Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet Shower Gel is not proven organic and it’s for men not women, but sometimes I just have to make an exception and the ingredients are hand-selected, so they say. I love this shower gel so much because it reminds me of an amazing place, Schloss Elmau, a hotel in a castle on top of a mountain in Southern Germany, one of my favorite spots on earth and definitely the best spa I’ve been to so far. It is so worth a trip: not only are the spa and the restaurants amazing but you can hear some of the world’s most distinguished classical and jazz musicians in the hotel’s own concert hall. Happy memories come to my mind when I smell the luxurious scent of Blenheim Bouquet. Showering with it provides my skin with the cleanest most relaxed spa feeling I can think of. Unfortunately the price is quite luxurious as well. It’s £25 in the UK and $ 50 in the US. Luckily Amazon just runs a sale for $ 45 ♥♥♥
Juice Beauty, a California based company, recently launched its make up line which is now available in Ulta stores all over the country (… except New York). Me and a few other bloggers met with Juice Beauty founder Karen a few weeks ago to get the inside scoop on their new products and I found myself a few additions to my make up cabinet. To be honest, organic make up is one of the few things I haven’t converted to yet, which is totally silly, because we’re wearing it all day and our skin absorbs it, too. Although I don’t believe in the ridiculous statistics that say we’re eating several pounds of lipstick throughout our lifetime, we do swallow some lipstick – it’s unavoidable. Over the summer I neither wore lipstick nor make up, but during the colder months, I need some color. My Juice Beauty favorites are Perfecting Foundation and the Reflecting Gloss.
The Perfecting Foundation is very light weight, feeling more like a tinted moisturizer than a foundation. Since I prefer this to total coverage make up that doesn’t give my skin air to breathe, this foundation is perfect for me. I accidentally ordered it in tan which is a bit too dark for me, but it blends in so well and looks totally natural. If you use little it really just provides light coverage. I’m most amazed by the fruity fresh smell. It does in fact smell so healthy like you’re putting on fruit juice all over your face. The name says it all: Juice Beauty foundation is skin food packed with antioxidant rich organic fruit seed oils from grapes, strawberries, raspberries, pomegranate and kiwi, acai and goji berries.
I was a bit sceptical about trying an organic mascara, because I need to trust that I can have it on all day without looking all smudgy. The Lash Defining Mascara takes a bit longer to dry than regular mascara, but once it’s dry, it stays. It elegantly separates the eyelashes and is perfect for a day time look. It is also very easy to wash of with a cleanser without having to rub the sensitive eye area.
If you’re looking for dramatic eyes apply the Defining Eyeliner. It is soft and easy to use and comes with a smudger. What might be too dramatic for an office look is perfect for a sexy night out.
Who doesn’t like a tasty lip gloss? The Reflecting Lip Gloss is as sweet as it can be with organic agave syrup extract and again lots of berries. I am carrying it with me wherever I go. The boys will love to kiss you with this sweet lip gloss on.
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My friends who visited from Germany last week and who were amused by the fact that I was drinking green juice and almond milk, made me realize that whatever is eaten in New York (and of course some other places where there’s Whole Foods and juice bars) might not be eaten anywhere else. Although I’m living in Brooklyn, the home to many veggie-drinkers, locavores, raw-food-enthusiasts, and everything-organic-lovers, I refused to drink kale juice for a long time. My conversion started when I tried to go gluten free for a week but didn’t want to give up my daily yogurt and granola. I found Cherry Chia Greenola in a local bodega and couldn’t believe how great it tastes! For me, growing up in Northern Germany, where eating “Kohl und Pinkel” (kale and sausage) has a tradition reaching back into the middle ages, kale is usually eaten with sausage after drinking lots of schnapps. People would go with their friends and family on a tour equipped with a wooden cart filled with alcohol (usually schnapps or korn) and on every crossroads they would stop and drink until they arrive drunk at the “Kohl und Pinkel” restaurant. You can imagine that associating kale with a healthy diet didn’t even cross my mind.
