Monday, 19 March 2018

Adventures in Thailand - Exploring Koh Yao Yai and Phuket

At the beginning of March I was lucky enough to be able to spend 11 days in Thailand with a dear friend. There's some obvious reasons why this was amazing, such as the great food and the sunny weather but I'd like to show you a little more. Sounds interesting? Then grab yourself a cup of tea and keep reading, this is going to be a long one! 

On the 28th of February we boarded a direct flight with Edelweiss Air from Zurich to Phuket. We both knew Phuket changed over the last years and it's so much more touristy than it used to be. However, as we only had 11 days to search for the sun we wanted the journey to be as easy as possible so we went for a direct flight to paradise. 

We wanted to make the most out of these days and explore and decided to take the next speedboat in Phuket to head to Koh Yao Yai. I've never heard of this island before and I still struggle to pronounce it but I can now tell you that it is well worth a visit! We stayed at the Koh Yao Yai Village Resort which is absolutely stunning! I've heard it being described as eco luxury and I totally agree. There are a lot of beautiful wooden details in the room and the shower is outside! 

We we're both blown away by the view from the infinity pool and the lovingly put together breakfast buffet. It offered so many healthy options with a great selection of nuts and seeds and yes, I do get very excited about a good breakfast! However, staying on the island isn't cheap compared to other parts of Thailand and I would recommend to bring enough cash, as there are only three ATMs on the whole island. 

To explore Koh Yao Yai, we hired a taxi driver for a few hours. The hotel arranged this for us and told our lovely driver where we'd like to go (i.e. see the rubber trees, watch the local specialty coconut biscuit being made, etc.). Sounds great, right? Well, it didn't go as planned. Our driver was so nice but she didn't understand any english, which is totally fine by me but she didn't drive to the places we expected to be going. We tried to explain what we wanted to see using hands and feet but it didn't work, even though we had a map with us, so I can't tell you whether our little sightseeing tour would have been worthwhile. Anyhow, I can tell you now that Ban Chong Lad is the most beautiful beach on the island, that shopping shouldn't be your aim when you're visiting Koh Yao Yai and that the island is very green and authentic. 

Ban Chong Lad
Loh Jark Bay
Pad Thai Gai
There are restaurants on the island to eat out but you might need to arrange for a taxi to pick you up with your hotel or rent a bike because there wasn't a good restaurant in walking distance to where we stayed. 

If you're planning on visiting Koh Yao Yai, please keep in mind that to respect the local culture you should't walk around in your bikini outside of the hotel and away from the beaches, just bring a nice shirtdress, pareo and T-shirt or something like that. 

Main thing to do in Koh Yao Yai: Relax. You could also book snorkeling trips or explore different beaches. We've only stayed on the island for two nights and I wouldn't recommend to stay there for a whole week as you can pretty much see the whole island in a day but we really enjoyed the stay at Koh Yao Yai Village and I would definitely go back. 

The transfer to Phuket was easy and very comfortable and we arrived at our hotel Thavorn Beach Village Resort after about two hours. To be honest, being in Phuket was a bit of a shock after staying on Koh Yao Yai as the latter was very quiet and by far exceeded our expectations. Phuket is popular all over the world and it attracts a lot of tourists. We were lucky that our hotel had a private beach which we shared with about 8 other people who preferred the sea view to the gigantic hotel pool. 

So what can you do in Phuket? Pretty much everything you can think of. We did a little trip everyday and got to see a lot of the island. I would recommend visiting old Phuket town. It was pretty empty when we were there and the streets are gorgeous. The architecture is inspired by Spanish villages which is not what I expected to see in Thailand. The whole town is full of little shops and pretty cafes and the whole vibe of the town is different than anywhere else I've been in Thailand. 

