Adaptogen plants and how they fight, mediate and balance your stress so your skin can look healthy

You probably did not realized yet that you already implemented and used adaptogen plants (herbs, roots, mushrooms) in your life. It might be a bag of delicious organic tea, or the turmeric powder you sprinkle on your food or those small delicious goji berries you keep adding to your smoothie. Some adaptogens, like the Holy Basil (Tulsi) can be eaten as part of a meal and others can be consumed as tea, tinctures and/or supplements. So what exactly are adaptogens ?

Adaptogens are a special class of non toxic botanical substances-herbs,roots and mushrooms extract that will support the adrenalin glands, allowing them to respond and fight stress in your body in a more efficient way. This special group of plants, called adaptogens are marketed as helping our body to resist stress of all kinds, whether is physical, chemical or biologic.

Adaptogens are nothing new, they have been used for centuries by Chinese and Ayurvedic healing traditions and today they have a special comeback, call it a renaissance if you want.
Adaptogens will do for your adrenal glands what exercise does for your muscles. They will tweak the hormonal production and psychological responses to stress to ensure that the body (from your mind to your immunity system to your energy levels) will function as it should!
You might wander how stress, adaptogens and the way your skin looks are connected. Well, everything is connected, the way you feel inside will reflex on the outside, in the way your skin, nails and hair will look. Just think, how many times, in stressful situations your skin flared with eczema or a nasty hormonal breakout or you started to lose hair, when apparently you "looked healthy". I am guessing every single time ?!

Stress hormones can bring havoc on your skin and on your and hair too. As a result stress can lead to anything from breakouts, dark circles, irritation and inflammation, redness, hair loos, worsening psoriasis and eczema.

Romantic And Elegant Glam Makeup Look

My absolute favorite makeup is the one that makes me look feminine, fresh, confident and of course glam. This time I decided to go for something that doesn't focus on red lipstick nor on colorful eye shadow. This is a rather simple glow glam look, and hopefully you will like it too.

FACE: MAC LongWear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation mixed with NIOD Photography Fluid
            Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Concealer
            The Body Shop Clay Matte Powder 
            Sleek  Face Contour Kit
            Pixi blush from Chloette Romantic Radiance Makeup Palette in shade Romance (gifted)
            Becca Highlighter in Opal 
            Pixi Rose Glow Mist with 7 flower oils (at the end of my makeup)- don't skip this step if you have dry skin! (gifted)

How to wear dark lipstick and still look chic and sophisticated

I always wanted to try a very dark almost black lipstick and have been always afraid that it will look ugly, strange or just unflattering. I have some very deep dark burgundy matte liquid lipsticks that look almost black when they dry, I really love them and they can really look amazing on some people.

So, happy to say that I think I finally managed to pull of a dark lipstick, what do you think?

Like with any other lipstick you just need to find the one that suits your skin tone.

Pretty Makeup, Too Pretty To Use!

I really can't say no to pretty makeup, the kind that is too pretty to use and it pains you to dip the brush in it, such as these!


Kiko Milano Waterflower Magic Blush - Limited Edition (discontinued)


Kiko Milano Sicilian Notes Bronzer & Ocean Feel Creamy Lipstick                    

The Body Shop Dream Big This Christmas Deluxe Advent Calendar

Have you got any Advent Calendar for this Christmas? Or maybe I should ask if you already secretly open all the doors from the Advent Calendar you just bought for this Christmas?

My boyfriend never lets me open any of my Advent Calendars before 1 December and it must be only 1 door/window per day,  isn't that a true torture? 

This year THE BODY SHOP gifted me one of their most beautiful and magical Advent Calendars and I was insanely excited to open it the moment I received it. Last year their Advent Calendars sold out so fast (one every 30 seconds) and I never had the chance to buy one because in a matter of days they were all sold out.

For 2019 The Body Shop made 3 Advent Calendars, beautiful illustrated by Helena Perez Garcia. Each time you open a door of this beautiful and magical advent calendar you will discover not just a gift but also how 25 inspirational women used their dreams to change the world.

The Body shop was founded on feminism. Empowering women and girls is in their DNA and this year they teamed up with Global Children's Charity Plan International to help unlock girls's dreams.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Fusion Matte Liquid Lipstick - 818 True Red

This is a second-skin intense matte liquid lipstick. It has a very unique and fine texture, so pleasant you don't even feel it on your lips.  

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Fusion Matte Liquid Lipstick glides easy on lips and it has an amazing and the most super precise applicator, probably the best ever liquid lipstick applicator made. This liquid lipstick can be applied in several coats for a more intense and dramatic result without piling up or pealing of while talking or drinking/eating.

With an amazing ultra-fine, melt -away and glide on texture created by a waterproof formula, it rapidly sets on the lips and it drys beautiful without changing the color at all. 

