Health & Fitness: Worth Going Green?

I know some are still thinking that green make up doesn’t work as well as regular brands. These brands definitely prove all the doubters wrong. THey are amazing and so effective. Dr. Hauschka bronzer is my all-time favorite and Ilia and RMS have amazing colors.

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With natural make-up becoming more readily available on the mass market, it may be time to ask yourself – is it worth going green? I think you know what our answer would be! Health & Fitness magazine offers great tips for knowing what to look for when buying “green”.

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My Winter Scents and Color Palette

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As it’s getting colder outside, most of us are going back to dark and cozy outfits, richer creams and heavier scents. These are some of my fall/winter beauty superstars:

I’m using the Chanel Provocation nail polish for a few years now and while I completely neglect it during the summer months, I love it during fall and winter. No, this is not organic. Compared to some US nail polishes this and other French nail polishes have much stricter guide lines… so maybe we could call it the good of the bad ones?

A scent defines a person. It can be comforting holding memories, of people, places and moments. NARCISO Eau de Parfum is a very elegant scent. When I put on a chunky sweater and spray Narciso on, I feel like I’m wrapped into a soft cloud.  By the way, don’t switch up your perfumes too much, I usually stick to one perfume maker and I don’t remember wearing anything else but Guerlain and Narciso Rodriguez perfumes.

I found that the Aesop Reverence Aromatic Hand Balm interplays perfectly with NARCISCO, maybe thanks to the bergamot scent in both. A combination of almond, cocoa, coconut and shea butter help nurture the skin. Other ingredients include essential oils and aloe vera. What I like about Aesop is that while they don’t claim to be organic, their ingredients are usually mostly natural, and there are never any parabens or other nasty ingredients inside. Absolute feel good brand!

My Berlin Summer Essentials: Mint Sunscreen by Aesop

Aesop Mint Protective Body Lotion

It’s a neverending summer here in Berlin. Yes, I’m in Berlin: I moved from New York for the summer, back home 🙂 Arriving here in Berlin was amazing and while everyone here is much more relaxed, if you’d ask me now which city never sleeps, I’ll tell you it’s Berlin! Then apart from nightlife, it is super green with large recreational parks and lakes for swimming and boating just about everywhere around the city. My favorite is Wannsee on the weekends or Weissensee for an after work escape. And if you like the urban feel, there’s Haubentaucher, an open air pool club in an old warehouse or the famous Badeschiff, a pool floating on the river Spree. It’s not Ibiza or Mykonos, but if you lay down on the sandy beach and look up into palm trees and blue skies listening to electronic tunes, you’re almost there.

Beach bag essentials? Cool shades, a black swimsuit, and sunscreen! The Protective Body Lotion from Aesop is hands down the best sunscreen I know of. It smells like fresh mojito mint and it doesn’t feel like sunscreen but so much more like a light-weight, nurturing lotion. It’s packed with good stuff from lavender , lemon and spearmint leaf oils for the aroma to moisturizing aloe vera, avocado, jojoba and carrot oils. I absolutely looove the scent! It’s a body lotion, but I use it for my face as well and it feels great.

This summer I love black cut out bathing suits like the one from Alexandre Vauthier:

So pack your bags and enjoy the last days of summer! Berlin is techno, but this here is some other epic Berlin summer music, enjoy 😉

Eu2Be Skin Care: From Brazil, With Love

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What’s better on a rainy fall day than a warm shower with Brazilian oils?  Using only carefully selected ingredients,  Eu2Be Skincare has drawn its inspiration from Brazilian culture. Essences of exotic Brazilian plants like Amazonian Babassu palm and Buriti palm top the list in Eu2Be’s Shower and Soak Soap, which, in its creation, was inspired by Carnival. Its exotic and earthy smell transports your mind from your bathroom shower to a tropical outdoor shower. No exaggerating, it really smells and feels that good!

The Enrich + Radiate Oil offers an exotic combination of passiflora and broccoli seed, as well as the Amazonian Babassu palm and the Buriti palm. It is wonderfully hydrating and non-sticky and it lasts a long time. Total winner for me.

The amazing smell is also present in the Nurture + Nourish Lotion, which I almost neglected since the shower soap and oil are already so fulfilling. But then I realized how packed with nutrient rich oils and essences this cream is. Babassu and other such interesting essences as Balsam Copaiga, Brazil Nut, and Nangai, as well as more common Almond, Maracuja, and Sunflower Seed oils make this cream a high potency body lotion.  $30 – $50 ♥♥♥♥

 

Eminence Organics Red Currant Exfoliator and Mist

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If you’d asked me 20 years ago which fruit I hate the most I would have said red currant. I grew up in a house with a huge garden with uncountable bushes of red currants carrying millions of berries on them, so all year round all I got to eat was red currant as jam, in a cake, over ice cream, over a pancake, and on it went… I was just hoping I won’t turn into a currant myself some day. 20 years later I’m still a human being and it turns out that I was again on the lucky side, because these small sourly berries contain a large concentration of macro- and micronutrients, Vitamin A, K, and C, Iron, and antioxidants.

