Max Factor’s #Selfeye


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Max Factor makes some of the best budget mascaras on the market so I am always quite excited when they release a new one. And their new “Excess Volume Extreme Impact” mascara, launched this year, promised to be, despite its long complicated name, a really interesting product.

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Treatment of the Week: an Organic Seaweed Bath

Voya Seaweed Bath

Seaweed baths are a big tradition in Ireland which I meant to try for a while. So when I had a particularly bad week the other week, I decided that it was time to do just that: take 30 minutes out for myself and indulge in a deeply relaxing and detoxifying bath treatment.

I decided to try Voya, a company based on the wild Atlantic coast of Strandhill, Sligo in Ireland known to produce the finest organic seaweed Continue reading

Wedding Fragrance: The “Nuptial Bouquet” by Atkinsons

atkinson nuptial bouquetI recently got engaged and could not wait to try out the new fragrance created last year by Atkinsons, the historic English fragrance house.

Originally founded in 1799, Atkinsons was the personal perfumer of the royal family and you can see this in the royal purple theme and coat of arms decorating their bottles.

The composition of the Nuptial Bouquet is based on the flowers that Queen Victoria carried in her wedding bouquet: violet (traditional in a wedding bouquet), lily of the valley (which I like very much), myrtle and white sandalwood. The scent is extremely feminine, youthful and crisp  -  very springtime.

It doesn’t have to be just a wedding scent but is really for anyone who loves their perfume light, floral and fresh and wants to remind themselves the story of this royal romance and the young Victoria, madly in love with her dear Albert!

Nuptial Bouquet, Atkinsons, 100ml, £95

www.atkinsons1799.com

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Spring Essentials: My Kitch Hair Ties!

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I was about to go to Boots to buy a stock of my regular boring hair ties when I discovered a really interesting new brand : MyKitsch.com

My Kitsch is a US brand making cool hair ties. The brand is all about music festival, summer fun, peace and love. Exactly the sort of vibe I need right now.

Plus the hair ties are so adorable that people wear them as bracelet too!

Have a look.

www.mykitsch.com

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Home Spring Home

spring home decorationThe weather’s been so lovely in London these last days that I felt like taking a break from beauty posts and share with you these really nice pictures from One Kings Lane.

One Kings Lane is my favourite interior design shop. Everything they sell is chic and joyful and they always give a lot of great decorations tips and ideas. For spring this month, they have a special “Spring Refresh” interior decoration serie. Have a look!

Happy Spring!

www.onekingslane.com

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High Tech Skincare: Hyaluronic Sheet Masks

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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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Power Breakfast

Primrose's Kitchen

I am very well aware of the benefits of beetroots and carrots on my general health and skin in particular. But I just don’t like eating them.

That’s why I was very happy this week to discover the “Raw Vegetable Mueslis” of Primrose’s Kitchen.

These mueslis are packed with natural goodies like ginger, apple, chia seeds and milk thistle, and contain a minimum of 23% of carrots or beetroots (miracle!)

Primrose Kitchen carefully slow dried them to maintain all the enzymes and essential vitamins and minerals and uses organic raw agave nectar and virgin coconut oil instead of heavy oils and refined sugars.

Eating vegetables has never been easier!

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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

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Jewellery I want for St Valentine..

Halcyons Days Bangle

When Emma Elwick-Bates, the super stylish shopping editor of British Vogue, came to speak at our school last year, I could not help but stare at the pile of Hermes enamel bangles she had on her wrist.

Everything that Hermes does is of course absolutely exquisite but I loved the way Emma styled them: she just wore like at least 5 or 6 of them at the same time. All the same. The simple ones. Just in different colours.

Of course not everyone can afford 5 Hermes bangles.. including me. So when I discovered that Halcyons Days was doing enamel bangles just as amazing as the Hermes ones but for 1/4 of the price.. I was in heaven.

So yes, this year, all I want for St Valentine is at least one bangle from Halcyons Days.. to hopefully start my own little collection too.

Have a look!

www.halcyondays.co.uk

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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