Video | Time to get personal #1

When this article goes live I’ll probably be at the breakfast table with two of my favorite people in the world. Yesterday my mom and dad arrived to spend four days here with me in Switzerland. Yay! Since I won’t be around much this weekend I decided to record a little video yesterday right before my folks arrived to tell you a bit about all the fun stuff we have planned for the next couple of days. A personal vlog slash best-of-Switzerland video, if you will. Enjoy!

Watch the video on YouTube for the best quality & remember to set the settings at 1080p HD!

Hotel Beau Rivage, one of the hotels in Ouchy. I had the honor of attending an event there back in June. What a palace! (Instagram snap from June)

Ouchy harbor. This boat gets you from Switzerland to Evian in France in just 35 minutes. (Facebook snap from last February)

The amazing view from Montreux. (Facebook snap from the spring of 2013)

One of my favorite places in Epalinges, the town where I live. (Instagram snap from May)

One of my favorite places in Epalinges, the town where I live. (Instagram snap from May)

What are you up to this weekend?

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Review | Nescens bio-identical rehydrating serum & Nescens molecular regeneration fluid emulsion

A couple of weeks ago I was invited at the Résidence Les Hauts De Genolier to discover the latest Nescens launches and despite already being quite the Nescens fan I still left the event feeling almost ridiculously impressed by the new products. And by Professor Jacques Proust, the brain behind Nescens. I’m telling you, this man knows where it’s at! If I had a couple more IQ points, the necessary scientific knowledge and an unlimited budget I would do EXACTLY as he did with Nescens. It’s like he put my vision of what truly good skin care is into reality. Of course my brand would be a little more affordable, but that’s not what we’re discussing here. Today we are discussing the sheer awesomeness that are the new Nescens bio-identical rehydrating serum and Nescens molecular regeneration emulsion! Take a look.

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The new Nescens bio-identical rehydrating serum

The new Nescens bio-identical rehydrating serum was developed to prevent and treat water loss, one of the major causes of skin aging. It promises to help the skin ‘trap’ water molecules and to restore the skin’s moisture barrier. Test results show that the serum increases the skin’s average moisture levels by 99% right after applying the product and manages to keep them increased by an impressive 39% after 24 (!) hours. And in case you don’t trust Nescens’ own research, how about this: an independent study comparing 120 hydrating and rehydrating serums crowned the Nescens bio-identical rehydrating serum as the absolute winner. Booyah!

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The new Nescens molecular regeneration emulsion & fluid emulsion

The new Nescens molecular regeneration emulsion and fluid emulsion were developed to prevent and treat the loss of collagen, elastin and glycosaminoglycan, some of the most important building blocks of the skin. The goal? To make the skin look, feel and act younger for longer and make it more resistant to the harmful effects of the sun and the passing of time. The Nescens molecular regeneration emulsion has a rich and very emollient texture targeted at dry, more mature skin while the Nescens molecular regeneration fluid emulsion is a bit lighter and therefore more suitable for younger, olier skin.

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A look at some of the other Nescens products. One of my favorites? The Nescens Keratolytic Complex.

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No press event without something to nom on of course.

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And look at that VIEW!

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Put to the test

It was a given that I was going to take the Nescens bio-identical rehydrating serum for a test ride – my skin is gets dehydrated SO fast it’s not funny – and then I also decided to give the Nescens molecular regeneration fluid emulsion a go. My skin may be dehydrated but it doesn’t handle super rich day-time formulas well, so that’s why I went with the fluid emulsion instead of the regular emulsion.

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Nescens bio-identical rehydrating serum

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Nescens molecular regeneration fluid emulsion

I started using both products immediately after the press event, so as I’m writing this review I’ve been using them both for almost three weeks. And errrrrr…maaaaaaah…geeeeeeeerd, I am already SO impressed with them! Together the Nescens bio-identical rehydrating serum and the Nescens molecular regeneration emulsion make my skin feel and look so much better hydrated and so much healthier and more radiant! Not that I expected anything else, though, because look:

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Nescens bio-identical rehydrating serum

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Nescens molecular regeneration fluid emulsion

LOOK at all those delicious bio-identical actives, water-binding agents, skin-repairing ingredients and antioxidants! Almost every single ingredient in the formulas actually DOES something for the skin and has been scientifically proven to improve and protect it. Is there such a thing as having a skin care orgasm? If so, I think I had one looking at these ingredients list for the first  time. The only less orgasmic ingredients on the list are sodium hydroxide and fragrance which can both be potentially irritating, but even then the two formulas are still really splendid. Oh, and in case you’re wondering about the practical difference between the Nescens molecular regeneration fluid emulsion and the regular Nescens molecular regeneration emulsion, it’s just in the texture. The emulsion is a bit thicker and heavier – there’s for example shea butter and caprylic triglyceride in there instead of cyclopentasiloxane – but the main active ingredients stay the same.

