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Spending time in the country I don’t find the need to dress smart in the same way I do as when I’m living in the city. On the same note I still like to make an effort, even when I’m walking the dog, if I look good then I feel good. These pictures were taking whilst walking my dog in a region of South Germany called Baden Württemberg.

Photo credit goes to Christian Roman. Check him out on instagram @mrchristianroman

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Hailing from France, Kadalys is the first brand to use banana tree extract in it’s natural and organic formulations. It was the lip balm that initially caught my attention, the packaging is really fun and I couldn’t wait to get one of my own. For thousands of years people in the Caribbean have relied upon the banana plant for it’s medicinal properties, when used in cosmetics it’s known to be soothing, healing and revitalizing. Personally I love banana, they are super healthy and tasty so I was instantly taken by Kadalys use of it in their skincare.

My lips need special attention at this time of year as they can become severely dry and chapped – ouch! I imagined the banana flavour could be either really good or really bad, I dislike anything that smells sickly or overtly sweet but in this case the fragrance is lovely and juicy and there’s no doubt it’s banana flavor – I had high hopes for this product and it didn’t disappoint. I also received the Pure Melt Cleansing-Oil Gel, I found the texture of this product very interesting, it starts as a gel and when massaged onto the face quickly melts into an oil (exactly as the products says). I like this element as it reminds me of both a balm cleanser and an oil cleanser, at times I like to use a balm but sometimes I forget to wash the muslin cloths which can be annoying as I can’t use it without one. With the pure melt I get the best of both, this doesn’t leave a residue on the skin so if you find balm’s too heavy then you will love this product. Lastly, I received a small sample of Precious Radiance Oil which is a lightweight, dry oil, and would be perfect as a body oil during the summer as it smells subtly fruity.

My overall experience with Kadalys is excellent and I highly recommend you give this brand a go. I like the packaging of the lip balm so much I wish they would carry it through the whole range and I would prefer the lip balm to come in a tube, for hygiene. My experience, from the smell to the textures are excellent and my skin (and lips) are left soothed, soft and hydrated.

AEOS

A few weeks ago the PR at AEOS sent me the Optimum Essentials Kit (blue). She also included samples of Pegasus Parfum which I don’t like at all, but whilst the fragrances weren’t to my liking I am still objective and I can’t see them appealing to today’s modern man or women. AEOS stands for Active Energised Organic Skincare, I’m a lover of natural and organic skincare so I was open to give this brand a go. Seeing it up close I definitely don’t love the packaging, I appreciate the simplicity but it certainly doesn’t wow me.

However it’s what’s inside the bottle that really matters, whilst I’m a fan of smart branding and beautiful design I will happily buy an undesirable product if it works wonders on my skin. I thought it was a nice idea of the PR rep to send me a kit, allowing a taster of several products to give me a feel for the brand overall.

I decided on a full out pamper session incorporating several of the products into one skincare ritual. To be blunt the experience wasn’t great, the products smell cheap, they remind me of the apologetic natural skincare from 10 years ago. At this point I was unaware of the pricing and I was shocked when I discovered a cleanser costs £39.99 for 75ml and the kit I received is £68! I honestly thought this brand was at the lower end because everything seems so basic. Luckily there are fantastic all-natural alternatives such a Weleda that offer a lovely simple cleanser for £10. Then there are mid-premium brands such as NUORI who have the most incredible and beautifully packaged cleanser for £25 with 100ml. When I compare AEOS to brands such as Herbivore Botanicals, The Organic Pharmacy, NUORI, Grown Alchemist & Odacité I can only think they are completely out of touch with what’s happening in the natural and organic beauty sector. I appreciate the use of biodynamic farming for harvesting the ingredients. Unfortunately, when compared with other brands the overall experience, price point and branding disappoints me and I wouldn’t recommend this brand, to anyone.

Regular readers might be surprised by this review as I have never been so unhappy with a brand on here before and to be honest I’m uncomfortable having to share this but rather than sending the products back and not writing a review I decided to share my honest thoughts with you. Before finishing this post I briefly spoke with the PR at AEOS who did mention they will relaunch the brand later in the year.

serums

I started this blog with a healthy passion for skincare and six months in the passion may be approaching obsession territory. Ooops. My skincare regime is becoming more and more detailed and to be honest, I love it. Of course it doesn’t have to be this way, it’s certainly possible to maintain healthy, glowing skin with just a few key products. One skincare essential that shouldn’t be skipped is face serum, the low molecular weight allows the skin boosting actives to the sink lower in the skin. I have cherry picked two of my favourites for AM and PM but you have the option to use either one both morning and night.

  • SKINCEUTICALS HYDRATING B5* A favourite with dermatologists, you might not have seen this brand outside of skincare clinics. It’s becoming increasingly available and I couldn’t be happier because I really like their products. This is a lightweight moisture serum containing vitamin B5 and hyluronic acid. I was surprised to see some negative customer reviews on the skinceuticals UK and US websites, some saying it wasn’t moisturising enough. I find this incredibly hydrating – it plumps and brightens my skin perfectly when used underneath my normal moisuriser.
  • Kiehl’s MIDNIGHT RECOVERY CONCENTRATE* Definitely a cult product from the Kiehl’s range, whenever I post about them on twitter I get many comments from people who truely love this brand. Definitely worthy of it’s hero status, this lightweight serum is the perfect addition to anyone’s evening skincare routine. My skin always looks better the morning after using this and I absolutely love the lavender fragrance which aid’s a good night’s sleep.

Both Kiehl’s and Skinceuticals are available worldwide. *Press Samples

 

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I’m currently living in South Germany which happens to be a handy location, it’s driving distance from Switzerland, Austria and parts of Northern Italy such as Lake Como. Weekend trips galore! On Monday I made an afternoon trip to Oberstdorf which is a small town located within the Bavarian Alps. After Berlin the mountainous regions are my favourite parts of Germany, everything from the fresh air to the views is beyond beautiful. I spent an afternoon taking it all in, whilst clearing my mind (and my lungs).

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