Like all other Eminence products, the Red Currant line perfectly scents and looks its fruity name. Eminence Organics Red Currant Mattifying Mist  is wonderfully refreshing and contains  an exclusive Youth Shield Antioxidant Complex which hydrates, invigorates and promotes the look of elasticity. Other ingredients are Elderflower and Magnolia bark. ♥♥♥ $38

The Red Currant Exfoliating Cleanser exfoliates with olive seeds which have the perfect level of scrubiness and gentleness that it can be used on sensitive skin all over face and body. Also equipped with the Youth Shield Complex, Elderflower and Magnolia, it contains Tea Tree Oil to prevent breakouts. ♥♥♥ usually $65, but I found a deal on Amazon for $37.95

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Fight the Snow Storm with Water Music Bath Salts

IMG_5438In this never-ending snow storm-ridden winter, what better escape is there than a hot bath? Water Music‘s bath salts are made with hand-harvested salts from an island near the Brittany region of France which makes them naturally rich in such minerals as potassium, magnesium and zinc. You can chose five different organic scents: fig, gardenia, sandalwood, grapefruit and vanilla. Fig, for example, has a heavenly soothing and sweet smell which stays long on your skin and in your bathroom. ♥♥♥ $ 22

Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics

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Happy snowy Tuesday… in these frosty temperatures the skin needs lots and lots of moisture and my very lucky skin has been pampered with Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics lately. When I met the fabulously looking Elizabeth Dehn in New York a few months ago, I just thought to myself that I have to use what she uses. She told me all about her then newly launched line for which she collaborated with OLO, et voilà:

The Vitamin D Time Release Moisture Mist contains the finest ingredients such as extract from alpine roses and shiitake mushrooms. I spray it on twice a day and my skin feels fresh and nourished. ♥♥♥ $ 39

The Vitamin C Serum contains Vitamins A,C and E and the ultra rich in everything sea buckthorn oil which not only provides the well-known and health promoting anti-aging Omega 3, 6, 9 fatty acids, but also the rare fatty acid Omega 7. My skin certainly feels nourished, soft, plump and bright – ready to fight the snow storm outside. ♥♥♥ $ 68

Looking for a present? Get the mist and the serum in a cute Winter Glow gift bag with the super soft Kabuki brush with anti-bacterial Taklon fibers and the Skin Perfecting Treatment  Powder containing hylauronic acid and kaolin clay. $ 159

butter LONDON Nail Polish Topcoat

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butter LONDON is best known for its colorful range of non-toxic nail polishes with such referring names as Artful Dodger, Brass Monkey or Hen Party. The Topcoat from butter is one of the best I’ve tried: it applies easily, dries in seconds and leaves a shiny healthy glow which makes my nails look better manicured than if I get them done in a nail salon. It perfectly prevents the polish from chipping off for a week. And of course, it’s non-toxic, leaving out parabens, phtalates, Formaldehyde, Toluene, and DBP. ♥♥♥ $ 19

In Deutschland billiger im Set: € 19.95

Just Neem Holiday Spa Gift Set

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When it’s cold and snowy outside and I’m running around all day preparing for the holidays shopping for presents and attending Christmas parties, my body literally screams for a spa day – or at least a hot and relaxing bath.

That’s why I was super excited to try out the Just Neem Holiday Spa Gift set. The Neem tree is an evergreen which has its origins in Africa and Southern Asia. Neem leaves are bursting with cosmetic and medical benefits: they are natural antiseptics with anti- viral, -fungal, -bacterial and -microbial functions. They also contain high amounts of Vitamin C which helps exfoliate and rejuvenate.

Bath Salt with Neem Tub Tea comes with a reusable tea bag and loose tea leaves combining the healing properties of Neem leaves with the anti-oxidative benefits of green tea and  mineral-high Dead Sea salt (remember my post about Dead Sea minerals). Bathing in Neem tea is therapeutic, immune-boosting and soothing. Any kind of irritations or blemishes heal faster and it is a truly exquisite feeling afterwards. I wish we could just substitute the chlorine in our pools with Neem leaves. ♥♥♥ $13.95

Green Tea Body Polish uses exfoliating sugar, nourishing oils and neem tea as its main ingredients. The smell is wonderfully green and the scrub is massaging and mild, leaving the skin polished. Put it on dry skin all over body and massage in circular movements, then wash off. ♥♥ $16.95

Neem Clay Face Mask is wonderful to use before your bath. It may tingle a bit while wearing it, especially if you have sensitive skin, but that just means that the clay and the neem leaves are at work. Afterwards skin feels clean and clear and pores seem smaller. ♥♥♥ $27.00

The package makes for a great gift, whether to yourself or someone else.

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!