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High Tech Skincare: Hyaluronic Sheet Masks

Hydraluron Moisture Mask Indeed Laboratories

I always loved a good face mask and recently became crazy with sheet masks.

Sheet masks are these strange looking masks, typically in cotton or fiber sheets, which are pre-cut into the shape of your face and soaked in liquid formulas to treat the skin. Wearing them feels a bit like taking part in a horror movie (tough to wear if your boyfriend is around). Korean beauty girls love them. They are one of the most effective new ways to inject good ingredients into your skin. A great new thing. Continue reading

Spring Cleansing: The Best Cleansing Facial Oils!

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With spring coming up, I was looking for a new natural and refreshing routine to wash off my face when I came across these cleansing oils. 

The thing that I love about oil cleansing is that it is one of the most efficient ways to deeply remove make up and impurities while infusing the skin with moisturing ingredients and vitamins.

The best part is the little massage you need to give to your skin in order to make oils work. I really feel that massaging my skin helps keep it toned and super clean.

If you never tried before, try it! Oil cleansing will rock your skin world!

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Nail Rehab

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Do you find your nails are looking rubbish lately? If you have been constantly wearing nail polish this winter, it is time to think about a nail rehab. A few days sans verni will do the trick but if you feel you need an extra boost, cut your nails as short as they will go and start this 5-steps recovery program. Continue reading

Raw Superfood Skincare


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I recently discovered Body Deli, a new brand from LA which makes skin and body care products based on raw, organic superfood ingredients.

Formulated with powerful detoxifier ingredients like kale, spinach wheatgrass and sea vegetables, this detoxifying scrub is a powerful tool to help the body release toxins from the skin and lymphatic system and activate the body’s natural detoxification process.

The perfect recipe for a strong antioxidant and detoxifying treatment under the shower in the morning. Loving it!

www.thebodydeli.com

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Green Detox – Sprouted Mineral Greens Detoxifying Sea Salt Body Scrub,

£28 available on www.abeautifulworld.co.uk

New Winter Drink: Organic Matcha Powder and Apple Juice!

tea pigs organic matcha apple juiceI was at John Lewis the other day when I discovered a really cool new drink: green tea matcha powder mixed with apple juice.

I always wished I drunk matcha powder instead of normal green tea since it is so much better for your health (matcha tea leaves are grown under shade to increase its chlorophyll content and, since it is presented as a fine powder which dissolves in your tea, you actually get to drink it all its benefits as opposed to normal brewed leaves). I never liked it though because of its strong taste. But mixed with freshly squeeze or a good organic fresh apple juice, this is just heaven and I already feel that this mega antioxidant formula is making wonders on me. Just the perfect energy boost I needed these days!

http://www.teapigs.co.uk

tea pigs organic matcha apple juice

New Moon Yoga Meditation

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I recently discovered a new yoga class which I adore: the “Full Moon” and the “New Moon” classes at Triyoga.

The class takes place when it is either the full moon or instead the new moon and mixes yoga and meditation to make you reflect on the things which you just did and achieved the previous month (Full Moon Class) or instead on the new objectives you want to set for yourself for the new month ahead (New Moon Class).

I tried the New Moon class so far and it was really cool. The teacher explained that each month is a chance to experience a fresh start and set new intentions for things we would like to create. He invites you to draw energy and inspiration from the energy of the new moon and also explains that the goals  you want to set yourself for the new month can be general or instead match the traits of the sign that month.

I loved it!

Full or New Moon Gong Baths Classes, £20

www.triyoga.co.uk

New Summer Trend: Glitter Liners!

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My favourite make up at Paris Couture Week this year was the sensational sparkling eyes that Peter Philips created for Chanel:

A thick, matt black eye liner on the upper lid and sparkling glitter liner on the lower!

Have a look at these gorgeous backstage pics and make sure you stock up on glitter liners this summer. The trend is announced to be huge!

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How I got the Hang of Juice Cleanse (yes.. ME!)

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I never ever dieted in my life…  till last month.

While working at Vogue in December, the team received a pack of juices from a juice cleanse company. It was 10.30 am, I had a nice breakfast so was not particularly hungry. However, I am one of those persons who can not refuse free food (or in this case “juice”) so, since I got the chance to try them, I grabbed one, thinking it would be a nice juice in addition to my normal meals.

1.00 pm came, I was not feeling hungry. I was quite amused to feel this way as I normally never miss a meal. But since I really was not hungry, I decided to wait till I feel hungry later. When I felt slightly hungry later around 4pm, instead of eating solid food, I took another juice. And so forth.. till 48 hours later.

Not only was I surprised to discover that I was one of these persons actually capable of “juicing” but I also got to understand why people do it: because you DO FEEL ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Really I felt like running a marathon, I was so full of energy, I felt sort of under ecstasy..

I thought a lot about it and concluded that there must 3 reasons why I felt this way:

  • since you do not eat solid food, your stomach and intestines do not have to do their digestion work – no digestion to make you feel heavy or sleepy (anyone ever felt heavy and sleepy on their desk right after lunch at 2 pm?)
  • the juices are extracted from the most energetic vegetables and fruits that exist (kale, spinach, carrots, etc) – basically it is like drinking pure shots of vitamin C, D etc. No wonder you feel a boost of energy!
  • I immediately felt more skinny in my jeans and realised after that I had lost almost 2 kilos. I also never had a flat stomach in my life (I am more of a “curvy” girl) and that, by itself, made me feel so happy. Though I do have to say that you will gain back the weight. Juice cleanse is to detox your intestines and liver, it is not a diet.

Since that day, I completely changed my mind about juice cleanse and am now swearing by the virtue of a (short) juice cleanse here and then in the year. All I want to do is do another one soon!

In my next post, I am going to tell you which juice cleanse company I tried and which one does the best cleanse in my opinion. Stay tune!

3 Fab Lip Balms to Kiss Goodbye to Cracked Lips this Winter!

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There is a ton of lip products out there in the market there but there’s nothing chicer in your handbag or more efficient than the market’s best lip balms.

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Mountain Therapy

Pure Altitude

One of my favourite beauty brands in winter is Pure Altitude, the natural skincare line of Fermes de Marie, a five-star mountain spa located in the chic ski resort of Megeve in France.

Each product is formulated with mountain plants or minerals such as edelweiss, marjoran, pine, arnica or lemon balm and uses mountain water drawn from the Mont-Blanc.

Perfect to rejuvenate winter-damaged skin and to bring a little piece of mountain freshness into my bathroom!

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How to Choose the Right Foundation

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A first in cosmetics retail: Sephora teamed up with color specialist Pantone to create a special tool.. that scans the surface of your skin and finds the most scientifically precise shade of foundation for your skin!

Entitled SEPHORA + PANTONE COLOR IQ, the machine is based off the Pantone X-Rite Spectrocolorimeter used in the design world. Continue reading

Make Up Nightmare: How to be Hip but Waterproof this Summer!

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Have you ever had that nightmare where you arrive looking fab and gorgeous on the beach.. meet that boy.. go for that sexy swim.. and then realise that your make up actually ran everywhere and that you are now looking like Marilyn Manson?

If you did, fear not. Make Up For Ever just released a tutorial explaining how to realise a very hip summer make up.. 100% waterproof!

Their products are in fact so good that even the ballerinas of the French synchronised swimming team are using them. Now if it works for them.. it should work for us!

Check it out!

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