Soi Rommanee, Phuket town
A must do but most likely cultural shock is a visit to Bangla Road in Patong. Patong is well known as a party destination and Bangla Road seems to be where the party happens. There's bars and clubs on each side of the road and there's no chance you can walk through there without at least 5 people offering you to see a "sexy show", which is shown in all the bars on the street. We've seen enough just by walking the street up and down but we weren't the only tourists going there just to watch the crowd. We've seen elderly couples sitting there comfortably with a beer enjoying the sight of the busy street. Go there, take a look around, and if it's too much you can always just walk around the corner to a more quiet street and enjoy an oil massage, or even a thai massage, if you're a little more adventurous than I am.

The most surprising thing during our time in Phuket: We wanted to do a snorkeling trip in Ao Sane, where you can find a hidden little beach and we heard that it is a great place if you want to go snorkeling from the shore. However, when we tried our snorkeling equipment right in front of the hotel beach, we were totally blown away by the amount and variety of fish we were able to see there. I did a snorkeling trip to a reef in Thailand the year before and I didn't see as many different fish as we did right there at our hotel, which is just insane. Parrotfish, moray eels and many of their colourful friends just hung around there. 

The private beach in front of Thavorn Beach Village Resort
View from the Big Buddha
One day we went to see the Big Buddha and Wat Chalong. The picture above is shot at the top of the hill where Big Buddha is. In my opinion, the view is the only reason to go there, as the whole experience around the Buddha doesn't feel authentic at all. I haven't seen any locals up there, it seems like it has just been built for tourists. Wat Chalong on the other hand feels real. There are tourists but at the same time there are people worshipping in the temples and the whole area is beautifully built and well worth a visit, if you're interested in culture. Bring something to cover shoulders and knees, just as I did with my Calzedonia pareo if you're planning on visiting temples. On our way back we ate the absolute best food we had during our whole trip at Baan Rim Pa Kalim restaurant. If you're staying in Kamala or Patong, I highly recommend to check it out! The restaurant is situated on a hill and has a huge terrace overlooking the ocean. If you're there, try the Massaman Curry with beef, it is seriously the most delicious thing ever! 

For our last two days we travelled to the northern part of Phuket to the L'Esprit de Naiyang hotel near the airport. It's located about 5 minutes away from the best beach we've seen in Phuket. We weren't expecting this as the beach leads directly to the airport. If you don't mind hearing and seeing planes all day long, I'd really recommend to stay around there when you're in Phuket. The hotel itself is ok but nothing special, there's some better hotels which are closer to the beach. 

Nai Yang Beach

The highlight in Phuket happened on our last day. At Nai Yang beach, a local charity organization hosted a small event to release sea turtles back into the sea. We were lucky enough to be there at that very moment, so we could stand at the beach and see about a hundred sea turtles find their way back into freedom. As far as I know, this happens once a year and if you're there early enough, you can even sign up to help. 

That was the last evening before we headed to the airport at 3 a.m. to catch our flight back to Zurich. Even though I wouldn't go back to Phuket because there are just too many tourists for my liking I felt so relaxed after this holiday because it was so much fun, great food and the sun was just what I needed. I'm sure I'll be back in Thailand before long. 

This post was a little different than what I usually write about but I intend to broaden the variety of topics on this blog in the near future. Let me know what you thought about this in the comments below or via email, feedback is always appreciated!

If you have any questions, want more tipps or if you want to share your own experiences in Phuket, just leave a comment below. 

Have a great day!

XX Cheryl

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Alessandro International Powdery Pastels Spring Collection

This week has been the coldest one in Switzerland this year. I'll try to get you into a warm spring mood today with Alessandro International's Powdery Pastels spring collection*. It contains five elegant pastel shades from a light pink to a greyish lilac. 

As always, these Alessandro nail polishes don't contain any harmful ingredients such as parabene, formaldehyde and the like and they're vegan. 

Romantic Morning is the lightest shade in the collection, a very pale pink which is one of my go to nail looks. On top of it I'm wearing the Gelactic Top Coat Matte, which gives a stylish matte finish. 

This gorgeous pastel pink is named Dried Rose. I guess this is a colour which doesn't look good on every skin tone because of it's peachy pink look but I think it's a really elegant nude shade. 

