Aug 1, 2015

Fig scented products

Summer’s in full swing and the absence on this blog is a suspicious sign that I’m spending my evenings and weekends at a pool, enjoying a barbecue or an al fresco brunch with family and friends. Life’s good these days and I try to take everything in, like the season of peaches and apricots . But I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t always long for something in the future (must be the curse of our mankind) Figs! I can’t wait for fig season to start. But you know what helps me to tide over until it’s finally here? Fig scented beauty products. Since I shot these images last year I’ve added some more fig scented beauty products and plan on doing so more. We will see if this tops my obsession with everything coconut scented…


Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier Ultra-Nourishing Oil 

Most fig fans probably have either the Eau Fraiche oder Eau de Parfum of this scent by parfumeur Francis Kurkdjian (I have both and love them!) but this might be unknown to some, so I decided to show you this dry oil that I love using on my body. It contains 96% natural origin ingredients like fruit seed oils and smells sweet but not overtly so. I love this one and will take it with me on vacation in a couple of weeks to layer with the Eau Fraiche.


The Store of Ma - Figue Nova Cologne 

While on vacation in Istanbul last year I saw this little bottle in a concept store and bought it on a whim. I just read “fig” and figure that I need it. As a Turk I know all about the tradition of using cologne (or offering it to guests for that matter). This one smells like classical cologne but with a fruity, playful twist. I like keeping this in my purse to apply in crowded public transportation to freshen up a bit. Always makes my mood brighter!


Durance - Lait de figue, parfum d'ambiance

Figs especially remind me of summers spent in Turkey. When you walk by a tree and get a whiff of the freshness of its leaves and the milky sap it’s usaully different than the scents that lean on the sweeter side. This room perfume spray is very fresh, green and milky, so a perfect addition to my fig collection.


Voluspa Capri Fig Frangipani cented candle 

Like with every Voluspa candle, this is highly aromatic and smells very luxurious of sweet rose petals, tart fig and white frangipani. It is more on the floral side rather than fruity but nevertheless the fig comes through beautifully. To me it smells like a beautiful sun filled island. 

 I’m curious to know, which fig scented products can you recommend..? 

 More fig goodness: 
One year ago on Styleseeking Zurich: Fig tart with mascarpone 
Four years ago on Styleseeking Zurich: Fig pizza with goat cheese

Jul 16, 2015

Face cleansing with Glov


Though not a newbie to cleansing with a cotton cloth, I was still baffled when I first read the „instructions“ on how to use the Glov. We’re talking about a complete makeup removal ONLY with water and nothing else.. Its special microfibers are 30 times thinner than cotton fibers of cotton pads and 100 times thinner than a human hair, which sounds rather impressive. On the packaging, it says that “The unique electrostatic skills pulls the makeup like a magnet. The Glov microfibres are antibacterial and ideal for up to three months use.” Here’s where I raised an eyebrow – really? Let’s try this!


After two weeks of using the Glov every night for my makeup removal I am definitely convinced that makeup removal with only water is possible. Even on days I wore a heavier makeup, the Glov took everything off rather easily. After each use, the Glov needs to be washed with a bar soap and then left to air dry. Every day I felt like having a brand new Glov. When I used my vary soft cotton cloths, I always used them once, never as is the case with Glov, for up to three months use. Personally I am still skeptical of the latter part but that was my reaction with Clarisonic brushes as well, always a bit worried about hygiene.




What I liked most about the Glov is its gentleness and the ecological aspect. It’s really a no fuss makeup remover which is hypoallergenic and therefore suitable for sensitive skin. Without tugging or multiple products and waste (cotton pads, I’m looking at you!) it works with only water, which makes it most interesting to me during travel. There are different products available, the largest is called “Glov comfort”, the smaller is the “on-the-go” version. There was also a mini version “Quick treat” to try in the June Pink Box, who kindly sent me these products to try. All in all I am very happy I got to try the Glov and will definitely keep using it. It’s easy, it makes my face feel clean and fresh and not irritated. What’s not to like..?


