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All You Need Is Me – True Organic of Sweden

All you need is me from True Organic of Sweden is a new, award winning favourite, ‘replacing’ the 8 hour cream from Elizabeth Arden. You can use it in a million ways, but so far I’m mainly using it to hydrate and add gloss to my lips, and also to put those small annoying fine baby hairs in place. It comes in 2 sizes (15 ml and 50 ml) so one can follow you around in your handbag and the other can stay at home as a back up 🙂

 

  • Protects the skin against  weather and wind
  • Soothes red and irritated skin
  • Makes the skin soft and supple
  • Relieves minor sunburn
  • Whitens and reduces age spots
  • Hydrates dry skin
  • Assists in minor scrapes
  • Only a small amount is needed

 

It contains nothing but goodies, that’s why it’s a great replacement for other similar creams. Say hello to castor oil, beeswax, olive oil, shea butter, vitamin E and blueberry seed oil. That’s all.

 

 

 

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Kanebo – Sensai Cellular Super Moist Emulsion III

I’ve recently started using one of the emulsions in the picture; Kanebo Emulsion III Super Moist and I really love it. Although I have a bit of an issue with dehydrated skin from time to time and oil based products seem like the obvious go-to choice, this water based emulsion is definitely doing the work. The texture is super light and absorbs quickly, and hydrates like crazy! Honestly, I start off with 2-3 drops of Supermood Egoboost Moisture Kick Serum, then eye cream and then I add the emulsion. That’s it. I don’t need any other product on top (well, if I go out I use BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Gel (6.5) but that’s it)

The word emulsion can be confusing as there are so many names and terms in the beauty/skincare jungle, but simply put – an emulsion is water based which makes it less heavy than a cream. It’s suitable for people with dry skin as it is very hydrating, but works well with oily skin too (being water based). Emulsions are more lightweight than a moisturizer but still extremely hydrating to the skin, and it soothes dry patches while keeping sebum (oil) and acne in check. So, win-win for everyone 🙂

In the skincare routine, the Emulsion III Super Moist can be used to prep for other beauty products, but it’s all down to your skin type and what other products you use. In my routine I use; cleanser, toner, serum, eye cream and then the emulsion. I could add another cream but with this particular emulsion, it’s enough to hydrate.

 

 

Sensai Emulsion III Super Moist

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Gröna Gredelina Coconut Pure – Organic Coconut Oil

This pure Organic Coconut Oil is an all-time favourite! It’s a bit different as it’s actually completely fragrance free.

I personally don’t mind the coconut scent, especially in summer, but I agree it can become a bit overpowering if you also wear perfume, so having this fragrance free option is great.

Pure organic Coconut oil can be used in so many different ways;

  • Hydrating face cream for day and night use
  • Hand and cuticle cream
  • For eczema, ulcers and bites
  • As a hair mask to add shine and volume/Frizz tamer/Oil treatment/Dandruff treatment
  • Massage oil – keep it in a warmer temp so it melts
  • Body lotion
  • Shaving balm
  • Prevent and fade Stretch marks

This particular Pure Coconut Oil comes in a glass jar and is definitely display worthy 😉

 

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160 ml

Italian roots, made in Sweden 

Product can be found in Shop Section

 

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Supermood in Malta

Goodmorning!

Very soon you’ll find Finnish skincare brand Supermood in Malta. I’m currently working hard on setting up the shop, and soon you’ll be able to enjoy these beautiful products.

I love this brand because of their holistic approach to beauty and wellbeing;

 

Supermood is a natural Finnish skincare brand with a fresh take on beauty and wellness. We see beauty as an all-round holistic process, where physical and emotional well-being goes hand in hand with each other and are directly reflected in the way we look on the outside. That is why we do not offer just skincare products but also a selection of other wellbeing products ranging from dietary supplements to chocolate.

 

You’ll be able to find a good selection of Supermood products from my upcoming online shop Olistica, and also, feel free to stop by my office/store in San Gwann if you want to say hello and try the products.