Yes, it's love! Great name for a nail polish. If I had to choose a favourite, this one would be it. The shade is suitable for every occasion but the pink contains a hint of coral and some sparkle which makes it extra interesting. 

Stay With Me is more of a winter shade for me, because it looks more grey than lilac on my nails. This is the most obvious colour in this collection and in my opinion not really a pastel. Anyhow, it still is a pretty and easy shade to wear.

Lazy Day is a pale lavender nail polish, perfect for spring. I especially like this one because it's subtle and definitely suitable for the office but still a little different from my standard soft pinks. 

The shades in the Powdery Pastles spring collection are completely up my street, I love every single one of them as they're all so wearable. Sadly, the nail polish lasts no more than two days on my nails. However, you have the option to buy the shades as Striplac as well which lasts much longer but takes a little more effort to apply.

Alessandro International nail polishes are available in various stores such as Manor, Jelmoli, Globus and some drugstores. The 5ml nail polish is available for CHF 7.50, the Striplac for CHF 15.95. 

Which one is your favourite shade from this collection?

Have a great day!

xx Cheryl

*press samples. All opinions are honest and my own. 

Friday, 23 February 2018

My Beach Holiday Essentials

In no more than five days I'll be on my way to Phuket and I can't wait to get away from the cold. As I've showed you how I prepare for a long haul flight before (read more here and here) I thought I'd share my mostly non-beauty beach holiday essentials* with you instead. This is what I tend to bring to the beach with me. There are some more obvious essentials which I won't get into detail about such as a water bottle to stay hydrated, money, my phone, deodorant, a bikini and flip-flops. I mean, who wears normal shoes to the beach? But enough of the rambling, let's get started!

The most important thing is to always make sure you're protected from the sun. That's why I bring an inexpensive pair of sun glasses, I don't want my pretty ones to be ruined in the sand, some sort of pareo, my huge straw hat and sun cream. The zebra-striped pareo-thingy in the picture is from Calzedonia and I think it's really cute. When it comes to sun cream I usually start the holiday with an SPF 50 and go down to an SPF 30 when my skin is a little more used to the sun. For Thailand I'm testing the new Daylong 50+ Sensitive Regulating Face Fluid which looks mat on the skin. On the rest of my body I'm starting with the Ritual of Karma SPF 50 which smells absolutely delicious but I also want to test Louis Widmer's SPF 30 Waterproof Sun Gel. Anyhow, I'm making sure my skin is protected against the sun. 

I love to bring music to the beach so I pack my UE Wonderboom which is not only cute -let's please take a moment to appreciate its cuteness - but delivers great sound quality considering its size and it's water resistant too! However, I don't think it's always appropriate to blast everyone with my music so I often just use this in the hotel room and bring my Jaybird Freedom wireless earphones to the beach. They're extremely handy as they're noise cancelling, small and don't have a wire so I can use them on the plane as well as when I work out or just want to enjoy some music on the beach. The battery lasts a decent amount of time, the ear tips are changeable, they come in different sizes and materials, and some of them are washable which I find great. There's an easy app to adjust the sound settings to your liking. I did that once and now I'm happy with it but if you're adventurous, you could do that depending on your mood ;-) So, that's my earphones introduced. 

When I'm not too busy, you can usually find me on the couch with my kindle. Ok, let's be fair: my boyfriends kindle. But he doesn't use it and I have so much more love for it than he does. Anyway, when I'm heading to the beach, I rather bring a real book than the kindle. This time I decided to take Sapiens with me because I've heard tons of people raving about it so I thought I'd give it a go. 

That's about all I bring to the beach with me. What's in your beach bag?

Have a great day!

xx Cheryl

*press samples, all opinions are honest and my own.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Winter Skin Care - Taking care of your face and body during winter

Over the last couple of months I've been trying a lot of different products to keep my skin hydrated during winter. My skin tends to get severely dry during the cold months and I'm always on the hunt for products which are easy to use and do the job. So today I'm going to show you the basics I'm using on my face and body*. Brace yourselves, this is going to take a while... 

