Silk Pillow Case – Myth or Fact?

I’m sure, just like me. You heard about the magic of the silk pillowcase roughly about 100 times by now. If my assumption is correct, you also asked yourself this question “is it really worth it?” a thousand times after finding out how freaking expensive these pillowcases are. Well, I finally have an answer to the question…

Choosing a Pillowcase – What to keep in mind:

  • Make sure it’s 100% silk.
  • Mulberry silk; traditional charmeuse weave.
  • Expect it/them to be quite expensive.

I opted for the slip™ pillowcase which varies between $69.90 – $99.90.


  • Hydrates skin – Not 100% certain this is true, but I know for a fact that it’s not as absorbent as cotton.
  • Great for your hair! – As mentioned above, cotton is absorbent. So it can and will draw moisture out of your hair & skin. Also helps to fight frizz & breakage.
  • It slips – Sounds weird, but the “slip” is ideal for your hair & skin. The smooth surface of the pillowcase allows your hair and skin to slide all over it, while it would be getting stuck and knotted on your average cotton pillow case.
  • Adios sleep crease – You can now snooze in peace (…zZzz…)
  • Silk actually breathes – Sounds weird, I know. Being that it does actually breathe, you’ll love it during summer months – promise 🙂
  • Natural – Silk is naturally resistant to dust mites. Silk is hypoallergenic, just reassure yourself that the pillowcase you’re eyeing wasn’t dyed using toxic colors.


I know, it’s a hefty price tag for a pillow case, but in my opinion, it’s totally worth it.
My hair is less tangled when I wake up in the mornings; saves me up to 20 minutes a day!

The Original MakeUp Eraser® | Review

Does it really work?

That was the question I kept asking myself, the question that made me buy it.

And in short the answer is — YES, it actually works! I was able to remove my Halloween makeup in little to no time. However, keep in mind this will not entirely replace washing your face. It is incredibly soft, and gently removes the majority of your makeup. On a lazy night, or just after a super long day The MakeUp Eraser® is my go-to.

They are retailing for approximately $20. As they initially only sold the pink version, you are now able to choose between black, blue & of course pink.

Do’s & Don’ts

  • Do machine wash cold before your first use.
  • Don’t  rub hard on your face, it’s basically just like using a regular washcloth.

I haven’t had my MakeUp Eraser® long enough to affirm, however the packaging states that you can reuse it up to 1,000 times.

Aluminium Free Deodorant

As you may have heard deodorants or antiperspirants containing aluminum are often linked to

  • breast cancer
  • bone disorders
  • kidney problems
  • and Alzheimer’s disease

so far there has been no confirming or denying of these assumptions.

If you’d like more information feel free to read up on the following articles, or Google 🙂

National Cancer Institute

The Claim: Aluminum in Antiperspirants Causes Alzheimer’s Disease

The Better Health Store (Alzheimer’s)

Antiperspirant Safety: Should You Sweat It?

What made me say good bye to the conventional drug store deodorant? — I seem to be allergic. When I was approximately 16 years old I experienced tremendous pain in my armpits, even discovered a few hard lumps. Needless to say, I was freaking the f*** out! So I consulted with a dermatologist who advised me to give aluminum free deodorant a try.

As of now, I’m still on the hunt for my perfect fit, and here’s part of the reason why.

Did you know that your body can become immune to your deodorant? Yeah, I just recently found out. My go-to-deodorant just didn’t cut it anymore. After awhile, your body will adapt and find a way to unplug the glands we tend to abuse on a regular basis, or it’ll simply produce more sweat in other “free” glands. So be sure to switch it up every now and then!

This “immunity” has become quite a costly adventure for me, this year alone I purchased more than 8 different deodorants.

So, I’m here to share some thoughts with you.

Products I’ve tried.

lavanila-healthy-deodorant                                                  1. Lavanila – The Healthy Deodorant

When I first started to use this deodorant, I was so in love with it. Meanwhile, it doesn’t get the job done anymore. Not sure if I’d recommend it anymore.



                                   2. La Roche-Posay Physiological Deodorant 24h*

This was my go-to deodorant for over a year. Apparently, my body got too accustomed to it. Not sure if the “age” of the stick has anything to do with its effectiveness but it also started to smell differently.


