Juice Beauty’s Instant Eye Lift

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Sometimes a girl needs a lift. An instant eye lift that is. Juice Beauty, the organic skin care and make up company, which  uses an antioxidant technology with organic juice extract as base, has a new fabulous product: the Stem Cellular Instant Eye Lift. During the research and development process Juice Beauty teamed up with San Francisco-based Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Carolyn Chang and they came up with a few wonderfully innovative aspects: instead of cotton, the base for the eye lift serum is made out of algae avoiding pesticides and instead adding the algea’s richness of antioxidants and photo nutrients to the mix. The serum contains refreshing cucumber, white tea and healing arnica, hyaluronic acid and chamomile, as well as its signature fruit stem cells from apple, grape and lemon which are infused into grapeseed extracts bursting with antioxidant-rich resveratrol.

Even if you don’t have any wrinkles or lines yet, you should still try and prevent them. And who doesn’t sometimes wish for an instant lift when waking up with tired-looking and puffy eyes after sleep-deprived nights? After one application of the Instant Eye Lift the delicate skin around my eyes was remarkably brighter, lighter, and smoother and because my eyes already looked more awake and open, I didn’t need to wear my usual under eye concealer for the following days. The product lives up to its name: it does wonders instantly lifting up your face’s appearance (and your mood!).

Spa Day: O’Live Organic Spa New York

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I have been travelling to Europe for the holidays enjoying time with family and friends (you can see photos on my instagram). Just before I left New York I was able to get a wonderful organic facial at O’Live Organic Spa – a perfect place for New Yorkers and visitors to get pampered between the holidays. My friend Julia found this cozy and friendly gem of a spa which is situated close to Madison Square Park.

O’Live exclusively uses the Hungarian organic skin care line Éminence and the lovely Gosia fed my curious mind with information about the products she was using. Éminence products are all plant based and can be mixed together to perfectly target all needs of the skin. Starting the treatment with the Mimosa Champagne tonic consisting of grapes and orange oil not only set the right mood but also hydrated and detoxified my skin. One of my favorites was the Hungarian Paprika masque which had a spicy twist and gave my sensitive cheeks a tingling sensation without irritating them. The Eight Greens Youth Serum, which Gosia applied after cleaning up my face, smelled healthier than my kale juice and I could sense how it cooled and relaxed my skin instantly. It actually calmed down my skin so much that I didn’t have any red spots after the treatment. The Strawberry Rhubarb Serum smelled deliciously while nourishing and hydrating. Finally, a mix of calming Lavender and soothing Calendula oil with a vitamin-bursting Açai Berry Moisturizer, gave my skin enough hydration, vitamins and antioxidants to feel pampered throughout the day. ❤️❤️❤️ $148

The spa is small but cozy, drink some green tea before or after the treatment and comb through some organic lifestyle magazines. At the front desk you can buy Éminence products and Jin’s own beautifully made soaps which I haven’t tried yet, but which look as if they were made with lots of love for little details:

Soap by Jin

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Juice Beauty Make Up

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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.
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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.
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iconIf 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.

Read more about toxins in lip stick on:

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Rosemira Organics

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Oyster Shell Brightening Cream from Concha Nacar de Perlop No. 3

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Oysters and champagne always brighten up my day, but who would have known that oyster shell is so good at brightening the skin?

Sometimes our skin needs some brightening, whether it is to clean up impurities, or to whiten dark spots, discolorations and little scars. Chemical brighteners are out of the question and I also don’t like to spend a ridiculous amount of money on products that promise to fulfill miracles. I admit I was very skeptical that anything non-chemical might actually work. I went on a search combing through numerous drug store ails until I found Concha Nacar de Perlop. The ingredients list reads like my favorites list with papain, zinc, lemon, honey and witch hazel. The texture feels and looks like greyish-white mud and applying this cream can get pretty messy. Since it doesn’t really dry and you need to wear it for 30 to 60 minutes, better plan some bathroom activity like doing your nails while waiting to wash it off. The smell might be unpleasant for some people, but I don’t really mind it. For me the results are more important and they are fabulous.  I used it on my legs and  face and it works well on both places. I achieved to  regain what I was hoping for: a skin tone that’s a few shades brighter and more even. All the ingredients work well together to promote cell-turnover, inhibit excessive melanin production, healing scars and drawing out impurities.