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Exercise During Your Holiday

Finding it hard to exercise during your holiday? I agree. Since we are travelling right now it’s hard to stick to the regular exercise routine, but I really try to keep it up, one way or another. If you don’t find a gym or pilates/yoga classes nearby, you can always go for long walks and do some simple stretches. If you are near a pool, make sure you go for a few laps before relaxing on the flamingo 😉

Here are some simple things you can do without even leaving the hotel room if there’s no gym in sight;

  • 10-15 bodyweight squats.
  • 8-12 push-ups
  • 20-30-second bicycle kicks.
  • 20 jumping jacks.
  • 12 lunges per leg.
  • 15-30 second plank.
  • No rest between exercises, 1 minute rest between sets, repeat for 5 rounds.

Be creative and pack light exercise stuff like a resistance band, jump rope or a light yoga mat, so you feel more motivated to exercise during your holiday, and try to take every chance to stay active – even small, simple things like taking the stairs instead of the lift helps.

I also try to think twice about my eating habits when travelling. Nothing worse than feeling sluggish because the plane ride mostly means poor nutrition, or just simply eating too late or too often, and so on. One idea is to bring your own food on the plane. You can easily bring a small container with oats and dried fruits. All you have to do is ask for some hot water and there’s your healthy meal 🙂

 

My pilates ball had to stay at home unfortunately 😀

Picture from class at Moonstone Wellness

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Marbella

Marbella was beautiful as always. The last time we went, few weeks ago, I literally did nothing. Just stayed near our apartment, in the pool for hours and went for long walks. (J obviously played tennis and Aiden was carspotting)

I love the contrast from Malta, green lush areas and a different type of lifestyle that we really click with. It doesn’t have a strong ‘personality’ the way Malta has though, so I love going back and forth to get the best of both worlds.

Oh – I can really recommend Breathe, go to the rooftop bar and enjoy the view and a beautiful cocktail!

 

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Blood Type Diet

I am currently on the Blood Type Diet. The word diet makes me think of having to deprive myself from things I like, or having to stay hungry, so the word feels negative in my opinion. Also in my case, I’m not trying to loose weight, i.e dieting for weight loss, but for the sole purpose of seeing what foods affect my digestion. So I will say blood type diet, but in my head it’s something else. I’d say it’s a holistic lifestyle approach.

Having been ‘diagnosed’ with IBS and various allergies (intolerance rather) means I have tried so many different diets; gluten free, lactose free, and foods accepted according to my intolerance test, but no real results. I still feel super full after meals, bloated and generally tired. It’s very annoying since I’m slim, and post-eating makes me look 5 months pregnant, which is only okay if you’re actually pregnant 😀

(Problems with digestion is also linked to anxiety, something I’ve suffered from a lot through the years. It’s really just a vicious circle – stress and anxiety causes your entire health and wellbeing system to collapse, and in turn, poor digestion causes anxiety. You get the point)

The reason I’m posting about the Blood Type Diet is because it’s now been a while since I researched my type, and understanding your type means you can cut out or add, tweak, and also know why your body can tolerate/not tolerate certain foods. This has been so helpful for me.

 

I’m actually really happy and excited about it, because for me it makes so much sense. I literally cut out mainly 2-3 things (chicken and corn) and added 1-2 things (certain dairy) which made all the difference.

I’m type AB positive (rather rare) and having cut out chicken and anything corn (popcorn used to be my go-to snack) seems to do the trick for me. Since I don’t like red meat, chicken always seemed like the easy option, but clearly (corn fed) chicken didn’t agree with me – without me realising. Instead I would put all blame on the lactose or something else.

To be fair, no evidence exists to support benefits of blood type diets, and as with anything else, it’s very much up to each and every one to find their way, so I can only speak for myself.

However, I really recommend that you read up on your Blood Type/Group, even for the purpose of seeing what exercise and stress relieve is best suited for you.

 

Not only can I eat without feeling so heavy afterwards, but insulin and energy levels are more balanced. I also take a supplement to aid digestion, based on what I believe to be my issue of having low stomach acid (linked to my blood type), but that’s about it.

Let me know if you have any experience with this diet?

 

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