Spa Day: O’Live Organic Spa New York

Olive Spa Buddha

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


A Night For Green Beauty


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


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.


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.