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Price: ca. 5$

Ingredients:
Glycerine , Zinc Oxide , Ground Barley , Water , Oyster Shell , Lemon Juice , Honey , Witch Hazel , Bentonite , Papain , Irish Moss , Salicylic Acid , Fragrance

My Fall Favorites

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It’s the first day of fall and it was a gorgeous one here on the east cost with sunny and crisp air. The humidity is finally gone and with drier air comes drier skin, which means we have to moisturize more. For me this seasons means also Goodbye to burned and blemished skin, to mosquito bites and allergies, and Welcome to clean and bright luxurious skin. It’s about finding products with the most luxurious ingredients:

1. Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse is a blend of Almond, Macadamia and Hazelnut oils, calming Camellia, mood-lifting St. John’s Worth and Borage oil. I’ve never heard of Borage oil before so I assume you haven’t either: Borage oil is derived from Starflower seeds and is a nother uber-competent oil, that helps repair the skin from damage and eczema. Nuxe (a combination of the words “nature” and “luxe”) Huile Prodigieuse is a dry oil, leaving the skin with a matte finish. It has a luxurious nutty smell of which I can’t get enough. Use it as cleanse, or as moisturizer after cleansing morning and evening.
Love: ♥♥♥
Price: 45$

2. Aesop B and Tea Balancing Toner is an alcohol free toner packed with Provitamin B5 and Green Tea extract. While Aesop products aren’t necessarily all natural, this toner has a pretty good list of ingredients excluding Parabens, Sulfates, and Phtalates. I actually wish Aesop would have more natural products, because I love the design, the smell and the store concept. Use the toner at night after cleansing.
Love: ♥♥
Price: ca 32$

3. I’ve already written about the Wild Rose Beauty Elixir from Neal’s Yard Remedies and I still have the same love for it. Try fresh Rose petal tea to complement the treatment from the inside.
Love: ♥♥♥
Price: 72$

4. Another Neal’s Yard Remedy that I love is the Frankincense Hydrating Cream. Frankincense, now the signature scent of any catholic church, has been used and valued since ancient times. It protects the skin from free radicals, works therapeutic on neurodermatitis and prevents wrinkles. Myrrh, which was used by Egyptians for thousands of years, joins Frankincense in this amazing cream to make your face smell like you just visited a story of 1,001 Arabian Nights.
Love: ♥♥♥
Price: 44$

5. Clark’s Botanicals Deep Moisturizing Mask uses plant based ingredients like Comfrey, a herb used in Chinese traditional medicine, Green Tea Extract and Jasmin Oil to deeply nourish dry and tired skin.
Love: ♥♥
Price: 72$

6. Christopher Drummond Beauty Sateen Blush is the first organic blush I use, just because I find blush always too strong and haven’t used it for many years. This one is very subtle and conjures a fresh rosy color on my cheeks, brightening my face instantly. This blush and some Mascara is all I need to create a finished look.
Love: ♥♥♥
Price: ca 28$

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Go Ginger

GO ginger balmStill sleepy? Time for some energizing ginger. I named my blog Ginger and Aloe because I’m a big believer in ginger as one of the most powerful plants on this planet. Every time I have a cold, my go-to home remedy is drinking lots of freshly brewed ginger tea with honey and lemon. And every time my skin gets this radiant glow,  blemishes clear completely and my complexion is smoother than ever. People even tell me that they can’t believe have a cold because I look so good and fresh (which is not always to my advantage…). So this how I personally discovered the benefits of ginger for my skin.

Why is ginger so beneficial for your health and well-being?

Ginger has been used for thousands of years to help with digestive problems. It has antibacterial properties and its ingredient gingerol promotes digestion and balances digestive track by moving out toxins. People drink or eat ginger to fight nausea, arthritic pain, flu and much more.  It is my favorite remedy for a sore and inflamed throat due to its inflammatory properties.

So why would ginger be beneficial for the skin?

Frankly, most of us – including me – eat a lot of sh*t every day. Breakouts are mostly due to inflamed follicles caused by dirt and bacteria. Fresh ginger consumed as tea or in a meal cleanses our bowel by cleaning up deposits can fight these breakouts from inside the body. Our digestive tract regulates what stays in our body and a healthy digestion is mirrored in our appearance.

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GO skin care line by the ginger people:

The Ginger People have a great range of syrup, sauces, beers, spreads and candy. They recently launched their skin care line – a range of beauty products that all include ginger juice and extract. I’ve tried the face serum, moisturizer and the beauty balm and love them all. My absolute favorite is the balm that effectively soothes irritated and dry skin. I use it a lot for my thighs and hips because it’s a wonder balm for after shaving bumps and stretch marks. I have combination skin and also put the balm on my cheeks that easily dry after using a toner and mask. The energizing serum and moisturizer are especially good to apply to a tired face in the morning. The serum also includes sea buckthorn which which is a natural radiation shield and has impeccable anti-aging abilities. The moisturizer comes with moisturizing jojoba and and vitamin-rich grape seed oil, two ingredients that I have in my favorites list. If you like ginger then you will love these products!