Unfortunately lots of matte liquid lipstick formulas are drying up on lips much darker than they are, finally somebody made a liquid matte lipstick that doesn't change color when you wear it.

Pixi Beauty Vitamin C Skincare Collection and a lot of skin care talk

For the past month I have been using the new products from the Pixi Beauty Vitamin C Collection. I wanted to take time to enjoy these special skin care treats and see if they really work or not for my skin and if there are any visible improvements in my skin texture, elasticity and the hyperpigmentation I struggle with.

Vitamin C has excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties and it can significantly lighten hyperpigmentation without altering the pigment of normal skin. Hyperpigmentation is a common skin issue, often harmless. There are different factors that can cause hyperpigmantation, including UV sun exposure and heat, certain types of medication, irritation from chemical peals or microdermabrasion and even hormonal changes.

Pixi Beauty has a complete Vitamin C Skin Care Collection, from cleanser and tonic to a very special balm and serum.

Pixi Vitamin C- Juice Cleanser with orange flower water. This is a brightening, antioxidant cleansing water that doesn't need to be rinsed. It will not remove a full face of makeup, best to use it last in your cleansing ritual to prepare your skin for further vitamin C products. This gentle yet potent Vitamin C cleansing water has ferulic acid and probiotics to preserve and protect skin and it's rich in all kinds of citrus extracts and citrus oils. Perfect as a morning or second cleanse this is the right product to use if you want to introduce your skin to a Vitamin C regimen for the first time. I personally prefer to use this Vitamin C-Juice Cleanser in the morning  and follow up with the Pixi Vitamin C Tonic.

I was reading that a lot of people found this Vitamin C-Juice Cleanser useless as it doesn't remove makeup or dirt but I honestly think this is a well thought product, not meant to remove makeup but to prepare your skin for further Vitamin C products and to "accommodate" skin for a higher Vitamin C concentration.

Guerlain Terracotta Le Parfum -The Scent Of Sun

As a 30th anniversary tribute to Terracotta bronzing powder, Guerlain's in -house perfumer Thierry Wasser has interpreted the legendary powder as a sun soaked invitation fragrance. An iresistible and sensual composition, lush and rich that makes you dream of a  hot summer vacation in the South of France or on a beautiful exotic beach.

I absolutely love the Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer and the Terracotta Jolie Teint Foundation and this was the beginning of my obsession with this summer fragrance, Guerlain Terracotta Le Parfum.

Terracota Le Parfum was launched in 2014 and it's limited edition but you can still buy it, if you are lucky to find it on stock. I have been hunting for this for almost 2 summers and now it's finally mine! 

It's warm, sweet, slightly powdery and extremely sensual. The composition has solar floral notes (white flowers and yellow flowers). It opens up with fresh accords of bergamot, coconut and tiare flower. It's heart includes white flowers such as jasmine, ylang-ylang and orange blossom laid on a seductive base of musk and vanilla.

Korres Watermelon Revitalising Beauty Shot Mask

If you google skin care with watermelon you will find so many options, how amazing is that !

This glorious and delicious fruit is really good for your skin, watermelon skin care is more than just a moisturizer. This super-fruit is packed with so many vitamins and nutrients that can add life back to dull and tired skin. This fruit is intensely hydrating for dry skin and may be useful for preventing free radical damage from UV light. 

The watermelon tread in skincare appears to originate in Korea but Korres, an award-winning  Greek skin care brand also has an amazing watermelon mask.

Korres Watermelon Revitalizing Mask is a beauty shot facial mask infused with antioxidant-rich watermelon extract,  nourishing sweet almond oil and macadamia seed oil. It comes in a small and friendly travel size tube, 18 ml. This product is cruelty free, vegan and free from animal by-product. Suitable for all skin types and free from mineral oils, petrolatum, silicons, parabens, retinol and synthetic dyes.

Yummylicious Skin Serum Baby Rose For Skin Prone To Eczema And Psoriasis

Lovely lady and skin expert, Kristina Soley from Yummylicious Serums, released a new skin serum, Baby Rose-an amazing and organic skin serum designed for sensitive skin, prone to eczema and psoriasis. 
Few weeks ago she sent me this delightful Baby Rose skin serum to try it and I have been using it several times a week, not only on my face but on my neck and everywhere else on my body where I tend to get eczema. 

I have used before the Yummylicious serums made by Kristina, she sent me last winter a very special serum made for dry and sensitive skin, also organic and made with premium and pure ingredients.
I absolutely love her serums, they are all oil based and infused with botanical extracts, collagen and vitamins to feed your skin and make it look radiant and healthy. If you want to know more about the Yummylicious serum for dry and sensitive skin you can read a detailed review here.

Yummylicious Serum Baby Rose, smells divine! This serum is a beautiful blend of Argan oil, Almond oil, Jojoba oil, Vitamin E, Rose extract, Lemon extract, Chamomile extract, Geranium extract, Rosehip oils - all in the most pure form.