauty tricks I know and my favorite foods from countries I’ve visited

photo 1 by chai sabz // photo 2 by lutty moreira // photo 3 by pointnshoot // photo 4 by ultrakml // photo 5 by kaichan vong // cc