Glov is available at Marrionnaud 

Check out Pink Box too, if you’re up for monthly beauty surprises

to find out more about Glov, visit their official website


Jul 2, 2015

Because mom deserves the best


This is just a quick post to express how pumped I am that I get to spend my Summer with my mom. These two items in the picture are belated birthday presents for my mom. Of course I had to pick two classic products for a classy lady :)

Bag: Mollerus

Jun 24, 2015

A little splurge


Yyes Saint Laurent Lipstick: Rouge Pur Couture - The Mats no. 203 Rouge Rock

My first YSL - my first high-end lipstick in fact. When my dear colleague at work told me that Marionnaud has a sale on lipsticks going on, I had to pay them a visit. Vaguely I knew what colors I wanted to pick up but had no specific brand in mind.. and then I spotted this matte rich red lipstick from YSL. This is a true classic and since I'm quite obsessed with red lips, I went for it.


- To be honest, during the promotion period I did some more damage (1, 2) -

What high-end products do you love and/or lust over?

Jun 7, 2015

Weleda sensitive skin care


For a long time I didn’t realize that I had sensitive skin. I was more preoccupied with spots and blemishes, trying a ton of different skin care products to combat this problem. Only now that blemishes are not my main concern anymore I see that I have quite sensitive skin that shows immediately when it doesn’t agree with certain ingredients. Especially the skin on my body is sensitive and some parts of it seem almost translucent, reacting and becoming red very quickly. A couple of months ago, my physiotherapist said that my skin showed my high stress levels more than the muscles in my back, which surprised me a lot. But our skin and soul are directly connected through the nervous system.
It’s crazy how much manifests itself on our skin.


Having a soft spot for Weleda, I have been using the soothing almond line face oil and moisturizer) in the colder months. That’s why I was delighted to try their new skin care from the same line which consists of a shower gel, body lotion and hand cream. These new additions to the "Mandel Sensitiv" line have a lovely scent, more "almondy" than the face skin care products.


I consciously take time for myself to wind down. It’s crucial for the mind, and the body, to be treated well. In the evenings I light a candle, dry brush my skin with a natural bristle body brush and hop into the shower. I’ve tried many shower gels by Weleda and what they all have in common is that they are very creamy and gentle to the skin.

With these products I know that I’m giving my skin exactly what it needs. 


At the moment Weleda has a lovely giveaway where you can win a weekend for two at the nature hotel Tannerhof in in Germany including an aromatic massage. All you have to do is post a photo to Instagram with the hashtag #sensiblenatur, explaining what you do for your sensitive nature. I for instance like to listen to classical music, meditate and also keep a journal (more on the latter another time). 

Amongst the participants they also give away Weleda product sets, so what are you waiting for? For non-Instagrammers there is even an option to upload the photo on their website

Good luck!

Click here to read the eligibility requirements




More about Weleda

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Jun 2, 2015

Hoop Earring Revival


Hoop earrings are oldies but goodies! What happens if you interpret them in a new and modern way? You get dainty oval hoops. I couldn't be more happier about these beautiful delicate pieces since I was looking for oval shaped hoop earrings for the longest time. In my perfect world these earrings would be even daintier but for now I'm totally pleased with this model.

Earrings: almog

May 17, 2015

Sunday's Recipe: Healthy zucchini spaghetti


It’s no secret that I love love love Italian food. You remember that time I was in Tuscany? Culinary perfection but the souvenir weight gain was definitely less fun. In the last couple of years I reduced the amount of pasta I eat, mainly because I don’t feel that well after a carb-overdose but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy a big bowl of spaghetti Bolognese once in a while.


Ever since I saw a picture of zucchini noodles on Pinterest, also called zoodles, I was so curious to try it out myself. I chose the spiralizer Vegan with a twist by Attila Hildmann which you can buy from the online-shop isda.ch It's such a great tool that comes with three different blades, a manual and some recipes for healthy, spiralized dishes.


So, does it really taste like spaghetti? I think with a great tomato or bolognese sauce, it comes pretty close! Asked my man how he feels about that, his response was that it was really tasty and all but that he cannot be tricked into it believing he's eating pasta. It was the same for him with a cauliflower pizza crust I did a while back. So I guess for me it works because I get to twirl my vegetables around my fork and eat something that gives me a feeling of eating my favorite dishes while being very low-carb and the feeling of having made a better choice is just priceless!


