I love Japanese Manicure!

Japanese Manicure restores my nails, makes them stronger, smoother and shinier! After few treatments they became firmer, stopped damage so easily and acquired healthy pink shade. And they are not painted with nail polish!
 
See photos below:


 

 

This treatments works so great thanks to natural substances rich in vitamins A and E, keratin, bee pollen and silica from the Sea of Japan, ceramides, zinc and other natural advantageous microelements found in algae, bamboo, red tea, jojoba and ilang oils extracts which are rub into the nail plate.
 
Now I can enjoy strong, shiny nails!

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Vegan Bakery situated in the centre of Barcelona

 

It’s really worth visiting this place! – Vegan Bakery is located in Barrio Gotico , central part of Barcelona.
You could try there delicious cakes and muffins and all of them are vegan!
Look how tasty they look like:

 

 

 

 

 

 

The exact location is Plaça Allada Vermell, 19, Metro Jaume I. It’s a small square which is easier to find out when you get lost, than when you look it for it with a map – at least this was my case ;)

 

 

 

 

Apart of the cakes, you could even eat there vegan sandwiches and other small meet/dairy free snacks

 

 

All photos were taken by my friend Letizia who wrote about this great place as well on her blog letiziabarcelona.com

 

 

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Fresh, natural juices from Barcelona – La Boqueria

 

If you’re looking for some great selection of natural refreshments while staying in Barcelona, then you should definitely go to this famous food market – La Boqueria – located en Las Ramblas.
Of course not only juices are offered there, but these ones are my favourite and the price is very attractive too! – normally it’s 1euro per juice.

 

 

 

 

If you prefer not blended fruits, then go for fruits salads!
Very wide choice as well.
Just look how lovely and tasty they look like!

 

 

 


So you have already some great options of natural snacks for hot, sunny day :)

 

 

 

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Artistic make up with art cosmetics

Personally I prefer a natural make up, but on a beauty even I was watching an artistic make up created by few specialists.

 

 

 

 

Look on these cosmetics! – they look like painter’s tools! I’m sure that this make up will stay for a whole night and a crazy party ;)

 

 

 

 

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Irish Beauty Show March 2013

Irish Beauty Show has just finished.

 

Very busy event with some new brands and providers entering Irish market.

As I was quite busy too, I took just few quick shoots.

 

See them below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

with Natalie Geraghty

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 

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Teaser Pilates – a great exercise to get sexy, flat tummy!

- Are you looking for a one fabulous exercise which will strengthen your trunk and will give you a flat tummy?
- Are you tired of doing standard tummy lifts?
 
Then Teaser exercise is perfect for you!
 
This is a fabulous core strength builder. It builds strength, stamina, control, balance, breath and fluidity – all the things we strive for in a Pilates exercise. It engaged more muscles than ‘standard stomach exercises’ without overloading your neck or back. Some studies are proving that it activates 39 percent more of your rectus abdominal muscle and 266 percent more of your external oblique.
Hhmm, if it’s true then I’m running to start! :)
 
Check how to do it correctly. See how people ExpertVillage are doing it:
 


 
So no excuse now! Let’s start exercising!
 

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Purifying Acne Face and Body Oil from Gaia Creams – my review

As unfortunately I safer from some breakouts on my face (whenever I’m stressed) I ordered Purifying Acne Face and Body Oil from gaiacreams.com .

I’ve already check some their other products – you can check it on my previous post: My first Gaia Creams – face cream and eye cream and I’m really happy with the results so I was really hoping that Gaia Creams would help me with my spots too.

 

Purifying Acne oil regarding to Gaia Creams webpage:

- Is recommended for those fighting with acne,

blemishes, blackheads and unbalanced,  problem skin

- Controls sebum production and restores your skin’s natural healthy balance,

- Shrinks large pores, reduces redness and the appearance of
even the oldest & deepest acne scars and

- Heals and prevents all types of acne.

 

I use it for my breakouts and for my T-zone where I have open pores and some blackheads. This oil heals my skin and keeps the treated area moisturized well. I needed to support it with glycolic exfoliation serum for the most acnified area to calm it down and stop breakout.

So I use it every morning before applying face cream and alternately with glycolic serum for a night application.

Generally I think is very hard to find an appropriate solution for acne or breakouts as is never easy to identify a cause that makes the skin to breakout so it may work for you or not. But is definitely worth trying this purifying acne oil as it helps to improve and heel the skin.