3. Tom’s of Maine

It worked fine for approximately 3 weeks before it started to dry out my armpits.


4. Speick

All natural deodorant, the scent of it just doesn’t work for me at all.


5. Schmidt’s Deodorant

Not the most effective deodorant, I feel like it actually made me sweat more..


6. Weleda (Lemon)

Didn’t work for me at all, once I started sweating the lemony scent turned into a very unpleasant stench, reminded me of cat urine.


7. Nivea

I heard too many rumors abut this deodorant, I tried it for a while, no complaints. Until some news outlets in Germany reported that it actually does contain a small amount of aluminum.


8. Crystal Deodorant Sticks

Didn’t work the way I had expected. Especially if you opt for the stick, it’s quite annoying that you always have to get it wet before using.


9. Burts Bee’s Deodorant

Very aggressive scent of sage, lemon and lavender I believe. Just ordered it last week, can’t speak on effectiveness, etc.


10. Erbaviva

Just ordered this one as well…

Other brands:

  • Lavilin 72-Hour Stick/Roll-on Deodorant
  • Dr. Hauschka
  • Lush Cosmetics
  • Lavera
  • Le Couvent des Minimes Everyday Deodorant

Uptown Lights — BioSeaweedGel

As you all know, I am a HUGE fan of the BioSeaweedGel products. Their gel polishes have been my go-to-products since I’ve discovered the brand earlier this year.

So first off, for those of you who aren’t familiar with BSG, feel free to read one of my previous posts. You can read up on the application process etc. here as well. Should you be unfamiliar with gel polishes in general, they’re basically designed to be worn up to weeks at a time — no chipping!! And it  can be applied to natural, as well as artificial nails.

If you’re too lazy to read my last post. Here’s why Bio Seaweed Gel is different from other gel polishes:

  • Easy application
  • Big 5-Free
  • Obviously, its “Bio – Seaweed – Gel”.

For more information view their FAQ page.


They recently launched their newest collection “Uptown Lights“. All UNITY gel polishes, are named after various cities in Canada — love the idea behind this!

What’s so special about these UNITY colors? You’re able to cure them in the sunlight, no UV | LED lamp required. — I know what you’re thinking. This is impossible, it’ll never work. Trust me, it does. I’ve tried it myself earlier this year. There’s only one down side, the sun really has to be out, if you’re trying it on a gloomy day… you’ll probably make a huge mess.

But back to the Uptown Lights Collection, aren’t the colors amazing? The fifteen shades range from nudes, to neon brights.

Bio Seaweed Gel kindly sent me two colors of my choice and a “No Wipe Top Coat”.

I opted for Iqaluit & Edmonton.

#254 Iqaluit

 #251 Edmonton

Coming ASAP I promise!


As you may, or may not know, I’ve been using the BSG products since January (2015). I just wanted to show you, that unlike the other gels these really keep their promise. Instead of damaging my nails, mine grown to be stronger 🙂


Once again, thank you again to Hellen and Bio Seaweed Gel for fantastic gels and the other goodies I’ve received. As always, I’m beyond happy with the products and truly recommend them to everyone out there, you don’t have to be a “pro” to apply them and enjoy life with flawless looking nails 🙂

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* The products mentioned in this post have been given to me for review purposes. I have not been paid for this post and all opinions expressed are 100% honest and genuine.

My (Beauty) Travel Bag Essentials

As I am preparing for another long distance flight, I decided it’s time for some new travel-sized beauty products. I mean who doesn’t want to step off a plane looking fresh (slaaay!),  let’s face it, though, it is quite the task. Before meeting my friends or family in baggage claim, I usually visit the nearest less-crowded

As I am preparing for another long distance flight, I decided it’s time for some new travel-sized beauty products. I mean who doesn’t want to step off a plane looking fresh (slaaay!). Let’s face it, though; it is quite the task. Before meeting my friends or family in baggage claim, I usually visit the nearest less-crowded restroom for a quick touch up. Being exposed to the dry air-conditioned air on the plane and other cabin conditions combined with flight time as little as an hour does some “damage” to our skin. So, imagine what it’s like getting off a 10-hour flight — dehydration to the max! I hope my little helpers will get the job done 😉

Kiehl’s apparently launched their “Travel-Tested Solutions” line in 2012, and I have absolutely no idea why it has taken me so long to finally discover it. Their travel essentials include the “First Class” Purifying Hand Treatment, In-Flight Refreshing Facial Mist, Eucalyptus Lip Relief and an Activated Moisturizer.