Let's start with my face. There are some products which I'm using all year round, like the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum but I switch my daily moisturizer for a more hydrating one during winter. My current favourite is Louis Widmer's Remederm Face Cream UV20. This is a very rich moisturizer which I use in the morning after cleansing my face. I only use it during the day because of the UV protection, which is a great add on as it provides some sun protection during the day and the cream protects your skin from the cold too. Even in winter your skin can get damaged by the sun, therefore it's important to use an SPF. My recommendation for the night is the Louis Widmer Pro-Active Cream Light which I've been using for quite a while now but recently used up. When you first use the Remederm Face Cream you might think it's too thick for a daily moisturizer and I agree that it takes a little longer to sink in but it honestly builds a great base for your foundation. The skin is perfectly hydrated for the whole day which automatically makes your makeup look better. Hydrated skin is also key if you want your skin to look healthy and glowing - of course there's a lot of products to help with the glow, as I just recently talked about in the Pixi blogpost but hydrated skin is the basis. I love this rich moisturizer, a little goes a long way so the CHF for the product are definitely good value for money. Nevertheless, I have to say that this product is suitable for people with dry or dry-combination skin and it might be too much for someone with oily skin. 

Every now and then - which is about once a week - I treat my skin with a hydrating face mask. There are several really good ones on the market but the two I've been enjoying most are the Clarins SOS Comfort Nourishing Balm Mask and the skin689 Switzerland Moisturizing Face Mask. The former is an effortless moisture boost which I love because I can apply it exactly where I need it. Clarins also has a SOS Hydra Mask which I like to apply all over my face but this one I rather use locally. The texture is rich and balmy and it seems to smooth the skin wherever I apply it (on my face, that is). Most of the time, the driest part of my skin is my forehead, so that's where I apply this face mask generously and leave it for about 20 minutes. My skin absorbs most of the product and I just wipe away the access with a cotton pad. This is quick and easy because the mask stays exactly where I applied it until I remember to remove it. Due to its matt formula it's nearly invisible on the skin so I can imagine taking this on a plane journey with me. The Clarins SOS Comfort mask is available for CHF 50 for 100ml. 

The skin 689 Switzerland Moisturizing Face Mask is a bio-cellulose hyaluron mask which gives your skin a serious kick of hydration. It contains hyaluronic acid and an amino acid complex which moisturizes your skin. This is the product I choose if I need a little bit of a break and instant hydration for my skin. After about 25 minutes of lying on the couch I remove the sheet mask and my skin looks healthy, fresh and well nourished. For CHF 7.90 this product easily exceeded my expectations and I already repurchased one to treat my skin after my long haul flight in the end of February - more on that soon. 

skin689 Switzerland is a brand I'm new to and I only ever tried the two products I'm showing you today. The next is their Anti-Cellulite Cream. Well, without going into too much detail here, my bum isn't the perfect image of a peach but it isn't in desperate need of a product like this one. Therefore, there's a different reason than cellulite that makes me talk about this product today. It's designed to rejuvenate and strengthen the structure of your skin, enhancing its firmness and elasticity. Nice! But(t) (hah! See what I did there?!) I was more impressed by the other ingredients of this cream such as jojoba oil, shea butter and vitamin C and E. As you might be able to guess, they are great to add moisture to your skin. The product description says, these are intensive caring agents to smooth the surface of the skin and leave it feeling as soft as velvet. And I agree! I think that part of beating cellulite is providing enough moisture for the skin and this cream reeeeally does a good job with that. First, as far as I can tell, my bum does look smoother than before using the product. Second, so does the rest of my skin where I applied this cream because I just used it wherever my skin was dry. I know, at CHF 79 this isn't exactly the product you would use just as a body lotion but I'm honestly impressed with the quality and the effect so I can only recommend to give it a try if your budget allows it. My first encounter with skin689 Switzerland products is very positive, I love the sleek and hygienic design of the packaging and the quality is convincing too. I'm intrigued to hear more about them in the future. 