Bottom line? Consider my mind blown. And my skin extremely happy. My only problem now? At 106 CHF for the Nescens bio-identical rehydrating serum and 308 CHF for the Nescens molecular regeneration emulsion and fluid emulsion Nescens products don’t come cheap and I’m already hearing the silent wailing of my wallet preparing for the moment that I’ll eventually run out and will need to repurchase both products… Ouch.

The Nescens bio-identical rehydrating serum, the Nescens molecular regeneration emulsion and fluid emulsion and all other Nescens products are available in the Nescens online store and at selected Nescens spas and retailers worldwide.

Have you tried anything from Nescens yet? Are you as impressed by the formulas as I am?

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Beauty meets fashion | Phax Color Mix bikini

Summer’s finally here, so today we’re talking swimwear! In a little over a week my fiancé and I are off to the South of France for a (hopefully) sun-soaked holiday and so it was high time to get myself a new bikini to replace my old one with:

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See how short my hair is there? That’s because that picture was taken in Greece in July of 2011. 2011! That’s four summers of wearing the same bikini! Granted, I loved the multicolored little thing, but at some point it’s just time for a change. Enter my new Phax Color Mix bikini.

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source: Amorelie

I got my bikini from Amorelie, an online shop that sells mostly sex toys and lingerie and never really caught my attention until this spring when they also started selling swimwear. I decided to go with a cute yellow strapless bandeau top – I have a thing for strapless bandeau tops, can you tell? – and jade green tie-side bottoms.

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I just love all the cute little details on the bikini. When I was younger I always used to wear silver jewelry and accessories, but recently I discovered that gold actually suits my skin tone much better, so I really like all the golden metallic embellishments that my new bikini has.

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Now before I show you a snap of me actually wearing the bikini I feel like I need to disclose a few things. One, I obviously haven’t perfected the art of taking mirror selfies yet, so please go easy on me. Two, the lighting in our bedroom is shitty which makes the pictures slightly grainy. And three, since my Nikon camera is too big and heavy to hold with one hand I had to take the pictures with my iPhone. No filter though! Anyhoolas, enough with the excuses and the procrastinating, time to get down to bikini business!

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(Slightly awkward) mirror selfie!

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Belfie! (though I got literally nothing on Kim K)

Cute, right? I really like the style of the top and I think the yellow and jade green look really fun and tropical together. I think I’m ready for the South of France now!

Did you get a new bikini yet this summer? What do you think of my new Phax Color Mix bikini?

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Make-up look | A Bobbi Brown make-up smoothie with peach, melon & orange (+ one very secret ingredient!)

Today I’m throwing peach, melon and orange in the mix in a delicious Bobbi Brown make-up smoothie, and I’m spicing things up a bit with a mysterious secret ingredient… OooOooooOooh… Seeeeeeecret…!

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On my eyes I used the Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow in Golden Peach, a sparkly golden shade that’s actually anything but peachy. But ehh, what’s in a name, right? Golden Peach is a gorgeous warm shade that goes on semi-sheer and instantly glams up any make-up look. I applied the color all over my moving eyelid and then added just a touch of chestnut brown in my crease for definition.

Cheeks

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On my cheeks I used the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Fresh Melon, a buh-huh-uuuuuutiful creamy cantaloupe shade that looks incredibly flattering and natural on the skin. I’m a big fan of the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge formula, so ever since I got my hands on Fresh Melon earlier this month I’ve been using it almost daily.

Lips

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For my lips I went with the Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color in Orange, one of the shades from the brand’s Hot Collection for spring. It’s a summery and very wearable reddish orange that goes on semi-sheer. I’ve had Orange for about six months now and I am still very much in love with both the formula and the color.

Skin

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And then for the secret ingredient! Any idea what foundation or base product I might be wearing on my skin for this look? Anyone? Go on, guess! I’m not going to reveal anything just yet, but once I’ve done some more testing I’ll spill the beans with a full review, pinky promise.