When I first started looking into these Kiehl’s products. I decided to buy Kiehl’s hand cream and lip balm. Although, I have approximately 25 lip balms and five different hand creams laying around I just couldn’t resist and bought the ones from Kiehl’s. I heard so much positive feedback regarding their “regular” products, so I just couldn’t resist, I mean, why not give it a try. The cream-gel like substance promises to deliver all day hydration even under low humidity conditions when exposed to air-conditioning and other circumstances similar to an in-flight environment.

After visiting the Kiehl’s Store in Frankfurt, this whole hunter-gatherer stone-age gene kicked in with full force, and I just had to buy the rest of the products to complete the line.

“First Class” Purifying Hand Treatment & Eucalyptus Lip Relief

The reason I fell in love with this hand treatment is that this gel-cream formula not only hydrates but protects your skin from bacteria (for a germaphobe like me, a dream come true!). I mean come on, how genius is this?!

Eucalyptus Lip Relief

A no-shine lip balm. This means you can either say good-bye or greet all your loved ones with a kiss on the cheek and not brandmark them with greasy lip balm or lip gloss, that feels like cement on their skin.

24/7 Activated Moisturizer

I love love love the scent of it! A little of this goes a looong way! Did you know that the humidity in the cabin can drop down to as little as 10% in-flight? That is actually below the humidity in deserts, isn’t that insane?

In-Flight Refreshing Facial Mist

A nice refreshing breeze, which immediately hydrates your skin, its lavender, rosemary and geranium scent allows you to forget the stale airplane air that’s surrounding you for a brief second. It has a wide range so seatmates, if the person next to you pulls out this goodie right here, be warned!

All products of the travel-tested line are infused with Lavender, Rosemary, and Geranium essential oils, the soothing scents have a regenerative effect, the vitamin-rich cactus flower allows the skin to moisturise while Tibetan Ginseng helps to provide antioxidant protection as it supports our cells “breathing”.

Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30

What a lot of people don’t know is how important SPF, it could easily be one of the most important things to pack. While flying at high altitudes, you are so much closer to the sun. I mean you (hopefully) use sun block etc. when at the pool or beach, so why not when you’re “relaxing” in your window seat at an altitude of 30,000 or 40,000 feet (9,000 or 12,000 m). You’re definitively exposed to the sun’s harmful rays, did you know that pilots actually count a higher risk of skin cancer? Most airlines these days installed sun shields in the cockpit. I’ve been looking for a facial moisturizer with SPF 30 for the longest. When I discovered LUSH‘s Million Dollar Moisturizer, I was so ready to buy, until I noticed the price, although I should have known, I mean the name says it all — a tiny 1.5 oz | 45 ml jar seriously sells for $ 60.00 | 54,95 €. That’s just insane. So instead I opted for a slightly less expensive moisturizer by Kiehl’s the Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30 2.5 oz | 75 ml sells at approximately $ 21.00 | 19,00 € buy here. I for sure can’t use it daily, as I’m experiencing mild difficulties with the high concentration of SPF — unfortunately it causes my skin to break out 😦

Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail & Cuticle Oil Pen

Another essential is this little pen, if you dislike hangnails as much as I do this is what you need in your life. Not specifically this brand or pen, but in general. I opted for Dr. Hauschka 1.) it’s organic 2.) it fit’s in my carry-on and a great plus is that it won’t spill!

Clearly MAC Trio $42.00 | 40,00 €

So where do I carry all that stuff in? Well, as we all know, TSA requires us to provide a see-through bag. As I’m not a fan of carrying 15 ziplock bags with me, I opted for these practical bags from MAC. The sizes are great, they’re easy to clean, and of course TSA sees it all.

