my new favorite shampoo and conditioner – bain Fluidealiste and fondant Fluidealiste – make my hair very smooth and silky. I use them both every time I wash my rather dry and color-treated hair, which is about every second or third day. I have not used the Fluidissime styling that often yet but it claims to protect the hair up to 230°C – wow, freaking hot!
aaww.. I got a LUSH box for my birthday and I am on cloud number nine! thank you Jaswant! I was already a LUSH fan before and used many different soaps and lotions before. but now I got some new things that I really love!
what was in my box?
what a softy – mandarine orange essential oils will make you think of sunny orange groves and frehly squeezed juice! brings a bit of summer to your bath and play time!
Sugar Scruba skin cocktail of sugar, grated ginger and fresh fennel to liven up tired skin and sort out any lumpy bumby bits. get your body nice and wet, smooth all over and rinse off!
The OLIVE branch shower gel
fairtrade olive oil, fresh mandarins, bergamot oil and vine leaves. we have crammed the whole Mediterranean diet into this bottle! Superbly softening, reassuring gel for body and hair!
WHOOSH shower jelly
Whoosh was named after the sound of deadlines whizzing by. Useful for renewed focus when tired, jet lagged or revising for exams!
mmhhmm! they all smell so good! I have already tried a few of my new products and so far the stepping stone for feet and the whoosh shower jelly are my favorites! I will keep you posted about the other things soon and I also made a little wishlist for my next shopping trip to LUSH. stay tuned! xx
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo +
I have been using this corrective unclogging care which states – anti-imperfections and anti-marks for the last couple of weeks. the effaclar duo + is made for acne prone skin which I obviously dont have but I tend to have little facial daemons once a month – so thats the time when I am using this product everyday. I really like the consistency of the product, it is very light and leaves a matte finish. I am not sure if I am going to repurchase it so I will continue to use it and will get back to you when I know. stay tuned. xx
for the last couple of weeks I have been trying out these MATRIX design pulse hair products.
Express Blowout Creme, for fast drying and silky smooth finish. it helps protect from high temperature styling tools. apply to clean, damp hair.
I can directly compare this product to the Elnett de Luxe 230° C style spray and I think they are really alike. both help to protect from high temperature styling and both help straightening the hair and they also both smell good. packagingwise I prefere the MATRIX tube but I really dont like the design of the design pulse line, its too bold and too black for me.
Anti Humidity Hairspray that locks in smooth and controls frizz in any weather. 24 hours humidity resistance and hold.
my hair is naturally wavy with straight parts, ever since I have started to dye my hair I really got frizzy roots and this spray is a holy grail, it really controls my frizzy hair! its a light texture spray that is not making your hair look dry or hard. I love it! thanks MATRIX, this is my favorite product out of the design pulse line!
Instant Dry Shampoo, that refreshes the hair and absorby oil for a cool second day look.
I dont really like to wash my hair too often and therefore I am a big fan of dry shampoos in general. I already tried many and I can directly compare this MATRIX dry shampoo to the label M dry shampoo I was using before. they both do a great job when it comes to absorbing the oil but I prefer the smell of the label M product.
available in Basel:
CH – 4051 Basel
what do I think about BB? Blemish and Balm.. well, in summer they come in handy as I am not a friend of too heavy coverage foundation. lets start from top to bottom!
#Estée Lauder BB Double Wear All-Day Glow SPF 30
#Marionnaud BB 6in1 Perfecting Care (no SPF)
#The Body Shop All-in-One BB Cream (no SPF)
#Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream SPF 25
#Estee Lauder BB Clear Difference SPF 35
so which is my favorite and why?
my very favorite BB Cream is the #Estée Lauder BB Double Wear All-Day Glow SPF 30 – as it has enough coverage and SPF and it doesnt have a matte finish. Its a rather new product, so I am sure some of you have not seen or tried it yet. well, do not hesitate, give it a try!
I am such a huge mask lover and apply them 2 to 4 times a week. One of my favorite makeUp artists, Lisa Eldridge recommended the SISLEY masques for dry skin and long haul flights! So when I was sitting in the Airbus 380 on my way to San Francisco I used a sample of the SISLEY EXPRESS FLOWER GEL and I loved it. Now let me introduce 4 different face masks by SISLEY PARIS – lets start from left to right!