Another way I like to take care of my body during winter is by using body oils. For me, body oils are more than just a way to hydrate my skin. Other than with normal body lotion, I feel like I have to massage an oil into my skin. Therefore, the process of applying the oil onto my body turns into a relaxing experience. I like Bi-Oil, which is not only created to treat dry skin but also stretch marks and scars. It has a very distinctive scent which is extremely hard to describe. It smells kind of spicy, very warm and slightly sweet and creamy, a combination which is relaxing and cozy. To see a real effect you'd have to religiously use this twice a day for about three months and give your skin a good massage. I just can't be bothered to apply an oil in the morning, it takes up too much time. Anyhow, as a relaxing alternative to a body lotion, I really enjoy using this product and at CHF 26 for 125ml, the price is ok. If you're a very structured or determined person struggling with stretch marks, you might want to give this a try and maybe then leave a comment about the effect below? ;-) 

When it comes to hand cream, I'm not too picky as long as they're not sticky. I just want them to keep my hands hydrated. My current favourite combo are the Louis Widmer Handbalm UV10 with its light but well nourishing formula for the day, again with sun protection, and the Louis Widmer Hand Cream which is a little richer for the night. 

We did it! We reached the end of my current winter skin care favourites. I might do a separate blogpost on lip care as well, as dry lips are the biggest issue for me and I've tried a huge amount of different products. There's one to go, then I think I'm ready to give you an overview of my top tipps. 

What are your skin care secrets to keep your skin nicely hydrated during winter?

Have a great day!

xx Cheryl

* all of the mentioned products in this blogpost are press samples. Anyway, I always share my honest opinion on the products with you. 

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Londontown Nail Polish Review

Have you ever heard of Londontown*? No, I'm not talking about that well known city in the UK, but I know that one too. Take a look at the pictures below... it's nail polish! Yaaaay! 

Londontown is a brand founded by Marina Dimentman in England. The concept and formulation are inspired by the family flower garden of the founder where her great aunt used to combine flower oils to take care of her dry hands and nails. Londontown nail polishes therefore contain diverse natural oils and ingredients such as rapeseed oil, evening primrose oil, chamomile and cucumber, a combination named Florium Complex. None of the nail polishes contain bad stuff like formaldehyde or paraben, plus they're vegan and cruelty free. The interesting part is that this Florium Complex makes sure that the quality of your nails and the quality of the manicure (in terms of longevity without chipping) improve every time you use the nail polishes. 

I was sent three of their products to test: two lakur nail polishes and a kur Protective Top Coat. 

I've tested both nail polishes with a base coat and the kur Protective Top Coat on top. Portobello Plum is a gorgeous dark violet shade which is great for autumn and winter, Natural Charm is a greyish brown, suitable for every occasion. The finish is glossy, even and lovely and application is very easy. What I noticed is that these nail polishes dry quickly on the nails which is a huge plus for me because I'm just not the most patient person you'll ever meet. 

The manicure lasted about four days till it was chipped and I had to remove it which is about as long as I want my nail polish to last. After four to five days I'm usually bored with the colour anyway. The quality and concept as well as the product design get a thumbs up from me! 

Portobello Plum

Natural Charm 

I can't tell you about the long term effect of the products yet, as I'm usually testing several different nail polishes. Testing long term effects with nail polishes would mean to use them exclusively for quite a while, which is not easy as a blogger. However, I'm happy with the product and the concept is convincing, if there's any updates, I'll let you know. 

In Switzerland, Londontown is available in health shops and the nail polishes cost around CHF 20.

By the way, I've been playing around with a new photo editing software. Any opinions on the style of the pictures? 

If you've tried Londontown already, please feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below. 

Have a lovely day!

xx Cheryl

* press samples, all opinions are honest and my own. 