Have you tried spiralizing your vegetables? Give it a try, I’m sure you’ll love it! 

Dr. Pierre Ricaud: Whipped cream and jam for your skin


I'm always on the market for new skincare products and I enjoy getting to know a certain brand I never had any experience with. In this case it is the beauty and skincare brand called Dr. Pierre Ricaud. I have several products from this line that I'm still testing out, but here are three cleansing products I Immediately fell in love with.


No, this is not a whipped cream! But: it feels like it - so smooth and gentle. I like using the  Derma Ecolia Nuage de Mousse (which by the way means whipped cream cleanser in French) after I removed my makeup with micellar water. This cleansing foam breaks down the last makeup particles and makes sure you can finish your cleansing steps with a clear conscience.


I love me a good facial peeling once or twice a week since I'm struggling with blackheads and combination skin in general. This little tube really surprised me: Derma Ecolia Peeling à l'argile contains clay and fibers of apricot seeds. This peeling feels luxurious but still has that extra oomph. Sometimes I find peelings too gentle, but this one definitely feels like a good deep peeling, without being too harsh on your skin, of course. This peeling now belongs to one of my holy grail skincare products!


When it comes to body peelings I oftentimes get lazy and skip those steps. But maybe I might get better, now that I have this Corps Gommage Peau Neuve. Let me tell you one thing: This will make your body feel like one big baby butt :) It has a very subtle strawberry scent and the gel has two different peeling fibers in it: Bigger black and very small white ones. Also, when applying to your damp skin the gel turns into a milky formulation. All in all, I think this body peeling is simply amazing and perfect for summertime. Nothing is sexier than glowing and healthy skin.


May 16, 2015

Paradise on earth



Beach dress: Zara


Hat: Maddison, available at Manor




Straw tote: vintage, gifted to me by my boyfrieds mom


Top: Asos


Flash tattoos and Essie's "Turquoise and Caicos"


a Céline S/S 15 inspired hair style that was perfect for air-dried waves






Some places are just so peaceful and almost too beautiful to be true. When I was in the Dominican Republic almost two months ago now, often times I was so in awe that I had difficulty taking in all of this serenity. These snapshots transport me right back to this amazing island and the short time I spent there. 

 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, March 2015

May 10, 2015

Sunday's recipe: Tarte Bourdaloue

I know what you might be thinking: pear season is over and she's posting a recipe with pears now? The timing is a little off but I still hope those who are keen to try the recipe will find a way to buy fresh pears, bookmark this recipe to try later or just go ahead and use canned pears.

But you will understand why I'm sharing this right now with you. The timing is not so unfortunate after all.


I have this friend, Natasa, who loves to bake. What she loves even more are the tastes of the Balkans - particularly the specialties of Croatia, where's she's from originally.

One day when she realized that, while it was fun to bake for friends and family, she wanted also other people to discover the taste of her homeland. That's why she started the Balkan Bakery together with the help of her mom. A couple of times a year she has a bakery display at food festivals and other fairs where you can eat yummy Ruske Kape, Cupavce and so on. Sounds yummy? Then make sure to head to the Bazar im Stall 6 next Saturday May 16th where she'll have a stand. And you probably might bump into me as well! I told you, perfect timing after all!

But let's talk about these little Tartes Bourdaloue on the pictures.


A couple of months back I found myself in the kitchen with Natasa and we wanted to bake a classic French dessert neither of us had attempted before. It was so yummy and actually not that difficult to make, so I hope you enjoy this as well. We made adjustments to the classic recipe, which you can find here along with photos that might be helpful.



