Black beauty pow(d)er

Activated_charcoalHave you ever heard about activated charcoal?

No, it’s not the charcoal you use for drawing, but the medicinal version of it. It has the incredible powers to attract toxins like a magnet. It was already used in hospitals for specific treatments… but of course the beauty industry discovered it and found many new ways to benefit from it. Going from juices to face masks, toothpaste and facial cleansers.

I love the black masks because they clarify the pores and get rid of any impurities. The new beauty line of H&M has some nice face masks with activated coal in them. Soft baby skin guaranteed! Once a week, I also use the powder to brush my teeth with. You’re not going to get a blinding bright white smile with it, but your teeth will get a few shades whiter. And from time to time I treat myself with a Black Box 3-day detox from Detox Delight. Because beauty also comes from the inside out.

What about you? Will you be using one of these black beauty wonders any time soon?

  1. Origins – Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores
  2. Beverly Hills Formula – Perfect White Black Toothpaste
  3. Lush – Dark Angels Face & Body Cleanser
  4. Detox Delight – Black Box 3-day Detox

 

You are more beautiful than you think

Women are their own worst beauty critics. Only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful. Dove is committed to creating a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety. So, they decided to conduct a compelling social experiment that explores how women view their own beauty in contrast to what others see.

YOU are more beautiful than you think!

Watch the whole experience at:http://dove.com/realbeautysketches

Mais il est où le soleil?

Every negative has a positive… The fact that we still have lots of rainy cold days in central Europe, means we have more time to get bikini-ready. Start downloading these apps now and prepare yourself for when the sun decides to spoil us with summertime!

Daily Workout Apps for the abs, legs and butt (for free)
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Runtastic Squats Pro (0,89 Euros)
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Ladies’ Leg Workout (free)
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Authentic Yoga with Deepak Chopra  (1,79 Euros)
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New Summer Scents 2013

With the arrival of spring, it’s also time to put aways those heavy winter scents and start using those more lighter fresh perfumes. Each year we welcome new summer editions of existing perfumes. These are the new “light” scents for this season:

Perfume_BalenciagaBalenciaga L’Eau Rose (main accord: rose)

The perfume, developed by perfumers Olivier Polge and Domitille Bertier,  retains the signature cool chypre character and violet domination which are now modified with new, youthful and luminous floral and fruity accords. The fragrance opens with blackberry leading to the heart of violet, rose and patchouli. The base contains cedar, cypress and musk.

Perfume_ValentinaValentino Valentina Acqua Floreale (main accord: floral)

This multi-layered floral composition is developed by perfumer Olivier Cresp. Initially, there are notes of bergamot and orange blossom that mingle with the heart of neroli, mimosa, tuberose and jasmine. The base is oriental, made of amber and patchouli.

Perfume_BottegaBottega Veneta Eau Légère (main accord: musky)

The composition is leathery – floral – chypre and it opens with refreshed dazzling top notes of the original which include bergamot and pink pepper. The scent retains its unique floral accord of jasmine, this time animated by delicate gardenia. Combination of oak moss and musk form a feminine and delicate trail.

Perfume_PradaPrada Candy L’Eau (main accord: balmy)

This playful and seductive perfume, created by Daniela Andrier, is modified with notes of citruses and flowers. Its opening sparkles with fresh Italian citruses, followed by the floral heart of sweet pea. The base is signature warm and gourmand, composed of benzoin, white musk and caramel.

Perfume_StellaStella McCartney Summer (main accord: rose)

The new edition Stella Summer 2013 offers luminous and cold notes of frozen lemon combined with foamy aromas of green apple. The heart develops aromas of rose surrounded with peony, resting on a warm, comfortable amber base.

Burberry Body Tender (main accord: fruity)

The words describing this new version of Body are tenderness, eternal youth, serenity, ease and charisma. The composition opens with fresh aromas of lemon, apple, peach and absinthe. The core of the composition includes essences of rose, tea leaves, jasmine and sandalwood, all placed at the base of cashmere accords, vanilla, musk and amber.
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Alber Elbaz and his magic wand

This time around he used his magic for his first make-up adventure with Lancôme.
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Elbaz_portretElbaz questioned what he could bring to the world of cosmetics, but this is how he explains his contribution: “Once I was in a fancy place where there was this group of people that were all shining. The shoes were shining, the hair was shining, the skin, watches and diamonds — but the eyes were not shining. I thought if I were to do a project I would love to do a ‘happy eye’ project to make the eyes shine.”

Wouldn’t it be amazing to enter his brain for one day and see how he works his magic? Later today I will be off to London for the Vogue Festival and I am soooo looking forward to his talk on Sunday. More about that when I’m back in the Sofischoice office.

The limited-edition collection Hypnôse Show is due to hit counters worldwide on June 15.

Clean, cleaner, perfectly clean

I recently started using Perfectly Clean from Estée Lauder and I have to admit that I never used any cleanser that did the job so well. Really impressive! You only need a little amount to clean your whole face and in my case, I don’t need a separate make-up remover any more because the Perfectly Clean really makes your face perfectly clean.

Next month, Estée Lauder is coming with 5 new Perfectly Clean Multi-Action products. So instead of reaching for tube after rube of cleaners, lotions and toners, Estee Lauder promises to simplify the skin care routine as we know it. Sounds like music to my ears!

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Multi-Action Foam Cleanser/Purifying Mask – foaming cleanser leaves your skin feeling deep down clean and refreshed. It can be used twice a week as a purification treatment.

Triple-Action Cleanser/Toner/Makeup Remover – three products in one. It will clean your skin, remove long wear makeup and will tone your skin.

Multi-Action Creme Cleanser/Moisture Mask – rich non-foaming cleanser which pampers skin with conditioning ingerdients, keeping your skin feeling soft and refreshed. You can use it twice a week as an express mask to hydrate your skin.

Multi-Action Toning Lotion/Refiner – exfoliating toner which not only buffs away surface dirt and impurities, it will also help your skins natural replenishment.

Multi-Action Cleansing Gelée/Refiner – gently exfoliator, using micro-beads which roll across your skin to give it a delicate polishing. It generates a soft lather that helps remove all traces of oil and impurities that can lead to clogged pores.