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Glowing Skin with Pixi Beauty

When I received the invitation to the Pixi beauty launch in Switzerland, I got veeeery excited. I'm definitely a skin care junkie and I've heard a lot of good things about this brand. For me, Pixi is all about glowing skin and that's exactly what I'm aiming for, natural and healthily glowing skin. I much prefer that overall natural glow to a highlighter. To start with, I'm talking you through four products* today: The Glow Tonic, the Rose Tonic, the Glow Mist and Caroline Hirons' Double Cleanse. 

I use the Glow Tonic every night after cleansing my face. It contains Glycolic Acid which exfoliates the skin and other lovely beneficial ingredients such as soothing aloe vera, energizing ginseng and no alcohol. The product won the 2017 teen vogue acne awards, so if acne is an issue for you, this might be worth a try. It claims to balance, heal and soothe the skin. I've used it for nearly two months now and I noticed that my skin tone is more even since using the Glow Tonic. My pores aren't that visible, so there wasn't a lot of effect to be seen but my face feels fresh and clean after using the product and I enjoy the relaxing scent in the evening. An even skin tone already does a lot for the overall appearance of my complexion, that's why I love using the Glow Tonic. It helps my skin looking healthy and therefore builds a great base for a glowing look. The way it makes my skin feel after using it is kind of addictive but in a good way. For me, this product is a keeper and I'll definitely repurchase it. 

In the mornings I've been using the Rose Tonic recently. I haven't been using this for as long as the Glow Tonic as I don't introduce a lot of new products at the same time because I wouldn't be able to match the effects with the products anymore. Anyhow, the Rose Tonic is definitely a morning product for me but you could use it morning and evening after cleansing your face. I'm usually not a fan of rose scented products but this one is very subtle and natural and I quite like it. The product aims to reduce redness, soothe the skin, hydrate and refreshen it. It's the latter that makes it perfect for my morning routine. Additionally, the extra bit of hydration is always appreciated by my skin, especially during winter. All in all, this product isn't a game changer for my skin but a lovely and welcome add on to use on a daily basis to wake up with a calming scent. 

I'm a fan of the idea of double cleanse by Caroline Hirons and therefore I was excited to try this product and I was not disappointed. Basically, it adds a second step to your cleansing routine but both steps come in one jar. The first step is to apply the solid cleansing oil onto the dry skin and massage it into the skin. By removing the product with water, most of your makeup is already gone. Then apply the cleansing cream and repeat the same procedure. This way, you can be sure your makeup is properly removed and your skin is clean. Properly removing your makeup is an absolute must if you want to take good care of your skin. I personally love the feeling of clean skin and I enjoy double cleansing with this product. The ingredients are good too. The solid cleansing oil has added Vitamin E and Camellia oil to protect and nourish the skin. The ingredients in the cleansing cream are targeted to anti-aging by relaxing fine lines, promoting collagen and improving elasticity. If you're still removing your makeup with one cotton pad, please try something like the Double Cleanse, it will make a difference. 

Lastly, I tested the Glow Mist. In my opinion, the concept of this product is similar to my all time favourite Caudalie Eau de Beauté. It contains many different natural oils to hydrate the skin and make it glow. It can be used before makeup to hydrate the skin, after makeup to set it and add glow and anytime during the day to refreshen your makeup. The scent is hard to describe. It's soft and herbal but not really fresh and it doesn't linger on. This is the only Pixi Beauty product which didn't live up to my expectations. It adds a teeny bit of moisture but other than that I don't see an effect. It's handy to keep in your handbag though as the packaging is quite sleek and you can just spritz it onto your face for some hydration during the day. The reviews online are very good so it's still worth a try, it just didn't do a lot for me personally. 

The tonics cost CHF 20 each for 100ml, the Double Cleanse is the most expensive at CHF 43 and the Glow Mist is available for CHF 29. In Switzerland, you can purchase the products at Marionnaud. The official Pixi Beauty website has an online shop too and I love the website, the design is so pretty and fresh, definitely worth a visit! 