Ingredients 

For the pastry : 
-210g flour 
-125g butter, room temperature 
-35g icing sugar 
-25g almond meal 
-50g egg, beaten 
- 1 tbsp vanilla sugar 

 For the almond cream filling: 
-100g almond meal 
-100g icing sugar 
-100g melted butter 
-1 egg 
-10g cornflour 
- 1 tsp. vanilla essence 
- 2 tbsp cacao 
- 1 tsp almond essence 
- 1 tbsp milk or cream 

 Pears in syrup: 
-4 large pears 
- 750ml water 
-350g sugar 
-1 vanilla pod 
-the juice of half a lemon 
- optional: a cup of red berries to color the pears



How to:

If you don’t use canned pears, let’s start with peeling the fresh ones. Put the water, sugar and vanilla pod in a saucepan over low heat. If you’d like to color your pears like we did, add a cup of frozen red berries. When the sugar is melted, but the syrup doesn’t boil yet, add the peeled pears (still whole!) Then drizzle the juice of half a lemon. Place over medium heat with a lid and cook for 30-40 minutes, depending on the size of the pears. When the pears are soft, let them drain and set aside for the rest of the recipe. 

 Next we’re going to make the dough. Place all ingredients except the egg in a bowl or in a food processor and mix until the butter is incorporated. Add at this point the previously beaten egg, mix again just a little so the egg is incorporated as well. Put the dough between two parchment papers and roll it to a thickness of about 2-3 mm. This way you don’t need to flour your work plan. Now you can decide if you want to use a regular tart tin (about 22 diameter) or like we did four little dishes. Line whichever you choose with parchment paper and place your dough on top. Cut the excess dough with a knife and press well the sides of the tin. 

 Finally it’s time for the delicious almond filling. Just place everything in a bowl and mix well. You could add some rum if you want to. 

 Heat the oven to 180 ° C. First we’re going to blind-bake the pastry (as described here) for 15 minutes. Then pour the almond filling, place your pears (we cut them length-wise) and return to the oven for another 30 minutes. Remove, unmold carefully and let cool on a cake rack.

May 9, 2015

Green is chic


You can totally win me over with great packaging. But these chic red boxes are more than just pretty to look at. They are a trademark of Kjaer Weis, who specializes in certified organic makeup. The luxe packaging is just cherry on top!


I’m always excited to discover Swiss online shops who make these kind of brands readily available to us and green lane is one of them. They curate a selection of skin, hair and nail care products as well as decorative makeup and everything else you need for your natural wellbeing. They carry some brands I’ve never heard of and which I am exploring since a couple of weeks ago. Like this face foam wash which smells lightly of roses from John Masters or like Kjaer Weis, whose products I’d like to show you in this post.


above I am wearing both products mentioned in this post

One of the most popular products of the brand is their highlighter radiance, which won an allure award and was recently mentioned on Vogue. I was very curious to try this and maybe I’m a bit too picky when it comes to highlighters, but the glitter is too detectable for my liking. So much so that on the first week of wearing it I've had remarks like "your eye shadow smudged, you have glitter everywhere" Only wear it when the rest of your makeup is completely sheen and glitter free - lesson learned! But I love the creamy texture, the color and the sheen. Gotta experiment a little bit more with this one!


The lip tint is something I always keep in my handbag and apply throughout the day to give my lips a wash of cherry-red color (or to my cheeks) I wished that “Goddess” would be as dark (like oxblood or wine) as in the pan but upon application it's rather sheer and cherry-like, though it could be built up for more intensity.


You can check the ingredients of the products on green lane
The best part: there are refills for every Kjaer Weiss product!

Apr 26, 2015

Sunday's Recipe: Lemon, almond and ricotta cake


How much happier and more motivated are you when it's bright and sunny out? Indefinitely more so, if you ask me. I've been loving the last couple of gorgeous sunny days we've been having and seriously appreciate how it's affecting my mood. It also often translates to what I want to make in the kitchen.


Even though I've made this cake some time back, it's a perfect dessert for spring/summer. I've brought this dessert for a dinner with friends and it was devoured instantly. I guess I should add this crowd-pleaser to my repertoire.


A zesty, sunny cake like this makes it also easier to accept the fact that it’s always sunny during the work week and rainy on the weekends. Seriously, what’s up with that?


As I didn’t adjust anything to make this cake, I’ll just leave the link to the recipe. Make this to sweeten a dreary day or just celebrate life as it is beautiful, rainy or not.