Little did I know then about the gazillion of health benefits this bitterly leaf has to offer. Kale contains high amounts of Vitamin K, A, and C as well as E and B Vitamins. Minerals, flavonoids, and omega 3 fatty acids are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and glucosinates are successful cancer-preventing phytonutrients. Therefore, if you’re not into the taste of kale yet, you should try these yummy recipes:
- kale leaves
- dried cherries
- dried cranberries
- sliced almonds
- sunflower oil
- coconut flakes
Wash and dry kale leaves, then put them in a big bowl and mix them with the remaining ingredients. Add 1-2 table spoons sunflower oil and mix it well. Spread out leaves on a baking tray and leave in the oven at 115 F for 30 min. Make sure they stay green, it the leaves turn brown the temperature is too high and they are burning.
You can also buy the very tasty but a bit expensive Cherry Chia Greenola from New York Naturals which is made in a solar powered facility in Brooklyn.
Kale Granola tastes good as snack in between or over yoghurt.
And if you’re interested in cooking the traditional Kale and Pinkel, I found a good recipe online: http://germanfood.about.com/od/meatbasedrecipesandmenu/r/gruenkohl.htm
I’ve tried way too many products lately and ate way too much sugar which resulted in breakouts. Therefore, to clear up my skin, I’ve eliminated nuts and sugar from my diet and decided to only try one skin care line per week. What a crazy thing for a beauty blogger! The past days my beauty routine consisted exclusively of products by California-based Rosemira Organics and yes, I’m feeling great in my skin again. After a wonderful phone conversation with the inspiring Rosemira founder Mira and a quick consultation about my skin care needs, she sent me some products she thought would be beneficial for my combination skin type and they actually did help to clean up my skin in no time.
Rosemira Lavender & Geranium Deep-Cleansing Clay Masque is absolutely fabulous. All ingredients come separate and need to be mixed together for each treatment to keep them fresh longer. The toxin-drawing Kaolin clay powder needs to be mixed with a blend of the much talked about oil-of-the-moment, Argan oil and calming Lavender, Geranium and Lemon Rind oil. Leave the mask on for ten minutes before washing it off. Extend the treatment by adding skin-healing Dead Sea salt into a bowl of luke warm water and gently wash the mask off with it. Use it twice a week. ♥♥♥ $45
The Pineapple & Cream Cleansing Milk is a sensation for it smells exactly like it sounds: like a tropical fruit milk shake! The ingredients list reads like a tasty fruit cocktail – perfect for me because I love putting fruit on my skin! Pineapple contains fruit enzymes to exfoliate, citrus fruit extracts to provide Vitamin C, and Aloe Vera and honey to soothe the skin. I t is a very gentle but thorough cleanser. ♥♥ $38
I never got the hang of how to use toner properly or what it can actually do for my skin. I either used none at all or one with alcohol which I applied many times a day rubbing my face with a cotton pad, because I felt I need to clean up my skin properly. When I talked to Mira she told me that it is very important for me to start using a toner regularly. I tried two different toners and my favorite is the Spring Flowers Calming Toner which can be easily sprayed on after washing face and neck – no cotton pad rubbing included. Letting the moist just sink into my skin is a very refreshing feeling especially when it smells like flowers and herbs like this one. This toner doesn’t contain any alcohol that would dry out the pores, on the contrary it nourishes with essential oils like blemish fighting Orange Blossom, ♥♥ $42
See Me C Repair Serum is a very orangey light and moisturizing serum with antioxidant super powers from Pomegranate and African Marula seed oil, which contains an exceptionally high amount of omega 9 fatty acids. I’ve already praised the benefits of Frankincense, so I’m more than happy to find it in this serum! And the smell is just unbelievable. Very luxurious! ♥♥♥ $36
Moisture Me Citrus Restorative Cream smells even better and feels very rich and nourishing. I usually prefer creams that are not so rich but this one feels wonderfully and doesn’t leave a coated feeling. Main ingredients are Jojoba oil, Aloe Vera gel, and Lemon, Orange and Tangerine essential oils. I feel totally pampered after this treatment and I enjoy it especially before going to bed, so when I wake up in the morning my skin is still so hydrated and feels so fresh that I only need to wash it with water and put on sunscreen and I’m ready to go. ♥♥♥ $40