#EXPRESS FLOWER GEL hydrating, toning and firming mask
Apply all over face, except eye area, after 3 minutes blot to absorb excess. do not rinse off. hydrates tones and softens the skin!
#RADIANT GLOW EXPRESS MASK cleansing with red clay
Apply all over face, except eye area, absorbs impurities and deep-cleanses the skin. Gives an instant radiance boost. Leave on for 3 to 5 minutes and rinse with water!
#BLACK ROSE CREAM MASKsmoothing, plumbing, brightening
Apply all over face, except eye area, 2 to 3 times a week. wipe away any excess after 10 to 15 minutes!
#FACIAL MASK with linden blossom
Apply all over face, except eye area, once or twice a week. this mask helps to relax and smooth the face. Remove with lukewarm water after 20 minutes.
MY ALL TIME FAVORITE MASK is the #BLACK ROSE CREAM MASK – I seriously want to apply this mask every night 🙂 I prefere masks where you do not have to rinse off excess with water because I apply the mask before going to bed and leave it on during my sleep.
are you a mask lover too? which products do you use and recommend?
the sun is out and thats the time where we should think about SPF – do you use SPF? I can highly recommend to do so. the sun is very powerful and can cause serious damage to your skin.. yeah, I know.. I am sure you have heard that somewhere before 🙂 anyway, I want to show you what I use at the moment in order to keep my skin protected from UV A and UV B rays.
LANCASTER Sun Control Fluid SPF 50
Thats what I start with, thats my base in spring and summer. It is a very light fluid and very easy to apply all over my face and neck. I already introduced this product here >>
something new! my friend Sara is testing the Gel Radieux for I SAW SOMETHING NICE. She has normal skin with dry patches and likes creams that are not too heavy – so the gel texture is perfect for her. I prefere a creamier texture and thats why I started using the Crème Radieuse. so far we both like the Gel and Crème. Its easy to apply and it works great with Foundation and BB Creams. The organic Angelica Seed Extract keeps your skin moisturized for 24 h (Gel) to 48 h (Crème)!
I am trying something new – SWISS SMILE! a whitening toothpaste and conditioner that comes with two brushes. This was the starter kit that I have received to try. I started testing on March 3rd 2014 and soon I have been testing SWISS SMILE for one month straight! So you might ask yourself: what the heck is that, SWISS SMILE ? well, its easy, its a whitening toothbrush set made in Switzerland.
the bristles are very dense but soft, one is a bit more dense than the other. I like the brushes and would repurchase them!
Have you ever tried any whitening toothpaste before? I think they all smell the same.. It really makes the teeth whiter but in my case it was also queit harsh to my teethridge. I have very sensitive gums and thats why I think I am not the perfect person for this set. there is another set by the same brand and its called Herbal Style. I will give this one a try and will let you know how I like it!
aaw.. this is my favorite piece out of the set. I use it every night before going to bed and I can really feel and see a difference on my lower teeth. I think I will continue to use this conditioner together with the SWISS SMILE brushes and the herbal style toothpaste!
where to buy SWISS SMILE in Basel?
Globus carries both lines: WHITENING and HERBAL! Give it a try and let me know what you think.
I found an amazing shampoo #HYDRASOURCE for dry hair without paraben! OMG – this product lathers! as some of you may know I love shampoos that lather a lot! I know its the Sulfate which is known to dry out the hair which makes the nice lather! this shampoo makes my hair feel soft and gives it an amazing grip. I actually hate fresh washed hair.. I think my hair looks best the day after washing it.. but with this shampoo I start to like my hair after washing it! maybe its the combination of the new conditioner #COLORLAST for color treated hair also without paraben. #EXQUISITEOIL with Moringa Oil Blend for replenishing treatment. this oil is a 3in1 product, as you can use it as a conditioner before washing your hair, overnight as a treatment or for styling! It smells delicious! I showed you my THE BODY SHOP moringa oil last year and I think these products are equally good. the only difference is that the one from THE BODY SHOP can be applied to body and face.