Last but not least!

I carry a small tube of vaseline with me. I know it may sound disgusting but don’t let your nasal mucosa dry out, once that happens you’re such an easy target to catch a cold or suffer a nosebleed. Same goes for your eyes, take eye drops with you!

And drink up! I just filled up approximately 5 minutes of your life, telling you how important it is to moisturize your skin and cuticles, but almost failed to mention how important it is to drink! Drink as much water before and during the flight. This not only is healthy, it also forces you to get up a couple of times and walk down towards the isle to the lavatory. These few seconds of movement help you to fight/decrease the risk of suffering thrombosis 😉

The 3-1-1 Liquid Rule

The United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) implements air-travel regulations which all airlines and passengers entering the United States must follow. For liquids, gels, creams & pastes follow their 3-1-1 Liquid Rule. Which basically states that each liquid within your carry-on bag(s) must be in a bottle or container with a maximum volume of 3.4 oz. | 100 ml. You can’t carry on any larger containers, even if they are mostly empty. There are exceptions solely for medical reasons and babies — of course, these larger liquids have to be declared. However, there is no bottle volume limit for the liquids you pack in your checked baggage.

What’s inside your travel bag?

My Newest Discovery – Rosewater


What is Rosewater?

Rosewater is an antibacterial cleanser, distilled from pure rose petals it is free from alcohol and additives.

What you should know!

As mentioned above, rosewater stems from distilled rose petals, please don’t expect a super fresh rosy scent as in perfumes, this one will be quite musty — you’ll get used to it, I promise. Although rosewater is highly recommended for sensitive skin, I recommend testing on a small area prior to your first real use, just to be sure you that aren’t allergic.

The Benefits

Rosewater is often referred to as nature’s best cooling and aromatic purifier.

  • Rosewater helps to maintain your skin’s pH balance.
  • It helps to hydrate & moisturize, smoothen and revitalise your skin
  • It helps to fight acne and prevents various skin inflammations
  • Rosewater tones your skin
  • It supposedly calms the skin to help ease any stress and anxiety.
  • The antioxidant properties of rosewater help to strengthen skin cells along with regenerating skin tissues.
  • Rosewater is rumoured to help the fight against wrinkles
  • Rosewater shrinks pores
  • It helps against dark circles under your eyes (I’m still looking forward to that! — the main reason why I bought it


I’ve been using the Rosense Rosewater for about three weeks now, I am absolutely in love what it it. After a long day at work or university, it just helps me and my skin to relax a little. Even after washing my face it feels like I’ve successfully broken down a brick wall, allowing my skin to finally breathe again. The best part is that my face is super soft afterwards, although you I shouldn’t I just cant stop touching it. For that reason alone, I’d definitively recommend! I feel like my overall appliance has improved.



For more information click here.

Why choose LED light?

First and foremost, please be sure that the products you want to use with your lamp are LED compatible, unfortunately not all polishes and gels are formulated to work with LED lamps.

The reason why I chose to buy a LED light is because

  1. Curing your nails works way faster
  2. The lamps are lighter

If that wasn’t enough to convince you, how about this..

UV vs. LED

  • UV lights are usually less expensive than LED lights
  • UV bulbs need to be replaced, LED lights last as long as the lamp
  • UV lamps cure every gel or polish, LED lamps can only cure gels or polished formulated for LED technology
  • UV lamps need a lot of energy, whereas LED is “eco-friendly”
  • Curing with UV light takes up to 2 minutes, whereas curing with LED light might only take 30 seconds (should the color be darker approx. 90 seconds)

After I finally decided that it’s time to say good bye to UV Lamps, I chose the Flip LED Light: Cordless & Rechargable from BioSeaweedGel. The main reason why I chose this lamp was its size — which is almost similar if not a tad smaller than my iPhone 6. As I’m constantly moving back and forth between Germany & the US, this lamp is genius. The BSG Flip LED light comes with 30, 60 & 90 second timers, a mirror interior, USB charger as well as an attachable tray for an even cure.

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Buy here.

How To Fix A Torn Nail!