 

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White Pebble Spa Treatment review

Recently my lovely husband bought me as a gift a spa package :) – 7 treatments at White Pebble SPA & Beauty Clinic in Stillorgan Park Hotel . The SPA looks really nice and they work on Yonka cosmetics which I haven’t tried yet.
The package included 7 treatments like: body peeling, hot stone back massage, feet and hand heat treatment, head massage and Yonka facial with gommage exfoliation and mask. Although they advertised the offer as a day spa visit, everything lasted 2,5h but still it was a very pleasant experience.

 

I liked body peeling with a combination of natural oils and hot stone back massage which helped me to relax my tired back muscles. Head massage wasn’t very sophisticated and honestly I expected something different than just mess with my hair…

 

 

 

Heat treatment for hands and feet was a very good idea because it kept me nice and warm during the whole session, providing nourishing ingredients to the skin in the same time.
Yonka facial treatment was quite nice, but in the same time I would say – quite basic, with very very quick massage. Oh! I would love to last it a little bit longer!

I felt nice relaxed after all but I would like this package to last more than 2,5 hours, because those all 7 treatments were very short and quick. Also because of money spent on this offer, it could be a little more sophisticated but at the end it was great to rest a little bit and switch off from busy daily life.

 

Photos from White Pebble SPA web page.

 

 

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Organic raw coconut oil – great remedy for your skin and hair

This is one of my favourite products! – organic raw coconut oil which you can just simply eat, fry or put into your skin and hair!

 

I’m using Biona Raw Coconut Oil Biona Raw Coconut Oil from nourish.ie but you may buy any other as long as it’s organic and raw (I would recommend this one which is also used for coking or eating because then should be as much natural as possible…hopefuly).
 
Biona Raw Coconut Oil comes in small and big jar and regarding to producer it’s gluten free, sugar free, unrefined, unbleached, non-deodorised, non-hydrogenated. Additionally doesn’t contain cholesterol, trans-fats and GM ingredients. I used already two big jars! But it will last really long also for regular users. It has light, lovely coconut smell and just melts on your skin! You won’t have a grassy film later as it absorbs as easily as it spreads. I bought it for few of my friends and all of them were delighted! It not only moisturises your skin, but also contains a lot of beneficial ingredients like Vitamin E, Vitamin K or iron.
 
Regarding the naturalskincare.ie health benefits of coconut oil range are not just for skin care & hair care, but used in the diet can aid stress, maintain cholesterol levels, help with weight loss, provide increased immunity, aid digestion and supports the metabolism. It also provides relief from kidney problems, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, to name but a few.
The benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties include: antimicrobial, anti fungal, antibacterial, as well as being a wonderful antioxidant. It really is another wonder product from nature.
 
So try it if you looking for something natural that will improve your skin and nourishes your hair.

 

Photo from biona.co.uk

 

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Vegan millet bolls recipe

‘not-meat’ bolls – version one: vegan

 
The proportions are approximately for 8 small vegan bolls.

 

Ingredients:
- 100g millet
– 300g mushroom
– few radishes
- chives
– 1 big spoon of chia seeds
– breadcrumb
– spices – I use herbs, without salt

 

 

Cook millet and wait till it get cool, mix chia seeds with four spoons in water in a separate cup. In the meantime cut mushroom, radish and chives on the very small pieces (you can add other vegetables – everything depends on your preferences:) ). Add cut vegetables and chia seeds (it should be already a jelly) to the millet and mix it all together. Form bolls and coat them in breadcrumb, then fry it a little bit on a frying pan (you may use a little bit of olive oil to don’t make it too dry) and bon appetit! :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A’kin hydrosol cellular brightening facial mist – review

In my previous post A’kin cellular brightening facial mist from Australian The Purist Company which is a lavender hydrosol enriched in other nice ingredients. I bought it in Holland & Barrett

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What is hydrosol?

Girls! If you’re looking for a great, natural tonner then try hydrosol (known also as a hydrolat). Hydrolat is the condensate water that is left over after the process of extracting an essential oil by water or steam distillation. This aromatic water contains the very essence of everything that was contained within the plant when it was still alive and growing (very important are here its water-soluble – hydrophilic parts of the plant). Read more »

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