available in Basel:
CH – 4051 Basel
SPF 50 yes, I am not kidding. We all have to be careful with our skin! Some of you may say: but then you will not get tanned.. hmm, I will get my tan for sure, also with SPF 50, but I will also make sure that my skin still looks lovely when I am 40+
Lancaster was so nice to let me try these new SUN CONTROL products – thank you so much! so let me introduce the new LANCASTER sun control collection with infrared technology and DNA expert:
#Anti-Wrinkles & Dark Spots Sun Sensitive Skin Radiant Glow Cream SPF50+
#Anti-Ageing & Dark Spots Sun Sensitive Skin Uniform Tan Milk SPF50
#Anti-Wrinkles & Dark Spots Sun Sensitive Skin Radiant Glow Fluid SPF50
this weekend was the first time I have used these products as it finally was sunny again in Basel, Switzerland. On Saturday and Sunday I applied the #Anti-Ageing & Dark Spots Sun Sensitive Skin Uniform Tan Milk SPF50 to my arms and legs. It smells soooo good! Since years I am using the LANCASTER sun products and I m so attached to its smell. when I smell my skin it brings back my summerholiday memories from sunny California or beautiful Barcelona. It just instantly brings me into a happy summermood! my skin is very pale compared to how tanned I am in summer so I am thinking about trying the LANCASTER self tanning products. I will keep you updated about that. 🙂 so now back to the SUN CONTROL products. On Saturday I applied the #Anti-Wrinkles & Dark Spots Sun Sensitive Skin Radiant Glow Cream SPF50+ to my face and neck – the skin absorbs the cream really fast and it leaves a beautiful glow. Yesterday, Saturday I used the #Anti-Wrinkles & Dark Spots Sun Sensitive Skin Radiant Glow Fluid SPF50 allover my face and neck – and this will be my go-to Sun Screen for this Spring/Summer. I love the texture, its light and easy to apply under my foundation or BB Cream. As soon as my face is a bit tanned I dont wear foundation too often. I prefer to wear something lighter like a BB or CC Cream or sometimes I just use a bit of Bronzer and thats it! So I have to say that I am really happy with the results of these products. my favorites are the #Anti-Ageing & Dark Spots Sun Sensitive Skin Uniform Tan Milk SPF50 and #Anti-Wrinkles & Dark Spots Sun Sensitive Skin Radiant Glow Fluid SPF50 – I would definitely repurchase these two products!
tips and tricks!
I prefer to apply the sunscreen (body) before I get dressed, like this I make sure that none of the products gets on my clothes and I am also sure that the Sunscreen got absorbed by my skin before exposed to sunlight. I apply the Sunscreen (face) before my moisturizer. I read an interresting article on howstuffworks (link) and I came to the conclusion that it actually doesnt matter in which order you apply the moisturizer and sunscreen, as long as you use both.
What do you think?
Have you tried the LANCASTER sun Control Products?
RODIAL – my first experience with RODIAL products.
In the goodiebag of the L’OFFICIEL Schweiz launch party there was this SUPER ACIDS X-treme hangover mask by RODIAL. I have never ever used their products and I had to google the brand. RODIAL is a London based and was founded 1999 by Maria Hatzistefanis.
so anyway, I was curious enough to give this little green bugger a try. When I had dinner with my BF last night I just suggested to watch a movie later and put on this new clay mask. I was expecting nothing other but a big huge: “NO F****** WAY”.. but to my biggest surprise I heard: SURE, why not.
ooh, wow, that was a surprise! so we did it. we washed our faces and applied the SUPER ACIDS X-treme hangover mask by RODIAL and waited for it to be dry in order to scrub it off our faces. After 15 minutes the mask was dry and we removed it. I took some super funny photos of us with the face mask but I am not allowed to show you the photos 🙂 I guess it was enough for him that he was willing to try the mask!
so how was it?
It tingles and burns a bit when applying, so I think its nothing for very sensitive skin. As I have couperose on my cheeks with very sensitive skin I didnt apply any mask on my cheeks but still I had a burning feeling on my skin. The mask contains 75 ml and I am sure it will last for another 3 to 5 masks. But I am not sure if I will ever use this mask again as it is very strong and I think its too much acid for my sensitive dry skin. I will stick to my creamy masks that I have loved and used before. (eg. Sislyey Paris, Ananné..) so to sum it up, this mask is something for rather oily skin and nothing for sensitive skin.
Have you tried this RODIAL mask before? How did you like it? Would you recommend this mask? Please leave a comment below. thanks. xx