Do you know how hazardous your blanket can be? IMG_1658Me, I had absolutely no idea until this past Saturday when I reached for my iPhone to turn off the annoying alarm. As if getting up on a Saturday at 7:00 am to attend a 3 hour taxation class & then pull off a 9 hour shift at work afterwards just wasn’t enough punishment.. I ripped my nail. I didn’t just rip my nail, I RIPPED my nail — deep. When I saw what my blanket was capable of I nearly fainted. IMG_1660

Then I remembered an article I read a while back where Essie Weingarten,  the founder of Essie Cosmetics mentioned fixing a broken nail with a tea bag & nail glue. — It really works!  Since I was in a rush trying to make it to class on time & work after, I didn’t do the best job ever.
But honestly, I was just really happy to have it back in one piece.

I found this YouTube video by Julia Graf, which will guide you through the application process etc.

Bio Seaweed Gel – The Healthier Gel Polish

Don’t you just have to love Instagram? I’ve been making a lot of amazing discoveries on there. As you may or may not know, I have a slight obsession with my nails. I hate when my nail polish or gel chips, it can and will drive me up the wall. So, the day I found out about CND’s Shellac, I knew for a fact that my world would finally be complete lol. Boy was I wrong! There’s something even better & healthier! Have you ever heard of Bio Seaweed Gel?

The Canadian brand “Bio Seaweed Gel”, is often referred to as “the healthier gel“. All of their products are as the company itself calls it “the big 5-free“. Meaning no formaldehyde, toluene, dibutylphthalat (DBP), butylhydroxyanisol (BHA) or solvents. According to the brand itself, it is odourless (which I can approve!), dustless (agreed!) and safe for all ages and even pregnant women. Their products do not stain, weaken or dehydrate the natural nails. The gel has actually helped my nails to grow “faster” and stronger. Another great plus is that you do not have to “roughen up” your natural nail to make the product adhere better. So there really is no damaging your own nails 🙂

The Bio Seaweed Gel Collection has two different gels, the “Unity All-In-One-Color” & the “BSG 3 Step Gel Color”.

What is the difference?

The Unity gel has a built-in base and top coat. The really cool thing about this line is that you can actually cure it under regular sunlight! I mean how awesome is this? Unfortunately, I couldn’t give this a try yet, but as soon as the weather here allows it, trust me I will.

The BSG 3 Step Gel Color requires the application of a base and top coat. I’ve ordered the “No-Sanding Base Gel Polish” as my base coat, but there also is another one specifically designed for weak, dry and brittle nails.

As my top coat, I’ve opted for the “No-Wipe Top Gel Polish”, which is ideal for solar curing. However, I bought it because I’m not a big fan of the sticky residue you have after curing your nails.

Manic Talons, wrote an amazing post about the application & removal process → Manic Talons Review.

3 Step Gel Color


67 – Passionfruit


37 – Berry Sweet


33 – Sweetie


34 – Coconut

Unity Gel Color

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I’m definitively not a nail pro, but I am absolutely in love with their products. The gels apply easily, soaking the gel off is also a super easy process and it really wears up to a minimum of two weeks without chipping.

The only downer here are the shipping rates. If you live within the US or Canada, they are still quite “OK”, with a purchase of $75 you qualify for free shipping. Other countries, e.g. Germany regularly pay $80 solely for shipping. It’s totally worth it though, be sure to contact BSG’s Customer Service to inquire “individual” rates. Their Customer Service  is outstanding, I was in contact with Hellen and she did an amazing job answering all my questions and handling my specific shipping request to Germany! — Thank you Hellen 🙂

I was so excited when receiving my products, that I had planned to write an immediate review. But in order for this to be a genuine review, I had to rein my enthusiasm just a tad. Now, finally after a two month testing phase, I can wholeheartedly recommend Bio Seaweed Gel.

All That Hair! – (Long) Hair Care 101

With this steady changing weather, I’ve had issues with my hair lately. The second it starts to rain, my hair immediately tangles (up). Unfortunately, nothing seemed to work and it was time for me make an appointment at the hair salon.

