Sunday, April 24, 2011

Liebster Blog Award Nomination!!

Hello lovelies,

I went online to stalk some of your blogs before going to bed and what I found apart from your beautiful entries was - to my surprise - that the lovely Vintage Makeup girl has nominated me for the Liebster Blog award!!

The Liebster Award is designed to bring well deserved additional recognition to those bloggers with less than 300 followers.  If you receive the award you link back to the blogger that nominated you and nominate 3 more blogs. 

I am extremely happy and grateful to have received this award! My 3 nominations are:

1. Anne-Marie-Bardot: Marisa has a very interesting writing style and puts a lot of effort into every post that she creates. She's a very sweet gal, too, so follow her if hadn't had the chance, yet!

2. Supreme Living: Supergirl is just the way her name claims to be: she writes every post in two languages, so that every reader can understand the workings of her beautiful mind. She blogs on make-up, fashion, and everything else a true super girl loves!

3. Alyssa's Cooking Adventures: Alyssa runs a wonderful blog on delicious & healthy meals - preferably with groceries bought at Trader Joe's. Her recipes are easy to make and perfect for a low-budged, yet high quality kitchen!

Please find out about other blogs that I love in this post.

Happy Easter, everyone!! Have you found all your chocolate Easter eggs? - I luckily did ;)
Love, Sam xx

Friday, April 22, 2011

Spring Shower - Going Green with Màdara Mint Shower Gel & Aveda Be Curley Shampoo

Hello beauties,

I hope you had a very sunny and lovely Good Friday!! I met up with friends for a fun barbecue at the waterfront. Fantastic people and the awesome weather just make me wanna jump :-)
To celebrate spring I am writing about my favorite eco-friendly shower products for the season:

AVEDA Be Curley Shampoo with wheat protein is designed to enhance curls. They say on the package that they achieve that effect because "wheat protein and organic aloe blend expands when hair is wet and retracts when dry to enhance curl or wave". My hair is naturally wavy when I don't comb it whilst still moist after a shower but wait until the waves have dried. If I put my wet hair into a bun, however, I get full-on curls when I release them once they've dried! I have three kinds of hair at once :-) For spring I prefer a slight to medium romantic wave and I do feel a difference using this shampoo as my curls get more bouncy ;) AVEDA uses preservatives to make the product last for up to 24 months after opening but IMO they make up for it by using "certified organic lime, lemon, bergamot, orange and other pure plant and flower essences" in their formula. Also, I like the convenience of not feeling rushed to empty the bottle any time soon as a small amount goes a long way. The foaming is sufficient for covering even long hair has a very pleasant natural scent. The good quality of this product justifies the price tag for me, which says $21.

MÁDARA is a young ECOCERT certified brand from Latvia that uses 80% of their ingredients from organic produce and 99% of natural substances to make this mild Mint Shower Gel. Baltic algae extract replenishes the skin and fresh peppermint gives a natural refreshing scent that really fits perfectly to a sunny morning shower! They have very cute skin products, too. I got samples of the deep moisture cream & fluid and the regenerating night cream but haven't tried them, yet. They have jojoba, rose, and avocado oil amongst other goodies in them, so they won't remain untouched for long!

I am so happy with these additions to my morning routine :)

What are your plans for Easter? Isn't it nice to wake up to the rising sun and knowing you're gonna have four days off?!

It's time to celebrate, guys!! I started with doing my own pre-barbecue baking:

Love, Sam xx

P.S.: Just read that Gwyneth Paltrow recommends Màdara in her latest post on GOOP - enjoy reading her other skincare suggestions, too! Bye xx