Happy Thanksgiving Face Mask and Friday Sales

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you’re spending the day with loved ones and lots of delicious food. If you need to calm down after a busy day, I’ll have a wonderfully easy DYI face mask for you and for Black Friday tomorrow, I’ve researched my favorite brands and online stores and made a list with amazing sales discounts. Even if you’re not in the US, it might be worth checking out!

This fall I’ve totally gotten into eating lots of American root and squash vegetables. Since you can’t find this large variety in German grocery stores, I enjoy trying out new recipes with yams and pumpkin and butternut squash. Not only do they taste fantastically like fall but they are also full of healthy nutrients that are boosting the immune system and make for great skin food. Here’s my fall favorite:

Pumpkin Honey Face Mask

Inspired by my favorite fall foods and by Narine Nikogosian’s book Return to Beauty: Old-World Recipes for Great Radiant Skin I’ve created a DIY face mask with pumpkin, honey and lemon. Pumpkins are high in beta carotene, which has splendid anti-oxidant properties protecting the skin from damage and giving it a healthy glow and zinc which helps repairing damaged skin and controls acne production. Lemon brightens the skin tone and the high amount of vitamin C helps exfoliate, and closes large pores. Cleopatra has already used honey (and milk) in her baths and she was right to do so – honey is antibacterial, it calms inflammation, soothes and moisturizes.

1 pumpkin wedge
1 tea spoon honey
1 tea spoon olive oil (to break down the beta carotene)
2 spritzer lemon
(add 2 cubes of papaya fruit for a stronger exfoliating effect)

Remove the rind and the seeds from the pumpkin and chop it in cubes. Boil the pumpkin cubes for ten minutes in water. Take them out of the water mash them and put them in a blender. Add honey, lemon and olive oil (and papaya) and blend until you have a smooth paste. Gently apply on face and leave on for 15- 20 minutes. After washing the mask off with warm water you skin should feel cleaned, nourished and taut.

BLACK FRIDAY SALES

I know organic skin care can be expensive and not everyone can afford it. That’s why I’m happy to list some great Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers from my favorite brands. I’ll use the sales to stock up on new supplements from Healthy Directions and order some Nourish Organic and AHAVA products.

Nourish Organic offers 50% off on all sales on what they call Green Friday and if you miss it you’ll still can get 25% off on Cyber Monday. Get the promo codes here

Juice Beauty offers a free Green Apple Age defy moisturizer ($45 value) with any $50 purchase.

Healthy Directions offers 40% off your $99+ orders before 2PM on Friday and 35% off your $99+ after 2PM. Use CODE: HURRY.There is Free Shipping on all orders.   If you order for less than $99 use CODE: TURKEY for 28% off until December 2nd.

AHAVA offers a Black Friday Special. 40% OFF everything! Enter code 40KARATS at checkout. Ends 12/1.

Alright, my turkey is waiting…. HAPPY THANKSGIVING and HAPPY SHOPPING!

Made in Brooklyn: skinnyskinny

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Brooklyn has a fascinating vibe that reflects a combination of artistry, artisan-ship and entrepreneurial endeavors. When I think of the term “Made in Brooklyn” I think of products that are local, organic, farm-to-table, and handmade and at the same time contemporary, hip, and trendsetting. Like handcrafted organic skin care.

Brooklyn alone has almost a dozen of organic skin care companies and I’d like to take you with me on my mission to discover them all. My first stop is at the skinnyskinny store in Williamsburg, where owner Clara Williams sells her namesake skin care line along with flowers, little figures and lovely greeting cards. If you’re in Brooklyn, pay the store a visit at 268 Grand Street.

skinnyskinny vanilla orange body butter

Skinnyskinny’s body butters are soft and creamy melting immediately into the skin. My favorite is Vanilla & Orange with its warm and cozy scent it is perfect for the winter time.  ♥♥ $20

skinnyskinny coconut Ginger Lime scrub

Coconut + Ginger + Lime = Perfect Combination! I’ve written about the benefits of coconut before and that I love ginger is almost self-explanatory. The lime provides Vitamin C and a fresh scent. Sugar, jojoba and sesame oil exfoliate and soften the skin. ♥♥♥ $26

Skinnyskinny black coffee scrub

If you love the smell of coffee as much as I do, you should try the skinnyskinny Black Coffee scrub. It smells so delicious and it really helps waking up your sleepy senses in the morning. ♥♥ $26

Photos by Adam Au