Should you ever be in the Frankfurt Area needing a hair cut, Muscat HairArtists is a place I can highly recommend. They’re not the cheapest but I’ve been going to see Valentina (she’s an angel) for over a year now and am absolutely happy. She can cut / trim curls like no other. — Trust me, I’ve had it all….hair stylists that made my curls look like a broomstick with their cuts, others decided it’s cool to have me running around with the left side of my head/hair being an inch longer than the other side etc.

Anyhow, about a week ago, I scheduled an appointment with Valentina and after a long consultation (she wasn’t sure whether its really the weather which is causing all the problems or the length of my hair, which used to average around 18 inches (45 cm) of curls that recently decided to look like semi-waves lol), we decided that it’s time to say good bye to 2 inches (5 cm) of my hair.

Although I wasn’t too happy about reducing the length, I’m seeing so much improvement in my hair & the weather seems to finally improve.

These simple steps helped me to tame my curls:

Washing & drying your hair

  • Washing your hair is a science itself — Who would have thought? As much as we love to wash our hair every chance we get, our hair really only needs to be washed 1 – 3 times a week.
  • Before you get started, comb your hair thoroughly. You don’t want to get your already tangled hair wet it will only lead to more difficult knots, which cause hair breakage & split ends.
  • If you’re taking a hot bath, even though it is honestly very tempting and convenient — Don’t get your hair wet! Wash it separately. The hot water will damage the horny layer (…I know…, does stratum corneum sound better?) of your hair, as well as your scalp. Stick to luke warm or even cold water. If you really want to treat your hair after all the shampooing etc., rinse with cold camomile tea! It will the cold water will close the horny layer and the camomile extract in the tea, has a soothing effect on your scalp and add a nice shine!
  • When you first towel dry your hair, don’t rub your hair with the towel, instead squeeze gently.
  • Let your hair breathe, let it air dry!

Additional Tips

Invisibobble-Zopfgummis-3_Stuck_im_Set If you’re at home, put your hair up & I don’t mean a ponytail here. Try a cute braid or a bun (nope, not a messy one either). A great hair tie is the Invisibobble. I wrote a detailed “review” about the Invisibobble & my Hair Essentials a while back, which you can check out here.

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Don’t expect miracles from this brush. I really like it though, it doesn’t rip out much hair, it is super gentle, fits great into your hand & sort of massages your scalp 🙂

moroccan-oil-bp-2I do hate to stay this, but stick to quality products, shampoos, conditioners, hair masks etc. The at first glance budget friendlier products often strip or alter your hairs natural pH balance, which is usually around 5.0 – 5.5 — This is also a lesson I had to learn for myself, I read and heard about this so often but it took me roughly through all my teenage years until 2012 before I finally gave in and listened. I have to say, that the products do last for a while. $25 or 20€ does seem like a lot of money, but it’s definitively worth it and saves you trips to the hair salon lol.


But even with quality products, your hair can sort of become immune to your shampoo, to  to prevent this from happening use a clarifying shampoo every once in a while. It will rinse out the product buildup and allow your hair to exfoliate.

Switching your shampoo for a while doesn’t hurt either. I love my MoroccanOil products, but decided to buy a shampoo and conditioner from Redken.

Last but not least, regular visits at the hair salon. Get your ends trimmed every 9 – 12 weeks.

Quick Review: Redken Curvaceous Shampoo & Conditioner


A sulphate- & alcohol- free shampoo. Designed to gently cleanse your hair without removing natural oils. It is low-lathering, seriously! When I first used it, I had to double check I didn’t grab the conditioner by mistake. It is very creamy, really of conditioner-like consistency. So don’t apply another dose of the shampoo waiting for the foam you’re accustomed to to appear, it won’t. The Shampoo easily works through your hair & rinses out just as good.DSCN9362

I am really in love with the Conditioner. It is a rinse-out / leave-in formula. I tend to leave it in, though at first I was skeptical hoping it wouldn’t leave a greasy finish. But I’m pleased to tell you it doesn’t. It actually makes combing & brushing through your hair easier & keeps it nice and soft!

The products really brought my curl’s bounce back! I am actually contemplating on giving some of the other products of the curvaceous line a try.