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Are you liking the taste of my Bobbi Brown make-up smoothie? Any idea what the secret ingredient might be?

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Review | LIERAC Sunific Self-Tan Iridescent Tinted Cream Gel + Tinted Gel

These are my mom and dad:

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And this is me, the albino of the family:

Climbing Rochers-de-Naye Montreux

All the pale girls in the house put yer hands in the air!

As you can see my mom and dad are both quite dark and they pretty much get a tan from just thinking about the sun. As do I. So why am I so pale compared to my parents, you ask? Well, that’s because I always wear sunscreen. And I mean always. When I was in my teens and early twenties I was actually just as dark as my parents, but around my 25th birthday it suddenly dawned on me that even skin that never burns can get seriously damaged by the sun, so I started wearing sunscreen. The result? Skin that is (hopefully) healthier and more resistant to UV damage, but unfortunately also very pale. In winter I don’t really mind my vampiric skin tone, but it’s no fun being mocked for being ‘the pale one’ once summer arrives and all of my family members start to flash their shiny tans, so that’s why I decided to boost my color a bit with the LIERAC Sunific Self-Tan for face and body. Take a look!

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LIERAC Sunific Self-Tan Iridescent Tinted Cream Gel

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The LIERAC Sunific Self-Tan Iridescent Tinted Cream Gel for the body contains intense dihydroxyacetone (a.k.a. lab-made sunshine), roucou and apricot kernel oil, papaya, orange and pineapple AHA and glycerin for an even natural-looking tan and hydrated smooth satiny skin.

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photographed with flash, so you can see the iridescent shimmer

The LIERAC Sunific Self-Tan Iridescent Tinted Cream Gel comes in a 125 ml squeeze tube, has a smooth cream-gel texture and is chocolatey brown with an iridescent finish. The fact that the formula is tinted makes the cream perfect for self-tanning noobs like me and helps prevent streaks, blotches and other tanning disasters. Plus the microshimmer in the cream also gives your skin an instant glow which is really pretty. And in case you were wondering, no, the LIERAC Sunific Self-Tan Iridescent Tinted Cream Gel doesn’t have that typical fake tan smell that most self-tanners have, woot!

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before

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So how about the results? Well, the tanning process is very gradual and I didn’t really notice much change after the initial application. After day two however I slowly but surely started to look a little more bronzed. I then continued to use the LIERAC Sunific Self-Tan Iridescent Tinted Cream Gel for another two days and then I started to use it every other day mixed together with my Victoria’s Secret body butter. Diluting the formula with body butter and applying it every other day allows me to keep my tan topped up and add just a tiny bit of extra color with each new application. Perfect!

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The LIERAC Sunific Self-Tan Tinted Gel for the face and décolleté contains intense DHA and tan-activating peptides, roucou oil, frangipani flower and glycerin for an instant even and natural-looking tan and long-lasting hydration.

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The LIERAC Sunific Self-Tan Tinted Gel comes in a 40 ml pump bottle, is caramel brown and has a runny gel-like texture. The application is again fairly fool-proof thanks to the tinted formula, the absence of the typical self-tan smell makes the gel quite pleasant to use and the hydrating formula is very gentle on the skin. Just one word of caution though: I suffered from a major breakout when I first started to use the LIERAC Sunific Self-Tan Tinted Gel. Because my acne is mostly hormonal and stress-related I don’t know if there’s a connection between the product and my breakout or if it was just a coincidence, but I’m just putting it out there for my fellow acne-prone gals out there.

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before (spring 2015)

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after (June 2015)

When I first started using the LIERAC Sunific Self-Tan Tinted Gel I saw results almost immediately and it took me approximately three days to achieve my desired color. Now I just use the LIERAC Sunific Self-Tan Tinted Gel every two or three days to keep my tan topped up. I just apply the gel at night after cleansing, leave it to sit for approximately five minutes and then apply my night-time moisturizer. Easy peasy.

Bottom line? I am very pleased with the LIERAC Sunific Self-Tan products. I wanted natural-looking bronzed skin and that is exactly what I’m getting from these self-tanners. No Geordie Shore effect, no female bodybuilder-like tan, but just a very gradual natural-looking sun-kissed tan.

The LIERAC Sunific Self-Tan Iridescent Tinted Cream Gel and Tinted Gel have a suggested retail price of 29.90 and 32.90 CHF.

Do you use self-tanner? Have you tried either of these two LIERAC Sunific Self-Tan products yet?

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