The price range for all these products is between $10 and $30, so it is pretty affordable. They do not have an online shop, but sell their products on Amazon:

Go By The Ginger People Face Serum, Ginger, 1 Fluid Ounce

GO Ginger Face Moisturizer, 2 Ounce

Go By The Ginger People Balm, Ginger, 1.6 Ounce

A Night For Green Beauty

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To hit off Spring 2014 Fashion Week beautifully tomorrow, Chalkboard Magazine and La Bella Figura are hosting “A Night For Green Beauty” tonight September 4th at James Corbett Studio. Many amazing brands will be showing and selling their products and I’m super excited to discover new beauty treasures.

If you’re in New York, stop by tonight between 5 – 9pm. You will be able to meet with the following brands:

La Bella FiguraKahina Giving BeautyMay Lindstrom SkinKjaer WeisIlia BeautyRevolution OrganicsCV SkinlabsVered BotanicalsOne Love OrganicsTela Organics,Lurk PerfumesAnnee deMamielHope Gillerman, Joanna Vargas SkincareSW BasicsOlie BiologiqueLina HansonDr. Alkatis

To update my beauty range for fall, I’ll be looking for make up by Kjaer Weis and Ilia, oils and serums by May Lindstrom and Olie Biologique and perfume by Lurk. But who knows what else I might find… I’ll keep you posted ♥ Isabelle

Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm and Elixir

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Neal's Yard Remedies Store London

Neal’s Yard Remedies Store London

Travel tip: If you’re planning a trip to London, go to the Neal’s Yard Remedies stores on King’s Road or even prettier at Covent Garden to stock up on products, have some tea and get a facial in their in-house spa. Two of my favorite products right now are from Neal’s Yard Remedies’ Wild Rose line:

Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm
Wild Rose Beauty Balm contains a mix of different oils and promises to cleanse, exfoliate, and nourish at the same time depending on how you use it. I bought it just before my flight back to New York and couldn’t wait to try it, from all the travelling and too little sleep my face felt horrible: it was dry and full blemishes. So I applied it during the flight and my face felt soft and moisturized even after eight hours of flying. The balm comes with a muslin cloth to use for the oil cleansing method. Following the three-step system just before going to bed helps cleaning out your pores and softening and tighten your skin. With $70 (£37 if you are in the UK) it is on the pricey side, but definitely worth it!

Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Elixir
A blend of wild rose hip oil full of vitamin C, turmeric to brighten, frankincense to rejuvenate, and geranium to calm the skin make this elixir a special treat for your skin. I use it evening and morning after cleansing my face and neck. It is £45.50 if you’re in the UK and $77 in the US.

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Ingredients:
Aqua (Water), Glycerin*, Palmitoyl tripeptide-5, Rosa canina (Rosehip) fruit oil*, Curcuma longa (Turmeric) root extract, Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) flower oil*, Boswellia carterii (Frankincense) oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf oil*, Cymbopogon martinii (Palmarosa) herb oil*, Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli) leaf oil*, Sodium hyaluronate, Ascorbyl palmitate, Cetearyl olivate, Sorbitan olivate, Levulinic acid, Xanthan gum, Potassium sorbate, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.

African Black Soap

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Have you heard of African Black Soap? I recently received it with a package I ordered and am astonished! I have to admit, at first a bar of black soap didn’t appeal to me, or at least I wasn’t convinced that this should go on my skin since it looks a little bit like dirt. After doing some research, I learned that African black soap is a natural exfoliator and is supposed to help against acne and wrinkles by breaking down dead skin cells – perfect for 20-somethings like me who are still fighting against breakouts and are trying to prevent wrinkles at the same time.

I’m using Sheaterra African Black Soap which has been made since ancient times by the Yoruban tribe in Nigeria. Black soap is made by combining its main ingredients cocoa pod ash, plaintain peel ash, palm oil, and camwood with coconut oil and shea butter.  The bar is abrasive but gentle: the ash pieces are microdermabrasive and make for a great scrub, feeling especially good on the back, while oils and shea butter soothe the skin leaving a luxurious layer. I use it to prevent skin irritations on my face, shoulders, back and on my legs. It works fabulous! The ash visibly sheds away dead skin and really pulls out all the dirt in your pores (you might see an increased amount of white heads during the first days of using it, but they’re just on their way out).

With $8 this Sheaterra African black soap bar is pretty affordable, especially since it lasts for a long time. I recommend it for oily and combination skin. Apply a natural oil or moisturizer afterwards.

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Ingredients:
USDA certified organic, virgin coconut cream oil, African black soap (cocoa pod ash, plaintain peel ash, palm oil, camwood), 24% USDA certified organic shea butter, certified organic, extra virgin olive oil, spring water, sodium hydroxide