All in all, I'm impressed with the quality of the products. They're gentle on the skin and especially the Glow Tonic is exceptional. I'll definitely keep an eye out for new releases of Pixi Beauty. 

Are you familiar with Pixi yet? I'm happy to read your opinions in the comment section. 

Have a great day!

xx Cheryl

P.S. I'm sorry for the strange quality of the pictures, something went wrong when I imported the files and now a lot of the photos I've taken recently look pixelated. I'm also testing new products to edit my pictures, if you have a tip, please leave a comment below. 

* press samples, all opinions are honest an my own.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Pretty Hands & Feet with Clarins Treatment Creams

Hi there!

I hope you've had the best start into 2018! Mine has been rather hectic but now I enjoy my free time even more. Sadly, the weather hasn't been the best lately, it's been stormy with heavy rain and it really didn't make a difference whether I brushed my hair in the morning or not. As soon as I went outside, my hair was a mess anyway. But that's not what I wanted to talk to you about. The cold weather or maybe the heating always makes my skin extremely dry in winter, that's why I'm testing a lot of skin care for pretty much every part of my body and I sure let you know about my experiences. Let's start with some intensive treatment today.

Legs, hands and feet are the body parts where my skin is the driest. Legs are easy to hydrate, I just do that in the evening before going to bed but hands and feed are different. Everytime I wash my hands, the hand cream is just gone and the skin feels dry again. Furthermore, I work in an office and I don't want the hand cream all over my keyboard. When it comes to feet I'm just a little weird and don't like the feeling of foot cream on them. So let's get to the point: I've been at a Clarins blogger event at the end of last year and got some beautiful products to try*. Among them the Hand and Nail Treatment Cream and the Foot Beauty Treatment Cream. 

Both products are just what I needed and I didn't even know it. As you can see on the picture above, Clarins has these funny bamboo fibre gloves and also socks for treatments at home. You can buy them in their store, the set is called Hand and Feet Kit and it can be washed in the washing machine, so you can use it all the time. Both the hand and foot treatment are rich and therefore extremely hydrating. So what I do is to apply a generous amount of the hand treatment, then put on the gloves. This way I can work while my hands get their little spa experience. Same goes for the foot treatment, however, (what a surprise) I don't use it in the office but after work at home. Just massage it from toes to ankles and put on the socks. As both products are treatments, they provide enough moisture for a while. My hands are severely dry, so I still use hand creams in the morning and the evening but the Hand and Nail Treatment makes them look and feel nice for longer and provides some protection against the cold. The foot cream keeps my feet hydrated for a few days. As I mentioned, I don't like the feeling of cream on my feet so I'm happy I don't have to use one every day. 

The products smell very nice. The hand treatment has a citrusy scent (it's a limited edition with grapefruit, there's a lemon version too), the foot treatment a herbal scent which makes it smell fresh and healthy. It contains cashew oil, shea butter, myrrh, arnica and thyme oil. The hand treatment contains sesame oil, shea butter, myrrh and mulberry extract and could be used as a normal hand cream as well, just don't apply as much and it sinks in pretty quickly.

I've been using both treatments on a regular basis during December and January and I genuinely love them. They're empty soon but as they're not insanely expensive, I'm rather sure I'll repurchase them. I've never tried Clarins skin care before but after the event and after trying the first few products I'm pretty obsessed, so I guess you'll see more of Clarins on the blog soon. 

The Hand and Foot Kit with the gloves is available for CHF 30, the Hand and Nail Treatment Cream costs CHF 13 for 30ml and the Foot Beauty Treatment Cream CHF 40.50, the latter is only available in a 100ml tube. There's some limited edition sets which are great value for money, so maybe keep an eye out for them if you're interested in the products. 

What are your favourite skincare products for dry winter skin? Leave a comment below!

Have a great day!
xx Cheryl

*all of the products mentioned above are pr samples. All opinions are honest and my own.