Gentle beauty regime for Janury

January is all about trying out the presents found under the Christmas tree. As I’m spending a large part of January in the tropics of Mauritius, my face is, for the large part, make up free. However, it’s still impacted by the sun, sea and the general hot weather. My morning cleanse & moisturise routine has become one of my favourite moments on the day. It awakes the skin AND my eyes. The two favourite products I’ve been using are REN’s Evercalm cleanser and Lumi moisturising day cream.

REN’s Evercalm is just so blissfully cleansing and feels indeed very gentle on the skin.Pretty much does what it says on the tin. It also creates a kind of refreshing sensation, very soothing to apply, so it’ll help you face the day nice and relaxed, not with a big splash.

Even though REN’s Evercalm has left my skin pretty moisturised, I always apply a moisturiser afterwards. I got a fantastic cream from my sister for Christmas, Lumi’s antioxidant day cream. The list of powerful and boosting ingredients is so impressive, that it would be unfair for REN’s Evercalm to post them here. However, the main ingredient is hemp oil, which I didn’t know, “is a valuable source of Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids, phytosterols, vitamins, chlorophyll, and a rare source of Omega-6 gamma-linolenic acid”. The moisturiser also has an SPF of 6, which is a slight little bonus for that bit of sunshine one might get. The cream feels relatively thick when applied, but I think it still works in +30 or -30 Celsius. All of LUMI’s products contain hyaluronic acid  and lactic acid, which are not the main ingredients, but much loved by other beauty bloggers I’ve followed.

All in all, two excellent products, my skin is happy and the bottles are soothing to look at.


Travel essentials for Tropics

Holidays for me very often involve going somewhere with sea, sun and wind, partly to accommodate my husband’s passion to kitesurf, partly because it’s just damn wonderful. 

I always travel with a very light bag, even for a longer trip, as it’s not like you need very much. These essentials are might just be enough.  

Sunglasses are a must, to delay those crows feet from appearing. It has been difficult for me to find the right fit, however in the end I got there through the help of a Style Guide for Face Shapes Finlay&Co have on their website and an expert honest sales advisor, who led me in the right direction (i.e. don’t buy these, black doesn’t suit you, buy those). 

Sun cream is another must for everyone, however being particularly pale, I do have to take good care. Which I at times forget, I admit. Green People Sunscreen for Children is a great cream I discovered, being for children it’s particularly gentle and doesn’t contain ingredients I prefer not to have, from parabens to petrochemicals. And it lasts very well, even after a good soak in the water.

Hair conditioner is pretty much the only thing that can fight frizzy, sun damaged hair. There’s a fantastic all in one milk by Davines which I’ve been using, which you just have to spray in your hair after towel drying. Smells lush and has a long list of functions such as ‘adding shine, promoting softness, eradicating tangles, minimising frizz, enhancing volume and increasing the longevity of your chosen style’ which means only one bottle for everything is needed. Have to say it does do all the above and has kept my locks moisturised and shiny.

Anything made out of silk is good to take with you as it’s the perfect beach wear, lets your skin breathe, feels luxurious, looks good and most importantly, hardly takes any space in your bag. There are nice, but pricey ranges from Juliet Dunn and Matthew Williamson, but there are always sales. Also check out the selection from Cloe Cassandro, I still regret myself I didn’t get one of those long dresses when I had the chance.

Good book is not really an essential to take with you as at times there are books that other travellers have left behind wherever you go or you could just get one where you go. However I always take one with me, just in case, not worth the risk.

Here’s to holidays!

Perfect companion for the year: Passion Planner

  Apart from exercise, getting organised is what people want to get on track with when a new year arrives. Whether it lasts longer than end of Janury is another question.

I’ve had numerous calendars throughout my life. In fact, when still a student, it was a big ritual to get a unique looking diary at the beginning of each school year.

Last year I stumbled across the Passion Planner, when skimming through Kickstarter website and pretty quickly decided to get one for me and my sister.

Developed by a Angela Trinidad, who herself couldn’t find the perfect planner, decided to create one.

The Look of the diary is practically identical to Moleskine, which suits me fine as that’s what I’ve used for many years. It’s what inside that makes it different. The diary provides you a mind map to plan your goals for short and long term, some inspirato all quotes and challenges for each week and space for both work and personal related tasks. At the end of each month there are pages to reflect on it before moving onto the next one. And there are plenty of ‘freestyle’ pages at the back to doodle or write down anything you wish.

In fact if you want, you can download Passion Planner for free here or buy their special edition Twilight Blue diary here.

Happy getting organised!

A HAPPY New Year

Hello 2016, you’re here at last. When I was little I’d imagine that by now people would zoom around in flying automobiles, however, many other equally amazing things have happened since then and I’m sure each of you have your favourite achievement in mind.

It’s good to start a New Year with happy thoughts and there are a few favourites below I’d like to share to help you get going for the New Year:

TED talk by Robert Waldinger answers the question what makes people happy according to the findings of the longest study of happiness. You can probably guess what is what has made people happiest in their lives, but sometimes it’s better to have four generations of Harvard scholars prove your point. 

NK Space sale it’s pretty satisfying to go shopping after Christmas, when there are sales around each corner. NK Space has some great deals on various beauty brands like REN and Aromatherapy Associates amongst them. If you were forward looking and wanted to make your girlfriends happy, it’s a good occasion to pile up on gifts for the year ahead.  

Sun exposure has it’s benefits, so we should all have more of it, in reasonable quantities, of course. Sun makes you happy and provides vitamin D.  

Friends and their hobbies, I’m sure we’ve all got some of those. Like my friend Sally’s all-natural soap, salve and infused oils business Radici, which uses truly natural ingredients. It’s wonderful to use a soap that you know has been cured for months to soak in the goodness or use a chamomile salve at the beginning of the year on my dry looking lips.